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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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‘Jeopardy!’ Tried To Claim Bethlehem As Israeli Territory But Social Media Gave Them A Geography Lesson

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‘Jeopardy!’ Tried To Claim Bethlehem As Israeli Territory But Social Media Gave Them A Geography Lesson

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NBC’s “Jeopardy!” is under fire for penalizing a contestant who answered, “What is Palestine?” for the location of the Church of Nativity, located in Bethlehem. The ancient city of Bethlehem is a religious epicenter for Judeo, Christian and Muslim faiths, considered to be the place of Jesus’ birth. NBC’s “Jeopardy!” has aired since before the Six-Day War of 1967 that gave way to the existing power struggle over Bethlehem, which has been occupied by Israel ever since. The show cited Palestine as the wrong answer and awarded $200 to a contestant who said the Church of Nativity is in Israel.

Now the show is apologizing, citing “human error” as the reason the show was aired. Still, the controversy has reached the Internet, reflecting back the controversy that has persisted for over 70 years now.

In the “Where’s that church?” category, contestant Katie Needle buzzed in first to answer, “What is Palestine?”

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A little background: The Church of the Nativity basilica is located in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, and remains the oldest place of worship for Christians. It was likely built between 330-333 A.D., commissioned by Constantine the Great. Today, the church is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which lists its location as Palestine.

In 1947, the United Nations created a “two-state solution” to take away Palestinian territory and give it to a new state, to be called Israel. Arab leaders and England opposed the solution but was widely supported by Zionist Jewish leaders. Palestinians didn’t give up generations of territory without a fight and war commenced. With the political support of the United Nations, Israel gained even more territories than initially set out in the UN plan. 

Katie was deducted $200 for her “incorrect” answer.

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Host Alex Trebek curtly answered, “no.” Since the clip has been aired and shared on social media, many folks are outraged. “Jeopardy is deeply zionist. it shows itself almost daily in their clues and I’m conflicted often but this clip right here might be the end for me 🙅🏻‍♀️,” one social media user tweeted. Zionism is a nationalist movement that seeks to establish what Jewish holy text prescribes as a religious right to “the Holy land.” Today, in American politics, anti-Zionism is often conflated with anti-Semitism, but that’s an incorrect assumption. With the benefits of hindsight, many folks acknowledge that Europe attempted to correct the horrors of the Holocaust by taking land away from brown people with no power.

Today, 138 United Nations members have acknowledged the statehood of Palestine, and thereby its occupation by Israel. In 2018, President Trump announced he would be moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, acknowledging the deeply disputed territory as the capital of Israel. 

Contestant Jack McGuire won the point when he quickly answered, “What is Israel?”

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Later, Twitter detectives noticed that Katie was credited back $200 after the commercial break, which corroborates NBC’s claim that they never intended to air what they eventually determined to be too controversial of a question. “Hey @Jeopardy – the Church of Nativity is in Bethlehem, which is located in the West Bank which – under international law – is occupied by Israel. The occupied land is also known, under international law, as the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” tweeted at the show. 

The trivia show producers released a statement: “In the process of taping this clue, “BUILT IN THE 300s A.D., THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY” we became aware that the clue was flawed as written and that determining an acceptable response would be problematic. In accordance with our rules and in the interest of fairness, we voided the clue and threw it out. We restored Katie’s and Jack’s scores to what they were prior to the clue. The outcome of the game was not affected. We then continued the game with this replacement clue. Unfortunately, through human error in post-production, the uncorrected version of the game was broadcast. We regret the error and we will make every effort to ensure this never happens again.”

Zionists are refusing to acknowledge Bethlehem as Palestinian territory under international law.

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There has been a growing movement in the international community of officially recognize Palestine and protect its sovereignty. The movement has sparked anger from some who claim it would harm Israel.

Many are less than satisfied with the show’s solution to the problem.

