People are slamming famous punk rocker for complaining about the homeless. But he's got a good reason.

Los Angeles is experiencing a homelessness epidemic with the number of unhoused people rising 75% over the past six years.

About 54,000 of the city's four million residents are currently experiencing homelessness and the root cause is the city's lack of affordable housing. According to LAist, since 2000, renter incomes have decreased by 3% while rents have gone up 32%.

The city recently created a quarter-cent increase in its sales tax to fund programs to help house these residents, but encampments are still popping up throughout the city.


Venice Beach, a swanky West L.A. neighborhood famous for its eccentric residents, has seen one of the largest increases in unhoused people.

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Venice Beach resident Johnny Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), lead vocalist of iconic punk groups Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd, has become fed up with the unhoused people in his neighborhood and has even called the cops on them.

“They moved in en masse. They're all young, they're all like 24," Rotten told Newsweek. “They're aggressive, and because there's an awful lot of them together they're gang-y."

He recently called the police on some people for setting up an encampment in front of his house. “They came over the gate and put their tent inside, right in front of the front door. It's like... the audacity," he complained.

Rotten's outrage is ironic, given the fact he penned the authority-bashing classic “Anarchy in the U.K."

People on social media are bashing Lydon for what appears to be hypocritical coming from a man who once said, "If you give me the chance, I'll destroy America for you."

While it's easy to point a finger at Rotten for betraying his punk image, he's dealing with serious personal issues. His wife Nora Forster is in the mid-stages of Alzheimer's Disease. Lydon says his wife is “struggling to cope" with the influx of vagrants.

Lydon insists he's not a hypocrite.

“No, I'm a bloke that's worked hard for his money and I expect to be able to use my own front door," he said in his usual blunt matter.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

This article originally appeared on 12.02.19


Just imagine being an 11-year-old boy who's been shuffled through the foster care system. No forever home. No forever family. No idea where you'll be living or who will take care of you in the near future.

Then, a loving couple takes you under their care and chooses to love you forever.

What could one be more thankful for?

That's why when a fifth grader at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, Utah was asked by his substitute teacher what he's thankful for this Thanksgiving, he said finally being adopted by his two dads.

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To the child's shock, the teacher replied, "that's nothing to be thankful for," and then went on a rant in front of 30 students saying that "two men living together is a sin" and "homosexuality is wrong."

While the boy sat there embarrassed, three girls in the class stood up for him by walking out of the room to tell the principal. Shortly after, the substitute was then escorted out of the building.

While on her way out she scolded the boy, saying it was his fault she was removed.

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One of the boy's parents-to-be is Louis van Amstel, is a former dancer on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." "It's absolutely ridiculous and horrible what she did," he told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We were livid. It's 2019 and this is a public school."

The boy told his parents-to-be he didn't speak up in the classroom because their final adoption hearing is December 19 and he didn't want to do anything that would interfere.

He had already been through two failed adoptions and didn't want it to happen again.

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A spokesperson for the Alpine School District didn't go into detail about the situation but praised the students who spoke out.

"Fellow students saw a need, and they were able to offer support," David Stephenson said. "It's awesome what happened as far as those girls coming forward."

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He also said that "appropriate action has been taken" with the substitute teacher.

"We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously," Kelly Services, the school the contracts out substitute teachers for the district, said in a statement. "We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We're looking into this situation."

After the incident made the news, the soon-to-be adoptive parents' home was covered in paper hearts that said, "We love you" and "We support you."

Religion is supposed to make us better people.

But what have here is clearly a situation where a woman's judgement about what is good and right was clouded by bigoted dogma. She was more bothered by the idea of two men loving each other than the act of pure love they committed when choosing to adopt a child.