Time Magazine has revealed the Person of the Year for 2019, and it is Greta Thunberg.
She is a Swedish teenager who became the voice for global conscience on climate change. Time Magazine announced on Wednesday their choice on the “TODAY” show.
According to Time’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, “She became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement.”
Thunberg quickly became one of the world’s climate change activists. She was the only protesting outside of the Swedish Parliament during school hours on Fridays when she was only 15.
She has now made the “skolstrejk för klimatet,” recognized globally, which means “School strike for the climate.” Her initiatives and perseverance spread throughout Europe, and soon the world became her fan, now known as “Fridays For Future” movement.
The activity of protesting, according to the editor-in-chief, moved millions of people in 150 countries to act on behalf of the planet. Je added that Thunberg “represents a broader generational shift in the culture” with the newer generation standing up for what they believe in – all the way from Hongkong to Chile. “Young people are demanding change and urgently. She embodies youth activism.” Felsenthal said.
Thunberg learned about climate change when she was only eight years old and got majorly concerned and got into depression because of it. During one of the interviews, she mentioned: “I remember thinking that it was very strange that humans that are an animal species, among others, could be capable of changing the Earth’s climate.”
This 16-year-old teenager gave up on eating meat and traveling by plane to reduce her carbon footprint. She sailed over two weeks on a zero-emission boat in August to New York City with her father. She appeared before the US Congress in September and didn’t read the remarks which were prepared for her but submitted a 2018 UN global warning report. “I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to scientists, and I want you to unite behind science.”
Just recently, she became a recipient of another environment honor award at the Stockholm ceremony but declined it. She later explained on her Instagram, “The climate movement does not need any more awards. What we need is for our politicians and the people in power start to listen to the current, best available science”.
She added, “People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing,” she said. “We are at the beginning of mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
When the editor was asked what he thought would be Thunberg’s response about the Time’s Person of the Year, he said: “I don’t know, but I think what she has done, her rise in influence, has been extraordinary.”
Time magazine chooses the Person of the Year annually since the 1920s. Last year, four journalists and one news organization were chosen.
Non-face-to-face concert injuries…Full-scale preoccupation of SM and Big Hit online platforms
K-pop big-name K-pop agencies have jumped into the preoccupation of “online platforms.”
It has already been used as an important channel for K-pop to frequently meet fans from afar as it has been in full swing. However, due to the spread of COVID 19, ‘Uncontact (non-face-to-face) communication’ has become important, and the use of online platforms is in full swing.
SM Entertainment is a leading agency. SM recently signed an MOU with Naver to push for joint global projects to strengthen its global entertainment competitiveness.
By combining SM’s expertise in discovering and producing global artists and Naver’s based technology, the company will join forces in expanding the global market for its “Fanship” platform, a global membership community.
FANSHIP is a paid-in fan club community launched by Naver last year. Stars can manage their fan clubs themselves. It is also possible to disclose exclusive content for fans, and to check what activities fans have done and how much they have used the content.
Many singers as well as actors are already using FANSHIP. Naver is showing its willingness to further expand its overseas fan market by cooperating with globally popular SM singers.
Big Hit Entertainment, which owns the global group BTS, is already actively operating its own fan community platform, Weverse. It has been receiving positive responses for its convenience in easily checking singers’ schedules and communicating in real time.
There is also a special content that will be released only through Weverse. In November last year, BTS unveiled its own travel program “Bon Voyage” season 4 through Weverse. Previously, the series had been released on Naver’s V app channel.
Another feature of Weverse is that it works offline. BTS’ concert in Seoul in October last year was packed with tickets sold out, but it was possible not to line up thanks to its preorder of MDs through commerce platform Weverse Shop. He also sent messages to BTS members, checking the waiting time of the food zone through Weverse.
Earlier, Yoon Seok-joon, co-CEO of Big Hit, said about Weverse and Weverse Shop that it was one of Big Hit’s plans to build a “one-stop service with the music industry.”
Weverse was created by BeNX, a subsidiary of Big Hit. BTS, the team’s junior group “TXT,” and Source Music’s group “G-FRIEND,” which was incorporated as a big hit label last year, are communicating with fans through the platform.
Especially noticeable is that other teams from other agencies besides Big Hit have also entered Weverse. It is a group called “Seventeen” belonging to Pledis Entertainment. This is the moment when the influence of Big Hit and Weverse is gradually expanding.
The Fast Company, a U.S. economic media outlet, recently placed Big Hit on the list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2020” after Snap, Microsoft and Tesla, drawing attention to “Weverse” and “Weverse Shop.”
As seen in BTS’ fandom “ARMY,” loyal fans can help make the team a singer who can influence the world. An independent platform that can only be shared by stars and fans is important to make them a “hot community.”
Mandy Moore Almost Walked Away from Hollywood
Amid a divorce and challenges finding work, Mandy Moore asked herself whether it was worth it to continue acting in 2015.
“I just felt like I was at a point in my life where I was the most comfortable making myself the least priority, and I made myself as small as possible to make someone else comfortable.”
After filing for divorce in 2015, she just wanted to give up acting entirely.
“I had done four failed TV pilots. So, I was kind of at the point where I was like, ‘Maybe this acting this is done for me.’ Like, ‘Maybe I need to hang it up and go back to Florida, go to school, go try my hand at something else.’”
However, the 35-year-old actress never had to make that tough decision to go back home because she landed “This Is Us” in 2016.
Fans of the singer-actress know that she has been a celebrity for twenty years, starting at the age of 15.
A couple of years later, she was able to release five albums and had gotten to marry music producer Ryan Adams.
When she got married, Moore thought it would inspire her to be more creative, but it was reportedly such a toxic environment.
Moore and Ryan Adams were married from 2009 until 2016.
In 2019, Moore spoke against her ex-husband in an exposé published by the New York Times.
“Music was a point of control for him. He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument,” Moore continued, “They would write songs together and promised to record but didn’t follow through.”
Adams would even book them time in the studio, but later would just be replaced with other women.
According to the “Candy” singer, because of his controlling behaviour, it was difficult for her to make new connections in the industry, especially at a pivotal and potentially lucrative time. She was at her 20s by that time.
Mandy Moore says that her ex-husband yelling at her and making her feel inadequate and not good enough is psychologically abusive.
But her ex-husband commented on the interview saying that Moore’s “revelation” of their marriage is all lies.
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