David Dobrik is one of the biggest content creators on YouTube right now. Each of his videos are 4 minutes and 20 seconds long, and mostly consists of his friends doing the craziest things.
They get drunk, break things (including body parts), get into fist fights, kiss one another, and Dobrik even brings on celebrity guests. Some of his guests have included: Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Courtney Cox, and Justin Bieber.
Dobrik has always stated that due to how busy his life is, and the fact that he’s allergic, he couldn’t see himself owning a dog.
However, his assistant/long time best friend, Natalie Mariduena, has been asking Dobrik if they could foster a puppy together (Mariduena lives with Dobrik, and a lot of fans ship them together).
It’s been proven that dogs tend to relieve anxiety from humans, and with all of this COVID-19 madness, Dobrik caved. On April 2nd, he posted a TikTok, in which he revealed their new puppy. Her name is Iron Man, and their plan was to foster her until she was old enough to find her fur-ever home.
Iron Man is a fitting name, because of Dobrik’s obsession with the films. Before hosting the Teen Choice Awards in 2019, Dobrik stood outside of his trailer, and waited for actor, Robert Downey Jr. to pass by. He then approached him, and turned into the biggest fan boy.
Mariduena and Dobrik have most likely argued numerous times about the name choice, but it’s all about compromise.
In the meantime, Iron Man has been a daily part of Dobrik’s Instagram stories. He’s filmed her sleeping, biting him, running, and being absolutely adorable.
They partnered with the Labelle Foundation in Los Angeles, to bring Iron Man in as a foster.
However, yesterday, on the rescue’s official Instagram page, they posted a series of photos, featuring Iron Man. They captioned the photo: “The time has come to reveal Ferns puppies DNA!! All of her pups have found amazing and loving homes!!”
One user, by the name Ilaria Palmas, asked if they’ve all been permanently adopted. When the foundation responded with an excited “yes!”, Dobrik fan, Taylor Koester decided to clarify.
“@taykoester: interesting, because David said he was only fostering this pup. Curious if he’d be available for adoption?”
Once again, the Labelle Foundation responded, and confirmed that Dobrik had recently decided to officially adopt Iron Man.
Dobrik also revealed on his podcast, Views, that Iron Man seems to be the one dog that he’s not allergic to. It’s almost like she was meant to be David and Natalie’s puppy.
Congratulations, David and Natalie! We can’t wait to see Iron Man’s journey to adulthood, and we wish you the best of luck with training!
(Update): On Thursday, April 16th, David took to Instagram to post that while he and Natalie were strongly considering adopting Iron Man, she was sent to her furever home somewhere else.
Ah, they fooled us all. Hopefully, one day, David and Natalie will end up adopting one of these cute puppies. Until then, I wish Iron Man the best of luck in his new home, and I hope to see some cute pupdates in the near future!
By now, you’ve probably binge-watched all of Tiger King… But, if you haven’t, you’ve at least heard of it… right?
It’s been #1 on Netflix since it came out, and it’s been a distraction from all of the news, surrounding COVID-19. About a week ago, Netflix announced that Tiger King was getting one more episode. Yesterday, they followed through with their promise.
In this after-show special (called “The Tiger King and I”), Joel McHale hops on Zoom to interview the Tiger King cast, regarding their thoughts on the documentary. They also talked about life after the documentary, newfound fame, and even shared dark stories about former G.W. Zoo owner, Joe Exotic.
Erik Cowie was the first to appear on screen, and he owned the title of head zookeeper at the G.W. Zoo in Oklahoma. He seemed very genuine, yet blunt. Cowie didn’t sugarcoat anything, and he admitted that he’s content, that Joe Exotic is likely “going to die in jail”. Cowie also revealed that he wasn’t fond of the attention that surrounded him, and that he also didn’t appreciate the constant comparisons to Vince Neil of Motley Crue.
When McHale asked Cowie if he appreciated the comparison, Cowie responded with a blunt, “Oh, god. No. I fu*king hate Motley Crue.” The rest of the conversation was humorous, and McHale ended the interview by stating that Cowie was such an honest, good man.
