Donald Trump Says He’s ‘Not a Fan’ of Tom Ford After the Designer Refuses to Dress Melania

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In a recent interview on Fox, soon-to-be president Donald Trump dismissed Tom Ford’s statement that he would not ever dress Melania Trump, saying he was “not a fan” of the designer’s work.

“These designers are saying they don’t want to dress your wife. Did she even ask Tom Ford?” asks a Fox News correspondent in the interview.

“Never asked Tom Ford,” Trump replied. “[Melania] doesn’t like Tom Ford. Doesn’t like his designs. Tom Ford is an example. ‘I will not dress the first lady.’ He was never asked to dress her. And [real estate mogul] Steve Wynn just called me and he said he thought it was so terrible what Tom Ford said that he threw his clothing out of his Las Vegas hotel. I’m not a fan of Tom Ford. Never have been.”

Check out the clip below.

Ford had said in an interview on The View last month that “I was asked to dress her [Melania] quite a few years ago and I declined. She’s not necessarily my image.” He continues: “Michelle [Obama] I dressed once, when she was going to Buckingham Palace, for dinner with the queen. That I thought was appropriate – I live in London – and that made sense. It was an honour.”

Here’s Tom’s full View interview:

Tomorrow will mark the inauguration of our 45th President of the United States, and it’s set to be the least-attended inaugural ceremony in years. Many celebrities have boycotted the event, and to throw things into starker relief, the Women’s March happening on Saturday in DC is set to have several A-listers performing and attending.

Meryl Streep Roasts Trump at Golden Globes, He Fires Back Over Twitter

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Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for a liftime of achievement in the entertainment industry, and during her six-minute-plus acceptance speech tore into President-Elect Donald Trump and his abhorrent behavior, particularly the time he made fun of a disabled reporter.

“There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job,” she said, to a silent room of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest names. “It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”

This morning, Trump fired back at Streep via – you guessed it – a Twitter attack:

Earlier this year, Trump did a cruel impersonation of reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has a disease called arthrogryposis that affects joint function.

Watch Streep’s full speech calling out Trump below. All hail the queen. If that’s what a flunky is, then consider us flunking.

Trump’s campaign advisor Kellyanne Conway added her two cents to the mix today on FOX & Friends, explaining: “[Streep] sounds like 2014. The election is over. She lost…Everybody in that audience, with very few exceptions, was of a single, myopic mind as to how they wanted the election to go and how they expected the election to go. They lost and I really wish she would have stood up last night and said ‘look, I didn’t like the election results, but he’s our president and we’re going to support him.’ But this is Hollywood.”

Watch that full clip below:

Samantha Bee Rips Trump Apart in Post-Debate ‘Full Frontal’

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In yesterday’s episode of Samantha Bee, the late night host tore into Trump’s behavior at the second, town hall-style presidential debate.

Responding to Trump’s accusations as to why Hillary Clinton didn’t pass tax reform 30 years ago, Bee said, “Why didn’t she do something about taxes 30 years ago? Everyone knows that the federal tax rates are set by the First Lady of Arkansas!”

During the debate, Trump threw some tantrums at Clinton, the moderators, and CNN at large.

“She went over a minute over, and you don’t stop her. I go a second over—” he moaned.

In a spot-on impersonation of Trump’s behavior, Bee whined, “And how come Amber gets to go to the mall with her friends and I don’t! I hate you so much, Mom!”

The fact of the matter is that Trump spoke for 40 minutes 10 seconds, while Hillary got to speak for 39 minutes and 5 seconds, making any claim Trump was victim to moderator bias ridiculous.

“The debate was a grotesque travesty of democracy. Trump did to Hillary, the moderators, and the viewers what he did to that chair [photo insert of Trump standing weirdly behind chair] and insulted us all the while.”

Check out the full clip below.

Full Frontal airs Mondays at 10:30 PM EST on TBS.

Samantha Bee Calls Out NBC, Fallon for Giving Trump Screen Time

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In yesterday’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, on TBS,  Sam called out NBC – specifically, Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, for allowing Trump to come be a goofball on their shows. Despite publicly denouncing Trump for his comments about Mexicans, the network doesn’t have a great track record for keeping the presidential nominee off the air.

“Trump can be a total sweetheart with someone who has no reason to be terrified of him,” said Bee of Trump’s appearance on Fallon. She continued: “There were no cutaway shots to The Roots – I wonder why?”

Of Trump’s stint hosting SNL, Bee remarked that the network must think “ratings are more important than brown people.” She also explained, “Network execs and a lot of their audience can ignore how very dangerous Trump is, because to them, he isn’t!”

Check out the clip below.

Bee will air a Presidential Debate Special next Wednesday, September 28, at 10:30 PM EST on TBS.

Trump, Bernie, George Clooney & Charlie Chaplin: A Curious Convergence

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Charlie Chaplin, without question, was one of the most polarizing figures in American history. Born into a creative but mostly poverty-stricken family in South London in 1889, he parlayed early vaudevillian success into a lucrative contract with the New York Motion Picture Company in 1913. As history has it, he went on to become one of the few most influential performers and filmmakers of the 20th Century. And just as a new museum, Chaplin’s World, opens in Switzerland, his career seems to have some fascinating parallels with the current political situation in America.

