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Idan Matalon Is The Gay Israeli Man Behind The Hilarious Telenovela Lip Sync Videos

In Israel, Idan Matalon is regarded as a gay icon, but in the queer telenovela fandom subculture, Matalon is a superstar. Matalon rose to fame within Israel as an online lipsync star, after he created a YouTube channel dedicated to displaying his pop song lipsyncing skills when he was just 16-years-old. Matalon rose to fame while lipsyncing Korean pop, but, soon, he fell in love with Spanish language telenovelas. The queer Latino community is living for his reenactments of some of the most dramatic moments in telenovela history, this time, with a gay man playing the hypersexualized and distressed female interest. 

Lipsyncing in Spanish soon inspired a passion to learn to speak Spanish, and, now, Matalon nearly exclusively speaks in Spanish on his social media platforms.

Matalon went viral in the Latino community after reenacting the embarazada scene in “Tierra de Pasiones.”

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On this year’s International Coming Out Day, Matalon shared his story and how social media and the Internet has helped him come to terms with his sexuality. “For years I thought [homosexuality] was a sin. I didn’t have YouTube or social networks to watch stories, videos and thoughts of other kids who were like me, and that’s why I felt very lonely and scared with my feelings. In school, the word ‘gay’ was like an insult to the boys,” he shared in an Instagram post. While serving in the Israel Defense Force, he came out as gay to his parents. He was 19-years-old and was met with full support. 

Since then, Matalon has become a columnist for Moovz to discuss LGBT issues and has even made an appearance on the cover of Mexico’s Betún Magazine. Today, he’s using his social media to reimagine telenovelas as acted out (and lipsynced) by the gays, and it’s hilarious. Back in 2015, he and his friend Sachin Bhatt lipsynced the novela scene when Gabriela Spanic and Catherine Siachoque got into a physical fight during the moment the fake-pregnancy gig was finally up. When Matalon grabs the pillow out of Bhatt’s shirt, he takes off his shirt to reveal the kind of six-pack that only the gays can create. This is the content we deserve.

Matalon just announced that he’ll be embarking on a comedy tour in Mexico next year.

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Matalon learned Spanish for his love of novelas, and that overly emoted passion has landed him an entire comedy career in Latin America. Matalon will be returning to Mexico to deliver his “I Live in a Telenovela” comedy show to nine major cities. Will you be there?

Matalon was born in Rishon LeZion, Israel, but has lived all over the Spanish-speaking world.

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Matalon just moved back to his home in Israel, but he spent the last four years appreciating Mexican and American values (and puppies). Matalon moved to Los Angeles about four years ago, and during that time, he spent a year living in Mexico City. In an Instagram post in Spanish, Matalon said, “I already feel like Mexico and LA are my home, but I love my country Israel, I feel relaxed in Tel Aviv, and happy with my family and friends.” While he was living in Mexico, he adopted three adorable chihuahuas and embarked on a two-month process to ensure he would be able to safely bring his beloved babies back to Israel. We love a committed rescue dad!

His telenovela videos are beloved around the world and his Spanish-language skills are pretty remarkable.

The gay YouTuber has spent his life traveling around the world and creating videos for social media. He was a YouTube lipsync artist when he was 16 years old then joined the Israeli military. In April 2012, Matalon was named Shalom Life’s 20 hottest of the 50 hottest Jewish men. His impact in the queer community is massive and his growing among the Latino community is quickly catching up.

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Military Members Are Sharing Stories Of Sexual Assult In The Military Using #IAmVanessaGuillen

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Military Members Are Sharing Stories Of Sexual Assult In The Military Using #IAmVanessaGuillen

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Vanessa Guillen went missing on April 22 from a parking lot at Fort Hood. Before going missing, Guillen confided in her family about alleged sexual assault and harassment she faced at the U.S. Army base. Her story sparked an online movement to talk about sexual assault in the military.

Women are using #IAmVanessaGuillen to talk about sexual assault in the U.S. military.

