Ellen DeGeneres kicked off the season premiere of her show with a much-anticipated apology. However, it didn’t quite go as planned. Shortly after posting the video, the backlash came flooding in. It appears as though people didn’t appreciate the jokes in her apology. Today we’re starting a new chapter. pic.twitter.com/PvpZXnXLv5 — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 21, 2020 The talk show host posted a tweet of the monologue on Monday saying, “Today we’re starting a new chapter.” While Ellen’s intentions of the tweet might’ve been good, the current and former employees didn’t exactly see it that way. In the monologue, she comes across very light-hearted and made several jokes during the apology. DeGeneres starts off by asking the audience how their summer was and sarcastically responds by stating, “Mine was great. Super terrific.” Apologizing for the allegations she says, “As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned things that happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say that I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.” Several people questioned just how serious Ellen takes the allegations after making her apology more of a joking matter than anything else. A joke that didn’t sit well for people, in particular, was about how she is recognized as the ‘be-kind lady’. She explains, “Being known as the be-kind lady is a tricky position to be in. So let me give you some advice out there. If anybody’s thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the be-kind lady. Don’t do it.” DeGeneres explains, “The truth is, I am that person you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all that. I am a work in progress. And I am especially working on the impatience thing. And it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough. I will tell you that.” Twitter users were unsure whether they felt her apology was sincere. Yall buying it?🤨🤨 https://t.co/uib7lKa3Ew — Zach (@zachcamacho1) September 21, 2020 Don't buy it at all. She delivered the scripted apology that I imagined she would. What about the waitress with chipped nail polish that she tried to get fired, or the autistic janitor who was fired for saying "good morning." Too many cruel incidents. #boycottellen — Terry Dockter (@terrydpirate) September 21, 2020 The million dollar opener, written and directed by public relations crisis consultants. 🤮 — Champ (@cannequity) September 21, 2020 See how forces the claps to suit her mood making jokes still at other expense will be a short series and the end to the Ellen bs 17 year train wreck — easifcukr (@easifcukr) September 21, 2020 She pushes it off the side so easy like she never knew like really? Cancel — Soos Ramirez (@SoosRamirez5) September 22, 2020 Way to dodge the blame even while “taking responsibility” it wasn’t that “things happened on your show” it was that YOU were mean and nasty to people. YOU. SPECIFICALLY 😒 — Theo Ira Kemp (@TheMaximumRed) September 21, 2020 While others came to Ellen’s defense reiterating that well no one’s perfect. Some people think that celebrities doesn’t make mistakes, they are not God. They are human being like us. All human being has flaws and we can’t be loved by everyone. Some will talk. It takes only strong minds to apologise and she did it. Rebuild and we’re waiting for your shows. — peter N Ayadiegwu (@petcaution) September 22, 2020 Anyone else seeing this & actually want to cry? I feel so bad for her. None of us are ever perfect & we all make poor & awful decisions but we shouldn't completely assassinate someone else's good character & write them off completely. — ~lauz (@paris_rivierra) September 21, 2020 These fans defended Ellen by clapping back at negative comments. How about you just admit that she was human like the restof us and sometimes we get a distorted view about something we didn’t see ourselves or even see ourselves given the ever present biases we have.. stop pretending your prefect.. — Clyde (@LurkerClyde) September 21, 2020 U mean she had bad days and was being a boss and got on to her workers for not doing there job…Didn’t know u were perfect because u must be if I are judging her — Misty Ryan (@shihtzumom1101) September 21, 2020 While this fan, is just excited to see what Ellen has in store for her new season. You are such a strong person love you, glade for season 18 — Bonnie Lopez (@Bontheboop) September 22, 2020 Back in July, employees and people on the show shared their experience with The Ellen Show. After many people accused the show of having a hostile work environment, people on social media wanted to boycott the show and ‘cancel’ Ellen. Cancel culture has become very popular and Ellen DeGeneres was just another celebrity to be added to the list of being ‘canceled’. The Toxic Work Environment BuzzFeedNews interviewed some of the show’s former employees and one current employee. All of the employees noted microaggressions in the workplace as well as an overall not pleasant environment. Fingers were pointed to DeGeneres’ executive producers, Andy