The week of January 7 included a number of winners, and a few losers, as the People’s Choice Awards doled out the winners and others dished out the losers.
People’s Choice Awards
The Hunger Games dominated the 2013 People’s Choice Awards last week, as they walked away with favorite movie, action movie, and movie franchise, with Jennifer Lawrence winning favorite actress.
Winners in the TV category were Glee, The X Factor, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Katy Perry took top honors in the music category winning favorite female artist, pop artist, music video, and her fans, referred to as KatPops, won her favorite fan base.
Justin Bieber - Loser (article)
Justin Bieber was sued by ex-bodyguard Moshe Benabou for $421,261 in back wages and for unspecified damages for assault and battery. Apparently the Biebernator, as Bieber’s fan refer to him, went on a tirade, berating Benabou and attacking him after a disagreement backstage that involved one of the singer’s entourage.
Jerry Savile - Loser (article)
The late Jerry Savile, a British media personality, had been accused by a number of victims after his death last year. The accusations were followed up by a couple of agencies, resulting in a report entitled “Giving Victims a Voice.” In the report, 126 indecent acts and 34 rapes have been uncovered in their investigations, with 73% being perpetrated against victims under the age of 18.
The report goes on to identify a number of past accusations that tied Savile to child abuse as well as rumors of being a pedophile.
Piers Morgan - Winner (article)
Piers Morgan gets to stay in the US, this after the White House responds to a petition that was filed against the CNN host for his criticism of US gun control laws, in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.
The post entitled "When Discussing the Second Amendment, Keep the First in Mind Too," essentially explains that Morgan has a right under the constitution to speak his mind.
White House press secretary Carney writes “Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First. President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. However, the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press.”
Donald Trump - Winner (article)
The Donald went after comedian Bill Maher for his comments on The Tonight Show, where he said he would donate $5 million to the charity of Trump’s choice if he proved that he was not the “spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan."
The Celebrity Apprentice host had his attorney send out a letter along with a copy of Trump’s birth certificate, demanding that the $5 million be distributed evenly between five charities: Hurricane Sandy Victims, The Police Athletic League, The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes, and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Britney Spears - Winner? (article)
Rounding out the week was Britney Spears, as she did a little spring cleaning, announcing an end to her one year engagement to Jason Trawick, returning a $90,000 engagement ring.
Spears wasn’t done as she walked away from the William Morris Agency, and confirmed rumors that she would not be coming back as a judge on Fox’s competition show the X-Factor.
Stay tuned for the rumored confession of a serial cyclist, when Lance Armstrong is scheduled to confess his sins to Oprah Winfrey after vehemently denying taking performance enhancing drugs.