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‘Hustlers’ star Jennifer Lopez’s stripper moves can’t beat ‘It’ at box office

It wasn’t quite enough to take down Pennywise the clown, but Jennifer Lopez and the scheming strippers of “Hustlers” topped even the high expectations they brought to the weekend box office.

It: Chapter Two” brought in $40.7 million to keep the top spot in its second week and has earned a total of $153.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The original, the biggest September release ever, had earned more than $200 million at the same point two years ago.

“Hustlers,” riding stellar reviews, film-festival buzz and Oscar talk for Lopez, earned $33.2 million, a record for a film from STX Entertainment, which was launched less than five years ago.

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The film, budgeted at just $20 million, became the rare recent hit that was neither a sequel nor a reboot nor part of a series. It was also the biggest opening ever for a live-action Lopez film, and had numbers comparable to co-star Constance Wu’s hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” whose long-term box office success could be a model for “Hustlers.”

“This is exactly the kind of movie that every studio dreams of producing, because it’s going to be profitable, prestigious and a long-term performer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “A lot of original type movies that are non-franchise non-sequels, many of them have had a rough go this year. This is a nice counter-balance to that.”

‘HUSTLERS’ STAR JENNIFER LOPEZ CONFESSES SHE WAS SCARED TO DANCE NEARLY NUDE FOR ‘HOOTING AND HOLLERING’ EXTRAS

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This image released by STXfilms shows Jennifer Lopez, in a scene from “Hustlers,” in theaters on Sept. 13. Lopez stars as Ramona, a leader of strippers in a Robin Hood-esque scheme to steal from rich men. (AP)

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Based on a New York magazine piece, “Hustlers,” written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, tells the true story of a group of New York City strippers who, put out by the recession’s effects on their Wall Street patrons, start a side con that involves drugging their wealthy marks and running up exorbitant credit card bills that they get a cut of.

“We didn’t look at it as a stripper movie,” said STX Motion Picture Group Chairman Adam Fogelson. “We looked at it as a crime movie, not unlike something like ‘Wolf of Wall Street.'”

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Even with its buzz, industry projections had the film making about $25 million over the weekend, but it appealed to an even wider audience than expected.

“It definitely skewed female as we always expected, but it was very diverse as far as ethnic groups, and it brought in a broad range of ages for an R-rated film,” Fogelson said.

And with its strong word-of-mouth and the forthcoming season of awards and end-of-year top 10 lists, it could keep bringing in the dollar bills for months.

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“This is a movie that everyone is talking about,” Fogelson said.

Angel Has Fallen,” starring Gerard Butler, was a distant third with $4.4 million, and has brought in $60.4 million in its four weeks of release.

The week’s other new release, “The Goldfinch,” landed with a thud, bringing in just $2.6 million. The adaptation of Donna Tartt’s acclaimed 2013 novel, starring Ansel Elgort, got reviews as dreary as those of “Hustlers” were strong.

“It: Chapter Two” was hardly a slouch, despite underperforming compared to the 2017 original. Bringing in more than $150 million in two weeks during usually-dead September is a rare achievement.

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“It’s a massive number,” said Dergarabedian. “The ‘It’ franchise has now done over a billion dollars worldwide. That first film was really lightning in a bottle.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

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1. “It: Chapter Two,” $40.7 million.

2. “Hustlers,” $33.2 million.

3. “Angel Has Fallen,” $4.4 million.

4. “Good Boys,” $4.3 million.

5. “The Lion King,” $3.6 million.

6. “Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw,” $2.8 million.

7. “Overcomer,” $2.7 million.

8. “The Goldfinch,” $2.6 million.

9. “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” $1.9 million.

10. “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” $1.85 million.

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Lori Loughlin ‘aware’ of Felicity Huffman sentence, regrets not taking plea deal: report

Lori Loughlin may have second thoughts about pleading not guilty in the college admissions scandal following Felicity Huffman‘s 14-day prison sentence.

