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Welcome to THG Asks, a feature in which our two celebrity gossip experts debate a topical issue in the entertainment world and readers decide on which side they fall.

Today, we turn our focus not just to Kristen Stewart and her shocking affair with Rupert Sanders, but to her unusual decision to issue a public apology regarding her actions.

We ponder both arguments and then THG Asks: Should the actress have taken this step?

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NO. By Free Britney

Kristen Stewart owes the public one thing and one thing only: the best performance she can give on screen. She's an actress. She didn't cause any personal or emotional harm to a single fan out there and, no offense, but if she did... that's your fault, not hers.

Kristen owes Robert Pattinson an apology. She owes Liberty Ross, the wife of Sanders, an apology. She owes the director's two kids an apology. These were people actually affected by her lapse in judgment.

But what Stewart does in the privacy of her own home - or in the front seat of a car, apparently - is between Stewart, the person she is doing it with and those connected to either or both. When it comes someone such as Kristen, who has clearly never craved fame, I choose to judge her solely on her acting chops and don't expect her to meet any sort of ethical standard in her personal life.

And I certainly don't need her to apologize to me when she fails to do so.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Photograph

YES. By Hilton Hater

Hi, Free Britney. Welcome to 2012. Your argument may have made sense a couple decades ago, prior to tabloids and the paparazzi and the Internet and the blurring of lines between the public, the private and the professional.

But this isn't a debate over how thing should be. It's a debate over how things are.

And this is how they are in this age, especially for a star such as Stewart and a franchise such as The Twilight Saga: the movies are sold as much on Kristen and Rob's relationship as they are on vampires, werewolves and half-human babies. It's very easy to argue that Stewart's dalliance with Sanders will cost the studio millions, considering fans who simply won't be able to stand her on screen any longer.

Yes, Twihards take their Robsten very seriously and, whether Stewart wanted to play that game or not, she profited significantly from it. The investment of others in her relationship with Pattinson shot this actress on to the A-list. And she knew that. She may have disdained the spotlight, but she was aware that countless fans were staring at her in it and expecting her - at the very least - not to cheat with a married man nearly twice her age.

I mean, seriously. Are we really at the point where we're second guessing an apology? Isn't that what we ask for from those who make a mistake?

Your turn, readers. What do YOU think? Should Kristen Stewart have issued a public apology for cheating on Robert Pattinson?

 

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Welcome to THG Asks, a feature in which two of THG's celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Is Tupac Shakur really dead?

YES. By Hilton Hater

Tupac Shakur once wondered, "I Wonder If Heaven's Got a Ghetto."

And the truth, no matter how badly you want to believe otherwise, is that the iconic rapper now knows for certain. He's gone. Deceased. Deader than Lindsay Lohan's movie career.

I know, I know: eight albums have been released since Tupac was shot in 1996. And that Tupac hologram at Coachella really did seem life-like.

But no credible source has ever reported a Tupac sighting. University Medical Center, one of the most respected hospitals in the country, pronounced him dead six days after he was gunned down in Las Vegas. Why would those doctors lie?

It can be hard to let go. But Life Goes On, Tupac once rapped to his fans. He'd want you to accept his fate, keep ya head up and be real to your women.

NO. By Free Britney

The Notorious B.I.G.'s posthumous album was titled Life After Death.

Many at Coachella feel they saw Biggie's arch rival, Tupac Shakur, experience this over the weekend. It's a great story ... except 2Pac is not really dead.

First off, Tupac's "death" in 1996 was too perfectly orchestrated and replete with too many biblical and numerological references to be simply coincidental.

The motives behind the fake murder are unclear - to avoid going to jail, or drum up sales for Death Row, or be reincarnated as Makaveli? - but the killing was staged.

It also remains unsolved. How convenient.

Second of all, the "hologram" of Tupac performing was 100 times more realistic than any hologram known to man. There's no way that wasn't a human being.

Think about it. If you could make holograms that cool, why wouldn't we see them in our daily lives, walking around left and right? It doesn't make any sense.

