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Saturday Night Live: K pop stars BTS drown out host Emma Stone

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A cold opening without Donald Trump felt like the dawn of a new era and the show that followed worked hard for its hits

We open on MSNBCs Lockup: Now that the Mueller report turned out to be a big fat zero, were back to prison shows. A trio of hardened criminals share a cell with Aunt Becky herself, Laurie Loughlin (Kate McKinnon), who has acclimated surprisingly well.

You think prison is hard, Ive done 68 Hallmark movies, she says. Ive lost all sense of reality.

Shes joined by celebrity lawyer Michael Avanetti (Pete Davidson); the scourge of the cleaning staff at the Ecuadorian embassy and actual, dactual James Bond supervillain Julian Assange (a bearded and bewigged Michael Keaton); and Takeshi69 (Melissa Villaseor), whos incarcerated for regular stuff like assault. Theres no actual arc to the sketch, but at least its a break from the tired Trump material the cold opens usually center around.

Emma Stone hosts for a fourth time. Even though SNL traditionally rolls out the red carpet for five-timers, she suspects the cast is planning something special. Theyre not. She guilts McKinnon and Keenan Thompson into singing an impromptu song Oh, Emma she hosts! set to the tune of No Woman, No Cry and later they blindfold her while cast members impersonate celebrity guest stars. Eventually, they hand her a denim jacket, the number four lazily spray-painted on the back.

In Dorm Room Posters, Davidson plays a college student stressing out about a history essay. He falls asleep, prompting a dream where the people on his posters a tatted-up white rapper, the characters from a Black Panther-like superhero movie, a model from Maxim Magazines 50 Hottest Girls from Rural Areas and a pro wrestler give him a rundown of the importance of history. Stone goes all the way to 11 with her squeaky-voiced bimbo, but there are long stretches of laugh-free awkwardness.

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The cast of The View Whoopi Goldberg (Leslie Jones, spot-on), human mother and conservative daughter Abby Huntsman (Cecily Strong), Joy Behar (McKinnon), Ana Navarro (Villaseor, also on point), and Princess of Arizona Meghan McCain (Aidy Bryant) debate Trumps immigration policy, devolving into a fight between militant liberal Baher and facile idiot McCain. They eventually welcome former co-host and leading anti-vaxxer Jennie McCarthy (Stone), who spouts anti-science nonsense to the bafflement of her peers save for McCain, who argues on her behalf out of bad faith. The sketch ends just as it starts to get going.

Hobby Enthusiasts is a music video in which Villasenor raps to an uninterested Stone about her hobbies, which include self-portraits, sewing, knitting, cooking for one and smelling my books! Eventually, Stone joins in to rap about her toy train obsession.

Ladies Room is another musical number, an 80s dance tune from a trio of glamorous, big-haired singers (Stone, Strong and Jones). Theyve confused a Limited Express fitting room for the ladies room at Club Vortex, much to the horror of the stores manager (a Jerry Curl-sporting Thompson) whose pronouncement of the word toilet is the funniest part of the bit.

The first K-Pop group to appear on SNL, BTS performs their hit Boy with Luv as screaming fans threatens to drown them out.

Weekend Update starts with a rundown of Assanges very public arrest. It was so satisfying seeing an internet troll getting dragged into the sunlight, says Colin Jost, who plays a clip of Donald Trump claiming he doesnt know anything WikiLeaks before rolling a montage of the presidents praise for it, pointing out that Trump is more obsessed with WikiLeaks than this audience is with BTS.

With Spring Break around the corner, Michael Che introduces Carrie Krum, the awkward pre-teen travel expert played by Bryant. She recommends vacationers head to Boise, Idaho, where she spent her most recent vacation, and her grammys cul-de-sac. The bubbly, easily excitable character seems to connect especially well with the BTS fans in the crowd.

Next they bring on Nico and Brie, the hashtag-obsessed Instagram couple played by Mikey Day and Heidi Gardner. There to give couples advice on picnicking in time for warm weather, they start bickering. Its a solid send-up of social media hucksters, but also insufferable by design, to be fair.

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April 14, 2019

Royal Baby Shower has the ginger of Windsor, Prince Harry, recording the event for his child. He introduces friends and family, including a furiously jealous Kate Middleton, an obnoxious James Corden and The Queen herself, who welcomes her great-grandchild with all her heart, despite the fact the baby will be half-American, which makes you half-traitor. Theres no real payoff and none of the jokes earn more than a chuckle.

BTS returns and performs Mic Drop. Then The Actress is a short film in which Stone plays a method actor set to play the woman who gets cheated on in gay porn. She tries to find her character, despite only exist[ing] to get cheated on. A solid mix of satire and crass humor, this is the winner of the night.

