Actress Olivia Wilde 'shocked' over breastfeeding backlash

Actress Olivia Wilde will not be offering up an apology after a picture of her breastfeeding her son appeared in magazine, instead turning the tables on her critics.

Last September the film star appeared in Glamour magazine breastfeeding her son Otis.

Wilde said she hadn't expected backlash online over the image, including from a Los Angeles Times blogger who chastised the Meadowland actor for making "motherhood look effortless and easy".

Wilde told Huff Post Parents that shooting a cover shoot for a magazine is work for her "and during that day my son had to eat, and so I had to feed him".

"I surely failed to be expecting persons to be upset at the obscenity of public breastfeeding.

"I was shocked that there have been even now persons who discover it inappropriate since they believe it's a sexual thing. I imagine that says a tonne about them."

And she's not letting the controversy get in the way of the positive outcome the shoot has had on breastfeeding mothers like herself.

"The coolest detail to occur out of that [photograph] was all these girls who took shots of by themselves breastfeeding in public and tweeted them to me and to the earth.

"I considered that was genuinely great, and so I was delighted to just stimulate their wonderful movement."

Olivia Wilde. Source: Bang Showbiz


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Jon Stewart reveals why he quit the Daily Show

Comedian Jon Stewart has revealed he left the "most perfect job in the world" as host of the Daily Show after a long period of work dissatisfaction, depression and anger at biased news services and the US political process.

Stewart announced in February he would give up his role as host on Comedy Central's popular nightly news satire show at the end of 2015.

"These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it's OK. But the cycles become longer and maybe more entrenched, and that's when you realise, 'OK, I'm on the back side of it now,'" he said.

Stewart joined the Daily Show in 1999, but said there were many low points in the 16 years, adding that right-leaning Fox News is "incredibly depressing".

"I live in a constant state of depression. I think of us as turd miners. I put on my helmet, I go and mine turds, hopefully I don't get turd lung disease," he said.

The 52-year-old also attributed his decision to a desire to spend more time with his children, Nathan, 10, and Maggie, nine, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

"It was a combination of the limitations of my brain and a format that is geared towards following an increasingly redundant process, which is our political process. I was just thinking, 'Are there other ways to skin this cat?' And, beyond that, it would be nice to be home when my little elves get home from school, occasionally."

Stewart has already begun working on a range of projects - his first film, Rosewater, will be released in May.

He will be replaced on the Daily Show by young South African comedian Trevor Noah.

The comedian says the US is not living in a "post-racial" society following a decision not to indict a white police officer who put a black man in a lethal chokehold. Source: 1 NEWS


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Joan Jett inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

A bevvy of music legends are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including Green Day, Joan Jett and Ringo Star.

Jett couldn't keep her rough rocker edge for long - once she was inducted, she was overcome by the moment and moved to tears.

"I tried not to cry and be tough," she said, her black mascara starting to run.

Jett and other music legends are being welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night (Sunday New Zealand time), an evening made special with two of the Beatles coming together to play.

Ringo Starr, previously enshrined with the Beatles in 1988, is being inducted alongside Jett and The Blackhearts, pop punks Green Day, soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers, underground-rock icon Lou Reed, bluesy guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The "5'' Royales.

For the third time, the star-studded ceremony is being held at Cleveland's legendary Public Hall, where thousands of fans were already on their feet when Jett, wearing black leather, opened the evening with a rip-roaring version of "Bad Reputation."

She urged on the crowd by saying, "Here we go, Cleveland," and was joined by Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl for Cherry Bomb, one of her hits with The Runaways, a band that broke down barriers for women in rock.

The set concluded with Jett, in top form since she's opening for The Who on their current US tour, performing Crimson And Clover along with Tommy James, who wrote the song.

Miley Cyrus then inducted Jett, considered by some the "Godmother of Punk."

Jett's songs empowered girls - and boys - and her sneering on-stage presence made her not only look cool but a role model for female rockers.

Cyrus said Jett inspired her like no other artist.

"She's what Superwoman really should be," Cyrus said. "The first to do many things, not just as a woman, but as a badass babe on the planet."

Jett said music is what has always moved her.

"I come from a place where rock and roll means something," she said. "It's more than music, more than fashion, more than a pose. It's a subculture of rebellion, frustration, alienation and the groove. ... Rock and roll ethic is my entire life."

Adored by fans, Starr was the steady beat behind the world's most celebrated group and the 74-year-old is the last of the Beatles to have his work outside the band recognized.

Starr is being inducted by Paul McCartney, whose influence helped get his former drummer enshrined. Starr put out a string of pop hits, including It Don't Come Easy, Photograph and You're Sixteen.

He may not have had the musical chops or artistry of McCartney or the late John Lennon or George Harrison, but Starr managed to stay in the limelight and still tours with his All-Star Band.

Brash and belligerent, Green Day blasted onto the music scene just as Seattle's grunge sound was growing stale. Lead singer/guitarist Billy Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool took riffs from punk pioneers like The Stooges and Sex Pistols, flavoured them with some power chords and pop hooks and helped redefine a genre.

The trio's album Dookie won a Grammy and Green Day went on to make American Idiot, a punk-infused rock opera that later became a Broadway hit.

Withers was inexplicably left off the hall's ballot for years, perhaps an unfortunate oversight. But the 76-year-old, who walked away from the music industry in the 1980s, is now part of musical royalty with a catalogue of timeless songs like Lean On Me and Ain't No Sunshine. Stevie Wonder will induct the 76-year-old Withers, who may perform publicly for the first time in decades.

Reed was both daring and provocative as a songwriter and lyricist, pushing boundaries with ballads about forbidden subjects like drugs, prostitution and suicide. Reed's songs like "Walk On The Wild Side," ''Vicious" and "Heroin" remain vibrant today. Although he died in 2011, Reed continues to influence a young generation of musicians touched by his rebel ways.

Sadly, Vaughan died at the height of his career. Armed with a signature Stratocaster, the Texas bluesman was a dynamo on six strings. Best known for songs like Pride and Joy and Look At Little Sister, he won a Grammy for his mesmerizing cover of Jimi Hendrix's Little Wing. John Mayer will induct Vaughan and join Gary Clark Jr. on stage for a blistering set of Double Trouble tunes.

HBO will broadcast the event on May 30.

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