We’ve seen our share of crappy design, but store shelves are so abundant with them, there’s always more to poke fun at. For example, toys. They’re usually designed and made by adults, so you’d expect a considerable amount of consideration before manufacturing them, right? Well, not so much. Bored Panda has collected some of the most questionable toys to prove that some designers have no clue what they’re doing.
From a doll head, used as an actual pony tail to a psychotic Elmo, it seems ridiculous someone actually greenlighted these ideas. We’re pretty sure, however, that the employees who did had a ‘long talk’ with their bosses after the fact. Scroll down to check out what we mean and vote for the ones that made you cringe the most.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shared an adorable story on Sunday regarding her two-year-old and how the kid accidentally ordered a Batman toy by shouting, “Batman!” at the family’s Echo:
Alexa, we have a problem if my 2 year old can order a Batman toy by yelling "Batman!" over and over again into the Echo pic.twitter.com/7uF0d2fmD8
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 14, 2018
Not to the blue check mob. To them, the story is something sinister because Sanders used the White House account to share the anecdote and not her personal account:
I know this WH's ethics office is next to useless, so here's a rule of thumb for complying with 5 C.F.R. § 2635.702: Avoid discussing purchases from private companies on your govt account. Remember that, as the most visible face of the Admin, others in govt will follow your lead. https://t.co/apOwHqApBW
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) January 14, 2018
Another WH ETHICS VIOLATION: Under 5 cfr 2635.702 et seq., @pressec can't use public resources (here her official Twitter account) to benefit or harm a private business. I am sure it is just a coincidence that it is one owned by her boss's arch-enemy Bezos. cc: @OfficeGovEthics https://t.co/FFFC2fCa3R
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) January 14, 2018
— Leah Litman (@LeahLitman) January 14, 2018
Between Batman v Superman and Justice League, most of us have had plenty of time to process our feelings about Batfleck.
But one person who’s yet to make up his mind is the previous Batman, Christian Bale – because he hasn’t actually gotten around to seeing those movies yet.
Bale admitted as much on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast. “Yes, I’m interested [in seeing Ben Affleck’s performance],” he said. “My son seemed like he was really interested, but then I realized he just wanted to see that trailer and that was it. And, you know, I tend to go see films that [my kids] want to see.”
Perhaps that’s for the best, seeing as Justice League got pretty ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ reviews. However, Bale’s lack of interest in costumed heroes does not stop with Batman.
“I have to confess, I’m not a huge superhero film fan,” he continued. “People seem surprised at that. I don’t know why. But I’ve not seen any of the Avengers films or any of those films at all. I hear they’re very good, but I’m quite happy just hearing they’re very good.”
Well, presumably, people are surprised because Bale’s starred in two of the most well-regarded superhero movies of all time, and also The Dark Knight Rises. But to each his own and all that.
Anyway, at the rate the rumors are flying about Affleck’s potential exit, we may have a new Batman by the time Bale gets around to seeing a superhero movie in theaters.
Though Bale’s not much for Marvel or DC, he acknowledged that there is one franchise he still adores. “Star Wars, I’m a huge fan,” he said. “Star Wars really interests me. I’ve still got the Millennium Falcon, I’ve got the AT-AT.” (Bale pronounces it “at-at” instead of “A-T-A-T,” just ICYWW.)
In fact, Bale was in “a discussion” about appearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story at one point – and though that particular conversation didn’t go anywhere, he’s got his fingers crossed for more like it. “I hope there’ll be future discussions,” he said.
In the meantime, someone should probably check back with Bale in about six months. The former Batman may not have any strong opinions yet about the new Batman, but as a Star Wars diehard, he’s bound to have some thoughts about the new Han Solo.
Last week, a Tennessee woman named Kimberly Jones posted a video of her son Keaton online. It went mega-viral.
The video, which has been viewed on Facebook more than 20 million times since posting, shows Keaton in tears over being bullied at school. There’s a sense of despair and helplessness in his voice that no child should have to feel, but too many have.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?” a distraught Keaton asks his mom. “What’s the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them?”
The video clearly resonated with people — some who have been bullied, some who have been the bully — and within hours, words of support began to roll in from around the world, including some notes from some high profile people.
