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Trump Fumes in His First Weekend Out of Office as Fauci Clowns on Him
Michael Reaves/GettyIn recent days, former President Donald Trump has watched from afar as one of his most popular rivals for public attention has been unleashed by the Biden administration to, in part, disparage Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. And the ex-president hasn’t even been able to tweet about it.Dr. Anthony Fauci, once a prominent figure on Trump’s coronavirus task force who’s now a top COVID-19 adviser to President Joe Biden, began his multi-day blitz to different news outlets that included openly expressing his relief that the old crew was gone and that he could now serve in the Biden administration.“One of the new things in this administration is if you don’t know the answer, don’t guess, just say you don’t know the answer,” Fauci told reporters at the White House on Thursday. He also stressed to journalists during that White House briefing that when he told them about how certain matters had markedly improved after Trump left office, he definitely “wasn’t joking!”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast herethedailybeast.com
‘Act of Evil’: Indianapolis Police Investigate Mass Murder
Kat Wilcox/Wikimedia CommonsIndianapolis police are investigating a mass shooting that left five people and a pregnant woman’s unborn baby dead and a community reeling from what the mayor called “an act of evil.”Authorities provided little information about the victims or the motive but said the FBI and federal prosecutors had been alerted.“I want those responsible to know that the full might of local, state, and federal law enforcement are coming for them as I speak,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast herethedailybeast.com
Dr. Birx: Trump was Showing Public COVID Charts I Never Made
CBS NewsFormer White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx claimed on Sunday that former President Donald Trump was being fed “parallel data streams” from another source on the pandemic and was “presenting graphs” that she never made.During an interview on CBS News’ Face the Nation, Dr. Birx appeared to be doing a bit of reputation rehab by distancing herself completely from the Trump administration. Besides telling anchor Margaret Brennan that she “always” considered quitting the coronavirus task force, she also said there were “definitely” people within the White House who thought the virus was a hoax.At one point in the conversation, Dr. Birx—who announced she was retiring during the transition between administrations—said she had been “censored” by the White House while denying that she ever willfully held back any information about the coronavirus crisis.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Rand Paul Refuses to Admit That the Election Wasn’t Stolen
ABC NewsSen. Rand Paul (R-KY) grew increasingly agitated and testy on Sunday morning when ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos repeatedly pressed him to acknowledge that the 2020 presidential election wasn’t stolen—something Paul refused to do.Stephanopoulos immediately kicked off Sunday’s This Week interview with Paul by asking him a “threshold” question about the results of the election, wondering aloud if he accepted that President Joe Biden’s victory was legitimate and “not stolen,” something former President Donald Trump and his allies have baselessly insisted and which eventually resulted in an insurrectionist riot.“Well, what I would say is that the debate over whether or not there was fraud should occur, we never had any presentation in court,” the Kentucky lawmaker deflected. “Most of the cases were thrown out for lack of standing, a procedural way of not hearing it.”Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
The Queen Calls Joe Biden to Congratulate Him, but When Will They Meet?
Chris JacksonIf you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.Queen congratulates Biden, but meeting dashed by coronavirusAs Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency drifts into history, Buckingham Palace confirmed this week that the queen had called Joe Biden to offer him her congratulations prior to Biden’s inauguration. Its exact contents, as always with HM’s private conversations, are a mystery and shall remain so.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Can the Beauty Industry Confront Colorism?
GettyLast year was a significant one for diversification in the beauty industry. In the wake of national civil rights protests, corporations were called out for their lack of diversity, both behind the scenes and in terms of how they cast advertising campaigns. As a result, brands have begun making a conscious effort to include more Black people in their campaigns and hire Black people behind the scenes as well. Many Black beauty industry professionals felt that this change was a long time coming and beyond overdue.While many Black beauty industry professionals are still skeptical over whether they are just being treated like a trend, diversity advocates are now calling out the beauty industry for racism’s ugly cousin: colorism.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
The Vice-Loathing Reverend and the Sex Workers Who Took San Francisco by Storm in 1917
Public DomainTrump’s presidency was bad for sex workers. SESTA/FOSTA erased the platforms we used to schedule and screen clients. ICE agents joined police officers to use “anti-trafficking” rhetoric to justify their militarization and expanded surveillance. Sex workers were among a long list of people excluded from government relief as we were targeted, shadowbanned, and barred from doing web-based work. And earlier this month white supremacist militia groups and conspiracy theorists weaponized an old story about sex slavery to help justify an attempted coup. It’s been a very scary four years for all of us and I wish I believed that the nightmare would be over soon.But as a history nerd and host of The Oldest Profession Podcast, I’m worried that we are set up to repeat the harsh lessons of history and to again conflate harsh criminal penalties with justice, and sex work with trafficking.On Jan. 25, 1917, sex workers in San Francisco marched to the Central Methodist Church to meet with Rev. Paul Smith, who had organized a campaign to rid and protect the city from vice. This was the first sex worker-led protest in the U.S.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
They Killed Her Sister. Now She’s Come Back to Haunt Them.
