June 21st, 2020

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Wrestlers speak out about systemic abuse in the industry

The past 48 hours lots of wrestlers have been speaking out about sexual, physical and emotional abuse in the industry under the #SpeakingOut hashtag on Twitter.

WWE has already let British wrestler Jack Gallagher go and AEW has said that Jimmy Havoc will be in treatment and counseling while they decide how to proceed. NWA VP David Lagana has also resigned.

WWE: https://www.wwe.com/article/jack-gallagher-released

Other people who are facing allegations include David Starr, Jim and Stacey Cornette, Velveteen Dream and Matt Riddle from NXT, and a long list of British wrestlers from NXT UK and the British indie scene including Jordan Devlin, Ligero, Travis Banks, Mikey Whiplash and many more.

UK police have started an investigation.

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The wrestling scene has a long history of sexual and physical abuse allegations, going right up to the top (Vince McMahon), and including many WWE hall of famers like Jerry Lawler, Ric Flair, JBL and others. Whether this is the start of a true #MeToo moment for the industry remains to be seen, but for now we hear and support those who are speaking out.

If you are in the UK, you can write to your MP to urge support for the Sexual Offences (Sports Coaches) Bill 2019-21, which would outlaw coaches from having relationships with trainees under 18.

Dakota Kai has been streaming on Twitch to raise money for RAINN. You can contribute directly at https://www.rainn.org/

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45's Coronavirus Festival Flops

Donal Trump returned to the campaign trail yesterday to spread his lies and coronavirus in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Turn out was just OK (get it, OK?!), with a little over 6K in attendance, in an arena that holds 19K. They had a large overflow outside of the arena where Mike Pence and Tramp were going to speak before going in to the arena but that didn't happen obviously.

They received over 1 million RSVPs - most of whomst were Tik Tokers and Kpop stans who flooded their reservation system. oop. Cheeto blamed the media and protestors for the low attendance.

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whew, the ghetto. Joanna World Tour sold more seats than this.

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Justin Bieber is accused of sexual assault by 2 women.

Also Allison from his team is stating that he was at an AirBnB but there are tweets that prove otherwise.
As of now Justin has not responded yet and Scooter has not gone to TMZ.

UPDATE: there are tweets that seem to be pointing that Kadi is lying (added under the cut).

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Sonam Kapoor acknowledges her privilege but receives backlash for saying it's her karma

Nepotism in Bollywood is getting major scrutiny after the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, an "outsider" because he didn't have any major family connections in the industry. It's notoriously difficult to get film opportunities and become successful in Bollywood as an "outsider." Sonam Kapoor acknowledged that she's in the industry because of her father, Anil Kapoor, but added the caveat that it's good karma from her past life to be born into a rich family. Social media was not pleased.

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Evanna Lynch: Harry Potter fan culture is ‘not healthy’

• Originally thought she was "set for life" after starring in a global blockbuster, but didn't realize how cut-throat and competitive the acting field was.

• Wasn't prepared for fame at the time and had a hard time going from being a fan to receiving fanmail.

• "I was a really obsessive Harry Potter fan. I started reading them when I was about eight, and that was just my whole identity for a while. It's quite embarrassing."

• "I found that the whole fan culture... I think is a bit unhealthy, you know being obsessed with a person. Because when I met Daniel, Emma and Rupert, I kind of knew everything about them. I knew their pets' names, I knew their birthdays, I knew their parents' names and I had to pretend I didn't. It also meant I had nothing to say to them, I just adored them. I was suddenly confronted with, 'Who am I?' and when they asked me what I was interested in, I realized I didn't even know myself, I didn't know what to say."

• Says that being an obsessive fan is disempowering and it's common of teens to think celebrities as "godly".

Were you ever an obsessive fan of something as a teen?
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Adam Driver Planned a Backstory for Kylo Ren That Never Made It Into His ‘Star Wars’ Films

Magicians author Lev Grossman revealed some new tidbits from when he spoke with the cast of Rise of Skywalker for Vanity Fair’s preview.

“[Adam Driver] had a lot of interesting thoughts about Ben Solo’s childhood... This is actually something Adam Driver said. He said that both Han Solo and Leia were way too self-absorbed and into this idea of themselves as heroes to really be attentive parents in the way a young and tender Kylo Ren really needed. There wasn’t really that much of it in the movie so I just think we have to assume his childhood sucked.”


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Final in Croatia of Adria Tour cancelled as Dimitrov tests positive for Covid 19


- Adria Tour was set up by Djokovic as an 8 man tour for charity
- It was heavily criticised for it's lack of social distancing, despite Serbia/Croatia not having rules in place
- Dimitrov had been in close contact with the 8 other players in Serbia and others in Croatia before withdrawing
- Thiem flew to another exhibition in France and has confirmed he tested negative before playing in France


Hopefully Dimitrov has a mild case and didn't infect anyone else.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Shares Disney+ Trailer for Hamilton

Playwright, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda took to twitter to share the official trailer for Hamilton on Disney+. The filmed stage show, originally slated to be released to theaters in October 2021, will be released to Disney's streaming service on July 3, 2020.

