Why Fans Are Concerned For The Safety of Love Is Blind Star, Carlton Morton

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If you’ve seen the Netflix original hit show, Love Is Blind, then you know who Carlton Morton is. 

Morton was in the first four episodes of the season. He found love with former participant, Diamond Jack. They spoke day after day in the pods, getting vulnerable and building an emotional connection. Then, after a few days of securing their feelings between one another, Morton proposed on the one side of the pod, while Jack accepted the proposal on the other side of the pod.

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The two were engaged, and they flew off to their getaway vacation in Mexico, where they were reunited with the other four couples. Since the beginning, Morton has admitted to viewers that in the past, he’s been intimate with both genders, as he is a part of the LGBTQ+ community. However, the only one that was still unaware, was Jack.

In the fourth episode of the show, Jack was sitting pool side, and that’s when Morton approached her. He told her everything, and when she questioned as to why he didn’t disclose that before the engagement, he admitted that he was terrified of rejection. According to Morton, his sexuality has played a negative factor in prior relationships, and he thought that Jack would abandon him after he told her.

Although Jack consoled him when he was finally honest with her, she was frustrated that he hid that from her until after they were already engaged. Needless to say that things took a turn for the worse, and the two went their separate ways, mid way through the episode.

On March third, Morton took to Instagram to post this cryptic message:

Fans were quick to note his distress, and tried to reach out to him with support and love. One fan, by the username, emma.finegan, commented, “Does anybody know his family? I’m concerned for his safety.” 

Another, by the username, _brie.b wrote, “Just sent you a DM. Sending so much love and light. Thank you for representing for Black queer boys everywhere. Thank you for inviting us in. You are loved and supported.”

Morton then posted the same text to his Instagram story, and then followed it up with two words: “Bye everyone.” 

Contestants on these types of reality shows receive a lot of backlash and hate for their choices, and the ones who send it are perceived with the notion that the victims will most likely never see it. 

Although everyone is entitled to their own opinions, regarding the contestants on the show, at the end of the day, they’re human beings, and bullying is never okay.

We wish the best for Carlton, and we hope that he’s safe and alright. 

Women Tell All: Rose Ceremony, Drama, and How These Contestants Deal With Online Hate

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Last night was the Women Tell All episode of The Bachelor.

The beginning started off with the rose ceremony. Although Hannah Ann and Victoria Fuller were ready to go, Peter wanted to wait until Madison arrived (or if she was even going to show up at all). After what appeared to be an eternity, Madison appeared, and Peter began handing out roses.

He handed the first one to Hannah Ann, and then called out Madison’s name for the next rose. She paused for a moment, before finally stepping down to accept the rose. 

Victoria F got eliminated, and before leaving in the car, Peter expressed to her that he was falling in love with her, but that his feelings towards the other women had progressed further. 

After we found out who stayed, and who got sent home, that’s when that segment ended, and the “Women Tell All” segment began.

Chris Harrison hosting the WTA episode of ABC’s, The Bachelor. Credit: @chrisbharrison on Instagram.

Chris Harrison hosted the show, and introduced the 17 former contestants: Sarah Coffin, Kylie Ramos, Deandra Kanu, Alayah Benavidez, Victoria Paul, Victoria Fuller, Mykenna Dorn, Alexa Caves, Savannah Mullins, Kelsey Weier, Sydney Hightower, Tammy Ly, Katrina Badowski, Maurissa Gunn, Lexi Buchanan, Kiarra Norman, and Shiann Lewis. 

Unfortunately, Kelley Flanagan wasn’t there, as she had previously stated that she wasn’t invited to the taping. However, she did manage to see a few of The Bachelor women several weekends ago, to celebrate her birthday in Los Angeles. 

Natasha had announced on her Instagram profile yesterday that she was invited, but was unable to attend. However, she did post a lot of humorous commentary on her Instagram story, during the episode. Many times, she jokingly stated that she wanted to see Peter get slapped.

Natasha never failed to bring the comedy. Nonetheless, Kelley and Natasha were certainly missed last night.

Once Chris Harrison began talking about issues that ensued in the mansion, there were immediate responses from the contestants. There were numerous interruptions, accusations, and a lot of yelling. However, I don’t want to solely focus on the drama that occured last night, because although that could be entertaining to watch, it certainly wasn’t last night’s focus.

After the commercial break, Harrison put Kelsey Weier in the hot seat, where she discussed the champagne gate incident, and when told by Shiann Lewis that it was “irrational” to have reacted the way that she did, Weier agreed. She laughed it off and admitted that she didn’t react in the most appropriate way, and it goes to show her growth throughout this journey. 

