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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. 

‘My Mom Insisted My Hips Changed’ Latinas Talk About Their Moms Finding Out They Had Sex For The First Time

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‘My Mom Insisted My Hips Changed’ Latinas Talk About Their Moms Finding Out They Had Sex For The First Time

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There comes a time in a young woman’s life when she has to venture out into the world and experience everything out there that the world has to offer. And yes, “everything” includes sex. And while sex is a totally natural and expected step in a young woman’s coming-of-age journey, the Latinx community often holds notoriously conservative views about when it’s “okay” for a young woman to have sex for the first time.

This conservative attitude towards woman and sex is nowhere more prominent than it is in the minds of Latinx mothers. Many Latinx moms, especially from older generations, have been trained to believe that a young woman’s worth is tied to her virginity and that it’s a sin to have sex out of wedlock. This attitude makes it hard for girls to talk to their parents about sex, which means a large portion of the Latina population is uneducated about STIs, unwanted pregnancy, contraception, and how being sexually active can impact your emotions. Because of the shame surrounding extramarital sex in the Latinx community, many young women hide the fact that they’ve been having sex from their mothers in order to avoid conflict or avoid being shamed.

That’s why Fierce by mitú took to our Instagram page to ask our followers how their madres reacted when they found out their daughters were no longer virgins. We also wanted to know if our followers decided to keep their virginity statuses to themselves.

Check out the answers below!

1. This mom’s nosiness gave her more than she bargained for

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“My mom found out I was having sex when I was 23 years old and she found my birth control (cringe!). This is a pretty common story I share with a lot of my friends but the way my mom found out was pretty mortifying. My novio, who I have been dating since I was 14 and who she has known for as many years, was over at the house. Because my mom has always been very nosey and a helicopter mom I would give him my birth control for safe keeping (For so many reasons Don’t DO THIS!!) Anyway. The birth control fell out of his bag and my mom flipped out. Any other scenario, had I hid it in a closet or sock drawer she would have found out sooner but I probably could have convinced her it was just for acne.” – Veronica, Chicago

2. This mama read between the lines and stayed silent

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“I kind of had to fess up to my mom because I was moving in with my boyfriend. She’d been asking me since we started dating if I was using protection over and over again and I was too embarrassed to even say that we were having sex. I finally just told her that I was moving in with him and I think she got the deal.” Kathryn, Los Angeles

3. This mom insisted she could tell by just LOOKING at her daughter

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“I told my mom years after, but she swears she knew the night I came home that it happened. I’m like c’mon, Mom. No way did you know. But, you know how they are–they know EVERYTHING.” – Laney, San Bernadino

4. The old “hyper-emotional” reaction

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“My mom cried so so hard and then instantly got mad at me and gave me the silent treatment. She also claimed she “knew” that I wasn’t anymore anyhow ’cause I “started talking back”. But, I was 21 at that point!” – Yvette

5. The mom who doesn’t know…but c’mon: she knows

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“To [my mom] I’m still [a virgin] ’till I’m married….Nahhh I think she probably suspects I’m not by now”. – Connie, Southern California

6. The mom who lives in blissful ignorance

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“I’m 30 years old and still haven’t told my mom. At this point she’s gotta suspect I’m not [a virgin]. But at least I waited until I was 19!” Anna, Chicago

7. The Suffocating Silence

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“Literally my current situation, lol. I want to tell her but, I’m afraid of her reaction. I don’t think she’ll be mad, but I really would hate for her to cry about it. Send help!” Darlene, Riverside

8. The “Live Your Life” Type of Mom

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“I keep it to myself, but I’m pretty sure she knows me better. 😉 ” – Belle, Puerto Rico

9. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

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“She never asked and I never told her… but for what it’s worth, I waited till I was at least 18.” Tania, Los Angeles

10. The Mom Who Tries and Fails to Guilt Trip

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“She said: ‘Why didnt [you] wait ’till marriage like [I] told over and over again?’. So, I said: “Who said I’ll ever get married?” Lizet, Bakersfield, CA