Jeff and Lauren Lowe were up next. This was more of a speed-interview round. So, while I won’t go into every question, I would like to point out a few things that they said. First off, when asked whether or not they believe that Carole Baskin killed her husband, almost immediately, there was a “yes”. They admitted that they’ve believed that theory for years.
Jeff Lowe also stated that, “Joe was his biggest enemy. He should’ve gone up and testified against himself.” This was in reference to the many times he threatened to kill Baskin on camera, and the fact that he admitted to murdering five healthy tigers for cage space. Exotic did try to defend himself from jail, however, and stated that the tigers were “sick”. So far, it’s him against the Lowes and Cowie, who believe otherwise.
Next to speak, was the former G.W. Zoo manager, John Reinke. I feel like the viewers didn’t get to learn much about him, except for the fact that both of his legs were amputated, from an unfortunate accident. So, I’m glad that Joel brought him on the episode to share his side. Reinke admitted that Exotic constantly made him feel like he was unfit to run the zoo, and according to him, “he always tried to keep everybody smaller than him”. Reinke also shared something new with the viewers. Apparently, Exotic was so obsessed with the cameras and fame, that he decided to blow up Reinke’s golf cart and cabin, just because he needed quality content.
Saff Saffery was a former animal keeper, and was most notably recognized for his accident, in which a tiger tore his arm off. One main thing to note before continuing on with Saffery’s interview, is that he was constantly misgendered throughout the documentary. The viewers assumed that Saffery was a woman, but clearly, that’s not the case. However, when asked about his thoughts on that, Saffery admitted that “it didn’t bother me as much as it bothered everyone else. I didn’t really pay it any mind.”
Saffery closed out his interview by admitting that although justice was serviced for Exotic, he doesn’t want to see him die in jail, because he “did a lot of bad things, but he also did a lot of good things as well.”
Josh Dial, Joe’s ex-campaign manager, was next in line. Dial is best known for his “fu*k the feds” phrase. Dial juxtaposed Lowe’s opinion of The Tiger King documentary, and praised the execution of the series. “The way they did this documentary.. it’s fair, it’s balanced, and I just think it’s a wonderful documentary.” Lowe, however, noted that Netflix needed a villain, and that’s why they made Lowe the villain of the series.
Dial also admitted that he was aware that Exotic was “bat-shit crazy”, but he didn’t care, because it was a once in a life time experience to do what he did. Dial spoke about his experience in a mostly positive light.
Joel did touch on the subject of Travis (one of Exotic’s ex-husbands), and his suicide, however. Dial was in the same room as Travis when he took the gun that Exotic had bought for him, and raised it to his own head. According to Dial, he didn’t believe that Travis had any intention of committing suicide. “Joe just bought him a Ruger. He said, ‘hey. You know, a Ruger won’t fire without a clip.’ I said, really? He said, ‘yeah’. Right there, he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger… to prove to me that it wouldn’t fire without a clip. However, it must have had one in the chamber.”
Nearing the end of the interview, Dial told Joel that he’s working on raising some money for counseling. He bluntly stated that Exotic never offered any assistance, or mode of counseling, after he witnessed something so traumatic.
Finally, we got to see John Finlay. Finlay now has a new set of teeth, and he appears to be healthier, and more well spoken than depicted in the series. He even spoke on that subject, and announced that at the time of filming, he was 4-5 years sober. According to Finlay, he made the decision to quit when his daughter was born. He is now engaged to fiancé, Stormey, and they binge-watched the series within seven hours. She was also the reason that Finlay made an appointment to get his teeth fixed, according to an interview he did was Us Weekly.
Joel couldn’t close out the episode without interviewing one last person: former producer of Joe Exotic TV, Rick Kirkham. This is where things turn dark. Although in the previous interviews, we learned just how cruel Exotic was to both his employees, as well as the animals, the story that Kirkham shared had me welling up with tears.
