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Jason Derulo Says That He’s Feeling Attacked For Having A Big… You Know

What do Instagram and the new musical fantasy film Cats have in common? Well, according to actor, singer, and songwriter Jason Derulo, they both have something against his . . . anatomy. And both Instagram and the producers of Cats have taken measures to censor his . . . anatomy, though in markedly different (yet inevitably similar) ways.

At the end of November, Derulo posted a photo of himself to Instagram that seemed innocuous enough (until your eyes landed on a specific shape right in the center of the frame). He stood in front of a tropical Bali background, wearing what most people would wear on a beach: close to nothing. 

Donning only gold jewelry and black undies, Derulo wasn’t exactly naked, though the outline of his genitals was, ahem, most definitely clear for all to see.

Apparently this was vulgar enough for Instagram to remove his post. Their explanation claimed that they did so “because it goes against our Community Guidelines on nudity or sexual activity. Our guidelines are based on our global community, and some audiences may be sensitive to different things.” More specifically, a spokesperson for the Facebook Company (which owns Instagram) told People Magazine that the post violated the site’s guidelines by featuring “aroused genitalia.”

Derulo challenged this claim, but in an interview with ET Canada, he said that Instagram refused to put the post back up after he had mentioned (in another interview) that he may have been semi-erect in the photo. In addition to “aroused genitalia,” Instagram also deletes posts that include sexual intercourse, genitals and close-ups of fully nude buttocks.

Derulo contested the removal of his post by re-uploading the viral photo, this time with the caption: “F-k u mean? I have underwear on… I can’t help my size..” Unfortunately, this post was also removed by Instagram—but not before garnering nearly 450,000 likes and more than 35,000 comments.

In lieu of the photo’s dramatic removal from Instagram, Derulo pointed out what he saw as a double standard. “All these girls be on Instagram showing their ass and all kind of crazy shit, and I got underwear on—in Bali—and they took my pic down,” he said. “It’s discrimination. I understand: I can’t help my size, but you can’t take down my pic, man.”

And on the topic of size . . . when asked if the photo had been retouched or enhanced before its original appearance online, Derulo responded incredulously, balking at the idea that it wasn’t a truthful representation of his . . . anatomy.

“Photoshop?!” he cried. “Just know . . . us Haitians, we look different.”

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The photo defied censorship by immediately spreading all over the internet, and Derulo was soon faced with a similar situation as a guest on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM radio show. The two were discussing the animation of Cats—in which Derulo stars as Rum Tug Tugger—when Cohen asked, “You think that they airbrushed your penis out of the Cats film?”

“One hundred and twenty-five percent,” Derulo replied. “I can see it in the trailer, for sure.” Cohen asked him if he was surprised by that, and Derulo said, “I’m not surprised. To make it as cat-like as possible, I think that’s what it was about, you know?”

Derulo’s right—Cats was most famous as a stage production, and its producers have expressed that it was really hard to adapt those classic theatre costumes to the medium of film. They explained that after several attempts to make practical costumes, CGI proved to be the best way to capture the feline nature and make the actors’ movements translate on screen. As far as what the actors actually wore during filming—well, essentially just tights. And as we all know from Derulo’s famous photo, tights could never hide that very human part of his . . . anatomy.

Beyond the costume challenges, Derulo told ET Canada that “it was a lot to embody a cat.” When they asked him how it felt to see himself transformed into Rum Tug Tugger for the first time, he said, “I got chills down my spine. I was like, ‘This is incredible, I can’t believe this is happening in this way, finally.’”

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He continued by gushing about the movie, saying that “now’s the perfect time—it’s Christmas, and it’s the perfect time for the family to go and be engulfed in another world.”

Derulo’s character, Rum Tum Tugger, is rebellious,  attention-seeking, and gregarious. He is also very flirtatious and sexual, two traits that are reflected in the way he dances and moves about the stage (well, the screen, in this case). With this in mind, it’s probably for the best that the producers edited his . . . anatomy a bit—the movie is rated PG, after all.

Along with Derulo, Cats stars Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, and Taylor Swift. It’s due out for release in both the US and the UK on December 20, and until then, the internet is sure to stay abuzz with talk about its strange animation, its star-studded cast, and its 125% deficit of Derulo’s notorious appendage. 

Latinas Shared Their Best Bits Of Marriage Advice And The Comment Section Got REAL

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Latinas Shared Their Best Bits Of Marriage Advice And The Comment Section Got REAL

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Recently, a FIERCE reader posed a pretty poignant question on Twitter: “If you could give me advice on marriage, what would it be?”

Married folks and mujeres that were once married offered up their best bits of advice! Check them out below!

View marriage as a bonus not the piece to a missing puzzle.

My advice: don’t do it!! JUST KIDDING. my mom says, view marriage as an additional bonus to your life not as a completion . You’re an amazing complete woman on your own.” –pelucaazul

Beware the red flags.

