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Howard Stern…you love him, you hate him, you agree with him, you wish he would stop being such an arrogant prick and use his intelligence for positive means.

The man radio listeners love to hate has stirred up more controversy, but this time, surrounding the Oscar buzz.

The spark was ignited on Monday when Stern started making fun of Precious star (and Oscar winner) Gabourey Sidibie. The New York Daily News reported the following statements made by the radio host:

“There’s the most enormous, fat black chick I’ve ever seen. She is enormous,” Stern ranted. “Everyone’s pretending she’s a part of show business and she’s never going to be in another movie. She should have gotten the Best Actress award because she’s never going to have another shot. What movie is she gonna be in?”

While some people agree with Stern, there are many others that are now berating him for making the statements and being so insensitive. (But hey, insensitive is this guy’s middle name.) Oprah Winfrey is among those.

Sidibie’s role in Precious was indeed a touching one, and now it seems that Stern will eat his words. She is set to star in a new Showtime comedy series called ‘The Big C.’ Not only that, but she has just signed another contract to star in an upcoming movie called ‘Yelling to the Sky!’

Whether you’re with Stern or against him, Sidibie is having the last laugh on this one.

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One of the latest Oscar winners is causing quite a stir in Japan. The film that won for best documentary, The Cove, is among the controversy.

To give you a little update if you haven’t seen the film, it is about a hard nosed group of fishermen in Taiji, Japan who hunt dolphins both for their meat and for their entertainment value. The documentary shows images that many viewers may have a hard time watching, as the hunting style of the villagers is very gruesome.

According to the Associated Press, the small town has been hunting dolphins and whales since the early 1600s. The people of the town look at it as a part of their culture, while the rest of the world scorns them for doing so. As a result, they feel they are being discriminated against.

Few people knew about the dolphin hunting industry before it was brought to light in this Hollywood documentary. Now that the film has won an Oscar, even more people are in an uproar to have the dolphin hunting stopped. Even so, the fishermen from the town say they refuse to stop.

Because of the film’s popularity, a television series version will premiere on Animal Planet later this year. Also, the politics continue…the makers of the film, have very recently busted a Los Angeles sushi restaurant for serving whale meat to its patrons, which is illegal. And, as always, PETA is in an uproar.

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