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#IAmFlawless: Plus-Size Vlogger Challenges Body-Shamers

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YouTube star and plus-size fashion vlogger Loey Lane is shutting down body-shamers.

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In her new plus-size swimwear lookbook, Lane models a variety of two-piece bathing suits while asking some important questions, such as, why women of all sizes can’t wear bikinis; why people comment (negative or positive) on a woman’s size; and why people feel the need to give feedback on how you look.

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In her new online campaign, #IAmFlawless encourages all of us to embrace our bodies just as they are, and stop judging others (positive or negative) based on how they look.

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“The first time I was told by someone that they “admired my confidence”, I was flattered. I took it as a compliment; which, hopefully, it was meant to be,” Lane says. “But as time has gone on and I’ve heard it over and over, I’ve realized that, when you’re my size, confidence is an anomaly. To others, I’m not confident because of my body, I’m confident despite it. In all aspects of life, it’s my body that stands out, it sets me apart. If someone thinks I’m cute, I’m cute for a fat girl. My neighbor, who saw me on an evening run, commented the next day that I’m fast… for being, you know, so big. When I dare to wear a bikini on the beach or shorts in the summer, it goes back to, “you have a lot of confidence.” But they don’t say that to the woman beside me in the same outfit who’s thinner than I am. Society deems me as acceptable, passable even… but only as someone who’s fat. I’m less of a person because of the number in my jeans, and so those who admire the things I’m doing have to remind me that these things are only important because of my size.

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“The next time you judge someone, for good or for bad; I hope you can remember this,” Lane continues. “Remember that they aren’t great for a skinny person or a fat person; they aren’t attractive despite their size. They are beautiful for it. We are all walking different paths, but in so many ways we are the same. We are beautiful because of these things that the world deems as “flaws”. Embrace it, all of it, every second of every day. Wear what you want and do what you want. Be happy and grateful for another day in a body that is not flawed, but flawless.”

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I love this! I couldn’t agree more – if you want to hit the beach this summer, do it! Don’t let negative body image or the opinions of others crush your summertime fun. Embrace yourselves, stop shaming others, and let’s all be free this summer!

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Jim Carrey Uses Unauthorized Photo Of Child On Anti-Vaxxer Twitter Rant

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Not so funny, funnyman!

On Tuesday, comedian Jim Carrey caused quite a stir on Twitter after he slammed California’s new law to remove vaccination exemptions, regardless of personal or religious reasons.

During his anti-vaxxer Twitter rant, Carrey shared several pics of children with autism.

The Dumb and Dumber star, 53, outraged one mother when he posted a photo of her son without permission.

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The image has since been removed after the child’s parents filed a copyright complaint with Twitter.

As well, the boy’s aunt, Elizabeth Welch, posted an image of the tweet via Instagram with a strongly worded message.

“Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram friends, I need your help. Jim Carrey (yes that one) tweeted out an image of my nephew who suffers from Autism and tuberous sclerosis as an example of anti-vaccinations. Alex had these conditions before he was ever vaccinated. I’m very disgusted and sickened that a celebrity would use a photo like this that was used in the first place to spread awareness of Tuberous Sclerosis to mock him and and my sister for vaccinations. Even if that was not his intended outcome, it is what happened. Please spread this, and let’s try to get this tweet removed. #vaccines #california #californialaw #californiavaccinationlaw #jimcarey #vaccination #vaccinations #privacy #privacyrights #factcheck,” she wrote.

MORE: California Parents Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children

Here is a sample of Carrey’s Twitter rant.

However, most of Carrey’s accusations are misguided, as health agencies have long pointed out that the amount of mercury in preservatives used in some vaccines is infinitesimal and comprised of ethyl mercury, not toxic methylmercury.

Not to mention, there is no evidence that vaccines contain any of the “neurotoxins” he refers to.

Carrey famously dated actress Jenny McCarthy who has long argued that vaccines play a role in causing autism.

For years, scientists has outlined that “vaccinations are one of the of most incredible aspects of modern medicine,” and “our collective memory is too short to remember the devastating effects some of these diseases caused just a few short decades ago.”

My two bits: stop the insanity Jim and all you anti-vaxxers out there!

While absolutely nothing is without risk, the whole vaccinations-cause-autism theory must die! It is scientifically untrue, and you are causing unnecessary fear to the masses.

SOUND OFF: What do you think about California’s new law?

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Happy Canada Day: 20 Signs You Might Be A Canadian

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Happy Canada Day, eh!

As a Canadian, my heart swells with pride today on the 148th birthday of my great nation.

As the friendly neighbors in the Great White North, we are a larger land mass (not that size matters) with way less population than our southern big brother.

We are defined by hockey and beer, camping and natural resources, and we pride ourselves on many freedoms such as the right to marry whomever we choose regardless of sexual orientation.

As I nosh on pancakes and maple syrup while drinking my ‘double double’ from Timmys, I present my list of the top 20 signs you might be a Canadian:

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“Celebration Of Belonging” Living Art Project

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Get your Skysight on!

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In an epic end-of-school project, thousands of Canadian high school and elementary students participated in the “Celebration of Belonging” living art project.

After months of planning, this groundbreaking human art project came together on June 15, 2015 in beautiful North Vancouver, B.C.

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Thousands of students were outfitted in color coded T-shirts to create a large sabre tooth tiger.

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“This is the third largest art project I’ve done,” says Squamish Nation artist Rick Harry (Xwalacktun).

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“The sabre tooth tiger was my favorite prehistoric animal when I was a kid, and now we’re going to bring it to life in a way that has never been done before — a sabre tooth tiger made of 2,300 people,” he says.

