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When I opened Twitter Saturday morning, I saw “Chris Evans” and “Captain America” trending. Evans is my favorite of the Marvel Chrises, so naturally I clicked to see what was happening with him—then quickly became confused. I saw people talking about “nude leaks,” some remarks about (ahem) “size,” and something about how he’d accidentally leaked naked photos of himself. But as I scrolled through the feed (not looking for the pics, just trying to figure out what happened) the only photos I saw were of him and his dog, occasionally sprinkled with handsome photos of him fully clothed.

Here’s what had happened. Evans apparently had shared a video in his Instagram stories that somehow ended with an image of his camera roll. Among the tiled photos was a picture of a penis. No idea if it was his and really don’t care. Clearly, it wasn’t intentional and it appears the IG story was quickly taken down.

Of course, people screenshotted it before it was taken down. Then Twitter blew up. And the internet being what it is, one might expect that the photo would have dominated the Twitter feed—but it didn’t. Fans are so protective of his Evans’ wholesome goodness and right to privacy that thousands flooded the feed with sweet public photos of him, largely with his rescue dog, Dodger. It was a clear, purposeful effort to drown out any shares of the private photos, and from what I saw—or rather, didn’t see—it worked.

Fans also pointed out that Evans has talked openly about having anxiety, so people were particularly sensitive to how the actor might feel about having such an embarrassing thing happen.

Post after post of Chris-being-his-awesome-self photos.

It was a heartwarming response, honestly. In a world where the more salacious something is the more people click, it was lovely to see masses of Twitter users immediately mobilize to protect someone’s privacy.

If only that were the way such leaks always went down.

Some people praised the move while simultaneously pointing out that women who have nudes leaked are not usually given the same courtesy. When Jennifer Lawrence’s phone was hacked and nude photos were leaked on the internet, much of the buzz over it included people shaming her for having the photos on her phone in the first place.

Lawrence responded with a solid defense, in which she laid out the fact that she didn’t need to defend herself for what she did privately in her own relationship. But people still acted as if she had no right to that privacy as a celebrity, which is, of course, dead wrong.

There’s also the fact that Lawrence’s photos were illegally stolen and leaked, which adds an extra layer of offense that should enrage any decent person. Evans leaked his photos himself, which is super unfortunate, but for some reason kicked in a more compassionate response than Lawrence received. Maybe we’ve matured since 2014, maybe we’ve just become more accustomed to seeing such leaks, or maybe women are held to different standards of decency and respect.

Chris Evans has yet to comment on the leak and the protective response of his fans, as far as I’m aware. But his brother Scott did manage to pull off a bit of humor from the incident.

Ah, brothers.

Let’s all make a pact that when leaked nude photos of anyone start circulating, we flood the space with images they’ve given the public permission to see. Chris Evans got this treatment because he is beloved, well respected, and a genuinely good guy. But everyone has a basic right to privacy no matter who they are—male or female, famous or not.

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John Oliver Throws Up His Hands After “Hopeless” Fight Against Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation




When it comes to the Supreme Court, John Oliver is ready to throw up his hands in defeat. On Sunday night, the Last Week Tonight host expounded on the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the GOP’s rush to fill her Supreme Court seat before the presidential election. While Oliver is known for his fighting spirit, he didn’t express much of it as he discussed the fruitless effort to prevent Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation. “This has been a very dark week for lots of people,” said the HBO host. “If things seem hopeless right now, it’s because, to be completely honest, they basically are.”

Last night, Oliver devoted the bulk of his show to the fight over RBG’s Supreme Court seat and Trump’s Saturday evening nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, an outspoken conservative. “Trump is about to replace a liberal icon with an extremely conservative justice who’s been called the female Antonin Scalia, and she can serve for a long time,” explained Oliver. “Amy Coney Barrett is only 48, and I know that I make 43 look like 76, but trust me, that is young for a Supreme Court justice.”

“If, and almost certainly when, Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, the impact could be dire,” he continued, explaining that “in recent years, key cases have been decided by just one vote,” such as those related to DACA, the Affordable Care Act, and reproductive rights. “Should those issues come before the court again, they could now easily go the other way. And there is clearly no point holding on to hope that conservatives might choose to respect they precedent they set by refusing to even consider Merrick Garland in an election year, because that was always in bad faith, as was obvious at the time.”

