Social media stars like Kim Kardashian ad Emily Ratajkowski bad for young women?

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Kim Kardashian does it. So does Britney Spears. Emily Ratajkowski can’t stop doing it.  These narci-lebrities can’t stop flaunting their flesh on Instagram. 

And while the scantily clad pics garner millions of followers and likes for the stars, which helps pad their bank accounts, some experts say they are negatively impacting a generation of social media savvy young women.

Dr. Montana Miller, Associate Professor of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, has researched and observed high school students for the last 20 years. She told FOX411 that social media has drastically changed how young women view their role in society since seflie culture has become a predominant part of their generation.

“It seems fairly obvious that the style of self-presentation is directly imitating that of celebrities such as the Kardashians—flaunting bodies and expressions in the most sexually provocative way possible,” Miller said. “It is extremely troubling that these girls find it more important to attract attention in this way, entirely fashioned for the pleasure of the male gaze, rather than expressing their true personalities, passions or achievements.”

Kardashian and Ratajkowski have both said those that question them for their exhibitionism are anti-feminist and accused their critics of slut-shaming. Two weeks ago, the pair posed topless giving the middle finger where Ratajkowski captioned the pic, “We are more than just our bodies, but that doesn’t mean we have to be shamed for them or our sexuality.”

Not everyone is buying it.

“Female empowerment is a clever label for them to hide behind. It’s good marketing, but bad morality,” said Katie Yoder, the Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow for Culture at the Media Research Center. “If the media and celebrities want to empower young women, they must push past their sex-symbol tactics for attention. We’re more than that. We have an intrinsic worth that that goes deeper than skin. We have personality, hearts, souls and the ability to be whoever we want to be. And we are all that without having to get naked.”

But clinical psychologist Seth Meyers, the and author of “Overcome Relationship Repetition and Find the Love You Deserve,” has a different take on celebs stripping down, and says it comes down to highlighting what the famous women are known for.

“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,” Meyers said. “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.”

A look at Ratajkowski’s Instagram page shows 12 sexually suggestive pics in the last seven weeks. Kardashian posted her completed naked selfie that got over 1 million likes six weeks ago, and continues to post half-naked pics regularly. Spears is the tamest of the group, posting mostly workout and bathing suit pics.

Miller said that the self-obsession is problematic in itself but  “even worse” is  “the excessive, addictive nature of the endless quest to document each new location or activity with the sexiest selfie possible is consuming the energy and time of this generation of young women, depleting their lives of the richness and experience that could develop a true ‘self,’ rather than a shallow, image-based self-absorption.”

Diana Falzone is a FoxNews.com reporter. You can follow her on Twitter @dianafalzone.
 

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s divorce details revealed

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A judge has finalized Gwen Stefani‘s divorce from rocker Gavin Rossdale.

A Los Angeles judge finalized the couple’s divorce on April 8 after reviewing a detailed judgment that splits their property and business interests. Stefani will retain her interest in her band, No Doubt, while Rossdale will keep his interests in his group, Bush.

Stefani filed for divorce in August after nearly 13 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. She is now dating country star Blake Shelton. All three musicians have worked on NBC’s music competition show “The Voice.”

Stefani and Rossdale will share joint custody of their three sons, who range in ages from 2 to 9.

The judgment was first reported Wednesday by celebrity website TMZ.

The musicians agreed that neither of them need to receive spousal or child support payments.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post‘s Page Six.

Eagles’ Joe Walsh drops out of GOP convention show

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FILE – In this Oct. 12, 2015 file photo, Joe Walsh of the band The Eagles performs in a solo concert at The Fillmore in Philadelphia. Eagles keyboardist and guitarist Walsh says hes pulling out of a Cleveland summer concert he thought would be a nonpartisan event for veterans families because its actually a launch for the Republican National Convention. The concert is scheduled for July 18, 2016. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Eagles keyboardist and guitarist Joe Walsh says he’s pulling out of a Cleveland summer concert he thought would be a nonpartisan event for veterans’ families because it’s actually a launch for the Republican National Convention.

