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Mike Epps

Celebrates Slavery & MLK with Racist Photo

1/23/2015 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Mike Epps got a lesson in racism -- the comic actor got blasted on social media for posting a photo of a black man whipping white slaves.

Epps posted the pic on Instagram and Facebook late Thursday night -- and the cotton field scene also included an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. floating above ... and smiling. Epps captioned the image, "I am so proud of you bro! Lol."   

Epps -- who's playing Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic -- quickly took down the photo, but not before getting an earful from angry fans.

We've reached out to him, but so far no comment.

Beyonce

Scares the Crap Out of Etsy

Don't Screw with My Name!

1/23/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Beyonce threatened a company that came perilously close to using her name to hawk mugs ... and guess what you can't buy anymore?

Etsy -- a craft website that's a cross between eBay and Pinterest -- was hawking Feyonce mugs. They became a thing ... when someone got engaged lots of people went to the website and bought the happy couple mugs to celebrate the occasion.

The singer felt the pun was more than coincidental -- right down to the accent on the last "e" -- so her lawyers fired off a letter to the company crying foul ... and then threatening them.

Etsy got the message and took the items off the artist's online shop. But all is not well. Etsy still has other feyonce items on its site, including clothing and glassware. And these items are selling big.

Warning: Bey don't play.

Victoria's Secret

New Football Commercial Sucks

(Update: Things Are Looking Up)

1/21/2015 9:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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11:49 AM PT -- Great news!!! A rep for Victoria's Secret tells us the company's official Super Bowl spot will be jam packed with scantily clad attractive people. This ad was just a teaser spot. 

The final SB spot will be released Monday ... and as one person puts it ... "Trust me there is lingerie and more models in it."

And all is right with the world again. 
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See if you can figure out why this commercial for Victoria's Secret -- a company that specializes in lingerie and half-naked women -- is terrible. 

As one person in the office puts it ... "You don't even get to see their hands."

#Fail.

Boxer Jermain Taylor

Bizarre Bathtub Video ...

After Shooting Arrest

1/21/2015 6:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

012115_jermain_taylor_launchBoxing superstar Jermain Taylor -- the WBC middleweight champ -- released a disturbing new video in which he essentially apologizes for firing a gun during a MLK parade in Arkansas. 

The footage is shot while Taylor is taking a bath -- and he addresses the incident in which he was charged with 5 counts of assault for allegedly squeezing out two shots during an altercation with a man and his son. 

"I know y'all disappointed in me ... I'm sorry if I let anybody down or hurt anybody."

But here's where things get even more puzzling -- the 36-year-old says he had a beef with parade organizers that day because none of the kids at the event had any candy. 

"Y'all need to get it together," Taylor said to event organizers ... "Had my little girl out there. Nobody had no candy."

Taylor then suggests he could be in jail for next year's parade -- and says he won't try to duck serving time by claiming he has drug issues. 

"If I gotta go to jail, I'm gonna sit my ass in there ... but I'm not gonna say I have no problems with no drugs to get out of jail ... I worked too hard for my life to put that in it. So you can kiss my ass."

Taylor has less than 24 hours to turn himself back in to authorities. No word on when he plans to surrender.

Bravo Star

Died in Superman Stunt

Trying to Outrun Train

1/20/2015 1:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bravo star and fitness instructor Greg Plitt did NOT die from stumbling on a railroad track Saturday ... he was fatally struck by a train after trying to outrun it ... to prove the effectiveness of an energy drink.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... they have reviewed video of the accident and it shows Plitt standing on the tracks as the train barrels toward him. Shortly before the train reaches Plitt he assumes a runners stance and bolts down the track.  

The video shows the train closes in on Plitt as he races at breakneck speed, but he loses the battle and the train "clips" him ... throwing him off the track to his death. It happens quickly and after getting struck he disappears from the video.

And law enforcement tells us they found multiple energy drink bottles near the track and authorities think Plitt may have been hopped up from the caffeine. We're told he was shooting a commercial for the product.

One of the investigators interviewed someone involved in Plitt's video shoot who said Plitt was trying to make the point that the energy drink makes you like Superman ... able to outrun a speeding train.

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Kesha

Natural History Museum Grouses

You Glittered Our Dino!

1/20/2015 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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was stopped by security over the weekend at L.A.'s Natural History Museum for unwittingly making off with a dinosaur.
 
Our dino-sources tell us ... Kesha was at the museum Saturday for a wedding. On her way out she went to the gift store with her assistant and admired a faux T-Rex. She held the 3-ft tall critter in her hand and walked out of the store.

On her way to the car security stopped them and asked them what was up with the prehistoric beast. Each said they thought the other paid and apologized for the misunderstanding. Kesha forked over the dinosaur and left.

Problem is ... it was covered in glitter, so it had to endure a dino-wash ... not sure you can resell that.

And that wasn't Kesha's only problem. She posed on top of a Triceratops which was on display in the museum and got heat from archaeologists and others who felt it showed a lack of respect.

And that's a Raptor.

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Crazy Vine Twerker

Falls Out Of Moving Car ...

Escapes With a Scratch

1/20/2015 11:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Twerking while hanging out of a moving car, and tumbling out of said car ... has to be the stupidest -- yet also hysterical -- thing an Atlanta college student ever did ... but it's made her a Vine superstar. 

The video has more than 7.5 million views ... and although everyone's calling it twerking ... Brittany Swift set the record straight ... telling us she was really doing something called The Whip. We stand corrected.

Swift says her favorite jam -- K Camp's "Lil Bit" -- came on the radio ... and she just had to break out The Whip ... but couldn't wait for her sister to slow down. Stupidly ... she started the dance with the door open, and while switching legs she says her sister hit the brakes and she went flying.

