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Well, we most likely still aren't quite over season eight of Game of Thrones.

For the most part, the writing was beyond ridiculous, and fans were so frustrated that some of them even began a petition to remake the final season.

Some of the cast-members showed up to a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, and addressed the furious fan reaction to the series finale, which…bombed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's only been two months since the HBO hit show ended, but the wounds haven't quite healed yet, it would seem. We're trying to desperately forget that the season ever even happened.

The cast got back together on Friday to talk all things GOT, and referenced the Change.org petition to 'Remake Game of Thrones Season eight with competent writers' that got 1.6 million signatures. 

Nikolaj CosterWaldau (Jaime Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Conleth Hill (Varys), and Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) showed up to the panel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They got candid about the hugely negative reaction to the final season, with Nikolaj mainly addressing the "level of absurdity of the online petition";

"Every season, we had huge controversies. From Ned Stark being killed, ‘I’m never going to watch that piece of shit show again!’ And then there was the Red Wedding. And obviously, the end," he continued.

"I feel so lucky to have met so may fans of the show, and to realise this show has brought so many people together. Watching it, loving it. So obviously, It comes to an end, it’s going to piss you off no matter what."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Danish actor, who portrayed Jaime Lannister, added;

 "It’s the end! But at the end of the day, it’s absolutely fine. If you hated the ending if you loved it, that’s great. Just don’t call people names."

Conleth (the Master of Whisperers) joined in, saying; 

"You look at the amount of people who are here. We are here to thank you for watching us all those years. This is the reality rather than a media-led hate campaign."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When Nikolaj was queried on his death scene, he said; “I thought it was perfect for him to end in the arms of Cersei."

Variety reported that some fans in the audience disagreed, and even booed the actor. “It made sense to me – that’s just my opinion," he said.

His co-star Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) previously said she was “gutted” about how her character died under the pile of bricks, and even revealed further disappointment over a crucial Cersei scene being edited out of the show.

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Derry Girls don't just show up for their friends on-screen; the cast have now joined the protest outside Westminster to try and change Northern Ireland's archaic abortion laws.

Nicola Coughlan and Siobhan McSweeney have long been outspoken for their desire to reform the state's justice system when it comes to reproductive rights, and they're women of their word.

In 2018, Lisa McGee's Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls attracted well-earned praise for it's hilarious antics, and fast became the biggest show ever to emerge from Northern Ireland. They're back for season two, and some serving of rights while they're at it;

The show is gearing up for it's return on March 5, and now that the cast have gained a high profile, they intend to use their platform for human rights issues.

Two of the shows leading actors are now in Westminster to march hand-in-hand with Amnesty International, delivering a petition asking for the Northern Irish Secretary of State to change the abortion laws.

Karen Bradley is under the spotlight today, as hundreds gather to support the protest. Polls consistently show that the residents of the province want reform, but politicians up North have refrained from speaking out.

The protest shows women marching across Westminster bridge with 28 suitcases; one for each of the women who still have to fly from the North to Great Britain every week to access abortion in the NHS system.

Protesters have delivered a petition with 62,000 signatories, and are on the Prime Minister and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley to bring abortion rights to Northern Ireland.

Unless there is a serious risk to a woman's life or health, abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland. Unlike other parts of the Britain, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to the North.

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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland have recalled four Miss Fit Skinny tea and coffee products over 'misleading labelling'.

Miss Fit Skinny Tea 14 Day Skinny Tea, Miss Fit Skinny Tea Max, Miss Fit Slimming Coffee 14 Day Fat Burning Instant Coffee and Miss Fit Skinny Coffee Max are the products which will be recalled.

The FSAI released a statement on the matter, saying; "All batches of the above four Miss Fit products are being recalled due to incorrect, misleading and ambiguous labelling."

"Amongst the labelling breaches are health claims which are not authorised and are therefore misleading to the consumer."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Products from the brand have been asked to be removed from the market. Shops have been ordered to remove the detox products from the shelves and display point-of-sale notices to correctly inform customers.

There has been a huge amount of backlash in recent months to 'quick fix' weight loss brands such as these, with the head doctor of the NHS condemning weight-loss advertisements and Jameela Jamil fronting a campaign against them.

After rapper Cardi B endorsed the teas, which contain ingredients akin to laxatives, Jamil wrote on Twitter: "If you want to “curb your appetite” eat some damn green vegetables or have some nutritious natural vegetable soup."

