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Rob Van Dam Recalls How Vince McMahon Handled His 2006 Marijuana Arrest



Former WWE Champion and current Impact Wrestling star Rob Van Dam joined Wrestling Inc.’s Nick Hausman on our The Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast and chatted about RVD’s endeavors in the marijuana world. RVD discussed the health effects of marijuana compared to nicotine in cigarettes noting that cigarette smokers die at a much higher rate than marijuana smokers. He also noted that marijuana is classified by the DEA as a schedule 1 drug meaning it is classified as having no medical use and has a high potential of abuse along with other schedule 1 drugs like heroin and LSD.

“I’ve been an advocate since like ’98 or so after I did the first High Times magazine. That’s always been a big part of me because I felt like people are swerved and they need to know the truth,” RVD expressed. “People would pot shame me and then light up a cigarette, and I learned that marijuana’s not even toxic enough to kill one person. It’s very very low toxicity, and cigarettes kill one out of two, like 50% of long-term cigarette smokers die from the cigarette. So I felt like I have to tell people. I felt like obligated to educate them.

“The government says it’s ‘the most dangerous drug, a schedule 1 and then no one’s ever died from it and then it can’t kill you and then schedule 2 is where you find meth. Really? Meth is higher in medicine and safer for you than marijuana? If people knew that that’s the way the government looked at it, they would demand change. So that’s why I’ve always stood behind it.”

RVD was asked if others wrestlers have come up to him and ask about marijuana. He said they have, and he is happy about that since wrestlers today aren’t abusing pain killers as his generation did.

“Yes, wrestlers ask me for advice often, and I’m glad that the current generation is smoking marijuana and not eating handfuls of pills and alcohol like my generation did and they’re going to live long because of that,” RVD admitted. “The athletic style that requires you to really take care of yourself, you can’t be out at the bar drinking till 5:00 in the morning like the wrestlers of the ’70s or ’80s. So basically because of Rob Van Dam, the wrestlers are going to live longer.”

With marijuana being illegal on a federal level and with WWE’s strict Wellness Policy, marijuana use in WWE is kept discreet including RVD once saying that Stephanie McMahon telling him to be more discreet about his marijuana use. RVD spoke on the podcast about his 2006 suspension after his drug arrest that forced him to drop the WWE Championship and ECW Championship in back-to-back days.

“If anybody semi-doesn’t know what we’re talking about, I had the WWE and the ECW Championship, got pulled over for speeding in Ohio, and the car smelled like weed and they found 18 grams of marijuana plus whatever we had in our vitamins,” RVD explained. “So Sabu, right away, was like, ‘we got to call him and tell him.’ I’m like, ‘what? Are you crazy? What do we tell him?’ I didn’t think they were going to find out, but by the time we got to the arena, everybody already knew. It was on every form of media, and Vince, when we saw him the first time, he walked right by us in the hallway. He was not ready to talk to us. I was like, ‘eh, that didn’t feel good,’ and he was mad.

“A couple a couple hours later, after he had a chance to talk to his advisors and come up with a plan of how they were going to handle that because that wasn’t the plans for me to drop the championship that night and the next night. He was cool then. The next time I saw him, he said, ‘look, you’re going to be suspended for 30 days. You’re going to drop the championships. Just take this 30 days and get some rest.’ Couldn’t have been cooler.”

RVD discussed briefly about his relationship with Vince McMahon saying that McMahon was always friendly with him. He said he doesn’t have any stories about McMahon, “being an a–hole to him.”

“He’s always just been super cool to me,” RVD noted. “I know that other people see different sides of him, just like with anybody, but I got nothing but respect for him and no stories of him ever being an a–hole to me or around me.”

Rob Van Dam is featured in the new app Celebrity Slots, which is now available to download for free in the Apple and Google Play stores. Van Dam’s full interview aired as part of a recent episode of our podcast, The Wrestling Inc. Daily. Subscribe to get the latest episodes as soon as it’s released Monday – Friday afternoon by clicking here.


FBI Seeking More Potential Victims In Jerry Harris Child Porn Investigation!




Feds are searching for more minors who may have been preyed on by Jerry Harris.

On Tuesday, the FBI launched a “Seeking Victim Information” webpage related to the investigation of the disgraced Cheer star, who was arrested last week on charges of producing child pornography, with agents in Chicago asking for any individuals under the age of 18 who may have been victimized by the 21-year-old to come forward.

As we reported, Harris is accused of allegedly enticing two underage teen boys to send him sexually explicit images of themselves, as well as asking them to meet up in person for sex — all when they were just 13 years old. Now, feds are seeking the public’s help in identifying any additional minors who may have been approached by Harris on Snapchat or Instagram and asked to produce or view explicit photos or engage in sexual activity.

Related: More Cheer Stars React To Jerry Harris’ Shocking Arrest

Harris admitted to soliciting child porn from at least 10 people he knew were minors, according to a criminal complaint filed last week. Court papers claim the cheerleader also admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old at a cheerleading event last year.

Only time will tell if more alleged victims will come forward. Read the FBI’s full statement and learn how you can contact them HERE.

