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The Veronicas Are Right, Protesting Drag Queen Story Time Only Creates Trauma

"You don’t get to decide what other parents get to enjoy with their children."

UPDATE 15:40pm 13/01: According to reports, Wilson Gavin, the president of the University of Queensland’s Liberal National Club has died in a suspected suicide.

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The Veronicas singer Jess Origliasso has called out a group of protestors after they stormed a drag queen storytelling event in Brisbane over the weekend, reportedly traumatising a group of children in attendance.

Origliasso posted an Instagram video of the protestors, who entered the LGBTQ event and began chanting “Drag queens are not for kids.” 

According to News.com.au, police were called to Brisbane Square Library after people complained the protestors were scaring the children. 

“This morning a good friend of mine took her daughter along to a children’s storytelling event in Brisbane by two gorgeous Drag Queens, when a screaming group calling themselves the UQ young Libs stormed the event in a public library, causing chaos and distress to the children and everybody there,” the singer captioned the video.

“What they did today was unnecessarily add to the bigotry, division and trauma young children are left to face in today’s society,” she added. “This was a fun morning put on for families who wanted to be part of it – if you don’t like the idea – don’t go.”

“But you don’t get to decide what other parents get to enjoy with their children,” The Veronicas singer added.

Speaking to Sunrise, drag queen performer Johnny Valkyrie said the protestors “put children, families, staff and the public in the line of conflict and vilification.”

“This is not about politics. This is about humanity,” they told Sunrise. “The family and the children were distressed by the event.”

In an Instagram statement, Rainbow Families Queensland said their event, which was run by “two Blue Card registered and fully trained drag queens,” saw the children enjoy “singing and dancing, reading, and doing craft.”

Rainbow Families also stated that “drag queen storytime is a highly successful event that has been held four times in Brisbane over the past two years,” and added the quote from coordinator Holly Zwalf, “Love makes a family. There’s no room for hate in our hearts.”

The Veronicas, Johnny Valkyrie and Rainbow Families Queensland all make valid points. Protests like this breed hatred, traumatise children and turn a harmless and beautiful event for families into awful experience. 

Echoing the comments of Origliasso, if you don’t agree with it – don’t go, but don’t disrespect and discriminate against others in the process.

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Florence Pugh DGAF What You Think Of Her Age Gap With BF Zach Braff

Mind your own.

As we swiftly approach 2020, Hollywood has served us up a fresh batch of ~hot new couples~ and one of them is Little Women actress Florence Pugh and Scrubs star Zach Braff.

However, not everyone is lusting over this new pair.

Pugh recently took to Instagram to post a photo of herself, but when Braff commented with the princess emoji, one of her followers reacted: “@zachbraff you’re 44 years old.”

Fans were quick to clap back in the comments section, writing “so what?” and “sorry what’s your point?” 

The comment even caught the attention of Pugh herself, who simply responded: “and yet he got it,” with the OK hand sign emoji.

Credit: Instagram

The ballsy fan isn’t wrong – Zach Braff is indeed 44 years old and Florence Pugh is 23, leaving a gap of 21 years between the pair. 

The real question here is, does it really matter?

Leonardo DiCaprio’s 22-year-old model girlfriend Camila Morrone also recently defended her age gap with the 45-year-old actor. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Morrone said, “There’s so many relationships in Hollywood — and in the history of the world — where people have large age gaps,” Morrone said.

“I just think anyone should be able to date who they want to date.”

Morrone has a point. If the relationship is consensual, is it really anyone’s business what the age gap is? Leo and Camila and Florence and Zach aren’t the only celebs flaunting lengthy gaps in their relationships – it works the other way around as well.

Just look at Heidi Klum who is married to Tom Kaulitz, a man 17 years younger than her. Or Jason Momoa, who is 12 years younger than Lisa Bonet. 

Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/AMA2019/FilmMagic for dcp

Perhaps this is just another handy reminder to live and let live and as your mum once told you: if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Sharon Stone Is Back On Bumble And Nope, This Isn't An Ep Of 'Catfish'

"Don't shut me out of the hive."

Online dating is stressful at the best of times. Add being a super high profile celebrity into the mix, and apparently, it’s even more complicated. Basic Instinct star Sharon Stone took to Twitter yesterday in a bid to have her profile unblocked on popular dating app Bumble.

“I went on the @bumble dating site and they closed my account,” she tweeted. “Some users reported that it couldn’t possibly be me!”

“Hey @bumble, is being me exclusionary? Don’t shut me out the hive.”

No, you’re not drunk – that’s the real Sharon Stone on BUMBLE.

After Sharon’s thirsty fans recovered from the fact that the actress is using a mainstream dating app like a regular Joe, Bumble jumped in to clear things up. 

“There can only be one Stone,” the official Bumble account tweeted. “Looks like our users thought you were too good to be true. We’ve made sure that you won’t be blocked again.”

“We hope that everyone in our community takes a sec to verify their profiles. (Catherine Tramell from Basic Instinct gets a pass today!)”

According to Bumble, the app has a “zero tolerance policy for fake profiles” and has a team “that works 24/7 to keep them out of the Hive.” The app also encourages users to report fake profiles, stolen photos and any kind of suspicious activity.

If you’ve watched an episode of MTV’s Catfish, you’d understand why this is a necessary measure on dating apps. However, in Sharon Stone’s case, her profile wasn’t too good to be true.

It’s not the first time a celebrity has faced similar dating app struggles. In a 2016 interview with The Times, fellow actor Zac Efron said “amazingly, when I signed up for Tinder, nobody swiped me! They thought [my profile] was fake.”

It’s understandable that fans thought Efron and Stone’s profiles were the work of sneaky catfish – it’s not every day that you come across your celebrity crush while scrolling and swiping to find love. 

Perhaps these a-listers should stick to the ‘you can’t sit with us’ of dating apps, Raya, which is a ‘membership-based social network’ reportedly used by everyone from Channing Tatum to Drew Barrymore and Ben Affleck.

For those who aren’t interested in dating a fellow celebrity, Bumble, Tinder, Hinge and all the rest are free game – that’s if you don’t get blocked, of course.

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