Geraldo Rivera Wants To Soothe Trump’s Feelings By Naming Vaccine After Him

Geraldo Rivera definitely has his priorities ― and apparently the big one is soothing Donald Trump’s hurt feelings.

Americans are dealing with Trump possibly forcing the country into a constitutional crisis, but Rivera seems more concerned with helping the president out of the funk that appears to have started after it became obvious that he wasn’t releected.

So earlier this week, Rivera floated a trial balloon on Twitter suggesting Americans honor Trump by referring to the first COVID-19 vaccine that makes it to market as “the Trump.”

Rivera thinks naming the vaccine after Trump would heal a divided nation whose division was exacerbated by the president.

Trump would probably go along with it: He’s already taking credit for the rapid development of multiple vaccines while ignoring the deaths or more than 250,000 Americans from the pandemic.

Rivera tried to pitch the idea to “Fox & Friends” on Friday morning.

“It would be a nice gesture to him, and years from now it would become kind of a generic name. Have you got your Trump yet? I got my Trump; I’m fine. I wish we could honor him in that way.”

But many Twitter users shot down the idea of naming the vaccine after the president.

Some were against it for reasons of hypocrisy, since the Pfizer vaccine was developed in part by Muslim immigrants.

Others thought Trump was more of a virus than a cure.

Some people sensed branding issues should Rivera’s suggestion actually be adopted.

One guy had a solution that he thought would please everyone: Naming it the “Trump Virus Vaccine.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Immortalized In Gigantic Street Art Mural

The legacy of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being remembered with a gigantic new street art mural in New York City.

Street artist Elle painted the three-story depiction of the late Supreme Court associate justice ― who died in September at the age of 87 ― on the corner of 11th Street and 1st Avenue in the East Village.

The piece also features Lady Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.

“I’m super honored to be able to paint her portrait in New York,” Elle told HuffPost, hailing Ginsburg as “quite the force to be reckoned with working behind the scenes to push equal rights in America.”

California-born Elle “fell in love” with street art after dropping out of art school and moving to New York at age 21.

She wheat-pasted pieces around Brooklyn before becoming “super obsessed” with graffiti and getting sponsored by a spray paint company.

Elle then “took all of my free spray paint and started asking people if I could paint their walls for free.

Elle spent the rest of her 20s honing her craft in New York, later a year in France, and is now mostly on the road worldwide painting her collages of “the all-powerful female — but no one in particular” for clients and at festivals, to the extent the coronavirus pandemic allows.

“I chose the name Elle because it means ‘she’ in French,” the artist explained. “I realized there were very few women graffiti artists, so I wanted to get up for the ladies.”

TaskForce, an agency working with arts, culture and social change, commissioned Elle to paint the portrait of Ginsburg.

When she couldn’t find a suitable wall in the Midwood or Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, from where Ginsburg hailed, the nonprofit LISA Project NYC found her space in the East Village in Manhattan. 

“I don’t typically paint portraits,” said Elle, who spent two weeks on the mural. “But when I was invited to create the piece for RBG there was nothing more that I wanted to do than to paint a memorial piece for her.”

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being honored with a three-story street art mural in Manhattan.



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The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being honored with a three-story street art mural in Manhattan.

The piece took on a special significance, Elle said, following President Donald Trump’s election defeat by President-elect Joe Biden.

“I love New York, New York loves RBG, and I think it’s fair to say that nearly the entire city was elated about the election results,” she said. “RBG is a hometown native of this city ― and she will forever be loved and an icon here.”

“We are beyond thrilled to see Trump ousted,” the artist added. “And I think this portrait of RBG represents that continuation of hope and joy that this city badly needed after such a hard year with COVID-19.”


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Spike Lee’s New Viagra Movie Musical Is Arousing A Lot Of Attention

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Director Spike Lee, best known for making movies about the experience of being Black in America, is switching course with his first ever musical – on the subject of Viagra.

Lee will direct the as-yet-untitled film from a screenplay he has co-written about the discovery and launch of the erectile dysfunction drug. It is based on a 2018 article in Esquire magazine called “All Rise,” producers said on Tuesday.

