North West To DOMA: The 10 Big Stories We’ll Remember From Summer 2013

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Maybe senility it setting in early, but there are some days when the celebrity news that seemed like a big deal at the time has faded into nonexistence in our memories (man, remember Will and Jayden Smith’s crazy interviews? Or George Clooney and Stacy Keibler’s breakup?). But when we look back upon the summer of 2013, there are some big stories that will be burned in our minds — some quite fondly, some with a slight SMH, and others with tears in our eyes. Here they are, in reverse order of lasting impact on our lives:

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10. Paula Deen Gets Fired
We weren’t as shocked to learn that the Southern-fried chef had used the N word and was fired from the Food Network for her racist comments as we were by her strangely unapologetic appearance on the Today show. “I is what I is,” she told Matt Lauer. And now she is not.

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9. Beyonce Cuts Her Hair
OK, well, the impact of Beyonce’s haircut on herself is pretty minimal — she had a weave back on within a week. But how about all those girls who chopped off their own locks upon seeing her? They’re going to be growing that out for years!

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8. Lindsay Lohan Stages Her Latest Comeback
Whether this latest stint in rehab will finally stick remains to be seen. But we think she may be on a roll when it comes to rebuilding her public image — if you take The Canyons, her Oprah interview and her upcoming reality show as signs that she’s giving in to being a parody of herself and no longer attempting to be an “actress.”