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John Krasinski Ruins The One Good Thing We Had In Iso By Selling Out

Why can't we ever have nice things?

One of the few bright spots the world has had during these strange isolated times is John Krasinski’s Some Good News YouTube channel, which is basically the actor and his family goofing around in his home office all for the sake of bringing a smile to everyone’s face.

But that bastion of wholesome goodness has now been completely shattered because John Krasinski has decided to sell Some Good News – and his soul – for a big bag of cash.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, John has sold the rights to Some Good News to giant conglomerate ViacomCBS after what was a “massive bidding war” that netted Krasinski a “rich” licensing deal. In other words, John Krasinski made serious Office-level moolah selling his YouTube show.

What does this mean for us plebs who have been getting through iso by watching Some Good News free on YouTube?

Well it means that Some Good News will now move from YouTube to ViacomCBS’ streaming platforms, meaning new episodes will be put behind a paywall from now on and fewer people will have access to the show. The irony of having to pay for a previously-free show titled Some Good News isn’t lost on us.

But the biggest change will be the face in front of the camera. It is reported that John Krasinski will no longer be the host and will only be involved in a producer role, as well as some kind of “on-air presence.” So in other words, not only will Some Good News no longer be free but the strongest aspect of the show will be gone.

Apparently John was hesitant to sell the serious because he wanted to make Some Good News free on YouTube while also reaching the the biggest audience possible, but it seems like Krasinski changed his mind quickly though no reason was given. Getting a dump truck full of money is a pretty good way to change someone’s mind, just saying.

Look, I certainly can’t fault John Krasinski for jumping at the chance to make a big pile of money, but there’s just something unsavoury about this whole thing. It seems kind of gross that what initially began as a feel-good project to help people through these dark times will now become a corporate product that most people who are struggling financially can’t access.

The thought of John Krasinski taking something so wholesome and profiting off of it during these uncertain times is unseemly to say the least.

Hope you got a good price for Some Good News and your soul, John Krasinski. Can’t blame you for wanting to make bank but just don’t expect me to like what you did.

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Today In Worrying TikTok Trends: Guys Glorifying Toxic BF Behaviour

There are safer, less problematic ways to get TikTok clout.

It seems like all things viral are originating from TikTok these days, for better or worse. Among the many trends on TikTok today, a new one is emerging and hoo boy is it problematic because it is glorifying toxic boyfriend behaviour.

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If you go on TikTok and search “crazy boyfriend,” “psycho ex”, “psycho boyfriend” or stuff along those lines, you’ll find a worrying number of POV videos where dudes dressed like fkbois are scowling or doing something menacing towards the camera.

Just a quick search yielded a TikTok video with the caption “after years of you driving him crazy, your boyfriend catches you cheating for the last time” while a dude menacingly lip-synchs to the camera.

That only scratches the surface as there are a heap of other problematic vids, like a POV video with the caption “your crazy ex boyfriend kills your boyfriend because he’s jealous that you’re not with him” while a hoodie-wearing guy mimics a gunshot, and a POV video with “I’m the crazy ex-boyfriend and I still love you. u[sic] need to breakup with your boyfriend or he might get hurt” while a guy menacingly wields a baseball bat.

When asked by Vice why he jumped on this troubling toxic boyfriend viral thing, 16-year-old TikTok user Ryan Eskling explains how he was inspired by shows with abusive male leads, like Netflix’s You, saying “I was inspired by these shows to create different characters, as it seemed to attract the teenage demographic the most” and how he “was faced with a lot of comments from girls saying it’s attractive.”

That last comment from Esling highlights the worse part of this worrying toxic boyfriend trend on TikTok: how some girls are positively responding in the comments. It’s bad enough when guys are glorifying toxic behaviour for TikTok clout, but it’s worse when girls are romanticising and effectively normalising male violence.

Thankfully, these problematic TikTok videos have also copped criticism as there are a number of girls commenting how this trend is troubling, especially for those who have been in toxic relationships. One girl commented: “Can we stop glorifying abusive relationships? You wouldn’t be making cute lil TikToks about it if you actually knew what it felt like to be in one.”

Domestic violence and abusive relationships isn’t something young people should be glamourising on TikTok or creating characters out of, yet here we are and it’s all for stupid internet clout that has no real value. There’s a burden of responsibility on TikTok to regulate this sort of troubling content, yet it seems like they’re cool with anything as long as you’re good-looking or rich enough.

Seeing as how TikTok is an evil as hell platform during the best of times anyway, maybe just stay off the app altogether as that’ll end this problematic toxic boyfriend trend once and for all.

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Today I Learned: Jon Hamm Was A Literal Mad Man Who Got Arrested For A Violent Hazing Incident

In the words of Don Draper: It will shock you how much it *never* happened.

Celebs are human just like the rest of us and are prone to mistakes, faux pas, and serious incidents of the “arrested then thrown in jail” kind, and it’s never not entertaining to hear stories like these. So when the story of Jon Hamm getting arrested for assault stemming from a violent hazing incident came up, it was something of an a eye-opening surprise because of how unexpected it is and how his reaction to it these days is eerily like how Don Draper from Mad Men would act.

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Years before Mad Men and Don Draper, Jon Hamm was a student studying at the University of Texas, where he did the usual American college thing of joining the Sigma Nu fraternity and did his share of hazings every now and again.

However, he ultimately took things a little too far when he took part in a hazing that was almost comical in how horrific it is. According to news reports (via My San Antonio and The Guardian), a fellow Sigma Nu frat member alleged that Jon and other members physically abused him, stripped him of his clothes and set his pants on fire.

The details of this violent hazing are simply horrendous but perhaps the worst part was how the alleged victim claims that Jon hooked the claw of a hammer under his crotch and led him around a room like a dog.

Jon Hamm and the frat brothers involved in the alleged incident were later arrested in 1993 and he copped a charge for the violent hazing as well as a separate assault charge.

However, Jon escaped serious penalty AP reports that he received a deferred adjudication for his hazing charge, meaning his case can be dismissed if he successfully completes probation (which he did). His assault charges were also dropped.

While Jon managed to get off relatively unscathed, four others were charged and pleaded no contest to misdemeanour hazing charges. The University of Texas Sigmu Nu chapter was subsequently shut down afterwards.

This all took place well before Jon Hamm became “Jon Hamm, actor” so it didn’t become a headline-grabbing “celeb gets arrested” story. But it seems like he isn’t all that apologetic for what went down either.

In a 2015 Esquire profile on Jon, the violent hazing incident was brought up and the interviewer notes how “his tone becomes tinged with anger.” When pressed on it, Jon essentially tries to wave it off with an “it was all exaggerated and I was young and stupid” excuse.

“I wouldn’t say it’s accurate. Everything about that is sensationalized. I was accused of these things I don’t… It’s so hard to get into it. I don’t want to give it any more breath. It was a bummer of a thing that happened.

“I was essentially acquitted. I wasn’t convicted of anything. I was caught up in a big situation, a stupid kid in a stupid situation, and it’s a f**king bummer. I moved on from it.”

Certainly doesn’t sound like a man who is genuinely sorry for hooking the claw end of a hammer underneath a poor bloke’s genitals. However, it does eerily sound like Jon has been taken the famous “This never happened, it will shock you how much it never happened” line spoken by Don Draper far closer to the heart than anyone expected.

There will never be a shortage of “celebs getting arrested” stories but Jon Hamm’s violent assault incident will certainly stand out due to how unexpectedly horrendous it was and how weak of a Don Draper-esque outlook he has on it now. No wonder why he was so good on Mad Men.

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