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About Christine Marie

I’m a PhD student and a tech-savvy, gingerbread mom with an MBA who thrives on child-like creativity, positivity, productivity & fun. I’m married to an extraordinary, eccentric genius from Istanbul who creates software, music, videos & photos. We live playfully in a fascinating world full of entrepreneurs, geeks, hackers, artists, producers, models & people trying to stir up trouble, break the status quo, live life to the fullest or make a difference in the world.

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New Article: Tolga & I on Sex Trafficking, Polygamy

New Article: Tolga & I on Sex Trafficking, Polygamy

By Scott Dickensheets | Multifaceted pair Tolga and Christine Marie Katas have embarked on their most important work yet: providing refuge and inspiration for escapees from sex trafficking.

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Logo Choices for my “Voices for Dignity” Charity

Logo Choices for  my “Voices for Dignity” Charity



Voices For Dignity is an awareness and educational campaign I founded to help empower women, especially those who have suffered crimes of oppression and humiliation, such as human trafficking, patriarchal polygamy, cybershaming and more (read more about it HERE). I need a logo, so here are some of my choices. What do you think?

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Me: Speaking on Human Trafficking in Washington DC

Me: Speaking on Human Trafficking in Washington DC

I was fortunate to be invited to speak on a panel regarding cults and trafficking moderated by cult expert Steve Hassan. It was an incredible experience and great honor.  I explained my connection with polygamy and trafficking, and how religion can be a tool used to disguise human trafficking. It was the first time that I stood in front of a crowd, live, and share my past. The warm, wonderful crowd at the International Cultic Studies Association, to my shock, even gave me a standing ovation. I was overwhelmed.

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Galore Magazine Interviews Lola Blanc

Galore Magazine Interviews Lola Blanc

There’s something we need to get off our chests…we have a big girl crush on Lola Blanc. The rising pop diva is a fierce fashionista, free spirit, dynamite songwriter and we are just dying to party with the girl. Her latest single “Like Beyonce” isn’t a step-by-step guide to living the life of Beyonce Knowles, but rather a call to being a Queen B in your own right. We caught up to chat about New York Fashion Week, her unconventional dream date and girl power.

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I Grew Up Believing in a False Prophet

I Grew Up Believing in a False Prophet

VICE MAGAZINE by Lola Blanc | I was baptized into the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was eight years old. My parents were devout; they were married in the temple just three weeks after my mom returned from her mission. We went to church every Sunday, attended church events every week, and prayed together every night.

Once a month, members were invited to bear their testimonies in church, which meant going up to the microphone and sharing declarations of their faith. Good members would do this regularly, often crying when they spoke, overcome by the presence of the Holy Ghost. My parents always encouraged me and my brothers to go up. I was terrified. I couldn’t think of anything original to say, and I never cried, but it was expected so I did it.

As I got older, I started to wonder: Why can’t I cry? Why don’t I feel anything? I remember trying desperately to produce emotion as I watched my peers become overwhelmed with feeling during church camp. I willed tears to come out of my eyes. And for a moment, I thought I felt something—but it quickly dissolved, out of my grasp.

I believed that the church was true, but I didn’t feel what everyone else felt. I wanted to dress fabulously, not modestly. I wanted to hang out with boys and talk about boobs. Other parents considered me a bad influence on their kids, sometimes even excluding me from gatherings. And my mom was beautiful, vibrant, and ambitious, so she didn’t exactly fit in to the Midwestern LDS culture either.

My parents got divorced and my mom fell in love with a non-member, who she eventually slept with. Riddled with guilt, she confessed immediately, but the priesthood had her excommunicated anyway, as premarital sex is considered the worst sin you can commit next to murder. For three years she was not allowed to participate or speak in church—she essentially wore a big scarlet letter on her chest. Fitting in was harder for all of us after that.

When the humiliation of the repentance process was over, we moved to Utah. We’d been performing as ventriloquists together and I’d been writing songs; this was our shot at a new life.

Then we met Adam.

My mom and Adam (I’ve changed his name) met at an LDS singles’ dance. He looked strikingly similar to someone from a dream she’d had years before, she said. In Mormonism, it’s common to pray for and look for signs from God, so when she met this man she’d dreamed about after all that hard repentance work—a man who had something magnetic about him, something special—it seemed clear that it meant something. It had to be a sign.

My mother is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. She’s brilliant, funny, and incredibly loving. But she has trust issues. Not the kind where you don’t trust people—that’s my thing. My mom can’t help but trust everyone. Since faith takes precedence over facts in Mormonism, and trusting the prophet is imperative, it’s already conducive to a certain kind of blindness. By the time she met Adam, her judgment was considerably clouded.

The church believes that Joseph Smith used magic stones to translate the Book of Mormon from ancient golden plates which were given to him by an angel. As the story goes, one section of that book—known as the Sealed Portion—contained profound revelations and was hidden from the world, to resurface in the last days. And that’s tricky. Because if one dude can show up out of nowhere and become a prophet by translating mysterious scripture that nobody really gets to see, why can’t some other dude show up with the Sealed Portion?

