Kylie Jenner Responds to Halloween Costume Criticism

Kylie Jenner has something to say to critics of her Halloween costume.

According to E! News, it all started on Thursday when the reality star shared photos of her crew dressed up as Power Rangers.

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And while most commenters appeared to love the nostalgic group costume, it also didn’t take long for a few haters to use it as an opportunity to call them “plastic.”

After posting a TikTok of their costumes, one troll decided to write, “SOMEONE SAID PLASTIC RANGERS PLEASEEEE.” Needless to say though, Jenner had something to say about the insult in the comments.

“And we love recycling,” she responded. And honestly, that may be one of her best retorts yet.

Check out her costume, below.

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it’s morphin’ time

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Fans Accuse Kim Kardashian of Another Photoshop Mishap

Kim Kardashian is catching heat for another post from her controversial private beach party.

Less than 24 hours after uploads from the star’s 40th birthday celebration sparked a new Twitter meme, Kim is now being criticized for a different reason — and it’s thanks to what appears to be a botched Photoshop job.

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It all started Wednesday morning when she returned to social media to share a bikini-clad beachside snap of herself with sisters Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian alongside the caption, “Girls just wanna have sun.” And while the vast majority of commenters continued to take her to task for the previous day’s tone-deaf post, others seemed more fixated on where exactly Kim’s arm went.

After all, the accusations were unsurprising given Kim’s history of alleged photo-editing gaffes. In several responses to the post, commenters zoomed in on her right arm to ask, “Where’s the rest of your arm Kim?”

“Girl ur hand is literally gone,” a second person observed, while a third simply wrote, “Nice photoshop Kim.”

where’s the rest of your arm kim pic.twitter.com/oCtk9oWTCz

— s 🌿 (@SIXTHIRTYGRNDE) October 28, 2020

girl ur hand is literally gone pic.twitter.com/S6v5QIZrlO

— tomy | POSITIONS OUT NOW (@positionsroty) October 28, 2020

nice photoshop Kim.

— Gülende Yolanda Cavadzadə (@HazretiPiremses) October 28, 2020

Granted, some also hypothesized that her arm could have just been angled in a way where it was hidden behind Khloé’s back.

Kim herself has yet to respond to the Photoshop fail chatter. In the meantime though, see her post for yourself, below.

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☀️ Girls just wanna have sun ☀️

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How Designers Got Creative With Digital Presentations for Spring 2021

The Spring 2021 calendar may have proceeded as usual with several runway shows, but numerous brands took the digital route to present their ready-to-wear collections. The season was filled with innovative alternatives to in-person shows, from an interactive computer game to narrative short films — and even a punk poetry recital. While some designers still held live shows, many in the industry proved that sometimes a special video format can be just as compelling. See all the highlights, below.

AMIRI’s West Coast Roots

Amiri chose to present its Spring 2021 collection in Los Angeles for the first time, paying tribute to the West Coast’s cultural influences woven into the brand with a proud homecoming. Overlooking the city at John Lautner’s Sheats-Goldstein residence in Beverly Hills, the presentation painted a portrait of LA’s expressive spirit: bold stories riff across carefree constructions, echoing a demeanor of comfort and leisure atop the label’s rock ‘n’ roll spirit. Wool overcoats draped over ’70s-inspired sportswear across neutral shades and strikes of light blue and saturated brown alike, while structured blazers and lightweight button-up shirts provided a stark contrast on the runway.

Michael Kors Collection

Michael Kors was among the many big designers to sit out New York Fashion Week this season, opting instead to present his Spring 2021 collection at his own time via a digital format. The ensuing runway show, which was shown without any guests, was filmed in a New York Restoration Project community garden in the Bronx featuring a performance of Carole King’s “Up On The Rooftop” by American Idol winner Samantha Diaz. For the collection, Kors emphasized a sense of laid-back luxury, with relaxed shapes finished in artisanal textures and earthy shades.

Additionally, the brand released a mini documentary film (seen above) directed by Haley Elizabeth Anderson to accompany the showcase. The 7-minute clip goes behind-the-scenes to capture the designer’s love for New York and his inspirations this season such as the serenity of nature and gardens, and features a cameo by his friend Bette Midler, who founded the NYRP in 1995.

Matthew Williams’s Givenchy Debut
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so excited and honoured to begin this journey with my first @givenchyofficial collection

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Givenchy’s new creative director, ALYX Designer Matthew M. Williams, unveiled his debut collection through a lookbook rather than a runway. Williams’ Givenchy uprooted its couture origins for an aesthetic that is subversive and utilitarian. Making use of oversized suiting and reptile-embossed leather, the collection was accented with streetwear-ready accessories like rubberized sandals, devil-horned baseball caps and unisex logo jewelry.

References to the brand’s previous designers were also made throughout, with horn-heeled shoes paying homage to Lee McQueen and draping reminiscent of Hubert de Givenchy himself. As part of his first collection for the French fashion house, Williams hopes that the collection’s pieces — “pieces of the puzzle,” as he referred to them in a statement — will bring power to their wearers.

“You find the pieces of the puzzle for a collection, building it from symbols and signs, but never forgetting the reality of the person who will wear it and bring it to life,” Williams said. “It’s about finding the humanity in luxury.”

Thom Browne’s Lunar Olympics
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… the torch is lit … thom browne women’s and men’s spring 2021 collection. view the full film now, link in bio. production: #drivestudios casting: #adamhindle hair: #brianfisher beauty: #homasafar #thombrowne #thombrowness21

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Thom Browne‘s latest collection was out of this world — literally. Moderated by impression icon Jordan Firstman, Browne’s Spring 2021 line was shown in a charming video set in the 2132 Lunar Games (think a very, very chic Olympics on the moon). The film documents the arrivals of athletes as they uniformly arrive at the Lunar Games stadium, clad in all-white Thom Browne looks — including wide-brimmed hats and gold aviators.

