Also, Gigi and Zayn might be back together.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid is now in the running to be a juror on Harvey Weinstein's rape trial.
During a bout of questioning, Hadid reportedly told the judge that she feels she would be "able to keep an open mind on the facts." She was one of 120 people under consideration for the position.
gigi hadid getting jury duty for the weinstein case on oscar nom day feels like god is playing MASH— Olivia Craighead (@Olivia Craighead)1578943760.0
2016: A weird year 2017: Getting weirder 2018: What's going on here 2019: Hold on wait a second 2020: Gigi Hadid in… https://t.co/YBi5vAvXip— Max Abelson (@Max Abelson)1578938630.0
Definitely would not have put "Gigi Hadid summoned for jury duty in the Harvey Weinstein trial" on my 2020 Bingo card yet here we are.— Alyssa Vingan Klein (@Alyssa Vingan Klein)1578944016.0
Harvey Weinstein, of course, is a serial rapist who abused dozens of women yet remains convinced that he is a feminist icon. Gigi Hadid is one of the most famous models in the world. This simply reeks of Hollywood, though in the worst way.
All this seems like it may be a classic example of what we may come to know as 2020 energy. So far, 2020 has included an attack on Iran, the catastrophic Australia bushfires, and the announcement that Elon Musk and Grimes are pregnant. Odds are, it's just going to get stranger from here on out.
But maybe things were always strange. Maybe the strangeness is just finally rising up to the surface, thanks to a combination of the 24/7 news cycle, a lot of brave women and reporters looking to expose the truth, and rising global temperatures.
Either way, simulator, if you're out there...we see you.
In heterosexual news, apparently, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid are back together. The two were spotted walking together in New York City yesterday.
#FOTOS: Zayn noite passada no Madison Square Park com a Gigi Hadid. (12/01) Galeria: https://t.co/BPTdXlWBXV https://t.co/XpkTZfMj0i— zaynbrasil.com.br (@zaynbrasil.com.br)1578919953.0
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If you're mad because "Batwoman was never black," there's something you need to know...
TV's newest incarnation of Batwoman, Ryan Wilder, is Black.
The CW's Batwoman has always had a progressive streak. In the first season, Orange Is the New Black alum Ruby Rose plays Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne's cousin who dons the Batwoman cowl to protect Gotham City. Just like every other superhero show, Kate's romantic life factors into the plot. Unlike the rest, however, Kate is an out lesbian, making her the first leading lesbian superhero in television history.
But after the first season, Ruby Rose announced that she was leaving Batwoman for unspecified reasons, allegedly related to burnout from the ridiculously long work hours required from a superhero series lead. This meant that in order for Batwoman to continue, the CW would need a new star.
Enter Javicia Leslie, former co-star of CBS comedy-drama God Unfriended Me. Prior to Leslie's casting, fans of the show wondered how Batwoman might handle the transition of actresses. Would Kate Kane just look completely different in season 2 with no canonical explanation?
Nope. As it turns out, Javicia Leslie's Batwoman will be an entirely new character: Ryan Wilder.
There's a peculiar satisfaction to watching a scam crash and burn.
Producer extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes has just finalized the main cast for a new show about Soho scammer Anna Delvey, and fans are already obsessed.
The show will follow the years-long scam led by Russian-born Anna Sorokin, a woman who told everyone her name was Anna Delvey and ingratiated herself into the New York social elite by pretending she had access to a fake trust fund. She convinced people to lend her indefinite loans and spent exorbitant amounts of money that she gained through a series of intricate lies. Of course, like the best scams, it fell to pieces; in May 2019, she was convicted to four years in prison.
Delvey will be played by Emmy-winning Julia Garner, who starred as the fiery Ruth on Ozark. Judging by her performance on that show, she'll be able to perfectly embody Delvey's trickster mentality and charm.
Veep's Anna Chlumsky will star as a journalist determined to capture Delvey's story. Her character will probably be based on Jessica Pressler, the journalist who wrote the definitive New York Magazine story about Delvey's endeavors. Laverne Cox plays a celebrity trainer who gets sucked into Delvey's world. The show will also feature Alexis Floyd as a hotel concierge whom Anna tricks with her charm and Katie Lowes as a woman whose relationship with Anna becomes an obsession.
Another Day, Another Scammer
"It started with money, as it so often does in New York," Pressler's essay begins. In the era of Donald Trump, the Kardashians, and Fyre Festival, it seems like we collectively can't get enough of scammers. We love to learn about people who force their way into the spotlight through non-traditional mechanisms and webs of lies.
But why does Anna Delvey need a TV show that gives her even more fame and attention, one that promises to glorify her high-flying lifestyle even as it portrays its inevitable combustion? Perhaps it's because Delvey is living a new sort of American Dream (or maybe she's living what the American Dream always was—a scam).
Regardless, Delvey's story is very much of the moment, very indicative of what it's like to live under late capitalism in a world where money and confidence are keys to success. "The way Anna spent money, it was like she couldn't get rid of it fast enough," reads the article. "Her room was overflowing with shopping bags from Acne and Supreme, and in between meetings, she'd invite Neff to foot massages, cryotherapy, manicures." This could be excerpt out of a postmodern novel, as could the whole story, full of unnecessary products that no one really needs. It's going to look beautiful on TV.
Just like we can't get enough of products, it seems we can't get enough of scammers and their stories. "Anna looked at the soul of New York and recognized that if you distract people with shiny objects, with large wads of cash, with the indicia of wealth, if you show them the money, they will be virtually unable to see anything else," the seminal article finishes. Apparently the same goes for us, and TV: Distract us with an intoxicating scam, make us think we're outsmarting the capitalist system we're actually buying into, and you have a hit, or possibly a president. I, for one, will inevitably be tuning in.
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