Nathan Apodaca Is Selling His Viral ‘Dreams’ TikTok as an NFT

Nathan “Doggface” Apodaca is auctioning off his viral skateboarding video as an NFT.

Last year, the TikTok star shot to internet fame for the ultra-vibey clip, which is soundtracked by Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 hit “Dreams” and sees him skating down a freeway ramp with a bottle of cranberry juice in hand. And now, bidders have the chance to obtain the original TikTok as an NFT — or non-fungible token — which proves ownership and authenticity by recording the sale through non-duplicable blockchain technology.

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According to TMZ, Apodaca will put the video up for auction on Rarible this Friday, with bids starting at $500,000. That said, the NFT video won’t include “Dreams” and will have the Ocean Spray logo blurred out from the bottle of cranberry juice. For rights reason, of course.

But what’s he planning on using the money for? Well, apparently he wants to buy his parents a home and help fund a new event center in his hometown of Idaho Falls, Idaho. So if you have the Ethereum to spend, know that it’s going to a good cause.

Fleetwood Mac (This is the one) thanks everyone VIBE,VIBES, VIBEZZZZZZZ

Read TMZ’s full report, here.

Photo courtesy of Nathan Apodaca

Checking Up on Blu DeTiger

The pandemic helped New York bassist Blu DeTiger (actual real name: Blu DeTiger) find her audience, and blow it the fuck up. Her funky covers of songs — from Prince to Kali Uchis — started going viral on TikTok, where she’s built a fan base now well into the millions. Throughout this past year, the platform became DeTiger’s playground to document the journey of writing, recording and finalizing her debut EP, How Did We Get Here?, out now.

Twenty one-year-old DeTiger’s sweeping online fandemonium doesn’t come without a serious background to support it, though. She started playing bass at age seven, expertly honing her skills, before later playing gigs throughout downtown Manhattan at iconic venues like CBGB, as well as touring with artists like Caroline Polachek and Fletcher.

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This generational understanding of what hits online mixed with her studied musical expertise finds DeTiger at a winning intersection on her breakout seven-track effort, with its funky approach to pop that uses NYC as a backdrop. On EP opener, “Figure It Out,” DeTiger settles into her groove, before “Vintage” takes off with a warm, nostalgic chorus: “I’m a vintage girl hangin’ with the flashback kids,” she sings. “I need a vintage boy for my outfit.”

There’s an ease to DeTiger’s music, which simmers near the middle with an instrumental, “disco banger but you’re crying in the bathroom,” that sounds exactly how pre-COVID hangouts felt. EP highlight, “Night Shade,” surges into a sunset banger and the absolute perfect hook, “Your heart beats/ On the roof on the corner of Canal Street,” as “Cotton Candy Lemonade” continues her city escapade. “I wanna get lost with you,” DeTiger sings, riding a motorcycle in the music video.

Below, PAPER recently checked up on DeTiger to learn more about her everyday life in quarantine and the “supercharged nostalgia” that inspired this new EP.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

Check my phone.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?

Check my phone.

Have you texted an ex yet in isolation?

I haven’t, but an ex has texted me… It’s a long story and maybe I’ll tell it one day. I actually wrote a song about it, but I’m not sure it will ever come out!

Who’s the last person you hugged?

My mom.

What’s your go-to delivery order?


What was the last concert you attended?

One I played at! It was in London on March 11th, 2020.

Where is the first place you’ll travel once the world opens up again?

A concert venue.

What website do you visit the most?


What’s one thing you’ve learned this year that you didn’t know this time last year?

How Zoom works.

How have you managed to stay creative in quarantine?

By trying to let go of pressure and do what I feel.

How has the state of the world impacted your music-making?

It’s impossible not to be affected. For me, a theme that I kept coming back to was missing IRL interactions. I never thought I’d be writing nostalgic songs about a night out in 2016 or crying in the bathroom at a club. The way I approached it was with some supercharged nostalgia for the recent past.

What is the role of a musician in 2021?

I think it’s the same as it always is: tap into your creative source and make something that resonates with yourself and potentially others.

Stream How Did We Get Here? by Blu DeTiger, below.

Photos courtesy of Blu DeTiger

Internet Theory Claims Influencers Don’t Use Actual Mirrors For Their Mirror Selfies

A new internet theory claims that influencers don’t use actual mirrors to take their mirror selfies.

According to BuzzFeed News, the staged selfie conspiracy started last month after model/influencer Kara Del Toro posted a TikTok about “a top-secret secret for all the top blogger mirror pictures you see.”

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“So here’s the secret: There’s no mirror,” she said. “All you need is a second phone or spare camera.” That’s right, apparently they use a second camera to shoot the actual photos in which they just pretend to hold up their phone in a mirror. Not only that, but the dead giveaway is a lack of the small bumps, smudges, or glares that tend to come with a real-life mirror.

Which leaves one last question: Why? Well, according to Del Toro, it’s just an easy way to fake an “effortless,” “in the moment” fit check without featuring your face.

“It’s just kind of a trend right now and it’s an easy way to hide your face if you just aren’t feeling it that day, which is totally fine,” she previously told BuzzFeed News. “The mirrorless trick is just a game changer. It’s great because you can do it anywhere.”

Needless to say, the internet’s been losing its mind over the revelation since then, with everyone wondering what’s real and what’s fake — not to mention several influencers refuting claims that they’ve faked their past pics.

In any case, you can watch Del Toro’s original video about the mirror trick, below.


Secrets bloggers don’t want you to know part 1 ##greenscreen ##selfie ##phototips ##blogger ##model

♬ original sound – Kara Del Toro

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Elon Musk Has Officially Changed His Title to ‘Technoking of Tesla’

Elon Musk has a grandiose new title.

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the billionaire had changed his title from “Chief Executive” to “Technoking of Tesla” — perhaps in a nod to his burgeoning Soundcloud career. And even better? He’s also apparently changed Tesla CFO Zach Kirkhorn’s position to the much more exciting title of “Master of Coin.”

“Effective as of March 15, 2021, the titles of Elon Musk and Zach Kirkhorn have changed to Technoking of Tesla and Master of Coin, respectively,” the electric car company said in a new regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

And while Tesla didn’t respond to inquiries about the rationale behind the title switch-up, the publication speculated that Kirkhorn’s new designation could reflect the company’s “ambitions around cryptocurrency” following Tesla’s $1.5 billion Bitcoin investment and plans to accept the cryptocurrency as payment for cars.

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No word yet though on what exactly the SEC thinks. That said, it should be noted that Musk’s past tweet about his plan to sell Tesla stocks at “$420” a share led the regulatory body to sue him for securities fraud in 2018.

“Musk stated that he rounded up the price to $420 because he had recently learned about the number’s significance in marijuana culture and thought his girlfriend ‘would find it funny, which admittedly is not a great reason to pick a price,” the complaint read, before asserting that Musk falsely insinuated that he had secured funding for the public-to-private buyout, which was misleading to shareholders.

Read the WSJ’s full report, here.

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‘Harry Potter’ Star Katie Leung Said She Was Told to Deny Receiving Racist Fan Attacks

Harry Potter star Katie Leung says she was told by publicists to deny receiving racist attacks from fans online.

Earlier this week, the Chinese-Scottish actor — who played Cho Chang in the fantasy franchise — opened up about her experience with racist harassment from the fandom after being cast in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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“I was Googling myself at one point, and I was on this website, which was kind of dedicated to the Harry Potter fandom,” she said on a new episode of the “Chinese Chippy Girl” podcast. “I remember reading all the comments. And, yeah, it was a lot of racist shit.”

According to Leung, she was 16 when she landed the role and didn’t receive any media training beforehand. However, what she did recall was the publicists telling her to say that the racist attacks weren’t happening — even after she found an entire “hate site” dedicated to her.

“I remember them saying to me, ‘Oh, look Katie, we haven’t seen these, these websites that people are talking about. And you know, if you get asked that, just say it’s not true. Say it’s not happening,'” she said. “And I just nodded my head. I was like, ‘Okay, okay,’ even though I had seen it myself with my own eyes. I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, I’ll just say everything’s great.'”

And though Leung went on to say that she was “really fucking grateful that I was in the position I was in,” she also added that she keep saying, “‘Oh I wish I’d maybe said something.’ But you can’t do that.”

That said, as Entertainment Weekly reported, Leung has previously talked about the racism she experienced in a 2016 interview with The Herald, saying, “I can’t remember much about that part of it because I was so in denial of what was happening.”

“I put it to the back of my mind,” she said. “I don’t know if that is the best way to deal with it, but that is naturally what I did in order to move on and be a good actor.”

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Beeple NFT Artwork Sells For $69 Million

A JPG file created by digital artist Beeple has just sold for a record-breaking $69.3 million.

On Thursday, “Everydays — The First Five Thousand Days” — a digital collage assembled from images posted by Beeples every day since 2007 — officially became the third most expensive work sold by a living artist at auction, according to a statement from Christie’s auction house.

