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A Study Says The 52 Minutes We Spend Gossiping A Day Is Actually Good For The Soul

Let’s keep it real. We all live for some gossip.

And a study has found that each of us spends on average nearly an hour spilling the tea, each and every day.

But guess what? Although most assume that gossip is nothing but trash talk, according to the study, the vast majority is nonjudgemental chit chat.  

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According to the study, nearly 75% of all the gossip we share is neutral. Apparently, most of us really do spend our days talking about how our mamis make the best pozole or how our best friend’s tia just got back from a trip to the Bahamas. I didn’t realize we were all so boring.

About 15% of our gossip is actual trash talking though. We’ve all heard the whispers.

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Though according to the study, even negative gossip can serve a helpful purpose, especially in the workplace.

I mean imagine you find out your co-workers are talking sh*t about how you’re always late. You’re probably gonna want to change your actions, arrive to work on time, and gladly tell them to shut the f-up. Right?

I don’t know about you, but I’m relieved to discover it’s not so bad to gossip considering many of us basically grew up on chisme.

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Like, Latino culture is letting you sit with the grown-ups to hear all the family gossip once you’re old enough.

And some of us find that special someone just to share the chisme with.

Like if this isn’t me and everyone I know.

The study also pointed out something I think few of us are actually surprised by.

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Consider another misogynistic myth disproved: women don’t share more negative gossip than men. All good ammunition the next time someone tries to tell you that women are intrinsically bitchy, or female friendships thrive on cattiness, or one of the many other desperately worn-out stereotypes about women.

Like for real though….

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Men engage in just as much gossip as women do. So now if your papi, novio, or hermano tell you to stop with all the chisme, well now you’ve got the ultimate clap back.

Excuse me, while I pretend to be shocked.

Few of us with any men in our lives are surprised by this so-called revelation.

Another misconception about gossip is that it’s something only the younger generation does but this study proves that chisme knows no age.

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I mean we all knew this already. The señoras who go to church and then lunch at each other’s houses are the OGs of gossip. Though the study did point out that the younger you are the more likely you are to engage in negative trash-talking gossip.

So the study points out that we spend 52 minutes every day talking about someone who isn’t around. But I mean it’s pretty obvious why.

People just want to connect, talk and share. They’re less keen on being mean about someone else than just trying to fit in.

This is remarkably hopeful for humanity as a whole and for office life in particular. Especially when you realize how much time we spend dishing out the chisme.

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READ: If You Are A Chismosa, You Definitely Know These 9 Stages Of Chisme

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Alaina Castillo’s New TikTok Video Is Empowering People To Embrace Their Latinidad

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Alaina Castillo’s New TikTok Video Is Empowering People To Embrace Their Latinidad

Not everyone has the privilege of growing up surrounded by their cultura, with parents there to pass on knowledge of traditions and customs from home. That, combined with heavily opinionated internet trolls, has led to many people struggling to feel confident in their identity. In a digital world that tries to force us all to fit into boxes, what does “Latino enough” mean and how do you know if you’re there?

Recently, we asked our Instagram community “what does being Latino mean to you?” and although some responses had details in common, for the most part they were as unique as every member of the community itself. There is no one definition of Latinidad, and therefore there is no way to measure what exactly makes someone “Latino enough.”

We got the chance to talk to Alaina Castillo, musical artist and TikTok Queen, about how she identifies with Latinidad and what this TikTok video means to her.

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What does being Latina mean to you? – mitú

“It means that I have something to identify with and be proud of because of my family members, my culture, and the things that I participate in as a Latina.” – A.C.

Side note, this was a personal reminder that we represent the community wherever we occupy space, whether we realize it or not. We are all participating in things as members of the community.

What’s something that, as a Latina, you are proud of? – mitú

“The strength and endurance that we have. I’ve seen it in my dad, his family, and so many others and it makes me feel proud as well as encouraged to achieve my goals with the same mindset as them.” – A.C.

While they may not be perfect (and let’s face it, who is?), our parents are the definition of hard working. Remembering that their blood runs through my veins always keeps me going when the going gets tough. Si se puede!

What Latino figures inspire you? – mitú

“Selena, even though she was an artist that I didn’t really grow up listening to. When I found out who she was, she was someone who I related to because she was a Mexican-American learning to speak and sing in Spanish, while breaking a lot of barriers that people had set up around her.” – A.C.

La Reina del Tex-Mex was a trailblazer indeed! Who else could forget Selena’s iconic “diecicuatro” blurb when she appeared in an interview with Cristina Saralegui? The important thing to focus on is that she was TRYING! As long as we’re all working on improving and being the best versions of ourselves, that’s the best we can do, and it’s okay to make mistakes along the way.

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Name one meal that, no matter where you have it, always reminds you of home. – mitú

“Homemade tamales!!!! 100%” – A.C.

You know we love some good tamales, so naturally our next question was…

Where is your family from? – mitú

“My dad is from Mexico and my mom is from Ohio.” – A.C.

Mmmm…Mexican tamales 😋

Have you ever been to those places? – mitú

“Yes, both places. I went to Mexico when I was really young, maybe about two times, and then I’ve traveled to Ohio on various occasions to see family. I was young each time I went to those places so they’re little memories I think of when I miss my family.” – A.C.

What would you say is the most “Latino” item in your home? – mitú

“We have these blankets from my grandma that I grew up using. I thought they were normal blankets but then I saw on social media that almost every Latino household has some and I was like hmmm, what do you know?” – A.C.

