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Ninja and Dr. Lupo Respond to Joe Rogan Calling Video Games a “Problem”

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  • Joe Rogan called video games a problem on a recent episode of his podcast, arguing that they are fun but a waste of time. Instead, he suggested that time could be better spent on activities that have more potential for becoming a profitable career.
  • Gamers like Dr. Lupo called it a bad take, noting that anything can be harmful when done in excess and that video games have brought many people success, friendships, and more.
  • Others said nothing you enjoy is a waste of time or has to bring you financial benefits.
  • Tyler “Ninja” Blevin’s explained that there are many ways to make a living out of gaming and offered to go on Rogan’s podcast to discuss it more.
  • Still, others noted that Rogan was speaking from personal experience as someone who has admittedly been excessively consumed by video games in the past.

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Some of the biggest names in gaming are responding to comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan after he characterized gaming as fun but a waste of time. 

The comments from a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” made Rogan a trending Twitter topic this weekend. In one widely shared clip, Rogan said, “Video games a real problem…You know why? Because they’re f**king fun.”

“You do them, and they’re real exciting, but you don’t get anywhere.”

He used Martial Arts for comparison, saying someone could become obsessed with Jujitsu for example, and spend years becoming an elite athlete. Then he said they could turn that into a profitable career by entering competitions and maybe one day becoming an instructor and opening their own school. 

“You [could be] doing something exciting and fun, or you could just be playing fucking video games. Three years later you could just be that same kid, just playing video games… waiting for the next whatever the fuck game is… and you’re gonna waste your time,” he added.

Those remarks were made during a discussion with Joe De Sena, the author and fitness guru behind Spartan obstacle course races. Before making those remarks, Rogan was discussing a child’s need for positive role models in their life so that they don’t seek refuge in activities that stimulate them like drugs or video games. 

He did hold back from saying that finding success in gaming is nearly impossible because he said he heard the same comments about pursuing comedy. Instead, he said, “There are kids that make a lot of fucking money playing video games, but you have to be adaptable, you have to able to play multiple video games because the one game you get really good at, what are the odds it’ll be around in five years time?”

However, that last comment was not included in the clip that went viral. And most people online seemed to have only caught wind of his general message about gaming being a waste of time. 

Reactions 

The message prompted a wave of different reactions online. Many agreed that there was some truth to his words, sharing personal experiences about gaming consuming their lives.

However, plenty of other people shared how gaming has had a positive impact on them, allowing them to find great opportunities and friendships, among other things.  

One person to hit back at Rogan’s claims was DrLupo, one of the most successful streamers in the gaming world. In a tweet, Dr.Lupo said, “Listening to this podcast is a waste of time if it’s all you do all day and wait for the next episode. Generalized bad take is bad. Anything can be harmful in excess. Video games have made many people successful, they’re the cause for a majority of my friendships, etc.”

Other gamers echoed that statement like Tommy “ZooMaa” Paparatto who said, “Nothing you do that you enjoy is a waste of time. Sure there needs to be balance so you don’t build unhealthy habits, but his take goes for literally anything you do in life. Do what makes you happy & follow your passion, don’t let someone telling you it’s a waste of time stop u!”

Careers in Gaming 

A lot of internet users also felt Rogan put too much emphasis on finances, saying that not everything in life has to provide a monetary benefit. Still, many pointed out that there are plenty of opportunities to make money in the realm of gaming.

One of the most notable figured to address this point was Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who uploaded a video response to social media on Sunday.

Ninja began by saying he watched the viral clip as well as more of what came before and after to get more context. After that, he said, “It sounds like he’s talking about the top 1% or the odd or one-off chance that you’re going to be a professional player- an esports player, and a successful one at that.”

“I just don’t think…Joe doesn’t really understand the full context of what the gaming community is and how many different avenues you can be successful in in gaming,” he continued.

“I mean there’s streaming, content creation, YouTube, being a professional player, being a fricking coach. You can be incredibly understanding of the game and not have the physical capacity to be able to get pentakills every single game.”

“That doesn’t mean there’s not a job for you, right? That doesn’t mean there’s not a place for you in the gaming community where you can be successful, especially when coaches are being valued more and more which is a beautiful thing to see because coaches have been in sports forever.”

Ninja closed by saying he would love to appear on Rogan’s podcast to talk more about this but reminded those in the gaming community that there are many different ways to make a living out of gaming. 

