Jay-Z defends NFL-Roc Nation deal, talks Kap

Jay-Z said he still supports former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but now is focused on action. “Everybody knows I agree with what you’re saying [in Kaepernick’s underlying message]. So what are we gonna do?”
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Pink Fiercely Defends Picture of Her Kids Running in Holocaust Memorial

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Justin Bieber defends manager over Taylor Swift’s ‘bullying’ claims

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EA Defends Loot Boxes, Calls Them ‘Surprise Mechanics’

EA has defended the company’s use of randomised purchases, saying that they aren’t actually loot boxes, but simply “surprise mechanics”.

PCGamesN reports that during an oral evidence session with the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee, EA’s VP of legal and government affairs, Kerry Hopkins, made the statement.

Hopkins not only termed purchases with a random result as “surprise mechanics”, but also likened them to children toys like Kinder Surprise Eggs or Hatchimals.

Hopkins then went on to speak as to the ethics of such purchases when questioned by Scottish National Party MP, Brendan O’Hara.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk Defends ‘Bonehead’ Remark, Says He Should Have Answered Questions

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Tesla’s Elon Musk Defends ‘Bonehead’ Remark, Says He Should Have Answered Questions

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Kanye West defends pro-Trump politics in new song

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Sherman defends deal he negotiated with 49ers

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Jason Kennedy’s Wife Defends Him Following News of Catt Sadler’s Exit Over Pay Gap: He’s ‘Unfairly Publicly Shamed’

Jason Kennedy and his wife have broken their silence following news that Catt Sadler left E! News due to pay gap disputes.

Lauren Scruggs defended Kennedy, 36, in a post shared on her social media and blog Thursday to give “insight to the last 48 hours,” saying that her husband has received negative comments after Sadler, 43, publicly revealed on Tuesday the drastic pay disparity between herself and her former co-host.

Sadler said she left the network after she found out Kennedy was making “double” her salary for “several years” despite both of them coming up the ranks at E! News around the same time.

“I believe in female empowerment and gender equality, but it’s heartbreaking that a network is being deemed sexist when that is simply not true,” Scruggs, 29, wrote.

“At one time my husband had a female co-anchor on E! News who made 3 times his salary,” she said, alluding to Giuliana Rancic, whom PEOPLE revealed was paid “significantly more” Kennedy before she left the network in 2015.

“Women are paid accordingly on this network, and the difference in his salary versus hers did not affect Jason. He knows there are always more components to consider when determining one’s salary than gender alone,” said Scruggs, who married Kennedy in December 2014.

“Since Jason was named the permanent anchor of E! News over two years ago, he has had various co-hosts that rotate throughout the week. A permanent co-host has never been named since the last one left 6 months ago,” she said.

In a statement to PEOPLE, an E! spokesperson said on behalf of the network and Kennedy, “E! compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender. We appreciate Catt Sadler’s many contributions at E! News and wish her all the best following her decision to leave the network.”

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Scruggs further defended her husband by explaining that “there are two sides to every story” and how her post was to tell Kennedy’s side. “Everyone deserves to know before jumping to conclusions about a place he has called home for the last twelve years,” she said.

“If he ever heard that gender inequality was occurring at his workplace, he would take action. Instead, it’s the contrary, and the numerous phone calls we have had these past two days from both current and former female employees at E! only support what he has seen in his time there. These women have assured us that they never felt gender inequality was at play at any time,” she explained.

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Sadler told PEOPLE how she discovered she was being paid half of what Kennedy earns.

This year, the single mother of two’s contract was coming to an end and was notified by E! executives that they wanted to extend her deal. However around the same time that was happening, Sadler said she was “informed and made aware that who I started with the same year and have come up with doing essentially similar jobs, if not the same job, wasn’t just making a little bit more than me but was making double my salary and has been for several years.”

Sadler started at E! in 2006 when she landed the job as host of The Daily 10 and was named host of E! News in 2010, additionally hosting Live from E! and E!’s Daily Pop. Kennedy joined E! in 2005 as a weekend anchor and hosted The Daily 10 before becoming a host of E! News and Live from E! in 2012.

