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Did They Really Just Say That?

From reality TV host Chris Harrison’s dream “Bachelorette” to a slew of remarkable racial slurs, a shortlist of the week’s wildest statements

Gentlemen, Good Luck

“That would be amazing. She’s beautiful. I think she would love that. I would not only host that, I’d produce it.”
– 27-season-long Bachelor host Chris Harrison getting excited about the thought of his ex-wife becoming The Bachelorette, the show’s less-than-stellar success rate notwithstanding.


A Slice of Empathy

“I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out. He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying. I’m fighting to get my name back.”
– Celebrity chef Paula Deen, comparing her legal plight with Food Network to the struggles of Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay prospective player.


And the Winner Is…

With 12 Years a Slave, you don’t even crack a smile, but it was interesting, admirable and well done; I must say, though, that contrary to what some have asserted, it’s not as if it required great courage to make that movie—maybe if you made it in Mississippi in 1930.”
One particularly grouchy member of the Academy director’s branch talking The Hollywood Reporter through his reasonings for the way he’s voting, specifically why he thinks Steve McQueen’s odds-on entry shouldn’t win.


Peace Out

“Gary Locke is a U.S.-born, third-generation Chinese-American, and his being a banana—‘yellow skin and white heart’—became an advantage for Obama’s foreign policy. However, after a while, a banana will inevitably start to rot.’’
– The China News Service, a major media outlet, taking a parting shot at departing U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke in a mean-spirited editorial.


Grin and Bear It

“It’s really funny how serious people take it. And they’re like, you’re racist. And I’m like, ‘Really? We’re, like, a bunch of kids dancing around in, like, bears, but we don’t do choreography.’ […] We’re making them feel sexual and beautiful.”
– Miley Cyrus, defending her stance that using little people—some dressed as bears—in her shows isn’t exploitive in an interview with Ronan Farrow.