Cameron Boyce Has Graduated From Disney Channel

Everyone’s favorite Disney star has to “grow up.” Eventually, it simply didn’t make sense for Zac Efron to stride down a High School Musical hallway sporting scruff or for Demi Lovato’s maturing vibrato to take the stage in Camp Rock! Not every actor can push the boundaries of time (re: Jason Earles playing the 16-year-old brother to Hannah Montana at age 29). Yet you could easily argue that growing up was the goal all along. Efron has clearly succeeded his Disney career with a robust resume in film, and Lovato, well, needs no introduction these days. For a young actor “graduating” from Disney Channel can mark the beginning of an exciting (and profitable) journey, and that’s exactly what Descendants 2 star Cameron Boyce is embarking upon today. 

The actor—who’s also held parts in the likes of Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything and Grown Ups 1 & 2—has just recently turned 18, and now, it’s graduation time. “It’s an interesting transition going from Disney Channel to [the] ‘real world,’” Boyce says, “I want to find my breaking point and what I’m made of.  Whatever I do next will probably be very shocking for the people that follow me.”

Whether it’s writing or directing, Boyce sees the world as full of opportunity, and in the midst of this journey the actor took a moment to chat with DuJour about the second installment of the Descendants franchise, the growing pains of being a Disney star and what’s next up for him.

What has Descendants 1 & 2 meant to your career?

I don’t go to the Disney store to look for my face, but the fact that the first movie came out two years ago and our faces are still in the store—it’s crazy. It’s exciting to have that kind of impact on a global fan base. I was just in Cabo San Lucas, and you forget how crazy people are for what you do! Living in L.A. they either don’t care or they demand a picture and then go on with their kale and quinoa or whatever, but in foreign countries they love you! 

You recently graduated high school and turned 18 around the same time! Were these moments as big or emotional as you expected them to be?

It’s so funny because I went to this campus probably five or six times in my life, ever. Oak Park [Independent] School is set up for people who have busy schedules—Zendaya and Gabby Douglas went there—so the teachers come to you, and I’d never had to go in. So when I went to the Oak Park High School graduation I only knew my very close friends at a [ceremony] that had like a thousand kids that had gone to school together since preschool. They were all crying and I’m just like, “I don’t know any of you, this is so weird….” I was with friends who we’d dragged each other through school like Rico Rodriguez and Sophie Reynolds, guys who I’ve known for a while, so it was a cool day. But I think it was less emotion and more like: let’s get to work. 

I’m guessing you know other actors who got their diploma but decided to skip out on the ceremony. Why did you make the decision to go?

I talked to actors in my graduating class at school who didn’t want to go, and I thought that was weird because we do have these super abnormal lives, so to get one taste of normalcy is worth it, even if you’re sitting in a ceremony with a bunch of students you don’t know.

Just like you crave normal moments, your fans probably crave the complete opposite!

I went to regular school through sixth grade and I remember a lot of my friends from then, and around the time I was calling my publicist to figure out a way to shape my career I saw all my friends in prom gowns and suits on Instagram. I was like, “Whoa, I didn’t get to do that: that’s weird.” Not that I’d trade places, but it is interesting to see other people develop in a completely different way and to be on the outskirts of that. But then everyone else is looking on the outskirts of what I do, wondering what it’s like on the other side.

And now—even though it’s centered on acting and your career there—you’re facing the incredibly normal life moment of graduating high school and figuring out your place in the world.

I find that a lot of actors, and even Disney actors, have this deep desire to figure out who they are; I feel like it’s that thing that really drives us crazy. First of all: yeah, my life hasn’t been the same as the people around me. And second, I’ve spent half of my life acting as someone I’m not. My friends and I talk about this all the time because we are all actors and we are all going through the same thing right now. [Laughing] We ask each other: “Is this who I am? Who am I?” Also, we’re 18 years old and we have to be these mature, responsible people at this vulnerable point in our lives. It can get kinda crazy and in young Hollywood, you see that. For me I start with separating my career and my life.

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How do you separate the two?

Between work—even the best actors aren’t working 24/7—I just do normal things. I’ll play basketball with my dad; I’ll write poetry. The poetry has recently reflected young Hollywood in different lights, I’ll find myself writing about certain people who break the stereotype and some who are totally the stereotype.

What do you see the stereotype as?

