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Personal Instagram of Aespa’s Ningning is allegedly hacked over her celebration of Team China’s Olympics win

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  • An unidentified hacker allegedly gained access to Aespa member Ningning’s personal Instagram account.
  • The hacker leaked information about some of the Instagram accounts she follows, including those of Blackpink, Ed Sheeran and BTS members Suga and J-Hope.
  • Aespa fans, collectively known as MYs, reportedly discovered it to be Ningning’s account after noticing that Aespa’s stylists and the artist’s known friends were following it.
  • MYs urged SM Entertainment, Aespa’s label, to protect its talents amid the ongoing backlash aimed at Ningning for sharing a post that celebrated Team China’s recent gold medal win in speed skating.

K-pop fans are urging SM Entertainment to protect its talents after the personal Instagram account of Aespa member Ningning was hacked by an allegedly outraged South Korean social media user.

The hacking incident happened days after Ningning, whose real name in Chinese is Ning Yi Zhuo, was attacked by South Korean social media users after she celebrated Team China’s recent gold medal win in speed skating at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Korean celebrities face anger from Chinese, South Korean netizens over their Olympic athlete support

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  • Some Chinese social media users reportedly targeted South Korean personalities for posting about certain athletes in light of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics speed skating disqualification scandal.
  • South Korean celebrities such as rapper Paloalto and TV host Jang Sung-kyu were attacked by outraged Chinese netizens.
  • Meanwhile, Aespa’s Ningning was attacked by South Korean social media users for her post that celebrated Team China’s gold medal win in speed skating.

Some Chinese social media users have reportedly targeted South Korean personalities for posting about certain athletes in light of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics speed skating disqualification scandal.  

South Korean rapper Paloalto took to social media to express his disappointment after athletes Hwang Dae-heon and Lee June-seo were disqualified for ​an illegal late pass and lane change, respectively, at the Winter Games on Monday, The Korea Herald reported. The disqualification helped Team China take home gold instead.

NBA fan asks Los Angeles Lakers’ Austin Reaves to sign his rice cooker in viral video

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  • A video of a Lakers fan who brought a rice cooker to NBA player Austin Reaves’ autograph signing in Rowland Heights, California, on Feb. 6 went viral on social media.
  • “I thought it would be funny, and it would be fun for him. I didn’t want to bring a basketball or a picture, because everyone does that. I wanted to be a little different. And I love rice!” Lakers fan Patrick De Los Rios told NextShark.
  • “I told him he’s invited to the family gatherings,” De Los Rios jokingly said. “I see this rice cooker everyday, so now when I look at it, I’ll see his signature.”

A clip circulating on social media features Austin Reaves of the Los Angeles Lakers signing a fan’s rice cooker at a public autograph signing. 

Filipino Mexican Lakers fan Patrick De Los Rios jokingly brought a rice cooker to shooting guard Reaves’ autograph signing at Rowland Heights, California, on Feb. 6. The video of his meet-and-greet subsequently went viral on social media

‘MARRY ME’: K-pop power couple HyunA, Dawn officially engaged

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  • Former Wonder Girls and 4Minute member HyunA and former Pentagon member Dawn officially confirmed their engagement in two Instagram posts on Thursday.
  • The K-pop power couple, who were both labelmates at Cube Entertainment before joining Psy’s P Nation in 2018, have been dating since 2016.

K-pop power couple HyunA and Dawn recently confirmed their engagement via Instagram. 

The two celebrities showcased their matching engagement rings on Thursday, with Dawn, whose real name is Kim Hyo-jong, teasing his followers with an Instagram video and a caption that read, “MARRY ME.” His post has over 1.1 million likes, as of this writing.

Decades-old footage of Japanese fans introducing camera phones to amazed Shakira for first time goes viral

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  • An old video of Japanese fans introducing a camera phone to Colombian singer Shakira recently went viral.

