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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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Is this better? ????

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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. 

Sex During A Global Pandemic: What Do The Experts Say?

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Sex During A Global Pandemic: What Do The Experts Say?

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We’re all social distancing right now. And that begs the question: how do you have sex in the era of COVID-19 self-isolation? Is it even safe to have sex during the pandemic?

According to several public health agencies, the answer really depends.

Let’s start off with the facts about Coronavirus and sex.

Coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, is spread by direct person-to-person contact or by people who are close to (within six feet) each other—as it’s believed that the virus is expelled in respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can also pick it up from contaminated surfaces if you then touch your face without washing your hands properly first and therefore introduce the pathogen into your body.

So, yes, sex can contribute to spreading the coronavirus. You’re clearly close enough to someone when you’re naked on top of each other, and you are also probably kissing, or at least breathing heavily. (

But let’s be clear: Covid-19 is not contracted directly from sex – it’s not an STI. That distinction matters, because safe sex during the pandemic depends on your current relationship situation and, well, why you’re having sex in the first place.

So what are some best practices according to experts? Start with some self-love.

Since the start of the pandemic, online sales of sex toys have skyrocketed. So you can take solace in the fact that you’re definitely not the only one enjoying a bit of self-pleasure.

According to EDC Retail, which calls itself Europe’s market leader in erotic toys, the sales of vibrators, dildos and other sex toys were 162 percent higher than in the same period last year. In fact, sales have been so strong that the supply of toys and accessories from factories in China threatened to dry up – leaving consumers high and dry. EDC Retail even warned of a possible shortage of sex toys in February.

Masturbation also ensures that you’ll be safe from contracting the virus as you’re following social distancing guidelines.

Some public health agencies have even suggested making sex a little more ‘kinky’ to make it safer.

Most public health agencies have released safe sex guidelines for the pandemic. In fact, just this week, “glory holes” was trending in Canada because the BC Centre for Disease Control listed it among the tips for safer sex during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Their guidelines say to “choose sexual positions that limit face-to-face contact. Use barriers, like walls (e.g., glory holes) that allow for sexual contact but prevent close face-to-face contact.”

And “glory holes” aren’t only recommended in British Columbia. In New York, health officials suggest to make sex “a little kinky.” The city’s public health agency suggests getting “creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face to face contact.”

Folks on social media are having a field day tweeting creative ways to use walls and barriers, even suggesting things like plexiglas shields (like those in grocery stores), holes in sheets, mail slots, doggy doors and donuts.

But if glory holes sound a little too raunchy for you, don’t worry, experts also recommend sexual positions that limit face-to-face contact, such as as doggy style.

And if you’re single or dating – you should definitely not be having sex right now.

Because of social distancing and state-mandated shelter-in-place guidelines, it’s not okay to go out on dates right now—unless those dates are over FaceTime or some other video chat app.

The New York City Health Department recently issued guidelines on Covid-19 safe sex practices, recommending against having sex with anyone outside of your household. (In other words, someone you already live with.)

And sorry but having a “quarantine sex buddy,” where you and they only have sex with each other during the pandemic, is not recommended, First of all, the idea goes against social distancing, and you don’t actually know how closely (if at all) they’re staying away from other people.

Or maybe, like so many others, you’re just not having much sex these days – and that’s totally normal.

According to an NBC News poll of roughly 11,000 people, at least 50% said that the coronavirus has negatively impacted their love life. That’s a lot of people not dating, not being intimate with others, and most likely not having sex.

According to Ian Kerner, PhD, a psychotherapist and sex counselor, “A lot of people in quarantine aren’t feeling their best, or feeling as sexy. If you’re home all day and you’re not changing out of your pajamas or applying as much self-care or going to the gym, your sexual self-esteem can start to go down.”

But that’s OK. You’re not the only person feeling this way. Between being stuck in tiny apartments or around family, working longer hours and feeling the mental and financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic, on top of anti-racism uprisings, our libidos have had way more lows than highs.

But if you do decide to engage in sexual activity, make sure you follow these expert tips on how to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading Covid-19 along with following all other safer sex practices.

Jason Derulo Tried To Eat Corn Off Of A Power Drill And The Level Of ‘Ouch’ Is Just…

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Jason Derulo Tried To Eat Corn Off Of A Power Drill And The Level Of ‘Ouch’ Is Just…

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Like many of us practicing social distancing, Jason Derulo is bored and taking part in the modern-American past time of TikTok trends.

Though a bit late to the game, Derulo’s latest TikTok post sees him trying out a trend we saw taking off last year: you take corn on the cob, put it on a drill, and then power up while you try to eat. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, just wait.

In a recent post to his TikTok account, Derulo shared a video of himself attempting to eat corn off of a drill for the sake of the Gram and things went south real quick.

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The singer kicked off the video by asking his fans and viewers if they’d ever seen anyone eat corn off of a drill. Speaking about the life hack, Derulo said that he’d always wanted to try it out. The video starts off slowly, with Derulo slowly powering up the drill and then going faster with the drill while he attempts to eat the corn. He keeps going for a few more seconds until he cries out in pain.

When he pulls away he shows that he’s chipped a tooth.

“Don’t try this,” Derulo wrote in a caption on Instagram with two sad emojis.

Users have suggested that Derulo’s chipped tooth might be fake but it’s pretty convincing.

Yeah, we know all about the magic of editing and fake teeth but… it looks pretty insane.

Check out the chipped tooth moment here.

Comments about the big flub were far from easy on Derulo but also quite a bit funny.

“Ooooooooo shit 🤣🤣🤣 “jathun darulo,'” – tydollasign

“Why do I cover my eyes while watching this for 12th times?” – rudybundini

“VerifiedThere’s no way! You would be bleeding! I can’t handle this lmfaooo,” a doubtful TikTok user wrote thekalenallen.

“We need to know! Did you really just take out your 2 front teeth?!?” _thareal_mccoy_wrote begging the question that has the entire internet pulsing with questions today.