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Piers Morgan Accused Of ‘Vendetta’ Against Meghan Markle By Good Morning Britain Guest

‘Prince Harry is not capable of bullying The Queen.’

As The Queen agrees to let Prince Harry and Meghan step back from royal duties, there are some heated disagreements as to how they handled the situation.

What do you think? 👇@SholaMos1 | @AnilaDhamipic.twitter.com/eN5dxRAGa5

— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 14, 2020

Piers Morgan was put in his place during Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain, when a guest accused him of harbouring a “personal vendetta” against Meghan Markle.

In the past, Piers has made no secret of his feelings about the Duchess of Sussex, which have only been amplified by the recent news that she and Prince Harry are planning to step down from their roles as senior royals.

The royal couple were once again the topic of conversation during the latest edition of GMB, where Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu suggested the treatment of Meghan Markle in the media was symptomatic of racism in the UK.

Where is this racism that you keep talking about?” Piers demanded. “Where are the ghastly tabloids which you say have been driving this racist agenda against a woman who was lauded and welcomed?”

Piers Morgan

Dr Shola then suggested Piers was asking a deliberately “obtuse” question, pointing out that if he’d watched any of her recent interviews, he’d see that she’d given plenty of examples.

“I’m going to stop the conversation on Meghan being the problem or saying that she’s done something,” Dr Shola began.

“Let me tell you what’s so offensive about this Piers, especially with you. You are a man, privileged to have power and influence and you are using your platform so irresponsibly to spout out this personal vendetta with nasty and vile comments knowing fully well that your words are containing bigotry, misogyny, sexism and racism.

“You don’t take responsibility for how you have contributed to the so-called royal crisis. So when you ask me where is racism, it is not my job teach you about racism.”

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu backstage at Good Morning Britain

When Piers hit back that Dr Shola “likes to say that it’s all driven by racism”, she quickly responded: “It’s the fact you can’t see it because of your privilege. It is not my job to educate you Mr Morgan but you refuse to get educated.”

A day earlier, Dr Shola won praise on social media for similar comments she made to Phillip Schofield during an appearance on This Morning.

– Phillip Schofield: “what examples do you have (of racism against Meghan)?”

@SholaMos1: “That’s another problem. When people keep asking ‘what examples?’, it makes me question where have you been the last two years.”

What an interview.

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— Nadine White (@Nadine_Writes) January 13, 2020

When Phillip suggested he personally “hadn’t read anything” in the media about Meghan that he could say was “based on racism”, Dr Shola explained: “This is part of the problem. Let me explain what racism looks like from a lens of white privilege.

“White privilege white-washes racist and inflammatory language as unconscious bias. It perpetuates the bigotry of intolerant white people as ignorant, it defends and protects their private views… and then camouflages racist behaviour as error of judgement…

“I think, if you look at a lot of the criticism she’s faced, it all comes down to one thing: how dare she, she doesn’t know her place, she’s uppity.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

She concluded: “When a black woman goes along with the flow, and does what is expected of her, it’s all OK. But the moment she exercises independent thought… she’s a problem.”

Good Morning Britain airs every weekday from 6am, while This Morning begins at 10am.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘Smells Like My Vagina’ Candle Has Twitter Talking

Gwyneth Paltrow is selling a candle called “This Smells Like My Vagina” on Goop, and it’s sold out. But Twitter didn’t run out of jokes.

The $75 item contains traditional perfume elements like bergamot, cedar and rose “to put us in mind of fantasy, seduction, and a sophisticated warmth,” the product copy reads.

According to a previous Goop description, the provocative name came from a joke between perfumer Douglas Little and Paltrow. The two were testing a fragrance one day when she declared, “Uhhh, this smells like a vagina.” The bouquet evolved into a “funny, gorgeous, sexy and beautifully unexpected scent.”

Consumers had thoughts on the candle, and many weren’t full of rose and bergamot.

What does desperate for attention smell like?

