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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 04/14/2006

Mighty Morphin Ashlee Simpson

By Liz Kelly

From top to bottom, Ashlee Simpson in 2004, 2005 and April 2006. (AP)

Remember when Ashlee Simpson was the cute, yet goofy kid sister of full on pin-up girl Jessica? You should. It was only a scant 16 months ago she lip-synced her way into humiliation on "Saturday Night Live", then danced a freakish rag doll jig before walking off stage. (Video)

Still, there was something likeable about the quirky Jan of the Simpson family. She's not a great musician by any stretch of the imagination, but stacked up against what most of her tween audience listens to, she holds her own. She seemed, somehow, more human than her Barbie®-perfect sibling. She wasn't afraid to make fun of herself, as she often did on her two-season MTV reality show. And although it was completely contrived, there was something refreshingly charming about her schoolgirl/punk rock look. Her plaids, black tights, black nail polish and darker-hued hair could not have been further from Jessica's latter day Brigitte Bardot.

Well, in what can only be described as a shocking case of belated family resemblance, Ashlee has apparently become her sister's doppelganger. The deep tan, the kohl-smudged eyes and -- most especially -- the long blond vixen mane. She's always been somewhat of a chameleon, changing hair color and length from week to week, but in her latest incarnation she has officially become a complete clone.

And is that what she really ought to be doing? Is being Jessica really all that? She's in the middle of a very public divorce, being sued by her own clothing label, basically animated a pair of short shorts in "The Dukes of Hazzard," and is currently starring opposite Miss Piggy in a Pizza Hut commercial. Unless she really does turn in a career-boosting performance in the upcoming "Employee of the Month" or "Baywatch" movie Jessica could be in danger of sliding down the same slippery slope Britney Spears is currently navigating.

My advice to Ashlee? Blame the makeover on a bad case of acid reflux, remove those extensions, dance like a spaz and be yourself.

By Liz Kelly  | April 14, 2006; 10:44 AM ET
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The difference being that Jessica actually has talent. In all of my days, I have never seen one case of using a name to buy fame that was more blatant than that of Ashlee Simpson. No talent, photos of her face taken from one angle only, lip-syncing. Ughhh! If I had a daughter, she would be forbidden from *listening* (grimacing) to that girl's music.

Posted by: Severna Park, MD | April 14, 2006 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Whoa... that last picture doesn't even look like her. Her facial structure even looks shaped differently. She kind of looks freakish and creepy. I definitely prefer the more goofy look as well. The new look really doesn't fit her personality either... bad ashlee bad.

Posted by: Rob | April 14, 2006 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Go Fug Yourself posted the exact same thing.

Posted by: jlove | April 14, 2006 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I think mroe highly of her than I do her sister- that said....I think she should have stuck to bangs. Full forehead is a bad look.

yeah, I know- shallow.

Posted by: Cabrio | April 14, 2006 1:06 PM | Report abuse

*gasp* You used that controversial word, "spaz". Tiger recently got into some trouble in the UK over using that word.

Posted by: Michael | April 14, 2006 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Why are people still talking about her?

Posted by: nonagon | April 14, 2006 6:06 PM | Report abuse

What does "spaz" mean in Britain? Something other than "spastic" or "spasmodic"?

Posted by: Bruce | April 14, 2006 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Bruce asked: What does "spaz" mean in Britain? Something other than "spastic" or "spasmodic"?

It means spastic there too. It's not considered polite, because it can be taken as making fun of people w/ serious disabilities. I haven't heard a lot of discussion of the term here, but, according to Leonard Shapiro (see on this site), it's apparently regarded as VERY impolite and insensitive in Britain.

Posted by: THS | April 14, 2006 7:14 PM | Report abuse


A Defiant Sheen Challenges Official 9/11 Fable on National TV
Dares Millions of Viewers to "Do [their] own research" | April 15, 2006

Actor Charlie Sheen made history when he first questioned the official story of 9/11, calling it the "biggest conspiracy theory of them all." Sheen's comments sent shockwaves across the alternative media and have been one of the biggest stories on the internet for weeks. The story also garnered prime time coverage by major news outlets including CNN, FOX News, and hundreds of newspapers worldwide.

