Prince Harry is not happy about how the press has been treating his girlfriend.

Prince Harry wants the press to stop harassing his new girlfriend, Meghan Markle.

On Nov. 8, the royal’s communications team issued a statement lambasting the abusive, sexist, and racial undertones used by press and social media when talking about Markle.

Prince Harry has “seen a line crossed,” the statement reads:

“His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”

In the letter, the royal family specifically calls out and condemns the racist and sexist harassment Markle has been facing.

The statement describes incidents of photographers attempting to gain entry into Markle’s home, bribes offered to Markle’s ex-boyfriend, and “the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.”

Prince Harry has only been dating Markle for a few months. In fact, this is the first time the relationship has been publicly confirmed.

Despite that, British tabloids have already run several insidious stories about her. One of them suggested she appeared in pornography, when, in fact, clips of the TV show that Markle co-stars in had simply been uploaded to a porn site.

Markle, who is biracial, has also been the target of racially charged online comments and tweets.

It’s a pretty big deal for the royal family to come to Markle’s defense.

They have a long history of fighting with the press over scrutiny of their private lives. It’s also a personal subject for them since the death of Princess Diana in 1997 was the result of trying to outrun paparazzi. This is the first time, though, they’ve publicly defended someone outside of the family, specifically condemning racism and sexism.

It’s unprecedented for the family to issue a statement like this, but the treatment of Markle was so bad that Prince Harry was apparently afraid for her safety and for that of her family.

The letter also addresses those who say that harassment is just the price you have to pay for celebrity.

“It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,” the statement says. “He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game it is her life and his.”

The letter makes no demands; it simply calls on members of the press to “reflect” for a moment before any more damage is done.

Maybe that’s something we should all do.

We certainly have a similar problem here in America. In fact, we practically invented celebrity culture, and there are countless examples of celebrities being harassed or assaulted online and in person.

When a man launched himself at Kim Kardashian, for example, many headlines made jokes at her expense and failed to treat the incident as what it was: sexual assault.

When someone is in the spotlight, it can be too easy to forget that they’re a human being that they have feelings and an identity. It can be too easy to forget that we don’t own them and that they deserve to be treated with the same amount of respect and dignity as anyone else.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/prince-harry-is-not-happy-about-how-the-press-has-been-treating-his-girlfriend?c=tpstream

Fisherman fights the largest catfish hes ever seen

Whenever you hear someone talk about a battle with a fish, you tend to take their story with a grain of salt. This big fish tale? Its the real deal! This 250 lb monster was captured by Yuri Grisendi in Italy and it took everything he had just to wrestle this beast above the water line.

Read more: http://damn.com/fisherman-fights-the-largest-catfish-hes-ever-seen/

What Will Become Of The Amanda Knox Memoir?!

News broke late last night that an Italian criminal court overturned Amanda Knox’s acquittal for the murder of Meredith Kercher.

Knox and Kercher were both studying abroad in Perugia, Italy in 2007, when Kercher was found dead, her throat slit, in the apartment she shared with Knox.

Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were tried and convicted for the murder. Both of their convictions were ultimately overturned — but yesterday, the court reverse that decision. Knox and Sollecito will now be re-tried for the murder.

We know what you’re thinking: WHAT does this mean for the Amanda Knox-related entertainment properties — the multi-million dollar book deal, the Diane Swayer interview, the Lifetime movie (already once given an alternate ending to accomodate news of Knox’s acquittal)?!

The Book

The cover of Waiting to be Heard, due out April 30. HarperCollins / AP

Reached today, a spokesperson for Harper Collins said that the book would be released on schedule. Tina Andreadis, director of publicity, said, “As planned, HarperCollins will publish Amanda Knox’s book, Waiting to Be Heard, on April 30, 2013, and will move forward with the interviews that we have scheduled.”

Harper Collins announced it had acquired the rights to Knox’s memoir in February 2012. Knox reportedly pocketed $4 million from the deal.