It does make for a media conspiracy. That "hologram" is just media telling us that it's fake because he's still the most wanted motherf--ker in America.

THG Asks you ... is Pac really dead?

 

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Welcome to THG Asks, a feature in which two of THG's celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Should Lindsay Lohan host SNL?

YES. By Free Britney

I can hear my colleague now. Lindsay Lohan is just a train wreck, he'll say. She's not even in a movie or TV show! This is all just a ratings grab! Yup, all true. You finished?

Saturday Night Live is a TV program. Its purpose: Bring in famous guest hosts who help deliver laughs and ratings that will deliver advertising revenue. Lindsay will do both.

In three previous stints as host, Lohan was terrific. She's lost her way in recent years, as I'll be the first to point out. But she's still an actress by trade. A decent one even!

Why wouldn't Lorne Michaels, who she looks up to as a father figure, not give her another shot? Besides, given her ability to poke fun at herself, they'll have great material.

And since when is SNL the embodiment of class, the zenith of comedy, the entertainment bellwether that determines which stars are deserving a broader platform?

I'm a lifelong SNL fan, but the idea that it has standards is laughable. LiLo's young, hip, topical and talented, and will likely do a better job than most by all measures.

She and SNL want to work together. End of story. You don't have to feel compassion for Lindsay or like her. But don't make this out to be some unfair travesty.

Crazy Lohan

NO. By Hilton Hater

At this point in her "career," there are only two reasons for Lindsay Lohan to appear on television:

  1. If a court date is televised.
  2. If a show is in desperate need of ratings.

Because Saturday Night Live is neither a news program nor a series that has to worry about cancellation, the decision to bring Lohan on board as host is downright pathetic.

This is someone who has not starred in a hit movie since 2004. She has not appeared on a TV show since 2008. She has no album to promote, no reason to be in the spotlight at all except in an attempt to rehabilitate her image.

And why should an institution such as SNL assist the trainwreck with that mission? Since when is the iconic sketch comedy show in the business of featuring celebrities that are famous only for their run-ins with the law?

Lohan is not an actress, athlete or a musician. She's nothing but a DUI and probation violation waiting to happen. Now she will be sharing the same stage that has been frequented by Presidential candidates, foreign dignitaries and Alec Baldwin.

For shame, Lorne Michaels. For shame.

THG Asks you ... should Lindsay host SNL?

 

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Welcome to THG Asks, where two of our experts debate topical issues in the world and you vote for the winning argument!

Today, in the aftermath of the Kourtney and Kim Take New York season premiere , THG Asks this crucial question:

Was Kris Humphries in on the divorce drama?

YES by Hilton Hater

It's konceivable that Kris Humphries was klueless about Kim Kardashian when they first started dating.

Granted, she had gone out with numerous professional athletes before. And, yes, her sex tape has likely been viewed by more people than attend New Jersey Nets home games.

I could maybe buy that Humphries was so focused on improving his post-up game that he hadn't signed online in two years, even if her family sold out long before LeBron James.

Still... you want me to believe that this basketball player - who was aware his league was headed for a lockout and he'd be missing multiple paychecks in the near future - didn't comprehend what he was getting into after a first date swarmed by paparazzi?!?

Or when his proposal was filmed by E! cameras?

Or when his wedding was turned into a four-hour TV special?

I'm sorry, but I can't imagine Kris really thought Kim would simply move to Minnesota, pop out a few babies and the couple would live happily ever after, tabloid-free.

As the old adage goes: It takes two to tango down the aisle, feign affection, pocket millions, get divorced 72 days later, cry a river in public and laugh all the way to the bank.

NO by Free Britney

With all due respect to my Kardashian expert kounterpart, Kris Humphries looked absolutely mortified last night, and I doubt he's that good of an actor.

In my view, the big oaf was likely seduced by Kim's voluptuousness and lavish lifestyle and didn't realize what he was getting into until it was too late.

I put nothing past Kim or her "momager" Kris Jenner. Those people have fewer scruples than I have patience for people who use the term "momager."