A source close to Loughlin told People that the former “Fuller House” star was “aware of Felicity’s sentence and is processing what that means for her.” The insider added of Huffman’s sentencing date Friday, “This has been a rough day. Lori is going to move forward as best as she can, but now she has a little more clarity about what will happen next.”

LORI LOUGHLIN, MOSSIMO GIANNULLI’S OPTIONS ARE ‘LIMITED’ AFTER PLEADING NOT GUILTY IN COLLEGE SCAM

Huffman, 56, was sentenced to 14 days in prison after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in May. She confessed to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter’s answers on the SAT. She wrote that she’d considered the same for her younger daughter but decided against it.

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A judge also ordered Huffman to perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine.

Loughlin, 55, and husband Mossimo Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 to admissions scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella recruited onto the USC crew team despite neither girl ever being a rower. USC put the girls’ enrollment statuses on hold amid an internal investigation into the scandal.

LORI LOUGHLIN WAS ‘OBSESSED’ WITH GETTING DAUGHTERS INTO USC, REPORT CLAIMS

The pair rejected the plea deal that other parents allegedly involved in the case — including Huffman — accepted. Giannulli, 56, and Loughlin then were hit with additional charges of money laundering and conspiracy and would face up to 40 years behind bars if convicted on all charges.

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“If she’s found guilty, she will go to jail; that is clear. And if another deal is offered to her, which I don’t think it will be, she will go to jail,” the source said.

“Her only chance of avoiding jail is to beat these charges. Lori is a smart woman; she understands that. She’s scared and upset, but she’s resolved to be strong and to fight this. She will do what she has to do to protect herself and her family.”

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The source admitted that Loughlin “regrets” not taking the plea agreement when prosecutors initially offered it but insisted Loughlin had no idea she did anything illegal when making the payments to Singer’s Key Worldwide Foundation.

“She didn’t understand the entire nature of the charges against her, and she wasn’t even sure if or how she had broken the law. It was very early, and she didn’t have all the information that she has now,” the source said. “Based on what she understood at the time, she made the best choice for herself. Now there is no deal on the table, and she has to have faith that the courts and the prosecution will move fairly and not make an example out of her.”

LORI LOUGHLIN ‘SHOCKED AND SADDENED’ THAT COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL MAY RUIN HER ‘LEGACY’

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Lori Loughlin appears in court in Boston in September 2019 about the college admissions scandal. At right, Felicity Huffman leaves her sentencing in the college admissions scam case, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.” Huffman will serve 14 days in federal prison following a plea agreement, while Loughlin pleaded not guilty and awaits a trial. (Getty)

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Legal experts previously told Fox News that Loughlin’s and Giannulli’s strategy — essentially pleading ignorance to the scam — may not hold up in court.

“The government doesn’t have to prove that Loughlin and Giannulli knew what the payments were used for,” said attorney Neama Rahmani. “The fraudulent application to USC is enough to support the conspiracy charges. And there is more than enough circumstantial evidence to prove that they knew the payments were for an illicit or unlawful purpose.”

LORI LOUGHLIN REPORTEDLY KEEPING CLOSE EYE ON FELICITY HUFFMAN’S CASE, FEARS BEING ‘PENALIZED FOR HER FAME’ IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL

What may work in Loughlin’s favor: the decision from the judge in Huffman’s case not to throw the book at the “Desperate Housewives” star because of her fame — though it may end up differently for Loughlin and Giannulli, who didn’t immediately take responsibility or show remorse for their alleged actions.

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U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani told a tearful Huffman during her sentencing, “I think this is the right sentence here. You can move forward and rebuild your life after this. Without this sentence, I think the community around you would ask why you got away with this.”

Fox News’ Mariah Haas and Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.

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Fire erupts on field before game between Colts and Titans in Tennessee

A game between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans got off to a scorching start as a large fire erupted at Nissan Stadium in Nashville just before both teams were set to play.

A piece of pyrotechnics equipment designed to shoot flames during introductions ignited near the sidelines where Titans players usually enter the field, making for a crazy scene on Sunday afternoon just prior to the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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One of the flame-throwing boxes tipped over toward the stands, setting the turf on fire as the Titans celebrated the jersey retirements of former players Steve McNair and Eddie George, ESPN reported.

