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Dixie D’Amelio Responds to Rumors That She Faked Seizures to Get Out of Class

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  • A person claiming to have attended Dixie D’Amelio’s former high school said that according to their teacher, the TikTok star would frequently fake seizures to get out of class. 
  • D’Amelio responded to the rumor in an emotional Instagram live, saying she had a seizure once at the school, outside of class, and never returned again.
  • She said her high anxiety caused Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES), which prompted her to be hospitalized for a few days and put on bed rest for months afterward. 
  • During that time, she developed other symptoms that come with PNES, including a stutter and shaking whenever her anxiety levels or heart rate were high. 
  • She condemned those who believe she would fake a seizure for attention, adding that she doesn’t like talking about this but feels it’s important for those in similar situations. 

Rumors About Fake Seizures 

Social media star Dixie D’Amelio held an emotional live stream Monday to open up about her medical history after rumors about her allegedly faking seizures in high school picked up steam. 

On Monday, a YouTuber known as Def Noodles, who covers influencer stories, published screenshots of a conversation he had with someone claiming to have attended D’Amelio’s former high school.  

In those messages, the anonymous person said, “from what i’ve heard, she would randomly fake a seizure in the middle of class and after a while, my teacher and people caught onto it. The nurse would come in and take her out of class.”

In another, they explain that their teacher is the one who told this information to their class. They said that one day when kids were making TikTok’s at school, Charli and Dixie D’Amelio’s names came up. About Dixie, they said the teacher, “remembered her easily. He said he had her as a student and that she used to pretend to have seizures during his class and that it got annoying after a while.”

When asked if they know how often this happened, the source said they didn’t know, but added that “it was in my teacher’s class often if he was able to catch on to it after a while.” 

This interview was met with a slew of different reactions, with some saying if true, that this was disgusting. Meanwhile, others defended D’Amelio and slammed the teacher for talking about her to students. However, the new claims ultimately just fueled this rumor about D’Amelio that has popped up on social media for some time now in different versions.

D’Amelio Responds 

Later that Monday, D’Amelio decided to address the rumors in an emotional Instagram live stream. In it, said she saw the post of a person talking about something very personal to her that she never wanted on the internet. She said that she wanted to explain the story herself so that this rumor doesn’t go any further.

“When I was in Sophomore year in high school, I had very bad anxiety, and it got so bad to the point where I developed this thing called PNES, which is Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures,” she said. “And it happened once, it happened on my last day of school, because I never went back…”

She went on to talk about what happened that day, remembering feeling sick and shaky. She said she asked a friend to help take her to her mom’s car when she fell to the floor and started having a seizure. 

“And I start compulsing and having these seizures because that is what they are classified as, even if they are not an epileptic seizure, the anxiety brought me to the point of having a seizure and this is a very very real thing,” she continued.

After this, she explained that she was placed in an ambulance and added, “then I’m taken to the hospital and I’m there for two days where they are constantly monitoring me and I have over 400 of these compulsions over the next two days.“

After this happened, she said withdrew from the school, feeling too embarrassed about what happened to come back. She said she remained on bed rest from that day in April until starting at a new school that September.

During that time, she said “I developed a lot more things that come with Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures, where I developed a stutter, and I was shaking all the time. Anytime I would have anxiety or my heart rate would go up, I would start skating my legs or something like that.

D’Amelio also explained that she’s heard this claim about her “faking seizures for attention” a lot before. She said she doesn’t like talking about it and added: “I didn’t want to share this but to a point, there has to be a time because I know it’s something people deal with and it’s a real thing, but it’s not a big thing so not a lot of people know about it.”

A few hours later, she took to Twitter to say that she will “use this opportunity to help spread awareness about some of the things ive been through because even though i dont do it offten i think it’s important to talk about mental health.”


Then, she took a minute to hit back at her critics by sharing the most recent allegations against her and writing: “to all of the adults replying to this tweet saying im ”disgusting”…how do you think i feel when i actually lived through this and people say i was faking for attention? maybe think before you type…”

Since then, people have been coming forward with statements claiming that the teacher didn’t make those comments about the teenager, while others said that they did. 

Either way, most internet users have shared the general sentiment that details about D’Amelio’s health are for nobody to share or make speculations about, and many have applauded her for opening up about anxiety.

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TikTok and Twitter Are Now Deleting Videos That Expose Closeted Olympians on Grindr

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On top of outing people who may not be ready to have their sexuality revealed to the world, these videos could have endangered LGBTQ+ athletes from countries where homosexuality is illegal.