Following his brave step into the spotlight over his 9/11 questions and the ensuing backlash of attacks and hit pieces, Sheen issued an email statement to the media demanding that he be challenged on the facts instead of junior high name-calling. Not one single mainstream media outlet has had the nerve to take Sheen up on his challenge.

[VIDEO] Charlie Sheen Challenges Official 9/11 Story on tv talkshow

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Listen to the Entire Interview Now: Alex Jones Interviews Charlie Sheen

[Sheen 9/11 Data Page]

Only a few days after Sheen's story broke in the mainstream press, sources within FOX News and CNN told Alex Jones off-the-record that there was a concerted effort from their companies' management to "kill" the Sheen story and to end any favorable coverage of the 9/11 Truth Movement. Producers were given this dictate despite the record high ratings and positive audience feedback that was received from coverage of the Sheen 9/11 story.

On Friday, April 14th on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live talk show, Sheen once again brought forward his questions about the official story to tens of millions of Americans. When asked by host Jimmy Kimmel about the statements he made on The Alex Jones radio show, Sheen succinctly remarked, "I just had questions, I had a lot of questions."

He went further, decrying the media's treatment of his statements, noting that "[the mainstream media] didn't really take a look at any of the stuff I was asking them to look at, any of the evidence or any of the stuff that generated those questions..." instead they spun it into the story of whether or not he was "qualified" to question the government.

"I felt the only real validation that I needed was being a tax paying citizen that loves my country," Sheen expressed to a powerful round of applause from the studio audience. Sheen continued, "What happed to the time in this country when we were entitled, when we had a constitutional and a God-given right to be curious about things that didn't make sense."

When asked by Kimmel what had brought him to pose his questions about the official story, Sheen replied, "I've done a lot of research," then referred to the growing number of high-profile individuals who have already bravely stepped forward to ask questions about 9/11, stating "...its not just me, its the people that have come before me - the experts and the engineers, the physicists and the scientists and the scholars, that raised a lot of these things and I took a look at their research and said yeah, it doesn't add up, a lot of it doesn't add up, hence these questions."

Before Kimmel moved the discussion to another topic, Sheen was careful to remind the audience, "There are two areas: Building 7 and the five frames from the Pentagon. Don't listen to me, do your own research."

Following the broadcast of the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, Alex Jones spoke with Sheen about his views concerning the interview. Sheen made the following statement:

"This is a landmark moment in the 9/11 Truth Movement. We have fired a flaming arrow into the heart of the myopic propaganda posing as the irrefutable official story. Come one, come all, the floodgates have opened! Reveal your patriotism."

In response Alex Jones stated, "In my 12 years of broadcast, I have broken hundreds of stories that have gained national attention, but none have captured the imagination of the people like Charlie Sheen's statements on 9/11. Universally people recognize that his courageous stand has smashed the floodgates and the tide has now turned. The 9/11 Truth Movement saw its birth over four and a half years ago and it witnessed an unprecedented infusion when Charlie Sheen spoke out. "

"The bottom line is that people resonate with Charlie Sheen's courage. The average man or woman understands that Sheen is taking a risk by saying aloud what they have only thought about in secret: 9/11 was an inside job and the foundational event for the police state growing in America and the pretext for the ongoing wars for global empire.”

Posted by: che | April 15, 2006 5:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm 25 and American and would have never thought that spaz was considered offensive. Growing up it was something everyone always said just to imply that you are kind of out of control, but not really in a bad way. Ah the differences in culture... age and nationally.

Posted by: Rob | April 17, 2006 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"The difference being that Jessica actually has talent. In all of my days, I have never seen one case of using a name to buy fame that was more blatant than that of Ashlee Simpson. No talent, photos of her face taken from one angle only, lip-syncing..."

I have no opinion on Ashlee's vocal abilities, having never heard any of her music, but she is actually quite talented in other areas. She studied ballet for many years and even attended the ABT (?) school in NYC. She also had a thriving acting career (she had a recurring role on "Seventh Heaven") before Papa Joe decided to turn her into a clone of her big sister. It's a shame really, and this latest picture looks cree-pee. She is very pretty on her own, and doesn't need to try to emulate Jessica.

Posted by: Cee | April 19, 2006 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to the freak show

Posted by: Mikael | April 23, 2006 8:13 AM | Report abuse

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