- Disney star Skai Jackson called out Instagram users that complained she was posting too many pictures of Cameron Boyce, the 20-year-old actor who died after an epileptic seizure in July.
- Many of Boyce’s friends and family paid tribute to him on social media after he died, and Jackson has continued to share memories on her Instagram account.
- She responded to the negative comments by telling unhappy users to unfollow her and reminding them that Boyce was like a brother to her.
Skai Jackson Remembers Cameron Boyce
Actress Skai Jackson is firing back at Instagram users that have been telling her to stop posting about actor Cameron Boyce, who died on July 6 of an epileptic seizure.
Boyce’s friends and family responded to his death with an outpouring of tributes on social media.
Jackson, who starred alongside Boyce in the Disney Channel show Jessie, has continued to share some pictures and videos of her friend on Instagram.
Most of the photos and videos Jackson shared were met with positive comments and support. But a recent post seems to have attracted some negative comments.
After Jackson shared a throwback picture of herself and Boyce, a couple of Instagram users seemed to be upset that Jackson was still celebrating her friend’s life.
Jackson Fires Back
Jackson did not let the negativity get her down.
“Just let him Rest In Peace you post him every day like chill,” one user wrote.
“I’ve known Cameron for half of my life. He was a brother to me/all of us… I can do as I please just like you take pics with your mouth open… not flattering girl,” Jackson hit back.
“Ur still posting ?” another person asked.
Jackson responded by letting the person know that they could unfollow her if they did not like her posts remembering her friend.
“No one cares fam,” another user wrote.
“Get it together or get on somewhere… and that’s on period. You a 🤡” the actress shot back.
Jackson did not seem to be deterred by the comments, because a few days later she shared a video from a blooper reel of herself, Boyce, and other Jessie cast members.
Internet Reacts to Grammy Leaks, Nominations, and Potential Snubs
- Grammy nominations were released this morning, with Lizzo leading the count at eight.
- The news comes a day after the nomination counts were believed to have been leaked on the Grammy’s website.
- There were many questions surrounding song eligibility, seeing as Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” was nominated several times, despite first being released in 2017.
- There was also debate around potential snubs, like BTS, who did not get any nominations.
Nomination Counts Leak
Lizzo led Wednesday’s Grammy nominations as many had expected thanks to a suspected nomination count leak that happened a day before the official list was announced.
Lizzo earned eight nods, while Billie Eilish and Lil Naz X picked up six. Ariana Grande followed close behind with five. These numbers confirmed fan theories that the Grammys accidentally released nomination counts since they matched up with the information that appeared online Tuesday.
The Grammys website has pages for nominated artists. On those pages, you can see how many wins and nominations each artist has. As of yesterday, Grande had been nominated for six Grammy awards. For a period of time, however, fans saw that number increase to 11. Similar instances occurred for Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and more. Many fans assumed that these totals reflected nominations that tat the time, had not been announced.
The updated number accounts did not stay up throughout all of Tuesday. The numbers were eventually edited to show their correct totals. On Wednesday, after nominations were announced, the updated counts went live again.
The leaks were not the only controversy surrounding the nominations. With Lizzo’s strong lead came questions about her eligibility for certain categories. Her eight nominations include Best New Artist, Album of the Year for Cuz I Love You (Deluxe), as well as Record and Song of the Year for “Truth Hurts.”
There are a number of reasons why Lizzo’s 2017 hit was eligible this year. When it comes to Song of the Year, the Grammys says a song can be considered “if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year.” Since “Truth Hurts” didn’t climb the charts until this summer, it meets that criteria.
It also meets standards because it had never been submitted for a Grammy in the past, and even though its first release was in 2017, it also appeared on the deluxe version of Lizzo’s 2019 album Cuz I Love You.
Many also had similar questions about Lady Gaga and the A Star is Born Soundtrack. The album, along with songs on it, received three nominations this year. It’s biggest song, “Shallow,” already earned itself two wins at last year’s ceremony, raising more questions about eligibility.
The answer is pretty straight-forward. The Shallow was released as a single for the film early enough to compete last year. The full album, however, was released later and only made the cut for the 2020 window.
BTS and Taylor Swift Snubs
A lot of discussion on the nominations also centered around artists who were believed to have been snubbed from nominations. Many BTS fans were upset the band did not get any recognition from the Recording Academy.
