Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" Director Defends Music Video After Backlash

Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 2:33pm PDT       By X17 Staff

Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" director, Joseph Kahn, is not shaking off the criticism that the new music video glamorizes white colonial Africa.

In a statement to NPR, the 42-year-old said, "This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950. The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa, and The English Patient, to name a few."

The video, which stars Scott Eastwood as Tay's romantic interested, debuted during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show on Sunday. While many think Swift can do no wrong, some people expressed their anger that the singer didn't feature any African-American actors in the 1950s-style love story.

In addition, Kahn, who has previously worked with Britney Spears, Eminem, Christina Aguilera, Destiny's Child, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, and Maroon 5, said that "not only were there people of color in the video," but added, "I am Asian American, the producer, Jil Hardin, is an African American woman, and the editor, Chancler Haynes, is an African American man. We collectively decided it would have been historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history."

He also made a good point when he said, "Let's not forget, Taylor has chosen to donate all of her proceeds from this video to the African Parks Foundation to preserve the endangered animals of the continent and support the economies of local African people."

We gotta agree with the director! Lay off T-Swizz!

Tay-Tay has yet to comment on all the hubbub, but we think the outcry will die down soon enough ...


Sofia Vergara Channels Peggy Bundy In Hilarious New Instagram Pic

Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 1:41pm PDT       By X17 Staff

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Sofia Vergara showcased her hilarious sense of humor on Instagram yesterday, The Modern Family star got gussied up as Peggy Bundy from the beloved sitcom Married With Children, which also starred her Modern Family star Ed O'Neill.

The fiery 43-year-old hoisted a giant red wig on her head, wore a low-cut black top that highlighter her cleavage and was picture perfect in the homage to Katey Sagal's iconic character.

Along with the funny pic, she teased her TV when she wrote, β€œDo you like this look, Ed O’Neill?”

We bet he does! Either way we know we love it!


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EJ Johnson Is One Skinny B*tch!

Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 12:50pm PDT       By X17 Staff


EJ Johnson has lost so much weight that we barely recognized him as he left lunch at The Ivy with Rich Kids co-star Dorothy Wang yesterday, and we can't decide what's more fabulous - his new physique or that Chanel necklace!

The reality star resorted to gastric bypass surgery after his weight ballooned, but he's kept it off and feels better than ever! "It was a tool, and I think that it was something that really helped me jumpstart the life I definitely wanted to lead...I mean like literally I'm almost half my size. I'm not dating anyone right now but, trust me, there are a lot of offers on the table," he told Wendy Williams about the procedure.

Fellas, he's single and ready to mingle!


Jaden Smith Is Our Least Favorite Person Ever

Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 12:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff

We hate to be mean, but he really bugs us!

Jaden Smith stepped out with some friends in Calabasas yesterday, and the teenager was still clad in the jacket he wore to the VMAs. He's famous for claiming he only owns one pair of shoes, but does he only have one piece of outwear too? A more likely conclusion is that he just hasn't showered since the awards show.

If you don't understand our distaste for the 18-year-old, let us remind you of that time he went on a Twitter rant and declared that "school was a tool to brainwash the youth." He also so thinks that "if newborn babies could speak they would be the most intelligent beings on planet Earth." Will and Jada may be too busy covering up their open marriage and practicing Scientology in secret to parent their kids, but they should really make more of an effort.

We think Tyga is terrible, but he is a definite upgrade for Kylie Jenner compared to Jaden!


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Tara Reid Struts Her Scary Skinny Frame Through The Streets Of Hollywood

Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 11:02am PDT       By X17 Staff

Tara Reid is looking way too skinny!

The skeletal star turned up last night wearing a small ensemble to the Dis-Ease event, which is an art showcase by Billy Idol drummer Billy Morrison. The Sharknado actress attended the bash which, was held at Los Angeles' Mouche Gallery, in a pretty revealing outfit -- and it has people talking about the party girl's appearance -- for all the wrong reasons.

The 39-year-old actress' highlighted her scary skinny frame with a tiny black playsuit that had some major cut outs. It's like the American Pie actress has no idea that she doesn't look hot -- she looks like she needs help!

The blonde's face may look cheerful but those old-lady thighs don't lie ...

Someone get this girl a sandwich -- or some therapy!


Kim Zolciak Gives Us A Peek At Her Dancing Skills Ahead Of DWTS

Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 10:40am PDT       By X17 Staff

Girlfriend's got some moves!

Kim Zolciak was announced as one of the cast members of the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars this week, and the reality star is so excited to show off her dancing skills that she gave us a sneak peek in this cheeky Instagram video.

The wig wearing bombshell is undoubtedly going to love parading around the ballroom in skimpy outfits that show off her amazing physique, and because the show tapes in Hollywood, everyone better be prepared for the former Real Housewives of Atlanta to be hitting all the hot spots around town!

She should get some shimmying tips from Nene!


Jennifer Garner Takes Violet For A Sweet Treat Amid Rumors She Wants Ben Out Of The House

Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 9:41am PDT       By X17 Staff

Ice cream can't fix a broken home but it can certainly help on a hot day!

Jennifer Garner took her daughter Violet out for some scoops of ice cream on Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles. And that sure looks like a tasty treat!

We're glad to see that the Jen and her oldest daughter are getting in some quality time amid the divorce drama.

The mom of three wore a pair of white jeans, a denim shirt and leather sandals for the mother/daughter hang.

The Dallas Buyers' Club star has been keeping busy despite some major snags in her separation from Ben Affleck. On Monday, People reported that Jennifer is rethinking her living situation with Ben, who is currently still residing at their Pacific Palisades compound. The outlet is claiming that the situation isn't working well for the hands-on mom and may be forcing the Oscar winner to stay in a rental down the road.


Kris Jenner Meets Ex-Husband Caitlyn For The First Time Since Her Transition

Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 9:20am PDT       By X17 Staff

Well this is awkward!

Kris Jenner met ex-husband Caitlyn for the first time while the cameras were rolling for I Am Cait, and although they both did their best to make it appear friendly, we can't help but feel the tension between them!

"I don't know if we'll resolve anything but I should probably get some things off my chest. We've moved on, both of us, but I don't want to throw all of the good times away. And for the kids, Kendall and Kylie, I don't want tension. I don't want to put them in a tough position. This is really very, very difficult," Cait says in a confessional before Kris arrives.

The momager and the transgender Olympian awkwardly hug before they sit down to talk in the clip, but we have to wait for the full episode to find out what they discussed! - Click HERE to see the clip!

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