For the past month, Jason Derulo has had his shares of controversies. One of them was when he appeared during Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show “Radio Andy” when he complained that his “anaconda” was digitally clipped from his upcoming movie “Cats.”
And he isn’t referring to the real snake. In this film, he will play as Rum Tum Tugger from the hit Broadway musical “Cats.”
For some of you who don’t know, this is the fourth longest-running musical in history. Last month, he also raised his eyebrows when he posted a photo on his Instagram that showed the bulge between his legs.
One fan asked him what kind of animal he was hiding under his pants, and Derulo answered back with “anaconda.” Unfortunately, that photo was taken down by Instagram, although he pointed out that he was not sufficiently aroused in that photo. Still, only semi-aroused, this singer must be a joker sometimes too because he posted a sandwich over his manhood.
For those of you wondering, here’s a brief description – he captioned it with “Good Mornin’ 💦.” On the background was Bali, he was nude except for a necklace on his neck and a snuggly pair of underwear that emphasizes his bulge. He was responding back and forth with his fans and even commented: “Don’t lie.. did you zoom?”
However, the controversy started when he was accused that he photoshopped his endowment. Even during the interview with TMZ, that controversy spun to life on its own, and the cameraman also asked if enhancement was done, and he answered back, “Photoshop?! Photoshop?! Man, don’t make -… Hey, there’s not enough women in this area”. He added then, “Just know, us, Haitians, we look different.”
It took two weeks after he posted it when Instagram took it down. All because of the controversy it reached. He took a screenshot of the notice from Instagram, claiming that the content was against the guidelines of the company.
He was mad about the removal of that post. He made an Instagram story saying, “Y’all ain’t going to believe this — Instagram took down my Bali pic! They took down my Bali pic!”.
The screenshot says, “We removed your post because it goes against our Community Guidelines on nudity or sexual activity. Out guidelines are based on our global community, and some audiences may be sensitive to different things,”
Jason Derulo also exclaimed, “Hey, listen, all these girls showing their ass and all kinds of crazy s— and I have underwear on in Bali, and they took my pic down. It’s discrimination. Like, I understand, I can’t help my size, but you can’t take down my pic.”
By his way of protesting, he posted another photo with a caption “F again— u mean? I have underwear on… I can’t help my size..”
A spokesman from Facebook, which also is the same company with Instagram, explained that the post violated its guidelines because of the “aroused genitalia.” That was the saga of his anaconda, and so it continued.
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.