Walsh says in an emailed statement he’s “very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns.” He says he “cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way.”

The concert is scheduled for July 18. The Republican National Convention is scheduled for July 18-21 at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.

Walsh said Wednesday he’s sorry for any fans or veterans and their families he might disappoint. He promises to look at doing a veterans-related benefit concert later this year.

A convention spokeswoman hasn’t returned an email seeking comment.

Kelly Ripa will not return to ‘Live!’ until Tuesday

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Kelly Ripa is staying far away from the “Live!” set in the coming days. 

She was a no show on Wednesday following the announcement that co-host Michael Strahan is leaving the series in favor of “Good Morning America,” and she will remain off the air until at least Tuesday. 

A spokesperson for the show told E! Wednesday afternoon: “On tomorrow’s ‘Live! with Kelly and Michael,’ Erin Andrews will guest co-host with Michael Strahan. Friday’s show—which already was scheduled to pre-tape on Thursday—also will be co-hosted by Andrews. 

“Kelly Ripa will be out on Friday and Monday for a previously-scheduled vacation. On Monday’s show, Michael will be joined by ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star Shay Mitchell.” 

Pop culture expert, Cate Meighan believes Strahan’s departure could lead to even more buzz than Ann Curry’s ousting from the “Today” show in 2012. 

Curry gave a tearful goodbye after 15 years on the show and many believe co-host Matt Lauer was the instigator behind her departure from the show. 

“This is certainly beginning to look like it could even surpass the Lauer/Curry feud that hovered over NBC for more than a year,” she explained. “Up until now Kelly Ripa has always been a team player and her loyalty to ABC and the ‘Live!’ has been unshakable. The fact that she has dug in her heels and decided to sit out taping her own show sends a clear message that she’s finished playing nice and no one really knows what that looks like because Ripa has never done it before.” 

Dan Gainor, VP of business and culture for the Media Research Center, added that the current tension between Ripa and ABC could even make the media mess even harder to clean up. 

“Ripa is ‘beyond angry’ at her own employer, never a good place to be,” he said. “Strahan, on the other hand, got moved to a more prominent gig on ‘GMA,’ so he has to be loving life. And, oddly, Ripa’s anger is making his move seem even more important.” 

On Wednesday’s show, Strahan took a moment to thank ‘Live!’ and address his move to “GMA.” 

“To all our viewers … you still continued to give us your eyeballs and watch this show,” he said. “Thank you guys … I can’t ask for better fans… I’m always available to guest co-host … I’m not going anywhere.” 

And Strahan continued to thank Ripa in his speech. “Kelly, I thank you. I love you and everyone else here at ‘Live!,’ and I’m not going to cry on TV momma, I promise you.” 

Oprah Winfrey told ET at an event in NYC that the sudden change was not properly handled. 

“Nobody should ever be blindsided,” she said. “I don’t know who’s in charge, but somebody should’ve said, ‘This is gonna happen.’ You shouldn’t have to read it in the paper. Ever.” 

TMZ reports Disney CEO Bob Iger orchestrated Strahan’s move to “GMA” to help shore up the show’s sagging ratings. However, there are also talks that “GMA” could be considering adding a third hour and knocking “Live!” off altogether. 

Ripa, who just celebrated 15 years on ‘Live!’ in February, is currently making a reported $20 million a year. 

Meighan explained that Ripa had nothing to lose by not showing up Wednesday if ABC does intend to move forward with an extra hour for “GMA.” 

“Supposedly ABC’s investment in GMA may mean nixing ‘Live!’ in favor of another hour of their morning show, with Strahan holding down the fort,” she said. “If there is any truth to that then Ripa may feel like she has nothing to lose in not showing up for her show. ABC has already proven that whatever their plan is, she and the rest of the ‘Live!’ crew are not a part of it.” 

Fans on social media defended Ripa’s decision to stay home on Wednesday, still outraged by the move.

