Jordan Peele’s much-anticipated third film has finally arrived in theaters. Nope is a genre-bending mix of sci-fi, Western, and horror with a healthy dose of social commentary (it is a Jordan Peele movie, after all).
So far, it’s opened number one at the box-office, sparked numerous think-pieces online, and garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and audience members alike. Sounds great, right?
But now, we’ve got Logan Paul weighing in because apparently, we can’t have nice things.
Taking to Twitter, Logan Paul shared his thoughts about the movie in a scathing, and at times nonsensical, 13-tweet thread. The WWE star/YouTuber/controversy magnet started off by calling Nope “one of the worst movies I’ve seen in a long time.” (Perhaps he’s never seen After Earth or, I don’t know, anything by Michael Bay.)
He went on to call Nope “objectively slow and confusing with stretched themes that don’t justify the pace” before writing “it’s not hard to conceptualize something disturbing…. it IS hard to sensibly tie it to the plot” and then launching into a series of spoiler-heavy questions about various aspects of the movie.
Reactions to his Twitter tirade have been pretty derisive, with many pointing out the irony of Logan Paul criticizing and misunderstanding a film about spectacle and fame-seeking culture.
In case you don’t keep up with pro-wrestling or YouTube personalities, Logan Paul is known for being… kind of a tool. Remember, in 2017 he shared a video of a dead body he came across in Japan’s “suicide forest,” apologized for it, and then a few weeks later filmed himself tasering a dead rat. A year later, he faced backlash again when he declared he would “go gay” for a month as some sort of social experiment.
But this is the same guy who was once quoted saying, “I want to be the biggest entertainer in the world… I’ll do whatever it takes to get that.”
Which brings us back to his review of Nope.
(Some spoilers below)
Nope centers around OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald (Keke Palmer) Haywood, a brother-and-sister duo who own a horse ranch in California. They make a living providing their horses to film and TV studios and working as on-set handlers.
After the untimely death of their father, they’re facing financial hardship. To keep things afloat, OJ has been selling some of their horses to Ricky “Jupe” (Steven Yeun), the owner of a neighboring Old West-themed amusement park.
So, when they notice an other-worldly phenomenon plaguing their ranch, they decide to try and use it as a way to solve their money problems. They team up with local tech and UFO aficionado, Angel (Brandon Perea) and acclaimed cinematographer Antlers Holst (Michael Wincott) to capture what they refer to as “the Oprah shot”—undeniable proof of aliens.
It’s a pretty straightforward plot and, while parts of the film are slow, it’s certainly not confusing or unclear. On the contrary, I think it’s pretty damn obvious what Jordan Peele was trying to say.
One of Logan Paul’s critiques was that the Gordy’s Home incident wasn’t “sensibly tied” to the storyline, which isn’t true, but might explain why he found the whole thing so confusing. Arguably, that side-plot was the single most important (and terrifying) part of the movie.
Gordy’s Home was a short-lived 90s sitcom that Jupe starred in as a child. The show, about a family and their pet chimp, Gordy, was canceled after a brutal, on-set attack wherein one of the chimps viciously mauled several cast members. Jupe managed to survive unharmed, and now profits from it via a morbid, hidden museum filled with memorabilia from the day. But the event also left him with unprocessed emotional trauma.
The Gordy’s Home incident is a direct parallel to the events that happen later in the movie. It’s also a driving factor for the plot. Jupe was able to survive the chimp attack, but his career in Hollywood ended. Since then, he has been trying to get back into the spotlight and he sees the UFO as the way to do that. Jupe wants to create a spectacle. And because of his childhood experience, he believes he has the ability to control the uncontrollable.
But Jupe isn’t painted as the bad guy. He’s seeking the spectacle, but so is everyone else. Their motives may differ—OJ wants to take care of the ranch, Emerald wants to secure the family’s place in Hollywood, Angel wants to expose the truth to the world, and Antlers wants to create his artistic vision—but it doesn’t matter.
The UFO, a metaphor for fame, doesn’t care about them—the very act of chasing it, regardless of the outcome, is destructive.
So, yes, there is something undeniably ironic about Logan Paul’s critique. There’s also something almost poignant about it. He, like Jupe, seems to lack introspection. But, by mocking him for it, aren’t we just as bad? Like the unwitting spectators at Jupe’s show, we are all going along for the ride, ready and willing to gawk at the spectacle.
