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Simu Liu proves he is the Asian songbird of our generation with his ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ cover

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  • Simu Liu wowed his fans with an acoustic cover of the country classic “Tennessee Whiskey.”
  • Originally recorded by David Allen Coe in 1981, the track was most recently popularized by Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake before the “Shang-Chi” star offered his own interpretation of the song.
  • While Liu is mostly known for his acting chops, he has a fascinating history within the music world, appearing in music videos and performing covers of popular songs like Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Drake’s “Hold on, We’re Going Home”
  • He also recently appeared as a featured artist on the soundtrack for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” on the track “Hot Soup.”

Simu Liu wowed his fans with an acoustic cover of “Tennessee Whiskey.” 

On Monday, Liu uploaded a clip of himself performing the country music classic on Instagram. Originally recorded by David Allen Coe in 1981, the track was most recently popularized by Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake before the “Shang-Chi” star offered his own interpretation of the song. 

Amigurumi artist’s human-sized Totoro plushie delights Studio Ghibli fans — learn how to make your own

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  • Amigurumi artist Julia Tachibana unveiled in July her human-sized amigurumi (crochet plushie) Totoro, the adorable character from the animated film “My Neighbor Totoro.”
  • She announced the completion of her Totoro in style with a photoshoot complete with a fake magazine cover, which she shared on her Instagram account @tachoflove.
  • Tachibana tells NextShark that she completed the project in a couple of weeks and spent nearly $350 in total for the materials, which she admits was “absolutely bonkers.”
  • She also reveals that her Totoro would not have been possible without the help and guidance of fellow creator Petr Medek from the Czech Republic.
  • When asked about her future plans, Tachibana says: “I’d love to design a pop-up museum/event in the future where people can come in and pose with different giant amigurumi creations. I’d love to promote Japanese culture through it and just continue to spread joy! There is something so wonderful about seeing recognizable items in squishy, life-size form!”

A crochet plushie creator delighted Studio Ghibli fans when she finally unveiled her giant crochet Totoro, the adorable character from the 1988 animated film “My Neighbor Totoro.”

For weeks, Julia Tachibana had been updating her followers with the progress of her human-sized Totoro made in the style of amigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheting stuffed creatures. 

Kim Kardashian accused of ‘Asianfishing’ on Instagram

  • Several Reddit users in the r/KUWTK subreddit accused Kim Kardashian, 41, of “Asianfishing” in her Instagram post on Tuesday, where she promoted Tiffany and Co.’s latest Lock collection.
  • “She looks Asian here, it’s really strange,” one comment read, while another user wrote in their reply, “She's trying to give herself a less long oval face from what it looks like. It's dumb because we all know what she really looks like so what's the point?”
  • Another user pointed out similarities between Kardashian’s latest picture to those of her sister, Kourtney Kardashian, for the latter’s vitamin and supplement brand, Lemme.
  • “Hmm, looks like [she] used the same face filter/procedure as Kourtney’s ‘Lemme’ candy-in-the-bath shoot. They both look Asian. Also, yawn. This era Kim is so boring,” the user wrote.

American socialite and businesswoman Kim Kardashian is being accused of “Asianfishing” in one of her latest Instagram post.

Several Reddit users in the r/KUWTK subreddit accused the 41-year-old “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star of donning make-up that makes her look Asian in her Instagram post on Tuesday promoting Tiffany and Co.’s latest Lock collection.

Simu Liu reveals mental health struggles a year after ‘Shang-Chi’ debut

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  • Simu Liu took to Instagram to share the mental health struggles he’s faced since debuting as the MCU superhero Shang-chi on the one-year anniversary of the movie.
  • “It’s been nothing short of the absolute best ride… but after having some time to reflect I know that this life also comes at a massive cost,” wrote Liu.
  • Liu revealed that he’s in therapy to prioritize his mental health and is on the path to becoming “a good and decent man.”

On the one-year anniversary of Simu Liu’s debut as the MCU superhero Shang-Chi, the actor took to Instagram to celebrate the role while opening up about the mental health challenges he has faced since being catapulted into international stardom. 

