In the eleven seasons that the RuPaul’s Drag Race has run in the American television with four All-Stars spin-off, the reality TV show for aspiring drag queens have seen a lot of personalities that have walked through the werq room.
While some of the Ru girls are more contained, there are those who were there to stir drama and will leverage on their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make it to the mainstream world. Some of them were loved, but a lot of them have received hate and backlash regarding specific things they did, during, before, and after their time on the show.
Drag culture used to exist in a vacuum, but through the show, it has managed to make its way to a more general viewership, making the contestants, and even RuPaul, more available for public scrutiny. While the fandom has become toxic, many have argued that their behavior comes from the queens themselves – who grew up in a culture of “reading” and “throwing shade.”
But some queens are more problematic than others. They become subject of Reddit threads, Twitter conversation, and social dialogues. These questionable queens have done things that are unbecoming of a role model, and people are calling them out on it.
HERE ARE THREE OF THE MOST PROBLEMATIC QUEENS IN RPDR
PHI PHI O’HARA
Phi Phi O’Hara, a half Filipino drag queen who grew up in Texas, is probably considered by most as the evilest villain in the Drag Race herstory. She appeared in the fourth season of the show where she ranked 3rd/2nd together with Chad Michaels.
Her notoriety began when her colleagues in the show, especially the winner, Sharon Needles, have accused her of being manipulative and condescending. One of the most iconic moments with Phi Phi was her altercation with Sharon where she told her to “go back to Party City where you belong.”
Phi Phi was unapologetic about her behavior in Season 4 but acknowledged her mistakes. That’s why she promised in her gig in All Stars 2 that she will no longer be that girl who will get into others head to get what she wants. Unfortunately, controversy followed her in her All-Stars appearance where she had a beef with Alyssa Edwards, one of the show’s most famous queens, during Alyssa’s elimination.
While discussing the challenge during that episode, Phi Phi made comments about Alyssa not knowing that the Mesquite Queen is just behind the mirror – hearing everything she has to say. At the end of the comeback episode and after the great Shut Up And Drive lipsync between Alyssa and Tatiana, both of them sent Phi Phi home.
Phi Phi becomes one of the most vocal critics of the show and has shown her other side – the good one – after her time in the RPDR franchise. She organized a benefit show for the victims of the hurricane in Puerto Rico is solidarity with her Puerto Rican sisters and has become one of the biggest supporters of Ru girls outside the show.
If problematic is a name, that would have been The Vixen. Although most of the time misunderstood, The Vixen, who entered the werq room in Season 10 “ready to fight,” has become one of the most problematic queens that have been in the show.
Her biggest moments in the show include her infamous altercation with Eureka O’Hara and have accused many of the people in the show, the production, and the fans with double standards and of painting her as an “angry black woman.” During the reunion episode of her season, she walked out of the filming after Ru questioned her behavior on the show.
Unlike Phi Phi, the Vixen’s behavior did not quite change after her time in the show. She managed to be in many controversies, especially in Twitter, especially when a discussion on race comes up. She once defended Kevin Hart and said that people would not accept his apology for his homophobic remarks because he was black. The Vixen also brought up the late Sahara Davenport during a beef with Manila Luzon (Sahara’s widow) that has pissed off many people including Manila. She later apologized for it, anyway.
SILKY NUTMEG GANACHE
In this list, Silky is probably the latest queen to be labeled as “problematic” since she is still in the latest season of RPDR – Season 11. However, for the first three episodes of the show, Silky becomes one of the most hated queens because of her “obnoxious” personality that “sucks the air out of the room.”
However, her string of problematic behaviors started even before she got in the show. Only recently, she was in a series of online tirades after she allegedly called the show produced by Shae Coulet’s boyfriend a “cheap show that wants to get her to work for $50” on his face without realizing that she is talking to Shae’s boyfriend. Furthermore, because of this drama, many have commented on their experience with Silky with one person accusing her of sexual harassment. She was also seen to have made an Islamaphobic remark against Mercedes Iman Diamond, the first Muslim queen in RPDR saying that the season will “bomb” because Mercedes is there.
While these queens have exhibited problematic behavior, it is also important to note that they are also humans that are capable of change. Let’s give them a chance that they deserve and let us help them build their career in a better place. Can I get an Amen? /apr
Millions Of Celebrity And Influencer Personal Info Exposed In A Database
Instagram influencers and celebrities had their data scraped and stored in an unprotected online database. It also contained computed value of each influencer used to determine how much to pay them for sponsored ads. Click To Tweet
An unsecured database containing the private contact information of millions of Instagram influencer, celebrities and brand accounts have been discovered and is said to have included personal information such as phone numbers and email addresses. The database was supposed to be unprotected, and anyone could have access to the plethora of sensitive information that it contains.
The discovery was first reported by Zack Whittaker from Tech Crunch and said that cybersecurity researcher Anurag Sen discovered the exposed and unprotected database, hosted by Amazon Web Services. According to the initial report, there were already 49 million records in the database and seemed to have been growing by the hour.