Lassner, Ed Galvin, Mary Connelly, for most of the toxic environment but employees believe that Ellen should take responsibility for what happens on her show. “Some of the producers talk openly in public about addiction and mental health awareness, but they’re the reason there is a stigma. They definitely don’t practice what they preach with the ‘be kind’ mantra.” one employee told BuzzFeed News. The employee took one-month medical leave for a suicide attempt but when the employee returned they were told that their position had been removed. Another worker was in a car accident and had two family funerals in one year. If that isn’t hard enough they had difficulties taking time off from work with HR. After that, the former employee was fired. They had medical records and five former employees back up their story. The former worker stating that’s what they think a toxic work environment is, “That’s the definition of a toxic work environment, where they make you feel like you’re going insane and then you’re like, no, everything I was feeling was right. It was all leading up to this.” Many employees reported that you receive the most issues when you recognize that the work environment they create is hostile. “‘Be kind to the world. Just not your employees,” one employee commented. The Employee’s Response Former employees didn’t appreciate the apology DeGeneres gave after seemingly making light of a bad situation. “Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, our traumas, into a joke, she somehow made this one about her,” a former employee told BuzzFeedNews. This former employee was offended by her apology right from the beginning. “When she said, ‘Oh, my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?” Ed Galvin and Kevin Leman, executive producers, and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were fired in August after another investigation from a third-party. The allegations go beyond the toxic work environment. There are also allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct, intimidation, and racism. In her apology, Ellen explains since the show has started they made the changes they need to with the show. “We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, the workplace environment, and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.” Do you agree with the overall response to monologue? Was it inappropriate for Ellen to make jokes in her apology? Was it enough to earn back the trust of her employees and fans?
Over an Instagram story on September 17th, the model and foodie, Chrissy Teigen, accidentally revealed her baby’s gender while talking about her pregnancy. Teigen was updating her fans about the size and health of her baby, and slipped in the pronoun ‘he’ when referring to the baby. The 34 year-old quickly covered her mouth realizing what she had said and just followed with “oops.” After the story, she called herself stupid, and wrapped up the conversation. It did not seem to be that big of a deal to her as she continued to post the story, and later posted it on her wall to share the news with the rest of her fans. The baby boy will be the third child for Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend, so perhaps they were not planning a large gender reveal anyway. Watch the adorable and small slip up here: How ‘Chrissy’ Of Her Twitter users were quick to congratulate the model and her husband, and make fun of her gender reveal. Teigen is known for being hilarious, outspoken, unfiltered, and all together ‘TMI.’ Her quirky personality always has fans laughing, and guessing what her next slip up will be; like the time she accidentally flashed everyone at an awards ceremony back in 2016 when her high slit dress was slit a little too high. Or in 2019, when she publicly posted her email address without realizing it and got non stop FaceTime calls from strangers. Many twitter users laughed at the idea of her sharing the sensitive information in such a cause was just “so Chrissy Teigen” of her, and the least surprising thing she could do. This is the most @chrissyteigen pregnancy reveal ever. I’m so excited for another mini @johnlegend !!! https://t.co/oCUoyj00rc — #KayleyCoogs *️⃣ (@coogs25) September 17, 2020 not that i expected a gender reveal or anything, but i imagine a sandwich-related reveal would've been up your alley (not really sure how one would successfully do a sandwich gender-reveal, but i'm sure it could be done). — mands (@mmtankersley) September 17, 2020 No Wild Fires In This Reveal Some tweets even poked at the fact that while her reveal was not ideal, at least it did not start a wildfire or cause harm to anybody as we all are familiar with by now. This, of course, is alluding to the California Wildfires that were caused by a gender reveal in Southern California earlier this September. The wildfires burned down over 7,000 acres in San Bernardino county. Twitter users wanted to make Teigen an example of what an unproblematic reveal could look like. Maybe she mentioned the pronoun, but she displace anyone or cause any