Liu began the post by acknowledging the major impact that the movie, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” has had on his life. 

This little boy is not easily impressed

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  • A video of a little boy yawning on an amusement park ride as others scream in terror has gone viral.
  • On what appears to be a pirate ship pendulum ride, the boy sits with little facial expression.
  • Some online users expressed concern over the boy’s safety, with many commenting that he is “too young” to be on the ride and pointing out that he is not wearing a seat belt.

A little boy riding a pirate ship amusement park ride in Atimonan, Quezon, Philippines, while nonchalantly yawning has gone viral.

In the video shared to Instagram by @cat_x_vibes, the little boy, who appears to be around 4 or 5 years old, sits by himself on the ride bearing little to no facial expression as the pendulum swings back and forth. At one point, he yawns as other passengers on the ride can be heard loudly screaming. 

‘Off the grid recovering’: Constance Wu returns to Instagram after 3-year break

  • Constance Wu returned to Instagram on Wednesday after a three-year break from the social media platform to update her followers about her projects from last year.
  • “While I was off the grid recovering, I took a little break from my acting career. But during that time I did do a couple select small projects with people I love and trusted,” Wu wrote. “I Was a Simple Man was one of those projects. It premiered at Sundance last year and is now available for streaming on Criterion.”
  • She also highlighted her Amazon Prime series “Solos,” which was released on May 21, 2021.
  • The “Hustler” actor took a break from social media due to the backlash she faced for tweeting about her frustration over the Season 6 renewal of “Fresh Off the Boat.”
  • She returned to Twitter earlier this month to share that she had survived a suicide attempt following the backlash.

Constance Wu has returned to Instagram after a three-year break from the social media platform.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the “Crazy Rich Asians” star told her followers that she spent time recovering during her break. Wu, 40, also mentioned the 2021 film “I Was a Simple Man,” in which she plays Grace.

Singer-songwriter Shaun announces new EP ‘Omnibus pt.1: Kaleidoscope’

  • South Korean singer-songwriter, DJ and producer Shaun announced his new EP “Omnibus pt.1: Kaleidoscope” yesterday via Instagram.
  • The EP comes out on Thursday, July 28, and will include the track “Road,” which he performed at South Korea’s Waterbomb Festival this month.
  • Shaun’s previous releases were the single “So Right” in collaboration with Malaysian singer Yuna earlier this year and “#0055b7” in 2021.
  • The Warner Music Korea artist is the hitmaker behind the viral song “Way Back Home,” which has totaled over 3 billion streams and made him the top streamed solo K-pop male artist in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

South Korean singer-songwriter Shaun, born Kim Yun-ho, announced his new EP “Omnibus pt.1: Kaleidoscope” on Instagram Monday.


Ruff day no more: Stray dogs in Thailand get pawsitively delicious feast in viral video

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A viral video uploaded on Instagram shows a man preparing a luxurious and delicious meal for stray dogs, each receiving their own bowl as they excitedly wag their tails.

Niall Harbison, a content creator on Instagram, dedicates his page to the journey of feeding and saving stray dogs in Koh Samui, Thailand. On Sunday, Harbison uploaded a video where he prepares an elaborate meal on his pickup truck for the street dogs, each receiving their own bowls filled with various food items, topped with an ample amount of gravy. 

Heartwarming viral video shows woman having her late father’s shirts turned into beautiful quilts

  • A viral video by digital creator Nikhita Kini shows her sending her late father’s shirts over to a company in India to make quilts out of them.
  • Kini posted the heartwarming Instagram reel on Father’s Day last month, garnering over 2.2 million views and over 162,000 likes as of this writing.
  • The beginning of the video shows a folded stack of shirts in a cardboard box with onscreen text that says, “2 years ago we sent dad’s favourite shirts to a magical place.”
  • In her post’s caption, Kini thanked Purkal Stree Shakti, a business in India that sells both original and custom quilts, and said they do “God’s work” by “giving people more than just a warm blanket.”
  • Kini also wrote that she was too overwhelmed to film herself opening her package from Purkal Stree Shakti in 2021 since its arrival coincided with her father’s birthday, March 8.
  • Instagram users expressed their love for the reel, with many sharing their own stories about their fathers’ shirts.