One podcast, taken in many different directions. I think we all remember the famed boy band One Direction, and beyond that remember how Harry Styles and Zayn Malik went on to become pretty big stars in their own right. But do you remember Liam Payne? Well, you will now. After his recent appearance on Logan Paul’s podcast, Impaulsive, Payne got into some trouble with fans for talking about the band’s dynamics. You could say he did not bring up just “One Thing.”
For starters, Payne chatted about other forgettable member (oops, who said that), Louis Tomlinson. “Louis was wild. And he wanted to be wild. That’s his spirit,” said Payne. “He’s my best mate now but in the band, we hated each other. Like, to come to blowers hated each other. It was close.” Umm yikes. Payne explained that he made it clear to everyone in the band that he doesn’t “take sh*t,” and shared quite the memory of a backstage argument. “One member in particular threw me up a wall,” said Payne. “So I said to him, ‘If you don’t remove those hands there’s a high likelihood you’ll never use them again.’” So much to unpack.
Then things got even messier. Paul and Payne also talked about Malik, who had some alleged drama with Paul’s brother Jake Paul. They brought up the drama on the podcast and talked about Malik’s alleged harassment of Gigi Hadid’s mom Yolanda (Malik was accused of striking her in October 2021). Prior to the allegation, Gigi had tweeted at Jake Paul that Malik is a “respectful king,” which Payne brought up, saying, “That one didn’t age very well.” Oh, but Payne didn’t stop there.
“There’s many reasons why I dislike Zayn and there’s many reasons why I’ll always be on his side,” Payne shared. “Listen, I don’t agree with any of his actions. I can’t commend some of the things that he’s done. I can’t be on his side for that. But what I can say is I understand and your only hope is that at some point in their life, the person at the other end of the phone wants to receive the help that you’re willing to give them. That’s all I will say.”
Payne did, in fact, have more to say. Following the podcast drama—and slew of angry fans—Payne tweeted more about Malik. “Listening back maybe I didn’t articulate myself as well as I could have,” reads his tweet. “I was saying that there will always be things we disagree on but that I will always, always be on his side. That’s family. Zayn is my brother and I will stand by him forever.”
But I’ll let the experts (AKA 1D fans) take the reins here.
“Liam talking sh*t about zayn as if he didnt cheat on his fiancé last week,” one person wrote on Twitter. This is in reference to circulated photos of Payne with model Aliana Mawla, just hours before announcing he was ending his engagement to Maya Henry.
“Zayn choosing to keep certain aspects of his life private and liam airing it out voluntarily to LOGAN PAUL is a prime example of how wicked this man truly is,” tweeted someone else. Someone get 1D on Red Table Talk stat.
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It’s nothing new for YouTubers to be problematic, but not all influencer drama is created equal. James Charles and Tati’s public meltdown was entertaining to watch, but some of these people are legitimate menaces to society. Case in point: Jake Paul. On Wednesday morning, TMZ reported that the FBI was executing a search warrant at Jake Paul’s home in Calabasas. Now, honestly it’s not that shocking that something shady might be going down at Jake Paul’s—last month, he threw a massive house party that was condemned by the mayor. But an FBI raid? That sounded intense, and soon TMZ was updating the story with pictures of armored trucks and officers in full SWAT team gear around the property. So WTF was the FBI looking for at Jake’s house?
My first guess was that he had like, an illegal Komodo dragon or some sh*t, and then my more realistic guess was drugs. But it turns out the answer was the answer was even more alarming: guns! The FBI apparently seized a “cache of firearms” from the property, and grainy photos appear to show officers leaving the house with several guns in hand. Jake’s attorney told TMZ that he was “traveling out-of-state” at the time of the raid (traveling again during a pandemic, smh), so it’s unclear whether the FBI was trying to arrest him yesterday.
This current FBI ensnarement comes just a couple months after Jake Paul was arrested and charged with trespassing and unlawful assembly in Scottsdale, Arizona. As you may recall, Jake broke into a closed mall that was being looted during protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, just so he could get content. While those charges were just misdemeanors, it appears the investigation is far from over, because Wednesday’s FBI raid was directly connected to the incident in Scottsdale.
Later on Wednesday, the FBI told TMZ, “The FBI is investigating allegations of criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May, 2020.” I’m not sure why the FBI is making statements to TMZ, but I’m glad to have this information. In addition to the raid on Jake Paul’s house on Wednesday, the FBI also searched the Las Vegas home of Armani Izadi, a friend of Jake’s who was arrested with him in Scottsdale. At Izadi’s, multiple people were brought out of the house in handcuffs, but Izadi and Jake Paul weren’t seen.
