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Ellen DeGeneres' Show Was A Bastion Of Misconduct, Not Happiness

It just keeps getting worse.

So Ellen DeGeneres finally responded to all those toxic workplace allegations with a half-arsed apology to her jilted staff, but it seems like she’s going to have to do way more than shift the blame on other people because fresh allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct on the set of her show has surfaced.

Speaking of Ellen DeGeneres and those toxic workplace allegations, the GOAT team talk about the mess she’s in on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below;

According to Buzzfeed News, dozens of men and women claim that not only is the environment at The Ellen DeGeneres Show a toxic one, it is a place where sexual harassment and misconduct runs rampant at the hands of top executive producers.

Several former employees allege that executive producer Kevin Leman was responsible for many of the harassment and misconduct claims, saying how he constantly behaved inappropriately towards staff and was very sexually aggressive towards a number of production assistants.

Buzzfeed News reports that since many of Leman’s targets were lower-level and younger employees, many felt powerless to speak up until now.

It’s not just Leman either five employees alleged that executive producer Ed Glavin had touched them in ways that made them feel uncomfortable, such as rubbing their shoulders and backs. Dozens of staffers also claim that Glavin had a reputation for being “handsy with women” and instilled fear into his team using a variety of intimidation tactics, such as using a button at his desk to remotely shut his office door while reprimanding staffers.

A former employee named co-executive producer Jonathan Norman as another top-level employee on The Ellen DeGeneres Show who behaved inappropriately, saying how Norman “groomed” him over time and then tried to perform oral sex on him.

This entire report from Buzzfeed News about sexual misconduct on The Ellen DeGeneres Show is yet another harrowing look into the toxic workplace environment that’s seemingly prevalent at a place that ironically calls itself a “place of happiness.” Read it here.

One has to wonder if Ellen DeGeneres will ever be able to come back after the stuff that’s come out about her and her show because if her half-arsed apology is anything to go by, the thing she calls “a place of happiness” isn’t going to be around for much longer.

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An Aussie Clipart Enthusiast Is Behind Billie Eilish's 'My Future' Video

He's also the brains behind one of Childish Gambino's best videos.

So Billie Eilish brightened up everyone’s day by not only releasing, ‘my future’, which happens to be the first bit of new music since her theme song for the indefinitely delayed James Bond film No Time To Die, she also dropped a gorgeous music video which was animated by none other than an Aussie clipart enthusiast, Andrew Onorato.

Speaking of Billie Eilish music, the GOAT team talk about her big James Bong song on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

While not much happens in the ‘my future’ music video per se, it is just stunning to look at. There’s no need for any complex narrative when you got an anime Billie Eilish walking through a gorgeous Studio Ghibli-influenced landscape while ‘my future’ softly serenades you throughout the journey.

Oh and there’s an adorable frog in the video that’s arguably even cuter than anime Billie.

The brains behind Billie Eilish’s wonderfully beautiful ‘my future’ video is Aussie artist Andrew Onorato and he’s definitely someone who you all should pay more attention to.

You may not know who Andrew Onorato is but there’s a good chance you’ve seen some of his work as he’s also worked on some other stunning and wildly popular music videos, such as Childish Gambino’s ‘Feels Like Summer’ and the Matt Corby/Tash Sultana collab, ‘Talk It Out.

Beyond music videos, he’s also dabbled in other entertainment areas, such as making animated shorts for popular video games like Fallout 4 and Wolfenstein 2, and a fantastic little bumper for Rick and Morty that was influenced by 1930s-era cartoons.

But the cherry on top of this super talented animation cake from Melbourne is Andrew Onorato’s official website. And what a website it is.

Unlike the slick designs we’re used to seeing these days, Andrew’s website is a throwback to the early 2000s MySpace era of Comic-Sans font and an overabundance of clipart.

There’s just something nostalgic about seeing a website ripped straight from 2007 that contains blurbs about the ‘Feels Like Summer’ and ‘Talk It Out’ music videos written in Times New Roman font. If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely check out Andrew Onorato’s website right here.

We came for Billie Eilish’s ‘my future’ but we’re staying for whatever Andrew Onorato is working on next, which we hope is another music video with Billie or another one of our favourite artists.

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Heath Ledger's Joker Copped Pushback Over This 'Controversial' Decision

Nobody panics when things go "according to plan."

The Dark Knight is arguably the greatest comic-book movie ever made and a good reason for that is because of Heath Ledger‘s unforgettable turn as the pencil-disappearing, lip-licking Joker. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Heath Ledger in being the Joker as not only his casting was considered controversial at the time, his role in the film would’ve had a completely different origin according to the co-writer of The Dark Knight.

Speaking of comic book movies, the GOAT team talk about the MCU on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Chatting about how the origin of the Joker came about at Comic-Con@Home (via IndieWire), Dark Knight co-writer David S. Goyer says that the character’s lack of origin story was viewed as a “controversial” creative decision (not unlike Heath Ledger’s casting) by the studio, and he and director Christopher Nolan had to fight tooth and nail for their idea of having no Joker backstory at all.

“I do remember when we were talking about, ‘Well, what if the Joker doesn’t really have an origin story?’ Even after the success of ‘Batman Begins,’ that was considered a very controversial thing. We got a lot of pushback. People were worried.

‘Well you have to have an origin story. How can people just not know?’ I just remember the discussions at the time were that it was scarier, and it was scarier.”

The defining aspect of Heath Ledger’s Joker is the lack of origin story for the character and how he keeps others on the back foot by telling different stories about how he got his infamous scars. But at the time of the movie’s development in 2007, you can also sort of see why the studio had such a reaction against it.

Batman Begins ushered in the whole gritty origin story schtick and it worked brilliantly. Throw in the fact that every comic book film up to that point had an origin story for both its heroes and villains as a way to flesh out the characters, it’s perhaps no surprise that the studio were tugging at their collar over the idea of having Heath Ledger play a version of Joker with no backstory.

But at the end of the day, it’s a good thing Goyer and Nolan’s idea for no Joker origin story ultimately won out because The Dark Knight was a critically acclaimed money maker and Heath Ledger’s take on the character is still the best one yet. Sorry Joaquin Phoenix.

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