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At the count of three, the assembled students were instructed to place two fingers to their forehead and scream out: “Get your Skysight on!”

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‘Skysight’ is a term to inspire students to see the world around them — encouraging them to connect with and protect mother Earth.

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“We have to change the way we see the world,” Harry says. “Our view of the world is way too small. Over half the wildlife on the planet has disappeared in 40 years because we’re not making decisions with our ‘Skysight on.’ We’re making short-term decisions. Let’s evolve into a new way of seeing the world.”

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After traditional Native drumming and a student-led rendition of O Canada, students got down on all fours, crouched down with their backs to the sky, and formed a huge sabre tooth tiger.

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Parent Advisory Council chair Catherine Stride acted as a ‘Sky Captain’ at the groundbreaking event.

“What an amazing experience we had taking part in the Sky Art project,” Stride tells HerScoop exclusively. “Not only was it a great way for the kids of all our family of schools to get together and feel part of their community, it also embraced something unique and creative that has not been done on this scale before.”

As for the thousands of students involved, it sounds like they didn’t miss a beat.

“The kids were brilliant,” Stride shares. “Even when their noses were shoved in the grass and their heads were resting on another kids feet in the blistering heat, nobody was complaining or having a bad time. From kindy to high schoolers, they all seemed to really enjoy it and even managed to get into the spirit of moving around, swapping shirts and waving for the camera.”

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Amid the heat and uncomfortable poses, the students were more than willing to wait for the perfect shot.

“I was even more impressed when we had to hold the pose for two minutes while the camera droid did its stuff,” Stride continues. “All the schools, having walked all the way in the heat, were very patient and respectful of the ceremony and seemed happy to be part of something so huge.”

The finished product – and the memories made – will last a lifetime.

“What an experience they had and I couldn’t believe how incredible the end product looked,” Stride adds. “I honestly didn’t think we’d get 2,300 kids into the marked out image — never mind that it would look so unbelievably good. I felt honored to be part of the day and to see all our family of schools working together. It is so important for the kids to understand the role they played and see themselves as part of the bigger picture…which couldn’t be achieved without the support and inclusion of everyone.”

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As for the kids’ input, it sounds like a great time was had by all.

“I love my red T-shirt,” says 6-year-old student Ava who participated in the living art project. “It was so fun to become a sabre tooth tiger.”

Click below to see the inspirational video documenting the “Celebration of Belonging” living art project…

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Oliver & Kate Hudson Have Been Disowned By Their Biological Father

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Ouch!

In a nasty high-profile family feud, Bill Hudson publicly disowned his two oldest children, Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson, whom he had with ex-wife Goldie Hawn.

“I say to them now, ‘I set you free.’ I had five birth children but I now consider myself a father of three. I no longer recognize Oliver and Kate as my own. I would ask them to stop using the Hudson name. They are no longer a part of my life,” Bill told The Daily Mail.

Why the harsh words, you ask?

On Father’s Day, Oliver posted a throwback photo with his father and sister Kate.

Oliver – an actor on the popular drama Nashville – is now 38 and a father-of-three. The image calls out Bill as a deadbeat dad who abandoned them years ago.

“Happy abandonment day,” he captioned the image, which went viral.

Happy abandonment day… @katehudson

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Oliver then posted a snapshot with his famous stepfather Kurt Russell, whom he and Kate call “Pa.”

“Happy Father’s Day Pa… #neworleans #felixs,” Oliver captioned the image.

 

Happy Father’s Day Pa… #neworleans #felixs

 

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Kate, 36, also took to Instagram with a Father’s Day tribute to Russell.

“Pa, just simply….. Thank you Happy Fathers Day I love you to the moon and back. ✨ #HappyFathersDay,” she wrote.

Pa, just simply….. Thank you Happy Fathers Day I love you to the moon and back. ✨ #HappyFathersDay

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As it turns out, Bill did not take kindly to Oliver’s photo and message.

“Oliver’s Instagram post was a malicious, vicious, premeditated attack,” Bill told The Mail. “He is dead to me now. As is Kate. I am mourning their loss even though they are still walking this earth.”

Bill went on to blame his ex-wife for their estranged relationship, claiming she “willfully” alienated him from Kate and Oliver.

“I believe the drip, drip, drip of poison which started when they were kids finally took hold,” Bill said. “Goldie wanted to create this myth of a perfect family with Kurt and she wanted me out.”

Our hearts go out to Oliver and Kate! Sure, we don’t know the full story, but I can’t imagine how painful it would be to hear my father say I’m “dead” to him. Who says that?

While it’s so sad this painful family feud has gone public, here’s hoping other deadbeat dads will take note of the pain that is caused in abandoning a child.

Although Oliver and Kate are grown adults, it’s clear the wounds of abandonment are still present in their lives.

And kudos to Kurt Russell for stepping up to the plate as their beloved “Pa.” Those are the actions of a real man.

SOUND OFF: Where you also abandoned by your father? What do you think about Bill’s public statement?

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Dad Discovers Son Is Gay, Turns To Reddit For Advice

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It’s official: love wins!

On Friday morning (June 26), the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in all 50 of the United States.

In honor of this historic ruling, we are reposting this fabulous article about an amazing dad and his gay son.

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Let’s hear it for this awesome dad!

When a 38-year-old single dad saw his 13-year-old son’s Google search that said, “I’m gay, what now,” he was conflicted. Should he wait for his son to come out on his own terms? Or, should he talk to his son about the online discovery?

Turns out, dad wasn’t sure, so he consulted Reddit for advice.

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