The collection featured Browne’s staple exaggerated proportions and dramatic suiting, vests and sweaters done in wool, tweed and cashmere, many emblazoned with his geometric sketches. Fitting with the theme and the designer’s affinity for sportswear, there were plenty of athletic references through cleat-like brogues, tennis pleats and hand-embroidered swimmers. The finale culminated in a pair of identically dressed models, serving as the twin torch-bearers, descending from a cream spaceship shaped like Hector (Browne’s dachshund and brand mascot) to light the stadium’s torches. Let the games begin!

Roger Vivier’s Interactive Hotel Game
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Roger Vivier presentations have earned reputations for their interactive camp since Gherardo Felloni began creative directing the brand in 2018 — and this season was no different, despite COVID-19. In lieu of a splashy showroom, Felloni invited guests to check into the “Hotel Vivier Cinémathèque,” an interactive fashion film starring none other than French cinema star Isabelle Huppert. Across genre-themed rooms like comedy, horror and thriller, viewers can play a “would you rather?” game to direct Huppert’s behaviors — whether she’s drinking magical potions or throwing ceramic cats onto the floor.

“It’s the metaphor to explain my vision of womanhood, using character. Not just a body, not just a face, but character,” Felloni said of the collection. For spring, those offerings take the form of velvet crossbodies, suede satchels, silk pumps and rubberized sandals in jewel-toned hues of pink, blue, green and purple — all festooned with Vivier’s signature square and crystal buckles, of course. Despite the pandemic, it’s obvious that Felloni’s signature style is as bold and enchanting as ever.

Dries van Noten’s Escapist Rave
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For Spring 2021, Dries Van Noten played with the notions of pop art and the outdoors. The designer enlisted Viviane Sassen to shoot his latest collection — and first season without a runway show — which captured the energy of a long-lost holiday through shots taken at the beach, under leafy trees at night and in an empty room lit by multicolored, rave-like lights.

“We wanted to work around beauty [that] evokes energy — not one that makes you dream or linger on things that are past, which makes you nostalgic,” the designer told Vogue. “It had to push you to the future, to give energy.”

Indeed, energy pulsed through van Noten’s penchant for vibrant colors, from oceanic blues and greens to neon yellows and deep purples. Through gauzy dresses, sharp suiting or tailored Bermuda shorts — some monochrome, others splashed with Noten’s new striped and multicolor circle prints — it’s clear that WFH culture hasn’t lowered the spirits of one of the industry’s most artistic designers.

Vivienne Westwood’s Poetry Recital
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Vivienne Westwood is no stranger to the punk scene — she practically invented it, after all. For Spring 2021, her husband Andreas Kronthaler designed the latest collection for the Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood label as an ode to essential pieces before COVID-19 began. Even so, it still feels especially timely given the current state of the fashion industry. All fabrics used in the collection are recycled, organic and FSC-certified, and the line was shown in a short online video.

In the collection’s film, Westwood and Kronthaler — alongside two models — recite poetry by William Shakespeare, Li Ho, and even a poem by the Dame herself in a white room. This served as a simplistic backdrop where viewers could focus on the clothes: A skull-print T-shirt, night robe, and silk and floral dresses (with the same corsetry reminiscent of Westwood’s iconic Sex and the City gown).

Accented with floral boots, shawls and oversized jewelry, the line was a peaceful ode to, as Kronthaler said in a statement, “our model for the future.” However, the exaggerated hairstyles, graphic makeup and subversive styling — after all, Kronthaler rocks a mini dress and heeled boots as well as the models — still showed Westwood’s signature tongue-in-cheek attitude.

Balenciaga’s Eighties Music Video
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Balenciaga has become known for its clever takes on fashion content under Demna Gvasalia. That narrative continued in a music video showcasing the brand’s pre-collection for Summer 2021. Set to a BFRND cover of Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses at Night,” the film follows a series of lip-synching models as they strut down Paris’ lamp-lit streets, walk by the Seine and journey through dark underground tunnels until a group of them convene together, heading off into the night.

Most notably, one model is dressed in an oversized gray sweatsuit, their sweatshirt reading “Paris Fashion Week” in pixelated letters. That look particularly seemed to be commentary about Fashion Weeks being online during the pandemic. As the epitome of high fashion, what’s more anti-PFW than a sweatsuit? However, nothing was more timely or relatable than the model’s attachments to their phones, as most are scrolling through them or have them hanging around their necks on lanyards throughout the video.

Rick Owens’ Futuristic Phlegethon
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SS21 PHLEGETHON WOMENS, BACKSTAGE #RICKOWENS #RICKOWENSONLINE #RICKOWENSSS21

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Rick Owens looked towards the future with his Spring 2021 collection, “Phlegethon.” Never one to shy away from drama, the designer made a series of armor-like looks that seemed straight from The Hunger Games or AEon Flux. “In the face of adversity, we have to pull ourselves up,” the designer told Vogue.

“Phlegethon” is composed of pieces utilizing Owens’ boldest brand signatures. Single shoulders, asymmetric hems and long, hand-covering sleeves were present in nearly every look. However, this season also focused on outerwear, with many models wearing vests or jackets with exaggerated capped sleeves that looked both comforting and defensive. Paired with Owens’ cult-favorite platform boots and long face masks, and a new palette of bubblegum pink and red juxtaposing his go-to neutrals, “Phlegethon” appeared both optimistic and futuristic.

Thebe Magugu’s Fashionable Spy Thriller
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In his Spring 2021 collection, titled “Counter Intelligence,” Thebe Magugu shared the history of the espionage community in his native South Africa. Set to a series of interviews Magugu made with past female spies, the accompanying CCTV and Secret Surveillance-shot film explores models-as-secret agents knocking men out in elevators, developing photos in an apartment and strolling through the streets on top-secret missions.

“Our immediate picture of spies is largely informed by their portrayal in popular culture — slim, ostentatiously demure, fashionable and aloof. Truth is, spies are all around us, they are our beloved teachers, friends and family members,” the designer said in a statement. “It got me thinking — what drives one to commit high-treason?”

Magugu’s womenswear in this collection merged free-flowing silhouettes with structured styles, largely in a palette of blues and yellows with pops of fuchsia and white. Pleated asymmetric skirts are paired with sweaters, knit tanks and arm sleeves, and a printed shirtdress and sharply tailored jacket make notable appearances. However, his menswear also stole the show with olive and indigo blue shorts suits, paired with wide-brimmed hats perfect for espionage.

