Russian Pranksters Brutally Trolled Elton John With This Fake Putin Phone Call

Jay Hathaway · 09/16/15 06:37PM

Sir Elton John was thrilled to get a call Monday from Russian president and Photoshop pioneer Vladimir Putin, after John had criticized Russia’s abysmal record on LGBT rights. Their chat went well, Sir Elton reported on Instagram, and a face-to-face meeting was in the offing. If that sounds suspiciously unlike the unyielding, stone-faced Vladimir Putin with whom we all coexist in precarious detante, that’s because it wasn’t.

Michelle Dean · 03/26/14 03:15PM

Rep. Jackie Speier has announced that she's going to introduce a bill criminalizing "revenge porn" into the House of Representatives next month. If and when she does, it will be the first effort to enact a federal law against revenge porn, or as others put it, "non-consensual pornography."

Lacey Donohue · 11/26/13 10:52PM

The nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen has volunteered to represent Jen and John Palmer—the coupled fined $3500 for posting a negative review online—in a case against Their lawyer, Scott Michelman, has written a letter demanding the company "fix the situation" by Dec. 16 or face a lawsuit.

​Woman Fined $3500 for Leaving a Negative Review Online

Lacey Donohue · 11/17/13 11:19PM

Like many consumers who have had a bad experience, Jen Palmer wrote a review online in 2008 after the Christmas presents her husband ordered from never arrived. Years later, thanks to her online review, the couple is facing a damaged credit score and a $3,500 fine.

​Grocery Store Customer Berates Employee With Asperger's Syndrome

Lacey Donohue · 11/11/13 09:23PM

The internet is coming to the defense of longtime Wegmans grocery store employee Chris Tuttle after he was berated by a customer for being "too slow" to check her out on Saturday. Tuttle, diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, has worked at the store for over seven years and while being a cashier isn't his primary job, his manager will sometimes ask him to cover a register if the store is busy.

Publisher Sells Pulitzer-Winning Paper's Headquarters To Be Mean

Ken Layne · 04/30/13 12:51PM

Life as a newspaper journalist is a crushing series of indignities ending only with your final layoff from the last print newsroom within a hundred miles of your (foreclosed) condo. For California's Pulitzer-winning daily the Press-Enterprise, today's comically tragic news is that the paper's headquarters is being sold off for $30 million, with the remaining employees destined to be shuffled over to some leased office space in Riverside.

He's Not Chevy, He's an Asshole: A History of Chevy Chase's Horrific Behavior

Max Read · 04/05/12 02:20PM

"When you become famous, you've got like a year or two where you act like a real asshole," Bill Murray told Tom Shales and James Miller when they interviewed him for Live from New York, their oral history of Saturday Night Live. "You can't help yourself. It happens to everybody. You've got like two years to pull it together — or it's permanent." He was talking, of course, about Chevy Chase, his opponent in a famous backstage fistfight. The two are friendly now, and it seems as though Murray wanted to imply that Chase had "pulled himself together" following his sudden rise to fame.

American Psycho Author Thinks Bullying Victims Should 'Man Up'

Max Read · 12/05/11 10:16AM

What the ongoing debate about bullying has been missing, really, is the voice of Less Than Zero author Bret Easton Ellis. He's reticent to share his opinions publicly, and hates being written about—but the issue cries out for a man of compassion, a man of care, a man of thoughtfulness and grace. A man like Ellis.

Delightful NASCAR Fans Boo Michelle Obama

Max Read · 11/20/11 04:28PM

First Lady Michelle Obama was a NASCAR Grand Marshal at today's Ford 400 (so was her sidekick, Second Lady Jill Biden), so she naturally received a warm welcome from patriotic NASCAR fans. Kidding! She got booed.