At the Oscars, Frances McDormand Raises Hollywood’s Existential Question

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How many people watched the Oscars 2021?

2021 Oscars ratings: 9.85 million viewers is a record low - Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times2021 Oscars ratings: 9.85 million viewers is a record low

What were the ratings for the Oscars?

The 93rd Academy Awards drew 9.85 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 on Sunday. That's a steep drop from last year's 23.64 million viewers and 5.3 in the key ad demographic — both of which were the previous all-time lows. Hollywood ReporterTV Ratings: Oscars at All-Time Low in Early Numbers

Where are the Academy Awards this year?

The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and international locations via satellite. CNBCOscars 2021: 'Nomadland' wins best picture at the 93rd Academy Awards

What was the ratings for the Oscars last night?

A total of 9.85 million people tuned in Sunday night, down from 23.6 million viewers for last year's telecast. NBC NewsOscars ratings plunge to all-time low, dropping 58 percent from last year

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Viewers were left angered after cameras panned away from Marlee Matlin as she using sign language to present two awards at the 2021 Oscars.  

The Academy's cameras panned away from the deaf actress as she was using American Sign Language (ASL), leaving onlookers with only her male interpreter's voice over. 

Matlin, the only deaf actress to have ever won an Oscar, was presenting two awards: Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Documentary Feature. 

Viewers were left angered after cameras panned away from Marlee Matlin as she using sign language to present two awards at the 2021 Oscars

The Academy's cameras panned away from the deaf actress, leaving onlookers with only her interpreter's voice over

The comment sparked fury on social media, where users slammed the Academy awards for panning away from Matlin

The camera remained firmly trained on Matlin while she presented the second award.  

The gaffe sparked fury on social media, where users branded the Academy awards 'rude' and said organizers should have put a split screen between Matlin and the nominees. 

One user slammed he Oscars, saying that because the camera panned away from Matlin as she introduced the nominees, 'hard of hearing people didn't even benefit'. 

Another simply branded the choice to pan away from Matlin a 'bad decision'. 

'Showing the nominees while she is signing so you just hear her translator....BAD DECISION', she wrote. 

The 55-year-old's return to the Oscars on Saturday marked 34 years since she scooped the 1986 award for Best Actress for her role in Children of a Lesser God.  

Another simply branded the choice to pan away from Matlin a 'bad decision' by the event's organisers

Users called on the Oscar's organizers to re-think their decision to pan away from Matlin as she was signing, and gave alternative solutions

Matlin, the only deaf actress to have ever won an Oscar, was presenting two awards: Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Documentary Feature

The talent dazzled in custom Vivienne Westwood gown made with sustainable fabric and decorated with an intricate botanical design in sequins.

Matlin's dress - which was made of newly launched Red Carpet Green Dress black vegan textile made with TENCEL Luxe filaments incorporating an archival Westwood fabric - hung off her shoulders ever-so-slightly, showing off her collarbone and a hint of cleavage. 

Swarovski crystal details adorned the sleeves of the look, which was part of Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress™ (RCGD) initiative, highlighting ethically and sustainably made awards season fashion. 

Her hair was styled to the side in soft waves, while she amped up the glamour with smoky eyes and a glossy, nude lip, and elegant drop earrings. 

It seemed the beauty was excited for the show, sharing a snap of her tickets and some extra Oscar swag on Instagram right ahead of the show. 

Sunday event was definitely different from years past, although it was hard to tell from just a glance. 

This year COVID restrictions whittled the VIP guest list down to only 170 people, from the usual 3,000.  

Swag: Clearly excited for the awards ceremony, Matlin shared a snapshot of some cool Oscars merchandise she was given

VIP: It seemed the beauty was excited for the show, sharing a picture of her tickets on Instagram right ahead of the show 

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Golden: Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey (seen left to right) as Nomadland won Best Picture

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Sweet: Youn Yuh-jung won Best Supporting Actress for Minari

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Talented: Thomas Vinterberg accepted Best International Film for Another Round

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Hear My Voice – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Io Si (Seen) – The Life Ahead

Speak Now – One Night in Miami...