Maison Margiela’s ‘Co-Ed’ Film
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This season, John Galliano used Maison Margiela‘s SS21 collection as the second part of his S.W.A.L.K. (Sealed With A Kiss) concept, first introduced during the AW20 couture season. The “Co-Ed” video’s footage of Galliano’s Zoom calls breaking down the collection’s design processes and inspirations, and the atelier’s procedures of crafting everything from torn-apart trench coats to the latest Tabi shoes (clear pumps and chunky oxfords), make up its majority. To add creative imagery, they are interspersed with clips shot by Nick Knight of models writhing in moonlit puddles and dancing the tango—a primary influence on the line.

Suiting with exaggerated lapels, knits made from repurposed garments, and tulle evening dresses appear simultaneously deconstructed and perfectly stitched together in a palette of red, black, gray and white — both unfinished and fully complete. The collection is a distinctly collaborative effort, unveiled in full transparency for all to watch.

Schiaparelli’s Surrealist Lookbook
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Live on Schiaparelli.com and IGTV SS21 RTW collection by @danielroseberry photographed at 21 Place Vendôme by @danielroseberry #Schiaparelli #SchiaparelliSS21

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For Schiaparelli’s third ready-to-wear collection, “Elements of Desire,” Daniel Roseberry focused on wardrobe essentials. Though the haute couture house is known for its dramatic flair, the designer wanted to highlight pieces like suits, trousers and trench coats in a palette of black, caramel and white.

However, these essentials are far from basic. Elevated by Schiaparelli’s signature surrealism, the collection was peppered with details like its iconic lobster and measuring tape motif, as well as lock, nose and nipple embellishments. Further accented by Roseberry’s viral gold jewelry — this season focused on finger coverings, chunky earrings, chain necklaces and metal face masks — and the brand’s new line of sharp leather handbags, “Elements” is an ode to Schiaparelli’s past, Roseberry’s present and fashion’s long-lasting future.

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Make Way for Toutou Jacquemus, Fashion’s New Favorite Pet

The fashion world’s Sunday scaries were relieved this past week when Jacquemus introduced his new puppy Toutou to the world on Instagram. The dapple dachshund’s oversized ears, angelic blue eyes, and tiny paws made for an adorable and photogenic debut — and the debut photo currently has more than 211,000 likes.

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In a following window selfie, Jacquemus cradles Toutou in one arm on the rainy streets of Paris. Clad in a chic brown leash harness, Toutou — who, just like his dad, obviously knows his angles — stares directly into the camera while being introduced as the brand’s newest team member.

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QUE DES TOUTOU DANS MA TEAM

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If the social media reveal is any indication, @mynameistoutou has already become a celebrity pet in his own right, so far amassing over 30k Instagram followers and counting. A recent gallery shows the puppy running through Jacquemus’ office courtyard, barking at a Chiquito bag, and lounging on couches on his first day at the brand. All in a day’s work!

Little is known about the new fashion darling, save that (per his bio) he loves “CROQUETTES, SUNNY DAYS, BONES, AND MY TWO DADS” (Jacquemus’ partner, Marco Maestri, is co-parenting). However, his fanbase is already unwaveringly loyal, with users proclaiming “i would sacrifice my own life for Toutou” and “Sorry dad i fell in love with a dog.” Honestly, can you blame them?

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HELLO GUYS 🐶

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What remains to be seen — aside from Toutou’s potential to fit inside a Chiquito — is how the pup will influence his dad’s namesake French brand. Being a high-fashion pet, after all, is serious business — just ask Choupette Lagerfeld or PAPER alum Neville Jacobs.

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We’re already anticipating signature bags, a pet line and runway appearances, though there will surely be more to come from Jacquemus’ latest muse. In the meantime, enjoy Toutou’s papped BTS shots napping on Simon’s shoes — and, obviously, follow him on Instagram.

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ME DANCING THRILLER

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Addison Rae Responds to Republican Voter Registration Rumor

Addison Rae is hitting back at rumors about her voting record.

Earlier this week, the social media superstar came under fire from fans after a TikTok accusing her of being a consistent Republican voter went viral. In the video, a user named @tommy.memetastic “leaked” screenshots of her alleged voting record — which appeared to show her voting Republican since 2014 — set to The Deplorable Choir’s song “Real Women Vote Trump.”

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However, given the severity of this upcoming election — not to mention Trump’s ongoing efforts to shut down TikTok — it didn’t take long for Addison’s fans to flood her comment section with angry accusations that she voted for him.

That said, in the wake of the backlash, Addison was quick to refute the rumors, explaining that she’s “not registered and never have been registered.” She also proceeded to point out that she’s from Louisiana, while the registration-in-question was for someone in Tarzana, California.

“This isn’t real hahahaha. First I’m from Louisiana, second I’m not even registered to vote and never have been I’m actually doing it for the first time with someone important and I’m excited to do so,” she said. “This is fake.”

Not only that, but Addison also appeared to express her frustration with the fake registration in another comment.

“Everything I’ve been on here for lately is based off of rumors or assumptions,” she said. “It’s so sad and I’m honestly so anxious about everything because it’s crazy how warped people’s perceptions become of you off the internet.”

According to PopBuzz, @tommy.memetastic eventually apologized to Addison before explaining he found the information through the “Vote Joe” app. He also made a follow-up video saying that the star was able to “vote for who she wants.”

Granted, the publication also reported that Addison herself went on to say that there were “no records” of her name on a different app. Per Dexerto though, she did take to Twitter to further address the situation by writing, “Stop spending time bringing others down with untruthful information.”

“Growing up our parents always said ‘don’t believe anything you see on the internet’ yet everyone somehow trusts everything they read on here,” she wrote. “Remember, you only know the surface of most people. Stop spending time bringing others down with untruthful information.”

See Addison’s responses, below.

