- Kevin Smith made a Hot Ones parody with Jason Mewes, where they claimed they were were rejected from appearing on Hot Ones.
- This prompted fans to get upset and call Hot Ones host Sean Evans out for not booking them.
- Sean Evans responded, saying that this was not true and that he was in positive communication with Kevin’s team to book them at a later date.
- Smith apologized for causing trouble and said that he did not mean to attack Evans or the show. He said that while he was initially rejected, he is now potentially scheduled for some point in 2020.
Kevin Smith Parodies Hot Ones
After comedian Kevin Smith made a parody of Hot Ones, tensions between him and the show’s host, Sean Evans heated up to a high Scoville level. Now, however, it looks like the two have made online peace.
On Monday, Smith posted video parodying the hit First We Feast show. His version of the web series was called “Not Ones” and featured him in the hosting role. Jason Mewes, who will appear alongside him in his upcoming film Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, was the interviewee.
The premise of “Not Ones” was that both Smith and Mewes had been rejected from appearing on Hot Ones, leaving them to eat spicy wings on their own show instead.
“You ever see that other show?” Smith asks Mewes. “There’s a show online where they have famous people on it, where they eat hot food and it gets increasingly hotter. And they talk about whatever they’re working on and stuff.”
“I thought with a new movie coming out that we would be able to go on to that show,” he later added. “But our publicist reached out to the other show and they said they weren’t interested.”
Throughout the video, jokes are repeatedly made about them not making it onto Hot Ones, which they refer to as “the other show.” The description of the video and Smith’s tweet promoting it also referenced their rejection.
Fans were shocked to hear that Smith claimed Hot Ones passed on him.
“They weren’t interested in Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, WTFWTF!?” one comment read.
“I love Hot Ones…hearing they turned down Kevin Smith breaks my heart… He would be such a great guest,” another read.
Fans also took their frustrations to Twitter. Many tweeted at Evans to express disappointment that Smith had allegedly been turned down from the show.
Sean Evans Responds
The online buzz caught Evans’ attention, prompting him to respond in a video on Twitter. According to Evans, Hot Ones had been working to get Smith on, but the key problem was timing. He said the situation had been “blown up completely out of proportion.”
“For the record, we have never ever passed on Kevin Smith for lack of interest,” he said. “In fact, we had a conversation going with his team that I thought was going really positive.”
He added that making so many episodes keeps the Hot Ones crew busy, so when potential guests call requesting quick turnarounds, it can’t always be done. So, in situations like these, they try to get stars on at a later date.
He then said he found the parody to be funny, but added, “it’s all based on a total lie.”
Kevin Smith Apologizes for Stirring the Pot
Smith took to Twitter to address the online chatter himself. He maintained that someone from Hot Ones told him they were “not interested” in having him. He also said, however, that the video was made in fun, and not to send mean-spirited comments Evans’ way.
The top comment of the video furthers that point.
“Folks, this was done in fun. Please don’t get sh*tty at Hot Ones over this,” Smith wrote. “This has been my favorite #JayAndSilentBobReboot promo thus far and it never would’ve happened under any other circumstance. NOT ONES is not meant to incite revolt, it’s meant to remind you that if no band will have you, simply start your own band with your friends!”
Smith also uploaded a walk-and-talk style video to drive his point home, where he further explained the scheduling situation between him and Hot Ones.
“I understand my team was trying to work out a schedule. Your team said 2020,” Smith said. “That’s wonderful, that’s fantastic, but so we shot our little video anyways for fun. But that wasn’t about you, there it is.”
Evans took his apology to heart and said he got a “good laugh” out of “Not Ones.”
No hard feelings Kevin not sure where that would’ve come from but best of luck on the new movie and we got a good laugh out of Not Ones— Sean Evans (@seanseaevans) September 30, 2019
The two now seem to be on much better terms, because when someone suggested they make an episode of “Pot Ones” that involves them getting “progressively higher during the interview,” both expressed excited interest.
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Schools Across the U.S. Cancel Classes Friday Over Unverified TikTok Threat
Officials in multiple states said they haven’t found any credible threats but are taking additional precautions out of an abundance of safety.
Schools in no fewer than 10 states either canceled classes or increased their police presence on Friday after a series of TikToks warned of imminent shooting and bombs threats.
Despite that, officials said they found little evidence to suggest the threats are credible. It’s possible no real threat was actually ever made as it’s unclear if the supposed threats originated on TikTok, another social media platform, or elsewhere.
“We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok,” TikTok’s Communications team tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Still, given the uptick of school shootings in the U.S. in recent years, many school districts across the country decided to respond to the rumors. According to The Verge, some districts in California, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas shut down Friday.
“Based on law enforcement interviews, Little Falls Community Schools was specifically identified in a TikTok post related to this threat,” one school district in Minnesota said in a letter Thursday. “In conversations with local law enforcement, the origins of this threat remain unknown. Therefore, school throughout the district is canceled tomorrow, Friday, December 17.”
