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Singapore’s ‘Offensive Lyrics’ List Tags Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande

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Singapore tags Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande in "offensive lyrics" list

Singapore is considered one of the fastest growing economy not only in South East Asia but also in the whole world. The juvenile but rich country has surpassed global expectation in terms of its economic growth amid its relatively younger sovereignty. The state has become one of the most influential global superpowers and internationally competes with other first-world countries in multiple aspects.

The growth of Singapore is highly attributed to the discipline that their citizen have and the effectivity of their policy implementation. The country is praised for its ability to instill to their citizen the value of discipline, nationalism, and hard work.

It is known that Singapore has one of the strictest legislation in the world. In the country, you can be fined for merely spitting on the sidewalk. The effectiveness of the country’s legislative implementation lead to the country becoming one of the richest Asian countries, and Singapore aims to become more socially aware and relevant in the recent years to adapt to the world’s changing value system.

Because of this, the country has announced that it is implementing a stricter crackdown against hate speech, especially to race and religion. The slightly conservative Asian superpower has recently tagged American pop stars Lady Gaga and Ariana Grade in an “offensive lyrics” list that is presented to members of parliament.

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam delivered a statement regarding hate speech on April 1, where he includes both Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga in a list of singers with “offensive lyrics.”

The announcement on Monday came nearly a month ago after a black metal group from Sweden Watain’s concert was banned in Singapore on concerns about its history of “denigrating religions and promoting violence.”

The band was initially allowed to conduct their concert on March 7 but was later canceled at the last minute due to the previous statements made by the band’s frontman and the song lyrics that degrade Christianity.

According to a survey presented by Shanmugam in Parliament, two out of three Singaporeans support the Watain ban.

Opposition MP Chen Show Mao posted a photo of the ministerial statement on “restricting hate speech” on his Facebook account with the caption “lesson of the day.” The said post has been shared more than a thousand times and received hundreds of comments by Tuesday afternoon.

The list that tagged songs from different singers to have “offensive lyrics” include Lady Gaga’s Judas, Ariana Grand’s God Is A Woman, Nine Inch Nail’s Heresy, and Hozier’s Take Me To Church.

In the past, both Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande have held concerts in Singapore.

According to the Facebook post of K Shanmugam, Singapore’s home affairs minister, the said list of songs are only illustrations of things people may find offensive.

“Doesn’t mean that it can all get banned, just because some people find it offensive,” Shanmugam, also the acting law minister, said.

The minister also clarified that the songs listed in the “offensive lyrics” list might have been misunderstood by some people who did not listen to the entirety of the speech.

“People who did not listen to the speech may misunderstand that the list contains songs which have been banned (!) or are going to be banned (!),” he added.

Lady Gaga’s Judas earned global backlash because it features Jesus Christ’s disciple Judas Iscariot in a romanticized way. Judas is known to be the one who betrayed Jesus and people called out the song for being “blasphemous.”

Image from @ArianaGrande / Twitter

On the other hand, God Is A Woman is Ariana Grande’s famous song that has also gained notoriety after fans who initially thought that the song was about female empowerment realized that there are parts of the lyrics that indicate that she’s referring to herself as God.

The post made by the minister regarding the issue has gained attention and has seen famous Singaporean personalities weighing in. Satirist Yeo Tze Hern gave his take on the issue it is of “public interest.” Instead of hate speech, Yeo wants to fight “wine wastage,” calling out the “offensive lyrics” of Sun Ho’s infamous tune, China Wine.

Ho is a co-founder of a megachurch named City Harvest Church, of which six officials and senior members were convicted for using funds to further Ho’s music career.

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LOOK: The King’s Man, A Kingsman Prequel

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The first trailer into the 2020 Kingsman prequel, The King’s Man just dropped, and if you’re the type who does not like the typical rom-com movie on Valentine’s Day, you’re in luck since the action-packed spy saga is releasing its latest installment on February 14th next year.

The first thing that needs to be addressed, the main star of the Kingsman franchise, Gary “Eggsy” Unwin played by Taron Egerton, will not be making an appearance in the February 2020 installment since The King’s Man will be exploring into the reason behind the creation of the independent Kingsman organization years before Eggsy was born.

Although the one minute and 48-second trailer bare any information on how and what the movie is all about, the film’s synopsis says: “As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man.”

For starters, The King’s Man will be set in the early 1900s and will follow the events that lead up to how the Kingsman organization ought to be. It will dive into the fantasy of World War I and the events after that period.

Furthermore, The King’s Man will be a history book reimagined since it will star memorable personalities such as the exotic dancer, Mata Hari who charmed her way to receiving privileges in a war-stricken era but eventually died as a convicted spy.

There are also other infamous characters such as Thomas Edward Lawrence or T.E. Lawrence and Herbert Kitchener, who will be played by Liam Neeson which gives this action-packed movie more intensity from the Taken star.

There’s also the casting of Aaron Taylor-Johnson as “Lee Unwin,” suggesting that we may see some of Eggsy’s bloodline in this prequel and how the Unwins get deeply involved in the Kingsman organization.