I hate myself right now, but not as much as Kris (H.) was hating life when he walked in on a naked dude teaching Kourt yoga (and E! writers high-fived).

The man got played. Plain and simple. Humphries was needed to give Kim a fairytale wedding, then hit the bricks ASAP, as her brand is more valuable when she's single.

Everything about Kris, from his mannerisms last night, to his actions after getting dumped, to his assertion that Kim will be irrelevant one day, indicates he had no clue.

How could he fall for it? Kim is probably a nice girl in private, but that's the thing. There is no private when your career is a never-ending reality show and a 24/7 shill.

Naively, he assumed he'd settle into a blissful relatively quiet post-wedding life. Instead, he got an apartment with Scott Disick. No one willingly agrees to that.

THG Asks you ... was Kris in on all this?

 

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Welcome to THG Asks, where two of our experts debate topical issues in the world and you vote for the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Is Columbus Day a real holiday?

YES by Hilton Hater

I'm sick of Christopher Columbus getting so much flak simply because he essentially stumbled upon America. The famed explorer still got the job done, didn't he?

This makes him akin to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, who set out to feed patients via a strict vegetarian diet in 1894, mistakenly left boiled wheat sitting out and - bam! - invented Corn Flakes.

Should we take these off supermarket shelves, too?

What about the microwave? Percy Spencer meant to create a new vacuum tube when he stumbled upon a melting candy bar in 1945. His intentions were to help people clean, but I'm not about to tell readers they can't zap their leftovers tonight.

And don't even get me started on Post-Its, which were originally invented by Arthur Fry in 1974 to hold his hymnal bookmarks in place while singing in the church choir. I proudly remind myself of that fact everyday, and you'll never guess how.

The point: we all make mistakes. But not everyone's result in the greatest nation the world has ever seen. We're all here. And we can celebrate that one Monday each October.

Christopher Columbus Picture

This is Christopher Columbus. We're pretty sure, anyway.

NO by Free Britney

Today is one of those "holidays" I always forget exists.

Why do we need a random second Monday in October off? Can people not read celebrity news as a fun break while leading otherwise productive lives like any other day?

And you wonder why U.S. schools are fading. Kids should be there right now ... learning about why Christopher Columbus is no longer deserving of a national holiday.

At this crucial juncture in history, we must look to forward, not back. Our nation now is nothing like it was 50 years ago, let alone 500. It's time to recalibrate.

Yes, Chris discovered the New World. That was awesome. It was also 1492, and he was sort of lucky. Point being, we were settled. Great. Now let's move on.

Those lucky enough to have jobs in these troubled times should be working, not sitting around reflecting on the genocide of the American Indian. In exchange, how about we designate the Monday after the Super Bowl instead. That would be worth celebrating.

THG Asks you ... is Columbus Day a real holiday?

 

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Welcome to THG Asks, a fun feature in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Will Kim Kardashian's marriage last?

YES by Free Britney

Kim Kardashian's wedding was scripted nonsense. We know this.

That is merely who Kim Kardashian is, though: A bland, better-than-average looking chick makes a living from her celeb status despite being expressionless as drywall and devoid of talent.

Nowhere in that job description does she have to be incapable of love.

I'll be the first to ridicule Kim's shameless attempt to kash in on anything. When I read that Kris Humphries' family was appalled at the spectacle of the wedding, I wasn't the least but surprised. But that's precisely why it WILL last.

No one would marry Kim Kardashian for her fame (and become a joke in the process). He's got his own money (and she's got a prenup). He's in it for the only reason anybody could possibly put up with this 24/7/365 charade: Kim's heart.

Congrats. Bring on the sex tape.

Kim Kardashian Wedding Pic

A moment Kim and Kris will never forget ... thanks to E!

NO CHANCE by Hilton Hater

There's no way Kim Kardashian's marriage to Kris Humphries will last. Here's why:

The power forward is a free agent. Coming off a career season, it's unlikely New Jersey (his previous employer) will match his contract demands.

Neither will any other team in a major market.

