Things We Saw Today: Adam Scott Owned Mitch McConnell, and the Ice Clown Reigns Supreme

Adam Scott Ben Wyatt Parks and Recreation

Ben Wyatt may be the Ice Clown, but he isn’t here for Mitch McConnell using his gifs to promote the Republican party’s terrible views. When Team Mitch decided to tweet using a Ben Wyatt gif, Adam Scott had something to say about it.

Adam Scott portrayed Ben Wyatt on the NBC series Parks and Recreation, and to be quite honest, it’s laughable that any Republican would dare use a gif from the show, let alone a Ben Wyatt gif. Do you know who he married? Leslie Knope would go stomping down to Mitch McConnell’s office and scream at him.

But it didn’t stop there. Team Mitch wanted to try a clap back at Adam Scott, and they clearly don’t know who they were dealing with if they thought they could take on the creator of the Cones of Dunshire.

Don’t worry though, my U2 loving, Big Little Lies crying love fired right back at them.

While hilarious, it also shows a problem that has become clear in the last few weeks: These Republicans who are openly supporting our racist, sexist president are trying to make memes happen. So, I’m sorry to say that all memes are now canceled, and we can blame Republicans on Twitter for that.

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Author Fired for Publicly Shaming Black Transit Worker Suing Her Former Publisher. Should Have Minded Ya Business.

Mind ya business Fresh Prince

Natasha Tynes, a Jordanian American author, got dragged by the internet for a viral tweet in which she shamed a Black train worker for eating on a train in Washington D.C. back in May. In the tweet, she included a picture of the woman, writing, “When you’re on your morning commute & see @wmata employee in UNIFORM eating on the train. I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable. Hope @wmata responds.”

People instantly came for Tynes, asking why she would risk a potential employee getting fired and accusing her of anti-Blackness. As a result, Tynes lost her book deal with Rare Bird Books. Now, according to Arab American News, she’s suing Rare Bird.

When Rare Bird initially commented after the incident, they stated that the author “did something truly horrible today in tweeting a picture of a metro worker eating her breakfast on the train this morning and drawing attention to her employer. Black women face a constant barrage of this kind of inappropriate behavior directed toward them and a constant policing of their bodies.”

Tynes later apologized, deleted the tweet, and took down her personal website. Tynes has since filed a lawsuit against the publication company, in which she accuses the “all-White company” of breaching its contract and defaming her after she was accused of being “anti-Black.”

Tynes claimed in her lawsuit that the company’s public rebuke of her prompted her to temporarily return to Jordan with her family, because they faced weeks of “online harassment, including death threats and racial slurs.”

Rare Bird released their own statement:

Rare Bird says that only a few hundred copies were scheduled to be printed and the pre-order sales were less than 50, and linked to a scathing early review of the book. For the record, Tynes’ novel, They Called Me Wyatt, was about Jordanian woman that reincarnated as a White boy after being murdered, but kept her consciousness.

There’s no excuse for death threats or racial slurs; that is unacceptable. However, what Tynes did was petty, disrespectful, and dripped with entitlement. I get that if you’ve been called out for eating on the subway you might be salty if someone who works there and enforces that rule is eating on the train. Still that’s something you tweet without a picture, without recording it, and certainly without tagging that person’s place of employment—especially when they aren’t making a mess. You have no idea if that person was in between shifts and didn’t have a break and was trying to grab something quick to eat before clocking in, not to mention that employees are often allowed to do lots of things that the general public is not in their places of employment.

The entitlement around working people is gross, and as someone who worked in retail and food service, even the most progressive of people can turn into a mini despots if their drink is made too slowly. Tynes used her platform to shame someone and now suddenly is concerned with her “all-White” company, when she had no problem dipping into anti-Blackness when it was convenient for her.

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Highlights Magazine, a Staple Of Childhood, Takes a Political Stance On Detention Facilities For Children

The cover of a 2017 issue of Highlights, a childhood favorite.

