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Ed Sheeran And Marvin Gaye Copyright Trial Begins In New York 

The copyright trial between Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ is beginning today in New York with jury selection and opening statements. 

The trial began with the heirs of Ed Townsend, co-writer for Gaye’s 1973 ‘Let’s Get it On,’ suing Sheeran alleging that the singer’s 2014 hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’ has “striking similarities and overt common elements that violate their copyright” of ‘Let’s Get It On.’

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The lawsuit was initially filed in 2017, and is now going to trial which will likely last a week in the Manhattan federal courtroom. Sheeren is among the witnesses expected to testify. 

The jury will likely hear recordings of both songs and read their lyrics multiple times throughout the trial, as jurors are supposed to only consider the raw elements of the melody, harmony, and rhythm that make up the composition of Gaye’s song as it’s documented with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

Sheeran’s attorney’s have stated that the song’s similarities only work to emphasize the basis of pop music. In a court filing, they stated: “The two songs share versions of a similar and un-protectable chord progression that was freely available to all songwriters.”

The Townsend family attorney has emphasized in the lawsuit that Sheeran himself has mashed together the two songs during his own live performances of ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ and are planning to use a YouTube video of one of the performances as evidence for the jury. 

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Judge Louis Stanton initially denied the request to submit the video as evidence, but will reconsider after other evidence is presented. 

Atlantic Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing are named as defendants in the lawsuit as well. Plaintiffs in copyright lawsuits tend to list a wide range of defendants which the judge has the power to dwindle down. 

One year ago, Sheeran won a copyright lawsuit in the UK over his 2017 song, ‘Shape Of You,’ and then took to Twitter to discuss the “culture” of these types of lawsuits. 

“I feel like claims like this are way too common now and have become a culture where a claim is made with the idea that a settlement will be cheaper than taking it to court, even if there is no basis for the claim. It’s really damaging to the songwriting industry.”

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Director Steve McQueen Discusses His New Film On Grenfell

Oscar-winning film director Steve McQueen is gearing up to release his film on the Grenfell Tower disaster nearly six years after the tragedy occurred. McQueen is hoping the film’s release will help push for justice. 

According to McQueen, who recently spoke with The Guardian in an exclusive interview, the 24-minute film was shot from a helicopter in December 2017 before the burned tower in west London was wrapped in white plastic. 

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McQueen discussed that the film was made with heavy involvement and consultation from the survivors of the tragedy, along with neighbors and families/friends of the victims. The community, like McQueen, is hoping the film will lead to further answers, prosecutions, and potential jail time to those involved in the Grenfell Tower tragedy; more than 5 years after it occurred. 

“You must understand that the violence that was inflicted on that community was no joke, I didn’t want to let people off the hook. There are going to be people who are going to be a little bit disturbed. When you make art, anything half decent … there are certain people you will possibly offend. But that is how it is.”

No individuals or companies have been punished for their role in the tragedy, which led to the deaths of 72 people. 

“I wanted to put the building in perspective of our everyday [life]. It’s not isolated. That is important because you [the viewer] put it in the perspective of yourself,” McQueen said

McQueen also discussed how he “sat on the film after it was shot because it couldn’t have been shown within three or four years [of the disaster].” 

Ed Daffarn, who escaped from his 16th-floor flat, said: “Sitting there looking at [the tower] captured the pure violence of what was meted out to us by the perpetrators. It has come at a good time. We need Grenfell in the public consciousness.”

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McQueen also explained how he became more motivated to create the film once he heard that city officials were planning to wrap up the tower in plastic.

“It was almost like a race against time. Once things are covered up, they are forgotten about, or it can be more convenient for people who want it to be forgotten about,” he explained. 

The film itself, according to reports, is silent besides the sounds of wind, cars, airplanes, and birds in the distance as footage shows the tower and zooms into spaces where individuals died during the tragedy. 

“It is like poring over a map – a satisfying survey of an impressive civilisation. Then the charcoal black lattice of Grenfell appears and the soundtrack cuts to silence and the camera circles the tower for minute after minute. It is haunting and upsetting,” writer Robert Booth stated. 

“It’s about the building and suspending it in time, and looking. Holding, holding, holding. [The tragedy] was deliberate neglect. It was no accident. There were so many people, so many companies, so many factors … It was all a deliberate act of neglect and, to a certain extent, greed,” McQueen said. 