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I’m cool with that, but it’s weird that we just didn’t have ‘The judges have decided to accept your answer of ‘Palestine’ as correct.’ I see that all the time. Instead, you made up an entirely new clue to try to avoid the situation, and then someone messed up and it aired anyway?” another Twitter user asked in response to “Jeopardy!”‘s statement.

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Gina Rodriguez To Speak At Black History Month Event? Apparent Fake Press Release Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

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Gina Rodriguez To Speak At Black History Month Event? Apparent Fake Press Release Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

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There seems to be yet another controversy that has found Gina Rodriguez being slammed on Twitter. However, the actress is the victim of a viral hoax created to anger people and cause injury to Rodriguez’s reputation. On Sunday evening, a fake press release was seen circulating on social media that apparently had the 35-year-old actress speaking on behalf of Black History Month. The false press release allegedly came from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Black History Month Committee and was originally tweeted out by journalist Yashar Ali, who was invited to cover the event.  

The odd press release set off a firestorm of criticism and confusion about how Rodriguez, who has previously found herself in hot water due to questionable comments on race, could be featured at an event focused on Black History Month. Again, the press release is false and the anger towards Rodriguez is misdirected.

Twitter was in disbelief about a false press release that stated Rodriguez, who hasn’t had the best history when it comes to comments about to Black community, would “take selfies with African American students.” 

The entire press release was odd altogether as it read that Rodriguez would “take selfies with African American students.” “Starting in 2020, the LAUSD will invite celebrities into classrooms to speak to students during this historic month. We thought that Ms. Rodriguez, who has both African and Latina ancestry, would be a great inaugural speaker,” the press release reads.

Twitter users reacted to the press release as if it was real and the attacks on Rodriguez began without users doing their own due diligence and researching the matter.

While there was no date attached to the press release or any mention of a Black History Month event on the LAUSD website or its calendar, the school district did acknowledge the month last year. The screenshot of the press release spread quickly on Twitter and by Monday morning there was still no statement or confirmation from LAUSD of its legitimacy. 

This isn’t the first time Rodriguez has been connected with controversy. In the last few years, she has made questionable comments about the Black community that has raised some eyebrows. This may be why so many people assumed the press release could have been real. 

The validity of the press release didn’t stop people from chiming in on what seemed to be another one of Rodriguez’s tone-deaf comments. She has previously made statements that her dad is “Afro-Latino,” which also raised some eyebrows. Social media users in return posted images that showed otherwise. 

Just last year, she faced some blowback after she posted an Instagram story in which she used the n-word while rapping along with the Fugees’ song “Ready or Not”. While the “Jane the Virgin” star apologized in a follow-up post, many dismissed as insincere. Many social media users used the incident as concrete evidence that Rodriguez has a less-than-respectful attitude toward black people. 

That incident followed another controversial moment from a 2018 panel discussion on pay equity where Rodriguez was criticized for comments that many perceived as anti-Black. She spoke about the pay gaps among women of different races, saying that Latina women made less than white and Black women, on average.

“I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it, right? Where white women get paid more than Black women, Black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women, and it’s like a very scary space to step into,” she said. “Because I always feel like I fail when I speak about it because I can’t help but feel already so gracious to do what I do and I feel like, culturally, I feel like I was raised to just feel so appreciative of getting here.”

The Twitter account for the LAUSD Black History Month Committee has since deleted its tweet and its entire account. Yashar Ali, who originally shared the press release, also deleted her tweet. There has been no explanation of why from either side so far.

The apparent fake press release had social media users putting in their two cents on the issue despite knowing its validity. Public figure Jemele Hill chimed in on the press release as well simply saying “Make it make sense, y’all,” 

“Instead of giving Black women this space, you give it to Gina Rodriguez? The same Gina Rodriguez who has made it a point to discredit every experience a Black woman has spoken about? LAUSD, Fix this decision, Expeditiously.” another Twitter user wrote. 

While mitú has reached out to LAUSD, there has been no response yet verifying if there was ever going to be a Black History Month event featuring Rodriguez. It’s safe to say, from the reaction on social media, it might not be a good idea anyway. 

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