“I think a lot of the people who are the most anxious have the most privileged lives,” Maher claimed.
Bill Maher Interviews Bella Thorne
Television host Bill Maher is facing backlash after questioning actress Bella Thorne about the mental health issues she and many other young people face.
While appearing on Monday’s episode of Maher’s “Club Random Podcast,” Thorne revealed that weed has helped her deal with anxiety.
“Now what is it with you kids and anxiety?” Maher responded. “What is causing the anxiety?”
After Thorne tried to explain that mounting global issues have led to a feeling of “just bad, bad, bad, everywhere you go,” Maher said she had a “disingenuous argument.”
“Your generation doesn’t know what’s going on in the world, so how can you be that fucking concerned about what’s going on in the world?” he asked. “I know what’s going on in the world, I should have the anxiety! I follow it, you kids don’t follow it. You don’t know what the fuck is going on in the world! What are you upset about?”
“I think there’s definitely things that we know what’s going on,” Thorne replied. “We don’t always necessarily always know the full story 100% but yeah we’re seeing it, we’re hearing it, we’re vocal about it.”
Mental health issues among young people are on the rise. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over one-third of high school students had “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness” in 2019, a 40% increase from a decade prior. Also in 2019, one in six young people had reported making a suicide plan in the last year, a 44% increase since 2009.
Throughout their conversation, Maher and Thorne began smoking weed and open alcoholic beverages sat beside them on the table. While the substances became intermittent topics of discussion, the two spent a good portion of time continuing to talk about mental health.
Thorne explained that social media, in particular, has had an impact on younger generations, to which Maher admitted that growing up with the internet would have been challenging.
“I don’t know how you deal with it,” he said. “Yeah, I would have anxiety too.”
Still, he continued to press Thorne about what is causing anxiety among young people, herself in particular.
“I think a lot of the people who are the most anxious have the most privileged lives,” he claimed. “Look at your life! Everybody wants it. Everybody wants to be you.”
“I don’t know, I think that’s a very narrow kind of mindset in the way of trauma,” Thorne said. “Everyone really has trauma.”
“I lost my dad when I was eight. I was molested growing up,” the former child star continued. “I went through shit. Everybody goes through shit.”
She told the political personality to not judge a book by its cover.
“We look at someone and say, ‘Oh, they have it all. They must be so fuckin’ happy. You’ve got nothing to complain about in your life,’” Thorne said. “Yeah, well, you know, they’re still with their therapist every day. They might have PTSD and traumas.”
Maher said Thorne’s traumas were “legitimate” but claimed therapy can often be “indulgent.”
Thorne said she was hesitant to try therapy at first, but knew she had to open the door to help herself.
“What’s the other option?” she asked. “Keep going down this road of negativity and self-doubt and insecurity and trauma?”
Twitter Users Slam Maher
Online, many condemned Maher for suggesting that young people like Thorne have little reason to be anxious.
“Wow. If I were Bill Maher’s agent/rep, I would’ve grabbed and eaten the master podcast file of him and Bella Thorne on Club Random so nobody could ever hear it,” one person wrote. “Oooffda. Kudos to @bellathorne for getting through that disaster.”
“I had to stop watching after several minutes because his touchy feely patronizing attitude toward this woman was offensive to me,” another person added.
“Young people know exactly what the f*ck is going on,” another Twitter user said. “You’re the one who’s out of touch, and dismissing their anxiety/depression is a terrible look.”
As of Wednesday morning, neither Thorne nor Maher had publicly addressed the backlash.
See what others are saying: (The Daily Beast) (The Independent) (Mediaite)
Twitch Faces Backlash After Booking Megan Thee Stallion At TwitchCon Amid Creator Pay Cuts
The cut in revenue share has ignited severe backlash on Twitch, where users argue pay for creators should be increased, not slashed.
Revenue Share Shake Up
Twitch users are criticizing the company for hiring artist Megan Thee Stallion to perform at TwitchCon just one week after announcing cutbacks to top creator pay.
Last week, the video and streaming platform said that starting in June of next year, some creators will receive less revenue from their subscriptions. While the standard split for subscription revenue is 50/50, some major streamers previously received a more favorable 70/30 share in premium agreement terms.
Many creators have long argued that everyone should get that 70/30 share, but Twitch took a step in the opposite direction. In the future, streamers with premium terms will only get the 70/30 slice for their first $100,000 from subscription revenue. After that, they will get bumped down to the regular 50/50 cut.
The company argued the move was necessary as the premium terms previously lacked transparency and consistency, insisting it tried to modify the policy in a way that impacted the least amount of creators. According to Twitch’s statement, 90% of streamers on standard agreements will not even be impacted by the change.
Still, this move outraged Twitch users who were furious the company was not investing more in the creators that bring so many viewers to its platform. Those frustrations were exacerbated on Wednesday when the company announced Megan Thee Stallion would make an appearance at TwitchCon, a weekend-long event set to take place in San Diego in early October.
Backlash Continues to Mount
While no details of Megan Thee Stallion’s agreement to perform have been disclosed, one can assume she charges a pretty penny to book at an event of this nature. Critics argued that if Twitch is willing to spend money on her, it should be willing to spend it on its own streamers.
“So Twitch can’t afford to pay their creators 70/30, can’t fix their media player that crashes after each ad, can’t enforce their policies so people aren’t doing inappropriate things on stream, but they can afford paying celebrities to promote their streaming site?” one person wrote.
“It’s weird that a company that just announced a bunch of budget cuts due to infrastructure costs goes out and grabs an A-list musician instead of promoting their own musicians that run on their platform,” another person claimed.
