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It's Been One Hot Second And Love Island Australia Already Whiffs Of Toxic Masculinity

"The man is here."

In case reality TV isn’t one of your guilty pleasures, season two of Love Island Australia has just kicked off. It’s exciting to see the franchise return hot off the back of Amber and Greg’s win on Love Island UK, but we’re two episodes in and I’m already getting whiffs of toxic masculinity.

The format of the show hasn’t changed: five genetically-blessed women meet five genetically-blessed men in the hopes of pairing up and becoming the fan faves who head home $50K richer.

However, it feels like the Aussie version of Love Island could have the tendency to magnify a bunch of pretty unhealthy dating habits. 

Less than 20 seconds into the first episode, we’re met with the introduction of contestant Jessie who (after receiving a ‘text’ notifying her she’s going to Love Island) leaves her job at the pub, rips open her blouse and is met with a charming wolf whistle. Already off to a great start. 

Later, we meet contestant Cartier, a devout Christian looking for a “family man.” Speaking to Sophie Monk prior to meeting the male contestants, she agrees that she’s the “perfect girlfriend” in a relationship. “I’ll cook, I’ll clean, I’ll look after them, I’ll put them first,” she says. 

Fellow contestant Cynthia says she’s never had a boyfriend before because she finds it difficult to meet people at her age because “it’s not so much I want to tie someone down, but I want some sort of commitment.” 

The rest of the female contestants somewhat echo Cynthia’s feelings and tell Monk they want to avoid “bad boys” and “cheaters,” which is apparently a tall order in 2019. 

Eventually everyone gets paired up but after just a few days in, there’s already trouble in paradise. 

In episode two, things quickly deteriorate between Jessie and male model Maurice after he essentially admits he’s using the show for publicity and continues to speak for her while they try and have a heart-to-heart. He tells her she’s “overthinking,” that “communication isn’t her strength,” and that she’s not “comfortable with the truth.” 

Adding insult to injury, it came out in the news today that Maurice dumped his girlfriend back home to go on Love Island and didn’t even tell her he was planning on going on the show to begin with. 

Sadly, it’s a similar story for Adam and Cassie who have a heated conversation that ends in tears. “You’re not the normal chick that I would go for,” Adam tells Cassie. While he admits she’s got a “sick personality,” and she’s “not a bad looking girl,” it’s clear Cassie has no time for Adam’s poor choice of words. He then tells her she’s only reacting that way because “girls blow sh*t up.” 

Then there was the arrival of Irishman Eoghan, who is quickly labelled a “beast” by the boys. The intruder wastes no time kissing multiple contestants and getting his kit off during a game of Truth or Dare. In the diary room he repeatedly mentions that he’s a “man” going into a house full of “boys.”

Ahh, we’re off to a cracking start. Perhaps the contestants of Love Island Australia will eventually leave the bravado and dodgy dating habits at the door, or maybe we’re in for another one hundred episodes of just this. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Minds Will Be Blown By The Sneaky Link Between 'Hocus Pocus' And 'Friends'

This changes everything.

If you told me there was a link between the iconic TV series Friends and the 1993 classic Hocus Pocus, I’d think you had been cast under some sort of strange spell – but there is, in fact, a sneaky little link between these two cult favourites.

Internet sleuths with far too much time on their hands have just discovered that the fountain from the much-loved intro of Friends is the exact same fountain that appears in a scene from Hocus Pocus.

I’ll give you a moment to process this mind-blowing news.

The Friends fountain appears in Hocus Pocus about midway through the film when Max, Allison, Dani, and Binx think they’ve killed the evil Sanderson sisters and run to a nearby park to cheer in celebration. In the background of the scene lies the iconic fountain – the only thing missing is the couch and umbrellas. 

Hocus Pocus. Credit: Buena Vista Pictures

Much like the other fictional locations in Friends, the fountain is located in Burbank, California on Warner Bros’ ranch – not in New York like the show would like you to think, or Salem, Massachusetts where Hocus Pocus takes place.

Credit: Twitter

This weird Friends/Hocus Pocus crossover comes just days after rumours of a reboot started making the rounds on the Internet. According to Screen Rant, Hocus Pocus 2 will be a TV movie for release on Freeform or the upcoming Disney+ streaming platform. 

While there’s been no official confirmation of the cast, that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating. Instagram account @PopCulture suggested Bridesmaids trio Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph to play the roles of the Sanderson witches, receiving mixed reviews in the comments section.  

When asked about a potential reboot back in 2017, Hocus Pocus star Bette Midler wasn’t shy about making her feelings known. “I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” she told PEOPLE. “My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that.” 

Midler makes some good points and now the Internet has cracked the code on the Friends fountain, is a reboot really a good idea? We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next.

Andrew Garfield's Outfit On RuPaul's Drag Race Has The Internet Divided

It's...really something.

If you know you’re going to be making an appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’re not going to wear jeans and a t-shirt and call it a day. Just ask Andrew Garfield, who has the Internet well and truly divided with his polarising Drag Race get up.

The actor appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK this week wearing an out-of-character combination of extreme denim flares, a red silk shirt and an oversized brown blazer.

When I say extreme flares, I really mean: EXTREME.

While Garfield seems pretty chuffed with his digs in the photo, the actor’s Twitter fans can’t make up their minds on the fancy look.

One fan wrote, “What the F*CK is Andrew Garfield wearing there better be a good explanation for this,” however, another was a big fan, and tweeted, “Happy Thursday to Andrew Garfield and his flared wide-leg denim ONLY.”

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Garfield’s appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race might come as a surprise to some, but he’s actually a huge fan of the show. During a 2018 interview on Show People with Paul Wontorek, Garfield said he was “so sad” to see Miss Vanjie get eliminated from the 11th season of show. 

He said that her iconic exit looked like she had “been taken over by a divine entity…she was channeling something.” “Bruce Springsteen and Miss Vanjie, I’ve been changed by this year,” he added.

Garfield was just as excited when he appeared on the actual show, telling RuPaul, “I feel so happy, I feel like a competition winner and the prize is a day in gay heaven.”

There’s no doubt that Garfield’s Drag Race ensemble is a far-cry from his usual vibe, or the Spidey suit we’ve grown accustomed to, but you’ve got to give it to him – he’s not afraid to try something new. 

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