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MTV’s New Series ‘Ghosted’ Sparks Discussion About Consent In The Age Of Reality TV

MTV announced a new show called Ghosted: Love Gone Missing, a docuseries much like MTV’s Catfish, where contestants track down the romantic partners who up and ghosted them. If you’re a woman I am sure you’re thinking: this sounds creepy as hell. Yeah, it is. The reaction on social media was nothing short of wary. 

What woman hasn’t darted into a bodega to get away from a man following her? What woman doesn’t know that if she sees another girl in public uncomfortable around a man, that she ought to pretend to know that girl and scoop her away before things take a bad turn? And this isn’t even genuine stalking, it’s just regular street harassment. To be strategically watched and followed at all times by some creep — to be stalked — that’s an entirely new level of harassment.

 None of which should be glamourized or encouraged. However, MTV seems to feel differently.  

So what is “Ghosting”? 

In the digital age of dating apps, ghosting refers to the act of suddenly, and without explanation, cutting off all communication with a romantic partner. This kind of behavior isn’t new or shocking. When everyone you are dating only exists in your phone, you’re bound to be dating multiple people, and you’re bound to lose interest in some of them. 

It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time where people didn’t have portable phones. They would go to meet dates at restaurants and hope they didn’t get stood up. There was no way to reliably reach people, so your great grandparents probably got ghosted too. MTV is now broadening the definition beyond romance for their new reality series to family and friends. 

Why is MTV’s Ghosted: Love Gone Missing problematic?

Ghosted: Love Gone Missing is hosted by The Bachelorette veteran Rachel Lindsay and artist Travis Mills. The hosts will help contestants track down and confront the lovers, friends, and family members who abruptly cut off ties. The obvious problem here is that there is no way for the people, who clearly don’t want to be found, to consent to what essentially amounts to stalking. 

Tracking down someone who consciously made the decision to break away from an individual, seems like a huge violation of their privacy and wishes. The show assumes that the ghosted party is by default the victim, when in reality maybe people don’t want to see these folks for a reason. I’ve ghosted many creepy dudes and toxic people in my day. I don’t need them finding me and putting me on blast on television. 

Get the facts on stalking.

Stalking disproportionately affects women. In the United States, while 1 in 6 women (1 in 7 Latinx women) will deal with stalking in in her lifetime, only 1 in 19 men will, according to the Women and Gender Advocacy Center. About two-thirds of women are typically stalked by former or current romantic partners. Stalking is linked to other forms of intimate partner violence against women, with 81 percent experiencing physical assault, and 31% experiencing sexual assault. 

Even if this show is harmless, what if it triggers someone’s past negative experiences? 

People on social media were not happy with the premise.

One social media user equated the premise with stalking, harassment, and intimidation. It’s hard not to see why they feel this way. Unless the show is completely fake, the premise essentially requires a person’s privacy to be violated. 

If you get ghosted, maybe it’s time for you to move on.

Other users felt it is unfair for a person to be forced to engage with someone they clearly want nothing to do with. That totally makes sense. Would you want that toxic person randomly showing up at your house with cameras ready to air out your dirty laundry? Arguably, for someone to be a contestant on the show they would have to share a one-sided version of somebody else’s personal history without their consent. Would you want your toxic ex telling only their version of the story to millions of people? Would you want them tracking your movements to find you? Would you want to talk to them about it on national television? 

Things can easily go bad. 

It goes without saying that the United States has a gun problem, a toxic masculinity problem, and violence against women problem. If the series were to confront the wrong person, it could genuinely put lives in danger. While I am all for not judging art until I see it, I have to agree with these Twitter users: a bad idea is a bad idea. 

Critics Are Left Scratching Their Heads After the Academy Failed to Nominate JLo For Her Role in “Hustlers”

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Critics Are Left Scratching Their Heads After the Academy Failed to Nominate JLo For Her Role in “Hustlers”

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The Academy may not think Jennifer Lopez is worthy of an Oscar, but she’ll always be the winner in our hearts. On Wednesday morning, the 92nd annual Academy Awards were announced, leaving fans breathless as they waited to hear the name of Jennifer Lopez called among the nominees for “Best Supporting Actress”. Unfortunately, fans were left disappointed (and some furious) as the Puerto-Rican triple-threat was shut-out from the list of names.

Entering Oscar season, a Lopez nomination for her role in “Hustlers” was considered a sure-thing. Since the movie’s release, critics praised Lopez for her star-turn as savvy and maternal stripper Ramona in the heist drama. “Whether shaking her booty for braying patrons, philosophizing cynically about the American way or letting tenderness seep through her money-mad veneer, Lopez’s Ramona exudes power,” said NPR critic John Powers. “She’s the sun around which…the whole movie orbits.”

Not only did critics anticipate Lopez receiving a nomination, many were even expecting her to all-out win in the competitive category.

2019 was Lopez’s year to truly shine. Not only had she re-established herself as a force to be reckoned with as a serious actress, she also cemented her status as a global icon with her announcement as the co-headliner for the 2020 Superbowl, along with fellow Latina, Shakira. Not only that, she also got engaged to long-time boyfriend Alex Rodriguez in 2019, and announced that she was the face of Versace’s 2020 campaign in January. Lopez had never been more on top of the world.

There is much speculation swirling in Hollywood circles as they try to piece together why Lopez was so blatantly snubbed from the much-deserved recognition. Critics are theorizing that “Hustlers” as an Oscar film was too flashy and sexy to be taken seriously. Others are saying that Lopez’s celebrity status prevented her peers from recognizing her theatrical talent. And of course, there is a vocal contingent saying the Academy snubbed Lopez because she is a woman of color. 