I think for Disney kids it’s heightened even more, but for young actors in general the stereotype is that there’s a certain amount of pressure that comes with it, that people can’t overcome. I also know a lot of young actors who are very good about preaching body positivity and things of that nature, like “love yourself” and “don’t care what anybody else says,” yet unfortunately they can’t seem to take their own advice, which is really sad. But that’s sort of what I’m surrounded by. Just because this industry can be ugly doesn’t mean that I have to cave to that; I just do this because I like it. If my agent tells me I’m too fat for a role, then fine, I’m too fat for the role. 

Don’t tell me anyone has ever said that to you!

Not to me! But you’d be very surprised with what certain people have heard, it’s really ugly. You just have to trust and stick to who you are. Like, “If I’m too ‘overweight’ for this role than screw it, I’m not doing it.” 

Speaking of causes like body positivity, are there causes you’re especially passionate about?

I’ve been really invested in homelessness because of my mom; it’s an issue that’s not really pushed to the forefront and a lot of people don’t seem to care, but I think it’s because they’re not educated about it. Most of the time homelessness is caused my mental health issues—something you have no control over—and then substance abuse, and sometimes both. I also took on a forty-day partnership with the Thirst Project [https://www.thirstproject.org/], the youth nonprofit that takes money raised by word-of-mouth to build wells in third world countries. They save entire villages. It’s another issue that’s swept under the rug, especially when we’re so used to just having access to water.

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How Drama Played a Role in Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance’s 20-Year Romance

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Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance will be celebrating 20 years of marriage this October, and the couple has long been a shining example of black love in Hollywood (as well as a shining example of how black doesn’t crack). While many would assume that the two met on the set of a film or through famous friends, Angela and Courtney’s initial encounter happened way back in the ’80s, when they were both enrolled in one of the country’s most prestigious acting programs.

Courtney and Angela first met while studying at Yale School of Drama — fellow alums include Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, and Lupita Nyong’o — and ran in the same circles as students. They became best friends, and eventually their bond grew deeper and blossomed into a romance. Angela graduated in 1983 with a master of fine arts degree, and Courtney followed with the same honor in 1986. They tied the knot on Oct. 12, 1997, and after struggling to have children for a handful of years, they welcomed twins, son Slater and daughter Bronwyn, via surrogate in 2006.

In addition to building a family, Angela and Courtney have worked together on a number of rather dramatic projects: the 1995 political drama Panther; the 2003 slave documentary Unchained Memories; a 2005 production of His Girl Friday at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; and 2008’s crime thriller Nothing But the Truth. They even authored a book together, Friends: a Love Story in 2007.

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We especially love seeing these two supporting each other on the red carpet at high-profile events. Courtney was by his wife’s side when she was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe in 1994 for her role as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It?, and Angela was filled with pride watching her man take home an Emmy and Critics’ Choice Award for his amazing performance as Johnny Cochran in American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson earlier this year.

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12 Fascinating Things You Don’t Know About Jenji Kohan, Creator of ‘Orange is the New Black’

Jenji Kohan is an executive producer and writer of Netflix’s outstanding new series, GLOW. She also created Weeds and Orange is the New Black. I’ve seen every season of all three of those shows, and in spite of that, I knew very little about Kohan until her interview with Marc Maron this week because she doesn’t do much press.

Turns out, Kohan is a very fascinating person, who has a fascinating career, and a fascinating family. Here’s what I learned about her, largely from Marc Maron’s podcast, although some of it came from snooping around on the Internet.

1. Jenji is from a showbiz family. Her father, Buz Kohan, was the «king of variety of television.» He won 13 Emmys writing for the Academy Awards, the Tony Awards, and The Carol Burnett Show, among others. He also wrote the lyrics for David Bowie’s side of this very famous performance with Bing Crosby.

2. Jenji’s mother was a novelist of minor note. She wrote Hand-Me-Downs and Save Me a Seat. They sold well at the time.

3. She has twin brothers, Jono and David Kohan. David Kohan may actually be a familiar name: He created Will & Grace. He’s also responsible for some really bad entries on NBC’s Thursday Must See lineup: Boston Common, Good Morning, Miami, Twins (the Sara Gilbert show, not the Arnie/Devito movie) and Four Kings

4. Jenji Kohan is married to Christopher Noxon. He’s a journalist who also wrote the book, Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-up. He has appeared several times on The Colbert Report. Back in 2004, Noxon was one of the first reporters to out Mel Gibson as a kind of crazy right-winger.