However, Gainor, believes Ripa needs to focus her energy on finding a new co-host instead of taking this time off. 

“There’s built-in narcissism in the media business and pouting when you earn $20 million is the dictionary definition,” he said. “Instead of being angry, she should be celebrating her influence and look to find the next star she can build. There are about 7.3 billion people on earth who would love Kelly Ripa’s career problems and salary right now. It’s time for her to grow up.” 

Request for comment from Ripa, Strahan and ABC have yet to be returned.

Michael Strahan is a no show at charity event he was set to host

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Wednesday morning Kelly Ripa didn’t show up for work, and Wednesday night Michael Strahan didn’t show up at an event raising money for hunger. The new “Good Morning America” anchor was scheduled to co-host the Can-Do Awards Dinner benefiting the New York City Food Bank with chef Mario Batali, but instead sent a taped message.

“I wish I could be there as originally planned for this fantastic evening,” Strahan said in the message. “Hopefully I’ll see you soon.”

As Batali took the stage he joked, “I’ve been to a lot of events and I have never seen it open like that. Big week for Strahan for statistics wouldn’t you say?”

In fact, it’s been a tough week for Ripa and Strahan. On Wednesday, ABC announced Kelly’s absence from “Live with Kelly and Michael” would continue until at least the following Tuesday.

Related: Inside Kelly Ripa’s Awkward Absence From ‘Live’

Throughout the event held at Cipriani Wall Street, organizers insisted Strahan was on his way, but had been delayed by his production schedule. Eventually, when it was clear he wasn’t planning to appear, organizers explained he just couldn’t make it.

Strahan’s empty seat was a source of amusement for other guests. At the last minute, Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Myers and Mario Batali auctioned themselves off for dinner, and joked about Strahan’s absence.

“Michael Strahan is going to be there,” Gaffigan deadpanned.

“And Kelly Ripa,” Anzari quipped. “It’s going to be their first encounter. Very awkward dinner.”

When a confused party-goer asked what was actually up for auction, Batali clarified: “Three magical comics, Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, [who] may or may not show up, and Mark Consuelos is going to do the wine.”

The dinner sold for $100,000.

‘Vanderpump Rules’ star Scheana Shay’s neighbor says her pot smoke in his apartment

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Vanderpump Rules” star Scheana Shay may be giving new meaning to the term “high rise.”

According to documents obtained by Page Six, Shay’s next-door neighbor Andrew Kim is suing the reality star, claiming his apartment is constantly filled with weed smoke emanating from the unit Scheana shares with husband Michael Shay.

“Plaintiff and his family have awoken on many morning with the sensation of nausea for having inhaled marijuana smoke during the night,” reads the civil complaint filed earlier this week in LA.

Scheana’s rep shot back to us, “The Shays have never received a complaint from a fellow neighbor or building management relating to marijuana smoke stemming from their residence. However, there was a recent issue with a neighboring apartment, which was vacated in December 2015, that had received many complaints.”

The aggravated neighbor further claims Scheana, 30, is “purposely causing … noises to disturb the peace” and last summer left a bowl of cat food outdoors for several days, which attracted ants into his apartment.

Regarding the cat, Scheana’s rep said, “While the Shays do have a black cat, their pet has never been allowed outside access. The cat in question belongs to another resident in the building.” The rep added, “It should also be noted that all neighbors sharing a wall with the complainant neighbor have been named in the lawsuit against the landlord, security patrol, property management, etc., seeking a greatly reduced rent.”

Kim is also suing management at their Park La Brea complex, saying they have ignored his repeated complaints against the Bravo beauty to intentionally to drive him away from the rent-controlled lease he’s held for the past 20 years.

Request for comment from Park Le Brea was not immediately returned.

This story first appeared in the NY Post.

Scott Stapp opens up on life after bi-polar diagnosis

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In November 2014, singer Scott Stapp posted a series of disturbing videos on social media announcing that he was homeless, facing poverty and that his life was in danger. Stapp also made alarming calls to his son’s school accusing family members of being in ISIS. He was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Now he is on medication, healthy and touring. The former Creed frontman is happily married to wife Jacyln and is a father of three children. He spoke to FOX411 about his illness and how his faith helped him.