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stop spending time bringing others down with untruthful information

— addison rae (@whoisaddison) September 22, 2020

growing up our parents always said “don’t believe anything you see on the internet” yet everyone somehow trusts everything they read on here…

— addison rae (@whoisaddison) September 22, 2020

remember, you only know the surface of most people

— addison rae (@whoisaddison) September 22, 2020

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Lili Reinhart Likes to Watch Pimple Popping Videos

Pimple popping isn’t a sport, but there are people out there that get a thrill out of watching others break open these pesky bumps with a sickening sigh of relief. Riverdale star Lili Reinhart has revealed in a new interview with SELF that she is one of them. In fact, they soothe her so much that they actually help her drift off into sleep.

Before Reinhart goes to bed after a long day of acting, there are two things that she likes to do to relax. “I check Reddit,” she says. “I like Reddit — only certain accounts, obviously. Like the Oddly Satisfying subreddit is really soothing to watch before bed. I find some hilarious things on there.”

View this post on Instagram Sometimes I like a matte look for the summertime 🌞 @covergirl’s #cleanfresh pressed powder absorbs oil and delivers a natural finish~ AND it’s vegan 🌸
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Then, after describing a pretty normal bedtime routine, which is practically similar to a nighttime news pull before closing your eyes, Reinhart described her controversial fascination. “I also find pimple popping videos quite soothing before I go to bed,” she said. “Which a lot of people find disgusting, and that’s totally fine — I find it soothing.”

Following this grotesque activity, Reinhart reveals that she ends things on a spiritual note. “I do like to meditate, although I’m really bad at finding the time to do it, even though that’s the whole point,” she said. “You have to stop and take the moment to do it — I’m really bad at doing that.”

“I learned transcendental meditation this year, and I’ve been really bad at practicing it,” she continued. “So that’s something I’ve been trying to do more of as well.”

A combination of doing all three of these makes Reinhart sleep great and prepare for another hectic day — provided the videos don’t distract her for too long. “I usually can’t really function really well unless I have at least 9 to 10 hours of sleep,” she said. “I get maybe seven or eight, or nine if I’m lucky, but then sometimes on my days off I’ll sleep for 12 hours. I’m a sleep machine.”

Check out her full SELF interview up above.

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Fans Accuse James Charles of Not Sending Out Merch

Fans are currently accusing James Charles of not sending out merch they allegedly ordered in May.

On Tuesday, PopBuzz reported that several customers said that the beauty guru had yet to make good on 4 month-old purchases from his Sisters Apparel line.

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According to the publication, the claims began surfacing yesterday in the comments section of Charles’s latest Instagram post advertising a new “classroom collection,” launching September 24.

“Can you ship your sisterland merch from 4+ months ago instead of releasing new collections every week!!! thanks,” as one frustrated person wrote.

Meanwhile, another user echoed this sentiment by telling potential customers to “not order from him,” before alleging that they “haven’t received [their] merch and haven’t gotten ANY response from customer service.”

And while Charles has yet to directly address the criticism, he did apologize for keeping quiet via his Instagram Stories, explaining that he was having a “bad week.”

“Hi babes, sorry for not posting much today,” he wrote. “Had a really bad night last night and have been in meetings all morning. Hope everyone is having a better morning than I am.”

See Charles’s latest post, below.

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THE CLASSROOM COLLECTION 📚✨ launching on sisters-apparel.com this thursday sept 24th at 12pm PST 💞 beautiful artwork done by @rosswalkerart

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Cardi B Calls Out TikTok Star Emmuhlu Over Old Videos

There have been several instances of Cardi B dragging people online that have disrespected her in some way, shape or form. Her latest adversary is TikTok star Emmuhlu, who has used her platform of over 1.2 million followers to call out Cardi for her lyrics. In a couple of stinging and now-deleted tweets, the rapper set the social media star straight on allegedly being a racist and talking about her in the past.

On August 24, Cardi took to Twitter, calling out Emmuhlu by posting a link to a video of the latter using the n-word. “Fish lips is this you?,” wrote Cardi. “Please keep my name out of your mouth. You disguise yourself as a person that love black female artist, but you a real life racist.”

View this post on Instagram WHEWWWWW rapper #cardib throws shots at #emhulu on twitter 😬☕️
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Cardi wasn’t done there. She continued in another-deleted tweet that explained why she posted the previous clip. “Been talking about me for months, bitch probably want my skin color… Then disguise herself as a black female rapper stan to hide her racism and gain followings… Like goodbye pita bread lip having…”

From there, Cardi decided to call Emmuhlu out for using mental illness as a defene mechanism for picking on celebrities. “She wants to talk about mental illness after she got expose for being a RACIST sloth,” wrote Cardi. “Meal illness, depression, is real, but I don’t buy it from bitches that talk shit and fake bully celebs then strat crying mental illness.”

Later on, after the smoke cleared surrounding the one-sided virtual standoff, Cardi took to Instagram to make sure that fans understood why she, seemingly unprovoked, responded to Emmuhlu’s old videos. “You have made like 10 videos of me disrespecting and picking one me,” she wrote. “If you experience bullying, depression, if you know who you are, why do you do it to others? I am a person too! I got feelings too! My feelings get hurt too! So it’s OK to pick on people on the internet for shock value? And when I stand up for myself, I got to be mindful that you are 18? You don’t gotta pick on people for attention. Shit is wack.”

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Emmuhlu later hopped on Instagram Live and, although frustrated, gave Cardi an apology. “She’s attacking my appearance,” she said. “Me, now, I’m 18 years old. So she’s attacking a teenage girl’s appearance over a sily video. It was a joke. You’re 26 years old like, why are you doing that? Why? I actually genuinely am sorry that I made a joke at her expense.”

The social media star went further, explaining that her videos about Cardi were a part of a TikTok trend about the rapper’s beef with Nicki Minaj and that she “respected” her politics. After apologizing for using the slur in the unearthed video, she deleted her Instagram page.

Although Cardi scrubbed all traces of her verbal kerfuffle with Emmuhlu from her social media profiles, she did leave up this tweet agreeing with a fan about defending herself

Facts …..I love it thooo https://t.co/HRgiq4qI11
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) August 25, 2020

Well. that settles that.