damage. Twitter user, @skh4102, said, “it didn’t destroy millions of acres of forest and thousands of homes and businesses and also kill people.” Chrissy Teigen’s baby’s gender (assigned en utero) reveal was better than yours ✨and✨ it didn’t destroy millions of acres of forest and thousands of homes and businesses and also kill people. — sarah k harris (@skh4102) September 18, 2020 Hey look a gender reveal that didn’t displace thousands of people and animals and destroy a bunch of wildlife😍 congrats @chrissyteigen 💙 pic.twitter.com/yDjBILELaB — claire de lune (@ClaireMPLS) September 17, 2020 Oh wow – you did a gender reveal without burning down a state! Congrats (on the baby, and not burning down the state!) — Sean Conley (@seanwconley) September 17, 2020 Teigen even laughed about the joke herself while replying to a fan’s tweet saying, “no fires and no one shot in the d-ck.” She was referring to the viral video where a man got slammed in the crotch while shooting off a powder ‘bomb’ to reveal his child’s gender in early September. 😩 no fires and no one shot in the dick https://t.co/XivbQ8o5mq — chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 17, 2020 Chrissy is not shy about being totally open and honest about her body and her life, which is why she has such a cult following with over 13 million followers on Twitter and 31 million on Instagram. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend share two beautiful children, Luna, 4, and Miles, 2. Teigen has shared her journey with pregnancy, as they have struggled getting pregnant naturally and turned to IVF for previous pregnancies. Back in June, she took a pregnancy test before going in for surgery, and the test came back negative. A few weeks following her procedure, John and Chrissy round out that she indeed had been pregnant prior to the surgery, but luckily the baby and her are doing well. This lighthearted accident over Instagram on Teigen’s behalf, is honestly what we needed in 2020. No drama, no theatrics- just a funny mistake to lighten your week.
Carole Baskin, known for her role in the hit Netflix series “Tiger King,” officially debuted as a contestant on the new season of Dancing With the Stars this Monday. The 29th Season of Dancing With the Stars has experienced some changes this time around. This, of course, includes replacing their longtime host Tom Bergeron, but also featuring a very interesting set of guests. The one reveal that threw viewers for a loop was the “Tiger King” star herself. Carole Baskin. Killed her husband, whacked him. Can’t convince me that it didn’t happen. Fed him to tigers. They snackin’. What’s happening. Carole Baskin. #dwts pic.twitter.com/i6HRc9Gp53 — clcnyc77 (@clcnyc77) September 15, 2020 Baskin is the CEO of a tiger preserve called Big Cat Rescue. She is also infamous for her role in the hit Netflix series that drew the attention of millions at the beginning of quarantine. As arch-nemesis of Joe Exotic, Baskin easily became one of the most criticized and talked about people on the internet for months after the show’s initial release. omfg they did NOT purchase a tv spot during #dwts for Carole Baskin’s husband 😂😫 Savage pic.twitter.com/YZEY8Q1Vwe — b r i t t a n y (@weensandthings) September 15, 2020 During the premiere of Dancing With the Stars, Baskin made her debut and first dance to the track “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. With partner Pasha Pashkov, she performed the fox-trot and naturally, the internet went crazy. Baskin’s DWTS debut almost instantly became one of the most popular topics of conversation on Twitter. bro Carole Baskin on DWTS has me weakk😂 — fruit of loomss (@loomis98) September 16, 2020 WHY IS CAROLE BASKIN ON DANCING WITH THE STARS #dwts #carolebaskin — kurapikaswife (@vuliynaa) September 15, 2020 Some social media users wondered if any of the judges would put Baskin on blast for her suspicious past. Others argued that the show should disqualify the “Tiger King” star due to the authorities conducting an active investigation around her husband’s disappearance. And as a result, many poked fun at Baskin for her scores and warned the judges to watch their backs. the judges running to their cars to get home after they hear someone in the parking garage whisper “hey all you cool cats and kittens” after they gave carole baskin the worst score of the night #DWTS pic.twitter.com/cf1cYYz09b — kathleen (@kathleen_hanley) September 15, 2020 There are lots of questions and curiosities about why Baskin was chosen to be a part of this season. One theory is that her appearance would boost ratings and draw in a younger audience. However, regardless of the reasoning, many are surprised at the show for featuring an “alleged murderer” despite all of the backlash they have received online. In fact, the family of Don Lewis decided to take the opportunity to raise awareness about his disappearance during the show’s premiere. A commercial ran during Dancing With the Stars that promised a 100k reward to anyone with helpful information regarding Don Lewis’s