What is the web-o-sphere angry about this week? A thin singer playing a fat girl icon, a gun control advocating actress acting with a gun, and a late music icon going on tour as a hologram. Here’s everything you need to know.
Lady Gaga could be cast as Ursula
THE STORY: Lady Gaga is reportedly in talks to play Ursula in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: There’s no doubt that Lady Gaga has the vocal (and acting) chops to pull off this role. I’ve seen A Star is Born multiple times now, and I’m ready to campaign for Gaga to play a part in every movie from here forward. But, as Amanda Richards eloquently writes for InStyle, it would be a disservice for her to take the role of this “fat girl icon” away from a plus-size actress. Ursula meant a lot to many young women growing up, “she wasn’t the meek, shrinking violet, hide in the corner with a cardigan on kind of fat—she was glamorous, she was sexy, and she did not give a single solitary fuck.”
Actress is pro gun control, but acts with guns in a movie
THE STORY: In the new Halloween movie, Jamie Lee Curtis wields a gun, despite advocating for firearm control. “The conundrum applies to other Hollywood A-listers like George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Julianne Moore, Sally Field and Jim Carey who have all made their living portraying gun-toting characters while calling for stricter gun reform,” Fox News writes in a piece criticizing Curtis.
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Fox News‘ paper-thin argument ignores that the characters actors play on screen very rarely line up with their own personal views and beliefs. Since, you know, movies aren’t real. In response to the bizarre criticism, Curtis spoke with USA Today, calling Fox’s article nonsense: “It was just silly, because they were trying to make a point without ever asking me what I really think. And what I think might surprise them. I am vocal about common-sense gun safety and gun laws. For instance, I fully support an assault weapon ban, I fully support a bump stock ban. I fully support the Bill of Rights. And fully support the Second Amendment. And have absolutely no problem with people owning firearms if they have been trained, licensed, a background check has been conducted, a pause button has been pushed to give time for that process to take place.”
Amy Winehouse is going on tour as a hologram
THE STORY: The family of Amy Winehouse has announced that a tour will soon take place in which the late British singer will perform as a hologram.
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Sure, there’s something slightly creepy in bringing back someone who tragically passed away for our own on-stage entertainment—especially without their consent. But those are just my thoughts. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which raises funds for substance abuse programs to help even young people in her name.
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