Ashley Judd’s Sexual Harassment Case Against Harvey Weinstein Was Just Dismissed

Actress Ashley Judd was one of the first women to publicly speak out against former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and in May of last year she filed a lawsuit against him alleging that her career was damaged by lies he spread about her in Hollywood after she spurned his sexual advances.

On January 9, a federal judge in California dismissed a portion of her suit, stating that her sexual harassment allegations did not fall within a specific legal statute. According to the New York Times, Judge Philip Gutierrez’s order was clear in saying that he was not ruling as to whether or not Judd as sexually harassed “in the colloquial sense of the term” but that the law could not be applied because she did not have a “specific business arrangement” with Weinstein at the time, which is a legal requirement.

So basically, the judge is not saying that Judd’s claim that Weinstein appeared in a bathrobe during a business meeting and asked her to let him massage her and watch him shower didn’t happen, just that it’s not sexual harassment under the California law because recent changes to the statue mandate that sexual harassment only applies if there is a specific business relationship between the parties. (The judge also did not state that it did happen.) That sounds like a pretty messed up law to me, especially given that Judd says the meeting was indeed about business.

Weinstein has continued to deny Judd’s accusations. “We have said from the beginning that this claim was unjustified, and we are pleased that the court saw it as we did,” Phyllis Kupferstein, one of Weinstein’s lawyers, said in a statement. “We believe that we will ultimately prevail on her remaining claims.”

Despite the recent setback, Judd is continuing with the rest of her case. “Nothing about today’s ruling changes that Ms. Judd’s case is moving forward on multiple claims,” Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., her lead attorney, said in a statement to the Times.

Meghan Markle’s Royal Patronages Have Been Announced, and Two Come From the Queen Herself

2019 just got a lot busier for Meghan Markle. Along with moving to a new house in Windsor with Prince Harry, welcoming her first baby in the spring, and fending off annoying rumors in the press, the Duchess of Sussex has four official new royal patronages to add to her workload.

This morning, January 10, Kensington Palace announced the first organizations that Markle will lend her name and energy to as a royal patron—and they all make so much sense given everything we know about her passions: women’s empowerment, eduction, the arts, and animals. Also, two of her royal assignments come directly from Queen Elizabeth II herself.

“The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes,” the statement says. “Her Royal Highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent.”

Here’s a quick breakdown of these groups:

The National Theatre

The former Suits actress should feel right at home in the theater. Prior to today, the queen has been its royal patron for 45 years so it’s a pretty big deal for her to pass this honor along to her granddaughter-in-law. According to the Palace, “The National Theatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that’s entertaining, challenging and inspiring – and to make it for everyone.” Markle believes in using the arts as a way to bring people together, so this is a good fit.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

This patronage also comes straight from the Queen—it’s been rumored to be one of Markle’s new patronages since the duchess made a trip to King’s College back in December.

The ACU is the “world’s first and oldest international university network” and focuses on key principles like the value of higher education to society. If that doesn’t sound like a perfect match for Markle, I’m not sure what does. On her first royal tour with Prince Harry, she spoke about the importance of her college education at Northwestern University. “As a university graduate, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending university,” she said. “From the moment you receive your acceptance letter to the exams you spend countless late nights studying for, the lifelong friendships you make with your fellow alumni to the moment that you receive your diploma, the journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful, and pivotal one. I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world, myself included.”

Smart Works

Smart Works is a smaller charity that will likely see a huge impact by being connected to Markle. It was formed in 2013 to “to help long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives.” According to Kensington Palace, she has visited many times already and even helped women (over half of whom are minorities) with coaching and interview preparation. “The Duchess’s patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars,” said founder Juliet Hughes-Hallett.

Mayhew

Markle’s love of animals (including her own rescue dogs) is well-documented so Mayhew, an animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of dogs, cats, and people in communities both in London and internationally, is a natural fit. The organization was founded all the way back in 1896 and includes services like a Pet Refuge program to provide animal care during short-term crises. Bonus: Hopefully this means photos of Markle and her husband with lots of adorable animals.