Original songs and music will be written by the duo behind the 2008 Tony-award winning rock musical “Passing Strange,” about a Black artist’s journey of self discovery.

The 63-year-old Brooklyn native said in a statement that he had grown up hating musicals despite the efforts of his mother. “Finally Going Into My 4th Decade As A Filmmaker I Will Be Directing A DANCIN’, ALL SINGIN’ MUSICAL,” he added.

Pfizer Inc’s Viagra, first marketed in 1998, was originally developed as a potential treatment for heart-related chest pain.

Lee won his first Oscar in 2019 for the screenplay of Ku Klux Klan satire “BlacKkKlansman.” His more than 50 movies and documentaries include classics such as “Do the Right Thing,” “Malcolm X” and this year’s Vietnam War survivor drama “Da 5 Bloods.”

George Clooney Talks About Near-Fatal Motorcycle Crash That Left Him ‘Screaming’

George Clooney speaks out about his terrifying 2018 motorcycle crash in Italy for the latest issue of GQ, in which he’s dubbed the magazine’s Icon of the Year. 

The actor and director collided with a car at over 70 miles per hour on the Italian island of Sardinia while traveling to the set of the Hulu series “Catch-22.” He was riding alongside his friend producer Grant Heslov. 

TMZ reported at the time that the star was thrown 20 feet on impact and his helmet shattered the car’s windshield. 

The “ER” alum told GQ that the crash tossed him onto his hands and knees and caused him to lose his shoes. At one point, he thought he’d lost all his teeth, “but it was glass from the windshield.” 

“I was on the ground. I was really screaming. Like, really screaming,” Clooney said. 

“And Grant came back, and he was screaming at everybody to get an ambulance, and I remember everybody got out of their cars, they stopped in the middle of the street, and all these people came and stood over me and just pulled out their phones and started taking video,” the actor said. 

Heslov added that he was holding Clooney’s head in his lap while people took photos. 

“It’s a funny thing. I’m not a cynical guy, and I really tend to look at life and try to find the good in everything,” Clooney said. “But I’ll never forget the moment that what I thought might be my last few moments was for everyone else a piece of entertainment.” 

After the crash, George Clooney remembers that “all these people came and stood over me and just pulled out their phone



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After the crash, George Clooney remembers that “all these people came and stood over me and just pulled out their phones and started taking video.”

Clooney’s experience sounds sickeningly similar to that of Princess Diana, who was reportedly photographed by paparazzi as she lay dying in the backseat after a car crash in Paris. 

When he collided with the car and was launched into the air, the actor said he briefly thought of his two children. “My kids were like a year old, and mostly it was just the thought that this was it and that I wasn’t gonna see them again,” the star told GQ. 

After the accident, the director said that his wife, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, forbade him from riding a motorcycle again.

As Clooney told The Hollywood Reporter last year, “If you get nine lives, I got all of them used up at once — so I can let go of motorcycle riding for a while.” 

Star’s ‘bleak’ coronavirus prognosis

Stars are rallying around R&B singer Jeremih, who is in intensive care on a ventilator with a “bleak” coronavirus prognosis.

R&B singer Jeremih is in intensive care with the coronavirus, according to reports.

The artist, 33, has reportedly received a “bleak” prognosis and is on a ventilator, reports TMZ.

The outlet reports that Jeremih is on a breathing ventilator within the ICU he’s being treated at, and “his condition has recently gotten worse”.

It’s not clear when the Paradise singer caught COVID-19, or when he entered hospital.

Frequent collaborator Chance The Rapper asked for prayers for Jeremih, whose real name is Jeremy Phillip Felton.

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“Please if you can take a second to pray for my friend Jeremih, he is like a brother to me and he’s ill right now,” the Chicago-based artist tweeted. “I believe in the healing power of Jesus so if you can for me please please say a prayer over him.”

50 Cent, who has also worked with Jeremih, tweeted out pleas as well.

“Pray for my boy Jeremih he’s not doing good this covid sh*t is real,” he wrote, with a photo of the two of them together and a prayer hands emoji. “He’s in ICU in Chicago,” he confirmed on Instagram.