Hollywood has Keaton’s back.
Avengers Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo came up big for the little guy.
Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year? https://t.co/s1QwCQ3toi
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 10, 2017
As did Eleven from “Stranger Things,” offering her friendship.
The delightful Tom Cavanagh of “The Flash” voiced his support for Jones and against bullies everywhere.
Same with Beth Behrs of “Two Broke Girls.”
He got some love from members of “The Walking Dead” cast.
Hey #KeatonJones Just saw your video about the tough time you’re going through. Not sure if you’re a Walking Dead fan but if it happens that you are then please be in touch as I would love to see you and your family @WalkrStalkrCon show in Nashville next year. On me. X
— Tom Payne (@justanactor) December 10, 2017
My dude. Lotta folks got your back. Me included. I’ll come down and have a chat with anybody getting on your nerves. You’re awesome my man. Be strong. Always. You will win because you are the better man. Believe that. Xojd
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) December 10, 2017
Even Gaston and LeFou (a couple of fiction’s most famous bullies) weren’t having it.
Broadway star Ben Platt offered a few words of support.
Keaton- your vulnerability, honesty and emotional intelligence already show how much more powerful, valuable, unique and human you are than any of the bullies you talked about. I have no doubt it will get better and we will all do our part to make sure it does. We love you. https://t.co/JN9hCU49pY
— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) December 10, 2017
And so did voice actors Susan Eisenberg and Kevin Conroy, who provided the voices for Wonder Woman and Batman, respectively, on the animated “Justice League” TV show.
“Coco” director Lee Unkrich and “Ghostbusters” mastermind Paul Feig stepped up.
Keaton, you are an amazing kid, a beautiful unique person. You are one thousand times better than any bully. You are right that it will get better one day. You will thrive. Keep learning, stay positive, laugh at how small-minded they are & keep being yourself. @STOMPOutBullyng https://t.co/1rjbarEYDO
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) December 11, 2017
Some of the biggest stars in professional sports showed up, as well.
LeBron James called bullies “straight up wack, corny, cowards, chumps.”
Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo and Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen both offered words of kindness and comfort.
Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Bernard Blake urged Jones to “never be ashamed of who you are.” Former NFL star Antonio Cromartie stepped in to say that bullies are often just insecure about themselves, asking him to be strong.
Keaton you are a handsome young man who is made in the image God. The kids that bully you are very insecure about themselves. And it’s a shame that the parents of those kids won’t be accountable for their kids actions. Keaton Jones I’m here for you buddy. Be Strong young man
— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) December 10, 2017
Former NFL wide receiver Donté Stallworth urged caution for people suggesting that the bullies be confronted with hostility, asking people who really want to make a difference to try to do it through lessons of love.
We all know kids can be little shits at times—especially when it’s a group of them. We have to teach them to be better people as well through love and leading by example. They are kids, they can change their behavior through love.
— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) December 9, 2017
“Bullying is bullshit,” summed up World Cup champion Ali Krieger. “We need to start coming together, supporting each other and most importantly, standing up for beautiful kids in this world like Keaton.”
Similarly, the music world had words of encouragement and support for Jones.
Demi Lovato predicted that Jones would come out of this experience much stronger than he entered it. Enrique Iglesias called the video “heartbreaking.”
“This extremely raw and real moment has brought hope and truth to so many people,” wrote Kevin Jonas. Nickelback called Jones “a brave young man,” asking if there was anything the band could do for them.
Keaton jones you are a hero. This extremely raw and real moment has brought hope and truth to so many people. Be you and be forever fearless. Never give up. You are loved!
— kevin jonas (@kevinjonas) December 10, 2017
Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg posted words of support on Instagram. “The fact that he still has the sympathy and compassion for other people when he’s going through it himself is a testament to who he is,” said Bieber.
Anti-bullying activists, models, and YouTube sensations all got in on the act as well.
Monica Lewinsky offered a few kind words, saying that she’s sorry Jones is being treated this way, saying that other kids “would be lucky to be friends with [Jones].”
Model Mia Kang said Jones is her “absolute hero,” offering to fly out and visit him at school for lunch.
