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The Rock Is Will Smithing Himself

Remember when Will Smith became a dual-threat? His humble beginnings started with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and then reached a crescendo with Bad Boys before welcoming aliens to earf. Will then reached peak Will Smith with Men in Black where he sang the theme song. People let that slide, but really, they shouldn’t have because he took that goodwill he built up and then just threw it away by telling people to get jiggy with it.

What I’m saying is Will Smith created the blueprint for the action star turned rap god and now The Rock is following the same path.

I’m not saying that The Rock is going to end up with fans collectively facepalming and sighing like a little piece of them died inside, but, um… just look at those traps. You know what? I’m not going to say anything at all. I can already feel The Rock raising his hand and threatening to smack my candy ass.

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Big Dick Daddy Dip Has a Problem

Diplo went public on Instagram of his ordeal with a groupie he once had sex with who ended up stalking him and claiming they hooked up while she was underage. Pretty standard musician/groupie relationship. The takeaways from this are

  • Her nickname for Diplo was Big Dick Daddy Dip
  • She claims he’s a pedophile
  • She tried to extort him for millions
  • She tried to get Buzzfeed to write about it

The amazing thing here is Diplo and I are a lot alike. Minus the sex, big dick nickname and Buzzfeed article. But everything else. Virtually identical.

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Gabby Petito Says Brian Laundrie Hit Her in Just-Released Body Cam Footage

According to Gabby Petito, Brian Laundrie struck her in the face during an August dispute between the couple that prompted an investigation by local authorities.

This admission was made by the late social media star on August 12 after police stepped in to settle an argument between Petito and Laundrie in Utah, wiith body camera footage being released on Friday of Petito talking about the incident with a cop on the scene.

The 52-minute video was obtained by People Magazine.

Gabby Petito Body Cam Photo

In the footage, police officer Eric Pratt tells Petito that two people alleged to have seen Laundrie hit her. He asks if this is what happened.

"I guess, yeah, but I hit him first," Petito replies, elaborating as follows:

"He kept telling me to shut up, but I hit him first. ...Well, he like grabbed my face, like, I guess ... He didn't like, hit me in the face. He didn't, like, punch me in the face or anything...

"He, like, grabbed me with his nail, and I guess that's why it looks ... definitely I was cut right here [points to cheek] because I can feel it. When I touch it, it burns."

Gabby Petito Pic

Petito quickly breaks down in the body cam footage, attempting to downplay the interaction and to make sure that Laundrie does not get into any trouble.

"Can't we just have, like, a driving ticket?" she asks through tears prior to offer to pay any ticket instead of bringing charges against either her or Laundrie.

Petito, tragically, was confirmed dead on September 22.

She had been missing for days at the time after she and Laundrie went on a cross-country road trip that Gabby documented on YouTube and Instagram.

Brian Laundrie Photo

Laundrie, who has not been seen or heard from in weeks and whose whereabouts are unknown, brought Gabby's car back to Florida at one point this summer -- without Petito in it.

He is considered a person of interest in Gabby's death.

In the police report of the traffic stop about six weeks ago, officer Pratt initially wrote that he believed "it was reported the male had been observed to have assaulted the female."

However, he later contradicted this earlier account and wrote that "no one reported that the male struck the female."

Gabby Petito on Instagram

Police were called at the time because an onlooker says she/he observed Laundrie slapping Petito in the face.

After speaking to both parties and collecting whatever evidence they could, cops eventually classified the incident as "disorderly conduct" and determined Petito was the aggressor.

The city of Moab, Utah said in a statement to CNN last week that it has launched an investigation into the confrontation.

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie

"We understand that individuals can view the same situation in very different ways, and we recognize how the death of Ms. Petito more than two weeks later in Wyoming might lead to speculation, in hindsight, about actions taken during the incident in Moab," the city wrote.

"The purpose of the City's formal investigation is to gather the underlying facts and evidence necessary to make a thorough, informed evaluation of such actions."

Petito vanished two weeks after this altercation.

Her corpse was found about a month later.

Gabby Petito in the Great Outdoors

Laundrie is currently wanted by the FBI on an active arrest warrant issued last week on allegations of unauthorized use of a debit card.

He continues to be the subject of a massive manhunt.

Duane Chapman is even doing all he can to try and bring Laundrie to justice.

Gwyneth Paltrow Pays Her Employees With Goop Discounts

Gwyneth Paltrow is the female Michael from The Office. So oblivious to what’s going around her.

Business Insider wrote an insider’s view of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop today based on ex-employee interviews. From it, Paltrow can be summarized as cheap, fickle and ignorant of her employee’s well-being. I am, not surprised?

Supposedly, Goop was worth $430 million in 2019, which is a lot of vagina eggs. They’ve must’ve been worth that much partly because they underpay their employees. By one ex-employee’s account, Paltrow underpays her employees by 40%.

According to BI, management even KNEW about it, but promised to make it right with them. Oh, not by paying them a market rate. Nah, you get discounts to Goop products.

Goop management acknowledged the company’s relatively low pay in at least one company all-hands meeting…senior leaders said they would make up for it, promising pay raises, one of the employees said. The company also offered equity to all employees, as well as perks, like free products and discounts to Goop’s sites.

Usually, employee discounts are in addition to your normal pay, not instead of it.

Other tidbits include Paltrow turning on certain execs who used to be favorites. Although the evidence is skimpy, I can see Paltrow being aloof.

Three former employees pointed to [Juan Paul] Ramirez, the company’s well-regarded former chief technology officer, as a prime example of a former favorite. After joining Goop in January 2018, Ramirez helped lead the company’s continued transformation to a digital-media and e-commerce brand. Under his leadership, which two former employees complimented, Goop’s tech team grew from eight to 45.

But in May, Ramirez left with little explanation to the staff or his team, three former employees said. Two of them said he was pushed out. When the team asked about his departure, looking for guidance, Paltrow was vague and didn’t give many further details, a third employee said.

Ok, I’ll take one side, which is that if I run a company and I let you go, do I really owe you an explanation? Every company should say something, but no one says it’s required. On the other hand, Goop projects, on purpose, a very mindful, bliss-y brand. It comes off hypocritical to not say anything when you fire someone that high up.

Overall, Goop supposedly has a problem retaining employees. The pandemic didn’t do Goop any favors either. Goop furloughed some workers in March and April 2020 when the pandemic first started. Some furloughed people eventually left.

One ex-employee said “they felt the company’s attitude toward people who complained seemed to be, “You can leave.”‘

“More than once, people during our stand-up would ask, ‘How would you deal with an employee that’s unhappy?’ and someone in leadership would just say, ‘Well, maybe this just isn’t the right company for them,'” this person said.

Not everyone can cash out hundreds of millions like Reese Witherspoon and her production company or Jessica Alba and Honest Company. Still, Paltrow will eventually get a nice chunk of change from selling Goop. Meanwhile, her employees can always cherish their vagina eggs bought with employee discounts.

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Michael K. Williams Died of Accidental Drug Overdose, Official Report Concludes

Just over two weeks since Michael K. Williams passed away, we've learned the official cause of death for the beloved actor.

On Friday, September 24, the New York City of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed to various outlets that the veteran star succumbed to acute intoxication from the "combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine."

In simpler terms?

Williams died of a drug overdose.

Michael K. Williams, RIP

It's worth noting that Williams' manner of death is listed as accidental -- and the OCME declined to comment further on the investigation.

Over the years, Williams had been very open about his struggles with addiction, especially during the time when he was playing his breakthrough role of Omar Little oon HBO's critically acclaimed crime drama The Wire.