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TikToker Tony Lopez Dropped By Bliss Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

TikTok star Tony Lopez has been dropped by Bliss after he was accused of messaging underage girls on social media.

According to a new report from Insider, the spa and beauty brand recently announced in a series of TikTok comments that they would no longer be working with the 21-year-old Hype House member.

“We take these accusations seriously and will not work w/ Tony Lopez going forward,” Bliss wrote in response to a commenter who questioned their sponsorship of him. “We’re committed to working w/ partners who uphold our brand values.”

Last month, alleged screenshots of messages in which Tony appeared to solicit nudes from a 15-year-old girl surfaced online via Twitter and Instagram.

sorry it took me a bit to find the proof but the victim herself dmed me and said she was 15 at the time of him preying on her, please blow this shit up so we can strip this predator of a platform pic.twitter.com/tzhDJlMM0l

— xavi (@kopcillaa) August 8, 2020
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WTF ????? 💀😭

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And while the controversial TikTok star has yet to address these allegations or Bliss’s decision, People noted in their report that Tony did speak up when his older brother and fellow influencer, Ondreaz Lopez, was accused of sexual assault.

Back in June, a Twitter user named Al claimed that Ondreaz made them touch his genitals while they were sleeping in the same bed.

“He wouldn’t let me pull away until I turned the other way around,” Al said, before adding that Ondreaz also continued to misgender them and use their dead name.

Subsequently, Ondreaz tweeted out a lengthy apology and response. That said, in his own statement, Tony defended his brother, writing, “Sexual assault is a very serious matter!!”

“This girl [them] that is claiming Ondreaz sexually assaulted her is lying. We have friends that know about the situation that even came to me saying she [them] is LYING,” he continued. “I will provide screen shots when I get them.”

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Kylie Jenner Responds to ‘Brown Skinned Girl’ Caption Accusations

Kylie Jenner is responding to viral accusations that she called herself a “brown skinned girl.”

On Sunday, the star took to Instagram to share a new photo of herself in a tie-dyed jumpsuit alongside the caption “brown eyed girl.” Soon afterwards though, an alleged screenshot of an older version of the post featuring the caption “brown skinned girl” began making the rounds on Twitter — and, naturally, the internet was less than pleased.

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In the wake of the backlash, The Shade Room uploaded images of both captions, though the account noted that they were unable “to confirm the origin of the alleged caption.” That said, it didn’t take long for Jenner herself to respond in the comments section by confirming the “brown skinned girl” caption was fake.

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brown eyed girl🤍✨

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“This is photoshopped,” she wrote. “Never said this. Have a good day.”

Not only that, but Jenner then continued to refute the legitimacy of the altered pics by providing screenshots of her original caption — which only featured a couple of emojis — to her Instagram Stories.

“Here’s the fake version that everyone believed,” she wrote. “Saw online someone photoshopped this photo I posted to change my caption from ‘brown eyed girl’ to ‘brown skinned girl.’ I never said this.”

See Jenner’s posts about the fake caption, below.

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#KylieJenner pulls the receipts proving the screenshot that emerged, which led fans to think she changed her caption, was photoshopped. (SWIPE)

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Jake Paul Addresses ‘Absurd’ Rumors About FBI Raid

Jake Paul has broken his silence on the FBI raid at his Calabasas mansion.

Last week, officials executed a search warrant in connection to a federal investigation tied to the YouTuber’s alleged involvement in a “disturbance” at an Arizona shopping mall in May. And though Paul has kept quiet amid ongoing speculation surrounding the incident, he finally decided to try and “set the record straight” in a video uploaded to his YouTube yesterday.

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“Just to clarify things and set the record straight, the FBI raid is entirely related to the Arizona looting situation that happened,” he said. “It’s an investigation. There are rumors about it having to do with so many other things that have nothing to do with me or my character and the shit that people are making up is absolutely absurd.”

Paul then went on to hint that the raid led him to realize that “someone around [him] is doing malicious things,” which has since led to them being “immediately cut out of [his] life.”

“I don’t put up with bullshit, I don’t surround myself with bad people,” he added without naming any particular individuals. “If someone does something bad, they will be removed from my life.”

Paul also thanked fans for their support and assured them that he’s just trying to “focus on my life, myself, boxing, music” as the investigation continues.

Per previous reports, the raid stemmed from Paul’s June arrest by Scottsdale police officers on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly during what was supposedly a protest over the murder of George Floyd — though he’s since maintained he was “strictly documenting, not engaging.” That said, the Scottsdale City Attorney’s Office has since dismissed the charges brought against Paul in deference to the investigation currently being conducted by federal authorities.

The video itself has since been deleted, though it remains unclear why. In the meantime though, you can watch a fan-captured clip from it, below.

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Damn son – #jakepaul

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Jamie Lynn Spears Defends Britney Against Critics of Her Mental Health

Jamie Lynn Spears is firing back at invasive commenters demanding that she say something about Britney Spears‘s mental health.

On Tuesday afternoon, Jamie Lynn took to her Instagram to share a screenshot of Halsey‘s call for “understanding” and “sympathy” toward those with mental health issues — particularly bipolar disorder — in light of Kanye West‘s recent comments on Twitter.

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“If you deal with mental illness or care for someone dealing with mental illness, then you know how important it is to respect the situation with privacy for the person, and the family trying to protect their loved ones, no matter how it may appear to the public, and as the public we must learn to do the same,” Jamie Lynn captioned the post, which many believed was an allusion to Britney’s own struggle with bipolar disorder.

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👆🏻👏🏻👆🏻👏🏻👆🏻. “If you can’t offer understanding or sympathy, offer your silence”- HALSEY. If you deal with mental illness or care for someone dealing with mental illness, then you know how important it is to respect the situation with privacy for the person, and the family trying to protect their loved ones, no matter how it may appear to the public, and as the public we must learn to do the same. I pray this doesn’t bring shame to anyone dealing with mental illness, you are not alone, and you are loved. Sending all my love and prayers to all of you♥️

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And while the majority of comments were supportive, it also didn’t take long for trolls to ask why she wasn’t directly “speaking on” Britney’s “OBVIOUS mental illness” — something the star, obviously, felt the need to respond to.

