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JK Rowling, Hun, Stephen King's Tweet Wasn't The Praise You Thought It Was

She's hit backspace, hard.

Despite disappointing so many of her loyal fans, JK Rowling remains intent on peddling a harmful transphobic agenda via social media. Today, she tried to get fellow author Stephen King on side – and failed miserably.

Hear all about the JK Rowling drama below:

In a recent tweet, Rowling quoted feminist activist and writer Andrea Dworkin in a post that read, “Andrea Dworkin wrote: ‘Men often react to women’s words – speaking and writing – as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence.’”

“It isn’t hateful for women [to] speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so,” she added. 

Even though the tweet was part of a larger nine-part thread, author Stephen King retweeted it – leading JK Rowling to believe he supported her anti-trans views.

In response, she tweeted, “I’ve always revered @StephenKing, but today my love reached – maybe not Annie Wilkes levels – but new heights. It’s so much easier for men to ignore women’s concerns, or to belittle them, but I won’t ever forget the men who stood up when they didn’t need to. Thank you, Stephen.”

King’s endorsement obviously took his followers by surprise, who quickly questioned him on it. One Twitter user told the author, “You should address the TERF tweet. By telling us constant readers if you believe trans women are women.”

Stephen King simply responded, “Yes. Trans women are women” and moments later, Rowling withdrew her praise for the author by swiftly deleting her tweet that thanked him.

Rowling may not have the support of Stephen King – or many other people, for that matter – but that hasn’t stopped her from doubling down on the transphobia. It’s hard to know how or when JK Rowling will realise how harmful her comments are – particularly to her young audience of readers, but we can only hope the messages from her peers will get through eventually.

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The Inspired Unemployed’s Tips For Staying Positive Amidst The Pandemic

"Life's alright."

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, social distancing still at an all-time high, and many pubs still unable to serve up a steamy hot schnitty and schooner – life has been looking pretty gloomy lately. 

That’s why finding a giggle where you can is of utmost importance. Cue Jack Steele and Matt Ford of comedy duo The Inspired Unemployed. Listen to our chat below:

With hundreds of thousands of social media followers, these Aussie larrikins know a thing or two about finding light during dark times, and sharing it with the world.

Last September, Steele and Ford found social media fame with their ‘squad stroll’ video set to the Hall & Oates classic ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’ adding to their already-impressive Instagram following, and quickly growing their TikTok following to over 423,000.

“To be honest, we like Instagram – because it’s so much effort already,” Steele said. “But then TikTok is massive, everyone is on it. It’s now bigger than Instagram, we should probably take it more seriously.”

There’s an element of cheeky self-deprecation in The Inspired Unemployed’s videos that clearly resonates with an Australian audience. “We kind of rip on ourselves,” Steele explained. “People might look at us and think we’re surfy dudes, but they see us ripping into ourselves – then they’re a bit more lenient.”

While Steele and Ford are happy to take the piss out of themselves for the sake of a laugh, they’re mindful of treating their audience with respect. “You’ve got to think about how your jokes will affect people, and if they do, you pull out of it,” Ford said. “We don’t want to hurt or offend anyone.” 

“If we get one bad review or message, we get pretty rattled,” admits Steele. “We want to be funny without paying people out or being mean.”

In recent times, The Inspired Unemployed have gone from social media comedy stars to unlikely fashion icons with a GQ cover and affiliations with Vogue. “We got lucky there,” Steele said. “We’re full-on tradies – your average boardshorts and Billabong-shirt wearing guys.”

They might be humble, but the Inspired Unemployed aren’t afraid of expressing themselves through fashion and style. “If you look good, you feel good,” Steele explained. “Why not wear whatever you want?”

“If you don’t feel like talking, your clothes will talk for you,” Ford added.

As for how the pair have managed to keep their content light and survive iso, Ford suggested, “just don’t take shit too seriously. You’ve got to be able to relax and have a laugh – life’s alright.”

The Inspired Unemployed have also kept busy in iso by crafting a song for Klarna Australia with the help of Thandi Phoenix and Tuka. Check out the music video for ‘I Get What I Love’ below.

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Timothée Chalamet’s New Squeeze Is Already Apologising For Blackface

"It is my responsibility to educate myself."

Barely 72 hours have passed since Timothée Chalamet’s fandom was rocked by paparazzi pics of the actor getting cosy with actress Eiza González, however she’s already in the thick of a blackface controversy.

After photos of Chalamet and González started doing the rounds, so did images of the actress sporting blackface in the telenovela Lola, Érase Una Vez from 2007. 

Chalamet’s fans were quick to call González out for sporting blackface despite both of their recent statements in support of Black Lives Matter. 

In a statement, obtained by Page Six, González said, “I am deeply sorry and ashamed about having worn blackface makeup show in images circulating.”

“As a 15-year-old child actor on my first job in a Mexican telenovela, I was pressured against my will, and with no negotiating power, I could not advocate for myself in the situation.”

“I wish I had the voice and knowledge then that I have now,” she said.

To make matters worse, there are also photos circulating on social media of González dressed as a geisha. 

“The other image in question is from a trip I took to Japan,” González explained. “According to my host, it is considered an intercultural exchange to dress up in their traditional clothing and makeup. It is seen as an appreciation of their culture, however, I understand that out of context, this calls for a dialogue about contemporary cultural appropriation.”

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González said that as a Mexican woman she has faced “racism and ignorance” throughout her life and career and never intentionally meant to harm or distress anyone. 

“More than gestures of apology, it is my responsibility to educate myself and use my voice to stand up for others,” she added. “And again I deeply apologise for hurting anyone.”

Other fans also pointed out that González had apologised and addressed the images well before they recently resurfaced.

Timothée Chalamet is yet to respond to the controversy but it sounds like Eiza González understands the gravity of the situation and regrets doing blackface deeply.

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