Taylor Swift Fan Turns ‘Betty’ Into a TikTok Rom-Com

Taylor Swift’s “Betty,” one plucky part of what she’s affectionately coined Folklore’s “Teenage Love Triangle,” ends with a cliffhanger.

“If I just showed up at your party, would you have me? Would you want me? Would you tell me to go f— myself, or lead me to the garden?” the song’s protagonist, James, sings throughout the track — but the listener isn’t privy to Betty’s immediate answer.

One Swift fan took the liberty to build upon Swift’s fantasy scene with a TikTok comedy series from the perspective of everyone else at that fated high school party, where a teen is fumbling through an apology.

In some of TikTok user @kerrinotcarrieokay’s videos, she’s Betty’s “stupid friends” inside the house, one of whom accidentally locked herself in the bathroom.

“Who’s that?” the friend says as she bangs on the jammed door to get someone’s attention. “Is that James?! No! Don’t do it, Betty! Betty! BEEEETTTTTYYYY!!”

In a different TikTok clip, she’s James’ mom, waiting in the car for her kid — because, you know, skateboard-toting James doesn’t drive.

“Good luck, pumpkin! That Betty’s a nice gal,” she says.

In another take, which has gotten over 155,000 views over on TikTok, she acts out the part of a pair of cops outside Betty’s house, arriving to shut down the whole shindig.

“Weren’t we going to break up this party?” one asks. “Oh, yeah, yeah, we are. I just want to see what this yahoo says first. Little skateboarding punk.”

Watch it all play out on TikTok — there are also takes from the point of view of Betty’s mom, little sisters and dog — and listen to Swift’s “Betty” below.

The 1975, Niall Horan, Little Mix & More U.K. Artists and Music Industry Figures Unite Against Racism, Antisemitism

Hundreds of key players in the U.K.’s music industry, including artists, managers, producers and record labels, are co-signing an urgent call to speak out against racism and intolerance.

A letter, supported by the likes of The 1975, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Nile Rodgers and Lewis Capaldi, major U.K. labels Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony Music and a number of industry figures — and accompanied with a call-to-action hashtag, #NoSilenceInMusic — was released Saturday night (Aug. 1).

It can be read in full below.

“We, representatives from the music industry, write to demonstrate and express our determination, that love, unity and friendship, not division and hatred, must and will always be our common cause,” the statement begins.

“In recent months through a series of events and incidents, the anti-black racists and antisemites, plus those who advocate islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia, have repeatedly demonstrated that they clearly want us all to fail. Whether it be systemic racism and racial inequality highlighted by continued police brutality in America or anti-Jewish racism promulgated through online attacks, the result is the same: suspicion, hatred and division. We are at our worst when we attack one another.”

“Minorities from all backgrounds and faiths have struggled and suffered. From slavery to the Holocaust we have painful collective memories. All forms of racism have the same roots – ignorance, lack of education and scapegoating. We, the British music industry are proudly uniting to amplify our voices, to take responsibility, to speak out and stand together in solidarity. Silence is not an option.”

“There is a global love for music, irrespective of race, religion, sexuality and gender. Music brings joy and hope and connects us all. Through music, education and empathy we can find unity. We stand together, to educate and wipe out racism now and for our future generations.”

U.S. Marshals Put Fyre Festival Merchandise Up for Auction

More than three years after the highly publicized Fyre Festival famously fizzled out in the Bahamas, merchandise and other “minor assets” are up for sale — courtesy of the U.S. Marshals Service.

In a release Thursday (July 30), the U.S. Marshals announced that 126 items from the festival will be auctioned off, with proceeds going toward the victims of Billy McFarland.

McFarland acknowledged defrauding investors of $26 million in the 2017 Fyre Festival and over $100,000 in a fraudulent ticket-selling scheme after his arrest in the scam. He was sentenced to six years in prison in October 2018. Now 28, he’s serving his sentence at a low-security prison in Ohio, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

“This Fyre Festival-branded clothing and other items that were seized from Billy McFarland were originally intended to be sold at the Fyre Festival itself but were kept by McFarland, with the intent to sell the items and use the funds to commit further criminal acts while he was on pre-trial release,” U.S. Marshal Ralph Sozio of the Southern District of New York said in the release.

The festival, billed as an ultra-luxurious event and “the cultural experience of the decade,” was supposed to take place over two spring 2017 weekends on the Bahamian island of Exuma. Models and celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski had promoted it on social media.

Customers who paid $1,200 to over $100,000 hoping to see Blink-182 and the hip-hop act Migos arrived to learn musical acts were canceled. Their luxury accommodations and gourmet food consisted of leaky white tents and packaged food, prompting attendees to lash out on social media with the hashtag #fyrefraud.

Among the mementos of that festival are sweatpants, shirts and tokens emblazoned with “a conspiracy to change the entertainment world.” As of Saturday, the lots ranged from $10 — the minimum bid for sets of two wristbands — to $300 for a baseball cap bearing the festival logo that had received 20 bids since the auction opened Thursday. At 36 bids, the most popular lot was an aqua blue hoodie featuring the flag of the Bahamas on the back and sleeves patterned with the logo.