The film is currently set to be exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery in London from April 7th to May 10th.

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Oscars 2023 Was Full Of Emotions And Comebacks 

All four of the major acting awards at the 2023 Oscars Ceremony were given to veteran actors who have never won Academy Awards in the past; or even been nominated. 

Brandan Fraser took home the award for Best Actor for his role in The Whale. Fraser initially entered the spotlight in the early 90’s before taking a step back from Hollywood throughout the 2000’s.

In 2018, Fraser came out with a sexual assault allegation against Philip Berk, former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which runs the Golden Globes. The Association concluded that Berk did in fact “inappropriately touch” Fraser in “a way intended to be taken as a joke and not a sexual advance.”

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Fraser stated that the entire situation made him retreat and feel reclusive, especially from anything having to do with Hollywood. 

Fraser’s leading role in the movie adaptation of the play, The Whale, has been met with high praise and recognition for Fraser as an icon in his own right. 

“I’m grateful to Darren Aronofsky for throwing me a creative lifeline, and hauling me aboard the good ship The Whale,” Fraser stated in his speech. 

Michelle Yeoh also made history after becoming the second woman of color in history to win the award for Best Actress, and the first Asian-American to win the award. 

Yeoh won for her role in Everything, Everywhere, All At Once, which has received numerous awards and accolades already this award season. 

Yeoh initially had her Hollywood breakout in the 1997 James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies. While her films have been nominated for, and won, Oscars, this marks the first time Yeoh has been specifically recognized for her individual talent. 

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“Ladies, don’t ever let anyone tell you you are past your prime,” Yeoh said in her speech.

Everything Everywhere All At Once has been taking over a multitude of awards this season. Which is why it made sense that Yeoh’s costars, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quon, also took home awards for Best Supporting Actor and Actress. 

“I am hundreds of people. To all the people who have supported the genre movies that I have made for all these years – the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people – we just won an Oscar together,” Jamie Lee Curtis stated in her speech. 

Quan’s speech left many people emotional and inspired by his drive and humble attitude. He initially got his Hollywood start in the 1980’s, playing in The Goonies and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; so it only made sense that Harrison Ford would be the one to present Quan with the award when the film also won Best Picture. 

“My journey started on a boat. I spent a year in a refugee camp and somehow I ended up here, on Hollywood’s biggest stage. This is the American dream.”

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Mural In Kent Highlighting Violence Against Women Is A Banksy, Artist Confirms 

A new mural located on a wall in Margate, Kent depicting the theme of violence against women and girls has been confirmed as a genuine Banksy from the artist themself. 

The mural shows a caricature image of a housewife dressed in 1950’s traditional fashions, wearing yellow cleaning gloves and a blue apron, as she pushes her husband into a freezer while smiling with a swollen eye and missing tooth. 

Banksy posted a series of photographs on his Instagram showing off the mural with the caption “Valentine’s Day mascara.” The images also showed garbage surrounding the mural, including an empty beer bottle and white garden chair. 

Violence against women and girls has been at the forefront of political discussions especially in the UK following the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa. 

Banksy announced back in December that he had created 50 screen prints for sale that proceeds will be donated to raise funds for a charity supporting the people of Ukraine. 

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Banksy also created murals in Ukraine in the town of Borodianka back in November. One of which showed a man who looked like Russian President Vladimir Putin being thrown to the floor in a fight with a young boy. 

Another mural showed two young children using a metal tank trap as a seesaw. 

An online auction in association with Banksy’s prints was targeted last month from within Russia by thousands of “hostile attacks,” according to reports. 

The charity Banksy has partnered with is called the Legacy of War Foundation, raising funds for the people of Ukraine as they live through a devastating war with Russia. 

“In Ukraine, I saw a Legacy of War team sweep in and provide medical attention, heaters, fresh water and a friendly face to some very desperate people in a bombed-out building.” 

“They also lent me one of their ambulances to work from, which turned out to be extremely useful when an angry babushka found me painting on her building and called the police,” Banksy explained. 

“I feel the least I should do is raise enough money to replace the number plates on the ambulances I hotted up.”

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Decluttering Guru Marie Kondo Has ‘Kind Of Given Up’ On Keeping Her Home Tidy 

World renowned organization and decluttering guru Marie Kondo recently spoke to the Washington Post about how she has “kind of given up” on keeping her space tidy following the birth of her third child. 