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A fire from a pyrotechnics machine burning on the field before the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

It could be seen blowing hot flames toward the spectators in a manner that resembled a massive flamethrower. Smoke blew out from the flames into the air toward spectators sitting nearby who were forced to move back a few rows to safety.

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The malfunction took place just 10 minutes before the scheduled noon kickoff.

Stadium employees quickly extinguished the fire. The start of the game was unaffected by the eruption and no one was injured.

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Crews extinguishing the fire before the game in Nashville. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

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Crews reportedly covered the pyrotechnics machine with sand following the incident, and all that remained was a charred mound on the sidelines.

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Warren: Kavanaugh ‘should be impeached’ just like Trump

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Gen. Jeff Harrigan: The US Air Force succeeds by doing THIS

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I was recently in Kenya working with air force leaders from 35 African nations, and while there I read an African proverb that resonated strongly with me. It stated: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This could not be truer today in how the U.S. Air Force operates on the European and African continents.

In an area of operations that covers 104 nations, it means having strong, trusted and reliable relationships. This is more important than ever, because trust is something that cannot be surged, it is built over time and based on delivering on your word.

This year, as we celebrate the U.S. Air Force’s 72nd birthday, I am reminded of how strong partnerships and teamwork have contributed to the service’s success and more importantly as a joint force, and a nation. The only way we can successfully tackle the complex challenges of today is if we commit to moving forward together. We have the world’s premier Air Force but we could not successfully “fly, fight and win” without the mindset of unity and teamwork.

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This fundamental concept was taught to me early in my Air Force career. It is foundational to what we do. As a cadet at the Air Force Academy I was a member of the Wings of Blue parachute team and quickly learned how teamwork is the foundation of excellence. Our team ate, slept and trained together, forging trust and unbreakable bonds that remain today. These bonds and ability to rely on one another have been part of every successful team I’ve served on.

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During my two years as the commander of U.S. Air Force Central Command (AFCENT), our coalition team delivered results in a complex, pressurized environment with lives on the line. Every nation brought an important capability, all underpinning our success. The key components to our coalition were the people, the relationships and trust that was cultivated on a daily basis on the battlefield.

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I share this because the Air Force of today operates in an environment where a strong architecture of allies and partners is critical to our success — we rely on partnerships that we’ve cultivated over the years to create a strong team of willing partners that can prevail in an era of global power competition. We cannot go at it alone; we must work with allies and partners around the world to degrade and defeat malign influences.

As airmen, we speak a common language that facilitates operating at speed over vast distances. This is critical to competing in today’s security environment. This common language did not occur by happenstance. It grew from the strength of shared experiences in training and in combat. Being a good wingman ensures that bad actors who would seek to disrupt, dismantle and destroy the global world order will never succeed because we are ready, willing and working together to ensure that never happens.

Though we have the ability to surge aircraft and generate combat power at a moment’s notice, what we can’t surge is trust. Strong relationships and partnerships are an investment in security and having a global presence demonstrates that we are committed and have skin in the game. Today’s complex security environment, focused on what is referred to as great power competition, requires us to foster, strengthen and build strategic relationships across the European and African continents. We are doing just that.

In Europe it is imperative that we continue to work with our NATO allies and partners to ensure our forward presence and ability to rapidly deploy capabilities into the theater. Together we are an alliance that has the capability to deter potential adversaries and defend in all domains, ensuring our collective security. Our mission is to provide the credible combat airpower needed to deter war and to protect the security of our nations. Should deterrence fail, however, rest assured we are prepared to fight and win.

While the demand to enhance and strengthen partnerships in Europe continues, U.S. Air Forces Africa is focused on helping partners build capabilities designed to bolster security, stability, and ultimately prosperity. We are actively strengthening key relationships and offering assistance on the continent that support our partners’ defense capabilities, ability to counter transnational threats while offering opportunities for political and economic development.

