Let me start by saying, there is a spoiler alert somewhere in here! It’s about the Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. match. If you haven’t watched it (and plan on watching it), then read all of the entertainment news – except that part. I’ll give you a heads up when it’s coming.
We seem to have this weird obsession with celebrities, as if they’re – in some way, shape or form better than the rest of us average folk.
But why is it important to capture a daily photo of Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner going for a stroll with baby Willa (maybe) in the stroller? It’s not important, so why do I keep clicking through the exact same masked pictures, every single day? That’s not news and it’s definitely not entertainment. I wonder if celebrities have a weird past-time? Do they secretly read the gossip about more-famous celebs than themselves? Does Beyonce have time to care about what any other person on the earth is doing, other than her children?
I’m an overthinker; it’s best if we just move on to all the exceptional things the stars did this past week. Here’s the good, the bad and everything in between.
Breast is best. If you’re a mom, you’ve heard it a million times. If you’re a mom who didn’t breastfeed (like me), you’ve probably heard it 800 million times. I am 100% pro-breastfeeding and normalizing breastfeeding in public places – because trust me, a hangry baby is no joke. I would have loved to be able to breastfeed, but I couldn’t, which is why I’m glad Chrissy Teigen is opening up about another touchy topic. Normalize formula. It’s as simple as that.
It’s not everyday we get news about Rihanna – I love that about her – but when we do, it’s always epic. It seems Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have confirmed their relationship. If it’s true, congratulations to them. If it’s not, well, as long as Rihanna is happy, I’m happy.
Elliot Page, formerly known as Juno’s Ellen Page, came out as transgender and I am so thrilled for him! A bunch of stars, including Elliot’s Umbrella Academy castmates, showed their support on social media. Elliot released a letter on Twitter and it’s so beautifully written that I have nothing else to say, but enjoy.
Laverne Cox was in a transphobic attack in Los Angeles. And quite frankly, I don’t understand why. She is safe, but she posted a 10-minute video on Instagram detailing the incident and her safety concerns. Her message to others: “It doesn’t matter who you are. You can be Laverne Cox, you know, or whatever that means. If you’re trans, you’re going to experience stuff like this.” Watch the full video on her Instagram. This quote needs to be framed – “Who cares if I’m trans? How does this affect your life?”
Millie Bobby Brown, a 16-year-old superstar, is making the rounds in the entertainment news because she posted an Instagram video crying about a fan who wanted to take a video of her, but alas, the Stranger Things star didn’t want to be in a video. She’s a human being (she said), after all. Did you catch the irony there? Anyway, Millie wants her space and sure, that is a valid thing to want – I’m not going to make the argument that she opted for this lifestyle. However, just putting this out into the world – maybe, the human being trying to take the video of Millie had a story too – one that no one will ever see or hear, unlike Millie’s. It’s quite possible that the fan is somewhere crying too because (let my mind run wild for a second) she wanted one video of her sick kid’s favourite actress. Or maybe, there’s a mental health issue or disability that wasn’t accounted for when Millie called the fan “rude.” Or maybe, just like human beings sometimes do, the fan was having a horrible hair day and just didn’t want to be in the video with Millie.
I don’t know. I’m clearly getting carried away. I’m sorry that Millie had to experience the ugly side of fame, but #firstworldproblems. Millie ended her IG story by saying, “You have to show more respect for others, no matter who they are, what they do, it’s just manners.” I wholeheartedly agree, but there’s this little campaign happening around the world right now – #BlackLivesMatter – and what I’m trying to say is there are bigger fish to fry. Also, see above, Millie’s video incident seems insignificant in comparison to what trans people face daily. Not to mention, people around the world are alone and dying, but Millie is out Christmas shopping with her mum. I need to relax.
But back to the entertainment news…
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying – “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.” Well, Rita Ora and Cardi B aren’t specifically asking for forgiveness, but they both apologized for hosting parties amidst a pandemic. Not cool, but according to Cardi, it was lit.
Everything in Between
I can’t believe I’m writing about Mike Tyson for the second week in a row. I know this is entertainment news, but let’s talk about that Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. match – or everything surrounding it. I’m not necessarily a boxing fan, but there was just so much happening and I’m not even talking about the main event; SPOILER ALERT: it was a draw! The two boxers may be happy with that outcome, but I personally need a winner and I think Twitter agrees that the ultimate champion was Snoop Dogg. From his performance to his comments during the match, to his all-around persona – he was amazing. Former NBA player Nate Robinson was knocked out (a few times) by Jake Paul. Before the match, Robinson tweeted, “I’m fighting for my brothers in the NBA,” and of course, some NBA players reacted to the KO (see Nick Young’s response below).
Good news: Amid their divorce, Kelly Clarkson has been granted primary custody of her and Brandon Blackstock’s two children. Bad news: Brandon is asking for Kelly to pay $436,000 a month for spousal/child support plus $2 million in attorney fees. Nearly half a million a month??? Good news: What doesn’t kill her, makes her stronger.
I think it’s safe to say most Canadians (especially Ontarians) are proud to call Drake our own; Degrassi – need I say more? How awesome would it be if Drake won an Oscar for playing former President Barack Obama. I may be getting ahead of myself since there isn’t a specific movie in the works; yet. However, Obama did tell 360 With Speedy Mormon that Drake is “a talented, talented brother.” He also added that his daughters would approve, “Drake has, more importantly I think, my household’s stamp of approval.” Watch the full interview below.