J.J. Abrams Said There Would be an LGBT ‘Star Wars’ Character Four Years Ago. He’s Making the Same Vague Promises Today

J.J. Abrams Said There Would be an LGBT ‘Star Wars’ Character Four Years Ago. He’s Making the Same Vague Promises Today

Disney has a problem with LGBT representation. I don’t necessarily mean that it’s a problem that they don’t have enough, what I mean is It seems like someone at Disney is actively against including LGBT characters in their movies.

A 2016 article from Polygon was circulating again on social media, highlighting a portion of an interview where Abrams promised that an LGBT character was coming to Star Wars in “a future installment.”

Nearly four years later, three more Star Wars films have released with a fourth coming in a few weeks and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be any significant LGBT representation in that.

Abrams did make a vague implication that we might see an LGBT character in an interview with Variety.

“And in the case of the LGBTQ community, it was important to me that people who go to see this movie feel that they’re being represented in the film,” Abrams said.

So without spoiling the film, Variety asked, does that mean there will be a queer character in “The Rise of Skywalker”?

“I will say I’m giving away nothing about what happens in the movie,” Abrams replied with a smile. “But I did just say what I just said.”

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I don’t actually remember if Disney owns Peanuts or not.

This sort of thing should be familiar to Marvel and Harry Potter fans by now. “There are totally some gay characters coming. In fact, that character you love who never gave any indication they’re in any way LGBT actually is, don’t you feel represented now?”

Abrams once again confirmed that the two characters most likely to be gay, Finn and Poe, absolutely are not gay. But maybe some minor character like Wedge Antilles or Biggs Darklighter is. Remember them? It might even be someone as important as Porkins, the fat guy who got killed by Darth Vader. In the new special special edition, he’ll cry out “I love penises” as his ship explodes.

Was Michael Jackson Possessed by a Boy-Hungry Alien Glove That Made Him Molest Children? This Musical Says Yes

Was Michael Jackson Possessed by a Boy-Hungry Alien Glove That Made Him Molest Children? This Musical Says Yes

We here at The Blemish have been on Johnny Depp’s side in his divorce drama with his horrible ex-wife Amber Heard, but Depp might now be going too far, even for me. No, not in his divorce proceedings, all I have to say there is “drag her, King.” I’m talking about the Michael Jackson musical Depp had been attached to but has apparently left in a dispute over the credits.

It’s just as well for Depp because the musical, called For the Love of a Glove, features an alien glove that forces Jackson to molest children.

Yeah, it sounds crazy, but the details THR gave on the show make it sound kind of interesting, too.

Written by L.A. playwright and filmmaker Julien Nitzberg, For the Love of a Glove tells the story of what happens after a group of aliens shaped like bedazzled gloves crash-land in Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana. “It turns out, [the glove] can give people magical musical talent if it drinks their blood and has part of their body inside of it,” Nitzberg, 54, tells Rambling Reporter. “But it can only feed on virgin boy blood.”

Naturally, one alien glove attaches itself to a young Michael Jackson, who eventually learns that he can’t feed all five alien gloves himself, so he starts bringing boys home.

That sounds entirely insane but in the best way. It gets crazier because it’s a Michael Jackson musical without Michael Jackson music. The music for the show is all original compositions instead of a catalogue of Jackson’s greatest hits.

Writer Julien Nitzberg also explains that he sees the play as being an alternative to “cancel culture,” where we try to force everyone who isn’t morally pure to go away forever and instead wants us to embrace a “process culture” where we accept that people’s mistakes don’t define them.

Nitzberg says now is the time to process Jackson’s story rather than cancel his legacy. “We should be in ‘process culture,’ where we process how fucked up people are and understand what made them that way,” he explains. “I think there’s a collective trauma of everyone who grew up as a Jackson 5 fan and a Michael fan. This is a way to process that in a fun way while helping people understand all of the really fucked up stuff that affected Michael’s life.”

Not a bad idea, honestly. Still, kind of feels like a waste of a story about an alien pedophile glove.