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Recently, NFTs — or nonfungible tokens, typically purchased with Ethereum crytocurrency — have become the hottest new online commodity, as the purchase of one gives buyers proof of ownership and authenticity by recording the sale through a secure, non-duplicable blockchain.

“Everydays” is just the latest high-profile sale of an NFT artwork on the heels of Grimes selling $6 million worth of digital art earlier this month.

Additionally, Beeples previously sold another piece titled “Crossroad” last month for $6.6 million via online marketplace Nifty Gateway. That said, the sale of “Everydays” is also historic in the sense that it’s the first purely digital NFT work to be auctioned off at Christie’s.

“Artists have been using hardware and software to create artwork and distribute it on the internet for the last 20 plus years but there was never a real way to truly own and collect it,” Beeple said in a statement. “I believe we are witnessing the beginning of the next chapter in art history, digital art.”

Photo courtesy of Christie’s

Mark Bryan Gets Taxidermied for Fashion

Mark Bryan is one of the only good things to come out of 2020. The 61-year-old grandfather of four, who moved from Texas to Germany where he now works in robotics engineering and coaches a football team, looks incredible in a pencil skirt and six-inch stilettos. “Maybe it’s because the heels make me feel a little taller,” Bryan told PAPER of his viral uniform, which he’s developed in response to “boring” menswear that sticks to a dress code of “black pants, navy pants, brown pants and grey pants.”

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Fittingly, Bryan has now landed a fashion campaign, lending his legs to Amsterdam’s Ninamounah, who transformed him into stylish taxidermy for their Spring 2021 collection, Nest. Helmed by Designer Ninamounah Langestraat and Brand Director Robin Burggraaf, Ninamounah wanted to produce imagery that reflected an era of extreme isolation — when everything came to a stop and we were forced to nurture our own environments from within isolation.

“Taxidermy boxes are a standstill of time,” Ninamounah said in a statement, explaining how the campaign presents its models inside the brand’s habitat. “Which makes the object in it preserve its essence and the morbid beauty that is inside of it. When you assemble a taxidermy display, you have the opportunity to completely fill it in as you need. We let our imagination take over and created a nest — a safe place.”

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A bit of research unveiled how the Netherlands first attempted mounting in the 1600s when an affluent Dutch trader brought back exotic birds after traveling to the former Dutch indies. “All the birds died of suffocation, but because they wanted to preserve the beauty of these birds they stuffed them in cotton,” according to the brand. “They put the birds on display in taxidermy boxes in natural positions to signify the exotic beauty of traveling abroad.”

This is why there are direct allusions to birds in Ninamounah’s taxidermy displays, with models — Iekeliene Stange, Karina Zharmukhambetova and Kobus — wearing beaks on their faces and feathers decorating their legs. One model’s eyeshadow even looks like a bird’s wing. “The nest is a womb, a home, a place to grow and reflect,” Ninamounah previously told PAPER of this collection, building off a brand history that explores the intersection between animals and humans.

Photography: Blommers & Schumm

Art direction: Ferdi Sibbel

Set design: Pieter Eliëns

Makeup: Kathinka Gernant

Hair: La Toya Velberg

Manicure: Frédérique Olthuis

Prosthetics: Carola Brockhoff

Lady Gaga’s ‘House of Gucci’ Photo Sparks Memes

A sneak peek at Lady Gaga‘s new film has already sparked a slew of memes.

On Tuesday, the star shared a photo of herself and co-star Adam Driver on-set for Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci, which focuses on the Patrizia Reggiani-orchestrated murder of her ex-husband, Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci.

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Captioned “Signore e Signora Gucci,” the wintry ski resort snap shows Gaga, posing in an all-black look accented with chunky gold jewelry and a white fur hat, alongside Driver, who’s outfitted in a white cable-knit sweater and retro glasses.

Signore e Signora Gucci #HouseOfGucci

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 9, 2021

And as an opulent photo that practically screams “insane wealth,” it didn’t take long for the pic to go viral, with many joking that Gaga and Driver were their long-lost parents.

Pictures of your parents when they were younger be like

— comedycentral (@ComedyCentral) March 9, 2021

A normal portrait of my biological parents on holiday

— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) March 10, 2021

your stepmother and i are just checking in from the vacation. make sure you take your sister to soccer practice.

— Mark Berman (@markberman) March 9, 2021

They look like step-siblings that got married after murdering their parents

— Dave Weasel (@DaveWeasel) March 10, 2021

Hi mom and dad

— Chili’s Grill & Bar (@Chilis) March 9, 2021

Meanwhile, others decided to hone in on Driver’s cozy knits, which they claimed looked just like Chris Evans’s sweater in Knives Out. And it even got to the point where the official Knives Out Twitter account began joking about the striking costuming similarities, writing, “naw this is from Knives Out 2.”

Let the stanning begin!#LadyGaga AND #AdamDriver?!
And wow, that Chris Evans sweater gets around😜#HouseOfGucci

— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) March 9, 2021

thank you adam driver for continuing the knives out sweater legacy

— Twitter Movies (@TwitterMovies) March 9, 2021

naw this is from knives out 2

— Knives Out (@KnivesOut) March 9, 2021

Not only that, but some also went on to harness the power of Photoshop to create their very own dream crossovers between House of Gucci and various other productions, including Star Wars and Schitt’s Creek. Though honestly, the suggestion we’re probably the most excited about is a possible “white sweater cinematic universe,” so your move, Hollywood.

— Stevie (@trustthecosmic) March 9, 2021

e Bugs

— Looney Tunes (@WBLooneyTunes) March 9, 2021

— Calum Shanlin (@calumshanlin) March 9, 2021

White Sweater Cinematic Universe

— Steven Turner (@steventphoto) March 9, 2021

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The Song About Head That’s Stuck in Your Head

There are songs that suck. Then, there are songs about sucking. “Throat Baby,” by BRS Kash, falls into the latter category. And over the past seven months, it has become one of the biggest songs in the country, continuing to climb to new heights in popularity — all while having some of the most vulgar lyrics, with an even more explicit remix, in recent chart history.

“Throat Baby” is a song that’s pretty much about Tinder for throats. BRS Kash, who has a serious fetish for oral sex, spends the duration of the four-minute song campaigning for the chance to place his member between various women’s jaws. His optimism is one of the song’s defining traits. He’s confident throughout — so much so, that he calls a woman a “head monster” and then, immediately after, says that his soul needs her holy “anointing.” Somebody get this guy a fleshlight.

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BRS Kash is arguably one of the hottest rappers in the world right now, with the song that keeps on giving (head). Born and raised in Atlanta, he realized that he wanted to make music at 12 years old when, needing a talent for a modeling contest, he started to record himself singing. Over the next three years, he worked on music — until the death of a friend in 2015 that led him to take a year off and reevaluate his career.

Upon returning to the microphone, he forged his path onward. What would eventually become his viral breakout single (now credited as his official debut) was inspired by a wild night in 2019 with a female friend. Kash was initially just messing around in the studio, but friends managed to convince him to release the track — even though he didn’t want to. “I didn’t want there to be a backlash coming at me, so I wasn’t sure if we should be putting this out,” he revealed to Audiomack last year.

BRS Kash released “Throat Baby” on November 22, 2019. It picked up traction as Atlanta-based TikTok users pulled it into their orbit and played a huge part in its virality, creating cradle-rocking routines to the song’s melodic, extremely raunchy chorus. The song’s success led him to sign with LVRN and Interscope Records last August, and the TikTok routines have continued to pour in — in October alone, there were 460,000 videos on the platform created with the song playing.

As viral songs do, their success tends to swell before faltering off as soon as the next trend comes. BRS Kash played the game smartly and, instead of letting that happen, released a high-powered and unexpected, remix featuring DaBaby and City Girls in January, alerting the world that the reign of “Throat Baby” wasn’t going to be limited to 2020 exclusively. With some juicy verses from City Girls, a now-infamous clip of DaBaby snowboarding on what looks to be a mouthful of snow that’s supposed to be, well, you know, and a cameo appearance from the internet’s favorite fellatio practitioner Teanna Trump, the remix blasted the song to even newer heights and confirmed it to be a culture-defining moment.

With all of the fervor surrounding “Throat Baby,” its remix, and its video, it’s no wonder that the song has amassed more than 194 million global streams. For the week of February 16, “Throat Baby” sat at the top of the Urban Radio charts and the week before that, it hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. All in all, the song has more than 300 million streams and is also currently one of the three highest Shazamed songs in Atlanta.

As for BRS Kash, he released his debut project, Kash Only, in January, and just dropped a new track, “Kash App,” featuring Mulatto. He’s clearly moving on into the future. With the platform that he has now, anything’s possible — but his legacy right now is that everyone, everywhere, knows exactly what a throat baby is.