"Don’t drink these “detox” teas. You need fibre! Not something that honestly just makes you have diarrhoea the day you take it and constipates you in the long run…"

They were recalled due to the misinformed labelling, and it can't be a negative thing for young women and their mental health that action is finally being taken against them.

Hazel Wallace, better known as The Food Medic, claims that;

"Some of these detoxes are really dangerous and not healthy at all, especially some of the skinny teas," said Hazel, who is a junior doctor and a certified personal trainer. and therefore has healthcare and nutrition experience.

"Although they claim they are natural many drugs are actually from nature but it doesn’t make them naturally good for you. Your liver does the detoxing for your body you don’t need a green tea to detox,’ she said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wallace also commented on senna leaves, a laxative which leads to dehydration;

"Some of these skinny teas have laxatives which we actually use as doctors to prescribe to people who are severely constipated, so clearly you are going to lose weight if you not absorbing any of the nutrients and its just passing through your system."

"This can cause so much damage to your digestive system, you lose water, you lose nutrients and you can damage the gut lining."

A petition from Jamil has been signed 138,000 times already, asking for celebrities to be banned from endorsing weight loss products.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Kardashians especially have endorsed numerous weight-loss products, gaining huge criticism from Jameela Jamil especially as well as healthcare professionals. Many have even claimed that they encourage body dysmorphia.

Detox teas have previously faced backlash after a string of unplanned pregnancies happened when the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill was reduced due to the laxative effects in the detox teas.

Be extremely wary of what you're consuming in terms of nutrition, weight-loss is about health, exercise and a balanced diet, not running to the loo every ten minutes.

Keep an eye out for valid healthcare professionals' advice on the matter, and make sure your emotional and mental health is also prioritised.

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Okay, we are all going to have to stay perfectly calm here, if that's possible. We haven't stopped jumping around for joy at the thought of more Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean in our lives. 

That's right, Netflix' big teen romance flick of the year, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, is getting a SEQUEL. *wheezes*

All levels of chill have officially been abandoned, because this is what we've been waiting for ever since Noah Centineo became the internet's new boyfriend with one simple phrase; "Whoa, whoa whoa."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that P.S. I Still Love You is "one of the first movies being discussed" as part of Netflix and Paramount Pictures' brand new deal.

For anyone who has read the books by Jenny Han, the book is actually part of a trilogy. Meaning that there are pages and pages of sheer love-themed EXCELLENCE waiting for us, and for Netflix, to crave.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the final book in the series, and we've already ordered it online so we can fangirl, *ahem*, we mean research the series, for work purposes only…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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You may remember that our pal Lara Jean sent five letters originally, and we met each of them except one; John Ambrose McClaren from model UN.

We're guessing that he will make an appearance in the sequel, and maybe cause some mischief between Lara Jean and Peter. Jenny Han has written that McClaren sparks a friendship with the protagonist by writing her letters.

"There’s so many things in the second book that I would love to see in a sequel," she told Indiewire.

"The whole reason why I wrote a second book was for the character of John Ambrose McClaren, who is a fan favourite, and he’s a favourite of mine too."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Susan Johnson, the director of the first movie, told Entertainment Tonight; We're so invested in Peter and Lara Jean, that seeing them go through struggles is going to be hard but also something everybody can relate to,"

"The next shiny face comes in and you're like, 'Oh shoot, this guy's really nice too. What do I do?'" LJ & Peter might just hit some trouble in paradise.

Our favourite new shining star Lana Condor confirmed that she and the rest of the cast are definitely up for a sequel;

 "I would love to. I haven't heard of anything official, but I've heard some very positive things," she said. "I think it all comes down to if people watch the movie and if they're vocal about it in a positive way. So, we'll see. I would love to do a second and a third one."

"Noah, Israel, Janel, everyone — we all talked about wanting to start the second one immediately after. So, we're definitely on board." YAS NOAH.

And breaketh the internet they did, fans all over the world were petitioning for two more films straight after the initial one was released.

Now that's dedication to the ship.

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Okay, real talk!

Earlier this week, one of the music industry's most influential couples, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, announced a global stadium tour.

The super duo are due to perform at 36 venues across the US and Europe, including stops in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London.

And while we are beyond excited that super star couple are heading back on the road, there's just one thing we can't wrap our heads around – where's the Dublin date?

With that, we're calling on the Beyhive of Ireland to come together and convince the Carters to grace us with their presence this summer!

Make your voice heard by signing the petition below, (or by clicking here) and if we achieve our goal, we'll reach out to Jay and Bey! 

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Ahead of the 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony tonight, a Care2 petition is calling on artists to boycott E! News on the red carpet. 

