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Yes, you heard that right. Chuck D of Public Enemy even composed the theme song with the group's producer, Gary G-Wiz, and Cameron later praised the production as "the best experience [he] had working with other writers." And yet, few people have ever heard of the series, so what happened?

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Worst Quotes of the Week Featuring Kid Rock, Joe Biden, and Jessica Alba

The definitive ranking of the top three dumbest, silliest, and lamest things said by public figures over the past week.

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Welcome to Popdust's worst quotes of the week: our definitive ranking of the top three dumbest, silliest, and lamest things said by public figures over the past seven days.

3. Jessica Alba

"Looking back, when I shot my first InStyle cover, I was insecure. I felt like I needed to be someone I wasn't in order to be accepted...Who am I now? I give zero fucks. I have three children. They've exploded my body, and I'm cool with it."

Look, body positivity is awesome. Embracing yourself for who you are is great, too. Everybody should love themselves—unless they're awful, in which case they should do better. But somehow, Jessica Alba talking about how she's totally cool with her "exploded" body rings hollow. Like, come on, you're Jessica Alba.

Obviously, Alba is totally allowed to struggle with her own self-image and be honest about those struggles. Surely she has some scars and bumps after three pregnancies. But post-triple-pregnancy, Jessica Alba is still within the top 1% of Western beauty standards. No matter how bad you ever thought you looked, you're Jessica f**king Alba.

In all seriousness, Jessica Alba didn't say anything wrong. But maybe instead of celebrating an objectively gorgeous person's body acceptance, we should just not body shame people in the first place. How about that?

2. Joe Biden

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"Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids—wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids. No, I really mean it, but think how we think about it."

Joe Biden is very old. Sometimes very old people say things they shouldn't because times have changed, but they have not. So when Joe says poor kids can be just as talented as white kids, that's actually a very progressive stance considering he was born before the Civil War.

At least Biden tried to self-correct, clarifying that by "white kids," he really meant "wealthy kids." Although on second thought, that kind of makes his Freudian slip worse.

This one's a two-for, too, because Donald Trump jumped in, saying, "Joe is not playing with a full deck." While we agree with the sentiment, Donald Trump insulting someone else's mental capacity is kind of like one guy with a lobotomy trying to spit on another guy with a lobotomy to show that he's smarter. In the end, it's just two guys with lobotomies drooling all over the place, and someone else is going to need to clean up their mess.

1. Kid Rock

"Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period. And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl."

If an inebriated wizard granted a construction site's Porta Potty the gift of life and handed it a guitar, that sentient Porta Potty would basically be Kid Rock. Kid Rock is just like your sexist, racist, boomer uncle, except somehow less talented.

Being irrelevant for over a decade has taken its toll on poor Kid, so he decided to come at Taylor Swift for...being a liberal-leaning woman, maybe? His Twitter rant isn't particularly sensical, but it does give off a strong vibe that Kid Rock was masturbating to a picture of T-Swift and then got really mad for some reason.

Congrats Kid Rock, this is the last time in your life you'll ever be ranked #1 in anything.

While you were mourning the loss of Gina Linetti and wondering why Rent: Live wasn't live, here's the TV news you may have missed:

Bad Girls

LA's Finest, the series-spinoff of the Bad Boys films, has gotten an official premiere date and teaser trailer. The hour-long drama is the first foray into original programming from cable company Spectrum, and will premiere on May 13, 2019. The series stars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba as Syd and Nancy (oh, clever), respectively, LAPD detectives with "complex" histories.

"L.A.'s Finest" - Premiere Date Announcement - May 13 on Spectrum Originals

They Awaken

In other, film-turned-series-spinoff getting the trailer and premiere treatment news: FX released an early look at writer Jemaine Clement and director Taika Waititi's What We Do in the Shadows, which will premiere on March 27, 2019. The series mirrors the mockumentary style of its predecessor, this time offering a glimpse at the lives of three vampire roommates in New York City. Check out the trailer to learn what an "energy vampire" is.

What We Do in the Shadows | Season 1: Official Trailer [HD] | FX

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Winter's Still Coming

HBO released a new slate of stills from the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones, and your friends here at Popdust basically predicted everything that will happen.

Hair Got Chopped

Perhaps in response to seeing all of the changes Fox had to make to the already-earnest lyrics from Rent: Live, NBC has decided to forgo its previously-scheduled May musical event, Hair Live! Was it too difficult to find a way to eschew the full-frontal nudity, illicit drug use, and a song called "Sodomy?" According to a statement from NBC released to TVLine, which notes that the network is shifting its focus to "broad-based, family musicals," yes. Yes it was.