Their 2019 album Map of the Soul: Persona sold over four million copies and became the best-selling album in South Korean history. Many fans think this merits attention from the Grammys.
This is not the first time BTS fans have been upset by the way American award shows treat K-Pop music. Earlier this year, the MTV Video Music Awards nominated them in a controversial new Best K-Pop category instead of just nominating them in the major slots.
Fans are not the only ones pointing out that BTS has had a crazy year in terms of commercial success just for it to not translate into Grammy nominations. Rolling Stone published a piece saying that the Grammys “failure to acknowledge K-pop at awards shows stands in stark contrast to the music industry’s day-to-day reality.”
Their report also noted that over the past year, major American labels have all worked to add a K-Pop act to their slate. Elias Leight, the author of the piece, said that this goes further than just BTS. He said that it shows the Grammys has a blindspot when it comes to acknowledging the market for international music.
“The problem extends beyond BTS: American listeners are ranging more widely than ever before, increasingly enthralled by singers from South Korea, but also by artists from Nigeria, Colombia, and Spain,” he wrote. “But the Grammys, as per usual, lag behind.”
Another snub getting a lot of online attention is Taylor Swift’s seventh album, Lover, not getting nominated for Album or Record of the year. This is Swift’s second album in a row to not be nominated here, marking what some see as a lull for her and the Grammys.
This lull came as a surprise to critics, though. Many expected Lover to be a rebound for her and thought she would get nominated in all the major categories. Swift did earn herself three nominations, but that still is not the comeback that some expected and that fans were hoping for.
Swift’s biggest nomination for Lover is for Song of the Year. She is the only solo songwriter nominated in that category this year. Also at stake for Swift is one of her major records. When she won Album of the Year for Fearless, she was just 20 years old, becoming the youngest person to win the award. 17-year-old Billie Eilish is nominated this year, and would take the crown if she won.o
Women and the Grammys
Another element many are keeping an eye on is something that has long been a contentious point for the Grammys: Its inclusion of women, or lack thereof.
In 2018 the Recording Academy got a lot of flack when only one woman won a televised award. That same year, Lorde was the only woman nominated for Album of the Year, but was also the only artist from that category not asked to perform during the show.
This year will be the first ceremony under the Recording Academy’s first female president, Deborah Dugan. Many are wondering if this will impact the show at all.
As far as nominations are concerned, it appears good for women. Five out of the eight Album of the Year nominations belong to women. Many of the most-nominated artists are also female, which could translate into more female wins and performances come show night.
See what others are saying: (Rolling Stone) (Variety) (The Hollywood Reporter)
Hollywood Exec Wanted Julia Roberts to Play Harriet Tubman in 1994, Says ‘Harriet’ Screenwriter
- In a recent interview and essay about the historical biopic Harriet, screenwriter and producer Gregory Allen explained that it took decades for Hollywood to support a film with a black female portrayed as an “action figure.”
- He explained an instance in 1994 where a studio exec loved the script, then suggested Julia Roberts play Tubman.
- When someone said that Tubman was a black woman, the exec allegedly said, “That was so long ago. No one will know that.”
- Allen said the climate in Hollywood recently changed, making Harriet possible, thanks to films like 12 Years a Slave and Black Panther.
Exec Suggests Julia Roberts
Harriet screenwriter and producer Gregory Allen revealed that in 1994, a Hollywood studio executive suggested that actress Julia Roberts should play the iconic black historical figure, Harriet Tubman.
In a Q&A published earlier this month and in a recent L.A. Times essay, Allen discussed the 25-year journey it took to release the biopic Harriet, which finally hit the big screen on Nov. 1 with Cynthia Erivo playing the slave turned legendary abolitionist.
According to Allen, it was very difficult for a film like Harriet to be made with the right support in Hollywood years ago. He noted that it was especially challenging to find a studio that was ready to make a film that treated Tubman like an “action figure” rather than a “history lesson.”
“Nobody in Hollywood wants to be an outlier. Hollywood has a herd mentality. There was no herd around the story of a former slave girl who freed other slaves..” he wrote. “All the people I pitched this to, submitted the script to, were asking themselves one question: ‘How do I sell this story to my boss, to a studio, to my financial partners?’”