Well done, Duchess. We’re excited to see all the good work that’s sure to come in 2019.

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Lady Gaga Regrets Her ‘Twisted’ Duet With R. Kelly and Vows to Take It Off Streaming

Lady Gaga has broken her silence on her 2013 collaboration with R. Kelly, apologizing for the message it sends survivors. In a statement released on Twitter one week after a new docuseries focused on claims of sexual assault against R. Kelly premiered, Gaga denounced their single “Do What U Want” and vowed to remove it from iTunes and other streaming platforms.

“What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible,” she wrote in a post shared the morning of January 10. “As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song [‘Do What U Want’] and video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life.”

The video for “Do What U Want”—which was directed by Terry Richardson, another man who’s been accused of sexual misconduct—was ultimately scrapped, but bits from it leaked online. In the clip, R. Kelly plays a doctor who puts Gaga under anesthesia and then throws a party in the operating room while she’s out cold. To call the concept disturbing—especially given the numerous accusations of sexual misconduct against R. Kelly—would be an understatement.

“The song is called ‘Do What U Want (With My Body),’ I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time,” Gaga went on to explain.

In November 2013 Gaga and R. Kelly performed “Do What U Want” for the first time at the American Music Awards. The high-concept number had Gaga playing a Marilyn Monroe figure and R. Kelly portraying the president. They also performed the song together on Saturday Night Live.

“If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self I’d tell her to go through the therapy I have since then, so that I could understand the confused post-traumatic state that I was in—or if therapy was not available to me or anyone in my situation—to seek help, and speak as openly and honestly as possible about what we’ve been through,” Gaga also wrote in her statement.

The Joanne singer says that she “stands behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously,” referring to the women who have come forward to accuse R. Kelly of sexual assault both in the current Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly and otherwise. (R. Kelly has denied the allegations.)

“I have demonstrated my stance on this issue [sexual assault] and others many times throughout my career. I share this not to make excuses for myself but to explain,” she added. In September 2015 Gaga released a song about sexual assault called “Til It Happens to You.” It was used in the 2015 documentary The Hunting Ground and earned an Oscar nomination the following year.

Surviving R. Kelly has put the rapper’s actions back into public consciousness—including his work with Lady Gaga. It was after the series premiered on January 3 that pressure on Gaga to speak out mounted on social media.

“I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young and for not speaking out sooner,” Gaga wrote at the end of her statement.

Read Gaga’s full statement for yourself, above.

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Why Staycations Are the Ultimate Self-Care Splurge

Once upon a time, working from home was the dream. I would have freedom and flexibility. I could craft my schedule as I desired and be my own boss. I envisioned having a designated writing desk that overlooked a bustling cityscape, complete with never-ending French press coffee and a stack of periodicals that I actually had time to read.

And then I started working from home.

My expectations were a little…off. I should note that I don’t work from home full time. I have a day job in Washington, D.C., that requires me to be in an office four days a week. I have a great team and enjoy the work, but balancing my 9-to-5 with my schedule as a writer and consultant is tough. My early mornings, evenings, and weekends are almost entirely set aside for freelance projects. Put another way, I spend a lot of time at home.

I’ve always associated the concept of home with a personal sanctuary. I grew up in a humble, two-bedroom house. Our space was small, and my space was even smaller. Regardless, it was essential that I make it my own: I stuck those glow-in-the-dark stars and moons onto the ceiling of my room. I taped up pages that I’d ripped out of my favorite fashion magazines. And you better believe I squeezed a bright blue blow-up chair in there sometime between 1998 and 2000.

I like to think that my interior design skills have improved since then. And while I believe I have created a clean, cozy, and inviting home as an adult (thanks, Marie Kondo), I never really considered the effect working from home would have on my so-called sanctuary.

For starters, it’s less a sanctuary and more a place that reminds me that I have work to do. I still get nice and comfy on my sofa, bundle up in a fleece blanket, and binge watch Queer Eye like the best of them. But my laptop (and, even worse, my desktop) give me some serious side-eye the whole time.

