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‘Abolish the monarchy’ trends after Meghan and Harry interview

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To cop a lyric from the legendary UK punk band the Sex Pistols, it could be “Anarchy in the UK” — if the Twitterverse has anything to say about it.

After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive two-hour sit-down interview with chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, #AbolishTheMonarchy is trending hard on Twitter.

The latest cancel-culture campaign appears to have been spurred by 39-year-old Markle’s revelations that she contemplated suicide amid a barrage of tabloid headlines accusing “Hurricane Meghan” of making palace staffers cry — while existing in a toxic environment where the color of her son Archie’s skin was a topic of debate.

After the CBS interview, Twitter was flooded with the hashtag #AbolishTheMonarchy, with some posters invoking the 36-year-old prince’s beloved mum while criticizing the royal family.

“Diana had the final say over that evil family,” one supportive Twitter user posted. She protected her baby. #TeamMeghan #AbolishTheMonarchy.”

Another social-media justice warrior chimed in: “People waking up today just realising that the British Monarchy is a classist, racist institution? Ok. Sure. #AbolishTheMonarchy.”

Of course, the royal family did have their Twitter defenders — which appeared to outrage some hashtaggers to a boot-licking degree:

Other tweeters pointed out that an American — a black one — came to the couple’s rescue in what they claim was their time of time of need, as “The Firm” had canceled their personal security amid death threats.

“Black is Beautiful — Tyler Perry offered Harry and Meghan his home & security when the royal family wouldn’t,” one posted. “Oprah allowed them to tell their story when the royal family wouldn’t. A Black man gave them a home. A Black woman gave them a platform #AbolishTheMonarchy.”

Some hashtag clout chasers expressed support for the Duchess of Sussex: “Proud of meghan to open up about what has happened to her,” one posted. “Just hearing what she went through and how badly she was treated is so heartbreaking. #AbolishTheMonarchy.”

However, the hashtag’s general consensus was a clarion call that the royal family that Princess Diana once called the “establishment I married into” has long since outlived its place in modern society.

“The royal family repeatedly expressed concerns about her baby’s skin colour,” British actor-director David Schneider posted in a particularly scathing tweet. “They discussed not giving him a royal title. They failed to protect her from tabloid race-baiting. The monarchy is not fit for purpose. It should go.”

The Republic, a UK-based “campaign to replace the monarchy with an elected head of state,” declared that the interview “does make this amazing country look ridiculous. We deserve better and can do better.”

The palace has yet to offer official comment on the latest intrigue surrounding Prince Harry and Markle.

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‘Godzilla vs. King Kong’ to become highest-grossing film of pandemic

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'Godzilla vs. King Kong' to become highest-grossing film of pandemic

It’s a roarrr-ing success!

“Godzilla vs. King Kong” is on track to become the highest-grossing North American film since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Warner Bros. and Legendary flick netted $48.1 million in its first five days since opening in theatres on March 31, Boxoffice Pro reported.

According to the film industry magazine, the movie could have surpassed $57.9 million in sales as early as last Thursday, which would be the most for any film released since March 2020.

Official figures since last weekend have not yet been released.

The epic monster movie is also streaming on HBO Max.

The movie business, like many other industries in the US, took a hit during the pandemic as theaters across the country were forced to close.

Forty percent of the nationwide theaters remain closed, according to Bloomberg.

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DMX fans remember rapper’s sweet ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ cameo

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DMX fans are celebrating the late rapper’s funny bone.

The 50-year-old, gravel-voiced musician, who died Friday following an April 2 heart attack triggered by a drug overdose, showed off his comedic delivery in a 2015 episode of the Randall Park-starring ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat.”

In the episode, Louis Huang’s (Park) son Eddie, played by Hudson Yang, gets a part-time job pitching in at the home of a new neighbor — DMX. But Eddie has a lot to learn before he jumps in.

