The untold truth of Chase Stokes

Chase Stokes, a breakout star from Netflix’s series Outer Banks, is making waves — and not the kind you find hitting the shores of North Carolina’s infamous barrier islands. In May 2020, the actor issued a bizarre apology to fans after it was discovered that he had allegedly posted insensitive material on his social media in the past.

According to People, the now-deleted posts included tweets that negatively referred to members of the LGBTQ community, contained racist content and referenced disabled people. The publication quoted a specific tweet — which has also apparently been wiped from Stokes’ timeline — that contained both ageist sentiments and derogatory language: “Just because you’re old, doesn’t give you the right to drive like a r****d.”

Though the tweets and other social media material have since been removed, the apology Stokes made to followers after doing so has since stoked (yes, pun intended) the controversy in a way that is, to put it simply, befuddling.

Chase Stokes' apology didn't help him all that much

While Chase Stokes’ is a new face in the entertainment industry — as of this writing, his only other major credit is a one-episode appearance in Stranger Things – it’s only taken a few months since the April 2020 premiere of Outer Banks for the actor to cause a stir. After the Stokes’ controversial tweets resurfaced, his apology — which has also since been deleted — did nothing to assuage the controversy.

In the initial apology Stokes tweeted, while the actor admitted to posting “insensitive tweets” in the past, he also seemed to blame his prior remarks on having his Facebook hacked a number of times. He also referred to a random picture, which he claimed was “not of [him] or anybody [he] knew,” without any sort of context.

He continued: “This does not excuse my words, nor am I excusing myself,” adding that he is “continuing to do the right thing by being respectful in today’s climate.” Stokes concluded by writing, “I will continue to work towards using my platform in the same capacity I have been and doing/bringing light to the world.”

Since reinstating his social media — his Twitter account, in particular — Stokes has inundated his newsfeed with posts related to the Black Lives Matter protests, sharing links to aid those who have been victims of police brutality, positing questions about issues like police unions, and calling other users with large platforms to post about the current political climate.

Chase Stokes is just one of a handful of celebs to be hit with accusations

News of Chase Stokes’ insensitive social media posts — whether they were the product of one or multiple hackers, or simply authored by an actor with prejudicial views — is one example out of of a number of celebrities who are being called out for past bad behavior.

In June 2020, Lea Michele came under fire for her behavior during her time on the musical television show Glee after her former co-star, Samantha Marie Ware, took to Twitter to call out Michele for allegedly tormenting her on set and utilizing microaggressions with racist undertones to do so, as well as general bullying. Other Glee co-stars, including main cast member Heather Morris, seemed to corroborate Ware’s accusations.

This recent spate of scrutiny over racist, anti-LGBTQ, and insensitive takes on social issues coming from celebrities has increased during the wave of protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd, who was detained by four Minneapolis police officers for allegedly trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill. 

Though footage of Floyd showed him complying peacefully with their demands, one of those officers, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder, second-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter after kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes (via CNN), ultimately killing him.

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'90 Day Fiancé': Usman Umar Finally Admits He Used TLC for Fame, But Claims They Used Him Too

90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days star Usman “Sojaboy” Umar is finally opening up about his drama with Lisa “Baby Girl” Hamme. Usman has taken plenty of heat over his marriage to Lisa, who recently accused him of scamming and using her to gain fame. In a new interview, Usman admitted that he used TLC for fame but pointed out that the network used him right back.

Lisa confirms she and Usman have split

After a tumultuous time on 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days, Lisa has confirmed that her marriage to Usman is all but over. In a recent statement, the reality star slammed Usman for pulling a “romance scam” on her and told fans that their relationship is dead in the water.

According to SoapDirt, Lisa claimed that Usman only agreed to marry her so that hecould have a chance to move to the United States. She stated that Usman is“so desperate” to be successful in music that he lied to her, herfamily, and her friends to get in the spotlight.

