Comedian "switched her birth control for Tic Tacs" and more LOL moments
Being one of Saturday Night Live's cast members has its perks, one of which is the opportunity to poke fun at yourself in front of a live studio audience.
Funnyman Pete Davidson took his role as "human punching bag" to a whole new level by being the butt of his own jokes – primarily centered around his relationship with fiancée Ariana Grande on the late night variety show's season premiere.
The 24-year-old was filled with fun and ready to make the audience's night while sitting beside SNL Weekend Update's "anchorman" Colin Jost. The two got plenty of laughs as they chatted about Davidson's relationship with Grande, and how the duo seems like something of a mismatch to those looking in on their seemingly unlikely romance.
Davidson got the crowd chuckling when
he told Jost, "I got engaged and no one could believe it. I can't believe it. I get it, she's the No. 1 pop star in the world and I'm that guy from SNL that everyone thinks is in desperate need for new blood. Do you remember when that whole city pretended that kid was Batman because he was sick? That's what this feels like." Perhaps a bit extreme, but Davidson is fully aware that a gal like Grande could probably get any guy she wants. But she's in love with Davidson and he's more than happy to go along with it.
The banter continued with the men discussing women being more successful than their male mates. As for a prenup? Davidson joked, "Obviously I wanted one, you know, so God forbid we split up and then she takes half my sneakers." Davidson is perfectly fine with his fiancée being the "breadwinner" and he's pleased to "live at her place," which must be a palace.
While Davidson knows he's not likely to be the one to ever leave the relationship, he went on to describe his plans to make sure she stays put. "Last night I switched her birth control with Tic Tacs," he said. "I believe in us and all, but I just want to make sure that she can't go anywhere."
We get why Grande is smitten. A silly and self-deprecating dude makes her laugh. Now that's priceless.
In more serious news about the season opener, Grande was scheduled to perform as the musical guest but pulled out last minute. As
Times Now News reported, "Singer Ariana Grande has dropped out of the Saturday Night Live season 44 premiere, citing emotional reasons. Grande is continuing to recover from the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, who died earlier this month from a suspected drug overdose. The 25-year-old on Friday took to Twitter to share with her fans she was having 'a tough month.'" She was replaced by Kanye West who caused a stir in his own special way, donning a "MAGA" cap and garnering "boos" from the crowd.
All in all, SNL's season opener got plenty of laughs, even over some of the most awkward topics, tackling current events like the Brett Kavanaugh appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee starring Matt Damon and other skits designed to make viewers sneer, squirm, smile, and shake their heads. But it was Davidson who knew he had to address the "elephant in the room" – his recent super-speedy engagement. And with the goofy talent Davidson so effortlessly displays, he got right to the topic at hand and made his real life the hub for humor.
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Plus celebrities react to Nigerian protests.
Young people across Nigeria have been pouring into the streets for the last two weeks to protest police brutality, specifically the controversial special police force known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Tension came to a head on Tuesday when armed forces fired on protestors in Lagos, the biggest city in Nigeria, who were out past the state-mandated curfew. According to AP News, "Police also fired tear gas at one point, and smoke could be seen billowing from several areas in the city's center. Two private TV stations were forced off the air at least temporarily as their offices were burned."
Not all non-binary people prefer gender-neutral pronouns.
October 21, 2020 marks the third annual International Pronouns Day.
Created by an independent board and first observed in 2018, it's one of those small commemorative holidays that trends on Twitter in hopes of drawing attention to a pressing social issue, like International Women's Day (March 8th) or the ever so serious National Taco Day (October 4).
But Pronouns Day in particular "seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace." The organization's website further describes, "Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people's multiple, intersecting identities."
But in the words of nonbinary activist and Trevor Project's Head of Advocacy and Government Afairs, Sam Brenton, "Pronouns are hard." Never before have pronouns been scrutinized as closely as they are in 2019 for their power to (in)validate or accurately describe something as fluid as gender identity. In fact, it was only this year that the Merriam-Webster Dictionary expanded the definition of "they" "to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary" (thus codifying a long history in English language of using "they" to refer to a singular non-gendered entity).
‘Everyone has the responsibility to be respectful.’ — The @TrevorProject’s Sam Brinton is explaining why pronouns a… https://t.co/pMMO8KRvBR— NowThis (@NowThis)1571253180.0
But throwing an additional wrench in the works is the fact that not all non-binary people prefer gender-neutral pronouns.
Take me, for instance: Despite having female biology, I couldn't pass a lie detector test saying I'm a "woman." But my pragmatic, Puritan family is still endearingly confused by the idea of "liberal arts," let alone the notion of gender fluidity. And I'd rather share a communal language with them than do the emotional and mental labor of re-orienting their worldview for them. Plus, I have the privilege of passing as female without feeling too, too, terribly dysphoric (which non-binary people can definitely suffer from, despite not identifying as trans).
But enough about me, look at Queer Eye's beloved Jonathan Van Ness. While he's been outspoken about being genderqueer, gay, and HIV positive, he prefers he/him pronouns. "The older I get, the more I think that I'm nonbinary," Van Ness said. "I'm gender nonconforming. Like, some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman." As he told Out magazine, he doesn't identify as a man, but he does prefer "he/him/his" pronouns. In his view, those pronouns don't detract from or contradict his non-binary identity, because gender is not about simple binaries between masculine and feminine identifiers. "Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I'm here for it," he said. "I think that a lot of times gender is used to separate and divide. It's this social construct that I don't really feel like I fit into the way I used to."
On the other hand, last month non-binary singer Sam Smith announced that their preferred pronouns are "they/them." Smith posted to Instagram, "I've decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out." People like Smith and Trevor Project's Sam Brenton simply feel more validated, seen, heard, and true to themselves with gender-neutral pronouns. Smith wrote, "I'm so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I've been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but f*ck it!"
Most importantly, as pretty much every non-binary person and activist is aware, changing cultural norms is hard. While LGBTQ+ activism is inspired and passionate and dedicated to expanding human rights to all gender identities, we all know that changing society's entire understanding of gender and pronoun usage is about slowly opening minds. As Smith wrote, "I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you." Happy Pronouns Day to you/him/her/they/(f)aer/zim.