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Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello have all appealed to their millions of followers to take coronavirus more seriously, as other artists are criticised for continuing tours

Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande are among the pop stars using their considerable clout with fans to appeal for behavioural change during the coronavirus outbreak.

Eilish delivered a five-minute Instagram story to her 57 million followers, saying: Ive seen a lot of young people out in the world, all over the place, going to the club or going to the beach or just going out and hanging out, and its really irresponsible. She highlighted that young fans could pass it to more vulnerable relatives, and added: Please take responsibility for your endurance of this.

Swift spoke to her 128.2m Instagram followers to say: I love you guys so much and need to express my concern that things arent being taken seriously enough right now Im seeing lots of get-togethers and hangs and parties still happening. This is the time to cancel plans. Dont assume that because you dont feel sick that you arent possibly passing something on to someone elderly or vulnerable to this.

On Sunday, Grande wrote to her 72m Twitter followers: I keep hearing from a surprising amount of people statements like This isnt a big deal it is incredibly selfish and dangerous to take this situation that lightly. The We will be fine because were young mindset is putting people who arent young and/or healthy in a lot of danger. You sound stupid and privileged and you need to care more about others. Like now.

Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande)


March 15, 2020

US singer Camila Cabello said: Especially as young people, even if we are healthy, its important to practice compassion and help others that could be suffering. We are in this together, lets not be indifferent to others risk. She advised her 48m Instagram followers to practise meditation to help quell any anxiety.

Their appeals come as other music stars have been criticised for going ahead with concerts during the crisis. Welsh indie band Stereophonics played a series of arena concerts over the weekend, attracting tens of thousands of fans, and defended the decision by saying: The UK governments position was that at this phase there was no need for a ban on large public gatherings. Acting on this guidance, we continued with the last three shows of our UK tour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as did many other events across the entertainment industry.

Music stars including Lewis Capaldi, pictured performing in London last week, have been criticised for going ahead with concerts. Photograph: Burak ng/Redferns

Scottish pop singer Lewis Capaldi used the same reasoning for playing an arena concert after Scotland announced the cancellation of large-scale events but before the ban came into force.

A spokesperson said of the Scottish governments advisory document: The advice applies from Monday March 16, and is not expected to have a significant impact on the spread of Covid-19, and this is not its purpose, but that it aims to relieve pressure on public services, including emergency services. Security, first aid, medical and welfare teams were paid for by the organisers as normal and the venue had additional signage in place to highlight best practice on hygiene during the event.

Tens of major tours have been cancelled, including those by Elton John, Foo Fighters and Celine Dion.

Stars are now looking to livestreaming as an alternative. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin took to Instagram Live yesterday to perform his bands songs as well as a cover of David Bowies Life on Mars. Maybe 9/11 was the last time I felt like we were all together, he said.

The performance was part of a new initiative from the World Health Organization and Global Citizen called Together, at Home. John Legend is the next performer lined up for the series.

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I dont want you in that house full of n*****s, the mother of my close high school friend screamed in Spanish.

She was at my front door.

The friend asked me to host practice for a dance routine that would be performed at her quinceanera. My family owned the bigger home, so we both agreed there would be more room to twirl, spin, merengue, and bachata. But there was one thing that was clear: I would not be a part of her courtthe friends who would perform alongside her on that special day. I was given no reason why.

I was grappling with the disappointment, confusion, and sadness from being left out when her mother arrived and screamed the racial epithet, angrily and repeatedly. My friend quickly ran outside screaming callate, but by then my neighbors were all peeping out of their windows. The group of 10-15 boys and girls (who were all also Hispanic) quickly dispersed.

And I was left alone to bear the humiliation, shock, and horror of blatant racism and dehumanization.

Sorry, the friend told me plainly.

Her apology felt hollow. She never returned to my house for her practice. And I never attended her quinceanera.

When I first read of music star Camila Cabellos unearthed, shockingly racist Tumblr posts and subsequent shallow apology, I instantaneously re-lived that humiliating experience. Last month, social media users unearthed Cabellos old posts and it set off a trending firestorm. Not only were the posts insensitive and distasteful but they also came as a slap in the face to one of the singers former Fifth Harmony bandmates, Normani, who is Black and endured an onslaught of racism from Cabellos fans.

As a Black woman who was raised in a majority-Hispanic town, I know too well how painful racism stings and how it is especially difficult to endure when other friends of color deny, diminish, or are unable to support you through such traumatizing experiences. Cabello and Normani were apparent besties during their Fifth Harmony stint, the pair often appearing in pictures and videos together on social media. That friendship was certainly challenged after Cabellos fans were angered by the way Normani briefly described Cabello during an interview and inundated Normani with hateful, racist messages, including one with a digitally altered image of her head superimposed onto the body of a Black person being lynchedand many others filled with slurs.

In an interview, Normani explained that Cabello and her other Fifth Harmony bandmates offered support but failed to truly grasp her trauma.

They dont have to face on a day-to-day basis the things that I have to, she told the Fader. I definitely learned after that that I had to walk a different way. I cant look like everybody else.

Cabellos unearthed racist Tumblr page has likely reopened and deepened this wound for Normani.

The now-deleted andreblogged posts shared by a younger Cabello perpetuated racist stereotypes about Black people and Asianslike one with a Black boy excitedly smiling, paired with a photo of watermelon and fried chicken. Theres another fried chicken post. Another asks: Why do Asians speak the ching chong language? A few used variations of the N-word, including the er spelling. One was an image of a brown-faced, afro-wearing Piglet, from Winnie the Pooh, renamed Niglet.