Taking on the “Eggsy” role or the lead in The King’s Man is Harris Dickinson as Conrad. There’s no clear direction on how his character fits in the whole story, but if he’s playing the “Eggsy” here, he’s coming in when the organization just got started and will be trained to fight alongside the organization.

Other castings in The King’s Man include Ralph Fiennes playing T.E. Lawrence, Daniel Bruhl playing Gelix Yusupov, Gemma Arterton playing Mata Hari, and Rhys Ifans playing the infamous Grigori Rasputin, Matthew Goode as Tristan, and Stanley Tucci as Merlin.

The King’s Man is once again directed and co-written by Matthew Vaughn, but Vaughn will seemingly take a more serious route in this prequel. Probably an homage to history or following the footsteps of the other great espionage films he previously looked up to such as Bourne, In Like Flint, 24, and others.

Speaking to The Playlist, Vaughn teased about how he was looking forward to the prequel and how it was going to be something entirely new. “Next year you’re getting The Great Game. It’s wrapped,” he said. “I love spy movies, and this is a very very different tone and style and as a spy film, that no one’s made in a long, long time. “

In other news, with regards to the original and iconic “Eggsy” Unwin, we will see more from him. Not just next year, though.

“That doesn’t mean I won’t be in Kingsman ever again,” Egerton previously confirmed. “I was with Matthew [Vaughn] as little as a few days ago, we’re still very much in business together, but his next journey in that world doesn’t involve me. His idea for the new one is incredibly exciting. I’m sad that I won’t be on that journey with him, but it’s not the last you’ve seen of Eggsy.”

In the same interview with The Playlist, Vaughn teased that “we hope to shoot Kingsman 3 either late this year or early next year, but it won’t be out until 2021, so, who knows?”

He added: “There’s two more to come – hopefully, people like them enough that we can count on making another one.”

“MARV Films [Vaughn’s production company] loves spy films, so I’d love to always be making them, and the whole point about Kingsman is a celebration of espionage. And Kingsman will always make the spy film that no one else is touching.”

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‘Bond 25’ Full of Surprises; Lashana Lynch Is Agent 007

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The Bond Franchise is getting an upgrade!

Lashana Lynch, the British actress who played Captain Marvel’s Maria Rambeau, will assume the role of agent 007 in the upcoming Bond film.

A film insider talked to The Daily Mail and shared that the 25th installment of the Bond franchise introduces Lynch in a pivotal scene in the movie. The part is when M calls for Agent 007, saying, “Come in, 007.” To which, Lynch responds and walks in.

Although Lynch is playing 007, she won’t be taking on the persona of James Bond. According to IMDB, her role’s name is Nomi, while Bond is still played by Daniel Craig who’s said to be retired from the agency in this storyline. However, we can expect that Bond will be pulled in for the mission even when he’s retired.

Before Captain Marvel, Lynch worked on TV shows in the UK. Her notable roles are Arjana Pike in Bulletproof, Rosaline Capulet in Still Star-Crossed, and Gemma in Crims.

Although Lynch did not have many action setting in Captain Marvel, she has had plenty of experience in the action scenes of Bulletproof.

The new Bond film, which is set to be released in 2020, was written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Known for her brilliance in the TV hit show Fleabag, Waller-Bridge also has Killing Eve and Drifters as part of her writing portfolio.

Aside from being a writer, Waller-Bridge is also an actress. Her memorable roles include India in Bad Education, Susie in The Iron Lady, Abby Thompson in BroadChurch, and as the main protagonist of Fleabag.

Before today’s reveal, speculation on a new Bond agent was abuzz, especially with rumors of Craig getting ready to leave the franchise. The previous buzz involved Idris Elba to replace Craig in one of the most iconic roles in history. According to reports, Bond 25 will be Craig’s last movie in which he reprises his role as James Bond.

Craig and Lynch are facing off Rami Malek as the movie’s antagonist.

Fans are thrilled to see a change in diversity in the Bond movies.

Breaking Stereotypes

With Lynch taking on the iconic Agent 007 role, the upcoming film is appealing to the #MeToo advocates.

Breaking free from the movie franchise’s machismo tone, the refreshing take of female heroes is reportedly present in Waller-Bridge’s script. The characters have the wit and humor that shows the writer’s talent.

For years, the Bond movie series has cast Caucasian men to play Agent 007. Having a female person-of-color actor play the part is both refreshing and exciting.

With Lynch’s involvement, the speculation, whether she will completely take over the role of Agent 007 from Craig, is louder than ever. In recent years, the movie series has craftily introduced the successors of each character in the movie. An example of this is when Judi Dench handed over her role as M to Ralph Fiennes in Spectre.

Aside from the possible long-term female agent, the production is calling on for the help of the media to promote positive changes. The Daily Mail insider also revealed that the term “Bond girl” is no longer permit to be used about Bond’s leading ladies. The production has asked publications to use the term “Bond women.”

The change of term is not just a simple change. It’s a complete change of the mindset. Waller-Bridge has been outspoken about changing the Bond movies’ treatment of women.