Still, there were some who noted that Rogan is someone who has logged a lot of hours gaming himself and is not exactly an outsider speaking on the community, but rather speaking from his own experience of being consumed by games. 

In fact, in an episode of his podcast from a few weeks ago, Rogan said he had a problem with video games and would play for hours a day. “I’m like an alcoholic and its a bar,” he said when talking about his gaming room, saying it affected his health. 

Esports consultant Rod Breslau even hit on this note, tweeting, “Joe Rogan has been playing Quake for like 20 years and has brought on pros and devs as guests, his comments come from a place of being borderline addicted to video games more than anything. if you’re gonna get mad at Joe Rogan there’s way better stuff to choose from.”

Like Ninja, he also invited Rogan to reach out to him to talk more about how esports can be a “lucrative full-time career.”

Ninja later also hit on the point that Rogan is familiar with esports, writing, “Joe Rogan is a gamer, hands down the dudes loves them and is pretty well informed on the competitive side/aspect of it. I just believe there is a huge gap of the last 5 years where gaming has catipulted into a different era and would love to explain”

As of now, Rogan has not commented on any of the responses or outrage.

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Disney Eviscerates Scarlett Johansson’s “Black Widow” Lawsuit as “Callous,” but Report Suggests Emma Stone and Emily Blunt May Follow Her Lead

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“There is no merit whatsoever to this filing,” the company said in an uncharacteristically blunt statement that was heavily criticized online. 


Johansson/Disney Lawsuit Gets Bitter

Disney has described a recent lawsuit from “Black Widow” actress Scarlett Johansson as “sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” but Johansson may have just unleashed what is to become an even bigger legal challenge for the House of Mouse. 

At the center of this dispute, Johansson alleges she lost $50 million because Disney opted for a dual streaming/theater release of “Black Widow,” which debuted in theaters and for $30 on Disney+ with Premier Access earlier this month. 

According to Johansson’s suit, her contract with Disney — which was negotiated prior to any hint of a pandemic — stipulated that “Black Widow” would see an exclusive theater release. Notably, the actress also said her contractual bonuses were tied to the movie’s box office performance, which is an extremely common practice with films featuring A-list celebrities.

Of course, when the pandemic hit — like many other industries — movies were upended. Pandemic-related changes meant that despite having an initial release date of May 2020, Marvel fans wouldn’t get a chance to see “Black Widow” for over a year. 

Still, Johansson said she tried to contact Disney to renegotiate her contract prior to the film’s ultimate release, but she claims the company was unresponsive. 

On Thursday, she then filed a complaint with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, with her attorney arguing that “Disney has enjoyed the benefits of having one of Hollywood’s top actresses promote its wholly owned subscription service at no additional cost to Disney, and with the intended effect of taking money out of that actress’ own pocket.”

Later Thursday, Disney claimed that it has “fully complied” with Johansson’s contract and that the streamed release of the film “has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date.”

“There is no merit whatsoever to this filing,” the company said in its uncharacteristically blunt statement.

Are Emma Stone and Emily Blunt Next?

Speaking of blunt, it was reported Friday that both Emily Blunt and Emma Stone may also file lawsuits against Disney’s dual streaming release of their films. 

In fact, according to an exclusive newsletter run by former Hollywood Reporter Editor Matt Belloni, Stone “is said to be weighing her options” over the dual release of “Cruella” in May. Meanwhile, he suggested Blunt could also take action or speak out following this weekend’s release of “Jungle Cruise.”

Belloni went on to describe Disney as “notoriously difficult to deal with” regarding such matters and claimed that many have simply been waiting for someone powerful enough to speak out. 

Disney Criticized for Its Response

Much of the public perception of the situation has led to overwhelming support for Johansson’s camp. Online, a slew of people lambasted Disney’s response, with many calling it a deflection. 

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Candace Owens and Logan Paul in Talks to Debate

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A spokesperson confirmed to Insider Wednesday that the two have had “productive” conversations about the prospect offline.


Candace Owens Challenges Logan Paul to a Debate

Right-wing commentator Candace Owens and controversial YouTuber Logan Paul are in talks to engage in a political debate. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. 

Owens — best known for making false claims about the George Floyd protests, spreading COVID-19 misinformation, and seemingly saying that Adolf Hitler “just wanted to make Germany great” — first challenged Paul to a debate on Friday. It started with her sharing a year-old clip from Paul’s podcast where he spoke about the importance of fighting racism in the United States. 

