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Ticketmaster Refutes Report About Checking Vaccination Status Before Concerts

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  • Billboard reported that Ticketmaster was considering a plan to have customers either verify that they were vaccinated or had tested negative for COVID-19 before attending an event. 
  • This would involve customers linking that information from a digital health pass and having it given to Ticketmaster to verify their status.
  • While health pass apps have not yet been approved to do this, Ticketmaster’s President was quoted by Billboard saying that third-party providers are preparing to handle that vetting, and said: “Ticketmaster’s goal is to provide enough flexibility and options that venues and fans have multiple paths to return to events.”
  • After receiving backlash from anti-vaxxers and others who thought this was overstepping, Ticketmaster said Thursday that Billboard was “misreporting” and claimed that policies of this nature are not made by Ticketmaster but by event organizers.

Billboard Reports on Ticketmaster’s Plan

Ticketmaster is denying reports that said the company was considering mandating customers to either test negative for the coronavirus or be vaccinated before attending an event in the future.

On Wednesday, Billboard reported that the ticket selling giant was developing a plan to verify COVID-19 tests and vaccination statuses on smartphones. That plan would allegedly rely on Ticketmaster’s app, health pass apps, as well as testing and vaccine providers like CVS and Labcorp.

Using these methods, attendees could either verify their vaccine or recent COVID-19 test result. Billboard said the test would need to show a negative result from the last 24-72 hours, but exactly how recent it needs to be would be up to local authorities. Labs would then deliver results to a health pass, which would give a verification for Ticketmaster. Those with negative results would be allowed in, but those with negative results would have to stay home. 

While third-party companies have not yet been approved to deliver real-time vaccine information, Ticketmaster president Mark Yovich told Billboard that he was hopeful the technology was on its way. 

“We’re already seeing many third-party health care providers prepare to handle the vetting — whether that is getting a vaccine, taking a test, or other methods of review and approval – which could then be linked via a digital ticket so everyone entering the event is verified,” he told the outlet.

“Ticketmaster’s goal is to provide enough flexibility and options that venues and fans have multiple paths to return to events, and is working to create integrations to our API and leading digital ticketing technology as we will look to tap into the top solutions based on what’s green-lit by officials and desired by clients.”

Proposed Policy Faces Backlash

While Ticketmaster would not have access to fans’ medical records and would only be getting vaccination or test verification, many thought this potential policy was an overreach. Some, including anti-vaxxers and others, took to Twitter to express their distaste for this news. 

The Ticketmaster Fan Support Twitter account began responding to these kinds of messages, as well as Billboard’s tweet sharing the story. They said that there had been “misreporting” on the matter. 

Ticketmaster Refutes Claim

“To clarify, Ticketmaster doesn’t set policies on safety/entry requirements,” Ticketmaster said. “We continue to work with event organizers on all COVID safety measures & it will be up to each event organizer to set future requirements.”

Ticketmaster then linked to an article on its website reiterating its claim that the story had been misreported and that building safety policies do not fall on Ticketmaster, but on event organizers that Ticketmaster is working with.

“We are exploring a number of safety features for event organizers to utilize as they look to welcome fans back to events,” the article stated. “This includes social distancing, contactless entry and more.  Any screening requirements will be up to the individual event organizer and local health guidelines, and not Ticketmaster.”

Right now, it is unclear if Ticketmaster is simply trying to walk its potential policy back after facing backlash, or if Billboard and other outlets truly misrepresented these plans. Billboard has not made a statement on the matter nor has it amended the original article. Ticketmaster has not made further comments. 

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Upcoming “Karen” Movie Slammed as Rip-Off of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”

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The horror film follows a Black couple that moves into a house next door to a white woman named Karen.


“Karen” Trailer Goes Viral

The viral “Karen” trope is getting the Hollywood treatment, and people on Twitter would like a word with the film industry’s manager. 

“Karen” has become a term used to describe entitled, and often racist, white women who are quick to call the cops or complain about customer service when things don’t go exactly their way. The upcoming movie, called “Karen,” is a horror picture that follows a Black couple that moves into a new house next door to a pearl necklace-wearing and Pinot Grigio-drinking white woman. Any guesses on what her name is?

The film, a BET Original, was written and directed by Coke Daniels and stars Taryn Manning as the titular “Karen.” Cory Hardrict and Jasmine Burke play the couple that’s new in town. The trailer was released on Thursday but started gaining traction online this week.

Throughout the trailer, Manning’s character is seen threatening to call the manager at a restaurant, setting up security cameras that look at her new neighbors’ house, and calling the cops on a group of teenagers while they record her in that now-familiar viral format. 

She also says that Burke’s character is “slaving away in the kitchen” upon entering her home and tells a group of Black people, “you people are very angry.” It also appears that she owns a soap dispenser with the Confederate flag on it. 