Kirkham admitted that he forfeited his journalistic integrity, because instead of going to the authorities with the information that he knew, he remained silenced. He then went on to tell the disturbing story of how Exotic promised a woman that, since he had an array of land, he would care for her horse (since she was unable to do so anymore). Once the woman dropped the horse off at the zoo, however, Exotic turned towards Kirkham, grabbed his gun, and killed the innocent horse. “I don’t take care of nobody’s animals. Now, they’re tiger meat.” According to Kirkham, those were Exotic’s exact words, before feeding the deceased horse to the tigers.
Kirkham also let the viewers in on the fact that the “Tiger King” is actually terrified of tigers, and when we saw him go into the tiger cage with the animals, they were either blind or tranquilized.
As a final statement, Kirkham sincerely admitted that he regretted meeting Joe Exotic, and that he wanted to put all of what happened behind him. Unfortunately for him, this is currently the biggest docu-series in the United States at the moment. So, that may not end up happening for a while.
Although this is a docu-series, the audience is seeing these people in a different light. We were able to get a different perspective on Jeff Lowe, and we were able to hear the zoo employees speak from their own voice, instead of being silenced or interrupted.
“The Tiger King and I” intended to clear up any misconceptions (such as accusations of severe drug use), and allow these individuals to freely speak their mind on the subject.
It is getting quite a bit of backlash from viewers, however.
One person tweeted out, saying: “Show was disappointing. You didn’t ask the right questions. Why is the zoo still open? Are they still breeding? Be concerned about the crap going down and less interested in the attention for yourself.”
Meanwhile, others were upset with Joel directly, and some of the comments that he made towards the cast members.
Whether or not there will be a movie, or a season 2, is unconfirmed. There are currently many different theories, circulating around.
However, all we know for certain is that Joe Exotic’s chapter is finished.
If you were an Avid Nickelodeon watcher in the late 2000’s, then you might be familiar with Big Time Rush.
The show followed a group of best friends from Minnesota, as they moved to Los Angeles, to pursue their musical passion.
Along side of Logan Henderson, Carlos PenaVega, and James Maslow, was Kendall Schmidt. Schmidt played the role of the stubborn, yet level headed Kendall Knight.
While music and comedy were prominent themes in the show, romance became just as important, after Jo Taylor entered the picture. Taylor (played by actress/musician, Katelyn Tarver) acted as Knight’s continuous love interest on the show.
The two were even shipped by fans as a couple in real life. However, according to them, they never dated, outside of the show.
Kendall Schmidt is currently in a long term relationship with Micaela von Turkovich (Mica), and Katelyn Tarver is married to husband, David Blaise.
Five days ago, Schmidt posted the latest episode of his Instagram series: Koffee With Kendall.
This particular episode was special, because Kendall’s guest was none other than Katelyn Tarver. First off, let me just say that they haven’t aged. Both have the same baby faces that they had on the show (minus Kendall’s facial hair, of course).
The two talked about Big Time Rush memories, shared some behind the scenes photos, and they even exposed some secrets. Tarver mentioned that she was cracking herself up behind the camera, during the “Big Time Goodbye” episode. For those of you who may not have seen the episode, Jo leaves Los Angeles to take a movie role in New Zealand. Kendall and Jo are forced to breakup, but Jo leaves the PalmWoods hotel, without giving Kendall their signature “goodbye kiss”.
This is when Kendall rushes to catch Jo at the airport before her flight takes off, and James, Carlos, and Logan follow closely behind. After they get their goodbye kiss, the boys start to sing/dance to a heartbreak song, called “Worldwide”.
Tarver gushed that the reason she found this particular scene hilarious, was because the camera recorded the “Worldwide” song in slow motion. Recording in slow motion meant that Big Time Rush had to sing and dance to the song at 2x the speed that they normally would, in order to capture the proper fps (frames per second).
They also discussed why Tarver had to leave the show in the first place, and it was due to an upcoming television series that she had signed on for, as the lead. However, that specific show was never picked up, and her character, Jo, was brought back for the final season of Big Time Rush.