HuluPeople who find themselves in criminal circumstances often behave unwisely, if not outright irrationally. Yet it’s rare to see individuals respond to calamity quite as stupidly as they do in The Sister, a four-part British series debuting Jan. 22 on Hulu.Written by Luther creator Neil Cross (based on his novel Burial) and directed by Niall MacCormick, The Sister wastes no time laying out its scenario. Within its first five minutes, a series of quick incidents from 2013 and the present reveal that Nathan (Years and Years’ Russell Tovey) and his acquaintance Bob (Bertie Carvel) were involved in the mysterious death of Elise (Simone Ashley) on New Year’s Eve 2009, and that Nathan subsequently opted not to commit suicide but, rather, to assuage his guilt by marrying Elise’s real-estate agent sister Holly (Amrita Acharia). Nathan and Bob’s cover-up of Elise’s death, however, is now being ruined by a developer’s plans to dig up the woods where they buried the young woman’s body, which forces Bob to show up on Nathan’s doorstep asking for help with relocating Elise’s remains—an encounter that also clues Bob in to Nathan’s bonkers marriage. Nathan’s decision to woo Holly, the grieving sibling of the woman he interred in the middle of nowhere, is recounted in intermittent flashbacks, although none of those scenes successfully sell his nonsensical course of action as believable. By marrying Holly, who decorates their home with pictures of her sister, Nathan has chosen to atone for his sins by facing and immersing himself in them on a daily basis, for the rest of his life, which seems like the opposite of basic human nature. Moreover, it’s reckless from a legal standpoint, since it keeps him intimately close to the only people who’d be interested in catching him. No matter how you look at it, it’s just plain asinine, which means that Nathan is immediately cast as not only a potential fiend, but a moron.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Alan Tudyk on Kissing Heath Ledger and How ‘Resident Alien’ Made Him Believe in Aliens
Maarten de Boer/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via GettyHarry Vanderspeigle, the hero of Syfy’s newest comedy, Resident Alien, is a totally normal guy. The local doctor for the tiny, sleepy town of Patience, Colorado, he likes to spend his time fishing and going for treks out on the nearby frozen slopes, and watching Law & Order re-runs. There’s just one catch: He’s actually an alien on a mission to kill all of humanity. He’s fishing for the corpse of the actual Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle, which accidentally fell into the lake after Alien Harry murdered him to assume his likeness. He hikes mountains because he needs to find his spaceship, which crash-landed before he could drop his murderous payload. And the Law & Order re-runs are actually his study materials; after all, what better way to learn normal human behavior than by mimicking Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterston?Alan Tudyk’s delightfully idiosyncratic repertoire makes him one of the only actors on Earth one can imagine pulling off such a role—and, indeed, he makes a whole meal out of it across the seven episodes made available to critics before Syfy premieres the show on Jan. 27. Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Graphic Novel Shows How the Black Panthers Foreshadowed the BLM Era
Courtesy Marcus Kwame Anderson/Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House.Fred Hampton was the 21-year-old chief of staff and national spokesperson for the Black Panther Party when, on the morning of Dec. 4, 1969, Chicago police broke into his apartment and murdered him. Hampton was considered a charismatic danger by the Chicago PD and the FBI, a successful organizer whose leadership of the militant group constituted a threat to society. He had to go.For author David Walker, Fred Hampton’s murder 50 years ago was not ancient history, but a totally relevant story he had to write about. “Fred Hampton was a story I wanted to tell so badly, but to tell that story without contextualizing it would be a mistake,” says Walker, who, along with illustrator Marcus Anderson, is the creative force behind The Black Panther Party, a beautifully conceived and sobering graphic novel tracing the history of this doomed, but influential, group.“Especially in the aftermath of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the BLM protests and the response by law enforcement, that has opened the eyes of people who didn’t have their eyes opened before,” adds Walker, “and everything the Panthers fought about and talked about, is happening right now. We’ve been building towards this for a very long time in our society.”Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine. Why Can’t Every American?