Upon learning Kennedy’s salary, Sadler said she attempted to renegotiate her new contract. “Not only did refuse to pay me as much as my male counterpart, but they didn’t come close — nowhere close, not even remotely close,” she recalled.

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Meanwhile, Scruggs concluded her post by detailing her husband’s character.

“Jason is the most tender-hearted & respectful person and it’s so sad to see him unfairly publicly shamed. His name has been dragged through the mud regarding nothing he did, except be a great friend & colleague,” she said.

“It absolutely breaks my heart to watch, & it is devastating & frustrating to see how this all played out. I will always stand on truth, & I cannot stand by and be silent when the foundation of a story that affects my family is not based on that. I am so proud of & inspired by my husband for constantly being prayerful, surrounding himself w/ wisdom, & being the definition of a class act even in unfortunate circumstances. Love u, Jase, I am honored to be by your side.”

Scruggs shared a majority of the same paragraphs on social media, only leaving out the sentence she included on her blog commending Sadler.

“I do, though, want to thank Catt for defending and supporting Jase even though this narrative brought insurmountable amounts of hate towards him on social media,” she wrote.

Kennedy thanked his wife in his own post on Instagram and Twitter Thursday, writing, “I love you @laurenscruggs thank you for what you just posted.”

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Sadler told PEOPLE on Wednesday that she does not blame Kennedy for the pay disparity.

“Jason Kennedy is one of my best friends in the whole wide world. He is like a brother to me. And in no way do I want this to reflect poorly on him. This is not his fault,” said Sadler, who is a parent to sons Arion Boyd, 12, and Austin Boyd, 16.

“He’s devastated, I think, and I think he believes that this is a great loss for the network. He does not want to see me go. Jason is a class act. … But it’s important that people don’t vilify him because he isn’t the problem — the system’s the problem, the structure’s the problem. And I really do mean that. Because that’s been a hard part of this whole thing because I love him dearly,” she shared. “And to be honest, he has been such a champion for me in every sense. But it’s not his decision.”


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‘Game Of Thrones’ Director Defends Ed Sheeran From Internet Haters

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Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump’s Twitter Use As A ‘Free’ Way To Share Information

Kellyanne Conway defended president-elect Donald Trump’s 140-character missives on Twitter as a “free” way to “communicate directly with the people” during an interview with Seth Meyers on Tuesday night.

Conway, who will become a counselor to the president later this month, justified Trump’s controversial behaviors in the “Late Night With Seth Meyers” interview, including his refusal to release his tax returns and hold a press conference.

But Meyers buckled down on Trump’s ongoing use of Twitter as a means of communication, focusing on recent messages meant to shame detractors, claim victory over business decisions and lambaste intelligence agencies.

“Wouldn’t it be great for you personally if he tweeted a little bit less?” Meyers asked.

“No, actually, the answer is no,” Conway said. “It’s his way to communicate directly with the people. It’s free for you. You get information from him. The press doesn’t like it because he does an end run around them, and it’s the democratization of information. You don’t have to wait for some journalist, some anti-Trump journalist to curate the information and bias it.”

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Kylie Jenner Defends Caitlyn Jenner After Chris Brown Posts Transphobic Instagram

While many celebrities have been vocal in their support of Caitlyn Jenner following her debut on Vanity Fair’s July cover, unfortunately, some have not. And Jenner’s daughter Kylie Jenner is not going to take the insults lying down.

After Chris Brown reposted a transphobic meme that referred to Caitlyn Jenner on his Instagram account Friday, the 17-year-old “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star reportedly commented on the post, writing, “Not very nice to say about your friends dad.” Brown’s post has since been deleted, but Kylie Jenner’s tweet Friday seemingly alludes to the incident:


Kylie Jenner and Chris Brown have been spotted hanging out together on various occasions. Jenner has shared photos of herself with Brown on her Instagram account, and the Jenner sisters participated in a charity kickball game with the “Forever” singer in July 2014.

The Huffington Post has reached out to Jenner and Brown’s reps for comment and will update this post if one comes through.