So uhh… what the f*ck is going on here? When Jake Paul got arrested back in June, it seemed pretty obvious what happened. He’s a dumb-ass clout chaser, and he broke into a mall to try and get views while people were risking their lives to protest police brutality and systemic racism. But if the new FBI action is really tied to this incident, there may be a lot more than meets the eye. It’s easy to troll Jake Paul for his online antics or his publicity stunt marriage to Tana Mongeau, but there’s some genuine darkness going on here, and I can’t wait for the HBO true crime doc on this in 2-4 years.
Jake Paul might be the face of problematic prank dudes on YouTube, but he’s far from the only one. Also on Wednesday, TikTok and YouTube prank stars (and identical twins) Alan and Alex Stokes were both indicted on charges stemming from a “fake bank robbery” that took place last fall. Dressed in all black and ski masks, the twins (and their videographer) pretended to hold up a bank, and then called an Uber as their “getaway car”. When the Uber driver refused to pick them up, a bystander thought they were hijacking the car, and called the police. They weren’t arrested at the time, and repeated the prank four hours later in a different part of town. While announcing the charges this week, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer called the incident a “twisted attempt to gain more popularity on the internet”, and noted that people could have easily been seriously injured or killed.
Can we all just agree that elaborate “pranks” like this aren’t funny? I know these people have millions of followers, but I just don’t get it. The Stokes brothers could face four years in prison if they are convicted, but as for Jake Paul, who knows how this is going to go down. For now, he’s still only been charged with the two misdemeanors in Scottsdale, but with the FBI seizing guns from his house, his legal problems may only be just beginning.
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If there’s only one thing this country can agree on right now, it’s that we’re all obsessed with Tiger King. Oh, that and stained sweatpants are officially business casual, so I guess we can agree on two things. Look at 2020 bringing us together! Now, there’s a lot to talk about with Tiger King. Obviously Carole Baskin fed her second husband to the tigers, even OJ agrees, and he’s hesitant to call anyone a murderer even
when he did it in the face of overwhelming evidence. And obviously, we could talk about the music videos, and the haircuts, and the throuple, and the murder-for-hire plot, but we’ve already done that. What I’d like to talk about today is Bhagavan “Doc” Antle. Yes, that sex-cult leading, Steve Martin in Baby Mama-looking motherf*cker that was actually born Kevin. The whole time I was watching Tiger King, I couldn’t believe that places like his existed and that there were so many psychos in America hoarding and breeding big cats. But it turns out, Doc Antle is super popular, and not just with regular people that are stupid enough to put their head inside a liger’s mouth. He’s popular with celebrities that are that stupid, too! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at all the celebrities that Doc Antle knows.
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— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) March 30, 2020
By now you’ve surely seen this image floating around the internet. Doc Antle did indeed provide the animals for Britney’s epic 2001 VMAs “I’m a Slave 4 U” performance. Do we think that performance is what inspired Doc to get some sex slaves of his own? If that performance wasn’t convincing enough, I don’t know what would be.
You guys, BEYONCÉ has been to Doc Antle’s “safari” in Myrtle Beach. This woman, who does not let herself get photographed or filmed ANYWHERE without her consent, let someone take a picture of her with animals that have been kept in captivity their entire life for the sole purpose of making their owner a rich and famous man. Lol. Doc probably led that cub right to the gas chamber after it met Beyoncé, knowing it could die happy having met her.
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@loganpaul helping us spread the message….Save The Tiger, Save The World❗️🐯 The tiger stands as the last great sentinel of the forest, if we lose the tiger we will lose a piece of ourselves forever. But if we save the Tiger we could save the world, in order for the tiger to survive it needs clean clear skies, pristine lakes and rivers, wide open spaces, plentiful prey animals, and most importantly it needs you, people who care! Therefore if we save the Tiger, we save the world.
Well OF COURSE a problematic YouTuber would hit up a problematic zoo. I mean, when you film a dead body in a suicide forest and make jokes about it, everything else must seem harmless. He really is the best celebrity ambassador for the Myrtle Beach Safari. It’s like Jennifer Lawrence and Dior, Serena Williams and Nike, George Clooney and Nespresso, Logan Paul and the site of an alleged sex cult and tiger cub euthanizing. What a perfect match!