It comes after bosses failed to address the issue around wage inequality when after Catt Sadler, one of network's best-loved talents, quit her upon learning that her co-anchor, Jason Kennedy, was earning almost twice her salary despite doing the exact same job. 

The petition, which urges artists like Lady Gaga, Kesha and Bruno Mars to snub the pre-show interview, has garnered over 17,000 signatures so far. 

It argues that E! News is "not taking this seriously at all" and accuses the network of being hypocritical through its support of the #MeToo and #Time;sUp movements.

Catt Sadler, who presented two shows on the entertainment station, Daily Pop and E! News, quit in December after learning of a huge disparity between her and Jason's pay. 

“An executive from E! brought something alarming to my attention — namely, that there was a massive disparity in pay between my similarly situated male co-host and myself,” she said at the time.

“More recently, when E! reached out to renew and extend my deal, I learned that he wasn’t just making a little more than I was. In fact, he was making close to double my salary for the past several years.” 

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony takes place tonight, January 28, in Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

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Earlier this week, we reported that convicted rapist, Brock Turner, was seeking to have his conviction overturned.

Turner's legal team are insisting that the jury was misled and ultimately exposed to misinformation which resulted in their client's conviction.

Speaking to NBC, Turner's lawyer, John Tompkins, stated the team's position, saying: ‘What we are saying is that what happened is not a crime. It happened, but it was not anywhere close to a crime.’

In response to the appeal, A Care2 petition is asking the California 6th District Court of Appeal not to overturn Brock Turner’s rape conviction.

Explaining the motivation behind the online petition, which has amassed more than 33,000 signatures so far, its creator, Kelsey Bourgeois, insists Turner is a danger to society.

"Brock Turner became famous last year when he raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster and then was given EXTREME leniency because he was a white, male athlete at Stanford."

“Turner was literally discovered in the act of sexually assaulting a passed out drunk victim. He should have gotten 14 years in California."

"He was sentenced to six months and only served three.Now we wants off the sex offender registry. But he has shown no remorse, and 60 pages of his lawyer's appeal focuses on how drunk his victim was.

"He is a clear and present threat to people around him and he must stay on the sex offender registry.”

Comments beneath the petition point to the public's growing concerns, with one person writing: "I fear this is another step in a shocking trend where laws are beginning to mean nothing in this country."
 

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An online petition is gaining traction today, ahead of tonight's airing of an episode of Lucy Kennedy's Living with Lucy, featuring Katie Hopkins. 

The petition is aimed towards TV3, asking the broadcaster not to air the episode. 

Lucy Kennedy and TV3 faced criticism for choosing Katie for the episode, due to her controversial opinions. 

'Katie Hopkins actively promotes hate and racism and TV3 should not give her a platform for her hateful and outrageous views,' claims the petition. 

'TV3 must ensure that her views are not normalised.'

The petition so far has 798 of 800 signatures. 

'Racism and hate speech is dangerous and legitimises and provokes hate crime,' reads the petition manifesto. 

'Programmes such as Living With Lucy are designed not to critique or analyse the views of guests but to increase their popularity and familiarity with the general public.'

Katie Hopkins has called out the creator of the petition on Twitter.

A teaser trailer has also been released by TV3 ahead of the episode airing tonight, which shows Katie and Lucy in a disagreement. 

The episode is scheduled to air on TV3 at 10pm tonight.

TV3 has not yet responded to the petition. 

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Following last week's events in Charlottesville, Virgina, the debate about America's Confederate statues has gained momentum.

With many right-thinkers of the belief that the statues should be removed, one man reckons he has found the perfect replacement for a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Local resident, Nathan Coflin, has launched a Change.org campaign calling on the town's mayor to erect a statue of local hero, Missy Elliot.

“We believe it is time to finally replace the Confederate Monument in Olde Towne Portsmouth Virginia near the intersection of Court and High streets with a new statue of a true Portsmouth native hero,” he wrote.

“Who better to encapsulate the culture and spirit of the city enshrined in a new monument than Grammy Award winning rapper, dancer, and record producer Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott?”

The petition has garnered over 10,000 signatures so far and Twitter seem more than happy to get on board.

Protests for Confederate statues and monuments to be removed have spread throughout the country in the wake of the Charlottesville violence.

Earlier this week, four statues were removed over night in Baltimore and Maryland following a unanimous decision by the city's authorities with more towns likely to follow suit. 

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A petition is currently spreading across social media in the wake of the publication of the Child Care Law Reporting Project, which revealed that a 14-year-old child was sectioned in a psychiatric unit for seeking an abortion. 

