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Cruise Ship Trying To Dock In Cozumel, Mexico Crashed Into Another Ship

When you take off on a luxurious vacation, the last thing you want is for chaos to ensue. But last Friday morning, two Carnival Cruise Line ships collided at the port of Cozumel, Mexico, resulting in extensive damages and at least six injuries. In spite of these damages, the company affirms that neither ship was compromised enough to impact its ability to sail, and each injury that was incurred was minor in nature.

“Carnival Glory was maneuvering to dock when it made contact with Carnival Legend which was already alongside,” a spokesperson for the company wrote in a statement. “We are assessing the damage but there are no issues that impact the seaworthiness of either ship.”

At first, only one minor injury had been reported by a guest of Carnival Glory, which evidently occurred during a group evacuation from the dining room of one ship’s decks 3 and 4. But the cruise line said that since its preliminary evaluation, six guests with minor injuries “have presented themselves to the Carnival Glory medical center for evaluation.”

Makenna Morris, 21, from Salt Lake City, Utah, said that she was on deck 4 of the Carnival Legend when she noticed the Carnival Glory moving toward her ship. As the Carnival Glory approached, she could hear passengers screaming in preparation for the impact.

“I heard sounds of cracking and glass breaking,” Morris told NBC News. “The whole dining hall caved in and shattered.”

A few days following the allision (the company is referring to the incident as an “allision,” rather than as a “collision,” because one of the ships was not actually moving at the time), Carnival Cruise Line—which is the world’s largest international cruise line—released a public apology for the incident. The captain of the Carnival Glory also confirmed an investigation into the cause of the accident, which the company currently acknowledges as “spontaneous wind gusts and strong currents.”

“A formal investigation is underway to confirm the cause of the accident,” the letter read. “The ship has been inspected by the required authorities and there are no issues that impact our ability to sail safely back to New Orleans.”

The captain also affirmed that the six people injured in the incident had all been treated, and were in healthy condition.

This recent Cozumel crash is not the first time that Carnival Cruise Line has been the subject of controversy.

In 2002, it was reported that the company was paying their staff less than $1 per hour for shifts that lasted 11 hours, 7 days a week. Since 2017, Carnival has been on probation after “illegally dumping oil into the ocean from its Princess Cruise ships and lying about the scheme,” for which they also had to pay a $40 million fine. The court summary states: “Princess was convicted and sentenced in April 2017, after pleading guilty to felony charges stemming from its deliberate dumping of oil-contaminated waste from one of its vessels and intentional acts to cover it up.”

Just this year, Carnival was exposed violating the rules of its probation, with a list of up to 800 allegations emerging over a one-year period. In addition to severe fines that could increase up to ten times, Carnival faces a possible temporary ban from docking in US ports. A settlement was reached this past June, confirming that Carnival’s probation would last another three years.

And while this incident had nothing to do with Carnival Cruise Line’s services (in fact, the folks involved praised Carnival’s support throughout the incident), the company made headlines earlier this year when one half of an American couple fell critically ill aboard the Carnival Dream cruise ship and was rushed to a hospital in Mexico. Tyler Perry heard about their situation and paid the couple’s hospital bill, helping them safely get back home to the States.

Carnival Cruise Line has operated since 1972, and its fleet has undergone several transformations over the past few decades.

Of the two ships involved in this most recent incident, the Carnival Glory is a Miami-based vessel registered in Panama that has been carrying passengers since 2003.  It carries roughly 1,150 crew members and has a maximum guest capacity of 3,756, though the number of people who were on board at the time of the crash is unknown.

The Carnival Legend is significantly smaller, with a capacity for 930 crew members and up to 2,610 guests. It has been in service for the company since 2002. The Legend is based in Tampa but registered in Malta.

Carnival also has plans to expand their current fleet of 27 ships in the next couple of years. The Carnival Mardi Gras is due to set sail in 2020, and it will be the largest ship ever built for Carnival, featuring the first-ever roller coaster at sea. Another ship is due out in 2022, though its name and special features have yet to be announced.

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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Yes, welcome to 2021. A year whose heels only just hit the ground when Republican extremists terrorized the Capitol building leading to Donald Trump’s impeachment… And oh yeah saw actor Armie Hammer being accused of liking cannibalism. Yes, we said it cannibalism, ya know, an appetite for eating your own kind?

Gossip surrounding the Call Me By Your Name actor and his sex life has become so salacious that the actor announced that he was stepping back from an upcoming movie with Jennifer Lopez.

Armie Hammer announced this week that he will no longer star in the upcoming movie, Shotgun Wedding alongside Jennifer Lopez.

The brewing scandal involving Hammer includes alleged leaked messages related to his sex life.

The leaked messages alleged that Hammer has a thing for fantasies related to rape and cannibalism and was leaked by an anonymous social media account user with the name House of Effie. According to the account, Hammer told a woman that he was “100 percent a cannibal.” Another message suggested that Hammer liked the taste of blood.

“I’m not responding to these bulls–t claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,” Hammer said in a statement to Page Six. “Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”

Still, the show will go on for Lopez who will star in the film being directed by “Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore.

The film will be distributed in the US by Lionsgate and will stream internationally on Amazon Prime. According to Deadline, Shotgun Wedding was meant to see Lopez and Hammer “play a couple who gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as they begin to get cold feet about their relationship. If that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken, hostage.”

Despite the unconfirmed gossip around him, Hammer still has upcoming projects. These include the thriller, “The Billion Dollar Spy,” and a sequel to the 2017 hit “Call Me By Your Name” in which he played Oliver, a handsome doctoral student.

Its not the first time gossip around Hammer’s love life has caused a stir. In a 2013, Playboy interview Hammer described himself as a “dominant lover” and enjoyed “grabbing women by the neck and hair.”

He later told E! News of the candid Playboy interview, “Don’t drink during an interview.”

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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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The fact that the early days of Barbie were not quite so inclusive to all of us comes as no surprise. The blonde, impossibly figured doll with a penchant for similar-looking friends is a far cry away from the Barbie of today who has friends of all shapes, races, sizes, sexual identities, and abilities. Even better, today’s Barbie crew includes dolls who give queer children a broader playgound for their imagination.

Recently, Barbie has added a new addition to her friend group whose bringing more power to her LGTBQ fans.

Social media has dubbed the LGBTQ positive Aimee Song doll Barbie‘s girlfriend.

Twitter’s latest excitement is about a theory that Barbie and Aimee Song are dating. Photos of Mattel’s doll Aimee Song doll show her wearing a “Love Wins” T-shirt that supports LGBTQ+ rights. The Mattel doll was inspired by fashion blogger Aimee Song and recently caught renewed attention in a viral post shared to Twitter.

The “Love Wins” photos are only now going viral but were actually released in November 2017.

The photos of Barbie and the Aimee doll were shared to Twitter last Monday by user @kissevermore and now has Twitter debating whether the two are dating.

The pictures of Barbie and Aimee show the two dolls eating avocado toast. petting a dog, and smiling at each other. The images have fans questioning when Barbie came out and how she managed to nail a hot girlfriend before they did.

Even REAL Aimee Song weighed in on the images to confirm the relationship.

“I am the girlfriend,” she tweeted with a photo of herself and the Aimee Song doll. 

While Mattel has yet to officially identify Barbie as a lesbian, the original Instagram posts related to the Love Wins Barbies are proof that she is at least an ally.

Confirmed or not, true or not, one of the best parts of Barbie is that she is meant to be whoever her fans want her to be.

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