FOX411: What are you up to?
Scott Stapp: I’m still touring for my “Proof of Life” album and I’m working on a new band and that announcement will be coming out in June.

FOX411: How are you feeling?
Stapp: I’m feeling great. Pre-diagnosis I had a tremendous amount of struggles dealing with daily, living in the dark, not knowing that I had bipolar so I used various ways to self-medicate and as people found out I had my first major manic episode that was really public and that was really shining a light that led to a proper diagnosis that changed my life forever.

My life changed in terms of how I sleep, how I eat, taking medication, to really gain the balance that I had been missing in my life for the last twenty years. It’s good to be healthy again and stable and balanced and have answers.To finally be out of the dark, so to speak.

FOX411: A lot of creative people say they miss the highs that come with being bipolar.
Stapp: There have been times when I’ve had fears that my creativity would be affected and I think I’m having to walk through my fears with this diagnosis and treatment and going into the studio and working on a new record was something that was intimidating. I found out relatively quickly that I’m just as good or better than prior to treatment so some of those fears have been taken away.

FOX411: There’s still a stigma attached to mental illness.
Stapp: Some people still hear the word bi-polar and they’re fearful and that that person may somehow be a threat to them. There’s definitely a stigma but a lot of those walls are being broken down because of how common it is. Everyone knows someone who is battling some form of mental illness whether that be depression, anxiety, bi-polar, alcoholism or drug addiction so it really touches all of us.

FOX411: Has your faith helped you?
Stapp: Tremendously. There were times when I had nothing else to hold onto. The faith that me and my wife share has been the glue that’s held us together at times. It’s had a tremendous impact. I talk to God all the time. It provides a sense of comfort for me and guidance.

FOX411: Ever looked back at your past postings and grimaced at what you said?
Stapp: Absolutely. At the time I was in a parallel universe. I was not in touch with reality. My brain chemistry was off. Part of my initial therapy was to look at them and address it and face the reality of the situation. It was very difficult to look at them and the national press. It was difficult but also critical to make me realize that I was fighting something so much bigger than I thought. Also something that could be treated and I could return to normalcy.

FOX411: Looking back on your life now do things make more sense?
Stapp: Absolutely especially the self-medicating with alcohol and drugs. That never really made sense to me. I knew in my mind that I shouldn’t be doing that but why was I doing it? And a lot of other things make sense. I so wish I would have gotten this diagnosis 10 or 15 years ago when it started.

Charlize Theron says she and Tobey Maguire did not get along on ‘Cider House Rules’ set

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Charlize Theron admits she had a taxing relationship with Tobey Maguire while shooting the 1999 film, “Cider House Rules.”

Maguire was Theron’s love interest in the Oscar-nominated movie, but off-camera, the 40-year-old actress says the actors had a “rough time” getting along.

“It was a difficult movie,” Theron confides to V magazine. “I mean, there were just a couple of days that Tobey and I had a rough time. The rest of the movie, we actually had a really good time.”

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Theron insists that she and Maguire have since put aside their differences. “I love Tobey. I’m kind of glad we had that experience on that movie. It teaches you different things,” the Oscar winner explains. “It taught me that I could fall in love with somebody in my head while looking at someone else. We had some really intimate moments.”

However, Theron adds that there weren’t sparks between the actors off-screen. “Tobey and I didn’t feel that way about each other,” she shares. “So I had to figure something else out.”

WATCH: Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Stunt Doubles Fell in Love and Got Married

Theron gives her reasons for not always meshing with her co-stars. “Every day is completely different for a completely different reason,” she continues. “Whether it’s the weather, or the writing isn’t there, or you don’t get along with your cast mate, you have to be able to go to something else that’s just as powerful. Does it make it as enjoyable? Probably not.”