The child and her mother believed they were being transferred to Dublin for a termination before realising that she was being admitted to a mental health unit.

Her psychiatrist told her abortion was 'not the solution' to her problems, despite the child feeling suicidal due to her pregnancy. 

The petition, which began circulating yesterday evening, has garnered 8,051 of 9,000 necessary signatures. 

'A young pregnant girl was incarcerated under the Mental Health Act because she wanted an abortion,' reads the petition description.  

'The Government needs to guarantee that nothing like this can ever again happen.'

'Our laws are like living in the dark ages when it comes to abortion and I want to think that my own young daughter will have the choice and option to make her own decisions over her own body- not some psychiatrist who knows nothing about her but has a pro-life agenda of his/her own,' reads one of the powerful comments on the petition.

'The criminalisation of women just for having wombs in this country is absolutely vile, and this case concerning a GIRL is vulgar, it's primitive, it's despicable, it's disgusting.'

'I can't contain my rage,' said another.

'Looking at the report, it’s hard not to think that the psychiatrist in this case essentially used the Mental Health Act as a tool to force a child into continuing an unwanted pregnancy because of their own personal beliefs" said Abortion Rights Campaign spokesperson Linda Kavanagh.

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Over 20,000 people have signed an online petition urging Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to boycott the annual St Patrick's Day visit to the United States.

Reacting to President Trump's executive order which prevents immigrants from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States, thousands of Irish people have added their names to the campaign.

Shared on Uplift over the weekend, the Not In My Name petition has gained a considerable amount of traction  – something which has surprised the campaign's director Siobhán O' Donoghue.

"It’s rare we see petitions grow this quickly and gather this much momentum on social media in such a short space of time," she acknowledged.

Elaborating on the fervour behind the campaign, Siobhán explained that its popularity stems from the Irish public's desire to see their leader challenge the ideals of the US president.

"This shows that people in Ireland are disgusted by the behaviour of Donald Trump since he became president nine days ago, and want to see Enda Kenny show real leadership and courage in the face of such blatant racism and fascism on the part of Donald Trump," she said.

Many of those who signed the petition also made the decision to share their reasons with those visiting the website.

"I wasn't going to sign cause I could see how pragmatic politics needs to protect jobs etc. But seeing people with green cards turned away today? Sure there's no appeasing him, he could turn on Ireland for no reason," wrote one.

"So there's no reason to collude with the madness. 'stand for something or you'll fall for anything Ireland," they added.

Twitter is currently awash with similar sentiments from the public, with one social media user writing: "Don't meet @realDonaldTrump & think you're representing Irish people."

"I'm a constituent, and I want @EndaKennyTD to know that I do not support the St. Patrick's visit to the USA #notinmyname," added another.

For more than two decades, Taoisigh have visited the White House in order to present the American President with a bowl of shamrock.

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Vlogger Eugenia Cooney has been forced to defend herself against a petition which demanded she be banned from YouTube for encouraging anorexia.

Despite never admitting to having an eating disorder, the 22-year-old New Yorker has been heavily criticised in recent weeks for her strikingly low weight as thousands of her followers believe her tiny frame could drive fans to towards extreme weight loss tactics.

In a recent post – which is entitled “I’m Sorry” – the self-proclaimed “emo” addressed the claims by insisting she has “never tried to influence anyone badly” and has “never encourage[d] people to try look like [her]”.

A number of petitions on Change.org ask for the popular blogger – who has almost one million followers – to be temporarily removed from YouTube until she gets help for her alleged condition. 

One such proposal received almost 20,000 signatures before it was removed on Friday.

The petition read: “Eugenia Cooney has a serious medical condition and needs to seek help.  She has been influencing her viewers by her serious underweight condition.”

 

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“She has not been getting better since the day she started YouTube, she’s getting more and more sick each day.  And it’s honestly like she does this bodily harm to herself and shows young girls, such as her viewers on social media that it is ‘okay’, to be suffering from a medical condition such as Anorexia-Nervosa (sic).”

“She has not got any treatment.  And is triggering her fan base,” the post alleged.  “She may not be intentionally influencing her viewers, but showing more than 50 percent of her body in her videos and pictures is not helping girls with Anorexia or any eating disorder.”

 

Woke up like an hour ago good morning guys  how are you doing today?

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Eugenia has been the focus of a number of hateful YouTube videos which encourage people to dislike her videos and suggest she is “slowly killing herself”.

 

Hello guys hope you're having a good day ^-^

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