“It is not enough to be ‘not racist.’ You have to be anti-racist,” he said.

“If you’re white, if you look like me, use your privilege,” he added. “And for those who do not think white privilege exists, you are fucking blind.” 

Because merely acknowledging the existence of racism appears to go against Owens’ core beliefs, she asked Paul to duke it out with her. 

“Logan loves to challenge people in the boxing ring,” she wrote. “I’d like to publicly challenge him to go a few rounds with me in a political debate. @LoganPaul—how about you stop by my show and explain to me how you’re *checks notes* more privileged than me because you’re white and I’m not?”

Spokesperson Confirms The Two Are in Talks

Paul  — best known for launching a boxing career and filming a YouTube video that showed a dead body in Japan’s “suicide forest” — said on Tuesday that he was “perplexed” by the offer, but was taking it seriously. 

I started to entertain this action, I ended up speaking with her, and there may be a future where we sit down and have a civil discourse because I think there’s some meat on this bone,” he said during the most recent episode of his “ImPaulsive” podcast. 

The internet star acknowledged that Owens’ main arena is politics, while his main arena is being a “fucking idiot” online. Still, he said he does care about these issues and has a “semi-intelligent brain,” so he thinks he could “hold [his] own.”

“Candace Owens, whether you can admit it or not, is a smart person,” Paul continued. “And so I guess I’m just curious because I just fucking fundamentally disagree with her and again, I think there’s room for a conversation.” 

A spokesperson for Owens confirmed to Insider on Wednesday that the two had a “productive” offline conversation and said a public political debate between the two is “very likely.”

“Although both of them disagree on a variety of topics, they are both much more interested in learning from one another and think people would benefit from hearing an honest discussion between two parties rather than a ‘gotcha’ moment that might play well for social media,” the spokesperson added.

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Finneas Slams Billie Eilish Troll Account for Attributing Fake Quotes to the Singer

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Eilish’s big brother said the account is spreading “relentless lies” and asked that it at least label itself as a satire account.


Troll Account Shares Fake Billie Eilish Quotes

Billie Eilish’s brother and collaborator Finneas took to Twitter Tuesday to address an account that has been sharing fake quotes attributed to his sister.

The account uses the handle @BilliesUpdatess and goes by the name of “Billie Eilish Updates” in its profile. It was created in July of 2021 and as of Wednesday morning, it had amassed a following of 1,100 people. On a quick glance, it looks just like any other update account a fan might make to share news about their favorite celebrity.

@BilliesUpdatess, however, is far from the standard adoring fan page. Of the over 300 tweets it has posted, several include screenshots of forged articles that make it look like Eilish said something either offensive or totally outlandish. One post claims Eilish defended her boyfriend after he was accused of supporting former president Donald Trump.

“At the end of the day, I fucking love him you know?” the phony statement reads. “It doesn’t matter if he made some homophobic comments in the past, people change. If he [Matthew] supports Donald Trump then I don’t care if it makes him happy. I support EVERY decision Mathew has to make, even the ones some of my fans don’t agree with, like maybe some of his icky comments.”

Screenshot @BilliesUpdatess

In another sham passage, Eilish says she thinks queerbaiting “is a really good thing!” In several others, the person behind the account comes up with artificial quotes to make it looks like Eilish is feuding with “driver’s license” singer Olivia Rodrigo. 

Screenshot @BilliesUpdatess

One post with a fake article ended up being retweeted 12,000 times. That tweet included Eilish claiming she longs to be poor.

Screenshot @BilliesUpdatess

“When I got rich, I started balling my eyes out,” the fake piece says. “I wanted to be poor so I can relate to most of my fans. I still want to be broke and poor, it looks really fun and cute.”

Finneas Slams Account

As the troll account started to gain traction, Finneas asked that people report and block it to minimize the spread of its “relentless lies.”

On Tuesday, he responded to a fan that tagged him in the @BilliesUpdatess tweet alleging his sister wanted to be poor. 

“Fake obviously,” Finneas wrote. “Honestly I just wish they’d label this account satire like the onion or something. I have no problem with a joke as long as people know it’s a joke.”

Screenshot @BilliesUpdatess

The account made several jokes about the fact that Finneas was calling it out, but it seems Eilish’s big brother got what he asked for. @BilliesUpdatess added “parody account” to its bio and the account was deleted as of Wednesday afternoon.

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