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WWE Proves It's The Only Live Sport That Would Survive The Coronavirus Apocalypse

The cancellation of everything is weirdly showcasing just how talented pro wrestlers are.

From the NBA to everything in Hollywood, the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus has resulted in the cancellation of basically everything in the entertainment world. But while the coronavirus has forced athletes, actors, and creatives to sit at home and/or self-quarantine, one form of entertainment has bypassed the COVID-19 pandemic and showcased its true qualities in the process: the WWE and its pro wrestlers.

Speaking of the coronavirus, the GOAT team talk about all the events that have been cancelled due to the disease on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

A big part of what makes any WWE event vibe is the presence of a live audience, so you’d think that the logical thing to do when the crowds are taken away as a safety precaution due to the COVID-19 coronavirus is to simply cancel the show. Not quite.

Giving new meaning to the phase “the show must go on,” the WWE pushed forward by having John Cena and Bray Wyatt get in a verbal spat ahead of WrestleMania 36 on WWE Friday Night Smackdown to no audience, and the result was… weirdly engrossing.

Having a backdrop of coronavirus-induced silence at a WWE show is weird enough, but seeing John Cena and Bray Wyatt commit 100 percent to their Wrestlemania 36 promo bit without batting an eyelid at the lack of a crowd is admirable.

There’s something bizarrely Shakespearean in watching John Cena and Bray Wyatt trash-talking each other in an empty WWE ring while the backdrop of the coronavirus looms large, and I mean that in a good way.

Critics of WWE and pro wrestling often chide the sport as being fake, but this whole WrestleMania showcase from John and Bray demonstrates that wrestlers are performers first and foremost, and that there’s some serious performing required to really sell it.

This whole John Cena/Bray Wyatt WrestleMania bit not only showcases the talent and skill required in pro wrestling, it’s also a strong example of how the WWE is arguably the only form of live entertainment that’ll survive the coronavirus pandemic (and any apocalypse for that matter) as it is clear that the sport doesn’t need massive crowds for it to be compelling.

So what does all this mean for WrestleMania 36 then? Since WrestleMania is the WWE’s biggest event of the year and regularly draws in crowds of over 100,000 people, the 2020 edition is going to have to make some changes due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The WWE has announced that rather than cancel WrestleMania due to the coronavirus, the show will continue to go on without a crowd and the event will be live-streamed to fans via the WWE Network and pay-per-view instead. The show must go on.

As weird as it is to have WrestleMania with no crowds, John Cena and Bray Wyatt have shown that it is more than possible to put on a good show without a live audience. Maybe this time the WWE can give the pro wrestlers Oscars instead of championship belts because they definitely more than deserve it for the performance they’re going to give at WrestleMania.

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TikTok Confirms That You Aren’t Rich Or Good-Looking Enough To Go Viral

What an unattractive platform to be on.

If you’re on TikTok, then chances are that you’ve shared a heap of videos in the vain hope something will go viral enough to propel you to internet stardom. Well folks, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. The likely reason you haven’t gone viral on TikTok isn’t because of your content but because the platform is likely censoring you for being not good-looking or rich enough.

Speaking of going viral, the GOAT team talk about Nikki Webster and Rebecca Black’s tour on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

According to internal documents obtained by The Intercept, TikTok have apparently been instructing moderators to censor and suppress posts from users they deem to be too ugly or poor for the platform. It is reported that TikTok artificially limits the audience reach for those they think aren’t good-looking or rich enough, essentially barring them from appearing on the platform’s “For You” section.

Some of the unfavourable physical traits outlined in TikTok’s company guidelines includes things like “abnormal body shape,” “ugly facial looks,” “dwarfism,” “obvious beer belly,” “too many wrinkles,” and “eye disorders.” The platform’s algorithm also doesn’t look too favourably on videos where the environments are “shabby and dilapidated” or if they’re filmed in “slums” and “rural fields.”

This is certainly discrimination but TikTok isn’t limiting it to just who they think is ugly and poor as The Intercept reports that the platform is also wielding its censorship hammer down on people with disabilities, political speeches, and negative political opinions about the police and government, especially Chinese institutions.

So why is the Chinese-owned TikTok censoring people who aren’t good-looking or rich enough for their tastes? Well apparently it’s all to project the idea that TikTok is populated by wealthy hot people in an attempt to attract new users to the platform.

Hmmm, China censoring things and truths it doesn’t like to hear or see and trying to promote a sense of “everything is fine” to outsiders. Sounds really familiar.

A TikTok spokesperson has since responded to The Intercept‘s report and said that this policy of censoring “poor” and “ugly” users was just part of “an early blunt attempt at preventing bullying, but are no longer in place.” If that sounds a bit too good to be true, that’s because it sort of is.

Aside from no mention about anti-bulling measures in the documents obtained by The Intercept, sources reaching out to the publication indicate that these nasty policies were in place as recently as late 2019.

The report from The Intercept on TikTok suppressing users who are not good-looking or rich enough is absolutely wild and it dives deeper into the app’s other cooked policies, such as the platform’s convoluted and occasionally contradictory rules about racist, sexist and other offensive content.

It’s all definitely worth a read and it’s certainly a better use of your time than trying to go viral on TikTok only to be told you’re too poor or ugly for them.

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Tom Hanks Confirms He Has Coronavirus, No This Is Not A Hoax

Now this is personal.

When that “Daniel Radcliffe has coronavirus” hoax came out, it was a pretty funny, albeit in a borderline sort of way. Well now it’s stopped being funny because we have our first confirmed celebrity case of coronavirus and the person infected is none other than Tom Hanks.

Speaking of the coronavirus, the GOAT team talk about all the events that have been cancelled due to the disease on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

In a statement issued out on his official Twitter profile, Tom Hanks revealed that he and his wife Rita Wilson have been in Australia at the Gold Coast filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic when the couple began to feel “tired”, some “body aches”,” some “colds” and a slight fever.

After doing the responsible thing and getting tested for the coronavirus, Tom revealed that the results came back positive and he and Rita are now following all the protocols issued out by medical officials and are in isolation. ABC News reports that Tom and Rita have been hospitalised on the Gold Coast.

Despite the bad news, Tom remained upbeat in his statement and says he and Rita are taking it “one-day-at-a-time” and promised to keep the world posted and updated on what’s happening with them.

Of all the people to get the coronavirus, why must it be Tom Hanks? What did he do to deserve such a thing to happen to him? And bloody hell, Australia, why did you have to go do this to Tom? He was on the Gold Coast working on a movie for god’s sake, it’s not like he was doing anything awful.

This is now personal and here’s hoping Tom Hanks will pull through this coronavirus infection.

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