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyAbraham Lincoln had been prominently mentioned in the invocation and the opening remarks and the inaugural address at the swearing-in of President Joe Biden earlier in the day down in Washington, D.C.Now, as night gathered in Brooklyn, I passed along a row of small signs reading “vaccine entrance” affixed to the cast iron fence outside Abraham Lincoln High School at the edge of Coney Island, in a zip code where the COVID-19 positivity test rate was 17.53 percent over the previous week, almost double the city average.Many people in the neighborhood could tell you that Lincoln High is the alma mater of Arthur Miller and Mel Brooks and Neil Diamond and Joseph Heller and Herbie Mann and Stephon Marbury. But few likely know that it was a particularly appropriate location for one of the city’s community COVID-19 vaccination hubs because Lincoln had fallen ill with another deadly virus on the train back from delivering the Gettysburg Address. The president’s physician had ordered the immediate inoculation of the White House staff for smallpox, but that came too late for Lincoln’s valet, who had pressed a wet towel to the president’s forehead on the train. The valet was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with a tombstone identifying him as “William Johnson, Citizen.”Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Can Biden Fix the Mess Trump Made of Our Relationship With Iran?
Ken Cedeno/CNP/Bloomberg via GettyAmong the legions of people the world over heartened by the arrival of Joe Biden in the White House, we can surely count Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Hassan Rouhani, the supreme leader and president of Iran, respectively. Iran and the United States, close allies from the ’50s through the late ’70s, have been engaged in an undeclared, low-intensity war since Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini established the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979, seized more than 50 American hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, and declared the United States to be the “Great Satan.”During the Trump years, the relationship reached a new nadir.Back in 2018, Trump vowed to wage a “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran “to eliminate the threat of Iran’s ballistic missile program; to stop its terrorist activities worldwide; and to block its menacing activities across the Middle East.” He withdrew the United States from the nuclear accord widely known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May 2018, and imposed a welter of sanctions against the Iranian regime in the hopes of forcing it into signing a new agreement with more stringent restrictions on its nuclear program and its destabilizing policies in the Middle East.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
A Former Neo-Nazi’s Guide to Deprogramming Trump Cultists
Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via GettyThere are times in the history of a nation that are watershed moments, events after which the nation will never be the same again. These moments grab the national psyche and shake it, rattle it—leaving an indelible stain behind. A national trauma. Sadly, there have been too many of these moments in the last decade: from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, or the congregants of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, or the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.The riot and storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 (which, as of writing, has left five dead) was not a specifically racially motivated attack on people (although the mob included those who betrayed their true intention with Confederate flags) but, rather, a politically motivated attack on democracy. It took what was a schism in our society and turned it into a chasm—and if we cannot learn to bridge that chasm, will lead to further division, violence, and the real potential of civil war.it Watching the events unfold live on television, the way the crowd surged toward and into the Capitol, and the look of bewilderment on the faces of those who had no idea what to do next beside those filled with rage, I recalled times in my past where I was caught up in the emotion of the moment. The rush of adrenaline that conflict and violence delivered in exhilarating doses, fight or flight kicking in as blood flow to higher brain function is cut off, and the ability to reason has gone out the window. I remember believing in something so much that dying was a fair price to pay for its success—and there was no shortage of older movement leaders to take advantage of such blind enthusiasm. Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Dems Urged Not to ‘Waste a Second’ Negotiating as Republicans Back Away From COVID Relief
Bill Pugliano/GettyDemocrats are facing new objections from Republicans over the Biden administration’s COVID-19 relief package, a maddening reality that has set off alarm bells among progressives who fear hard-fought issues could be left on the chopping block.While President Joe Biden has long touted a working ability to inspire bipartisanship, some on the party’s left wing are already warning against spending too much time trying to negotiate with the GOP, citing double control in the House and Senate and playing up the importance of providing fast monetary relief to Americans during the pandemic.“Democrats need to just plow ahead,” said Larry Cohen, chairman of Our Revolution, a grassroots network that supported Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential bids. “It’s great if [Sen. Marco] Rubio (R-FL) and others who made noises show that we can build a broader coalition on critical issues, but it can’t wait.”Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
My Body Was Failing. I Started to Prepare for Death.