Now that she has three children, she explained that tidying up her messy home is less of a priority now.

“My home is messy, but the way I am spending my time is the right way for me at this time at this stage of life.”

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Following the arrival of her son in 2021, Kondo broke down how her life has changed significantly. 

“Up until now, I was a professional tidier, so I did my best to keep my home tidy at all times. I have kind of given up on that, in a good way for me,” she explained. 

“Now I realize what is important to me is enjoying spending time with my children at home.”

Kondo’s latest book titled “Marie Kondo Kurashi at Home: How To Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life,” is focused on the Japanese concept of Kurashi, which means “way of life.” 

Since she became a mother to her three children, she said that her way of life has shifted and her focus has transitioned from organization to focusing on and being inspired by life’s simple pleasures.

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Her book stated that “tidying up means dealing with all of the ‘things’ in your life,” meaning taking in the things that fill you with joy, and using them to order your life and organize your space. 

Kondo is most well-known for her tidying method known as KonMari, which was initially outlined in her 2011 book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” 

This method of organization motivated the individuals to categorize their items, such as clothing, books, and sentimental items as a means of finding what “sparks joy” and what doesn’t. 

Kondo is now living in California with her family, and no longer puts pressure on herself to maintain a perfectly clean and organized space. 

“I will keep looking inward to make sure I am leading my own Kurashi, making time for the things that really make me happy,” Kondo stated.

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Selena Gomez Responds to Body Shamers After Golden Globes Appearance

Selena Gomez called out social media users who were body-shaming her after her appearance at the 2023 Golden Globes on Tuesday.

In an Instagram Live, the “Only Murders in the Building” actress talked about body positivity alongside her 9-year-old sister, Gracie Elliott Teefey, who also accompanied her to the event.

“I’m a little bit big right now because I enjoyed myself during the holidays.”

“But we don’t care,” she added, laughing with her little sister.

Gomez walked the red carpet in a black velvet Valentino gown featuring purple sleeves, a plunging neckline, an off-the-shoulder bodice, and a thigh-high slit. She wore a pair of diamond drop earrings by De Beers and pulled her hair into a high ponytail to complement the dress.

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Gracie wore a silver and gold dress with a tiny gold purse. In August 2022, Gomez shared on TaTaTu’s video podcast that the two sisters are very close, and Gracie “puts things in perspective.”

“I have to basically watch this little person grow into a human being. There’s no better feeling in the world. I kind of feel like a parent in a way.”

Gomez has been vocal about online “trolls” before. Back in April 2022, Gomez told her fans on TikTok that being skinny was not worth sacrificing eating her favorite foods since she would get criticism about her weight regardless.

“You’re too small,’ ‘you’re too big,’ ‘that doesn’t fit,’ meh-meh-meh. I am perfect the way I am. Moral of the story? Bye!”

The singer has been open about her relationship with social media through the years. In 2019, she deleted several apps off her phone, including Instagram, after comments left her feeling “depressed.”

In a “Good Morning America” interview in April 2022, Gomez said she had been off the internet for four and a half years. She only posted on Instagram and Twitter by sending her assistant photos and text to share.

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Two years prior, in an interview on “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” Gomez talked about the impact of social media on today’s youth.

I think it’s just become really unhealthy for young people, including myself, to spend all of their time fixating on all of these comments and letting this stuff in.”

She told “Women’s Wear Daily” in October 2021 that taking a long hiatus from social media significantly improved her mental health.

“I’m completely unaware of actually what’s going on in pop culture, and that makes me really happy. And maybe that doesn’t make everybody else happy, but for me, it’s really saved my life.”

Gomez hinted at her return to Instagram on Tuesday with a series of bathroom selfies.

“Wait, can you tell I’m back on Instagram?” she captioned the post.

Gomez’s performance as Mabel Mora on Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” earned her a nomination for Best Television Actress in a Musical/Comedy Series on Tuesday.

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France’s Cesar Film Awards Potentially Banning Anyone Being Investigated Of Sex Crimes 

The Cesar Awards, also referred to as the French Oscars and France’s most prestigious film awards, have announced that they are barring anyone being investigated on allegations of sexual misconduct from the ceremony next month. 