If you’ve watched Schmidt’s live, and you’re in the mood for more nostalgia, Tarver did an Instagram live of her own. Schmidt was a guest on her livestream, after she appeared on his, and the two continued to reminisce about their BTR days. They even recreated this scene:
They also reacted to an episode together, and finally, Schmidt serenaded Tarver, and the audience, with a beautiful acoustic rendition of “Worldwide”.
One by one, celebrities are bringing back nostalgic childhood memories, and we’re all here for it.
In mid-February, Riverdale star, Lili Reinhart, posted a picture on Instagram, where she announced the newest addition to her family: an adorable furry rescue dog named Milo. Milo was rescued from the Furever Freed organization in British Colombia, Canada (the same province in which Reinhart films CW’s hit show, Riverdale).
Since then, we’ve gotten glimpses of Milo through Instagram stories and feed posts. In every post, Reinhart appears to be such a proud dog mom, and it’s clear that Milo is constantly showered with love and affection.
On March 29th, Reinhart posted an adorable outdoor photo of her holding Milo, and captioned the picture: “Quarantine family portrait”. As difficult as quarantine/social distancing may be for the average human, dogs like Milo are having the time of their lives right now. They get to have their owners home to cuddle and play with them, almost 24/7.
Yesterday, however, Reinhart took to her Instagram story to post an emotional series of videos. In her story, she tearfully explained that she was taking Milo on a walk outside (masks and gloves included, of course), when a larger dog ran up and attacked him. According to Reinhart, he had a deep puncture wound on his neck, and Reinhart was filming alone, because he was in the middle of emergency surgery at the vet.
“I’ll keep you guys updated on how he’s doing, but keep him in your thoughts, please”, she asked fans.
Thankfully, earlier today, Reinhart posted a more positive update, regarding the status of Milo’s health. She started off by thanking everyone who reached out to her with positive comments about Milo. “He’s okay. He’s home with me. He had surgery. He had a-a big puncture wound that’s stitched up.”
She then explained that he was on pain medication, and that although it was extremely traumatizing for the both of them, he’s being extra cuddly, and he’s “doing surprisingly well.”
Reinhart also admitted that Milo may have trust issues with dogs in the future, and that they may have to work on regaining his trust and faith in other dogs.
However, Reinhart was quick to stress that Milo’s future interaction with dogs is not her main concern right now. She would much rather continue to focus on his health, recovery, and these adorable Milo cuddles.
We’re happy to hear that Milo is doing alright, and we wish for him to have a healthy and speedy recovery! We’re sending our best wishes to Lili Reinhart at this time.
Originally, it was famous TikToker, Charli D’Amelio, that’s been making headlines for her complicated relationship status with Chase Hudson (Lil Huddy).
However, as of just a few days ago, her sister, Dixie, posted a video on TikTok that’s gaining a lot of attention.
On January 28th, Dixie posted a TikTok of her dancing to “Hit tha Roof” by Speed Gang. In the video, she was wearing a black and white baggy sweatshirt, and lip syncing to the lyrics, “Ohhh ohhhh. Like baby girl what it do. 23 with a bad attitude. Just trying to stick my tongue in you. So baby let’s hit tha roof”.
Dixie captioned the video, “I know this made u feel some type of way…”. Well, it didn’t take long for fans to start assuming the influencer’s sexual orientation.
“Ok so dixie hits different and is now giving me bi vibes and i don’t know how this makes me feel 😳”, one user commented.
The comment section was flooded with fans either agreeing with the fact that Dixie gives off “bi-sexual energy”, or fuming at how ridiculous those assumptions were.
TikTok user, Fiza, left this comment:
“@makeupby_fiza: Yall are really judging her off a 15 sec vid”.
Later that same day, she posted another TikTok with well known Hype House member, Ryland Storms. It started off with D’Amelio lip syncing in the same outfit to Orange Soda, by Baby Keem. The lyrics are a bit R-rated, but the beginning starts off with a man describing his lust for a woman.
Because Dixie decided to lip sync that specific part of the song, the comments were once again flooded by assumptions, such as: “is she… you know…”, or “is this a coming out video?”