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Lisa then claimed that Usman has blocked her on social media before calling him “nothing more than a scammer.” She also said that Usman is fortunate that she cannot travel due to the coronavirus pandemic or else she’d fly to Nigeria and confront him.

In light of Lisa’s controversial comments, Usman recently appeared on The Domenick Nati Show to share his side of the story. Although Usman refused to say that their marriage is over, he did address the accusations that he only did the show for fame.

Usman fires back he used ’90 Day Fiancé’ for fame

Despite all of Lisa’s behavior (which included calling him the n-word on multiple occasions), Usman assured listeners that his main goal was to please Lisa. He also revealed that he didn’t do the show solely to gain fame. As proof, he said that he would not have married anyone just to have a chance in the spotlight.

That said, he also admitted that he has taken advantage of beingon a reality show. In the interview, Usman said that he used TLC to gain fame,but he also asked the question, “Are you trying to tell me that TLC didnot use me too?”

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While it is pretty clear that Lisa thinks their relationship is over, Usman pointed out that they are still technically married. The 90 Day Fiancé star noted that things are not going well and that neither of them is in a happy place.

Usman, who is over twenty years younger than Lisa, was also askedif he ever truly loved his wife, a question he refused to answer. We cannot sayfor sure if Usman’s intentions were pure, but we definitely should learn moreabout what unfolded in the upcoming 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days tell-all. 

Lisa and Usman prepare for an explosive ’90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days’ tell-all

TLC has yet to air the 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days tell-all, which was filmed remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the footage was recently leaked online that offered fans a preview on what’s to come.

In the leaked footage, Lisa and Usman got into a major fight. Atone point in their argument, Usman revealed that she has called him the n-word,a comment that sparked plenty of controversy with fans.

Lisa has since apologized for using the racial slur, thoughviewers still aren’t happy with her behavior. In light of all the drama, Lisa saidthat she is taking a break from social media.

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While it sounds like Usman might be willing to give the marriage a second chance, Lisa remains adamant that things are over between them. Lisa’s promoter, Rocco Straz, recently revealed that a “divorce” is on the way, barring any difficulties with the Nigerian government.

Fans can watch all the drama unfold when the 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days tell-all airs June 7, on TLC.

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‘RHOBH’ Stars in Shock After Denise Richards’ Husband Threatens to ‘Crush’ Her Hand on the Show

Erika Jayne expresses her disbelief to what Aaron Phypers says in the latest episode of the Bravo reality series with her tweet, which is echoed by Kyle Richards, Teddi Mellencamp and Lisa Rinna.

AceShowbizDenise Richards‘ husband Aaron Phypers said the unthinkable in the latest episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills“. The 47-year-old left everyone in shock after he threatened to physically harm his wife on the show.

In the Wednesday, June 3 episode of the Bravo reality series, Denise and Aaron stormed out of a BBQ party at Kyle Richards‘ home after she was confronted by Kyle and Teddi Mellencamp about not trusting her kids around them. The two walked hand-in-hand with the camera still following them.

After Denise repeatedly told him to stay mum because they’re still on camera, Aaron made a threatening remark. “Don’t tell me what to say. I’m going to crush your f**king hand. Stop it,” he was heard saying.

His threat has left viewers as well as Denise’s co-stars in shock, with Erika Jayne tweeting, “Wait! What did he just say??” Echoing the sentiment, Kyle, Teddi and Lisa Rinna later retweeted Erika’s post.

Erika Jayne reacts to Aaron Phypers’ threat to his wife Denise Richards.

Meanwhile, fans of the show weighed in on Aaron’s threat in the comments of Erika’s post. “That was scary. I knew something was off about Aaron,” someone reacted. Another shocked user wrote, “He totally said he was going to crush her hand!! WTF?!”

A third user expressed her concern, “I’m officially scared for Denise. If he says and does that in PUBLIC ON CAMERA what is he doing behind closed doors?” while one other described the couple’s marriage as a “sad relationship.”

