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An Arizona Republican congresswoman was slammed for saying Hispanics are “good workers,” but “American citizens” should receive COVID-19 vaccinations first.

According to NBC News, last week, during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., said: “I worked with Hispanics. I mean, they’re very good workers…We’re compassionate people, but for goodness sakes, we have to take care of American citizens, or people that are here legally, first.”

“I’m just not going to be able to explain to my senior citizens that we’re giving away the vaccines to people that (are) here illegally,” Lesko said. “I just think that’s totally wrong.”

Lesko’s comments outraged many Latinos, and because Arizona’s population is almost 32% Latino, her comments were deemed inconsiderate and racist.

Furthermore, less than 4 percent of people in the state are undocumented, Pew Research Center reported.

The state is already prioritizing the vaccine for senior citizens, healthcare workers, and other critical care workers.

“It reeks of racism,” state Sen. Martin Quezada, a Democrat whose district overlaps with Lesko’s, said of her remarks. “There are a lot of people of color in her district, and for her to be disconnected and really that offensive about how she sees us, as nothing more than good workers and not entitled to equitable vaccine distribution.”

Lesko’s comments came as the committee met to discuss a Covid-19 relief bill. A Republican amendment would have prioritized American citizens for vaccines. However, Democrats argued that essential workers across the nation include undocumented immigrants, therefore, keeping them from receiving the vaccine wouldn’t help slow the virus’s spread.

Luckily, the amendment did not pass.

Lesko isn’t backing down on her statements either. She released a statement to several news outlets saying what she said “could be misinterpreted” and chose to somewhat reiterate her stance.

“It’s outrageous that Democrats are prioritizing illegal immigrants over American citizens! Their Covid-19 ‘plan’ would allow illegal immigrants to get vaccinated ahead of our nation’s seniors who are desperately waiting to get vaccinated, ” she tweeted.

This comes as no surprise considering she also cosponsored Arizona’s law SB1070–which allowed state law enforcement to ask about citizenship and immigration status to anyone considered suspicious during routine traffic stops.

Luckily, many parts of the law were struck down by the courts.

In a time of a pandemic, “Lesko’s horrifyingly ignorant comment makes no sense from a scientific perspective — diseases do not stop spreading just because a person is undocumented,” Nuño said.

“Since the voters of Phoenix’s west valley chose to elevate her hate and ignorance, her new position has only emboldened her to take every opportunity to disparage an entire ethnicity to drive division,” Sen. Juan Mendez said. Mendez served with Lesko when she was apart of the state legislature. “She is willing to condemn her district and the state to a longer and more ravaging virus just to reaffirm her racism.”

Latinos have had a higher rate of Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths than non-Hispanics in Arizona. Still, they are behind on vaccination rates.

“There are already so many barriers for Latino communities accessing the vaccine,” Mendez said. “But Rep. Lesko seems to be hell-bent on intimidating the Latino community further by encouraging racism in our community.”

To make matters worse, the district Lesko represents is mostly urban and has a significant Latino population, almost 173,000 out of 798,000.

“She will continue to assure the media we are only misconstruing her nativism and white supremacy for racism,” Mendez said. “Unfortunately, Rep. Lesko is only a symptom of a larger epidemic of hate and ignorance.”

 




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“If you asked me a year ago if this A-list actress was going to transition from a woman to a man, I would have said yes, without question. She and her team has made a plan and she had scheduled surgery and was starting to take medicine. They had made plans for cover stories for weekly and monthly magazines and were talking to networks about first interviews. Then boom, the pandemic came. All of that planning came to a halt. The actress started thinking about and if she wanted to go through it and what would happen to her career. Would she get any work? Everyone knows who she is, so even when her movies bomb, and they do, she gets a lot of work. High paying work. Then, when she heard the news of the other actress, she said no. She said she wasn’t going to do it any longer. She is not a big fan of publicity, and realized it would just bring a ton down on her.” Source

 

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Homeowner, 64, files lawsuit against rapper DaBaby after he was assaulted at rental home

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Rapper DaBaby is in legal trouble again. A 64-year-old homeowner filed a lawsuit against the troubled rapper after he was beaten and had a tooth knocked out during a music video shoot at his rental home.

An associate of Dababy is accused of beating up 64-year-old homeowner Gary Pagar after he showed up at his rental property to stop the rapper’s music video shoot on December 2nd.

Pagar agreed to rent his mansion to DaBaby for “a private vacation,” but he accused the rapper of violating the terms of the rental agreement by having more than 40 people at the mansion and using the property to shoot a music video with a full commercial film crew.

Pagar was monitoring his rental home via surveillance cameras when he spotted the rapper filming a music video on his property.

According to BACKGRID, the lawsuit claims that DaBaby and his associates “beat, punched, spat on, threatened, shoved, and robbed Mr Pagar” at his LA home on December 2, 2020.

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Among the guests at the house was YouTube star-turned-boxer Jake Paul. Video of the confrontation shows one of Dababy’s associates identified as DOE 1 throwing Pagar to the ground without warning as he walked up his driveway and punching him.

Jake Paul, who is believed to have been participating in the video, can be seen observing the fracas in a red convertible Ferrari a few feet away.

DaBaby, who was a passenger in the Ferrari, is seen standing outside the car while watching the beatdown.

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DaBaby and his artist, Stunna 4 Vegas, eventually pulled the thug off of Pagar, but only so they could continue to “taunt, threaten and punch Pagar” himself, according to court documents.

DaBaby is accused of stealing Pagar’s cellphone by force, chasing him into the house and threatening him to not call the police and punching him.

Pagar lost a tooth as a result of the attack. When the group was told that police were on their way, they “fled the scene leaving behind a damaged house and stealing valuable kitchenware as they left.”

According to the documents, the rental was agreed at a total fee of $43,706. Pagar is suing for $117,910.48 to include damages to the property, excessive trash, broken foyer sculpture, stolen iPhone and various damages to upholstery and floor.

No charges have been filed.

Below are clips from the music video filmed inside the rental home.
 




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Major Janet Jackson Documentary Planned for 2022

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Janet Jackson fans never get tired of watching documentaries devoted to their idol.

A major documentary is planned to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Jackson’s debut album.

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Jackson is the latest pop superstar to get the documentary treatment – Lifetime and A&E bosses in the U.S. will simulcast a new four-hour film, tentatively titled Janet, across two nights in 2022.

The documentary will chronicle her “musical success as well as her tumultuous private life”, according to a press release obtained by WENN.com.

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The reclusive superstar will discuss her controversial 2004 Super Bowl appearance with Justin Timberlake, when she flashed a breast, and the death of her pop icon brother, Michael Jackson.

Deadline sources claim bosses at British production company Workerbee have been filming Jackson for over three years and have been granted exclusive access to archival footage, which will appear in the film.

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