Adam was open about the fact that he was a former polygamist who’d once convinced his community that he was a prophet. Now he was a single man who frequented Mormon dances. Then he met my mom. They started spending time together, and with the help of others who claimed to be believers, he began convincing her that the Sealed Portion had been revealed to him to translate, thus ushering in the end of days. He had samples. He claimed the church knew. Eventually, he succeeded in making her believe that he was the new, true prophet of God.

I remember feeling uneasy about him at first. By that point I was all too familiar with the range of evil and extraordinary men who were drawn to my mother’s trusting nature. There was a constant stream of stalkers, scholars, and sociopaths trying to fight their way into her life. So when Adam came along, I was wary. But I was still only 12. He won my heart by complimenting my singing and buying me things like Gushers and Doritos. Snacks were a big deal in our household.

I ended up believing in him entirely by accident. I was looking through my mom’s computer when I found some emails he’d sent her: He told her she was chosen by God to do his work in these end times. End times—as in the second coming of Christ. As I read on, it dawned on me: Adam was a prophet.

And finally, after feeling so little for so long, I was moved to tears. It suddenly made sense. Of course I had never fit in—because my family was special, destined for something great. The church had made me feel unfit, unimportant. But this was important.

I told my mom what I’d seen. She explained everything, and for a little while, it was bliss. At Adam’s direction, I started building an Angelfire website for a foundation he was creating to help the needy as a part of God’s plan. I caught glimpses of the Sealed Portion on the computer. And best of all, he told my mom that her greatest purpose in life was her kids. Specifically, me. I was going to change the world, he said. When she relayed this to me, I thought I’d burst with pride.

He began having revelations. First, my mom was to become his spiritual wife (read: sex). Then we needed to sell our extra possessions and give the money to the poor via the foundation. We had a big yard sale; she sold the wedding dress she’d been saving for when she got remarried.

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Lola Blanc Recommends Living “Like Beyonce” On Her Latest Pop Anthem

Lola Blanc Recommends Living “Like Beyonce” On Her Latest Pop Anthem

Lola Blanc has been making waves on the underground pop scene for a while now with catchy tunes like “Bad Tattoo” and “Shangri-La,” but the Los Angeles-based diva is still probably best known for penning Britney SpearsSmurfs 2 soundtrack contribution “Ooh La La.” That might change with the release of her new single “Like Beyonce.” Produced by 10k Islands, the cute bop suggests we can all learn a little something from Queen Bey’s confidence and ambition.

“We’ll be going all out act like we’re made and gettin’ paid for rockin’ a chain,” Lola chirps in the chorus. “We’ll throw it all down, breaking the bank — we ain’t afraid to live like Beyonce eh eh eh.” There are also lyrics about cruising Rodeo drive in a borrowed camino and faking it until you make it. I feel like Kesha, Lady Gaga and Lolene (remember her?) covered familiar territory early on in their careers but the 27-year-old has enough personality and style to make it her own.

 

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Live ‘Like Beyoncé’ On Lola Blanc’s Irresistible Pop Anthem

Live ‘Like Beyoncé’ On Lola Blanc’s Irresistible Pop Anthem

Bullet Magazine:  You don’t have to be Beyoncé to live like Beyoncé, Lola Blanc tells us of her new track.

“‘Like Beyoncé’ is about being super poor but not caring because you know you’re going to run shit anyway,” the one time child ventriloquist…

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Answers to Questions About Prophet or Predator

Answers to Questions About Prophet or Predator

Thank you for visiting my page. If you write to me, I will write back!

I hope you came to this site because you were disturbed by what you saw and thought, “This couldn’t be true.”  Your instincts were right.

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Perez Hilton Gives Props to Lola’s New Song Coconuts

Perez Hilton Gives Props to Lola’s New Song Coconuts

Lola released a new song called, Coconuts, thanks to Perez Hilton, the famous celebrity blogger (and adorable single father!).

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My New Obession: Sami Culture

My New Obession: Sami Culture

My son Tim is here visiting from Norway where he is in grad school. He came with his lovely Norwegian girlfriend Karin. Karin told me about Sami – the reindeer herders – and now I am obsessed with it! (And no, I haven’t seen Frozen yet.)

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Heartfelt Lessons from the Tragedy in Isla Vista

Heartfelt Lessons from the Tragedy in Isla Vista

I visited Isla Vista this week. My brother-in-law (aka “little brother”) lives in Isa Vista and is also attending UCSB, where six students were recently killed due to the rage of a frustrated young man who had mental health problems and was angry at women. We panicked all night because we couldn’t reach our little brother. The killings happened just a couple blocks from his home. We called, texted, facebooked, Skyped, emailed. All night. No word. We were terrified. As it turned out, he and a friend had stayed home to watched movies. He heard the gunshots, but he was fine.

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Little brother in a tree where he goes to think

I am also enrolled in a university that is based in Santa Barbara.

