BANTER BLENDER #99: Ray Rice, Taylor Swift, Joan Rivers, and ‘Utopia’

Writer Jessica Ogilvie (Playboy) returns to the Banter Blender podcast to discuss the latest events in a summer of craziness. We start with Ray Rice and the larger question of can bad behavior ever be forgiven? This leads to discussion of Chris Brown and Michael Vick before eventually landing on the most pressing debate of our time: Team Taylor vs. Team Katy.

Yes, the Taylor Swift / Katy Perry feud is addressed with the gravitas it deserves, and then it’s on to Fox’s new reality experiment, “Utopia.” Trash TV or a disturbing look at our society?

Finally, we close out the podcast with talk of Joan Rivers and her career. Along the way, there are plenty of asides about Starbucks, puss caterpillars, ISIS, and even Ferguson.

Tackling the tough topics as always!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #49: Famous Siblings We Love; Also, American Idol, Tiger Woods, and A Shout-Out To SoundCloud!

New Banter with Ben and Lisa is up, and this episode is really funny, if I do say so myself. Here’s the official description:

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( embrace Siblings Day by discussing the famous siblings they like most. From Kim Richards to Bambi Swayze, we definitely cover a lot of ground. Then it’s on to this week’s “American Idol” which featured Mariah Carey’s most long-winded critiques yet. Finally, we tackle some of the dubious celebrity couples out there — Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, Rihanna and Chris Brown, e.g.. Along the way, there’s talk of hamsters and a big shout-out to all our followers on SoundCloud. Come take a listen!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #44: Lion Attacks, American Idol, and Chris Brown

Banter with Ben and Lisa is back (I think we say that every episode), and we have tons of random things to talk about. First Lisa Timmons ( and I discuss a bizarre tragedy involving a lion and an intern. Then it’s on to the equally strange case of acid-tossing at the Bolshoi Ballet. Naturally, talk of Chris Brown follows as well as “American Idol.” Come take a listen!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA: Episode 32 – Hunger Games, Rihanna & Chris Brown, and Bunny Murder

This week Lisa and I really tackle the uplifting topics this week: bad dates, dead bunnies, acid maiming, and Michael Madsen. But all in the funniest way. We also get excited about the upcoming Hunger Games movie, talk Rihanna and Chris Brown, and chat about their favorite screen legend, Faye Dunaway. What’s not to love? Take a listen and find out how you can get involved in the next episode!

Also, there was a problem with the software when we recorded; so there’s some distortion with the audio. Sorry!

AND WHATNOT: Britney’s New Video, Britney’s Biggest Fan’s New Career, and Denim Diapers

Fourfour: “I Wanna Go” video review hakiu
Popbytes: Chris Crocker is doing gay porn now!
Socialite Life: Chris Brown Angers Justin Bieber
TVLine: The Voice Semifinal Results: Did the Right Four Singers Advance to the Finale?
TVLine: Gossip Girl Exclusive: Taylor Momsen and Jessica Szohr Not Returning For Season 5 (how did I miss this?? Vanessa ruins EVERYTHING, even her own presence!)
Reality Blurred: Fox’s MasterChef faked crowd shot
I Am The Arbiter: Collector’s Item (denim diapers)
D-Listed: This Dumb Bitch….

Chris Brown May Have An Anger Problem


In case you haven’t heard, famously even-keeled Chris Brown trashed his dressing room at GMA this morning after host Robin Roberts asked him about that whole Rihanna “thing.” The singer clearly was not in any mood to discuss the assault on his then-girlfriend and told Roberts that it was all “in the past.” And what better way to show growth as a person than by violently acting out Jersey-Shore-Ronnie style? (Cut to his publicist preparing to commit suicide.)

After Chris finished breaking windows with chairs and whatnot (and let’s be honest — who DOESN’T do that after being grilled by the famously intimidating Robin Roberts), he then tweeted, “I’m so over people bringing this past s**t up!!! Yet we praise Charlie sheen and other celebs for there bulls**t.”

Believe it or not, the singer raises an interesting point. Why does Chris Brown get vilified while Charlie Sheen earns praise? Obviously the situations are different, but they’re also very similar. Is it a race issue? Is it a mental stability issue? If Chris Brown had beaten up a porn star instead of Rihanna, would we care? And does the fact that no one actually takes Charlie Sheen seriously make a difference (as opposed to Chris Brown, who actually does have considerable respect as a musician and dancer)?

Also, who would win in a fight: Chris Brown or the aforementioned Ronnie from Jersey Shore?

To read more about the story, check out the latest details here.

AND WHATNOT: Sex-Tape Star Kim Kardashian Is Embarrassed About Nude Spread; Also, Camille Grammer’s Porn Photos, Vivica’s Pee Stain, and Some Nasty Nails

Reality Chopped: Taylor Armstrong Pez Dispenser
Socialite Life: Kim Kardashian Went Nude…But Not Happy About Nips
ESPN: Hines Ward would welcome reunion
Starcasm: PHOTOS Camille Donatacci Grammer’s softcore porn filmography
D-Listed: Piss Happens.
Daily Beast: Survivor Spy Exposed
LAist: Rah NFL Stadium Rah!
Vulture: Chris Brown and Russell Brand Are Booked for SNL
Best Week Ever: Woman Grows Nails For 22 Years To “Meet Oprah And A Lotta Mo’ Celebrities”

Chris Brown Breaks Down On BET Awards

Chris Brown broke down in tears during last night’s BET Awards as he attempted to sing “Man In The Mirror,” part of a tribute to Michael Jackson a year after his death. It’s unclear what prompted the sobbing — mournful loss of the King of Pop or perhaps just painful introspection — but either way, the crying makes for strange, compelling, and generally bizarre TV. It’s hard to tell if people in the audience are shocked or moved (or both) by what’s happening on stage. Check out the clip above (while it’s still on YouTube) and judge for yourself.

It all begs the question: has Chris Brown paid his debt to society? Or is his career dunzo? Thoughts?