Dixie never responded to any of those comments, and within the past month or so, she was posting flirtatious TikToks with Sway House member, Griffin Johnson. While more than half of her fans were “shipping” the two together, a handful of fans tried to accuse Dixie of using Johnson as a “cover up” to hide her true sexuality.
A few days ago, however, Dixie had enough with the rumors, and decided to put a stop to them once and for all. She uploaded a TikTok, in which she was lip-syncing to the lyrics “I mean she likes boys and girls…”. While she mouthed the word, “boys”, she didn’t mouth the word “girls”, and honestly, her comment on the video was pretty sad.
D’Amelio commented below, and with this message for her fans: “had to clear up this sound since all of the videos from it were making wrong assumptions about me 🙂 ”. This was Dixie’s way of having to verbally confirm that she is, in fact, straight.
People were absolutely baffled at the fact that some of her fans drove Dixie to confirm that. “I’m really sorry you had to make this”, stated @kamehalani.
Fans also assumed that Dixie wasn’t straight, because she had decided to dye her hair blue, during an Instagram livestream.
Unfortunately, D’Amelio wasn’t the only celebrity forced to confirm that they were straight. Shawn Mendes and Kendall Jenner have also faced excessive pressure from the public in the past, regarding their sexuality.
Ellen DeGeneres has always been a picture perfect talk show host. She doesn’t ask demeaning, rude questions to her guests, and as far as we knew, she was always kind to everyone.
Recently, however, DeGeneres faced backlash, after comedian, Kevin T. Porter, tweeted out the following:
Well, Porter certainly gained some attention with that tweet. People started rolling in with stories, and Twitter user, Chris Farah responded with this story: “I worked on @RealFoodDaily, and served her & Porsha at brunch. She wrote a letter to the owner & complained about my chipped nail polish (not that it was on her plate but just that it was on my hand). I had worked till closing the night before & this was next morn, almost got me fired.”
One by one, people were commenting negative stories that they’ve either heard or experienced, involving DeGeneres.
Even popular YouTuber, Nikki Tutorials, came out and expressed her subtle disdain for the host.
Tutorials appeared on a talk show in the Netherlands, not long after her appearance on The Ellen Show, and when asked what it was like to be on the show, Tutorials stated that: “Let’s just say there’s a huge difference between this show and Ellen… and I’m saying that in favor of this show.”
Tutorials also admitted that while it was great to be recognized on such a well known show, DeGeneres allegedly wasn’t as nice as she had hoped.
This was just a few days after Porter had released his statement on Twitter. Since then, DeGeneres found herself in an even deeper hole.
On Monday, DeGeneres premiered her “at home” episode of the show, and she made a comment that didn’t sit well with the viewers. “Being in quarantine is like being in jail. It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for ten days and everyone in here is gay.” While it was most likely meant to be a joke, she was already walking on thin ice. So, social media users took that opportunity to explain why the comment wasn’t as humorous as she had thought.
One Twitter user responded with the following: “hey Ellen I am willing to trade your house that you call jail to my one room apartment in NY. Then you can say it’s jail.”
Another user pointed out her privilege of being able to afford the things that she has, and the house that she owns.
Ellen has yet to respond to the backlash, but if she does, we’ll be sure to provide an update on this page.
As you may or may not know, Netflix recently released a new documentary series, called Tiger King. It’s been #1 on the Netflix trending page for weeks already. However, it isn’t just the content in the show that has everyone talking. It’s the memes that people have been posting all over social media.
If you haven’t seen the show, I suggest watching it, or at least, watching an overview of the series before continuing to read on.
Now, sit down, turn off the news for a few minutes, and enjoy some of my top pick Tiger King memes.
Guess Who – The Carole Baskin Version
Whoever created this one is an absolute genius. If you’re in your early teens, or you’re unfamiliar with the board game, “Guess Who”, it’s a two person game. The objective is for one player to choose a character on their board, and for the opposing player to guess physical features/traits until they guess the right character. In this meme, someone inserted Joe Exotic as the player, and a small version of Carole Baskin as the character. The purpose of the “Does she look like a b*tch?” quote, has to do with Exotic’s description of Baskin. During the series, he would never call her by her name. Rather, he would call her, “That b*tch, Carole Baskin.”