I also know what it’s like to be at the receiving end of misogyny and slut-shaming, from personal interactions with misogynists without a conscience, to my former religion, my work, to social media, and even from reputable corporations like Discovery Networks, Investigation Discovery, History Channel and others. (A couple years ago I shared a story from my past of surviving trauma that was orchestrated by a criminal mastermind, but they turned it into one of those “stupid woman caused it herself and deserved what she got” stories. It wasn’t fair and it wasn’t right, but the media is accountable to no one.) The media is absolutely part of the problem, and this is why I am now pursuing my PhD in Media Psychology at a university in Santa Barbara.

Needless to say, I felt a connection with this tragedy and this town, and I wish I could find a way to use media make the world a safer place for women. For everyone.

So a few days ago, my husband and I went to visit Isla Vista. Little brother showed Tolga and I the memorials. We both had a lump in our throats.

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This is where it all started. This was the home of 22-year old Elliot Rodger, the UCSB student who expressed his rage against the women who rejected him by slaughtering people, then taking his own life.

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Messages were still there. Through heart-felt words, flowers, chalk writings and candles, people expressed their love for those who lost their lives here.

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You’re in our hearts forever.

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No one was in a hurry to take all the special remembrances away. Someone put a box of chalk there for people to express their feelings. No one stole it.

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 What they did do, however, was move items from the memorial sites into the UCSB library to create a CD of digital images of the memories, messages and notes. Someone politely left a letter explaining it all on a page covered by a sheet protector, weighted down by two candles.

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This is the street outside of the apartment building where Elliot Rodger lived.

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The street on Isla Vista where Rodger plowed through people and sprayed businesses with bullets.

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Above – the sidewalk outside the IV Deli Mart where Rodger left more casualties

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A happy face balloon with a graduation hat. Perhaps it was a message for one of the students about to graduate?

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Outside IV Deli Mart. Beautiful signs of life, and of lives so loved.

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Messages about gun control still reign prominent.

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So much anguish, so much to say.

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The recovery message is profound. “Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that” MLK

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The names of the deceased are held in place by a Teddy Bear

– a poignant reminder of innocence amidst the pain and sorrow.

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A love note or message of caring is tucked into the bear’s shirt. I wanted to read it,

but somehow I felt unworthy.

The community mourned Katherine Cooper, Christopher Martinez, Veronika Weiss, Weihan Wang, George Chen, and Cheng Yuan Hong, and celebrated the incredible lives they lived.  Read about them HERE.

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Emily Lindin, the founder of the UnSlut Project, wrote “In Killer’s World, Victims are Blamed.” It got picked up by CNN, and this young lady is my new hero. She wrote that Rodgers “is the product of a culture that condones and in many cases endorses the belief that if you are a ‘nice guy’ — or a ‘supreme gentleman’ as Rodger described himself — you are somehow entitled to sex with women.”

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“After the killings, the extent of misogyny in this community was revealed in the creation of a Facebook page called ‘Elliot Rodger Is an American Hero,’ with the advice for everyone to ‘share your thoughts and pay your respects to Elliot Rodger here. Also, view this final message from our beloved hero,’  which links to his videotaped rant, with commenters expressing solidarity with his desire for revenge against women. The page has since been taken down.” Emily Lindin

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On a piece of cardboard supported by a bike stand, someone wrote,

“Those we love don’t go away,

They walk beside us every day

Unseen, unheard, but always near,

Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,

Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

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The community is rallying for the victims’ families and the survivors.  This donation box is in the IV Deli Mart, where Christopher Michaels-Martinez lost his life.

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The community, still reeling in disbelief, tries to carry on.

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There’s a message to learn that we all hope does not fade away after the flowers are gone. We have an opportunity  to honor the victims, the survivors and the families by making all this make a difference.

Will it be about gun control, mental health, respecting women, victim blaming or something else? Emily Lindin thinks the conversation needs to be about misogyny.

“But as we move forward and try to make sense of what happened, it’s our responsibility to start productive, respectful conversations about the misogyny behind Rodger’s actions,” she wrote.

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As I walked back to the car, I saw a homeless man and another man being comforted by a college co-ed. I got the impression the man was a witness the night it happened.

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They were perfect strangers, but she stopped walking her dog to comfort him in his time of need. He cried and she listened.

Whoever she is, she is a saint.

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Maybe she cried and he listened too.

Maybe that is how we can make beautiful meaning come from this tragedy. Maybe that’s how we can change the world:

Listening when people cry, and then hugging instead of hating.

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 Just like the fathers of Elliot Rodger, the killer, and his victim, Chris Martinez.

Hugging instead of hating. Loving instead of blaming.

#notallmen

#yesallwomen

Photo taken from http://bit.ly/1mxMhYT

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Isla_Vista_killings

http://time.com/2933821/elliot-rodger-peter-isla-vista-shooting/

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Photos-Isla-Vista-Santa-Barbara-Rampage-Shooting-Fathers-Meet-Rodger-Martinez-263291921.html

 

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Magical Family Time in Santa Barbara

Magical Family Time in Santa Barbara

We had a magical time when Tolga’s family came to visit. The Butterfly Grove, the pacific ocean, the city, and of course, Isla Vista & UCSB.

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Pinup & Retro

Pinup & Retro

I did the photography as well as the artwork. I love doing “vintage ads.”

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Happy Pink Surprise Birthday Party to Me. In a Mansion!!