Our determined African partners fight terrorism while working to build regional self-reliance and security. We are partnering with other countries to reduce the impact of malign influences to position African partners for a better future.

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We are motivated and inspired by the dedication and commitment our partners in Africa are showing to developing their respective air forces capacity. This investment will produce more capable and professional militaries that contribute to greater security and stability in Africa and demonstrates our commitment to pursuing mutual aims.

I am extremely optimistic about what the future holds in both Europe and Africa. The strong military relationships we have developed between our respective air forces bolster our collective readiness, enhances our deterrence capabilities and leverages partnership capacity, security and stability. Today as we stand together, I am confident we will lead the way in answering the challenges in a very complex global security environment.

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Republicans slam Ilhan Omar's comments about 9/11 following 'Face the Nation' interview

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The son of a 9/11 victim addressed Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s controversial statement while wearing a shirt that said “Some people did something?” USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Republicans reignited controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments about 9/11 after she was asked about it on a Sunday morning television interview. 

Omar had given remarks before the Council on American-Islamic Relations in March, and had said the group had been “founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” 

Democrats have previously argued Omar’s remarks were taken out of context and that Omar was attempting to differentiate terrorists from all Muslims, whereas Republicans have heavily criticized her for them.  

“Nearly 3,000 Americans were killed by terrorists on 9/11. It shouldn’t be this difficult for Ilhan Omar to understand why her “some people did something” comment was so offensive,” wrote Republican chairwoman Ronna McDaniel in a Sunday Twitter post, attaching a clip of Omar’s Sunday morning interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” 

In the interview, the Minnesota Democrat was asked about an incident during this year’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony in New York City in which the son of one of the 9/11 victims had addressed Omar’s previous comments about 9/11.  

“Do you understand why people found that offensive?” asked host Margaret Brennan, in reference to Omar’s past remarks. 

Omar started her response by acknowledging that 9/11 had been “an attack on all Americans,” and that “I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the victims of the- the families of 9/11 must feel. But I think it is really important for us to make sure that we are not forgetting, right, the aftermath of what happened after 9/11.

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Omar continued by saying her past remarks had been in reference to civil rights violations against Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11. 

“What I was speaking to was the fact that as a Muslim, not only was I suffering as an American who was attacked on that day, but the next day I woke up as my fellow Americans were now treating me a suspect,” she said. 

A few days earlier at the Ground Zero remembrance ceremony, Nicholas Haros Jr., whose mother was killed in the terrorist attacks, wore a black T-shirt with the words “Some people did something” as he read a list of victims’ names, including his mother’s.

“Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom. Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done,” Haros Jr. said. “There is no uncertainty about that. Why your confusion?”

Omar’s remarks have been a source of criticism on the right. 

In April, President Donald Trump posted a video with part of Omar’s CAIR remarks juxtaposed with images of planes hitting the World Trade Center. 

Omar said she received death threats after Trump’s tweet, and her fellow Democrats accused the president of jeopardizing Omar’s life with the post, arguing the content was geared to incite Trump followers. 

At the time, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted to say that “Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack.”

Following the incident at the 9/11 ceremony this year, Omar’s office pointed USA TODAY  to the congresswoman’s previous remarks that there was “a particular bias and a certain lens that people critique the words I use. And that is not a bias or a lens that I can get rid of with one answer, with one conversation.” 

She noted that, “To some people, it’s easy for them to not think of me as an American, as someone who would not have the same feelings as they did as we were being attacked on American soil.” 

Contributing: Jeanine Santucci, Christal Hayes

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Russell Simmons banned from NYC yoga studio amid #MeToo accusations

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He’s ruining their zen.

Russell Simmons might be trying to make a comeback —  after being dragged through the mud in the #MeToo movement amid 12 accusations of rape and sexual misconduct — but a Manhattan yoga studio says he’s nothing but a downward-facing dog.

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On Thursday, Modo Yoga NYC emailed Russell Simmons and asked him to steer clear of their West Village fitness studio.