The series ran from 2002 to 2008.

At one point, Williams described this period as one of doing drugs "in scary places with scary people."

Omar Little

"I was playing with fire," Williams told the New Jersey Star-Ledger in August 2012.

"It was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or I went to jail or, worse, I ended up dead.

"When I look back on it now, I don't know how I didn’t end up in a body bag."

According to Page Six, Williams was discovered earlier this month in the living room of his Kent Avenue residence in his Brooklyn by his nephew.

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The tragedy took place two weeks before the star was set to attend the 2021 Emmy Awards in honor of his nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role on Lovecraft Country.

The honor ultimately went to The Crown's Tobias Menzies, who dedicated his Emmy win to the late actor.

Prior to declaring the result, meanwhile, presenter Kerry Washington took a moment during the ceremony to recognize the "brilliantly talented" Williams.

Michael K. Williams Pic

"Michael was -- so crazy to say, was -- a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon," Washington said on stage.

"Michael, your excellence and artistry will endure. We love you. I know you are here because you wouldn't miss it."

In a 2020 interview with Men's Health, The Wire cast member spoke candidly about turning to foreign substances as an adolescent ... and relapsing after shooting the first season of the aforementioned program.

Michael K. Williams Picture

Speaking to the publication just last year, Williams said that he was "plagued" at a teenager by his sensitive personality, explaining:

"It was one of the things that led me to attempt suicide. I was 17. I was lost. I was very awkward with the ladies. Drugs were there.

"And I was already self-medicating. And I just got lost. I just remember feeling like, 'Eh, maybe the world will be better off without me.'

"And I took a bottle of pills, woke up to my stomach being pumped."

Michael K. Williams

All these years later, while working to stay on the wagon, Williams admitted playing Montrose Freeman in Lovecraft Country "woke up a lot of demons," which led prompted him to enter therapy.

He said at the time:

"You know, as people of color in Hollywood, entertainment, a lot of times we don't pay attention to the fact that we sell trauma.

"Some of our most wanting work is rooted—most of the time—in pain and trauma."

As for how he turned things around prior to this awful ending?

In a July 2016 episode of Fresh Air, Williams told NPR's Terry Gross that he eventually turned to a New Jersey church for assistance.

He said that he had learned to turn to prayer and meditation when he needed to separate himself from his character, which had been a challenge for him for a very long time.

"[When] The Wire and the character of Omar ended, I had zero tools, personally speaking, in how to deal with letting that go," he said.

"I wasn't going around robbing people or anything stupid like that, but I definitely wore that dark energy that Omar was — he was a dark soul, a tortured soul — and I just ... lived in that and that's what people was attracted to...

"The lines got blurred."

Jamie Spears Accused of Extorting Britney Spears’ Conservatorship for $2 miillion

It’s hard to give up the easy life. Jamie Spears sounds like he wanted to be the good guy in stepping down from Britney Spears’ conservatorship. But, it’s hard to remove your mouth from a cash cow’s teat.

Britney Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart says Jamie Spears is extorting Britney for $2 million in lawyers’ fees and payments to Jamie’s management company just to go away.

“The status quo is no longer tolerable, and Britney Spears will not be extorted…Mr. Spears’s blatant attempt to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $2 million in payments, on top of the millions already reaped from Ms. Spears’s estate by Mr. Spears and his associates, is a non-starter.”

Rosengart added:

“Having finally acknowledged that his time as Conservator should end, Mr. Spears is obligated to step down without condition and without seeking to extract anything further from his daughter.”

Jamie sounds like an idiot. You’re supposed to get the money first THEN step down. You don’t ask for severance pay after you leave the company.

Mark September 29th on your calendars. That’s the day Judge Brenda Penny will decide whether to free Britney of Jamie Spears or not.

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Britney Spears Already Topless on Instagram

It’s been *checks watch* less than a week since news broke that Jamie Spears would be withdrawing his conservatorship and Britney is already posing topless on Instagram.

Something about freeing herself from the weight of the world. I’m not sure. Honestly, I’m just amazed Instagram captions have no character limit.

“No guys … I didn’t get a boob job in just a week … nor am I pregnant … I have boobs in these pics cause I devoured food 😋 !!!! Before I show you more pics of my body … I want you to understand my thoughts on exposing my skin !!!! In my opinion it’s quite twisted the immediate response of when any woman is hot and they want to shed a layer … no … I’m not talking in a strip club or a performance … just on a practical scale of being in your car and realizing you’re wearing a stupid long sleeve shirt in the summer !!!! The immediate reaction to any woman who does this after shedding a layer is DAMN I FEEL BETTER … therefore you think you look better !!! I’ve had a billion shows where I’ve done that and to my horror uhhh we’ll … sometimes I didn’t look so great … TOO MANY TIMES and it’s embarrassing as f**k but in my imagination it felt great !!!! I mean I don’t want anybody to see the big dimple on my ass but I feel like performing made me too self conscious about my body and that’s not attractive ….. anyways I bet you’re wondering why I’d expose my body NOW … well it’s because I was born into this world naked and I honestly feel like the weight of the world has been on my shoulders and it’s made me view myself that way !!!! I wanted to see myself in a lighter way … naked … like the way I was born and to me looking back at my pictures when I shoot it’s insane the psychology in seeing myself in my purest form gives evidence that pain … hurt … tears … and heavy burdens aren’t who I am. I am a woman …. a beautiful … sensitive woman who needs to look at myself in my purest form !!! No … I’m not going to do topless pics for the rest of my life cause that would get boring but it sure as hell helps when you need to be enlightened 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ !!!! And I will admit the FREE BRITNEY comments after I took my shirt off were actually really fucking funny !!! The Free Britney campaign started with all your amazing pink Free Britney shirts 👚 3 years ago !!! There’s a way deeper meaning to the movement than you can ever imagine … my fans have always been so damn amazing and I love you all 🌹🌹🌹 !!!! Psss this was shot on holy Sunday yesterday ✨ !!!!”

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Top 5 Hottest Celeb Travel Destinations

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Jamie Spears Ends Conservatorship Realizing There’s No Money Left

After 13 painstaking years, Jamie Spears finally achieved what he set out to do when he was granted conservatorship over Britney Spears. Gain financial freedom. Through blood, sweat and tears, mostly Britney’s, he secured her a Las Vegas residency where his fortune grew. I mean, where he helped her heal.

In docs filed today, Jamie Spears has finally started the process to free Britney. Although, he still stands by the argument that he was helping his daughter.

“Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests. So, even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.”

I’m sure after all this is said and done, Britney will fade into obscurity where she’ll lead a very happy, healthy normal life. We’ll definitely not be hearing about her in the news again.

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Nick Bosa’s GF Is a Big Fan of the N-Word

Continuing this week’s theme of “People who missed the memo” comes model Jenna Alexa Berman, girlfriend of 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa. Someone went through her tweets and thought, “Hm, this is a lot of n-word usage for a blonde, white girl.”

Full-time n-word connoisseur and part-time f-word dabbler, Jenna deleted her tweets and deactivated her Instagram faster than the end of her career. Unfortunately, the internet keeps receipts. Asked for comment, even Matt Damon mouthed the word, “Yikes!

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Matt Damon Just Learned That Gay Slurs Aren’t Cool

Having been in a cultural coma for the past 20 years, Matt Damon just learned that he shouldn’t be using the f-word because it’s offensive to gay people. The f-word, in this case, was most likely not “FAAAAABULOUS!”

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Damon voluntarily described how he was sitting at the table nonchalantly throwing around the f-slur as part of a joke. This was not so woke.