One of the initial sparks to this decision was Roman Polanski’s 2020 Cesar Awards win for best director, despite being convicted of raping a child in the 1970s. This particular event led to major backlash and internal reorganization within the Cesar Academy. 

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There were also fears of protests during this year’s ceremony, on February 25th, due to rising star Sofiane Bennacer’s frontrunner status for his part in Les Amandiers (Forever Young), which is about a promiscuous group of drama students in the 1980s. 

Bennacer was being investigated by police on two allegations of rape and one of violence. When fresh allegations against Bennacer were made public in November, he was dropped from the list of potential nominees. 

In a statement made to the public, as reported by The Guardian, the Cesar Academy stated anyone facing a “potential prison sentence for violence, notably of a sexual or sexist nature,” would be excluded from the ceremony 

“It has been decided not to highlight people who may have been put in question by the judiciary for acts of violence. The step is being taken out of respect for the victims, even if they are only presumed victims.”

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Valeria Bruni-Terdeschi, the director of Les Amandiers, spoke out against the allegations and decision to remove Bennacer from the longlist of possible nominees for this year’s awards. 

She took to Instagram to call the allegations a “media lynching,” and that her and the film’s producers were aware of the allegations against him during the casting process for Les Amandiers: “but I told them these rumors would not stop me and I couldn’t envision making the film without him.”

Singer and former French first lady Carla Bruni, sister of Valeria, also spoke in defense of Bennacer, stating that the decision to remove him from the awards was “undermining the presumption of innocence, one of the foundations of our democracy. 

The Cesar Academy also stated that they are still debating whether or not to ban people with sexual misconduct allegations and convictions entirely from future nominations and awards. The Academy will be reaching a decision regarding this within the coming weeks.

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Kim Kardashian Outraged Over Balenciaga Ads Featuring Children Holding Bondage Bears

Kim Kardashian put pressure on fashion brand Balenciaga to take action over their latest controversial ad campaign, which featured children holding teddy bear handbags dressed in what appeared to be bondage gear.

Another campaign for a black and white purse that retails at $3,000 sparked controversy when it was revealed that the photographs purporting to be of a “business environment” included genuine legal documents from a court case about child pornography scattered on a desk.

After receiving tremendous backlash, the high-end fashion label swiftly deleted the offending marketing photos and issued an apology on Instagram. Many people felt it fell short of taking proper accountability. As a well-known face of the brand, Kardashian received criticism for not responding to the controversy as soon as it broke. The brand continued to trend on Twitter for days amid calls for celebrities such as Kardashian, Bella Hadid, and Nicole Kidman to sever ties with the company. On Sunday, Kardashian issued a statement on Twitter addressing the campaigns.

“I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened.”

She said she was “shaken by the disturbing images,” as a mother of four. Kardashian also added that “any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society—period.”

Kardashian acknowledged that the brand removed the campaigns and apologized and believes “they understand the seriousness of the issue and will take the necessary measures for this to never happen again.”

Talking about her future with the company, she said that she was currently re-evaluating her relationship with Balenciaga and will take into account “their willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with — & the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children.”  

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After Kardashian’s tweets, Balenciaga reiterated its apology in an Instagram post but partially blamed external vendors for controversial elements of the campaign.

“The second, separate campaign for Spring 2023, which was meant to replicate a business office environment, included a photo with a page in the background from a Supreme Court ruling ‘United States v. Williams’ 2008 which confirms as illegal and not protected by freedom of speech the promotion of child pornography. All the items included in this shooting were provided by third parties that confirmed in writing that these props were fake office documents. They turned out to be real legal papers most likely coming from the filming of a television drama. The inclusion of these unapproved documents was the result of reckless negligence for which Balenciaga has filed a complaint. We take full accountability for our lack of oversight and control of the documents in the background and we could have done things differently.”

A few days prior, Balenciaga filed a lawsuit against North Six and Nicholas des Jardins, the production company and set designer of the Spring 2023 campaign. Balenciaga’s suit stated that the production company’s “inexplicable acts and omissions [were] malevolent or, at the very least, extraordinarily reckless.” They were also done without the brand’s knowledge. Balenciaga says it will seek $25 million in damages or more for the “false association” between Balenciaga and the “repulsive and deeply disturbing subject of the court decision.”