Happy Pink Surprise Birthday Party to Me.  In a Mansion!!

My family and friends threw me the best surprise birthday party on the planet earth!  It was all decked out in pink and it was held at a mansion. There was no detail that was not thought out in advance. To say that I was shocked and overwhelmed was an understatement!!

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My Daughter Called “Retro Pop Princess” by Ryan Seacrest

My Daughter Called “Retro Pop Princess” by Ryan Seacrest

Rising pop star Lola Blanc is blowing minds with the trippy music video for her single, “Bad Tattoo,” and RyanSeacrest.com has the exclusive premiere.

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Photo Series: Mystical Hues

Photo Series: Mystical Hues

Model: Ashley Ellwood.  Normally Ashley is a photographer, but to humor me and let me practice, she let me style her and photograph her.  This is what I came up with.

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Visiting Gold Point & Other Nevada Ghost Towns

Visiting Gold Point & Other Nevada Ghost Towns

Over the weekend , Tolga and I went on a customer appreciation trip to several ghost towns, sponsored by Land Rover, Las Vegas. Our job was to photograph.

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Why does age have to stop us from being playful?

Why does age have to stop us from being playful?

I hesitated posting these because I worried what people would think since people my age don’t normally do this kind of thing.

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Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Think Religion

“Don’t you call me a victim!” Robin Brown screamed on a recent episode of “Sister Wives” where I made a brief appearance.  But she is oppressed, and neither she more any women in religiously-mandated patriarchal polygamy are free, no matter how much they try to defend their “lifestyle.”

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Building My Own Photography Portfolio

Building My Own Photography Portfolio

Here are some photos of my work with females. I love feminine, fantasy & dramatic photography, as you will see.

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Photos of Kristyn Decker

Photos of Kristyn Decker

Here are some photos we took of my friend Kristyn Decker, an escapee from the life of polygamy, but more importantly, a sweet, strong, and wonderful person.

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Modeling Photos of Kollene Snow

Modeling Photos of Kollene Snow

Here are some photos we did of the stunningly gorgeous, sweet and sassy Kollene Snow. 

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Modeling Portfolio of Willy Steed

Modeling Portfolio of Willy Steed

Here is a modeling portfolio I put together for Willy Steed.  (Actually, there are a few fun photos in here as well.)

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My Daughter Lola Featured in Dysfunktion Magazine

My Daughter Lola Featured in Dysfunktion Magazine

Lola, my pop star daughter, was recently featured in yet another cool, hip magazine.

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Book Cover – Front and Back

Book Cover – Front and Back

Here is a book cover I was honored to design for Kristyn Decker.  We took the photos as well.

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Feminine Millinery Brochure

Feminine Millinery Brochure

Brochure for Louisa Voisine Millinery for her to take with her to her pre-Emmy event.

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My Comment About Polygamy & Anthropology

My Comment About Polygamy & Anthropology

There was an article posted today in the SLTrib called – ‘Sister Wives’ episode draws fiery reaction, name calling .

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On ‘Sister Wives’ TV Show Debating Polygamy

On ‘Sister Wives’ TV Show Debating Polygamy

A few months ago, I participated in a public debate on polygamy at UNLV with Kristyn Decker, Kollene Snow and Willy Steed.  On the other side was the Brown family of TLC’s “Sister Wives” fame. The debate was filmed for the TV show “Sister Wives.”

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Tolga Featured in Radiant Inc Magazine

Tolga Featured in Radiant Inc Magazine

Radiant Inc is an über-cool fashion magazine that just did a fashion editorial of Tolga’s work and included a feature about him as a photographer.

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Lola’s New Lyric Video for Bad Tattoo

Lola’s New Lyric Video for Bad Tattoo

Here’s the new lyric video for “Bad Tattoo.” Pretty cool, check it out!

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Emerson Came Home from His Mission!!

Emerson Came Home from His Mission!!

After two long years living the life of a missionary, my sweet baby son finally came home. It seemed like an eternity to me.

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Our Work, Willy Steed Transformation on 20/20

Our Work, Willy Steed Transformation on 20/20

Our friend and (now) model Willy Steed, a former FLDS young man who escaped a life of polygamy and abuse, was featured on ABC’s 20/20 – and they credited us with helping him transform!

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My Girl Lola on OMG! Insider TV for Writing Britney Song

My Girl Lola on OMG! Insider TV for Writing Britney Song

So Lola was featured on CBS – OMG! Insider, right after Entertainment Tonight!  The host described Lola as “the woman behind Britney’s Spears’ new hit!” 

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My Sister Pam Got Married!

My Sister Pam Got Married!

What a happy piece of family news to report! My sister Pam married her best friend, Joe Afton, 

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Lola Featured in Afterglow Magazine

Lola Featured in Afterglow Magazine

Lola Blanc was featured in a really cool issue of Afterglow Magazine alongside other Hollywood IT girls like Janel Parrish, Audrey Kitching, Kerli, etc. 

