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Born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi Degré had a most unusual childhood. The young girl grew up in the African desert and developed an uncommon bond with many untamed animals including a 28-year old African elephant named Abu, a leopard nicknamed J&B, lion cubs, giraffes, an Ostrich, a mongoose, crocodiles, a baby zebra, a cheetah, giant bullfrogs, and even a snake. Africa was her home for many years and Tippi became friends with the ferocious animals and tribespeople of Namibia. As a young child, the French girl said, “I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends.”
Mapping rules about sexual orientation and military service around the world: blue = LGBT soldiers allowed to serve in the military; red = banned from service; grey = no data available; green = country has no standing military.
She was PHENOMENAL in “Beasts of the Southern Wild, and now Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar nominee, at only 9 years old. This is of course pretty impressive, but it’s even more amazing when you realize she lied about her age to get the part! She told casting directors she was 6 instead of 5, just so she could meet the age requirement. I can’t wait to watch this talented girl’s career blossom!
I’m going to be on the Dr. Phil Show to discuss slut shame next week! EEK! I’m so excited to help bring this conversation to a broader audience! Other people who might be there:
I’ll send out more details when I get them! <3
Confession: When I did Anderson Cooper last year, I was COMPLETELY unprepared. This resulted in me flubbing some major questions (“no, these statements aren’t racist!” doh) which then lead to me getting called out BIG TIME by the Tumblr SJ community. Fun times. In the year since, I’ve learned a great deal about racism and privilege (mine included) and would answer many of those questions completely differently. Moreover, I learned my lesson when it comes to preparing for tv interviews. First order of business: be prepared.
To make matters worse, at times the Anderson editing was rather deceptive. My biggest issue? Shots of me chillin’ between takes were used as reaction shots, which made me appear weak, nervous and unsure during some of the audience questions. Also, many positive comments/questions were left out, making the conversation at times appear one sided. Believe me, I’m not saying this to throw anyone on the show under the bus. The staff was super nice and my appearance opened some great doors for me. I mention this only because sometimes it’s easy to forget that talk shows and reality tv aren’t really all that “real”.
I knew posting “How Slut Shaming Becomes Victim Blaming” would be hard and would no doubt get some attention. But again, I wasn’t prepared for the over 6 thousand comments, emails and messages that came flooding in. I heard from survivors as young as 10, allies around the world and of course an assortment of 4chan trolls and “men’s rights activists”. Sure YouTube is scary, but it’s a hell of a lot easier to be “brave” online from the comfort of my own home, in front of my own camera and making sure my story is told my way. The thing is, you don’t have that luxury on national tv.
With that being said, I’m going to sit this one out. I’m hopeful that Dr. Phil will be able to address slut shaming in a respectful and intelligent way but if he doesn’t, Laci please give him hell.
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