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J.K. Rowling pranked by Russians impersonating Zelensky on Zoom
The Rowling Library, the “Harry Potter” author was fooled by Russian comedy duo Vovan and Lexus, who are known for prank-calling high-profile celebrities.The duo’s past prank victims include Elton John, Boris Johnson, Kamala Harris, Prince Harry, Billie Eilish, Bernie Sanders, and George W. Bush — and it seems as though they can now add Rowling to their star-studded list.The multi-millionaire author — who seemingly didn’t know she was being recorded — was under the impression that Zelensky called to thank her for her charity work in the country.Earlier this year, Rowling announced she would match donations up to $1.2 million after her Lumos Foundation launched an emergency appeal to help vulnerable children and families in Ukraine.Fully thinking she was speaking to the president of the war-torn country, Rowling appeared invested in the conversation as the pranksters asked increasingly bizarre questions throughout the interview. During the increasingly-awkward 12-minute call, the impersonators asked Rowling about her thoughts on imposing sanctions on Russian actor Aleksandr Kuznetsov, who starred in the most recent “Fantastic Beasts” film.“Fantastic Beasts has been a very interesting experience.
K-Pop stars BTS invited to White House to address 'diversity and inclusion' with Biden
Joe Biden is set to will welcome K-Pop sensations BTS to the White House on Wednesday to speak at an event on anti-Asian hate crime.The global superstars will speak to Biden about the 'importance of diversity and inclusion' amid a rise in Asian hate crimes, as figures show a staggering 339 per cent rise in 2021 compared to 2020.A White House statement read: “President Biden and BTS will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS' platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world.”The event will take place at The White House on WednesdayThe group are the latest celebrities the White House has turned to on their agenda after Jill Biden welcomed Selena Gomez to talk about mental health and the president had the Jonas Brothers appear in a video on vaccines.Biden is facing some criticism amid the announcement as a distraught community still awaits an announcement on his visit to Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman shot and killed 19 school children and two teachers.The president has said he would travel to Uvalde 'in the coming days.'Last week, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris condemned attacks against minority Asian communities at a White House event on Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.“Hate can have no safe harbor in America.
Why Morgan Freeman is permanently banned from visiting Russia
Morgan Freeman is part of Russia’s permanently banned list, as it was revealed by the Eastern European country, in a list of 1,000 Americans that also includes President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.The Hollywood star was added to the list following his involvement in a promotional video for an organization called ‘The Committee to Investigate Russia’ where the actor said, “We have been attacked,” adding “We are at war.”Freeman was described on the list as “a well-known film actor who in September 2017 recorded a video message accusing Russia of conspiring against the United States and calling for a fight against our country,” stating that he accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of using “cyber warfare to attack democracies around the world,” and to his “sworn enemy, the United States.”The updated list includes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President’s son Hunter Biden, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, former White House press secretary Jen Psaki, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley.The country states that many of the people on the list “incite Russophobia,” emphasizing that “the hostile actions taken by Washington, which boomerang against the United States itself, will continue to receive a proper rebuff.”And while politicians, journalists and celebrities on the list have yet to share their thoughts after appearing on the list, former federal prosecutor Norman Barbosa declared, “at least I’m still in good company,” while US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe wrote, “What an
Morgan Freeman on list of Americans “permanently banned” from entering Russia
CNN, the Oscar-winning actor narrated the promotional video for an organisation named The Committee to Investigate Russia. It was directed by When Harry Met Sally director Rob Reiner, who has also been added to the Kremlin’s list.“We emphasise that the hostile actions taken by Washington, which boomerang against the United States itself, will continue to receive a proper rebuff,” the Russian foreign ministry said [via ITV News].“Russian counter-sanctions are forced and aimed at forcing the ruling American regime… to change its behaviour, recognising new geopolitical realities.”Russia previously banned US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris from entering the country.Freeman has yet to comment publicly on the move.In other news, the actor spoke out last year against the ongoing call to defund the police, saying that he is “not the least bit for” the movement.The actor was asked for his thoughts on police abolition during an interview, in light of protests against racially motivated police brutality.“Police work is, aside from all the negativity around it, it is very necessary for us to have them and most of them are guys that are doing their job,” Freeman told Selina Hill on Black Enterprise last October.Meanwhile, Russian DJ Nina Kraviz has responded to being dropped from Clone Distribution over her alleged “pro-Putin” views.