Welcome to “Memes to Streams,” a column by music writer Trey Alston about the light switch moment that turns a random song on the internet into a chart-topping phenomenon. Only in this age of virality are we able to see pop culture change literally overnight, often in ways no one could have predicted.

Screenshot via YouTube

Burger King Apologizes For Tweeting That ‘Women Belong in the Kitchen’

Burger King UK has apologized for tweeting that “Women belong in the kitchen” on International Women’s Day.

On Monday, the fast-food chain posted the tweet as part of a longer Twitter thread meant to bring attention to the lack of women in the culinary industry, as well as a new scholarship program helping female employees pursue careers in the traditionally male-dominated field. However, given the lack of immediate context in the initial tweet, it didn’t take long for Burger King to face swift online backlash for the post’s sexist wording.

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According to AdWeek, Fernando Machado — the global CMO for Burger King’s parent company Restaurant Brands International — initially defended the post, though he did acknowledge that it was a “mistake” to post the tweet without any additional explanation or context. Additionally, he later wrote that the offending tweet would be removed due to the threatening comments being made against women criticizing Burger King in the replies.

Following the tweet’s deletion, Burger King also issued an apology on Tuesday, in which they admitted that the tweet was “wrong.”

“We hear you. We got our initial tweet wrong and we’re sorry,” Burger King wrote. “Our aim was to draw attention to the fact that only 20% of professional chefs in UK kitchens are women and to help change that by awarding culinary scholarships. We will do better next time.”

Read their apology in full, below.

We decided to delete the original tweet after our apology. It was brought to our attention that there were abusive comments in the thread and we don’t want to leave the space open for that.

— Burger King (@BurgerKingUK) March 8, 2021

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Doja Cat Transforms Into a Tarantula for ‘Streets’

Doja Cat’s phenomenally sexy “Streets” — that inspired countless #SilhouetteChallenge videos — has received a reality-bending music video. It’s best to describe this in sections because, man, does it get wild. You’ll want to approach this one ready to be bewildered, excited and… potentially scared.

The video starts off with a traffic jam in which an impatient cab driver has to wait at a light before he can get to his fare. He decides to look over into the window and sees Doja Cat behind the glass, and he begins to fantasize about being with her as she moves around gracefully.

His fantasy becomes some kind of twisted world where he actually ends up in a room with Doja Cat as she does the #SilhouetteChallenge. He’s living the dream being serenaded to and performed for, and we’re led to believe that this will have a happy ending — but only, it doesn’t.

Before we know it, Doja Cat is freed from what was potentially a glass prison because she starts to dance on top of a cab while zombies come from the ground. To make it even wilder, the cab driver is one of those zombies who seems angry that he’s been bamboozled into potentially trading his life for Doja Cat’s performance.

When the scene shifts again and we follow Doja Cat crawling up a building like a massive tarantula, we see the cab driver has returned to being a human again — but he’s not safe. He’s wrapped up in Doja Cat’s massive web, destined to forever be her play thing in some sick, twisted game of love.

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The video ends after she gets blown to smithereens in a nuclear testing site and the cab driver, back in reality, returns to his regular view. Doja Cat is revealed to be in the back seat and is anxious to get to where she needs to be.

What really happened? Is the cab driver still dreaming? Is Doja Cat really a massive tarantula in human form? Were the zombies innocent guys that she transfixed with her performances before? So many questions, so few answers.

Maybe Doja Cat will expound upon this video’s concept during the Grammy Awards this year where she’s set to perform, as recently announced. Cardi B, Taylor Swift, BTS and more will also take the stage.

Check out Doja Cat’s extremely sexy “Streets” video, up above, and stream Hot Pink, below.

Photo via YouTube

A. G. Cook Gets Twisted With This Smashing Pumpkins Cover

Last year, A. G. Cook gave us not one, but two debut albums in the form of the sprawling 49-track effort, 7G, and its tightly curated follow-up, Apple. And while most producers might be content to rest on their laurels for a little bit, ever the industrious fellow, Cook is already back with his latest project, Dream Logic.

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The new effort is set to drop this Friday, March 12th, via Soundcloud and include exclusive reworks of tracks off Apple and 7G, new remixes, as well as feature artists like Charli XCX, Oneohtrix Point Never, The 1975, Jonsi, No Rome, Danger Incorporated, Oklou, Alex Somers, Alaska Reid and more. In a taste of what’s to come, Cook has shared his own “Dream Mix” of The Smashing Pumpkins classic, “Today”.

Trading in the grunge hit’s stripped back acoustic plucks and electric guitar swells for a wall of bright and racing synths, Cook’s cover of “Today” sees his extreme vocals on full display as he stretches, warps, distorts and fries his voice beyond recognition. The overall effect takes the ’90s hit from the realm of trendy coffee house soundtracks to the world of euphoric rave if it was filtered through a psychedelic acid trip.

The announcement of Dream Logic coincides with the premiere of Soundcloud’s latest installment in their “SCENES” docu-series that explores some of the various subcultures and collectives that have popped up on the platform. Ostensibly the birth of the modern-day hyperpop movement, the new episode dives into the history of PC Music and the new generation of artists like Astra King, Namasenda and umru that are helping shape the future of the label/ collective.

In keeping with the label’s history of mixes on the platform, Dream Logic will be exclusive to SoundCloud. “Mixes have always been an important format for me — my first work as A. G. Cook was a mix, and I’ve even tried to make my albums mix-like in a way,” Cook says. “I love blending edits, remixes, alternate versions and then creating new tracks out of those transitions and in-between moments. Mixes have a dream-like logic where things feel both familiar and unfamiliar, and in Dream Logic I tried to combine scenes and atmospheres that only make sense as part of a constantly shifting stream of music.”

A. G. Cook will also be performing a DJ set featuring visuals from Sam Rolfes via SoundCloud’s Twitch channel on Thursday, March 11th ahead of Dream Logic’s release.

Artwork courtesy ofTimothy Luke

The Best Memes From Meghan and Harry’s Oprah Interview

It was big the Sunday night sit-down of 2021: Meghan Markle and her husband Harry’s Oprah interview, their first as a post-royal couple.

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As promised, we learned a lot of exclusive new info about the couple’s struggles within the royal family (Markle disturbingly revealed that she’d suffered from suicidal ideation while living in England, and that the palace declined to get her medical help) as well as their new happier life in California (Archie’s getting a sister this summer!).

heartbreaking — Ben Rosen (@Ben Rosen)1615168082.0

But the hour-and-a-half-long convo is actually best distilled by memes. Here are our favorites.


Meg and Harry’s CBS tell-all was full of surprises and shock revelations, but here’s something we knew already: Oprah is an incredibly charismatic and effective interviewer.

And as such, her reactions to the former Royals’ responses to each question became instant memes. This is not the first time that the veteran TV journalist and talk show host has gone viral, and we speculate it won’t be the last.

Oprah gave us so many memes last night — philip lewis (@philip lewis)1615214199.0
please know i’m going to run this image into the ground, it’s perfect for everything lol — nadirah (@nadirah)1615168663.0 — bryan (@bryan)1615217416.0
i…. can’t believe oprah asked this — Matt Bellassai (@Matt Bellassai)1615167112.0
Jesus. — Michael A. Balazo (@Michael A. Balazo)1615213401.0
this was shocking honestly — kylie brakeman (@kylie brakeman)1615219237.0The Queen

The QUEEN. If you actually watch the interview, both Meghan and Harry insist they have no beef with Her Majesty. Rather, they take issue with other unnamed royals (what’s up, Prince Charles?) and the “firm” as a whole.

But that didn’t stop people meme-ing the Queen’s Notes App apology.

buckingham palace notes app apology is coming… — oatmeal influencer (@oatmeal influencer)1615169765.0
The Queen’s getting her notes app ready — broti gupta (@broti gupta)1615177842.0
I’m waiting for this interview 😂😂 #iykyk — Monét X Change (@Monét X Change)1615217245.0
“hi guys, lotta rumours on the timeline tonight so i just wanted to go live to share some truths” — David Mack (@David Mack)1615172720.0Big Pharma

The interview, like Meg and Harry’s marriage, united Britain and American royal watchers. Which, again as with the marriage, has led to a bit of culture clash. For example… Britain has public healthcare, and America has a bunch of profit-hungry pharmaceutical companies. The Brits were confused, then horrified. The memes reflected that.

Nah…how are the side effects of the medicine in American ads more lethal than the thing they’re treating??? 😭 — Dapo Adeola (@Dapo Adeola)1615171365.0
If these medicine ads are what it’s like to not have an NHS I never want to experience that — Tee the strategist🥂 (@Tee the strategist🥂)1615170300.0
british people reacting to american pharmaceutical ads during the harry/meghan interview — Ayesha A. Siddiqi (@Ayesha A. Siddiqi)1615206558.0Princess Diana

Harry’s late mom came up several times during the interview, and it wasn’t lost on viewers that Harry appeared to act in her spirit by calling out the royal family and British press over their unfair treatment of his wife. Many memers paid tribute to that fact.