The former music and fashion mogul, who relocated to Bali in February 2018 as allegations of sexual misconduct piled up, had attended classes at Modo while he was in Manhattan the past few weeks.

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“The management invited me, and then said that my presence had ‘triggered some members,’ ” Simmons told The Post from Bali.

The owners of Modo Yoga responded: “We do not pass judgment, gossip or comment on any of our students . . . However, when we receive complaints from students who are uncomfortable because of another student’s alleged conduct outside of Modo, we are put in a difficult position.”

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“I’m deeply disappointed and hurt by it,” Simmons said. “Guilty by accusation, I don’t believe is a good way to go forward.”

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Cuomo Takes Executive Action To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is taking emergency executive action to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in the state amid a national investigation by health officials into hundreds of cases of lung illness and six deaths that may be related to vaping.

“New York is confronting this crisis head-on and today we are taking another nation-leading step to combat a public health emergency,” the governor said Sunday during a press conference to announce the measure, calling out manufacturers of the products for “intentionally and recklessly targeting young people.”

“At the same time, unscrupulous stores are knowingly selling vaping products to underage youth ― those retailers are now on notice that we are ramping up enforcement and they will be caught and prosecuted,” he added.

Across the state, 64 cases of lung illness associated with vaping have been reported as of Friday, according to Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. 

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest figures on the outbreak of lung disease. Thirty-six states and one U.S. territory have reported a total of 380 cases in which people using vape pens and e-cigarettes for marijuana and nicotine have been affected.

On Tuesday, Kansas became the latest state to confirm its first vaping-linked death, following California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said the Food and Drug Administration should consider banning flavored e-cigarettes, telling reporters that “very strong action” may be required to protect the public.

Though the FDA is still developing its final guidance on the matter, Cuomo expressed frustration that the federal government is not moving more quickly, emphasizing that the “political influence of these companies is not to be underestimated.”

“I’m not relying or waiting for the federal government. I don’t expect them to do anything responsibly, to act responsibly, because I’ve never seen them act responsibly,” he said. “So our destiny is in our own hands, and we’re taking action.”

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Bridezilla makes dangerous demand of her maid of honor: ‘I’m going to be stumbling around like a blind idiot’

One bride-to-be apparently doesn’t understand why people wear glasses.

While it’s normal for brides to make requests to their bridesmaids about how they look during the ceremony, this might be taking things too far. According to a very stressed out maid of honor, the bride-to-be not only demanded that she pay for hair extensions, but also demanded that the maid of honor keep her glasses off during the ceremony and reception.

The maid of honor, who said she’s “blind as a bat,” posted her story on Reddit. According to her, after an already stressful engagement, reportedly full of ‘bridal outrage’ moments, the bride-to-be recently came to her with some unusual (and potentially dangerous) requests.

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The maid of honor took to Reddit to complain, “I don’t want to ‘ruin’ her wedding by wearing my glasses, but what in the world am I going to do?! I’m going to be stumbling around like a blind idiot.” (iStock, File)

According to the story, “The bride has asked me to add extensions in my hair, as I have a Bob cut (at my own expense of course), and demanded that I do NOT wear my glasses during the event.”

The maid of honor claimed she already had spent a lot of money on her friend’s wedding and her insurance plan wouldn’t cover an extra eye doctor appointment. Since she apparently didn’t have contact lenses already, she had to decide on wearing glasses and upsetting the bride or not being able to see all day. “How am I supposed to fix her train at the altar,” she asked, “and read my speech?”

The story continued, “I don’t want to ‘ruin’ her wedding by wearing my glasses, but what in the world am I going to do?! I’m going to be stumbling around like a blind idiot.”

Unfortunately, when she took her issues to the bride-to-be, the response wasn’t what she was hoping to hear. “When I explained this to her, she quickly pointed out that all of our dresses have pockets,” the post says. “If I need to find the restroom, I can briefly slide them on to see where I’m going but to be sure and remove them, before exiting as a photographer may be in the area taking photos. I really wish I had backed out of this mess the first time the fiancé moved out. But I’m stuck now.”