 H.E.R.  won Best Original Song for Judas and the Black Messiah's  Fight for You

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Trailblazer: Chloe Zhao is the first woman of color to win Best Director 

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal 

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 

Steven Yeun – Minari 

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami…

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Dynamic: Dana Murray (L) and Pete Docter won Best Animated Feature for Soul

Emma

Shaka King and Will Berson - Judas and the Black Messiah

Darius Marder and Abraham Marder - Sound of Metal

 Aaron Sorkin - The Trial of the Chicago 7

Blooming lovely: Emerald Fennell won Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman

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Chadwick Boseman snub, MIA movie clips, 'in memoriam' omissions: Oscars 2021 highs, lows and head-scratchers

Yahoo Entertainment 27 April, 2021 - 02:10am

Instead, the final award of the night went to a nominee who wasn't even in the room to accept it. In a stunning last-minute twist, Anthony Hopkins won his second Oscar for The Father, but the veteran British actor didn't attend the ceremony in Los Angeles or at a satellite location in the United Kingdom. So with no one to hand the statue to, presenter Joaquin Phoenix signed off and the closing credits rolled. It was an epic face-plant of a finale that somehow managed to be worse than the La La Land/Moonlight mix-up that happened a mere four years ago.

Social media didn't hold back in its disappointment and anger about how things played out, with many noting how, in one of Oscar's most diverse years, the final two awards of the night went to white performers — Nomadland's Frances McDormand and Hopkins.  

Wait a second, so just to be clear — the producers thought it would be a good idea to move the Best Actor category to the last slot of the night rather than the usual (and commonsense) Best Picture and then watched the would-be sentimental ending flop with the award not going to the late (and highly favorited) Chadwick Boseman. Instead, the statuette went to… Anthony Hopkins? Anthony Hopkins, who wasn’t even in attendance, nor even available by satellite. WTF? It was the most awful, enraging, anticlimactic end to an Academy Awards telecast we’ve ever seen — and the telecast was already pretty wretched to begin with. Hopkins was indeed excellent in The Father, but the failure to honor Boseman for a career-best performance was yet another bad look for the Oscars. Or as Los Angeles Times editor Matt Brennan put it on Twitter, “That's the worst TV ending since Game of Thrones."

We did not get the historic repeat of the SAG Awards where four actors of color swept for the first time ever. Not even close, with McDormand edging out Viola Davis in Best Actress and Hopkins beating the late Boseman in Best Actor. But there was some nice history made in Best Director, where Nomadland director Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color — and only second woman ever, after The Hurt Locker filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow 11 years ago — to win Best Director. Here’s to many more.

So Regina King is starring in Ocean’s Nine, right? The Oscar winner’s power walk at the top of the Oscar ceremony was fit for a leading role in Steven Soderbergh’s heist movie franchise. And King followed that up with a terrific introduction to the evening’s pandemic-era festivities, explaining to the viewers at home why no one in Los Angeles' Union Station audience was masked. She also took a moment to reference the recent verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, bringing a beautifully personal touch to her political commentary. "I know many of you want to reach for your remote when you feel Hollywood is preaching to you," she said. “But as the mother of a Black son who fears for his safety, no fame or fortune changes that." As a wise man once said, hail to the King, baby.

King’s jazzy opening seemed to promise a lively night to come. But the telecast proceeded to run headlong into the weeds with the first award — Best Original Screenplay — and never recovered. While there were many emotional acceptance speeches, the preamble to each category felt slow and slack due to the overlong introductions that frequently replaced clips from the nominated films. Speaking of which...

What if you threw a star-studded celebration of the movies... and then didn't actually show any of the movies? Twitter noted the lack of clips from many of the nominated films, which was a particularly odd choice in a year where viewers at home likely hadn't seen one (or more) of the movies in contention. If you want audiences to seek out Nomadland or Sound of Metal, it helps to give them a small taste of what's in store. 

Looks like Daniel Kaluuya might be getting his mouth washed out with soap when he gets home from the Oscars. Just as he wrapped up his moving Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech, he went off-script with an ill-advised ad lib. “It’s incredible,” he said, while his mom looked on front the audience beaming with pride… for a moment anyway. “My mom met my dad, they had sex. It’s amazing.” At that point, his mother’s big smile turned into a look of total confusion, launching a viral meme. And Kaluuya recognized his error immediately. “I wish I hadn’t said that,” he remarked backstage.

Some viewers complained about the long acceptance speeches — producer Steven Soderbergh promised that winners would not be played off this year — but the new format allowed for some particularly poignant moments that would’ve felt rushed otherwise. One came when Best International Film winner and Another Round writer-director Thomas Vinterberg delivered a touching eulogy to his late child in the final minutes of his speech. Vinterberg’s daughter Ida, who had encouraged him to make the film and was going to co-star, was killed in a car crash by a distracted driver four days after they began shooting. “We ended up making this movie for her, as her monument,” Vinterberg said. As the filmmaker previously told Yahoo Entertainment, “This film probably kept me from insanity.”