He could have never left without the money Diana left. #HarryandMeghanonOprah — Ashley (@Ashley)1615171738.0
Diana has managed to be a better parent from the grave than living Charles! #HarryandMeghanonOprah — living best (@living best)1615174936.0
Diana watching her son from Heaven #HarryandMeghanonOprah — Ben Wilson (@Ben Wilson)1615169630.0

Screenshot via CBS

Livestream This: Zara Larsson’s International Women’s Day Concert

Thanks to Ms. Rona, we’re all trapped at home with nothing to do. Even Netflix is getting boring! But never fear. While they’re technically out of work, our favorite entertainers are still out here bravely making virtual content in a scary new world. Going to the club or the theater is out of the question right now (self isolate! Ariana Grande says so) but here’s PAPER’s ongoing guide to the latest livestreams — featuring comedians, actors, musicians and more

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Who: Swedish pop star Zara Larsson just released her new album, Poster Girl, featuring mega-hits like “Ruin My Life” and “WOW.” The project, as Larsson explained to PAPER, is an empowering collection of tracks that sees her looking up to herself in the same way she did with influential musicians growing up. “It also has this coming-of-womanhood sense to it,” she said of the follow-up to 2017’s So Good.

When: The virtual concert, presented by Live Nation and in collaboration with Ikea, will air exclusively on Larsson’s YouTube for a limited time starting today at 2 PM EST.

Why watch: In celebration of International Women’s Day today, Larsson will take the virtual stage to bring her Poster Girl tracks to life. Based on her 2020 MTV EMA’s performance of “WOW,” this showcase is bound to be packed with powerful pop vocals and sexy choreography. Ikea has notably partnered with Larsson for the holiday to create a free digital game, called FiftyFifty, which promotes everyday equality and a balanced at-home work load. Larsson’s live show will ultimately raise money and awareness for Unicef.

Stream Poster Girl by Zara Larsson, below.

Photography: Jamie Heath for PAPER

Livestream This: Wonho’s #WeNeedLove Concert

Thanks to Ms. Rona, we’re all trapped at home with nothing to do. Even Netflix is getting boring! But never fear. While they’re technically out of work, our favorite entertainers are still out here bravely making virtual content in a scary new world. Going to the club or the theater is out of the question right now (self isolate! Ariana Grande says so) but here’s PAPER’s ongoing guide to the latest livestreams — featuring comedians, actors, musicians and more

Who: Solo star Wonho, formerly of K-pop supergroup Monsta X, just released his mini album, Love Synonym #2: Right for Us, which features hit single, “Lose,” and a collaboration with Kiiara. Beyond music, which has been streamed globally more than 60 million times since his first project dropped last September, Wonho has been keeping fans fed on Instagram.

When: In celebration of part two of Wonho’s new mini album, the singer-songwriter will perform a special live concert, called #WeNeedLove. Tickets are on sale now, here, and the livestream will take place on March 27 at 11 PM ET/ March 28 at 12 PM KT. In addition to various packages, which grant you everything from basic access to the ability to rewatch, there’s also some #WeNeedLove merch for super fans.

Why watch: If you haven’t yet watched Wonho’s choreo-packed “Lose” music video, you’ve certainly seen photos of him going viral online. (namely ones that look more or less like this.) Now signed to Highline Entertainment, Wonho is poised to take over the American market in 2021 with a mini album that transcends genre.

Stream Love Synonym #3: Right for Us by WONHO, below.

Photo courtesy of Highline Entertainment

Eminem Responds to TikTok Backlash with New Song

A lot of young TikTok users have been on a social media crusade to cancel Eminem because of his controversial lyrics. And now, the rapper has responded by dropping a new track, “Tone Deaf.”

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The Grammy and Oscar award-winning rapper has been a trending topic over the past month, and another point of contention for Gen Z and millennials. Back in February, a young TikTok user drew attention to “Love the Way You Lie” — a chart-topping 2010 hit featuring Rihanna — and claimed that it glorified abusive relationships. And naturally, Eminem fans who were born came to his defense.

Now, Eminem’s speaking up for himself with a new song. He posted a preview on Twitter, quoting his lyrics saying, “I won’t stop even when my hair turns grey (I’m tone-deaf) / ‘Cause they won’t stop until they cancel me.”

“I won’t stop even when my hair turns grey (I’m tone-deaf) / ‘Cause they won’t stop until they cancel me” #ToneDeaf… — Marshall Mathers (@Marshall Mathers)1614973364.0

And the rapper also didn’t shy away from any more controversy, and went in hard with the rest of the song, with lines like “And get offline, quit whinin’, this is just a rhyme, bitch/ But ask me, will I stick to my guns like adhesive tape?/ Does Bill Cosby sedate once he treats the cheesecake and the decent steak?/ You think gettin’ rid of me’s a piece of cake?/ I’m harder than findin’ Harvey Weinstein a date (Haha).”

The last time Eminem drew backlash for his work was when a 7-second snippet of an unreleased song titled “Things Get Worse” was leaked on Reddit. He apologized in December to Rihanna for seeming to side with her ex Chris Brown. And in January last year, he also caused an uproar after mentioning Ariana Grande and the 2017 Manchester bombing tragedy in his song “Unaccommodating.”

Photo via Shutterstock

The Internet Can’t Handle Lola Bunny’s New Look

Lola Bunny has a brand new look, and the internet has a lot of thoughts.

On Thursday, Entertainment Weekly dropped the first look at the upcoming Space Jam sequel, featuring LeBron James and an ensemble of iconic Looney Tunes characters.

However, it didn’t take long for people to realize that Lola — the sole female member of the Tune Squad — underwent a pretty significant makeover from the original 1996 depiction, which saw her outfitted in short shorts and a skimpy crop top that showed off her curvaceous figure. And needless to say, the vast majority of Twitter wasn’t really sure what to make of Lola’s new look.

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According to EW, Space Jam 2 director Malcolm D. Lee was caught off guard by her “very sexualized” appearance and decided to change it to “reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters,” especially since Lola is now apparently the Tune Squad’s “best non-LeBron player.” However, some people pointed out that as a modern woman, Lola could “be a Bimbo and still be a feminist icon,” while others suggested that Space Jam 2 could’ve kept her “smokin’ hot but had the guy cartoons able to handle it & act normal.”

“I don’t care that Lola Bunny is dressed less sexy in Space Jam 2,” as another person said, “But I am unbelievably exhausted by the idea that the way you communicate that a female character is to be taken seriously is by removing her boobs.”


Lola Bunny can be a Bimbo and still be a feminist icon

— Mary🍄🐛 (thesis brainrot) (@MaryKarberg) March 4, 2021

What if they kept Lola Bunny smokin’ hot but had the guy cartoons able to handle it & act normal

— ‘Ol Katie Tweetin For Two (@katebarstool) March 5, 2021

I don’t care that Lola Bunny is dressed less sexy in Space Jam 2 but I am unbelievably exhausted by the idea that the way you communicate that a female character is to be taken seriously is by removing her boobs

— Lux “24/7 🌌 🧠” Alptraum (@LuxAlptraum) March 4, 2021


— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) March 4, 2021

For the most part though, Lola’s new look has been met with a near-endless supply of memes and jokes, ranging from the semi-serious to completely absurd. Which leaves us with only one question: Who knew cartoon boobs would be such a hot topic?

Check out a few of our favorite reactions to the news, below.

people arguing on the internet about lola bunny being too sexy/not sexy enough

— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) March 4, 2021

first they take Lola Bunny’s breasts, what’s next? Elmo’s pendulous red cock and balls?

— sarah schauer 🦂 (@sarahschauer) March 5, 2021

Space jam 2 scene:

LeBron James: hello Lola you do not make anyone horny. I respect you for basketball

Lola bunny: thank you

— Rajat Suresh (@rajat_suresh) March 4, 2021

[Tearing a woman’s headphones off so I can impress her] Yeah I actually find regular rabbits way sexier than Lola Bunny

— Thomas🐉 (@len0killer) March 5, 2021

if lola bunny isn’t slim thicc anymore wtf is the point

— Emma 🦷 (@emmalangevinxo) March 5, 2021

They’re de-bimbofying Lola Bunny in the new movie…

— ♡ (@tajmerk) March 4, 2021

hearing news that they made a rabbit in a children’s movie less fuckable

— thomas violence (@thomas_violence) March 4, 2021

The Pandemic hit Lola Bunny hard.

— Liz Katz (@LizKatzOfficial) March 5, 2021

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Once You Go BLK…

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BLK, known as the number one dating app for Black singles, makes Black love seen and heard by celebrating real stories, and empowering the positive outcomes of embracing oneself and championing Black culture. Be part of the BLK community by downloading the app for free, here.


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Below, meet three Black women — Nan Dee, Maat Petrova and Mistress Marley — who showcase the power of harnessing life experiences by turning them into practices that help bring out self-confidence and a greater understanding of others.