So often, before I know it, I’m knee deep in spreadsheets, calendars, and project management apps because when you run your own business, there is literally always work to do. I go to bed stressed and wake up stressed. My bed used to be my happy place. Now it’s just where I try to switch off for the day.

Not being home—even though it was just a couple miles away—gave me permission to finally hit the off button.

Near the end of last year, as I rapidly approached burnout, I decided that I had to get out of my apartment. Otherwise, I was never going to stop obsessing over my workload. It also happened to be my birthday month, which is pretty much the only excuse I need to spend what I would ordinarily consider exorbitant amounts of money on myself.

My proposal to my fiancé went a little something like this: Let’s “waste” away a weekend at a buzzy, hip hotel in a neighborhood on the other side of town. Their flagship restaurant had been getting rave reviews since its opening, but—like with everything else in my life—I let work get in the way of ever making a reservation and checking it out.

Now, we had the perfect excuse. We were hotel guests and could easily saunter down to the restaurant from our room. The meal lived up to the hype, and we stayed up until 2 a.m. (!!!) drinking overpriced cocktails alongside off-the-clock lobbyists and Capitol Hill staffers.

The next day, I proceeded to stay in our absurdly soft king size bed for approximately seven hours. At first, shame and a sense of urgency began to creep in. Surely I should actually—oh, I don’t know—get up and do something? Didn’t I have an email to reply to? An invoice to submit? A story idea to flesh out?

Yes, yes, and yes. But not being home—even though it was just a couple miles away—gave me permission to finally hit the off button. I left my phone plugged into its charger for hours without checking it. It was the most liberated I’d felt in months. Every time I thought about climbing out of that unbelievably comfortable bed, I reminded myself that I was intentionally taking this time and spending this money to rest. When thoughts about my workload began to creep in, I immediately countered them with, “The only job you have right now is to not be obliged or committed to anyone or anything other than yourself.” In other words, your job is to switch off. When I reframed my thinking in this way, everything changed.

It reminded me of a time I was in therapy and had a revelatory breakthrough: Sometimes, self-care is doing nothing. Yes, yoga classes are great. Mani/pedis are great. A glass of wine is great. Going to a movie is great. But you know what else is great, especially for us perpetually burnt out millennials? Doing. absolutely. nothing.

The key, of course, is to not let the guilty feeling that you should be doing something (and at all times) consume you. Getting out of my home environment played an essential role in making that sense of guilt less palpable. And once that happened, I became more comfortable with the idea of spending a whole day in bed, literally doing nothing other than channel surfing and talking to my fiancé (when I wasn’t sending him on snack runs to local coffee shops—God bless that man). While having him around to pick up food and chat about the trending news of the day was a pleasure in and of itself, I can definitely see the appeal of a completely solo staycation.

“We’ve noticed an increase in women taking staycations, especially with other women for a ladies weekend or even alone just to get away,” says Sarah Abelsohn, marketing manager at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in La Jolla, California. “Women are feeling more empowered to travel alone. They understand that taking time for themselves and unplugging is necessary and important for maintaining a work-life balance.”

“Anything I do for myself—like a weekly blowout—is really done to save time so I can work some more. It’s paramount for my sanity to take a staycation.”

That’s what Kerry Gillick-Goldberg has done every year for the past four years.

“I take an annual staycation after my final client event of the season at the end of October,” says Gillick-Goldberg, a public relations and marketing professional. “I take two days to de-stress, have a massage, get my hair done, and not think about being a wife and mother. I actually invite my husband for a dinner date and then make him go home.”

Like me, Gillick-Goldberg has workaholic tendencies that can be hard to tame and control. Her staycation is her conscious attempt at finding a way to “truly relax.”

“I tend to work a lot, and anything I do for myself—like a weekly blowout—is really done to save time so I can work some more,” she explains. “I think it’s paramount for my sanity to take a staycation. I’m only 30 minutes from home and can be available in case of a true emergency. And since it’s so close by, I have absolutely no guilt.”

