The Internet Can’t Decide If It Loves Or Hates The New PS5 Design

There's no middle ground.

Well, the PS5 has finally arrived. After years of anticipation, Sony Interactive Entertainment has just unveiled its brand new PlayStation console and gamers are raging.

We spoke about this on today’s episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Given the timing of the release, we’re assuming this console will be dropping in time for the holiday season, but the price is what has us all clueless. 

In a live-streamed video, Sony took us through all the juicy PS5 details including its sleek design and its gaming lineup. In addition to free Grand Theft Auto, the new lineup will include Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales, among many others.

But more than the games and more than the free GTA, fans are discussing the look of the new console. And boy, does Twitter have some thoughts…

Some people thought the PS5 looked like a Wi-Fi router…

Some people thought the PS5 looked like it was from the Lord of The Rings

Some people thought the PS5 looked like a hotel…

Some people thought the PS5 looked like a portable fan…

Some people thought the PS5 looked like an electronic razor…

Some people loved the look of the PS5 and dragged the X-Box unveiling in the process…

The new two-tone colour combination marks a shift from previous versions of the console, and in a way, merges them in all in a futuristic way. The PS5 will be available in a standard model as well as a digital model, that exists without a disc drive. So, if you were thinking about the latter, you better have a reliable Internet connection. 

Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment said, “With PlayStation 5, we are making a significant leap to deliver a truly new generation of transformative play experiences that will redefine expectations for what games can be… Worlds will be richer and more beautiful, they’ll captivate your senses in ways you didn’t think possible, and you’ll be able to experience them much more seamlessly, with lightning-fast loading. Today’s showcase is just a glimpse of what’s to come in the next generation, and we want to thank our community for taking this journey to PS5’s launch with us.”

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COVID-19 Means Watching ‘Big Brother’ Is Like Staring Into A Mirror

Art imitates life.

In the past, the concept of Big Brother was wild, but in 2020 it’s honestly feeling a little too real. 

When it was announced that Big Brother was making a return to prime-time tv with a new network, a new voice and a new house, the entire nation was excited. But, ever since the show’s debut earlier this week, that excitement has started to flatline a little bit. 

Speaking of Aussie reality shows, we spoke about ‘Masterchef: Back To Win’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Don’t get us wrong, there are definitely moments that have entertained us. There was Angela finally getting to drink some tea, Talia’s display of her incredible upper-body strength, and Ian’s boy-next-door persona which has just struck a chord with so many Aussies around the country. But, as each episode goes on, we’re kind of waiting for something to happen, something dramatic and more exciting. And maybe it’s because we’re getting impatient (c’mon we have TikTok to blame for our short attention spans), but we think there’s something else at play here. 

The idea that you would be stuck inside all day long and having to communicate with the same group of people day-in-day-out, was one that used to scare us, hence the appeal of Big Brother. But, now that COVID-19 has sent the globe into a pandemic and we’re all social distancing, we’re living out our own Big Brother reality right now. 

No longer do we need to look at Big Brother for ridiculous situations because we’re currently in one now. We can’t laugh at people for getting on each others nerves because our housemates are getting on our nerves. We can’t be entertained that these people aren’t allowed to go to the movies or play sports because we also can’t do those things. Suddenly, the show that was meant to be entertainment has become a random reflection of our current lives and we’re not sure if we can handle it.

Having said that, the show’s flatlining could also be attributed to the fact that the first few episodes felt a little too staged. In the past, Big Brother contestants used to be so wild, energetic and unapologetically themselves, but as reality tv has become more mainstream, we often see contestants try to control their own edit. Perhaps this is the reason the show feels a little dull at the moment. 

Ultimately, instead of shocking us like Big Brother has done in the past, it’s hitting a little too close to home. Will this be the same throughout the season? We’re not sure, but we’ll definitely be watching to find out. 

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These Problematic Shows And Movies Are Being Pulled From Streaming Services

In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests.

Another day, another set of problematic movies and shows being pulled from streaming services.

The past two weeks have seen the Black Lives Matter movement gain a significant amount of traction. From the physical protests to online activism, progress for black people and people of colour is being made in an array of areas, including the entertainment industry.

As a result, over the past few days, a number of tv shows and films have been pulled from Australian streaming services for their blackface stunts.

We spoke about ‘Little Britain’ being pulled from Netflix on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Here are all the problematic tv shows and movies that have been pulled from streaming services.

We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Angry Boys and Jonah From Tonga

Today it was revealed that most of Chris Lilley’s filmography was pulled from Netflix. While Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Lunatics remain up, his earlier shows have been pulled, presumably because of the characters in which Chris Lilley donned blackface and yellowface. These include Chris Lilley’s character Ricky Wong in We Can Be Heroes, Jonah Takalua in Summer Heights High and Jonah From Tonga, and finally S.mouse and Jen Okazaki in Angry Boys.

Well, this quote didn’t age well. (Credit: GIPHY)

Chris Lilley has responded to blackface allegations in the past. In an interview with Vulture, he said: “The funny thing is, I played a Chinese student in We Can Be Heroes, I played a Tongan boy in Summer Heights High, and I play a Japanese woman also in Angry Boys, but the only one that people talk about is S.Mouse… It’s kind of funny that there’s only certain races that it’s an issue – yes, it’s that history with blackface – but, I don’t know.. There’s no comparison. I think it’s a bit stupid that you would shut yourself off to being able to do that.”

Ironically, even though he listed a bunch of characters that people “didn’t talk about”, it is his portrayal of precisely these characters that got those shows removed from Netflix. Neither Chris Lilley nor Netflix have provided a statement yet.

The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentlemen

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Netflix has also removed both The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentlemen from its streaming service offering. The Spirit of Jazz in The Mighty Boosh and Papa Lazarou in The League of Gentlemen are both black characters who are portrayed by white actors wearing blackface. Interestingly, The League of Gentleman is still available to stream in the UK on BBC iPlayer. 

Little Britain and Come Fly With Me

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As reported yesterday, Little Britain and Come Fly With Me have been removed from Netflix in Australia due to concerns about the use of blackface by its two leads, David Walliams and Matt Lucas. However, unlike The League of Gentlemen, these series have also been pulled from BBC iPlayer and thus are unable to be streamed in the UK. 

Many years after the series wrapped up filming, Little Britain star Matt Lucas admitted to The Guardian that he wouldn’t make those jokes again today. He said, “If I could go back and do Little Britain again, I wouldn’t make those jokes about transvestites. I wouldn’t play black characters… Basically, I wouldn’t make that show now. It would upset people. We made a more cruel kind of comedy than I’d do now.”

Gone With The Wind and Cops

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In America, a bunch of movies and tv shows have also been removed for being problematic and insensitive during the current climate. HBO Max, the recently launched American streaming-service, has just dropped Gone With the Wind from its product offering after criticism that the film positively depicts slavery. Also, the reality show that glorifies the police force, Cops, was cancelled by the Paramount Network after 32 seasons.

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