5. Jenji Kohan’s sister-in-law (her husband’s sister) is Marti Noxon, the creator of Lifetime’s UnReal. She also wrote on Mad Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among many other shows (she met her ex-husband, Jeff Bynum, on Buffy).

6. Kohan’s first television writing gig was on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which she described as a miserable writers’ room.

«It was my first job and I was really excited and enthusiastic and our showrunner was an unhappy fellow going through a divorce, drinking a lot. And (he) didn’t want to go home because he was renting some sh*tty apartment in the Valley,» she told the audience at Sydney’s Vivid Festival as part of its Game Changers program.

«So we were there all night and he didn’t trust me because I was the new writer. And he was just an unhappy guy — drinking tequila every day. At a certain point, one of the writers peed in his tequila — then he kept getting the flu. It was just a truly dysfunctional room. And just a lot of stuff going on that shouldn’t have been.»

I’m not sure who the showrunner was at the time, although Andy Borowitz did create the show, but did not divorce until much much later. Kohan was on the show in 1994, so you could probably guess at who the showrunner was.

7. Kohan’s second job was as a writer on Friends. She was fired after the first season. She also didn’t get her name on the episode script she wrote (she thinks she should have taken it to arbitration), so she’s not even listed as a writer for the series.

8. Her next gig was on Tracey Takes On… with Tracey Ullman, which she absolutely loved. She was there for three years, and it was a great gig. Ullman was a great role model to Kohan.

9. In addition to working on Mad About You, Kohan also did a year on Gilmore Girls, which Kohan admits was «complicated,» because the studio forced Amy Sherman-Palladino to have a writers’ room, and Sherman-Palladino didn’t want one, so she’d basically just solicit ideas from the room and go back and write the episode herself. Kohan totally understood Sherman-Palladino’s frustrations.

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10. The first show Kohan created was The Stones for ABC. It starred Judith Light, Lindsay Sloane, and Jay Baruchel. It ran for six episodes and it was a disaster. The producers didn’t feel that Kohan was seasoned enough, so they brought in her brother and his writing partner Max Mutchnick to oversee the show, and they ended up rewriting the pilot, which was infuriating to Jenji because she’d been writing TV for much longer, but her brother had had a meteoric rise with Will & Grace. «It affected my relationship with my brother for many years,» Kohan said.

11. Kohan’s experience on The Stones prompted her to go to cable. With Weeds, there was some friction with the network and Mary Louise-Parker in the first season, but once the show was successful, all the friction ended. It went eight seasons. She loved it. It ended in exactly the way she wanted.

12. After Showtime cancelled Weeds, Kohan quickly created Orange is the New Black because she feared if she didn’t have a show on the air, she’d be considered irrelevant. She’d wanted to bring her crew from Weeds over, but she ended up starting OITNB at the same time as she was finishing Weeds, so she didn’t get to bring many of her staffers over.

One of the guys she did bring over to OITNB from Weeds was Stephen Falk, who would later go on to create You’re the Worst. The other was Carly Mensch, who would go on to create GLOW, executive produced by Jenji Kohan.

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8 Photos of Chris Pine and His Famous Dad That Prove the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

Chris Pine has been making us swoon since he first burst onto the scene in the 2006 romantic comedy Just My Luck, but his very first TV appearance actually happened when he was just 3 years old. In case you weren’t aware, Chris’s dad is none other than Robert Pine — the actor who famously played Sgt. Joseph Getraer on NBC’s CHiPs in the late ’70s and early ’80s — and in 1983, Chris joined his dad on the show as a boy named Christopher. The two teamed up for an adorable duet of «Hurry, Hurry Climb the Ladder» and melted hearts everywhere. Of course, this isn’t the only glimpse we’ve gotten of their close bond. Robert often steps out to support his son at his movie premieres, and back in May 2014, the veteran actor said he knew «from the very first moment» that Chris would make it big in Hollywood. Aw!

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Birthday Sluts

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Is There Even Such A Thing As Good Or Bad TV Anymore?

As I sat through the second season premiere of Preacher Sunday night, something occurred to me. Though I love the show, and even experienced a slight amount of existential dread when it seemed like it might not be renewed last year, I honestly can’t tell you if it is a «good» show. Because in this so-called Golden Age of Television, I don’t know what good is anymore.