Nan Dee: Pole Dancing Instructor and Clothing Designer
Nan Dee: Pole Dancing Instructor and Clothing Designer

Nan Dee, @ms.felony on Instagram, is a pole dancing instructor and clothing designer, who practices self-love through dance. She has seen the power of pole dancing in building self-confidence, and loves inspiring people to be comfortable in their own skin. Nan Dee tells PAPER and BLK how loving yourself first “helps you have a better relationship with other people, because when you love yourself you’re going to love other people, and not give them a hard time.”

Maat Petrova: CEO of FEMMAGIC
Maat Petrova: CEO of FEMMAGIC

Maat Petrova, @maatpetrova on Instagram, is the CEO of top luxury feminine care company FEMMAGIC, where she builds off her expertise as a feminine sexual health expert and manifestation coach. Petrova embodies and preaches mindfulness, and includes this in her live manifestation classes that focus on self-love, business and abundance. Maat tells PAPER and BLK, “I don’t care what people think, I just love creating the life that makes me happy.”

Mistress Marley: Dominatrix and Kink Educator
Mistress Marley: Dominatrix and Kink Educator

Mistress Marley, @thechocolatedomme_ on Instagram, is a dominatrix and kink educator, who advocates for transparency and communication in relationships. “My passion is bringing kink education to the Black community,” Mistress Marley tells PAPER and BLK. “Within our community kink is seen as taboo.” Mistress Marley works to break down this stigma through education and demos. “It’s a very fun job and I learn something new every day,” she laughs.

Check out more about BLK on Instagram and TikTok, and download the app for free, here.

Experts Warn Against TikTok’s DIY Lip Filler Trend

Experts are currently warning TikTokers against participating in the DIY lip filler trend.

If you’ve been anywhere near the platform recently, you’ve probably seen a few videos of people injecting their lips with Hylauron pens, which were originally developed for insulin injections.

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Using air pressure instead of a needle, the pens are now being touted as a pain-free way to plump up your lips at home by YouTubers like Baby Em (who’s since deleted her tutorial video). That said, doctors are now worried about the dangerous trend and have begun warning people about some serious potential side effects.

According to Insider’s interview with dermatologist Debra Jaliman, the hyaluronic acid dermal filler used in these types of videos can lead to lumps, swelling and, in some cases, blindness.


Watch till the kinda end for some free cackles. Round one is done with my hyaluron pen. #hyaluronpen #lipfiller #diy #ThinkingAbout #UpTheBeat

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“This is really one of the worst things I’ve seen,” she told the publication, before adding that some of the products advertised as “fillers” on Amazon “may not even be real fillers.”

Not only that, but Jaliman also went on to note that the people in these videos aren’t using proper sterilizing techniques, which can cause a severe infection. Plus, injecting fillers on yourself can be a tricky process without the proper training, since you may hit a blood vessel or damage any other vulnerable areas. So needless to say, if you really want fillers, go to a licensed medical professional and please, please, please don’t try this at home.

Read Insider’s full report, here.

Photos via TikTok / @tuneuh & YouTube / @babyem

North West’s New Lizard Has Custom Skims and You Don’t

Behind every great artists there is a muse, and it looks like America’s next Bob Ross, North West, might have found hers in the form of a bearded dragon named Speed.

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Kim Kardashian introduced the world to the family’s newest reptilian addition with a tweet. “Meet the newest member of our family… Speed. I really wasn’t planning on liking Speed the way I do but she grew on me!” Kardashian goes on to explain that Speed was originally her best friend Allison’s pet lizard that they had agreed to babysit for a week but, now months after the fact, it’s clear a certain someone must have become a little too attached to the scaly houseguest and as a result has since ended up as a permanent fixture in the Kardashian household.

Meet the newest member of our family…Speed. I really wasn’t planning on liking Speed the way I do but she grew on… — Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West)1614802269.0

And in case there was ever any doubt that a lizard living under Kim’s roof wouldn’t be fully fitted, Speed has her own collection of custom Skims Cozy hoodies and robes. Its turns out Speed even beat Lil Uzi Vert to the punch, sporting a forehead gem of her own for months now. If it was possible for a lizard to call you poor, Speed would be your girl.

Speed got a makeover with custom Skims Cozy and even the Lil Uzi jewel (Speed actually got the jewel a few months b… — Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West)1614802286.0

According to Kim, North and Speed are practically inseparable so odds are will likely be seeing a lot more of the little lizard fashionista scampering around the spartan halls of the family’s Calabasas home or possibly popping up in one of North’s next paintings. Though judging from all the comments about proper bearded dragon care under Kim’s tweets, they may want to get someone to look at those claws, reconsider the jewel and holding Speed upright.

Photo via Getty/ Pierre Suu/ GC Images

The Astrology of Daft Punk’s Break Up

With new column In the Stars, popular TikTok astrologer Maryaam AKA @shawtyherbs looks for the astrological patterns in big pop culture events. From celebrity pregnancies and break ups to viral Billboard chart hits and blockbuster movies, every headline corresponds to the movements of the planets, and Maryaam explains how. Check out her corresponding TikTok videos over on PAPER’s account.

Daft Punk, the elusive French electronic duo known for their retro-futuristic helmets, first made their way onto the scene in 1993 and released their debut single “The New Wave” the next year. They’ve had a huge impact on music and popular culture, and their recently-announced break up has broken the hearts of club kids around the world.

But surprised as we all were by the news, there is astrological reasoning behind why the duo — made up of Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo and Thomas Bangalter — split up after all this time. Let’s look to the stars to see why they might’ve made this decision.

For starters, after 27 years as a group, Daft Punk is currently experiencing a “Saturn return.” Saturn is the planet of setbacks, delays, challenges and tension. A Saturn return occurs when the planet returns to the place it was in your birth chart, typically in your late 20s. It is a time of tremendous change, and can sometimes bring on challenges that force you to make important and life-altering decisions. Saturn returns can represent major endings of chapters in our lives, but they also help us to embark on a journey of tremendous self-improvement.


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Then there’s the astrological journeys of the musicians themselves. Born on February 8, 1974 Homem-Christo had Mercury transiting his 10th house, and in a sextile aspect to his natal Neptune (the placement of Neptune on his birth chart) on the day of Daft Punk’s breakup announcement. “Aspects” in astrology refer to the angles and energies two planets have with one another. Sextile aspects are positive and harmonious, and can help us to expand and develop for our greatest good. This aspect indicates that the decision to break up can help Guy to reach new heights in his life.

Mercury is a planet that represents our communication, our thoughts, our ideas and contracts. The tenth house represents our public career image, public career identity, our career, career success and our legacy in this lifetime. Neptune is a planet that can represent disappearances, or the end of something. As Neptune is currently transiting his 11th house, which can represent collaborative efforts and groups, this aspect might indicate that he was the one to suggest Daft Punk disband, in order to pursue a solo career.

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Born on January 3rd, 1975, Bangalter had Saturn transiting his 11th house and in a trine aspect with his natal Pluto in the seventh house on the day of Daft Punk’s announcement. Trine aspects are very positive and harmonious to have in a chart. They indicate that the energies between the two planets innately work well with one another, and they can often bring us something positive and fulfilling.

Saturn represents challenges, hardship and tension. The 11th house, as we know, is the house of groups, and collaborative efforts. Pluto is a planet that gets rid of and destroys things we no longer need, in order to bring us something better in the long run. So, with Pluto currently transiting his 11th house, Bangalter’s transit chart also indicates the dissolution of a group to encourage a new journey of self discovery.

The good news? Despite their split, both members of Daft Punk have bright futures ahead of them. Homem-Christo has Pluto in the fifth house in his birth chart, and it’s trining his ascendant. Pluto in the fifth house can help someone transform and reinvent themselves through creative and artistic pursuits. This is because Pluto also represents rebirth and transformation, and the fifth house in astrology represents creativity and artistic pursuits. Pluto is aspecting his ascendant, which represents self, how you perceive the world and how other people view you. Guy may embark on a journey of self-reinvention at some point in his life, so don’t be surprised if he comes out with new music as a solo act that transforms the way we view him!

Bangalter meanwhile has Jupiter in the 12th house in his birth chart. Jupiter is the planet of expansion, growth, optimism, faith and abundance. The 12th house can also represent our imagination and creativity. This placement can help him to invoke big ideas that can heighten the trajectory of his solo career. This placement can also give him an expansive imagination, and an abundance of creativity to help him along his life path journey.

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Since their split, Daft Punk’s sales have skyrocketed, which can be attributed to Bangalter having Mars transiting his second house and being trine to his natal Venus in his 11th house on the day of the announcement of their split. Mars is the planet of quick action and eagerness. The second house rules our finances; particularly our savings. Venus is a planet that represents various things such as music, our happiness and love. The 11th house can represent financial gains and fans! This aspect might indicate receiving money quickly through boosted music sales in the wake of Daft Punk’s breakup announcement.

