An 11-year-old girl in a wedding dress is a strange sight. The only thing missing from the magical day was the groom. Still, like most brides, Josie Zetz claims it was the happiest day of her life, because she got to walk down the aisle with her dad, Jim.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, photographer Lindsey Villatoro takes pictures of terminally ill clients and was contacted by Josie's mother to capture some shots of Josie with her 62-year-old father, who has pancreatic cancer.
Before long, Villatoro became inspired to go one further and stage a surprise wedding—"complete with flowers, desserts, a promise ring and a dress." The idea was to create a positive memory for the girl who will likely have lost her father by the time she is old enough to marry.
The end result was an emotional video entitled, "Walk me down the Aisle Daddy."
"There is going to come a day very soon when he's not here," said Villatoro. "The goal when I do these things is to preserve that person. Most people focus on the death and not the beauty of that person, who they were and the memories that they leave."
When fan and actor collide, usually a beautiful, appreciative thing happens. Smiles are exchanged, and perhaps even an autographed bill. But I'll bet James Franco is wishing he never posed with Lucy Clode after a recent 'Of Mice and Men' Broadway performance.
According to an article in Elite Daily, it started when Franco asked the girl to tag him after posing for an Instagram picture with her. Then followed direct messages in which Franco propositions Clode, before discovering that she's just shy of her 18th birthday.
Franco tries to backtrack, but it's too late. He has already inquired about her boyfriend status, and should he procure a hotel room? When she asks for proof that it's him, he gleefully complies, posting a selfie in which he holds up a card with her name on it.
For a PhD candidate and A-list celebrity, that's either an incredibly brazen or an incredibly stupid move. Because of course Clode has a boyfriend and she is a 17-year-old living in the year 2014, she posted the whole creepy exchange via screenshots to social media, and now the pair of them are fending off swathes of haters.
Where Franco is deemed a sleaze for trying to pick up a teenager, Clode has been pegged a 'fame whore' for going public about the attempted pick-up.
When accused of being "thirsty for underage ones" Franco instagrammed a photo of himself and said: "I'M NOT! I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME. Thank you."
What's your take on this scandal?
This actor's girlfriend is only 19.
What does it take to nab a place in not one, but all eight of the U.S. Ivy League colleges? Perfect grades, it goes without saying. But the proof, so it seems, is in the admissions essay. Just ask Kwasi Enin.