The Los Angeles Lakers have plenty of size; the Knicks are keeping their salary cap options open for Chris Paul or Dwight Howard; Miami is enough of a circus without employing Humphries in the same city that is now also home to Reggie Bush; Blake Griffin plays the same position for the Clippers.

I foresee Humphries going someplace like Houston, or maybe Utah. And, come on, you can't honestly say Kim Kardashian will stay with a man who lives outside an entertainment news hot spot. It's unlikely Star Magazine could even find Salt Lake City on a map.

Indeed, at some point, the NBA lockout will end and, with it, so will this farce of a marriage. And we all know what that means: a divorce special on E!

THG Asks you ... will it last?

 

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Welcome to THG Asks, a feature in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Who should Ashley Hebert choose on The Bachelorette season finale, Ben or J.P.?

BEN by Free Britney

He doesn't look like a stereotypical reality show hunk. Heck, he looks like a less handsome version of Constantine.

He uses phrases like "ruh-roh." He talks about his deceased father too much. He took his sweet time before he would truly open up to Ashley.

Frustrating? At times, yes. But all of these things are part of what make Ben Flajnik so human, so appealing, and the obvious choice for our girl.

There's no facade with Ben, a funny, smart, free-spirited Sonoma winemaker with a lot of heart (no matter how closely he guarded it for weeks).

He's the genuine article. Ben isn't fling material. He's husband material, a complex, nurturing guy with whom love can actually Evolve over time.

Hopefully, Ashley picks Ben and all he brings to the table on Monday's finale. If not, I bet come January, ABC can find 25 other girls who would.

Ashley Hebert and Ben Flajnik Date

Can Ben pull off the upset on Monday's finale?

J.P. by Hilton Hater

If I had a nickel for every time JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert have made out on The Bachelorette this season, I'd have more money in my bank account than Chris Harrison gets for playing the most pimp-like host on TV.

These two have serious, lip-locking chemistry!

While others clearly came on for the wrong reasons (eat it, Bentley!), JP is as nice and honest as any contestant in recent memory. Has this made for especially entertaining TV? Not every week. But the show is about love, not ratings.

JP has all the physical attributes Ashley could want in a mate, as well. He's easy on the eyes and he resides in nearby NYC, just a quick car ride away. Might he be living a double life? Sure. But no guy is perfect.

THG Asks you ... who should Ashley choose?

 

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Welcome to THG Asks, a feature in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Did the jury in the Casey Anthony case get it right?

YES by Hilton Hater

I firmly believe Casey Anthony is guilty. But I don't know this for a fact. I wouldn't bet my life on it. Would you?

That's the decision jurors were faced with in this case; heck, in any court case. A strong suspicion isn't enough, a hatred for the defendant doesn't suffice, a number of lies and conflicting stories don't add up to the one key element missing here:

EVIDENCE.

Can you tell me how Caylee died? Is there DNA that links Casey to the scene? Is there anything beyond (admittedly grotesque) stories of how Casey partied soon after her daughter disappeared and her searches for terms such as "chloroform" online?

Our court system places an extreme burden of proof on the prosecution because the last thing anyone wants is for an innocent person to be convicted. Jury members are instructed to take the words "beyond a reasonable doubt" very seriously.

A killer has almost definitely walked free. Nancy Grace has been given opportunities to rant like an attention-starved lunatic. Both results are regrettable. But, given a lack of hard evidence, I'm not sure what we could do to change them.

Casey Anthony Picture 

NO by Free Britney

Come on. That's my response, as a human being, to the argument that the jury did its job acquitting Casey Anthony. Simply put, the jury dropped the ball.

Falling prey to a baseless defense and what was lacking from the state's case, 12 people somehow declined to focus on the ample proof of her obvious guilt.

The jurors were sick over this, they claim, and "wanted more evidence" to convict Anthony. What the heck did they need? Raw video? An eyewitness?

A dead person's hair was in Casey's trunk, along with high levels of chloroform, a term searched for on her family's computer (along with "neck breaking").