2. The Wheel of Carole Baskin
In the infamous Wheel of Fortune game, contestants are allowed one chance to guess the full phrase if they think they know it. In this case, the meme creator made a mockery of the game, and inserted Joe Exotic as one of the contestants. The phrase? Well, I’ll have you take a guess as to what his adorable pet name for Baskin was.
3. The Infamous Bible Verse
In the Leviticus section of the Old Testament, it states that “if a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.” Well, in those days, it was common to stone people as a death sentence. In Tiger King, the audience learned that Exotic got married to 19 year old, Travis Maldonado. Maldonado wasn’t gay, but he stayed with Exotic because he provided him with all of the drugs that he could handle. Hence, the “stoned/high” reference.
4. Nice To (Expired) Meat You
This meme is exactly what it sounds like. I’m not gonna lie, I got pretty nauseous watching this part of the series. At one point, Joe starts unloading an expired food truck. The food is discounted from Walmart, and he would normally have his employees take the expired meat and feed it to the wild cats. However, come to find out that he not only fed expired meat to the cats, but he fed them to his employees as well. Exotic thought that he was being generous by letting the workers pick which meat they’d like first, and he also thought that feeding his workers homemade pizza with expired meat toppings was so “kind and thoughtful.” Well, this meme has a good point. Former G.W Zoo visitors who saw this part of the docu-series, must have questioned everything about the food that they ate there.
5. The Tiger Slide
Rapper, Drake, recently came out with a song called the “Toosie Slide”, and it’s become a popular TikTok dance. Well, someone decided to put the song as a backing track, to Exotic getting dragged by the tigers. The humorous part about it was watching Exotic get a taste of his own medicine. Plus, the song fits well with that scene. Luckily, the clip stopped right before he abused the poor tigers, though. It angered me so much, watching what succeeded the above clip.
6. Carole Baskin, The Savage
Speaking of TikTok, a new dance trend has surfaced within recent weeks, and it’s a fun dance to Megan Thee Stallion’s song, “Savage.” As of the past few days, someone decided to change up the lyrics, and create a parody of the song, relating to Carole Baskin. If you watch the above clip, you’ll hear that the song is all about how Carole Baskin murdered her ex-husband, Don Lewis, and allegedly fed him to the tigers.
7. Even The UPS Carriers Are Invested
Last, but certainly not least, there’s this infamous photo that’s circulating around the internet. It even reached famous daytime talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. This clever homeowner was awaiting some packages, and wanted to bring some light to this whole COVID-19 scary situation. So, they printed out the question that everyone is awaiting confirmation for: Did Carole Baskin kill her husband and feed him to the big cats? Well, this UPS delivery man sure thinks so. He did leave the packages towards the “yes” answer, after all.
Although there are many other Tiger King memes, these were just a handful of my favorites. I would like to note though, that these memes are in no way meant to take away from the seriousness of this situation. At the end of the day, the docu-series contained animal abuse, the mistreatment of workers, death threats, murderers, suicide, and serious allegations.
If you have yet to watch the show, and you’d like to do so, please continue at your own discretion, and be warned that it’s not meant for everybody to watch.
Netflix has stated that they will also be dropping one more episode of the show, at some point this week. So, be sure to stay tuned for that.
Recently, Cyrus uploaded the finale episode of her “Bright Minded” Instagram show, and Jimmy Fallon was one of her guests.
The segment was very wholesome, and the two introduced their dogs, and they received a majority of the screen time.
Then, Fallon complimented Cyrus about her show. He admitted that she did such a good job, and it looked very legit. However, Cyrus did say that, “You do have one thing that I don’t have. You have “The Roots”. What’s it like working with them every night?” In case you’re unfamiliar, “The Roots” are Jimmy Fallon’s house band. They’re infamous, and have won several Grammy awards. They’ve also been featured in various movies, have played for artists, such as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Robin Thicke, Mariah Carey, and more.
