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10 Reasons Why Miami Is Basically Its Own Country

Technically, Miami is just another city in the U.S., right? Well, kind of. Those of us who’ve lived there know it’s pretty much its very own country. Here are some straightforward facts that prove it:

In Miami, traffic rules are merely suggestions.

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The wildlife is not so wild.

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There’s no real divide between the great outdoors and your living room. You might step on a lizard or a incredibly large cockroach anywhere at any given time, especially in the summer.

EVERYONE habla español.

ESPANOL

NO ONE drinks lattes.

LATTE

It’s all about the fiesta.

FIESTA

Bilingual isn’t even a concept.

BILINGUAL

Corruption is as tangible as it is accepted.

CORRUPTION

Club clothes are just clothes.

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Hot weather takes on a whole new definition.

WEATHER

Latina Porn Star Was Slut-Shamed By Drunk Miami Dolphins Fan And It Was All Caught On Tape

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Latina Porn Star Was Slut-Shamed By Drunk Miami Dolphins Fan And It Was All Caught On Tape

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The Miami Dolphins lost 17-16 to the Redskins and the loss still stings. However, not all of the action was happening on the field last Sunday. A Miami fan who’d had a little too much to drink at the Hard Rock Stadium unloaded an expletive-rant on adult film star Valentina Jewels. The actress confirmed that it was, in fact, her who had been verbally attacked during the NFL game posting a video of the incident on Twitter and wrote: “That’s me”.

Latina porn star Valentina Jewels was enjoying a day out at the stadium when a drunk party-pooper insulted her.

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The Honduran-born actress was enjoying her day at the game with other employees of the adult film company, Bang Bros. The unidentified man jumped up just as the Dolphins scored a touchdown and launched the verbal attack. Holding a cup of beer and wearing a Dolphins jersey the man shouted “You’re girl’s a f***ing w***e, you ain’t got s*** on me, f***ing b**** ass mother*****” at the man accompanying Jewels. 

Jewels was attending the game with fellow Bang Bros employees on official “Bang Bus Stop” business

Bang Bros, a Miami staple, has spoken of its closeness to the city and even offered a $10 million bid to bag naming rights for the Miami Heat stadium. They took the opportunity to get close to their fans on Sunday by taking their #bangbusstop to the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot for fans to meet their porn-star idols and take pictures with them.

Fans!!! Have you ever wanted to take a picture with the World Famous Bang Bus?” read the Instagram post on the company’s official page. “We are here at the Hard Rock Stadium! West lot 31 Dolphins vs Redskins! #BangBusStop #football.”

Despite the fireworks and rivalries inside the stadium, both Redskins and Miami fans were encouraged to make a pit stop at Bang Bros’ prized attraction in the lot.

The unidentified man must’ve thought that the porn star was attending the game in support of the Redskins and proceeded to slut-shame her when his team was on the losing side of things.

The aggressive man may have been misguided in his anger against Jewels. BangBros have been very public about their support of Miami teams in the past. The adult film company even wanted to change the name of the Miami Heat stadium to BBC or ‘Bang Bros Cares’ or the ‘Bang Bros Center’ and went as far as to make a multi-million bid to make that happen. The red and white BangBros colors may have tricked the drunk man into thinking that Jewels and her companion were at the game in support of the Washington Redskins.  

Jewels confirmed that the person in the video was her via Twitter.

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Jewels reported that she was the Bang Bros girl who was being yelled at by the Dolphins fan by sharing a video of the incident on Twitter and took to Instagram to call out the disrespect and shine a light on “how hard it really is to deal with being a ‘star’ in a SW industry.”

“We deal with the same problems you do and on top of that we deal with masses having their fingers pointed at us,” she captioned the post. “I’m glad everyone’s getting sneak peek of how it feels like being a SW, can’t even enjoy a game without being disrespected. It’s not about “freedom of speech” there’s a bigger underlining issue there. I’m not gonna stay quiet about this, we are treated poorly & unfairly on the daily basis.”

While views on the adult industry are increasingly progressive, the widely held perceptions of the women and men in the frame remain static. 

In an interview with the Independent, porn veteran Raylin Joy, a singer and actress in the Showtime mini-series ‘Submission’ spoke about the stigma and disrespect that women receive for working in the porn industry.

“Sometimes the stigma that can come with porn is too much for some girls to handle,” she said, “Because it is not even the porn world that can really get to girls, it’s the bulls**t that girls can experience from the outside world because people think they have this idea of porn and that if you are a girl who does it then you must be a little bit weird or something.”

Bang Bros gave a great response to questions regarding the incident.

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For their part, when asked about an official stance, Bang Bros responded to questions about the incident via a DM to Busted Coverage; “Idk, some fans can’t control their drinking. Stadium security did a great job. We had a wonderful time at the game.”

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‘The Craft’ Remake Is Going To Put Brujería Front And Center With A Trans Latinx Actress

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‘The Craft’ Remake Is Going To Put Brujería Front And Center With A Trans Latinx Actress

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Just in time for Spooky Season, we are getting news about the upcoming “Craft” reboot. The 1996 supernatural thriller about four young women experimenting with the occult was a blockbuster hit that still has die-hard fans. Earlier this year, a reboot of the film was announced by popular horror production company, Blumhouse Productions. Blumhouse has given us such films as “Get Out” and “The Purge” series so there’s no doubt that it can do justice to this cult classic. 

Now, it seems we officially have a new quartet of witches for this reboot with the addition of a final actress to take on one of the starring roles. 

Completing the main cast is trans Latinx actress Zoey Luna in the role of Lourdes.

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Back in June of 2017, the production company put out a casting notice for the part, looking for a young transgender Latina actress to play the role. According to Blumhouse, “Lourdes is the second member of the teenaged Clique. Her super-Catholic mother threw her out for being trans and she now lives with her 80-year-old abuela, who has taught Lourdes a variety of supernatural practices.”

Luna joins Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon and Lovie Simone as the four women at the focus of the supernatural horror story. Much like the 1996 version, the reboot will center upon a new girl coming into the school and befriending three other social outcasts to form a witchy coven. The film is being written, directed and produced by Zoe Lister-Jones.

Relatively new to the acting world, this will be Luna’s first big role as an actress. 

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Luna’s start in the world of acting began with documentaries about being a transgender woman. Among them is “15: A Quinceañera Story,” a documentary about Luna and other young girls getting ready for their quinceañeras with the help of trans women who never got the same opportunity. The young actress also recently appeared in a Season 2 episode of “Pose.”

Since its announcement over the weekend, news of Luna’s casting has been celebrated by trans activists and members of the LGBTQ+ community as a step forward for trans representation. 

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Horror movies have a bad history of including trans female storylines as a means to terrify or shock viewers. The decision of Blumhouse to cast a trans actress for a trans role might be a sign that this will be one of the first positive trans female depictions in horror.

Other Twitter users were enthusiastic to see not only trans representation but representation for trans people of color. 

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Transgender women especially Black trans women are often the focus of violence. In 2018, 26 trans women were murdered. Seeing more positive representations of trans women in media is a step towards the very necessary inclusion that our communities need.  

Of course, we’re really excited to see some brujeria brought to the film. 

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Brujeria is an important subset of witchcraft but isn’t as represented as other elements of witchery. When it is shown in film and media, it’s often represented negatively or through the use of hokey stereotypes. To see it used as the main storyline in the reboot of this well-loved movie is definitely an improvement. 

As of now, “The Craft” reboot doesn’t have a date to start filming or for its release. Still, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date on all the bewitching news that comes from the set.