Logan Pauls mom asks fans to share how he inspired or saved them


Despite the neverending YouTube controversies generated by Logan Paul and Jake Paul, their fans are still determined to support the brothers.

Logan’s suicide forest video, in which he filmed and posted a video of an apparently dead body, has reverberated around the internet for days. Jake has been embroiled in controversy because of an inappropriate clickbait headline and thumbnail and for rapping the N-word twice in a newly surfaced video.

Logan has apologized twice and has taken a break from vlogging as the controversy continues unabated, and in his apology video—which has been viewed more than 29 million times as of this writing—he asked his fans not to defend his actions because “they do not deserve to be defended.”

But when the Twitter account purportedly run by his mother, Pam Stepnick, asked for support, she got hundreds of responses from the LoGang.

Here are a few responses, including one from a fan who credits Logan with keeping her alive and another who worries how she’s going to feel when he doesn’t vlog on a daily basis.

Others showed their support almost immediately after the video was posted.

Not everybody, though, took Stepnick’s suggestion and shared an inspirational story about her sons.

Still, his fans are forgiving.

Since the video was posted, Logan has gained about 250,000 new YouTube subscribers in the last five days, according to YouTube analytics site Social Blade.

It’s unclear when or if Logan will return to social media, though it’s likely a matter of when and not if. And when he does, it’s a good bet that the vast majority of his 15.4 million subscribers will be excited to see what he posts next.

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Jimmy Kimmel makes tearful plea to save CHIP


Multiple celebrities stepped in to guest host Jimmy Kimmel Live last week while Jimmy Kimmel took off for his son Billy’s second open-heart surgery, but now Kimmel has returned to his show with an important message for his viewers.

Billy made his late-night debut Monday as he joined Kimmel onstage at the top of the show. Billy was calm about the whole thing—he was mostly silent throughout the segment—but Kimmel was on the verge of tears as he thanked everyone who had a hand in making the past week a success. But Kimmel had another reason to talk to his audience about Billy’s healthcare.

Kimmel, as he’s said before, has health insurance that covers his son’s surgeries. For children whose parents make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but can’t get affordable coverage, they can be covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Federal funding for CHIP expired in September, and what has normally been a largely a program with bipartisan support is now being used as a bargaining chip by Republicans in Congress.

Kimmel urged his audience to call their members of Congress and ask them to stop focusing on tax cuts and come together to fund CHIP before children lose their access to affordable healthcare for serious and chronic conditions.

“I’ve had enough of this,” Kimmel said. “I don’t know what could be more disgusting than putting a tax cut that mostly goes to rich people ahead of the lives of children.”

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YouTube star Boogie2988 announces divorce in powerful video


In a new trending video, popular YouTuber Steven Jay Williams—better known as Boogie2988—announced that he and his wife, Desiree are getting a divorce after seven years.

Apologizing for keeping details from his fans for several weeks, Williams explained that he Desiree reached the decision to split amicably after seven years of marriage. The two separated for three weeks in November before deciding to make “a more permanent change.”

“The ring is off, were Facebook official,” he put it bluntly.

For the past decade, Williams has been uploading videos regularly to his Boogie2988 channel, cultivating a following of 4.3 million subscribers who have contributed a total of 710 million views to his channel. He’s best known for his video game reviews and commentary, but he also uploads “rambling” videos in which he speaks candidly about his personal life, including his struggles with mental illness and obesity.

Williams has historically been open about his marriage on his channel, even sharing his proposal and wedding video. As a result, fans felt invested in the relationship, and the video shot to No. 3 on Youtube’s Trending list on Wednesday.

Williams first broke the news on Twitter last week before explaining the situation at length in his video, citing his own mental health struggles and subsequent behavior as a primary factor in the dissolution of their marriage. “Me and my wife had one major issue that was persistent throughout the entire marriage, and that was my anxiety disorder, my clinically diagnosed PTSD,” he said. “But more importantly, not just the disorder itself, but the stupid things that I would say and the stupid things that I would do when I was in the middle of a fight-or-flight attack.”

The YouTuber has also battled with “morbid obesity” and “chronic pain issues,” and underwent gastric bypass surgery in August to jumpstart his weight-loss journey. He assured fans worried about his own mental and physical wellbeing that he’s doing better than ever, having lost a “ridiculous amount” of weight and recently broken through a frustrating plateau.

“I’m healthier now, today, and dealing with this bad stuff today better than I would’ve a year ago with good news,” he said. “My brain and my body are better than they’ve ever been, and I love it, and I’m excited for it, and I just can’t wait to keep pushing forward to becoming the new me.”

Williams quoted a line from Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi to sum up his current philosophy about the direction of his life: “Let the past die. Kill it if you have to. It’s the only way to become the person you’re meant to be.”

