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Today, we’ve got more stupid including Demi Lovato attacking gender reveal parties, a University of Kentucky Professor is embracing segregation, a Washington high school’s band practice in individual green tents, and Tom Holland running in a trash bag to lose weight.
Let’s get to it.
1. Demi Lovato
Pop star and Will & Grace actor Demi Lovato declared gender reveal parties transphobic on her Instagram account.
Lovato reposted an Instagram post from Alok Vaid-Menon of an image that reads “Why Gender Reveals Are Transphobic.” Before sharing Alok’s post, Lovato wrote, “Thank you for sharing your knowledge and educating us always.”
The original post from Alok reads, “This is not about being politically correct, it’s about being correct. The refusal to acknowledge this stems from a misunderstanding of what transphobia is.”
It adds, “Transphobia is not just prejudice or violence against an individual trans person, it is a belief system that presumes non-trans people to be more “natural” than trans people. Only individual people can self determine their gender.”
Along with the original image reading “Why Gender Reveals Are Transphobic,” Lovato’s post includes eight more slides decrying gender reveal parties.
One slide reads, “Gender reveals uphold the gender binary and the binary prevents people from observing reality. Instead, it offers culturally and historically determined norms (for example: pink used to be considered a masculine color) as personhood.”
Another slide reads, “Even though we might have grown accustomed other people gendering us, that doesn’t make it right. Only individuals can determine their own gender.”
Demi Lovato just outed herself as a complete and utter nutjob if she hadn’t before. This is utter lunacy.
2. University of Kentucky Professor
An University of Kentucky professor is launching a set of Racial Healing Circles specifically for members of the Black Community.
Candice Hargons, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology as well as the executive director of the Center for Healing Racial Trauma will be leading the six-week online sessions.
The University of Kentucky’s UKNow reports, “The sessions will allow Black community members to discuss racial identity development, racial socialization and cognitive, emotional and somatic responses to racism.”
The six-week online sessions will feature three groups. Those groups are titled Surrendering Superwoman Syndrome: Group for Black Women, Healing While Black: Group for Black Men, and Family Matters: Empowerment Group for Black Families.
Hargons told the paper, “I founded the Center for Healing Racial Trauma because I saw a great need for healing that specifically focused on racially and ethnically marginalized people. Through my training as a licensed psychologist, my scholarship as a scientist of healing racial trauma, and my lived experience as a Black woman, I have gained the understanding that we can’t heal racial trauma without an accompanying strategy to prevent racist stressors from occurring. That is why a partnership like this is so timely and necessary.”
The sessions are being sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and CVS Health.
This is epically stupid and Martin Luther King Jr. might call it evil. In a speech from New York in 1956 he made it clear segregation was evil.
He stated, “Segregation has always been evil, and only the misguided reactionary clothed in the thin garments of irrational emotionalism will seek to defend it. Segregation is both rationally inexplicable and morally unjustifiable.”
Hargons might be a trained psychologist, but that doesn’t mean she’s not an idiot.
3. High School Band Practice
At Wenatchee High School, band students are attending practice by physically stuffing themselves into tiny green tents.
That’s it. It’s straight up stupid. The guy with the Sousaphone barely fits.
Wenatchee High School, welcome to The Daily Stupid.
4. Tom Holland
Spider-Man actor Tom Holland revealed how he lost weight for his upcoming movie Cherry.
Speaking with GQ, Holland said, “I had to lose a lot of weight for Cherry.” He continued, “And I don’t think I would ever do that again.”
There might be a reason for it. The actor revealed, “I lost around 27lbs by running in a bin bag every day.”
He elaborated, “It was awful. Truly. It was only about ten weeks out of shooting that I realised what I was getting into and what I need to do to transform into the role.”
“So I sat down with my trainer, George Ashwell, and he told me, ‘Right, you need to eat only 500 calories a day and run ten miles. Go.’ Great. It was brutal. And then bulking up, going from a drug addict to shooting scenes as a marine? I got very sick, actually,” he added.
Holland concluded, “And it’s changed my relationship with food completely. I think I would find it very difficult to find a role that would warrant that sort of abuse on my body again.”
If you are unfamiliar with the term “bin bag” it’s what British people call trash bags. This guy ran around in a trash bag to lose weight. That’s stupid.
AZ Central’s Rob Harris explains why this is so monumentally stupid, “Wearing a plastic bag while you exercise makes you sweat more, and it may seem like the more you sweat, the more calories you’re burning. However, that theory isn’t true.”
“Sweating removes water from the body, which can cause you to weigh less immediately after a workout, but it doesn’t burn more calories. Instead, it can lead to dangerous health problems by not allowing your body to cool itself appropriately,” Harris concludes.
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