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Vanessa Hudgens Slammed for Cemetery Photoshoot

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  • Actress Vanessa Hudgens posted photos of herself posing in front of tombstones at New York’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. She captioned one post, “Happy place.”
  • Many slammed the photoshoot as disrespectful and tone-deaf, especially at a time when over 1 million people across the globe have died from coronavirus. 
  • Hudgens defended her posts, saying cemeteries are beautiful and that this particular one is historical. Fans did the same, noting that this cemetery sees many tourists who take similar photos, especially around Halloween. 
  • Still, others said this is another example of her inappropriately handling matters that have to do with death, pointing to an Instagram live stream from the start of the pandemic where she said: “like yeah, people are gonna die, which is terrible, but like, inevitable?”

Cemetery Photo Sparks Outrage 

Actress Vanessa Hudgens sparked a slew of outrage Saturday after posting photos of herself in front of tombstones in New York’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Happy place,” Hudgens wrote in the caption of her first post, along with a black heart emoji.

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However, the actress quickly faced a ton of backlash for her photoshoot, with some calling it disrespectful and tone-deaf.

Comments beneath Hudgens’ first Instagram post.

Others said this was especially insensitive to do at a time when over 1 million people have died from coronavirus worldwide, with over 215,000 of those deaths coming from the U.S. alone. 

Hudgens apparently caught wind of the outrage because she later changed the caption to say, “Searching for that headless horseman,” which is a nod to the mythical figure from the short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” 

Hudgens Responds and Sees Support From Fans

Despite the criticism, she continued to post more pictures from her cemetery photo shoot, with one post captioned “Apple pickin season” and another captioned “What. A. Beautiful. Place.” 

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What. A beautiful. Place.

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However, those caused even more backlash to roll in.

“This is disrespectful. You’re prancing around like it’s some amusement park,” one critic commented. “The caption is just why? Clearly you have never been to a burial. It’s not a happy place for anyone.”

To that user, Hudgens responded with, “I buried my father in a cemetery. I love cemeteries. They’re beautiful. Especially that one. It’s historical and I love history.”

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A lot of her fans agreed with that sentiment in the comments section.

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Meanwhile, others noted that this particular cemetery is also a tourist attraction where it’s not uncommon to find people snapping photos, especially as we get closer to Halloween. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is the final resting place of several of famous figures, including Washington Irving, who wrote “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Even under the hashtag #SleepyHollowCemetery, there are other examples of people posing in the area. 

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Frustrations Linger From Past Coronavirus Comments 

It seems like opinions on these types of photoshoots range. Still, it’s also worth noting that many people have lingering frustrations with the actress because of the insensitive comments she made about coronavirus earlier this year.

Back in March, when the virus first began forcing businesses to shut down, she downplayed the situation and expressed doubts about closures lasting until July. 

“Um, yeah, till July sounds like a bunch of bulls—, I’m sorry,” she said in an Instagram live stream.

“Like, it’s a virus. I get it, like, I respect it. But at the same time, like, even if everybody gets it, like yeah, people are gonna die, which is terrible, but like, inevitable? I don’t know. Maybe I shouldn’t be doing this.”

Outraged internet users called the remarks dangerous and disgusting, eventually prompting her to apologize, so with this latest controversy, many are saying this is just another example of her inappropriately handling matters that have to do with death.

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PewDiePie Opens Up About Past Drinking Problem

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To escape the stress of his online controversies, the YouTuber said he turned to alcohol, a strategy he described as “a recipe for disaster.”


PewDiePie Addressed Past Alcohol Issues

YouTuber PewDiePie uploaded a video Wednesday revealing that he previously dealt with a drinking problem.

PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, said that around 2017 and 2018, he used to drink whiskey every single day. When he tried to quit for health reasons, he struggled, which made him realize how attached he was to the substance.

That’s when I realized, oh shit, maybe I do have a problem,” he explained.  “And that’s why I quit drinking for a few months because I thought you know, I need to show I’m the one in control.” 

After quitting the habit for a period of time, he said he convinced himself that it would be okay to re-introduce drinking back into his life. Kjellberg claimed the problem was at its worst when he was struggling with a handful of online controversies, though he did not specify which ones. Kjellberg has faced backlash numerous times throughout his career, including for using racist and anti-Semitic language.

“Drinking to sort of escape emotions is a recipe for disaster,” he said. 

PewDiePie Says YouTube Addiction Fueled His Alcohol Addiction 

“I was still not just addicted to escaping these emotions by drinking, but I think I was also addicted to YouTube, and I was so scared of losing YouTube through all these controversies that I was fueling one addiction out of my fear of losing another one,” Kjellberg continued.  

The YouTuber explained that he was “nowhere near” the point where alcohol could have cost him his job or loved ones and he does not want to “co-opt all that pain” that many people endure. Still, he said he had reached a point where he had to rethink his relationship with drinking and ultimately decided the best thing to do was quit.

“It was really rough, especially because I was having a lot of withdrawals from it,” Kjellberg said. “It took me a long time to be able to sleep properly again, but I did manage it and I was done. And I haven’t touched it since, which I’m really proud about.”

Kjellberg admitted that he used to be embarrassed by the subject, which is why he waited so long to publicly discuss it. For a period of time, he also felt he had merely replaced one addiction with another because he began using nicotine patches. He said he has now quit nicotine twice and feels freer without the substance. 

“That kind of felt like almost losing a friend. I’m not even exaggerating,” he confessed about the process of quitting nicotine. “It’s like something that you used to rely on but will no longer be there.” 