disappearance and death. Carole Baskin's missing husband's family is running a commercial during her DWTS debut! This shit is crazy! Tiger King has the gift that keeps on giving. pic.twitter.com/127NN0zWJJ — MichaelBePetty (@MichaelBePetty) September 14, 2020 This commercial gained a lot of attention online. It was shared on and through a variety of social media platforms, including Twitter and Instagram. Many TikTok users decided to film and share the video to their pages as well. This development further proves the theory that DWTS is gaining popularity in a whole new demographic: younger generations. The majority of TikTok users and those who browse that particular application are teenagers or younger. This is not the typical Dancing With the Stars audience. A commercial that played during #DWTS from the family of Don Lewis, whose alleged murderer Carole Baskin is a featured “celebrity” on the show. This is an ongoing and open murder investigation. This woman is suspect #1 and should not be idolized. https://t.co/KhsH9XDobc — shelby ♡ (@shelbymiller92) September 15, 2020 Videos of the commercial almost instantly went viral on TikTok, along with some entertaining reactions. Publications such as CBS and Variety even decided to highlight and draw attention to the ad in recent articles. After watching “Tiger King,” the vast majority of viewers came to the conclusion that Baskin had killed her ex-husband, Don Lewis. Lewis went missing a day before he was supposed to take a trip to Costa Rica, but his body was never found. The widely-believed theory is that she fed him to her tigers. Joe Exotic has claimed that this theory is true and completely accurate. He even made sure to remind viewers of the theory multiple times and provided information throughout “Tiger King” to attempt to back it up. Baskin and Exotic both own tiger preserves, but argued over animal rights issues and specifically how Joe was treating the animals he owned. They should let Joe Exotic out of prison on furlough so he can compete against Carole Baskin on DWTS and whoever loses first goes to prison. — m (@MercedesKills) September 16, 2020 This has been a controversial season of DWTS already. Their decision to replace Tom Bergeron with Tyra Banks sparked online debate immediately after it was announced. Also, Derek Hough stepping in as a judge instead of as a dancer has caused mixed reactions as well. It seems as though Dancing With the Stars is attempting to rebrand and change things up nearly 30 years after the show’s official premiere. Friendly reminder that Tom Bergeron being fired from #DWTS is ageist, Tyra Banks is a terrible host, and Carole Baskin killed her husband. — nashBBfan (@nashBBfan) September 15, 2020 Carole Baskin may or may not be a murderer, but she still remains a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. And if one thing is certain, this is going to be a very interesting season. What do you think of Carole Baskin’s dancing? We may not know much about the evidence or investigation into Don Lewis’ death, but we can definitely judge her talent every Monday on ABC.
On September 16th, Kim Kardashian West’s shape wear company, Skims, will have released their new maternity line but the release comes with controversy. The new line will offer “sculpting” bodysuits, bras, shorts and briefs specially designed for pregnant, and nursing women. According to Kim’s Instagram, the line, “offers the best in comfort and support for your changing body during and after pregnancy.” The Controversy As soon as the brand announced the shape wear, disappointed celebrities and twitter users flooded Kim Kardashian with angry and concerned tweets concerning the body image of pregnant and postpartum women. Social media users were concerned about why pregnant women need shape wear, claiming that women should be proud of their pregnancy and not ashamed of their changing bodies. This comes after years of the Kardashian-Jenner family promoting a specific body type which was encouraged with waist trainers and spandex shape wear; not to mention the pressure they placed on themselves to lose baby weight following the birth of each of their children. Fans are worried that this is, once again, the Kardashian’s imposing unhealthy body image. And it is especially sensitive because it is now affecting pregnant women. Celebrities and fans alike took to twitter to give Kim and Skims a piece of their mind. The celebrity that started the conversation about Kim’s new line was Jameela Jamil. The Good Place actress shared her concern over Twitter, the same day the announcement for the line dropped. She said, “It would be so cool if pregnant people could just be allowed to be pregnant and get bigger and not be self conscious, and enjoy the miracle taking place inside their body and not have to worry about feeling embarrassed/shamed that their body is changing for an amazing reason.” It would be so cool if pregnant people could just be allowed to be pregnant and get bigger and not be self conscious, and enjoy the miracle taking place inside their body and not have to worry about feeling embarrassed/shamed that their body is changing for an amazing reason. — Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) September 13, 2020 This started a slew of responses aiming at both Jamil and the maternity shape wear. Some were parents who had previously faced body image issues surrounding their pregnancies. My dad came over after I hadn’t seen him for weeks due to lockdown and said ‘oh you’ve got fatter!’ And I knew he meant more pregnant but it left me feeling so insecure for the rest of the week. Nobody should be commenting on anyone else’s size ever. Ever. Pregnant or not — Alex (@malexwalex) September 13, 2020 For me, it was the time afterwards where I felt more pressure.'When will you be losing the weight?''Are you pregnant again? Oh, you just haven't lost your weight yet.' I'm proud of what my body did and I'm in no rush to look like I did before my son was born ❤ — Laura Vance (@laurajaynefox1) September 13, 2020 Standing by Maternity Shape Wear But the majority of comments were focused around Jamil’s lack of expertise in the pregnancy realm. Many parents in the comments were quick to point out the functionality of maternity shape wear, which has existed years before the Skims launch. In Kardashian-West’s defense, the shape wear is to better support a pregnant person’s growing tummy and the physical pressure on a person’s body. having been pregnant 4 times it was really hard to find decent support for my belly, easing off my pelvis. I had to wear a belly band. Kim k’s maternity skims aren’t ‘shapewear’ they’re support. And I only hope more places start to sell something similar. — G (@elvonhar) September 13, 2020 Everyone criticizing #skims and @KimKardashian clearly have never met a pregnant person. You know they make pregnancy belts to hold up bellies, right? This shape wear is just that but cute. #chillout — Nicole (@smallinstature) September 14, 2020 @KimKardashian bravo on Maternity Skims! I wish I had this support when I was carrying my children. — Fay (@Fayizzle) September 14, 2020 This tweet even went as far as to claim that those in opposition to the launch are not taking pregnant disabled people into consideration. It’s also extremely ableist to assume that because you can do something with ease that everyone else will be able to. I imagine this doesn’t just help the average pregnant person but anyone carrying who might have disabilities of some kind.Very narrow minded indeed. — ~ ~ ~ ~ (@toltorg) September 14, 2020 Kim K’s Response Kim Kardashian-West was quick to respond to all the tweets, and responses flooding in about the controversy. She took to Twitter to release a statement. The KUWTK star said, “To anyone who has an issue with maternity solutionwear, and if you haven’t been pregnant before you may not know the struggle of what it’s like carrying all of this weight the way I did along with millions of strong women, @skims maternity line is not to slim but to support.” Based on the majority of positive feedback we have received so far from pregnant women around the world, I am incredibly proud to provide a solution that will provide comfort and support during the times that we all need it most, during pregnancy and after. — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 13, 2020 She followed her initial comeback with retweets and screenshots of mothers showing their support for her brand and new line. Not only did her fans back her up, but her famous friends did as well. Most notably, Chrissy Teigen ran to Kim K’s defense. On her instagram, the model and cookbook author, showed off her Skims while pregnant with her third child. She told her followers that she was not trying to look any slimmer, but just wanted to feel more comfortable. Many people assumed that this was Teigen’s way of digging at Jamil’s previous tweet. Jamil was quick to let everyone know that the model’s post was not about her. Just Spoke to Chrissy. She wasn’t talking about me in her video at all. The garbage way that tabloids try to set women upon each other to create a fantasy bitch fight for entertainment is so disgusting and archaic. We all know each other… you can’t just make shit up about us.🖕🏽 pic.twitter.com/tCuTQjQeYD — Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) September 14, 2020 Drama seems to follow Kim Kardashian wherever she goes. This is not the first time her brand has faced controversy. In 2019, Kim originally planned to name her company ‘Kimono,’ which was followed by severe backlash, as the name was clearly appropriation of Japanese culture. While the launch of Skims maternity line was met with anger, it was immensely welcomed by pregnant women among Twitter.
