Week In Review
Another Kennedy Tragedy, Alan Rickman's Tea Time Tantrum
Biography.com has launched a new feature we're calling "Week in Review," which highlights interesting people who've made the news this past week—thanks to their endeavors, big ideas, triumphs, or magnanimous gaffes.
While there were many people to choose from this week, here are our top picks that made us either raise an eyebrow, roll our eyes, shed a tear, or just gave us a good chuckle.
Mary Kennedy, Estranged Wife of RFK Jr., Dies From Apparent Suicide
Aside from Disco Queen Donna Summer dying yesterday, another prominent lady went a day before her: Second wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mary Richardson Kennedy, was found dead in an outbuilding at their Westchester home on Wednesday. She was 52.
Autopsy reports have concluded that she died from asphyxiation from hanging, reports CNN.
The mother of four, whose children range from 10-17 years of age, was said to have been dealing with depression and alcohol abuse. Sources say that Kennedy was devastated over RFK Jr.'s decision to file for divorce in 2010.
"We know from a history of this family, it's very hard being a Kennedy, either being a blood Kennedy or being married to one," Kennedy biographer, Laurence Leamer, told CNN. "The overwhelming celebrity, the attention, the obligations, the expectations that you're supposed to do something with your life. It's very, very hard."
Alas, the Kennedy Curse continues to live up to its reputation…(sigh).
Jay Z Goes Rogue, Agrees With Obama's Approval of Gay Marriage
“What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love," the rapper told CNN. "That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple. I think it’s the right thing to do, so whether it costs [Obama] votes or not — again, it’s not about votes. It’s about people. It’s the right thing to do as a human being.”
So why is this worth mentioning? Considering the hip hop mogul is a huge influence in everything he does, his tipping his hat to gay marriage—a subject with which the hip hop community has either been mum on or arguably hostile towards—is something to offer at least a slow clap on.
A 'Loss' for the Team: Shawn Johnson Melts Off 25 L-Bs After Fat Jokes
Gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson, 20, told reporters this week how devastated she had been when the media ripped her apart for packing on the poundage, which was made worse after a skiing accident in 2010. According to her, she'd search for her name online and was shocked to see it being linked to the word "fat."
The superficial lesson here? Don't google yourself when you're in the public eye and worshipping ice cream cake, (which, she admits, is some of what happened in her case). The bigger lesson? "People put too much emphasis on looks," Johnson said at the Olympic Summit on Monday.
The 4'9" gymnast shed an excess 25 lbs.—not because of the mockery—but rather, to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in London this summer. She said the ridicule taught her "how to stay strong when other people don't want you to (succeed)."
Now that lesson deserves a gold medal right there.
Ticked Off During Tea Time: Alan Rickman Loses His Marbles in Slo-Mo
In Epic Tea Time With Alan Rickman, we learn that Englishmen need their privacy—especially when they're communing with their tea leaves. In this slo-mo digital short, which has had a resurgence of interest this week from its debut last year, Rickman is nonchalantly preparing his cup for a caffeinated drop off, but something sinister happens...
For those of you who have the attention span of a two-year-old and don't care to watch the almost seven-minute clip, we'll help you out. All is swell until the 3:48 mark, which is when Rickman realizes he's being watched by YOU. At 4:40, his left hand begins to make a dainty gesture you'd expect to see on Broadway, which then prepares the way for his penultimate move: his right hand goes kamikaze on his glass of tea. And then comes the whammy: At the 5:28 mark, he has a Real Housewives of New Jersey moment, where he flips the table (but in a much more dramatic, high-brow sorta way). At 6:33 the music begins to change course, and his demeanor calms down (along with his eyebrows) and all ends well.
If you ask us, the clip is perhaps the best usage of slo-mo in a long time.
Gymnast / 1992 -
Shawn Johnson is an American gymnast who won a gold medal for the balance beam at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China when she was only 16 years old. In 2009, she was the winning contestant on Dancing with the Stars.