<![CDATA[NECN - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.necn.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.com en-usWed, 26 Sep 2018 11:33:42 -0400Wed, 26 Sep 2018 11:33:42 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Jesse Williams Responds to Backlash for 'Till' Meme Campaign]]> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 10:55:58 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/jessetill.jpg

"Grey's Anatomy" actor Jesse Williams responded to massive backlash for a meme he created to promote his upcoming directorial debut for "Till." The film will capture the aftermath of the horrific lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 in Mississippi after the black teen allegedly flirted with a white woman. Till's murder has long been credited with being one of the leading catalysts of the Civil Rights Movement.

But Washington's decision to create a meme under the hashtag #TiLLtheMovie depicting Till's mother Mamie Till-Mobley crying over the casket of her dead son with a Nike slogan "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything" was widely derided.

The Root's Monique Judge also wrote about the controversy, explaining: "Mamie Till-Mobley did not make the choice to have white racists murder her son. It wasn't a sacrifice, and to paint it as such for the sake of jumping on a current trend is both disgusting and disrespectful."

In 2017, the woman who accused Till admitted she had lied during her testimony in Till's murderers trial.

Responding to the backlash, Williams took to social media offering an explanation, acknowledging he had "offended and possibly hurt some of the very people I am to uplift."

But Williams didn't apologize for campaign, instead saying the images "were designed to highlight the tremendous sacrifices Mamie made by sharing her unrelenting journey for justice, including boldly sharing those iconic images from her son's funeral, which changed the world."

Production on "Till" is scheduled to begin next summer.

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<![CDATA[Burglary at Los Angeles Home Owned by Rihanna]]> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 09:58:54 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/ririhouse213.jpg

A Hollywood Hills home owned by singer Rihanna was broken into Tuesday night, police said.

Los Angeles police officers were called to investigate a residential burglary at the home in the 7800 block of Hillside Avenue.

This is the second time that Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty, is victim of burglary. Earlier this year, her home was burglarized during the month of May.

LAPD confirmed that property was stolen from the residence Tuesday night, but nobody was at home at the time of the burglary.

When Newschopper4 Bravo arrived over the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m., the home's burglary alarm system could be seen flashing with police congregating outside the home.

LAPD said the singer's sophisticated security system alerted them of the incident and they responded to a call at 9:35 p.m.

Police confirmed they have evidence of the suspect or suspects of the burglary and have identified a vehicle, but the investigation continues.

<![CDATA['Late Night’: A Couple Things to Say to Kavanaugh]]> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:47:53 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s6e002_738_ct_20180925-153794357344800002.jpg

Seth Meyers has a couple of things to say to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after he sat down for an interview with Fox News to deny the sexual misconduct allegations against him.

<![CDATA['Late Night’: Ted Danson Struggled to Play Sam on ‘Cheers']]> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:32:30 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s6e002_738_teddanson_sammalone_20180925-153794355211800002.jpg

Ted Danson and Seth Meyers chat about the actor’s time on the popular television show “Cheers” and the difficulty he had adjusting to the role of his character, Sam Malone.

<![CDATA[Top Celeb Photos: 'A Star is Born' Premiere]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:18:36 -0400 'A Star Is Born' at The Shrine Auditorium on Sept. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.]]> 'A Star Is Born' at The Shrine Auditorium on Sept. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.]]> https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1044029674-Edited.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA['Tonight’: Taraji P. Henson Demonstrates Her Cardi B Impression]]> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:31:06 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2018-09-26-at-3.29.59-AM.jpg

“Empire's" Taraji P. Henson reveals all the reasons why she's a true OG Cardi B fan, shows off her best impression of the "Bodak Yellow" singer and explains why she launched a foundation to tackle mental health in the black community.

<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: BTS, Fallon Do the ‘Fortnite' Dance Challenge]]> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 08:42:19 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s6e002_931_bts_fortnite_20180925-153794367111700002.jpg

BTS and Jimmy Fallon challenge themselves to mimic the dance moves of “Fortnite" characters in real life.

