NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Today, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is announcing its collaboration with acclaimed actor, animal advocate, and pet parent Dave Bautista to raise awareness and encourage support for rescued animals in honor of GivingTuesday, the global movement that inspires people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. This year, the ASPCA is hoping to encourage the public to keep animals top-of-mind and to help support their journeys from rescue to finding the loving homes they deserve.
Dave Bautista and the ASPCA call for support, helping to provide meals, shelter, and care for rescued animals in need.Tweet
Dave, whose passions both personally and professionally have led him from a career in wrestling to acting to animal advocacy, is a well-known dog-lover who proudly voices his support for pet adoption and animal protection. Dave is the proud pet parent of four adopted pit bulls and is a consistent champion for the breed. His passion for his pets and his compassion for all animals in need make Dave an ideal partner for a day like GivingTuesday.
Starting on GivingTuesday and continuing through the holiday season, Dave will be calling on the public to help animals by donating funds or supplies, adopting homeless animals, or volunteering their time – in hopes of giving more animals the second chances they deserve.
“My first rescue dogs were Ollie and Maggie, and I’ve had them for about five years. I adopted them, and after becoming so connected with them, I started to be more aware of how many dogs are just waiting for someone to give them good, loving homes,” said Dave Bautista. “You get so much in return when you adopt a pet, and I’m going to preach for adoption for the rest of my life. Every second chance for these animals starts with someone like you, or me.”
This GivingTuesday, the ASPCA is calling for support of the thousands of animals across the country who need meals, shelter, and care before their happily ever after becomes reality. Every rescued animal’s journey starts with the support of compassionate animal lovers.
“Dave Bautista’s compassion for homeless animals and advocacy for pit bulls in particular make him a powerful ambassador for GivingTuesday, inspiring his fans and many others to adopt, foster, and contribute to the health and welfare of shelter animals, even before those animals are ready for new homes,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO. “We thank Dave and everyone speaking out and stepping up this holiday season on behalf of dogs and cats in need and commit our strong support for those animals now and always.”
To support shelter animals who need food, toys, and so much more before they can find loving homes, visit ASPCA.org/BeforeYou.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization to be established in North America and today serves as the nation’s leading voice for vulnerable and victimized animals. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA assists animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources. For more information, visit www.ASPCA.org, and follow the ASPCA on Facebook, X, Instagram, and TikTok.
Actor Wil Wheaton Criticizes Larry David’s Interaction with Elmo on “TODAY” Show
Actor Wil Wheaton criticizes Larry David for his “appalling” treatment of Elmo on “TODAY,” sparking childhood trauma memories, deeming David’s apology insincere.
In a recent social media outburst, actor Wil Wheaton expressed strong disapproval towards comedian Larry David for his on-air interaction with the beloved “Sesame Street” character Elmo. The incident, which occurred on NBC’s “TODAY” show on February 1, left Wheaton deeply disturbed, evoking painful memories of childhood trauma.
Wheaton, known for his role in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” condemned David’s actions as “appalling,” “unforgivable,” and “despicable.” He highlighted Elmo’s status as a cherished character loved by multiple generations and shared his personal experience of childhood abuse, drawing parallels between the on-screen incident and his own traumatic past.
Reflecting on his father’s abusive behavior, Wheaton revealed how David’s portrayal triggered distressing memories, emphasizing the emotional impact of such actions on individuals with similar experiences. He criticized David’s subsequent apology as insincere, questioning the comedian’s motives and highlighting the lack of sensitivity displayed towards the significance of mental health discussions.
The context of the incident, where Elmo and his father advocated for emotional wellness, added complexity to David’s disruptive behavior. While Elmo attempted to redirect the conversation towards positive dialogue, David’s actions overshadowed the segment’s intended message, drawing criticism for his perceived lack of respect and empathy.
Wheaton’s candid response sheds light on the importance of understanding the potential impact of one’s actions, especially in a public setting. The clash between entertainment and personal sensitivities underscores the need for accountability and awareness when engaging with sensitive topics, particularly on platforms reaching a wide audience.
As this controversy unfolds, it serves as a reminder of the power dynamics at play in media representation and the responsibility that public figures hold in shaping narratives that resonate with diverse experiences. Wheaton’s impassioned critique urges reflection on the boundaries of humor and the repercussions of trivializing traumatic themes, emphasizing the significance of empathy and respect in all interactions.
Source: NBC News
Remembering Carl Weathers: A Legend in Film, Television, and Sports
Remembering Carl Weathers: A multifaceted talent whose legacy as a true legend will continue to inspire audiences worldwide.
The entertainment industry mourns the loss of a true legend, Carl Weathers, who passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 76. Known for his iconic role as Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” movies and more recently as Greef Karga in “The Mandalorian,” Weathers’ impact transcended generations.
Weathers’ family described him as an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life, leaving an indelible mark through his contributions to film, television, the arts, and sports. From his breakout role in “Rocky” to his appearances in “Predator,” “Happy Gilmore,” and “Toy Story 4,” Weathers showcased his versatility as an actor.
Beyond his acting career, Weathers’ journey to stardom was unique. Before gracing the silver screen, he excelled as a football player at San Diego State University and professionally for the Oakland Raiders. His transition to acting in the 1970s set the stage for a successful career that spanned decades.
Weathers’ talents extended to the small screen, with memorable roles in “Arrested Development,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and more. His Emmy nomination in 2021 for his role in “The Mandalorian” as Greef Karga highlighted his enduring impact on television.