Fallon explained that, “The thing I love about them is that they’re up for a challenge. They’re always asking to do different song versions, or different genres. They just love music so much.”
The conversation then switched to Fallon complimenting Cyrus, and her mannerisms towards his crew. “The week that we had you, you were so nice to every single human on the staff, that my whole crew would drop everything to work for you.” Cyrus responded, by saying that when this virus ends, and things can go back to normal, she’s going to “borrow” Fallon’s crew for her show.
The livestream didn’t go on for much longer, but for good reason. Later that same night, Cyrus was going to be featured on Fallon’s “Tonight Show: At Home Edition” of his NBC talk show.
Although Fallon’s show is incredible to see on screen, nothing beats seeing it live. I took my mother to see the show about a year ago, because she was a huge fan of him. He didn’t disappoint. He put all of his energy into the show, and he even gave my mother a hug at the end of the show. Fallon seems like an incredible man, with a genuine heart. So, I’m sure that it was hard for him to do a virtual show, instead of performing in front of a live studio audience.
However, he still gave his all during the “At Home Edition”.
During his show, Fallon performed a monologue, followed by his usual “thank you” note segment. However, he had two special guests helping him with the segment, and that was none other than his two little daughters.
One of them worked the audio, while the other swiped to the next “thank you” slide. It was the most adorable, wholesome thing to watch.
Fallon then interviewed Cyrus, and they talked about a range of topics, from the intimate Instagram live Bright Minded episodes, to why Cyrus decided to start Bright Minded in the first place.
According to Cyrus, she started it to connect, interact, and talk to people. She thought of the show as comforting and positive.
They also talked about throwback songs, and how during past concerts, Cyrus would have her fans text her song suggestions for her setlist.
Fallon also brought out the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress, Rachel Brosnahan, as well as musical artist, Lewis Capaldi.
The “Someone You Loved” singer performed his latest hit, “Before You Go”. That song is so emotional, and even if you’ve never experienced heartbreak before, it has you connecting so deeply with the song.
If you like Capaldi’s style, you can find his latest album, “Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent”, on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, and Apple Music.
Fallon’s show ended with a beautiful show of New Yorkers clapping from their windows/balconies. The clapping symbolized their appreciation for all of the first responders and healthcare workers, fighting the frontlines to keep everyone safe.
Right now, people are going crazy. They’re emptying shelves full of toilet paper, food, and they’re washing their hands so much, that they most likely have cracked skin.
However, one thing that people are still unsure of are masks. When the virus first emerged in the US, many cleared shelves to wear masks. People assumed that if they wore masks and gloves, then they were automatically protected from the virus.
The WHO (World Health Organization) made an official statement after seeing the panic, and stated that masks should only be worn by symptomatic, or confirmed cases. According to them, masks will not prevent the virus from entering a healthy person.
However, as of recently, the WHO (as well as the CDC) turned around and retracted that statement. Although they emphasized that masks should be prioritized for essential workers, they also announced that masks should be worn by the general public to decrease the spread of the virus, and that you can even make your own homemade masks. According to the WHO’s website, “Wearing a medical mask is one of the prevention measures that can limit the spread of certain respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.”
Yesterday, Riverdale actress, Vanessa Morgan, took to her Instagram story, to share a picture of her wearing a mask. She captioned it: “I’ve been wearing masks since January. People would debate me saying, ‘you know masks don’t do anything, right’… it’s common sense. Of course they protect you from a respiratory virus… Really funny how the WHO now says we need them when they see the virus is getting out of hand because they have been downplaying it.”
Morgan also followed that up with a second photo, in which she shares information about where she got her “hard shell N-95 mask”. She was also sure to state that after buying masks for her and her family, she donated some of those masks to healthcare workers at hospitals.
The O2 Curve masks are made by a Canadian company, called O2 Canada. Although on their website, company CEO, Peter Whitby, stated that, “we achieved filtration efficiency of 98.6% against PM2.5”, he was also blunt and honest with these hard facts.