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What would you say to people who think that not speaking Spanish makes you less Latino? – mitú

“I think it’d definitely be nice to know the language fluently but some people aren’t taught Spanish growing up and that’s not their fault. Not speaking the language doesn’t mean that they don’t have the same customs or should be rejected from the culture that their family is from. I decided to learn on my own because I’ve always been interested in Spanish, and also so I could speak with my family and I see that’s what a lot of other people are doing too.” – A.C.

One more time for the people in the back: not speaking Spanish doesn’t make you any less Latino.

How do you celebrate your Latinidad? – mitú

“With pride. I wouldn’t be who I am today without influences from my family so it’ll always be something I carry with me and proudly show throughout my life and career.” – A.C.

What do you hope people take away from this trend? – mitú

“That Latinidad is something you’re born with and it can’t ever be taken away from you,” – A.C.

So forget about the opinions of other people! All they’re doing is projecting their beliefs onto you and that is not an actual reflection of who you are. We hope you are inspired to embrace your Latinidad on your own terms, and that you walk more confidently in your identity. So duet us on TikTok and don’t forget to use the hashtag #AreYouLatinoEnough to join in on the fun!

Did we mention quarantine has not stopped Alaina Castillo from dropping new music? Check out her latest single, “tonight,” below!

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Investigation Into Toxic Working Environment Of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Underway

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Investigation Into Toxic Working Environment Of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Underway

Update July 30, 2020: WarnerMedia is investigating sustained claims of mistreatment from former and current staff. Several reports have surfaced since the Covid-19 shutdowns after the staff took pay cuts while an outside crew was hired to build her at-home set.

An investigation is underway after sustained allegations of racism and mistreatment targeting employees.

WarnerMedia is investigating claims of racism, intimidation, and mistreatment of employees. The allegations have been mounting for months and the entertainment company had to launch an investigation.

“We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us,” the group said in a statement to BuzzFeed.

“For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.”

This is an ongoing story.

Update: Former and current employees have a lot to say about the toxic work environment Ellen DeGeneres created for them. They claim that Degeneres’ “be kind” mantra is all a mask for the intimidation she projects.

Former staffers of Ellen DeGeneres’ show claim the comedian and talk show host creates a toxic work environment.

The employees told BuzzFeed News that the toxic environment is all when the cameras turn off. They further claim that all of the good things the show does for people is for all show to mask the true nature of working for DeGeneres. One employee alleges that the poor treatment of staff was racist.

“Whenever I brought up an issue to my white male boss, he would bring up some random story about some random Black friend that he had and how they managed to get over stuff,” the employee told BuzzFeed News about calling out racist things. “He would use his Black friend as some way to say, ‘I understand your struggle.’ But it was all performative bullshit.”

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Original: Last year, much of America had a collective “What was she thinking?” moment when Ellen rather ignorantly explained her friendship with former President George Bush. Many of the people that were targets of Bush’s anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, anti-women platforms were rightfully upset at the comedienne’s blasé explanation for the unusual friendship.

Now, it seems that backlash against one of America’s most beloved celebrities is only getting bigger amid the Coronavirus pandemic and its related fallout.

It all started when the Ellen show announced a hiatus given the pandemic.

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This sounds totally acceptable right? I mean you can’t film a daily talk show with dozens of crew members and a studio audience amid a global pandemic. Sure.

But her longtime crew has been left in the dark for more than a month on their future and they haven’t been paid. Meanwhile, nearly all crew members were told by production executives to prepare for a 60% pay cut. The regular production of her hit TV show is on-hold but Ellen has been filming with a much smaller crew from the comfort of her home. But guess what? She hired a totally different, non-union crew to help take care of it.

And no, this isn’t how things are being done by most other TV shows. Jimmy Kimmel paid the crew for his show out of his own pockets during the initial Covid-19 shutdowns and are now being paid their full rates by ABC. “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” have also been transparent in their communication with staff and crew and are paying full rates.

The host also faced backlash after joking that self-isolating in her mansion was ‘like being in jail.’

On her April 6 show, DeGeneres compared self-isolating in her California mansion to being in prison — and Twitter users were quick to call out the talk-show host for what they felt was an insensitive remark.

“One thing I’ve learned from being in quarantine is that people — this is like being in jail, is what this is,” DeGeneres said during the segment, adding, “It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days, and everyone in here is gay.”

After DeGeneres shared the clip on Twitter, users were quick to call out the host for her remarks about prisons, especially during a time when prison inmates are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Some pointed out that inmates in prisons were far more likely to die from the novel coronavirus than the larger population — especially wealthy people like DeGeneres.

Then there’s the now viral Twitter thread asking for stories about DeGeneres being “one of the meanest people alive,” which got more than 2,000 replies.

A comedian named Kevin T. Porter crowdsourced “insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean” in exchange for $2 donations to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank — and received thousands of responses

While the accuracy of the stories is impossible to verify from tweets alone, news outlets including Insider picked up on the thread. One Twitter user accused DeGeneres of using her fan art as a prop, while another described her getting mad at a server with chipped nail polish who waited on the host and her wife, Portia, at brunch.

There were also stories about DeGeneres’ behavior while filming, including accusations that she wouldn’t let crew members eat meat, that she fired an autistic custodian for greeting her, and that she made anyone entering her office chew gum from a bowl outside her door since she had a “sensitive nose.”

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