Kelsey Weier (left) accepting her bottle of champagne from Ashley Ianconetti (right). Credit: @kelsey_weier on Instagram.

To celebrate that response, Harrison brought Ashley Iaconetti out on the stage to surprise Weier with a giant bottle of champagne. Iaconetti was a contestant on various series, within The Bachelor franchise: Bachelor In Paradise, The Bachelor Winter Games, and of course, The Bachelor.

Once the light hearted moment ended, Tammy Ly was put on the spot for previously calling Weier “emotionally unstable”, and attaching the “pill popper” and “alcoholic” labels to her name. Although Ly denied those claims, Weier responded, by discussing the importance of mental health. She stated, that “It is also very rude to the people that go through those diseases, that may watch this show and feel belittled and ashamed for the diseases that they have… and I’m not okay with that.”

Victoria Fuller took the hot seat, next. Fuller watched the replay of her moments with Peter, which brought tears to her eyes. When asked by Chris Harrison why she was so upset when she watched that, Fuller admitted that she hated how she acted towards Peter, and that “he put up with a lot”. Comparing this Victoria, to the one that we saw all season, I think we can all agree with Harrison, when he said that she really owned up to her emotions, and the way that she acted.

Peter was up next, and although a few women asked questions, regarding Peter’s past intentions, it was fairly tame for the most part. Sydney spoke on behalf of all of the women, declaring that they were happy for Peter, and that there isn’t any animosity between them.

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After that segment, things took a turn. By then, all of the drama and cattiness had ended, and former Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, took the stage to talk about bullying. Lindsay read some of the negative messages that these contestants have been receiving. 

One of them read, “You’re an emotional stupid b****. Kill yourself. You’re useless.” As more comments were read, more tears were shed. The fact that at that moment, none of the fighting, yelling, and drama between the contestants mattered, spoke volumes. They explained that they filter certain words out of their direct messages, so that they’re not constantly reading such hateful messages.

Above all of the drama and pettiness during this season of The Bachelor, friendships were made. Natasha explained on her Instagram story, that “this is why after the show, people get so close. We do end up being each other’s crutch, and sure, there’s people you don’t get along with. But, nobody else knows what it’s like to go through this experience.”

There’s a difference between criticism and bullying. Yes, viewers may have their fan favorites of who should win. However, sending death threats and hate towards the contestants is NOT okay, and won’t eliminate any of them. 

Alayah Benavidez posted a photo on Instagram last night, and I highly suggest reading the caption.

Congratulations to these incredible women for their strength, poise, and determination to move forward. 

If you or someone you know is dealing with bullying of any kind, please seek help from a family member, a friend, or a counselor.

The Bachelor returns next Monday at 8 pm on ABC, for it’s two day, live season finale.

Ryan Seacrest Did THIS For American Idol Newcomer, Courtney Timmons

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Ryan Seacrest is known worldwide, for a variety of things. He’s a radio host on his hit radio show: On Air With Ryan Seacrest, a television co-host for Live With Kelly And Ryan, and a host/executive producer of Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve.

However, Seacrest is most known for hosting ABC’s hit singing competition, American Idol. Although he’s been hosting the show since 2002, back when the show was aired on FOX, it’s what he did for one contestant that has fans praising him.

Seacrest posted an IGTV video on his Instagram yesterday, that showcases how he made one contestant’s dreams come true.

In the video, Ryan explains how it all went down. He was walking around outside of the building, when he spotted a girl sitting by herself. He took note that she appeared visibly upset, and naturally, went up to talk to her. Seacrest found out that this girl’s name was Courtney Timmons, and that she was waiting on the curb since 8 am, in hopes of making her dreams come true. Timmons, unfortunately, missed the deadline for the open casting call, but she refused to give up. She admitted that she would have waited outside all day, until after the last contestant had auditioned. Then, her plan was to go inside and ask for her chance to shine.

Luckily for Timmons, Seacrest found her passion and dedication to be very admirable, and he wasn’t about to let her wait for hours, for an opportunity that may or may not have happened. So, he took her into the building, and approached the audition room. He introduced Timmons to the Idol judges: Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan. After explaining Timmon’s story to the judges, they allowed Timmons to introduce herself. Perry even made a light hearted joke about how Timmons cheated the system, and skipped all of the necessary steps to audition.

Courtney Timmons and Ryan Seacrest, awaiting the judges’ approval to audition. Source: ABC

Then, they allowed Timmons to give it a shot, and perform an audition. She sang a beautiful rendition of Andra Day’s song, “Rise Up”, and throughout the audition, the camera focused in on the judges’ stunned reactions. They couldn’t believe what they were hearing, and they looked absolutely blown away.