From Robin Williams blaming Canada to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's not-at-all shallow duet, the musical performances of the Best Original Song nominees have reliably broken up the typical Oscar night monotony. But this year, the producers made the odd decision to exile all of the singing to the pre-show festivities, which slowed the tempo of the show considerably.

In an alternate timeline, movies like Steven Spielberg's West Side Story and Jon M. Chu's In the Heights, would almost certainly have been up for a couple of statues at this year's Oscars. Instead, they'll be in the running for the 2022 awards, and the teasing glimpses we were shown have us excited for the New York City dance battle that will be next year's ceremony. That is... if there even is a ceremony next year

Aaron Sorkin and Paulina Porizkova have reportedly been quietly dating for a few months.

Besides showing compassion for Derek Chauvin, Keith Ellison also revealed that he was unsure of what the verdicts would be up until the moment they were read.

John Keller and another student were shot early Saturday morning at an apartment complex near campus.

A 31-year-old mom of two young children shared her story to Reddit's LetsNotMeet forum, where users share "true stories of creepy encounters." The post Mom issues terrifying warning after being ‘hunted’ at Target: ‘I will never forget’ appeared first on In The Know.

A man who raped his daughter for about seven-and-a-half years was jailed for 28 years and sentenced to 24 strokes of the cane on Monday (26 April).

Dr. Anthony Fauci said he hopes the temporary pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine raised Americans' confidence in federal agencies' concern for safety, rather than increased vaccine hesitancy. "The CDC and the FDA are the gold standard for both safety and the evaluation of efficacy, I think in the long run what we're going to see -- we'll probably see it soon -- is that people will realize that we take safety very seriously," the White House chief medical adviser told "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

The San Francisco 49ers are choosing between Trey Lance and Mac Jones, not Justin Fields, for the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft.

Derrick Lancaster's car burst into flames after it hit the wall during Saturday's race. His wife said he should be off the ventilator in the next couple days.

For 40 years, Highgrove has been the Prince of Wales’s private sanctuary, gradually evolving and expanding to incorporate his love of organic farming. Now, his beloved Gloucestershire estate is to become home to another of his passion projects, as he announces plans to open a new craft training base for the Prince’s Foundation in his own backyard. The education centre, to be based in converted outbuildings just a quarter of a mile from the Prince’s home, will soon be buzzing with students studying everything from fine woodworking to textiles. Taking its lead from the Foundation’s hugely successful work at Dumfries House in East Ayrshire and two further sites in London, it will extend the charity’s reach into the South West for the first time. The timing of the expansion, as so many organisations have buckled under pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, is considered testament to the success of the scheme. Its training opportunities aim to help preserve heritage craft skills, which the Prince has frequently warned are at risk of being lost to future generations.