To make matters worse, Lopez wasn’t the only person to be marginalized in the historically white male-dominated playing field. Female directors were completely shut-out from the race as well.

And although there were more female directors in 2019 than ever before, the Academy still refused to reconigze all the good work they are doing. Female directors like Greta Gerwig and Marielle Heller (for “Little Women” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”, respectively) were lauded for their directorial prowess, but were nonetheless passed over in favor of old favorites like Martin Scorcsese (“The Irishman”) and Quentin Taratino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”). 

Throughout the awards season, Hollywood executives complained of low-attendance for female-directed movies as well as ones starring people of color (notable examples being “Queen and Slim” and “Little Women”). ”I don’t think that [men] came to the [‘Little Women”] screenings in droves, let me put it that way,” “Little Women” producer Amy Pascal recently told Vanity Fair about her critically-acclaimed film. “And I’m not sure when they got their [screener] DVDs that they watched them.”

Critics are taking the snubs as further proof that The Oscars are not only #sowhite, but also so male.

Although Hollywood insiders recognize the fact that a movie’s worth doesn’t come from arbitrary awards, they also insist that Oscar nominations are symbolic of the prevailing and unconscious biases of the Hollywood establishment. In other words, Hollywood has a diversity problem that transcends the scope of the Oscars. 

But if there is any consolation for the widespread disappointment that fans and critics alike are experiencing after the Oscar nominations, it’s that the backlash to the nominees might stir real actions on the part of Hollywood insiders. It’s hard to talk about wanting change for so long without committing to doing it yourself. 

Naturally, Twitter users had some strong opinions about this year’s Oscar nominations. 

If there’s one place on the internet where people go to vent their frustration loudly and publicly, it’s Twitter. 

Of course, the “I don’t know her” jokes were frequent and plenty.

Sadly, this GIF works too well. We actually think that the entire history of this meme was leading up to this moment.

This person pointed out how the only person of color nominated was for playing a slave. As usual.

FACTS. Yes, we love Cynthia Erivo, but there’s more to the black experience than being a slave.

People were revealing the many ways they were paying tribute to their queen.

Honestly, this one is bigger honor than any stupid award can provide.

This person called out the Academy for the obvious discrimination against people of color.

Coincidence? I think not.

This Latina Disney Star Is All Grown Up And Plays A Major Role In ‘You’—Can You Guess Where Else You Might’ve Spotted Her?

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This Latina Disney Star Is All Grown Up And Plays A Major Role In ‘You’—Can You Guess Where Else You Might’ve Spotted Her?

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The second season of you came out just a few weeks ago, and people can’t get enough of the creepy psychological drama. The new season features a mostly new cast, as the homicidal leading man Joe moves to Los Angeles for a fresh start to unleash his cycle of obsession and murder on a new group of people. One of the new main characters is Ellie, played by former Disney star Jenna Ortega —and although the teenager is only 17 years of age, she’s landed some major roles.

In the new series, Joe (played by Penn Badgley) tries to turn his life around by moving to Los Angeles.

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There, he becomes close to the Quinn family and the Alves family —and things take a dark turn for Joe’s neighbors Delilah and Ellie Alvez —who is played by Jenna.

Ortega is Ellie, a teenager who grew up fast in the big city.

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Ellie likes to act and appear older than her years. Secretly living with minimal supervision or nurturing in her life, she must take care of herself and isn’t afraid to get into murky waters to make a little cash. This includes working cons on the adults around her, including Joe Goldberg.

Joe and Ellie’s older sister Delilah become friends and Joe starts to feel very protective over Ellie.  

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When things take a turn for the worst, Joe looks after Ellie, who’s left orphaned with Child Protection Services close behind her. Seeing his younger self in Ellie, Joe helps her escape and promises to protect her.

This Latina rising star has been working since a young age. 

Although Jenna Ortega is only 17, she’s been acting since she was 9, with plenty of guest spots on TV and, eventually, some major roles. Maybe you recognize her as the young Jane from Jane the Virgin, or you might recognize her voice from one of Disney’s most popular current animated shows. Keep reading to see all of Ortega’s major roles to date.

Jane the Virgin

Jenna Ortega’s breakout role was her five-season recurring role as the young version of Jane Villanueva on CW’s beloved comedy Jane the Virgin. She played Jane in flashbacks throughout all five seasons of the show.

Richie Rich

You isn’t Jenna Ortega’s first major role on a Netflix show. Back in 2015, she was one of the main characters on the reboot of Richie Rich, playing Richie’s luxury-loving best friend Darcy. The show wasn’t successful and ended after just one season.

Stuck in the Middle

Jenna Ortega landed her first full-fledged leading role on the Disney Channel sitcom Stuck in the Middle, where she played Harley Diaz, the middle child of seven siblings. The show ran from 2016 to 2018, earning Ortega three Imagen Award nominations, one of which she won.

Elena of Avalor

Beginning in 2016 and continuing to the present day, Jenna Ortega has voiced the character of Princess Isabel on the Disney animated series Elena of Avalor. She plays the clever younger sister of the teenage princess Elena, Disney’s first Latina princesses.

Saving Flora

The little-seen drama Saving Flora features Jenna Ortega as the teenage daughter of a circus owner who rescues an aging elephant from being euthanized. The two run away into the forest, where they encounter dangers on their way to an elephant preserve.

‘You’ is just the latest major role for Ortega, and there are more on the horizon

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She’s signed on for another go-round with Netflix, this time in the upcoming horror comedy The Babysitter 2. After that, she’s set to appear in the family comedy Yes Day, co-starring with Jennifer Garner and Édgar Ramírez.