Some others, however, defended Aaron, believing that he didn’t really mean what he said.

Neither Denise nor Aaron has responded to the backlash regarding Aaron’s remark. Meanwhile, Teddi has made it be known that she doesn’t have the best impression of Aaron following the couple’s tense argument with the other ladies in the latest episode of the show. “When I called him an a**hole I wasn’t too far off #RHOBH,” she defended herself following her remark to Aaron.

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Piers Morgan praises GMB co-hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard following emotional interview – The Sun

PIERS Morgan has praised his Good Morning Britain co-hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard following today's emotional interview.

The 55-year-old presenter took to Twitter to praise the pair – who have worked together for years – as they discussed Derek Draper's ongoing health battle on the ITV show today.

Piers wrote: "Wow. Such a moving, emotional, inspiring interview on ⁦@GMB with my fabulous friend @kategarraway about her family’s #coronavirus turmoil. So proud of you Kate, as Derek would be too.

"We’re all behind you, hoping & praying for a miracle."

He later tweeted: "Long-time co-presenting colleagues & the closest of friends. I can’t imagine how hard that was for ⁦@benshephard to interview ⁦@kategarraway⁩ about the worst time of her life on the show they normally do together. Great job Ben (& ⁦@ranvir01 too)⁩."

Ben, 45, became emotional after his co-star and close friend Kate had opened up on television for the first time about Derek's battle with coronavirus.




Reflecting on the heartbreaking interview, in which Kate admitted that Derek may never recover, Ben was forced to pause and compose himself.

As his eyes filled with tears, he told viewers: "We're sending so much love and prayers to Derek.

"Where there's life there's hope and no matter how bleak it might be, or how bad it is, Derek is still there and we all, absolutely…"

The GMB presenter was then forced to break off and take a deep breath, before continuing.


He then sent his prayers to Kate and Derek and their two children, Darcey, 14, and Billy, 10.
The emotional moment came an hour after Kate had appeared on Good Morning Britain via video link from her north London home.

It was the first time she had spoken in depth about Derek's battle with Covid-19, which began at the end of March.

During the heartbreaking interview, Kate recalled the last words she said to Derek before he was put in an induced coma on April 5.


The 53-year-old star said: "He couldn't really speak to me because of the mask, but he was begging me, 'I feel like I'm suffocating, please let them put me in a coma', because there was a debate about that.

"But I said 'no we've got to wait' because if his lungs can handle it that's better. Then on the Sunday morning they rang me up and said we're going to be him in a coma, and he just said to me, 'I love you, I have to leave you', and I said 'It's only for three or four days and you're going to fine this is good and good'.

"He said to me, 'You have saved my life, I don't just mean now I mean marrying me and the children,'  and I said I love you I love you and then he was gone and that was it."

Meanwhile, Piers has been a huge support to Kate in recent months.

The TV host phoned Kate to offer his support soon after her husband was admitted into hospital.

She revealed today: "Very early on I spoke to Piers and he said right come on Kate this is the story of your life, you've got to fight for Derek – you're a journalist, you've got to get every piece of information you can.

"That actually helped, I felt right this is my job."

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Coronation Street spoilers: Asha Alahan horrified over Summer Spellman’s ‘secret’

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Asha (played by Tanisha Gorey) has been taking centre stage in a harrowing storyline on Coronation Street of late, having been the victim of a revenge porn plot. For the past few months, viewers of the ITV soap have watched as the youngster has struggled with the backlash from her ordeal and having to move schools as a result. The teenager has had the support of her friends Summer (Matilda Freeman) and Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney), as well as her father Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) being over-protective. However, she could be about to make a discovery about one of her friends, who could be harbouring something which would be the ultimate betrayal against the troubled character.

The storyline began when Asha was trying to get attention from her classmate Corey Brent (Maximus Evans) and ended up taking her clothes off for him over a video call.