Highlights magazine was always a delightful part of childhood. With charming comics (I still think about Goofus and Gallant to this day) and fun activities, it was basically the key text of childhood. Thankfully, this childhood favorite did not turn out to be problematic, with the CEO of the company stepping forward to take a strong political stance against the detention camps at the border.

The letter reads:

As a company that helps children become their best selves—curious, creative, caring, and confident—we want kids to understand the importance of having moral courage. Moral courage means standing up for what we believe is right, honest, and ethical—even when it is hard.

Our company’s core belief, stated each month in Highlights magazine, is that “Children are the world’s most important people.” This is a belief about all children.

With this core belief in our minds and hearts, we denounce the practice of separating immigrant children from their families and urge our government to cease this activity, which is unconscionable and causes irreparable damage to young lives.

This is not a political statement about immigration policy. This is a statement about human decency, plain and simple. This is a plea for recognition that these are not simply the children of strangers for whom others are accountable. This is an appeal to elevate the inalienable right of all children to feel safe and to have the opportunity to become their best selves.

We invite you—regardless of your political leanings—to join us in speaking out against family separation and to call for more humane treatment of immigrant children currently being held in detention facilities. Write, call, or email your government representatives.

Let our children draw strength and inspiration from our collective display of moral courage. They are watching.

For a statement that’s supposedly apolitical, this is a decidedly political and moral stance given how easy it is for the right wing to ignore these violations, and how easy it is to remain silent. The magazine could have remained quiet on this front, but instead, CEO Kent Johnson and his company have chosen to make their feelings on this known to the public.

Media cannot afford to remain apolitical in this time. Collaborating with ICE is vile, but silence is not much better. We have to speak up and to push back, in whatever way we can. Highlights taking a public stance and speaking out against children being kept in detention camps with no soap or toothbrushes seems simple enough, but when Wayfair is selling beds to these camps and major companies are staying quiet, this is a brave moment.

They’re right: moral courage matters. It’s something we teach our children through stories and, yes, magazines. It’s something we try to teach our children ourselves with our actions. Not speaking up right now is not showing any sort of moral courage. Not when we are seeing these atrocities.

Maybe Johnson and the rest of Highlights trends more conservative, maybe they’re more left-leaning. But they still made an active choice to speak up, knowing that supporters of the sitting President would brand them as being terrible and would boycott them. I doubt the magazine is in danger of closing if a few subscriptions get canceled, but they still are making a choice to do what is right rather than stay silent for the sake of a profit.

Johnson says this not a political statement, yet it truly is, and it shows why Highlights has been and always will be important to kids (and kids at heart).

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Kevin Sorbo Continues to Be the Worst. Not My Hercules!!!

It's Kevin Sorbo and a golf cart

Hercules himself, Kevin Sorbo, continues to be the worst on Twitter. Mainly because he is super into Trump and wants everyone who is registered as a conservative to go down with him. Recently, he decided to yell at the Toronto Raptors for not wanting to go to the White House because of President Trump. Do you know why the Raptors probably don’t want to go to the White House? It may be because they’re from Canada.

And then, you know, everyone made sure to tell him that Toronto is in another country.

Sorbo has been consistently ruining Hercules: The Legendary Journeys for many fans because of his tweets. While we can recognize that celebrities probably have differing viewpoints than we do, it hurts to see them supporting Trump and saying such ridiculous things. Not, as Sorbo thinks, because they’re conservative or Republican.

Where my anger came from, because don’t come for my fave like this, is this tweet:

While Kevin Sorbo himself didn’t pick the image for the article, it does send about a dangerous message. You say someone is conservative and don’t clarify their hatred of Trump in 2019, and you run the risk of people starting to think that they support whatever it is that is in charge of our government. (I’m referring to Trump but I hate saying his name too much. I feel like it is Beetlejuice and if you say his name three times in a row, he’ll do something stupid.)

So when celebrities, like Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain (Yeah, Superman sucks guys, sorry) want to rope in other “conservatives” for their Trump-supporting ways, I have to laugh. They’re the reason why many registered Republicans are now seen in a completely negative light from liberals.

