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Fans Scorch Game of Thrones Following Episode 5

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Game of Thrones has been hit hard for disappointed fans on social media. Outraged by the destructed character arcs of ill-fated favorites, fans have slammed season eight’s most recent episodes on Rotten Tomatoes.

Caution! Spoilers Ahead!

Holding steady at 53%, “The Bells”, has been lauded as the worst episode of Game of Thrones to date. While personal opinions may muddy the content of this post, it is safe to say I’m not alone in my beliefs. Twitter users had Episode 5 trending as a moment with 150,000 tweets only 10 minutes after the episode aired. So how bad was it really? Let’s begin with Varys.

The beginning of the episode featured a relatively careless Varys openly discussing treason with one of his little birds, who found employment in the kitchen of Dragonstone. Seemingly encouraged to poison Daenerys’ meals, the little bird informed him she was being watched by The Unsullied. Told by Varys that her actions were for the greater good, the little bird returned to her post. But the infamous master-of-whispers had already uncharacteristically played his hand. He was spotted conversing with a visibly agitated Aegon “Jon” Targaryen by Tyrion, who would later name Varys a betrayer of the “queen”. It wasn’t long before he was shackled by The Unsullied and met his end. Like many others in this episode, Varys would have an unfulfilling death, leaving thousands to wonder how many others would die with incomplete character arcs.

Those who were once so adept at “playing the game” have wound up on the side of the dying with nothing to show for it. However, in their ends, their carefully spun webs of fate differ so greatly from what book readers and theorists surmised. Varys, conniving and careful, was caught red handed. The Mountain was more difficult to kill than The Night King. And Cersei leaves with a whimper instead of a bang? The upending nature of Dan and David’s decisions put the fandom on it’s ass. Viewer response has never been a clearer indicator of what a sour taste this season is leaving in our mouths.

The once essential “Inside the Episode” features have become a J. K. Rowling-esque means of further explaining the plot. Where underdeveloped writing fell short, Dan and David sit to express the whims and wishes of characters. Previously so meticulously worded, character interactions have now been rushed as we edge closer to the end of the plot. Spiraling toward the finale, character arcs have become slopes as steep as mountains and fans have not been kind with their ratings or words. Still, there are some who hold out hope that the series finale will bring it all together.

Do you agree with the criticism Dan and David are facing for season 8? Do you think the series finale will make it all make sense?

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#BBHMM: The Game’s Royalties Seized Until $7.4 Million Judgment Paid

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The Game’s attempt to avoid paying a $7M judgment after losing a sexual assault case has been put to a halt by a judge. Ruling in favor of Priscilla Rainey, who accused the rapper of sexual battery, a judge has seized the royalties of The Game’s catalogue until the debt is paid.

In 2015, Rainey lodged a complaint that the rapper assaulted her, forcing his hand beneath her dress to touch her bare genitals and buttocks. While The Game denied these allegations in court and on social media, the judge ruled in Rainey’s favor that he should pay $7.4 million to make amends. Approaching the court after months had passed without receiving any payment, Priscilla was determined to get what she owed from her abuser. The battle for restitution against the “How We Do” rapper began March 1st 2018, when Rainey filed documents demanding financial records.

Looking to prove The Game had been hiding money to avoid paying the judgment, Rainey hired several private investigators that stated he’d diverted millions. In addition to hiding cash, the investigation uncovered he’d acquired assets under pseudonyms controlled by himself and his business management. Now, with a new ruling, The Game has been informed that his royalties will be seized by Priscilla until the $7.4 million balance is paid.

According to court documents, “commission, royalties, contract receivables, deferred compensation, income, wages, payroll, salary, and accounts receivable” are all up for grabs. Should The Game attempt to disobey the court’s decision, he could be found in contempt of court and face some jail time.

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Diddy Confirms Making The Band is Returning to MTV

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Hoping to recreate pop culture history, Diddy and crew are on the hunt for the world’s most promising singers. The Bad Boy Records executive issued a global casting call through Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. But the fiercest competition will be using Smule.

For the first time ever, Smule has partnered with MTV. Offering their users a list of curated songs to choose from, wide-eyed prospects can use the app to create video auditions shareable on every social media platform. While anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to compete, contestants must also be able to comply with the rules and eligibility requirements. Looks like someone better be ready to get that Junior’s Cheesecake!

Making the Band has not aired since 2009, but fans spammed the hashtag #IWantMyMTB, prompting MTV and Diddy to come to the table. Using the hashtag #MTBCASTING, singers now have a new chance at getting discovered. However, the details of their talent search have yet to be revealed. Through a rabbit hole of links, you can view the Terms of Use and User Content Submission Agreement. Just be sure to read the agreements before submitting your videos as the contracts are effective once your clips are posted. There’s a lengthy segment titled “Rights Granted to MTV”, which gives them, in so many words, the right to use and otherwise exploit any ideas, concepts, or content displayed in your submission without any credit or compensation. So stay sharp!

Hopefuls are already posting their talents across social media. Will you be joining them?

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So So Deaf: Jermaine Dupri Critiques the State of Female Rap

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During an interview, Jermaine Dupri was asked by two hosts to name his favorite female rapper. Believing he’d list Megan Thee Stallion or Cardi B, Dupri’s response caught both the hosts and music aficionados off guard. Comparing the current roster of popular femcees to “strippers”, Dupri’s glaring act of misogyny has gotten him checked by the artists themselves.

For decades, airwaves have been flooded with male artists rapping about their sexual prowess, bevy of hos, material expenditures, and sale of drugs. But Jermaine Dupri doesn’t find fault with the repetitive, and occasionally elementary, lyrics of his peers. His ire was directed toward women whose bars are about celebrating their bodies, turning up in the club, and dominating men. Failing to note the similarities in what content is released by both men and women in the rap game, Dupri posed a weak argument that female rap lacks lyrical diversity.

As pointed out in Cardi’s response video, there are plenty of female rappers that don’t write about their bodies at all, they simply don’t receive equal support. And as the acting CEO of So So Def, you’d think Jermaine Dupri would take the initiative to seek out talent that raises what he believes is the bar. But no, the “Grammy award winning songwriter and producer” has no female rapper signed to his label aside from Da Brat and Tyeler Reign. Tyeler is the winner of the fifth season of The Rap Game who unsurprisingly still raps about money and designer labels, the very things Dupri would find unimpressive.

Female rappers have been vocal in their disagreement of Dupri’s piss-poor analysis. Both Doja Cat and Cardi B made statements disagreeing with his comments. Ari Lennox even dropped a diss track as a response to his ignorance. But the best rebuttals have been references of Dupri’s track record. Twitter users have been quick to remind us that JD has a history of dismissing the career trajectories of women with potential to be powerhouses in the industry. Perhaps after this wake up call, Jermaine Dupri will take a bit of Doja Cat’s advice and look for the artists he wants to uplift.

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