- Kendall Jenner invited around 100 guests to celebrate her birthday and Halloween at a rooftop bar in Los Angeles on Saturday.
- Celebrity guests in attendance included Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Paris Hilton, The Weeknd, and others.
- Many criticized Jenner for throwing the party during the coronavirus pandemic and were bothered by signs at the event discouraging guests from posting on social media, something both she and her relatives did anyway.
- Others slammed her for putting the event staff at risk after seeing a server holding her birthday cake and leaning back to get out of her way as she blew out her candles.
Kendall Jenner Throws Star-Studded Halloween Party
If you thought Kim Kardashian’s private island birthday party was bad, then you’re probably not going to want to hear what Kendall Jenner did this past weekend.
The eldest Jenner sister invited around 100 guests to a rooftop bar in Los Angeles Saturday night for her birthday/Halloween bash. Guests in attendance included fellow stars like Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Paris Hilton, The Weeknd, and dozens of others.
People online were upset to see the event, guests without marks, and no social distancing. Some even tagged the Mayor of L.A. and the Governor of California on Twitter, saying these celebrities should face fines. Others pointed out that kids couldn’t even go trick or treating this year out of fear that it could further spread the virus.
@MayorOfLA can you fine all these celebrities already?! they are NOT above the law. How are you giving fines to nobody TikTokers but won’t do the same for the most known celebrities? 🤔— Priscilduhhh (@pamartir24k) November 2, 2020
@GavinNewsom so nice to see the @KimKardashian @khloekardashian @kourtneykardash @KylieJenner @KendallJenner @KrisJenner having great time partying it up. The kids in the neighborhood can’t go trick or treating, we can’t have a normal Thanksgiving or Christmas!— Rhonda Lundberg (@kelkelmom) October 30, 2020
Others were also upset about this social media warning that was reportedly at the party, which asked guests not to post online. However, Jenner has posted photos from the party on her Instagram and her own family members were caught breaking the rules that same night. Because of this, many believe Jenner wanted to throw the party and keep it a secret to avoid backlash.
There were also a ton of people who were especially upset about all the staff who were put at risk for this event, especially after seeing a boomerang of Jenner blowing out her candles as the waiter holding the cake tries to lean out of the way.
News of the party added to existing frustrations surrounding the Kardashian-Jenner family, who have been criticized as out of touch, especially during the pandemic.
In fact, YouTuber Simplynaillogical explained the feeling many had about this type of behavior, tweeting: “People aren’t just mad at rich/famous ppl for having unsafe parties. Many have testing and are screening guests and so on. People are mad bc the luxury of being able to do exactly that and go on with life and party w/friends & family is exactly what most ppl can’t do safely.“
Jaden Smith and Travis Scott Catch Heat for Their Costumes
Jenner wasn’t the only Halloween partier making headlines over the weekend. Jaden Smith faced some heat after he was accused of attending the event dressed as a coronavirus patient.
However, others defended the look, saying he was likely dressed as Johnathan David Washington’s character in the movie “Tenet.” By Monday morning, Smith posted a photo on Instagram to confirm that that was the case.
Travis Scott caught attention for his outfit as well. However, he actually made headlines for deleting his Instagram after internet users made fun of his costume.
He dressed up as a brown Batman, but people online started saying he looked like the flea from the cartoon “¡Mucha Lucha!”
Others said he looked like a “roach,” which many took issue with because of the racist connotations connected to the term.
Still, there is a chunk of people who think he might have deleted his Instagram because he’s about to release new music.
These are just a few of the celebrity Halloween stories that began popping up this weekend. There were, of course, a ton of others who were slammed for partying, and you might have even seen people in your own life doing the same, which is why many online are calling for Halloween partiers to get tested and quarantine themselves.
Jodie Sweetin Releases Statement After Getting Pushed By Officers at Pro-Choice Protest: “This Will Not Deter Us”
“Love everyone out there in the streets fighting for what’s right,” she wrote on Instagram.
Actress Pushed at Protest
After viral footage showed Jodie Sweetin getting pushed to the ground by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department while attending a pro-choice protest, the “Full House” actress said demonstraters “will continue fighting” for their rights.
Sweetin was attending a protest off the 101 freeway on Saturday following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Photojournalist Mike Ade, who captured the video, said the actress was “trying to lead a group of peaceful protestors away from the freeway” when officers pushed her. Sweetin was standing on a curb when she was pushed and fell down on the cement road. Ade wrote that she was “fortunately…okay.”
Ade shared a handful of other videos depicting officers using similar tactics on other protesters. As these videos started circulating online, many became outraged by the LAPD’s response to the protests.
Sweetin Addresses Incident
Following the incident, Sweetin released a statement where she said the fight against the court’s decision is not over.
“I’m extremely proud of the hundreds of people who showed up yesterday to exercise their First Amendment rights and take immediate action to peacefully protest the giant injustices that have been delivered from our Supreme Court,” Sweetin said. “Our activism will continue until our voices are heard and action is taken. This will not deter us, we will continue fighting for our rights. We are not free until ALL of us are free.”