As a single mother working from home, Christina Towle says that staycations help her mix up the boredom that can come with an everyday routine. She lives two hours outside of New York City and frequently plans staycays at Loews Regency Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

“I can go to their in-house spa and gym, walk to Central Park, and go to Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorfs to shop,” Towle says. “On top of the fun, there is also business I can do, like planning meeting with clients and using the hotel’s business center. And it’s an extremely cozy hotel so it feels homey.”

Admittedly, I’m not the best at shopping around for deals. Including food, drinks, and valet parking, my escape weekend cost about $850—more than a spa day or shopping spree to be sure, but less than your typical full-blown vacation. (This time of year—a.k.a. the dead of winter—if you don’t live in sunny locales, you can find discounts on many luxury hotels. John Maibach, managing director of the Loews Regency, says that January is a particularly popular month for staycations. “There’s about a 10 percent increase of New Yorkers staying with us this year compared to last January,” Maibach shares. “Typically, January is a quieter month in New York overall. This gives locals the opportunity to take advantage our special offers and packages that are not available all year round.”)

Although I’m budget-conscious, I’m willing to spend on staycations because I know the return on investment: I’m paying for an escape, both physically and mentally, that will force me to slow down. I may not be able to jet set to an exotic locale every time I need to get away. But I can definitely get lost in a sea of crisp white sheets for an entire weekend. And these days, that’s honestly the only escape I need.

Mekita Rivas is a multicultural writer, editor, and content strategist based in Washington, D.C. She frequently covers culture, style, travel, and wellness.

A Wellness Editor’s Impulse Buys: $171 of Sunscreen, Gold Hoops, and More

I am a master of rationalizing impulse buys—I don’t want it, oh no. I need it. It’s vital. In fact, it’s a miracle I’ve been living without that straw bag, or pair of silver candlesticks, or cashmere scarf, or insert other totally unnecessary thing here, this whole time.

This dangerous ability to turn all my wants into needs is exactly how I came to spend $171 on fancy sunscreens in the dead of winter—all just-for-me purchases that felt indulgent and, yes, necessary after a marathon month of holiday shopping for everyone else on my gift list. The past month has been filled with impulse buys. After making a stop in my hometown in Michigan, I spent most of the month in Australia—a trip that not only required a robust arsenal of sunscreen, but that was also ripe with opportunities to snap something up at a beach boutique or in a duty-free shop on a whim.

Paying attention to the purchases that aren’t exactly practical (and probably a little impulsive) for the past month has taught me one thing: I’m a highly strategic impulse buyer. You could call that an oxymoron but my bank account would beg to differ. After all the holiday purchases I’d budgeted for, I found my wallet hemorrhaging money on frivolous purchases I somehow managed to deem necessary.

Did I go a little overboard on impulse-driven indulgences while traveling this month? Maybe. But I can’t imagine how I ever could have lived without them.

The big end-of-year J.Crew sale that I couldn’t not shop: $101
Sale emails are sure to be the death of me—especially around the holidays when I inevitably find myself adding a few items for myself to every online present order I make. Case in point: I can’t remember the last time I purchased something from J.Crew but within 30 seconds of a 50 percent off email landing in my inbox last month, I was cruising the site. Didn’t I need a new bathing suit? Or boots? Wasn’t I just looking for a leopard print blouse? One hundred dollars I didn’t plan to spend later, I was the proud owner of two new bathing suits, one pair of dainty gold earrings, and one leopard print blouse. Considering the sheer amount of satisfaction I’ve gotten from telling anyone who will listen about what a deal I got, I’d say my new swag has almost paid for itself by now.

The gold hoops at Target that were so cheap they practically cost nothing: $10
Is it possible to go into a Target without impulse buying something? This isn’t a rhetorical question. I really want to know because I have never ever managed to walk out without at least one item I didn’t really need but was oh-so-happy I had. Last month, while making a last-minute Christmas shopping trip, it was a pair of 90s-inspired gold hoops.