“I said, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it in the movie “Stuck on You!”’” Damon continued, referencing the much-derided 2003 film — yes, a movie that came out nearly 20 years ago. “She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous. I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”

Considering how progressive Matt Damon seems, it’s surprising that in his 50 years on Earth, his kids had to just explain this to him in 2021. So, if you want to know how big of a bubble some celebrities are in, here’s a good example.

Damon then went on with his old man moment by saying things are always being taken out of context these days.

“Twenty years ago, the best way I can put it is that the journalist listened to the music more than the lyrics [of an interview]. Now your lyrics are getting parsed, to pull them out of context and get the best headline possible.”

“Before it didn’t really matter what I said, because it didn’t make the news,” he continued. But maybe this shift is a good thing. So I shut the f**k up more.”

It’s true that context is important. But, it’s also true that 99% of the time, context doesn’t help or makes it way worse.

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Will Netflix Lose the Streaming War Over Their Cancel-Happy Approach?

One of the first original series ever produced by Netflix was a continuation of Arrested Development, a critically-beloved comedy series that failed to find an audience on Fox. The streamer quickly developed a large slate of shows aimed at every audience, but a key plank of their strategy was prestige dramas and acclaimed shows that may not have been able to find an audience elsewhere.

Netflix quickly rolled out shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, W/ Bob and David and Lady Dynamite that set them apart from the networks that were mostly airing broad, hang-out comedies like The Big Bang Theory.  Netflix planted a flag that said they wanted to be the place for highly-regarded shows that maybe couldn’t find an audience elsewhere.

And then on June 1st, 2017, we got our first hint that Netflix didn’t want to be the home for misfit toys everyone assumed it was when the fans of every canceled network show started petitioning them to pick those shows up. Critical darling Sense8, a science fiction series from the Wachowskis and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, was canceled after two seasons despite the creators having publicly stated they had planned it for five seasons.

This was the end of the idea that Netflix was your cool bro streaming service that just wanted to help you out by making your favorite shows. It should be obvious, but Netflix’s goal is to make money. But not just to make money, to continually make more money. See, for a lot of publicly traded companies, it’s not enough to be profitable, to please shareholders you have to have ever-increasing profits.

For Netflix, increasing profits means bringing in new subscribers while holding onto the old ones. They believe the best way to do this is a constant stream of new shows, and that means cutting the old shows loose after a few seasons unless they’re massive hits.

There is a bit of wisdom in this approach for streamers. When Netflix first added a selection of episodes of Supermarket Sweep from the 80s, it was popular enough on social media that ABC brought it back as part of their prime-time game show lineup. But people only talked about it for a week or so and then moved on to something else.

As a result, Netflix shotguns out so many movies and TV shows that every week they have something new for people to binge-watch. And hopefully, something sticks enough that people who don’t have Netflix go “I’d like to watch that” and subscribe or subscribers who haven’t watched in a while go “oh, that looks good, I guess I won’t cancel my subscription.”

But this approach has a big The Office-sized hole in it. Netflix subscribers have long used the service to watch beloved, long-running TV shows. You probably do this yourself, you put the TV on to create some background noise or to fall asleep to; I have Modern Family on while I’m writing this. Netflix hasn’t produced a show like this yet, and they’ve lost the streaming rights to more than I can count. Friends, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Frasier and Scrubs all left Netflix at some point, not to mention animated shows like Family Guy, American Dad, King of the Hill and Bob’s Burgers. All they really have left to replace those shows are Community and New Girl.

Netflix doesn’t seem overly concerned about these losses, but they haven’t had a lot of luck making their own shows to fill the void. The only shows that come to mind are Big Mouth and The Ranch, both of which have been pretty divisive and don’t have the same broad appeal of a show like Seinfeld. And it’s definitely not for lack of trying that Netflix hasn’t been able to find something to fill this niche. Where the streamer is primarily known for prestige dramas like House of Cards or Bridgerton and high-concept comedies such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Bojack Horseman, Netflix has been churning out broad, CBS-style comedies for a while now.

There have been the Mario Lopez-starring Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love, The Big Show Show with WWE superstar Paul Wight, Mr. Iglesias with Gabe Iglesias, a remake of One Day at a Time and most recently Kevin James’s The Crew, which featured the King of Queens star as an old-fashioned NASCAR crew chief who doesn’t like how the team’s new owner is running things. That’s a fresh idea for a show that we’ve never seen before. Fuller House is the only thing approaching a success here, as it managed to get five seasons, but that was built on nostalgia for a popular existing sitcom (that Netflix doesn’t have the streaming rights to). Still, it’s only 75 episodes and not the 200+ episodes that your typical long-running sitcom will amass.

Even Netflix’s big hits like Bojack Horseman have ended up being canceled by the streamer when the creators would have been happy to produce more episodes. In fact, Bojack Horseman’s creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg said that when the show began, Netflix’s attitude was that without the pressure from advertisers network TV has, they were to let niche shows grow and find an audience. They were the network that believed they could make Arrested Development a smash hit after it failed to find an audience on Fox.

When we started on ‘BoJack,’ it was understood that the Netflix model was to give shows time to find an audience, and to build that audience, and I remember being told, ‘We expect the biggest day ‘BoJack’ Season 1 is going to have is when we launch ‘BoJack’ Season 2.’ We didn’t get a full two-season pickup, but that was the understanding, that these things take time to build. It was my understanding that that was, at the time, the Netflix model: to give shows time to build. I think it’s a shame that they seem to have moved away from that model.

As television has gotten more tightly serialized, streaming services are in a unique position to let shows find an audience. It’s very difficult for viewers to come to a show like that on a linear network; if you haven’t been watching from the beginning, you’re going to be lost if you sit down to watch an episode. Streaming services obviously give viewers the chance to watch at their own pace and not miss an episode.

This is what Netflix built their brand and essentially created the streaming television industry on. They supplemented a deep library of shows and movies people already loved with niche programming that finally had a home where it could find an audience and grow. And now they seem to want nothing to do with either of those.

That has opened the doors for Netflix’s competition and they are taking advantage of that opening.

In about a year, Disney Plus has gotten over 100 million subscribers, about half as many as Netflix. But Netflix started offering streaming video in 2007 and started producing original content in 2013 while Disney Plus launched less than two years ago.

While Disney obviously has a huge back catalog of children’s entertainment, it has mostly made headlines and brought in subscribers with a few high-profile shows like The Mandalorian and WandaVision. And unlike Netflix with its “a little is enough” strategy, Disney is heavily investing in expanding around these hits shows.

And yes, WandaVision and the other Marvel shows on Disney Plus have so far been limited series without planned second seasons, but all of their Marvel shows tie together and bring most of the same audience back show after the show. And Disney is expanding The Mandalorian into a full Star Wars mini-franchise.

Look at Netflix’s latest attempt to build a franchise: Jupiter’s Legacy. They gave Mark Millar a huge payday just to create comic book ideas they could turn into TV shows, and the first one was Jupiter’s Legacy. The show did really well and attracted a large audience; with over a billion minutes of viewership, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who said it was a flop. But Netflix still canceled it after only a month. Even the worst network TV shows usually stay on the air longer than that.

HBO Max, Paramount Plus, Peacock, and even Apple TV all have about a quarter of the subscribers of Netflix, and Amazon has about 150 million, right on Netflix’s heels.

Netflix isn’t in any danger of losing their title as the top streaming service in right now, but Stranger Things and Bridgerton can’t run forever. When those shows end, will Netflix be able to pull another rabbit out of their hat? Disney isn’t going to run out of Marvel and Star Wars shows basically ever.