Camila Cabello has not had a great December.

On Dec. 18, the singer apologized for her old, racist Tumblr account that resurfaced. She was later met with further allegations of racism. Now people are accusing Cabello of plagiarizing a song by a Peruvian reggae group.

In a clip thats been circulating online, Cabellos song My Oh My from her sophomore album Romance is played against Tierra Surs They knock on the door.

As En24 News points out, the songs call and responses are what make them sound especially similar.

In Tierra Surs 1992 song, the call and response is: They knock on the door (who will it be) / are a couple of mongos (dont open them no) / speak like gringos (let them go) / They dont rest even on Sunday (dont open them no)

In Cabellos song, which features DaBaby, the call and response is: They say he likes a good time (My oh my) / He comes alive at midnight (Every night) / My mama doesnt trust him (My oh my) / Hes only here for one thing, but (so am I)

Music fans first pointed out the similarities on Twitter.

Why am i not surprised..? Twitter user @youdaoneari wrote, along with the clip of the songs.

What does it take to become a Disney Princess? Is it all about being beautiful and kind? Being born as a princess or marrying a prince?

Probably all girls dreamed of becoming a princess while watching the famous Disney movies in childhood. Even though at first most of the princesses were mistreated, their charm, beauty, and kindness saved them from a rough life in the end.

If you are as kind-hearted as Blake Lively, as charming as Amanda Seyfried or as beautiful as Emilia Clarke, you don’t have to be royal. Russian artist Helen Morgun decided to imagine how her favorite celebrities would look if they were the Disney princesses and the result is truly amazing!

Scroll down the page and see if you like this glamorous cast!

#1 Rihanna As Tiana

“Gorgeous Riri as Tiana! I think that someday I will draw her again because she’s perfect and she looks gorgeous. Also, I am really impressed with Tiana and her story that she did not sit and wait for her prince to come.”

#2 Margot Robbie As Elsa

“My first attempt to drawing this actress was not very successful. But I believe in a second chance. Hope you guys like it!”

#3 Amanda Seyfried As Rapunzel

“For this illustration, I have tried a new background format. I love this cartoon and I especially love the soundtrack of it.”

#4 Lucy Liu As Mulan

“I wanted to paint her for a really long time. But I had to redraw it twice. At first, I wanted to depict the moment when Mulan cuts her hair off with a sword but something went wrong in the process and I decided to do a slightly different version of her.”

#5 Blake Lively As Aurora

“I love the film “The Age of Adaline” with Blake Lively for its banal plot and the pleasant aftertaste after watching.”

#6 Billie Eilish As Kida Nedakh

“To be honest, I have learned about her on Instagram. Currently, my music taste is 99% songs from my childhood.”

#7 Emma Stone As Merida

“Have you ever shot a bow? I have twice in my life and I should admit that I really enjoyed it. The feeling when you hit the bull’s eye is certainly overwhelming! Of course, I shot at a static target and I can hardly imagine what it’s like to shoot at a moving target.”

#8 Mila Kunis As Esmeralda

“The lovely Mila Kunis as Esmeralda. Let’s talk about beauty! Beauty, of course, is a terrible power, but how important is it for you? Do you consider yourself beautiful? On a scale from 1 to 10, how much would you rate yourself?

There is a wonderful stand up on this topic by Jim Jeffrey. If you have not seen it yet, I recommend you watch it. I would rate myself as a 7 with my makeup. I admit that I like to look at beautiful people – in crowds, movies, or even Instagram. But for me, a person doesn’t need to have classical beautiful features. Charm is much more important to me.”

#9 Lily Collins As Snow White

“Beautiful Lily Collins as Snow White! Is this apple poisoned? Who will be next? Jasmine? Or maybe Ariel?”

#10 Megan Fox As Megara

“Many people asked me to draw Megan Fox. Therefore, I chose her.”

#11 Emilia Clarke As Belle

“I decided to choose Emilia Clarke because her nature is quite romantic and very suitable for this picture.”

#12 Selena Gomez As Moana

“Charming Selena Gomez as Moana! She’s one of my favorite princesses because the whole theme of the ocean, the beach, and palm trees is very close to me. I love to be in the sun and listen to the sound of the waves. I’m probably not the only one who loves that!”

#13 Leigh-Anne Pinnock As Pocahontas

“When I was a teenager, I had a dream to have a raccoon as a pet. But now when I watch videos on YouTube about raccoons, I am glad that my dream did not come true.”

#14 Sophie Turner As Ariel

“That is how Sophie Turner would look if she was Ariel. I hope you will like her in this role.”

#15 Camila Cabello As Jasmine

“In this picture, it is the beautiful Camila Cabello as Jasmine.”

#16 Cara Delevingne As Anna From Frozen

“And here’s my Anna from Frozen. Do you recognize the actress?”

#17 Naomi Scott As Jasmine

“Beautiful Naomi Scott as Jasmine (live action 2019). I made a mix of the old and new style so I hope you guys like it. Who else is looking forward to the premiere?”

#18 Ariana Grande As Vanellope

“This is how Ariana Grande would look if she was Vanellope. Just a proud and innocent girl! I like the first part of Ralph but unfortunately, I did not see the second part.”

#19 Rachel Mcadams As Cinderella

“Amazing Rachel McAdams as Cinderella.”

#20 Amber Heard As Alice

“You chose beautiful Amber Heard for Alice in Wonderland. So here it is! I hope you like it. Do you believe in mystical events and prophetic dreams?”

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