- The Sweet Feminist called out Miley Cyrus for stealing her “Abortion is Healthcare” cake design and using it to promote her collaboration with Planned Parenthood.
- After being called out, Cyrus responded by tagging the baker in the promotional post and said she did not realize who created the original design.
- However, this move was not enough for the baker, Becca Rea-Holloway, who called the decision “willfully neglectful.”
- Her supporters now argue that Cyrus should compensate the artist for her work
The Cake Backlash
A baker whose cake design went viral on Instagram is calling Miley Cyrus “willfully neglectful” after seeing the singer use the design in a promotional photo without giving the baker any credit.
On Tuesday, Cyrus took to Instagram to promote a new collaboration with Planned Parenthood, her own nonprofit Happy Hippie Foundation, and the clothing brand, Marc Jacobs. In the photo, which has over four million likes, the singer is leaning in and licking a cake that reads “Abortion is Healthcare.”
People began commenting on Cryus’s photo, pointing out that the cake was nearly identical to a cake from the account The Sweet Feminist.
The baker behind the account, Becca Rea-Holloway, had posted a photo of her cake back in June 2018 and reposted it several times since. After seeing Cyrus’ Instagram, Rea-Holloway’s posted her own photo comparing the two cakes, calling the signer out for “direct theft.”
“It’s literally my exact handwriting, message, and concept,” she wrote in the caption. “Cake art is for everyone, but this is inexcusable.”
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@mileycyrus just announced a collaboration with @marcjacobs @plannedparenthood @happyhippiefdn using this image. It is a direct theft of my own original art work from May 2018, with no credit. It’s literally my exact handwriting, message, and concept. Swipe for comparison! Cake art is for everyone, but this is inexcusable.
Cyrus reached out to Rea-Holloway and explained that she saw the photo of her cake and “didn’t realize” it was hers. She added that she was using the design as inspiration and promised to give her credit.
Rea-Holloway is now tagged in the singer’s post, but that move wasn’t enough for the baker. She wrote back to Cyrus and said that while she appreciated the quick response, her work was still used without her consent.
“This was not an oversight,” Rea-Holloway wrote. “It was blatantly and willfully neglectful and deceitful. I would have been more than happy to work with you on a collaboration for this project, but instead my work was just copied without compensation. Someone got paid to make, style, and photograph this cake, and it wasn’t me. It’s also totally unacceptable that you deleted my comment on the post.”
Rea-Holloway added that in her attempt to receive the credit she believes she deserves, fans of Cyrus are now harassing her.
In another comment she goes on to tell Cyrus, “this is not ‘inspiration, its theft.”
At the same time, many people are coming to Rea-Holloway’s defense and supporting her standing up to Cyrus. On the baker’s post comparing the two photos, people are calling for Cyrus to compensate her.
Cyrus has not made any further comment since her reply to Rea-Holloway on Tuesday.
Other Incidents like this
Rea-Holloway is not the first artist to go head to head with a household name over stolen work. In May, artist Marius Sperlich called out Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and G Eazy’s music video for “Wobble Up” which featured two moments that mirrored his art.
In February of 2019, Vladimir Kush, a Russian painter accused Ariana Grande of copying two of his paintings during her “God is a Woman” music video.
Kylie Jenner among other celebrities that have been repeatedly called out for stealing artists work and not giving them credit. Vlada Haggerty, a Los Angeles based makeup artist has called Jenner out twice for stealing her work, even filing a lawsuit in 2018.
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Bella Thorne Posts Her Own Topless Photos After Threats From Hacker
- Actress Bella Thorne posted topless photos of herself on social media in response to threats from a hacker who had obtained the images.
- In an apparent message to the hacker, Throne wrote: “I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back. U can’t control my life u never will.”
- Many fans have supported the move, calling Thorne brave, while others wonder if this incident is a stunt to promote her new book.
Actress Bella Thorne posted topless photos of herself on Twitter after a hacker threated to release the images that were stolen from her.
On Saturday, Thorne tweeted out screenshots of text messages between her and an alleged hacker, which included nude photos and videos of Thorne. Along with the photos, the actress also included a message to her fans in the tweet, explaining her decision to release the photos.
“I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see,” Thorne wrote. “He has sent multiple nude photos of other celebs, he won’t stop with me or them he will just keep going.”
She continues, “for too long I let a man take advantage of me over and over and I’m f***ing sick of it, I’m putting this out because it’s MY DECISION NOW U DON’T GET TO TAKE YET ANOTHER THING FROM ME. I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back. U can’t control my life u never will.”