As for the first campaign, the brand said Balenciaga “made the wrong choice” in featuring children.

“The first campaign, the Gift Collection campaign, featured children with plush bear bags dressed in what some have labeled BDSM-inspired outfits. Our Plush Bear bags and the Gift Collection should not have been featured with children. This was a wrong choice by Balenciaga, combined with our failure in assessing and validating images. The responsibility for this lies with Balenciaga alone.”

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The fashion house also listed actions it would take due to what it called “a series of grievous errors.”

“While internal and external investigations are ongoing, we are taking the following actions:

– We are closely revising our organization and collective ways of working

– We are reinforcing the structures around our creative processes and validation steps. We want to ensure that new controls mark a pivot and will prevent this from happening again.

– We are laying the groundwork with organizations who specialize in child protection and aims at ending child abuse and exploitation.”

The agent for North Six and Nicholas des Jardins, Gabriela Moussaieff, told the Washington Post that his client was “being used as a scapegoat,” and that “everyone from Balenciaga was on the shoot and was present on every shot and worked on the edit of every image in post production.” 

Gabriele Galimberti, the photographer who shot the brand’s campaign, took to Instagram to address the “hundreds of hate mails and messages” he received as a result of the photos he took.

“I am not in a position to comment Balenciaga’s choices, but I must stress that I was not entitled in whatsoever manner to neither chose the products, nor the models, nor the combination of the same. As a photographer, I was only and solely requested to lit the given scene, and take the shots according to my signature style. As usual for a commercial shooting, the direction of the campaign and the choice of the objects displayed are not in the hands of the photographer.”

Galimberti went on to say that he suspects that “any person prone to pedophilia searches on the web and has unfortunately a too easy access to images completely different than mine, absolutely explicit in their awful content.”

“Accusations like these are addressed against wrong targets, and distract from the real problem, and criminals.”

In response to the photo containing the Supreme Court case papers, Galimberti said it was taken on another set by other people and “was falsely associated” with his photos.

The brand has been at the center of several controversies, with the latest surrounding rapper Ye, who was formerly known as Kanye West. Last month Ye, who has collaborated with the brand throughout the years, made antisemitic remarks, causing the brand to cut ties with the musician. 

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Taylor Swift Makes History by Taking Over Entire Top 10 US Singles Chart

Taylor Swift became the first artist in history to claim every slot in the top 10 US singles chart after releasing her album “Midnights.” She overtakes rapper Drake, who held the previous record of taking over 9 of the top 10 singles in September 2021.

Before Drake, the Beatles scored 8 of the top 10 singles back  in 1964. Midnights also became the fastest-selling album of 2022, and all 13 songs on the album made it to the top 15 chart.

Billboard tweeted about Swift’s historic achievement on Monday.

@taylorswift13 scores one of the most historic weeks in @billboardcharts history, as she becomes the first artist to claim the # Hot100’s entire top 10 in a single week.”

Taylor Swift shared her excitement over the news, retweeting Billboard.

“10 out of 10 of the Hot 100??? On my 10th album??? I AM IN SHAMBLES”

The song “Anti-Hero” sits at the top of the list, taking over the number one spot. The track has also become a TikTok trend, with colorful lyrics like “I’m the problem, it’s me.”  

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In August, Swift announced the new album during her acceptance speech at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards after winning video of the year for her short film “All Too Well.”

“You guys. I’m just so proud of what we made. I know with every second of this moment that we wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it weren’t for you– the fans – because I wouldn’t be able to re-record my albums if it weren’t for you. You embolden me to do that. So, I had sort of made up my mind that if you were going to be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand-new album comes out Oct. 21.”

After revealing the record’s release date onstage, she took to Instagram to describe the upcoming tracks in more depth.

“This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams. The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching – hoping that just maybe when the clock strikes twelve … we’ll meet ourselves.”

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Midnights is Swift’s tenth studio album and fifth release in just over two years

Part of its success is due to its release in multiple formats, such as “moonstone blue marble” vinyl, CD, cassette and digital download. The four vinyl editions can be combined to make a functioning clock using a unique mount available for purchase on Swift’s website. 

Midnights also topped the US album chart, selling 1.58 million copies. More than half a million of those were on vinyl, which is uncommon in the streaming era. Midnights sold 62,000 copies on vinyl in the UK, becoming the highest weekly sale for a vinyl album in the 21st century. 