It wasn’t until recently that movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp made it clear that society was done with making excuses for sexual assault. Powerful and influential men have fallen because of their behavior. The disappearance of Vanessa Guillen is shining a renewed light on sexual assault in the military.

The stories range from inappropriate behavior from superiors to rape from fellow soldiers.

Women see themselves reflected in Guillen and her story. Former military women are shedding the shame and fear of coming forward to tell their stories in a public space. The unity on social media is offering women comfort and support as they open up about the most personal thing someone can talk about.

Some of the stories are absolutely heartbreaking.

According to a report from the Defense Department, sexual assault in the U.S. military went up 3 percent between fiscal years 2018 and 2019. The department reported 7,825 reports of sexual assault on service members. However, Pentagon officials assert that the change cannot be characterized as an increase in assaults. A prevalence survey on sexual assault in the military is conducted every other year.

According to some women, the assault and harassment started quickly.

The same study found that sexual assault at the 3 military academies saw a spike of 32 percent. The figures show an increase of 117 reported sexual assaults in 2018 compared to 149 sexual assaults reported in the academies.

“Our Academies produce our future leaders. At every turn, we must drive out misconduct in place of good order and discipline. Our data last year, and the findings from this year’s report, reflect the progress we have made in some areas, and the significant work that remains,” Elizabeth Van Winkle, the executive director of the Office of Force Resiliency, said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “We will not falter in our efforts to eliminate these behaviors from our Academies and to inculcate our expectation that all who serve are treated, and treat others, with dignity and respect.”

Some men have also used the hashtag to share their own experiences.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 1 out of every 10 rape victims is male. The study also shows that 1 out of every 33 men will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault.

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, you can call 1 (800) 656-HOPE (4673) or visit RAINN by clicking here.

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Reddit Deletes ‘r/The_Donald’ SubReddit For Violating Terms Of Use On The Platform

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Reddit Deletes ‘r/The_Donald’ SubReddit For Violating Terms Of Use On The Platform

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Social media platforms are under a lot of pressure to target and regulate hate speech. Major platforms like Facebook have remained defiant despite studies showing that Facebook algorithm regularly suggests people to and monetize hate speech content and groups. Reddit, one social media giant, just delivered a major victory in the fight against social media hate speech.

The infamous subreddit “r/The_Donald,” which celebrated President Trump, has been banned.

The group on Reddit had more than 790,000 members who supported, defended, idolized, and praised President Donald Trump. The thread was filled with memes, viral videos, and comments in support of the president and his actions. Reddit executives officially banned the thread for violating parts of its terms and conditions.

The purging of “r/The_Donald” is part of a larger purging of political threads that violate hate speech terms and conditions.

“Reddit is a place for community and belonging, not for attacking people,” Steve Huffman, the company’s chief executive, said in a call with reporters, according to The New York Times. “‘The_Donald’ has been in violation of that.”

According to The New York Times, Reddit banned 2,000 threads spanning the political spectrum. One of the other groups is “r/chapotraphouse,” which is known for being an extreme socialist group driving people to Bernie Sanders. Chapo Trap House has gone so far as to release a manifesto specifically for anyone who feels alienated.

The subreddit is responsible for some of the most dangerous and debunked conspiracy theories in recent history.

In 2016, an insidious conspiracy theory spread through social media about a pedophile ring in Washington D.C. The pedophile ring was allegedly organized in the basement of a local pizza place and referred to as Pizzagate. However, the pizza place accused does not have a basement. Nevertheless, the conspiracy theory grew and spread until one man showed up armed with guns threatening the employees and patrons.

“r/The_Donald” users were angered by Reddit’s decision to take down a thread promoting the debunked conspiracy theory. Many claimed that Reddit was censoring the group trying to peddle the false story.

The removal of the subreddit is welcomed news to some.

According to The New York Times, Reddit executives had no option but to shut down the thread due to noncompliance. Officials for the social media platform had allegedly engaged with moderators of “r/The_Donald” to regulate users to adhere to terms and conditions.

“We’ve given them many opportunities to be successful,” Huffman told The New York Times. “The message is clear that they have no intention of working with us.”

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