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Christina Aguilera Opened The Floodgates For Curious Twitter Fans And Her Answers Were Honest And Real

Just six weeks after Christina Aguilera released her first album in six years, “Liberation,” she’s opened the floodgates to curious Twitter fans to ask her any question they want. Clearly Latino fans and internet users couldn’t resist answering the call for questions.

Here are all the answers to all the questions you never thought to ask the infamous Xtina.

First things first, Aguilera put her heart and soul into “Liberation.”

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She actually started recording the album in late 2014. While Pharrell Williams and Linda Perry were in the studio in the early days, they didn’t end up on the album.

Some fans threw it all the way back.

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We wish there was video footage, but sadly the closest thing to live social media at the time would have been a point and shoot digital camera video posted on MySpace.

And @xtina became a human before our very eyes.

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If I could not express myself anything less of a hoarse hyena when I sing, it would feel like people could hear the real me.

There were zero product placements to be seen.

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It’s a rarity, and Aguilera has shied away from those kinds of collabs. In June 2016, she released the song “Change,” dedicated to the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting.

She owned the ways that she failed her authentic self in the past and validated her truth today.

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Maybe it’s because we’re living in a #MeToo age where women in entertainment (and hopefully, everywhere else) feel more empowered to say no and be heard. She wrote “Fall in Line” years before the #MeToo movement picked up steam.

When asked, she said, “It was the song that needed to be heard. Because of what I witnessed when I was growing up I always felt really driven to have a voice that my mom kind of never had in my childhood. So I’ve always wanted to be that advocate for women and anybody that was struggling to have their own voice.”

She didn’t confirm nor deny a possible world tour.

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We have no idea what that means, but she is a master at skirting the real questions. She made this album in her own way and nothing is going to change how she performs it.

Aguilera stood her ground when some fans asked questions she didn’t want to answer.

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First, Xtina was polite, but firm. Translation: “Bish, I don’t need to prove sh*t to noone.”

She laid out the new path for her career. All about artistry, less about numbers.

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Literally, people only had respect for her. That thread is just a bunch of Meryl Streep gifs applauding her.

Some threw plenty of shade though: “That’s nice and all but we don’t care about numbers or chart positions. We care about seeing our fave artist perform LIVE for us,” @XAHuGo85 wrote. “Not just for private events for Billionaires. You’ve abandoned your last 2 albums and we finally thought this would be different. Guess we were wrong.”

She explained why the album took so long to be released.

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Like, yeah, becoming a mother and judging in a reality competition show takes actual time away from your life. The world needed her music to cook for six years in order to get the layered masterpiece that is “María.”

Xtina took a moment to name drop her son, Max, as the future Aguilera to watch.

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“Maria” is her personal favorite on the track, which is both a tribute to her middle name and to Julie Andrews’ character in “The Sound of Music.”

She also gave a shoutout to the perks of motherhood: child’s play.

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If Christina Aguilera was my mom, life would be cozy af. I was team Aguilera all the way in the Aguilera-Spears showdown of the 2000’s, and it is truly crazy that my teen idol is now a mom idol.

Pop stars like horror? Que horror.

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I won’t do horror, but I will do the fact that Xtina’s love for horror is tied to the score. Halloween mash-up coming out soon? Por favor?

Over six years, she wrote a lot of songs that we may never hear.

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All we know is that she started writing the album while she was pregnant, so it’s kind of a testament to her motherhood.

There were moments when her Latinidad truly shined.

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How can you limit something so deep to only three words? Describing one self is a journey to the truth and a testament to your self-worth.

We do know that a tour is in the works.

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The whole world started begging her to come to their corner del mundo to perform. And some fans even got upset that she might not make it there.

Aguilera, while being super open, did stay vague and mysterious.

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Hmmm…how long until the fans find the vocal warm up and spam it all over social media?

Some of the questions did bring out a fun side fo the pop star.

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“Genie in the Butthole.” #DEAD That was the first song I ever recorded on my boom box karaoke cassette tape. We’re not in Kansas anymore, María.

Her answer left all of her fans shook up af.

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Note the fan that immediately changed their handle name to ‘genie in the butthole.’ Mad respect.

Aguilera ended the debate with #Lubrication.

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May #Lubrication spread to all corners of the world, to every fan whose begged for some live #Lubrication, and may Christina María Aguilera forever show us how to harness our stardom until we’re all viejos.


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K-Pop Stans Take Over #WhiteLivesMatter To Derail Racist Social Media Protest

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K-Pop Stans Take Over #WhiteLivesMatter To Derail Racist Social Media Protest

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K-Pop is both one of the most popular and most polarizing music created. It has made a global impact with fandoms everywhere. However, sometimes you just can’t get on Twitter without seeing the videos of K-Pop flooding popular hashtags and discussions. The latest K-Pop Twitter takeover was something everyone could get behind.

K-Pop completely shut down a social media party of #WhiteLivesMatter.