The takeout I ordered when I was back home because it was easier than cooking: $31
While home over the holidays my mom had hip surgery, which made takeout an easily justifiable impulse buy. I thought about hiding the takeout containers and convincing my mom I was responsible for the creamy chicken panroast, but in the end, I knew Kruse and Muer’s Michigan-famous housebaked bread would give me away.

The fancy sunscreen that might have developed into a full-blown obsession: 171After spending Christmas in the Michigan, I quickly stocked up for my yearly trip to Australia. (Please humor me by taking a moment to appreciate the packing challenge of cramming enough clothes to satisfy below-freezing Midwest temps and 90-degree Western Australian heat into one suitcase.) As a health editor, that translates to a stocking up on a truly impressive amount of SPF. For most people, this would mean throwing a bottle, maybe two, in their carry on. But I take my sunscreen shopping seriously. This year, I came with a small collection in tow—seven bottles, to be exact, all of differing formulas and sizes to cover every possible permutation of sun exposure.

My current favorite? A $34 dollar bottle of Supergoop Forever Young Body Butter—a prime example of my most frequent variety of impulse buy. Does the fancy formula (which for the record is lighter than air and makes my skin feel like brushed silk) really protect my skin better than the $11 bottle from the drugstore? Probably not. But I had to buy it. I mean, it’s sunscreen. It’s a responsible buy. It’s just smart spending, really.

The bougie bottle of water I grabbed at the airport: $9
For anyone who hasn’t spent the better part of two days on a plane, I wouldn’t wish that particular hell on you. But for those who have languished in sardine-small quarters breathing recycled air (and god knows what else) for 12+ hours at a time, you may know that hydration is the key to survival.

After three years of making this particularly hellish commute, I have decided that if I’m going to make it in economy (because, let’s be real, my Target earrings salary isn’t exactly getting me into the business class lounge) I will spare no expense on small luxuries—luxe face cream, diva-worthy facial mist and sumptuous lip balm. But bar none, the one ridiculously overpriced luxury I treat myself to time and time again is Evian Water. On my most recent trip, I grabbed a jumbo bottle in the Frankfurt airport, gleefully handing over my card. When I looked at the receipt, and did a rough currency conversion, I realized I’d just dropped nearly $10 on water. But honestly, my liquid rebellion against economy is worth every cent, every time.

The primer so nice, I bought it thrice: *$108*
Normally, I wouldn’t consider this an impulse buy—a decent SPF-heavy primer is part of my regular beauty routine. But spurred on by the exquisite high that accompanies the frenzy of holiday shopping, I bought not one, not two, but three tubes of my all time favorite formula from NARS, the Smooth and Protect Primer—all from different retailers—to rack up points or clear the threshold for free shipping. Seriously, this primer is worth it.

The duty-free mascara that was calling my name: $32
Duty-free shops are the unofficial homeland of the impulse buy. They’re rarely ever cheaper, but somehow they have the allure of being thrifty. Under my money philosophy, that translates to a green light for purchases I probably don’t need. With two hours to kill in Singapore’s famously luxe Changi International Airport, I was rather proud of myself for managing to make my connecting flight with only one duty-free purchase: Chanel’s Inimitable Mascara.

The linen top that instantly made me feel Aussie: $103
Southwestern Australia is what I’ve affectionately come to refer to as the land of linen. Linen pants, linen tops, linen shorts, linen dresses—name an article of clothing and I promise you, you can (and should) get it in linen. Idiotically, I’d packed a suitcase totally devoid of linen, so when I stumbled upon a breezy linen tie-front top at a beach side boutique, I snapped it up without a second thought as to when I’d possibly be able to wear it again after this trip.

The straw sun hat that just made sense to buy on vacation: $100
I can’t say I ever expected to fall in love at first sight with a hat but then again, I’d never seen a hat by Lack of Color before. After a long day in the hot Australian sun, the extra wide brim straw hat with Madeline-esque black velvet ribbon felt like an easy sell. The three-figure price tag did give me a second’s pause—after all, my life in New York doesn’t exactly call for a lot of Riviera-ready headgear—but something about spending in a foreign currency makes any buy feel a bit like using Monopoly money. I am officially considering this purchase my justification for spending more time on beautiful beaches. Now that I have the hat, I need to, right?