<![CDATA[Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Public Figures]]> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 12:29:27 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/sexual-misconduct-th.jpg

More than a hundred public figures have been accused of sexual misconduct since allegations against Harvey Weinstein first surfaced. The allegations have hit nearly every industry from entertainment to media to the corporate arena, as each person who's stepped forward has emboldened other victims to share their stories.

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<![CDATA['Late Night’: A Closer Look at Rosenstein Chaos, Kavanaugh Accuser]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 05:07:26 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myrsScreen-Shot-2018-09-25-at-4.02.07-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at conflicting news reports about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and at the president doubling down on his support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

<![CDATA['Tonight’: Mandy Moore's Tears Melt Her 'This Is Us' Prosthetics Off]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 03:48:14 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/mandymooreScreen-Shot-2018-09-25-at-3.46.19-AM.jpg

Mandy Moore chats about getting to play in all the eras of "This Is Us" and why she's happy that she gets to spend a lot more time laughing in Season 3.

<![CDATA['Late Night’: Waitressing Helped Samantha Bee Prepare for Trump]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 03:45:17 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s6e001_737_samanthabee_waitress_20180924-153785816014400002.jpg

Seth Meyers and Samantha Bee chat about her show, “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee,” and the difficulty her team has writing comedy based on the current news cycle. Additionally, she says her former waitressing job helped her prepare for President Donald Trump because of the different personalities she dealt with.

<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Moore Plays 'This Is Us' or 'A Walk to Remember' Quiz]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 07:03:17 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s6e001_930_mandymoore_quiz_20180924-153785823935900002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon challenges Mandy Moore to guess if he's dramatically reading lines from her film "A Walk to Remember” or her hit NBC drama "This Is Us," and she drops hints about the fun and romance in store for Season 3.

<![CDATA[Disneyland Resort Hotel Workers Agree to $15 Minimum Wage]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:33:52 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/disneyland-lagenerics-hnavarro-072718.jpg

Months of protests finally paid off Sunday for Disneyland Resort hotel workers.

Disneyland Resort, which includes Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, announced an agreement that will provide a minimum wage increase of 40 percent over the next two years for 2,700 Disneyland Resort hotel workers from Unite Here! 11.

The new minimum wage increase to $15 will take effect in Jan. 2019, as Unite Here! 11 members ratified a new five-year agreement with Disneyland Resort, which the company described as a 40 percent increase over the next two years.

Housekeepers' wages will move to $15.80 immediately, according to Disneyland Resort.

In July, nearly 10,000 workers from Master Services Council separately agreed to a three-year agreement that established a $15 minimum wage, which was also set to take effect in January of 2018.

In addition, Disneyland Resort said that it was undertaking what it described as "major initiatives" to provide employees comprehensive and affordable health care options and free employee skills training and education. The company said it will roll out employee healthcare coverage that offers affordable options for workers, their families and eligible dependents in October.

In addition, Disneyland Resort said that it is also paying increased minimum rates to thousands of hourly non-union workers, though it did not detail the amount of the rate increase for that segment of workers.

"The strides we have made to implement $15 an hour minimum wages will have an immediate and lasting impact on the quality of life of our cast members and their families," Josh D'Amaro, president of the Disneyland Resort, said in a statement. "Additionally, we are very proud to offer our cast peace of mind through affordable healthcare options and free educational opportunities with our groundbreaking new program called Disney Aspire."

"Over the last several months, Disney has found common ground on significant labor contracts, increased wages for union and non-union workers and introduced a comprehensive no-cost education program for hourly cast members that's unlike any we've ever seen," Orange County Business Council President and CEO Lucy Dunn said in the Disneyland Resort statement. "This is not only good for Disney and its cast members, it sets the bar for our entire Orange County community and we applaud their efforts."

The company claims that Disneyland Resort has increased employment numbers by nearly 50 percent over the past decade, adding 10,000 new jobs and bringing its staff total to 30,000 people, which the company describes as "cast members."

Photo Credit: Heather Navarro]]>
<![CDATA[Milano, Judd Open Up After Trump Asks Why Ford Didn't Report]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:21:13 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/milanojuddsplit1.jpg

Some of the most vocal proponents of the #MeToo movement and droves of other women have come to the defense of Christine Blasey Ford after President Donald Trump questioned her credibility and wondered why she didn’t report her sexual assault at the time she said it happened.

