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End Times Update 5/22: John Mulaney, Billy Porter, and UFOs

One clone's perspective on pop culture.

Each week one of Popdust's disposable clones — grown in a vault deep beneath the Mojave desert — is exposed to the outside world through a relentless feed of news, pop culture, and social media.

The arduous process accelerates their dissolution back into an amorphous clone slurry. But before they go, they leave behind a document of what they've absorbed and what they've learned — a time capsule preserving a single moment in the slow-motion collapse of civilization. We call these, End Times Updates...

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Demi Lovato Comes Out as Non-Binary, Changes Pronouns to "They/Them"

The singer and actor shared the news on their new podcast, 4D with Demi Lovato.

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Demi Lovato has come out as non-binary and is now using they/them pronouns.

The singer and actor made the announcement in the latest episode of their new podcast, 4D with Demi Lovato. "Over the past year and a half I've been doing some healing and self-reflective work," they explained. "And through this work, I've had the revelation that I identify as nonbinary."

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Demi Lovato's Sexual Trauma, and the Christian Purity Movement

In a new docuseries, Demi Lovato recalls how a teenage "purity" pledge added a dimension of shame to her experience of sexual assault.

Content warning: Discussions of sexual assault, disordered eating, self harm, and addiction.

Back in 2008, a group of young Disney stars represented what was intended to be a new model of fame.

While the cliche of child stars was that they are quickly corrupted — drawn into the dark side of the entertainment industry, with exposure sex and drugs from a young age — these young singers and actors were supposed to be different.

They were going to hold onto their innocence as long as they could. They had made pledges.

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We’ve Already Reached Peak White Feminism in 2021

Lukewarm activism by white women, what's new?

Photo via Angela Peoples in NYT

Lana Del Rey is at it again.

This summer she was met with severe backlash to an Instagram rant in which she claimed she, a white woman, had been unfairly criticized in the music industry for how she claimed her femininity. In one of the most cognitively dissonant statements of the year, Lana claimed that "there has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me."

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If there is any one human experience that is truly universal, it's a broken heart.

There is no pain quite as sharp or as lasting as your very first heartbreak, which is not to say subsequent heartbreaks are easy. But what remains consistent through it all is the power of music to offer comfort and catharsis. Whether your heart is broken for the first or the fiftieth time, these songs will help you throughout every stage of your journey to healing. Some are angry and defiant, some are sad and self-pitying, and some are about letting go and moving on. Whatever kind of break up song you need right now, we guarantee it's on this list.

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Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato Get Real About Their UFO Sightings

Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato share Disney roots, a troubled period of growing pains, a strong redemption arc, and...recent UFO experiences.

2020 has offered such a dramatic flurry of news stories that one topic in particular seems to keep getting lost in the fray: aliens.

There was the confirmation of the Pentagon's UFO sightings and its special top-secret UFO task force. The potential alien life on Venus. And of course, the abundance of civilian alien sightings.

Now, some high-profile people are coming forward with stories about their own alien encounters. Miley Cyrus recently came forward with a wild story involving drugs, UFOs, and eye contact with an actual extraterrestrial.

Miley Cyrus's Extraterrestrial Encounter

"I was driving through San Bernardino with my friend, and I got chased down by some sort of UFO," the 27-year-old told Cyrus told fashion designer Rick Owens in a recent Interview Magazine profile. The two were on the subject of Area 51 after Owens began discussing his recent birthday, which included a visit to the alleged alien prison. This prompted Cyrus to launch into a story about a recent "experience."

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