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Britney Has Another Hit with “Ooh La La,” co-written by Lola Blanc

Britney Has Another Hit with “Ooh La La,” co-written by Lola Blanc

Britney Spears ‘ new single is off to a smurfin’ great start.  “Ooh La La,” 

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Lola Blanc Featured in Desert Fish Fashion Mag

Lola Blanc Featured in Desert Fish Fashion Mag

“With a sultriness very much like a young Rose McGowan, her cool voguish looks ensure this Greek Hottie is set for plenty of attention.” — Gorno

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Lola Featured in ‘Citizens of Culture’

Lola Featured in ‘Citizens of Culture’

“Los Angeles is full of people that look interesting as a profession, but sometimes the look is about all you get.”

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EQ Music Blog Give GREAT Review of “Bad Tattoo”

EQ Music Blog Give GREAT Review of “Bad Tattoo”

“Bold and lively, showcasing Lola’s saucy personality, ‘Bad Tattoo’ literally bulldozers it’s way through the pop mainstream and wins over attention with it’s über juicy beats and audaciously bright appeal.” ~ EQ Music Blog

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Lola Blanc’s “Bad Tattoo”: Idolator Premiere

Lola Blanc’s “Bad Tattoo”: Idolator Premiere

There’s a new pop songstress in town: Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Lola Blanc is ready to make waves with her new single “Bad Tattoo,” which Idolator is excited to premiere.

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Introducing: Lola Blanc ‘Bad Tattoo’

Introducing: Lola Blanc ‘Bad Tattoo’

It’s not everyday we get a new pop starlet ready to make an impact in a big way. Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Lola Blanc is preparing to do just that with the release of her new single “Bad Tattoo,” which premiered yesterday on Idolator. Produced by Jon Levine (Selena Gomez, Cher Lloyd, Nelly Furtado), “Bad Tattoo” is a edgy pop record packed with a pulsating dance beat, an earworm of a chorus, and Lola’s bold and feisty vocal. 

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“Voices for Dignity” in LV Review Journal

“Voices for Dignity” in LV Review Journal

This year I started an awareness and empowerment campaign called “Voices for Dignity,” and yes! we are making a difference!!

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Lola Blanc featured in Guiseppina Magazine

Lola Blanc featured in Guiseppina Magazine

Lola was featured in an 80s-icon themed photo editorial in the new issue of Giuseppina Magazine. She channeled Siouxsie Sioux, Madonna, Angelyne, Annie Lennox, Nina Hagen, and a futuristic version of Cyndi Lauper.

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I Was Named VIP of the Year by Worldwide

I Was Named VIP of the Year by Worldwide

LAS VEGAS, April 22, 2013, Christine Marie Katas, Founder of Technorazzi Magazine, Voices for Dignity, iMedia Candy and co-founder of Contagious Apps was named VIP of the Year by Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in Online Media. This special distinction honors individuals who have shown exceptional commitment to achieving personal and professional success, particularly in the digital world.

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It is absolutely false and outrageous to have portrayed that I ever gave up my children.

Shame on all the producers, distributors and parties involved who produced and edited this “documentary” to appear this way so as to increase the shock value. I am devastated and disappointed by Discovery Networks , eOne Entertainment and Raw TV for misrepresenting the truth in such an utterly disgusting way.  Every one of these parties knew that this is false.

Since when do you describe a divorced single mother as someone who “gave up her children” when the children went to visit the father with whom she shared custody?  No single mother who shares custody with her ex-husband is accused of having “given up her children” when they visit their father.  The fact is that my ecclesiastical leader pressured me to give them up for adoption.  I could not do that, and I did not do that.

The following transcripts of the interview and other documents were created by Raw TV and sent to me by Raw TV before the show aired, proving that Raw TV, which is now being purchased by Discovery, were acutely aware that I did not obey the prophet and give up my children.

From the producer’s transcripts of my actual recorded interviews: 

“He told me I needed to give my children up for adoption [crying] to, as my next text. [crying] and I like fainted. And I couldn’t believe what he was saying, and I said it’s not right, it’s not possible. [crying] and he told me, that this was my requirement and that I’ve not yet earned eternal motherhood, and I would never earned eternal motherhood, unless I obeyed this [crying] thing

“And I walked through the valley, the canyon just screaming and crying, so confused. . . I couldn’t do it. He told me to do it and I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t pass this test, and I said, I don’t understand, I’ve passed every test you’ve given me, [crying] why this?

 ”So when he would call, I would have the children be quiet [crying] but I couldn’t do it. And I purposely disobeyed and hid it, and just hoped the prophet would not know.

“I was worried that he would find out I had not obeyed and that there would be some eternal consequences for me. Excuse me. [crying]

“And when he asked me to live among the poor and needy, and told me I needed to make this permanent, I pretended I made it permanent. I pretended that I had given them up for adoption, when in reality they were simply separated from me. There was no custody battle between me and my ex-husband ever, we always both wanted was best for our children.

The story producer wrote her notes (in all caps, in document called  Christine Marie Heart – Story Notes from Transcript)  below.

“Christine received an email from one of the sisters, telling her that ***** had been sent to jail for violating a protective order against one of his ex-wives. He wanted her to visit him at the jail (CLARIFY) at 9am the next day.”

