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Literally No One Watched The 2022 Golden Globes

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The 2022 Golden Globes were especially sad this year. No, not because Ricky Gervais spoke some harsh truths. No, not because a celebrity was laughably drunk. The 2022 Golden Globes were so sad this year because literally no one watched them. 

How can that be, you ask. The Golden Globes are what kick off the awards season! It’s how we know which celebrities to cheer for and what movies and series to watch! It gets such high ratings! Why oh why would no one watch them? 

Like many things in Hollywood, it was an open secret that Golden Globes are bought. But if you thought blatant and open corruption is why the Golden Globes were “canceled” this year, you thought wrong. 

This year, the 2022 Golden Globes were “canceled” by NBC over diversity issues AND the fact that they’re so openly corrupt. 

How Did All This Start?

This all begins in 1943 with the founding of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, or HFPA (pronounced “hüf-pah” out loud). This was a group of foreign journalists trying to band together to create success for the international coverage of all things Hollywood. 

They realized early on that the best way to get Hollywood’s attention is to throw an awards ceremony. Which, knowing what we know about celebrities, is a pretty smart idea. 

And so, The Golden Globes were born! It was a flashy, fun party to kick off the awards season and snag some prestige for HFPA. 

No, How Did All This Controversy Start?

I’m getting there, Eager McBeaver. There’s this little thing called “context.” 

Early on, the Golden Globes earned a reputation for being fairly easy to get to. That is, if you wanted to win a Globe, all you had to do was something super nice for HFPA. Buy them all steak dinners and it wouldn’t matter how mediocre your performance was. If you delivered steak dinners, they delivered a Globe. 

If you want to know who’s popular in Hollywood that year, just see who won a Globe. 

This was an open secret for many, many years. It was part of the Hollywood awards game. And nobody took it seriously because the Globes were just a flashy, crappy, drunken affair. 

Unfortunately, HFPA became too comfortable in their tactics and were only celebrating a certain type of entertainer. A white type of entertainer. 

HFPA Lacks Diversity

An LATimes report back in February 2021 profiled HFPA and its oxymoronic openly subtle methods with no black members among its 87. 

It’s one thing to be corrupt, it’s another to be openly corrupt and not let black people join in on the corruption. 

After the damning LATimes report, a lawsuit, and studios like Netflix deciding to boycott the famously unserious awards show, NBC decided to pull the plug on broadcasting. 

We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. 

“As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes.” 

The 2021 Golden Globes contained a considerable lack of black performers and productions, despite some productions being incredibly popular and critically acclaimed. 

I guess I May Destroy You didn’t have a sweet enough gift for HFPA. Quality work just doesn’t hit quite as well as a free trip to Paris, ya know?

So, How Did The 2022 Golden Globes Look?

They looked pitiful. The 2022 Golden Globes were not televised nor live-streamed. There was no red carpet, no audience, no drunk celebrities, and no delightfully harsh ribbings from Ricky Gervais. 

HFPA hosted the event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. They announced winners on their website and Twitter. 

HFPA tried to blame the lack of attendance on their super serious COVID protocols. 

Health and safety remain a top priority for the HFPA. There will not be an audience on January 9, and the following precautions are being taken for select members and grantees who will be in the room: Proof of vaccination and booster shot, along with a negative PCR test within 48 hours, is required for entry; All guests will be masked and socially distanced at all times while inside the ballroom; There will be no red carpet.

It must be nice to use a pandemic when it’s convenient. 

How Have Celebrities Reacted?

Amy Poehler, multiple-time co-host to the Globes, said:

A lot of flashy garbage got nominated. But that happens. That’s, like, their thing. A number of black actors and black-led projects were overlooked.” 

Mark Ruffalo said:

As a recent winner of a Golden Globe, I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award. It’s discouraging.

Tom Cruise is returning his three Golden Globes. 

Ouch. 

Where Do We Go From Here?

Anywhere away from awards shows. It must be exciting to win one, especially if you work within the industry. It’s fun to watch the red carpet and see people we don’t know (but we like) dress in outfits worth a couple of mortgage payments. And, frankly, the Golden Globes had a reputation for being fun. 