Marvel actor Chris Evans gave his fans an unexpected look into his personal life during an Instagram live session on Saturday night when he unintentionally shared a nude picture of himself. Fans of Evans were quick to defend him and they demanded we respect the actor and his privacy. These reactions have sparked a conversation about sexism on the internet, specifically questioning why female celebrities face much different treatment upon accidental releases of their nudes. In a since deleted post, the scandalous picture of Evans left the internet in a pandemonium. People all over the world were in shock and awe as the picture was quickly circulated on Twitter. (If you find yourself curious and want to do some digging, make sure you’re not using a work computer when searching). But, rather than make fun of Evans or hyper sexualize the image, fans are calling for censorship and to respect the privacy of Evans. Thousands of people are trying to acknowledge that Chris Evans has brought a lot of good into the world. Even outside his hit films, he is known for charity work and sincere generosity. Therefore, fans argue we shouldn’t judge him on this one mistake. In an attempt to change the narrative, the internet exploded with fans praising the actor for his other assets. Wanna know why Chris Evans is trending? Cuz he's the sweetest, kindest person and is a brilliant actor. pic.twitter.com/5q5Xwbvsxl — cosmicstark (@cosmicstark1) September 13, 2020 i don’t know i’m just really in love with chris evans’ smile pic.twitter.com/X0dr9XdK3x — nicole (@moonIightevans) September 13, 2020 Guys remember. He is a genuinely kind and sweet guy with anxiety we should respect his privacy, he deserves it🥺🥺 — ᴍᴀʀɪᴀᴍ ᴋʜᴀɴ♡ (@immariamkha_n) September 13, 2020 Clearly, privacy and sensitivity are important values to users of the internet, but it seems a bit ironic. (The internet, of all places, is saying we should work together to keep things more private.) While others agree we should treat Chris Evans with kindness, they can’t help but wonder why women don’t get the same treatment when they have nude photos released on the web. Chris Evans accidentally leaked a nude photo. For the most part, social media has rallied around him. Nobody called him a slut. Nobody insisted he was an attention whore. Nobody thinks his career is ruined. We need to give women this same love & respect. 💯💯💯#ChrisEvans — Anne Boleyn (Sussex Supporter) (@TudorChick1501) September 13, 2020 I loved the way how people are supporting #ChrisEvans with so much positivity and love to keep his mental health in sound state. I really wish and hope that if a girl's nudes are leaked unintentionally, we people will help her in the same way instead of just slut shaming her!🤞❤️ pic.twitter.com/Z8h6inenun — Priya (@priyarameshhh) September 13, 2020 It’s clear that regardless of his beloved acting and generosity, Chris Evans is getting much different treatment on the web because he is a man.This accidentally leaked explicit image is creating meaningful conversations on the patriarchy, sexism and the treatment of women in Hollywood. Actress Kat Dennings took to Twitter to comment the following: The public respect for Chris Evans’ privacy/feelings is wonderful. Wouldn’t it be nice if it extended to women when this kind of thing happens? — Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) September 13, 2020 Unfortunately, throughout the history of the internet, women have been far less lucky and privileged to their privacy when incidents like this occur. For example, back in 2014, Jennifer Lawrence was a victim of the ‘Celebgate’ hacking ring and had her explicit photos published online anonymously. News sites and social media users were quick to blame Lawrence, saying female celebrities should always be prepared for a hacking and need to avoid taking sexual photos if they don’t want them out for public consumption someday. @EmWatson @megturney Simply ask yourself, why in the hell you're putting your nude pics on a device that is 24/7 connected to internet — Fabio Bertozzi (@fabiobrtz) September 2, 2014 Lawrence spoke with Vanity Fair about the incident and said that, “just because I’m a public figure…does not mean I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting.” Talk show host, Wendy Williams, responded to Lawrence’s statement by saying, “Um, it’s not your choice, it’s in the Cloud and I’ve looked several times. So I guess I’m disgusting for looking?” She proceeded to tell her audience that essentially Lawrence is to blame for the photos leaking because she took them in the first place. [embedded content] As you can see, it’s not just fans who have a vastly different perspective, but also the media outlets. They report on these incidents differently based on if it is a man or a woman. We have yet to find an article or publication that is condemning Evans or saying he shouldn’t have taken a photo like he did in the first place. It is fair to note too that more often than not, women are hacked and the photos are stolen from them, whereas in the case of Chris Evans, he essentially hacked himself. It’s safe to say privacy was the last thing Lawrence got from the public or the media. We have to wonder what needs to happen in order for women to get the same respect and treatment as their male counterparts. It’s great that six years later, Chris Evans is treated with more respect, but we hope