January has come and gone, and it’s time once again for an Entertainment Roundup. This month’s recap includes political marches, jaw-dropping interviews, and award shows galore. Keep reading to find out what you missed in entertainment this January.
From Paris Jackson, With Love
Paris Jackson got quite a few tongues wagging this month thanks to what some are calling a controversial interview. The only daughter of the late King of Pop dropped a few bombshells during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, making surprising revelations about her race, sexuality, and her bond with her father, Michael. The 18-year-old spoke candidly about her relationship with Michael while growing up in Neverland Ranch. She said, “My dad raised me in a very open-minded house…I was 8-years-old, in love with this female on the cover of a magazine. Instead of yelling at me, like most homophobic parents, he was making fun of me, like, ‘Oh, you got yourself a girlfriend.'” Paris went on to admit she had attempted suicide three times in her youth, due to depression.
The most surprising confession, however, came when she discussed her race with the mag. She said, “I consider myself black. [Michael] would look me in the eyes and he’d point his finger at me and he’d be like, ‘You’re black. Be proud of your roots.’ And I’d be like, ‘OK, he’s my dad, why would he lie to me?’ So I just believe what he told me. ‘Cause, to my knowledge, he’s never lied to me.” Since the release of the interview, there have been mixed reviews of her statements, including support from model Hailey Baldwin, and criticism from talk show host Wendy Williams. Williams took to her “Hot Topics” segment during an episode of her show to discuss the claims made by Paris saying, “I get that she considers herself black and everything, but I’m just talking about the visual because you know … black is not what you call yourself, it’s what the cops see you when they got steel to your neck on the turnpike. It’s what they see. But that’s cute, and good for her.” Paris has since taken to her Twitter account to respond, writing, “She seems to think about the family a lot considering she makes all these claims about us. Why are we on her mind so often?” Let’s hope these two can work it out.
People’s Choice Awards
The 2017 People’s Choice Awards, hosted by comedian and actor Joel McHale, came and went once again, bringing tons of attention with it. To start things off, Ellen DeGeneres made history with a record-breaking 20 PCA’s over the course of her career, winning the 3 she was nominated for that evening. Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance to the show, accepting the Favorite Movie Icon award. Many viewers criticized the decision to have Depp in attendance due to his highly publicized divorce from actress Amber Heard. Depp has been accused of spousal abuse, charges that were later dropped by Heard. Of course, the talk of the town was the debut of Fifth Harmony as a quartet since the departure of member Camila Cabello. The show debuted to 6.66 million viewers, a dip in viewership from last year’s show.
This month brought no shortage of drama from celebrities embattled in arguments with the current President of the United States. In fact, one day after the Inauguration, women across the world set out to march and protest the election of the controversial former Celebrity Apprentice host, Donald Trump, due to his controversial statements on women throughout his campaign. The Women’s March saw actresses, singers, writers, and more take to the streets among their fellow women, in protest. Among the marchers included Emma Watson, America Ferrerra, Chelsea Handler, Scarlett Johansson, Ashley Judd, Chrissy Teigen, Amy Schumer, Madonna, Gina Rodriguez, and many more.
With Awards Season in full swing, it’s no surprise there were two shows to cover in this month’s roundup. The Screen Actors Guild Awards aired Sunday, January 29 to 5.21 million viewers, losing only to the Miss Universe pageant. The awards show saw stunning speeches from all of the nights winners and presenters, with a particularly stirring speech from actor David Harbour of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things. Dolly Parton also took the stage to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to her 9 to 5 costar, Lily Tomlin. Winners of the evening included Emma Stone for La La Land, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, Sarah Paulson for The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Orange is The New Black for ensemble in a comedy series.
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