Look, I don’t pretend to know much about boxing. The only thing I’ll pay to view is the latest Jane Austen adaptation (what up, Emma!). But, apparently this dude is really famous, and must have seen that Mike Tyson had a tiger in The Hangover and thought it was a requirement.
Naomie is from Southern Charm on Bravo and if you’re not watching, you should be. Naomie is being dragged on the internet for hitting up the Myrtle Beach Safari (which is fair), but to give her some credit she did apologize and said she didn’t realize how much harm she was doing. That’s more than most of these celebs have said about it. Oh, and turns out the picture she’s getting shamed for is in Thailand (still not cool). If you want to see the one from the Myrtle Beach Safari, it’s here.
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💰1,000,000🏆 💥WINNER💥@marquisegoodwin with @kodyantle and I and tiger Man Durg. Congratulations on the win ✌🏻❤️ Marquise Goodwin pursued his Olympic dream three years ago. On Saturday, the 49ers wide receiver was celebrating winning a different kind of gold. Goodwin defeated Panthers defensive back Donte Jackson — and earned the $1 million prize — in the final of the inaugural 40 Yards of Gold pay-per-view event in Sunrise, Fla. Goodwin edged Jackson at the tape by five one-hundredths of a second❗️🎥 @nickb_photos
Marquise Goodwin plays for the San Francisco 49ers and even competed in the long jump in the 2012 Olympics. That’s cool Marquise, but I don’t think even you could jump far enough if that tiger decided he had an insatiable taste for human flesh. On Marquise’s own Instagram account he posted a picture with his wife and the tiger, but since he posted it after the show came out, which means he clearly doesn’t care that he participated in animal abuse, I’m showing you guys the one of him in the water with two freaks. Enjoy!
Drew Barrymore & Annie Leibowitz
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Beauty and the Beast. Photo series we did with @drewbarrymore with photographer extraordinaire @AnnieLeibowitz and our lovely lion Aslan for @voguemagazine Challenges Humans are pushing African lions out of their habitats. This cat’s populations are steadily decreasing in the wild. In just two decades, Africa’s population has decreased 43 percent and it is estimated that as few as 23,000 remain. One of the main causes is the alarming rate at which they are losing their habitats due to expanding human populations and the resulting growth of agriculture, settlements, and roads. Human-wildlife conflict is also a major threat to lions. Due to habitat loss, lions are being forced into closer quarters with humans. This, coupled with decrease in their natural prey, causes them to attack livestock. In turn, farmers oftentimes retaliate and kill these majestic big cats. They are hunted by humans. Lions are being killed in rituals of bravery, as hunting trophies, and for their perceived medicinal and magical powers. #savethelionsaveafrica
I feel a little bad for the celebrities that worked with Doc Antle and his animals, because they most likely didn’t have a choice in the matter. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to feature them here. Hi Drew! This was bad! But Annie, you probably hired him. FOR SHAME. At least you got that money shot though, right?
Even celebrity chefs are not immune to the charms of a baby chimp, it seems. They may be cute, Bobby, but they can still rip your face off. And you need that face for tasting the menu at Bobby’s Burger Palace! I’ll only get one if it has your stamp of approval. Be more careful.
Rory from ‘Single Parents’
Poppy would never take Rory here! But Angie totally would, without approval. If you know, you know.
None of this was a good idea, Hayden, but especially not the part where you put the chimp’s ear in your mouth. I’m gonna need you to take a time out and think about what you did.
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#tbt to one of my many appearances on the @tonightshow_net with Jay Leno @_the_real_jay_leno_ and @kate.winslet.official on the show with some tigers and a giant liger 2002ish. . . . . . . . . . #AtMyrtleBeachSafari for the support of the #RareSpeciesFund #WildLivesMatter #TouchTheWildSaveTheWild #tiger #tigercub #savethetigersavetheworld
We all know about this one because we did see Doc rewatching this footage on Tiger King. And look, I’m not going to drag Kate Winslet into this because it’s not like she gets to choose who is on Leno the same night as she is, but also she did marry a man who legally changed his name to Ned Rocknroll, so her judgment is skewed at best. So maybe she is cool with animal captivity. As long as those tigers have a cool name!
This list of celebrities is actually only a small snapshot of all the ones that have known and worked with Doc Antle through the years, I just thought a list of 30 people might get tedious. I beg of you to go through his Instagram, which is a treasure trove of information and atrocities. Enjoy!
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