Homem-Christo had Venus transiting his tenth house and in a sextile aspect to his natal north node in the eighth house on the day of the announcement of their split. Venus represents music, and it can also represent money. The tenth house represents our public career image, our public career identity; career success, and our legacy in this lifetime. The north node represents our destiny, our purpose and what we may find ourselves intensely focusing on. The eighth house represents rebirth, transformation and sudden events. This aspect can indicate suddenly receiving money through music sales and embarking on a journey of self-transformation and renewal.

Daft Punk has created a perpetual legacy for themselves through their hard work, creativity and ear-pleasing music. We are so grateful for their work, and we wish them nothing but luck in this new chapter of their lives.

Your Secret’s Safe With Kathryn Hahn’s Wink

Marvel’s first major foray into the world of television, WandaVision has by most measure been a runaway success for Disney+. Featuring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their roles as the Scarlett Witch, Wanda Maximoff and the synthezoid Vision, the series sees the superhero couple find themselves trapped in some alternate reality where they’ve been (spoiler alert) forced to act out different sitcom tropes from different decades each week as they try to piece together what’s going on.

The series has not only been embraced by Marvel Cinematic Universe diehards, but has managed to earn praise from both critics and audiences outside the fandom, as well.

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From nostalgic nods to classic sitcoms ranging from the Dick Van Dyke Show to Malcom in the Middle and the countless easter eggs Marvel has sprinkled throughout, there is a lot to love about WandaVision — but what we can all at least agree on is that Kathryn Hahn is the true star here. (Also, if you aren’t fully caught up, be warned that there are more mild spoilers down below.)

As Wanda and Vision’s nosy, gossip-prone neighbor and fun wine aunt Agnes, Hahn has consistently stolen the show week after week, winning over the hearts and praise of the internet in what is already being called the “Hahnaissance.” For instance, after it was revealed that Agnes had actually been the show’s villain Agatha Harkness all along, the moment’s delightfully catchy and campy soundtrack, “Agatha All Along,” shot immediately to iTunes’ number one spot.

Hahn fever now in full effect, folks are latching onto Agnes/ Agatha’s exaggerated wink from the show’s third episode as the latest viral meme.

The Kathryn Hahn wink is my favorite — Young Ronald (@Young Ronald)1614726706.0

The hammy, over-the-top wink has quickly been snatched up for everything from little white lies we tell ourselves — like we’ve definitely read through all of the terms and conditions before hitting accept — and other famous deceptions, including the Trojans delivering a not-at-all suspiciously large wooden horse or poking fun at corporate diversity initiative lip-service.

Like Hahn’s performance in WandaVision, each one is a delight, but I’ve rambled on long enough — let’s enjoy some memes.

We particularly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups, including women and minorities — Osman Balkan (@Osman Balkan)1614688369.0
Universities after they’ve given a land acknowledgment — Drew Martinez (@Drew Martinez)1614706526.0
Little kids when they try to wink — pat. (@pat.)1614623628.0
me telling my computer i’ll update everything tomorrow — Kristen Arnett (@Kristen Arnett)1614552868.0
“i acknowledge that i have read and agree to the above terms and conditions” — Waxou (@Waxou)1614567081.0
Nike: “make sure you login to SNKRS at 10am for your chance to get the shoes!” — David Dennis Jr. (@David Dennis Jr.)1614687757.0
“i’m ALSO not really looking for anything serious” — i can be your long lost pal (@i can be your long lost pal)1614607252.0
Chekhov writing a gun into the first act of a play — MKB (@MKB)1614279072.0
“Enjoy this gift of a very normal large wooden horse” — Memetaza (@Memetaza)1614385451.0
“hey caesar it’s time to go to the senate” — Adam Birthdayous (@Adam Birthdayous)1614700123.0

Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios/ Disney+

The Messy Dynamics of Fashion Clubhouse

When news of Alexander Wang‘s sexual assault allegations first spread on social media, hundreds of users flocked to Clubhouse to weigh in on the firestorm surrounding the designer, which evolved into heated discussions around fashion’s power imbalances, party culture and predatory behavior.

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The invitation-only audio app, which launched in April of 2020 but has taken off rapidly in recent months, has since been used as a platform for fashion insiders and fans to voice their reactions to other industry topics, from Kamala Harris’ controversial Vogue cover to Rihanna hitting pause on her Fenty clothing label.

Antoine Gregory, a fashion consultant, archivist and founder of Black Fashion Fair, has hosted several “rooms” alongside Out digital director Mikelle Street and stylist Shannon Stokes. Their most recent Clubhouse meeting delved into the outrage against Megan Thee Stallion’s recent Harper’s Bazaar cover and turned it into a wider discussion around the nuances of fashion photography and celebrity image-making.

Fashion people are so strange sometimes. They try to flex on you with knowledge that everyone knows anyway. Just ch… — Ayo Ojo (@Ayo Ojo)1613478130.0

“It’s important to know what you don’t know and to be open to teachable moments,” Gregory tells PAPER. “I think fashion is such an interesting topic that is vast and not always approachable. Clubhouse makes fashion more accessible to the casual listener. I think there are people who are your typical fashion people and those who are not who can both enjoy the conversation if done right.”

Indeed, the open format of Clubhouse makes it so anyone can listen in and, if they choose, raise their hand to join the panel of speakers once they’re approved by a moderator. Those who participate in the fashion discussions come from various backgrounds — students, journalists, models, publicists, stylists, designers, casting directors — but are oftentimes people who work outside or adjacent to the industry.

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Because everyone can speak so freely, certain issues with fact-checking are bound to arise, particularly on a topic so layered and multi-faceted like fashion. But some fans of the app appreciate the different viewpoints and perspectives that come with inhabiting a space that encourages open dialogue.

“I’ve seen a lot of shade thrown at people who speak a lot but don’t say stuff of value or maybe don’t have the facts down,” says Iolo Edwards, founder of High Fashion Talk, a Facebook group for fashion diehards. “Especially by those who are used to having the platform of a publication or a following and hold themselves to standards, maybe expecting too much journalistic integrity for a clubhouse chin-wag. It’s obviously not the same credibility as a broadsheet reporting, it’s gossip and tea draped in industry robes. Showbiz!”

Fashion people are weirdos instead of contributing to conversations on clubhouse they’d rather judge people who are… — 🇳🇬Shaytan wears Mowalola (ARAH) (@🇳🇬Shaytan wears Mowalola (ARAH))1613479191.0

Louis Pisano, a Paris-based writer and fashion commentator with a mighty Instagram presence, is known for his hot takes and unfiltered viewpoints on fashion. As one of the earliest adopters of Clubhouse, he’s seen first-hand how the app has progressed over time as more conversations about the fashion industry take place, not necessarily for the better.

“Fashion clubhouse is an exact microcosm of the fashion industry as a whole,” he says, drawing comparisons of moderators to members of the old guard in fashion who set themselves on a pedestal, followed by those whose voices have been “deemed worthy” to be invited on stage to speak to the “masses” or spectators.

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“I’ve come to understand how moderating or being on the stage is the highest form of currency on Clubhouse,” he adds. “I’ve been asked to be a moderator twice on Clubhouse and the both times I got the sense of not really being in a discussion but more so being a supporting actor in someone else’s show if that makes sense. I feel like often people create rooms just to live out their fashion industry fantasy, to experience being a main character, to have that Anna Wintour moment where you’re running the show.”

Pisano adds that he loves a good fashion discourse but when it starts to sound like a lecture or somebody is trying to flex their knowledge it’s a total turn off. “I like a room where we can all talk and kiki and share thoughts, where you don’t get that sense of the hierarchy of the industry translated through your phone,” he says.

So I want to do a clubhouse talking with people at different stages of launching a fashion brand or have launched,… — Mary-Ann (@Mary-Ann)1610449257.0

Still, others continue to actively embrace the platform’s unique voice-only format, despite apps like Instagram introducing similar features. “The idea of having discussions about fashion is not new,” says Edwards, pointing to the many online forums devoted to the topic as well as Twitter discussions, Instagram comments section and his own High Fashion Talk group. “I think it will push people to be open to that form of social media instead of the ‘one-to-many’ model of delivery, which I think is a good thing because I’m tired of people being deified by their YouTube subscribers and Instagram followers.”

To be sure, Clubhouse is still fairly new and there will undoubtedly be more conversations about the app’s merits as it relates to the exchange of fashion opinions, thoughts and ideas. But Gregory is hopeful that the dialogue he ignites with Street and Stokes continues to be fun and exciting with a bit of education and industry know-how thrown in.

“I would love to see more chats in the form of educating the listener and the speakers,” he says. “I think there is valuable conversation that can happen when so many different point of views and backgrounds are involved. It would be fun to build upon the platform in that way.”