Amazingly, Swift says the #FAIL looked way worse than it was. No broken bones, no bruises ... just one scratch and some ashy elbows.. 

Little lotion and she's back in the game.

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Justin Bieber

THE ROAST IS ON

Bring On Jeff Ross!

1/20/2015 7:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar8:30 AM PT -- The roast was Bieber's idea! We've learned Justin actually called Comedy Central to say he wanted the roast to be a celebration for his 21st birthday ... which is March 1.
update_grey_gray_barLike a tattooed lamb to the slaughter, Justin Bieber has agreed to be the guest of honor at a Comedy Central Roast in March ... and you can already hear Jeff Ross licking his chops. 

Ryan Seacrest broke the news on Twitter ... saying, "Yes I got confirmation @justinbieber is getting roasted by @ComedyCentral in march...love u justin but it's time lol #BieberRoast."

Word on the street is that Bieber was game to be roasted for a while ... and had been hoping to work out a deal with the network. 

Now, it seems like everything's a go ... and it'll be interesting to see which comics come out to burn Bieber.

As for roast topics, it's not like there's a shortage of material, for example: 

-- Pissing in mop buckets
-- Egging houses
-- Lambo arrest
-- Fighting Orlando Bloom
-- Dropping the N-word
-- Calvin Klein modeling shots 
-- Anne Frank shout out
-- Push-ups in jail 
-- Fighting with Keyshawn Johnson
-- Fear of shirts 
... and oh yeah, his music career.

Careful what you wish for.

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Tiger Woods

Race Organizers Call BS

Photog Didn't Knock Tooth Out [Update]

1/20/2015 9:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar10:20 AM PT -- We also spoke with Nicola Colli ... who tells us Tiger "never seemed like he was in pain."

"We aren't mad at Tiger or his reps," Colli told an Italian-speaking member of our team ... "It's just funny and strange that he would claim something went wrong when everything seemed perfectly OK."

"You would think that if somebody hit you – somebody would say something. But [Tiger] told us nothing."update_grey_gray_barTiger Woods may have been lying through his teeth tooth ... because race organizers at a World Cup alpine skiing race in Italy say Tiger's story about being smacked in the face by a photog is BULL. 

After photos started circulating of Tiger sans front tooth ... Woods' agent issued a statement saying the golfer was caught in a photog crush and his tooth was knocked out when he was accidentally smacked in the face by a camera. 

Curiously, there was no video or photos of the alleged accident ... and Tiger's mouth didn't appear bloody or swollen. 

Now ... Nicola Colli, the secretary general of the race organizing committee, told the AP, "I was among those who escorted him from the tent to the snowmobile and there was no such incident."

Colli also says Tiger asked for more security when he arrived -- so police were looking after both him and his GF Lindsey Vonn at all times. 

So how did Tiger really lose the tooth? All signs point to Elin ... 

Busted. Again.

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The Dirty

FBI Launches Investigation

Over Hacked Website

1/20/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The FBI is on the hunt for hackers who shutdown Nik Richie's website The Dirty ... and the reality star tells us he's hemorrhaging money.

The Dirty has been down for weeks after a team of hackers began hitting the site with a DDoS attack -- which basically floods a server with so many requests it shuts down.

Nik tells us he contacted FBI investigators and they're on the case.

Richie says he's lost $250-300K this month alone in Super Bowl ads he couldn't deliver. He's also losing out because of cancelled appearances because he promotes them on his site.

Nik is blunt ... "These hackers are hypocrites. My website promotes free speech. F****** losers."

Jimmy Kimmel

Fatherhood Blows Sometimes

... Deal With It, Baby

1/19/2015 1:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jimmy Kimmel Blowing NoseJimmy Kimmel is very close to his six-month-old daughter Jane -- so close that he sees nothing wrong with using her burp cloth as his snot rag.

Kimmel and his wife Molly McNearney were out for a late breakfast at Republique in Los Angeles when the late night host blew his nose in the first available rag he could find. 

We're guessing every parent can relate to his plight -- but every parent also knows what's been in those rags.

You're a brave man, Jimmy.

Ralphie May

I Was So High During Colorado Concert

They Called the Cops!

1/16/2015 8:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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 was a mile high during his concert in Colorado Thursday night ... so wasted the cops had to step in.

The concert started out well ... the opening acts were great. But things went South when Ralphie tried to take the stage ... he was so slow it took forever.

When he got the mic things got worse. Audience members tell us he couldn't string a sentence together, couldn't finish jokes, couldn't remember what he had just said.

Audience members started yelling at him to start telling jokes, then demanded refunds. Some die-hard supporters yelled back at the hecklers and it went all Cosby.

Ralphie finished the show, but by then cops had come to maintain order.

Ralphie's camp tells TMZ ... "He was like a kid in a candy store, being in Colorado for the first time since pot became legal." They add, "We believe in conspiracy theories, we think Cosby snuck in and drugged him. We're pressing charges because we're within the statute of limitations."

We're told what really did Ralphie in ... edibles.

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#EggplantFriday

Yanked from Instagram

1/16/2015 8:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0116-bob-eggplant-instagramInstagram users will have to go somewhere else to get their vitamin D -- the social media site shut down the growing #eggplantFriday movement.

The hashtag had been used by thousands of people, like B.O.B. ... to post pics of their covered, yet bulging junk -- but Instagram pulled it from its search filter this week ... leaving women (and men) across America with no "eggplant" eye candy.  

Calls to Instagram have not been returned -- but considering IG"s stance on boobs and nudity in general ... pretty clear why they 86'd it. 

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Sad day for the produce world ... and for wieners. However, there's always Twitter. #FreeTheEggplant anyone? 

Happy Friday!

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