11. This mom who started crying when she walked in on the act

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“I had skipped school to lose my virginity to my high school boyfriend. We had planned it out so that I would play sick and he would skip school and do it when my parents were out of the house. They boy work long hours so we figured we had some time. The actual act went well, but literally just as we finished we heard my front door open. No snuggling. We both jumped up to hide. I’ve always thought it took maybe 30 steps to get from my front door to my room, my mom took five. My boyfriend ducked out of the bathroom and somehow my mom got to the front of the house to confront him. I mean he had no shirt on and was pulling him his pants. She knew. She knew so much she cried.”  Ana, Austin, TX

A Substitute Teacher In Texas Had Sex With Her Student In Her Parents’ Home

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A Substitute Teacher In Texas Had Sex With Her Student In Her Parents’ Home

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Olivia Huerta, 23, was arraigned Thursday on second-degree felony charges of an improper relationship with a student and sexual assault of a child between the ages of 14 and 16. She’s being held on a bond of $40,000.

The assault happened sometime between January and April of 2018 when Huerta was substituting for a social science teacher at Pasadena Independent School District’s Sam Rayburn High School. A year later, the then 16-year-old victim told his friend what happened, and the friend told school administrators, who called the police, according to the report by KPRC.

The unnamed victim told police that the two were talking via Snapchat.

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Police reports show that the student alleged that the two had exchanged phone numbers. They texted and had conversations through Snapchat. Later, when police were questioning Huerta, they say she confessed to the crime. She also voluntarily gave her phone to police to show the text conversations between the two. Police say the conversations allude to the inappropriate relationship.

The student couldn’t remember the teacher’s name and described her to police as a short, curvy Latina. After showing him several photos of Latina substitute teachers employed by the school district at the time of the incident, he identified Huerta. She was arrested after admitting to the relationship.

They had sex at Huerta’s parents’ house.

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The victim told police that Huerta and he walked from school to her parents’ house, where they had sex. It was a one-night-stand that left the student a victim of sexual assault and pedophilia.

When the allegation came to light, the school district immediately removed Huerta from campus.

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In a statement made to KPRC2, school district officials made it clear that anyone accused of sexual assault is not welcome on school campuses. “Upon receiving the allegation, the administration at Sam Rayburn High School immediately notified district administration and the Pasadena ISD Police Department. The accused individual was promptly removed from campus and is no longer employed by Pasadena ISD.”

The story and its implications are being lost on some people who are reading about it.

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In a Facebook comment under the story, AJ Hernandez asked (edited for grammar), “So my question: Why don’t they blast the student as well? After all, didn’t the student go along with it? I blame the kid as much as well.” Many people in the comments seem to think that Huerta “looks like a child as well,” and that the age difference isn’t “so bad.” One Laura Montaño agreed with Hernandez, commenting, “They just act like the victims so they won’t be held accountable for their actions! How is it that teenagers are able to go to jail for murder but are victims when it comes to sex???? Makes no sense! Yeah, adults should know better but she looks like a child to me as well!”

Someone named Maestro Salchicha responded defending the child from the online fury saying, “Because kids are kids and ultimately victims of these adults who know better.”

The legal age of consent in Texas is 17 years old.

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The legal age of consent across the United States varies from 16 years old to 18 years old. There are also “close in age” laws, that allow for a minor to consent to sex with an adult who is closer in age. In Texas, the age of consent is 17 years old, and the close-in-age law provides an age exemption if the person is no more than 3 years older than the minor.

In case you missed it, consent isn’t always consent if the person says “yes.”

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In certain power dynamics, consent isn’t always able to be given freely. Employers sleeping with their employees are frowned upon because of the financial pressure for the subordinate to ‘consent.’ Other forces besides a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ are at play. The individuals must be weighted equals in the power dynamic.

In 2003, Representative Helen Giddings (D), introduced a bill that bans sex between students and teachers within the same school district. This all means that Huerta’s victim was not legally able to give his consent, given his age, and a victim of the student-teacher ban.

If you have any information about the case, you can call the Pasadena ISD Police Department at 713-740-0200.

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Men are flooding the comments with, “Where these teachers when I was a teenager attending class?” One woman mocked the onslaught of jokes with a comment, “Derp “wEaR wErr dEEz TeeCheRs WiN eYe WuZ N sKoOl” Someone else commented, “All the men in these comments disgust me.” A child was raped by a teacher in Pasadena, Texas last year. That’s never okay.

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