What actually marked the beginning of this Golden Age is fodder for a separate debate, but whether you’d set the start at network shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer or premium cable series like HBO’s Oz, I think we can all agree on where we’ve ended up. Today our media landscape is marked by diverse viewing platforms and a proliferation of content to support it all. «Television» doesn’t have to be viewed on a television. Shows can stream instead of air. Gone are the days when tens of millions of Americans gathered around their picture box to watch the finale of M*A*S*H* or Seinfeld, and a «good» show was whatever beat out the shows airing on the other three networks.

Instead, we have hundreds of options at any given time. And because of this, programming has become more «niche» — it tries to appeal to a targeted audience because there is no more grand mass of viewership to attract. Sure, some shows rise above the rest to become water-cooler conversation topics, but the wider success of Lost or The Walking Dead feels like a happy accident these days. Even Nielsen, that faithful workhorse of ratings, is struggling to keep up with our viewing trends. I know, because I recently was randomly selected to fill out viewing diaries and surveys (it turns out I will literally do anything if people mail me envelopes of cash). What I noticed is that, though they have begun to ask more questions regarding how we consume content, they aren’t necessarily asking the right questions. Sure, maybe they don’t need to know if I sat in bed watching cartoons on the Adult Swim app on my iPad last night, because those don’t have ads attached. But shouldn’t they care if I used my Xfinity app to stream live TV on my iPad? Or how about that TV I own that isn’t hooked up to any cable box is instead hooked up to a game system with Netflix and Hulu and HBO Go?

(I will say, however, that Nielsen allowed me to mark down all of the TNT Supernatural reruns that I leave my TV set to during the day, and that brought me immense pleasure.)

So, what does all this have to do with good TV? Well, it’s clear that we can’t really use massive ratings as a metric anymore, and instead we need to look at how well a show appeals to its target — or, better, how it appeals beyond its target. But the very point of a niche audience is the acknowledgement that we all have varied tastes, which is pretty much the death of objectivity. How can anything transcend our biases when everything is designed to appeal to our biases?

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Personally, I tend to look at two things: concept and execution. Does the show have an interesting concept? Does it execute the concept well? The best example of a show that I think succeeds in both concept and execution is The Wire. It is a unique story, told in a unique way. It’s clear that the creator had a vision for it, and made that vision a reality. And while we may be able to point to parts or seasons that we like better than others, the show truly stands as a whole. Personally, I didn’t discover The Wire when it aired. It was only after enough friends yelled at me that I finally gave it a shot — and was hooked. I know I am not alone in this. It seems the curse of The Wire is being the best show that not enough people watched. Sitcoms like Brooklyn Nine Nine or 30 Rock have mediocre concepts but are elevated by the execution (the casting, the speed of the jokes, etc.), whereas perennial punching bag Heroes had a wonderful concept that it never lived up to in execution.

In the case of Preacher, it has a concept that is tailor made for my tastes. It’s based on a weird and violent and philosophical series of comics that I read and loved. It has a drunken Irish vampire, and I’m sure the dude with the penis-head is just around the corner. Basically, it ticks all my boxes for must-watch entertainment. But it’s the question of execution that keeps hanging me up. Sure, the show has a zippy pace and no aversion to blood and guts (and in the case of the second season premiere, both «blood» and «guts» were VERY LITERAL). Though the actors who portray Jesse and Tulip are hardly southern fried folk, I enjoy Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga too much to hold it against them. Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy is spot on — and here, I’m evaluating the show against the comic, which means I’m evaluating it as an adaptation. Preacher is not a beat-for-beat interpretation of the original story, but I do think it captures the spirit of the original pretty faithfully. Sure, Tulip is a bit more feisty and Cassidy is a bit more genuine, and they added a whole lot of backstory (which I more or less appreciated), but I think my knowledge of the source material means I’m playing the long game with the series. I don’t know if I’ll be able to come to a conclusion on it until I’ve seen where the show is going with the story. Whereas with American Gods, a show that is also based on source material I love and which also has a season to its name, I feel more confident saying that it has nailed the concept and the execution. I can point to the changes they made to to the source material and explain how they elevate the adaptation (giving Laura Moon a backstory). I can point to the perfect casting and explain how they stayed faithful to the original story. I guess in the case of Preacher, I know the show is trying to be its own thing, but I’m not entirely clear on what that «thing» is yet so can’t tell if it is successful.

