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Gender Reveal Party Sparks California Wildfire That Is Now Burning Over 8,600 Acres

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Gender reveal parties have become a hot-button issue in recent years. Many people feel that such a big fuss shouldn’t be made over a baby’s gender, which doesn’t have to do with anatomy but rather a child’s own identity. But we’ve also heard about tragic events coming out of extravagant “reveal” parties, too — this wildfire being the latest.

The El Dorado Fire is huge, and the fact that it started from a gender reveal party is almost hard to believe. It began on Saturday morning and has been out of control since. Officials say 527 people from 10 fire crews are currently battling the flames.

To make matters far worse, a record-shattering heat wave has been fanning those flames. The temperatures in the area have been around 121 degrees, creating a recipe for disaster. The fire has shown no signs of slowing down, and now authorities are saying that the family responsible could possibly have to foot the bill — or even face prison time.

The costs could be substantial, Bennett Milloy says. The family could be held responsible for the entire cost of putting the fire out — that means the cost of firefighters, helicopters, and more. The criminal charges might be serious, as well, given how far and wide the fire has already spread.

Arson convictions can result in a sentence of up to nine years. Milloy was asked if the family understood how serious the situation was, and he responded, “They understood the seriousness of the fire. … They genuinely believed it was an accident. But I think now they understand the gravity of the situation,” he said.

The incident is incredibly unfortunate. But it’s not the first time something like this has happened. Other gender reveal parties of a similar nature have caused wildfires to start before. It’s becoming clear that when people plan these kinds of events, far more caution needs to be taken.

While people have criticized the idea of having a party to reveal a baby’s sex, this very public and tragic even will likely shine a new light on the actual dangers of using smoke-producing devices to help create a dramatic reveal. It has a lot of people asking, “How far is too far?”

Even the blogger who has been largely credited with starting the gender reveal party trend spoke out about how it’s time to stop with the antics altogether. Jenna Karvunidis took to Facebook to condemn the over-the-top spectacles. “Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid’s penis. No one cares but you,” she wrote.

Her post continued, “Toxic masculinity is men thinking they need to explode something because simply enjoying a baby party is for sissies. Oh, and of course I’m getting hate messages. Excuse me for having a cake for my family in 2008. Just because I’m the gEnDeR rEvEaL iNVeNtoR doesn’t mean I think people should burn down their communities. STOP.”

While a lot can be said about whether or not people should or shouldn’t have gender reveal parties for various reasons, we all should be able to agree that a disaster like this should never be the result of celebrating a baby-to-be, no matter the reason. We need to have more respect for nature than this. Unfortunately, precautions weren’t taken. Hopefully, it’s a lesson learned for anyone planning a party of this sort in the future.

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‘Judge Gen was modelled on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’ says 2020 Emmy winner Maya Rudolph

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Maya Rudolph says her character of Judge Gen in NBC’s The Good Place was inspired by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While speaking at the Creative Arts Emmys virtual ceremony aired on ABC Network, she informed people that Judge Gen’s robe was fashioned off Justice Ginsburg who passed away on Friday and that it was ‘a homage to the iconic human being’. Maya Rudolph won an Emmy Award for being the voice of Connie the Hormone Monstress in Big Mouth and another one for playing Senator Kamala Harris in NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Maya Rudolph: Judge Gen’s robe was modelled on Ruth Bader Ginsburg

After winning the second Emmy of 2020 and of her career, Maya Rudolph took a moment to pay her respects to the recently departed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Maya was nominated for the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for two of her characters – Senator Kamala Harris in NBC’s Saturday Night Live and Judge Gen in NBC’s The Good Place. She won the award for her portrayal of Joe Biden’s 2020 US Polls Vice Presidential pick Kamala Harris. Maya was asked how she felt after competing against herself and winning and losing at the same time. In response, Maya spoke about how she did not expect it as there were other brilliant actors competing for the award and said that she simply felt lucky for winning an Emmy.

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Speaking about her character in The Good Place, Maya Rudolph said, “I was actually thinking about The Good Place a lot and about how we modelled her robe after Ruth Bader Ginsberg and how much of that was a homage to an iconic human being. When you think of a judge, when you think of all-knowing, when you think of powerful, when you think of all good and yeah, we modelled her robe after RBG, so that was pretty cool.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18, 2020, due to pancreatic cancer-related complications. The 87-year old Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States died just ahead of the 2020 US Polls. According to the Supreme Court spokesperson, Ginsburg passed away at her home in Washington DC in the presence of her family. As per international media reports, just before she took her last breath, Justice Ginsburg told her granddaughter that she wished to not be replaced until the new president has been elected.

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Justice Ginsburg believed that woman belonged to places where decisions are made and was a women’s rights advocate. Speaking about abortion rights she once said that ‘the government has no business making that choice for a woman’ during an interview with the New York Times. Ginsburg was known to be a feminist icon and strongly opposed gender-based discrimination and her decisions reflected her opinion. She was the 4th oldest Justice to serve the United States Supreme Court. 

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‘Succession’ Creator ‘Un-Thanks’ Coronavirus During Emmy Speech For Outstanding Drama Series

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The winner of the 72nd Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series is “Succession”. The acclaimed HBO family drama came out on top in the category after losing against “Game of Thrones” in 2019.

“This is a very nice moment and it’s very sad not to be with some of the cast and crew to share this with you all tonight. This is a wonderful achievement for the whole group,” creator Jesse Armstrong said Sunday night, while accepting the award on the show’s behalf. Armstrong’s phone began to ring midway through his acceptance speech, causing him to chuckle and make a quip about who was most likely on the other line.

“But being robbed of the opportunity to spend time with our peers and with the cast and crew, I think maybe I’d like to do a couple of un-thank yous,” he deadpanned. “Un-thank you to the virus for keeping us all apart this year. Un-thank you to President Trump for his crummy and uncoordinated response… Un-thank you to the nationalists and quasi-nationalist governments in the world who are the opposite of what we need right now.”

“And un-thank you to the media moguls who do so much for all the who do so much for all the people in power, So un-thank you,” Armstrong ended his speech.

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Far-Right Troll Jacob Wohl Heckles RBG Mourners at Supreme Court: ‘Roe v. Wade is Dead and Gone’ — WATCH

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Far-right troll, Trump operative, and overall horrible person Jacob Wohl, who you may recall from several failed attempts to smear Pete Buttigieg, Robert Mueller, Kamala Harris, Anthony Fauci, and Elizabeth Warren, among others, paid a visit to the Supreme Court to heckle people who were there mourning the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Said Wohl, who has been banned by Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, through his megaphone: “There will be a new justice on the Supreme Court next week. Enjoy Roe v. Wade while you still have it. Roe v. Wade is dead. Roe v. Wade is dead and gone. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a horrible justice.”

Mourners eventually drove Wohl and his cretin-in-crime Jack Burkman away.

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