Once Timmons finished singing, Bryan and Richie were asking the casting producers if they were being pranked, because of how this whole thing played out. Then, Perry blatantly admitted that she was one of the best singers that they’ve heard all day, and the other judges agreed. Richie commented on her voice, saying “You can sang. You are a bird, girl.”

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That’s when Katy spoke for all of the judges, and told Timmons that she was going to Hollywood. Once she heard that, she was over the moon with excitement, and even Seacrest can be seen getting teary eyed in the background. “Sorry, I’m like a parent. I’m crying”, he says, as Katy Perry also gets emotional.

Lionel extends the golden ticket towards Timmons, and approaches him for a hug. The others join in, and Courtney exits to call her father.

There’s too much negativity being spread around social media nowadays. So, it’s always touching to see videos like this getting the recognition that it deserves.

Tune into ABC on Sunday nights to continue following Courtney Timmons’ incredible journey to stardom.

Who Will Get Eliminated Tonight, and Who Will Win The Bachelor?

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***Warning: The article that you’re about to read contains spoilers for tonight’s episode, as well as potential theories for the finale. Continue at your own risk***

Ah, Peter Weber. Sensitive, kind hearted, and very passionate about finding love. There are two episodes left until the season finale, and three contestants left: Hannah Ann Sluss, Madison Prewett, and Victoria Fuller. 

When asked about two particular women during an interview with Entertainment Tonight back in January, Weber spoke very highly of them. When Roses and Rosé host, Lauren Zima, asked about Madison’s date with his family, Peter was all smiles. He immediately gushed about how he’s so thankful that the date turned out the way that it did with Madison, and that he couldn’t have wished for it with anyone else.

He then moves onto the second woman, where he reiterates that he gave Hannah Ann the initial first impression rose. According to Weber, “I loved the boldness. I loved her showing me exactly why she’s there… She’s the sweetest person in the world”. 

That in itself should’ve been a hint that Madison and Hannah Ann would be the last two contestants left. However, if you’re still skeptical, due to the promo for tonight about Madison missing, then be sure to follow Reality Steve on Instagram. He posts weekly predications for the show, and he’s been right every week thus far, in terms of eliminations, drama, favorites, etc. According to a post that he released on Instagram last week, Madison does show up to the rose ceremony, after what seems like an eternity. That’s when he hands out two roses: One to Hannah Ann, and one to Madison. Victoria Fuller gets eliminated, and Madison has fans on the edge of their seats as she pauses, before finally approaching Peter to accept the rose.

If you’ve watched Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, then you’ll remember what happened with the great Venmo spoiler of 2019. Bachelor fans go hard, and that’s exactly what Twitter user, @clur19, did. According to a tweet, she stalked Underwood’s Venmo friends, found him, and saw a transaction between him and now girlfriend, Cassie Randolph.

Therefore, executives of The Bachelor had to ensure that future candidates would be more careful, in terms of spoiling the season. Since Reality Steve, nor anyone else could confirm how Weber’s season will end, I took it upon myself to do some digging.

Peter professed his love towards both Madison and Hannah Ann. However, he expressed his feelings towards Madison first. This prompted me to search for any details, accidental slips, etc. So, I searched on TikTok, and I found a video that one user posted. I didn’t save the video, so I’m not sure who made it. However, if the person recognizes the description of their video, please notify me so that I may attribute proper credit.

The video showed the user going to Peter’s Instagram. She searched up all of Hannah Ann’s family, and they weren’t following Peter. Hannah Ann, of course, was following Peter. Then, the user typed Madison’s name. She was not following Peter on instagram. However, when she typed in malprew and maryprew, they were following him. Mal and Mary are Madison’s siblings.

While this doesn’t confirm anything, the video continues. Madison has been very vocal about her faith, and according to Madison’s “bachelorette biography” section on ABC, she feels as though she was meant to travel and do missionary work around the world. About two years ago, Madison posted a photo on her Instagram highlights. She had taken a photo of two children, and included a geotag in Uganda, Africa. She was there during a semester of college, to help children and conduct missionary work.

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Now, earlier in January, Peter took to his Instagram story to release a series of videos, with longtime friend, Courtney Slovenski. Weber helped promote Seed To Mountain Ministries: Slovenski’s non-profit organization, determined to provide women and children with a platform to share their faith (big or small), and bring about positive social change.