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Beauty Guru Drama: Jeffree Star apologizes for *new* past racist controversies, Shane Dawson quits

Jeffree Star:
- *New* past racist pictures of the controversial Beauty Guru Jeffree Star surfaced: 1) a picture of him posing next to someone wearing a confederate flag 2) pictures of him glorifying self-harm 3) receipts on him previously creating in 2001 to 2004 a nazi makeup line called "lipstick nazi" which promo pics featured swastikas.
- Following this 140th racist scandal, Jeffree Star issued an apology on Twittter, saying he was "17" at the time and wanted to "fit" into the art scene back then.
- Says the term "lipstick nazi" came from a Seinfeld joke where one character was nicknamed "soup nazi" for being a crazy cook. Denies ever owning another makeup brand than Jeffree Star Cosmetics.
- Now, he knows better and grew up and owns an all-race inclusive successful makeup brand.
- Following this scandal, J* lost 200k subs on Instagram and is now at 15.8M followers.

Shane Dawson:
- At the same time, other problematic male Beauty Guru Shane Dawson addressed the rumors about his participation in last year's takedown of James Charles by Tati Westbrook.
- Says in a deleted tweet that he had nothing to do with it though he knew Tati was going to make the video.
- Also states that he's done with the toxic Beauty world (even if he re-launched his palette collection "Controversy" with Jeffree Star 24 hours before).
- Shane Dawson was previously exposed in 2014 for the racist comedy skits he did on YouTube back in 2012 when he was 23. In them, Shane did a blackface and cosplayed as a black woman to perform for what he called a "ghetto prank". He completed the racist "skit" by dropping the n-word and joking about chickens and booty dances.
- He apologized in 2014 after getting exposed, saying "I’m sorry for anyone offended by my old videos. I have no hate in my heart and I hope you can forgive me."
- Shane overcame this controversy and has now accumulated 23M followers on YouTube.
- Of course, both are getting roasted even though J* supporters are defending him en masse and calling for Rihanna and others to be boycotted over wearing a "Boy" hat once (because it's the same as what J* did).
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Justin Bieber Addresses Sexual Assault Allegations

UPDATE: Danielle's account has been deleted, so did the account of ErinALynch stating  that she saw him at the Four Seasons.
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Why We Need the Movie Musical

The musical is one of cinema’s most escapist genres, full of big scenes, big feelings, big dreams. Looking at the movie musical through the years, we can spot some defining patterns. It captures larger-than-life emotion, is often about show business itself, and makes our fantasies feel as valid as real life. Here’s our take on the musical: its purpose, its politics, and why it blurs the line between truth and illusion.


what's your favorite musical?? // favorite song from a musical (tv or film)??

Eco Friendly Leo DiCaprio celebrates girlfriend's 23rd birthday on a Yacht

Leo, 45 and Camilla were joined by Nina Dobrev, Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, actors Kevin Connolly and Lukas Haas

Morrone and DiCaprio have been together since December 2017.

Jealous, ONTD?
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Multiple Riverdale Cast Members Accused (and Falsely Accused) of Sexual Assault

Following the recent pattern of celebrities being exposed/accused of being sexual predators by anonymous Twitter accounts, it was the Riverdale cast's turn today. But this one is a very confusing and complicated tale that I will try to summarize as best as I can as someone that watched it unfold in real time. Big trigger warning for this whole post.

It all stated when an account came forward with allegations against one of KJ Apa's band mates, who they later named as Alex Hooch. You can read through her whole thread, there's plenty of proof and seems pretty irrefutable (again, big trigger warning):

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Time will tell what happens from all of this, but one thing seems obvious: if KJ Apa/the cast knows about these accusations, he must know about the clearly legitimate one about his band mate, so at the very least, he needs to kick him out of the band.

Sky Adds ‘Outdated’ Disclaimer To 16 Films


The U.K. Comcast-backed pay-TV broadcaster Sky has added a new disclaimer to around sixteen films

A description now includes the disclaimer: “This film has outdated attitudes, language and cultural depictions which may cause offence today.”

The list includes “Aladdin,” “Aliens,” “Balls of Fury,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Dumbo,” “Flash Gordon,” “Gone With the Wind,” “The Goonies,” “The Jazz Singer,” “Jungle Book,” “The Last Samurai,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “The Littlest Rebel,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Trading Places,” and “Tropic Thunder”.


Oscar Isaac Says He’ll Only Return to ‘Star Wars’ ‘If I Need Another House or Something’


while promoting Paul Schrader’s upcoming “The Card Counter” Oscar was asked about the SW movies:

“I enjoyed the challenge of those films and working with a very large group of incredible artists and actors, prop makers, set designers, and all that was really fun”


“It’s not really what I set out to do. What I set out to do was to make handmade movies, and to work with people that inspire me.. Paul [Schrader]’s movies, the things that he’s made, it’s in my DNA. I’m not alone, obviously. [For] every actor of a certain generation, those are the films that made them who they are, so that’s certainly my case. It feels like for me a personal turning point and that, as far as I’m concerned, it has nothing to do with the finished product. It’s the process of doing this.”

so he would not return to future Star Wars movies?

“Probably, but who knows. If I need another house or something.”