A decades-old video of Japanese fans introducing a flip camera phone to Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira was recently unearthed and posted on the internet.  

In the now-viral video, a Japanese fan takes a photo of Shakira when the singer points to the phone and asks in amazement, “Is that a camera?” 

Simu Liu announces memoir sharing his immigrant family’s ‘extraordinary origin story’

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  • Actor Simu Liu took to social media on Tuesday to announce his forthcoming memoir, “We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story.”
  • The title alludes to Liu’s journey from child of a Chinese immigrant family in Canada to portraying superhero Shang-Chi in Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
  • HarperCollins Publishers called the book “more than a celebrity memoir” and announced a May 2022 publication date.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu announced on Tuesday via Twitter that his memoir will be available this May.

In the tweet posted Feb. 1, Liu shared news of his forthcoming memoir with HarperCollins Publishers by posting a photo of the book’s cover and publication date.

BTS’ Jimin recovering from appendicitis surgery and being treated for COVID-19

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  • On Sunday, BTS member Jimin was rushed to the emergency room after experiencing "sudden abdominal pain along with a mild sore throat."
  • BigHit Music announced the following day that Jimin tested positive for COVID-19 and underwent surgery for acute appendicitis.
  • BTS fans used the hashtag #GetWellSoonJimin on Twitter, which eventually became the world’s top trending hashtag on Jan. 31.

The hashtag #GetWellSoonJimin became a trending topic on Twitter on Monday after fans found out that BTS member Jimin (Park Ji-min) tested positive for COVID-19 and underwent surgery for acute appendicitis.

The 26-year-old K-pop star was rushed to the emergency room over the weekend after experiencing “sudden abdominal pain along with a mild sore throat,” BTS’ management agency BigHit Music announced on Monday, reported CNN

‘A damp sock puppet in human form’: Elon Musk insults Biden after White House snub

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  • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk called President Joe Biden a “damp sock puppet in human form” after the White House snubbed him for the second time at an Electric Vehicle (EV) summit on Jan. 26.
  • Musk, who unveiled Tesla’s showroom in China’s Uyghur Autonomous Region earlier this month, blasted the president on social media last year after being excluded from a similar White House meeting in August 2021.
  • He said the administration was "maybe a little biased" when he was snubbed last year.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO and billionaire Elon Musk recently took to social media to criticize President Joe Biden and call him a “damp sock puppet” for not inviting him to a White House meeting for top business leaders.

Musk, 50, blasted Biden in a series of tweets on Thursday in which he described the POTUS as a “damp socket puppet in human form,” according to Fox Business. The tweets were sent as a reply to Biden’s tweet stating that “Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before.”

Disgraced K-pop star Seungri admits guilt, gets 3-year jail sentence halved

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  • Former K-pop star Seungri, who rose to fame as a member of Big Bang, is facing nine charges related to prostitution, drug trafficking and police corruption.
  • After pleading guilty to just one charge last August, he admitted to all charges in an appeal hearing on Thursday.
  • His original three-year jail sentence was reduced to one year and six months.

Former K-pop idol and Big Bang member Seungri will serve a reduced jail sentence after pleading guilty to all charges after previously denying all but one.

Seungri, who faces a total of nine charges following the Burning Sun scandal, appeared for his appeal trial on Thursday and reportedly expressed remorse for his actions.

Jamie Oliver reveals he has ‘teams of cultural appropriation specialists’ vet his cookbooks

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  • Jamie Oliver shared in a recent interview that he hires “cultural appropriation specialists” to vet the content in his cookbooks.
  • The celebrity chef and bestselling cookbook author explained that these experts make sure his books do not “offend anyone.”
  • Oliver has been accused of “cultural appropriation” in the past for creating questionable interpretations of traditional recipes.

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has revealed that he hires “teams of cultural appropriation specialists” for his cookbooks to avoid offending readers. 

In an interview with The Sunday Times, the 46-year-old cookbook author said he has experts vetting his recipes before they are published in his books.