Another Young Korean Star, Actor Cha In-ha, Has Been Found Dead

Another Young Korean Star, Actor Cha In-ha, Has Been Found Dead

The Korean entertainment industry has a serious problem. Korean actor Cha In-ha was found dead, and he’s the third young Korean star to die in just seven weeks. Deadline had a statement on this tragic turn of events from his agency.

“We feel devastated to deliver such heartbreaking and unfortunate news. On December 3, actor Cha In Ha left our sides. We are truly heartbroken to deliver sad news to everyone who has sent lots of love and support to Cha In Ha until now. We are filled with grief at this news that is still hard to believe,” read the statement.

The cause of death has not been reported. The Fantagio statement added:

“We earnestly ask for rumors to not be spread and for speculative reports to not be released in order for his family, who is experiencing greater sadness more than anyone due to the sudden sad news, to send him away peacefully. As wished by his family, the funeral will be held privately.”

That whole “don’t speculate” boilerplate at the end usually turns out to mean that this was a death by suicide. This follows the suicides of K-Pop singers Goo Hara and Sulli and does point to the existence of a real problem in the Korean entertainment industry.

I don’t know what the root cause of this is, and it could be a combination of any number of things including industry pressure, corruption, inadequate mental health services… really any number of things. And it’s likely that all those things need to be addressed in some way. Hopefully someone does something so that we’re not reading another article like this every few weeks.

Emily Ratajkowski is One of Forbes’ 30 Under 30

Emily Ratajkowski is One of Forbes’ 30 Under 30

We’re in the last month of the year, which is also the last year of the decade, and that means one thing: lists. Lists of everything. The year’s best movies. The year’s best TV shows. The year’s best celebrity nip slips. The year’s best lists of the best things that happened this year. They’re everywhere.

One of the more prestigious lists is Forbes’ 30 Under 30, a list of young up-and-comers in their respective fields. My favorite opinion columnist, Elizabeth Breunig, made the list year in no small part thanks to her in-depth expose on the fallout from a sexual assault in her home town a decade ago. But more importantly, Emily Ratajkowski made the list, presumably because of that ass.

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Hi. This is my butt in @inamoratawoman

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No one over 30 is going t be able to compete with that.

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I apologize in advance for the absurd amount of content that’s going to come from this heavenly place #WaldorfAstoriaMaldives #liveunforgettable

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Never enough 🐆

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I know that I am not going to get to be a Pulitzer Prize finalist for this article, but butts are their own reward.

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v meta lifestyle.

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Why Gabrielle Union Left ‘America’s Got Talent’

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Why Gabrielle Union Left ‘America’s Got Talent’

If you’ve never seen America’s Got Talent, just imagine a high school talent show only with more close-up magic and your shitty kid isn’t competing in it so you don’t have to be there. Turns out there’s also more racism; or maybe less if you go to high school in South Bend, Indiana. But things were bad enough that Gabrielle Union left the show.

Deadline reported Monday that Union was meeting with NBC to discuss the “toxicity” that surrounded the production.

“Gabrielle believes there is a toxicity that has become normalized at Talent,” an insider told Deadline on Monday. “She wants to help fix that, because she loved a lot of her time on the show last season, even with the issues with Simon and what have you,” the source added. “But she could never go back, even if they did a [180] and asked her to for another season — no.”

After that, things got interesting. In light of this, reports from last week saying Union was fired because her hair was “too black,” like this one from The Hill, started getting more attention.

Variety reported that multiple sources said Union, who was a judge during the 14th season, received constant feedback about her appearance on the NBC show. Four sources told the magazine that Union was frequently told that her hairstyles on the show were “too black.”

However, another source pushed back against the claim, Variety reported, and said Union received critiques about her hair only for continuity purposes during the filming of the show.
I don’t know who to believe here, but racism sounds more likely than an NBC show caring about continuity.

Speaking of racism, there were also reports Jay Leno told a lazy joke that was racist towards Asians that was cut from the program. The joke involved a painting of Simon Cowell surrounded by dogs, which Leno compared to the food served at a Korean restaurant. That is very, very believable, if there’s one thing Jay Leno loves it’s lazy jokes. It’s a damn shame, Leno used to be so funny in the 80s.

Union reportedly wanted the incident reported to HR, but NBC took no action.