“Christine went to see *****. He told her he was simply incarcerated on false charges like Joseph Smith before him, and that it was all false. She believed him. He asked if she had given up her children for adoption like he’d asked. Christine lied and said she had.  *THIS IS A MOMENT OF STRENGTH, WE ADMIRE HER FOR IT.”   ( p. 10, 5th paragraph)

 This “moment of strength” and refusal to give up my children, was intentionally eliminated, and through the use of cutting and pasting words and video out of context, the message was altered to say something completely different and defamatory. Furthermore, I was made to appear that obeyed the prophet’s demand to give up my children, and I did it without even questioning! What?!

Click on the producer’s notes BELOWproof-IDknew-I-didnt-give-up-kids-orprostitute

After the children were picked up in a car driven by an apparent stranger, the character who played me did not even cry. In fact, video and audio of me speaking in other contexts were spliced together to make it appear I was nonchalant, if not happy, now that my children were gone.  This is a despicable misrepresentation of the facts.

 

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My letter to the General Manager of Raw TV, who produced the “documentary” on a story from my life.

Dear Piers of Raw TV,
 
I just saw that Prophet or Predator is going to air again on Investigation Discovery.  It knocked the wind out of me.  I cannot live through this again.  
 
I know it aired in Denmark and other places because I have been getting distressing emails.
I now have to prepare for yet another emotional onslaught from the public, as well as more revenge from the sociopath who was emboldened by your misrepresentations in the “docudrama.”   We could have saved people.  We could have used my story to educate and help people.  But all it has done is make me want to die and empower my predator with more money and supporters to terrorize me online because you chose to falsify my story in a way that supported his defense.
 
My story has ZERO to do with being in love with him and I expressed over and over to make sure it did not come across like that.  He was my ecclesiastical leader.  My prophet.  I was in a culture of obedience.  Period.

On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 11:01 AM, Piers Vellacott <piers@raw.co.uk> wrote:

Dear Christine Marie,

I am sorry that you are still distressed by some of the negative feedback to the program and your perceived misrepresentation by us.  It’s very disheartening, when the team here worked so tirelessly to create a film that was a sensitive and honest account of the story you presented to us.

You’re not sorry one bit, don’t patronize me. 
Falsely portraying that I obeyed the prophet’s command to give up my children in the name of God – was NOT an honest account of my story and you knew that long before it aired.
 
In fact – I was repeatedly raped & beaten – all the while believing it was part of some plan that would guarantee my & my children’s place in eternity.  I gave up many material possessions and dreams believing it was required to save my children.
 
But even after all that, knowing I might face hell, I still could NOT bear to obey his commandment to give them up.  So I lied to the prophet.  
 
I. COULD. NOT. DO IT.
 
This couldn’t have been more clear – even in your own notes.

When we complete production on a television programme we deliver it on to the networks, and it totally beyond our control to start pulling programmes off the air.

I do not believe this. It would take an hour or two of your time to edit, and you could easily send out a corrected version by YouSendIt or DVD.  

You initial reaction was one of jubilation, and on the second viewing (without distraction) you told us you were ‘happy, happy, happy.’

THIS IS FALSE.  I felt a jubilant sense of relief that it was over, that I initially got positive feedback from people who loved me, and that you honored certain truths. I did not write all the things that I felt bad about because I wanted to put it behind me on a positive note.  However, the first time I watched it WITHOUT DISTRACTION was when I watched it online with a reporter from the Las Vegas Review Journal who was sitting next to me – when I saw those words for the first time, and I had a tearful, sobbing meltdown in front of him. 
 
Furthermore, he had a camera man with him capturing this event as well.  So if you find it to be some sort of defense that I wrote a positive letter the next morning, get over it.
 
It was then, when I saw the words “Christine gave up her children in the name of God,” that I suddenly understood the primary cause for all the public hatred and disgust towards me that went far beyond internet trolls.
 
It is condescending for you to brush off my outrage over the damaging misrepresentation as being simply a matter of changing my mind because of a few negative comments on twitter.
 
This is an irresponsible and insensitive response on the part of Raw TV, eOne Entertainment, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, History and every other channel in every other country that airs this falsely doctored and re-traumatizing show.
 
All producer notes and transcripts reflect that you had a clear understanding of the truth, even indicating that you knew the truth would be something that would cause people to respect me.  But you changed it.
 
You had plenty of time after I spoke with you in person and articulated my concerns to make the episode right before you sent out a final copy.   But someone, somewhere, was too excited about making a profit to not re-traumatize a victim. 
 
You did not stand up for me or fight for me or even come to my defense online or in the media.
 
Louise assured me she would speak to the press afterward on behalf of Raw TV to make it clear how my story was a case of human trafficking so I would not show up on Wikipedia as the brainwashed prostitute and have no media reference to rebuttal that.  
 
Apparently she forgot.
 
You have not cared about my welfare one bit since you have exploited my story.  You know how this has been so publicly humiliating that it has sent me into a very dark place and in need of therapy, yet you allow the show to air over and over without even the courtesy of seeing how I am doing, or at the very least, giving me advance warning.
 
