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Melissa Etheridge's Rude Words And Nigella's Attack

from calling out a personal choice to spousal abuse, this week has me shaking my head

Two big pieces of news I didn't want to miss out on sharing with you guys, both of which have me shaking my head for completely different reasons. The first involves TV chef, and absolute babe, Nigella Lawson and her husband, 70 year old multi-millionaire Charles Saatchi. They were out for lunch on the weekend in London and paps there caught the couple in an argument. Things got ugly, and Saatchi started choking Nigella. She apparently left the restaurant in tears and was later seen leaving their home with a suitcase (and her children). Saatchi claims they were having a "heated discussion" about their children and that he was being "playful." 

PLAYFUL. Putting your hands on your partner in such a way is the opposite of playful. London police seemed to agree that this wasn't very funny, and Saatchi willingly went to the police station for a statement (on his lawyer's recommendation). He was issued a minor citation, and was let go. I'm pretty sure that if he wasn't a billionaire, he wouldn't have been let go. In fact, I'm pretty sure he'd be behind bars. 

While Nigella hasn't made a comment, the fact that she's left the home with her kids speaks volumes. Hopefully, she'll stay away from this creep and keep her kids away from him, too. Seems like a bit of a control freak to me, and I would never accept that sort of behaviour from my husband. Ever. That's a total deal breaker. 

On the other side of the WTF coin, Melissa Etheridge has spoken out about Angelina Jolie's choice to have a double mastectomy to ward off breast cancer. Not only did she speak up (for no reason, really) but she said, "I have that gene mutation too and it’s not something I would believe in for myself. I wouldn’t call it the brave choice. I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer. My belief is that cancer comes from inside you and so much of it has to do with the environment of your body. It’s the stress that will turn that gene on or not."

Last time I checked, Etheridge wasn't a doctor, statistician, or oncological researcher, so I'm pretty sure her saying something as asinine as this comes from no place in particular. While I do think that there are lots of reasons why some people get cancer and others don't, no one knows for absolute certain why these things happen and to call Jolie out and say she was being fearful seems overly negative. 

Of course she is fearful. She has six children and doesn't want to leave them! She doesn't want to die before her time so that she has a long fulfilling life. I have lost a lot of people to cancer over the last five years, and if I was faced with a similar choice, I would do exactly what Angie-Jo did. 

Etheridge is supposedly a friend of Brad Pitt's and when he was asked about her comments, he said he'd like to talk to his "friend." Oh brother. 

So, spill it! What do you think of these two crazy issues that popped up in celebdom this week?