Sharon Osborne mentioned the drama on The Talk, saying she left because of NBC, not the America’s Got Talent staff. That was seven years ago, though, so there was plenty of time for the culture to change.

Finally, Page Six reported Terry Crews was getting some heat on social media for not being outspoken enough in Union’s defense but I don’t think that’s entirely fair. Crews had some kind words for her and we don’t know all the circumstances here or how Terry has been treated. He doesn’t even have any hair so I’m sure no one gave him a hard time about it.
While that’s all we know at the moment, it’s possible there’s more to the story coming after Union meets with NBC.

Caitlyn Jenner Might Get Sued For Mentioning Khloe Kardashian

Caitlyn Jenner Might Get Sued For Mentioning Khloe Kardashian

One thing you have to give Kris Jenner credit for is being thorough. She basically tuned being a gold digger into a media and fashion empire, which you have to respect. Part of that is knowing how to write a contract that favors you.

When Caitlyn Jenner mentioned on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here that she hasn’t talked to stepdaughter Khloe since her transition, she may have ran afoul of a contract she signed in the early days of Keeping up with the Kardashians to protect family secrets. And now, according to the Radar Online, Jenner could be on the hook for millions of dollars for breaching that contract.

The former Keeping Up with the Kardashians dad then contended, “I went through every kid and Khloe for some reason was p***ed off about something through this whole process, it’s been five or six years and I really haven’t talked to her since.”

Caitlyn added sadly, “We were really close. I raised her since she was 5 years old. I really don’t know what her issues are.”

I mean, I guess I wouldn’t want my stepdad going on TV and letting the world know I’m a transphobe, either. And if I could make a few million dollars because someone saying I suck ran afoul of a contract my mom wrote, why not?

“This contract was handed to all participants in the show and means that Caitlyn could be in hot water,” a source told Daily Star Sunday.

“Kris and Khloe are tight and the contracts that she signed were designed to keep inner secrets about the family a secret and protect the show.

“Technically this could pose legal dramas for Caitlyn. Talking about the family, connected to the show, is a grey area,” the insider said.

Love to have a contract that prevents someone from saying I was a jerk to them when they were going through an incredibly difficult time.

It’s John Boyega’s Fault We Were Almost Disappointed by the New ‘Star Wars’ a Month Early

It’s John Boyega’s Fault We Were Almost Disappointed by the New ‘Star Wars’ a Month Early

Disney and JJ Abrams have really been going out of their way to keep details about the new Star Wars movie under wraps. If the leaks and rumors about it have any weight, that’s probably in their best interest. I’ve heard that Disney has tested something like 16 different cuts of the film and none of them have tested particularly well.

Probably the last thing they want to happen, then, is for say, John Boyega to leave his script for the film under his bed for his cleaning service to pick up and throw on eBay for under $100. Which, as The Verge reports, is exactly what happened.

“I was moving apartments, and I left the script under my bed,” Boyega said. “I was like, ‘I will leave it under my bed and when I wake up the next morning, I will take it and then move.’ But then my boys came over and we started partying a little bit. The script, it just stayed there. And a few weeks after, this cleaner comes in, finds this script and puts it on eBay for like 65 pounds.”

Partying, you say? That doesn’t sound like Disney-approved behavior, young man.

Luckily for Disney, a company employee saw the eBay listing and bought it before anyone else could, assuring we can all be disappointed with the new Star Wars movie on the schedule they have decided for us.

You want to read the latest rumored leaks to know just how bad this movie could be? Keep reading. Keep in mind these are unverified rumors and may be wrong, and even if they’re right they might not be the final cut. But this could all be real, so don’t read it if you don’t want  the spoilers.

The most recent leaks have Emperor Palpatine revealing that the reason he didn’t die in Jedi was he sent a clone in his place and Vader killed that. Yeah. And he has a new clone that looks like Matt Smith for some reason. And he kills the entire cast but Rey. Leia, Chewbacca, Lando, R2-D2, C-3P0 and Kylo Ren all get killed by Palpatine in this film. Then Rey takes the last name Skywalker after she kills him and his clone.

And that planet in the trailer is a third desert planet, not Tatooine or Jakku. Because we need more desert planets. Alderaan was such a juicy target because it’s the only planet in the galaxy that isn’t just a desert.

