Donald Trump resigned from the Screen Actors Guild Association-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in a head-tilting letter.
Trump tried to beat SAG-AFTRA to the punch by resigning from the organization before they could expel him. USA Today reports SAG-AFTRA was looking to remove him following his incitement of violence that led to the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Trump sent a letter to SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris on Thursday, expressing that the organization has done “nothing” for him.
“I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership. Who cares!” He continued: “While I’m not familiar with your work, I’m very proud of my work on movies such as Home Alone 2, Zoolander and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; and television shows including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saturday Night Live, and of course, one of the most successful shows in television history, The Apprentice – to name just a few.”
On Jan. 19, the Screen Actors Guild said the SAG-AFTRA board voted that it is very likely that Trump violated its guidelines for membership. They highlighted his involvement in the insurrection that took place on Jan. 6 “and in sustaining a reckless campaign of misinformation aimed at discrediting and ultimately threatening the safety of journalists, many of whom are SAG-AFTRA members.”
Without acknowledging any of his heinous acts, he continued to talk about his personal successes, saying he “created thousands of jobs at networks such as MSDNC and Fake News CNN, among many others.” He added that the union has a “dismal record” and has “done little for its members” aside from collecting membership dues and “promoting dangerous un-American policies and ideas.”
In conclusion, he wrote, “I no longer wish to be associated with your union. As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resignation from SAG-AFTRA. You have done nothing for me.”
In response, Carteris and National Executive Director David White simply wrote “Thank you” in a statement.
Columbus Short was once a backup dance for Britney Spears and apparently a past fling. He recently revealed that during their romantic stint, Spears’ parents called him the N-word.
In his 2020 autobiography, “Short Stories,” he claims that Spears pursued him in 2003 during his time as a dancer and producer for her. He also claims they slept together once while on a trip to Rome.
He also describes the time her parents called him the racial slur. “I was next to [Britney] while she was on the phone with them crying while she had it on speaker.” He claims he overheard her parents ask, “Why are you f–king that n—-r?” And that, “Britney looked at me so apologetically, knowing I’d heard it. I shook my head and didn’t say anything, because what was there to say?”
The 38-year-old “Scandal” star told Jazzie Belle on her YouTube show, “Inside Hollywood,” that he wasn’t surprised hearing the racial epithet.
“I wasn’t shocked when it happened. Look where they’re from … they’re from Louisiana. The way it came out was so effortless, like that’s how they speak. I wasn’t shocked and I wasn’t hurt by it, I was just like, ‘Wow, this is … OK … I know who I am around here.’” He added, “Because they have black bodyguards doesn’t mean behind closed doors they don’t use that word.”
Adding, “After that, I felt like maybe [Britney] was using me to piss them off for some reason. I think she is a really sweet person that was tormented in a position on a high level that I can’t imagine. I liken it to Princess Diana. She was the pop princess. Britney couldn’t go nowhere — her world [was] completely controlled in this bubble. There would be times that she would act out, and I don’t blame her. She was trying to find her way.” He added, “I love Britney to this day… I feel bad for her. I wish the world knew the Britney I knew.”
According to Page Six, Short didn’t identify which parent said the word, but since then, Spears’ mother Lynne denied his claims to Page Six.
“I want to be very clear. Those terrible words are not remotely in my vocabulary. I would never say that to anyone, much less my daughter. Ever.”
A source close to the singer’s dad Jamie, also vehemently denied the allegations, saying, “Jamie was not there, and not involved. In fact, during this time period, Jamie was not involved in Britney’s business at all.”
Short’s autobiography also details the false rumors about the pair sleeping together before their Italy encounter. He says her jealous former choreographers spread those rumors.
He also discussed the time Spears sent her jet to get him and her other dancers two months before she released her2003 album.
“She sent us a jet, and just like that, we were in New York having a wild party for my 21st birthday,” he recalls in the book. Spears and her crew were partying at “Keith Richards’ apartment uptown,” he says, where Spears was allegedly staying, “and we were all in there going crazy.”
He claims that the “Hit Me Baby One More Time” singer was “going even more crazy at the party. “She was on me like white on rice, and would not leave me alone the entire night. Britney had her eyes on the prize and wasn’t about to stop until she got what she wanted.”
He said at that time, he wanted to keep their relationship professional and apparently, “wasn’t attracted to her like that.” Short has just separated from his first wife and was involved with another backup dancer.
Spears pulled him to the side at the party and insisted he go with her to Rome to get ready for her next video.
“I really tried my best, but this girl put on the full-court press,” and, “We ended up being intimate that one time. I never slept with her again after that, though.” And, “This was a dangerous sexual alliance for every reason under the sun, and I think that the worst part of it was that I was making the rumors an actual reality,” he said.
When they got back to the States, Short claims “Brit was still trying to get a repeat of what happened in Rome,” Short writes, “and she started to get suspicious because I continued to curve her.”
As for the pictures taken of them by the paparazzi, he says they made “A simple hug would look like a kiss, a quick store run would look like a date.”
As the media attention grew, Short says the singer’s management team and parents were irked, and the two had a falling out after playing a game of truth or dare. According to Short, Spears admitted that if she could marry one person, it would be him, but he said it would be his girlfriend who he was dating at the time.
“I was fired not too long after that, and Britney changed her number so I couldn’t contact her.” He said that in the end, he learned the lesson, “Don’t s–t where you eat, even if you really have to go.”
Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs were returned safe and sound Friday evening, two days after they were stolen in a violent dog-napping that left their dog walker was shot four times.
According to the New York Post, an unidentified woman brought the French bulldogs to the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station around 6 p.m. Friday.
Capt. Jonathan Tippett said the woman seemed to be “uninvolved and unassociated” with the shooting and theft that happened Wednesday night. Police also didn’t explain how she got the dogs.
Representatives for Gaga’s and police detectives then went to the station and confirmed that the returned dogs were, in fact, Gag’s beloved Frenchies, Koji and Gustav.
The pop superstar, who is currently in Rome filming a movie, was said to be distraught after learning her dogs had been taken. She offered a $500,000 reward for the safe return of her pets. It’s not yet clear if the woman who turned the dogs in will receive the reward money.