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Can This 24-Hour Celebrity Social Media Blackout Get Facebook’s Attention?

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After using their star power to unsuccessfully tackle complicated issues like the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism via earnest straight-to-camera social media videos, celebrities are back at it again. This time famous people are attempting to punish Mark Zuckerberg and protest hate speech by logging off Instagram and Facebook for an entire 24 hours.

If social media seems just a little bit bleaker today, you can chalk that up to a wide range of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne, Naomi Campbell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ashton Kutcher, Olivia Wilde, Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, and Jennifer Lawrence, logging off en masse. This one-day Instagram and Facebook freeze is part of the Stop Hate for Profit initiative that previously pressured advertisers to stop spending on those platforms. The July advertising pause was considered a great success, with more than 1,200 companies and nonprofits supporting the initiative, including big brands like Verizon, Adidas, Unilever, and Ford.

Campbell explained why she decided to participate in the initiative on Instagram ahead of the pause, writing, “Facebook claims they address #hate, yet they continue to look the other way as racist, violent groups posts, sow division and split the world apart. They only take steps after people are killed or something horrible has happened. They share empty talk about voting, they continue to allow blatant lies and misinformation on every election to spread – undermining democracy globally. That’s why this Wednesday, I am ‘freezing’ my Instagram account to tell Facebook to #StopHateForProfit.”

DiCaprio also Instagrammed about his decision to join the protest, writing, “I’m standing with the country’s leading civil rights organizations – including @ColorofChange, @ADL_National, and the @NAACP – who today have called on all users of Instagram and Facebook to protest the amplification of hate, racism, and the undermining of democracy on those platforms.” This day of silence is accompanied by a week of action that will end on September 18 with a call for people to vote in November’s presidential election.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, it was revealed that a major D.C.-based P.R. firm used Facebook and Instagram to run fake accounts intended to manipulate the politics of Venezuela, Bolivia, and Mexico, so it seems there’s still plenty of work left to be done.

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Unique Kitchen Gadgets on Amazon Prime

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If you’re looking to give your kitchen a retro update, Amazon has all the goodies you can ever imagine. I’m not kidding! I only had to scroll through a few product pages to find things I didn’t know I needed. Things like a mini fridge and some retro coasters.

I promise you’ll find some quirky yet functional items that will bring a lightheartedness to your kitchen as soon as you start using them. You may or may not find yourself flaunting them on Instagram too. Here are 13 kitchen products you can’t beat, all available on Amazon Prime. Look ahead, and prepare to swoon.

Additional reporting by Rebecca Brown

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Get ready for a television eligibility mess at the upcoming winter awards

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The Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards normally consider the same shows and performances for nominations, but that is not necessarily the case this year. Most film and television awards that were to be presented this winter are being pushed back to compensate for delays in production or release caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The eligibility period for the Oscars and SAG this year is January 2020 through February 2021, allowing two extra months to compete. The Globes have adopted this extended timeline for their film awards, but are sticking to the calendar year of January 2020 through December 2020 for television. The Critics’ Choice Awards are also keeping the calendar year for television.

With many shows resuming production around now, the early months of 2021 are likely to be when they return to the airwaves, so SAG could be considerably more competitive than the Globes. SAG is inherently more competitive already, with only nine categories for television, opposite 11 at the Globes. It remains to be seen whether February shows can get a fair shake from voters, with voting opening January 11. Some February shows might not even be entered, given that submissions close November 20.

SAG also has more lax eligibility rules in general. “The Good Place” aired its final five episodes in January 2020, but it would have needed to air two more episodes to meet the Globes’ minimum-runtime requirement of 150 minutes. SAG only requires that four episodes air during the eligibility period. (SAG requires six in normal years, except when it comes to final seasons, so “The Good Place” would have been eligible either way.)

Other guilds vary, with the Producers Guild requiring six episodes, but the Writers Guild only requiring one. PGA submissions were already due at this time last year and WGA submissions had been open since July, but no submission timeline for either has even been announced this year. By this time last year, the Casting Society of America had actually announced its television nominees, but it is yet to confirm a future for its awards at all.

Many industry guilds and societies had their timelines complicated this past year even before the pandemic, with the Oscars presenting February 9 — earlier in the year than they ever had been before. Many guilds cut off television eligibility early, so that programs that aired toward the end of the year did not get lost in the shuffle as voters shifted their focus to film.

This year’s Oscars will be held later than ever and in April for the first time since 1988. The Globes ceremony will now be on February 28 with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning as co-hosts. Critics’ Choice is set to follow on March 7 with Taye Diggs returning to host, SAG on March 14 and the Oscars on April 25, almost two months later than the February 28 target that the academy had originally announced.

The American Society of Cinematographers ended eligibility for their last awards in September 2019 and are yet to announce anything for this year’s awards, so it is likely that “The Crown,” which won for both seasons that have contended thus far, will be considered jointly for its November 2019 and November 2020 seasons at the next ASC Awards. This is confirmed to be the case for “The Crown” at the Cinema Audio Society Awards, which have set television eligibility for November 2019 through December 2020.

Even the Location Managers Guild International Awards that operate away from the film awards season are using an irregular 13-month eligibility period of June 2019 through June 2020. The Art Directors Guild and Visual Effects Society are the only others that have announced their upcoming awards plans; both are maintaining the 2020 calendar year for television eligibility.

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Suzie True – “Bailey”

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Los Angeles trio Suzie True released their debut EP, Nothing To You, a couple years ago, and they’ve landed at the great Philly-based label Get Better Records, which is putting out their first full-length album, Saddest Girl At The Party, at the end of November.

Today, they’re sharing a new single called “Bailey,” a gooey track about how the right friendships can change your life. It’s an insistent bit of indie-pop, filled with warm blasts of fuzz and some overlapping harmonies. “Falling in love is just so stupid/ We swore that we’d never do it,” Lexi McCory sings on it. “I swear you’re the only one who gets me/ Everyone else makes me feel like i’m crazy.”

“This song was inspired by my friend Bailey who I met when we were in college working at a crisis center together,” the band wrote on Instagram. “They were my first friend who was openly out, and they inspired me to come out as bi to my friends and family. They still actively inspire me to be creative, kind, and the best version of myself I can be.”

Check it out below.

And here’s the album’s previous single “Toothache”:

TRACKLIST:
01 “Bailey”
02 “Carmen”
03 “Toothache”
04 “Wolfman”
05 “Crushtomer”
06 “Sixteen”
07 “Not Fair”
08 “IDK U”
09 “Run”
10 “Camel Crush”
11 “Lucky”

Saddest Girl At The Party is out 11/27 via Get Better Records. Pre-order it here.

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