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I'm Quite Certain Actress Laura Dern Thinks Baby Yoda Is A Real Person

Is Baby Yoda the next big NBA star?

By now, you’d be well aware of the Internet’s latest obsession: Baby Yoda. He’s the adorable Mandalorian creature who has captured our hearts, brought a tear to our eyes, and birthed hundreds and hundreds of incredible memes

It’s hard to quantify the amount of Baby Yoda content I’ve willingly consumer over the past few weeks, but it’s safe to say, me and my colleagues have become well acquainted with the sweet green critter. Actress Laura Dern, on the other hand, seems to think Baby Yoda is a real life person.

In a recent red carpet interview with Variety, Laura Dern was asked “have you seen Baby Yoda?” to which she replied, “Yes, I did…today” with an unexpected level of certainty.

“I think he was at a basketball game,” she said. “He was in PA (Pennsylvania?)…That’s all I’m gonna say.”

A BASKETBALL GAME? IN PENNSYLVANIA? Does Laura Dern think Baby Yoda is a real person? Does she not know who he is and is trying to appear like she does? There are so many questions.

It’s the ultimate ‘OK Boomer’ moment and judging by the host’s reaction, he’s just as shocked at Dern’s response as we are.

Even Jennifer Lopez wasn’t sure who he was. When she was asked the same question at the same event, she had to be reminded of the character by her red carpet handler. “I like Baby Yoda, I think Baby Yoda’s amazing.” Well, that’s a relief.

It’s been a big week for Star Wars hottest new export – he’s not only the topic of red carpet interviews, but he’s launching hot new merch, leading the US Presidential race and was even put forward as the next in line for the throne if the Queen was to legitimately pass away.

I’m so here for Baby Yoda and people thinking he’s a real life human being.

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Are We Really That Surprised Billie Eilish Isn't A 70s Rock Expert?

“Music is supposed to bring us together, not divide us."

With so many chart toppers and Grammy nominations under her belt, people often forget that Billie Eilish is only 17 years old. Considering her age, is it really that crazy that she doesn’t know who 70s rock band Van Halen are?

During a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the talk show host asked the singer if she could name any member of Van Halen. 

“Who? No, who is that?” Eilish asked, to which Kimmel responded, “I’m gonna start crying.”

It’s been a few weeks since then but there are plenty of Twitter users who are still in utter disbelief that Eilish doesn’t know who Van Halen is. 

There was so much chatter on Twitter about Eilish’s knowledge of 70s rock music that 28-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen, the band’s current bassist and son of Eddie Van Halen, defended the singer on Twitter.

“If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish, go check her out. She’s cool,” he wrote. “If you haven’t heard of Van Halen, go check them out. They’re cool, too.”

“Music is supposed to bring us together, not divide us. Listen to what you want and don’t shame others for not knowing what you like.”

Van Halen has a point, and another thing worth mentioning is that the band has technically been on somewhat of a ‘hiatus’ since 2015 so they’re not really on many people’s radar at the moment, let alone a 17-year-old girl’s. 

Perhaps Eilish not knowing Van Halen is a sign of the times. As we enter a new decade is it time to do away with the idea you need a certain amount of music history knowledge?

One of Billie Eilish’s best qualities is that her music has mass appeal – she has fans who are 13 and fans who are 60. There’s no age limit to who loves Billie, and there shouldn’t be any prejudice about who you listen to or know about, either.

This tweet pretty much hits the nail on the head:

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Badass Women Who Are Shaking Up The Music Game In 2019

Say it with me: GIRL POWER.

With just over one month left of 2019, now is the perfect time to look back and appreciate all of the incredible achievements of the year. Without a doubt, women have been at the forefront of those milestones, especially in the music industry. 

This week’s ARIAs was the perfect example of that. 19-year-old musician Tones and I AKA Toni Watson took home four awards – Best Independent Release, Best Breakthrough Artist Award, Best Female Artist Award and Best Pop Release – for the banger none of us can get out of our heads, ‘Dance Monkey.’

In her acceptance speech, Watson said: “thank you to Australia, for letting me know I’m okay just the way that I am,” and later said, “sometimes I don’t think that I’m not the most relatable female artist. I’m not into makeup or dresses, or typically girly things.”

“But, to me, those things don’t really define what it is to be a female artist in this industry anymore. It’s being brave and courageous, and true to yourself. No-one could have ever prepared me for the whole world judging me and comparing me to other artists.

“But what’s most important is that you have to be a good person and care about others and carry yourself well.”

Other talented Aussie women in music who won big at the 2019 ARIA Awards included Sampa the Great, Kaiit, and Amyl and the Sniffers – a band that’s proudly fronted by female vocalist Amy Taylor.

Across the pond, sisters were doing it for themselves this year, too. Both Billie Eilish and Lizzo have had stellar years, with record-breaking tracks and multiple Grammy award nominations.

Then there are pop music prodigies like Charli XCX, who has just launched her own Netflix series Nasty Cherry: I’m With The Band, Dua Lipa, who is currently touring her chart topper ‘Don’t Start Now’ all around the world, and Halsey, who just won Best Pop/Rock track for ‘Without Me’ at the American Music Awards.

And how could we forget the incredible women who are kicking goals in, and out of the limelight. In 2019, singer songwriter Julia Michaels released her EP, Inner Monologue Part 1 but she also co-wrote Selena Gomez’s most recent track ‘Lose You To Love Me,’ amongst other popular songs over the last decade. 

It’s a similar story for singer songwriter Sasha Sloan, who has written for artists including Idina Menzel, Maggie Lindemann and of course, Camilla Cabello. 

2019 has been an awe-inspiring and empowering year for women in music and we can only hope the same arse-kicking girl power continues into 2020 and beyond.

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