Coffee Break: Nicki Defends Anaconda Video, Jordan Slams Obama, Defending The McRib

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Female cartoon characters are baring it all as part of a campaign intended to pay homage to breast cancer survivors. The artwork, by artist aleXsandro Palombo, features the likes of Betty Boop, Wilma from The Flintstones, and a slew of Disney princesses showing skin and scars post single or double mastectomies. Each image has the word “Survivor” across the top and some feature a pink ribbon covering their remaining breast as the ladies flash peace signs. “The acceptance of your own body mutilated by a mastectomy is one of the devastating moments that is part of the disease,” Palombo told the Daily Mail Online. “You must be very strong to be able to react psychological and accept the new appearance on your own body… My message is one of hope and courage.”

McDonald’s released a video in hopes of providing transparency and dispelling myths about its food. The company invited a high school teacher named Wes Bellamy, who had tweeted disapproving comments about McD’s McRib sandwich, to join Grant Imahara, former star of the TV show “MythBusters,” to see just what goes into the boneless barbecue pork sandwich. The two inspected the meat, watched the process that grinds it and then shapes it and then had a taste. “You know what it’s kind of crazy because it’s different now that I know what actually goes inside of it, and I know what actually the process is in terms of making it,” said Bellamy. “It’s actually good pork.” McDonald’s is banking on videos like this one to change the perception of the quality of its food, which has been impacted by uproar about its former inclusion of pink slime and a meat scandal earlier this year in China.

President Barack Obama isn’t one to entertain trash-talk, but he won’t shy away from responding to it if asked, either. During an interview with sportscaster Ahmad Rashad last month, former NBA player Michael Jordan called the president a “hack,” adding that he was “a sh*tty golfer.” This week, during a radio interview with Wisconsin’s WJMR, Obama dismissed the dis, but not before throwing a little bit of shade of his own. “Michael wasn’t very well informed about this,” Obama told host Earl Stokes. “I think he might’ve just been trying to give Ahmad an extra ratings boost on his show. There is no doubt that Michael Jordan is a better golfer than I am. Of course, if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case. He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats or maybe the Hornets.” Ouch!!!

Transgender model Lea T continues to make strides in the world of beauty and fashion. Lea T recently inked a deal with Redken, which announced November 4th that she is the new face of their Chromatics hair color line. “It’s an honor and a responsibility at the same time,” she says. “I know many women will look at my face and think about [the brand].” Lea T is mostly known for being Givenchy designer Ricardo Tisci’s muse and gracing the cover of Love Magazine, on which she locked lips with supermodel Kate Moss. “We’re all people with our own personalities, our own beauty, our own lives,” Lea adds. Hopefully, she’ll inspire people to look at beauty differently.

Jennifer Lopez released her new autobiography, True Love, this week, and in it she reveals some intimate details about her split with ex-husband and father of her twins, Marc Anthony. The 45-year-old American Idol judge wrote that in 1998, when Marc was performing in the “Capeman” on Broadway, the two met backstage and he said to her, “One day you’re going to be my wife.” Six years later, his desires became a reality when the two wed in 2004 and then giving birth to six-year-old twins Max and Emme, before splitting in 2011. Their divorce became final just this year. Jennifer also wrote that the film “Something’s Gotta Give” helped her get through her divorce and says Max and Emme, who she dedicated the book to, “saved” her when she was going through a dark period in her life.

Nicki Minaj, who appears on the cover of V Magazine’s winter issue, out November 13th, is defending her “Anaconda” video, which has been criticized for its highly sexualized visuals. “If a man did the same video with sexy women in it, no one would care,” she said. “You’re talking about newspeople who don’t even know anything about hip-hop culture. It’s so disrespectful for them to even comment on something they have no idea about.” “They don’t say anything when they’re watching the Victoria’s Secret show and seeing boobs and thongs all day,” she added. “Shame on them for commenting on ‘Anaconda’ and not commenting on the rest of the oversexualized business we’re a part of.” Your thoughts? Sound off in the comment section.

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