Netflix clearly isn’t interested in building an audience for shows and letting that audience grow, at least not anymore. If a show isn’t a hit right out of the gate, they’re not interested. And not just a hit, a massive hit.

But massive hits don’t come along every day. I count maybe six or seven depending on how generously you describe a massive hit on Netflix. That’s less than one a year. Are you going to subscribe to Netflix because it has 2-3 shows on that you want to see?

The way to keep people interested in a streaming service is to have shows they know they love and want to keep coming back to again and again as well as new shows that they want to obsess over and talk about online. Netflix used to have both of those things, but now they really don’t have either. And while it seems like they’re safe atop the heap of streaming services, for now, things can change. Just ask Blockbuster.

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Why the Hell Did Bill Cosby Get Let Out of Prison?

In 2018, Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault. On Wednesday, June 30th 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated that conviction and released Cosby from prison. Cosby cannot be retried for this crime and that means he is now a free man.

So how did this happen? Bill Cosby seems so clearly guilty, why would the PA Supreme Court let him go? Well, you could say it was on a technicality. Here’s what the Associated Press said about the court’s ruling.

Cosby was arrested in 2015, when a district attorney armed with newly unsealed evidence — the comic’s damaging deposition in a lawsuit brought by Constand — filed charges against him just days before the 12-year statute of limitations was about to run out.

But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Wednesday that District Attorney Kevin Steele, who made the decision to arrest Cosby, was obligated to stand by his predecessor’s promise not to charge Cosby, though there was no evidence that agreement was ever put in writing.

Justice David Wecht, writing for a split court, said Cosby had relied on the previous district attorney’s decision not to charge him when the comedian gave his potentially incriminating testimony in Constand’s civil case.

The court called Cosby’s subsequent arrest “an affront to fundamental fairness, particularly when it results in a criminal prosecution that was forgone for more than a decade.” It said justice and “fair play and decency” require that the district attorney’s office stand by the decision of the previous DA.

The justices said that overturning the conviction and barring any further prosecution “is the only remedy that comports with society’s reasonable expectations of its elected prosecutors and our criminal justice system.”

Here’s what that means: once the prosecutors promised Cosby they wouldn’t charge him, the prosecutor’s office was bound by that promise. The court also believed that Cosby may not have given the testimony that caused prosecutors to charge him without the promise he would not be charged. And so they decided the only fair thing to do was to overturn his conviction and prevent any further charges related to this incident from being brought; in their view, he should not have been charged to begin with, the trial never should have taken place.

In practical terms, what this means is that Cosby is free, he’s going to remain free, and we’re back to saying allegedly when we talk about the 60 women he allegedly raped. No more “convicted rapist Bill Cosby” to shield us legally.

Sometimes I stop and think that when I was a kid, I used to do Picture Pages with Bill Cosby. And while I was connecting the dots and learning about shapes with him, Bill Cosby was out there allegedly raping 60 women. Mortimer Ichabod Marker has seen some fucked-up s**t. That marker is in therapy to this day.

Good thing Cosby’s wife was there to tell him not to say yay or boo. Maybe something about not putting pills in co-ed’s drinks next time, Miss Camille. Think she made him wear the dunce hat when he got back from prison?

Cosby has, of course, maintained his innocence this entire time, saying that all of his alleged rapes were consensual, that the women asked to have drugs to put them sleep while Cosby had sex with them. This is actually somewhat believable because if you were going to have sex with Bill Cosby, wouldn’t you want to be asleep for it?

But, setting aside whether or not a guilty man is walking free, which basically everyone except Phylicia Rashad believes to be the case, did the PA Supreme Court make the right decision?

The truth is yes, the court probably did the fairest and just thing they could in the circumstances. Forget that we’re talking about a rich guy with a team of high-priced lawyers who was accused of rape by 60 women. Imagine a 22-year-old who was busted for selling pot was told by prosecutors they wouldn’t charge him, gave testimony in good faith because of that promise and was then charged based on the testimony he gave. You would think, rightly, that the prosecution had screwed that kid.

Justice and injustice aren’t about every bad guy being put away. The safeguards that keep innocent people out of prison are the foundation of actual justice, and a few guilty people getting out is preferable to the innocent being incarcerated.

But, if you’re feeling bummed because you believe Cosby to be guilty, he’s not entirely in the clear; He’s still facing a civil action headed by Gloria Allred in California.

Allred plans to depose Cosby, and says that because his criminal trial is concluded, Cosby will be unable to plead the fifth to avoid answering questions.

This is not really a punishment for Cosby. He has enough money that he can just take the stand and say “yeah, I did it, I’ll pay whatever” and whatever amount he pays won’t impact him. He made nearly half a billion dollars in his career and he’s in his 80s. Cosby losing a civil suit would be a moral victory, but that’s all.

And it looks like every other incident of sexual assault Cosby is accused of is well past the statute of limitations for criminal charges. And he’s not likely to commit any more alleged assaults, I don’t even think they make quaaludes anymore.

Yes, that’s right, Cosby has been allegedly raping women so long that the drug he allegedly gave them hasn’t been produced commercially in nearly 40 years. Allegedly. The oldest allegation dates back to 1965, before Cosby would allegedly become a household name, and the most recent allegation is from 2008. That’s allegedly over 40 years.

After all that, Bill Cosby’s only punishment is a few civil settlements and two years in prison. And you might think that’s a miscarriage of justice. You might think Bill Cosby should have died in prison, and I’m not going to tell you that you’re wrong to feel that way. But I will say that punishing bad people is only a fraction of the purpose of the legal system. The technicality Cosby was let off on is an important safeguard to protect innocent people from being unjustly railroaded by the system. And if a bad guy gets off because of it once in a while, that’s a better outcome than someone who is innocent being imprisoned.

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Dorian Electra Confirms: Frogs Are Gay

If you follow Alex Jones you already know that all the frogs are turning gay and you’ve probably done your research on gay frogs, which led you to finding out that TPTB are spraying chemicals all over our food that end up affecting the human body. This is why your kids are dumber than ever and probably why everyone is now a they…(no disrespect to the they’s) but I won’t get too deep into it without letting you put on your tinfoil hat first.

While a lot of people try to discount Alex Jones or write him off as a psyop, some people actually listen to him and end up doing their own digging, which eventually leads to being “red-pilled”. If you aren’t re-pilled yet, consider this is step one.

Enter Dorian Electra, a 29 year old musician from Houston, Texas who makes addictive hyper-pop music and is a close friend and collaborator of our collective girl crush Rebecca Black.

Dorian did their own digging into this gay frog phenomenon and is sharing their knowledge over to TikTok. Dorian is so inspired by the gay frogs, they even included a sexy frog in their new music video for Ram it Down. Watch the tiktok below to have your mind blown, and have your mind further blown by watching Ram it Down below!

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Kylie Jenner Got Lip Fillers Because Some Teenager Didn’t Like Kissing Her Small Lips

I take this with a grain of salt because I’m cynical and distrust every celebrity. Kylie Jenner, on her Keeping Up With the Kardashians reunion show, revealed some guy she kissed as teenaged Kylie said she had small lips. This made her self-conscious. So, she went out and got lip fillers.

“A guy said to me, “Oh, my God, you’re such a good kisser, but you have such small lips,” or something like that. And then, from then… from then on, I felt… unkissable.

I took that really hard. Just when a guy you like says that, I don’t know, it just really affected me.”

