Dina's Dirt For June 29, 2020

Monday, June 29th

Dina’s Dirt at 6:40

Nickelodeon is rolling out a new animated preschool series based on the viral “Baby Shark” video. Get ready for 26 half-hour episodes of “Baby Shark’s Big Show!” as Baby Shark and his best friend, William, go on adventures in their community of Carnivore Cove, meet new friends, and sing “original catchy tunes” along the way. Hey, anything to get the original song out of our heads! The original “Baby Shark” video has almost 5.8 billion view mark on YouTube and is the second most-viewed video in YouTube history. Read more with variety.com.

Global Citizen held another star-studded special over the weekend, which aimed to “combat the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities” and urge governments around the world to make testing and future vaccines available for the less advantaged. “Global Goal: United for Our Future — The Concert,” hosted by Dwayne Johnson, raised more $6.9 billion in pledges from the event, and featured some pretty amazing performances from John Legend, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Shakira, and even the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton,” among others.

JoJo Siwa dropped a circus-themed music video and is now facing backlash due to the clip featuring 12-year-old dancer Lilliana Ketchman wearing brown make-up as part of a monkey costume. She’s since turned off the comments underneath the video and shared a lengthy explanation of why on Twitter. In it, she rejects accusations of blackface and says the video was simply children wearing costumes and that it’s “awful that anyone’s minds would even go there." She also says that she shut down the comments because people were sending her "disgusting" messages. Some people on Twitter are defending her while others are asking her to educate herself.

Engagements to celebrate!
AceShowbiz reports that "Scream Queens" actress Billie Lourd is engaged. Her boyfriend, Austen Rydell, posted on Instagram, "She said YES!! (Actually she said 'Duhhh') But I guess that's even better than yes?!?" Billie and her new fiance dated when they were younger, but they reunited in 2017 after Austen had been there to support Billie when her mom, Carrie Fisher, passed away in December 2016.
“Rocky IV" actor Dolph Lundgren, 62, is engaged to 22-year-old personal trainer Emma Krokdal. He popped the question a week ago and posted a pic on Instagram of the two of them, with Emma showing off her new, big, pink ring, and wrote "Something very special happened here in Sweden." The two only went public with their relationship in January and had only been dating a few months at most. See the pic at tmz.com. Given that Dolph’s new fiance is two years younger than his oldest daughter, holiday get-togethers with the family should be interesting.


Dina’s Dirt at 7:40

Faith Hill, who is from Mississippi, says it's time to change the state’s flag, which features a small image of the Confederate battle flag in the upper left corner. She says, "I understand many view the current flag as a symbol of heritage and Southern pride [but] it is time for the world to meet the Mississippi of today and not the Mississippi of 1894." State lawmakers who want the change said they may already have enough votes to make the change. Read more with tmz.com.

Lizzo and Beyonce were big winners at the 2020 BET Awards with Lizzo taking Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and Beyonce getting the humanitarian award plus the BET HER award. Drake actually went into the evening with six nominations, but he only came out with one win as a feature artist on Chris Brown’s song. Michael B Jordan and Issa Rae won Best Actor and Best Actress. Here are some more of the big winners from the 2020 BET Awards;
Album of the Year
"Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial," Roddy Ricch
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Lizzo
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Chris Brown
Best Group
Migos
Best Collaboration
Chris Brown Ft. Drake, "No Guidance"
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
DaBaby
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Megan Thee Stallion
Video of the Year
DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend, “Higher”
Best New Artist
Roddy Ricch
Best Gospel/Inspirational
Kirk Franklin, “Just for Me”
Best Movie
“Queen & Slim”
Best Actress
Issa Rae
Best Actor
Michael B. Jordan

Even the cartoons are trying to right their wrongs. Fox said in a statement, “Moving forward, ‘The Simpsons’ will no longer have White actors voice non-White characters.” And, Mike Henry, the white actor who has voiced Cleveland on "Family Guy" since 1999, is giving up his role. Mike made the announcement Friday, saying, "It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role." Mike also voiced Cleveland’s son, Rallo, on the spin-off "The Cleveland Show" for four seasons.

