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Woody Allen Reckons Timothée Chalamet Dragged Him Just To Get An Oscar

Really, Woody?

The world might be in the midst of a pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped Woody Allen from publishing his controversial memoir and spilling a lot of tea while doing so, including a spicy claim about actor Timothee Chalamet.

In his memoir, titled Apropos of Nothing, Allen writes about his childhood and career, as well as those that denounced him after his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow accused him of sexually abusing her as a child. 

After Farrow’s op-ed about the abuse claims was published in the Los Angeles Times, Chalamet – who starred in Allen’s 2019 romantic comedy A Rainy Day In New York announced he’d be donating his entire salary from the film to charities supporting sexual abuse survivors. He also posted a message to Instagram, which read, “I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

But according to Allen, Chalamet’s protest against him was purely for Oscars clout. “All the three leads in Rainy Day were excellent and a pleasure to work with,” he wrote in his memoir. “Timothée afterward publicly stated he regretted working with me and was giving the money to charity, but he swore to my sister he needed to do that as he was up for an Oscar for Call Me by Your Name, and he and his agent felt he had a better chance of winning if he denounced me, so he did.”

Ironically, Chalamet didn’t end up winning the Oscar for Best Actor in Call Me by Your Name, and after he spoke out against Allen, many other celebrities who had worked with the director followed suit.

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Woody Allen’s memoir was rooted in controversy even before it hit shelves. Hachette cancelled their book deal with Allen after a staff walkout and his son, Ronan Farrow, slammed the publisher for showing a “lack of ethics and compassion for victims of sexual abuse.” 

Despite the memoir being picked up by Arcade Publishing, it has been met with scathing reviews, and even labelled a “shallow exercise in self-pity.” 

There has been no word from Timothee Chalamet on Allen’s claims, but I’m guessing he’s quite keen to keep his distance from all the drama. 

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Never Forget When We Insisted On Putting Chunky Belts Over Everything

Even jackets.

If you’ve lived longer than a decade or two, you would’ve gone through your fair share of embarrassing fashion phases. Throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s there were butterfly clips, dresses over jeans, low slung flares, tube tops, cargo pants and diamante-encrusted flip flops. However, no fashion statement haunts me more than the dreaded chunky belt – an accessory we insisted on wearing over every piece of clothing we owned in the mid ‘00s. 

Belt loops or not, women in the 00s couldn’t get enough of the chunky belt. These waist-cinching accessories were worn over the top of dresses, flowy t-shirts and button-ups, and most horrifyingly, over a jacket. 

Credit: M. Caulfield/WireImage for PMK/HBH)

But why!? Why did we insist on buckling these hefty fashion accessories around our waists, no matter the occasion?

Some sort of fashion switch was flipped during the noughties, telling women all over the world that their waist is (and will always be) their most flattering asset, and we should accentuate it at all costs. Even if it meant corseting ourselves into a thick blazer, or throwing a useless faux leather band around a t-shirt.

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Then there were the hip-hugging belts that were carelessly thrown over peasant tops, oversized dresses and on top of low cut jeans. Blake Lively’s stylist didn’t even bother to thread hers through the loops!

Lindsay Lohan’s belt is hanging on for dear life over this relaxed tee and shorts combo:

In fact, celebrities of the era didn’t help stop the spread of the chunky belt trend one bit. The likes of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Ashley Tisdale were rocking wide belts like it was – quite literally – going out of fashion.

One Google search of 00s chunky belts and you’ll be disturbed to see they’re actually making a bit of a comeback right now, popping up over long coats and dresses down runways all around the world.

Credit: Dior

Clearly, fashion continues to be a revolving door and I’m just going to have to get over my fear of chunky belts. 

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Is My Temperature Rising Because Of Coronavirus, Or Spain's Army?

*heavy breathing intensifies*

Whether you’ve been working from home, surviving a 14-day quarantine period, or simply self-isolating, there’s no doubt that cabin fever would be starting to set in now. These prolonged periods spent indoors – and with limited real life social interaction – are enough to make even the proudest of homebodies a little delirious, and recent news of Spain’s thirst trap of an army is not helping.

Amongst the COVID-related doom and gloom we’re quickly becoming accustomed to on social media, photos of Spain’s army have emerged, and it’s safe to say – Twitter is shook.

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The army’s La Legion – a regiment referred to as the Bridegrooms of Death – has gone viral on social media due to the fact that they’ve apparently been deployed to help manage the coronavirus outbreak, but mostly because of their extremely sexy uniforms.

Thousands of people have taken to Twitter to react to Spain’s spicy soldiers, including one user who wrote, “As a woman with eyes, I appreciate that their shirt lapels are practicing social distancing.”

Another Twitter fan pointed out what we’re all thinking: “The open neck to the shirt, three or four buttons down, is an interesting standard.” User Tressie McMillan Cottom weighed in, responding, “Not that I’ve blown it up or anything but it seems important to note that the buttons only START halfway down. This is BY design (of god maybe but I let the viewer decide).”

They’ve got a good point. These low-cut and fitted uniforms are a far cry from the head-to-toe camo and covered up ensembles we’re used to seeing soldiers in. 

Of course, none of these thirsty comments are intended to be insensitive, take away from the reality of what these men are trying to do, or the gravity of the pandemic, but perhaps these pics are a bit of what the world needs right now.

With so much bad news floating around at the moment, sometimes it’s nice to stop and appreciate the lighter side of life. All that’s left to do is figure out whether feeling hot under the collar is a symptom of COVID-19, or seeing these army pics. 

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