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“Prayers up, praying for your strength @Jeremih,” tweeted Big Sean.

Rapper Wale also chimed in, posting, “Praying for my dawg @Jeremih.”

On November 6, DJ Benny Benassi released a song with Jeremih called Lovelife.

Jeremih’s health battle comes as the coronavirus death toll in the US tops 250,000 lives lost, with more than 11 million people in America contracting the virus since the start of the pandemic.

This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission

‘Borat’ Co-star Maria Bakalova Reveals What Happened In That Room With Rudy Giuliani

Maria Bakalova, the scene-stealing co-star of the new “Borat” film, told The New York Times that she was glad actor Sacha Baron Cohen interrupted the now-infamous hotel-room moment with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani when he did. 

“Sacha jumped into the room quickly, because he’s been worried about me,” she told the newspaper. “So, if he were late, I don’t know how things were going to go. But he came just in time.” 

In the film, Bakalova ― who is 24 ― plays Borat’s 15-year-old daughter, Tutar, who scores an interview with Giuliani, personal attorney to President Donald Trump. After the interview, which was conducted in a hotel suite, they head into a bedroom. Bakalova helps Giuliani remove his mic and Giuliani lies back in bed and sticks his hands down his pants, which he said was to tuck his shirt back in.



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That’s when Cohen’s Borat burst into the room. 

“She’s 15, she’s too old for you,” he said as he and Bakalova fled the scene.

Giuliani called the police. 

“I was kind of scared that something would happen,” Bakalova told the Times. “But fortunately, we escaped.” 

So was Giuliani really tucking in his shirt? 

“We want everybody to see the movie and judge for themselves,” she said at first. Asked again, she took a long pause.

“What do you think he was doing?” she asked. 

So did Bakalova feel bad for Giuliani after he became the butt of jokes around the world because of the scene. 

“Movies like this are showing people’s true colors,” she said. “It’s going to show Rudy’s real character. You’re responsible for your own decisions. So, no, I don’t feel bad.”

Harry and Meghan’s move after backlash

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made two new additions to their press team, hiring a PR lead and press secretary.

The couple have been building their US team ahead of launching their Archwell charity, after losing their royal press staff when they quit the monarchy.

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So who have they chosen?

Former Pinterest head of communications Christine Schirmer was hired to lead their press team, while Toya Holness, former footballer and past communications director, signed on to be their new press secretary.

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As PRWeek reports, the new staff additions were confirmed by Harry and Meghan’s PR firm, Sunshine Sachs.

They have made these new hires in order to help them launch the charity Archewell, which was named in honour of their son.

However, the news comes after the pair were criticised for earlier media moves in recent weeks.

This week, they were slammed by critics for hiring a celebrity photographer to take photos of them laying wreaths on Remembrance Day.

They were pictured laying flowers on the graves of two Commonwealth soldiers, one of which was from the Royal Australian Airforce and one from the Royals Canadian Arillery.

Meghan and Harry copped backlash for this ‘PR’ moment.
media_cameraMeghan and Harry copped backlash for this ‘PR’ moment.

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Celebrity photographer Lee Morgan who captured the photos has previously worked with celebrities like Kanye West and Vogue magazine.

One of the critics included the outspoken Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, who often speaks out against Meghan.

He wrote, “Just outrageous – treating Remembrance Sunday like a PR opportunity.”

Responding to another person on Twitter who defended the couple and suggested he leave them alone, Morgan wrote: “If they wanted to be’ ‘left alone’, they wouldn’t do PR stunts every day to get media attention.”

ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship tweeted out the photos, which were also met with a mixed response from those on social media.

“Really don’t understand the need for this photo shoot?” asked one follower.

“Who brings a photographer to a cemetery?” asked another.

Others were more supportive: “Lovely to see them today paying their respects and such a shame it wasn’t at the cenotaph in London. Keep up the good work Harry & Meghan,” wrote one royal watcher.

Harry and Meghan’s Remembrance Day visit comes after Buckingham Palace reportedly “refused” permission for a wreath to be laid on his behalf at the Cenotaph war memorial in London.