A video that shows a digital creator sending her late father’s shirts over to a company in India to make quilts has gone viral.

Nikhita Kini posted the heartwarming Instagram reel on Father’s Day last month. The video, which Kini claims took her two years to complete, has since garnered over 2.2 million views and over 162,000 likes.  

Johnston & Murphy stirs Instagram firestorm over anti-Asian DMs, ‘#ChingChong’ in bio

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  • Footwear brand Johnston & Murphy is in hot water after several Instagram users exposed racist, anti-Asian comments and messages they received from its verified account this week.
  • The firestorm appears to have started after Pughaus founder Jason Wong received comments from the account that read “Kim Jong Un” and “Ching ching ching cing ching cong chong chong.”
  • Wong took a screenshot of the comments and exposed them online, forcing the account in question to reach them on Instagram.
  • The person behind the account called Wong a “CH*NK MOTHERF*CKER” and claimed that they were Asian, but “not the one that started COVID.”
  • At least two other Instagram users that called out the brand received offensive messages from its account as well.
  • In a parting message to Wong, the account said they will claim to have been “hacked” and invited him to continue their conversation on their personal account, which they identified as “@JeromeBasilio.”
  • Shortly after the chaos, Johnston & Murphy released a statement claiming that their Instagram page has been “compromised.”
  • In a statement to NextShark, Jerome Basilio, who owns the account @jeromebasilio, denied any association with Johnston & Murphy and said he himself is being targeted by hackers online.

Johnston & Murphy landed in hot water on Wednesday night after several Instagram users exposed racist, anti-Asian comments and messages they received from the footwear brand’s verified account this week.

The firestorm appears to have erupted after the company’s account left comments on a photo posted by serial entrepreneur Jason Wong on June 4. Under the image, Johnston & Murphy’s account wrote “Kim Jong Un” on Monday, followed by “Ching ching ching cing ching cong chong chong” on Wednesday.

Instagram bans ex-Big Bang member Seungri’s account after guilty court verdict on sex crimes

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  • Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, was reportedly banned from Instagram on Monday following his sex crime conviction and prison sentencing on May 26.
  • The former Big Bang member, who had over 8 million Instagram followers before the removal, was one of the most prominent names involved in 2019’s Burning Sun nightclub scandal.
  • Seungri pleaded guilty to nine charges in January, including embezzlement, prostitution mediation and purchase of prostitution services.
  • His acknowledgment resulted in him receiving a reduced jail sentence of 18 months instead of three years.

Instagram has reportedly removed Seungri’s account after he was convicted of sex crimes for his involvement in the infamous Burning Sun scandal.

The removal came after Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, was given an 18-month prison sentence following a court ruling on May 26. Seungri, a former member of the K-pop boy group Big Bang, tried to appeal his sentencing, but the Supreme Court rejected his request.

Hugh Jackman discovered to be a K-pop fan, stans Stray Kids on Instagram

  • A post on the Stray Kids Instagram account blew up on Monday after Hugh Jackman, 53, complimented Hyunjin’s artwork and called him an “amazing artist,” sending the fandom into a frenzy.
  • “An amazing artist you are,” the “Logan” actor wrote, to which Hyunjin replied, “Thank you. I’m very honored.”
  • “i still can't comprehend the fact that stray kids got hugh jackman liking/commenting on their instagram. Like it's THE HUGH JACKMAN,” one Twitter user wrote.
  • “OMG! Hugh Jackman recognizing what an amazing artist our Hyunjinnie is!!” another user exclaimed.

Australian actor Hugh Jackman sent Stray Kids fans, officially called Stays, into a frenzy after complimenting member Hyunjin’s artwork on Instagram.

A post on the Stray Kids Instagram account page blew up on Monday after Jackman, 53, called Hyunjin, 22, an “amazing artist” for his oil-on-canvas painting. Jackman’s comment has amassed over 102,000 likes and more than 1,800 comments as of this writing.