this respect will also be given to the next female actress with leaked photos. Evans has not made a public statement on the photos as of Monday morning. While he should not be condemned for his accidental nude leak, the same should go for his female peers, without question. In the end, this accident has resulted in meaningful discussion which will hopefully bring serious reform when it comes to the privacy and respect of others on the internet. What do y’all think? Would every celebrity be met with this much respect and love? Is the respect only given to the one and only Captain America? Is he really getting special treatment because he is a man? Or, will we ever respect the privacy of female celebrities on the internet? We want to know your thoughts!
Famous Youtube creators were able to get small business loans after the pandemic left many of these large creator-based companies unable to pay their employees. But after further research, we were left wondering if the loans were being used properly by these YouTubers. The YouTubers who applied and received these Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans, included major names such as Mr. Beast and Jeffree Star. This caused some controversy as people are questioning if they should have even received the money to begin with. Background Mr. Beast is a popular YouTube creator, flaunting over 42 million subscribers. His videos consist of click-bait challenges with contestants winning large cash prizes upwards of $1 million and other prizes including houses and lamborghinis. Outside of his lavish YouTube competitions, he donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities and people in need, which is often documented on his YouTube channel. Donating to charities is always commendable, especially if you have the platform and means to do so, but there are many videos on his channel consisting of his friends competing in challenges and winning prizes up to $800,000. The Controversy Peoples heads began to turn, when the news came out that Mr. Beast’s YouTube company got between $350,000 and $1 million in pandemic relief funds. Knowing his history, people were cautious about how he was actually going to use the money. A tweet by @barmaidalexis stated, “Love that Mr. Beast is taking funds for what’s basically a lottery channel, but none of the small restaurants I knew could get a loan.” And they have a valid reason to feel distressed by extremely popular YouTubers like Mr. Beast receiving these large small business loans. Mr. Beast is not the only one who caught people’s attention around this issue. The infamous-as-ever Jeffree Star was yet another content creator who also took advantage of the PPP loans. Jeffree Star has over 17 million subscribers on YouTube. He also owns the multi-million dollar company Jeffree Star Cosmetics that is sold online and in stores. He, just as Mr. Beast, received between $350,000 and $1 million dollars in relief funds. People are concerned that big companies, like Star Cosmetics, are able to receive large sums of money in relief loans, while smaller businesses that actually need the money, are not receiving anything from the Payment Protection Program. One tweet by @jean_mate1 says, “Jeffree Star received federal relief loans that were meant for small businesses! Excuse me? Why are people who already make a good amount of money getting these relief loans? It’s not for them.” With Jeffree Star’s net worth around $200 million and his constant flaunting of designer bags and custom painted sports cars, it is no surprise people are upset and rattled by his cashing in of the relief fund. Frustration Many other people took to Twitter to voice their frustration on the issue How tf are you flexing while taking federal relief loans out of the hands of small businesses?!? — Dan 🧸 (@yaaauur) September 10, 2020 Just a reminder that Jefree Star’s company applied/was approved for a ppp small business loan while jeffree himself bought a new super car, a ranch and multiple designer items etc. why do u need $1 million from the government?? Tax payers aren’t meant to fund ur business u are — luna (@lunaramart) September 11, 2020 It is important to remember that both of these companies are almost run completely online. This includes their online shops and YouTube channels that receive major traffic, regardless of the pandemic. This is all happening while small businesses have lost storefronts and physical foot traffic and still can be denied what these YouTube creators have cashed in on. Both, Mr. Beast and Jeffree Star have been posting content throughout the pandemic, which is driving in profit. Star in particular has felt no shame in showing off excessively expensive purchases made while in quarantine, while requesting relief funds for his employees and companies. This is not to say that these Youtubers do not deserve the relief fund, but it does make one wonder the legitimacy of their request and approval for the large loans and why other small businesses have been denied such mercy in the face of the pandemic.