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Post Malone’s Fans Have Every Reason To Worry About Him

It's no surprise.

Post Malone has been forced to set the record straight after rumours that he was abusing drugs started swirling online.

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During the recent FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, Post told the crowd, “… For anyone concerned here, I’m not on drugs and I feel the best I’ve ever f*cking felt in my life.”

Post Malone’s reassuring comments come after videos surfaced showing him slurring his words, rolling his eyes and falling. After the video went viral, concerned fans took to social media to express their concern.

One fan wrote, “HE IS NOT OKAY. HE NEEDS HELP!” while another wrote in a since-deleted  tweet, “You can’t sit there and tell me that this is normal behaviour from Post, it’s not and the man needs help before something bad happens to him.”

“Whether it’s alcohol or drugs, he’s not using them for fun anymore, he’s abusing them. It’s too much now, people are worried,” they wrote.

While it sounds like fans have nothing to worry about, they have every right and reason to worry about their favourite artist’s wellbeing.

Over the past few years, the music industry has been rocked by the tragic and often sudden deaths of multiple young artists. In 2018, Mac Miller died after an accidental overdose. A year earlier, fellow rapper Lil Peep died under similar circumstances – both under the age of 26.

That’s not to mention the many artists who make up the ‘27 Club,’ a cultural phenomenon and list of celebrities who coincidentally died at the age of 27. The club is made up of many members, but most notably, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse – who, as we know, passed away in 2011 from alcohol poisoning.

The difference between 2020 and 2011 is that celebrities are far more accessible to their fans. While social media can be a breeding ground for hateful trolls, it also connects fans with their favourite artists in real time. 

Luckily, there is no cause for concern when it comes to Post Malone – but at least he was able to listen to his followers and respond to make sure everyone is safe, happy, healthy and on the same page. 

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Is Rapper DaBaby's Apology For Slapping A Female Fan Too Little Too Late?

"Male or female, I would’ve responded the same exact way."

Fighting off swarms of fans would be one of the more annoying aspects of being a celebrity, but that doesn’t mean you should retaliate. Just take it from rapper DaBaby, who has apologised after appearing to assault a woman on his way to the stage at an afterparty in Florida.

A video of the incident, which is currently doing the rounds on the Internet, shows DaBaby viciously smacking someone in the face as he walks through a crowd of fans. 

DaBaby has since apologised for the incident, saying on his Instagram stories, “I do sincerely apologise, I do. I am very sorry that there was a female at the other end of the flashlight on the phone.”

“But keep in mind I couldn’t see you,” he added, explaining that the flash was so bright he couldn’t see who was holding the phone. “Fans – how many people know how to zoom in? Just zoom in instead of popping me in the motherf*ckin’ eye with the phone. But I do apologise there was a female on the other end.”

“I think by this time, you know it’s a well known fact that male or female, I would’ve responded the same exact way,” he said. “I just wish you would’ve gave me the same respect in return…Why you do that? I apologise for the way it went.”

While DaBaby is adamant that the assault was somewhat of an ‘accident,’ his apology may be too little too late. TMZ reports that the crowd began booing DaBaby after the altercation and he and his entourage ended up leaving the venue without performing.

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The publication also states that the woman who DaBaby struck is now being represented by a lawyer. It’s also not the first time the rapper has landed himself in hot water. Earlier this year, he was arrested in Miami after assaulting a local concert promoter at a hotel. 

At the end of his apology video, DaBaby reached out to the victim and said, “We can sit down and have an adult conversation. You deserve respect, you and me both.” 

Sounds like DaBaby is keen to redeem himself but this kind of reaction is never okay.

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Shakespeare's Toxic Masculinity Is Frighteningly Timely For 2020

"There’s something different about the way you walk through the world that comes with a privilege."

This Sunday the 8th of March is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate all women and their achievements, but it’s also a good opportunity to recognise the progress that’s yet to be made – particularly when it comes to gender roles.

While society has become more open-minded in recent times, negative stereotypes are still being reinforced from a young age. According to CNN, a 2018 analysis of three studies found “toddler boys are expected to look masculine and play with ‘boy toys,’ while toddler girls were expected to look like girls, play with feminine toys and be communal.”

According to the UN Human Rights, “harmful gender stereotypes are one of the root causes for discrimination, abuse and violence,” and can drive a lasting wedge between the genders. 

One organisation that is flipping the script on tired gender roles is Bell Shakespeare, who has just opened 2020 with a new production of the Shakespeare classic, Hamlet, starring a female in the lead role.

We were lucky enough to speak to Hamlet actress Harriet Gordon-Anderson on the latest episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…to chat about how highlighting the toxic masculinity of the iconic tragedy through a female lens is incredibly enlightening for audiences. 

“[Hamlet] is incredibly misogynistic,” she said. “We thought it was really interesting to have those words spoken from a female mouth, from a female body and see what that can show us.”

“My biggest challenge with this role was accessing male rage,” Gordon-Anderson revealed. “I’ve been down this horrid spiral of incels and toxic masculinity.”

“The term male range in itself is interesting. There’s something different about the way you walk through the world that comes with a privilege. Not just white privilege, but male privilege,” she said. “It’s someone who has grown up never questioning themselves, never questioning being horrible to someone and that being the right thing to do. His relationship with his mother and all the women around him is of complete unquestioned superiority.”

“It’s given me a broader sense of empathy. It’s coming from pain, from loneliness, and an inability for these young men to express themselves, not be allowed to listen to their feelings and their hearts. That’s the patriarchy and the negative effect it’s having on young boys.”

Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet is now showing at Sydney Opera House, Playhouse until April 4th. For performance dates in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, you can head to bellshakespeare.com.au.

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