- Former “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” star Masika Kalysha posted a video of herself Tuesday crying in her underwear, covered in bruises and other marks.
- She claimed she had been kidnapped and asked fans to donate to her OnlyFans page otherwise her captors would refuse to release her.
- After backlash, she clarified that she was actually on the set of a TV show which discusses child sex trafficking and was hoping to shock her followers to get their attention and raise awareness for the issue.
- She said she has partnered with a non-profit that supports trafficking survivors, and while some applauded her approach, others have called it disgusting and insensitive to real victims.
Former “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” star Masika Kalysha is under fire for posting a fake kidnapping video Tuesday in which she asked her followers to donate to her OnlyFans account.
The video in question showed her in her crying in her underwear, covered in bruises on her face and body.
“I don’t know how much time I have, I got beat really bad, and they’re coming. They said you guys have to leave me tips and follow me so they can take the money or they’re not gonna let me go. And they beat me really bad,” she said as she turned around to show her injuries.
“Guys. Please help. Tip me $100 each or they’re not letting me go,” she pleaded once more.
She posted the clip to her Twitter and Instagram, as well as her Instagram Story where she even included a swipe up link to her OnlyFans. In case there’s was any confusion about what was apparently going on here, in her post caption she flat out claimed she had been kidnapped.
“I’ve been kidnapped. I’m in a warehouse somewhere. Idk where! I’m so scared! They took all my money and they want more! Please! Help me! Click the link in my bio & Subscribe to my only fans and tip me so they’ll let me go!!! They’re coming!!!” she wrote.
It’s unclear if anyone actually thought she had been kidnapped. Some people seemed to find the posts funny, but there were a ton of others calling it a disgusting way to promote her OnlyFans page.
A short time later, the reality star uploaded another post explaining the whole situation.
“Hey guys, now that I’ve got you’re attention. I wanted to talk about something very important,” she said. “I’m sorry if I scared you, but sometimes you need that shock factor. I’m on set right now filming for my new show and this is all camera makeup. I’m totally fine guys, but the show that I’m on right now is about child sex trafficking.”
She went on to say that this is an issue she’s passionate about and said this is such a challenging role for her. She said she’s done so much research and really had to “dig deep.” Then, she announced that she was partnering with the R.O.S.E. organization, which is a non-profit that supports victims of sex trafficking, focusing heavily on women and children of color.
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She said that, as a mother, this is something that’s difficult for her to even speak about.
“I apologize if I scared you guys, but please please please follow the Rose Organization for how we can put an end to child sex trafficking, women being sex trafficked, guys like…I meant well, so I hope no ones too shooken up. But y’all should know me by now. There’s always a method to my madness.“
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As far as what she could be filming, she posted an Instagram story that suggested she was on the set of the UMC show “Double Cross.” That show is about a set of twins who “decided to take matters into their own hands after a sudden rise of sex trafficking in their neighborhood.”
Still, many were left confused about how promoting her OnlyFans helps the R.O.S.E. organization. In a tweet later Tuesday night, she said she wanted to keep bringing attention to the topic and added: “To get involved log on to https://rose-organization.com or you can donate on my onlyfans page.” So it seems like she might be turning over those donations to the organization.
There’s also a screenshot circulating that is allegedly from her OnlyFans page which says she is donating all the proceeds to the organization. However, no such post is visible as of Wednesday morning.
Masika Stands by Her Choice
While many still felt like she needed to do more to address how hurtful her video was for actual abuse and trafficking victims, others praised her “shock value” approach for raising awareness.
She’s been retweeting posts of people applauding her and calling it a “great marketing tool.”
To one of her critics, she also said, “WAIT I was SMART enough to utilize a massive platform that gets TRAFFIC for SEXUAL content to bring awareness to SEX TRAFFICKING instead of twerking.”
“So whatchu sayin is imma genius u also mad that I used only fans to start a stock club? but if I was fkn cool? Oh ok.”
While she does seem to have started using OnlyFans to share stock market tips, there are other posts on her main account that seem to be unrelated to that topic. It’s currently unclear what she linked to when she initially uploaded her videos. Either way, as of right now, she’s standing firm by her original posts and explanation.
Conflicting Messages From R.O.S.E. President and Masika
However, this morning, the president of the R.O.S.E. organization, Toni D. Rivera, posted a video responding to this whole controversy. She said she was only recently made aware of Masika’s video because she was busy working and added, “It kinda pissed me off a little bit because this is my life work.”
She said the video was not the right way for Masika to raise awareness and admitted that it was triggering for her and others.
“In no way shape or form, is Masika the spokesperson for R.O.S.E. In no way shape or form are we expecting money from Onlyfans, FansOnly, whatever the hell it is. No. R.O.S.E. is my organization. I did not approve or ask Masika to do a video at all.”