As a liberal, I can safely say that many of us look at what is being said before we judge on labels. Can’t say for the Trump supporters constantly in my mentions but you get the point. The conversation is important and what message you send with your public image is also important so to be like “WELL ROBERT DOWNEY JR. IS REGISTERED REPUBLICAN! IRON MAN SHOULD BE CANCELED” is just someone trying to deflect from their own terrible views rather than recognizing the problem.

Anyway, here is that Pro-Clinton ad that Robert Downey Jr. starred in, Kevin Sorbo can keep my faves’ names out his mouth.

Do you know what I think? People like Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain and James Woods and every other Trump supporting celebrity who have watched their already barely existent careers decline since pledging their allegiance to the president should just recognize the fact that it isn’t a knock on them being “conservative” or even Republican. It is a knock at them supporting a racist, sexist, monster who may start a war (a new war, we still have others going!) just to get reelected.

So, sorry that Hercules is canceled. In every case. Cause, you know, James Woods is Hades in the cartoon Hercules. What is it with people in Hercules things? Someone go check on the Rock and Ryan Gosling.

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NeNe Leakes Denies Being Forced to Sit Out of RHOA Filming Over Closet Brawl: “I Have NEVER Been Suspended”

NeNe Leakes is setting the record straight once and for all!

While sitting down for an interview on the Majic Radio Show, NeNe addressed reports that Bravo suspended her from filming the first half of the upcoming 12th season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. And according to her, the reports are untrue.

“I have never been suspended. And I am on Season 12. Thank you very much.”

NeNe also addressed rumors that she was getting her own spin-off. As far as she knows, that was also a false report.

“No, that’s not true. If I’ve gotten a spinoff, they haven’t told me yet, and I need them to tell me. I haven’t filmed a thing … If I had a spinoff, I’d be happily telling you.”

While several cast members have already started to film RHOA, NeNe has yet to shoot any scenes.

And for several weeks, it’s been reported that NeNe was forced to sit out of filming because she grabbed a cameraman during the infamous season 11 closet brawl.

“[He] got choked up, scratched up, and went to the hospital,” Porsha Williams revealed during the reunion. The cameraman also had scratches on his back and lost a tooth.

A rep eventually explained NeNe hadn’t started filming RHOA because she was still in contract negotiations.

Though NeNe didn’’ state if she had reached a deal with Bravo or reveal when she’d start filming, we still should expect the OG housewife to hold a peach when Real Housewives of Atlanta returns for its 12th season later this year.

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Popular YouTube Gamer Etika Found Dead at 29 One Week After He Was Went Missing Following “Goodbye” Video

The body of popular YouTube gamer Etika (real name: Daniel Desmond Amofah) has been positively identified by New York City police nearly a week after he was reported missing.

News of Etika’s death comes nearly one week after the popular streamer uploaded a video to YouTube titled “I’m Sorry,” which shows him walking outside in New York City and saying what sounded like to many of his fans a final goodbye.

Authorities confirmed they recovered Etika’s body Monday night (Jun. 24) off Pier 16 in the East River in Lower Manhattan, about a half a mile away from the Manhattan Bridge, where Amofah was seen walking toward in his final video.

Police said while canvassing the area last Thursday (Jun. 20), they found what appeared to be some of his belongs, including his wallet, driver’s license, cell phone, and his black and red Nintendo Switch, along with with his laptop bag, which contained a pair of boxers, a shirt, shorts and headphones.

An official cause of death hasn’t been revealed, though it can be assumed that he drowned. He was 29 years old.

The NYPD released the following statement (via Kotaku):

“At approximately 18:18 hours [yesterday], police responded to a 9-11 call with a person floating in the water in the vicinity of the South Street Seaport in the confines of the 1st Precinct.

“Upon arrival, officers discovered an unresponsive, unidentified male at that location. The NYPD harbor removed the male to Pier 16, where EMS pronounced him deceased. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.”

Desmond “Etika” Amofah was born on May 12th, 1990 in Brooklyn, New York and began creating videos about gaming on YouTube in 2012.

