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RIP This Person Who Tried To Troll Kate Beckinsale And Her 22-Year-Old BF

Our deepest condolences.

We like to make fun of Pete Davidson for having a “type” (brunette starlets FYI), so it’s only fair we do the same to his ex-girlfriend, Kate Beckinsale, who definitely has a thing for younger men. We’re not here to judge who Kate Beckinsale dates or how there’s a 24-year age-gap between her and her current boyfriend, 22-year-old Goody Grace.

They’re both adults who can do what they want and it’s really none of our business. If you try to get involved, well Kate doesn’t give a crap what you think of her younger boyfriends and she’ll end you if you try and go after her for it.

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Taking to her Instagram, Kate shared a since-deleted video of her cat ignoring her commands and captioned it with “Very much did not go as planned Please tell me if this worked for you and WHY MY CAT IS BROKEN” (as per Refinery 29).

This was quickly jumped upon by a troll wanting to score some internet points by writing something quippy involving the words “Kate Beckinsale,” “age-gap” and “boyfriend.”

After presumably much workshopping, the troll ended up writing “Try and see if your new tom boy will adhere.” Without wasting a beat, Kate clapped back with “Try and see if you can spell and not just goon yourself straight out the gate,” presumably in reference to how the troll intended to write “boy toy” instead of “tom boy.”

The strange usage of the word “goon” aside, Kate’s simple retort embarrassed the troll so much that they deleted the comment before scurrying back to their basement. It ultimately proved to be a bit redundant anyway since Kate deleted the video shortly afterwards.

Once again, this whole thing does bring up the topic of age-gaps between couples, especially those well known to the public like Florence Pugh and Zach Braff. Sure we may all have opinions on it, but it ultimately amounts to less than jack and all.

Kate Beckinsale and Goody Grace are consenting adults and no one is in any place to comment about their relationship or the 24-year age gap, let alone some random troll on the internet. Besides, it’s not like their relationship is problematic on the level of Paul Walker and his teen girlfriends.

It probably goes without saying at this point that what people do in their personal lives is their own business. As the saying goes, age is just a number and if Kate Beckinsale and Goody Grace are happy together then good on them.

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Stanley Tucci Making A Negroni Is Just As Thirst-Quenching As It Sounds

Please shake and stir us like you did that negroni, Stan.

Being in COVID-19 isolation is making everyone a little thirstier than usual, and it’s been hard to quench this thirst seeing as how we can’t go out and date people like how we used to in the pre-lockdown. Luckily, there’s a solution for us all and it comes to us in the form of a most underrated thirst trap: a video of a Stanley Tucci making a negroni cocktail.

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Sensing that we all could use a pick-me-up during these dark times, Stanley Tucci decided to share with everyone a video of him demonstrating how to make a negroni cocktail. Well, he says it’s a tutorial but it’s clearly a thirst trap.

Sure he may be giving out instructions on how to construct a classic negroni cocktail (apparently a double shot of gin or vodka goes into it), but seeing the Tucc wearing a black T-shirt that reveals how surprisingly jacked he is is distracting as all hell.

Couple that with his silky instructions and the flirting with the camera operator (who is his wife, Felicity Blunt), there’s certainly more happening in this video than simply making a cocktail.

It quickly becomes clear that this video is nothing more than a Stanley Tucci thirst trap Trojan-horsing as a negroni cocktail tutorial. It’s almost like Felicity is taunting us by saying “yep, I’m isolating with this, be jealous.”

Unsurprisingly, the internet immediately got caught in the Tucc’s negroni thirst trap and refused to get out. The thirst is so strong that not only are unashamedly being horny on main, nearly everyone doesn’t even give a crap that Tucc’s cocktail recipe isn’t technically how you make a negroni.

Not that it matters in this case as no amount of cocktails or negronis will quench all the thirst sent towards Stanley Tucci’s direction by the internet.

At this point, Stanley Tucci could make a negroni using dishwater and lemon peels and we’d still follow him to the end of the earth while praising his skills. The Tucc has been underrated for ages and it’s about time he got the attention he deserves.

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Everyone Just Got A Crash Course In How Sexism Created Stockholm Syndrome

Wildest origin story ever.

A lifetime of movies and re-watches of Beauty And The Beast has helped instilled some sort idea of what Stockholm Syndrome for all of us. Basically, it’s a condition where a captive (usually a woman) might fall in love and/or deeply empathise with their captor. It’s a pretty common trope in media, to the point where the aforementioned Disney film has inadvertently become the poster child for the condition.

But alas, it seems like our knowledge of the condition barely scratches the horrendous truth because Twitter (of all places) has revealed Stockholm Syndrome to be nothing more than an unsubstantiated byproduct of sexism and misogyny.

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Twitter user Sarah Mohammed shared some excepts from the book See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Violence by Jess Hill, and proceeded to blow everyone one’s mind on the sexist origin story of how Stockholm Syndrome came to be.

Those who have some armchair knowledge about Stockholm Syndrome may know that it was first coined by a psychiatrist, Nils Bejerot, following a bank heist in Sweden. But according to the excerpts of Jess Hill’s book however, Bejerot “never spoke to the woman he based it on; never bothered to ask her why she trusted her captors more than the authorities.”

It all seems like Bejerot and the authorities made up the term as a way to make themselves look better, especially after the woman in question, Kristin Enmark, criticised the police and Bejerot after the heist was over for their macho grandstanding when they paraded the captors up and down the street.

When told of Enmark’s criticism of him and the authorities, he simply dismissed her comments as a product of Stockholm Syndrome (which again he made up) while still not speaking to her once.

But perhaps the most revealing part of Jess Hill’s book is Enmark’s remarks years later as to why she was so critical of the police and Bejerot: “Yes I was afraid of the police; what is so strange about that? Is it strange that one is afraid of those who are all around, in parks, on roofs, behind corners, in armoured vests, helmets and weapons, ready to shoot?”

I’m certainly no psychiatrist, but it sure sounds like sexism played a big part in how the term “Stockholm Syndrome” became a thing, and how it came from a place of misogyny from sexist men in positions of power.

There’s so much to unpack from these excepts of Jess Hill’s book and it really does call into question how we should view Stockholm Syndrome. It’s not recognised as a proper diagnosis or disorder and there’s no way of properly diagnosing it, yet people still use it as a cure-all explanation for complex issues, like women in abusive relationships.

Empathising with people is part of what makes us human and doing so as a captive isn’t the result of some syndrome – it’s a defence mechanism to ensure a higher chance of survival. Wouldn’t you want to suck up to your captor if your life was literally on the line?

Reducing the intricacies of human empathy while simultaneously hand-waving away women’s feelings to something beyond their control is a worrying oversimplification of a complex issue.

Sarah’s viral tweet of Jess Hill’s book excerpts has definitely helped shine a light on the sexist origins of Stockholm Syndrome and helped give some much-needed insight into the sexism and misogyny that gave rise to the term. Here’s hoping we move on from this and Hollywood stops glamourising something that is rooted in undermining women.

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