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Florence Pugh Sets Ego Aside, Acknowledges Her Own White Fragility

“I was uneducated. I was unread.”

In a lengthy Instagram post, Florence Pugh has acknowledged her white privilege and apologised for any offence caused. 

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

Recently, social media has become somewhat of a place full of PR disasters. Those who have done problematic things are suddenly being held accountable and what do you know, every few posts is another Notes-App apology. But while Florence Pugh hasn’t been “cancelled” by the Internet yet, she’s being proactive and apologising for actions she’s done in the past

The Little Women actress has named three instances that she deems she should apologise for in a lengthy, proactive, Instagram post.  

Florence Pugh says that she first became aware of her cultural appropriation after learning the history behind cornrows. In reflecting on a conversation with a friend at the age of 18, Florence Pugh discusses the first time she became aware of “cultural appropriation” after she donned the hairstyle.

“She began to explain to me what cultural appropriation was, the history and heartbreak over how when Black girls do it they’re mocked and judged, but when white girls do it, it’s only then perceived as cool,” Florence Pugh said. The actress also detailed how she initially felt “defensive” but now realises that was her “white fragility coming out.”

Also in the post, Florence Pugh reflects on her previous use of Henna for body art. Even though Florence Pugh was aware that Henna (known as mehndi on the Indian subcontinent) became a fashionable trend, she initially felt that cultural appropriation didn’t apply to her as she had been taught Henna by an Indian woman. But, upon reflection, Florence Pugh understands why that is wrong, saying: “I wore this culture on my terms only, to parties, at dinner… I too was disrespecting the beauty of the religion that had been taught to me those years ago.”

Florence Pugh also apologised for appropriating Rastafarian culture. She said, “I was 17. I braided my hair and painted a beanie with the Jamaican flag colours and went to a friend’s house; proud of my Rastafarian creation. I then posted about it the next day with a caption that paraphrased the lyrics to Shaggy’s song ‘Bombastic’.”

“I am ashamed of so many things in those few sentences… Growing up as white and privileged allowed me to get that far and not know… I was uneducated. I was unread.”

All-in-all, she’s ashamed of her actions and she’s proactively apologising, saying: “I cannot dismiss the I actions I bought into years ago, but I believe that we who were blind to such things must acknowledge them and recognise them as our faults, our ignorance and our white privilege and I apologise profusely that it took this long.”

While we shouldn’t put Florence Pugh on this pedestal for doing what she’s done, it’s important that we recognise that she’s has done is good and also what so many celebrities have failed to do, which is the bare minimum.

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PSA: If You Ask Adele About A New Album, She Will Clap Back With Sass

“Wear a mask and be patient.”

Let Adele’s savage sass be a warning to all of you who think that celebrities don’t read the Instagram comments section. 

We spoke about Adele being a straight-up legend on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

As you know, we haven’t gotten new Adele music in ages. After skyrocketing to global success in 2011 with her album 21, we got a new album in 2015 but nothing since then. As a result, a lot of Adele fans are getting more and more impatient, spamming her comments section with queries about the new project. 

Well, Instagram user @meeralsm learnt their lesson after getting a savage reply from the pop queen herself. When commenting on a throwback picture of Adele performing, the Instagram user questioned, “Teaser? Albums coming out today???!!! Tell me now!!!!” In response to that, Adele – being the queen that she is – calmly replied, “Of course it’s not. Corona ain’t over. I’m quarantining. Wear a mask and be patient,” ending with a heart emoji. 

Adele being a savage (2020) [Credit: @Adele, Instagram]

Big yikes. Okay, everyone take note, leave Adele to quarantine in peace, please. 

These comments from Adele come after rumours that her new album would drop in September. Jonathan Dickins, one of her producers had already debunked this when he spoke to Music Week, saying: “It isn’t coming in September, it’ll be ready when it’s ready… We’re all in the same boat, you’re doing stuff and then all of a sudden, the world stops. It’ll come when it’s ready. I can’t put a date on that yet. We have music, but we’re still working.”

The Instagram post that featured Adele’s savage reply depicts the singer performing in Glastonbury in 2016. In a post Adele uploaded shortly after, she shows off her weight-loss wearing the same dress with her current figure. The ‘Send Your Love’ singer captioned the photo, “5 ciders in” and if that isn’t a mood, we don’t know what is. 

In terms of what the new album will sound like, we have no idea. The singer teased a drum-and-bass record in an Instagram post from 2019, but given the context, we think Adele’s joking. In a response to eager Adele fans, she had previously said, “Bunch of f**king savages, 30 will be a drum n bass record to spite you. Chin up eh.”

Look, we get that you’re joking but we’re not going to say no to that.

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We Can't Blame Jennifer Aniston For Wanting To Escape Rachel And 'Friends'

"Stop playing that f**king show!”

We’re guessing Jennifer Aniston wanted a break from Friends more than Rachel did Ross…

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

Skyrocketing in popularity and becoming a household name has proved to be a double-edged sword for Jennifer Aniston who has recently opened up about not being able to shake her Rachel Green image from Friends, early on in her career. 

During a roundtable with the Hollywood Reporter, a question was asked,  “Who here has struggled with wanting to be seen in ways that the industry didn’t want to see them?” and Jennifer Aniston replied with “Oh my God, yes.”

Jennifer Aniston elaborated, “I mean, I could not get Rachel Green off of my back for the life of me. I could not escape ‘Rachel from Friends,’ and it’s on all the time and you’re like, ‘Stop playing that f**king show!’” 

Friends has really stood the test of time, more than most sitcoms. While there’s the occasional subplot which hasn’t aged well in this woke climate, Friends was a groundbreaking sitcom which garnered fans in the ‘90s and ‘00s, in addition to the ‘10s and now the ‘20s. As a result, we can totally understand how Jennifer Aniston was always being compared to her previous work when she took on new roles. And even more so, we can’t blame her for feeling this way. 

Jennifer Aniston then went on to open up about how her role as Justine Last in the 2002 film The Good Girl was the first time she was able to break free from the sitcom-mould.

She said: “The Good Girl was the first time I got to really shed whatever the Rachel character was, and to be able to disappear into someone who wasn’t that was such a relief to me. But I remember the panic that set over me, thinking, ‘Oh God, I don’t know if I can do this. Maybe they’re right. Maybe everybody else is seeing something I’m not seeing, which is you are only that girl in the New York apartment with the purple walls.’ So, I was almost doing it for myself just to see if I could do something other than that. And it was terrifying because you’re doing it in front of the world.”

The Good Girl (Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Jennifer Aniston also made a point, during the roundtable, about only being put up for comedy roles, saying: “Once you play comedy, they don’t think you can do the drama; and if you’re only seen as a dramatic actor, they don’t think you can do comedy. They forget that we’re actors and we actually have it all in there. It’s just about finding it and accessing it and getting the material.”

Well, we’re guessing that all the stress was worth it and Jennifer Aniston is feeling content with her acting career now. Given the immense success of the new Apple TV series Morning Wars, in addition to We’re The Millers and Horrible Bosses, Jennifer Aniston has proven to audiences that she can take on drama roles in addition to serving up variety when it comes to comedy. What an icon.

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