100% I believe this, in general, IS true with teenagers. Of course, teens are very insecure. Any random comment you make can stick with them for the rest of their lives.

If a girl kissed me (still waiting for that first kiss! *fingers crossed*), and said, oh, your lips are too big or too small, I’d feel self-conscious too.

On the other hand, look at her family. Was it REALLY this kid that got her on this plastic surgery journey? Or was it her mother, sisters, everyone around her, that influenced her.

When everyone says how your sister Kim Kardashian’s butt killed the internet, AND she’s rumored to have butt implants, it’s probably not some kiss that made you get fillers.

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Kanye West is Absolutely Winning His Divorce From Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian has been married like, eight times, and I think everyone is really surprised that she couldn’t make it work with a massive narcissist who completely changed his entire worldview halfway through their marriage. And as sad as it is that Kim is getting divorced, it’s even sadder that Kanye West is clearly winning the break-up.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had met a few times over the years, but what lead to them dating and eventually marrying is a rejected Comedy Central pilot Kanye and his friend Rhymefest produced called Alligator Boots. The show would have been something of an homage to The Muppet Show with a hip-hop edge featuring West and a puppet rapper called Pork Troy.

Kim Kardashian was in the pilot, playing Princess Leia in that metal bikini from Return of the Jedi. Kanye insisted on having Kim on the show after seeing her sex tape with Ray J.

West was the only human star in the original plan for the pilot, but he had an idea for a love interest. On The Muppet Show, a singer might juggle or an actor might dance; on Alligator Boots, Kanye wanted to dress up like a stormtrooper for a sketch with a costar clad as “slave Leia” from Return of the Jedi. And he had one very specific person in mind.

Kellison: Kanye came to me and said, “I want to put Kim Kardashian in the show.” Now, at that point, Kim Kardashian was known for only one thing—her sex tape with Ray J, which had just come out.

Kellison: When I first met Kanye, he was recording that song “Flashing Lights”—I walked into the studio and he was behind the control board, and this woman was singing one of the sections of the song. She goes, “How about that take?” And he was like, “I’m sorry, I missed it. Can you do it again?” He was watching the Kim Kardashian tape on his computer; it had come out that day, and that’s why he was distracted.

Isn’t that a great story about Kanye West, the same Kanye West who would later tell Kim to stop dressing so sexy? Yeah, they basically got married because he saw her having sex with her friend’s brother and thought “now that I’m producing a TV show, I can use my influence to get this relative unknown on-set and have sex with her myself.” You know who else had that thought? Harvey Weinstein. Maybe it is a good thing that Kanye found Jesus.

A few years later, Kim would be pregnant with the couple’s first child, North West. Kanye really named his first-born child North West, I feel like people forget that. They claimed at the time that North meant “highest power” and she was their North Star, but they later admitted they chose the name because Jay Leno made a joke about it.

Of course, Kanye would later say that he and Kim almost aborted North. He said this in public, during a speech for his presidential run which he honestly thought he was going to win despite not being on the ballot in a lot of states, being Kanye West and being the sort of person who talks about almost having aborted his eldest daughter during a campaign speech.

“The abortion culture teaches that the child isn’t a real soul,” said West, who suggested that was his mindset when Kardashian called him in 2012 crying and screaming after discovering she was pregnant with their first child. “It was my wife that said: ‘This is a soul.’”

He continued, “The scariest thing is she had the [abortion] pills… She had the pills in her hand,” putting them down when West had an epiphany due to his blinking computer screen.

Of course, there was a rumor Kim was pregnant a few years before the couple had North and then Kanye was complaining about the high price of abortions a little while after that, so…

Kanye telling everyone this story of how he and Kim almost aborted North, which devolved into right-wing nonsense about abortion being racist, is widely believed to be the thing that led to the couple’s divorce.

But Kanye seemed to want a divorce long before Kim. If you remember when he went crazier that normal last summer, Kanye called Kim and her mother Kris white supremacists and accused her of cheating on him with Meek Mill. Actually, it kind of sounds like he knew Kim wasn’t having an affair with Meek, but he just didn’t want her meeting with other men to discuss prison reform, which is a major issue for Kim but something Kanye doesn’t seem to care about at all. Either way just a perfect sign of a super-healthy relationship.

If you’re wondering what level of delusion Kanye was on at the time, he also said his message was from “the future president,” something I think we all know not only didn’t happen in 2020 but will never happen.

It takes a certain amount of unchecked ego to think you should be president, especially as a non-politician. A lot of people became involved in politics on a smaller level because they wanted to change things for the better in their community and they ended up getting elected to higher and higher offices; it still takes a certain overblown sense of self to think you should be the leader of an entire country, but when someone who’s never held public office suddenly says “I should be President,” that person is probably a full-on narcissist and will probably be pretty bad at it.

If you look at just how chaotic and poorly managed Kanye’s run for President was, you’ll know that the man should never be let anywhere near a public office in his life and that he’s probably pretty hard to be married with. He basically woke up one day, halfway through the presidential campaign, and said “I’d like to be President of the United States today. I’ll tell people I’ll bring prayer back to schools despite that being clearly unconstitutional.” And then he went out and kind of ran for president. Just like he kind of built concept low-income housing one time, and then had to tear it down because he didn’t get any building permits.

See, Kanye West does things. Specifically, he just does whatever he’s thinking about doing at the moment. Part of that is that he’s bipolar and people having manic episodes will just do weird s**t sometimes, and that’s fine. But Kanye also just doesn’t consider other people even when he’s not having a manic episode. If he wakes up and says “I want to make some ugly-as-s**t shoes and sell them for like $300,” he might just actually make some ugly-as-s**t shoes and sell them for $300.

But he also does things like wake up and say “I think I’m going to buy a ranch in Wyoming and move there whether my wife and kids come with me or not.” That’s really the decision that ended Kanye and Kim’s marriage.

“I just honestly can’t do this anymore. Why am I still in this place where I’m stuck for years? Like, he goes and moves to a different state every year,” Kardashian said. “I have to be, like, together so I can raise the kids. He’s an amazing dad, he’s done an amazing job.”

She added that West “deserves someone who will support his every move” and “go follow him all over the place and move to Wyoming.”

Now, we had heard a number of times that Kanye was desperate to keep his marriage to Kim intact, which makes sense when you consider how much he talks about Jesus these days.

For example, we heard in March, just after the couple announced their divorce officially, that Kanye was working on a plan to get Kim back, and that he hoped that having some space and co-parenting would bring them back togetherAnd there was a story that when it dawned on Kanye that he and Kim were really getting divorced, he wasn’t doing well and was basically hoping they could get back together.

It doesn’t seem like any of that is actually true, though. In fact, Kanye is definitely winning the break-up.

Since the split, Kim has failed the First-Year Law Students’ Exam, which is her first hurdle in becoming a lawyer, not once but twice. Normally, if she fails a third time, she’ll lose any credit she’s gotten for her Law Office Study Program beyond the first year, but she may get a fourth try because of COVID-19 rules.

Students at an accredited law school aren’t required to take this test, which lasts seven hours and consists of four essay questions and 100 multiple-choice questions. It basically exists to make sure the law education you’re getting through reading the law or taking online courses is up to snuff.

And Kim failing isn’t really because she’s dumb, per se, because only about one in five people who take the FYLSE pass it. That said, I don’t think Kim Kardashian is going to turn out to be a secret genius.

Kanye West might actually be a secret genius, though. Well, I guess not secret, because he won’t shut up about how much a genius he is, but still. Kanye used a failed Comedy Central pilot to meet Kim Kardashian, who at the time was in her 20s and famous for being the hot chick with the big ass from the sex tape. He was the one who was sleeping with her when her ass broke the internet.

