As the election approaches, fewer people seem to be watching “Saturday Night Live” each week. It’s normal for ratings to dip from a show’s premiere, digital views are surely decent, and SNL is only three weeks into its latest season. Still, we’re heading into the weirdest election in recent memory and the famed sketch show hauled in A-List talent to
Pete Davidson Calls Out JK Rowling for Being Transphobic It is not exactly news that J.K Rowling has been quite vocal about her transphobic opinions, much to the disappointment of fans around the world. The controversy started around June, when Rowling retweeted an article discussing menstrual hygiene products, mocking its use of the phrase “people who menstruate”. ‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate https://t.co/cVpZxG7gaA — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020 Undeterred by the criticism she received in response, she went on: If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020 She has since made other, increasingly problematic comments online, including a thread saying that “we’re on the brink of a medical scandal” and most recently, the author shared a link on Twitter to a shop selling anti-transgender items, including badges that say “F**k your pronouns” and “Notorious Transphobe”. Earlier this year, Rowling also wrote a personal essay trying to explain her stance on transgender rights. In it she expressed her belief that certain demands by transgender activists present a danger to cis-women. The essay, which some critics called a “transphobic manifesto” earned her considerable backlash online. To make matters worse, last month Rowling released the latest book in her “Cormoran Strike” series. The novel, called “Troubled Blood” is a mystery where (spoiler alert) the murderer is a cis-man who dresses up as a woman in order to kill his victims. Given Rowling’s history, people picked up on the transphobia behind the theme pretty quickly. The novel’s release therefore renewed the controversy surrounding the author, and the hashtag #RIPJKRowling started trending on twitter, with many comments saying that Rowling may still be alive but her career is most likely dead. in memory of jk rowling. she ain’t dead, but she killed her own career by proudly hating trans people & no one would really miss her that much anyway #ripjkrowling pic.twitter.com/H6akxK0cVv — patback (@memeforhire) September 14, 2020 JK Rowling: Continues being an unapologetic TERF Me: Hopelessly praying that it will soon be revealed that Rowling did not write Harry Potter and in fact Gilderoy Lockharted the work of another writer who is actually a good person so I can enjoy my fav books again #RIPJKRowling pic.twitter.com/PLXfHGPSRu — Tuğçe Gizem Çelik (@gzemcelik) September 14, 2020 Rowling’s hateful comments online also started a trend of pretending that the Harry Potter series had no author, or no one knew who had written it, so that people could enjoy the beloved novels without guilt or without associating it with the writer. Various celebrities have since spoken out against Rowling’s transphobic tweets. Most noticeably Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who played the main characters in the Harry Potter movies, expressed their support for the trans community. Daniel Radcliffe wrote: “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.” Rupert told the Times :“I firmly stand with the trans community. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment.” and Emma Watson tweeted “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.” Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are. — Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) June 10, 2020 Most recently, Pete Davidson called her out in an SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment. You can check it out here [embedded content] Davidson echoed a lot of the author’s fans’ (or former fans) feelings about the controversy when he said he was “hurt” by her comments, which he called “very disappointing”. The comedian added “I long for a few years ago, when the worst things she did were those Fantastic Beasts movies. No discrimination there, they harmed us all equally.” Davidson also joked that he’s never getting another tattoo. He explains that he got a Harry Potter tattoo “because, you know I’m not psychic, I didn’t know J.K Rowling was going to go all Mel Gibson on us!” The comedian also pointed out how Rowling’s views on trans rights don’t make sense given she is not only a fiction writer, she has authored a series of popular fantasy novels filled with magic and mystical beings. “What’s wrong with her? She creates a seven-book fantasy series about all types of mythical creatures living in harmony with wizards and elves and the one thing she can’t wrap her head around is Laverne Cox?” Davidson joked.