In case people watching were unable to put the glaringly obvious puzzle pieces together, a small child eventually says, “She doesn’t like Black people,” in the trailer.  

Because the hammer is perhaps hitting the nail a little too harshly on the head, many wondered if it was even a real movie or some kind of “Saturday Night Live” parody. 

Twitter Compares Film to “Get Out”

Others thought it looked like the film was ripping off Jordan Peele’s hit horror movie “Get Out,” which is about a Black man meeting his white girlfriend’s family.

“Get Out” was praised for using the horror genre to provide nuanced commentary and observations on racism in America. Peele won an Academy Award for the film’s original screenplay, and it was also nominated for Best Picture. “Karen,” on the other hand, is not likely to wind up part of the awards conversation come 2021.

Daniels ended up sharing an article comparing his upcoming project to “Get Out” on his Instagram story, also apologizing for bringing Peele into the online discourse. 

Daniels previously told Deadline that he wrote this film in 2020 as discussions about race relations in the United States were reaching a boiling point. 

“Last year during the global pandemic and civil unrest, I — like many of us — felt anger, despair and hopelessness,” he said. “The overwhelming amount of support from people around the globe, who want to see change, has been such an inspiration.”

“Karen” does not yet have a release date.

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Carl Nassib Becomes First Active NFL Player To Come Out as Gay

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While making his announcement, the athlete also pledged a $100,000 donation to The Trevor Project.


Nassib Comes Out

Carl Nassib, a defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders, made history on Monday as the first active NFL player to come out as gay.

The 28-year-old made the announcement in an Instagram video, along with a longer written statement.

“I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life, I’ve got the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for,” he said in the post.

“I’m a pretty private person so I hope you guys know that I’m really not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important,” he continued.

“I actually hope that like one day, videos like this and the whole coming-out process are just not necessary. But until then, I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate and I’m going to start by donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project.”

In the text that followed his video, Nassib went on to explain why he was so drawn to The Trevor Project and its mission to provide suicide prevention services to the LGBTQ community. 

He also noted that he was thankful for the support from his NFL coaches and fellow players. “From the jump, I was greeted with the utmost respect and acceptance,” he wrote.

Praise From Sports Community

Nassib’s announcement was met with praise from his team on social media, as well as other athletes and the NFL itself.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement on behalf of the league, saying that it “is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth.”

Several football fans and commentators, including sports reporter Jemele Hill, also pointed to the potential impact his bravery could have.  

“Carl Nassib likely isn’t the only active gay player in the NFL, but him coming forward will be huge for those who haven’t gotten there yet,” HIll tweeted. “Very courageous decision that will not only help other players but so many young people in this country.”

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Billie Eilish Apologizes for Mouthing Racist Slur in Old Clip

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Eilish said she is “appalled and embarrassed” to have mouthed along to a song containing the term, which she did not know was a slur at the time.


Video Shows Billie Eilish Using Slur

Singer Billie Eilish apologized Monday night for mouthing an anti-Asian racial slur in an old video that recently resurfaced on social media. 

The clip was featured in a compilation that went viral on TikTok. In it, she was mouthing along to the song “Fish” by Tyler the Creator, which contains the slur. The compilation also showed her speaking in a voice that many interpreted as her mocking foreign accents or languages.

“I love you guys, and many of you have been asking me to address this,” Eilish wrote on her Instagram story. “And this is something that I WANT to address because I’m being labeled something that I am not.”

Eilish Apologizes for Mouthing Term 

The “Bad Guy” singer said she was 13 or 14 at the time the video was taken, and claimed she had no idea the word was a derogatory term at the time. 

“I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word,” Eilish wrote. “This song was the only time I’d ever heard that word as it was never used around me by anyone in my family. Regardless of my ignorance and age at the time, nothing excuses the fact is that it was hurtful. And for that I am sorry.”

Regarding accusations that she mocked foreign accents and languages, the singer said she was speaking a “silly gibberish” that she made up as a child and uses around her pets, family, and friends in a joking manner. 

“It is absolute gibberish and just me goofing around, and is in NO way an imitation of anyone or any language, accent or culture in the SLIGHTEST,” she added. “Anyone who knows me has seen me goofing around with voices my whole life.”

Regardless of how it was interpreted I did not mean for any of my actions to have caused hurt to others and it absolutely breaks my heart that it is being labeled now in a way that might cause pain to people hearing it,” she continued.

The Grammy Award-winner said that she wants to use her platform to promote “inclusion, kindness, tolerance, equity, and equality.” She closed her statement by telling her followers that it is important for people to listen and learn when it comes to conversations about these subjects.

Read her full apology below.

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