Danny Elfman Claims ‘The Simpsons’ is About to End. Does Anyone Care If It Does?

Danny Elfman Claims ‘The Simpsons’ is About to End. Does Anyone Care If It Does?

This is probably going to be one of those rumors that turns out not to be true, but Danny Elfman is telling people that The Simpsons is going to end after its next production season, which will air during the 2020-2021 season.

Here’s what Elfman, who wrote the theme song for the show, said in an interview, as reported by TVWeb.

“Well, from what I’ve heard, it is coming to an end. So, that argument will also come to an end… I don’t know for a fact, but I’ve heard that it will be in its last year.”

I know exactly what Simpsons quote you’re thinking of. “Krusty, why retire now? Why not 20 years ago?”

Man, has it been that long since The Simpsons has actually been good? No, it’s been more like 10-15 years. Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D’oh was pretty good in season 20, for example, and I have a soft sport for The Saga of Carl from season 24, but the number of good episodes per season has been dropping hard for a long time. If you made a list of the best episodes of The Simpsons, almost every episode from season 8 would be on it, while you’d have to struggle to find a single episode that aired in the last five seasons that belongs on the list.

Of course, CNN just ran a story about why The Simpsons is so important to Disney+, with the reason being it’s the only show on the service people are likely to binge watch (although I would say Even Stevens is up there if you’ve never seen it), so it’s conceivable Disney may want more episodes even if Fox doesn’t, though 700+ episodes is probably enough.

And it almost doesn’t matter if The Simpsons ends. It’d be strange, sure; I’ve literally been seeing new episodes of The Simpsons since I was so young that stupid people still thought my parents shouldn’t let me watch The Simpsons. But when I want to watch it now, I’m just going to watch old episodes anyway. Barring a real renaissance in the writers’ room there, we’re not actually losing anything if The Simpsons ends; unlike Firefly or Police Squad, no one is ever going to complain that there aren’t enough episodes of The Simpsons.

Iskra Lawrence is Celebrating Impending Motherhood by Getting Naked

Iskra Lawrence is Celebrating Impending Motherhood by Getting Naked

I know two things about Iskra Lawrence: she’s gorgeous and she’s pregnant. I know both of these things just from checking out her Instagram.

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🤰🏼 4 months has flown by! And my belly has finally popped🙌 celebrated 20week half way (so now 5months) on this magical journey with a stunning photoshoot with my girl @ashleyjophoto coming soon😬 . 💕Thank you to the dream team @mollyfredenberg @jonmichaelhall @rywilliams.co @Zoe_sheehy @Lindsaychapinphoto @jennacurran @diggzy . . . #pregnancy #preggo #pregnancydiary #babybump #20weeks #20weekspregnant #babybelly

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All pregnancy reveals should have nudity. Gender reveals, too. Just hire an androgynous stripper of the correct gender and wait for them to whip their junk out during “Pour Some Sugar on Me” instead of blowing your stupid ass up with pink tannerite.

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🌱Growth🕊 . 📸 @ashleyjophoto thank you for capturing my journey into motherhood and my growing bump. These images mean so much to me🙏. . Forever grateful to the whole team who made this shoot possible.. @jennacurran @mollyfredenberg @jonmichaelhall @rywilliams.co @Zoe_sheehy @Lindsaychapinphoto And ofc I’m wearing all @aerie undies #aeriereal 💕 . . . #pregnancy #pregnantbelly #pregnancyphotoshoot #preggo #babybelly #20weekspregnant #5monthspregnant

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I grew up, I’m sure like many of you, not in a big city but a small town. Watching shows and reading magazines about my dream career – modelling. That may not have been your dream but I think you can agree when you don’t have contacts, money, or live anywhere near the big cities where many opportunities are it feels impossible. I’ve been working my tits off in the industry for 16years, it was not an overnight success story. I was dropped by agencies rejected hundreds of times for 10years straight, body shamed for being too big AND too small. And I’m a very privileged person (white, able bodied, cis female etc), so I’m highly aware of how much harder marginalised people have it. But I do hope that my story can relate to some of you, and today I’ve made a video all about the struggles, failures and worst experiences as a model. Link in my bio to watch▶️ . Because social media tends to be a highlight reel and that’s very very unrealistic and I want you to know that however impossible your dreams feel right now, you can make it if you take action and work for it, find your unique power and purpose and never give up. Love you all and I will never forget that I wouldn’t be here without all your support – I’m forever grateful🙏❤️ . . @kincommunity @allinwithiskra #allinwithiskra #modelling #selflove #success #empowerment #motivation #yougotthis #noretouching #aeriereal #nophotoshop

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It’s nice to know you can still look like that when you’re pregnant.