Logan Paul offered to chat with Jones on FaceTime and send some gear his way.
Politicians across the political spectrum offered words of kindness and courage.
Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) thanked the young man for his courage, and Representative Joe Kennedy III (D-Massachusetts) asked others to look to Jones as a positive example.
Responding to an offer from UFC head Dana White to visit the organization’s headquarters, Donald Trump Jr. offered the Jones family a place to stay. Jane O’Meara Sanders of the Sanders Institute urged action over platitudes, calling on the country to “stand up to bullies — in our schools and communities, on social media and in politics and the White House.”
This boy is incredibly brave and the video really got to me. @danawhite, If he takes you up on your offer to see UFC Headquarters, I would be honored to host him and his family at our place if they need somewhere to stay. https://t.co/EWx05o0yI0
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 11, 2017
💔 It will only “get better someday” if we ALL stand up to bullies – in our schools & communities, on social media & in politics & the White House. Keaton & every other child, teen & adult deserves to be defended against aggression. Please speak up. 💔 https://t.co/JCMPsaBjMd
— Jane O’Meara Sanders (@janeosanders) December 10, 2017
Media personalities joined the chorus with offers of support and workplace tours.
Jemele Hill and Sean Hannity offered Jones and his family tours of ESPN and Fox News, respectively. NBC’s Stephanie Ruhle pointed to Jones as a motivation for a more honest, brave, and kind world.
Hey Keaton, unfortunately you aren’t alone. A lot of kids are bullied, but they will be so uplifted by your courage. You’re a hero, young man. You are treasured and valued. Let me know if you’d ever like to visit ESPN. You can be my special guest. https://t.co/N8mkUTYnEy
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) December 11, 2017
If someone can get to me the name of the school, the principal, school board members i will gladly make the calls myself and fix this. Also if anyone knows Keaton and his parents, i will gladly fly them to NYC to be my guest & visit Fox News. https://t.co/uFyp2r2Yn7
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) December 10, 2017
HLN’s S.E. Cupp shared a story about being bullied as a child, saying, “It’s got nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.” Sunny Hostin, from “The View,” ended with a reminder that “being different makes you special.”
It’s wonderful to see so many people, from so many backgrounds, come together in support of this one boy.
It’s worth remembering, however, that he’s not the only child in the world being bullied.
According to StopBullying.gov, 28% of U.S. students in grades 6 through12 have experienced bullying. 30% of students have admitted to being a bully to others. School bullying creates a hostile environment not conducive to learning and puts students’ physical, emotional, and mental health at risk.
If Keaton Jones’ story inspired you to take action, check out the StopBullying prevention toolkits for students, parents, teachers, and community members.
Actor Val Kilmer says his two-year battle with throat cancer has changed his outlook on life for the better.
Although the disease and a procedure on his trachea have rendered him short of breath and reduced his voice to a rasp, the 57-year-old actor says he has a better attitude than earlier in his career, when he was starring in blockbuster movies like “The Doors” and “Batman Forever.”
“I was too serious,” Kilmer told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’d get upset when things like Oscars and recognition failed to come my way.”
Kilmer doesn’t deny he likes the thought of being top gun in Hollywood.
“I would like to have more Oscars than anybody,” he said. “Meryl Streep must feel pretty good, you know? It must feel nice to know that everyone loves her. It’s about being loved.”
Kilmer’s cancer had been the subject of rumors for months, and he denied it whenever it came up. Michael Douglas publicly revealed Kilmer’s cancer battle in October 2016, but Kilmer released a statement saying the “Wall Street” star was “misinformed.”
Kilmer finally admitted he was battling cancer in May in a Reddit AMA chat:
“I did have a healing of cancer, but my tongue is still swollen altho healing all the time. Because I don’t sound my normal self yet people think I may still be under the weather.”
These days, Kilmer said he’s more interested in family than fame.
Kilmer’s two kids with ex-wife Joanne Whalley, an actress he met while starring in Ron Howard’s 1988 film, “Willow,” are both actors, and Kilmer said he tries to impart life lessons to them.
“Fame is sort of a mess,” Kilmer said. “You get treated differently, but it doesn’t have anything to do with who you actually are.”