Your editing decisions have taken the most traumatic thing in my entire life which I worked so hard to heal from, and publicly multiplied my humiliation by 8o million, triggered my PTSD in full and added a million pokes and jabs from public hatred that resulted from something you represented that was false. 
But you are too arrogant, proud, and afraid of losing your income or damaging your OWN career to admit you made a horrible, horrible judgment call.
 
How difficult would it have been to respond to my request to create a new project which cleared up your harmful misrepresentations in my story, educated the public on the psychological terrorism used to dominate women in both polygamy and human trafficking, and actually helped people?  You could have dispelled some myths and disabled some misogyny, maybe saved some lives, possibly made more money in the process, and all parties could have had a satisfying remedy.  
 
But no. I deserved what I got.
We absolutely did not present you as a stupid woman in love, we presented a very complex story, as narrated beautifully by you – and with you giving us a retrospective view of a very difficult and tragic episode in your life.  Your presentation was compelling and you gave a very honest and frank account of your thoughts and emotions at this time.
The public doesn’t see it this way, but thank you. Someone in the production camp clearly intended to represent me as a stupid woman in a LOVE CON, or you wouldn’t have taken out the fact that I was dating Jack and other great men at the time.  You wouldn’t have coached Jack to say I was “an idiot.”  You wouldn’t have started the Adam sequence with “I was lonely” – a phrase taken out of context and inserted it there to accomplish the “lonely woman” spin – which has supported the ridiculous defense of my predator.  
 
You would have included my actual explanations about the religious rationale for my decisions and eliminated your fictional parts that made me even more stupid, desperate and in love than I was.  

   I think that through the passage of time one of your main concerns was the caption concerning your children.  We handled that section with great sensitivity and made clear that the children remained in touch with you and were sent to their father.

This has nothing to do with the passage of time.  That is wishful thinking on your part to absolve yourself from the responsibility to make things right.
 
Stating that my children went to their father does not NEGATE the harmful impact of the false words YOU put on the screen that convince the public that I obeyed the prophet and GAVE UP MY CHILDREN IN THE NAME OF GOD.
 
Every damn one of you knows I did not do that.  
 
You knew that phrase would be shocking, controversial and cause people to hate me because it is common public knowledge.  That’s exactly why you used it…
 
 “For this decision, I have been threatened with death and sexual violence by strangers. I have been called human “garbage” and “worse than Hitler.” And I am still the woman everyone refers to when they are talking about mothers who leave. The hostility and abuse that is directed at the “mother who leaves” clearly does not depend on her actual leaving.”
That’s the kind of response I am still getting, only worse.  You can’t tell me you had no idea that people would respond like this. 

We also made clear that after you realised the deception your first instinct was to reunite your family which you did within a short period of time.

Thank you for that. However, this did not undo the damage of that false and inflammatory phrase “gave up her children.”  People still think I gave up my kids, when in fact, I refused.   
 
Allowing your children to stay elsewhere for a while is NOT the same as giving up your kids!  
I have to disagree that we handled this section of the story with insensitivity.  We portrayed all of your children going to live with their father when in fact in interview you said;

“To be honest  I have a memory block about where my littlest boy went. I can’t even remember. I have an erased part there. I don’t even know where he went. So I have no memory of it. I don’t, I have certain memories about this part.”

Yes, I forgot which skateboarding friend Tim stayed with during that time – Devon or Micah.  Turns out it was Devon, they are still skateboarding friends and just made another video, in fact.  Now Tim’s in Norway in grad school.  If you think I am ashamed of allowing my children to stay in a safe place while I was unstable and in danger, think again.
 
No one would hate me for that decision.  What the public is disgusted by is your false portrayal that I “gave up my children” because I supposedly was in love with a conman who told me to do so, and in the show I didn’t appear to fight it, or question it, or even cry when they got picked up by a stranger and taken away.
 
Quite the opposite. You spliced my words to say, “Now that my children were gone, I REALLY had to believe he was a prophet!”  to support YOUR  misrepresentation –  and those doctored words even had a happy, bubbly tone of voice!  
 
This was terribly disrespectful to me and my children.

Now more time has passed and your concerns about the programme are not just limited to this section but to the entire programme.

As MD of Raw, we pride ourselves on our output and on the teams we put together to make our output.  I am confident that we dealt with all the issues in your film professionally and with great sensitivity I absolutely stand by the integrity of the programme makers we hire to make sometime difficult but important programmes.

Integrity?  Really?

I hope with time you will recognise that we believe you to be the victim of terrible events – one that you survived with dignity and honour.  I remember clearly the conversation you and I had prior to transmission of the film, I believe and still do, that you are an incredibly strong and brave woman.  I acknowledge that your story has attracted negative comments, and I pity those who feel that using the veil of the internet is an inappropriate way of getting to you.

Based on the final edits, I do NOT believe that all the parties involved cared to protect my dignity, especially Investigation Discovery. I believe the producing parties cared primarily about how much money that could make by further exploiting the heartache and trauma of a survivor of human trafficking, making her appear like she was not a victim of anything but her own shocking stupidity, and stimulating the impression that she chose her fate and deserved what she got.  
 