In a slew of unrestrained tweets Friday, Trump contended that if the attack Ford said happened at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was “as bad” as she claims, she would have “immediately” reported it to local authorities. He asked her to produce the report to prove the details of her alleged assault and wondered, “Why didn’t someone call the FBI 36 years ago?” 

The president's brazen comments sparked the birth of a new trending hashtag, #WhyIDidntReport, and inspired victims to reveal their own stories of assault and share their reasons for not telling anyone about the violence.

One of those victims was Alyssa Milano, who has helped propel the #MeToo movement into the national spotlight in the last year. She threw her support behind Ford and told Trump to pay attention to the stories being told.

“I was sexually assaulted twice. Once when I was a teenager. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell [my] parents,” the actress wrote on Twitter.

#WhyIDidntReport jumped to the top of Twitter’s trends in the wake of Trump's claims, with social media users challenging the president’s assertions.

Several women shared incidents they said happened when they were young children, saying they didn’t know what had happened to them at the time. Others said they felt ashamed or embarrassed about their role in the situation, thinking they “asked for” the assault or didn’t do enough to stop it themselves.

Others described feeling powerless against their attacker, saying they felt they had no one to report the assault to, that those they did tell didn’t do anything or that they would suffer further harm if they spoke out. 

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teens in the 1980s. She said he pinned her on a bed, groped her, tried to undress her and held his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. Ford said in her interview with The Washington Post that she didn't tell anyone about the incident until 2012, when she was in therapy sessions with her husband.

Kavanaugh has denied the claims, but the allegation has halted his confirmation proceedings. 

Trump himself has been accused of sexual assault and harassment as well, by at least 19 women. One of those known accusers, Jessica Leeds, claimed Trump groped her breasts and put his hand up her skirt on an airplane in the early 1980s. She told The New York Times she did not report the incident at the time because she had experienced that behavior from men before in the 70s and 80s. 

"We accepted it for years,” she told the Times of the behavior. “We were taught it was our fault.”

The White House has said the allegations against Trump are "false."

But the #WhyIDidntReport testimonies being shared on social media fall in line with national statistics on sexual violence. 

About two out of every three sexual assaults go unreported to police, according to the anti-sexual violence non-profit RAINN, which stands for Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Reasons for not reporting the assault to police include fearing retaliation, believing police would not do anything to help, believing it was a personal matter, having already reported it to a different official and believing it was not important enough to report. 

The organization also operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-4673)

The Bureau of Justice Statistics also reports that a majority of rapes and other sexual assaults aren't reported to police. Between 2006 and 2010, an average of about 211,200 rapes and sexual assaults went unreported each year. 

But even if a victim does report their assault, the likelihood that the perpetrator will be held accountable is slim, according to RAINN. Out of every 1,000 rapes, only 57 cases lead to an arrest and 11 cases will be referred to prosecutors. Only seven cases will lead to a felony conviction.

Ashley Judd, who accused disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and claimed he hurt her career after her rejections, also tweeted her own #WhyIDidntReport.

“The first time it happened, I was 7. I told the first adults I came upon. They said “Oh, he’s a nice old man, that’s not what he meant.” So when I was raped at 15, I only told my diary. When an adult read it, she accused me of having sex with an adult man,” Judd wrote.

Men shared the hashtag too, supporting women victims and also offering their own stories. Many said they feared they wouldn’t be believed if they came forward with their accusation.

One out of every 10 rape victims is male, according to RAINN.

And nearly half of transgender people are sexually assaulted in their lifetime, according to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey.

Sexual assault can leave long-term effects on victims, including post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, according to the Joyful Heart Foundation, an anti-sexual assault group founded by "Law and Order" actress Mariska Hargitay.

Most women who are raped — 94 percent — experience symptoms of PTSD in the two weeks following the rape, according to RAINN. And 30 percent experience symptoms in the nine months after.

About 70 percent of sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime, according to RAINN.

Ford, in her Post interview, said she has suffered "long-term effects" from the assault and has sought treatment for it.