“As someone going through a divorce: make a list of all the red flags (small and big) and play each one out and truly determine if any are problematic. The small red flags now always come back up later. Some can be worked on, some can be communicated through , but some are a sign of unsettled trauma/machismo/addictions/narcissism etc.”- _ashlyndarling

Keep up the dating game.

“Never stop dating each other!”-mariaelena34

If you’re getting advice about your life, get it from the right people.

“Its between you two!!! . Dont try to fit your relationship into stereotypical molds… what works for you may not be what other ppl say! Also, dont bad talk your boo even if you’re mad and frustrated. What you feed, grows. And always remember to flirt with your husband lik y’all still dating. And, if you turn to someone for advice, make sure they understand healthy marriages. Soooooo many ppl in the world giving advice but dont have a healthy successful marrige…. be open wi th your boo, be honest, nd hve fun! Best wishes&blessings – AH.”-autumnhype

Don’t compare yourself. It’s not a tit for tat game.

“Never compare yourself to other marriages or your parent’s marriage. Your marriage is whatever you want it to be and cultivate together, this is completely up to you and your spouse. This is the most freeing thing I have ever heard and made me appreciate my marriage more!”-cathrinemolstad

Don’t put up with behaviors or treatments within marriage that your instincts are telling you are wrong.

“Married 20 years and my best advice is to trust your instincts. In my marriage what has worked is respecting my partner and expecting that same level of respect, that reciprocity goes for kindness, compassion, patience, and forgiveness too. But, ultimately, this is big, don’t marry someone if your instincts are telling you it’s wrong, don’t put up with behaviors or treatments within marriage that your instincts are telling you are wrong, and don’t stay if those same instincts are telling you it’s wrong. You know you, what you want, need, can and can’t handle. That’s the voice to defer to – not your friends, society, or family. The union should bring you and the other person great personal growth. I realize that all sounds like a high bar and it is. People get and stay married, settling for far less than they should, because there is (or they perceive) external pressures to do so. Resist this. Marriage is not for everyone and not every partner is a commit your life partner. Finally, though, it’s 2020. Marriage isn’t irreversible. If it’s not working, that’s okay and don’t take it as a failure, but an awareness of your worth and growth.”-sheexistshere

Grow with each other.

“Grow with each other. Ive been with mine for 8 years (married 2). We started dating at 16 and 19, and man have times changed. If we didn’t make mistakes, keep each other accountable, help each other figure out what we each wanted to do, we won’t be together after all this time.” –danielaherreranyc

Communication is key

“Always communicate even if it sounds like something silly and always find time for each other no matter how busy your day can be.”-lauraelnasser

We Asked Latinas Why They Are Waiting Or Waited To Have Sex Before Marriage

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We Asked Latinas Why They Are Waiting Or Waited To Have Sex Before Marriage

Ah celibacy. Whether it’s chalked up to religious beliefs or the age-old adage of “buying the cow when you can get the milk for free” everyone has opinions about staying away from sex before marriage. Interested in what Latinas think, we posed the question of why women are actually waiting an boy did we get a whole heck of a lot answers!

Christianity

“I’m about to turn 30 years old and I’m waiting due to my Christian beliefs.” –sweetascandy1990

Taking past relationships as a lesson learned.

“My spirituality. First I would like to say that I’m not a virgin I have a child. But after splitting with her dad I realize that sex is bigger than what I thought it was. That’s why I decided to be celibate and wait until marriage.” – thebeautyplugbymaria

Growing up in a household where this is scripture.

“I want to save myself for the person I am going to marry. 🙂 I don’t want to have been with multiple people before I get married. I want the person I will spend the rest of my life with to be my first and only…. i don’t know. I think that’s just my personal preference. I have grown up in a religious household and I feel just fine without the sex in my relationship. I just think that I wouldn’t want to sleep with a guy who has already been with a bunch of other women so I wouldn’t want to do the same to the person I end up marrying. It’s just my preference. I see nothing wrong with anybody else sex life but I personally practice abstinence and am happy with my decision!”-karls104

Yearning for a special bond and weeding out the wrong guys.

“It was a religious decision at first, but once I got older it morphed into a more personal decision. I wanted that special bond with the one person I would love and who would love me for the rest of my life. I didn’t want a bunch of memories with random men who didn’t value me for anything more than my body. And I knew I wanted my life partner to also be more than sex. I want someone dependable, and someone I can laugh with first and foremost. Of course you can find that even if you aren’t celibate while dating. But I think being a “celibate dater” helps put personality as the #1 priority to focus on. When a relationship is sexual before marriage you’re focused on more than just 1) can I laugh with them forever 2) are they dependable? 3) do they cross any of my non-negotiables?”- alfonsina_mj

The holy trinity.

“Catholic guilt”- brendapa89