Weber stated that he was going on a trip to Uganda with Courtney, to help renovate their Uganda sanctuary, and that they were going to choose a few people to join them on the trip, as long as they pledge to donate to the Seed To Mountains organization.

Once again, although this isn’t direct confirmation, it’s just interesting to see how Peter went from saying that his faith wasn’t too strong, to recently announcing that he’s going on a missionary trip to Uganda. Madison has also stated that in The Bachelor that she would like to go back to Uganda in the future for another missionaries trip.

The icing on top of the cake is that although Peter has posted the video on his Instagram story, it only stayed up for 24 hours, and once again, Madison isn’t following Peter on Instagram. Although, a few of the past contestants, along with Hannah Ann are following the pilot, and although a few of them are also religious, they didn’t comment, follow, or like anything that had to do with Seeds To Mountains.

Yet, look who’s following the page, alongside Weber.

Does this mean that Madison was Peter’s choice, and that she will be joining him on the Uganda trip later this Spring? Or is this all just a crazy coincidence?

Tune in tonight on ABC to watch Victoria F. get eliminated, and to watch 17 former contestants battle it out in the hot seat.

A Look Into His Past Accomplishments, As Justin Bieber Celebrates His 26th Birthday

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Today is Justin Bieber’s 26th Birthday. Wow, I feel old. I remember being in middle school when I first heard about him. 

That was the same year that he released the 2009 single that started it all: “One Time”.

After that, he spiked the charts, and became America’s dream boat. According to a 2019 article from Insider, “Eighteen of Bieber’s singles have become top 10 hits.”

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Bieber has released a total of about 60 songs, and five studio albums (all of which have been a hit) throughout his career, thus far. 

He’s also switched up genres of music; going from mainly pop, to r&b (“Yummy”), country (“10,000 hours” ft. Dan & Shay), and he even experimented in the Spanish genre, when he collaborated with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee on Despacito, back in 2017.

While Bieber is known for his controversial acts and poor behavior in the past, he’s developed a strong connection to his faith, that ultimately changed him for the better. He started taking it seriously after staying with Carl Lentz in 2014. Lentz is a pastor at the Hillsong Church in New York City, and helped Bieber cut ties with drugs, and mend his relationship with God.

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Bieber has also looked up to pastor and mentor, Judah Smith. Smith is a pastor for Churchome, with locations in Los Angeles, and Seattle. He’s been connected with Smith for quite some time now, and he even posts a lot of daily guided prayers from Smith’s app, Churchome. 

In June of 2018, he reunited with current wife, Hailey Bieber, at a conference of faith, led by Rich Wilkerson Jr. After the conference, the two never lost touch, and eventually got married.

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Earlier today, Bieber posted this sweet Instagram photo of the two, with the caption, “Your my birthday gift bubba.” 

The way that Justin is holding Hailey so tightly in this picture, appears to resemble another photo of the two. Back in January of 2016, Justin Bieber posted the first photo of him kissing Hailey at a party. 

It’s great to see him happy again, and to see that they’re no longer paying attention to any of the negative comments, surrounding their relationship.

Although we saw a sneak peak of the two on Hailey’s recent Instagram story, we can’t wait to see what she ends up posting for his birthday. 

Bieber also released his latest album, Changes, in early February, as well as his new docuseries, Seasons. You can watch all ten episodes of Seasons on YouTube. In the docuseries, he opens up about his struggles in the past, and how he was able to get through them.

He also took a long break from tour, to focus on himself and his depression and anxiety. However, at the end of January, he released a photo on Instagram of a bunch of tour dates, stating that he was ready to go back on tour. 

This is also the first time that Hailey will be joining him on a tour, and he expressed that he couldn’t be happier to have her by his side.

Happy 26th Birthday, Justin Bieber. Congrats on all of your success, and we wish you a lifetime of happiness. 

The National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Awards Were Today, and The Nominees Were So Inspiring

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Last night was the annual National Hispanic Media Coalition Gala, and it was full of powerful, courageous Latinx members in the media. It was held at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and sponsored by companies, such as: WarnerMedia, Univision, Southwest, T-Mobile, NBCUniversal, and more. The reception started at 6 pm, and following that, was when the awards ceremony commenced.

The ceremony was co-hosted by American actress, Justina Machado, and Mexican-American actor, Jacob Vargas. Their on stage chemistry was incredible. They cracked jokes, finished each other’s sentences, and they provided a light hearted night to remember.

The nominees that were honored were: Lin Manuel Miranda’s upcoming film, In The Heights, America Ferrera, Isabella Gomez, Jay Hernandez, Dany Garcia, Ozzie Areu, and Freeform’s Party of Five.