One Twitter user named Kirsten King, a writer, reminded readers that those participating in the #WhyIDidntReport hashtag are "reliving their trauma to try and teach folks to extend long overdue empathy and protection. The folks posting are only a drop in the bucket – so many people aren't (and may never be) ready to relive that trauma." Her tweet garnered more than 3,800 likes by Friday evening.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 provides people in distress, or those around them, with 24-hour support. The Crisis Text Line allows people to text 741-741 to connect with crisis counselors.

Photo Credit: AP Images, Files]]>
<![CDATA[Website Pulls Sexy 'Handmaid's Tale' Costume After Backlash]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:13:23 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/handmaidsexycostume.jpg

If Halloween is approaching, then it must be time for another retailer to pull its Halloween costume for bad taste.

This year the early offender is an online lingerie store that has removed a sexy “Handmaid’s Tale” costume from its website after receiving massive backlash on social media.

The show, which was based on the book by Margaret Atwood, was set in a dystopian America where women were forcefully used as surrogates and sex slaves.

The product description for Yandy’s “Brave Red Maiden” costume makes a direct reference to the critically acclaimed Hulu drama, USA Today reported.

"An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say," the description reads. "However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume."

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Many social media users commented on the misogynistic aspect of selling a costume about female oppression. Some also noted the irony that this product was removed when many stores continue to sell offensive race- and culture-inspired costumes. 

This is not the first time that Yandy has marketed a Halloween costume that might provoke backlash.

Last year, the company began selling its “Reality Star in the Making” costume for $59.95 with a product photo featuring a pregnant Kylie Jenner look-alike in a short, tight white dress.

The description promises to “boost your show’s ratings” with the help of a "faux pregnant belly."

Yandy’s questionable product choices are a part of a long retail Halloween tradition of selling controversial costumes.

In 2017, Walmart and several other retailers took down a “World War II Evacuee” costume, which included a green beret, a blue dress and a satchel. The item caused an outrage because of its resemblance to Jewish Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Amazon, however, continues to carry the product on its website.

Walmart also had to pull its $4 “Razor Blade Suicide Scar Wound Latex Custom Makeup” kit in 2016 after receiving complaints that the kit supported self-injury.

In the same year, online retailer Costumeish faced a social media outcry in 2016 after posting a “Parisian Heist” costume parodying Kim Kardashian’s robbery in Paris. The listing sported a bound and gagged model who looked like Kardashian dressed in a white bathrobe and wearing a huge ring.

Time reported that social media users also accused the Disney online store of racism in 2016 after it attempted to sell a costume of a character from the “Moana” movie. The Maui costume included a brown bodysuit and tattoos, which would make the wearer dress up as a person of color. Disney later apologized and quickly took the costume off its website.

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Like those companies, Yandy seems to be reflecting on its decision to sell the handmaid costume after the retailer said it received many “sincere, heartfelt response, supported by numerous personal stories.”

A statement on Yandy’s site, which has since replaced the red cape, mini dress and bonnet ensemble, apologized for the offensive costume. The company called the incident “unfortunate” and said it was not their “intention on any level.”

“Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our 'Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume' is being seen as a symbol of women's oppression, rather than an expression of women's empowerment,” the statement reads. “Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image.” 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Hulu
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<![CDATA['Tonight’: Trump Campaigns in Vegas, Plus Tweets with Beats]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:43:20 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e189_928_monologue_20180920-153751285454400002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon talks President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Las Vegas during his opening monologue.

<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Kid Theater With Jack Black]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:41:57 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e189_928_jackblack_kidtheater_20180920_1-153751282804300002.jpg

Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon read scenes written by little kids based on the movie title, "The House With a Clock in Its Walls."

<![CDATA['Late Night’: Kelly Clarkson's Son Loves Going on Stage With Her]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:40:31 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e154_736_kellyclarkson_son_20180920-153751278168400002.jpg

Seth Meyers and Kelly Clarkson talk about the tour she’s going on in January and how her 11-year-old son enjoys going onstage with her at concerts.

<![CDATA['Late Night’: A Closer Look at the ‘Law and Order’ President on Collusion]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:39:03 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e154_736_acl_20180920-153751219010000002.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at President Donald Trump defending himself against accusations of Russian collusion and defending his Supreme Court nominee against accusations of sexual assault.