What she didn’t realise was the schoolboy had recorded the images and when newcomer Kelly Neelan (Millie Gibson) got her hands on the pictures, she circulated them on social media.

Even though the teenager was left furious, upset and traumatised by her private life being shared on the internet, Summer still took pity on her friend’s enemy and asked the troublemaker to move in with her, Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) and Paul Foreman (Peter Ash), when her mother fled the cobbles.

However, Dev’s daughter has turned to Nina Lucas (Mollie Gallagher) for moral support during this time and this evening’s episode will see her take on a more positive attitude and confront her ex-boyfriend.

Something else could arise from these scenes which could trigger the next chapter in this storyline, but will this lead to betrayal as Asha discovers Summer has feelings for her tormentor?

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Ahead of tonight’s instalment, the official website for the soap has released a preview clip of the teenager confronting Corey.

At the time, Asha is speaking with Summer and Nina after the latter gave her so much needed advice to take control of her situation.

Moments later, the boy who recorded the sexual images of her walks by and it’s not long before the youngster is giving him a piece of her mind.

“Hey, Corey. How come you never stood up for me? I mean, you didn’t complain when I took all my clothes off,” Asha says.

Continuing her rant about Corey not apologising or standing up for her when his friends were berating her, the teenager says: “You should have stuck up for me.

“Believe me, you would have looked a lot cooler if you did instead of sitting in the corner with your mates, sniggering whilst I was being completely humiliated.”

Trying to defend himself, the teenager doesn’t accept any of it as Asha adds: “I mean, you could have told them to delete it, you could have told them it was all your fault.

“You could have even said I didn’t deserve any of it. I would have been well impressed by that but you didn’t.”

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I don’t want to know you any more

Asha Alahan

“You were scared and to be honest, it makes you lot pathetic. So toddle off with you little mates. I don’t want to know you any more,” Asha tells him as Summer looks on shocked.

With the latter comment seemingly confirming the teenager has officially ended things with Corey, this means he could start showing an interest in another character.

Amy has been a dear friend to the teenager through all this and even though she has flirted with the schoolboy before, her support for Dev’s daughter would outweigh her chances of starting things up with him.

However, Summer has already become best friends with Kelly after offering her a new home, so could she could after Asha’s tormentor next?

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Secretly, Billy’s foster daughter might have been harbouring feelings for the schoolboy for some time but needed the all-clear from her friend first to pursue anything.

As she begins a new chapter and starts to look at her life more positively, Asha’s world could come crashing down if she discovers her friend’s betrayal.

Seeing her former classmate so upset, Amy could confront Summer about going after Corey, but would the teenager stand down?

Or, could this be the start of a new, dark storyline for the timid youngster as she turns on those closest to her due to spending so much time with Kelly?

Coronation Street continues tonight at 7:30pm on ITV.

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Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid support Kate Garraway as she appears on GMB

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid have supported their friend Kate Garraway after she appeared on Good Morning Britain to talk about her husband Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle.

Kate opened up about how she and her children have been coping while Derek battles coronavirus in intensive care.

Piers tweeted: ‘Wow. Such a moving, emotional, inspiring interview on ⁦@GMB⁩ with my fabulous friend ⁦@kategarraway⁩ about her family’s #coronavirus turmoil.

‘So proud of you Kate, as Derek would be too. We’re all behind you, hoping & praying for a miracle.’

Meanwhile, Susanna Reid also shared her support for Kate, writing: ‘Oh @kategarraway you are such a tower of strength for Derek and the children.

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‘So much love for you all. Everyone watching is with you, hoping for that miracle.’

The 53-year-old became emotional as she recalled his final words before he went into a coma. ‘He was very bad,’ she said.

‘He was begging me, saying “I can’t stand this, I can’t stand this. I feel like I’m suffocating every second of the day, I can’t take it, please let them put me in a coma”.’

