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Madonna's Weird COVID-19 Musings Are Now Downright Irresponsible

Definitely no Ray Of Light here.

Madonna has said a few things that warrant a facepalm recently, such as when she got all preachy about COVID-19 while relaxing in a petal bath. Normally we’ll just brush it off as another dumb Madonna thing, but her latest Instagram COVID-19 quarantine diary entry about antibodies have gotten to the point where it’s getting dangerously irresponsible.

Speaking of celebs doing dumb things, the GOAT team talk about how Ellen DeGeneres is in full damage control mode on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Seated in front of an old-school typewriter that would make Tom Hanks green with envy and channeling a 1940s noir aesthetic for her latest Instagram COVID-19 quarantine diary, Madonna says she took “a test the other day” and found out she has “the antibodies.”

Empowered by all those antibodies she supposedly has, Madonna then says how she’s “just going to go for a long drive in the car” and is “going to breathe in the COVID-19 air.” She finishes the video by saying, “Here’s the good news: tomorrow’s another day and I’m going to wake up and I’m going to feel differently all over again.”

The whole thing is… an experience that’s for sure.

It’s one thing to be preachy while in a bathtub but it’s another thing entirely to be telling people you’ve got antibodies and you’re going to “breathe in the COVID-19 air” because of it. Pretty sure that’s not how a coronavirus works.

The last thing we need right now is people getting the idea to prematurely break the COVID-19 lockdown just because they think they’re immune thanks to antibodies, but Madonna’s video is just feeding into that dangerous rhetoric.

Furthermore, scientists aren’t 100 percent sure if having antibodies will result in immunity against getting infected by COVID-19 again so all that talk about talk about going out to “breath in the COVID-19 air” probably won’t be good for your lungs.

Look, we’re all bored and struggling with lockdown life while this COVID-19 pandemic is still going, but Madonna’s musings about antibodies and going outside to “breathe in the COVID-19 air” is just dangerous talk. Stick to advice from scientists and medical professionals instead of aging pop stars with too much time on their hands.

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If You're Using Your Dog's Death For TikTok Content, It's Time To Log Off

Going way too far just for clout.

From shoving ice cubes up vaginas to impersonating Ariana Grande, it seems like people will do almost anything for some of that sweet, sweet TikTok clout. But it appears we’ve finally hit a point where people are saying “too far” after a pet owner shared a video of her dog’s death on TikTok and subsequently went viral.

Speaking of faux pas, the GOAT team talk about Ellen DeGeneres’ fall from grace on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

User Emma Conger shared a TikTok video on April 25 which depicted her taking her sick dog, Sparky, to the vet. Things go from sad to shocking in record time as Emma proceeds to reveal that Sparky got a ruptured tumour and internal bleeding before the decision was made to put her dog down.

While all this was happening, Emma was documenting the entire ordeal on TikTok, right up to the point of the poor dog’s death. Yeah.

Seems like the first thing that comes to some people’s mind when their dog is on death’s door step is “Imma go get my phone and record this for my TikTok.”

It’s one thing to go viral on TikTok for doing a dumb challenge but it’s another thing entirely to exploit your dog’s death for internet points. Seems incredibly inappropriate to be filming your beloved dog’s death rather than, you know, being with it during its final moments. It’s inexplicable that this needs to be said yet here we are.

Unsurprisingly, a heap of people dogpiled (pun unintended) on Emma for using her dog’s death in such an exploitative way for internet clout. In response to all the criticism, Emma defended herself by saying the video was unplanned and she “doing everything to try and cope but it wasn’t working so I tried doing this and it helped some.” 

Whether it was to get internet clout or a way to cope with her dog’s death, Emma’s video certainly got a heap of attention as it racked up over 10 million views on her TikTok alone – as well as a heap of traumatised people who watched a dog literally die before their eyes.

Yes. Yes it is.

How this dog death video managed to clear TikTok’s guidelines is baffling, as well as how viral it ultimately became. The former question deserves an explanation but we can probably do without an answer to the latter as we don’t need to hear the reasons why they watched a video of a dog dying on TikTok.

So well done, Emma, you’ve demonstrated that there is indeed a new low to which people can sink to for internet points. Here’s hoping documenting pet deaths doesn’t become the new thing on TikTok because this is the last thing we need on top of everything else we have to deal with right now.

Rest in peace, Sparky, you deserved better.

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Ellen DeGeneres Won't Say Sorry, But She Will Throw Cash At The Backlash

Literally trying to buy back all that lost goodwill.

So 2020 hasn’t been great for Ellen DeGeneres so far. After COVID-19 forced her to produce home episodes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show from her Hollywood mansion, the TV host proceeded to make tone-deaf jokes comparing her situation to jail, get called out by a YouTuber for being mean, and exposed as a pretty dodgy boss who has no qualms screwing her loyal crew over (something which she still hasn’t commented on yet).

Needless to say that the backlash against Ellen DeGeneres has been swift and she’s now responded in the most Ellen way possible: by throwing cash at the problem rather than say sorry or issuing out some PR-vetted apology.

Speaking of Ellen DeGeneres in damage control mode, the GOAT team dives into the whole mess on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

During a recent episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the TV host announced that she partnered with Venmo so she could give out $250 to a hundred lucky viewers who really need it during these tough times.

Viewers fill out a form nominating someone who could really use some moolah and Ellen generously deposit $250 in the bank accounts of the most deserving people (or the ones with the best stories).

To be fair, giving out $250 to 100 random people who need it is a pretty nice thing to do during these tough economic times caused by COVID-19. However, one can’t help but feel like Ellen DeGeneres is literally trying to buy back some goodwill after copping so much backlash recently, and she’s using Venmo’s money to do it rather than her own.

It’s clear that Ellen is in full damage control mode at the moment, yet it seems like she could’ve saved herself a lot of hassle (and money) by doing the responsible thing and just, you know, heed her own “be kind” mantra and apologise for being an arse. Then again, we should’ve known that Ellen would never apologise even if she was wrong based on how her George W. Bush debacle went down.

But hey, if I had even half of Ellen DeGeneres’ net worth of $330 million and a company with deep pockets willing to play ball, I too would throw bundles of cash at all the backlash rather than say sorry or put out some half-arse apology.

Speaking of celebs using their platform, the GOAT team talk about all those famous people doing good things from their home on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

As nice as giving free money is, Ellen DeGeneres will have to do more than giving out $25,000 to randoms because an apology is worth far more than that and the stink of all that backlash isn’t something that’ll be wiped away easily with a few hundred dollar bills.

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