School girls as young as age 14 are knocking fists in pre-arranged brawls down under, then posting footage of their ‘bloody exploits’ online.
In a shocking reversal, a core group of around 30 young teens around south-western Sydney engages in punch-ups in parks and train stations, cheered on by throngs of guys. The premeditated fights are recorded on cell phones and later uploaded to YouTube.
The Australian Sunday Telegraph uncovered two videos in which teens had to be pulled apart following a bout of kicks, punches, and hair pulling. One girl lost part of a tooth.
Another fight only ended after a girl was kicked in the face after falling to the ground in what’s called "a dog shot". Even though the 16-year-old had to be hospitalized after the incident, she was proud to display the footage online. Apparently she even received praise from the local police officers who did little to stop the cat fights.
"But now people know they shouldn't mess with me," she said. "It's good that we have YouTube to get our message out there."
The Acting Deputy Police Commissioner in New South Wales, Carlene York, said police did not condone the behaviour and would “come down hard on any teens who were involved in fights”.
Following inquiries by The Sunday Telegraph, both clips were subsequently removed from YouTube, which does not automatically preview clips uploaded by users and only pulls them following public complaints.
These girls are obviously getting the wrong sort of power and attention from fighting. Cat fights aren’t cool, but they won’t stop as long as there is a receptive audience."
Motherhood changes all women, in a good way, we think. For actress Christina Applegate the shift in limelight was a welcome change.
“We’ve been self-obsessed for a long time. I had my baby at … 39!” Applegate told USA Today. “Thirty-nine years of doing whatever I wanted to do. Getting up when I wanted to get up. Going where I wanted to go. Completely self-involved.”
Although the Up All Night star had to make some sacrifices along the way since she and fiancé Martyn Lenoble welcomed 7-month-old daughter Sadie Grace into their lives, it's been worth it. One such sacrifice was missing out on a Red Hot Chili Peppers gig with all her friends.
Unlike most "Hollywooders", Applegate chose to hold off on calling in the reinforcements for the first six months of Sadie's life. Only recently did the actress hire a nanny for when she is filming her new series. She has kept her daughter in a protective bubble, away from the paparazzi, yet it seems unlikely she can keep it that way.
“I have not left the house in six months. This is my coming-out party. My bubble has been real tight and real quiet,” she explained. “If anyone gets too close to my kid with a camera, something violent may happen to them.”
Kudos to Applegate. Let’s hope she can continue to keep it real despite her return to work."
While most of us like to unwind after a hard day at the office with a bubble bath and a nice glass of Shiraz, a well-respected lawyer in the New York Attorney General's Office has been known to crack the whip.
Alisha Smith, the attorney who helped win a $5 billion settlement from Bank of America for a securities fraud case three years ago, lost her job yesterday when word got out that she was also working as a 'professional dominatrix'.
According to The New York Post, performing S&M under the pseudonym "Alisha Spark," the 36-year-old got paid to restrain and whip clients.
Eric Schneiderman, a spokesman for the state Attorney General, wouldn't comment on the particulars, but suffice to say an employee needs official permission to "engage in activities that earn them more than $1,000".
If Smith, or Spark, was aware of the violation, she wasn't too worried and openly held conversations about it on Twitter with another well-known dominatrix called Jade Vixen.
Although her account has since been deleted, past convos are still visible via Vixen's account. In one such tweet, Spark said: "I think both of us are decompressing from the excitement of @FetishWeekend."
Brings new meaning to the term restraining order, doesn't it?