The Best New Skin Care Launches Coming This Year | January 2019

Not to throw shade at new makeup launches—hello, we love a long-wear concealer—but few things are more exciting than the genius innovations and technology that crop up regularly in skin care. This month, especially, a whole slew of skin-brightening, extra-moisturizing skin care products are landing on shelves. From masks that heat up on the spot to a retinoid serum that won’t irritate your skin (cross our hearts), the latest and greatest formulas offer new options for every skin type and concern. Skin looking duller than an encyclopedia? Need a new moisturizer? Just curious? Whatever the reason, you’ll find everything you’re looking for—and maybe a few surprises—below. Scroll on for the best new skin care products dropping this month.

39 Best Engagement Rings for Every Bride

When it comes to fashion, anything goes—yes, there are trends that come up seasonally and Instagram rabbit holes that lead toward a mass yearning for certain “likeable” items, but the fun of it lies in celebrating your own unique sense of style. That’s as true in apparel as it is in jewelry, and as applicable to statement earrings as it is to engagement rings.

In 2018 brides-to-be gravitated toward alternative stone shapes and unique settings in their engagement rings. An anti-traditional approach to this once-super-traditional item has poured into 2019. Yes, classic diamonds will forever have a place in this market, but even the most timeless of engagement ring styles are being subtly revived and revisited, according to four industry pros: Katie Zimmerman, chief merchant officer at Blue Nile; Dayna Isom Johnson, trend expert at Etsy; and Jess Hannah Révész and Chelsea Nicholson, cofounders of the direct-to-consumer brand Ceremony.

“A lot of the trends we’re seeing aren’t necessarily new; they are an updated take on traditional style. The influence of the trends are a mix between customization options and modernization,” says Zimmerman. Shoppers are moving away from round diamonds, which have long been a favorite for brides-to-be, in favor of so-called fancy-shaped diamonds, like oval, pear, emerald, cushion, and marquise. She says, “Fancy shapes have been around for many years, but they are becoming a stronger trend than ever before. I’m seeing it heavy in engagement, whether it be as a single stone or used in a three-stone setting to mix and match shapes.”

Isom Johnson describes 2019 as the year of “being real” with engagement rings, with brides exploring options that are more aligned with one’s personality than with what’s traditional. “For generations, the diamond has been the ultimate stone for proposing, but today’s bride isn’t tied to the norm,” she says. “Couples are moving away from cookie-cutter bling and opting for one-of-a-kind engagement ring styles instead, which can often come with a lower price tag than a traditional diamond ring.”

Hannah Révész agrees, adding that there’s a “general shift in values” when it comes to shopping for engagement rings, as shoppers become more conscious of ethics, sourcing, and recycled materials, as well as adopt a bigger “focus on design and less on having the biggest flashiest ring possible.” If you or your S.O. are procuring a ring in 2019, she says, it’s about “prioritizing good design, quality craftsmanship, and materials.”

This isn’t to say there aren’t certain stylistic elements that are sweeping the industry. According to these experts, some popular elements include vintage-inspired bezel settings and Art Deco details; toi et moi (a French term for “you and me,” referring to two stones) and three-stone rings; and simple bands replacing a solitaire ring altogether. Should you pick out something that feels of-the-moment now and have your tastes change down the line, it’s all good—you can always reset a stone: Zimmerman says to “[not] be afraid to try a trend because down the road you can trade up. The best thing about a natural diamond is it carries value. You can reset your diamond into a new setting or change the way it looks and feels on your finger with added bands.”

Whether you’re set on a fancy-cut solitaire, are drawn to the simplicity of a band, or simply want to go all-out maximalist with your engagement ring, check out 10 styles that will prevail in 2019.

