Bell, Teigen offer to pay fine for former U.S. gymnast

With over 140 women and girls accusing former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse, many of his victims have stood before him in court to share the pain they have carried with them for years. But one victim and former Olympian may face a fine for facing her abuser yet again.

According to Entertainment Weeklybecause gold medal winner McKayla Maroney settled a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics in 2016, she is “unable to publicly discuss Nassar” and could face a $100,000 fine if she does, including if she gave a victim impact statement in his recent court proceedings.

But two of Hollywood’s best and brightest have offered to help Maroney, should she decide to speak up and be hit with a fine; model and author Chrissy Teigen was first to take to Twitter to offer to foot the bill for Maroney, writing that she would be “absolutely honored” to do so.

A few minutes later, EW says Parks and Recreation creator Mike Schur and actor Kristen Bell chimed in, offering to split the payment on behalf of the gymnast.

If that’s not women (and men) supporting women, we don’t know what is.

 

Bell becomes first host of SAG Awards

There’s a first for everything, and the first for the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards is about to happen.

According to Entertainment Weeklythe Guild announced that their 24th annual awards show would have its first-ever host, tapping Kristen Bell for the job that also “marks the first time the telecast will air with a live emcee since its inaugural program in 1995.”

To commemorate the occasion, EW says Bell took to social media to share the news — and to poke some fun at herself in the process.

“I’ve been asked to host the SAG Awards this year, which means, to all my friends who’ve been nominated, I get to choose who wins!” she said in the video, according to EW. When someone off-camera tells that’s not the case, she responded, “That’s not how it works? Then what am I doing? Like, Anne Hathaway and James Franco did? I’m doing that? Why, did I lose a bet?”

Looks like Bell is already going to make a great host with her quick supply of jokes! Get ready to catch her in action when the SAG Awards are live at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS.

‘Celebs Have Issues’ with the wage gap

The gender wage gap is a lingering problem that plagues women around the United States and around the world, yet the enduring issue has recently become the object of satire in a new video by the Huffington Post.

The online publication recently released a new series entitled, “Celebs Have Issues,” in which the Huffington Post says “famous people use comedy to raise awareness about important issues.”

The first installment of the series stars actress Kristen Bell, who tackles the issue of the wage gap in a comical — yet all-too-true — video in which she teaches “American businesses how to cut labor costs without resorting to outsourcing,” according to Slate. Just how can business curtail their spending? By hiring women, Bell insists in the video.

“Why outsource all of your production to far-away countries like India, China and Narnia when we have the cheapest and best workforce right here in the good ole US of A: women,” Bell quips in the video.

She goes on to introduce a faux company called, “Pinksourcing,” which only pays their female workers 77 cents to a dollar — just like the average wage gap in the United States. But the video doesn’t gloss over another latent problem in the disparity: changes in earnings by race. As Bell announces the average earnings of 77 cents to a dollar, a Black woman stands up and proclaims she only makes 60 cents, while a Latina woman says she makes 55 cents.

The two-minute video goes on to lay out other “perks” of hiring women that address common women’s rights issues, such as a lack of proper maternity leave programs and a lack of coverage for birth control options.

After all of the benefits of hiring women are laid out, Bell closes the video with Pinksourcing’s slogan: “Pretty, cheap labor,” reminding viewers yet again of the issues and stereotypes surrounding women in the workplace.

To watch the video in its entirety, click here.