“There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not [the Bond franchise] is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women. I think that’s bollocks. I think he’s absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to this character,” Waller-Bridge said in an interview with Deadline.

Aside from breaking the stereotype of Bond women, Malek also revealed that he insisted that his character not be stereotyped as an Arabic-speaking terrorist. Malek, who is best known for his role as Freddie Mercury in the Bohemian Rhapsody, said his decision stems on pursuing ways to provide positive representation on his ethnic background.

The new Bond movie seems to have a lot of exciting changes. According to The Daily Mail’s source, “This is a Bond for the modern era who will appeal to a younger generation while sticking true to what we all expect in a Bond film.”

Take a look at Bond 25‘s teaser below:

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‘Stranger Things 3’ Breaks Netflix Records

Season 3 is out! Spoilers, ahead!

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Stranger Things Season 3 broke Netflix’s viewership records with over 40 million household accounts watching since its debut on July 4. Netflix adds that in just four days after the show’s release, 18.2 million of those household accounts finished the entire third season. 

The sci-fi show that explores the town of Hawkins, and the ‘Upside Down’ has beaten Netflix’s viewership records held by The Umbrella Academy, You, and Sex Education. The three latter shows only achieving more than 40 million views after a month since their debut.

The third season’s success may have secured the renewal of the series for its fourth season. Ross Duffer, one half of the show’s creator, has stated in 2017 that Stranger Things may be a four-season story. 

If you’re living under a rock, Stranger Things is a show about a group of kids living in a strange town called Hawkins. The kids investigate and have adventures (albeit, terrifying ones) with paranormal and supernatural incidents, including the sudden appearance of a weird girl with psychokinetic powers after their friend gets abducted by a creature from the mysterious “Upside Down.” Oh, and it’s set in the 1980s. 

With a hit TV series, the show’s casts shot to stardom. Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhand, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp made up the gang of the brave kids of Hawkins. Winona Ryder and David Harbour rounded out the cast, serving as the adult support system in the show. 

In season 2, Sadie Sink joined the gang. In season 3, look out for Priah Ferguson and Maya Hawke. 

The show was wildly successful when it was first launched last July 2016 on Netflix. Fans enjoyed the mix of sci-fi, mystery, thriller, and 80’s nostalgia in one binge-able show. 

The Duffer Brothers

The instant hit show was created by twins Matt and Ross Duffer, now widely known as the Duffer Brothers. The duo got their first break in Hollywood when they pitched a screenplay which Warner Bros Entertainment, Inc. won over other studios. Their screenplay was so good that they convinced Warner Bros. to let them direct it as well. 

The movie was titled Hidden. Filming began in 2012 and was completed in 2015. Unfortunately, the studio decided to have a limited release, and only a few critics were able to see it. 

Despite not having their movie’s theatrical release, the brothers landed a job as writers for Wayward Pines, an American thriller TV series based on Blake Crouch’s novels of the same name. 

The couple continued to write and decided to pitch a screenplay for their own TV show. They caught the attention of Shawn Levy, known for his direction of films such as Night at the Museum and Real Steel. 

The Duffer brothers, along with Levy, pitched a TV show concept that’s a mix homage to Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, and the brother’s love for the 80’s era. Netflix loved it, and so did the rest of the world. 

Season 3 Recap

Here’s a look at the current season’s summary. 

Season 2 ended on a happy ending with the gang enjoying their time in the school dance. Little do they know the Mind Flayer, a powerful force from the Upside Down (and season 2’s main antagonist), was still alive and watching the town of Hawkins. 

In season 3, the plot thickens as to who is responsible for making portals to go to the Upside Down. Russian agents have now come to Hawkins and started working secretly at the newly constructed mall. 

Dustin, Robin, Steve, and Erica starts investigating the Russian agents and learns that there’s a secret lab below the mall. 

The Mind Flayer is alive and has been using the abandoned mill as its headquarters. It abducts Billy and possesses him. Billy starts abducting other townspeople so that the Mind Flayer can control them, too. 

Will can sense the Mind Flayer whenever it attacks others. He teams up with Eleven, and they try to fight the Mind Flayer. They were able to identify that Billy was possessed and attacked him. The Mind Flayer overpowered Eleven and almost killed her.

Using her powers, Eleven was able to find the Mind Flayer’s lair—the abandoned mill. However, during her search for the den, the Mind Flayer was able to read her mind, too. It knows where Eleven is and is now hunting her.

Eleven, Will, Nancy, and Jonathan goes to the mall to rescue Dustin, Robin, Steve, and Erica. They prepare to fight the Mind Flayer. Hopper and Joyce investigate the Russian agents through a trail of paperwork. They also rush to the mall to help the children fight. They come up with a plan to fight the Mind Flayer and destroy the machine building the portal below the mall.

In the end, Billy sacrifices himself to save Eleven from the Mind Flayer that still possesses him. Hopper also sacrifices himself to shut down the machine, which closed the portal and killed the Mind Flayer.

In the last scene, Eleven, Will, Jonathan, and Joyce leave the town of Hawkins.

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