— ⭐DetroitDish⭐ (@24kBlondi) January 14, 2020

I just heard about @GwynethPaltrow‘s “This Smells Like My Vagina” candle. She totally ripped off my “This Smells Like My Foreskin” candle…

— Mike Horn (@mikehorncomedy) January 14, 2020

Director: “And that’s a wrap for Avengers Endgame! Let’s celebrate!”

Gwyneth P: “Yay! Maybe we should light up a few of my candles to lift up the party mood?”

Chris Evans: “Avengers Dissemble!”#vaginacandle#avengers#butwhyhttps://t.co/RlQlVmhW2J

— Sami Karjalainen (@Samsamppa) January 14, 2020

Goop meeting “Hey, this smells like my vagina”
“you wouldn’t dare🤣”
“hold my kombucha🤣🤣🤣”.
*Stamps approval*

— Vanessa Young (@vanessa_young56) January 13, 2020

I haven’t gone more than 10 minutes without thinking about Gwyneth’s vagina. If any of my family smell a thing they invariably add “it smells like Gwyneth’s vagina.” Was this her aim because this family holiday has taken a turn.

— Bronya (@BronyaB) January 14, 2020

The vagina candle being just a regular candle that says “this smells like my vagina” is the absolute best thing guys can’t comprehend this week on the internets. #GwynethPaltrow#vaginacandle@GwynethPaltrowpic.twitter.com/A6LZOuu8yC

— IV for Vendetta (@carlovescar) January 13, 2020

I think Gwyneth Paltrow is actually losing it and chose to market a candle that says “This Smells Like My Vagina” right on the label out of cynical disgust at humanity. If I’m right her next big product will be perfume that smells like her feces after she eats a plate of kale. pic.twitter.com/FaCal4PzAC

— Saint Brian The Godless (@AWorldOutOfMind) January 13, 2020

#SMELL FACT: When Gwenyth Paltrow discovered that her birth canal smelled uncannily of geranium, citrus and cedar, she preserved this anomaly for science in a bestselling candle called “This Smells Like My Vagina”. She describes the scent as “funny”. pic.twitter.com/lFV70IOkWc

— Katie Puckrik (@KatiePuckrik) January 13, 2020

Wait hers personally? – or in general ? How does this work ??@BoingBoing: Gwyneth Paltrow’s got a $75 “smells like my vagina” candle https://t.co/r87yY5YbxF””

— John Cusack (@johncusack) January 14, 2020

YouTuber NikkieTutorials Comes Out As Trans And Fans Shower Her In Love

Popular YouTuber and makeup artist NikkieTutorials has come out as transgender.

On Monday, the vlogger, whose real name is Nikkie de Jager, shared a 17-minute video titled, “I’m Coming Out.” In it, she laid out her journey as a trans woman and why she chose to talk about it now.

“Today I am here to share with you something that I always wanted to share with you one day, but under my own circumstances. It looks like that chance has been taken away from me so today I am taking back my own power,” she explained. “When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body, which means I am transgender.”

Nikkie said that she realized she was female from a very young age. 

“By the age of 6, I grew my hair out. … By the age of 7 or 8, I fully wore girls’ clothes only and it felt amazing,” she said, adding that as a teen she went on hormone therapy and growth stoppers, fully transitioning at 19.

The 25-year-old said that she had been “blackmailed” but did not name who threatened to expose her private information.

“I have been blackmailed by people that wanted to leak my story to the press,” Nikkie said, but she made clear later in the video that she feels liberated and that she “always wanted to share this” with her fans.

She also emphasized that she’s “still Nikkie. Nothing changes about that.”

“The last thing I want in my life is for you to not trust me anymore or to look at me with different eyes. Or look at me in a different manner. … At the end of the day I am still Nikkie,” she said.