In hindsight, each record in the database contained publicly listed data scraped from influencer, celebrity, and brand Instagram accounts including their bio, profile picture, their follower count, verification status, and their location by city and country. However, the database also contained private contact information, including email address and phone number.
Several high profile influencers and celebrities were found in the database, including some prominent beauty and fashion bloggers, food bloggers, celebrities, and other famous social media influencers. According to Whittaker, he contacted several people on the list at random whose information was found in the database, and some of them indeed replied, confirming that some – or most – of the data contained in the database are actual data scraped from their Instagram accounts.
The database was then traced back to an India-based social media marketing company, Chtrbox, a firm that pays Instagram influencers to post sponsored content on their accounts. The report revealed that each record, aside from public and personal information of the account owner, also includes an estimated worth of each account, factored by the number of followers they have, the engagement level they receive, the width of their reach, likes, and shares they had. The calculation was used as a metric to determine how much to pay an influencer to post a sponsored content on their account as an ad.
Those who responded have said that they used the email and the phone number as default to sign up for Instagram and they also denied having been involved in a business with Chtrbox.
The researchers were able to contact Chtrbox and was successfully in having them take the database offline; however, Pranay Swurap, the founder of the social media marketing firm and it’s Chief Executive Officer, refused to comment and answer questions raised by the researchers.
Until now, it is unclear how the company was able to obtain the massive data they have.
One theory made by the researchers is that two years ago, a security bug in the developer API of Instagram has allowed hackers to obtain email addresses and phone numbers of six million Instagram accounts. The hacker later sold the data they were able to scrape by exploiting the bug was sold to highest bidders for bitcoin.
Hackers have launched a website with a searchable database of some Instagram users’ alleged personal info. The data, a sample of which the hackers provided t, appears to include email addresses and phone numbers for a selection of high profile Instagram users, including politicians, sports stars, and media companies. The data also seems to contain information on more ordinary accounts, too.
“Instagram clearly hasn’t yet understood the full impact of this bug,” said one of the people behind the site, dubbed ‘Doxagram.’
Some of the accounts in the list are seemingly high profile. One entry is allegedly for the official President of the United States’ Instagram account. Another alleged account appears to belong to Cristiano Ronaldo, the world-famous soccer player.
As for why the database contains high profile users, the hackers claimed they set up their scraper to initially target all users with over 1 million followers, and then recursively harvest other users. In all, the hackers claim to have over 6 million accounts in their database.
Meanwhile, in a statement made by Facebook following the disclosure of the database said that the company is investigating the matter.
“We’re looking into the issue to understand if the data described – including email and phone numbers – was from Instagram or from other sources,” said an updated statement. “We’re also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available,” it added.
‘Young Sheldon’ Season 2 Finale: What’s Meant To Be Will Always Find Its Way To You
As you get older, sometimes do you also think and reflect if you are moving closer to your goals in life? Did you become a better person than you were a year before? Are you making good use of your talents or potential? What if you’re falling behind or what if you don’t achieve that thing you wanted to have in the future?
Last May 16 in Young Sheldon’s Season 2 finale episode titled A Swedish Science Thing and the Equation for Toast, I somehow learned that “what’s meant to be will always find it’s way to you” and won’t just pass by.
Young Sheldon is about a nine-year-old genius from East Texas who turned out to be a brilliant theoretical physicist in the hit comedy sitcom Big Bang Theory. In the mentioned episode, he invited some of his family and friends to have a Nobel Prize Announcement party, to listen to the radio broadcast of 1990 Nobel Prize dedication. But nobody joined him.
During that time, he was heartbroken, and he thought he was a neutrino fated to be sad and lonely forever. But in the future, he was happy to be wrong. It turns out he’s a quark.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a quark is one of the primary forms of matter that make up an atom. Anyways, he said that one of the remarkable characteristics of quarks is that they are bonded together. After the voice over, we see Sheldon’s younger Big Bang Theory friends at different sides of the world. Sheldon was not alone after all.
The young Leonard Hofstadter was also listening alone in his room, in his table, we can see his inhaler. Penny (Leonard’s future wife) is sleeping. Raj (the future Astrophysicist) was doing his homework in his rocket/spaceships themed room. Howard (the future Engineer and astronaut) was playing a video game in his bedroom which was full of magic kit items. Bernadette (Howard’s future wife) was also sleeping, and in her night table, we can see her glasses, a photo of her and a pageant trophy. Lastly, Amy (Sheldon’s future wife) is still awake, but she’s not listening to the Nobel prize broadcast. She is reading a book.
The episode was shown in CBS, a few minutes in CBS after BBT‘s last episode ever. Fans were overjoyed and teary-eyed to have this surprise. It proves that even though Sheldon was alone during that time, in the end, he’ll meet real friends who will love, support and accept him as he is, who will also be there for him when he wins the Nobel Prize.
According to Steve Molaro, they somehow want to honor Big Bang Theory in their momentous night and give a love letter in the form of a cross over. Without BBT, Young Sheldon won’t be possible.