“Instead of giving your creators a cut they deserve when they do so much work, this is what you do…?” one user asked. “Maybe give your creators a better deal instead of wasting their hard earned money on things we don’t even want.”
Twitch has not responded to the outrage, but Megan Thee Stallion was not the only music act the Amazon-owned service booked for the event. Kim Petras and Meet Me at the Altar will also take the stage at TwitchCon.
The backlash comes as concerns have been mounting against Twitch for a plethora of reasons including creator pay, gambling streams, and more.
In recent months, some of the platform’s biggest names have left Twitch in favor of rival services like YouTube Gaming.
“Dahmer” Series Breaks Netflix Records Amid Backlash For Exploiting Victims’ Stories
Family members of some of the murderer’s victims say the program is “retraumatizing.”
“Dahmer” Lands Successful Week on Netflix
While criticisms mount against “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” the true crime series broke Netflix’s record as the most-watched first week for a series debut.
According to data provided by the streaming giant, the Evan Peters-led show was watched for over 196 million hours between its release on Sept. 21 and Sept. 25.
“Dahmer” is the newest of several pieces of fiction and media based on the famous serial killer. Created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, the series quickly generated a lot of attention online, primarily from those concerned the show is exploiting a gruesome true story.
Critics have echoed those fears, giving the show a mixed 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The “Critic’s Consensus” blurb on the site states that while the show is “seemingly self-aware of the peril in glorifying Jeffrey Dahmer” the story still “tilts this horror story into the realm of queasy exploitation.”
Victims’ Families Speak Out
The family of Errol Lindsey, one of Dahmer’s victims, has also spoken out against the series. In a viral tweet, Lindsey’s cousin Eric Perry said his family is “pissed about the show.”
“It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what?” he wrote. “How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”
In much of the promotion for the series, Netflix claimed it would be told from the perspective of the victims. Perry slammed that narrative, noting that his family was never even contacted by the streamer about the project.
“So when they say they’re doing this ‘with respect to the victims’ or ‘honoring the dignity of the families’, no one contacts them,” he wrote. “My cousins wake up every few months at this point with a bunch of calls and messages and they know there’s another Dahmer show. It’s cruel.”
Lindsey’s sister, Rita Isbell, echoed that claim in an essay she wrote for Insider, noting that Netflix did not notify her of the show, or ask her any questions about her brother.
She said that watching the show “felt like reliving it all over again.”
“It brought back all the emotions I was feeling back then,” she wrote.
“It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed,” she continued.
Obsession With Dahmer
Controversy has also grown from some of the responses to the series, as many viewers have posted fan edits of the show that romanticize Dahmer. Some pair clips of Peters’ Dahmer with his victims to love songs or pop ballads, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of those who do not understand why someone would make content glorifying the killer.
Others have responded to the show by calling Dahmer “hot” or posting thirst tweets about his mug shot. This has resulted in a backlash of its own.
“Jeffrey Dahmer molested and murdered people, mostly black men and boys,” one person wrote. “So to see people making edits and thirst traps of him is a little off putting.”
“if I see anyone tweeting thirst tweets about Jeffrey Dahmer I’m immediately unfollowing,” another person said. “That’s so fuckin nasty.”
Concerns that this kind of media results in more people admiring Dahmer are also mounting in Milwaukee, where many of his crimes took place. According to TMZ, the city is considering creating something to honor the victims, but officials fear a physical memorial would turn into a “mecca” for Dahmer’s fans.
YouTube Removes Age Restriction From Nicki Minaj Video After Singer Calls Company a “Bogus Platform”
Even though her video can now be viewed by all YouTuber users, Minaj made it clear she was upset that the age-gate tanked its view count in the first 24 hours.
Nicki Minaj Vs. YouTube
Nicki Minaj called out YouTube on Monday after the platform age-restricted her new music video for “Likkle Miss Remix” featuring Skeng.
By age-restricting a video, YouTube blocks users who are under 18 or not logged into a Google account from viewing the content.
Minaj’s video features close-up shots of people in skimpy outfits twerking, but several videos on YouTube with similar imagery have not been gated. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” video is available for everyone, as is Minaj’s own “Anaconda” video.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, Minaj accused YouTube of being inconsistent and playing favorites.
“They restricted my fucking video but have things a million fucking times worse on their BOGUS FKNG PLATFORM,” she wrote in a post that included a screenshot of YouTube’s age-restriction notice. “This is what they do to keep you from winning while doing ads for another ppl and posting fake fkng stats. Because the same ppl who run YouTube are in bed with a certain record label and mngmnt company.”
Minaj further alleged that YouTube’s actions were done to prevent her from getting a significant number of views in the video’s first 24 hours, which is often the most crucial timeframe for a video’s success. She continued to assert that the Google-owned company has a bias toward certain music labels.
YouTube Walks Back Restriction
“How long have yall been playing the numbers game to lie & pretend ppl r doing ‘good’ when they r not?!?!!” Minaj continued in another post. “How much ad space did these duds purchase to be promoted on my channel in the last 5 years?!??!!!!”
Later on Monday, YouTube removed the restriction from Minaj’s video, per Variety. The company said the content in it did not violate its rules and guidelines.
While Minaj ended up deleting her Instagram posts calling YouTube out, she made it clear she was still frustrated by the debacle.
“FUCK THEM DUDS,” she tweeted. “THEY CANT GIVE US BACK OUR FIRST 24 HOURS CAN THEY?!?!!!”
As of Monday afternoon, her video had been viewed over one million times.