In Gilroy, California, one high school that closed its doors Friday said it would reschedule final exams that were expected to take place the same day to January.
According to the Associated Press, several other districts in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania stationed more police officers at their schools Friday.
Viral Misinformation or Legitimate Warnings?
As The Verge notes, “The reports of threats on TikTok may be self-perpetuating.”
For example, many of the videos online may have been created in response to initial warnings as more people hopped onto the trend. Amid school cancellations, videos have continued to sprout up — many awash with both rumors and factual information.
“I’m scared off my ass, what do I do???” one TikTok user said in a now-deleted video, according to People.
“The post is vague and not directed at a specific school, and is circulating around school districts across the country,” Chicago Public Schools said in a letter, though it did not identify any specific post. “Please do not re-share any suspicious or concerning posts on social media.”
According to Dr. Amy Klinger, the director of programs for the nonprofit Educator’s School Safety Network, “This is not 2021 phenomenon.”
Instead, she told The Today Show that her network has been tracking school shooting threats since 2013, and she noted that in recent years, they’ve become more prominent on social media.
“It’s not just somebody in a classroom of 15 people hearing someone make a threat,” she said. “It’s 15,000 people on social media, because it gets passed around and it becomes larger and larger and larger.”
Jake Paul Says He “Can’t Get Cancelled” as a Boxer
The controversial YouTuber opened up about what it has been like to go from online fame to professional boxing.
The New Yorker Profiles Jake Paul
YouTuber and boxer Jake Paul talked about his career switch, reputation, and cancel culture in a profile published Monday in The New Yorker.
While Paul rose to fame as the Internet’s troublemaker, he now spends most of his time in the ring. He told the outlet that one difference between YouTube and boxing is that his often controversial reputation lends better to his new career.
“One thing that is great about being a fighter is, like, you can’t get cancelled,” Paul said. The profile noted that the sport often rewards and even encourages some degree of bad behavior.
“I’m not a saint,” Paul later continued. “I’m also not a bad guy, but I can very easily play the role.”
Paul also said the other difference between his time online and his time in boxing is the level of work. While he says he trains hard, he confessed that there was something more challenging about making regular YouTube content.
“Being an influencer was almost harder than being a boxer,” he told The New Yorker. “You wake up in the morning and you’re, like, Damn, I have to create fifteen minutes of amazing content, and I have twelve hours of sunlight.”
Jake Paul Vs. Tommy Fury
The New Yorker profile came just after it was announced over the weekend Paul will be fighting boxer Tommy Fury in an 8-round cruiserweight fight on Showtime in December.
“It’s time to kiss ur last name and ur family’s boxing legacy goodbye,” Paul tweeted. “DEC 18th I’m changing this wankers name to Tommy Fumbles and celebrating with Tom Brady.”
Both Paul and Fury are undefeated, according to ESPN. Like Paul, Fury has found fame outside of the sport. He has become a reality TV star in the U.K. after appearing on the hit show “Love Island.”
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Hackers Hit Twitch Again, This Time Replacing Backgrounds With Image of Jeff Bezos
The hack appears to be a form of trolling, though it’s possible that the infiltrators were able to uncover a security flaw while reviewing Twitch’s newly-leaked source code.
Hackers targeted Twitch for a second time this week, but rather than leaking sensitive information, the infiltrators chose to deface the platform on Friday by swapping multiple background images with a photo of former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
According to those who saw the replaced images firsthand, the hack appears to have mostly — and possibly only — affected game directory headers. Though the incident appears to be nothing more than a surface-level prank, as Amazon owns Twitch, it could potentially signal greater security flaws.
For example, it’s possible the hackers could have used leaked internal security data from earlier this week to discover a network vulnerability and sneak into the platform.
The latest jab at the platforms came after Twitch assured its users it has seen “no indication” that their login credentials were stolen during the first hack. Still, concerns have remained regarding the potential for others to now spot cracks in Twitch’s security systems.
It’s also possible the Bezos hack resulted from what’s known as “cache poisoning,” which, in this case, would refer to a more limited form of hacking that allowed the infiltrators to manipulate similar images all at once. If true, the hackers likely would not have been able to access Twitch’s back end.
The photo changes only lasted several hours before being returned to their previous conditions.
First Twitch Hack
Despite suspicions and concerns, it’s unclear whether the Bezos hack is related to the major leak of Twitch’s internal data that was posted to 4chan on Wednesday.
That leak exposed Twitch’s full source code — including its security tools — as well as data on how much Twitch has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019.
It also revealed Amazon’s at least partially developed plans for a cloud-based gaming library, codenamed Vapor, which would directly compete with the massively popular library known as Steam.
Even though Twitch has said its login credentials appear to be secure, it announced Thursday that it has reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Users are still being urged to change their passwords and update or implement two-factor authentication if they haven’t already.