Following those remarks, Masika shared a letter she allegedly received from the organization on August 1, which welcomed her as its new advisory board member.
That letter reads, “As an advisory board member, we will highlight you on our social media and our website. We ask only that you help guide us to funding and information resources. You are welcome to help us with fundraising yourself around your label’s products and or/services. We will support you in all you do personally as well, for we too are team players.”
Then in her lengthy Instagram post, Masika criticized the R.O.S.E organization’s president for turning on her when the pressure became heavy, saying,“My platform is what you wanted until you got it & saw how difficult it is to stand firm and maintain your purpose while others try to tear you down.”
“Toni you allowed the negative comments to supersede the end goal: saving lives and rescuing women and children.“
Still, she said she’s glad this whole ordeal is shining a light on this organization, and while she will continue to support the cause, she is stepping down from the group’s advisory board.
However, Rivera quickly denied ever sending that letter and the two are going back and forth about this situation online.
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Britney Spears Asks For Privacy After Fans Called Cops to Conduct a Wellness Check on Her
Fans said they were concerned after the singer deleted her Instagram account.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was updated to include a statement from Britney Spears
Fans Call 911
Britney Spears said her fans “went a little too far” after some called the police to conduct a wellness check on her.
The fans, many fueled by online conspiracy theories, were concerned about Spears because she deleted her Instagram account. While this is something the singer has done multiple times in the past, her fans thought she had left secret signals in her last post suggesting she needed help.
Some even posted videos of them calling emergency services on TikTok, a platform that is full of conspiracy videos about Spears.
“I love and adore my fans but this time things went a little too far and my privacy was invaded,” Spears wrote in a statement on Thursday, citing “prank phone calls” that were made to police.
According to Spears, officers did not enter her home because once they got to her gate, they “quickly realized there was no issue and left immediately.”
“This felt like I was being gaslit and bullied once the incident made it to the news and being portrayed once again in a poor and unfair light by the media,” Spears continued. “During this time in my life, I truly hope the public and my fans who I care so much about can respect my privacy moving forward.”
On Wednesday, a spokesperson for Ventura County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Page Six that the department “did get calls into our dispatch” but added there was no reason to believe that Spears was “in any kind of harm or any kind of danger.”
That spokesperson declined to say if officials contacted Spears or conducted a wellness check, citing privacy and public trust issues.
The Prominence of Britney Spears Conspiracies
Just over a year has passed since Spears was freed from a highly restrictive conservatorship that controlled her life and finances for 13 years. Throughout the conservatorship, fans tried to use the pop icon’s social media to pick up clues that she was secretly struggling. She did not publicly speak about the conservatorship until the summer of 2021.
Now that she has her freedom, fans are still reading heavily into her posts. Some believe there are hidden messages in her captions and in the gestures she does while dancing. Others think she is dead, missing, or hiding and that a body double is being used in her posts. Some are so concerned that they are coordinating a mass effort to pressure the Los Angeles Times into investigating Spears’ whereabouts and safety.
In the last several years, many have reflected on Spears’ early days in the spotlight and the cruel ways she was harassed and targeted by paparazzi, news outlets, and culture at large. Often the punchline to a joke throughout the 2000s, many now sympathize with Spears, who was forced to endure heavy public scrutiny at a young age. Documentaries like “Framing Britney Spears” prompted many to see Spears as a victim of abusive media tactics, not the “crazy” woman tabloids painted her to be.
Many are now concerned that fans are only going to subject Spears to a new onslaught of harassment by calling the police to her house. Even if the conspiracy theories are technically well-intentioned and often come from a place of concern, some believe they will jumpstart a media frenzy that could harm Spears’ mental well-being.
Razzies Apologize For Nominating 12-Year-Old, Adopt Age Rules For Future Nominations
The group’s founder said the Razzies regret “any hurt” the young actress may have “experienced as a result of our choices.”
Razzies Face Backlash
The Razzie Awards revoked its “insensitive” nomination of 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong and added new guidelines banning child performers from being nominated in the future.
The Razzies, which award the year’s worst movies, included Armstrong in its “Worst Actress” lineup for her role in “Firestarter.” Bryce Dallas Howard, Diane Keaton, Kaya Scodelario, and Alicia Silverstone were also nominated in the category.
Armstrong starred alongside Zac Efron in “Firestarter,” an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The picture received a 10% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
While the film was broadly panned, many thought it was a bridge too far to nominate a child for a bad acting award.
“The Razzies are already mean-spirited & classless, but to nominate a kid is just repulsive & wrong,” child star Julian Hilliard, best known for his work in “WandaVision,” tweeted. “Why put a kid at risk of increased bullying or worse? Be better.”
Actor and podcast host Brandon Hardesty said the nomination was “completely ignorant and cynical.”
