Mariah Carey might be a diva, but even divas need to treat their staff with a little dignity.
A former staffer for Mariah Carey claims the pop diva acted like a sweatshop boss, working her 7 days a week without meal breaks or fair pay, Page Six reports.
Starting in March 2007, Ylser Oliver, 49, pulled 16-hour days for Carey, but despite her hard work, she claims she never got a dime of overtime! Along with a pleothora of home-based tasks, Oliver was also charged with “caring for” the singer’s friends and family and arranging for services and repairs to Carey’s home before quitting in June 2014. According to Page Six:
“My client put her family’s life on hold while tending to Mariah Carey’s family, and Mariah repaid her by underpaying her,” fumed her employment lawyer, Matthew Blit.
He added, “My client is a very hardworking woman who treated Mariah and her family like her own, working all hours of the day and night. Even celebrities are required to abide by the law.”
Blit won’t say how much they are suing for, except that is it “significant.”
BOO. Mariah- you are going through a rough patch, at LEAST treat your staff well so they will take care of you and not feel the need to sue you for unpaid wages! GEEZ.
Posted Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 4:16pm
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Um, remember when we reported that Kim Kardashian didn’t want her daughter North West to grow up spoiled? Well throw that right out the gold-plated window!
Why? Because father Kanye West reportedly spent $74,000 on 18-month-old North’s Christmas presents this year. Yeah, you heard right. So what can you get a toddler for 74,000 dollars? Well, $62,000 went to a diamond-encrusted tiara and $12,000 to a toy replica of his matte black SUV.
The source also revealed that Kanye thinks the tiara will be a great gift for Nori, saying, “so when she plays dress-up she’ll be a real princess,”and her own set of wheels to match his, because it’s the coolest thing ever.
Kanye has also been planning to surprise wife Kim, 34, with some extravagant purchases, with a source claiming, “For Kim, he’s got specially commissioned designer clothes, shoes, bags, and jewels, too. Well, actually he asked his stylist to do it.”
Wow, that’s a lot of cash. If that’s Christmas, I wonder what birthdays look like in the West/Kardashian household…
Posted Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 1:13pm
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Writer Dan Sterling speaks out against what’s happening with his film “The Interview.”
Of course, we just reported that The Interview is going to be shelved by Sony, but Dan Sterling (who co-wrote the film with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg) is standing his ground in defense of free speech. He said:
“If they want to bomb somebody for their free speech, I would like to be at ground zero, because I don’t want to live in that kind of world.”
That’s a pretty serious statement, but one that feels like it reflects those frustrated by Sony caving in to threats. How do you feel about Sterling’s words?
Posted Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 2:14pm
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Wow, who thought it would come to this?
Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview,” linking the dangerous threats and leaks to a cyber terrorist group linked to North Korea. According to Variety:
“We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public,” Sony said in a statement. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”
In announcing the decision to cancel the holiday debut, Sony also stated that the hackers have been making the lives of Sony workers terrible for weeks.
“Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like,” the statement reads.
A few hours post-announcement, a studio spokesman said that Sony had “no further plans” to release the comedy, either on VOD or DVD.
A 42 million dollar movie, gone? Perhaps. The fact is, it would have been hard for theaters to logically screen the movie if they thought it posed a threat to the safety of their patrons (and that definitely seems like a concern- the movie was due out on Christmas). What do you think? Did Sony do the right thing?
Posted Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 8:08am
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