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Patrick Stewart Defends Northern Irish Bakery That Rejected ‘Support Gay Marriage’ Cake

“Star Trek” icon Patrick Stewart has come to the defense of Northern Ireland’s Ashers Bakery, which was found guilty of discrimination last month after refusing to prepare a cake decorated with a same-sex marriage slogan.

The case made headlines in 2014 after Belfast-based activist Gareth Lee requested a cake featuring “Sesame Street” characters, along with the message, “Support Gay Marriage.” Although the bakery’s owners initially accepted the order, they called two days later to cancel it, citing their religious beliefs.

In response, Stewart called the Ashers case “a deliciously difficult” subject in an interview with BBC’s Newsnight, adding that he “found himself on the side of the bakers” because nobody should be forced to write politically-relevant text that they didn’t support.

“It was not because it was a gay couple that they objected. It was not because they were celebrating some sort of marriage or an agreement between them,” Stewart is quoted as saying. “It was the actual words on the cake that they objected to, because they found them offensive.”

He went on to note, “I would support their rights to say, ‘No, this is personally offensive to my beliefs, I will not do it.'”

The remarks may come as a surprise to some fans of Stewart, who has previously spoken out in defense of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In January, the actor said his background in theater made him a natural LGBT advocate.

“I think this is where the theater is such an appealing world, because it embraces everything and always has. So there was never a moment where I made an intellectual choice that I would be a supporter of gay civil rights,” he said at the time. “It was always a natural and uncomplicated choice.”

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Television Mogul Byron Allen Defends ‘Blackface’ Obama Comment

It appears television mogul and host of “Comics Unleashed” Byron Allen is standing by previous comments he made referring to President Barack Obama as a “white president in blackface.”

Earlier this week, Allen spoke to a TMZ cameraperson about his disappointment over the words the president chose in discussing last month’s violent tensions in Baltimore, referring to some of those rioting as “thugs” during an April 28 press conference.

Yesterday, Allen followed up on his comments during an appearance on “TMZ Live,” elaborating on his frustrations with the Obama administration.

“What we’re witnessing is a national crisis,” he said. “When you see young black men on the streets rioting it’s because of the two Americas. And by the way, in a lot of black cities unemployment amongst black men is 50 percent.”

According to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the jobless rate for African-American males over 20 years old is 9.2 percent — nearly twice the rate of unemployment among white men in the same age group. An October 2014 report in Al Jazeera notes high incarceration rates, lack of training, and discrimination as some of the contributing factors for the gap.

After launching his comedy career as a staff writer alongside Jay Leno and David Letterman and becoming the youngest standup comedian to appear on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson,” Allen founded Entertainment Studios in 1993. Entertainment Studios is now a global media production and distribution company with eight HD networks.

In his TMZ interview, the Detroit-native and television veteran claimed his public criticism towards the president stems from a previous in-person encounter during a dinner when he personally invited the president to have a meeting about his concerns over racist comments made by former AT&T president Aaron Slator, and the broader problem of race and racism in corporate settings.

Despite his invitation, Allen has yet to hear a response from POTUS.

“As the President of the United States if you’re going to call those kids in Baltimore ‘thugs’ why don’t you talk to the chairman of AT&T who’s calling us the n-word, covering it up for two years, and say ‘you need to sit down and talk to Knoyme King and Byron Allen and resolve these issues,’” he said. “You can’t be the biggest telecommunications company in the world calling us the n-word. You’re the president, but you’re also black man.”

Prior to Slator’s April termination from AT&T, the former advertising and sales executive was the subject of a $ 100 million discrimination lawsuit after a 50-year-old African-American woman and employee, Knoyme King, accused him of subjecting her to discriminatory behavior and using his work phone to send racially offensive images, according to reports.

As for a resolution to Allen’s concerns, he went on record during his “TMZ Live” appearance to state that he’s not mad at President Obama and is still open to sitting down with him for a conversation on the topic.

Allen did not immediately respond to a HuffPost request for comment.

Check out more of Byron Allen’s comments in the clip above.

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