But, honestly, award shows are stupid. They don’t matter. They only matter to a room of self-congratulating celebrities who have spent virtually no time in the real world. 

Representation matters, of course. The Golden Globes and HFPA should be held to account for both their lack of diversity and the fact that they are worth absolutely nothing as long as they can be bought so openly. 

Did you even notice that the Golden Globes weren’t on this year? Did you even care?

Chris Blondell is a Philadelphia-based writer and social media strategist with a current focus on tech industry news. He has written about startups and entrepreneurs based in Denver, Seattle, Chicago, New Haven, and more. He has also written content for a true-crime blog, Sword and Scale, and developed social media content for a local spice shop. An occasional comedian, Chris Blondell also spends his time writing humorous content and performing stand-up for local audiences.

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What You Know About the Fatal Shooting on Alec Baldwin’ Rust Movie Set

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On October 21, a gun being used as a prop by actor Alec Baldwin went off on the filming site of the Western movie “Rust” in New Mexico. The unfortunate incident had killed the film’s cinematographer and injured the director.  A few months after the alleged Alec Baldwin Rust shooting, the authorities issued a search warrant for the actor’s cell phone. Officials believe that it could hold evidence that might be useful as they investigate the case. 

Baldwin held a revolver in one of the films’ rehearsals when it fired. He had asserted that Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer, herself asked him to point the gun off-cam and toward her armpit before firing it. Joel Souza, the director, was also hurt in the filming site at the Bonanza Creek Ranch.

Baldwin said that he pulled the hammer back at Hutchins cue and that it fired when he let go. Likewise, he said he wasn’t aware that the gun contained a live bullet. 

What Investigators Found

Investigators have assumed “some complacency” in how weapons were used on the movie “Rust” set. They are preparing for charges. Plus, they have been working to identify the source of live rounds found at the filming site. 

Based on the search warrant affidavit, detectives are looking for any text messages, photos, videos, calls, or other information related to the movie and the suspected Alec Baldwin Rust shooting incident. 

Court documents show that Baldwin told investigators during an interview that there were email exchanges between himself and the film’s armorer Gutierrez Reed. In the emails, Reed showed him different styles of guns and that he had requested a bigger one. Baldwin ended up choosing a Colt revolver with a brown handle. 

Moreover, a search of Hutchins’ phone revealed conversations about the production back in July and photos of receipts from businesses in Santa Fe.  

Baldwin: “Someone is responsible” for the incident but “not me.”

In a separate interview with ABC News, Baldwin said he feels mind-boggling sadness and regret over the shooting, but not guilt.

“Someone is responsible for what has occurred, and I can’t say who that is, but it’s not me. Honestly, if I felt I was accountable, I might have killed myself. There is only one question to be resolved, and that’s where the live bullet came from.” – Alec Baldwin.

Baldwin explained that he would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. He also confirmed that Hutchins directed him to point the weapon just off-camera. 

The actor also shared that 45 minutes to an hour before he figured out that a live round had been loaded in the revolver. At first, he thought that Hutchins might have been hurt or had a heart attack. 

Baldwin said he met with the Rust’s armorer Hanna Gutierrez Reed for a gun training session before the shoot. She appeared capable and responsible, so he assumed that she was fit for the job. 

Gutierrez Reed has been in question regarding the case. However, her attorney said she did not put the round in the gun and believes she was a victim of sabotage. Meanwhile, investigators say they have found no evidence of such a claim. Baldwin recounted no manifestation that crew members were unsatisfied with safety conditions on the movie set.  

Baldwin emphasized that the incident left him emotionally devastated in the same interview. When asked by an ABC reporter if his career is over, Baldwin responded, ‘it could be.’

Production of Rust was suspended indefinitely while the incident is being investigated. 

For other news, read more here in Owner’s Mag!

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Fashion Designer Sues LEGO For ‘Queer Eye’ Jacket

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That’s a mouthful of pop culture, ain’t it? “Fashion Designer Sues LEGO for Queer Eye jacket.” 

It’s true, New York-based fashion designer James Concannon has filed a lawsuit against LEGO. He claims the company made a “blatant copy” of a jacket he designed for Queer Eye cast member Antoni Porowski. 

Somebody’s hard for cash and attention, eh? 