The revival of Twin Peaks, on the other hand, is a textbook case of execution over concept. And maybe that is just a Lynch thing in general — we can argue about what the «concept» of any of his work is, but we all experience the execution in the same way. We are approaching the halfway point for the new season, and I can’t really tell you what the hell is going on. Doppelgängers and in-between places, old friends and new faces, musical acts and traffic lights. But I can tell you that I think the show we are watching is exactly the show that David Lynch and Mark Frost wanted us to watch. When you spend three minutes watching a dude sweep a bar floor without interruption, that isn’t a mistake. That is a choice. When you are faced with an ongoing mystery involving Dr. Jacobi and his golden shovels only to have it add up to a throwaway punchline about bullshit, that is a choice. With Twin Peaks, I think we have to evaluate the vision and the style over the actual substance.

And in all of these cases, I tune in each week. Sure, maybe I don’t watch them when they air. Maybe I hold onto them in my queue, waiting to savor them. But they are the shows I most look forward to. Does that alone make them «good»? There are shows that I know are supposed to be amazing that I haven’t bothered watching (Breaking Bad), shows that I am slightly embarrassed to admit are appointment viewing for me (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and shows that I’ll put on a pedestal despite knowing they are loathsome to a good many people (Rick and Morty). Even if I hate a show, it can be perfectly tailored to someone else (example: anything on E! since The Soup ended).

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I’d like to say that there is no such thing as good or bad TV, just TV that is either made for you or not. But apparently Netflix is making a third (THIRD!) season of Fuller House despite canceling Sense8 so fuck it — there totally is good TV, or at least good enough TV, and if you find it you better support it because shows are hanging on a razor wire of niche audiences and if you aren’t careful you’ll be surrounded by terrible reboots of mediocre sitcoms from twenty-odd years ago.

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Hot Slut Of The Day!

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Norway’s “Penis Rock,” which has sadly been Lorena Bobbitted by some cock rock-hating vandals!

Rising proud in the town of Eigersund in Norway was a glorious and perfect monument to dick, and it was perfect, because it always stayed hard, was girthy and was big enough to satisfy even the pickiest size queen (“Nope, still too small, that’s a baby banana dick.” – the pickiest size queen). It just needs 800 gallons of lube and it’s ready to go. But the BBC (which for this story is short for Big Beautiful Cockrock) reports that on Saturday, a runner named Olav Magne Egebakken found a horrifying and highly disturbing scene: he found the formation, known as Trollpikken (“The Troll’s Penis”), on the ground. Olav believes it was drilled to death and not in a sexy way. Vandals probably took a drill to it, which caused The Troll’s Penis to weaken and plummet to the ground. This is what The Troll’s Penis (which sounds like the name of a revenge porn Tumblr filled with the peen pics of internet trolls) looked like after some evil ass bastard or bastards gave it a penectomy.

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The police are currently investigating and looking for the cock rock choppers responsible. The vandals could get thrown into the clink for 6 years if charged and convicted. In the meantime, a fund was set-up to erect The Troll’s Penis and return it to his boner rock glory. One Norwegian contractor (more like “Norwegian cocktractor”)  says they’ll need a helicopter to pick it back up and then a team will spend about an hour drilling in new supports. As of right now, the fund has raised over 216,000 krone (like $ 26,000).

So it looks like The Troll’s Penis will rise again! And since they’re doing work to it, they should consider doing penis enlargement surgery on it by lengthening it by a couple dozen feet. That way they can rename it: The Hammaconda Rock! (And it’d be true-to-size too!)

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Serena Williams Is Naked And Knocked Up On Vanity Fair 

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Serena Williams is famous and knocked up, and she would totally lose her status as a celebrity if she didn’t wear a hand bra and proudly stick out her pregnancy belly button in a photo shoot. So Serena and Annie Leibovitz worked together to do a 2017 reboot of Demi Moore’s naked and knocked up Vanity Fair cover (which was also shot by Annie) from 1991. It’s like as soon as a famous chick finds out a fetus is growing in her body, her publicist hands her Annie Leibovitz’s business card and a tutorial on how to bust out the perfect hand bra pose. I’m still waiting for a famous chick’s man to do a naked photo shoot while clutching his sympathy weight bump.

Inside Vanity Fair, Serena talks to Buzz Bissinger about how she met and fell in love with that Reddit dude and how she couldn’t believe she was pregnant and still can’t really believe it.