In a screenshot of an exchange shared by Comments by Celebs, she hit back at the commenter by writing, “You have no right to assume anything about my sister.”

Jamie Lynn then went on to make the very important point that she has “NO right to speak about HER health and personal matters,” before lauding her sister as “a strong, badass, unstoppable woman.”

“And that’s the only thing that is OBVIOUS,” she added.

Then in response to another user imploring her to “clarify all these assumptions,” Jamie Lynn explained that she “would never speak out just to clarify things to the public, when the person it pertains to does not want that to happen.”

“I’d rather take all the hate, then speak about someone elses [sic] personal matter, that they want to keep private,” she said.

See her comments, below.

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Preach @jamielynnspears. #CommentsByCelebs

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Henry Cavill Is Stupid Buff

It appears that we have finally reached that point of our quarantine journey where we’ve become so bored and horny that Henry Cavill meticulously building a PC is apparently doing it for us.

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The Witcher and Man of Steel actor posted a video on Instagram earlier today of him putting together a new gaming PC from scratch. The video shows Cavill carefuly reading instructions, peeling the plastic off of graphics cards, hooking up cooling systems, undoing impossibly tiny screws and installing hard drives, but odds are you weren’t really paying attention to all of that.

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This kind of material isn’t for everyone….viewer discretion is advised. You may see a lot of parts that you haven’t seen before. #PC #AllTheParts #AllNightLong

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Inexplicably set to a suggestive soundtrack of Barry White songs, the five and a half minute video has the internet fawning over the actor’s extremely buff physique, taking in the free gun show that Cavill has put on full display. And to be fair, Cavill does, to a certain extent, invite this upon himself. An avid gamer, it makes sense logically that he would handle all these extremely delicate and sensitive computer parts with a great degree of care, but the gentle caresses and innuendo-inducing positions Cavill assumes aren’t leaving much room for ambiguity. He even winkingly captions the post with “This kind of material isn’t for everyone….viewer discretion is advised. You may see a lot of parts that you haven’t seen before.”

Like the simps they are, the internet happily took the bait and threw open the thirst tweet floodgates:

A five minute video of Henry Cavill building a gaming PC is the gift we all deserve in 2020. https://t.co/PJaKpXXHMV https://t.co/k6pqmnmHmQ — Amy Ratcliffe (@Amy Ratcliffe)1594918649.0
watching the video of henry cavill building a PC on repeat all day, nobody @ me — henry cavill stan account (@henry cavill stan account)1594911104.0
i think my computer is broken. does anyone have henry cavill’s number? — Cathy Kelley (@Cathy Kelley)1594921048.0
henry cavill back off morherfucker this is my himbo safe space. — hasanabi (@hasanabi)1594920410.0
someone sent me the “henry cavill building a pc in a tank top” video while i was doing an interview and my mind went completely blank — andrew webster (@andrew webster)1594916769.0
Just a fraction of the total number of inhalers my sister used up after watching Henry Cavill set up a PC https://t.co/z4FXN1enDf — Judge Judy Jr. (@Judge Judy Jr.)1594916458.0
Great, thanks Henry Cavill, now I have a “building a gaming PC” kink that I don’t need and can’t do anything with. https://t.co/Yyi3W2nJQm — Andrew Wheeler (@Andrew Wheeler)1594914090.0
Ok now I want Henry Cavill to come screw my everything.

Nowait that came out wrong… https://t.co/VHUCg9MPbc — Francesco Francavilla (@Francesco Francavilla)1594919878.0

Ok that’s enough, you can pick your tongue up off the floor now.

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TikTok Star Siya Kakkar Dead at 16

TikTok star Siya Kakkar has died at the age of 16.

On Thursday, Kakkar’s manager, Arjun Sarin, confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that she passed away at her home in New Delhi, India on Wednesday night between 9 and 10 p.m. Per Delhi Police speaking to India Today, Kakkar had been battling depression before her passing. The cause was death by suicide.

“She sounded very normal, just like we talk every day,” Sarin told the publication. “I can just say she was one of the finest artists and her focus was not money. Her focus was to work for her happiness.”

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No more words 😭💔 You will always be the best artist 😭 Rest In Peace @siya_kakkar #Ripsiyakakkar #Siyakakkar

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Kakkar — who had nearly 2 million followers on TikTok — was well-known on the platform for her videos combining Bollywood-style dancing and singing.

News of her passing has shocked the TikTok community, with many of Kakkar’s friends and collaborators remembering her via Instagram. One of these people was fashion photographer Viral Bhayani, who mourned her passing by writing, “Before publishing this I spoke to her talent management agency head Arjun Sarin who just spoke to her last night for a song collaboration and he says she was in a good mood and perfectly alright.”

“Even he has no clue what went that she had to go this way,” Bhayani continued. “You go through her videos and you can [see] she was so good in her content, it’s really sad that she chose this path. If you are feeling depressed please don’t do this.”

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Sad news 16 year old sweet tik-toker @siya_kakkar died by suicide . Before publishing this I spoke to her Talent management agency head Arjun Sarin who just spoke to her last night for a song collaboration and he says she was in a good mood and perfectly alright. Even he has no clue what went wrong that she had to go this way. You go through her videos and you can she was so good in her content, it’s really sad that she chose this path. If you are feeling depressed please dont do this 🙏

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If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis, call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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Meet the Rebel Behind Fashion’s Favorite Instagram Memes

In September of last year, a meme of Jennifer Lopez standing in front of a climate change demonstration dressed in her green jungle print Versace gown unexpectedly blew up on Instagram. The photo was reposted by Naomi Campbell, Amber Valletta, Carine Roitfeld and leading fashion sound director Michel Gaubert.

“This image had a significant impact on my Instagram account,” says Thomas Lélu, who originally uploaded the image. “The celebrities who reposted the image recognized there was a message when it came to fashion responsibility in the face of the climate crisis.”