Deepfake Tom Cruise TikTok Can’t Hurt You

In the latest news coming from the internet’s uncanny valley, a deepfake of Tom Cruise is racking up millions of views on TikTok. He may have the same megawatt smile, cold unfeeling eyes and serial killer laugh as the Hollywood A-lister, but if the distinct lack of Scientology dogma peppered throughout didn’t already tip you off, the reality is that the man you see swinging a golf club and performing sleight-of-hand tricks is actually just a high tech impersonator.

There’s nothing outright sinister about the TikToks that have popped up on @deeptomcruise but it is unsettling just how scarily accurate and lifelike the digital recreation of the actor’s likeness is (if also feeling a bit hyperreal, like you accidentally forgot to turn the motion blur on a really big HD TV). Aside from a few lip-synching issues and a couple of fairly minor glitches you’d have to go frame by frame to catch, the whole thing comes across pretty natural.

The content of the TikToks themselves aren’t especially strange considering the long-standing tradition of celebs trying to come across as down-to-earth on social media while sounding just the opposite. The weird pratfall into a late night show-style anecdote about former Soviet Union leader, Mikhail Gorbachov, does feel like the right mix of staged and not-at-all-ok’d-by-his-social-media-manager to fall into the realm of possibility, if the account name itself didn’t already clue you into the fact that this Cruise is a fraud.



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Since 2017, rise of deepfake technology has been a concern for high profile figures and internet watchdogs. Facebook has already banned the use of them from their platform after a deepfake of a drunk Nancy Pelosi went viral but even then, experts have said it is incredibly hard to detect sophisticated deepfakes like our good friend, Mr. Not Tom Cruise, here. The prevalence of deepfakes used in making revenge porn has become a major problem, with very little regulation or laws on the books outlawing it at the moment.

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As the Verge points out, impersonating someone else on TikTok is a violation of the platform’s Terms of Service, so it remains to be seen whether or not @deeptomcruise will end up sticking around after all this attention. In the meantime, we can still stare deeply into the soulless gaze of not Tom Cruise audition for Now You See Me 3.


I love magic!

♬ original sound – Tom

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Saweetie’s Spaghetti Recipe Is Chaotic Evil

First it was a McGangBang, and now it’s ranch-covered spaghetti.

Saweetie sure does know how to spark a conversation about food. The rapper set the internet ablaze, while hosting We The Culture’s Black Creators Day event on Facebook on Monday, March 1. While someone recorded her amazing makeup, the rapper violently shook a bottle of ranch, leading people to think she’s about to add some zest to a salad.

Only then, the camera moved towards her plate of perfectly good Spaghetti and, shockingly, she poured out a tidal wave of ranch onto pasta, sending viewers’ stomachs into a spiral and causing a massive uproar online. Who defaces spaghetti like that? What does that even taste like? How is her stomach fine if she’s eating meals like that?

The jokes, of course, went flying on Twitter.

Saweetie’s stomach made out of vibranium, nothing is stopping her. — Ahmed🇸🇴/I did shit with Mariah (@Ahmed🇸🇴/I did shit with Mariah)1614637178.0
@big_business_ them bathroom pipes at her crib like — scott.fw.png (@scott.fw.png)1614637668.0
Saweetie after eating all them jail house meals: — Payroll Giovanni’s Accountant (@Payroll Giovanni’s Accountant)1614632212.0
i just know a saweetie fart could spark a match chile — zae (@zae)1614637728.0

Saweetie’s stomach after ingesting her concoctions of meals: — I EAT 🐱 FOR EBT (@I EAT 🐱 FOR EBT)1614636484.0
Saweetie eats like she did a 40 year bid and all she knows is prison concoctions — Yuni ⚯͛🔮 (@Yuni ⚯͛🔮)1614634814.0

Saweetie eventually got in on the fun by defending her choice of food, and even changed her profile picture after someone said that she eats like a raccoon.

TIL THE DAY I DIE !!! — 220 (@220)1614644781.0 — 220 (@220)1614645185.0
#NewProfilePic — 220 (@220)1614659463.0

Above it all, PAPER stands with Saweetie and her impenetrable stomach.

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James Charles Accused by More Fans of Inappropriate Behavior

Two more fans have accused James Charles of acting inappropriately toward them after the beauty YouTuber was accused of “grooming” a 16-year-old last week.

Last Friday, a TikTok user named Isaiyah — a.k.a. @redzai — alleged that the 21-year-old sent him unsolicited nudes on Snapchat and pressured him to reciprocate the sexts, even despite Isaiyah telling him that he was 16. And while Isaiyah reportedly posted screenshots of the purported exchange, Insider notes that the video has since been taken down by Twitter for violating the platform’s guidelines.

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In response to the accusations, Charles issued a lengthy statement on Friday in which called the account “completely false,” and claimed that Isaiyah “told me he was 18 so I started flirting back.”

“I woke up to several snaps from this person being excited I added him back, saying he loved me, and also lewd photos of himself in the shower,” Charles said, explaining that he had added Isaiyah on Snapchat after seeing a photo of him on Instagram.

“In the excitement of meeting someone I thought could be potentially great, I didn’t ask for a copy of his ID or passport,” Charles continued, later adding that Isaiyah “insisted on continuing talking” after admitting he was 16. At this point though, Charles claimed that he unfriended him.

— James Charles (@jamescharles) February 26, 2021

However, in DMs to Insider, Isaiyah said that Charles had “lied in his tweet,” and that his TikTok bio “says I’m 16.” The publication then went on to report that one of Isaiyah’s TikToks about the issue was removed following Charles’s statement.

That said, two more people have now come forward to also accuse Charles of acting inappropriately.

In a series of since-deleted tweets, a user named @a0nnnj reportedly claimed that he was 17 when Charles reached out, though nothing “sexual” occurred. Even so, @a0nnnj recalled thinking it was “weird” that Charles was flirting with a minor.

WHO COULD’VE SEEN THIS COMING: James Charles accused by 2nd underage boy of allegedly having inappropriate interactions. While the 17-year-old said nothing sexual happened, he alleges James allegedly continued to flirt with him after he told him he was 17.

— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) February 27, 2021

Additionally, a third accuser going by the handle @lifeofuzzy posted several tweets and an eight-part series about his interaction with Charles to TikTok, and claimed he was also asked for nude photos.

According to @lifeofuzzy, he contacted Charles on Instagram after the YouTuber’s highly publicized 2019 feud with former mentor Tati Westbrook — who accused Charles of sexually preying on straight men at the time — before the two struck up a conversation on Snapchat. However, @lifeofuzzy alleged that things got “weird” after three days of talking when Charles asked him for a dick pic.

Since lots of people are coming forward about their stories about James I’ve decided it’s my turn to share my disgusting experience with @jamescharles check my thread out for more.

— 905Uzzy ♓️ (@Lifeofuzzy) February 27, 2021

Reply to @dahna25 (part 1) full story since people think I’m lying, clout chasing, twisting stuff up, & creating a FAKE STORY. Ill explain everything

♬ original sound – Uzzy

That said, Charles has yet to respond to the latest accusations.

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The Best Juergen Teller ‘W’ Magazine Memes

Juergen Teller’s new photos for W magazine’s annual Best Performances issue were instant meme fodder. Most people aren’t fans of the shoot, which is being criticized as bizarrely disrespectful of its subjects, none of whom look particularly snatched. Featuring Tessa Thompson hanging out by some nondescript street parking and Steven Yeun sitting pensively on one of those folding IKEA chairs, the images have that flat, funny look you’ll be familiar with from your own iPhone albums. There’s something very 2009 WordPress fashion blogger about them. The omnipresent neighborhood tree looks a lot like the one you took your graduation photos next to. According to Riz Ahmed, the whole point-and-shoot process took Teller (who he calls “the OG,” for the record) a matter of seconds. And you can tell.

juergen teller is going to hell for this — aya (@aya)1614183969.0

Love it or loathe it, the lo-fi approach is intentional. Anyone with elementary school-level media literacy can discern that these casual-seeming photos offer commentary on the de-glamorization of Hollywood during the pandemic. No red carpet premieres, no ritzy awards shows, not many open movie theaters, even. W’s Best Performances issue is typically an extremely overproduced and artful affair celebrating a year of great cinema, and all that pomp would have felt out of place in 2021.

But they probably didn’t want to do another one of those heinous early-quar Zoom shoots, either, and that’s where Mr Teller comes in. The legendary fashion photographer was a perfect choice not only for his long standing relationship with W, but also his aversion to excess glamour. Teller came of age during the Kate Moss grunge era and has been making “ugly” pictures ever since. His recent work with smartphone cameras, which he has hailed for their accessibility, includes this head-scratching Kim and Kanye (RIP) shoot for System in 2015.

people upset with Juergen Teller are really upset with themselves for not realizing sooner they never had to work so hard — Max Lakin (@Max Lakin)1614271671.0

The photographer’s whole thing is obviously at odds with our opulently airbrushed visual culture, which is why it so easily sparks conversation. Instagram may give us the impression of having more unfiltered access to the lives of famous people than ever before, but in reality A-listers have never exerted tighter control over how the general public perceives them. Literally nothing you see on Kendall Jenner’s feed is real, worthwhile interview access is granted only by the most inexperienced publicists and pop stars command vitriolic stan armies who will defend them from even the most valid critique. We’ve come to expect that our beloved celebrities will be treated with reverence by the lucky production teams who are allowed to shoot them. When they don’t, we instinctively bristle.