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Twitter/Go fund meBy the time Kristen Meghan Kelly, a 38-year-old Michigan mom and self-described “health freedom advocate,” hit record on her phone’s camera, the confrontation outside the Hudsonville School Board meeting was in full swing.In a 22-minute video from April 15 that has been shared widely on Facebook, Kelly explains that she’s been denied entry to the public meeting despite what she says is a “medically recognized” disability and PTSD diagnosis that prevents her from wearing a mask. When another parent questions that explanation, she switches tack and launches into a “science”-based assault on masking.“I am actually an exposure scientist,” Kelly says to the other parent, who’s off-screen.“Oh, an exposure scientist,” the parent can be heard saying, as she laughs.“Yes, I’m an industrial hygienist, and I actually travel around the country testifying in front of governors. I’ve opened up Texas and North Dakota,” Kelly says.If Kelly has her way, she told The Daily Beast, she’ll also further loosen COVID-19 restrictions in her own state of Michigan—despite a raging outbreak that is testing the state’s hospital system and threatening the lives of more young people than ever before.“We’re not going to stay silent,” Kelly said.A QAnon-Curious Mom Helped Lead Michigan Back to COVID HellAlthough parents at the school board meeting may have laughed off her credentials, Kelly has enjoyed an increasingly robust platform in anti-mask circles in recent weeks. And this activism, public health officials fear, could cause big problems—especially in Michigan, which has become the country’s worst COVID hotspot.While Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been criticized for bowing to political pressure and allowing indoor activities such as dining and sports—that experts say likely fed the current surge—her administration has been steadfastly in favor of masking requirements. Last week, the state extended its mask mandate until at least late May and expanded it to require children age 2 and over to wear masks.“Mask use continues to be critically important right now. It’s proven to be effective and it's proven to be safe,” said Marcia Mansaray, a deputy public health officer in Ottawa County, where Kelly lives.Kelly, of course, disagrees. But unlike most conservative anti-maskers who completely dismiss the pandemic, she’s leaning on a compelling personal story, some acknowledgment of basic facts, and, most of all, what she describes as nearly two decades of experience as an industrial hygienist, a field that focuses on ways to protect employees from hazardous substances at work.“The science,” she told The Daily Beast, “is on my side.”Leading scientists in her field are not, and expressed serious concerns about Kelly’s activism and how she was portraying the profession.“Face coverings are a proper public health measure that mitigates the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. And if you’re not wearing anything across your nose and mouth, you’re only contributing to the generation of particles that are floating around in a room,” Laurence Svirchev, a certified industrial hygienist with the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the primary educational arm of the industry, told The Daily Beast.“It’s not a difficult concept to understand,” Svirchev added, echoing many months of public health guidance across the world.Larry Sloan, CEO of the AIHA, where Kelly has held an emeritus membership, told The Daily Beast that more than 99 percent of the AIHA’s 800 members “believe that face coverings are one important strategy for reducing risk.”“It is very dangerous,” Sloan said about the way Kelly links her activism to the field of industrial hygiene. “I think it is undermining the science of industrial hygiene.” (Kelly responded by calling Sloan’s statement “shocking and disturbing,” arguing “it goes against the whole field of industrial hygiene.”)Industrial hygienists enforce standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a government agency that regulates workplace safety, and Kelly frequently cites OSHA standards that talk about the limitations of masking. OSHA has updated these standards, which now recommend the use of cloth masks, something Kelly told The Daily Beast is due to the politicization of masking, saying “they’re acting like it’s one size fits all, when it’s anything but.”Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, industrial hygiene occupied a relatively obscure corner of workplace safety. But according to Sloan, the problem of containing COVID-19 has made this industry “relevant everywhere” practically overnight.Kelly has capitalized on that relative obscurity and sudden relevance—as well as COVID’s evolving science—to carve out a niche for herself as an expert for anti-maskers hungry for arguments that back up their desire to ignore mask mandates.“Because, I know. Masks don’t work. Because it’s my job. It’s my job,” she tells the other parent in the video. “That’s fine. And do you want to know who does want to hear my opinion? Attorneys, who I help with their cases.”In the last few months, Kelly has been interviewed dozens of times in conservative media and she told The Daily Beast that she’s either testified or submitted sworn affidavits about the dangers of masking in four states.Kelly is not a certified industrial hygienist, which she told The Daily Beast was “a personal choice” (credentialing is not required to register as an industrial hygienist with the AIHA). Instead, Kelly, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational safety and health, describes herself as a “senior industrial hygienist,” something Sue Marchese, a managing director at the American Industrial Hygiene Association, told The Daily Beast is “not a real thing.”