It’s curious—whenever Michelle and Barack Obama’s daughters Malia and Sasha Obama do anything, it becomes trending news—even when the “story” is as innocuous as a single photograph. On Sunday, a stunning image of 19-year-old Sasha Obama rocking a two-piece a la Normani’s 1996 “Motivation” music video hit the web, and the commentary was polarizing: on Twitter, conservatives begged her to put on clothes (a weird tactic, since she... does not have social media) and everyone else with at least half a brain championed her fire fit. Those are my people. Let Sasha live, damn.
Now is our winter of anti-vax discontent. Migos rapper Offset was caught by TMZ saying he will not take the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine because of something he saw online? My man...
“I don’t trust it though,” he tells the paparazzi. “You didn’t see the little thing online where people’s face turned to the side? I just don’t want to be the test dummy.” Within a few seconds he removes his mask—come on, bro?
The “little thing online” he is referring to are images that are circulating around anti-vaccine forums, supposedly of four Pfizer volunteers who allegedly developed face paralysis during the test. The FDA acknowledged that four volunteers did develop Bell’s Palsy (a kind of facial paralysis) but so far, there is no link to the vaccine and the condition. According to CNBC, Dr. Sara Oliver of. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that there is “no known or expected causal relationship between the vaccine and Bell’s palsy.”
Now, this is why America needs, like, Alex Jones and all the other monsters who’ve gotten rich off of giving ridiculouss conspiracy theories a platform, to take the vaccine on air. Or else... these irrational concerns and unscientific beliefs will continue. [TMZ]
- Kim Kardashian-West probably won’t file for divorce from husband Kayne West. [Hollywood Life]
- Bachelor in Paradise’s Emily Ferguson is engaged to hockey player William Karlsson. [E! News]
- Eddie Van Halen has been cremated. [Entertainment Tonight]
- Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy is nominated for a Grammy for her performance on “Brown Skin Girl.” [Us Magazine]
- The U.S. Senate runoff races in Georgia, which normally wouldn’t receive coverage in Dirtbag, are included this week because Zoom reunions won’t stop happening in support of it. Elf’s Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel were joined by John Lithgow, Wanda Sykes, and Ed Helms for a live script reading of the movie to raise money for the Democratic Party of Georgia. Good cause, but it’s still a no from me. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- A brave Bella Thorne showed off her back acne. [Hollywood Life]