Naya Rivera Is More Than ‘Santana From Glee’ Or ‘Lea Michele’s Rival’

Rivera recently went missing, is feared drowned.

Yesterday, authorities reported that actress Naya Rivera had gone missing after her four-year-old son was found alone on a rented boat in Lake Piru in Ventura County. Hear all the details below:

Rivera had reportedly rented the boat around 1pm local time on July 9th, and her son was found by another boater about three hours later with his mother nowhere in sight.

Police were called and a search and rescue dive team were deployed. However, after hours of searching, authorities have shifted the search to a recovery operation as Rivera is feared to have drowned. 

It’s an utterly heartbreaking and tragic event, sparking a social media frenzy of thoughts and prayers from Rivera’s family, fans and celebrity friends alike.

As the search continues and Naya Rivera’s name appears in headline after headline, her loyal fans have been taking to Twitter to ensure her identity isn’t minimised.

Social media users are begging that Rivera isn’t simply identified as “Santana from Glee” – the character she is perhaps best known for portraying. 

They have called for people to stop labelling her as just “Lea Michele’s rival” after co-stars recently spoke out about their difficulties working with Michele. Hear about that below:

Many fans are also pleading that Rivera’s name isn’t brought up in association with the “Glee curse”, an idea that the show – which ran from 2009 to 2015 – is somehow “cursed” because two of Rivera’s co-stars, Cory Monteith and Mark Salling, both passed away after a number of tragedies and traumatic incidents. 

One Twitter user wrote, “Right now there’s a little boy waiting for his mommy to come home. There’s a man and woman waiting for their sister to be found. There’s two parents waiting for their daughter to be found.”

It’s important to remember that whilst Naya Rivera is famous, she isn’t just a public figure. She is a mother, a daughter, an actress and a human being. 

We can only hope she is found safe and send all of our support to her family during this incredibly difficult time.

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What Did JK Rowling Expect Signing This Open Letter On 'Cancel Culture'?

It has sparked a heated debate.

After weeks of controversy surrounding her views on trans issues, JK Rowling and 150 other writers, academics and activists have signed an open letter warning that free speech is under threat due to ‘cancel culture’.

The letter ‘on Justice and Open Debate’ states that “powerful protests for racial and social justice” are overdue and a “needed reckoning” but they have “also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favour of ideological conformity.”

The letter labels “an intolerance of opposing views” as a “vogue for public shaming and ostracism” that “hurts those who lack power and makes everyone less capable of democratic participation.”

“We need to preserve the possibility of good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences,” it states. 

The letter, which has been signed by everyone from “the father of modern linguistics” Noam Chomsky, feminist Gloria Steineim, Russian chess icon Garry Kasparov, author Malcolm Gladwell, and of course – JK Rowling, has sparked a heated social media debate.

After the letter was published, some public figures withdrew their support upon seeing who else had endorsed it. According to BBC, multiple signatories have had works banned in some countries, and others have lived in hiding and received death threats in the past.

Some social media users have labelled the open letter as supporting anti-trans rhetoric, particularly with the support of JK Rowling. 

The open letter has also led people to begin debating about ‘cancel culture’ itself, what it is, and whether it even exists.

In the case of JK Rowling, it’s no surprise her open letter signature is receiving mixed opinions. Last month, the Harry Potter author released a 3,600-word essay defending her right to speak about trans issues without fear of abuse.

While Rowling has her supporters, she continues to face major backlash for her anti-trans views – with many high profile celebrities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community speaking out against her, and explaining how harmful her views are to a young audience of fans. Hear about that below:

By the sounds of it, the debate around free speech and ‘cancel culture’ won’t come to a close anytime soon – in fact, this is just the start of it.

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Being 14yo Is Hard Enough Without Gwyneth Paltrow Buying You A Boob Puzzle


Remember being 14 years old? Hormones were racing, moodiness was at an all-time high, and parents (but also just adults, in general) were always embarrassing you. Now, imagine being 14 years old and your mum is Gwyneth Paltrow – lover of orgasm candles, vaginal steaming and boob puzzles.

In a recent blog post for Goop, Paltrow revealed her isolation “hacks” amidst the global pandemic. The actress turned lifestyle guru shared her favourite recipes, snacks, and working from home fashion items.

She also mentioned “there’s been a lot of Trivial Pursuit happening at the house. And I got Moses the boob puzzle just for fun.”

Speaking of Gwyneth Paltrow, hear about her chaotic energy below:

The boob puzzle in question is actually a beautiful piece of art, and a helpful reminder that not all breasts are the same. However, it’s hard to fathom how awkward 14-year-old Moses must’ve felt when his mum handed him a 450-piece puzzle printed with boobs.

Credit: Goop

It’s not the only time Gwynny has embarrassed her children. In a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Paltrow said, “you know, it’s funny actually, my son said to me the other day – he was like, ‘You know, at first, I thought it was really embarrassing that there were vibrators on your website. And now I think it’s a great thing.’”

Paltrow said Moses told her, “‘You’re a feminist, mom. You’re a badass.’ I was like, ‘Thank you.’”

During another recent interview with John Legend, Paltrow said, “my daughter finds me mortifying.”

“If I do anything in public, past not talking and standing still, she’s like [mouthing ‘Stop!’] If I dance she turns red,” she added.

While the thought of your mum selling vibrators and finishing a boob puzzle by your side might sound totally awkward to some – it’s a dynamic that is clearly working perfectly fine in the Paltrow household.

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