Drawing on the journals she kept while imprisoned Knox’s memoir, as described by Harpers “will reveal never before-told details surrounding her case, and describe how she used her inner strength and strong family ties to cope with the most challenging time of her young life.”

Back in November, the publisher debuted the book’s title and cover image, and announced it’s release date, April 30. At the time, the Associated Press said the date was changed “out of deference to the court in Italy that scheduled a March 25 hearing for the prosecution’s appeal.”

Andreadis would not say whether or not the Harpers had a plan in case the court overturned the decision.

The TV Interview

In February, ABC News announced it had booked the first interview with Knox, scheduled to air on the day the book was released. ABC News confirmed today that the interview is set to go forward as planned —with Diane Sawyer to interview Knox — and it will air on April 30 at 10pm.

It’s good because ABC has big plans for the footage — in addition to airing on an ABC News Primetime Special, segments of the interview were also slated to appear on World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, Nightline, ABCNews.com, Yahoo!, ABC’s radio properties and local TV affiliates.

The Movie

Hayden Panettiere portrayed Knox in the Lifetime movie.

Lifetime, first to cash in on the public interest in Knox, may be most affected by the decision today. Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy starring Hayden Panettiere, which premiered on the network on February 21, 2011, chronicles Knox’s trial — and ends with her conviction for murder.

The production was put on TV so quickly that when Knox was acquitted on appeal nine months after its debut, in in October 2011, the network was forced to hastily add an epilogue detailing the turn of events when the film aired the next day.

Will Lifetime be forced to add an epilogue to the epilogue? Or to remove it entirely? There are no plans at the moment, Les Eisner, VP of Publicity at Lifetime, said today. In fact, Eisner said, “There are no plans to air the movie in the immediate near future.”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/tessastuart/what-will-become-of-the-amanda-knox-memoir

The Best Moments From 2 Chainz’s MSNBC Appearance

Although every second of rapper 2 Chainz’s appearance on MSNBC’s “Now With Alex Wagner” is glorious and worth watching, these may have been the best moments.

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1. When he admitted that he wasn’t expecting to win a Grammy.

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2. When he described the tuxedo that Pharell was wearing in the recording studio after the Grammy Awards.

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3. When he talked about his new song “Feds Watching” and the state of surveillance in America.

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“Our privacy is basically eliminated… In this day and age, it’s common sense. This is our 12th year since the towers, since that tragedy happened. It’s not a secret what our country is doing to try to keep us safe. You know, some people think it’s being nosy at the same time. For me, I try to educate people in an entertaining way without boring them. They can watch the news. I just try to — they might dance and party to some of my music but it still may have an underlying meaning or substance.”

4. When Alex Wagner talked about how his new album, “#MeTime” and his new cookbook, “#Mealtime” were an “awesome verbal hashtag.”

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5. When he talked about how suffering from acid reflux and ulcers led him to write a cookbook of good, healthy recipes.

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6. When he talked about his food mentality.

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7. When he explained how you don’t need to have a lot of money to cook the recipes in #Mealtime

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8. When he asked viewers not to share the secret of his #MeTime sauce.

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9. When he talked about his process in the kitchen.

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Teriyaki salmon, step one: “Put on your Versace apron.”

10. When he acknowledged the helpfulness of some of his cookbook’s more interesting instructions.

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Garlic mashed potatoes, step one: “If wearing a four-finger ring, carefully place it on a side table before starting to cook.”

11. When he talked about his cooking technique.

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12. When he got personal.

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/the-best-moments-from-2-chainzs-msnbc-appearance

The World’s Coolest Teacher and His Students Dance Through the Halls to “Uptown Funk”

At Dallas’s A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School, teacher Scot Pankey leads dozens of students through the school in an impressively choreographed video for “Uptown Funk,” which they filmed in a single take…

Read more: http://twentytwowords.com/the-worlds-coolest-teacher-and-his-students-dance-through-the-halls-to-uptown-funk/