Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess Receive Criticism From 'DWTS' Judges for Ballroom PDA


Entertainment Tonight 12 October, 2021 - 10:59am

Miles Taylor, a Trump-era Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, and Christine Todd Whitman, a former Republican Gov. of New Jersey, penned an op-ed in The New York Times on Monday. Taylor was the Trump administration official who, under the pen name "Anonymous", wrote a 2018 op-ed in The Times describing a "resistance" of Trump administration officials working to tamper the former president's "worst inclinations." 

Together, Taylor and Whitman asked that the GOP's base consider supporting Democrats so that "conservative pragmatists" could retake control of the party. 

"Rational Republicans are losing the party civil war. And the only near-term way to battle pro-Trump extremists is for all of us to team up on key races and overarching political goals with our longtime political opponents: the Democrats," Taylor and Whitman wrote. 

"It's a strategy that has worked," they wrote. "Mr. Trump lost re-election in large part because Republicans nationwide defected, with seven percent who voted for him in 2016 flipping to support Joe Biden, a margin big enough to have made some difference in key swing states."

The two argued that this move is necessary because the Republican leadership has "turned belief in conspiracy theories and lies about stolen elections into a litmus test for membership and running for office." Taylor and Whitman also suggested that if Trump-backed candidates continued to win Republican primaries, they and their allies might start a new, center-right party.

"The best hope for the rational remnants of the Republican Party is for us to form an alliance with Democrats to defend American institutions, defeat far-right candidates, and elect honorable representatives next year — including a strong contingent of moderate Democrats," Taylor and Whitman wrote. 

Their suggested strategy would involve GOP voters supporting Democrats in "difficult races" like Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger, Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, and Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly. They also advocated defending a "small nucleus of courageous Republicans" like Reps. Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, and Peter Meijer. 

Kinzinger, for one, said in September that he thought the GOP shouldn't win a majority in the House if it is "pushing division and pushing lies." Cheney also said in September that she is not ready to cede the GOP to the "voices of extremism," revealing as well that many Republicans both in the House and the Senate have cheered her on privately in her fight against Trump. 

The Republican National Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider. 

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DWTS: Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess Perform Fairytale Dance for Disney Heroes-Themed Night

PEOPLE 12 October, 2021 - 04:01pm

The couple got into character for Monday's episode of Dancing with the Stars to perform a fairytale-inspired dance to "Someday My Prince Will Come" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

"I like this idea of a character that comes in and sweeps someone off their feet, somebody that is completely there with their partner," Green, 48, said in the intro.

Burgess, 36, also teased on Instagram earlier, "When art imitates life 🥰 Tonight on @dancingabc we waltz, living out my fairytale dreams with my real life fairytale love."

However, she also promised to be tougher on her boyfriend going forward on the show. "The first few weeks I think I was much more careful of your feelings, but as your coach, I know I just need to say, 'Suck it up and do it again,'" she told him.

The pair's romantic waltz got a score of 25 out of 40 from the judges. The duo will return to the ballroom on Tuesday to perform a second dance as part of this week's two-night Disney event.

Burgess and Green, who split from wife Megan Fox in 2020, have been dating for nearly a year. The two made their DWTS debut during the Sept. 20 season premiere, sharing a kiss at the end of their routine.

Ahead of their performance on Monday, Burgess shared a slideshow of photos on Instagram of the couple in rehearsals, leading with a shot of her grabbing the actor's butt.

"For those that say we kiss too much, here's a full 🍑 grab instead," she began. "But for real though, we kissed once in the first show that's it. This isn't a showmance, this is real life love and it's a part of our journey."

"Every step. Every struggle. Every success. And anyone that thinks it's an advantage, I can assure you, it's not," Burgess added.

Last month, the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum gushed about their relationship during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"It's storybook," Green said. "I never expected to meet and be with somebody that covers everything the way Sharna does. She's an amazing person. She's incredibly loving. She's incredibly patient. She's beautiful. She's great with my kids. She's just the whole package, and she's somebody that I can talk to and trust. I trust her input on things, which is hard to find."

Burgess added, "I never knew it could feel like this. I never knew it could be like this, and I'm grateful for every day and the time that I get to share and spend with Brian and the kids."

Dancing with the Stars airs Monday on ABC.

Kacey Musgraves' star-crossed not eligible for Country Album of the Year

Leak Herald 12 October, 2021 - 03:13pm

Star-crossed was released earlier this year via the country-oriented Universal Music Group Nashville in partnership with pop label Interscope Records. According to the Academy’s descriptions, to be eligible for Best Country Album, an album must contain “51% playing time of new country recordings.” Any work rejected by the committee is eligible for album of the year and could be recommended for another category. For star-crossed, this means it will most likely be bumped into the pop category.

Mabe lays out all of the production logistics behind star-crossed, furthering her argument that it is indeed a country album by meeting the set requirement.

“Sonically, it’s got more country instrumentation than Golden Hour which won Country Album of the Year in 2019. To compare Golden Hour to star-crossed, both albums were produced by Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian and Kacey Musgraves. Both albums were mixed by Shawn Everett. On Golden Hour, Ian, Daniel and Kacey wrote 7 of the 13 songs and on star-crossed they wrote 11 of the 15. Both albums complete each other with Golden Hour telling the story of falling in love and star-crossed telling the conclusion of the breakup. There is no departure in sound from these two projects. This album was consistently classified as country throughout it’s [sic] metadata and overall labeling across the DSP accounts and partners. star-crossed appeared on every major country playlist of every DSP.”

According to Rolling Stone, the song “Camera Roll” has been classified as a country song contender for the Grammys, despite star-crossed not making the cut.

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