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Prior to that viral post, the French artist had been steadily amassing a strong online following thanks to a series of fashion memes and artworks that show off his ironic sense of humor. Among the most memorable is a closeup shot of Justin Bieber‘s face with his skin breaking out behind an “Acne Studios” logo, a fake Diesel campaign starring Vin Diesel and a young Celine Dion posing for “Celine Dior.”

Lélu, who’s currently a director at La Cité art gallery and was previously the creative director of French Playboy, has been experimenting with what we now know as meme culture well before the age of Instagram. In 2003, he published a book called Récréations that features collages with games around brands and celebrities. Sarah Andelman held a launch party at her now-closed Paris boutique Collette for the book of collages, which Lélu says are “ancestors of meme pictures.”

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“Every day, I’m looking on the internet for inspiring images or subjects to be treated,” he says of how he develops his material. “Whether political or related to fashion, my inspiration comes from the news and what interests me is to create images that echo this news. They are like humor notes or caricatures in the journalistic tradition.”

Another aspect of his work that gets widely circulated is his “Philoselfies:” images of celebrities taking selfies where their phones are swapped out with a book on philosophy. Some of the standouts include Bella Hadid with a “copy” of On the Heights of Despair and Kylie Jenner holding Beyond Good and Evil.

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Indeed, Lélu’s work has become so recognizable within fashion circles and beyond that he’s now doing art projects for them on the side. So far he’s create a filter for Gucci based on his “Philoselfie” concept and he’s also preparing a collection of phone cases for Casetify with the same idea.

Lélu’s latest project sees him designing more fashion memes for the luxury retailer Browns. To coincide with its new season of offerings, they asked Lélu to put a twist on some of the brands they carry including Jacquemus, Maison Margiela and Marine Serre. See, below, for a selection of this work and see more at BrownsFashion.com.






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Doja Cat Responds to Racism Accusations

Doja Cat has responded to accusations of racism.

Over the weekend, the star came under scrutiny after her 2015 song called “Dindu Nuffin” resurfaced. The song title is a racist slur used to mock Black victims of police brutality. Additionally, Doja was accused of appearing in racist chats in the past, which led to hashtags like #DojaCatIsOverParty and #OnlyKlans going viral.

In response to the backlash, Doja issued a statement via her Instagram on Sunday night to apologize “to everyone that I offended.”

“I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations,” she began. “I’m sorry to everyone that I offended.”

Doja then went on to say that she is “very proud” of her Black South African background and where she comes from, adding that the aforementioned song “was in no way tied to anything outside of my own personal experience.”

“It was written in response to people who often used that term to hurt me,” Doja explained, before saying, “I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognize that it was a bad decision to use that term in my music.”

Doja also tried to reassure her fans she is “taking this all very seriously,” and that she’s “sorry for upsetting or hurting any of you.”

“That’s not my character, and I’m determined to show that everybody moving forward,” she said.

See Doja’s statement in full, below.

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Common Launches #WeMatterToo to Protect Incarcerated People

Rapper and philanthropist Common is here to remind us of an often overlooked, but crucial group that we need to prioritize in this pandemic: incarcerated peoples who are unable to social distance, nor practice efficient hygiene. If ignored, outbreaks within these tight spaces could adversely affect millions of incarcerated Americans.

After meeting inmates from juvenile detention centers, jails and prisons nationwide, Common was inspired to create the #WeMatterToo campaigns with his criminal justice reform organization, Imagine Justice, and 70+ other organizations. #WeMatterToo urges authorities to release anyone who has served the majority of their sentence, and prioritizes those with existing health conditions as coronavirus continues to threaten safety. Another major goal of the campaign is for the government to fund testing and housing for inmates after they are released.

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“We have to be there for our vulnerable communities including our people who are currently incarcerated,” Common wrote in a recent Instagram post, “Our fates are tied together so we must be courageous and act now.”

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Let this time show us that we are all interconnected. We have to be there for our vulnerable communities including our people who are currently incarcerated. Our fates are tied together so we must be courageous and act now. I’m proud to launch #WeMatterToo today alongside 70+ organizations who have dedicated their time and energy to supporting our brothers and sisters currently in prisons, jails and detention centers around the country during this scary and uncertain time. Every single life matters. Take action today by clicking the link in my bio!

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He also uploaded a short film with recordings and interviews from inmates concerned and fearful of the virus spreading in confined spaces. In the powerful video, you can hear inmates describe their living conditions: bunk beds, cells containing six people, etc. “If it comes in here,” a voice says, “it will spread like wildfire.”

The two-minute film keeps the inmates’ names anonymous, as they also explain how jail officials did not provide them with any protective gear or sanitize their showers.

According to recent data calculated by the US Bureau of Prisons, there are 2,820 federal inmates and 266 BOP staff who have confirmed positive test results for COVID-19 nationwide — and that figure is only based off of those tested. This alarming number and lack of accessible testing makes Common’s campaign all the more imperative.

For more information, to learn how to help, and to watch the short film in full, visit the We Matter Too website here.

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Dua Lipa Goes Virtual on ‘The Late Late Show’

Dua Lipa made her first appearance on James Corden’s The Late Late Show last night via video chat. Joined by her dancers and band, the pop star performed her hit song “Don’t Start Now” from her just-released sophomore album, Future Nostalgia.

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Lipa’s set started out by her singing on-screen and gradually incorporated her dancers and band, all of whom were performing from their own homes and managing to stay beautifully in sync. Ever the good sport, Lipa even urged fans watching to “make some noise” from the comfort of their own couch (or bed).

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Sending you all love and healthhh from OUR HOUSE TO YOURS ❤️ #Homefest @j_corden. #FutureNostalgia out nowwww

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Check out the performance above and stream the album, below.

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Megan Thee Stallion Responds to Criticism of Her Twerking

While it’s no secret that Megan Thee Stallion is an expert twerker, it turns out that she’s been dealing with some backlash related to her love of a good butt-bounce.

Recently, the rapper sat down with Genius to chat about everything from her musical inspirations to her appreciation of the women who raised her. And while most of the conversation centered around her new album, there was also some talk about the trolls who think she spends too much time dancing.