Still. You do kind of wonder. Is Teller a thoughtful high cultural commentator whose artistic concepts just happen to require less work than most other people’s? Or simply the archetypal lazy white man masquerading as a genius?

Either way, let’s enjoy some goddamn memes.

photographed by Juergen Teller for W magazine — 🐡 (@🐡)1614277865.0
MA photographed by Juergen Teller for W Magazine — Seth (@Seth)1614203108.0
if you don’t understand juergen teller’s work that’s a you problem — duʿā bint lipa (@duʿā bint lipa)1614225873.0
HAIM photographed by Juergen Teller for W Magazine — cassidy xcx (@cassidy xcx)1614272829.0
Hillary Clinton photographed by Juergen Teller — d (@d)1614193580.0
shaquille o’neal photographed by juergen teller for w magazine — rhonda (@rhonda)1614183980.0
Saoirse Ronan photographed by Juergen Teller. Fastest shoot of her life. 10 seconds, one click. — lex (@lex)1614202919.0
Juergen Teller got these celebs out there like — #BuhariIsAFuckNigga (@#BuhariIsAFuckNigga)1614202160.0
Ben Affleck for W Magazine, by Juergen Teller (2020) — no, I didnt (@no, I didnt)1614206400.0
zendaya photographed by juergen teller — bella (@bella)1614187678.0
community cast photographed by juergen teller for w magazine — y-hope (@y-hope)1614295587.0
Harry Styles photographed by Juergen Teller for W Magazine — agatha all along (@agatha all along)1614264406.0
Photographed by Juergen Teller for W Magazine — georgia ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ (@georgia ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ)1614264211.0
Beyoncé photographed by Juergen Teller for W Magazine — M🐉 (@M🐉)1614263103.0
juergen teller for w magazine — h (@h)1614221972.0
nathan fielder photographed by juergen teller — brooke bird-gosling (@brooke bird-gosling)1614220461.0
leslie knope photographed by juergen teller for w magazine — liz (@liz)1614219351.0
@blxckswns robert pattinson photographed by juergen teller — effy nephrine (@effy nephrine)1614218914.0
Mickey Mouse photographed by Juergen Teller for W Magazine — i praydalor my sodakeep (@i praydalor my sodakeep)1614205306.0
Ben Affleck shot by juergen teller for w magazine — first-mate prance (@first-mate prance)1614205277.0
me photographed by juergen teller — elise (@elise)1614200633.0

Photo courtesy of W Magazine

Post Malone Covers Hootie and the Blowfish for Pokémon

Just in case you had forgotten how deeply haunting Post Malone’s digitally rendered Pokémon Trainer visage is, let’s take this moment ahead of the Pokémon Day 25th anniversary virtual concert this Saturday, February 27 to revisit it in its full uncanny corporate tie-in splendor.

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Ahead of his performance for the video game franchise’s musical celebration, Post Malone has shared a cover of Hootie and the Blowfish’s 1995 hit “Only Wanna Be With You.” Posty’s Pokémon 25 Version remains pretty faithful to the original albeit with a little more production polish around the edges and a little chiptune-ish synth thrown in for good measure. True to the Post Malone brand, the rendition feels perfect for slipping on a pair of Crocs and cracking open a nice cold Bud Light with the boys.

The virtual concert will be streaming live on Twitch, YouTube and Pokémon’s official website at 7:00 PM EST/ 4:00 PM PST as a part of the video game franchise’s 25th anniversary festivities. Pokémon will also be streaming a marathon of the TV series and distributing a code for Pokémon Sword and Shield players to get a special in-game Pikachu that aptly knows the move Sing.

The company has also announced a Pokémon Presents video presentation scheduled for Friday which has already fueled speculation and rumors that a remake of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl might be announced. The video presentation will likely also feature updates on previously announced games like the new Pokémon Snap and Pokémon Sleep as well as other collabs and partnerships the brand has planned for the year-long 25th anniversary celebrations.

Photo courtesy of Pokémon

TikTok Is Tackling Its Pro-Eating Disorder Content Problem

TikTok is cracking down on the spread of misinformation about eating disorders on its platform after a report recently revealed a concerning amount of pro-anorexia and dangerous dieting content was ending up on people’s For You Pages.

In conjunction with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and coinciding with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, TikTok has rolled out a new set of resources providing support and information for those struggling with an eating disorder. Starting this week, potentially triggering tags, like #edrecovery and #proana, will automatically direct users to NEDA’s helpline where they will be able to find help and information on treatment options as well as experts tips on identifying negative self-talk, self care and ways to support others that might be struggling.

Related | Managing an Eating Disorder Under Quarantine Is Weird and Hard

In addition to providing resources, TikTok will also be rolling out permanent PSAs in some of the highest offending tags like #whatieatinaday and #emotionaleating in an effort to disrupt the cycle of harmful content and spread awareness to a wider audience. The platform will also be hosting conversations surrounding issues related to food, exercise, body image and the systemic biases that perpetuate eating disorders and reinforce negative self-thought on their discover page throughout the week.

In a statement announcing the new initiative, TikTok said “People come to TikTok to express themselves authentically and find community. We’re constantly inspired by stories of our community members lifting up one another and supporting those who are affected by body image and eating disorders. To aid these conversations, we’re introducing new resources to provide access to help from expert organizations directly from our app.”

National Eating Awareness Week runs February 22-26, with TikTok users encouraged to use the #NEDAwareness to join the conversation.

If you or someone you know is battling an eating disorder, contact the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) at 1-800-931-2237.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Mocked For Suggesting She Popularized Face Masks

Gwyneth Paltrow is facing backlash for suggesting she helped popularize face masks in a new interview.

During a recent chat with The New York Times, the Goop founder was lauded for sharing a selfie of herself in a mask “way before face coverings became the norm.”

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The photo-in-question dates back to last February and shows Paltrow wearing a ventilated mask — which doesn’t prevent the spread of the virus — alongside the caption, “En route to Paris. Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda? Paltrow’s just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane.”

“I’ve already been in this movie,” she said, referencing her role in 2011’s Contagion. “Stay safe. Don’t shake hands. Wash hands frequently.”

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However, in response to the praise, Paltrow used the opportunity to suggest she was a trend-setter in a number of different ways.

“This is a familiar pattern in my life. I do something early, everyone is like: ‘What is she doing? She’s insane.’ And then it’s adopted by the culture,” she said, before adding that she was also “one of the first” people to test positive for COVID-19.

Needless to say though, the internet wasn’t pleased with her “utter lack of self-awareness.”

“Imagine being this level of self absorbed,” as one person said, while a second added, “Imagine thinking that people are wearing masks to be like Gwyneth rather than to prevent the spread of a deadly disease. The fucking hubris.”

Truly she is the gift that keeps on giving and her utter lack of self awareness.

— Sheriff Lonestar (@SheriffLonestar) February 21, 2021

Imagine being this level of self absorbed 🙄

— attractive nuisance (@BoozyBillsBabe) February 21, 2021

Imagine thinking that people are wearing masks to be like Gwyneth rather than to prevent the spread of a deadly disease. The fucking hubris.

— Big Ball of Yarn and Depression (@Heidi36257043) February 21, 2021

Meanwhile, others just rolled their eyes at the statement and wrote things like “so grateful Gwyneth Paltrow invented masks” and “Gwyneth Paltrow singlehandedly caused COVID so she could start a mask trend.”

So grateful Gwyneth Paltrow invented masks 👑

— Sauleha (@Sauliloquy1) February 22, 2021

gwyneth paltrow single-handedly caused covid so she could start a mask trend

— char (@gavesomanysigns) February 21, 2021

And elsewhere, a few more people pointed out that many people in Asian countries have been wearing masks for much longer than her, with one critic asking, “Have you ever been literally anywhere in East Asia, Gwyneth.”

“One thing miss mamas knows how to do is appropriate Asian culture and pretend she invented it,” another wrote, while a third brought up a similar statement she made in the past about popularizing yoga in the United States.

Have you ever been literally anywhere in East Asia, Gwyneth

— A. E. D🍩🍩land✒ 📚🏳️‍🌈 (@Asynca) February 21, 2021

One thing miss mamas knows how to do is appropriate Asian culture and pretend she invented it.

— katrina says clean your phone (@pinkpushpop) February 21, 2021

I believe she said something similar about yoga once too 🤔

— Annie Maynard (@eamayn) February 20, 2021

Paltrow, however, has yet to respond to the backlash.

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