The comments on Reddit were, not surprisingly, in favor of the maid of honor wearing her glasses.

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As one user explained, “This is ridiculous. Tell her you are wearing your glasses, and if you wanted longer hair, you would have it already. She knew what you looked like when she asked you to be in the wedding. Tell her if that is a problem, she will need to find a replacement.”

Another user added, “You are allowed boundaries here. I don’t care if she’s a bride or Queen Elizabeth. What she’s asking isn’t reasonable or normal.”

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Others joined in to explain that despite how she felt, she actually wasn’t stuck. “Glasses. But also, sunken cost fallacy,” one user wrote.

“If she’s really that upset about you being able to see (!), I would respectfully bow out. The whole thing sounds like a hot mess but I can’t imagine asking my best friend to put themselves in harm’s way for some photographs. Not wearing them is a hazard and possibly adding heels to that mix sounds like an accident just waiting to happen.”

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Another user agreed, posting, “You’re not stuck. You are an adult and can back out at any time. Tell her it’s either your hair as-is and your glasses, or you are out as MOH. She’s being ridiculous, especially for a woman of her age.”

Another user simply posted, “Wear your glasses.”

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Republicans slam Ilhan Omar's comments about 9/11 following 'Face the Nation' interview

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The son of a 9/11 victim addressed Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s controversial statement while wearing a shirt that said “Some people did something?” USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Republicans reignited controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments about 9/11 after she was asked about it on a Sunday morning television interview. 

Omar had given remarks before the Council on American-Islamic Relations in March, and had said the group had been “founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” 

Democrats have previously argued Omar’s remarks were taken out of context and that Omar was attempting to differentiate terrorists from all Muslims, whereas Republicans have heavily criticized her for them.  

“Nearly 3,000 Americans were killed by terrorists on 9/11. It shouldn’t be this difficult for Ilhan Omar to understand why her “some people did something” comment was so offensive,” wrote Republican chairwoman Ronna McDaniel in a Sunday Twitter post, attaching a clip of Omar’s Sunday morning interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” 

In the interview, the Minnesota Democrat was asked about an incident during this year’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony in New York City in which the son of one of the 9/11 victims had addressed Omar’s previous comments about 9/11.  

“Do you understand why people found that offensive?” asked host Margaret Brennan, in reference to Omar’s past remarks. 

Omar started her response by acknowledging that 9/11 had been “an attack on all Americans,” and that “I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the victims of the- the families of 9/11 must feel. But I think it is really important for us to make sure that we are not forgetting, right, the aftermath of what happened after 9/11.

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Omar continued by saying her past remarks had been in reference to civil rights violations against Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11. 

“What I was speaking to was the fact that as a Muslim, not only was I suffering as an American who was attacked on that day, but the next day I woke up as my fellow Americans were now treating me a suspect,” she said. 

A few days earlier at the Ground Zero remembrance ceremony, Nicholas Haros Jr., whose mother was killed in the terrorist attacks, wore a black T-shirt with the words “Some people did something” as he read a list of victims’ names, including his mother’s.

“Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom. Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done,” Haros Jr. said. “There is no uncertainty about that. Why your confusion?”

Omar’s remarks have been a source of criticism on the right. 

In April, President Donald Trump posted a video with part of Omar’s CAIR remarks juxtaposed with images of planes hitting the World Trade Center. 

Omar said she received death threats after Trump’s tweet, and her fellow Democrats accused the president of jeopardizing Omar’s life with the post, arguing the content was geared to incite Trump followers. 

At the time, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted to say that “Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack.”

Following the incident at the 9/11 ceremony this year, Omar’s office pointed USA TODAY  to the congresswoman’s previous remarks that there was “a particular bias and a certain lens that people critique the words I use. And that is not a bias or a lens that I can get rid of with one answer, with one conversation.” 

She noted that, “To some people, it’s easy for them to not think of me as an American, as someone who would not have the same feelings as they did as we were being attacked on American soil.” 

Contributing: Jeanine Santucci, Christal Hayes

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