“I don’t know if I should be listening to Kylo Ren,” he joked, “but it makes a lot of sense here, and that’s something I’m going to try to do.”

Watch the video below.

If you are a teen dealing with depression or other mental health issues, see PBS.org for a list of resources and organizations that can help you. If you are an adult, see Mental Health Resources.

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Fellow porn stars say August Ames’ death is connected to cyberbullying


Porn actress August Ames has died. The medical examiner’s office in Ventura County confirmed her death Wednesday, XBIZ reported. Ames was 23.

“She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me,” Ames’ husband Kevin Moore said in a statement. “Please leave this as a private family matter in this difficult time.”

The cause of death has not been disclosed, according to XBIZ.

Ames’ death spurred a Twitter conversation among people in the porn industry about cyberbullying and porn actors’ rights to choose who they work with. Ames’ friends, including porn star Anikka Albrite, reportedly connected Ames’ death to a heated online debate that took place in the days before she died.

Ames tweeted on Sunday suggesting that she did not work with men who have done gay porn.

Ames immediately received backlash and was called homophobic. But she argued she made the choice not to film with men who have shot gay porn because of health and safety concerns.

The actress defended herself, saying she could choose who she wanted to work with and that she was not homophobic since she was attracted to women.

Following her death, friends of Ames and others indicated she was suffering from depression and dealing with online bullying.

Ames’ last tweet said, “fuck y’all.”

Brazzers, a porn website, tweeted its condolences to Ames’ friends and family, saying it would postpone the release of a video with Ames that was scheduled for Wednesday night.

Other porn websites, including Babes, Digital Playground, and Trendzzz, also expressed their condolences.

For more information about suicide prevention or to speak with someone confidentially, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.) or Samaritans (U.K.). 

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Someone’s been watching A Christmas Prince 18 days straightand Netflix is concerned


Ah, the holidays. A nice time to curl up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate, your favorite sweater, and watch… A Christmas Prince 18 times in a row?

Netflix released the new original movie—about a reporter who goes undercover and ends up falling in love with a prince—less than a month ago, and it seems to have a specific, dedicated fanbase. Maybe it’s the Meghan Markle mania that has descended upon us, maybe it’s a bunch of dentist waiting rooms that are just playing the movie on repeat, but according to a tweet the streaming company sent out Sunday evening, 53 of its 109 million users have watched the rom-com every single day for the past 18  days:

“Who hurt you?” the streaming giant wrote.

At first, fans seemed tickled by the tweet, but for a company that’s notoriously private about its metrics and internal numbers, people couldn’t help but pick up on a certain “Big Brothery” vibe to how (and why) it shared the information.

Writer Amanda Bell tried to get a quote straight from the horse’s mouth late Sunday, asking the company why it was “calling people out like that.”

“I just want to make sure you’re okay,” Netflix replied.

When Bell countered with, “You’re not my mom,” the company fired back with, “Ok sweetie.”

The streaming giant’s Twitter bio currently reads simply “Christmas Prince.”

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It’s still illegal in Ohio to not tell your partner your HIV diagnosis before sex


The Ohio Supreme Court ruled on Thursday to uphold the law requiring residents who are HIV-positive to disclose their diagnosis before having sex.

According to the Columbus Dispatchthe ruling came from a First Amendment challenge in which Orlando Batista area failed to disclose his HIV status to his girlfriend and transmitted the virus to her. Batista’s attorneys argued that the law illegally made him speak about his health condition, and also said the law violated the Third Amendment’s equal protection clause for not mandating the same disclosure for other STIs and STDs.

However, the court unanimously ruled that the law regulated conduct, not speech, and therefore does not violate free speech rights, as argued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. And because the law was related to the state’s interest in preventing the spread of HIV, the court ruled it didn’t violate equal protection, either.

Ohio’s HIV-positive community and activists argue the law is outdated and doesn’t take into account medical advances for decreasing the risk of transmission between sex partners. Earlier this month, the Center for Disease Control declared that HIV-positive people taking preventative medication cannot transmit the virus through sex, which helped influence California’s own legislation changes on HIV status disclosure.

Despite this, Justice Patrick DeWine wrote in his opinion that these advances are not enough.

“But the question is who gets to evaluate that risk: Should the HIV-positive individual get to assess that risk for his sexual partner or should the partner get to make her own decision,” DeWine wrote. “Fair to say that most—if not all—people would insist on the right to make that decision for themselves.”

The case may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Amber Tamblyn believes Charlyne Yi’s racism accusations against husband David Cross


Amber Tamblyn has defended Charlyne Yi after the actress said Tamblyn’s husband David Cross made racist comments to her 10 years ago.

Tamblyn, an actress and director of the new film Paint It Black, responded to the accusations by saying she’d spoken to Yi (House, Steven Universe) and believes her. She also asked critics not to hold her accountable for the words of her husband, after people on Twitter started @-ing her about his apology.

