The daily gossip: Steve Buscemi says 9/11 is 'still a big part of me,' Queen Elizabeth talks Black Lives Matter, and more
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Steve Buscemi recalls PTSD after 9/11
Before gracing the silver screen in Fargo and The Big Lebowski, Steve Buscemi worked as a firefighter in the 1980s. On September 11, 2001, he called his old firehouse but there was no answer, so he headed to the World Trade Center where he found his company and asked to join. He worked 12-hour shifts for five days after the attacks. "When I stopped going and tried to just live my life again, it was really, really hard," he said on WTF With Marc Maron. "I was depressed, I was anxious, I couldn't make a simple decision." Twenty years later, talking about 9/11 takes him right back. "I start to get choked up and I realize, 'Ah, this is still a big part of me,'" Buscemi said.
Queen Elizabeth confirms she supports the Black Lives Matter movement — about 8 years too late
Queen Elizabeth II supports the Black Lives Matter movement, although it's perfectly fair to wonder why exactly this news is being confirmed on ... September 10, 2021. Kenneth Olisa — the first Black lord-lieutenant for greater London and the Queen's personal representative for the city — shared the news on Friday, also saying that race has been a "hot conversation topic" for the royals following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer last year. But the "conversation" is rather overdue for the royals, since as recently as within the last two years one of them supposedly expressed "concerns" about the skin color of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son, Archie. The Black Lives Matter movement, meanwhile, originated eight years ago, when neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman was acquitted of the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin; since 2013, some 1,944 Black Americans have reportedly been killed by police.
Ariana Grande freaked out when she heard her song in Gossip Girl
You'd think Ariana Grande would be used to running into herself in public spaces, but you'd be wrong. The popstar was watching HBO's Gossip Girl reboot and screamed when she heard her own voice, startling her dog. "Does anyone want to warn me when f---ing titles are going to come in and Kristen Bell's voice is going to start saying Gossip Girl stuff and my song's going to be in the background?" she exclaimed to Allure. "Because I had a heart attack. You know, like, I was a young girl watching Gossip Girl religiously growing up. And then I'm sitting here..." Might we suggest Bridgerton next?
Zendaya is not attending the Met Gala
Belle will be missing from the Met Ball. Er, Cinderella, I mean, Zendaya. She donned a glowing princess dress for 2019's gala, but fans will have to wait at least one more year before she graces the steps of the Metropolitan Museum again. "I will unfortunately not be able to attend because I'll be working for Euphoria," the actress said. After delaying a year and a half amid the pandemic, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala will take place Monday, September 13, with the theme of "American independence." Though Zendaya will be missed, thankfully the queen of the Met, Rihanna, is expected to attend.
The latest item for sale on Kourtney Kardashian's lifestyle website is a little TMI
Is it love, genius viral marketing, or both? Kourtney Kardashian's "less self-aware Goop," Poosh, normally sells products like cellulite-fighting trampolines and "sleep stone masks." But the latest item on her lifestyle website is an NSFW accessory, and it was added just as Kourt and Travis Barker have returned from making headlines on their PDA-filled trip to Italy. The "Munkeybarz Sex Belt" runs $99.99, and it got a big promo on Thursday in Poosh's newsletter — as well as in a dedicated blog post, which promises an "exorcism-level orgasm" (spooky!). But in case there was anything about Kourtney and Travis' private lives that they hadn't shared with us yet, Poosh confirms that "Kourt introduced us to the brand" and its "one of a kind position-assisting device." Look, it could be worse: at least Poosh isn't selling vacutainer tubes (yet?).