Hey, kids, welcome to the Phile for a Saturday. How are you? There is little doubt that things are getting messy after Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney, who in turn issued a statement that suggested the Black Widow actress was being callous. Not surprisingly, Johansson's agent has since lashed out at the greatest company to work for ever for the false accusations. Johansson's lawsuit alleged that Disney had breached her contract by making Black Widow available for digital release. In response, Disney stated that the Avengers: Endgame star's demands were "sad and distressing" as well as "callous" as it disregards the safety of the world at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not surprisingly, people have been defending Johansson. This includes her agent Bryan Lourd of Creative Arts Agency, who issued a statement about the matter. "[Disney has] shamelessly and falsely accused Ms. Johansson of being insensitive to the global COVID pandemic, in an attempt to make her appear to be someone they and I know she isn't," Lourd said. In his statement, Lourd also pointed out that Johansson has been working for the House of Mouse for several years and doesn't deserve this kind of treatment. "Scarlett has been Disney's partner on nine movies, which have earned Disney and its shareholders billions. The company included her salary in their press statement in an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and businesswoman, as if that were something she should be ashamed of," Lourd said. The agent added that Johansson will always get the support of the people she works with within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Scarlett is extremely proud of the work that she and all of the actors, writers, directors, producers and the Marvel creative team have been a part of for well over a decade." The decision to give Black Widow both a theatrical and digital release was undoubtedly one that was made by Disney. After all, the Marvel team was strongly opposed to making the film available on Disney+ and had been pushing for a full theatrical release. For now, we are still waiting for more updates on Johansson's lawsuit against Disney. However, there is little doubt that both parties will be releasing more statements in the upcoming week. In the meantime, Black Widow is still screening in theaters and on Disney+.
The Star Wars franchise's uber polarizing sequel trilogy left a bad taste in a lot of fans' mouths and if they had their way with things, they'd wish for all three films... The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker to be deleted from continuity. Now, a new rumor suggests that it could all come true as Disney is reportedly erasing the entire sequel trilogy from existence to make way for a reboot. According to a report from Express, Disney is currently toying with the idea of remaking the divisive trilogy and turn them into a series of shows exclusive to Disney+. YouTuber Doomcock claims that if plans push through, the "new" sequel trilogy will feature a reunion between Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa. He reveals, "If Disney were to remake the Sequel Trilogy, the Sequel Trilogy would be remade exclusively for Disney Plus, according to my source, with a story being spread out between eight to ten mini-series, and three seasons of full series. My source claims that, while they will only change a little of The Force Awakens to use the Leia footage, he says they will most likely add one major thing. A reunion of Han, Luke, and Leia." Doomcock added, "My sources claim that footage exists of Han, Luke, and Leia together. This footage was shot on green screen, and it is a ten-minute scene. But the idea that Abrams would have written and recorded this scene is intriguing. Was it something that was ultimately cut from The Force Awakens? Or was it some kind of flashback that was filmed for The Last Jedi or The Rise of Skywalker? If this is true, it is a massive bombshell." Personally, I don't know how to feel about this one. It's like Disney is accepting defeat and acknowledging the fact that they actually mishandled the entire sequel trilogy. I guess mad props to them for trying to correct things. Now, if this rumored project does happen, I think I'll be cool with it as long as they bring back the original actors from the last three films of the Skywalker saga.
Michael Che woke up and "chose violence," according to Michael Che. The co-head writer of "Saturday Night Live" and co-anchor of Weekend Update took to his Instagram story on Thursday to say, "Man, I wanna make fun of Simone Biles." "I got like 3 mins of Simone Biles jokes in my head," he wrote. "As the dorky kids say, I’m choosing violence." His enthusiasm for making fun of Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time who withdrew from Olympic events to focus on mental health, was treated as an invitation for trolls to share their jokes about the champion... and the abuse she suffered from convicted sex offender Larry Nassar. People proceeded to drag Che, an actual worthy target. Che, true to form, claimed to have been "hacked," but seemed rather flippant about it. The posts are very in-character for him, as Broadway actor and writer Pia Glenn explained in a thread. He then "returned" to the account to post about poop. Maybe @CheThinks should think harder.
The "twisties" is a deceptively adorable-sounding name for a condition that can mean life or death for an athlete. When Simone Biles withdrew from the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Competition at the Tokyo Olympics, it started an Olympic-level competition of Hot Takes that features some of the world's worst people criticizing the 24-year-old champion. "Twisties" are a mental block that a gymnast can experience that makes them lose their sense of direction while they're literally flying through the air. The stakes couldn't be higher, as a bad landing can mean injury and even paralization. Regarding the vault that caused Biles to withdraw, Deanna Hong, a producer of the docu-series "Golden: The Journey of USA's Elite Gymnasts," quoted a former elite gymnast who said that if someone other than Biles made that landing error, they would have "blown a knee, at minimum." "Another said if it had happened to her instead of Simone, 'I probably would have ended up paralyzed.'" Biles herself took to Instagram to explain the stakes, and show how she has yet to recover. She tweeted a video of her at a practice gym in Tokyo, falling flat on her back dismounting off of the uneven bars. "For anyone saying I quit, I didn't quit. My mind and body are simply not in sync, as you can see here." she wrote, explaining that she was supposed to do one and a half more twists on her way down. "I don't think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competition surface, nor do I have to explain why I put health first. Physical health is mental health." Biles answered fan questions, going into more detail about what it feels like and articulating the stakes. She is beginning to practice and testing whether she will be prepared to compete in individual events by "going back to basics" and performing skills on soft surfaces. She again called out the assholes who called her a "quitter" or "selfish." "I didn't have a bad performance and quit... I simply got so lost my safety was at risk as well as a team medal," she explained. Biles celebrated the "QUEENS!!!!" that stepped up and WON silver. "I also have no idea how I landed on my feet on that vault because if you look at the pictures and my eyes you can see how confused I am as to where I am in the air," she added. "Thankfully I landed safe enough but I also don't think some of you realize I was supposed to do a 2 1/2 and I only completed 1 1/2 twists before it looks like I got shot out of the air." In light of this event, a fan brought back an old clip in which Biles said, "Sometimes going into [a skill], I'm like, 'Don't bail... you'll literally die. Like, you will break something.'" Her struggles haven't stopped her from supporting her teammates and celebrating Suni Lee's all-around gold medal win. The GOAT.