Honduran-American actress and producer, America Ferrera, won the Outstanding Series Producer Impact Award. She produced, directed, and starred in NBC’s hit comedy show, Superstore, playing the role of Amy. However, it’s been announced that she will unfortunately be leaving the show, after five years on the team. Her speech at the awards show was incredible, as she declared that the Latinx community is growing stronger than ever, and that members of the community “no longer have to scramble and compete with one another for a poultry slice of a pie. Instead, we’ll be serving up a whole bunch of tres leches.”

In The Heights, a Lin Manuel Miranda adaptation film, won a Visionary Impact award. Ann Sarnoff, the CEO of Warner Brothers, accepted it on behalf of the cast. In The Heights releases in theaters on June 26th, and follows a group of Latinos, living their lives in the New York City area of Washington Heights.

The Outstanding Series Performance Impact Award was presented to none other than Isabella Gomez — Elena Alvarez in Netflix’s remake of One Day At A Time. While Gomez is Colombian-American, Elena is Cuban-American. In the Netflix series, Gomez portrays a very relatable teenage girl, who goes through challenges with self-discovery, family issues, and her Cuban heritage. Gomez’ acting is, indeed, outstanding; so, that award was certainly meant for her. Catch Isabella Gomez in the next season of One Day At A Time, streaming on PopTV later this year.

Ozzie Areu won the Trailblazer Impact Award, for making history in the Latin community. Areu is the first Latino to own a major Hollywood studio. He owns Areu Bro. Studios, and according to an article by NBC, his goal with this studio is to provide more jobs in media for people of color. Areu Bro’s. Studios is currently located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nicaraguan-American producer/writer, Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, won the Outstanding Executive Producer Impact Award. Sacasa is famously known for his producing/screenwriting credits on hit tv shows, such as: Riverdale, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Katy Keene, just to name a few. He certainly is a prime example that no matter what ethnicity you are, hard work and dedication will get you to where you want to be. Sacasa continues to be such a positive reflection on the Latinx community.

Executive producer, Amy Lippman, accepted the Outstanding Television Impact Award on behalf of ongoing television series, Party of Five. The show revolves around five kids that watched helplessly, as their hardworking, undocumented parents got sent back to their home country by ICE. Now, they must face life challenges and obstacles on their own, without their parents being there to guide them. It’s heartbreaking and emotional, but it brings awareness to issues that undocumented immigrants have had to face in America. You can watch the episodes on Freeform on Wednesdays at 9/8c, or you can catch up with all of the episodes by downloading the Freeform app, or by watching on Hulu.

Cuban-America producer, Dany Garcia, was given an Impact Award for Outstanding Film Producer. She has 30+ credits on a variety of well known films, such as Baywatch, Jumanji, Rampage, and more. She co-founded Seven Bucks Productions with well known actor, Dwayne The Rock Johnson. Garcia also manages “The Rock”.

Finally, Mexican-American actor, Jay Hernandez, was awarded for Outstanding Television Performance. Hernandez has partaken in many different roles over the years; his most recent, being Thomas Magnum on the 2018 remake of Magnum P.I. on CBS.

Congratulations to all of the honorees for contributing to Latinx history in the entertainment industry. Your talents and hard work are truly appreciated.

Is The Lizzie McGuire Re-Boot Moving To Hulu?

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When Disney+ was first announced in September of 2017, people went crazy. Finally, a digital platform that will bring the 2000-2010 nostalgia back. From That’s So Raven, to Wizards of Waverly Place, everything and anything Disney owned was on the streaming service. The fact that it only costs $6.99 a month is such a great deal as well.

As if that weren’t great enough, Disney launched its original television show onto the service. High School Musical, The Musical: The Series was released. Although it’s not a continuation of Troy and Gabriella’s love story, it does a great job of replicating the songs, scenes, and even some of the original High School Musical cast members. Lucas Grabeel was featured in the season finale episode, and Kaycee Stroh made a cameo appearance in episode six.

In August of 2019, former Disney actress, Hilary Duff, announced that she would be working with Disney+ on a reboot season of the iconic Disney Channel show, Lizzie McGuire. She would also act as an executive producer, and the original cast would make a comeback as well. The show first aired in 2001, and ran until 2004. The Lizzie McGuire Movie was also released in 2003.

Naturally, fans were ecstatic. The Disney shows that most of us grew up watching were slowly coming back. First, there was Girl Meets World: a continuation of the Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family) hit television show, Boy Meets World. Then, there was Raven’s Home: a spinoff of 2003’s popular Disney show, That’s So Raven.