Morgan Freeman among list of 963 Americans ‘permanently banned’ from entering Russia
Morgan Freeman is among 963 Americans who have been ‘permanently banned’ from entering Russia.The Shawshank Redemption actor, 84, joins a bumper list of celebrities who are forbidden to set foot in the country, including Mark Zuckerberg and the former first lady Hilary Clinton.The move comes in response to US sanctions imposed on the country for its invasion of Ukraine.Freeman was reportedly added to the list after appearing in a video clip in 2017 that accused the Russian government of meddling with American democracy.The Hollywood A-lister narrated the promotional video for an organisation named The Committee to Investigate Russia, according to CNN.The clip was directed by filmmaker Rob Reiner, best known for movies including The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally, and he has also been added to the Kremlin’s list.‘We emphasise that the hostile actions taken by Washington, which boomerang against the United States itself, will continue to receive a proper rebuff,’ Kremlin officials said.‘Russian counter-sanctions are forced and aimed at forcing the ruling American regime… to change its behaviour, recognising new geopolitical realities.’Democratic lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was also listed, alongside the late US senator John McCain, who died in 2018.Russia previously banned US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris from entering the country.Secretary of State Antony Blinken, CIA chief William Burns, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, and national security adviser Jake Sullivan were also among the names.The updated list comes after reports that Vladimir Putin’s health has been deteriorating for the past five years.Independent Russian media outlet Proekt scrutinised the Russian President’s absences,
Selena Gomez teams up with Jill Biden for a good cause
Jill Biden is joining forces with Selena Gomez for a special cause! The First Lady and the singer will be participating in the Youth Mental Health Action Forum, which is taking place at the White House.The two-day inaugural forum will start on Wednesday, led by MTV Entertainment and the Department of Health and Human Services, bringing more than 30 activists and creators to spread awareness of the importance of prioritizing mental health among young people.The forum will also include policy adviser Susan Rice, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, as the main goal is to “bring culture from awareness to action in mental health through storytelling and media.”Selena, who recently hosted Saturday Night Live and showed her personal side in the most hilarious way, is known for being open about her struggles, including mental health issues, constantly sharing her journey with her fans and followers, and revealing the things that have worked for her throughout her successful career in the entertainment industry.Selena Gomez launches special cookware collectionWATCH: Joe Biden’s adorable dog is giving a tour of the White HouseBarack Obama posts new family photo while honoring wife Michelle for Mother’s Day“I myself have shared my story about my mental health journey and I just read too much, I think, about how deep this country is being affected mentally,” the singer previously said in 2020 in a video, joined by Kamala Harris.
Harry Styles fans plead with Joe Biden to help reunite star with lost heirloom
Harry Styles fans are doing all they can to help reunite the singer with his beloved Gucci lion ring after it flew through the air during his Coachella debut.The As It Was singer, 28, performed to over 170,000 people each night as he took to the stage for both weekends of the California-based festival.However, his highly energised performance appears to have cost him a valuable piece of jewellery that he appears to wear on his pinkie finger on an almost daily basis.As he launched a water bottle at the stage, a slow-motion video captured the moment his precious Gucci ring flew into the packed crowd.Harry needn't worry though as his loyal fans have come up with an ingenious way of returning the precious gold ring back to him.One fan shared a screenshot of a text message between them and a friend who found the ring in the busy crowd which instantly set Twitter alight."Y'all need to see this rn [right now]," they said before tagging Harry's sister, manager, mum, and his stylist Harry Lambert.They also tagged US President, Joe Biden and Vice President, Kamala Harris.While Harry might be upset about losing his precious piece of statement jewellery, it's also broken the hearts of some of his fans."I didn't know someone losing a ring would affect my mood so much, whoever found it just give the ring back to him," said one.A second went on to add: "Idk [I don't know] if it's just me but I would definitely do everything in my power to give it back to him, it was thrown in the crowd im pretty sure somebody saw it or something this is heartbreaking.""If they don’t give the ring back to him it seems important it's literally engraved," tweeted a third.The ring in question is personally engraved with his name alongside "second time is a