“They have no clue what this can do to a child actress who probably considered her starring role in FIRESTARTER as a high point in her life,” he wrote.
“That girl was the best part of that mess of a movie,” film critic Shannon McGrew tweeted. “And on top of that, no kid should ever be nominated for an award that punches down on them.”
Razzies founder John Wilson addressed the backlash in a statement to the press on Wednesday, calling the criticism “valid.”
“Sometimes, you do things without thinking, Then you are called out for it. Then you get it,” Wilson said. “It’s why the Razzies were created in the first place.”
“We have removed Armstrong’s name from the Final Ballot that our members will cast next month,” he continued. “We also believe a public apology is owed Ms. Armstrong, and wish to say we regret any hurt she experienced as a result of our choices.”
In addition to removing Armstrong’s nomination, The Razzies is now adopting “a Voting Guideline precluding any performer or film-maker under 18 years of age from being considered” for awards.
“Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bad,’ we realize that we ourselves must also live up to it,” the statement closed.
While Armstrong will be the last child to nab a Razzie nomination, she was far from the first. Jake Lloyd made the list for his turn as young Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” Gary Coleman and Macaulay Culkin also got nominations as teenagers.
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SeatGeek CEO Calls to Break up Ticketmaster and Live Nation in Senate Hearing Following Taylor Swift Debacle
“A lack of robust competition in our industry meaningfully stunts innovation, and consumers are who suffer,” Jack Groetzinger said.
Two months after technical difficulties blocked countless Taylor Swift fans from snagging seats to her tour, a bipartisan group of Senators held a hearing to re-examine the merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
The two entertainment giants merged in 2010. Jack Groetzinger, the CEO of the rival ticket-selling platform SeatGeek, said during Tuesday’s hearing that the two need to be broken up to benefit consumers.
“One, a lack of robust competition in our industry meaningfully stunts innovation, and consumers are who suffer,” he said. “Two, venues fear losing Live Nation concerts if they don’t use Ticketmaster, and three, the only way to restore competition in this industry is to break up Ticketmaster and Live Nation.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) echoed concerns about the lack of competition, arguing that Live Nation is the “definition of monopoly.”
“Live Nation is so powerful that it doesn’t even need to exert pressure, it doesn’t need to threaten, because people just fall in line,” she said.
The Eras Tour Debacle
Ticketmaster has long been accused of price-gouging and complicating the ticket-buying process. Those issues made international headlines in November during the presale for Swift’s highly anticipated Era’s Tour.
Millions of fans who attempted to enter Ticketmaster’s virtual queue walked away empty-handed after experiencing crashes, price inflation, and a myriad of other issues.
According to Ticketmaster, the incredibly high demand, coupled with an onslaught of bot attacks, forced the platform to slow sales down. After the company delayed sales in certain cities and canceled the general sale altogether, Swift called the ordeal “excruciating.”
“We asked them, multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they could,” she wrote on Instagram in November.
The controversy prompted many to accuse Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation, of holding a monopoly over the concert and live events industry. The U.S. Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into the entertainment giant.
Ticketmaster Takes Heat
Ticketmaster has repeatedly tried to blame a number of factors for the failed Swift presale, even at one point suggesting the sale was too popular because the “Anti-Hero” singer waited so long to tour.
“May I suggest, respectfully, that Ticketmaster ought to look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m the problem, it’s me,’” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said during the hearing.
Still, the company continued to point the finger at record-breaking bot attacks.
“We knew bots would attack at onsale and planned accordingly. We were then hit with three times the amount of bot traffic that we’d ever experienced,” Live Nation CFO Joe Berchtold said on Capitol Hill.
“The attack requires [us] to slow down and even pause our sales. This is what led to a terrible consumer experience we deeply regret. We apologize to the fans, we apologize to Miss Swift, we need to do better and we will do better,” he continued.
Others present at the hearing were not happy with Live Nation’s bot defense. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said that she has worked with companies in a variety of industries that deal with bots without these issues.
“You know what, they get bot attacks every single day by the thousands. By the thousands,” she said. “And they have figured it out, but you guys haven’t? This is unbelievable.”
“You can’t blame bots for what happened to Taylor Swift,” JAM Productions CEO Jerry Mickelson added. “There’s more to that story that you’re not hearing.”
According to Mickelson, Ticketmaster can actually stand to benefit from glitchy sales on its platform.
“The process, when it’s slowed down, increases the money that Ticketmaster makes because they make money on fees and as the ticket prices go up due to dynamically priced tickets, Ticketmaster makes more off that,” he claimed. “So it’s to their advantage to slow the process down.”
Outrage against Ticketmaster has become so widespread that Sen. Blumenthal said the company was responsible for “an absolutely stunning achievement.”
“You have brought together Republicans and Democrats in an absolutely unified cause.”