The presenter’s husband of 15 years was taken to hospital back in April and has been fighting for his live ever since.

Kate and her children continued the weekly applause for the NHS this week.

In a sweet video, Kate posted the trio having their own mini clap as they cheer on Derek’s recovery from their home.

‘No official #clapforcarers tonight but we just wanted have our own mini one as our heart felt thanks go on to all fighting to keep Derek with us,’ she said. ‘Tomorrow I will have the chance to update you & thank you for all your support on @gmb – see you at seven.’

Derek has been in hospital since 1 April after contracting the virus, and has remained in intensive care ever since. 

She has been supported by the entire Good Morning Britain team, with Ben giving personal updates every week since his hospitalisation. 

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, Miley Cyrus and Noah and more celeb siblings who look so similar they could be twins

KIM Kardashian and Kylie Jenner may have 17 years difference in age, but they could easily be mistaken for twins.

Kylie has long emulated her half-sister's style, and created her own mini me version – going on to eclipse her in popularity and fortune.

Their long dark tresses, hourglass figures and exceptional good looks are twinning, along with their taste in famous rappers as romantic interests.

Kim is married to Kanye West and Kylie shares daughter Stormi with ex-boyfriend Travis Scott.

They aren't the only celebrity siblings who could easily mistaken for monozygotic twins.

Singer Miley Cyrus, 27, may have lighter hair than her younger sister Noah, but they are both blessed with the same flawless complexion and similar facial features.

Noah, 20, who is also a singer, may try hard to rebel against Miley's wholesome image – but as Miley is the ultimate rebel already, that's led them to both create their own edgy style.

Miley's ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth, 30, is blessed with exceptional good looks and they appear to run in his famous family.

The Hunger Games actor shares the same blue-steel eyes as brother Chris, 36, who is Thor in the Marvel cinematic universe.

Actor Ben Affleck's younger brother Casey also followed in his artistic footsteps – and has the same famous jawline as his Batman brother.



The 47-year-old two-time Oscar-winner, even cast his younger brother in his breakthrough movie, Good Will Hunting in 1997.

Casey, 44, may share Ben's looks, but he's a few inches shorter than his 6'4" sibling – standing proud at 5'9".

Singers Beyonce and her sister Solange both share an exceptional musical talent, along with their stunning looks.

The almond eyes, perfect smile and flawless skin can only have been plucked from the same gene pool.




When it comes to blonde bombshells, Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashlee are double trouble.

Heiresses Paris and Nicky Hilton are easily muddled, as they share the same lean physique, elegant style and designer wardrobes.

Nicky sometimes wears her hair dark, to distinguish her from her socialite sister.

The Fanning sisters – Dakota and Elle – have both grown from their on-screen debut in I Am Sam, as child actors.




In fact, Elle played a younger version of Dakota's character – Lucy Dawson, and they still could likely share a role, as adults.

Cameron Diaz may be retired from acting now, but maybe she also could have got her sister to stand in for her.

She attended a red carpet with her sister Chimene in 1998, and the pair share their distinctive blue eyes, cheekbones and stunning smile.

Demi Lovato's sister Madison is her double, as are Hilary Duff and her sister Haylie.

One Chris Evans would be enough hunk for most people – but it turns out he has an equally hunky brother Scott.

While one James Franco would be enough Franco for most people, but he has a mini-me sibling in Dave – who also followed his brother into acting.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett's daughter Willow and son Jaden are both following in their parent's footsteps with a life in the limelight.

They also share an athletic physique and resemblant facial features.


Those unmistakable full lips and wide eyes – it could only be Angelina Jolie. Or could it? Her brother James shares the same characteristics as his famous sister.

Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson, 30, has a lookalike sibling – and it's also her brother.

Alex Watson played a Hufflepuff Student in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and built up a fanbase of his own.

