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Joaquin Phoenix’s DGAF Interview At The Golden Globes Will Have You Loving Vegans

He's somehow done the impossible.

Between Ricky Gervais doing his usual hosting schtick to the inevitable snubbing of several worthy winners, the Golden Globes was yet another predictable snoozefest. But there was one eye-opening moment that kept things interesting and it came in the form of Joaquin Phoenix’s DGAF post-victory interview.

After giving an expletive-laden speech after winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, the Joker star was whisked backstage for another round of interviews and he was not too pleased with having to speak to a room full of people after having done exactly the same thing just minutes earlier.

There goes that smile.

What little of Joaquin Phoenix’s patience ran out almost immediately as he was asked the usual slew of questions on how he prepared for Joker, to which he responded how that is all “old news” and he’s “answered this for six months.”

He ultimately gave an answer on his preparations for Joker before turning the entire interview on its head by asking the assembled crowd, “Have you guys been sitting here all night? Do they bring you food? Do you have drinks?”

From there the interview quickly turned into a surprisingly pleasant chat about veganism as Phoenix was asked about the vegan menu that was served at the Golden Globes and he was more than happy to talk about it, saying “This is the first time [he had] ever eaten the food at this ceremony” and he thought it was “excellent.”

Without being pushy or overly preachy, Phoenix then goes on to talk about how agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change, how “consuming animal products is no longer a personal choice” and how this is all “having drastic consequences around the world.”

After pushing other award ceremonies to embrace a vegan menu like the Golden Globes, Phoenix deemed the 2020 Golden Globes event to be great, saying that he’s “never been so proud to attend an awards ceremony as [he was] tonight.”

Joaquin Phoenix may have won a Golden Globe for Joker, but his greatest performance that night was how he not only managed to bring a new level of DGAF-ness to the ceremony, he also somehow managed to educate people about veganism and climate change in a way that made vegans seem cool.

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A Third Kevin Spacey Accuser Has Died, But Let's Not Get Carried Away With Conspiracies

Best leave the theories and mysteries in the realm of fiction.

WARNING: This Kevin Spacey article discusses suicide.

Ari Behn, a Scandinavian writer who was the ex-husband of Norwegian Princess Martha Louise and one of the people who had accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct – has reportedly died at the age of 47.

According to a statement from late writer’s manager (via The Hollywood Reporter), Ari Behn committed suicide on Christmas Day. No further details have been revealed.

Behn found success as best-selling author who also dabbled in modelling and playwriting. He made headlines in 2017 when he alleged that Kevin Spacey had groped him during a Nobel Peace Prize afterparty.

The tragedy of this news has sadly been undercut by the release of a weird and creepy season’s greetings video on Christmas Eve by Kevin Spacey. Much like the one he released in 2018, this new video sees the actor make some bizarre speech about killing enemies with kindness while portraying his House of Cards character, Frank Underwood.

Due to the unfortunate timing of Ari Behn’s death with Kevin Spacey’s cooked video, the internet has been a blaze with conspiracies over how these two events are linked, and how Behn is the third accuser to die since allegations against the actor were brought to light.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in crazy murder conspiracies given how on edge the world is, particularly with all the wild Jeffrey Epstein stuff, but let’s not carried away with any wild theories about Ari Behn’s death.

Not only is this disrespectful to victims of sexual assault, those struggling with mental health issues, and to Behn – who has talked candidly in the past about his struggles with his mental health – it feeds into the stupid supervillain persona that Kevin Spacey has been trying to put forth following all the sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Entertaining the idea of some wild conspiracy just eggs Spacey on to keep this ridiculous schtick up and desensitise the public to the seriousness of the allegations brought against him, which is the last thing everyone needs when the man is already using his Hollywood money and influence to try and escape justice.

The simplest explanation to something is usually correct in almost all scenarios. In this case, it’s just unfortunate that Ari Behn’s death coincided with Kevin Spacey’s latest attempt to win back the public’s trust.

Let’s leave the conspiracies firmly in the realm of fiction and see this news as what it is: a man who succumbed to his struggle with mental health.

If you or someone you care about needs help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

We Need To Respect Emilia Clarke's Refusal To Take Any More Fan Selfies

Autographs only.<br /> Thank one fan who couldn't read the room for ruining it for everyone.

Being a celebrity – especially if you were on a show like Game of Thrones – means being recognised by fans everywhere you go. However, there’s a time to ask for a selfie and a time to act like a human being rather than a squealing nerd. For Emilia Clarke, an unfortunate encounter with someone who simply couldn’t read the room has resulted in her decision to no longer take any more selfies with fans.

Chatting on the Table Manners podcast (via Insider), Emilia says she’s done with fan selfies after someone approached her asking for a photo… while she was in the middle of a panic attack.

The Game of Thrones star recalled “walking through an airport” by herself before she started having what she thought was a panic attack “brought on by complete exhaustion.”

After getting on the phone with her mom, some bloke approached her and asked her for a selfie instead of, you know, helping out someone who is clearly in a lot of distress. Yikes. That Game of Thrones fan is on the level of Michael Scott in terms of being a complete idiot.

“I’m there and the tears are coming out. I’m crying and crying, this guy’s like, ‘Can I get a selfie?’ And I was like: ‘I can’t breathe, I’m really sorry. Just having a minute.'”

“It was after a few moments like that where I was like, ‘I don’t know how to do this.'”

Dude…

Following that encounter, fans should no longer expect to get anymore “Emilia Clarke selfies” as she’s done with them. She is still cool with autographs though.

While Emilia understands she “signed” up for selfies and whatnot when Game of Thrones put her on the celebrity map, she explains says autographs help provide some sort of fleeting connection rather than a quick transaction that involves a smile and a phone.

“When you do that, you have to have an interaction with that person, as opposed to someone just going, ‘Give us a selfie, goodbye,'”

“It turns into, ‘what’s your name? Who am I making it out to?’ Then you have a chat and you’re actually having a truthful human-to-human thing, as opposed to it being this other thing that probably isn’t nice for them and isn’t nice to you.

“When someone’s asking me for a selfie, I want to be able to provide for them what it is they’re after. I’ve just been trying to navigate how I can do it without feeling like my soul is completely empty.”

Yes there is some sort of obligation for celebrities to interact with fans, but we also need to respect their boundaries because they’re ultimately just another human being at the end of the day.

Just like how we need to accept Adam Driver’s request to not watch his own work due to anxiety, Emilia Clarke’s decision to no longer take anymore fan selfies is also something we have to respect. Put it this way, if you were having a full-blown panic attack in public and someone asked you for a selfie, you’d also shy away from photos with fans forever.

And besides, getting an autograph while engaging in some actual conversation with Emilia Clarke sounds far better than a mere selfie anyway.

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