“You look older in person,” Eddie tells him in the episode, titled “We Done Son,” to which a baby-cradling DMX responds, “Fatherhood ages you. I’m tired. Emotional. Crying. Yelling. Pulling up the same cotton commercial. It’s the fabric of our lives.” 

But when an excited Eddie says he can’t wait to clue in his friends about his new gig, the hip-hop legend forks over a multipage nondisclosure agreement for him to sign.

“Sorry, little man; can’t have you blowing up my spot,” he tells the disappointed kid. “It’s the same one Oprah used on Stedman,” DMX adds, referring to Winfrey’s rarely seen longtime partner, Stedman Graham. 

The Ruff Ryder then rattles off a list of chores for Eddie to take on for his newborn daughter, including “baby-proofing the living room” and putting “lavender drops in her cloth diapers.” When Eddie asks why he doesn’t just use disposable ones, an environmentally conscious DMX responds, “ ‘Cuz I ain’t trying to leave some big-ass carbon footprint.”

In another, more touching scene, DMX gives Eddie a tour of his orchid-laden private greenhouse and offers the boy some solid relationship advice.

“When I first started growing orchids, I thought they needed the most expensive soil and lights to blossom. And they died,” the “Party Up (Up in Here)” singer tells Eddie while showing off his floral bounty. “That’s when I realized that all they really needed was time and attention.”

DMX then draws a connection between his horticultural know-how and how to treat women.

“You don’t need to get your girl a gift,” he says. “You need to give her your time.”

That clip brought a wistful reaction from Twitter user and apparent orchid-grower @CharlotteAbotsi, who shared it with a message of foreshadowing. “This morning I woke up to find the last petal of an orchid plant I’ve been trying to nurse on the floor,” she wrote in the tweet. “I should’ve known then. RIP DMX.”

That quick stint on “Fresh Off the Boat” apparently wasn’t DMX’s only connection to sitcom life. During a 2017 episode of the talk show “Hot Ones,” actress Gabrielle Union told host Sean Evans that DMX “loves” the 1980s sitcom “The Golden Girls.”

“That’s a real fun fact,” says Union, who worked with him in the 2003 film “Cradle 2 the Grave.” In the video, Union shares that DMX watched the show in his trailer on set — and invited her to join him over beers. “We would have a Heineken — and sometimes a little Crown [Royal] — and we watched ‘The Golden Girls,’ ” she says, adding, “And he would laugh hysterically.”

Union was also among the celebrities who weighed in on his passing Friday. “No words right now. Nothing but fierce love, prayers and protection for X’s family, friends and fans. This loss is devastating,” she tweeted, adding prayer emojis and a black heart.

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Marine vet pens children’s book to help military families cope with deployment separation

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A Marine veteran has written a children’s book to help kids with the challenges of a parent being deployed.

The book, titled “I Will Come Back,” will be released in May in both Spanish and English.

Author and veteran Padgy Soltis wrote the story based on her son’s experience of living in a dual military family and experiencing the deployment of both parents.

“My hope is that this book will help children experiencing issues with separation from a loved one, whether it is a day or months long,” Soltis said. “It is a reminder that they are always in our hearts regardless of the distance or time.”

Soltis originally wrote the book in 2016, when she began a new career months after her son was born. The author was sent away for two months for training when her son was only eight months old.

Then in 2017, her son’s dad was deployed for six months, a departure that was followed by a nine-month deployment in 2018 for Soltis.

“The most difficult moments between a child and parent are times of separation,” the book’s synopsis reads. “This book is the light at the end of the tunnel when being apart is inevitable. Whether it is making a trip to the grocery store, a weekend away for work, or a nine-month military deployment. ‘I Will Come Back’ reminds children and parents that regardless of the time and distance they may be apart, they will be reunited once again.”

Soltis’ book, originally a poem that helped her adjust to deployed life without her son, is “written in a simple, rhythmic style, [and] it gives kids a reassuring sense that the bond of parenthood and love knows no limits,” Soltis said.

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