Courtesy Henry Holt & Co.In May 2015, I started to prepare for death. My life insurance to my niece, Zoe. My dog to Mom. My clothes to my big sister, Kaetlyn, for first dibs, then donated. My furniture and books to my boyfriend, Jimmy. Would it be uncouth to write my own obituary? I read about what would happen to my body if I died in the hospital: I’d be transferred to the morgue while my family decided what to do with my refrigerated corpse. Could my organs be donated, or were they too damaged from sickness and medication? Should I bequeath my pathetic body to science? I liked the idea of being buried in that body farm in Texas, where students could study my decomposition.I’d been fighting an arduous Crohn’s disease flare up combined with a recurrent bacterial infection of Clostridium dificile, or C. diff, since February, and had been an in-patient at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital since March. Crohn’s, an incurable form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that I was diagnosed with in 2012, tricks my immune system into thinking my digestive system is an invader and needs to be violently dispelled from my body. It causes, among other symptoms, inflammation and ulceration from mouth to anus, diarrhea, vomiting, bleeding, fissures, fistulas, intestinal blockages, perforations, scar tissue, malnutrition, anemia, and joint pain.C. diff is a spore-forming bacteria that’s extremely contagious and hard to treat (dificile quite literally means difficult). Common in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health-care centers where antibiotic use is high and compromised immune systems are common, C. diff releases toxins that attack the lining of the large intestine. It causes aggressive, foul-smelling diarrhea, an increased white blood cell count, dehydration, fever, and abdominal bloating. If it isn’t treated properly, C. diff can kill you. It infects about 500,000 people every year in the United States and kills 30,000—a historically high number, thanks in part to increasing antibiotic resistance. In an IBD gut, riddled with inflammation, ulceration, and scar tissue (perfect places for the bacteria to hide and multiply), the chance of death increases dramatically.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Anti-Vaxxers Melt Down Over Airbnb Discounts, of All Things
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos Getty The Daily Beast/Photos GettyThomas David Keho, an Airbnb Superhost for five years, took to the Facebook group “Airbnb Host Community - Vent, Recommend, Discuss,” a forum typically used to complain about rowdy guests or strategize how to appeal Airbnb for a better rating, to ask what he considered an innocuous question:“How do I offer a 50% discount to vaccinated guests?”Within a few hours, the post had garnered over a thousand comments, was entangled in several webs of disinformation, and was, as Keho described it to The Daily Beast, “a shitstorm.”Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
The Pro-Nudity Social Network Sex Workers Are Flocking to
Annie BrownWhat if there was a social media platform with an extremely high tolerance for sexual self-expression, and an extremely low tolerance for mean comments, body-shaming, sexism, or harassment? That’s the vision of Lips, a new social media platform that’s like what Instagram would be if it allowed sexually explicit images, while at the same time kicking off hateful or trolling commenters, making it a safe space for women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, sex workers, and other marginalized groups to express themselves sexually.For too long, Big Social Media has taken the opposite approach, kicking off sex workers and censoring and banning any person who dares to bare a (heavens!) “female-presenting nipple,” while at the same time allowing hate, trolling, disinformation, harassment, misogyny, and white supremacy to flourish.Starting up on a shoestring, with $10,000 crowdfunded on IFundWomen, Lips is the brainchild of Annie Brown, a tech-marketing consultant who has worked with gender-equality organizations including the Grameen Bank, the Humsafar Trust, and Planned Parenthood.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
If Biden Can’t Build a Better Economy, America Is Fucked