Closeted Olympians Being Doxxed

Openly LGBTQ+ Olympians are currently more visible than they have ever been before, but unfortunately, so are closeted ones.

That’s because some people have been using the LGBTQ+ dating app Grindr to try and find Olympians. They’ve been doing so by using the app’s “Explore” feature, which allows people to search and see users in specific locations (ie. Olympic Village).

But some aren’t content with just discovering which athletes belong to the LGBTQ+ community. They’re also sharing that information on platforms like TikTok and Twitter. 

“I used Grindr’s explore feature to find myself [an] Olympian boyfriend,” one TikTok user said in a post that had been viewed 140,000 times, according to Insider

That video reportedly went on to show the poster scrolling through Grindr to expose over 30 users’ full faces. 

As many have argued, not only does this potentially out already-stressed Olympians who may not yet be comfortable sharing their sexuality, it also could put some users at serious risk if they live in countries where being LGBTQ+ is illegal. 

In fact, the video cited by Insider seemingly did just that, as it reportedly shows the face of a user who appears to be from a country “known for its anti-LGBTQ policies.”

Grindr Responds, TikTok and Twitter Take Action

In response, Grindr said the posts violate its rules against “publicly displaying, publishing, or otherwise distributing any content or information” from the app. It then asked the posters to remove the content.

Ultimately, it was TikTok and Twitter themselves that largely took action, with the two deleting at least 14 posts scattered across their platforms.

A Highly-Visible LGBTQ+ Presence at the Games 

According to Outsports, at least 172 of around 11,000 Olympians are openly LGBTQ+. While that number is still well below the statistical average, it’s triple the number of LGBTQ+ athletes that attended Rio’s 2016 Games.

In fact, if they were their own country, openly LGBTQ+ athletes would reportedly rank 11th in medals, according to an Outsports report published Tuesday. 

Among those winners is British diver Tom Daley, who secured his first gold medal on Monday and used his platform to send a hopeful message to LGBTQ+ youth by telling them, “You are not alone.”

After winning a silver medal on Wednesday, U.S. swimmer Erica Sullivan talked about her experience as both a member of the LGBTQ+ community and a person of color. 

Still, the Olympics has faced criticism for its exclusion of intersex individuals, particularly those like South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya, who won gold medals in both 2012 and 2016. Rules implemented in 2019 now prevent Semenya from competing as a woman without the use of medication to suppress her testosterone levels. 

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Jake Paul Launches Anti-Bullying Charity

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The charity, called Boxing Bullies, aims to use the sport to give kids confidence and courage.


Jake Paul Launches Boxing Bullies Foundation

YouTuber Jake Paul — best known as the platform’s boxer, wreckless partier, and general troublemaker — has seemingly launched a non-profit to combat bullying.  

The charity is called Boxing Bullies. According to a mission statement posted on Instagram, it aims to “instill self confidence, leadership, and courage within the youth through the sport of boxing while using our platform, voice, and social media to fight back against bullying.”

If the notion of a Paul-founded anti-bullying charity called “Boxing Bullies” was not already begging to be compared to former First Lady Melania Trump’s “Best Best” initiative, maybe the group’s “Boxing Bullies Commandments” will help connect the dots. Those commandments use an acronym for the word “BOX” to spell out the charity’s golden rules.

Be kind to everyone; Only defend, never initiate; X-out bullying.” 

Paul Hopes To “Inspire” Kids To Stand Up For Themselves

Paul first said he was launching Boxing Bullies during a July 13 interview following a press conference for his upcoming fight against Tyron Woodley.

“I know who I am at the end of the day, which is a good person,” he told reporters. “I’m trying to change this sport, bring more eyeballs. I’m trying to support other fighters, increase fighter pay. I’m starting my charity, I’m launching that in 12 days here called Boxing Bullies and we’re helping to fight against cyberbullying.”

It has not been quite 12 days since the interview, so it’s likely that more information about the organization will be coming soon. Currently, the group has been the most active on Instagram, where it boasts a following of just around 1,200 followers. It has posted once to Twitter, where it has 32 followers; and has a TikTok account that has yet to publish any content. It also has a website, though there is not too much on it as of yet.

On its Instagram, one post introducing Paul as the founder claims the rowdy YouTuber started this charity because he has been on the receiving end of bullying.

Having been a victim of bullying himself, Jake experienced firsthand the impact it has on a person’s life,” the post says. “Jake believes that this is a prevailing issue in society that isn’t talked about enough. Boxing gave Jake the confidence to not care about what others think and he wants to share the sport and the welfare it‘s had on him with as many kids as possible.”