 

 

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AT&T Ignores Net Neutrality: HBO Max Won’t Hit Data Caps but Competing Streamers Will

Three senators have accused AT&T of ignoring net neutrality principals by not counting the use of its new HBO Max streaming service against its customers’ data caps. AT&T data customers who use competing streamers, such as Netflix and Disney+, will have that usage counted against their data caps.

Democratic senators Edward Markey, Richard Blumenthal, and Ron Wyden published a letter to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson regarding the telecom giant’s decision on Thursday. The move favors AT&T customers who use its own streaming service, which would’ve been illegal under the net neutrality rules that the Ajit Pai-led Federal Communications Commission repealed in 2018.

For example, an AT&T customer with a one gigabyte data plan could stream as much HBO Max as they’d like without it contributing to their data cap. But if that customer were to stream content from a rival streaming service, it would contribute to their data cap and they would be charged additional fees if they went over their data limit. Meanwhile, AT&T customers with unlimited data plans will not be subject to throttling if they hit their “soft” data caps by streaming a large amount of HBO Max.

“Net neutrality is a set of principles necessary to keep the internet free and open. Before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) acted in 2017 to undo net neutrality, internet users benefited from rules prohibiting blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization,” the senators said in their letter. “The FCC also had the authority to prohibit unjust, unreasonable, and discriminatory practices by broadband providers, including potentially harmful practices such as ‘zero-rating.’ Before the current FCC began its efforts to eviscerate critical rules that benefit consumers, the Commission found that in many instances, when service providers zero-rate content by allowing end users to access that content without the requisite data usage counting towards the caps under users’ plans, those providers engage in harmful conduct.”

The senators’ letter stemmed from a Tuesday report from The Verge. An unnamed AT&T executive told the publication that HBO Max was using AT&T’s “sponsored data” program, which allows companies to pay AT&T to excuse their services from AT&T’s data caps. As AT&T owns HBO Max, it is essentially paying nothing for the privilege. While competitors such as Netflix could theoretically buy into AT&T’s “sponsored data” program, it would cost them money. The Verge reported that the only video platforms that use the “sponsored data” program are DirecTV, U-Verse, and Fullscreen, which are all owned by AT&T.

Spokespersons for AT&T and WarnerMedia, the company behind HBO Max, did not return requests for comment.

“Although your company has repeatedly stated publicly that it supports legally binding net neutrality rules, this policy appears to run contrary to the essential principle that in a free and open internet, service providers may not favor content in which they have a financial interest over competitors’ content,” the senators said in their letter.

Pai, a former in-house lawyer for telecom giant Verizon who closed investigations into AT&T, Verizon, and other wireless providers after President Donald Trump designated him as the FCC chairman, and the FCC successfully dismantled the nation’s net neutrality laws in 2018. Though Pai and proponents of getting rid of net neutrality argued that the regulations depressed network expansions and equated to government micromanagement, net neutrality is overwhelmingly favored by Americans across party lines.

A University of Maryland poll from 2017 stated that 83 percent of Americans — including 3 out of 4 Republicans — opposed the government’s plan to repeal net neutrality laws. A 2018 poll from Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox browser, stated that 78 percent of Americans preferred to have strong net neutrality protections.

Technology journalist April Glaser noted in 2018 that common concerns about the repeal of net neutrality included fears that companies could throttle traffic from or even block access to select websites and services. The net neutrality issue is compounded by the monopolization of internet service providers in the United States, as consumers who do not like how ISPs ignore net neutrality guidelines may not have the option to switch to a competing service, Glaser said in an analysis of net neutrality for Slate.

“Since most people in the United States don’t have more than one or two internet providers to choose from for broadband service, if users don’t wish to accept those terms, many won’t have anywhere else to go for their internet,” Glaser said in the Slate article.