Over the course of seven years, Etika amassed a dedicated fanbase of more than 800,000 followers across YouTube and Twitch, which he called the “JoyCon Boyz,” named after the Nintendo Switch controllers, according to Kotaku.

Etika had a long history with mental health issues, starting publicly last October when he self-destructed his YouTube channel and made references to suicide on Reddit, writing “It’s my turn to die” before editing his statement to say “Guys I’m fine, please stop worrying about me LOL. You know I like to be overdramatic. Carry on!!”

Just two months ago in April, he was detained by NYPD police while streaming on Instagram Live in front of 20,000 viewers after he threatened to commit suicide in his Brooklyn apartment, which resulted in him being admitted into the psychiatric ward of a hospital.

In May, Amofah got into an altercation with a cop or security guard on the street that led to another trip to the hospital.

Last week, he published an 8-minute video, which YouTube has since taken down, apparently saying goodbye to his fans.

“You know I wasn’t suicidal before—I really wasn’t,” he said in the video. “But one thing I didn’t realize was that the walls were closing around me so fast. I really had no intention of killing myself but I’d always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill.”

He continued: “I’m sorry for leaving such a stained legacy. I hope that my story maybe helps to make YouTube a better place in the future where people know boundaries and limits and how far things should go. In an attempt to be edgy, I fucked up my entire life.”

“It was a fun life,” he added. “I had a great time. It was great. But for it to be cut so short—it’s f**ked.”

Amofah’s friends and family had been unable to get in contact with him since before the video was posted.

If you are or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in the United States is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255. Click here for a list of international hotlines.

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Wendy Williams’ Son Kevin Jr. Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charge, Both Parents Waited Outside the Courtroom in a Car

Wendy Williams’ son appeared in court and entered his plea for the assault charge he obtained after being arrested for allegedly punching his father last month. Kevin Hunter Jr. pleaded not guilty.

Kevin Jr. appeared in the New Jersey courtroom Tuesday morning (Jun. 25) alongside his lawyer, while both of his parents reportedly waited outside in a car.

The prosecutor also asked the court for more time to “review factors in the case” and said that the case should be resolved by the next hearing. The intimation being a plea deal is on the table or that the entire case could be dismissed given that Kevin Hunter Sr. did not want to press charges.

Little Kevin was slapped with the assault charge last month after allegedly punched his father in the nose during a disagreement about his parents’ impending divorce.

Despite Kevin Sr. not wanting to press charges, Kevin Jr. was still arrested and charged because it was a domestic incident.

Following the scuffle, Big Kevin accused Williams of “brainwashing” their son against him. However, the estranged couple is attempting to put their personal issues aside for their son.

“There’s still love between us, regardless of the divorce,” Williams told a friend.

It was previously reported that Williams and Big Kev would appear in court and quietly support their son together. However, the parents opted to wait in the car and not make a spectacle after being told their presence was not necessary.

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Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Blocks Yet Another Taylor Swift Song From Going #1 on Billboard Hot 100

“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X is the No. 1 song in the country for the 12th week in a row, and while that’s good news for him and his fans, it’s bad news for Taylor Swift and her “Swifties.”

Why is that bad news for Taylor Swift, you ask?

Well, she just released a new song and music video last week called “You Need to Calm Down,” and it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, right under “Old Town Road.”

And this isn’t the first time this has happened. A little over a month ago, Swift’s newly released song at the time, “Me!” debuted behind “Old Town Road” at No. 2 as well.

In fact, as Chart Data points out on Twitter, the country-rap hybrid, which features a verse from Billy Ray Cyrus, has prevented six (count em: SIX!) songs from topping the Billboard Hot 100 since it first entered the chart back in April.

If “Old Town Road” manages to hold to the top spot for another four weeks, it will tie the record for most weeks at No. 1—a record jointly held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito.”

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus performed their hit single Sunday night at the 2019 BET Awards, which Miley’s daddy said was an “honor” to do.

“I’m just kinda in shock in this moment,” he told Entertainment Tonight after the performance.