Claire Crawley’s season of “The Bachelorette” is back on at ABC, according to Variety, with coronavirus precautions in place. The show will be shot in a quarantined location, and everyone has to be tested before they go. Since the contestants are tested and quarantined, they can “kiss and argue” all they want!



Dina’s Dirt at 8:40

Taylor Swift took part in Pride Live’s Stonewall Day livestream where she blasted the U.S. government for only including two genders on the U.S. census. She said, “I got my Census the other day and there were two choices for gender. There was male and female and that erasure was so upsetting to me, the erasure of transgender and non-binary people. When you don’t collect information on a group of people, that means that you have every excuse in the world not to support them. When you don’t collect data on a community, that’s a really, really brutal way of dismissing them.”

The 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards went down over the weekend. “The Talk” co-hosts Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Anne Inaba and Marie Osmond hosted this year’s virtual edition, announcing the winners via livestream on CBS. Kelly Clarkson took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show on Friday, and even though she and her hubby of 7 years are getting divorced, apparently there’s still respect between the two of them. She first thanked her fans and crew, tweeting, "OH MY GOSH!!!!!! What is happening?!!!! This is amazing!!! Thank y’all so much!!! And a MAJOR thank you to my entire crew that really is the reason I won!!! I can’t wait to celebrate with our whole crew when humans can congregate again!! This calls for a PARTY!!!!" She then added, “Thank you so much to @BBlackstock for believing in me & convincing me to do @KellyClarksonTV show and @lifeofT for being the greatest friend/assistant #BestEmilyICouldHaveAskedFor #DaytimeEmmys2020". And, Ellen DeGeneres may be taking heat online, but at the Emmys she was a winner, accepting the trophy for best entertainment talk show. Alex Trebek won best game show host for the second year in a row for “Jeopardy!,” his seventh win overall. Here’s a list of the big awards;
Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Thompson, “The Young and the Restless”
Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Heather Tom, “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Outstanding Drama Series
“The Young and the Restless”
Outstanding Morning Show
“Today Show”
Outstanding Game Show
“Jeopardy!”
Outstanding Game Show Host
Alex Trebek, “Jeopardy!”
Outstanding Informative Talk Show
“The View”
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
Kelly Clarkson, “The Kelly Clarkson Show”

Hulu has pulled an episode of the "Golden Girls" over blackface. The season three episode, “Mixed Blessings,” has been removed from the streaming platform in light of the Black Lives Matter movement. In the episode, Rue McClanahan’s Blanche and Betty White’s Rose wore mud masks when they met the fiancée of Bea Arthur’s Dorothy for the first time. Betty’s character said, “This is mud on our face, we’re not really black.” Not everyone thinks the mud mask joke called for removal, and some people think Hulu is missing the point of Black Lives Matter by making a fuss over the episode. Here are what some Black women had to say about it;
Erica Williams Simon wrote, “First of all, they were in mud masks not blackface. And second of all, in what world does "Stop killing us" sound like "Please remove episodes of Golden Girls"? I didn't see that ask on anyone's protest sign. To be clear: I’m not “attacking” Hulu. I would just hate for the seriousness of this moment and movement to get lost in symbolic (and sometimes silly) overcorrections. Impact on real lives should be the measure of any change worthy of a PR push.”
@raeviin wrote, “Yeah, these companies and media platforms are trivializing the situation by sending the message that our demand for justice is as petty as removing episodes of the Golden Girls off a streaming platform. This is a calculated effort to cheapen our message.”
And @kvanaren added, “I don't think *any* blackface episodes should get taken down - it's so important to have records of these huge racist blindspots in pop culture and to contextualize them for audiences.”
Instead of making decisions for Black people, even with good intentions, it seems best to have conversations with groups like Black Lives Matter, and ask those you’re trying to help how you can best support them.

Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli will be serving time in the college admissions scandal, and that’s why they’re being kicked out of their country club. The reports are mixed – some have told People the two have withdrawn their membership from the Bel-Air Country Club while TMZ reports the board had voted unanimously to suspend their membership until after they had served their prison time. Some think they shouldn’t be allowed back, as a past president of the board said allowing felons to continue to be members "causes irreparable harm to the Club and its members." On the bright side, think of all the money they’re saving now.
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