NYT Sorry for Having ‘Fetus’ on Wordle It Was An Accident, Guys!!!
5/9/2022 8:46 AM PT
Abortion rights were top of mind for many this past week — and, for a moment, it seemed to be on the New York Times’ mind as well … because a buzzword was worked into Wordle.
Here’s the deal … some Wordle users on Monday reported that the word of the day turned out to be “fetus,” which sparked a lot of outrage and speculation that perhaps the Times had purposely plugged that in to make a point about the recent Roe v Wade news.
As you might imagine … folks didn’t think it was funny, and couldn’t quite fathom why the NYT would jam that word in amid a very high-tension time in the country. Obviously, reproductive rights are no laughing matter — especially when they’re at risk of being repealed at the federal level.
Lo and behold, the Times didn’t do this to provoke the masses — the paper came out Monday and clarified what exactly had happened … and it sounds like a case of pre-loaded 5-letter answers that they weren’t able to scrub before some players discovered it.
As editor Everdeen Mason notes, “But because of the current Wordle technology, it can be difficult to change words that have already been loaded into the game.
She adds, “When we discovered last week that this particular word would be featured today, we switched it for as many solvers as possible” … going to explain that the point of Wordle is to escape and entertain, not to focus on the news. EM also seemed to apologize to users.
There’s also a way to make sure you don’t come across this potentially triggering word — all you gotta do is refresh your browser, and that’ll do the trick.
Trailer for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Shows Tatiana Maslany Turning to a Special Avenger for Help
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The newbie superhero attempts to navigate the worlds of family, career and, yes, dating in her 30s in the new trailer for Disney+’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany stars as She-Hulk (a.k.a. Jennifer Walters) in the series,”a single, 30-something attorney who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk,” according to the streamer.
“I’m Jennifer Walters,” Maslany says in the trailer. “I’m a lawyer. I have great friends. A demanding job. And a frustrating family.”
That family, of course, comes in the form of cousin Bruce Banner (a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk/Smart Hulk), played by Mark Ruffalo. “Being a superhero is a trial by fire,” he says in the trailer. “Who’s going to protect the world, if not people like you?”
You won’t like this family when they’re angry!
After she is made the face of the Superhuman Law Division by her boss, Bruce works with Jennifer to bridge the gap between Jennifer and She-Hulk. “The transformations are triggered by anger and fear,” Bruce tells her.
“Those are like the baseline of any woman just existing,” Jennifer tells him.
Jennifer does her best to ease into the She-Hulk persona—just don’t put a label on her.
“I’m not a superhero,” she says. “That is for billionaires and narcissists. And adult orphans, for some reason.”
While being a giant, green lawyer doesn’t exactly allow her to blend in, she does to get lift up men by barely lifting a finger. Sounds like a decent trade-off.
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Megan Fox Reacts to Machine Gun Kelly’s “Vulnerable” Moment at Billboard Music Awards 2022
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Megan Fox is showing her twin flame support.
“Baby- so proud of you for giving such a vulnerable and emotional performance,” Megan wrote in a May 17 Instagram post. “You are magic.”
During the May 15 event, MGK performed his track “twin flame” on the BBMAs stage. Before beginning the song, MGK noted, “I wrote this song for my wife.” And halfway through his performance, the “Emo Girl” singer added, “And this is for our unborn child.”
In another tweet, MGK shared that the song was written in two parts, seemingly referencing the two dedications he provided during the performance.
“i recorded twin flame 2 years ago today, the second half came a year later,” he shared. “beautifully serendipitous getting to sing it for you tonight.”
The exact meaning of MGK’s onstage dedication has not been confirmed. What is certain is that Megan and MGK are in full wedding-planning mode.
While walking the red carpet at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, Machine Gun Kelly exclusively told E! News their nuptials are going to be “completely out of the box.”
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They also plan to keep celebrating Megan’s 36th birthday.
“Well, it’s my fiancée’s birthday at midnight,” MGK shared with E! News on the 2022 BBMAs red carpet. “So we’re celebrating her wonderful life being here on planet earth.”
In her May 17 Instagram post, Megan—who previously hosted the Travel Channel’s Legends of the Lost —reminded the world that despite her glam Hollywood image, she’s a nature girl at heart. “Vegas it’s been nice but you are my version of the innermost ring of hell,” she wrote. “Off to the wilderness for my birthday.”
Watch a brand new episode of Nightly Pop Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m., only on E!
Matt James Says Marriage Is His Relationship “Endgame” With Girlfriend Rachael Kirkconnell
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Chatting with E! News’ Daily Pop on May 17 about his new memoir, First Impressions: Off Screen Conversations With a Bachelor on Race, Family, and Forgiveness, the former Bachelor shared that his relationship with Kirkconnell has always been headed towards marriage.
“I think marriage is always the endgame at my stage of the game,” he told hosts Justin Sylvester, Bobby Berk and Loni Love. “I’m not in the business of wasting anybody’s time, and I think the good thing about our relationship is we go at our own pace. And you’ve seen with other couples—they force the engagement and they’re not together anymore. So, I think what we got is a working recipe and we’re gonna get there.”
The two met on James’ season 25 of The Bachelor in 2020, in which he made history as the series’ first Black lead. But he was unaware of the importance of his casting for quite some time.
“Listen, I was fully consumed in quarantine. That wasn’t really my focus,” he said. “I thought I was going on The Bachelorette. And when I first got that call, I thought that Tyler [Cameron] and someone in the house was messing with me.”
He continued, “When they offered it to me, I’m like, ‘Oh, bet,’ like, ‘Who’s messing with me?’ And then, you know, as the process furthered, I’m like, ‘Oh, wow, okay. This is monumental.'”
James’ experience on the ABC dating series is the main inspiration behind his debut book.
“There was a lot of things that I talked about that I shared on the show that never made it to everybody else’s television boxes,” he shared, “and I’m hoping that they can resonate with my story a little bit more once they’ve seen and felt everything I’ve gone through.”
He shared that he always “talked about real s–t with the people on the show” to give them insight into what life with him post-show would be like, only some of those moments didn’t make the final cut.
“When a lot of that didn’t come across, it just lacked depth,” he shared. “I feel like we could have capitalized on being the first Black Bachelor and having important conversations.”
“Listen, Rachel Lindsay is a force,” James said. “I don’t think I could ever step into that light and take on everything that she’s taken on, but I have had conversations with her in terms of, you know, the things that I—she prefaced her experience with mine and said, ‘Watch out for X, Y and Z,’ and without that context, I think that the show could have played out completely different.”
Check out the full interview in the clip above.
First Impressions: Off Screen Conversations With a Bachelor on Race, Family, and Forgiveness, is available now where books are sold.
Watch Daily Pop weekdays at 11 a.m., only on E!.
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