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyDonald Trump’s finally gone, but if Joe Biden wants his return to normalcy to be any more successful than his predecessor’s appeal to greatness, he’ll need to take on the real issues dragging red and blue America down: economic torpor, ever increasing inequality, and policies that diminish people’s prospects of making it into or maintaining their positions in the middle class.These pressures are felt most among the young, a third of whom suffer from anxiety disorders and who collectively have very low levels of optimism about the future—with good reason. Many express their frustration in shockingly violent ways, sometimes by dressing up as “riot ninjas.”What we have been witnessing—during the protests this summer and after the canard of a “stolen” election—reprises the often inchoate peasant rebellions that happened periodically in Medieval Europe. More troubling still are similarities with the German Weimar Republic, evidenced by the mass support of a would-be despot in the White House, rising anti-Semitism, an out-of-control upper bureaucracy, a politicized media, and the rise of armed militant groups at both extremes of the spectrum in a modern version of the street fights between Communist and Nazi street gangs, committed to bashing each other and undermining basic civil order. Acquiescence and outright approval for looting, burning and even takeovers of urban neighborhoods were widespread among progressives this summer. The people who stormed the capital on Jan. 6 may see themselves as “patriots,” but they acted more like Nazis.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Is the Capitol Rioters’ Skull-Mask Fetish Fashion or Fascist?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos FBIAs the world watched an insurrectionist mob storm the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, eagle-eyed observers noticed that a handful of frontline rioters wore near-identical lower-face masks depicting skeletal jaws contorted into what writer Talia Lavin calls a “vicious Cheshire grin.”In the days since that attempted coup, images have surfaced of more Capitol rioters, like alleged Nancy Pelosi laptop thief Riley Williams, wearing the same skull mask in other contexts. (Williams’ attorney, Lori Ulrich, told The Daily Beast that neither she nor her client would comment on this story.) These skeletal grins have also popped up at subsequent pro-Trump state house protests nationwide, and in the avatars of numerous openly far-right individuals on social media platforms like Twitter.Law enforcement officials, extremism experts, and even some mask wearers say these face coverings amount to “an aesthetic marker for those in the far-right culture,” as Cassie Miller, a research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center, put it in a conversation with The Daily Beast.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
The GOP Found Their Backbone in Liz Cheney. Trumpists Want to Cancel Her.
Chip Somodevilla/GettyI have often said that today’s Republican Party is full of perverse incentives—chief among them are who gets blamed, who gets punished, and who gets rewarded for their actions. I mean, Donald Trump incited an insurrection in an attempt to overthrow a democratic election just a couple weeks ago, yet the few brave Republicans who tried to hold him accountable are much more likely to suffer real-world consequences—particularly at the hands of their own party.Case in point: Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney. In the brief days after she came out for impeachment, Cheney has garnered a Q-adjacent primary challenger, censure from the Carbon County Republican Party of Wyoming, Twitter and cable news attacks from the likes of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, and serious attempts to oust her from her House leadership position by the “Freedom Caucus.” That’s a heckuva way to thank her for what was (let’s be honest) a profile in courage—especially at a time when Republican politicians were reportedly worried not only about their political futures, but also their personal safety. Yet, in rebuking Trump for his obvious sins, Cheney pulled no punches, writing, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
CNN Host Destroys Rep. Cawthorn With Simple Question About Election ‘Fraud’
ScreenshotTwo weeks after riling up a crowd of Trump supporters with claims of election fraud ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn tried to rehabilitate his stance on the presidential election on Saturday night—only to have his entire argument fall apart in spectacular fashion.Pressed by CNN’s Pamela Brown to explain what evidence had motivated him to contest the election results in the first place, Cawthorn visibly struggled to string together a coherent argument.“The things that I was not objecting to the election on behalf of was things like Dominion voting machines changing ballots, or these U-Haul trucks pulling up filled with ballots for Joe Biden as president. The thing I was objecting for is things like, like I said in the state of Wisconsin, particularly in the town of Madison … there was an appointed official in that town who actually went against the will of the state legislature and created ballot drop boxes, which is basically ballot harvesting that was happening in the parks,” he said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast herethedailybeast.com
The Coronavirus Variants Are Here. Can the Vaccines Keep Up?