Sophie Turner Totally Shut Down Piers Morgan Over His Tweets About Mental Health

Piers Morgan is stirring up controversy again—and Sophie Turner is having none of it. Morgan’s latest scuffle comes after he retweeted a story from The Sun which quoted British actress Beverley Callard as saying, “Real mental illness is very dark and it takes a great deal of strength to ask for help. I think we are now definitely chipping away at the stigma. But we have to be careful mental illness doesn’t become like a Gucci handbag. There is a danger it can become ‘fashionable’.”

“She’ll be hammered for saying this, but it’s 100% true,” Morgan commented with the retweet.

But Turner had a response ready for Morgan: “Or maybe they have a platform to speak out about it and help get rid of the stigma of mental illness which affects 1 in 4 people in UK per year,” she tweeted. “But please go ahead and shun them back into silence. Twat.”

She’s right. Conversations that normalize mental health issues and help do away with the stigmas attached to them are always important—not fodder for jokes.

This isn’t the first time Turner has used her social media platforms to speak out about mental health. In support of World Suicide Prevention Day in September she wrote, “You’re stronger than you think. You will get through this. You’re so loved. You are NOT a burden. #WorldSuicidePreventationDay”

As for Morgan, this is just the latest in a long line of controversial views and Twitter arguments with a young woman at the center. Back in November, he got into it with Ariana Grande (and her mom, Joan) on Twitter over how and when women should put their sexuality on display. Grande also clapped back brilliantly, writing, “I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because i choose to. women can be sexual AND talented. naked and dignified. it’s OUR choice. we will keep fighting til people understand. i say this w all due respect but thank u, next.”

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19 Female Celebrities on How They Spent Their First Big Paychecks

True story: I spent pretty much my entire first “big” paycheck on a pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses. It was 2012. I’d just scored a part-time job as a customer service representative at Blockbuster (R.I.P.), and my first paycheck was substantial, especially for a 19-year-old: $300. Instead of saving that cash, I went straight to a mall (also R.I.P.) and dropped $250 right then and there on impulse. That wasn’t the best decision I could’ve made—especially since I went on to lose those glasses at the beach that summer (#RIP4E&E)—but it’s a memory I now look back on and laugh.

These 19 celebrities, below, also have similar stories about what they did with their first big paychecks. From blowing it all at the Gap to splurging on fancy conditioner to buying cars—or, even funnier, weed—their stories are so relatable. And hilarious. Read on.

People Are Just Now Discovering ‘You’ on Netflix, and They’re Flipping Out

Warning: Minor You spoilers ahead.

Last fall Lifetime debuted an absolutely bonkers show called You. It centers on Joe (Penn Badgley, a.k.a. Dan Humphrey), a bookstore clerk who forms an unhealthy obsession with an aspiring writer named Beck (Elizabeth Lail). Well, unhealthy is a bit of an understatement: He goes full-speed Fatal Attraction on Beck, stalking her every move, manipulating her friends, and—spoiler alert—murdering people in her inner circle. If you thought Dan Humphrey was creepy on Gossip Girl, just wait until you see Joe. At least Dan didn’t awkwardly stand outside Serena’s apartment and watch her have sex with someone else. (Yup, Joe does this to Beck in first episode of You, and it’s just as wild as it sounds.)

Interestingly, though, You didn’t take off when it premiered back in September. The show’s ratings were so disappointing, in fact, that Lifetime passed it over to Netflix for season two. The streaming giant made the first season available for streaming in late December, and it’s caught on like wildfire. Better late than never, am I right?

“[You] just feels like a really great story to tell with the Netflix model. It was always built to be extremely binge-able,” You‘s co-showrunner Sera Gamble told Vulture in December.

The insanely fast rate at which Netflix users have consumed You‘s first season is proof of that. It feels like thousands of people have already ripped through all 10 episodes, because the memes are here—and they’re hilarious.

Below, check out a few, very shook tweets from people who are just now discovering You.

It’s unclear when season two of You will debut, but you’ll have no problem catching up. Trust me: Once you start watching, you won’t be able to stop.

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