Disney+ was also set to produce a television adaptation of the 2018 popular LGBTQ+ film: Love, Simon. The title was going to be renamed Love, Victor, and was scheduled to premiere in June of this year — also known as pride month. According to an article by The Hollywood Reporter, the show was going to be focused on new student, Victor, and his struggles with sexuality, self-exploration, and adjusting to challenges within his new city, as well as his own home.

However, on Monday, Hulu took to Instagram to announce that Love, Victor will be airing on Hulu in June, rather than on the original Disney+ streaming platform. According to Variety, anonymous sources explained that the reason for the switch has to do with “alcohol use and sexual exploration throughout the show.” Disney Plus is considered to be a family-friendly platform, and the premise of the show doesn’t adhere to the company’s guidelines.

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Several days ago, Hilary Duff took to her Instagram story, to post a screenshot of an article, that mentions Love, Victor’s switch to Hulu. The title of the article is, “Love, Simon TV Show Pulled From Disney+ as It’s Not ‘Family-Friendly'”. Duff circled the title and wrote, “sounds familiar” above. Many fans assumed that she was shading Disney+, as it might have something to do with the upcoming version of the Lizzie McGuire show.

On February 28, fans got the confirmation when Duff once again took to her Instagram. She posted a black photo with white text on her timeline, with the caption: “Was incredibly excited to launch “Lizzie” on D+ and my passion remains! However, I feel a huge responsibility to honor the fans’ relationship with Lizzie.” She then goes on to say, “It would be a dream if Disney would let us move the show to Hulu, and I could bring this beloved character to life again.”

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While Disney hasn’t commented on the situation, fans stood by Duff and agreed with her stance on the situation. Some fans are even cancelling their Disney+ subscriptions, until they agree to let Lizzie McGuire make the switch.

We’ll have to wait and see how Disney responds, but let’s hope for the best!

Love Is Blind: A Review Of The Pilot

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Imagine if ABC’s hit show, The Bachelor, wasn’t based off of physical appearance, but more so emotional connection. Imagine if the girls didn’t know what he looked like, and he didn’t know what any of them looked like.

Well, Netflix created a show just like that, and it’s called, Love Is Blind.

I’m going to be very honest when I say that I haven’t been on Netflix in a while; so, I wasn’t familiar with the show from the very beginning. However, I’ve gotten texts from friends, family, and I’ve had conversations with strangers, who’ve all recommended this show to me. So, naturally, I had to see for myself if it was worth all the hype.

So far, I’ve only watched the pilot episode, but from the first few minutes, I already fell in love with Lauren’s personality. She has so much self respect, and she speaks the truth about physical appearance. She states that she wants a man that won’t focus on what she looks like as she gets older, and rather, who will love her for her flaws, her emotions, and her heart.

Nowadays, it’s true. Between Bumble, Tinder, and all of the other dating apps, you have the option to swipe left or right, simply based off of an appearance. It’s repugnant, if you really think about it.

These men and women arrive to find the love of their lives, solely based off of communication and emotional connection. Then, similarly to The Bachelor, once the couple determines that they have a strong enough connection, the man will propose on the spot. 

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Although that sounds incredible, there is a catch. Once the engagement happens, the couple will have to get married within 30 days. Once co-hosts, Nick & Vanessa Lachey relayed that towards the contestants, the viewers could sense a bit of hesitation and uncertainty in some of their faces, as the concept was finally registering with them.

However, none of them verbally questioned it. 

After the general meeting, they got right down to the introductions with their future husband/wife. To prevent being able to see each other, they were separated by a thin wall that, according to one contestant, resembled special effects from the hit Disney film, Frozen. 

It was absolutely hilarious, watching certain people interact. When Barnett and Diamond started talking, Barnett cracked a joke about Diamond’s name resembling a stripper name, and Diamond’s face said it all. Immediately, the viewers can determine which ones have chemistry, and which ones will clash.

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Speaking of clashing, two men are already fighting for contestant, Jessica Batten’s heart. Barnett and Mark Cuevos both have immense feelings towards Jessica. Cuevos blatantly admitted that he could see Batten as his wife. Although Barnett was holding in how he felt, towards the end of the episode, he finally began to express himself. His feelings appeared to be reciprocated, since Batten declared that she would end her search and marry him right then and there.

It seems like Barnett and Jessica will continue to explore their journey ahead, as their feelings begin to flourish. Lauren and Cameron, however, completed their journey to love by the end of the episode, when Cameron proposed to her. Lauren accepted the proposal on the opposite side of the wall, and now, it’s just a matter of planning for their wedding to happen within 30 days.