35-year-old Serena first met 34-year-old Alexis Ohanian, who is the co-founder of Reddit, in May 2015 at a hotel in Rome. Serena was in Rome to play the Italian Open. Serena and her crew were sitting outside eating breakfast when a hungover Alexis sat at a table right next to them, which irked her because there were plenty of empty tables elsewhere. They had a little back-and-forth before she invited him to sit with them and that’s how their love began.

Alexis says he knew who Serena was, but never saw a tennis match before he saw her in action after they started dating. They got engaged in December 2016 and now they’re going to raise a kid together. Here they are in a picture that’s like every picture every couple posts on Facebook to announce their engagement:

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Serena says that in January 2017, a week before she was going to compete in the Australian Open, she was in practice and felt like something was going on with her body. She threw up and her chichis got bigger. Serena thought something hormonal was going on, but her friend Jessica Steindorff (yes, the Jessica Steindorff who was involved in Caitlyn Jenner’s fatal car crash) thought she may have come down with a CASE OF THE BABIES!!! Serena thought Jessica was crazy but eventually agreed to piss on a pregnancy test. Serena didn’t think that one of Alexis’ Reddit cum fishes grand slammed into one of her ovary eggs, and when she found out she was actually pregnant, her mind immediately went to tennis.

Serena, as she put it, “did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped.

“Oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament,” said Serena. “How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.”

Serena thought that test was lying so she took five more and they all came out positive. Serena called Alexis and told him that she needed him to immediately get on a plane to Melbourne. (Side note: You know that either you’re richer than ass, or your man is richer than ass, or both, when you tell him to get on a plane to Australia.) When Alexis got to Melbourne, Serena let a bag of piss sticks do the talking:

When she saw him, not a word was said. She handed him a paper bag with the six positive pregnancy tests.

I don’t know if Serena washed them off first, but if I flew to Australia and my piece immediately handed me a bag full of piss sticks, I’d wonder why they couldn’t wait until they got home to let me know they want to get into some piss play with me.

Serena went on to win the Australian Open while 8 weeks pregnant. Serena was a little more than 6 months pregnant when she talked to Vanity Fair in May and said that she still can’t believe she’s going to be somebody’s mother.

“[It] just doesn’t seem real. I don’t know why. Am I having a baby? If you would have told me last year in October or November that I would have a baby, not be pregnant but have a baby, I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world. This is kind of how I am right now. This is happening sooner than later, and it’s going by so fast.”

Serena and Alexis will probably get married in the fall, and she plans to return to tennis in January, just a few months after a baby gets pulled out of her. Well, hopefully when she comes back, she can do well enough to make it to the #699 best player in the world, which is my segue into John McEnroe’s ass.

Tennis legend and ESPN commentator John McEnroe is out there promoting his new book, But Seriously, and he did an interview with NPR where he was asked about calling Serena Williams “the greatest female player in the world.” John said that Serena is the greatest female player in the world, but that she doesn’t come close to being the greatest player in the world overall. John said that if Serena played in the men’s circuit, she wouldn’t even rank in the top 100 or even in the top 500. She’d rank 700 in the world. John said that she could beat some men, but could never rule the men’s circuit.

Yeah. That doesn’t mean I don’t think Serena is an incredible player. I do, but the reality of what would happen would be I think something that perhaps it’d be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower. And on a given day, Serena could beat some players. I believe because she’s so incredibly strong mentally that she could overcome some situations where players would choke ’cause she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, The U.S. Open, etc. But if she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.

After John’s comments lit the internet on fire and made many rank him in the top 10 of the Most Sexist Tennis Players in the World, Serena hit back at a trick and let him know to please leave her alone.

John was on CBS This Morning and refused to apologize and didn’t think his words about Serena were so controversial. He also said that if he got back into the game right now, he’d be ranked at 1,200 in the world.

I know nothing about tennis and when I do watch it, I focus only on the balls, and I’m not talking about the green ones that fly over the net. So I don’t know about rankings, or whatever, but Serena at 700?! That sounds crazy to me. I have a feeling that the man who is ranked at 700 right now is going to lose a few matches so he slips down to 701. That way he won’t have to play Serena if for some reason she decides to show John McEnroe he’s wrong by playing and beating men’s player #700, #699, #698 and so on and so forth.

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