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January 10, 2023

Gwen Stefani Repeatedly Insists She’s Japanese

This interview with Gwen Stefani, in which she reflects on the backlash to her Harajuku phase 14 years later, is stunningly tone deaf. She repeatedly tells the Asian interviewer she’s Japanese: “As an adult, she was able to travel to Harajuku to see them herself. ‘I said, ‘My God, I’m Japanese and I didn’t know it.” As those words seemed to hang in the air between us, she continued, ‘I am, you know.’ She then explained that there is ‘innocence’ to her relationship with Japanese culture, referring to herself as a ‘super fan.'” And then she digs her heels in and it somehow gets even worse?

-If Emily Ratajkowski and comedian Eric Andre are dating, it will be a win for goofy-looking guys everywhere.

-I was definitely on Prince Harry’s side after watching the Netflix doc (and continue to be!) but I agree with this piece on how this press tour is getting exasperating to watch. At what point do you stop expressing shock that the institution with a racist, colonialist history is racist? And if they had embraced you both, would you have stayed and ignored the racist, colonialist history?

-The Golden Globes don’t mean anything, but Elvis is going to sweep tonight, right?

-On the Actor THR Roundtable, Elvis star Austin Butler says he began questioning his profession after his mother passed away. “I was around doctors and I was around these people who were hurting a lot and I was in hospitals, and I thought ‘Is this a noble profession at all? Should I be doing this or should I give myself in some why that can help people who are dealing with cancer or something like that?'”

-Movie critic David Ehrlich’s annual supercut of the best films of the year always makes me more excited to catch up on what I missed than any awards ceremony. This year’s is predictably excellent, and reminds me I still need to see Saint Omar and RRR. Also, his number one is the same as mine.

Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun continued its award season wins with the National Society of Film Critics’ best director honour.

Ryan Reynolds used ChatGPT to write an ad for his mobile company– and it did a surprisingly good job.

Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira‘s Walking Dead show has been pushed to 2024, but in news that will please much of my TL, the working title is The Walking Dead: Rick and Michonne.

-HBO’s The Last of Us debuts this weekend, and the reviews are glowing. I’m surprised by how many critics are talking about how emotional it made them.

Jonathan Majors is featured more in the latest trailer for Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania.

-Joaquin Phoenix is Beau, a man trying to get home to see his mom, in the creepy first trailer for Beau Is Afraid, the new film from Midsommar director Ari Aster.