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The A-list star also disclosed in an earlier interview that she bumped heads with her “Mad Max: Fury Road” co-star, Tom Hardy. “From what I hear, he’s not like that on every movie — I hear he’s had good experiences,” Theron told WSJ magazine of the 38-year-old actor. “Maybe the movie is what it is because we struggled so much with each other and those characters had to struggle so much with each other. If we were chum-chum, maybe the movie would have been 10 times worse.”

MORE: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Welcomes ‘Badass’ Charlize Theron to Fast & Furious 8 — ‘I Love That Woman’

Despite Theron’s prior on-set encounters, Tyrese Gibson told ET that he’s “excited” to have the actress  joining the “Fast and Furious” cast, as she will portray the villain in the eighth installment of the film franchise. “I feel like her coming on board — girl power,” he said. “What we pride [ourselves in] The Fast and Furious [franchise] is a very diversified cast that’s translating domestically and internationally in a major way.”

Bella Thorne busts out on set of new movie

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No top can contain Bella Thorne.

On Tuesday, the 18-year-old starlet showed off her slender figure as she filmed a scene for the upcoming flick, “You Get Me,” in Los Angeles.

Thorne hit the sand in a deep plunging one-piece and short black cutoffs as she and co-star Nash Grier, 18, shared a passionate peck on a lifeguard stand.

Photos: Hollywood’s hottest bikini bodies

Though the duo’s on-screen smooch looked steamy, Thorne has been in a committed relationship with 23-year-old Gregg Sulkin since last August.

The couple was spotted at Coachella over the weekend as they joined a group of friends for the festivities. And while both stars documented their day at the festival on social media, Thorne went on to gush about her favorite man on Instagram.

“#mancrushmonday to this one who’s always by my side,” she captioned.

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This article originally appeared in the New York Post‘s Page Six.

Former WWE superstar Chyna dies at 45

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World Wrestling Federation wrestler Chyna poses with talk show host Jay Leno and band leader Kevin Eubanks on the set of “The Tonight Show. (Reuters)

Former WWE superstar Joanie Laurer, also known as Chyna, died at the age of 45, her manager said in a statement on Twitter early Thursday.

The immediate cause of death was unknown. Laurer’s manager told Pro Wrestling Sheet that she was found dead in a Southern California home Wednesday and that she had been taking medication for anxiety and sleep deprivation. It’s unclear if her medications played a part in her death.

“She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her,” a statement read on her Twitter account.

TMZ reported that authorities are investigating her death as a possible overdose.

Laurer, from Rochester, New York, was mostly known for performing under the name Chyna during her career with WWE. She was also a renowned body builder and an adult film star.

Laurer was an accomplished superstar in WWE. In 1999, she became the first woman to participate in the promotion’s Royal Rumble event. Later that year she broke another barrier by becoming the first woman to participate in the King of The Ring tournament, and shared a championship belt – which had mostly been dominated by male performers.

After issues with WWE, Laurer and the company parted ways in 2001.

She left the wrestling business altogether in 2011 after stops at New Japan Pro Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

In between her wrestling career, Laurer started in six adult films and was featured on four seasons of “The Surreal Life,” “My Fair Brady” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” on VH1.

Ultimately, Laurer struggled with substance abuse. Former boyfriend and wrestler Sean Waltman told the Calgary Sun in 2005 that she was battling drug and alcohol related issues as well as a mental illness.

After a reported domestic abuse incident involving Waltman in that same year, the New York Post reported that she had stripped naked and jumped into a fish tank at a New York nightclub. Later, she also appeared on the Howard Stern Show and was apparently slurring her words and didn’t deny wanting to do cocaine if it was in front of her.

Laurer appeared on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2008, but claimed that she wasn’t an addict. She also said she had a bad relationship with all of her family members, including her siblings.

In 2008, Laurer was rushed to the hospital after her birthday party because she was found passed out with cuts on her arms. Two years later, she was hospitalized after overdosing on pain medications.

In February of 2015, Laurer said she reconciled her relationship with her mother and that her father had died in 2014.