In response to the video, many fans, fellow vloggers, members of the trans community and celebrities have come out on social media to praise Nikkie. They’ve also shared their distaste for whoever is allegedly blackmailing the YouTuber:

nikkie tutorials built an empire as a trans woman for 10 years + & didn’t let her identity become the forefront of her career! She told no one. She is a self built CEO of her own artistry & sheer dedication to the beauty industry! #nikkietutorialspic.twitter.com/9kpGZGqqIV

— jord (@jordansjungle_) January 13, 2020

i’m so happy n proud for @NikkieTutorials 💕 ur freee fkn beautiful n a fkn legend . that shit had me emotional 💕💕💕

— KIM PETRAS (@kimpetras) January 14, 2020

#beautiful I support of your journey sister @NikkieTutorialshttps://t.co/u8ALkjd2tA

— HailieSahar (@213Sahar) January 14, 2020

literally blackmailing someone to come out is the ugliest and worst thing is the world. nothing is scarier than coming out, especially as a trans woman. i just gotta day i love and respect nikkie so much and am so proud of her! @NikkieTutorialspic.twitter.com/ianoHsAtz8

— ♡ (@names_erik) January 13, 2020

me & the girls searching for the person who threatened to out nikkietutorials pic.twitter.com/19BeJVFGpG

— daiso did me dirty (@ZOOWEEMAMI) January 14, 2020

TRANS IS BEAUTIFUL 🌈 @NikkieTutorials i am so proud of u! i know how hard it is. to see u out and living ur truth has brought me to tears! u don’t know how many people ur inspiring and helping by sharing ur story. i am one of them! she said WOMAN. https://t.co/SoUOndNw7U

— Nikita Dragun (@NikitaDragun) January 13, 2020

I’m so happy for nikkie I cant stop smiling today :’)

— James Charles (@jamescharles) January 13, 2020

nikkie tutorials being a trans woman: 💕💕💕💕💖💖💖💖💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💘💘💘💘💝💝💝💝💝💝💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💖💖💖💖💖💖💖🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈

nikkie tutorials being blackmailed into coming out: 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪

— hoetoñal (@queerarcana) January 13, 2020

“I can’t believe I’m saying this today… I am transgender.” @NikkieTutorials, a popular YouTuber known for her makeup videos, has shared that she is transgender.

Nikkie, we support you and we know that your visibility help trans youth and adults alike feel a little less alone. https://t.co/hbRpedHQsP

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 13, 2020

nikkie’s story is such an amazing example of how having a supportive community/family can be so important to a trans person. i’m so happy she had people around her that allowed her to express herself and helped her find her way. support your trans kids/friends/family!

— carter (@roseyaurora) January 13, 2020

Of course, where there are fans there are also haters. One of the most outspoken people to bash Nikkie’s coming out was the sister of Too Faced Cosmetics co-founder Jerrod Blandino, who apparently changed her Instagram bio to address the video.

Several Instagram accounts dedicated to beauty and lifestyle drama shared that her bio read: “Transgender huh? That’s not the only thing she’s been LYING about.”   

I’m so disgusted… (this is jerrod blandino’s sister) pic.twitter.com/8YLu68ZPzA

— positiviᵗᵉᵃ (@TeaSpillYT) January 14, 2020

On Tuesday, the bio was changed again to read: “Lets be clear, I love trans people & dislike anyone who lies to hurt others! Period!”

The bio swap appears to be part of an ongoing feud between Nikkie and Too Faced Cosmetics, which you can read about here.

At any rate, keep being you, Nikkie. Most people seem to be happy about that.

Stephen King On Oscars Nominees: ‘I Would Never Consider Diversity In Matters Of Art’

Stephen King may have unwittingly singled himself out as part of Hollywood’s diversity problem.

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences received harsh criticism — once again — for its lack of women and people of color among this year’s Oscars nominees.

Shortly after the nominees were announced by presenter Issa Rae (who had quite the one-liner after naming those in the running for Best Director), the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite2020 began to trend on Twitter.