Today, Kim Kardashian is 40 years old and has had four kids. Kanye’s new girlfriend, Irina Shayk, looks a little bit like Kim but is younger and has only had one kid. That’s a baller move right there; get a woman to waste the best years of her life on you and then trade her in for a younger model during a worldwide pandemic while she’s struggling to accomplish her dreams even though she stood by you through every insane idea you had for a decade.

Most of the time when a relationship ends, you have a good person who is miserable and a bad person who’s happy. Just sayin’.

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Chrissy Teigen Loves This Drama

Chrissy Teigen out here playing her violin. On Father’s Day, Teigen posted on Instagram a short message dedicated to husband John Legend, but also making it about herself. Per usual.

There are no words. Only tears that I am fresh out of. To our everything, we love you forever.

Teigen wrote “There are no words. Only tears that I am fresh out of. To our everything, we love you forever.”

ZZZZ…Put this supermodel superbore on snooze. Teigen forever will make things about herself.

As you know, Teigen’s got a couple bullying scandals going on. First, there were the Courtney Stoddard tweets where she @Stoddard to “go. to sleep. forever” and “my Friday fantasy: you. dirt nap. mmmmmm baby.” Stoddard alleged that Teigen DM’d her similar nasty messages.

“She wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap,’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself,” Stodden claims. “Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.’”

That’s…extreme. Someone should just repeat those words back to Teigen.

Then there’s this whole thing with designer Michael Costello. Costello allegedly used the n-word before that was found to be false. But by then, Teigen already had ALLEGEDLY DM’d Costello:

“..racist people like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch.”

All this reminds me of too many old news and blind items about how much of a narcissist Teigen is. She’s in the news for bullying, but as long as people talk about her, she’s good with it.

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This Pride Month, Don’t Believe the Brands Who Claim to Love the LGBT Community to Sell Rainbow Merch

June is LGBT Pride month and what that means, in practical terms, is that we’re going to be inundated with ads and social media messages about how brands just love us gay people. And those brands are really hoping you don’t look at what cuts they make to their movies to get them distributed in China.

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, being gay in the United States was basically illegal and if there’s one thing we know that the police like doing it’s harassing marginalized people. Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn was one of the few places gay people could be openly gay in New York City, mainly because it was run by the mafia who didn’t care that being gay was a crime as long as there was money to be made.

Eventually, the patrons got tired of the violent police raids on the bar and decided to fight back. This was particularly true of transvestite and transgender patrons since the police were mainly arresting anyone they decided to be male who was dressed as a woman. And when I say that people fought back, I mean they physically fought the police. And even more people showed up to protest the next night, and they got into fights with even more police officers.

This happened in late June of 1969 and became known as the Stonewall Riots, one of the precipitating events in the broader movement for LGBT acceptance. People just wanted to be free to be who they were and love who they loved without the police coming to arrest them at a mafia-owned bar. And that’s why we celebrate LGBT Pride month in June, we’re honoring the sacrifice and struggle those who came before us were forced to endure in order to simply be themselves with basically no support from society at large.

In the past few years, public sentiment towards the LGBT community has dramatically shifted. And when I say in the past few years, I mean in the past few years; in 2008, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton ran against marriage equality in the Democratic primary. Bernie Sanders is basically the only nationally-known politician with any history of supporting the LGBT community before it was politically expedient to do so.

If you think politicians were reluctant to support gay rights, they have nothing on corporations.

There will be an endless parade of brands on social media proclaiming their support for LGBT equality this month and it’s important to realize that they do not mean a word of it.

For example, let’s look at Wizards of the Coast, the makers of the card game Magic: the Gathering. Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, is very vocal about how much they support diversity and have made a big point of making cards depicting LGBT characters and characters of all races. Hell, their employees take part in local Seattle-area Pride parades in t-shirts with rainbow versions of their “Planeswalker” logo.

Of course, how do you know a character in a card game is LGBT? You can’t really see that on a card, especially since characters aren’t generally depicted in romantic moments on cards to begin with; they’re pretty much shooting fireballs at each other or something.

Well, to find out that a character depicted on a card is LGBT, you have to read the supplemental material, which is usually short fiction on the Magic website. This fiction is conveniently not available in countries such as China and Russia, leaving the cards themselves as the only exposure those markets have to the characters.

Their stated reason is that it is illegal in those markets and so they’re blocking those ISP ranges from accessing their fiction rather than censoring their content to comply with those markets. But is that really the reason?

We’re not forced to block access to our website from places like China when we say things that would be illegal to say in China, like that Xi Jinping looks like Winnie the Pooh or that committing genocide against Uyghurs is bad. And having gay characters in fiction isn’t actually illegal in China, it’s just kind of unpopular.

This happened after a controversy where Chandra Nalaar, the closest thing Magic has to a main character, had a romantic subplot between her and another woman yanked at what seemed to be the climax with Chandra explicitly stated to not be interested in women romantically. This didn’t go over very well with the fan base, who wanted to blame author Greg Weisman for “going rogue” and putting that in a novel without their beloved Wizards of the Coast’s knowledge.

If you’re familiar with Greg Weisman, the creative force behind Gargoyles and Young Justice, you know that doesn’t sound right. And Weisman issued a statement that essentially said “don’t look at me, Wizards of the Coast insisted.” You see, all those diverse characters Wizards is so proud of are pretty minor characters. Badass lightning-slinging wizard Ral Zarek is married to another man, but he’s only occasionally part of the story.

Chandra Nalaar, on the other hand, is the face of the brand. The Netflix show based on the brand directed by the Russo brothers is centered on Chandra. It’s not a coincidence that a push into broader media centered around a character was accompanied by the company wanting to clarify that said character is straight and definitely not pansexual.

But, okay, Magic is kind of a niche product, it’s not like a big company would do something like this, would they? Okay, let’s look at Disney.

Disney has all sorts of rainbow-colored Disney merchandise you can buy. They also say that it’s part of their “ongoing commitment to organizations around the world that support LGBTQ+ communities.”

But you know and I know that they only mean the countries where it’s popular to support the LGBT community.

You may recall how Star Wars made a big deal about having “LGBT representation” in The Rise of Skywalker, but that amounted to two unnamed women in the background sharing a kiss. That kiss stayed in the Chinese cut because as I previously mentioned, it’s not illegal to depict gay people in fiction in China, but it was removed from the film in Singapore and Dubai, in the case of Singapore to avoid a higher age-rating on the film.

They could have left that in there in Singapore, since they touted it as being important LGBT representation before the movie released. The only thing they would have lost would have potentially lost would have been some ticket sales, and it would have been a powerful message about their commitment to LGBT representation. It still was a message about their commitment to LGBT representation, just not the one they say in public in the West.

And how about Marvel’s groundbreaking first gay character, some dude in a support group run by Captain America? He wasn’t so gay in the Russian dub of Avengers Endgame, what with Russia’s famously repressive views of homosexuality.

And what does Disney really think about the LGBT community? Do they really care? Not according to Disney exec Joel Hopkins, who claims Disney repeatedly passed him over for promotions and “put him on a dead-end career track” after learning his sexual orientation.

The companies that want to sell you rainbow merchandise and tell you how much they love the LGBT community really don’t care about the roy or the biv parts of that rainbow. They may be allegedly actively discriminating against their LGBT employees. It’s not just one or two companies that act like this, don’t trust any corporation to have your interests at heart because they will turn on you in a second if it becomes profitable to do so.