First it was Meghan Markle. Then Naomi Osaka. And now Simone Biles has been subjected to the criticism of professional troll Piers Morgan after she spoke out about her struggles with mental health. Piers Morgan decided to drag the Olympic gold medalist, who earlier this week withdrew from the women's team finals in the Tokyo Olympics because of mental health issues. There was a massive outpouring of support for 24-year-old Biles online, as most people praised her for being brave enough to speak out and to prioritize her mental health and safety. But Piers Morgan, who always seems like he needs about 20 years of therapy and a big hug from his mom and dad, is not most people. He took to social media to slam Biles and undermine her reason for withdrawing from the events.
Morgan's tasteless tweet quickly backfired as people reminded him of when he had a meltdown and walked off the set of "Good Morning Britain" after his co-host called him out for his criticism of Meghan Markle. Morgan was also dragged on-air by CNN host Brianna Keilar. I love to see the Internet come together as a force for good: serving Piers Morgan a heaping dose of his own medicine.
Any stroll through a store would have you believe that "pink is for girls" and "blue is for boys" are the associated gender roles are the very backbone of our society. Products from nail clippers to hand lotion are assigned genders when last time I checked, inanimate objects don't have gender identities. Like these pajamas for example...
Fellas, is it girly to have a heart in your body? If you're looking for a graphic design job, you may want to contact whoever employed the people responsible for the following design fail. They are most likely hiring.
Tipping can often be a divisive subject as many people resent the fact that 20% of the bill for restaurant or bar service is standard in the United States. Anyone who has worked in the service industry is familiar with the heart-sinking level of confusion or blind rage when you marathon it around the restaurant smiling out of your eyebrows only to find that a party left you a zero dollar tip. Being a waiter or bartender is a serious test in the strength of your faith in humanity as you stand for twelve hours panicking about table seven's missing side of ranch dressing while table twelve throws up happy hour margaritas in the bathroom and your co-worker cries about how the manager screamed at them for wearing red shoes that don't match the uniform. Still, there are some situations when a customer feels justified in their choice to not leave a tip. So, when a conflicted man decided to consult the Phile about whether or not he was wrong to stiff a rude bartender on a tip, I decided to help deem a verdict.
"Am I wrong for not tipping a bartender on a big tab? My friends and are play bar-league softball during the summer. We are all in our mid 20s and have had this same team for about 5 years. This year we decided to sign up for a tournament about an hour from where we live. After our games were done on Saturday, we decided to go to a bar to grab some food and drinks. To make things easier for the bar, we just put everything on one tab and would figure out payment amongst ourselves with Venmo and cash. We usually rotate who puts the tab on their card and this time it was me. One of my friends, Tommy, has a stutter and a lisp. I've known him since grade school and he's a great guy and a solid infielder. But if you don't know him it can be kind of difficult to understand him sometimes and even more so when he's had a few beers or if he gets flustered about something. So our team is at the bar getting a bunch of food and drinks and someone sends Tommy up to the bar to get another round of pitchers. The rest of us were playing pool and darts and after a few minutes we hear a commotion from the bar area and see Tommy and the bartender kind of arguing. I go over with another friend to see what's going on. The bartender tells me that he's not going to serve Tommy anymore because he's clearly drunk and can't understand a word he's saying. We had been at the bar a little over an hour and none of us were wasted. Maybe a little tipsy, but nowhere near the point of being cut-off. Tommy looks really embarrassed and is trying to explain himself but is struggling to get the words out. My other friend and I try to explain to the bartender that he has a speech impediment and it's just the way he is. But the bartender isn't having it and tells us that he's not going to kick Tommy out, but if he sees Tommy drinking anything he's going to make him leave. So I tell the bartender to close my tab and that we will all just leave. Tommy and my other friend go to gather the rest of the guys and I close the tab, which at this point was almost $400 because we had 12 guys there who all got food and drinks. I pay the correct amount, but don't tip a single cent. As we are leaving the bartender calls me out on not leaving a tip and calls me an asshole. I told him that he was the one who lost out on a big tip because he was being an asshole. I told him all he had to do was listen to us and be a little understanding and he would've gotten a huge tip from us, but he decided to be a jerk to our friend. He had a few more choice words for me as I was leaving, but I just walked out. Tommy was really embarrassed and was trying to apologize to all of us and was almost near tears. We told him that none of this was his fault and that the bartender was just a jerk. I've worked in food-service before and understand that missing out on a tip on a tab like that is a big deal, but the guy was a jerk to my friend and I am not going to reward that with a tip, no matter how big the tab is." This was a case of disability discrimination, and you did the right thing. Send an email to the company's management. I would outline the behavior of their staff and how this treatment makes you not want to return to their establishment. Thank you for being a good friend. He did not deserve to be treated like that. So, there you have it! Good luck, everyone! If you have a problem you want my opinion on then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now from the home office in Port Jefferson, New York here is...