Justin Tallis/GettyAs vaccine rollouts ramp up—or in some cases, stumble ahead—in countries across the world, the SARS-CoV-2 strain has rolled out some new features of its own, primarily in the form of rapid genetic mutations. Some evidence indicates variants of recent months have made the virus more infectious, or in one case, possibly more deadly.Virus variants are inevitable and often benign. The new coronavirus has likely mutated countless times without attracting the attention of epidemiologists. But new strains identified in the U.K., South Africa, Brazil, and California have given some infectious disease experts pause.Several studies indicate that the strain known as the B117 variant, prevalent in the U.K., may be as much as 70 percent more transmissible than the original virus. Two analyses in California suggested that a new strain on the West Coast, called B.1.426, made up a quarter of the infections they examined. As the news whipsaws between infection spikes and inoculation efforts, it can seem like the world has entered a race between variant and vaccine.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Navy SEAL Who Choked Green Beret to Death Sentenced to 10 Years
via United States Army Special ForcesNavy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Tony DeDolph will spend the next decade in a military prison for his role in the killing of a Special Forces soldier in Mali in 2017.A military jury sentenced DeDolph, a member of the elite SEAL Team 6, Saturday. In addition to ten years in prison, DeDolph was also hit with reduction in rank to E-1, forfeiture of his pay and allowances and will be dishonorably discharged, according to a defense official.DeDolph had pleaded guilty earlier this month to involuntary manslaughter in the strangulation death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Special Forces soldier assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group. DeDolph also pleaded guilty to hazing, conspiracy and obstruction of justice for trying to cover up the cause of Melgar's death.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Inside the Messy Disney Love Triangle Dominating the Pop Charts
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn the span of just two weeks, three Disney stars have engulfed the old and young in their bizarre love triangle.On Jan. 7, Olivia Rodrigo, known for her acting and singing on Disney’s Bizaardvark and Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, released “drivers license,” a heartbreak song that not only immediately shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 but also twice broke Spotify’s record for most daily streams of a non-holiday song. The song quickly became an overnight phenomenon, with TikTok users creating millions of videos recreating the music video or explaining the drama behind it.The song’s ripped-from-the-headlines backstory only added to the public’s obsession. Rodrigo has been a Taylor Swift fan since she was a kid, and Swift’s songwriting style has clearly inspired Rodrigo, who’s mined specific details of her life to tell the universal story of love lost. “I got my driver’s license last week, just like we always talked about / ‘cause you were so excited for me to finally drive up to your house,” she sings, later crooning about seeing the guy everywhere, especially in all the white cars. Fans quickly picked up on this, pointing out that Rodrigo said in an interview that her rumored former flame (and High School Musical co-star) Joshua Bassett taught her how to drive in his white car.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
As If You Needed a Reason to Spend More Time In Bed, Parachute Bedding Will Make Your Bed Your Favorite Place
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/ParachuteIf you’re unfamiliar with the Danish word “hygge,” pronounced “hoo-guh,” then you and me (of a few days ago) have something in common. I learned the word from my wife as I ran through a number of terms I was considering applying to products from the linens and home goods brand Parachute.“Oh, like hygge, you mean,” she said.“Um…” I replied.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Tens of Thousands Flood Moscow Streets to Protest Nalvany's Arrest
GettyMOSCOW— As groups of youth dressed in hip winter clothes arrived in the Chistye Prudy area and began the walk along the pedestrian boulevard toward the central avenue of Tverskaya, it looked by 2 PM as if all pedestrians of the Russian capital were walking in the same direction—to Pushkin Square to join the protest against Alexei Navalny’s arrest.It turned out to be by far the biggest rally Moscow had seen since the summer of 2019. At least 30,000 people joined the anti-Putin protest in Russia’s capital, as dozens of thousands protested across the country, answering Navalny’s call.“What are these thieves scared of most of all? Of people coming to the streets,” Navalny said earlier this week, before his improvised court hearing at a police station following his return to Russia after an assassination attempt.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Larry King, the Interviewer Who Talked to (and Married) Them All, Dead at 87 After COVID Diagnosis
Joshua Roberts/AFP/Getty On May 1, 1957, an unknown, untried radio announcer named Larry Zeiger switched on the microphone at Miami’s WAHR and became Larry King.“I had my record ready to go, and all my life I had dreamed of this,” he recalled years later. “I turned down the mic, and I turned down the record, and nothing came out.” His first chance at being a disc jockey and right out of the gate he’d committed the cardinal sin of radio: dead air. “The general manager kicked open the door to the control room and said, ‘This is a communications business, dammit. Communicate!’ And I put on the mic, and I said, “My name is Larry King.” And then, through some combination of gut instinct, luck, or divine intervention, he began to do what he was born knowing: He started talking, directly, honestly, just being himself. “So for two minutes, you’ve been listening to a record go up and down and nothing coming out, so please, bear with me.”It wasn’t Shakespeare, but it was pure Larry King, and after that everything was all right. He was honest with the audience, he was always himself.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com