I know it seems nice that brands suddenly want to be a part of Pride after decades of barely acknowledging that gay people exist, but don’t let these companies turn Pride into an ad for their products. Remember that they were indifferent to the struggle when it counted, and they’re indifferent to the struggle of our brothers and sisters around the world going through their own struggles with repressive regimes right now. Just like the mafia in the 60s, supporting gay rights is only important when there’s money to be made from it, so don’t roll out the red carpet when they want to center themselves at Pride.

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Bill Cosby Was Denied Parole, But Should He Have to Go to Rehab to Get It?

Make no mistake, I think Bill Cosby is guilty. If one person, or maybe even two or three, accuses someone of sexual misconduct, it could be a misunderstanding or not true for other reasons. When fifty women say you drugged and raped them, well, that’s a little beyond misunderstanding or mistake.

So when Bill Cosby was denied parole on his rape conviction, I didn’t feel too bad. A lot of the reasons why came down to Cosby maintaining his innocence and refusing to go to sex offender rehab. In my opinion he did it, so if he doesn’t get parole because he won’t admit it, fine.

But a lot of people who are innocent go to jail anyway, especially minorities. When people who actually are innocent proclaim their innocence, they’re also punished by the system that’s built to reward “taking responsibility” and “showing remorse.”  It’s one thing when Bill Cosby doesn’t show remorse, but when someone who really is innocent is imprisoned for a crime they didn’t commit how are they supposed to be remorseful?

Our justice system is clearly not perfect, and no system could truly be perfect. Think about what a miscarriage of justice it would be for someone really innocent to be in Cosby’s position, being kept in prison for refusing to admit you committed a crime you know you didn’t commit.

Cosby is still hoping the PA Supreme Court will reverse his conviction on some technicality or other. That really doesn’t seem likely, so he may want to just go to sex offender rehab if he wants out of prison.

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Pete Davidson Wants to Move on From ‘SNL’, Maybe He’ll Give Comedy a Try

Saturday Night Live is set to undergo some major changes, something it should have done years ago. Unfortunately, the direction is unlikely to change as it’s only cast members who are leaving and Lorne Michaels isn’t putting someone else who still understands what’s funny in charge.

One of the cast members rumored to not be coming back is Pete Davidson, something he basically confirmed for The Hollywood Reporter when the discussion turned to Keenan Thompson having been on the show for 18 years.

DAVIDSON Yeah, I’m good. I’m surprised I made it to seven. I’m ready to hang up the jersey. Kenan’s like fuckin’ Karl Malone out there.

That’s not confirmation that Davidson is leaving, but it’s pretty close.

And leaving Saturday Night Live could put him in the position of finding a gig with writers who are actually talented so he can do things that are funny for a change.

Pete has grown on me since I’ve him do things that aren’t Saturday Night Live, and so I’m interested in seeing what he’ll do next. I think he’s actually growing up and he could be a very talented comedic actor.

But you’re really just not going to see that on SNL in any meaningful way until there are some changes backstage.

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Kim Kardashian Flunked her First Big Law Exam Because of Course She Did

In recent years, Paris Hilton has tried to reform her image, claiming her public persona as what South Park dubbed a “stupid spoiled whore” was just an act and she’s actually intelligent and deep. I’m not sure I buy it. I’m sure she played up the stereotype somewhat, but I don’t think she’s an entirely different person at all.

Kim Kardashian used to do Paris Hilton’s hair and managed to get herself into the spotlight in much the same way as Hilton, with the release of a sex tape. Of course, Paris’s sex tape was leaked against her will and Kim let hers out publicly on her mother’s advice that it would be her big break, so… yeah.

Kim Kardashian has been trying to become a lawyer by reading the law, which essentially means taking an apprenticeship with a lawyer as opposed to going to law school. Somewhat unsurprisingly, E! reports it’s not going so well for Kim.

In an exclusive sneak peek at Thursday’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians episode on May 27, the mother of four makes a shocking announcement to sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian. “So you guys, I did not pass the baby bar,” Kim states.

Now, to be fair to Kim, this is not an easy test to pass, and the lawyer she’s apprenticing with said she did pretty well.

In a flashback, Kim’s mentor, attorney Jessica Jackson, explains that Kim needs a score of 560 to pass the first year law student exam; she got a 474 on her first try taking the test. “That is extremely close on a test that most people are not taking in the middle of a pandemic,” Jackson tells her.

Now, this isn’t the state bar exam, but I’ve heard only half the people who take that test pass it on the first try.

Kim seems to have worked really hard to pass and failed, and that’s okay, she can always try again.

And look, I think it’s great Kim wants to help the way she does, and her cause of fighting for justice for people who were wrongly convicted is actually a really good one. She doesn’t have to be a lawyer to help, though. I think maybe spokesman and fundraiser are more up her alley. She made nearly a billion dollars on a business that’s one step removed from dropshipping, she does have skills. Those skills don’t really involve knowing things, though. But she can still use her skills for good.

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Porn Star Keisha Grey Says Ariana Grande’s Husband Once Put His Finger Up Her Butt!

The title says it all, but this moment in pop culture just needs to be shared. You might recognize Keisha Grey from one of her many adult films, or maybe you subscribe to her OnlyFans. If you’re like me, you just watch her PG YouTube channel where she takes us along on a farmers market trip, wholesome Keish.

Anyway Keisha took to Twitter recently to let her fans know that Ariana Grande’s husband looked familiar to her. Specifically that he looked like a guy that once put his finger up her butt in a nightclub. The model came back to confirm her suspicions after making sure Dalton Grande (nee:Gomez) was the culprit. Well this makes a pretty unique wedding gift for the couple who apparently officially tied the knot sometime last week at Ariana’s home in Montecito, California.

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Kim Kardashian’s Household Staff is Suing Her For Back Pay

Kim Kardashian seems to have disagreed with a lot of what Donald Trump did as President, unlike her ex-husband Kanye West. Kim had famously asked Trump to grant clemency to certain death row inmates and he refused, presumably because killing potentially innocent people made him feel like a big man.

But Kim and Trump allegedly have one thing in common: not paying people who do work for them.

Page Six reports that Kardashian is being sued by a group of former household staff like gardeners and housekeepers over unpaid wages.

According to the suit, filed Monday in Los Angeles, the plaintiffs claim Kardashian, 40, was late with their pay, withheld 10 percent of their wages for taxes — and then didn’t forward those sums to the government — refused to pay them overtime, and sometimes forced them to work without meal breaks.

They claim they didn’t receive itemized pay stubs, and one 16-year-old ex-employee holds that he was made to work far past the 48 maximum allowable hours for an underage summer employee. Another claims that when he brought up overtime pay, the tax issue and meal breaks, he was immediately fired.

That sounds pretty bad and not at all like the person Kim claims to be publicly, and it doesn’t track with her work with The Innocence Project and her aspirations to become a lawyer to help the people who need help.

What Kim says, and what sounds both entirely reasonable and believable, is that she was never these people’s employer, but that they worked for a third party company that Kim hired to provide services and that company was responsible for paying them.

I actually find it more believable that the Kardashian-Wests hired a service for their household staff than that Kim and Kanye sat and interviewed gardeners. Can you imagine Kanye West trying to interview someone to be a maid? Seriously, just think about it for ten seconds.

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Chris Rock Echoes Donald Glover, Says Cancel Culture is Making Culture Boring.

It wasn’t that long ago that Donald Glover said TV and films were boring because people are afraid of getting canceled. While people argued whether he was talking about “cancel culture” or just networks and studios canceling projects, there’s no mistaking what Chris Rock meant when he echoed the sentiment.