The series is an origin story set in 1989; it centers on how Sheldon Cooper became the guy that he is in Big Bang Theory and how he survived high school at a very young age. In this show, we’ll get to know more about Sheldon and his love for trains, his fanboy tendencies to Professor Proton and his childhood friends like Tam. The cast includes Ian Armitage (young Sheldon), Zoe Perry (Mary, Sheldon’s mom), Lance Barber (George, Sheldon’s dad), Reagan Revord (Missy, Sheldon’s twin sister), Montana Jordan ( George Jr, Sheldon’s big brother) and Annie Potts (Meemaw, Sheldon’s grandma).
Young Sheldon is somehow different from the Big Bang Theory. It is shot using a single camera while BBT is shot using a three-camera in front of a live studio audience. Parsons is one of the Executive Producers of the show. At the same time in the series, we can hear him narrate as adult Sheldon in some of the significant parts of the show. Zoe Perry (who plays Young Sheldon’s mother) is the biological daughter of Laurie Metcalf (who plays the Older Sheldon’s mother in BBT).
According to the producers Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro, they have been interested in and discussing plans on having Sheldon’s childhood story for almost ten years. But, The prequel series started with Jim Parsons’ idea when he was bonding with his intellectually gifted nephew. He plays the older Sheldon in Big Bang Theory. He then emailed Chuck Lorre, BBT’s co-creator. Young Sheldon’s first ever episode premiered last September 25, 2017.
Spotify Goes Big On Podcasts
The popular music streaming app, Spotify, is all-in with podcasts as it launches a redesigned user interface (UI) that refocuses Spotify into two different audio categories
The popular music streaming app, Spotify, is all-in with podcasts as it launches a redesigned user interface (UI) that refocuses Spotify into two different audio categories: Music and Podcasts. While it is not new that podcasts and audio shows are already thriving in the app, Spotify makes it easier for listeners to navigate the app to search for their favorite podcast shows.
The new redesigned UI is only available for a limited number of users as of now, though, and was first reported last week. The new design emphasizes bolded headings for both “music” and “podcasts” on the app’s library page. Currently, Spotify users have to sift through six categories at the top of their library pages to find a dedicated podcast section. While Spotify confirmed that they were testing “new products,” they declined to comment on when the new redesigned UI would roll out to all users.
According to Spotify, last year, “seven million people in the US produced podcasts—and even more, people consumed them.” And it makes sense why the app company is putting money on podcasts on its platform. Spotify has spent up to $500 million on podcasts alone. The spending included their acquisition of major companies like Gimlet Media. The equivocal emphasis of Spotify to spend on promoting podcasts on its platform says so much about its goal to compete with Apple and Luminary to try to become the go-to place for podcast listeners, and improving “discoverability” and ease of use is necessary to achieve their goal.
A few days ago, Spotify also released a tool called Soundtrap for Storytellers to encourage podcast producers to produce more shows on Spotify. Soundtrap for Storytellers is a comprehensive podcast creation tool that offers recording, remote multi-track interviewing with video chat, smart editing of audio as a text document, full audio production, direct-to-Spotify publishing of the podcast, and transcript publishing to optimize SEO all in one service.
In an event hosted by Spotify for the launch of Soundtap for Storytellers, they invited popular podcast producers to talk about their craft and how they can use the new tool in their podcasts. Hannah Berner, the host of the popular podcast show Berning in Hell, said that she “think(s) a lot of podcasters don’t have any knowledge about the importance of SEO, or getting found in unique ways, besides just promoting on our social media. So having a transcript of what you’re saying that also helps with SEO is incredible.”
Lindsay Metselaar, host of We Met At Acme, said that the prospect of being able to record with people who are not physically with her is what excites her the most about the new podcast creation tool.
“The fact that you can record with someone when they’re not physically with you is huge. I’m not able to do that right now because the sound quality is just not the same with other programs or over the phone. But Soundtrap allows two computers to have the same recording situation set up. That’s huge for podcasting,” she said.
The new podcast tool is available starting May 14 online and on iOS and Android, with pricing starting at $14.99/month and an annual plan starting at $11.99/month.
In addition to Soundtrap for Storytellers, Spotify is also encouraging new artists to create more podcasts on its newly acquired tool called Anchor. Anchor is a free-to-use podcast creation, distribution and monetization platform that says its mission is to “democratize audio.” It was one of two New York-based podcast companies (alongside Gimlet Media) acquired by Spotify in February for $343 million combined.
“There’s no doubt that podcasting is expanding like crazy, and if you have a story to tell, someone out there is dying to hear it,” writes Spotify in the news post.
“For those who are ready to experiment, have fun, and try out a new way to connect with fans, here’s why it’s time for you to start using Anchor.”
Spotify is making a concerted effort to encourage more of its platform’s 3.9 million artists and dedicated-podcast creators to use its marketplace tools – like Anchor and Soundtrap for Storytellers. If successful, Spotify will make itself a one-stop-shop for podcast producers, hosts, and artists, and might be able to top competitors like Apple and Luminary in the podcast wars online.
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