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“I don’t know when it happened, that sometimes people get offended by twerking, but that shit is crazy,” she said. “I love to throw my ass. I love to shake my ass. That’s one of my favorite things to do, and I be seeing motherfuckers be like, ‘All you do is shake your ass.'”

However, Megan refuted the criticism by listing a number of other things she does, before talking about how some of her nitpicking haters may be willfully ignoring some important details.

“I be like, ‘Damn. Actually, I go to school and I rap and sometimes I be cooking. I’m a dog mom. I’m an awesome friend. [Twerking is] not all I be doing,” Megan added. “It’s just that maybe when you’re logging in, you came to see me twerk. ‘Cause you ain’t see that freestyle I just dropped?’ I can rap and twerk.”

Watch Megan’s response, below.

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“I don’t know when it happened, that people get offended by twerking. It’s not all I be doing, it’s just that maybe when you loggin’ in, you came to see me twerk, ’cause you ain’t see that freestyle I just dropped? I can rap and twerk.” —@theestallion on “B.I.T.C.H.” 😤💯 #AppleMusicXGenius

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Kesha Wants You to Trash her Room in ‘Blessed Mess’

If you’re holed up in your apartment in the spirit of social distancing, and waiting out the COVID-19 outbreak, there’s only one thing to do: play Kesha‘s new video game.

The singer, who released her album High Road in February, has partnered with Spotify to create an interactive online game called “Blessed Mess,” a reference to her single with Big Freedia “Raising Hell.”

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The goal is to trash Kesha’s room — throwing books, bottles, brushes, etc. — and basically wreck everything in sight to unlock “Kesha’s secrets.” Depending on how high you score, you also get to access some cool exclusive content from the pop star like photos, never-before-seen videos, and more.

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If you are like me – holed up in your home washing your hands over and over – I’ve got just the game for you! Check out the link in bio and pass the time by trashing my room and unlocking some cool exclusive sh!t that I’ve gathered up for you all! stay healthy and safe 💕

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It’s definitely a great way to pass the time in between hand washes.

You can play the game here.

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Influencer Paul Zimmer Scrutinized For Alleged Actor Rebranding Scam

An influencer named Paul Zimmer is being accused of trying to scam his millions of followers into following an up-and-coming teen actor named “Troy Becker” — who many believe is actually just Zimmer.

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Zimmer, who’s believed to be 24, originally rose to prominence on the TikTok-owned Musical.ly app where he posted videos of himself dancing and flashing his abs for his 7 million followers. However, according to The New Statesman, he went dark in 2017 after it came to light that he had been getting “gifts” from followers in exchange for things like personal videos, which he did not deliver on — an incident that sparked the #BanPaulZimmer tag.

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That said, this past October, Zimmer appeared to return to Instagram with a bizarre announcement about Becker, who he said “literally looks like a younger sexier version of me.” And though it appears as if Becker’s account has since been taken down, as the publication reports, it initially had only a few followers and a post in which the actor said he was blessed to be filming my TV show.”

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This actor @TroyBeckerIG kid literally looks like a younger sexier version of me 😂 I don’t even use social media anymore but had to post this hahah😂😂

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In a later post, Zimmer went on to say that he would be leaving social media. But what caught people’s attention was the announcement that he would be “giving” all of his accounts — and by extension, his millions of followers — to Becker.

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But why? “He is one of the dopest people I know and he is literally my younger twin my much younger twin,” Zimmer wrote. “I believe Troy is 15 or 16 years old hahaha …”

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Hey it’s Paul Zimmer, this is prolly gonna be my last social post ever. I must say that I am very grateful for social media and I have had such a fun time using all these different social platforms and having the opportunity to entertain millions of people for many years 🙏🏼 with this being said I have come to a place in my life where being in the spotlight and being an entertainer is no longer my passion… although it deeply saddens me to leave so bluntly, especially that so many of you have watched me for so many years…. I didn’t wanna leave my social media pages just sitting to die… soo I have decided to give my social media accounts to @troybeckerig because he is one of the dopest people I know and he is literally my younger twin😂 my much younger twin I believe Troy is 15 or 16 years old hahaha😂 I know that @troybeckerig is busy filming his TV show and a movie but I hope he spends some time on here to bring joy to y’all! Thank you all so much for supporting me, I am sending all of my love to each and everyone of you ❤️

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Granted, it didn’t take long for his fans to question the strange move and posit that Zimmer was just trying to rebrand himself as an actor via some shady, underhanded scamming.

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As one Zimmer fan named Haylo Hayley said in a video, “If you listen to [Troy’s voice] it sounds exactly the same as Paul Zimmer.” Not only that, but another YouTuber named Danny Gonzalez also ended up finding photos of Becker on the Instagram of acting school the Heller Approach about four months before Zimmer’s reemergence.

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Additionally, cached versions of Becker’s empty IMDb page from October 2019 list “Paul Zimmer” as Becker’s “nickname” and previously contained the trivia tidbit that “Troy Becker is an alter ego of Paul Zimmer of musical.ly fame” — though these things could’ve been added by fans, as noted by The New Statesman.

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Surprise yourself. Take risks. See what colors come out in the moment. #thehellerapproach #nonmethodacting #bradheller #acting #film #television #freeactingtips #actorstudio #theateracting #screenacting #commercialacting #training #audition #auditioning #moviestar #celebrity #drama #comedy #farce #filmgnere #filming #donrichardson #skype #grouptheater #hollywood #losangeles #troybecker #mattsato #mathewsato

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Regardless, according to the publication, there are now over 10,000 comments on Zimmer/Becker’s recent TikToks criticizing the apparent rebrand, with people saying things such as “Paul it’s really creepy you’re pretending to be 16” and “nobody is falling for it.”

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That said, it also appears as if Zimmer/Becker is not ready to cop to the scam, as Becker is still posting TikToks about his weird “resemblance” to Zimmer. Either way, check out one of his videos, below.

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What’s up it’s Troy Becker! 😊 do y’all think we look alike? I honestly don’t see it 😅#twins

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