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SheRatesDogs Is Perfect For Everyone Who Loves Dating Horror Stories

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That's everyone, right?

Do you love hearing about horrible first dates? Have you ever dramatically read aloud a particularly scummy interaction with a Tinder match? Perhaps in the same way we find ourselves unable to look away from the entertainment trainwreck that is The Bachelor, the joy we find in seeing that, yes, other people do suck just as much as your exes is undeniable and addictive.

But if your own life and those of your friends aren't providing you with enough bad date material, you can always turn to SheRatesDogs, a Twitter account with a name and concept that's a play on the account WeRateDogs, which gives glowing reviews of your favorite pups. SheRatesDogs uses a similar system to rate their unfortunate, often rude and demeaning, human counterparts.

We've seen screenshots demonstrating the male ego's fragility go singularly viral before. But Michaela Okland wanted to show the ubiquity of these experiences with toxic masculinity, and so she started SheRatesDogs to offer women a place to share in the common horrors of dating men and make it clear that this was a widespread problem, not just something that happened only on occasion.

Usually, when a horrible text exchange goes viral, Okland said to me recently, "You'll get 10 responses from guys saying, 'This would never happen, guys don't talk like this'... I wanted to make an account that was really specific, just showing how normal this is, how often it happens, how people aren't even trying to get attention by showing it. Why is this what dating is like?"

All of the submissions are of horrible texts sent by men—this part is intentional, as Okland doesn't want to contribute any negativity to women on the internet. But of her thousands of submissions received per day, most of them are calling out the bad actions of straight men. "I've done [a few posts] of Grindr submissions. There's not as many [sent], so there's not as many that are funny or different. I wouldn't be not posting any other experience [due to sexuality]," she clarified. "If I was getting [a lot of submissions] from [queer] men, they would be included as well."

But straight men haven't seemed to grasp why she doesn't include instances of toxic women. "That's been the funniest thing to me," she said when I asked how she handled mansplainers hopping into her DMs. "I've gotten messages saying, 'I think more people would enjoy this account if you show how women are crazy sometimes,' or… 'On Fridays, you should do crazy bitches,' and I'm like, 'No, I'm not going to do that.'" She added, "I think the reason this account is doing well is that it appeals to a specific group of people rather than loosely to every person."

"Being so used to this stereotype that girls are crazy," she mentioned, "then getting this overwhelming amount of content that shows the other side, it feels so good to finally be like, 'This is totally wrong.'"

Okland is no stranger to going viral on the internet. A media analysis and English linguistics major at Arizona State University, she spent plenty of time online before starting SheRatesDogs, having already garnered over 100,000 followers on Twitter. Because of this, she was able to give the new project exposure right away, and it's already surpassed her personal account, at 148,000 avid readers.

Okland tries to keep a balance throughout the SheRatesDog Twitter timeline, including a variety of exchanges that go from bad, but funny, to seriously awful. However, Okland made clear that before putting anything online, "I always check in with the girls like, 'Are you okay? What happened?' I don't want to be posting actually threatening [messages]. I'm working on adding to my website a list of resources that I can refer people to for [instances of abuse]."


So, with a constant stream of bad dating examples, does Okland have any particular advice for hopeful singles? "If it's really early on and there are red flags, don't ignore them. Don't compromise on anything that's going to always bother you," she said. For her part, she'd never date a guy who got upset over her moderating SheRatesDogs. That's enough of a red flag. "Also," she added, "Listen to your friends. I've had so many times when I've been dating someone, and my friends are like, 'He's not good enough for you.' And I didn't get it until after, and [then I realize,] Yep, they're always right."

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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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He'd previously said he wanted to punch Jackson's 'Leaving Neverland' accusers in the face

Aaron Carter has been one of Michael Jackson's fiercest celebrity advocates in the aftermath of the Leaving Neverland documentary in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alleged that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. In a new clip from People, however, he seems to walk back his defense.

People reveals that Carter will be joining the upcoming season of reality TV show Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition with his mother. It's noted that he will be revealing more thoughts regarding Jackson following the documentary and the sneak peek specifically sees him alluding to a negative experience with the singer.

Carter, who has previously said that Jackson was never inappropriate toward him, says that Jackson "was a really good guy," though he does note that this is only true "as far as I know." "He never did anything that was inappropriate," he continues before stopping himself, as though remembering something. "Except for one time. There was one thing that he did that was a little bit inappropriate."

Carter does not provide any more detail after this statement. He has previously said that he would stay at Jackson's Neverland estate and sleep in the same bed as the much older star when he was 15 years old, though he hasn't seemed to understand then just how creepy that is. He also said earlier this year, in a clip from TMZ, that he would be telling a story of something that happened between them in an upcoming book about his life.

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