- Billie Elish posted photos to her Instagram story Tuesday asking people to DM her if she was following their abusers so she could stop as a way to support victims.
- She was then quickly criticized for following or having friendships with artists like Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, and XXXTentacion.
- She eventually deleted her posts and unfollowed some of the artists she was slammed for supporting, then unfollowed everyone all together except one person whose identity is hidden.
- Some were upset and felt she did so as was a way to avoid conflict by not singling out anyone she was unfollowing. Others think the outrage against her is misplaced.
Eilish Reposts Pledge to Unfollow Abusers
Singer Billie Eilish unfollowed everyone on Instagram Tuesday after alerting fans that she will unfollow abusers, prompting mixed reactions from people online.
Since the start of the #MeToo era, more and more people have been speaking out against their abusers, who oftentimes are high profile figures or people in positions of power. That has continued in recent weeks, with new accusations coming out against social media influencers and huge celebrities.
In response to this, many Instagram users have been sharing posts that read: “If I am following your abuser, DM me & I will unfollow them. I will support you,” and “If I am friends with your abuser DM me & that will change. I see you. I hear you. I believe you. Your story matters.”
Backlash Over Who Eilish Follows
Like many others have, Eilish posted that to her Instagram story and Twitter users say she was quickly called out for following and being friends with artists like Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, XXXTentacion, to name a few.
Bieber, who Eilish is known to be a huge fan of, was recently accused of sexual assault by two women, and later called one’s claims “factually impossible” in a series of tweets. Brown was convicted for physically assaulting Rihanna in 2009 and has continued to face serious accusations from others since then.
As far as XXXTentacion – a musician who faced a long string of criminal cases and controversies before he was murdered in 2018 – people noted that she was close friends with him despite knowing about his history, which included charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim.
Eilish Unfollows Everyone
According to internet users, Eilish took down her posts after around 30 minutes. However, she took her fans’ advice and unfollowed Bieber and Brown.
Eventually, she started unfollowed everyone, which was more than 600 different accounts.
As of Wednesday morning, she’s only following one user, but it’s unclear who because that information seems to be hidden. She also does not currently follow anyone on Twitter, however, she’s not typically active on that platform.
Internet Has Mixed Reactions
After learning what she had done, some fans were quick to praise her.
However, a lot of people were not happy. Many felt like she was doing this to avoid singling anyone out since people would obviously be paying close attention to who she was unfollowing.
Some say she did this to avoid conflict or backlash from their fans. Others said it basically defeated the whole purpose of her initial posts, making it an empty gesture.
Still, some say people are misplacing their frustrations by being angry at the singer rather than actual abusers.
Fans are also wondering if her massive unfollow spree is supposed to be some larger symbolic statement, but for now, Eilish has remained silent on the matter.
See what others are saying: (Daily Dot) (Independent) (Newsweek)
“Emancipation” Producer Apologizes, Hopes He Did Not “Distract” From Film’s Message By Bringing Photo of Enslaved Man to Premiere
He said he plans on donating his collection of historical images to appropriate institutions.
McFarland Brings “Whipped Pete” Photo to Premiere
“Emancipation” producer Joey McFarland apologized on Sunday after facing backlash for bringing the original 1863 photo of the enslaved person the film is based on to the premiere.
“I wholeheartedly apologize to everyone I have offended by bringing a photograph of Peter to the Emancipation premiere,” he wrote in a statement on Instagram. “My intent was to honor this remarkable man and to remind the general public that his image not only brought about change in 1863 but still resonates and promotes change today.”
The photo, frequently dubbed “Whipped Peter,” is one of the most famous images depicting the gruesome realities of slavery in America. He is facing away from the camera, revealing the severe scarring all across his back. According to the Library of Congress, the formerly enslaved man was actually named Gordon. Will Smith plays him in “Emancipation,” which follows his escape from slavery.
While walking the red carpet of the film’s premiere, McFarland carried the photo with him.
“I have the photo. This is the original photograph from 1863,” he told Variety. “I wanted it to be here tonight. I wanted a piece of Peter to be here tonight.”
While lamenting the fact that so many historical artifacts have not been properly preserved, McFarland told Variety that he “took it upon [him]self to curate and build a collection for future generations.” He said his collection will be donated after he dies.
His remarks were met with swift criticism from those who thought it was inappropriate for McFarland to not just own the picture, but to bring it to a Hollywood event.
“Why do you own the photograph? Why did you bring it to a movie premiere if the intent is to preserve it respectfully?” The Black List founder Franklin Leonard tweeted.
