Was the first black 'Bachelorette' disrespected on the 'Bachelor' finale?

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 2:10 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 2:54 PM


            THE BACHELOR – “Episode 2111 – The Women Tell All” – Tempers flare and there are plenty of fireworks, as 19 of the most memorable women this season are back to confront Nick and tell their side of the story. (ABC/Michael Yada)
THE BACHELOR – “Episode 2111 – The Women Tell All” – Tempers flare and there are plenty of fireworks, as 19 of the most memorable women this season are back to confront Nick and tell their side of the story. (ABC/Michael Yada)

Imagine you’re the last of a large family to get married, and everyone at your sister’s wedding is excited about your upcoming one, which is sure to be as lavish and over-the-top as everyone else’s. So in between “The Electric Slide’ and “The Cupid Shuffle,” your dad grabs the mic and says “Surprise! Your dream wedding starts NOW!”

All of a sudden they’re slapping a fake veil on your head, and you’re still wearing the bridesmaid’s dress from your sister’s shindig. They’ve even propped you up against a cardboard cutout of the Mexican resort you wanted to go to and expect you to be excited about it. And even though you smile and wave and hug Grandma, all the while you’re thinking “Daggone! Can’t a girl get her own thing?”

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This, more or less, is the fate that befell Rachel Lindsay, who was recently named the first black lead in ABC’s “The Bachelor/The Bachelorette” franchise.

>> Rachel Lindsay makes history as the first black 'Bachelorette'

On Monday night’s season finale of “The Bachelor,” Nick Viall proposed to the woman of his choice, and Lindsay was greeted with enthusiastic applause and a lot of questions from host Chris Harrison about how excited she is to start her season. And then Harrison announced a surprise, one he’d been promising all evening -- Rachel’s season was about to start now. That moment. In a studio, tacked on to the engagement of the dude who dumped her.

Yay?

And just like that, Lindsay was meeting four of her future suitors, driven onto the set in a limo, literally against a backdrop of the Bachelor mansion. A backdrop, y’all, like the fake Old West saloons you get goofy photos taken in front of at the fair. She didn’t even get the fancy dress or the silly, melodramatic voiceovers where that year’s Bachelor or Bachelorette looks soulfully into the ocean and talks about their hopes and dreams. She got no preparation to meet a group that, Harrison breathlessly reminded her, could include her future husband, like a white guy who actually told a “Once you go black, you never go back” joke. This should have immediately gotten him run over with the limo.

Did I mention the dude who dumped her was still in the building? It was cute and all, and she handled it like a champ, but I swear I saw in Lindsay’s eyes the slightest hint of “I don’t even get a real building?”

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Barbecue rattlesnake sounded good, but it landed man in hospital for 2 weeks 

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 1:32 PM

Dangerous Snakes

An Arizona man learned the hard way that it’s not a good idea to play with rattlesnakes after spending two weeks in the hospital for snake bite injuries.

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It seems Victor Pratt, 48, decided he wanted barbecue rattlesnake during a family birthday party, according to Inside Edition

“I know to cook them and cut the heads off and stuff,” Pratt said. “They taste like chicken. It’s not bad,” he told Inside Edition.

But, Pratt’s plan backfired after he told FOX10 that he was “playing with it like little kids do.” 

His hand slipped and the reptile attacked. It bit Pratt twice, once in the neck, which doctors said was dangerous because his throat could swell shut, according to FOX10

Pratt was just fine in the end, but he did need 26 vials of anti-venom to recover. 

He told Fox10 he will not be playing with rattlesnakes anymore. 

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Navy hospital apologizes for staff's 'inappropriate' photos of newborns

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 11:41 AM

Naval Hospital Issues Apology For Staff's "Inappropriate" Photos Of Newborns

A picture of staff members inappropriately handling a newborn at Florida’s Naval Hospital Jacksonville has gone viral, and the hospital said the staff members involved in the incident will face legal action.

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Naval Hospital Jacksonville officials said that they’re aware of a video that was posted to social media and appears to show a nurse inappropriately handling a newborn.