The auction, run by Texas-based Gaston & Sheehan, ends Aug. 13.

Katy Perry Describes New Album & Explains Why Being Pregnant Makes Her Feel ‘Powerful’

Katy Perry dropped some hints about what fans can expect from her upcoming album, Smile, in a game of “Finish the Sentence” with The Sunday Times Style.

As the name of the game implies, the singer answered a variety of questions from home by finishing sentences given to her.

“I would describe my new album as hopeful, resilient, joyful and my own journey of coming through hell,” Perry said in the video, which was uploaded to YouTube on Friday (July 31).

“The song of mine that best sums up my life right now would be probably either ‘Smile’ or the last track on my album, which is called ‘What Makes a Woman,’ because I am going through very, very feminine things right now,” the pregnant pop star added.

A couple sentence prompts led the glowing Perry to talk further about her pregnancy.

“Being pregnant is amazing because my level of appreciation for women has grown exponentially and given me this powerful feeling, like I can do it all while still creating another life,” she explained. “I feel really powerful.”

“2020: challenging, but the best year ’cause I got the best gift,” she said, holding her belly.

Watch the full interview below to find out what song she’ll never tire of performing, which red carpet outfit she’ll remember forever, the advice she’d give her 18-year-old self and more.

Gigi Hadid Kisses ‘Baby Daddy’ Zayn in Sweet Selfie

Soon after Zayn’s return to Instagram, Gigi Hadid shared a personal snapshot of the couple smooching on her own account.

“baby daddy,” she affectionately captioned an intimate Instagram selfie of the pair Friday night (July 31).

The supermodel, who’s expecting her first child with Zayn, recently gave followers the first glimpse at her growing belly.

“There’s my belly y’all,” she said on Instagram Live on July 15, pointing out that she doesn’t always look pregnant in the pictures she posts because “from the front it’s different.”

“I really appreciate your positive messages,” she said at the time. “I’m just taking my time with sharing my pregnancy.”

Hadid confirmed that she and the former One Direction singer have a baby on the way on an episode of Jimmy Fallon’s remote Tonight Show in April.

“Obviously, we wish we could have announced it on our own terms,” she said, addressing the rumors that had been circulating prior to sharing the news herself. “We’re very excited and happy and grateful for everyone’s well wishes and support.”

Check out their latest lovey-dovey photo below.

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Adele Shows Off Quarantine Curls While Paying Tribute to Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’

Adele is loving Beyonce’s new visual album, Black Is King.

The 32-year-old British songstress, who rarely shares photos of herself on social media, gave fans a double whammy on Instagram Saturday (Aug. 1), showing off her luscious quarantine locks while paying tribute to Bey’s Lion King-inspired release.

“Thank you Queen for always making us all feel so loved through your art,” Adele captioned a spectacular photo of herself kneeling by a TV featuring Beyonce’s stunning “ALREADY” music video.

In the pic, a smiling Adele is wearing a crescent moon-decorated long-sleeve shirt similar to the Marine Serre catsuit Beyonce and her dances don in the clip.

On Friday, Bey once again made the world stop with the release of Black Is King on Disney+, an imaginative retelling of The Lion King, through the lens of the Black experience.

Adele’s last Instagram post arrived in late June, when the superstar singer showed off her slimmed-down physique in a hilarious post of herself watching her 2016 headlining set at Glastonbury.

“5 ciders in,” she captioned images taken from her living room.

See Adele’s tribute to Beyonce here.

Scooter Braun Supports Ellen DeGeneres Amid Workplace Misconduct Allegations: ‘Keep Your Head Held High’

Scooter Braun is coming to the defense of Ellen DeGeneres.

Following published reports about an alleged toxic work environment at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the high-profile artist manager — whose clients Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato have appeared as guests on the show — shared his support for DeGeneres on social media Friday (July 31).

“People love to take shots. They love to see people fall. How quickly so many forget. How easy it is to stay quiet when it doesn’t effect them,” Braun tweeted. “@TheEllenShow is a kind, thoughtful, courageous human being who stands for what is right and highlights on her show the best of us. She has helped change the views for equality.”

In early July, Buzzfeed published a widely circulated story featuring numerous former employees of The Ellen DeGeneres Show anonymously accusing the show’s top producers of racism, intimidation, unjust termination and a toxic work culture.

DeGeneres recently addressed the allegations in a letter to her crew, noting that she ultimately takes responsibility since the show bears her name, and gave assurance that steps will be taken to “correct the issues” going forward, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In an Instagram post, Braun added, “She doesn’t do what is popular she does what is right. Her story shows us that. Her history provides us a better world. Today I’m sending love out to her. I know first hand how much she helps others both when we are all watching and when we are not. @theellenshow thank you for all you do and keep your head held high.”

American Idol season 10 alum Casey Abrams replied to Braun’s note on Twitter, writing that he had a pleasant experience while appearing as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2011.

“For sure! She was super nice when I was on her show! She spreads kindness,” Abrams tweeted.

See Braun’s tweets in support of DeGeneres below.