After finishing the pilot, it really has viewers thinking. We’re so used to the voyeuristic concept of sight. If a woman doesn’t wear makeup, that might turn the typical man away. If a man doesn’t have a six pack of abs, that might be a dealbreaker for certain women.

It’s so interesting watching people interact and fall in love in reverse. Normally, you’d see what someone looks like, and once you find them physically attractive, that’s when the initial interaction would happen.

Another review will be released in the near future, outlining my thoughts on the entirety of the season. Until then, be sure to watch Love Is Blind on Netflix, if you haven’t already!

Taylor Swift Released “The Man” Music Video Just In Time For International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day is Sunday, March 8th, and female pop icon, Taylor Swift, isn’t wasting any time, when it comes to celebrating.

All week, Swift has been teasing the release of her music video for her hit feminist anthem, “The Man”, and on February 27th, fans were finally able to watch the full thing.

The video starts out with Taylor — sorry — Tyler Swift portraying the boss in an office space. The men in the office see Tyler as a hero figure, and the women in the office appear to worship the ground he walks on. He throws a crumpled up piece of paper in the air, and the women all rush to catch it.

Still from “The Man” music video.

Immediately, from the first thirty seconds, we know that a man is in charge, but who does that man remind us of? What does that scene resemble? Several users in the YouTube comment section claimed that it reminded them of The Wolf Of Wall Street, when the office party scene is happening. In that scene, the men are worshipping Leonardo DiCaprio, and the women stroll into the office with little to no clothes on. They fight over which man they get to have, and then throw themselves onto the men in the room.

The next scene of “The Man”, takes place on a New York City subway. Being from New York, and going on subways a lot, I can agree with Swift on the entirety of this scene. On NYC subways, people are usually minding their own business. Some people are dancing, others have their headphones on, and the rest are either sleeping, staring at an advertisement on the ceiling, or staring down at the floor.

A still from “The Man” music video.

However, there’s always that one person that enters the subway car, and either begs for money, or tries to get away with harassing others. A majority of the ones that tend to harass innocent bystanders are men. In this particular scene, Tyler Swift is sitting in between people that are minding their own business. He takes a cigarette out and begins to smoke it. An elderly woman beside him begins to cough up a lung, but he shows no remorse for her, as he continues on with the action. He then proceeds to throw a newspaper onto a woman beside him, and while she appears frustrated, she doesn’t say anything.

The next part of the video was what really made fans go wild. There were so many little Easter eggs, and a whole lot of shade. Tyler went up to a wall in the subway, and began to relieve himself, without a care in the world. There was graffiti on the wall, but not just any messy graffiti. The words that were spray painted on the wall comprised of Taylor Swift’s past album titles: “Reputation”, “1989”, “Fearless”, “Red”, and “Speak Now”. There was also a sign that hung near the graffiti, reading: “no scooters”.

A still from “The Man” music video.

The entire execution of this shot was incredible. It was a visual way of summing up everything that had occured last year with well known talent manager, Scooter Braun. There was also the word, “karma”, spray painted in two different places on the wall. 

A still from “The Man” music video.

Towards the left, there was a poster that was taped to the wall. The poster read, “Mr. Americana”, which is a parody of Taylor Swift’s documentary, Miss Americana, that was released earlier this year on Netflix. Even the subway stop number contained a significance. 13 was the day that Swift was born, and she’s stated numerous times, that 13 has always been a lucky number to her.

A still from “The Man” music video.

The next scene shows Tyler Swift on a yacht, with champagne, and a bunch of women in bikinis. They gather around him as Taylor Swift utters the infamous lyrics of, “I’ll be just like Leo, in Saint Tropez”. This specific scene is in reference to DiCaprio’s annual trip to Saint Tropez for the Saint Tropez Gala — created to help The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation conserve the environment and put an end to climate change. While that sounds incredible, Swift was specifically referring to the double standard of DiCaprio’s habit of bringing girls to Saint Tropez, and taking them on his yacht.

If Swift is seen with a new man anywhere, she gets judged, and she’s the negative gossip of the week. However, if DiCaprio is seen with a new woman on a yacht, he’s praised by men, and talked about in a positive light.

The video continues with various back and forth scenes of Tyler getting praised left and right. If he holds a baby, women fall in love with him. If he’s in a club, he finds a woman that allows him to do whatever he wants. It ends with Tyler throwing a tantrum at the fact that he lost a tennis match for women’s charity.