The hospital responded with a statement on Facebook that garnered thousands of shares. 

Naval Hospital Jacksonville's Commanding Officer sends: We are aware of a video / photo posted online. It's...

Posted by Naval Hospital Jacksonville on Monday, September 18, 2017

A photo of the incident appears to show staff inappropriately gesturing to a newborn and calling the infant “Satan.”

The photo is captioned, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans."

The hospital called the images outrageous, unacceptable and incredibly unprofessional. Naval Hospital Jacksonville released a statement that reads in part, “We have identified the staff members involved. They have been removed from patient care and they will be handled by the legal system and military justice.”

The hospital said it is still notifying involved parties.

 

Fox News contributor accuses network host of rape in latest sexual misconduct allegations

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 12:35 PM

Fox host, Charles Payne, left, the host of ‘Making Money,’ is accused of rape by former Fox contributor Scottie Nell Hughes. Hughes filed a lawsuit Monday against 21st Century Fox and Fox News Channel, also contending she was blacklisted after she reported the rape.
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Fox host, Charles Payne, left, the host of ‘Making Money,’ is accused of rape by former Fox contributor Scottie Nell Hughes. Hughes filed a lawsuit Monday against 21st Century Fox and Fox News Channel, also contending she was blacklisted after she reported the rape.(Getty Images)

Fox News has been rocked by another sexual misconduct allegation. Conservative political commentator and a once-frequent face on the Fox News Channel, Scottie Nell Hughes, has sued the network, alleging she was raped by Fox News personality and host of “Making Money” Charles Payne.

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Hughes filed a lawsuit against the network Monday, also contending she was blacklisted after making the allegations several years ago, according to The New York Times

Fox suspended Payne in July while the network investigated Hughes’ initial claims. He later returned after Fox News completed its internal investigation.

Hughes told the Times what happened and why she filed suit.

“In July of 2013, I was raped by Charles Payne,” she said. “In July of 2017, I was raped again by Fox News. Since then, I have been living an absolute hell.”

(L-R) Actor Robert Davi, Scottie Nell Hughes and Clay Aiken speak during an appearance at Politicon 2017 on July 29, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Michael Schwartz/Getty Images)

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Hughes contends she participated in a coerced sexual relationship with Payne in exchange for an increase in paid television appearances. Later, she said, she was blacklisted from other jobs and was told it was because of an “affair” she had had “with someone at Fox.”

Hughes’ filed suit against 21st Century Fox, Fox News Channel and Charles Payne.

Payne denied the allegations again on Monday.

Fox issued a statement calling the lawsuit the “latest publicity stunt” by Hughes’ lawyer. The network also said the suit is “shameful” and has “absolutely no merit.” 

>> Related: Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson sues Roger Ailes for sexual harassment

A number of former female Fox News employees have come forward over the past several years and accused network executives and anchors of sexual harassment. The network has settled out of court in several cases.

Photo shows blood flowing into street behind funeral home

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 2:02 PM

An embalming table at a funeral home is pictured.
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An embalming table at a funeral home is pictured.(Davidrase/Creative Commons)

A Baton Rouge resident made a disturbing discovery Thursday afternoon -- a rivulet of blood leaking into the street behind a funeral home.

WBRZ in Baton Rouge reported that photos taken behind Greenoaks Funeral Home showed blood leaking from a valve in the ground and flowing onto the street. In the approximately 20 minutes that the leak lasted, a large stretch of the roadway was coated.

Click here to see a photo of the leakWarning: The photo is graphic in nature and may not be suitable for everyone. 

Adam Smith, an employee with the city’s Department of Environmental Services, confirmed that the fluid was blood mixed with formaldehyde. The mixture was leaking from a storage tank behind the funeral home.

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“We sent out both our sewer inspector and our environmental specialists to take a look,” Smith told the news station. “We determined that it wasn’t a sewer issue and that it was an issue on private property.”

Smith said the funeral home is under new management and did not have a permit. The city was working to get the permit issue resolved.