The parties involved decided to eliminate the parts that would help the public understand the religious extortion of polygamy, human trafficking, brainwashing, and complex sexual and psychological trauma.  Instead, all that was stripped away and the story portrayed a trafficking victim in a way that made the victim more to blame and more hated than her sociopathic predator, topping it off with the messages that 
 
– she also gave up her children, 
 
– is damned by God
 
http://investigation.discovery.com/god-damned.htm
– committed horrific crimes
 
– and belongs in a playlist with people like the Manson killers and other female murderers.
 
http://investigation.discovery.com/other-videos/manipulated-by-monsters.htm
 
I have repeatedly requested for these heart-breaking misrepresentations to be corrected, but all my requests have been ignored.
I hardly call this sensitivity, Piers.
 
I will not write you again to fix the heart-breaking PR disaster your companies have caused.  My children deserve better.  This is an epic media failure that is about to backfire.
 
People should never mess with the sacredness of motherhood, stir an angry mamma bear or accuse trafficking victims of being responsible for the horrific crimes against them.
 
I am not going to cry any more.  I am going to fight back.
 
 
Christine Marie
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Network & production executives such as –

 

Henry Schleiff, President (Investigation Discovery)

Michael Kot, exec producer (Entertainment One)

Ron Simon, exec producer (Investigation Discovery)

Piers Vellacott, Dimitri Dogani- execs (Raw TV)

 

wanted to create a new series.

It was represented to me that it would be a show for Discovery Networks with the following description:

“The series seeks to tell these people’s stories of subjugation and ultimate survival. The hope is that the stories will be a testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome crushing psychological adversity.” 

But after I participated and signed the release, they sent out an industry press release (unbeknownst to me at the time), that said –

(wt) DANGEROUS PERSUASIONS “tells extraordinary and terrifyingly true tales of everyday people who were manipulated into committing horrific crimes.”  

 

Without my prior knowledge or approval, they decided to turn my story of surviving human trafficking, multiple rapes, beatings and trauma – into a story where I had committed crimes or “committed horrific acts.”

Furthermore, they coached a former boyfriend, now an actor who was NOT a witness, but an actor who was falsely represented as a witness, to say things to get across their desired points.  Like what?  Like Christine Marie was to blame.

“followed her heart, had no common sense, and wanted to believe so badly she was willing to hurt herself.”

 

________________

 

Like she did it for love.

Like she wanted love so badly that she was willing to do those things to herself.

Instead of speaking about the culture of Mormon patriarchy and obedience – such as in the news today:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/12/founder-mormon-women-group-faces-excommunication/

They made my primary motivation to be one of love.

________________

 

The show description all through cyberspace uses my real name “Christine Marie” (great for SEO, especially for a professional) and it says that the self-proclaimed prophet – proceeded to convince her to give her children away, relinquish her possessions and sell her body.

That description meets show series’ description.  Millions and millions of people can see these words associated with my name and my face right now. But as you know, allowing visitation with the children’s father (which divorced parents by law MUST do) is not the same as “giving your children away.”  Even Jack said, “Why did they phrase it like that? That was ridiculous.”

 

I have yet to receive a retraction or an apology.

This is what I wished to write to these people:

You do know that selling your body is a crime, right?  (Although it shouldn’t be.)  But it is.

Are you aware that being the victim of multiple rapes and beatings does not make a woman a criminal?

Are you aware that a woman is neither a criminal nor a prostitute even if money somehow changed hands in a building where she was the only female prey among 84 men?  Nope.  Even if men paid a pimp for her, this is still not “being convinced” to “sell her body.

Are you aware that being forced, coerced, extorted, monitored, followed, threatened, spiritually blackmailed, slapped, raped, robbed, penetrated with objects, confined, held down, screamed at, sworn at, insulted, had her head smashed into the floor, shoved, kicked, (did I say raped?) and sexually exploited for the sadistic, voyeuristic and financial benefit of others – is not the same as having been “convinced” to “sell her body?”

 

Weird, right – that I would be confused and disappointed that my story would be altered to fit into series about people who were persuaded to commit horrific crimes?

I am really just another female commodity that corporate America felt entitled to use and exploit as they saw fit.

I did not deserve to be slut-shamed by corporate America.

In Santa Barbara, the same city where Emily Lindin started the Unslut Project to fight against slut-shaming,

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/27/opinion/lindin-misogyny-rodger-killings/

the same city where Elliot Rodger taught the world why it is dangerous to allow entitlement and misogyny

is the same city where I am now pursuing a PhD in Media Psychology – as a direct result of my experience with Investigation Discovery, Raw TV, History Channel, eOne Entertainment. and now add to that – Crime Investigation UK.

No woman who her traumatic survival story, especially when it includes sexual trauma, should be portrayed in a way that leaves people to believe that “she was an idiot” who “hurt herself.”

 

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http://realscreen.com/2012/07/11/eone-teams-with-u-k-s-raw-tv-for-dangerous-persuasions/

http://press.discovery.com/us/id/programs/dangerous-persuasions/

 

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From Producer’s Notes

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From the original synopsis Raw TV sent to Investigation Discovery

 

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