With coronavirus in the picture, a lot of people and shows have had to make unexpected changes. “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) kicked off its premiere on Saturday night where actor Alec Baldwin played President Donald Trump and actor Jim Carrey portrayed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. In the cold open, the two played out the first presidential debate which took
From secret weddings to cheating allegations, we have all been aboard Cardi B’s and Offset’s emotional rollercoaster as they climbed hills and encountered steep drops. However, as they neared their third wedding anniversary, the rappers have decided to unbuckle their seatbelts and end their wild ride. After overwhelming evidence of Offset repeatedly cheating throughout their relationship, Cardi B finally had enough. On Tuesday, Cardi B’s lawyer submitted documents in Atlanta to divorce Offset and request full custody of their two-year old daughter Kulture. However, on Wednesday morning Cardi B made some adjustments as she disagreed with the terms her lawyer asked for. She wants an “amicable” divorce and a healthy co-parenting relationship with her daughter’s father. Relationship Timeline In attempts to keep their personal lives on the down low, Offset and Cardi B secretly got married in September 2017, but Offset publicly proposed in October – a month after they were already married. After months of keeping people in the dark on their marital status, the husband and wife revealed the truth in June 2018. However, the secrets did not end there. For a while, Cardi B held her pregnancy a secret as she wanted people to focus on her music rather than her personal life. When it became impossible to hide her pregnancy, Cardi B shocked fans as she boasted her pregnant body during her performance on SNL in April 2018. Cardi B officially reveals her pregnancy on #SNL https://t.co/EsbqDvIny7 pic.twitter.com/ePl3kEsyHx — Rap-Up (@RapUp) April 8, 2018 Although their relationship had many milestones, there were rocks in the road as videos resurfaced of Offset cheating on Cardi B in December 2017 and January 2018. Despite pressure from fans to leave him, Cardi B stuck by his side. But a year later, Cardi B announced on Instagram that the couple had broken up and she’s looking into getting a divorce. Aww the way Cardi B is talking? pic.twitter.com/CNNsEmB7sp — AbikeArab Money? (@papaya_ex) September 16, 2020 Shortly after their breakup went public, Offset confessed that he missed his wife and ambushed Cardi B onstage during the Rolling Loud music festival with signs asking her to take him back. After a month of Offset’s multiple grand gestures, the couple got back together at the end of January 2019. For over a year, it seemed that their marriage was going strong as the couple expressed their love for each other on social media – especially this summer. But it seems Offset has not learned his lesson as many women have come forward exposing their affairs with the Migos member, leading Cardi B to finally divorce him. Divorce Details According to TMZ, the original court documents stated that the couple have been separated for some time and Cardi B has no intention of getting back together with Offset. Cardi B’s lawyer requested for an “equitable share of marital assets,” which leads us to assume that – unlike many other celebrity marriages – there was no prenup when the rappers got married. Also, the lawyer asked for Cardi B to get full custody of her daughter and for Offset to pay child support and legal expenses. However, Cardi B was surprised by the stance her lawyer was taking, which led her to make some changes on Wednesday morning. In the new documents, she wants Offset to have joint custody of their daughter and to not be forced to give any financial support. She wants this divorce to be smooth and friendly. The exes are set to appear in court on November 4 to determine the official terms of their divorce. Twitter Responses Although this is a serious and saddening situation for the two parties involved, people are taking to Twitter to create memes and jokes about their divorce. Cardi B is known for her sexual and explicit songs, and many are analyzing the lyrics to her song ‘WAP’ to explain why Offset was unfaithful. However, many are slut-shaming Cardi B in the process. Cardi B should’ve really learned to cook & clean for Offset instead of just relying on that WAP… didn’t get her too far after all. — DeAnna Lorraine ?? (@DeAnna4Congress) September 15, 2020 I guess it ain't a WAP, her husband still get real WAP LOLWHAT does that ring mean now. Since you dont cook or clean. — MomaShugg (@MommaShugg1) September 16, 2020 Lol. So my question is: Does Cardi have that WAP if he cheating???? — La'Marcus (@Markkhuz) September 16, 2020 Cardi B doesn’t cook, she doesn’t clean and she can’t keep a man like my ex. @iamcardib. Shame — Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) September 15, 2020 Cardi b : “I don’t cook, I don’t clean” Offset: pic.twitter.com/fiXuPxXcqf — NJ? (@gIazersdead) September 15, 2020 Even though Cardi B has some haters, Offset has even more. Because of their past, most are commenting on Offset’s serial cheating habits. Offset trynna figure out why Cardi is divorcing him after cheating on her pic.twitter.com/hsBRclRBB6 — ✌️ (@AmirMuhammadAli) September 15, 2020 Cardi B: i want a divorce Offset after cheating on her a billion times: pic.twitter.com/11VOiXMJI5 — Active (@heypeopleexx) September 15, 2020 Cardi b : we’re getting a divorce i don’t deserve this Offset unblocking every insta model cardi made him block : pic.twitter.com/KE8VVDNA7W — ⚔️Jeremy | Replay 〄 (@gardenpanty) September 15, 2020 Amid the news of Cardi B’s divorce, she has been receiving lots of love and support from her fans – including Lizzo. Lizzo sent Cardi flowers. We love a genuine friendship. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/83yTP81VLj — Fan Account | #BLM (@BardiUpdatess) September 16, 2020 Cardi B. is powerful!! In every way! Mind and heart. And she needs a partner that embraces that, is in awe of that, cherishes that, is in reverence of that, and delights in that. — Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) September 15, 2020 I'm not surprised cardi B is divorceing offset. She's sitting with presidential candidates & looking to make change. He's been cheating on her since day one. She just outgrew him. — ?? Quinn ???? (@Quinn510_) September 16, 2020 It’s so sad to watch so many people talking down on Cardi B as if she is the one in the wrong. Like I always say, celebrity women get cheated on bc these men are jealous of them in their stardom & are trying to publicly humiliate them to make themselves feel confident. — ABM (@imani_yvonne2) September 16, 2020 How do you feel about Cardi B’s and Offset’s divorce? Will the divorce be as friendly as Cardi B hopes?