Concannon claims that LEGO didn’t ask for permission to use the “unique placement, coordination, and arrangement of the individual artistic elements.” 

A side-by-side comparison of the jacket by the designer and the LEGO version show obvious similarities. They also show obvious differences in those similarities. The design has been LEGO-fied … or LEGO-ized. I’m not sure of the technical term. 

Well, Did LEGO Steal The Design?

About as much as they stole Star Wars or Harry Potter. The Queer Eye LEGO set is one of the more recent in a line of sets for adult collectors. There are also LEGO sets of Friends and Seinfeld

No word on whether Jerry Seinfeld or Jennifer Aniston are suing the iconic Danish toy company.

LEGO’s lawyers did admit that they copied Concannon’s sweet design. Just like they copied Chewbacca’s design for their Chewbacca LEGO. Or how they copied Iron Man’s design for their Chewbacca LEGO. 

Now, maybe LEGO had Disney’s permission to use those designs. In fact, I’m sure they had a deal worked out. Just like how Netflix, which produces Queer Eye probably has a deal with LEGO. 

Concannon, being a super cool guy about all this, claims that the hit Netflix series had always asked permission to use his designs. That was not the case regarding the jacket in question. Concannon claims he gifted this brilliant and unique jacket to Antoni and never objected to its use on the show in the past. 

It wasn’t until LEGO released the Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft that the designer changed his mind. 

Interesting.

Is LEGO Going To Have To Pay?

According to Julie Zerbo, founder of The Fashion Law:

Concannon’s jacket itself is not protectable. What’s protectable here – and what is at issue in this case – is the skull, the peace sign, the writing, and the placement of those elements on the jacket.

“In order to be able to really make a successful and viable case against LEGO, the court will have to find that these elements are, in fact, protectable by copyright, and that LEGO’s jacket replicates them in a way that is substantially similar.

“I don’t anticipate that this will be an easy case for James Concannon.

I’m not sure Concannon’s PR team is thrilled with the headline “Fashion Designer sues LEGO ‘Queer Eye’ jacket.” Kinda makes the New York designer seem like a whiney, greedy wimp who’s perpetuating a harmful letigious culture this country struggles with. 

But what do I know?

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Logan Paul Bought Fake Pokemon Cards For $3.5 Million

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Logan Paul, YouTuber, fighter, and idiot, is a known Pokemon enthusiast. He wore his $150K Charizard around his neck at one of his fights, if you were unsure of his enthusiasm. He has spent millions on special collections. This very same Logan Paul bought fake Pokemon cards for $3.5 million dollars. 

That’s right. Logan Paul bought fake Pokemon cards for $3.5 million. 

S#@! I Shouldn’t Have Thrown Out My Old Pokemon Cards!

No, you shouldn’t have. There is currently a Pokemon card rush hitting valuations in the thousands. That binder your parents told you to throw out could have been potentially worth millions. 

How Did Logan Paul End Up With Fake Cards?

Paul has shared some of his Pokemon purchases on his YouTube channel. This set in particular had some people buzzing online that it was fake. In response to the speculation, Paul decided to fly to Chicago to see the Baseball Card Exchange (BBCE). 

These are the card guys. The previous owner, card collector Matt Allen, claimed that this potentially fake set had been verified by the BBCE. 

Seems legit, right? 

Well…

In a dramatic reveal, Paul, Allen, the BBCE, and onlookers opened the boxes in question to find that they weren’t Pokemon cards at all. 

They were G.I. Joe collectible cards. 

We all got duped.

How exactly did the BBCE get “duped?” How did the most credible card valuation organization in the country confuse G.I. Joe for Pikachu? Do they even look at the cards they’re valuing? 

In the video, Allen said that he never would have purchased the set if it wasn’t approved by the BBCE. 

Paul, visibly angry, said in his super positive bro tone:

I’m a super positive person, bro, and I’ll always be the one to look at the bright side. And I’m trying by this is very hard.” 

Bro, you spent $3.5 million on G.I. Joe cards. Did you not look at them before you dropped millions? Are you making so much money that you can get “duped” for the views, bro? 

One thing’s for certain. Logan Paul bought fake Pokemon cards.

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