The tweet and photos come just days after Thorne’s twitter was hacked. On Thursday, the actress’ social media account was filled with racial slurs and sexually explicit messages. By the end of the day, Thorne had regained control and deleted all the tweets.
Many of Thorne’s fans have praised her, calling her strong and brave for standing up to her hacker.
However, others have questioned her motivation and wonder if this was just a promotional scheme for her new book.
Bella Thorne after pretending to be hacked and leaking her own nudes to gain attention and publicity for her new book: pic.twitter.com/BY7uTRMGHr— Ihi (@iohizua) June 17, 2019
Other Celebrity Hacking Incidents
In 2014, hundreds of private photos, including some belonging to Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kristen Dunst, were leaked online. According to the U.S. Justice Department, four men used various forms of fake emails to pose as security alerts from accounts to obtain login information and passwords.
They gained access to over a thousand different iCloud and Gmail accounts and were eventually charged with felony computer hacking. All four men ended up in federal prison after being found guilty or accepting a plea deal.
As for pursuing legal options in her case, Thorne says she believes her hacker is likely a minor, so she wants to try and be reasonable.
“This kid sounds like he’s 17,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “As much as I’m so angry and wanted to f*** him up over doing this to people I just wanted to teach him a lesson. He’s still a kid and we make mistakes, this mistake is a bad one. But I don’t want some 17-year-old’s whole life ruined because he wasn’t thinking straight and [was] being a dumbass.”
“You can’t always tear someone down for their bad sides but more so build up their good sides.”
On Wednesday actress Victoria Justice also had her Twitter account hacked. She has since deleted tweets that were posted without her consent, but it is unclear if hacks against Justice and Thorne are related.
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Kylie Jenner Faces Backlash Over “Handmaid’s Tale” Themed Party
- Kylie Jenner threw a Handmaid’s Tale themed party for her friend Stassie Karanikolaou’s birthday.
- The party theme outraged many online who called it “disheartening” and “tone deaf.”
- Meanwhile, some fans spoke out in Jenner’s defense, pointing out that it’s not uncommon for fans to throw parties or dress in costumes based on their favorite shows.
Twitter users are slamming Kylie Jenner for the Handmaid’s Tale themed bash she threw for her friend Anastasia “Stassie” Karanikolaou’s birthday.
On Saturday, Jenner’s Hidden Hills home was transformed to resemble Gilead, the fictional setting in the popular television series. She shared details of the party on her Instagram, which showed the house decorated with Gilead flags while the waiting staff dressed as Marthas – domestic servants to wealthy families in the series.
Guests wore matching Handmaids costumes and greeted each other with the phrase “praise be.” The party guests were also offered cocktails including “praise be vodka” and “under his eye tequila.”
“You know the Handmaid’s Tale is my favorite show ever..so for Stass’ birthday, welcome to Gilead,” Jenner says on her Instagram story.
Those who were invited included, Jenner’s assistant Victoria Villarroel, her makeup artist Ariel Tejada, and Scott Disick’s girlfriend Sofia Richie.
Many criticized Jenner and her friends for the theme. The series, which is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, showcases a dystopian society where women are enslaved, routinely raped and abused, forced into childbirth, and more.
The red robes and white bonnets were designed to label women and prevent them from looking at their surroundings. They have been used in several protests over recent years by women standing up for issues like reproductive rights and fighting against sexual assault.
The party was quickly met with backlash online, with many shocked by the theme.
Still, many fans defended Jenner. Some even pointed out that it is not uncommon to throw parties based on popular shows and movies.
I don’t understand why this is such a big deal! Get off ber back! Handmaid’s tale is a great show and the creators knew what would come with the making of this show. People can have themed parties about dragons and war, but THIS is wrong because it’s Kylie J. Ok…sure…W.E.🙄— Daidrian Parker (@alaniparker10) June 10, 2019
I’m not a Kardashian/Jenner fan but @kyliejenner is just celebrating her favorite show. Stop reaching and making this into something it’s not. What about all the people who dressed up as Handmaidens for Halloween last year? Are you going to go after them too?— Alex Lee (@infactuasian) June 10, 2019
There are entire tv series that have referenced it in their shows, Brooklyn nine nine to name one. People have Been dressing up as handmaids on Halloween and somehow having a themed party is what people find inappropriate… y’all got me fucked up.— Sereana (@itsjust_sereana) June 10, 2019
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How Markiplier, Bear Grylls, Kimmy Schmidt and The Fine Bros. are Changing the Future of Television
Ever since Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was released on Netflix in December, more and more digital entertainment companies have been announcing new interactive projects that allow the audience to control the direction of the plot. But is this just a gimmick or is interactivity a trend that could change the future of television as we know it?