Amid the controversy, King decided to share his perspective on the social media platform. The wildly successful author began his argument by establishing himself as a member of the Academy, saying that he votes in three Oscar categories — Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay.

“For me, the diversity issue ― as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway ― did not come up,” King wrote of his rationale for the individuals he voted to nominate. He added a cliffhanger: “That said…”

As a writer, I am allowed to nominate in just 3 categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay. For me, the diversity issue–as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway–did not come up. That said…

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 14, 2020

In his follow-up tweet he elaborated on his thoughts about the subject — and it’s pretty loaded.

“…I would never consider diversity in matters of art,” King wrote. “Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.”

…I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 14, 2020

In response, King received a tsunami of criticism. And ultimately, he gave a nod to the points his critics had made.

When you wake up, meditate, stretch, reach for your phone to check on the world and see a tweet from someone you admire that is so backward and ignorant you want to go back to bed. https://t.co/nPXOeAebkb

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 14, 2020

With all due respect, I’m afraid that a meritocracy could work only if the game weren’t rigged.

— Laura Lippman (@LauraMLippman) January 14, 2020

With the utmost respect, I think this is quite a bit unfair. When films created by people of color, irrespective of quality, constantly get overlooked by institutions that are predominately comprised of white men, there is an implicit bias at work here.

— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) January 14, 2020

You’re a very smart person ans one of my favourite writers, but you must acknowledge you’ve had an easier path in your career than a woman or POC, right?
White men disproportionately reward other white men, regardless of quality.

— Faron Gidge 📷 (He/Him) (@FaronGidge) January 14, 2020

Notice how quality is framed as innately the opposite of diversity (whiteness)? Diversity is not deficiency and it is not charity. Stephen King is a perfect example here of why these awards shows are so vvhite. https://t.co/NZEr9JGYtp

— BlackWomenViews (@blackwomenviews) January 14, 2020

I mean, Stephen King is saying what lots of “well meaning” white folks think. These folks prolly hate 45 & consider themselves good ppl & allies, all that jazz yet here we are🤷🏾‍♀️. The reality is, most WP in this country never think about or consider Black/Brown/Queer folks.

— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) January 14, 2020

That is like saying “I don’t see color” and as problematic.

— RH (@RevRLHale) January 14, 2020

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— Mathias Nordfjord (@Methias_N_L) January 14, 2020

Missing the point, Stephen
Why are the majority of American and European movies entrusted to male directors? Are they inherently more skilled in this area or does this represent the same inequality that plays out in all other powerful roles in our society?

— Andrew Galvin (@MaxHomo) January 14, 2020

I have pinpointed the precise moment Stephen King got cancelled. It was right here. pic.twitter.com/EFhXlPG1Uh

— neontaster (@neontaster) January 14, 2020

After King was flooded with deluge of backlash, he responded with tweets recognizing the challenges facing artists who aren’t white males. 

The most important thing we can do as artists and creative people is make sure everyone has the same fair shot, regardless of sex, color, or orientation. Right now such people are badly under-represented, and not only in the arts.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 14, 2020

You can’t win awards if you’re shut out of the game.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 14, 2020

The Oscars’ diversity issue was spotlighted for many when, for the second consecutive year, all 20 acting nominees for 2015 films were white. Within days of the resulting uproar, the Academy announced changes aimed at increasing the number of its women and minority members by 2020.

Despite such efforts, the Academy this year failed to give Jennifer Lopez, who was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award for her role in “Hustlers,” a supporting actress nod. Awkwafina, who made history when she won best lead actress at the Golden Globes this year for her role in “The Farewell” was also snubbed. Other shocking omissions included Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”).

Notable snubs in the directing category — whose nominees, for the second consecutive year, are all men — were Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”) and Alma Har’el (Honey Boy).

The first ― and only ― female Oscar winner in the directing category was Kathryn Bigelow, for 2010′s “The Hurt Locker.” Gerwig was nominated for a best director Oscar in 2017 for her directorial debut, “Lady Bird.”

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