Sweetin also shared footage of the incident and other clips of officers clashing with protesters on her Instagram story. She cheered protesters in a comment on a video of the push shared by a social justice group called The Progressivists.
“Love everyone out there in the streets fighting for what’s right,” she wrote.
According to a statement obtained by Deadline, the LAPD is looking into the matter.
“The LAPD is aware of a video clip of a woman being pushed to the ground by officers not allowing the group to enter on foot and overtake the 101 freeway,” the statement said. “The force used will be evaluated against the LAPD’s policy and procedure.”
See what others are saying: (Deadline) (Rolling Stone) (The Hollywood Reporter)
Dave Chappelle Decides Against Having Former High School’s Theater Named After Him
“The idea that my name will be turned into an instrument of someone else’s perceived oppression is untenable to me,” the comedian reportedly said.
Theater Named Announced
Comedian Dave Chappelle opted on Monday to not have the theater at his alma mater high school named after him, according to a report from The Washington Post.
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C. previously planned to name its theater in honor of Chappelle, as he is a distinct alum and donor. While Chappelle formerly said such a gesture would be “the most significant honor of [his] life,” he announced during Monday’s naming ceremony that it would bear a different title.
The school’s theater will instead be called the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression.
A naming ceremony was initially set to take place in November, but was postponed after the comedian began facing backlash for transphobic jokes in his Netflix special “The Closer.”
Among other things, he said he was “Team TERF,” which stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist. He also made a joke about Caitlyn Jenner and remarks comparing the genitalia of transgender women to Beyond and Impossible meat.
The jokes embroiled Chappelle in controversy, and reports claimed that some students at Duke Ellington took issue with the comments. When Chappelle ended up visiting the school amid the scandal, Politico reported that one student told the comedian, “I’m 16 and I think you’re childish, you handled it like a child.”
Chappelle Defends Controversial Special
According to The Post, Chappelle said the criticism against him “sincerely” hurt, but added that “the Ellington Family is my family.” He claimed he did not want the theater being named after him to distract students.
“The idea that my name will be turned into an instrument of someone else’s perceived oppression is untenable to me,” he said according to Josh Rogin, a columnist for the outlet.
Rogin also tweeted that Chappelle took time out of the ceremony to slam the criticisms levied against him, accusing upset students of promoting someone else’s agenda.
“These kids didn’t understand that they were instruments of oppression,” he reportedly said.
“You cannot report on an artist’s work and remove artistic nuance,” Chappelle continued while denouncing the press coverage of his Netflix special.
According to David Frum, a staff writer for The Atlantic who attended the ceremony, Chappelle suggested he was open to potentially adding his name to the theater at a later date when the community is ready.
See what others are saying: (The Washington Post) (Variety) (The Atlantic)
Chris Evans Says People Upset With Same-Gender “Lightyear” Kiss Are “Idiots”
The kiss was previously removed from the film until a surge of backlash from Pixar employees prompted Disney to reinstate it.
Chris Evans Supports “Lightyear” Scene
“Lightyear” star Chris Evans is standing against people who have criticized the same-gender kiss scene in the upcoming Pixar film.
“The real truth is those people are idiots,” the actor told Reuters this week when discussing negative reactions to the scene’s inclusion.
“The American story, the human story is one of constant social awakening and growth and that’s what makes us good,” he continued.
Countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and more have banned the release of “Lightyear” over the kiss, which is between two women. Right-wing pundits in the U.S. have also slammed it, and user reviews for the picture on websites like IMDB have claimed that movie-going has “become an avenue for political propaganda.”
Evans argued those opinions are outdated.
“There’s always going to be people who are afraid and unaware and trying to hold on to what was before. But those people die off like dinosaurs,” he said. “I think the goal is to pay them no mind, march forward and embrace the growth that makes us human.”
“Lightyear” hits theaters on Friday starring Evans as the titular Buzz Lightyear. Evans, however, is not playing the action figure made famous in the “Toy Story” movies and is instead playing an animated human astronaut who inspired the toy.
Kiss Scene Almost Never Made it to Big Screen
According to outlets that have reviewed the film, the same-gender kiss is between Alisha Hawthorne, a character voiced by Uzo Aduba, and her wife.
Multiple reports have stated that Disney was always supportive of depicting a gay couple in the picture, but was more hesitant about showing an on-screen kiss between the two. The studio previously had the scene removed from the film until a swell of backlash prompted it to reinstate the kiss.
The decision came in March amid criticisms over Disney’s slow response to Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill. At the time, a group of Pixar employees wrote an open letter claiming that they have pushed for more inclusion in their films, but “nearly every moment of overtly gay affection is cut at Disney’s behest.”
Now that the scene made the final cut of “Lightyear,” it has been a large topic of conversation leading up to the film’s release. On Monday, Evans told Variety that the inclusion of the scene makes him “happy,” but he hopes one day, scenes like this will be considered standard.
“It’s tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion,” he said. “That it is this kind of ‘news.’ The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm, and that this doesn’t have to be some uncharted waters, that eventually this is just the way it is.”