Colleagues and friends, including Adam Sandler, paid tribute to Weathers, remembering him as a great man, actor, and athlete. Sandler’s heartfelt words reflected the sentiment shared by many who had the privilege of knowing and working with Weathers.
As we reflect on Carl Weathers’ legacy, we remember a multifaceted talent whose charisma, talent, and dedication enriched the entertainment landscape. His work will continue to inspire and entertain audiences for years to come, ensuring that his memory as a true legend endures.
TIME Names the 2023 Person of the Year: Taylor Swift
NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today, TIME names Taylor Swift the 2023 Person of the Year.
TIME Editor-in-Chief Sam Jacobs writes, “The [TIME Person of the Year] has typically been a ruler over traditional domains of power…very often a politician or a titan of industry…And yet the person whose singular influence was revealed throughout 2023 has held none of these roles—or anything remotely similar….much of what Swift accomplished in 2023 exists beyond measurement. She mapped her journey and shared the results with the world: She committed to validating the dreams, feelings, and experiences of people, especially women, who felt overlooked and regularly underestimated.”
Jacobs continues, “For building a world of her own that made a place for so many, for spinning her story into a global legend, for bringing joy to a society desperately in need of it, Taylor Swift is TIME’s 2023 Person of the Year.”
Swift is the first figure from the arts to be named Person of the Year for her success as an entertainer.
In the cover story, which features an exclusive interview with Swift— her first in-depth conversation in nearly four years—TIME’s Sam Lansky writes, “This was the year she perfected her craft—not just with her music, but in her position as the master storyteller of the modern era. The world, in turn, watched, clicked, cried, danced, sang along, swooned, caravanned to stadiums and movie theaters, let her work soundtrack their lives.”
Highlights from TIME’s exclusive interview with Taylor Swift:
On taking a few hits in her career, Taylor Swift tells TIME, “I’ve been raised up and down the flagpole of public opinion so many times in the last 20 years…I’ve been given a tiara, then had it taken away.”
On her year in 2023: “It feels like the breakthrough moment of my career, happening at 33…And for the first time in my life, I was mentally tough enough to take what comes with that….This is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt, and the most creatively fulfilled and free I’ve ever been.”
On training for The Eras Tour: “Every day I would run on the treadmill, singing the entire set list out loud…Fast for fast songs, and a jog or a fast walk for slow songs…Then I had three months of dance training, because I wanted to get it in my bones…I wanted to be so over-rehearsed that I could be silly with the fans, and not lose my train of thought.”
On how fame is a seesaw: “Nothing is permanent…So I’m very careful to be grateful every second that I get to be doing this at this level, because I’ve had it taken away from me before. There is one thing I’ve learned: My response to anything that happens, good or bad, is to keep making things. Keep making art.”
On life in the public eye: “Over the years, I’ve learned I don’t have the time or bandwidth to get pressed about things that don’t matter. Yes, if I go out to dinner, there’s going to be a whole chaotic situation outside the restaurant. But I still want to go to dinner with my friends…Life is short. Have adventures. Me locking myself away in my house for a lot of years—I’ll never get that time back. I’m more trusting now than I was six years ago.”
Read more from the interview and explore related content: time.com/person-of-the-year
“TIME’s mission is to tell the essential stories of the people and ideas that shape the world and Person of the Year recognizes the individual or group that shaped the year. We are thrilled to recognize Grammy-winning artist Taylor Swift, who had a monumental year and epitomizes global influence, as the TIME Person of the Year,” said TIME’s Chief Executive Officer Jessica Sibley. “We look forward to celebrating leadership and impact in 2023 at our ‘A Year in TIME’ celebration with leaders and visionaries from the TIME community and our partners at American Family Insurance, Smartsheet, The Macallan and Ally.”
Ally is the Media Partner of TIME Person of the Year.
All three cover editions are available for purchase now from Time.com and through a first-time partnership with Flowcode. Subscriptions ordered through December 31 are guaranteed to receive the 2023 TIME Person of the Year issue. The issue will be available on newsstands beginning on Friday, December 15. Select cover prints from the People of the Year issue will also be available through TIME’s Cover Store.
TIME NAMES THE 2023 CEO, ATHLETE AND BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR:
CEO OF THE YEAR – Sam Altman
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Lionel Messi
BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR – Alex Newell
See the covers: https://bit.ly/47JzJwv
PLUS: Through branded content partnerships, TIME Names:
DREAMER OF THE YEAR – Syd Kitson
In partnership with American Family Insurance
TEAM OF THE YEAR – HP’s Social Impact Team
In partnership with Smartsheet
TIME TO HOST ‘A YEAR IN TIME’ EVENT IN NEW YORK CITY:
This month, TIME will host A Year in TIME celebration in New York City to celebrate leadership and impact in 2023.
The event is presented by Premier Partner American Family Insurance, Signature Partner Smartsheet and Supporting Partner The Macallan.
TIME is the 100-year-old global media brand that reaches a combined audience of over 120 million around the world through its iconic magazine and digital platforms. With unparalleled access to the world’s most influential people, the trust of consumers and partners globally, and an unrivaled power to convene, TIME’s mission is to tell the essential stories of the people and ideas that shape and improve the world. Today, TIME also includes the Emmy Award®-winning film and television division TIME Studios; a significantly expanded live events business built on the powerful TIME100 and Person of the Year franchises and custom experiences; TIME for Kids, which provides trusted news with a focus on news literacy for kids and valuable resources for teachers and families; the award-winning branded content studio Red Border Studios; an industry-leading web3 division; the website-building platform TIME Sites; the sustainability and climate action division TIME CO2; the new e-commerce and content platform TIME Stamped, and more.
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