“I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,’” Allen explained in the Q&A published by Focus Features.
When the sole black person in the studio meeting pointed out that Tubman was a black woman, the executive allegedly replied, “That was so long ago. No one will know that.”
Hollywood Climate Changes
Allen struggled for years to find a studio that would pick up the script, explaining in his Times essay, “What I realize now is that the film was not going to get made until the environment in Hollywood changed.”
The writer praised groundbreaking films like 12 Years a Slave and Black Pather for changing the game for black representation onscreen.
“When 12 Years a Slave became a hit and did a couple hundred million dollars worldwide, I told my agent, ‘You can’t say this kind of story won’t make money now.’ Then Black Panther really blew the doors open,” Allen said in the Q&A.
He also pointed out that doors opened thanks to widespread support for movements like #OscarsSoWhite, DiversityHollywood, and other fights over the lack of inclusion in film.
“It still took a few years more to get it made — packages fell apart, financing fell out, talent dropped out — but the important thing is there was no longer hostility to the idea,” Allen wrote.
“As someone who has been in this business for decades, I am enjoying the warmth of the Hollywood climate change, and the diverse stories that are bathing in that sunlight, happy that Harriet’s other journey is now finally complete.”
Thousands of Disney+ Accounts Are Being Resold Illegally, but Disney Says Its Servers Weren’t Hacked
- A cyber-security researcher discovered that since the streaming service launched last week, more than 4,000 Disney+ accounts were hacked and put up for sale on the dark web.
- Some of those stolen accounts are being sold for as little as $3.
- There is also fear that hackers could use the stolen accounts to access other Disney-linked accounts, such as ones for theme park tickets or the Disney Store.
- A Disney spokesperson said Disney servers have not been hacked, which suggests that individual users were instead.
Disney+ Accounts Hacked
Thousands of Disney+ accounts have been hacked and are being re-sold on the dark web just a week after the streaming service went live in North America.
In its first day alone, over 10 million people signed up for the service. Many then flooded social media either to talk about old shows they were re-watching or to complain about the site crashing. At the same time, however, a smaller group of people reported that their accounts had been stolen.
Even on November 12th, the day Disney+ was released, people said they were receiving multiple emails telling them their emails and passwords had been changed.
The problem only grew over the weekend as people tweeted pictures of users on their profiles that they did not recognize. Other people said hackers had changed their emails and passwords multiple times, resulting in those users being locked out of their accounts altogether.
Others reported waiting on the phone for hours to get their accounts back, Some customers were ultimately successful while others remained locked out.
How Much Are These Accounts Going For?
A subscription to Disney+ is about $7 dollars a month, but according to an investigation by ZDNet, the stolen accounts were being posted for sale from anywhere between $3 and $11. The site also reports that some accounts were being shared freely.
In its own investigation, the BBC brought in a cyber-security researcher to look into those claims, and in an article posted Tuesday morning, that researcher found more than 4,000 Disney+ accounts for sale on the dark web.
In fact, the listings for stolen accounts not only show what kind of subscription a person bought but also where that subscription was bought, when the user signed up, and when the account expires.
Stolen Disney Accounts Could Result in More Stolen Data
But the problem doesn’t stop with just Disney+ accounts.
It’s likely that many of the accounts were probably stolen because people use the same passwords for different sites. Because of that, it’s possible that some Disney+ accounts were hacked by using other accounts that had already been hacked.
That, however, can also work in reverse since Disney accounts are linked together. That fear has led to worry that people’s Disneyland or Disneyworld tickets may also be compromised.
In fact, some people have already complained that their Disney Vacation Club accounts had been hacked along with Disney+.
Disney Denies Their Servers Were Hacked
For its part, Disney has said that it doesn’t believe that its systems have been compromised.
“Disney takes the privacy and security of our users’ data very seriously and there is no indication of a security breach on Disney+,” a spokesperson said.
That, however, does not mean that a problem with hacked accounts does not exist; rather, the data was likely stolen in another way, such as through repeated passwords.
Because of that, many who had been hacked have called for Disney+ to implement a two-factor authentication system. Such a system would not protect an individual falling victim to spyware or malware attacks, which are believed to have also played a role in the hacks.