Black Lives Matter protests have cropped up around the world and they don’t show any sign of slowing down. They continue to grow in size and the protest has gone international with protesters fighting for American Black lives. In response, some people tried to make #WhiteLivesMatter a thing on Twitter but K Pop fans shut it down quickly.

K-Pop stans really came through in an unexpected yet obvious way.

K-Pop stans are a force to be reckoned with. They are loud and large in numbers and when they want to be seen and heard on Twitter nothing can stop them. They are very engaged on social media and they came out to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Imagine wanting to go to #WhiteLivesMatter to legitimately see something and then seeing K Pop everywhere.

There was some choice speculation about the reaction of #WhiteLivesMatter supporters watching their hashtag get derailed.

Alt-right Twitter users have been using this tactic for years attempting to derail all progressive and unifying social media movements. The sudden reversal in the dynamics of social media manipulation is something we should all be celebrating thanks to the fast-acting K Pop fans.

Not only did K-Pop fans take over the hashtag, Twitter even classified its ranking within K Pop.

That’s what you call success. #WhiteLivesMatter was stunted in its original mission of trying to lessen the Black Lives Matter protests demanding racial justice. There has long been a group of people trying to take attention away from Black Lives Matter under a cloak of caring for all people. Some have even claimed that it was racist to say Black Lives Matter because it somehow minimizes other lives.

Black Lives Matter is not trying to say other lives do not matter. What it means is that Black lives are under attack and they need to matter to society. There is a crisis of unarmed Black people being killed by police for no reason and it has to stop. It is a crisis that has needed attention for years and the death of George Floyd coupled with COVID-19 has catapulted it into the forefront of the American consciousness.

Even people who don’t listen to K-Pop got in on the fun.

Honestly, it is a remarkable thing to see. Twitter users coming together for a common goal of silencing what was being called a racist mobilization on Twitter.

People loved to see it all happen.

Anything that can bring people together is something we should celebrate. The world is fighting to protect the lives of one community that has been over-policed and disproportionately attacked by police. The movement has grown to now include more people both online and offline.

Maybe it is the isolation, but people are very grateful for this moment in social media history.

Black Lives Matter organizers are giving it everything they have. They are fighting to keep people organized in the fight against racial injustice at the hands of police officers. It seems they have support and backup from all sides.

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Lea Michele Half-Apologizes For Subjecting Former Co-Star To Relentless Microagressions

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Lea Michele Half-Apologizes For Subjecting Former Co-Star To Relentless Microagressions

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The world is watching and reacting as the investigation into the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Activists have been raising their voices and organizing to maintain and grow sustained protests around the world demanding justice. Celebrities have been swept up in the anger and protest as well and, for some, it has backfired.

Former “Glee” star Lea Michele tweeted about the death of George Floyd.

Michele joined the trend of celebrities who have started to join in the protests against racial injustice inflicted by police in the U.S. Even major corporations joined the Black Lives Matter conversation after being silent for years with many participating in #BlackOutTuesday. Yet, Michele is facing accusations of her own microaggressions against former co-stars.

Samantha Ware had issues with Michele’s tweet of solidarity.

Ware played Jane Hayward in the sixth season of “Glee” and accused Michele of microaggressions. The microaggressions were relentless and traumatic enough to make Ware’s tenure on the show “a living hell.”

Ware’s response immediately rang true for so many who have faced a lifetime of microaggressions.

Microaggressions are a major issue in everyday life for people of color. They are defined as verbal, behavioral, or environmental things that have underlying hostile and prejudice roots. They are things like assuming that a Black woman is wearing a wig or locking your car doors when a Black person walks by you.

Dabier Snell also spoke up about Michele’s behavior.

Snell continued with a second tweet explaining that he is always here to make content that people will enjoy. He tries to stray away from creating anything negative in the world. However, according to Snell, seeing Michele’s tweet for George Floyd brought back bad memories of her treating him as less than while on set.

Another “Glee” co-star, Alex Newell, echoed Snell and Ware.

Three of Michele’s co-stars have come forward to call her out in public because of how she treated people. All three have been Black actors who have accused the actor of treating them with no respect and lodging microaggressions against them.

Some people are doing the work and reminding us that Naya Rivera tried to call Michele out first.

In her memoir “Sorry Not Sorry,” Rivera recounted how Michele treated her while they were on “Glee.” Rivera did not hold back when she described Michele’s reaction as Santana Lopez became a more and more important character in the “Glee” universe.

“As Santana moved from a background character to one with bigger plot lines and more screen time. I think Rachel – erm, I mean Lea – didn’t like sharing the spotlight,” reads the memoir. “If I’d complained about anyone or anything, she’d assumed I was bitching about her. Soon, she started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn’t say a word to me for all of season 6.”

Michele offered a half-apology to address the accusations while admitting to them at the same time.

“While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people. Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused,” reads part of the statement. “We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”

Her apology sparked more backlash from people who claim to have been part of the “Glee” cast and crew.

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Other people have commented on her apology claiming that she is not really apologizing if she claims not to remember. Others are frustrated that Michele is apologizing for how people have perceived her words, not for the words itself.

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