Wednesday Update: ‘Charmed’ Witch Alyssa Milano Arrested At The White House, ‘Handmaid’s Tale Author Attacked Over Transphobia, Katie Couric Admits She Shouldn’t Have Censored RGB’s Remarks About Athletes Kneeling

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Arrested

Former “Charmed” witch Alyssa Milano was arrested outside of the White House for protesting on Tuesday.

The event was organized by the People for the American Way to advocate for voting rights ahead of the Senate’s upcoming agenda to review the Freedom to Vote Act. 

The liberal actress and 23 other protestors were taken into custody after a U.S. Park Police officer warned that they were in violation of laws that prohibit obstructing streets or sidewalks.  

“I was just arrested for demanding the Biden Administration and the Senate to use their mandate to protect voting rights,” she complained on Twitter. “Stand with me and @peoplefor and tell the Senate and White House that voting rights shouldn’t depend on where you live. #DontMuteOurVote.”

 

Pushed

Former “Today” host Katie Couric appeared on the show with current host Savannah Guthrie to discuss her upcoming memoir, but was pressed by the interviewer about her admission that she covered up Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s condemnation of athletes who kneel during the national anthem.

When asked how she justified excluding the comments, which Guthrie said “violates the cardinal rule of journalism,” Couric replied it was typical behavior in the media. 

“I think what people don’t realize is we make editorial decisions like that all the time,” she remarked. “And I chose to talk about this and put it in the book for a discussion. I mention that it was a conundrum, that I asked Justice Ginsburg about Colin Kaepernick and taking the knee and how she felt about that.” 

“And I did include the fact that she said it was dumb and disrespectful, it was stupid and arrogant, and quite a bit of what she said,” Couric added. 

When Guthrie refused to let go of the subject, noting that the real question was if her decision “undermines journalism at a time when reporters are under attack for bias,” Couric admitted she “should have included” all of Ginsburg’s comments in the report.  

 

Backlash

“Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood was criticized by social media users for posting an article that questions why the word “women” is being removed from the nation’s vocabulary as a result of the transgender movement.

“Certainly there are words — they are slurs mostly — that are no longer acceptable. ‘Woman’ shouldn’t be one of them,” said Rosie DiManno in her opinion piece “Why can’t we say ‘woman’ anymore?”

“What the f***, Margaret?” said one replier. 

“I’m disappointed you shared this because it’s factually untrue. We can still say ‘woman’ & we can also say ‘people’ when it makes sense to use more inclusive language. I’m nonbinary. I also menstruate and gave birth to 3 kids. Saying ‘people with periods’ includes women AND me,” another wrote

“Conjuring up an imaginary threat to the word ‘women’ based on a few examples of people on very specific fields using more technically accurate terminology is a transphobic conspiracy theory,” spat another responder. 

 

Domestic Abuse

Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav was arrested on October 5, and charged with domestic battery in Las Vegas.

The former reality star reportedly poked an unnamed woman in the nose, grabbed her, then threw her to the ground and snatched away her phone, according to a police report. 

“In alleged domestic violence cases, there are often two sides to the story, and we will explain our side in the courtroom and not in the media,” his attorney remarked in a statement. 

 

Sorry Not Sorry

Nonprofit organization This Is My Brave announced that it will not accept donations from the sales of Jamie Lynn Spears new memoir “Things I Should Have Said,” after fans of her estranged sister Britney Spears criticized the mental health charity amid the star’s push to end her 13-year conservatorship.

“We hear you. This Is My Brave was recently recommended to be a beneficiary organization for the proceeds from Jamie Lynn Spears’ upcoming book. We have made the decision to decline the offer of receiving proceeds from the book sales,” the organization wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “We heard you. We’re taking action. We are deeply sorry to anyone we offended.”

Jamie Lynn reportedly finds the rejection “very upsetting,” and feels “totally blindsided” by the decision. 

“Jamie Lynn has suffered abuses in her life as well and that’s what people aren’t understanding — she has her own things she’s gone through,” a source said

“She can’t help that she’s Britney’s little sister. Her life is only spoken about in relation to her family even though she has also been dealing with mental health issues for the better half of her life. This just reinforces the entire trauma — that her story doesn’t matter.” 

 

Stabbed

Former “Survivor: Fiji” contestant Michelle Yi was beaten and stabbed outside a Santa Monica, California pilates studio she teaches at last week. 

The former reality star arrived early in the morning to set up for her 6 a.m. class, when an angry woman began screaming at her as she headed to the studio’s front door. When Yi told the woman to leave, she was beaten with a baton, taking strikes to the head and hand, then stabbed. 

“She stabbed me in the left bicep,” Yi said about the attack. “And then she hit me on the right hand with the baton. My Apple Watch shattered.”  

The woman was arrested on scene, and after being identified as the attacker of two other people that same morning, charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

The “Survivor” fan favorite walked away from the event with a stitched face and plenty of bruises.  

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