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Yoda Originally Looked Like Something Out Of 'The Lord Of The Rings'

Time to unlearn what we've learned.

Ever since The Mandalorian introduced the impossibly cute baby Yoda into everyone’s lives, the Star Wars fanbase has suddenly grown exponentially in a very short amount of time.

That’s no surprise of course. After all, baby Yoda is easily the cutest thing to come into existence in TV and Star Wars history. Seriously, just look at his widdle cheeks and big eyes:

With the entire internet currently in a state of “awwww” over baby Yoda, now’s perhaps the best time to pull the curtain back a bit on the OG Yoda. Firstly, we actually have no idea what type of species the Jedi master is, though George Lucas has said the Jedi master is the lovechild of Kermit and Miss Piggy so make of that what you will.

Secondly, Yoda’s original design is actually far different than the shrivelled, green skinned guru we all know and love. It turns out that George Lucas and his team of artists original envisioned the Jedi master as something akin to a white-bearded, staff-wielding, pointy hat-wearing dwarf who could’ve been taken straight out of Lord of the Rings.

All that’s missing is a lightsaber.

There was also a second design for Yoda that veered wildly in the other direction. Picture the Jedi master as a tall, aqua-coloured creature with pointy ears and a white beard who wears no clothes and is only rocking a hat.

Now due to various reasons ranging from legal to logistical, we can’t actually show you the concept art of Yoda’s original design so you’ll have to check it out at the official Star Wars website here. To make up for it, here’s more baby Yoda.

Had George Lucas given the thumbs up to Lord of the Rings Yoda, the character would’ve gone in a wildly different direction, which in turn would’ve meant The Mandalorian may well have missed out on getting baby Yoda.

Horrendous, that could’ve been.

Ellen DeGeneres Is Cut About ‘OK Boomer’ But Not Dubya Or Kevin Hart

Punch up, not down, Ellen. A comedian like you should know that.

2019 hasn’t been the best of years for Ellen DeGeneres. There was that defending Kevin Hart’s homophobic jokes thing, the rubbing shoulders with problematic former U.S. president George W. Bush thing, and the subsequent doubling down on her friendship with Dubya thing. Now she’s decided to cap it all off by picking a pointless fight with millennials and Gen Z by going after “OK boomer.”

Bold strategy there, Ellen.

The TV host who made a career by carving out a “nicest person in Hollywood” persona decided to tackle the whole “OK boomer” meme by getting a 17-year-old teenager and a 22-year-old woman to figure out how to use 80’s and 90’s era tech like rotary phones, type writers, and old-school film cameras.

Now this kind of premise would be pretty good if it were tackled with the same level of nuance and understanding of the cultural context behind “OK boomer” as, say, Seth Meyers, but Ellen skips right past all that and goes straight into mocking millennials and Gen Z for not knowing how to operate obsolete technology.

There are a few of things seriously wrong with this whole seemingly-innocent display of “wholesome fun” from Ellen DeGeneres.

“Millennials” refers to those folks born between 1981 and 1996. It is not an umbrella term for all young people. Those women Ellen were mocking on the show were 17 and 22, meaning they’re not even millennials but are actually part of Gen Z. Maybe get your facts right first before making fun of something, Ellen and Ellen’s writers.

It’s also difficult to see how “millennials don’t understand obsolete tech lol” is a funny premise. The whole point of new technology is to push society forward and making fun of young people for not knowing how to use something that no one even uses anymore is just short-sighted and cringey.

Put it this way, making fun of millennials for not knowing how to use a fax machine is no different than baby boomers making fun of middle-aged folk like Ellen for not knowing how to decipher Morse code.

It’s baffling why Ellen decided to roast millennials and Gen Z for “OK boomer” and yet she let things like Kevin Hart’s homophobic jokes and Dubya’s controversial tenure as U.S. president slide with nary a peep.

But when you’re a wealthy, middle-aged white woman who is pandering to an older crowd comprised of the “Karen generation” to pay the bills, punching down is perhaps the path of least resistance to rake in the views while still maintaining the “Ellen DeGeneres is nice and wholesome” facade.

Bringing back old technology just to “own young people” for making fun of baby boomers isn’t just petty, it’s unnecessary, which is perhaps the most apt description for both rotary phones and Ellen DeGeneres these days.

Shock, Horror! Brad Pitt Spends Time With Female Friend

Are they dating? Maeby, Maeby not.

Now don’t panic folks but we have some big news: Hollywood star Brad Pitt has been spotted spending time with *checks notes* a female friend. And not just a female friend but Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat!

Eagle-eyed onlookers spotted Brad (and his now trademark newsboy cap) hanging out with Alia at a Los Angeles art gallery, where they mingled, looked at a bunch of art pieces, and generally had a good time.

It could be just a coincidence but alas, some folks (via The Cut) have dug up old paparazzi shots of the duo attending Ethan Cohan’s A Play Is a Poem back in September.

Okay, so Brad’s been single after splitting with Angelina Jolie, Alia’s, uh, female, and they’ve been hanging out a lot recently, therefore they must – MUST – totally be dating. It’s just simple logic, y’all.

Sarcasm aside, there are two possibilities to this unexpected pairing. Either Brad Pitt and Alia Shawkat are dating and have been for a few months, or the pair are just friends who bonded over their love of art and the work of Ethan Cohan.

And as it turns out (unsurprisingly), it’s the latter scenario that’s at play here.

According to “sources” who spilled the tea to E! News, Brad and Alia are just mates who like hanging out at art galleries and are most certainly not a couple. Sorry to disappoint all those who follow the Hollywood gossip train like a hawk.

The hooplah surrounding this whole thing is truly fascinating because whenever two Hollywood stars are spotted hanging out – especially if one of them is Brad Pitt and the other is a female – the public’s immediate reaction is to think that they’re dating.

It’s almost like people forget that Hollywood stars aren’t people who have friends whose company they enjoy without feeling the need to bang them. Surely folks have seen enough romcoms to understand that it is possible for a man and a woman to be just pals.

So in short, Brad Pitt was spotted hanging out with a female friend. That’s it, that’s all there is to it.

It is at this point I feel like I should also clarify the rumours: I am also not dating Brad Pitt.

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