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Dave Chappelle is enjoying the controversy surrounding his latest Netflix special The Closer.
The comedian took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Thursday night for a screening of his documentary and addressed multiple petitions for his show to be pulled from Netflix.
"If this is what being canceled is about, I love it," he joked. "I don't know what to tell you, except I'm a bad motherf**ker.
"This is the kindness conspiracy," he said, before insisting Americans "have to trust one another."
Chappelle also reportedly said "F*ck Twitter," prompting applause from the crowd.
The funnyman, continued his personal war on transgender men and women throughout The Closer.
Chappelle, 48, clarified that he's not saying "trans women" aren't women. "I'm just saying that [the genitalia] that they got..." is "not quite what it is - is it?"
Chappelle has upset officials at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) once again with his remarks.
Amongst various comments, he sides with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who became a target of activists last year after offering up her controversial views on transgender women.
Despite the backlash, Chappelle's new special has raced to the top five on Netflix's list of the most popular films and series on the platform in the U.S.
The same giddy women who helped catapult YouTuber Kevin Samuels to stardom now want him gone from the Internet.
Samuels - a self-described relationship expert - made a name for himself by making degrading comments about Black women.
Now his critics want him gone for galvanizing "men of all races and nationalities in the outspoken hatred of women."
Over 12,000 people signed a petition on Change.org calling for Samuels' removal from social media platforms.
The petition claims Samuels' rhetoric has inspired men to commit "Acts of violence, sexually predatory behavior and even death" against women.
"Women feel unsafe in the presence of men who identify with his ideology and have even been berated while going about their daily lives, (yes, even while at work), with criticisms that have been spoken directly from Mr. Samuels’ mouth. The very words that were spoken on social media platforms have permeated every facet of daily life for unsuspecting women."
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British lawmakers may require mandatory social media IDs after three Black England soccer players were flooded with racist abuse.
Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all missed penalty kicks that resulted in England losing the Euro Cup 2020 final to Italy on Sunday.
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A photo of Rashford reacting to his missed penalty kick went viral on social media.
The overwhelming racist abuse on social media generated headlines around the world. Celebrities and politicians in America condemned the racism.
Sean Combs shared a B&W photo of England's Black players on his Instagram account. He captioned the image:
"We stand with you Kings. Proud of all your efforts on and off the field and we will always support you. Continue to inspire. Love
And to the racists… F*CK YOU!"
Dozens of fans repaired a defaced mural of Marcus Rashford by taping cards, flowers and banners over it.
Thanks to a petition that garnered over 600,000 signatures, UK parliament is debating a new law that would make it mandatory to provide verified identification to create a social media account.
The petition states that the account of a person under 18 must be verified with the ID of a parent or guardian.
The new law makes it easier to trace young hoodlums who post racist or hateful comments on social media.
England had reached the Euro Cup 2020 final for the first time in history on Sunday. Fans took to the streets to celebrate the country's first-ever appearance in the final.
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Dejected England players react to a missed penalty kick while Italy players celebrate in the foreground.
England was the odds on favorite to win. But the three players missed their penalty kicks and Italy won the shootout.
British reality star Katie Price got the ball rolling by asking fans to sign the petition.
Controversial French film Cuties has spawned more backlash against streaming giant Netflix, with critics alleging it over-sexualizes children.
The film tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese girl in Paris who joins a "free-spirited dance clique" to escape family dysfunction.
Despite the outrage, the movie earned praise when it debuted at January's Sundance Film Festival in Utah for how it addressed the hypersexualization of young girls.
Netflix previously apologized for a promo poster of the child stars posing in their dancing outfits. After the film premiered on Netflix on 9 September, the backlash continued as the hashtag "#CancelNetflix" was the top trending topic on Twitter in the U.S. the following day.
A petition on Change.org was also launched, calling on Netflix customers to cancel their subscriptions over the flick on the streaming service "that exploits children and creates a disturbing vibe".
"From cuties to Big Mouth to other movies mocking religions and exploiting children Netflix is no longer the family friendly streaming service I once believed it to be," reads a message on the campaign, which currently has over 600,000 signatures.
Barack and Michelle Obama, who signed a multimillion dollar production deal with Netflix, have remained silent amid the controversy.
The backlash prompted Netflix officials to issue a statement, insisting the film, "Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children.
"It's an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up — and we'd encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie," they told Variety of the Maimouna Doucoure-directed flick.
But critics complained about the many close up shots of the young girls' body parts, and one scene where a girl exposed her breasts on camera.
Angry parents accuse Netflix of normalizing pedophilia in its new movie, 'Cuties.'
Nearly 60,000 people signed a Change.org petition demanding Netflix "remove the new movie Cuties as it promotes pornography."
The French movie, which premieres Sept. 9, features preteen girls dressed provocatively and twerking in a "coming-of-age tale from Maïmouna Doucouré."
"Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew," the original promotion read. "Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family's traditions."
In response to the controversy, Netflix apologized on Thursday for the film's promotional photo that shows four preteen girls striking poses in revealing dance attire.
"We're deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties," Netflix said. "It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We've now updated the pictures and description."
Normally the French and Americans have different attitudes toward sex. The French tend to be less conservative when it comes to sex.
But Twitter users point out the stark differences in the movie posters.
One Twitter user wrote:
"Just compare the original French poster for the 'Cuties' film, and the image @netflix has chosen.
Anyone want to point out the difference?"
Netflix plans to premiere the movie in September despite the backlash on social media.
Cardi B has defended Kylie Jenner's cameo appearance as a whore in her "WAP" video featuring Megan Thee Stallion. Cardi issued a statement after angry fans launched petition to have the reality star's cameo removed from the music video.
Cardi and Megan Thee Stallion dropped the video for their collaboration on Thursday, Aug. 6, featuring a variety of dancers including Normani, Mulatto, and Suki.
Jenner's appearance riled Cardi's fans, who demanded her removal in a Change.org petition that was launched over the weekend, labeling Jenner a "culture vulture".
But the "Bodak Yellow" star hit back on Twitter, insisting, "Not everything is about race."
Fans were tight that Normani and the other dancers were depicted as strippers while Jenner strolls down a hallway opening a door.
"Normani did ALL this and Kylie walked down the hall and opened a door. If that's not a perfect visual indication of Black women having to do the most..." wrote one fan, prompting the hitmaker's response.
"Normani is one of the best female artist that dances like she dances her f**kin ass off!" Cardi wrote. "Why would she open a door? Please tell me how that would make sense? The best part of the song is the beat and hook, it what makes you want to shake your ass."
She continued: "Not everything is about race. Theres issues out here in the world that is about race and I preach all the time about. This is not about f**kin race."
"Why did I put Kylie on my music video? She treated my sister and daughter so lovely at her kid's bday party," Cardi insisted in a final tweet. "Travis (Scott, Kylie's ex) and Set (Offset, Cardi's husband) are real close and Kris Jenner have given me advice on certain things I ask for and her husband real cool with mine."
Sandrarose.com gave the music video 2.5 roses, but my readers gave it 0.5 roses -- usually reserved for music videos that belong in a dumpster.
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