Though AT&T and Stephenson have consistently expressed support for net neutrality principals, their actions speak differently. In 2003 AT&T attempted to block its customers from using Wi-Fi and in 2002 warned customers to avoid “home networking” by arguing that it constituted “theft of service” and was a federal crime, according to a research paper on net neutrality from the Columbia Law School. In 2017, then-FCC chairman Tom Wheeler released a report stating that AT&T’s aforementioned zero-rated video services potentially violated the Commission’s Open Internet Order.

In 2018, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department feared the impending merger of AT&T and Time Warner — which raised concerns on antitrust grounds — would cause such conglomerates to “someday prioritize their own TV shows and other content over rivals.”

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Gabrielle Union’s husband Dwyane Wade says family was ‘watched’ and ‘followed’ after wife exposed AGT – The Sun

DWYANE Wade has alleged his family was "watched and followed" after wife Gabrielle Union made accusations of racism on the set of America's Got Talent in 2019.

In a series of tweets, Dwyane claimed that when negotiations between Gabrielle and NBC Universal, FremantleMedia and Syco began, the family were "trailed by people looking for answers."

He tweeted on Thursday, after news of her decision to file a harassment complaint: "Y’all have deemed her a liar after months of trying to inform y’all of the issues in the work place and also make sure other employees of color that comes after her won’t have the same experiences.

"Instead of looking thru the lens of someone who has been an advocate for the black and brown community, for women and for rape victims.

"So instead of making sure your work environment is a better place for everyone. Y’all have decided that she what? Made it all up because she lost a job? She’s a black woman in Hollywood she has lost out on many jobs."

He added: "When these negotiations started my house started being watched and my family started being followed. My daughter couldn’t even go to swim class without us being trailed by people looking for answers. Well y’all have the answers and y’all still don’t wanna listen to them."





On Thursday it was revealed the 47-year-old had filed a harassment complaint against America's Got Talent producers after accusations of on-set racism and a lack of accountability, first made in November 2019.

In the filing, which was made through California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), Gabrielle named Simon Cowell's Syco, producers FremantleMedia and NBCUniversal.

She also accused NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy of threatening her over plans to whistleblow what she perceived as racism on set.

The complaint was filed by attorney Bryan Freedman.

In the filing, Freedman referenced NBC's recent remarks standing alongside the Black Lives Matter protests writing: “When Gabrielle Union informed NBC of racially offensive conduct during the taping of America’s Got Talent, NBC did not ‘stand’ with her in ‘outrage at acts of racism.'

“Instead, NBC did not care enough to either promptly investigate Ms. Union’s complaints or even ask HR to get involved.

"Rather, NBC stood against her and directed its 'outrage' at Ms. Union for whistleblowing about the racially offensive conduct she experienced while working for NBC on America’s Got Talent.'"

He continued: "In sharp contrast to NBC’s recent statement on race, what was truly an 'outrage' was the fact that Paul Telegdy, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, actually threatened Ms. Union in an attempt to silence her from telling the truth about racist actions that took place on the show.


"There is no place for this type of racial bullying in the workplace, and it is going to take more than a Tweet from NBC to demonstrate that NBC intends to create an environment free from racism."

The filing does not explain how Mr. Telegdy threatened the actress.

A statement from NBC sent to The Sun read: "The allegation that anyone involved in this process threatened Ms. Union is categorically untrue.

"We took Ms. Union‘s concerns seriously and engaged an outside investigator who found an overarching culture of diversity on the show.

"NBCUniversal remains committed to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds are treated with respect."

Gabrielle left the NBC competition show in 2019 and went on to cite the "toxic culture” as the reason for her departure.

She accused guest host Jay Leno of making a racist joke, fellow judge Simon Cowell of illegally smoking indoors despite her allergies, and alleged that producers told her that her choices of hairstyles were "too black."

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Peter Bart: Cinemas Confront Doomsday Scenarios As Studios Waffle On Release Dates

It seems like a distant memory — taking refuge in the welcoming comfort of a movie theater. And now it may become even more distant. Key players at the studios are worried that summer openings may simply not happen; further, that scores of movie theaters may not survive the year. Equally alarming: Ticket buyers are rearranging their habits, and their homes, to accommodate a future of watching the passing parade from their couches.