It adds that he hopes his group can“inspire the next generation of kids to be leaders, be athletes, and to fight back against bullying.”

Paul Previously Accused of Being a Bully

While fighting against bullying is a noble cause, it is an ironic project for Paul to start, as he has faced no shortage of bullying accusations. While Paul previously sang about “stopping kids from getting bullied” in the lunchroom, some have alleged he himself was actually a classic high school bully who threw kids’ backpacks into garbage cans. 

This behavior allegedly continued into his adulthood, as a New York Times report from earlier this year claimed he ran his Team 10 house with a culture of toxicity and bullying. Among other things, sources said he involved others in violent pranks, pressured people into doing dangerous stunts, and destroyed peoples’ personal property to make content.

Earlier this year, Paul was also accused of sexual assault, though he denied those allegations.

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Director Defends Recreating Anthony Bourdain’s Voice With AI in New Documentary

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The film’s director claims he received permission from Bourdain’s estate and literary agent, but on Thursday, Bourdain’s widow publicly denied ever giving that permission. 


Bourdain’s Voice Recreated

“You are successful, and I am successful, and I’m wondering: Are you happy?” Anthony Bourdain says in a voiceover featured in “Roadrunnner,” a newly released documentary about the late chef — except Bourdain never actually said those words aloud.

Instead, it’s one of three lines in the film, which features frequent voiceovers from Bourdain, that were created through the use of artificial intelligence technology.

That said, the words are Bourdain’s own. In fact, they come from an email Bourdain reportedly wrote to a friend prior to his 2018 suicide. Nonetheless, many have now questioned whether recreating Bourdain’s voice was ethical, especially since documentaries are meant to reflect reality.

Director Defends Use of AI Voice

The film’s director, Academy Award winner Morgan Neville, has defended his use of the synthetic voice, telling Variety that he received permission from Bourdain’s estate and literary agent before inserting the lines into the film. 

“There were a few sentences that Tony wrote that he never spoke aloud,” Neville said. “It was a modern storytelling technique that I used in a few places where I thought it was important to make Tony’s words come alive.” 

Bourdain’s widow — Ottavia Bourdain, who is the executor of his estate — later denied Neville’s claim on Twitter, saying, “I certainly was NOT the one who said Tony would have been cool with that.”

In another interview with GQ, Neville described the process, saying the film’s creators “fed more than ten hours of Tony’s voice into an AI model.”

“The bigger the quantity, the better the result,” he added. “We worked with four companies before settling on the best.”

“If you watch the film,” Neville told The New Yorker, “you probably don’t know what the other lines are that were spoken by the AI, and you’re not going to know. We can have a documentary-ethics panel about it later.” 

The Ethics Debate Isn’t Being Tabled

But many want to have that discussion now.

Boston-based film critic Sean Burns, who gave the film a rare negative review, later criticized it again for its unannounced use of AI, saying he wasn’t aware that Bourdain’s voice had been recreated until after he watched the documentary.  

Meanwhile, The New Yorker’s Helen Rosner wrote that the “seamlessness of the effect is eerie.”

“If it had been a human voice double I think the reaction would be “huh, ok,” but there’s something truly unsettling about the idea of it coming from a computer,” Rosner later tweeted. 

Online, many others have criticized the film’s use of AI, with some labeling it as a “deepfake.”

Others have offered more mixed criticism, saying that while the documentary highlights the need for posthumous AI use to be disclosed, it should not be ruled out altogether. 

“In a world where the living could consent to using AI to reproduce their voices posthumously, and where people were made aware that such a technology was being used, up front and in advance, one could envision that this kind of application might serve useful documentary purposes,” David Leslie, ethics lead at the Alan Turing Institute, told the BBC.

Celebrities Recreated After Death

The posthumous use of celebrity likeness in media is not a new debate. In 2012, a hologram of Tupac took the stage 15 years after his death. In 2014, the Billboard Music Awards brought a hologram of Michael Jackson onstage five years after his death. Meanwhile, the Star Wars franchise digitally recreated actor Peter Cushing in 2016’s “Rogue One,” and unused footage of actress Carrie Fisher was later translated into “The Rise of Skywalker,” though a digital version of Fisher was never used.

In recent years, it has become almost standard for filmmakers to say that they will not create digital versions of characters whose actors die unexpectedly. For example, several months after Chadwick Boseman’s death last year, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” executive producer Victoria Alonso confirmed Boseman would not be digitally recreated for his iconic role as King T’Challa.

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