On Oct. 16, Yi tweeted about meeting Cross for the first time and how he made her feel uncomfortable with a racist joke. She also pre-empted any “but it was a joke” defenses by saying she knew she was being condescended to.

Cross attempted to explain the encounter—and Yi’s experience—in a series of tweets, saying he was surprised by the accusations and using the hashtag #Rashomon, which was not the best reference. He then tried to put another Band-Aid on his non-apology by stating that he was just doing a “southern redneck” character—which he’s employed on Mr. Show and in his standup—because they were in Louisiana when they met for the first time, and Yi obviously “did not understand” that he was doing his “welcome to Shreveport greeting.”

H/T Jezebel

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Heres how Oregon is spending its $85 million in legal weed money


Nearly $85 million has been collected in tax revenue from Oregon’s legal marijuana, according to a new report.

KGW-TV reports that the money collected from legal pot sales since Oregon became the first state to legalize the plant in 2014 will go to various state funds including schools, addiction services, police, and health services.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which governs legal marijuana, could only distribute funds once it reimbursed $13 million in administrative costs associated with setting up the legal pot program, the television station reports.

Here’s how the money is being distributed:

  • $34 million to the state school fund
  • $17 million to the mental health, alcoholism and drug services account
  • $17 million to Oregon cities and counties
  • $12 million to Oregon State Police
  • $4 million to Oregon Health Authority

In the future, the school fund will get 40 percent of the tax revenue, the addiction services will get 20 percent, the state police will get 15 percent, local law enforcement in cities will get 10 percent, county law enforcement will get 10 percent, and the state’s Health Authority will get 5 percent, according to KGW-TV’s report.

In July, Whitney Economics, a consulting agency, found that the marijuana business in Oregon was booming. The group’s report found that more than 12,500 jobs were created in the legal marijuana sector generating more than $3000 million in annual wages.

You can read all of KGW-TV’s report here.

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GOP senator tells high school students access to food, healthcare is a ‘privilege’


In schools across America, most children are taught that food, shelter, and clothing are basic needs. But one GOP senator considers these tools for survival a “privilege,” not a right.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) spoke to high school students in his home state on Friday, and one student in the audience asked, in the face of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, if Johnson believes healthcare is a “privilege or a right.” Johnson went on to claim it’s the former, not the latter.

“Do you consider food a right?” the senator asked the students, WISN 12 reports. “Do you consider clothing a right? Do you consider shelter a right? What we have as rights is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Past that point, we have the right to freedom. Past that point is a limited resource that we have to use our opportunities given to us to afford those things.”

Like many Republican senators, Johnson believes engaging with (and succeeding on) the free market is the key to healthcare. Instead of making it a universal right, Johnson criticized state-funded medical care, encouraging lawmakers to improve the economy so as many people as possible can afford healthcare.

“I think it’s obviously a privilege to have food and shelter,” he said. “What we need to do as public officials is try and have our economy healthy so that we have as much prosperity as possible so that we can actually increase the resources available for as high a quality and highly accessible health care as we possibly can.”

Johnson, of course, supports repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with a Republican-backed healthcare system, which could leave millions uninsured. So far, the GOP’s plans for healthcare haven’t passed the Senate, leaving the ACA in-tact for now.

H/T Splinter

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Utah cop who dragged nurse in viral video has been fired


University of Utah nurse Alex Wubbels was seen being forcibly handcuffed and dragged by Salt Lake City police Detective Jeff Payne in a video that went viral last month. It caused public outcry that ultimately led the Salt Lake City mayor and police chief to apologize. Now, more than a month later, the police department has fired Payne from the force.

In the filmed incident, which actually happened in July, Payne repeatedly requested permission to draw blood from a patient who suffered serious burns from a head-on collision. Without a search warrant or the patient’s permission, Payne had no right to draw blood, but he remained insistent with Wubbels. Eventually, after Wubbels phoned her supervisor on the matter, Payne pushed Wubbels outside the hospital and handcuffed her, dragging her to the side. She wasn’t charged, but in the video depicting her arrest, she appears visibly shaken, screaming for help.

During an internal investigation in September, the police department concluded that both Payne and his watch commander, Lt. James Tracey, disregarded the department’s arrest and officer conduct policies when Payne handcuffed Wubbels. In light of the investigation, the department decided to fire Payne, while his commander was demoted back to officer.

“The decision… is in keeping with the high level of accountability we owe the people of Salt Lake City,” Mayor Jackie Biskupski explained, according to CNN. “In making his decision, I am confident Chief Brown balanced the unique stresses each of our police officers deal with daily, and the responsibility they have as leaders in our community.”

H/T Associated Press

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