“The crowd stood up and they sang every word,” Cyrus said. “I never felt a moment quite like that.”

He added: “It was just such an honor being here. And being a part of this festival and these festivities and this celebration of music. It’ll be a moment that I’ll always cherish and remember. It was very special.”

Nas—whose debut EP 7 was just released over the weekend—previously celebrated the track’s massive success by personally gifting Billy Ray with a red Maserati GranTurismo convertible, a nod to Cyrus’ line in the song where he sings “Ridin’ down Rodeo in my Maserati sports car.”

The expensive give came not too long after the pair dropped the star-studded music video for their smash hit, which you can watch below:

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The Trailer for Scream Season 3 Is Here and I Have So Many Questions

Remember when MTV turned the beloved Scream franchise into a television series? It was back in 2015, when we were young and innocent and carefree. The series followed teen girl Emma Duval (Willa Fitzgerald) who becomes the object of obsession for a serial killer in Lakewood. The series also starred Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, and Amadeus Serafini. The series received mixed reviews, but gained enough of a following to garner a second season.

The series was renewed for a third season in 2016, but it never materialized. Did MTV forget about it? Did Ghostface wipe it off the map? Not exactly. MTV moved away from scripted programming Three and a half years later, the truncated and rebooted season 3 is premiering on VH1 as a three-night, six-episode event titled Scream: Resurrection.

The synopsis for Scream: Resurrection reads “What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.” The season “revolves around Deion Elliot (RJ Cyler), a local star running back whose tragic past comes back to haunt him at the worst time, threatening his hard-earned plans for his future — and the lives of his unlikely group of friends.”

The new season, produced by Queen Latifah (sure, why not) stars Mary J. Blige, Keke Palmer, Tyler Posey, Tyga, Giorgia Whigham, Jessica Sula, C.J. Wallace and Giullian Yao Gioiello. It also features a special appearance by … Paris Jackson? So many questions here: is Queen Latifah a horror fan? Why is Mary J. Blige in this? Will she and Tyga be performing in the show? And what is Paris Jackson doing there? Honestly, hasn’t that poor girl been through enough?

But there’s an upside. Unlike the first two seasons, this third season will be using the classic Ghostface mask, which the first two seasons didn’t/couldn’t get the rights too. Resurrection also brings back Roger Jackson, the original voice of Ghostface. So that’s something, I guess.

I don’t know what to make of this trailer, to be honest. Is it a comedy? A horror show? Is it campy like Scream Queens or is it going for more of a straight-up scary American Horror Story vibe? The film series was famous for its self-referential humor and clever writing, but neither seems on display in this teaser.

I don’t know guys, I haven’t been this confounded by a trailer since NOS4A2. I’m a huge fan of Scream, but this is going to be a hard pass from me.

Scream: Resurrection premieres on July 8th on VH1.

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Things We Saw Today: Aaron Paul And Bryan Cranston Tease a Possible Breaking Bad Reunion

Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) speeds towards freedom in the series finale of Breaking Bad

Do we need a sequel to Breaking Bad? Not really. Are we getting one? Most likely. Both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul posted matching photos on Twitter with the caption “soon,” leading many to speculate that they’d be returning for the highly secretive Breaking Bad movie.

Many have theorized that the movie will be a direct sequel to the series, following Jesse Pinkman’s escape from the neo-Nazis that held him prisoner for a year (if you’re mad about spoilers, please consider that the show ended in 2013). This could explain why both Paul and Cranston are tweeting cryptically about a secret. Maybe Jesse actively hallucinates Walt’s ghost haunting him as he tries to make his escape?

Better Call Saul showrunner Peter Gould reacted to their tweets with his own cryptic post.

All we really know about the project is that Vince Gilligan is attached to it. I’m sure we’ll find out more soon though, if Paul and Cranston are hinting at the film and not some sort of six year reunion special.

(image: AMC)

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  • Cry with us as we celebrate Toy Story 4‘s box office success. (via Twitter)

  • It’s time to talk about bisexual representation on TV. (via Variety)
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