Residue of duct tape - a rare brand found in the Anthony garage - was also present. Then there's Casey's blatant, ever-changing lies and unstable behavior.

More than enough evidence apparently wasn't enough.

Alas, the real world isn't CSI or NCIS, where a perfect DNA match always materializes at the 11th hour. Actual brains and gumption were required here.

Whether blinded by conjecture, unable to put two and two together, or just spineless, the jurors failed, and a child killer is free. That's something to get sick over.

THG Asks you ... did the jury get it right?

 

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Welcome to THG's new feature, in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Should Chris Brown offer a real apology for uttering a gay slur yesterday?

YES by Free Britney

You might not believe this after I condemned the gay slur he uttered yesterday, but I do think Chris Brown is unfairly scrutinized sometimes. He's under a microscope.

He just wants to live his life. Some people want him to fail. Unfair, but the reality is that it's inevitable, he brought it upon himself, and he has to control his anger.

I don't believe Chris is homophobic because he said "y'all n!ggas is gay" to those photographers. I believe he meant it as slang, as a generic put-down.

The intent means little to his gay fans and the community at large, though. He hurled "gay" as an insult. It's offensive, and a half-ass apology won't cut it.

I don't expect you to be perfect, Chris, but I'd love to think that you're a good guy who can be the bigger person, admit fault and show compassion.

Now that would show the haters. Kill them with kindness!

NO by Hilton Hater

Chris Brown is a violent man, with a clear anger problem, who clearly isn't very tolerant of the gay lifestyle.

I disagree with just about everything he has said or done over the past couple years.

But the consistent behavior, tone and language at least prove one thing: this is who Brown really is.

At the very least, the singer should man up and accept that fact. Embrace it. Cater to the loyal fan base who will apparently defend him through thick and thin, through homophobic slurs and roundhouse punches to the opposite sex's face.

Why bother making lame, half-hearted apologies such as the one offered this week? Brown obviously didn't mean a word of it, and those who have stuck by him through these incidents don't think he needs to show remorse over them anyway.

The rest of us? We don't want a phony attempt at contrition. If you're gonna be a prick, be a prick all the way. Don't half-ass it.

THG Asks you ... should Chris offer a real apology?

 

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Welcome to THG's new feature, in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Is Rihanna a bad role model?

YES by Hilton Hater

Rihanna can't pick and choose when to be a role model.

After Chris Brown savagely beat her face in, the singer spoke out about being a victim. She tried to let other women know that violence can happen to anyone, even an A-lister.

It was an admirable effort to serve as someone to whom battered females can relate. But now, with the PTC criticizing her "Man Down" video, she doesn't want the burden.

She's hiding behind the nonsense that celebrities have spewed for years, dating back to Charles Barkley's 1993 Nike commercial.

Should famous people be role models simply because they are good singers, actors or athletes? Of course not. But are they? Without a doubt.

Yes, parents bear the responsibility to teach children right from wrong. But, as Rihanna herself Tweeted, we're living in the REAL WORLD. In that world, whether she likes it or not, a top-selling recording artist absolutely is looked up to by millions.

Why not embrace that role and make the most of it?

No You Di'nt

NO by Free Britney

Rihanna is right in that she should not be considered a role model at all, but even if you label all celebs role models by default, you could do worse.

A singer whose lyrics and videos can be violent, provocative or suggestive at times? Sounds like ... nearly every rock star in the past half century.

We're really going to single out Rihanna? Countless stars - many of them critically beloved - are far more suspect in their art and personal lives.

More importantly, looking up to any singer as a role model is absurd. She's an individual who entertains with her art, which can be controversial.

A well-rounded, well-raised youngster will be able to keep their core values intact while still being entertained by Rihanna and her counterparts.

The PTC chastising her is nonsensical. Artists are free to perform as they choose in our society, and society is free to embrace or reject them.

Expecting every singer, actor or athlete to behave perfectly at all times, rather than trusting parents to take responsibility or young adults to respect the boundaries between art and life? That is the wrong message to send.

THG Asks you ... is Rihanna a bad role model?