The Times reported that Harry personally made the request to Buckingham Palace, but was denied by courtiers on the grounds that he no longer represents the monarchy since leaving the royal family earlier this year.

The Queen was reportedly not made aware of her grandson’s request – and Harry was said to be “deeply saddened” by the rejection.

It is rumoured that these new hires will help the couple avoid future PR blunders like this.

Originally published as Harry and Meghan’s move after backlash

Sunrise pays tribute to Sam’s late mother

Sunrise host Samantha Armytage said goodbye to her mother Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Armytage on Friday morning at St Michael’s Cathedral in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, following her death, aged 68, last week.

Sunrise hosts Matt Doran and Monique Wright paid tribute to Libby during their show on Friday, standing in for Ms Armytage and co-host David ‘Kochie’ Koch as they attended the funeral.

Samantha Armytage and her late mother Libby.
media_cameraSamantha Armytage and her late mother Libby.

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“Extremely sad news of a much-loved member of the Sunrise family. Some of you may have already heard that Sam’s mum Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Armytage passed away last week,” Mr Doran said.

“Libby had a long battle with an auto-immune disease that affected her heart. Sam says her mum fought bravely, but in the end her big loving heart just couldn’t do it anymore.”

Ms Wright continued: “Sam says her mum was wonderful, kind, loving, loyal, funny and formidable. Her death leaves a huge and irreparable hole.”

The Sunrise host delivered an emotional eulogy at her mother’s funeral on Friday.
media_cameraThe Sunrise host delivered an emotional eulogy at her mother’s funeral on Friday.

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Ms Armytage announced the tragic news in an emotional Instagram post on Saturday.

“Last Tuesday afternoon, a little while after the Melbourne Cup was run, our beautiful mumma passed away, just 10 days before her 69th birthday,” she wrote.

“She had fought bravely for a long time and suffered a lot, but finally her big-loving heart just couldn’t do it anymore.

“Mums are the centre of a family and losing ours has thrown us all in a spin and left a huge, irreparable hole in each of our hearts,” she continued.

“We are very, very sad. She was wonderful; kind, loving, loyal, wildly wicked, funny & formidable.”

In August, Ms Armytage revealed in an Instagram post that her mum had been “gravely ill for a while”.

In the same post in August, she revealed that her dad had recently had a stroke.

“He’s a tough old buggar & he’s in rehab, frustrated but determined,” she wrote. “And giving plenty of cheek to his long-suffering, wonderful nurses.”

She ended the post by writing: “To anyone out there with loved ones in the hospital right now or anyone out there near your parents right now, give them a hug for me. Now, can 2020 just p*ss off already.”

Originally published as Sunrise pays tribute to Sam’s late mother

Cazzie David Says She Screamed ‘In Agony’ Over Pete Davidson-Ariana Grande Affair

Cazzie David has opened up about what it was like when ex-boyfriend Pete Davidson got together with Ariana Grande just days after they broke up, writing in her first collection of essays that it “was a really pivotal moment in my life.”

The writer-actor’s new book, “No One Asked for This,” is slated for release this month and, according to the Los Angeles Times, covers topics such as “being a young woman in 2020,” “the very specific experience of being a celebrity’s privileged child” (her dad is “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator Larry David), and, of course, Davidson.

Cazzie David reportedly writes about the aftermath of her two-and-a-half-year relationship with Davidson, which ended in 2018. The public went into a tailspin when the “Saturday Night Live” cast member started appearing on Instagram and out and about with pop singer Grande. Articles obsessing over the duo cropped up everywhere as did paparazzi photos. David herself had also gone into a tailspin. 

The 26-year-old writes in her book that she had actually called Davidson a few days after she broke up with him to say she’d made a mistake. The comedian rebuffed her, concluding their breakup two days later via text and later covering up his tattoos dedicated to David.

David would find out that he’d already started seeing Grande and, upon learning that he’d covered up the tattoos, was devastated. She recalls that she “shook uncontrollably” in her father’s arms en route to her sister’s college graduation and would later wake up in a hotel room “screaming in agony.”