“We took the summer play dates for granted, but then we also assumed that the festivals would survive,” confides one distressed distributor. When theaters finally open, he fears, they will have to reinvent everything from seating to pricing to windowing. “Our leverage has been lost along with our audiences,” said one exhibitor.

Officially, decisions are still clouded. Two movies — Tenet from Warner
Bros and Mulan from Disney — have become the symbols of recovery. Both had warily announced July openings, but will they actually appear by summer’s end?

The obstacle course is familiar by now: The riots, the virus, the economy. The theater business already was limping due to mounting debt and high fixed costs. Major companies like Regal and Cinemark started closing locations in recent months. The number of theaters overall has fallen from 7,200 to 5,500 in the last 20 years with sharper declines now forecast.

AMC, the world’s largest exhibitor, owned by China’s Wanda Group, acknowledged this week that its debt and 97% decline in quarterly earnings “raised substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern for a reasonable period of time.” AMC hopes the government’s bailout fund will help it restructure its $5.3 billion debt.

Exhibitors know that reduced capacity will be a fact of life once surviving theaters finally open. Another inevitability: More streamers will be booked at plexes. Landmark Theaters last year played such Netflix films as Roma and The Irishman. The pre-release of a major film like Hamilton on Disney+ also stands as a portent.

To be sure, the majors are resigned to the new ecosystem. Analysts predict year-to-year declines in ticket sales — from $11.4 billion to $5.5 billion in 2020 — with even steeper drops if summer openings totally disappear. These trends reflect the formidable problems confronting other edifices of culture like opera, ballet and museums. All are invading their endowments in order to survive.

One intriguing microcosm of change: In acquiring the century-old Egyptian Theater, finalized this week, Netflix assumes responsibility for a major renovation to be supervised, not by the usual cinema nerds, but also by its own dedicated techies. The streaming monolith thus will be rethinking projection, sound, seating and all other elements of traditional moviegoing – effectively re-inventing the experience of classic filmgoing. (The nonprofit Cinematheque will still richly benefit because it will be running its cineaste fare Friday through Sunday while Netflix will be free to run its events during the rest of the week.)

As all this transpires, many dedicated movie geeks are reassessing their in-home technologies to become less dependent on the vicissitudes of exhibitors. A mere $6,000, for example, buys a Kaleidescape Strato 5, offering a cineplex-quality image. And a new 820-watt JBL Bar 9.1 equipped with Dolby Atmos offers a 3D audio system to pinpoint placement of sound. Thus John Bailey, a noted cinematographer and former Academy president, will shift from his 60-inch home screen to a 4K 106-inch screen that will run classic films via The Criterion Channel.

Conventional filmgoers, meanwhile, might do well to worry about the future of tentpoles as well as of specialty films. Proprietors of art house theaters don’t require as much product as do the plexes — they look for those three or four films that can get them 8-10 weeks of playing time — but are even more dependent on the festival circuit for publicity. A key question: Will the major festivals return to form? Will talent turn out to support events at Toronto or Venice? For that matter, will filmmakers make the ride to Telluride?

Charles Cohen, who acquired the Landmark chain of 252 screens in 27 markets, insists that plans for a reopening are on the boards but he’s reluctant at this time to disclose specifics. Ted Mundorff, who presided over the growth of that company for over 15 years, now runs the Arclight theaters as well as the Cinerama Dome, and hence must worry about the future of tentpoles as well. Mundorff, too, is reticent about on-the-record predictions for an industry that’s been buffeted by so many conflicts.

Hence, the dilemma confronting filmgoers becomes a metaphor for that faced by our overall society: Somebody, somehow, must provide some sort of refuge from the agita of the moment. But presently, it seems more a distant flicker than a welcoming beacon.

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