After throwing to a clip of Mitt Romney explaining why he will support Barrett’s nomination (“It’s also appropriate for a nation which is, if you will, center-right, to have a court which reflects center-right points of view,” said Romney last week), Oliver tore into the Utah senator. “What the hell are you talking about, Mitt?!” asked Oliver. “Set aside the notion that a court that gutted the Voting Rights Act is a ‘liberal court,’ since when is this nation naturally center-right?”

The Last Week Tonight host proceeded to rattle off statistics about Americans’ party affiliation, polls showing that “Americans favor abortion rights, with support of Roe v. Wade reaching record highs,” and majority support (“59 percent,” to be exact) for waiting until after the election to fill RBG’s seat. “So, our country isn’t so much center-right as Mitt Romney is center-wrong,” said Oliver.

“The Supreme Court is about to lurch to the right for the foreseeable future,” he concluded. “This is a pivotal moment. And while we got here a little bit by bad luck and bad timing, we also got here through diligent effort by Republican leadership, and crucially, some very big systemic problems that just have to be addressed.”

Watch John Oliver tackle the Supreme Court vacancy in the clip above.

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NXT UK’s Pretty Deadly had a Dirty Dancing post-lockdown reunion




WWE’s NXT UK brand returned last week after being on a filming hiatus for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The show has settled into its new home of the BT Sport Studios in London and the roster are excited to get back to in-ring action following such a lengthy break.

But for up-and-coming tag team Pretty Deadly (Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker) the early months of lockdown were particularly hard as they had to spend time apart from each other.


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“We were actually separated for two months, 28 days, and three minutes, not to be too specific,” Lewis told DigitalSpy exclusively. “Those first three months were quite devastating.”

Sam added: “The latter months, when the rules got lifted a tiny bit, were able to quarantine and then come back together safely and we had a tough time but the time of our lives.

“We gym-ed together, we ate together, we trained together, we planned together. We were just by each other’s side and I think more than anything you need someone during this time with you.”

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Describing their long-awaited post-lockdown reunion, Lewis said: “Have you seen Dirty Dancing?

“It was a strange moment because as we were running towards each other it was like time slowed down. I just saw [Sam] coming towards me and it just felt right. I leapt into the air and Sam held me and it was just a real special moment.”

Sam added: “There was a sunset and people just started clapping, people from down the road. It was 8pm on a Thursday so it might have been for something else but it felt right.”

In order to prepare for their return to action, the boys even bought a wrestling ring to train in their back garden.

And although it means they’ve managed to avoid ‘ring rust’, it’s still not quite the same as facing opponents in NXT UK.

“We’re training with each other, but we’re not gonna punch each other in the face, we’re not going to go ham if you will,” Sam said.

“So it’s not exactly the same but we train, we’re ready and we feel good about ourselves and we feel good about what we’re bringing to the table.”

Before the pandemic, the team got the chance to go to Florida and have matches with Superstars from the US NXT brand. While they enjoyed interacting with the crowd, they weren’t exactly too popular.

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“The reaction from the crowd was great,” Lewis said. “A lot of our act, per se, is that enjoyable interaction with the crowd and we really had that in America but they weren’t too fond of us.”

“I think they took our openness, our flamboyance, as a weakness and they decided to boo us,” Sam added.

Lewis continued: “You’ll see that a lot and there’s a term we like to throw around – ‘toxic masculinity’ and you’ll see that a lot.

“We come out and we’re flamboyant, we’re confident, we’re a little bit feminine in some aspects and people struggle with that.”

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Sam added: “They catch this disease called toxic masculinity and they struggle with that. But we had a fabulous time over in America doing the live shows for NXT and being ourselves.”

But, for now, Pretty Deadly will have to adjust to performing without an audience at the BT Sport Studios.

“We like to be watched and when the bell rings we get it done and we enjoy people seeing that so without them it’s going to be difficult,” Sam said.

Lewis added: “It’s going to be a whole different environment and we’re gonna have to adapt but me and Sam, we’re pretty adaptable. So it’s going to be possible but it’s definitely going to be different.”

Watch Pretty Deadly on NXT UK at 8pm on Thursday nights on WWE Network, and Friday nights at 10pm on BT Sport.

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