“CAZZIE, COME ON!” she writes her father said. “YOUR ANCESTORS SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST!” 

Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande attend the MTV Video Music Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20, 2018.



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Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande attend the MTV Video Music Awards at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20, 2018.

Of the social media frenzy around Davidson and Grande, David writes that it only worsened her pain. She had to force herself to stop thinking of Davidson “immediately falling in love, accompanied by audio of [Grande’s] baby voice whispering sweet nothings in his ear, dubbed over his past declarations of love and trust to me.”

“It was a really pivotal moment in my life and writing about it has caused me a ton of anxiety, especially because I talk so much about hating the attention it brought me. Why would I bring more attention to myself by writing about it? But there’s nothing that’s gonna be worse than what I already experienced with that,” David told the Los Angeles Times.

Davidson and Grande have since become engaged, broken off their engagement and moved on with other people. David and Davidson have also become friends again. The Times notes that David even thanks him in her book’s acknowledgments: “Pete. I love you … Your bravery inspires me and your friendship means the world to me.”

So the next time you think your breakup was really bad, consider what it would’ve been like if your ex got together with a major pop star …

Troubled singer heading to rehab

Singer Sinead O’Connor has opened up about her mental health battle, having postponed her 2021 tour in order to enter a year-long treatment program for trauma and addiction.

The Nothing Compares 2 U singer, 53, took to Twitter to share that 2020 had been the culmination of six years of suffering, adding that she is ready to get help after becoming addicted to “a drug other than weed”.

“Message for folks who have tickets for next year’s shows: Those shows are being postponed until 2022 so that I may go into a one-year trauma and addiction treatment program because I had a very traumatic six years and this year was the end of it but now recovery starts,” she wrote.

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Sinead O’Connor has opened up about her trauma. Picture: Getty Images
media_cameraSinead O’Connor has opened up about her trauma. Picture: Getty Images

In a series of follow up tweets, O’Connor explained that she “grew up with a lot of trauma and abuse” from which she has never fully healed, but was hopeful the treatment program would allow her to address her historic difficulties.

In a shocking 2017 interview with Dr Phil, the Irish artist claimed her mum stomped on her abdomen and made her say, “I am nothing,” when she was a child.

“She ran a torture chamber,” the singer told Dr Phil.

“She was a person who took delight, would smile, in hurting you.

“My earliest memory, she’s telling me I shouldn’t have been born. She didn’t want me,” O’Connor recalled.

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“She didn’t want girls. She wanted me to be a boy. She (dressed) me like a boy, she chops my hair off. Whenever she beats me, which is daily, I’m naked. She makes me take my clothes off. I have to lie on the floor. I have to open my arms and legs. I have to let her attack my abdomen. She wants to burst my womb. She wants to destroy my reproductive system. She wants to stop me from being a female,” O’Connor said through tears in the emotional episode.

In her posts his week, O’Connor said she had this year become addicted to “a drug other than weed” (which she had been addicted to for 34 years) after the death of “someone beloved”.

She also said she experienced trauma due to the illness of one of her children.

“The child is thriving now thank god,” she wrote, “but the mum needs TLC.”

O’Connor, who has been married four times, has four children: Jake Reynolds, 33, Roisin Waters, 24, Shane Lunny, 16, and Yeshua Bonadio, 13.

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The singer said she has had a difficult six years, and this year became addicted to drugs. Picture: Getty Images
media_cameraThe singer said she has had a difficult six years, and this year became addicted to drugs. Picture: Getty Images

She added that even though the music industry can be “a very unforgiving place for artists who need to postpone due to emotional or mental health issues,” by going to rehab now, she would face a brighter future as a performer.

She asked for support from her agents and promoters.

“If taking this step means my career is over then so be it,” O’Connor wrote, then cited the American poet Mary Oliver: “I must save the only life I can.”

In 2016, O’Connor sparked concern for her health when she disappeared from a Chicago suburb, but was later found safe. In 2018, she converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada’ Davitt.

The iconic singer – whose treatment begins next week – said she is still planning to publish a memoir in 2021.

Originally published as Troubled singer heading to rehab