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‘Masterchef’ Proves Asian Representation Is As Easy As Two-Minute Noodles

“This is the real on-screen diversity we’ve all been waiting for.”

Last night’s Masterchef episode was one for the ages. While this season has been filled with some wild challenges that involved sushi trains, shocking twists and Katy Pery, this episode gave voice to a very important slice of Australia. 

We spoke about this season of ‘Masterchef: Back To Win’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

The episode was all about instant noodles. And while some of you were wondering where the Mi Goreng noodles were or learning how to pronounce ‘Maggi’ correctly, we saw something quite beautiful on-screen. For hours, during prime-time tv, Australian audiences were subject to Asian culture, Asian representation and Asian women killing it.

As Poh Ling Yeow, Reece Hignell, Jess Liemantara and Simon Toohey were all challenged to “pimp out” two-minute noodles, Asian families around Australia gasped at the sight they were seeing.

Benjamin Law put it best when he said, “This is the real on-screen diversity we’ve all been waiting for.”

But, he’s not the only one. The #MasterchefAU hashtag was popping off on Twitter, with many praising the Australian-Asian representation on-screen from not only the noodle challenge but the following ‘comfort food’ challenge, which saw both Poh and Jess plate up Asian-inspired dishes. 

A lot of the discourse around Masterchef this season has been about the positive representation on screen, with each episode diving into new cultures and giving them a platform to be enjoyed by the wider-Austalia. Additionally, the introduction of an Asian-female judge and the abundance of queer, ethnic and non-men voices on screen make this show feel like it does capture the reality of Australia.

Speaking of representation on-screen, we spoke about Netflix’s ‘Hollywood’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Funny that Austalia was worried that the new season would flop without the OG judges returning but, after what’s happened this season, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Disney+ Is Finally Giving ‘The Simpsons’ The Refresh We Deserve

Well, that's a plus.

When Disney+ announced what was going to be on their streaming platform, many eyes went straight to The Simpsons.

While it didn’t come under the Disney-family umbrella, it became a huge product offering for the new streaming service and hardcore fans around the world became excited. But, that excitement soon evolved to disappointment because of how The Simpsons was presented to its audiences. 

Cast your mind back to watching The Simpsons a decade or two ago. Those episodes were originally broadcast in a 4:3 aspect ratio to fit our squarish TVs. But now, as widescreen has taken over, the later episodes of The Simpsons were created to fulfil a 16:19 widescreen ratio. 

Speaking of iconic tv shows right now, we spoke about ‘Hollywood’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

And while that’s all good, the earlier episodes of The Simpsons (the first 19 seasons to be exact) have been adjusted to fit this new ratio on streaming services, which has left a lot of previous episodes cropped weirdly, left a poor image quality and some jokes missed. Here’s one example.

As a result, fans around the world were pissed, so much so that they took to social media to ask Disney+ to rectify this mistake. And well, rectify they did. In a week’s time, on May 28, Disney+ will restore all the old Simpsons episodes to fit the aspect ratio it was intended for. Thank God for that. You can check out the official announcement that Al Jean (the animation’s showrunner) made via Disney+’s official Twitter account. 

Also, the day after this change happens (on May 29), audiences will also have access to the Oscar-nominated, 2011 animated short The Longest Daycare, so that’s exciting.

Also, The Simpsons also teased  “new features” and “additional viewing options”, so who knows what that’ll entail. Only time will tell.

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Lorde Re-Emerges From The Shadows To Tease New ‘F**king Good’ Music

Writer out of the dark.

In possibly the most exciting news to come out of today, Lorde has re-emerged from the shadows to update her fans. And before you ask, yes, the New Zealander is making music and it’s coming bloody soon. 

Speaking of artists who like to take time out of the spotlight, we spoke about Britney Spears on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Lorde has a very unique way of contacting her fans. Unlike her peers which opt for Instagram selfies or screenshots of the iPhone Notes App on Twitter, Lorde likes to check in with her fans via email (and the occasional onion-ring finsta). So, if you’re on the star’s email-list, you would have gotten a very lengthy update from the star this afternoon. 

The email begins with some beautiful, poetic small talk as Lorde says, “Well hello there. I realised the other day it had been a minute since we chatted, and I was missing you. Do you wear your hair long or short now? Did you take your piercings out? You’ll probably be pleased to know my hair is big and long again.” You get the gist. 

Lorde gives us the much-needed update to the Melodrama follow-up, saying “I started going back to the studio again in December, just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out. Happy, playful things. I felt my melodic muscles flexing and strengthening. Jack came over to work in the studio in Auckland, and I went to LA. It flowed. A thing started to take shape. And then, of course, the world shut down. We’re still working away — Jack and I FaceTimed for over an hour this morning going over everything. But it’ll take a while longer.”

As Lorde has only released two albums during her time in the spotlight, fans online are often Tweeting at her in the hopes that she’ll drop the next album. Well, it turns out that even though she’s a very private person, she sees your messages and she’s finally responding to them.

Lorde said, “I want nothing more than to feed you treats, pop perfect morsels straight into your little mouths. But as I get older I realise there’s something to be said for the pleasant feeling of waiting for something of quality to become available to you. You could have something of lesser quality much faster, but as the high-quality thing comes into fruition, a warm feeling grows inside you. Do you know what I mean?” Yes, Lorde, we know what you mean. 

Lorde and Jack Antonoff (Credit: Lorde’s Email)

But, she doesn’t leave us without saying, “The work is so f**king good, my friend. I am truly jazzed for you to hear it.” We have no doubt that it is Lorde and we can’t wait for you and Jack Antonoff to drop the album.

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