“No mask is capable of protecting you 100% against any other dangerous substance or virus. In particular, the Coronavirus is a new virus that is not yet fully understood. We cannot and we expressly do not guarantee that our masks will protect you against the Coronavirus.”
The mask is, however, readily available for $69.00 USD, and while the company is Canadian based, it is able to ship to the US, China, and of course, Canada.
I would like to disclose, however, that Morgan made a small hiccup in her post about the mask. After reviewing the O2 Canada website, it’s confirmed that although their masks appear durable and well compacted, it is NOT certified as an N95 mask. According to a section, written by Whitby, the O2 Curve passed 2/3 of the mandated N95 tests.
Yesterday, Miley Cyrus featured Elton John, Kerry Washington, and Jimmy Fallon on the “Bright Minded” finale. However, the most requested and most anticipated guest was Selena Gomez. Cyrus admitted that Gomez messaged her privately on Instagram, gushing about her love for “Bright Minded”. That’s when they decided to reconnect on the livestream.
Cyrus stated that she and Gomez rarely spoke, since their time together on the Disney Channel. If you’re unfamiliar with how they met, Miley Cyrus played the infamous Miley Stewart on the 2006 show, Hannah Montana. Gomez played the role of Mikayla Skeech — Stewart’s arch nemesis on the show.
Gomez talked a bit about her struggles with anxiety and depression, and she said that dialectal behavioral therapy helped her a lot, as well as writing. According to Pysch Central, DBT allows one to “properly identify and label emotions, increase positive emotional events, increase mindfulness, and take opposite action.”
The topic then switched to the COVID-19 situation. Cyrus admitted that she feared for her grandmother, because she’s currently in a nursing home. “I haven’t seen my mom in three weeks, because she goes to visit my grandma every day, and I didn’t want to freak her out, but I wanted to make sure that she was taking care of herself.” Miley and her siblings have been social distancing from even their own mother, because of how dangerous this virus is. Although Cyrus misses her mother, she’s doing the right thing by taking the proper precautions to keep her grandmother safe.
Gomez mentioned that once this pandemic is over, she hopes for more kindness. “This is a test for how we’re going to treat each other. Even me, just walking my dog down the street — when people walk by and we switch to the other side, they’re saying hi, and they’re being kind. Like Elton said earlier, this can be a time to be gentle with ourselves, and to take a break from the noise, and even social media. Just being outside and being gentle — I think that’s really important.”
When asked about resources and thoughts, in regards to how mental health may affect people during this dark time, Gomez stated that communication is key. “communicating with women that I respect. Talking through what you’re feeling is extremely helpful.” She then explained that crying is sometimes the best release. It’s how she gets the clarity that she needs to recompose and move forward.
Miley asked Gomez for advice on how to talk about mental health, and that’s when she admitted that after being in a mental hospital for so long, she found out that she was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. “I’m from Texas, and it’s not known to talk about mental health.”
The economy as a whole are being hit hard, financially, because of COVID-19, and Gomez admitted that she’s currently donating to hospitals, music organizations, and other industries that are in dire need of help.
The livestream ended with the two talking about moments/memories that brighten up their lives when they’re in a dark place, and Gomez admitted that the happiest moment of her life was when her sister, Gracie Teefey, was born.
Cyrus joked that in a few years, the older sister admiration will change. She then exposed singer and younger sister, Noah Cyrus (20), for turning away and acting like she doesn’t exist when they run into each other during a night out at a club, or a venue. Hopefully, Noah will respond to this humorous comment. If she does, stay tuned for the update!
The chemistry between Gomez and Cyrus is so sweet and genuine. Of course, they’re not the same Disney stars that they were 10 years ago. However, in my opinion, they’re better. They’re raw, real, and they’re not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. They advocate for mental health, positivity, love and kindness, and that’s inspiring to so many of their fans.
If you missed the livestream, and would like to see it in full, keep up with Miley Cyrus on Instagram. Cyrus has been posting the full episodes on her timeline, the day after it premieres.