(Kelly appeared mildly annoyed when told this. “It really is a thing,” she said. “The senior status means you’ve got senior status over other industrial hygienists or you’ve been in the career field a certain amount of time.”)And in a March post on TikTok, where Kelly has nearly 30,000 followers, she thumbed her nose at people who’ve questioned her expertise in a video called “The ‘You’re Not Credentialed In’ Chronicles.” The montage of highlights from her resume over the soundtrack of Eminem’s “FACK” closed with a card that read “when you’re asked to testify on the efficacy of masks, let me know.”Below, she wrote, “Headed to testify in front of a state Caucus and meet with their Governor to relay facts hidden by the MSM.”But this expertise doesn’t always hold up.In Tennessee, an affidavit she submitted at the request of Tennessee Stands, a group that fights against COVID restrictions, quietly disappeared from their website, though it can still be accessed through the Internet Archive.A representative from Tennessee Stands told The Daily Beast that “the affidavit was removed from their website after inaccuracies came to our attention.” (Kelly told The Daily Beast that the affidavit had been removed at her request, after people had found her phone number on it and harassed her with texts and calls.)Reviewing this document, The Daily Beast found that Kelly included an exhibit that said a 2020 New England Journal of Medicine study was called “Airborne coronavirus particle (<0.125 micron) will pass directly through N95 mask.” The actual title of the study was “A novel coronavirus from patients with Pneumonia in China, 2019.” The study does not even reference N95 respirators or any form of face covering.Elsewhere in the affidavit, Kelly cites studies she says bolster the argument that masking doesn’t work. However, many of those studies were either inconclusive or outdated or suggested the opposite. Kelly told The Daily Beast the affidavit was similar to those she submitted in North Dakota, New Hampshire and Texas, though The Daily Beast was not able to review them.Asked about the Tennessee affidavit’s discrepancies, Kelly brushed them off.“I would have to go look at it, because it was a while ago, and I can’t remember,” Kelly said. “But any clarification you need, there are so many studies, there are so many studies.”Kelly later sent The Daily Beast links to half a dozen other studies that she said support not masking.Any concerns that Kelly may be mistaken about the science do not appear to have made their way to North Dakota, where she testified this month in support of a bill that would ban mask mandates statewide. The bill’s sponsor told The Daily Beast that Kelly’s participation was “crucial” to the bill’s eventual passage. Although Republican Gov. Doug Burgum vetoed the bill last week, the legislature voted to override his veto.“They were a high class of expertise,” North Dakota State Representative Jeff Hoverson, a Republican, said about Kelly and Tammy Clark, a fellow Michigander and workplace safety adviser who testified in North Dakota with her. “They really helped spark enthusiasm. She brought some real juice and the fuel and energy that we needed to get this bill passed.”In many ways, Kelly is well-positioned to be a darling of the late pandemic anti-mask brigade, though she finds the term “anti-mask” offensive and told The Daily Beast she prefers “health freedom.” In addition to the credibility she gets from her work history and Air Force veteran status, she’s a charismatic speaker who casually ties topics like disability rights and health freedom into a single argument. In her videos and interviews, she often stays calm, even in a heated confrontation, but can quickly pivot to tears when the context calls for it, as she did in her Facebook livestream outside the Hudsonville School Board meeting.Kelly’s activities place her squarely on the right side of politics, though she told The Daily Beast that she doesn’t identify as Republican but “more of a Libertarian.” While she has posted in support of gender expression and Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd, other Facebook posts and Tweets check the boxes of far-right conservatism, from conspiracies about Joe Biden’s alleged dementia and the 2020 presidential election to wild (and bogus, thoroughly debunked) anti-vaxxer theories.Kelly told The Daily Beast she does not plan to be vaccinated herself but downplayed any issues she might have with the coronavirus vaccines, saying she thought the decision was a “personal choice.”Her conversations online strike a much harsher tone.The Anti-Vaxxer Hunt for Dead People Is Getting Even Weirder“You will never be given informed consent for this shot,” Kelly wrote on Facebook on March 22 above a local NBC story on vaccine eligibility. “It’s not, by definition, a vaccine. I don’t want my DNA altered! I also will not inject myself with carcinogens and neurotoxins. My husband has done more research on these shots that anyone else I know. He cannot fathom why anyone would consent to these bio weapons. 99% survival rate!”The international science community and most of humanity has wholly rejected these conspiracy theories about vaccines, from the false idea that they alter your DNA to rumors that they contain harmful unknown chemicals or represent a secret government weapon. Coronavirus deaths among demographic groups like the elderly who have been vaccinated have plummeted, showing their efficacy and safety.Asked about these posts, Kelly tells The Daily Beast “I am not a doctor and I always make that clear.”While her public work is focused on masks, critics say Kelly’s audience is exactly the last group public health experts would want to hear misinformation about vaccines. As Mansaray told The Daily Beast, although masking is important in “every population,” it is particularly important among people who don’t plan to be vaccinated.