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Ad| mermaid life @personabymr skirt🤗 . . #personabyMR #personaambassador

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⚡️All my skin in all its unretouched glory⚡️. . . You team P or me? Who won who knows who better in our latest @allinwithiskra video? (Link in my bio) 👙 @aerie #aeriereal 📸 @eliyz_gallery #celluLIT

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She really doesn’t look much different, honestly.

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👙This National Bikini Day, I want to thank you and for you to thank yourself. For getting up this morning. For showing up for yourself and hopefully feeling confident enough to love the swim you’re in today and any day. Thank you @Aerie for your continued support of the nonprofit💚💙💚@neda You all showed up this swim season in the most 🔥powerful way yet! Thanks to all 35,251‼️of you who stood strong & shared your photos loving the swim you’re in, we were able to donate $35,251 to @NEDA 🙌 to help support those affected by eating disorders. Thank you so so much and keep sharing the love and positivity! We love you! ❤❤❤ Oh and PS this suit and more brand new swim drops 7.8 😉 📸📸📸 @diggzy . . . #everybodyisabikinibody #everyBODYisbeautiful #googlepixel3 #aeriereal #aeriepartner

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Taiwanese-Canadian Actor Godfrey Gao Dies While Filming ‘The Titan Games’ Type Reality Show

Taiwanese-Canadian Actor Godfrey Gao Dies While Filming ‘The Titan Games’ Type Reality Show

Godfrey Gao, 35, has died from cardiac arrest while filming the Chinese reality show, Chase Me.

The premise of the show, produced by Zhejiang Television in China, is basically The Rock’s The Titan Games or American Gladiators. Two teams compete in physically exhausting courses to win prizes.

Taiwanese-Canadian Actor Godfrey Gao Dies While Filming ‘The Titan Games’ Type Reality Show Taiwanese-Canadian Actor Godfrey Gao Dies While Filming ‘The Titan Games’ Type Reality Show Taiwanese-Canadian Actor Godfrey Gao Dies While Filming ‘The Titan Games’ Type Reality Show

Several times in the past, actors have been on the brink of exhaustion, looking like they can’t go on. But this being China, they have another clone to replace you if you bow out. Not bow out literally. Although, that would be humorous.

Gao was filming the fourth episode of the season and taking part in one of the races. Right before he passed out, he allegedly said “I cannot go on.” Again, this being China, they thought he was playing it up and supposedly filmed him unconscious for 3 straight minutes.

Cameramen swarmed around him and kept filming, apparently believing that his actions were part of the show,

Sources said they then tried to resuscitate him for 10 minutes before ambulances arrived. Since “his pupils were already fully dilated when he arrived at the hospital,” it sounds like he had passed away sometime before that.

The producers, though, say otherwise. They contend that Gao “suddenly fell down to the ground while running, medical staff treated him on the spot, he was then rushed to hospital for treatment.”

Gao was born in Canada in 1984, then found stardom when he moved to Taiwan in 2004. He starred in some Taiwanese dramas, but really blew up when Louis Vitton hired him as a model in 2011. That hire made him Asia’s first supermodel. He also acted most notably as Magnus Bane in the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which also starred Lily Collins.

He also was the lead in the Chinese television series Remembering Lichuan. The plot is about a boyfriend who leaves his girlfriend broken-hearted. Then six years later, she comes across him and doesn’t know what to do. Huh, ok.

I bet there’s no such thing as insurance for these actors on these Chinese shows. Or very little. And you know Chinese celebrities have to take on these dangerous roles and shows to stay relevant. In a country with over a billion people, everyone’s expendable.