Happy Monday to all, and in honor of the start of a brand-new week, let’s take a look at today’s big headlines, starting with an aggravating story out of New York City in which the alt-right, Trump-supporting gang known as the Proud Boys were filmed assaulting Antifa protesters.
In other news today, we’ve officially got proof that love is dead as Ariana Grande and SNL‘s Pete Davidson have called it quits (ah, we barely knew thee), Bryan Singer is on the defensive in advance of an Esquire tell-all and Drag Race vet Tatianna nearly got mugged in London over the weekend.
Oh, and some guy swam naked in a shark tank. Yeah.
From Proud Boys to another ass-kicking drag queen, here are the day’s top stories:
1. Proud Boys Caught on Camera Assaulting Protesters in Manhattan (News)
If you’ve never heard of Proud Boys, they’re an alt-right gang founded by Gavin McInnes (who, incidentally, co-founded Vice Media) whose calling card is the violence they bring to streets. Following a meeting at Manhattan’s GOP headquarters, several Proud Boys took to the streets, where they assaulted at least three people, attacking them while they lay on the sidewalk, shouting homophobic slurs and yelling “I Like Beer!” in reference to the recent Kavanaugh hearings.
Meanwhile Fox News has officially skewed the story to treat the liberal protesters as the aggressors, accusing them of possessing a sword (though it was McInnes who brought it) and vandalism. Meanwhile, the assaults have been caught on camera, and Mayor Bill De Blasio says the NYPD is investigating while Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s asked the FBI and a hate crimes unit to investigate.
Read the full story by Huffington Post here.
2. Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Have Officially Called It Quits (Celebrities)
They’ve been the “it couple” since getting together in May, but now Grande and Davidson reportedly called off their rushed engagement and have split up once and for all. TMZ reported, “both parties [acknowledge] that it simply was not the right time for their relationship to take off.” Grande’s engagement ring reportedly cost Davidson $100K, and the two had tattoos commemorating the relationship. Some reports are hinting that the suspected drug overdose of Grande’s ex Mac Miller had to do with the split, presumably because Grande was having a difficult time coming to terms with what happened.
3. Bryan Singer Is Preemptively Refuting an Upcoming Esquire ‘Negative Article’ (News)
Director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men) is no stranger to allegations of misconduct. He’s been accused of raping a minor more than once, was sued in the late ’90s for having young minors shower nude in his film Apt Pupil and has been linked to all sorts of unsavory characters, most notably those connected to an L.A.-based child sex ring. Late on Sunday, Singer took to Instagram to release a statement in which he says he knows Esquire magazine will be releasing a “negative article” about him timed with the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, a film on which he has a director’s credit but was famously fired from for failing to return to set after Thanksgiving.
Read the full story by Jezebel here.
4. Tatianna Proves She’s Not the Drag Queen to F-ck With (Drag)
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 and All Stars 2 vet Tatianna was on double headline duty this past weekend, making the news for two unrelated stories. In the first, she used Instagram to announce that she’d been placed on Twitter suspension for “targeted harrassment” of GOP bobblehead Tomi Lahren. (Apparently Tati has quite the potty mouth.) And in the other story, this past weekend Tatianna was the victim of an attempted mugging, though things didn’t go how the group of guys planned. “Naturally my crazy ass refused to be disrespected and chased them. They only got my cigarettes, but they dropped them out of fear lol. Dumb bitches.” You heard it here: Don’t f-ckw ith Tatianna!
5. Watch a Toronto Man Swim Naked in a Toronto Aquarium (Video)
Weirdest story of the day goes to the Toronto man who got completely naked before jumping into a tank of sand tiger sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto. The aquarium’s employees eventually show up, and at one point it appears the man is going to leave the tank, crawling onto the rocks, but then does a backwards dive back in. He eventually exits the tank — to the gasps of the crowd who are now standing mere inches from a nude man — and reportedly took off before the cops could catch him.
Read the full Toronto Sun story here.
What are your thoughts on the recent Proud Boys rampage through New York City?
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