The final sketch is Chalmers Reserve, an infomercial for a line of rotgut sold by Trett and Leezan Chalmers, hosts of the reality show The Nastiest Summer Renters in Sag Harbor, which has been cancelled already. They introduce the winemakers, a stereotypical Italian couple who arent actually Italian, who warn viewers not to drink the wine. Despite an abrupt ending, the sketch is enjoyably weird.

Thanks to her natural comic timing, Stone continued her streak as a strong host. But the real stars of the episode were BTS.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/apr/14/saturday-night-live-bts-emma-stone-julian-assange

Cops: YouTube Mom Pepper-Sprayed Fantastic Adventure Kid Stars to Force Them to Perform

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To millions of viewers, the Fantastic Adventures YouTube channel portrayed the perfectalbeit chaoticsuburban Phoenix lifestyle of seven adopted kids.

Dozens of videos, which racked up a quarter of a billion views, featured cute cookie capers or superhero kids taking part in backyard light-saber battles. What the viewers didnt see was an alleged reign of terror taking place off-camera.

The YouTube channels creator, and the familys off-screen momager, was Machelle Hobson, 48, from Maricopa, Arizona. She is now in jail, accused of abusing her seven adopted children if they refused to perform or messed up their scripted lines. Police initially identified her by the last name Hackney but later corrected it to Hobson.

Hobson stands accused of horrific physical abuse that included enforced ice baths, starvation, being locked up, and pepper-sprayed, according to the police complaint outlined by ABC Action News.

One of the children described pepper-spraying their genitals as being the method of abuse favored by Hobson, who covered her own face if she appeared online, according to excerpts from the police report.

I either get beat with a hanger or belt, or a brush, or get pepper-sprayed from head to toe, one of the children told police. Hobson also allegedly forced the childrens heads underwater and locked them in a closet she called the green screen room with no food or water or toilet for days at a time.

The channel, which has grown to almost 800,000 subscribers since the arrest, claimed to feature a perfect family getting into mischief. Were Fantastic Adventures, were a family thats full of unique and special kids! the channel description states. We started making these videos for fun, but fell in love with making them and now do it every week for you guys!

When police came to inspect the home after the report, they found one child in a closet wearing a pull-up style diaper. The door was not locked, according to press reports, but it could have been by the apparatus on the door handle. According to the police report quoted by ABC, Hobson denied the pepper-spray, denied the ice baths, and stated the only forms of punishment she uses is having to stand in the corner, getting spankings, and being grounded.

As of Wednesday evening, the Fantastic Adventures channel was removed from YouTube, and the video site said the channel had been demonetized after the allegations against Hobson became public, according to the Arizona Republic.

Hobson was reported by her adult daughter, who was made to appear on the channel as the pretend mom but who is not accused of abuse, according to local Arizona media reports. Hobsons adult sons, Logan and Ryan, were regularly featured on the channel. They are also in jail, accused of failing to report the abuse.

The ages of the seven adopted children have not been released, but police say most were under the age of 10. During questioning, the children ravenously drank water supplied by police and one refused to eat potato chips for fear that Hobson would smell them on his breath, according to media reports.

For a time, the family collaborated with popular gaming site Extreme Toys TV, according to owners Tawny and Zeb Schnorr in an interview with the AZ Family TV.

The Schnorrs, who also feature their children on their popular channel, said that two of Hobsons adopted kids came to their Scottsdale home just two weeks ago to shoot a video. Im literally sick to my stomach, Tawny Schnoor told AZ Family TV. I mean, its something you hear about but it doesnt hit so close to home.

The last video uploaded on Fantastic Adventures was called Cookie Capture Adventure Mission, and shows three children and an unnamed adult pretending to be their mother. The video description says Elijah wakes up to the smell of cookies, but these arent just any cookies… They are Megans famous chocolate chip cookies!"

The YouTube channel has a disclaimer at the end of every video: These videos are just pretend, so dont try anything you see in them at home, just sit back and enjoy!

The comments had been disabled as of Wednesday. The channel also pointed to Instagram and Facebook pages that were still active Wednesday.

We take safety on YouTube very seriously, a YouTube statement to The Daily Beast said.We work closely with leading child-safety organizations and others in our industry to protect young people. When were made aware of serious allegations of this nature we take action, which may include suspending monetization, or, upon conclusion of an investigation, terminating channels.

Hobson is in Pinal County Jail, charged withtwo counts of molestation, seven counts of child abuse, five counts of unlawful imprisonment, and five counts of child neglect, police said. Ryan and Logan Hackney are charged with seven counts each of failing to report abuse of a minor.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/star-fantastic-adventures-youtube-kids-allegedly-abused-and-forced-to-perform-for-millions-of-fans-by-mom-machelle-hackney

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