“I don’t know, man, but bringing ‘a piece of Peter’ that you ‘own’ to the red carpet of a movie that’s personally enriching you so that you can collect more slave memorabilia that you’ll keep until your death,” he added along with a giphy of Kenan Thompson saying “yikes.”
McFarland Acknowledges Historical Photos “Belong to the World”
Others argued that the photo should belong to Gordon’s family.
“Being in possession of a symbol that reflects our trauma is exactly what our oppressor would do. He is his ancestor’s child,” another person added.
In his apology, McFarland said that he hopes his actions “don’t distract from the film’s message, Peter’s story and just how much impact he had on the world.”
Throughout the development of “Emancipation,” McFarland said he discovered many photos of overlooked individuals with important historical stories. He said he always planned to donate them and believes “there is no better time to begin that process than now.”
“These photographs, which existed before me, will be around long after I am gone; they belong to the world,” he wrote.
See what others are saying: (Variety) (The Hollywood Reporter) (The Daily Beast)
Joe Rogan Holds Spot As Top Podcaster on Spotify in 2022
Earlier this year, some threatened to boycott the platform over Rogan and the health misinformation he shared on his show.
For the third year in a row, “The Joe Rogan Experience” was the number one podcast on Spotify, the company revealed in its yearly “Wrapped” feature on Wednesday.
“The Joe Rogan Experience” became exclusive to Spotify in 2020 after the host signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming platform. “Call Her Daddy” by Alex Cooper, also a Spotify exclusive, followed Rogan on the charts. “Anything Goes With Emma Chamberlain,” which will become exclusive to the service next year, came in third.
Rogan’s podcast has made several headlines over the last year as the podcaster faced backlash from medical professionals and major musicians for touting COVID-19 misinformation. Niel Young asked to have his music removed from Spotify in protest of the company’s deal with Rogan, and several other artists soon followed.
Just a few days later, several clips resurfaced of Rogan using a racial slur. Many called to boycott Spotify for platforming Rogan, but his popularity did not seem to fade by the year’s end.
There are over four million podcasts available to stream on Spotify and over the last year, the platform has expanded into new markets.
It also has started launching podcasts from several high-profile figures, including Kim Kardashian’s “The System,” and Meghan Markle’s “Archetypes.” Both of those debuted mid-year and did not crack the annual top-five list.
Comedian Gives David Beckham Ultimatum: Exit Role at Qatar World Cup Or £10K in Donations Gets Shredded
“Not just the money, but also your status as a gay icon will be shredded,” Joe Lycett said in a video.
Pressure on Beckham
Comedian Joe Lycett posted a video on Sunday saying he would shred £10,000 if soccer star David Beckham does not pull out of his deal to be an ambassador for the Qatar World Cup.
Ahead of the event, which kicks off on Nov. 20, many have been raising concerns about human rights abuses in Qatar. The country criminalizes homosexuality, and it can be punishable by death.
Beckham’s deal to represent the country was reportedly worth £10 million, and many are frustrated that the athlete took such a big check from a country with known anti-LGBTQ laws. In his video, Lycett noted that Beckham has been openly supportive of his gay fans and was the first premiere footballer to do a photoshoot with a gay magazine.
In an attempt to get Beckham to bow out of his role, Lycett, who is pansexual, offered an ultimatum.
“If you end your relationship with Qatar, I’ll donate this £10,000 of my own money, that’s a grand for every million you’re reportedly getting, to charities that support queer people in football,” he stated. “However, if you do not, at midday next Sunday, I will throw this money into a shredder.”
“Not just the money, but also your status as a gay icon will be shredded.”
Beckham’s Reputation “Shredded”
Lycett said he would livestream the money shredding if that’s what the situation comes to. If Beckham does not back out of the World Cup, Lycett noted he will be forced to “commit what might be a crime,” as destroying legal tender is against the law in the U.K.
“Although even then, I reckon I’ll get off more lightly than I would if I got caught whacking off a lad in Doha,” Lycett quipped.
Lycett then linked to a website titled https://benderslikebeckham.com/, which includes a written version of his message, as well as a countdown to when he will either shred the cash or send it to a non-profit.
Lycett is not the only U.K star to raise concerns about issues in Qatar. Singer Dua Lipa shut down speculation that she would be performing at the World Cup over the weekend by saying she has no intentions to visit the country until “it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host” the event.
Other stars, however, including BTS’s Jung Kook, are slated to take the stage.