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Charlie Kirk’s Conservative Student Org ‘Turning Point USA’ Behind Massive Youth Troll Farm Pushing Conspiracy Theories, Disinformation on Social Media

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Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA, the conservative student organization, is at the root of a youth troll farm that has been pushing conspiracy theories on Facebook and Twitter.

The Washington Post reports: “The messages have been emanating in recent months from the accounts of young people in Arizona seemingly expressing their own views — standing up for President Trump in a battleground state and echoing talking points from his reelection campaign. Far from representing a genuine social media groundswell, however, the posts are the product of a sprawling yet secretive campaign that experts say evades the guardrails put in place by social media companies to limit online disinformation of the sort used by Russia during the 2016 campaign.”

Many of the teens being paid to pump out the disinformation are minors, according to the report. Both Twitter and Facebook have deleted many of the accounts, which “generated thousands of posts this summer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram” according to the WaPo’s investigation, “a fraction of the overall output.”

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Even John Farnham’s Manager Wants Anti-Lockdown Protesters To Stop Singing You’re The Voice

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After anti-lockdown protesters belted out an impromptu rendition of John Farnham‘s “You’re The Voice” in Melbourne on Sunday, Johnnyboy’s manager has come out and said: please don’t.

Protesters started singing the boomer anthem after midday outside Chadstone Coles. It’s a song with the kind of vaguely inspirational, authority-resisting vibes that can be easily coopted to almost any movement, no matter how ridiculous.

Now Farnham’s manager wants them all to stop, and for the song to be saved only for weirdly emotional displays of Aussie patriotism instead.

“I’m personally concerned people will hear the song and think John Farnham is personally endorsing these protests, and in this case it’s not right,” Glenn Wheatley told The Age.

“It’s something that John and I do not condone, the use of that song, particularly in a time in Melbourne where we are in stage four lockdown.

“Really, the last thing we should be doing is protesting, no one should be hitting the streets en masse, endangering people’s lives and livelihoods.”

You heard the man: John Farnham is NOT on board the anti-lockdown boat, and thank god for that.

While the song’s chorus does include lines like “we’re not gonna sit in silence, we’re not gonna live with fear,” it’s also a patriotic boomer banger that’s targeted more at bootlickers than conspiracy theorists.

“It was not meant to be a protest song, it was meant to be used as an inspirational song for nations and for people, not in a situation of what was an illegal protest,” Wheatley went on.

“I want to reiterate, we support people’s right to protest, but there’s circumstances where the protest can be done, and taking to the streets of Melbourne today is not it.”

So yeah, the song sucks and so to the anti-lockdown protesters who think it slaps, but actually, Farnham’s manager seems pretty cool and level-headed.

Maybe he’s worth listening to. Stay home.

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Dakota Johnson says it’s ‘boring and sad’ how Hollywood assistants can be treated

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Having spent her whole life in the spotlight, Dakota Johnson says she’s witnessed people being mistreated by the stars they work for.

The 30-year-old actress is the daughter of Hollywood legends Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, but found her own fame when she starred in the Fifty Shades franchise. In her latest film, Johnson plays Maggie — an aspiring music producer who has found herself as the assistant to veteran superstar Grace David (Tracee Ellis Ross).

While the actress has never been an assistant in real life, she’s certainly had them in the past.

Dakota Johnson and Melanie Griffith.
Dakota Johnson at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ 11th Annual Governors Awards on October 27, 2019 (Getty)

“My relationship with my assistant is the greatest. I adore her, and I’m so grateful for her,” she says. “I think every person should be treated with respect and kindness. Especially for people who are helping me in my life, and I’m so grateful for them.”

Unfortunately, and perhaps unsurprisingly, not all assistants are treated with respect in Hollywood.

“I just want everyone to feel loved, supportive and happy,” Johnson says. “I was brought up learning how to treat people with respect and gratitude. But I also saw people not treat their assistants or team members that way, and it’s boring and sad.”

Dakota Johnson in The High Note.
Dakota Johnson in The High Note. (Universal Pictures)

Johnson describes her character, Maggie, in The High Note as a woman who “doesn’t let the people who shut her down shut down her ambition and drive.”

“That was extremely important to me. That there was a young woman who had just lofty dreams, and the way she achieved them was by being deeply ambitious,” she says. “She was constantly focusing on being better at her craft.

“It hurts her and it’s not easy, but she keeps going and that was something that I think not only for a young woman is important, but important for any human being. As long as you work hard and are kind to people, you just keep going.”

READ MORE: Dakota Johnson reveals she has struggled with depression since 14

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Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson. (Getty)

Johnson, who is dating Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, showcased some musical talent of her own in The High Note with some beautiful piano solos and singing alongside co-star Kelvin Harrison Jr.

“I did a lot of piano lessons in the early morning before work,” Johnson said. She also chose to have artists like Aretha Franklin and Wise Blood playing on rotation in preparation for the part.

“I make playlists for every movie that I do,” she says.

Johnson grew up in a very musical family.

“My dad used to play music all the time in the house,” she says. “My two older brothers are musicians as well. I grew up in a household that was always full of musicians. My dad listened to a lot of classic rock. My brothers who are into ’90s grunge, rap, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Tribe Called Request. That’s how I go into learning about music.”

Dakota Johnson wants to take on projects other than films. (Getty)

The sky is the limit for Johnson who is drawn to the idea of taking on projects outside of acting.

Having recently directed an idyllic music video for Coldplay’s track ‘Cry Cry Cry’, her aspirations extend beyond movies.

“I have a lot of ambitions but mostly making movies and maybe making some more music videos,” she admits. “There are loads of things I want to do that I haven’t yet accomplished.”

The High Note is set to be released in Australia on September 24.

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Beyoncé and Blue Ivy’s Wearable Art Gala Virtual Appearance

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Beyoncé might be a global superstar and a powerhouse businesswoman, but even she’s susceptible to familial critiques. On Sept. 19, the 39-year-old singer made a special appearance at the virtual Wearable Art Gala — organized by her mother, Tina Lawson — to partake in the event’s “Corny Joke Time” bit. The segment required celebrity guests to tell cringeworthy quips throughout the event, which also hosted an art auction to help support Los Angeles creatives and families affected by COVID-19.

In Beyoncé’s video, shared by Tina’s Waco Theater company on Instagram, the “Black Parade” singer first tells her joke while sporting a casual, makeup-free look. “Why does Snoop Dogg need an umbrella? For drizzle,” she says before daughter Blue Ivy playfully calls her out for speaking a certain way. “Mom, the voice, no,” the 8-year-old jokes. The clip then plays an audio message from Tina who asks Beyoncé to zhuzh things up. “Hi, Bey. I really appreciate you doing the joke because I know how busy you are,” she says. “But will you just put on some makeup, get in some good light and stuff because . . . it’s the gala, girl!” The video cuts back to a fully glammed up Bey who repeats her corny joke without any objections from Blue.

Other stars who took part in the segment included Yara Shahidi, Marsai Martin, Kerry Washington, and Issa Rae, as well as Beyoncé’s sister, Solange, who told Tina’s favorite joke of the night. Look ahead to watch the Knowles sisters show off their comical sides, then check out the entire virtual Wearable Art Gala live-stream!

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