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And, Finally, Meet Fun Ted

As Schitt's Creek continues its run as the most endearing series that's also bitingly hilarious, it ups its game with the introduction of Fun Ted, who is released when Alexis convinces Ted to let loose in last night's episode "Housewarming."


Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.

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Jessica Alba

All you need to know.

Full Name: Jessica Marie Alba

Date of Birth: April 28, 1981

Born: Pomona, CA

Occupation: Actress, businesswoman

Status: Married to Cash Warren (2008)

Children: 3

Smart, stunning, successful, and so much more, actress-turned-business mogul Jessica Alba has packed plenty into her 37 years. As a mom of three who puts family first, it's impressive how well Alba's professional life has soared.

Fans first got to know Alba as an actress on television and film but her business savvy was too strong to set aside. The Honest Company is her fourth "baby," bringing high-quality products consumers can trust into homes across the country and beyond.

Alba is amazing and there's always more to learn about her background and where she's headed. Read on…

On-Screen Success

We were first introduced to Alba when she starred on TV. While she debuted as a young teenager, fans fell in love with Alba when she lit up the set of Dark Angel. Playing Max Guevara was a perfect fit for Alba, but she also wowed fans with parts on Beverly Hills 90210, Entourage, The Office, MADtv, and Chicago Hope, to give a sample of her television resume. As for movies, the big screen was blessed to have Alba shine in films including Honey, Sin City, Fantastic Four, Good Luck Chuck, Awake, and The Love Guru. She has won a handful of awards for her work in showbiz, but along with learning lines and portraying characters, Alba's talents extend beyond the box office.

Honestly Alba

As founder of The Honest Company, Alba's mission to produce and sell high-quality, safe, effective, and all-around good-for-you products came to life in 2011. The consumer goods company is a hit among families with babies and children as well as those seeking a brand they can trust that delivers what they promise. From baby products to cleaning supplies to vitamins and personal care products, The Honest Company has been an enormous success, valued at close to $1 billion in '17. With Alba in the boardroom as well as a famous face to promote the brand, The Honest Company is sure to remain a major player in the marketplace.

Family, Front and Center

Married since '08 to Cash Warren, a 39-year-old film producer, Alba has three children with her spouse – Honor Marie Warren, Haven Garner Warren, and Hayes Alba Warren. She seems like a natural when it comes to motherhood and her kids are simply adorable. Then again, with parents as good looking as Alba and Warren, these kids were blessed before birth in the good genes department.

Her Style

Always fresh and fashionable, Alba could make a potato sack look chic. Sacks aside, here are some of Alba's most stylish selections…

Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G,, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.

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Jessica Alba is more than just a pretty face....she's also really, really, filthy rich...

While the stunner first became a household name from her roles on the big screen in blockbusters like Fantastic Four and Sin City, today, Alba is a business mogul, raking in the dough the honest way.

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Honest, because that’s the name of her eco-friendly baby and cleaning products company – The Honest Company, of which Alba is the co-founder.

Her hubby, Cash Warren, is sure living up to his first name these days, as Alba is certainly bringing home the bacon (and likely the finest quality) to her 4,686 square foot McMansion in Beverly Hills worth $4,050,000 according to The Richest.

Here’s how the 34 year old makes bank and then some.

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Let’s first consider The Honest Company. This is a gold mine for the Honey honey. Celebrity Net Worth states that the 275-employee company pulls in $150 million per year and achieved a market valuation of $1.7 billion as of August 2015. Alba owns 20% of the company, earning her $200 million.

If the company goes public, Alba could crank that number up to $600 million before taxes. Now hat’s surely a way to make an honest living.

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Of course, there is a great deal of moolah to be made from modeling, acting, and all that comes with it.

The Richest estimates Alba can reel in up to $100,000 per appearance, be it a talk show, book signing, interview, modeling gig, etc.

The site also maintains that Alba can make $3 million per movie – Good Luck Chuck indeed! Even her baby’s photos are worth major coin.

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OK magazine paid out $1,500,000 for exclusive pics of her first daughter, Honor Marie. And all your baby got was a lousy rattle.

Beauty, brains, and big… bucks (what did you think I was gonna say?). This celeb is on her way to becoming one of the richest gals in Hollywood.

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So, how rich? About $350 million rich according to Celebrity Net Worth.

You can’t mess with Jess when it comes to success!

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