A still from “The Man” music video.

The way it ended was meant to portray sexism and gender bias in the workplace. Although the music video itself contained comedic elements, it was a valid representation of how males treat males, vs. how males treat females.

At the end of the credits, we see that Taylor Swift played many roles in bringing the music video to life. Not only did she act and sing, but she also directed the music video, and wrote the lyrics to the song. The only thing that Swift didn’t do was Tyler’s dialogue at the end. We have to give credit to Dwayne the Rock Johnson for that one.

Taylor Swift is a prime example of taking issues that anger you, and turning it into a hit song. The music video is currently #1 on the YouTube trending page.

Kesha Faces Backlash After TikTok Duet, Ft. Charli D’amelio

Credit: @charlidamelio on Instagram and @iiswhoiis on Instagram.

If you’ve heard of TikTok, you’re either one of two people: The type that cringes when someone is making one during class, or the type that makes 32 TikToks a day, but stores 31 of them in your drafts.

However, if you’re unfamiliar with the infamous app, TikTok took over Musical.ly back in 2017, and currently has a little over 1 billion users. The app is known for its’ use of original dances, skits, and songs.

Much like Instagram has infamous celebrities, and YouTube has well known content creators, TikTok has celebrities of its own. Charli D’amelio is currently the most well known TikToker, posessing a whopping 30 million followers. She’s best known for her dancing videos.

However, like with any celebrity, if a certain song or dance is trending and millions of people are copying it, sometimes, it can be difficult to find the original creator. That’s exactly what happened with the most viral TikTok dance trend to date. Even if you don’t own the TikTok app, I’m sure you’re familiar with the “renegade” dance.

Addison Rae (left), Jalaiah Harmon (middle), and Charli D’amelio (right) doing the renegade dance for Charli’s TikTok page.

D’amelio imitated it in 2019, and as with most of her dances, it spread like wildfire. Though, it wasn’t until last month that the original creator of the dance was released. 14-year old Jalaiah Harmon started the trend, and was never given proper credit for the dance until recently.

Once D’amelio found out who created the trend, she met with Harmon, alongside best friend and popular TikToker, Addison Rae, and they all re-created the dance. She then made sure to post it on her TikTok, as did Addison, and this time, they tagged Harmon. D’amelio provided a heartfelt caption when posting the video. “I’d like to introduce you to @_.xoxlaii I am so happy that she was able to teach me the original choreography that she made. She is the best!!” Some users were still skeptical about whether or not she knew about the original creator beforehand, but the most important thing is that credit was, in fact, given.

Another trend that recently went viral is the Cannibal dance. Cannibal is a song by singer/icon, Kesha, and was released in 2010. Although the song is ten years old, it recently gained its popularity back, after D’amelio posted a TikTok of her dancing to the song. It was a very unique dance, but once again, she wasn’t the original creator. A majority of the users aren’t sure who started the trend, but D’amelio did, in fact, credit the girl in the description of her dance.

Credit: @ya.girl.bri.bri97 on TikTok

Her username on TikTok is ya.girl.bri.bri97, and she is 14-year old Briana Hantsch. According to her TikTok profile, Hantsch posts a lot of original dances, in hopes that it will catch on and become a trend. She certainly didn’t disappoint with the Cannibal dance. TikTok famous stars, regular users, and even Kesha herself latched onto the trend.

Kesha uploaded the TikTok on Wednesday, February 26th, and as of now, it has over 7 million views on it. However, although a majority of fans are going crazy over Kesha’s TikTok to her own song, others are upset. Kesha posted the video of her dance as a duet, with none other than Charli D’amelio. Although D’amelio credited Hantsch in her original video, posted on February 6th, Kesha failed to acknowledge/provide proper credit to the original creator.

It could have been that Kesha wasn’t aware at the time, but either way, many people are visibly upset in the comment section. “I wish she acknowledged the girl who originally made this dance”, commented one user, by the name of lilgrumpxx. Another user, milyyem, commented on the video, saying, “popularity always wins… why not duet the girl who actually came up with the dance?”

Although there is some backlash towards Kesha, Hantsch is being a great sport about the whole situation. She posted a TikTok on the same day that Kesha posted her dance, and appeared to be in utter disbelief. There was a caption on the screen that read, “When I open my fyp and the first thing I see is Kesha doing my dance”.

Kesha hasn’t responded to any of the comments yet.

These creators deserve all of the credit and success in the world, because without users like them, there wouldn’t be any TikTok trends for D’amelio, Addison Rae, or any of the Hype House members/TikTok users to follow.