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‘It’s time to take our views away’: Why fans are blocking celebrities on their social media

We don’t blame you for focusing on little but Eurovision over the weekend.

From hot favourite the Netherlands’ shock disqualification, to Israel’s contested participation and Switzerland’s historic win, it was a hell of a year for the song contest.

Here’s what you may have missed in entertainment news while you were dancing to Eurotrash bangers.

This week’s stories:

The celebrity #blockout2024, explained

On the same night the A-list descended on New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in their couture last week for the $US75,000-a-head Met Gala, Israeli military forces launched an attack on Rafah, where 1.3 million people are sheltering. And now social media users are mad at the celebrities they perceive to have flaunted their wealth and privilege at fashion’s night of nights while maintaining silence on the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

In protest, Instagram and TikTok users are sentencing celebs including Kim Kardashian, Zendaya, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj to the digital guillotine (the “digitine”, if you will) by blocking them on all platforms and posting about it with hashtags including #blockout2024, #digitine, #letthemeatcake and #celebrityblock.

“We gave them their platforms. It’s time to take it back — take our views away, our likes, our comments, our money — by blocking them on all social media and digital platforms,” TikToker @ladyfromtheoutside urged in a clip that’s been liked more than 578,000 times.

Other users have created lists naming and shaming the celebrities they deem to have failed to address the issue of Israel and Palestine adequately, so their followers may block them.

— Yasmin Jeffery

The Brits hit the red carpet for the BAFTA TV awards

Despite what some people might think, British TV is so much more than Vera and Doctor Who, and the BAFTA TV awards over the weekend proved it.

Top Boy — a Netflix drama set in the housing estates of east London that stars Little Simz (!!) — won two little golden faces for best drama and best supporting actress (Jasmine Jobson).

The Sixth Commandment — which tells the true story of a churchwarden who befriended, manipulated and murdered a retired schoolmaster — took home two awards, for best limited drama and best leading actor (Timothy Spall aka Peter Pettigrew).

And while prestige drama The Crown had a total of eight nominations this year — including Melbourne actor Elizabeth Debicki for her portrayal of Princess Diana — they didn’t take home a single one.

The best homage to the royals IMHO came from Joe Lycett. The comedian and talk show host bet his two literal aunties (who appear regularly on his show) that if they could get 100k followers on Instagram he would go to the BAFTAs dressed as Queen Elizabeth I — and they did it.

The Instagram account of Lycett’s aunties Margaret and Pauline is now at almost 250k followers.(Getty Images: Joe Maher)

He was rewarded for his efforts by taking home the award for best entertainment performance for his talk show Late Night Lycett.

The other big fashion statement of the night was the red Artists4Ceasefire pin, seen on numerous lapels, including that of Brian Cox (who was nominated for best actor for his turn as Logan Roy on Succession). Khalid Abdalla (who played Princess Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed in The Crown) arrived on the red carpet with the words “Stop arming Israel” written on his palm and a bag of 14,000 red sequins, which represented children who have been killed in Gaza.

And, finally, Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) took a shot out of her bracelet/tiny flask after losing the best entertainment programme award for her Home for Christmas concert, proving once again that she is a true icon and sending all of us online to try to find our own special bad news bracelet.

— Katherine Smyrk 

$115.2 million for performing arts schools at ‘risk of collapse’

Australia’s leading performing arts schools — including the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) — will receive a $115.2 million boost in Tuesday’s federal budget.

As reported in The Saturday Paper, a number of important arts training organisations will share in the funding over four years, with an extra $36.9 million in ongoing annual funding set to be announced.

ABC Arts has confirmed NIDA will receive the biggest share of funding, at $51.9 million, AFTRS will receive $23.2 million and the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association Dance College will receive $13 million. Organisations securing funding up to $10 million include: the Flying Fruit Fly Circus ($7.3 million), the Australian Ballet School ($6.5 million), the National Institute of Circus Arts ($6.5 million), the National Academy of Music ($3.7 million) and the Australian Youth Orchestra ($3 million).

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