“You could potentially say it’s more important,” Mansaray said. “When you’re talking about these measures to reduce the spread of COVID, it’s for ourselves and our families, but it’s also for our greater community, especially those people who cannot get vaccinated. So if you’re not going to be vaccinated, put on a mask for those people.”But Kelly argues that masking actually harms people with disabilities by forcing people like her out of stores, offices and schools, echoing a far-right fixation since earlier in the pandemic on claiming to be unable to mask up. Kelly told The Daily Beast that she has had a medical exemption from masking since 2013, because of a pre-existing diagnosis of PTSD as the result of a past sexual assault, and that covering her face causes anxiety and a range of circulatory issues, from heart palpitations to increased blood pressure.“Listen, I medically can’t wear a mask, but if I could I would wear one. We have the right to make our own medical decisions about our body, especially if we are dealing with something that’s wiping out millions and millions of people,” Kelly told The Daily Beast, referencing COVID’s colossal worldwide death toll, which unlike many anti-maskers, she does not deny.In addition to government mask mandates, she’s directed her ire at companies that haven’t acknowledged her medical exemption, such as Planet Fitness, which she said has told her that she must wear a mask in order to use their facilities. Also in her crosshairs: Delta Airlines and the team of doctors the airline contracts with; she said the carrier kicked her off of her flight to North Dakota in late March.Much like the Hudsonville School Board confrontation, Kelly has managed to flip the corporate mask regulations of Delta and Planet Fitness into a disability-rights argument and a platform for her activism.Immediately after the Delta incident, Kelly posted about it on Facebook. Within hours, she said, the Michigan chapter of Pilots for Christ, a charitable organization that provides flights for patients needing critical care that cannot afford air transportation, volunteered pilots to fly Kelly and a colleague to North Dakota.In the days after, Kelly announced that she would be suing Delta Airlines for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and launched a GoFundMe to pay for the “high powered attorney” she’d need to sue Delta. She gave interviews to at least half a dozen conservative podcasts and radio shows and told The Daily Beast she has already retained counsel. Delta did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Kelly declined to comment on whether the lawsuit had already been filed.But for the most part, Kelly’s disability rights argument plays second fiddle to her “scientific” arguments against masking.In her affidavit for Tennessee Stands, Kelly argues that face coverings outside of N95 respirators don’t really work and can even spread COVID by becoming contaminated while people are using them. She also says the same is true of N95 respirators if they’re not properly fit-tested and that masks “are inherently unsafe” because they impede breathing and could potentially contain hazardous chemicals.Larry Sloan of the AIHA dismissed each of these arguments, which contain fragments of truth but are wildly misleading.“I think she is taking specific studies and extracting a narrative that is perhaps aligned with her belief set. And I think that you could take any research study and twist the data to meld or support what your personal belief set is,” Sloan said.“And I don't mean to disparage her belief set—we’re all entitled to our opinions—but her testifying against the use of face covering is contrary to good public health and the science of occupational hygiene,” he added.For her part, Mansaray said Kelly’s willingness to spread unscientific rhetoric could cause serious harm in Michigan, given the state’s ongoing crisis.“I think it’s dangerous to use a position of influence and challenge established science or guidance without having an understanding of that science and a really solid base of evidence about that,” she told The Daily Beast. (Kelly wrote in a text to The Daily Beast, “This isn’t about being anti-mask, it’s about being pro-science and following the hierarchy of controls for proper risk mitigation.”)And opinions like Sloan’s and Mansaray’s may not matter to those who want to hear Kelly. When asked why he’d invited Kelly out to speak, Hoverson immediately pointed to her experience working for OSHA. When told she had not been directly employed by the federal workplace safety agency, the lawmaker sounded unfazed.“They really got the crowd excited,” Hoverson told The Daily Beast of Kelly and her colleague, Clark. “These moms were just tearing it up for liberty. They were on the move.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

The woman worked at Chesterfield Food Bank in Virginia and was terminated from her job, according to local news.

A lot of white people would have us believe we live in a post-racial America. They’ll tell you that it’s actually the narrative around systemic racism that is dividing this country because they’re too obtuse and cowardly to deal with the truth—that this nation has always been divided, and for good reason as far as Black folks are concerned. The fact is, presently and throughout American history, traditional America—which is essentially white conservative America—has been a dangerous place for Black people to live in.

‘She is the power of attorney for my parents and will be executor of their will. She is getting a payment from Veteran Affairs to take care of them.’

The 'American Idol' host had been on the program for 14 years, but he won't be at the Oscars tonight.

Eric Gala passed up an opportunity to get a coronavirus vaccine when shots became available in Michigan, and he admits not taking the virus seriously enough. “I was having more trouble breathing and they turned the oxygen up higher — that’s when I got scared and thought I wasn’t going to make it,” a visibly weary Gala told The Associated Press on Wednesday from his hospital bed at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, north of Detroit. Gala’s situation illustrates how Michigan has become the current national hotspot for COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations at a time when more than half the U.S. adult population has been vaccinated and other states have seen the virus diminish substantially.

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