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‘Gull’ Director Kim Mi-jo on Sexual Assault and Changing Attitudes in South Korea




“Gull,” Kim Mi-jo’s poignant South Korean drama, follows a woman whose life becomes increasingly difficult when she seeks justice against the man who raped her.

The 61-year-old O-bok works as a seafood vendor in a Seoul street market that has been slated for redevelopment. One evening, after drinks with her colleagues, she is raped by Gi-taek, a fellow vendor and the powerful chairman of the redevelopment committee. After initially pretending that nothing happened, O-bok finally confides to her daughter and reports the assault to the police, resulting in an investigation that disrupts both her work and family life.

“Gull,” which won the Grand Prize for the Korean Competition at the recent Jeonju Film Festival, unspools in San Sebastian’s New Directors sidebar.

Speaking to Variety, Kim says she came up with the idea of the film after witnessing a young man and an older woman.

“One day, I was walking along the riverside at midday when I saw a young man closely following a middle-aged woman, who resembled my mother. I somehow felt anxious and kept an eye on them for a while. This experience inspired me immediately.”

While she initially conceived the plot from the point of view of the woman’s daughter, she eventually made O-bok the main character, played by Jeong Aehwa.

Jeong brought the right mix of vulnerability and toughness needed for the headstrong O-bok, Kim explained.

“I didn’t regard O-bok simply just as a victim, but rather I think she is more of a person who is aggressive and belligerent, like a fighter. There’s a saying in Korea that a ‘small pepper is much spicier.’ Ms. Jeong is really petite, but I love the high spirit and energy coming out of her.”

“Gull” critically examines aspects of South Korean society that are still common, Kim adds. O-bok is a victim who is forced to hide while making a sacrifice for the greater cause of the market and the good of the community. “Recently in Korea, it is commonly seen, not just in sexual assault cases, that assailants change into victims, or do not have to pay the price they deserve and live just like before. There are countless cases like this.”

Nevertheless, like in other parts of the world, sexual assault against women is being increasingly addressed, Kim points out. “In recent years, it has been more actively discussed following the MeToo movement. I’m gladly on board with pushfully bringing this issue to the table compared to the past. Also, more people are starting to be aware that sexual assault cannot be justified, whatsoever. Nevertheless, deep down, prejudice against victims of sexual violence still lingers around.”

She adds, “Seeing the woman as a contributor in sexual assault, or a bias that older women can’t be a target of sex crimes – these are typical examples.” In her research for the film, Kim came across manuals for parents of sexual assault victims or to help women in their 20s and 30s cope with sexual assault, but she adds that sex crimes against the middle-aged were not properly discussed.

That chauvinistic attitudes persist is made clear in the film by a main character who blames rape on the victim, saying that it could not happen unless the woman wanted it.

“I’ve actually heard that in real life,” Kim says. “I was awfully shocked at the time, so I used that line in my scenario. It is hard to say that these kinds of thoughts were not general until just a few years ago. However, as previously mentioned, Korean society is beginning to react sensitively to sexual abuse issues. Also, the social atmosphere in which these cases can’t be simply hushed up is gradually being established.”

While Kim says she didn’t set out to examine class differences in Korean society, she notes that “sadly this is what I have seen ever since I was little, so I think it just happened to be reflected in the movie. Classes exist everywhere, so I don’t regard it as a peculiar characteristic of Korean society. Of course, there are exceptions, but it is very easy to find powerless people’s voices being ignored when you look around a bit. So, it was rather natural to have those aspects in the film.”

That O-bok wants to fly away from her horrible situation but has to remain grounded in reality, like a seagull that flies high and far but ultimately cannot leave land, was one of the reasons behind the film’s title, Kim explains. “I didn’t want to simply narrate a sex crime victim’s story through this film. I wanted O-bok, a middle-aged woman, a mother and a breadwinner, to stand firmly with both feet and eventually survive and live here on land when her dignity had been infringed.”

Another reason was her love of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull”: “I wanted to title my first feature film with this work someday.”

For her next project, Kim is planning a mother and daughter revenge story. “I’m expecting to make a Korean-style film, a mixture of action, thriller and comedy.”

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See Sandra Oh and More Celebrities’ Fashion Statements at the Emmys




Whether it’s on or off the red carpet, fashion can absolutely make a statement.

Although the 2020 Emmys on Sept. 20 looked different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, it didn’t stop celebrities from dressing to impress wherever they watched the virtual show.

One Hollywood star that stood out was Sandra Oh who made a statement about the Black Lives Matter movement thanks to her ensemble from Los Angeles based brand KORELIMITED.

The Killing Eve star sported a custom bomber jacket embroidered with symbols that honor both Black culture and Sandra’s own Korean heritage.

“It’s in a royal purple color–which is a super Korean color and brings a certain mindset for me,” Sandra explained to Vogue. “And it says ‘Black Lives Are Precious’ in Korean writing, because the literal translation of Black Lives Matter is impossible in Korean. The characters have to be read top to bottom, right to left, and there are dashes, or taegukgi, lifted from the Korean flag, which represent celestial bodies and the natural elements and all of that good stuff. And then on the right there’s a mugunghwa [hibiscus], the national flower of Korea.”

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