The rest of the top 10 singles chart includes album tracks like Lavender Haze, Maroon, Snow On The Beach, Bejeweled and Karma.

According to Billboard, streams of the album alone would have taken over the chart, before even counting sales and radio plays, helping Swift break several records. 

Midnights also became the most streamed single album on Spotify, Apple and Amazon Music in one day. Swift now holds the most top 10 hits among female artists with 40 songs in total, surpassing Madonna’s 38. 

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SNL Faces Backlash After ‘Try Guys’ Cheating Scandal Skit

This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” episode featured a comedy skit about the Try Guys cheating incident. The skit is receiving backlash for minimizing the relationship between a boss and a subordinate as internet drama.

Ned Fulmer, a now ex-member of the YouTube sensation, had an affair with one of his employees. The group, which consisted of four members, parted ways with Fulmer after “an internal review” of what he described as a “consensual workplace relationship.”

Fans knew Fulmer as the “wife guy” because he often mentioned his wife during channel videos.

In the skit, Ego Nwodim plays a CNN anchor, and Brendan Gleeson, who was hosting the show, plays a correspondent. SNL cast members Mikey Day, Andrew Dismukes and Bowen Yang played Try Guys Zach Kornfeld, Keith Habersberger, and Eugene Lee Yang.

While reporting from in front of the White House, Gleeson’s character gets interrupted by the news that the remaining three Try Guys have released a statement in response to the controversy.

“CNN can confirm that the Try Guys have released an official YouTube video clapping back at ex–Try Guy, the wife-guy Try Guy. He disrespected the brand by making out with one of the Food Babies at the Harry Styles concert,” his character says.

Like many others who came across the Try Guys story, Nwodim’s “CNN anchor” did not fully grasp the nature of the controversy or identify the Try Guys. Gleeson’s “correspondent” then tries to explain the situation as Nwodim’s “anchor” tries to understand.

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Eventually, CNN gets the “Try Guys” on the line, and Yang, playing Eugene, angrily says Fulmer “committed the heinous act of having a consensual kiss and not telling us, his friends.”

Nwodin’s “anchor” later says, “wow, so the full story is that your friend had a side chick, and you fired him?”

Internet users are upset by how the SNL writers framed the situation, as it seemed like the skit was ridiculing the remaining three members for their emotional response to the affair. Others pointed out how the skit does not meaningfully acknowledge the power dynamics and legal repercussions of a boss’s relationship with his employee.

One Twitter user called out the writers for mocking the three remaining members instead of Fulmer.

“CEO of a company cheats on his wife with a subordinate, is fired because of the power imbalance/workplace harassment, and his colleagues get emotional discussing it.

SNL: Let’s roast those guys and not the CEO – no big deal! All men cheat! Beyonce got cheated on too!”

In a previous episode of a podcast run by the Try Guys, Fulmer had mentioned that he had a friend who worked as a writer at SNL, prompting many to suspect his friend helped skew the narrative in his favor.

Keith Habersberger’s wife, Becky Habersberger, also pointed this out in a tweet.

“Anyone remember the Trypod episode where he talks about his Yale friend who writes for SNL…asking for a friend.”

A commenter under a YouTube video of the skit, named Max Ride, noted that the company has “20 non-millionaire employees that could lose their jobs if the company gets sued.” The video instead mainly characterized the three men as having an unwarranted overreaction to the situation.

“After the other three guys found out about this, they went through a three-week internal review with lawyers because Ned opened up the company to a shit ton of legal issues. They terminated his contract as well as their seven-year friendship with him (this was before the internet found out).”

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Summarizing the leadup to the media attention, he said that “they didn’t want it to be a big deal, but the internet figured out that they had edited him out of videos, and the texts of him cheating got leaked, so it became more public than they originally expected.”

“The reason for the shock is because his entire online persona was about loving his wife, so the internet felt blindsided. However, and this is important to note, he didn’t get fired because he cheated; he got fired because he slept with his employee. The reason they have to edit him out of all the videos was because they couldn’t ‘profit’ off of his image after he was fired as this would, again, open them up to a shit ton of legal issues. Overall this entire scandal boils down to an asshole making an incredibly stupid decision, not even trying to hide it, and potentially blowing up the hard work of 20+ people, including his own.”