He was at the height of his powers as America was plunged into the Great Depression—and his immensely successful 1931 film City Lights, with its unique, poignant mix of comedy and pathos, resonated deeply with a public living through such disconcerting times. By the time the groundbreaking industrial parody Modern Times was released in 1936, he had become a so-called “left-wing” activist…and thusly caught the suspicion of the sinister, crusading FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover as something of an agitator. In other words, Chaplin turned out to be on the wrong side of the socio-political zeitgeist.

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But perhaps most shockingly, especially with such hindsight as we now have at our disposal, his brilliant, incisive 1940 Nazi satire The Great Dictator actually won him the ire of the American establishment. The US was still considered “at peace” with Germany, and Chaplin’s stingingly sardonic mockery of hard-right fascism was somehow taken as sure evidence of his communist sympathies (treason, as they say, is often just a matter of bad timing). Ironically, the Soviet Union would, of course, ally with America to defeat Hitler—only for the two to become superpower enemies again after the war. As for Charlie, the bad press from a paternity suit with actress Joan Barry, as well as his poorly received capitalist critique Monsieur Verdoux, ultimately made him persona non grata in his adopted home.

And so as he boarded the HMS Queen Elizabeth with his family on September 18, 1952, bound for the London premier of his magnificent, semi-autobiographical film Limelight, his re-entry permit was revoked by US Attorney General James McGranery. Chaplin, wife Oona O’Neill and their children then settled into the small but picturesque Swiss town of Corsier-sur-Vevey, never to return to America.

A museum dedicated to the legendary filmmaker, Chaplin’s World, opened last month at his renovated Swiss estate, Manoir Le Bain. It features fascinating personal effects, film set re-creations, interactive exhibits and enough career-spanning photos to keep fans and admirers riveted for hours.

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But the timing of the opening could not have come with greater social and political puissance. We have a Republican presidential frontrunner whose hate-filled rhetoric sounds an awful lot like that of the fascist upstarts of the 1930s that had so alarmed Chaplin (who was said to have kept his Jewish identity a secret for realpolitik reasons); another current presidential hopeful, Bernie Sanders, has been effectively marginalized as a “socialist” merely for shining a light on the terrible inequities wrought by the vagaries of unchecked global capital markets.

Further fueling the tension, Jodie Foster’s much buzzed about, Wall-Street-castigating film Money Monster arrives in theaters this weekend. Its star, George Clooney, has arguably followed a Chaplin-like trajectory, devoting his later career not to syrupy romcoms, but to more weighty films that face down the many and sundry systemic corruptions of our 21st Century reality.

Chaplin, above all, wanted to make people laugh, and to offer them a bit of ephemeral escape. But he also passionately hoped his films would make us think about our shared humanity, and perhaps then just be that much more vigilant as to its vulnerability to the forces of venality and greed.

As a crucial American presidential election unfolds, then, what better time to revisit the unparalleled cinematic legacy of Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin?

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Ricky Gervais Holds Forth (Hilariously) on Donald Trump

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Ah, the “Special Relationship.” The Brits and the Americans, like a tired old married couple, no?

Britain, as we know, is going through one of the biggest crises of identity and allegiance in its history: whether or not to carry out a “Brexit,” and actually secede from the European Union. Barack Obama weighed in with a definitive “NO.” And no small number of highly placed Brits, including London Mayor Boris Johnson, told him to mind his own bloody business. Tut tut.

Now in the latest cover story of The Hollywood Reporter, Ricky Gervais (cheeky bloke, he) goes and turns the tables. The British comedian (who, for what it’s worth, has achieved massive success in the US, primarily by insulting our biggest celebrities) tells America, “You get what you deserve.” He is, of course, referring to Donald Trump essentially securing the Republican presidential nomination, and having also already won the scorn of the newly elected London (and Muslim) Mayor Sadiq Khan.

At the same time, Gervais admits that life hasn’t just imitated art, but actually bested it. Indeed, he reckons that Trump’s rudeness and impropriety have decisively outdone any of the characters he’s ever played, even the spectacularly improper David Brent.

Read the full, impertinent story, here.

8 of the Craziest Quotes From Our Next President, Donald Trump

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Everyone’s favorite Democrat is back in the news today. After accusing Mexican-Americans of being rapists, reports of his ex-wife Ivana describing one experience with Trump as “rape”, have surfaced. Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organization, made this factually incorrect and all around douchebaggy defense, “You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”

It’s no surprise Trump would surround himself with people who make crazy, incendiary statements like that given his history of inane, outlandish comments. Here’s a roundup of Donald Trump’s craziest quotes:

On African-Americans’ Work Ethic: 

“Laziness is a trait in blacks.”

Oh, god.

On How Much He Loves African-Americans: 

“I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”

Oh, god. Stop. 

On African-Americans and Jewish People: 

“Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

Stahhhpppp. 

