What is the web-o-sphere angry about this week? Fake news about a fashion designer, an Instagram live rant from a musician and a Canadian comedy series announcing its final season. Here’s everything you need to know:
Tom Ford Calls Melania Trump a “Glorified Escort”
THE STORY: Tom Ford was trending earlier this week after allegedly refusing to dress First Lady Melania Trump. On Tuesday, a Twitter user shared a quote that he attributed to the American fashion designer: “I have no interest in dressing a glorified escort who steals speeches and has bad taste in men.”
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Check your sources, Twitter. A spokesperson for Ford has denied that the designer ever said the quote. “This is an absolutely fabricated and completely fake quote attributed to Mr. Ford that has somehow gone viral,” the representative said. “Mr. Ford did not make this statement; it is completely false.”
Ford, however, has spoken about dressing Melania Trump in the past — and made headlines for it. “She’s not necessarily my image,” he said during a 2016 episode of The View, commenting on the reason why he refused to dress Melania prior to her becoming First Lady. “Even had Hillary won, she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes. I think that whoever is the President, or the First Lady, should be wearing clothes at a price point that are accessible to most Americans, and wearing clothes made in America. My clothes are made in Italy, they’re very expensive.” I understand his sentiment, I just hope Melania stops shopping at Zara.
Daniel Caesar Defends YesJulz
THE STORY: Daniel Caesar, a 23-year-old Canadian R&B artist, is facing criticism from fans after he defended YesJulz, an influencer who has been accused of cultural appropriation.“Why are we being so mean to Julz?” he said Caesar said in an Instagram live video. “Why are we being so mean to white people right now? That’s a serious question.”
(If you need catching up on why the Internet is mad at YesJulz, read this.)
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Cancel culture is a dangerous beast. Sometimes, the best thing we can do is use these situations to start a conversation. Just days after posting to Instagram live, “Pod Save The People” host Deray spoke to Caesar about his controversial comments. “I spoke w/ Daniel Caesar yesterday morning for a few hours as I was troubled by many of his statements from the IG video,” Deray wrote to Twitter, “In the end, it is clear that he’s learning & growing re: understanding *systemic* racism & has more work to do. & he has begun to do that work.”
That doesn’t mean we should expect a notes app apology from the Grammy-winning artist anytime soon: “I’m coming to understand this is a losing battle not worth fighting, also I can’t be 100% sure but I feel like 60% of you are bots cuz I be seeing some of the dumbest s*** said on here,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “So I’m gunna shut up from on but I DO NOT APOLOGIZE. Cuz you guys didn’t convince me. Screenshot these tweets cuz my publicist is gunna make me delete soon and she’s a strong black woman so I’m gunna listen to her tbh.”
Schitt’s Creek Announces Final Season
THE STORY: Schitt’s Creek creators Dan and Eugene Levy have announced that the hit Canadian comedy’s upcoming sixth season, set to air in January 2020, will be its last.
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Guys, this is a good thing. More television series should know when it’s time to say goodbye. (We’re looking at you, Grey’s Anatomy.)