According to The New York Post, the legendary comic and for some reason star of the new Saw film went on The Breakfast Club and explained how cultural forces making everyone afraid to take risks is not a great way to get good entertainment.

“And when everyone gets safe and nobody tries anything, things get boring,” he told the New York station’s Angela Yee and DJ Envy.

“I see a lot of unfunny comedians, I see unfunny TV shows, I see unfunny awards shows, I see unfunny movies — because everybody’s scared to make a move,” he said.

“And that’s not a place to be … Now you got a place where people are scared to talk,” he said, saying it was bizarre, “especially in America.”

If you think about the most acclaimed recent series, they were all labeled “problematic” by someone. Think about Breaking Bad or Mad Men or even Rick and Morty; these are shows about bad men behaving badly and you root for them. You hated Walter White’s bitch of a wife because you wanted to see him be Scarface and she keeps getting in his way.

Okay, people seemed to like Ted Lasso which is an incredibly twee series about a very wholesome American coach who gets hired by a Premier League owner looking to tank her team to get back at her ex-husband. But people liked Veep a lot more and that’s about how our government is run by selfish idiots.

Rock went on to say that telling people what they can and can’t joke about is disrespectful to audiences, who are the ultimate arbiters of what’s acceptable for a comic. If they don’t like it, they won’t laugh. That’s a good point, at a certain point you’re not just shaming a comic for a joke or a show for the plot, you’re shaming the people who like that joke or plot, as well.

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If You Want to Watch Jake Paul Beat Up Old Men You’ll Need to Subscribe to Showtime

Jake Paul’s fights are going to be on Showtime from now on, TMZ Sports reports.

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Johnny Depp Suing the ACLU, Wants to Subpoena Amber Heard’s Donations

Normally when someone gets mad at the ACLU, it’s because they think there should be a law that violates the first amendment, like proposed laws that would ban flag-burning or “hate speech.” Johnny Depp is fighting with the storied civil rights defenders but not about policy; he just wants them to tell the courts how much of her publicly pledged donation his ex-wife Amber Heard has actually paid them.

A part of Depp’s loss in defamation case against British tabloid The Sun was the judge rejecting Depp’s claims Heard was a gold digger based on her pledge to donate all of their divorce settlement to charity. As Depp moves to fight Heard in defamation cases in the US, he wants to prove Heard never actually paid out anything close to her pledged donations.

TMZ reports that Depp is suing the ACLU to force them to disclose the status of Heard’s donations.

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Stephen King Says J. K. Rowling Cancelled Him

J. K. Rowling hates cancel culture. Just absolutely hates it. You know, when it means that people who disagree with her about something choose not to give her time or attention because of her views. When someone disagrees with her opinions, she seemingly can’t cancel them fast enough.

Take Stephen King. About a year ago, someone asked him for his opinion on trans rights and he said, simply and clearly, “Trans women are women.” This caused Rowling to unfollow him and delete a tweet praising him.

Now King is talking about how she canceled him in a new interview with The Daily Beast. Here’s what King said, via Uproxx.

King says that Rowling is welcome to her opinion (even if it’s a sh*tty, hateful opinion) because “that’s the way that the world works. If she thinks that trans women are dangerous, or that trans women are somehow not women, or whatever problem she has with it — the idea that someone ‘masquerading’ as a woman is going to assault a ‘real’ woman in the toilet — if she believes all those things, she has a right to her opinion.” But “I just felt that her belief was, in my opinion, wrong. We have differing opinions, but that’s life.”

He did add that “Jo canceled me” but that “She’s on the side of the angels in most respects, but she does have this one thing that she’s very vehement about. No doubt.”

I think King’s response is pretty classy here. Rowling is doing the thing she hates the most, trying to silence people on the basis of their differing opinions, but King is saying “Yeah, you’re right about a lot of things, but I feel that you’re wrong about this.”

It’s a hell of a thing to disagree about because I’m sure most people would consider trans rights a pretty important issue, it’s probably the great civil rights issue of our day. Not that we’ve actually settled any of yesterday’s civil rights issues yet.

But people can disagree, even on life and death issues, and still be reasonable and work to make the world better at least on the issues they agree on. That’s what life is, you can’t just go around canceling everyone who disagrees with you and shutting down all dissent as J.K. Rowling did here.

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Bill Gates Was Reported Constantly Trying to Sleep With His Employees, Constantly Being Rejected

Before she and Bill Gates were married, Melinda Gates was a Microsoft employee. It turns out that she’s also one of the only woman in the entire company who didn’t laugh in the boss’s face when he asked her on a date.

The New York Times reported that Gates had a reputation for asking women out and being shot down.

In 2006, for example, he attended a presentation by a female Microsoft employee. Mr. Gates, who at the time was the company’s chairman, left the meeting and immediately emailed the woman to ask her out to dinner, according to two people familiar with the exchange.

“If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened,” Mr. Gates wrote in an email, according to a person who read it to The New York Times.

The woman was indeed uncomfortable, the two people said. She decided to pretend it had never happened.

Whatever the opposite of big dick energy is, Bill Gates exudes it from every pore.

Six current and former employees of Microsoft, the foundation and the firm that manages the Gates’s fortune said those incidents, and others more recently, at times created an uncomfortable workplace environment. Mr. Gates was known for making clumsy approaches to women in and out of the office. His behavior fueled widespread chatter among employees about his personal life.

The only thing more embarrassing than a New York Times story about how you cheated on your wife is a story about how you were constantly trying to cheat on your wife and we’re constantly getting rejected.

Of course, Gates allegedly did have a sexual relationship with at least one female Microsoft staffer, who is probably pretty embarrassed about it considering everyone else in the company rejected the guy she was sleeping with.

I mean, we’ve all seen Bill Gates, how hard up do you have to be to sleep with that guy when you’re not going to marry him for his money?

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The Israeli Government is Very Mad Bella Hadid Criticized Them

If I was a six-year-old child living in Bella Hadid’s building, I’d be sleeping with one eye open after Hadid angered the Israeli government with her insistence that Palestinians are people.

If you haven’t been paying attention to the news recently, there’s a lot of violence in Israel and Palestine right now that started when an Israeli court kicked six Palestinian families out of their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah area of East Jerusalem and gave those homes to Israelis whose families owned them almost a hundred years ago. It’s almost exactly the plot of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier except when Captain America beats that guy to death with his shield in front of the entire world, instead of taking his title away the US government says “well, he does have a right to defend himself.”

Bella Hadid, who is Palestinian, joined a protest against the Israeli government’s recent bombing of Gaza.

Israel’s official Twitter account said that this was the same as advocating for the elimination the Jewish state.

This is a really common line from supporters of Israel!s far-right policies under Netanyahu, that’s any criticism of Israel is antisemitism. I fully expect some paid trolls to show up in the comments and call me an antisemite for suggesting that Israel’s policies towards Gaza are wrong and that maybe Palestinians do deserve to live.

This was also the attack leveled at Jeremy Corbyn and his cabinet by the right-wing Blairites in the Labour Party. Labour had a real antisemitism problem that magically ended when they replaced the guy who wanted to help people with barely-animated starched suit Keri Starmer, though, right Rachel Riley?

The idea that any criticism of the Likud party is antisemitism is a lot less popular than it was a few years ago, especially in the US. Popular political figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been making very public stances against the actions of the Israeli government under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu.

And that’s why Israel is attacking Bella Hadid, they saw the way celebrities speaking out and global disapproval brought down the government of South Africa and aren’t going to let it happen to them.

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