On dating his daughter: 

“I don’t think Ivanka would do that [pose for Playboy], although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

He has a lot of sexist gems, but the gross incestuous nature of this quote trumps (sorry) every one of them. Even in jest.

On Immigration: 

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

Hear that sound? It’s the sound of the entire Latino vote going to Hillary Clinton.

On Gay Marriage: 

“It’s like in golf. A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.”

I…what? Did he just compare gay marriage to golf clubs? Is that a phallic reference?

On Rosie O’Donnell: 

“You take a look at her, she’s a slob. She talks like a, like a truck driver.”

While you, sir, could give elocution lessons.

On His Own Inflated Sense of Self: 

“I’m a really smart guy.”

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Donald Trump Buys Portrait Of Himself By Artist William Quigley at Hamptons Auction

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Remember when we told you about an upcoming art show in East Hampton called The Pleasurists that was going to feature works by renowned artists William Quigley and Ben Moon, as well as an auction of such paintings as Quigley’s avant-garde portrait of Donald Trump (pictured)? Well, it’s no longer upcoming, it happened last Friday, and it was a wilder experience than anyone anticipated–even those who were aware that comedian Andy Dick would be running the auction.

There was great art galore, of course–Quigley first stepped into the spotlight in 1985 when he showed with Andy Warhol and has gained steam ever since, while Moon’s multimedia mastery extends to immersive, interactive experiences like ROKLYFE, which he performed to the delight of a sweaty, nice-looking crowd that boogied and bid into the night to benefit Guild Hall Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (I like using the full name). Having Russian Standard Vodka–one of my favorites for a proper New York vodka martini–as a sponsor may or may not have helped things along. 

And guess what happened? Donald Trump himself purchased his portrait. Well, in his high-tech, I-nod-and-it-is-done way, he was sending texts to uber-art collector Stewart Rahr to snag it on his behalf. The price: upward of $100,000, which goes a long way to supporting all the great cultural activities of Guild Hall. Seriously, you need art, music, and theater in your life. Places like Guild Hall have it. Take advantage.  

At the show, Quigley milled around sporting a t-shirt that said "Bullshit Bullshit Namedrop Bullshit," which is now my new guiding philosophy, while women wearing low-cut summer dresses and guys wearing whatever-who-cares-what-guys-wear bounced to the beat, celebrating summer, art, and life.

At first I was somewhat curious about why Trump would buy the painting. Did he pick it up because he didn’t like it, and he wanted to get it off the market so some ironic doofus can’t display it in his living room? No, after looking at it I think Trump genuinely likes it.  I do–it’s no Thomas Nast caricature, it’s a penetrating gaze into the eyes of a fascinating man. I wish I could have a Quigley rendering of my coupon some day. Ah well, he tends to do celebs like Shaq. Better work on my points in the paint. (I hear Quigley has an Ethan Hawke and a Mick Jagger hiding too.) 

Mark Borghi of Mark Borghi Fine Art, who represents Quigley, was also there, helping draw a batallion of Very Serious Art Collectors, along with three silly ones. There were a bunch of celebrities there too. Should I name them? Bullshit Bullshit Namedrop Bullshit. 

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Bid On a Funky Painting of Donald Trump in East Hampton This Friday

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Do whatever it takes–Uber a chopper if you must–to get to William Quigley’s studio in East Hampton by 8pm on Friday, July 12. That’s the official start time for "The Pleasurists," an art show featuring, well, art, obviously, as well as vodka, music, and a live auction to benefit Guild Hall. In case I didn’t have you at vodka, the unique selling point of this event is the chance to acquire a couple of extremely unique pieces of art, including avant-garde portraits of Donald Trump and Ethan Hawke. Just imagine how great it would be to have The Donald on one wall of your home, contemplating firing your lazy ass 24/7, and Mr. Before Midnight on another, beckoning you with those bedroom eyes? It’s the ultimate yin and yang, complementary forces in contemporary pop culture.

Your hosts for this eclectic event are artists William Quigley, who had his first exhibit with Andy Warhol back in 1985 and has since risen to international renown, and Ben Moon, a multimedia master who uses projected visuals, interactive social media, and live and recorded music to bring you into "the world of Ben Moon."

Paintings by both artists will be on display, and there will be a performance of Moon’s interactive piece ROKLYFE, which, from the look of it, should be extra fun after getting acquainted with sponsor Russian Standard Vodka’s contribution to the evening. In a further blow to boxed-chardonnay’s stranglehold on the art gallery market, the other sponsors include Rolling Rock beer and Smokin’ Wolf Barbecue. You won’t even miss those little cubes of cheese. 

If that’s not wild enough for you, the live auction will be conducted by comedian Andy Dick. Good luck with that one, guys. Seriously. 

To RSVP, send a funny email to thepleasurists@rubensteinpr.com and get your bidding paddles ready, because this could end up being the Hamptons art event of the summer, or at least a very wild party. 

[Related: BlackBook Hamptons Guide; More by Victor Ozols; Follow me on Twitter]