Chyna's Similarly Sad Demise

Buried under the mountain of press coverage about Prince is the story of former WWE wrestling star Chyna's death at age 45. Chyna, whose given name was Joan Marie Laurer, had been feeling "a little emotionally strained," according to her manager, Anthony Anzaldo. He told People that Chyna had been prescribed medications for sleep and anxiety prior to her death. Chyna appeared on Celebrity Rehab in 2008. The show's host, Dr. Drew Pinsky, said of her death, "I am very sad for Joanie and her loved ones, but I am also terribly angry because I suspect addiction may have taken another life." [people.com, 4/22/16]

'Saturday Night Live' Mocks Christian Movie

NBC's Saturday Night Live recently aired a spoof of the Christian movie God's Not Dead 2 titled "God Is a Boob Man." In the skit, a woman is forced by a Jewish lawyer to say that God is gay. Pat Boone, one of the stars of the Christian film, took umbrage. "I think [there's] a general antipathy toward Christianity … they think it's fair game, like Bill Maher, to just attack and ridicule and literally make fun in light of almost any kind of genuine faith," Boone said. "But in this case it's particularly scurrilous and irresponsible because they presented God's Not Dead 2 as if we were dealing with homosexuality or in some way with Christian-Judaism conflict, and the film has nothing to do with any of that. They made it up totally because they literally wanted to back us (Christians) into a corner on the subject of homosexuality." [foxnews.com, 4/20/16]

'Once Upon a Time' When Dorothy Met Ruby

"True Love's kiss has been a staple of this show since the beginning. This past Sunday's episode was just another example of how in a fairy tale, as in life, love is love."

Once Upon a Time co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, in a statement explaining why they chose to introduce a female-to-female romance this season between Ruby (a grown up Little Red Riding Hood) and Dorothy (from The Wizard of Oz), who passionately kissed on the ABC series' April 17 episode. The episode prompted the conservative group One Million Moms to respond, "Homosexuality continues to be over-represented in the media because producers want people, and especially kids, to think it's normal and everyday life. In reality, that is their fairytale." [hollywoodreporter.com, 4/17/16; onemillionmoms.com, 4/20/16]

British Preschoolers Encouraged to Choose Their Gender

A British school council recently sent letters home to parents asking them what their 4-year-old's "gender identity" was. "We recognize that not all children and young people identify with the gender they were assigned at birth or may identify as a gender other than male or female," the letter said. "Please support your child to choose the gender they most identify with. … Or if they have another gender identity please leave this blank and discuss with your child's school." The note came a few months after a school in the same district sent home a gender survey that included 25 options, including "genderqueer," "tri-gender" and "gender fluid." British politician Andrew Bridgen responded, "Schools should be teaching kids to read and write, not prompting them to consider gender swaps." [thesun.co.uk, 4/21/16]

The 'Likes' Made Me Do It

An 18-year-old woman in Ohio is being charged with kidnapping, rape, sexual battery and distributing child pornography because she live-streamed the rape of a 17-year-old friend on the Twitter-owned app Periscope. "She continued to live-stream it and she told the police that she continued because she got caught up in the likes that were showing on her screen," said Franklin County, Ohio, prosecutor Ron O'Brien. "And she didn't call 911," he continued. "She giggled throughout." [npr.org, 4/19/16]

(Another) Outrageous Rihanna Video

Rihanna's latest attempt to push the boundaries of pop music videos even further includes nudity, drug use and the depiction of a brutal murder. It prompted Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast to ask, "Should we be surprised by another video in which she glamorizes sex, drugs, and violence? Maybe not. But the graphic 'Needed Me' clip begs the question of whether there's a limit. … Rihanna just made what might be the most explicit music video in history." [thedailybeast.com, 4/20/16]

Utah Governor Declares Pornography a Public Health Crisis

Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert recently signed two pieces of legislation intended to combat what the measures described as "a sexually toxic environment" caused by pornographic imagery. "Pornography is a public health crisis," Herbert said on his official Facebook page. "Today I signed two bills that will bring its dangers to light. S.C.R. 9 calls for additional research and education so that more individuals and families are aware of the harmful effects of pornography." [cnn.com, 4/19/16]

'You Don't Have to Sell Your Body.'

"When someone like Kardashian gets worldwide attention, it is only for her body, as she is not known for having a skill-based career. The key is for parents of girls to point out what famous women are valued for. With someone like Kardashian, you can tell your child, 'She is famous because she shows her body naked to the world, but there are good ways to get attention and you don't have to sell your body to get it.'"

—clinical psychologist Seth Meyers, stating that scantily clad pics of social media "narci-lebrities" such as Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski are negatively impacting a generation of young women [foxnews.com, 4/21/16]

Castaway Found by Reality TV Crew

In the "you can't make this stuff up" category comes this peculiarly providential story. A stranded fisherman on a deserted island off the coast of Australia was found by the production crew for the Animal Planet reality series River Monsters last November. The fisherman had been separated from his boat for about 60 hours and was already dehydrated. The crew hadn't originally planned to shoot near the island, but changed its plans due to choppy waters. That's when they spotted a blue cooler on a rock. River Monsters director Stephen Shearman describes what happened next: "This guy with no clothes was running out of the cave, waving his arms out." [independent.co.uk, 4/21/16]

Tyrion Lannister for President?

Even though he's not running—and is, in fact, not even real—Tyrion Lannister, the scheming little person from HBO's Game of Thrones, won an election-time showdown against real-world, major-party frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. So say the results of a Survey Monkey poll, in which Tyrion took 24% of the popular vote, tying Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Clinton finished with 20%, besting Daenerys Targaryen (another Game of Thrones character) by only a few percentage points. Trump finished fifth with 7%. [ew.com, 4/21/16]