Kjellberg discussed the thoughts many notable philosophers have had on vices and addiction and claimed their beliefs helped guide his choices. Now, he hopes others dealing with similar issues might hear his story and prompt change within their own lives. 

“I’m hoping that talking about it might lead people to open their eyes about their own actions and what they’re also doing,” he explained. “And it’s a tough thing to admit.”

Fellow creators like Anthony Padilla and Jacksepticeye commented on the video to thank Kjellberg for sharing his experience.

“[This] will help so many people and gives such a better look at how strong you are,” Padilla wrote. “Love you dude.”

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Billie Eilish Advocates for Climate Action Ahead of U.N. COP26 Summit

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The singer was joined by “The Office” actor Rainn Wilson and other big-name celebrities and activists in a pitch for world leaders to make substantial progress at the conference.


Billie Eilish Calls for Climate Action

Singer Billie Eilish partnered Tuesday with the environmental group Arctic Basecamp at the University of Exeter to call for meaningful climate action ahead of the U.N. COP26 climate conference. 

“This year our leaders are deciding the global actions required on the environment climate emergency in a critical decade for our planet,” Eilish said in a video. “We must stand together and speak up to save our planet, not just for us, but for our future generations. And we need urgent, urgent action now.” 

Eilish is no stranger to advocating for solutions to climate change. In September, the “Happier Than Ever” singer urged Congress to pass climate legislation as part of the #CodeRedClimate campaign. For her latest pitch with Arctic Basecamp, she was joined by other big names, including “The Office” actor Rainn Wilson, explorer Levison Wood, climate activist Daze Aghaji, and wildlife advocate Robert Irwin, who is the son of the late Steve Irwin.

“Courage. That’s what our world’s leaders need more than anything,” Wilson said in the video message. “The decisions that they make about the climate crisis in the next decade are the most important decisions in our planet’s history.” 

What is COP26?

Arctic Basecamp works with scientists and other high-profile organizations all over the world to call attention to climate issues and encourage effective solutions. It was founded by Gail Whiteman, a professor at the University of Exeter, who released a statement thanking the slew of stars and activists for their involvement in the COP26 initiative. 

“It is amazing to be working with such brave people that not only are using their voice but are using their voice for good,” she said. “This is a crisis and the Arctic is sounding the alarm. It is time that world leaders come together to create real change that ensures a safe future for humanity.”

COP26 will kick off in Glasgow on Oct. 31 and run through Nov. 12. Global leaders will discuss several actions regarding the environment, including pacts like the Paris Agreement and U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. They will also focus on a series of goals, including achieving global net-zero emissions by mid-century and protecting ecosystems, along with other infrastructure threatened by climate change.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pitched the event as a key moment for the world to come together and tackle climate change. This week, he described it as “our best chance to make the changes we need to protect our planet for our children and grandchildren.”

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Dave Chappelle Says He’s Willing To Meet With Trans Community Under Certain Conditions

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After being criticized for transphobic comments, the comedian said he would give an audience to the transgender community even though he is “confused” about what they would be discussing.


Dave Chappelle Addresses Netflix Employees

Comedian Dave Chappelle responded on Monday to the recent backlash he has faced for making transphobic remarks in his new Netflix stand-up special “The Closer.”

Over the past several weeks, many employees at Netflix have protested against Chappelle’s program and numerous LGBTQ+ rights groups have condemned his comments. Netflix employees staged a walkout last week to call out “The Closer” and advocate for more trans and nonbinary employees to be included at the company. 

Some reports have alleged that Chappelle denied the opportunity to speak with the trans community and allies at Netflix. In a new video addressing the controversy, Chappelle refuted that allegation. 

“It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused. That is not true,” he said “If they had invited me, I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we would be speaking about.

“I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not?” he continued. “You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. It seems like I’m the only one who can’t go to the office.”

Chappelle Says He Will Meet With Trans Community

Chappelle added that he would be willing to meet with the trans community but is not “bending to anybody’s demands.” 

“I have some conditions. First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end,” Chappelle explained. “You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing, and thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

Gadsby is a comedian best known for her Netflix special “Nanette.” While defending Chappelle, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos name-dropped Gadsby and “Nanette” as examples of the service’s offerings that give voice to marginalized communities. Gadsby shot back at the executive, saying she did not want him to “drag [her] name into [his] mess.” 

“Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial world view,” Gadsby wrote on Instagram. “Fuck you and your amoral algorithm cult.”

During “The Closer,” Chappelle called himself “team TERF” while discussing author J.K. Rowling being “canceled” after making a series of transphobic comments herself. He said he agreed with Rowling and added that “gender is a fact.” He later made a slew of other comments, including a joke about Caitlyn Jenner and remarks comparing the genitalia of transgender women to Beyond and Impossible meat.

As outrage poured in, Sarandos released a series of statements in support of Chappelle and his artistic freedom. During his video, Chappelle thanked Sarandos, claiming that he has lost a series of opportunities amid the controversy. Chappelle recently completed a documentary that he says was going to screen at film festivals, but he is allegedly no longer welcome at those events.

“When this controversy came out about ‘The Closer,’ they began disinviting me from these film festivals, and now, today, not a film company, not a movie studio, not a film festival, nobody will touch this film,” Chapelled claimed. “Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he’s the only one that didn’t cancel me yet.” 

Chappelle later announced that he will be taking his documentary on tour to cities like San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Toronto.

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