Daily News Roundup

May 17, 2018

Kim Kardashian was slammed by fans, including actor Jameela Jamil, for promoting “appetite suppressant” lollipops in a now-deleted Instagram ad.

Kardashian, 37, posted Tuesday the advertisement for Flat Tummy Co., a company she often promotes for their weight-loss teas and shakes, before taking it down Wednesday morning.

“#ad You guys … @flattummyco just dropped a new product. They’re Appetite Suppressant Lollipops and they’re literally unreal. They’re giving the first 500 people on their website 15 per cent OFF so if you want to get your hands on some … you need to do it quick! #suckit,” Kardashian captioned a photo of her sucking the lollipop.

Fans immediately began criticising the reality star on social media and accused her of promoting eating disorders. The Good Place actor Jameela Jamil took to Twitter to slam Kardashian as a “toxic influence on young girls.”

“No. F— off. No. You [are a] terrible and toxic influence on young girls. I admire their mother’s branding capabilities, she is an exploitative but innovative genius, however this family makes me feel actual despair over what women are reduced to,” Jamil tweeted.

“MAYBE don’t take appetite suppressors and eat enough to fuel your BRAIN and work hard and be successful. And to play with your kids. And to have fun with your friends. And to have something to say about your life at the end, other than ‘I had a flat stomach,’” she added.

Another woman wrote, “Wow I have lost all respect for Kim Kardashian. Promoting appetite suppressants when it’s mental health awareness week? There are so many people who battle or who have battled with an eating disorder and she is making not eating look like it is ‘trendy.’ Disgusting and selfish.”

“Eating disorders are a very real issue for a lot of young people and to see Kim Kardashian actively encouraging her fans to develop an unhealthy relationship with food is terrifying and gravely concerning,” one person tweeted.

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As Meghan Markle’s father looks increasingly unlikely to walk her down the aisle on Saturday, Kensington Palace has revealed the names of the bridesmaids and pageboys who will be accompanying the bride.

The list includes William and Kate’s two older children: Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, three.

It is a repeat performance for the two, who were a pageboy and bridesmaid when Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, married last year.

The other bridesmaids are Harry’s god-daughters, two-year-old Zalie Warren and three-year-old Florence van Cutsem, and Ms Markle’s god-daughters: Remi and Rylan Litt, aged six and seven respectively, and four-year-old Ivy Mulroney.

Besides Prince George, the pageboys are Harry’s godson, six-year-old Jasper Dyer, and seven-year-old twin brothers Brian and John Mulroney.

The three Mulroney siblings are the children of Ms Markle’s close friend, stylist Jessica Mulroney, and are the grandchildren of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.

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According to the NewDaily, hundreds of female US gymnasts who were sexually assaulted by a sports doctor at Michigan State University have reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the school, the university says.

The settlement, reached between 332 victims of Larry Nassar and Michigan State, will cost the school $US500 million ($A665 million).

It calls for $US425 million to be paid to current claimants and $US75 million to be set aside in a trust fund to protect any future claimants.

There are no confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure agreements attached to the settlement.

Some of the women abused by Nassar are star gymnasts, including US Olympic medallists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles, and have already spoken out.

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