Tuesday Update: Elon Musk Mocks Bernie Sanders, Lin-Manuel Miranda Discusses Cancel Culture, 9-Year-Old Astroworld Victim Dies

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We’re tracking the conservative culture clash with woke Hollywood hypocrites to keep you up to date on who’s winning and who we hate.

Here’s what happened today:

Twitter Wars

Elon Musk ridiculed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday for saying the rich need to pay their taxes.

“We must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share. Period,” Sanders posted on Saturday. “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive,” Musk replied the next day.

“Want me to sell more stock, Bernie? Just say the word,” he mocked in reference to dumping billions in Tesla stock last week. He punctuated the statement by selling off another $930 million on Monday.

In another follow-up, he jeered the independent politician for being a socialist. “Bernie is a taker, not a maker,” he wrote.

RIP

A nine-year-old victim of the tragedy at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival has succumbed to the serious injuries he received while being trampled during the performance. On Sunday, he became the tenth and youngest person to die as a result of the concert.

Ezra Blount was sitting on his father’s shoulders when the man was crushed until he couldn’t breathe and passed out. When the elder Blount regained consciousness he learned that his son was taken to the hospital, where he was put into a medically induced coma.

The Blount family has filed a lawsuit against Scott and the festival’s organizers, seeking at least $1 million in damages.

Cancel Culture

“In The Heights” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda spoke out against cancel culture while discussing backlash against the musical for failing to cast Afro-Latino’s in the film.

Miranda said that since he’s become successful, people have become more critical of his art. “It’s not cancellation. That’s having opinions,” he explained. “So I try to take it in that spirit.”

He said that he won’t let critics influence his process. “Certainly, I have learned lessons from the reception of my work, good, bad and indifferent. You try to take all of it, and whatever sticks to your gut is what you bring with you to your next project,” he continued.

Miranda noted that if he’d be “f**ked” if he feared what people said about his work. “At the end of the day, you can’t control how the world receives something,” he concluded.

“All you can control is what your intentions were. And, if it closes in a night, those six years don’t feel like wasted time, because you learned from it and you put everything you had into it.”

 

Pat On The Back

Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter called out President Biden ahead of his Monday meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping.

“President [Joe Biden] & Dictator Xi Jinping are scheduled to speak [President of the United States],” he tweeted on Sunday night.

“Stop playing games with bullies & do what you promised to the world,” Kanter continued. “Prioritize Human Rights! Will [Joe Biden] ask about Uyghur Genocide or assault on Tibetans & HK? Or will they pat each other on the back?”

Kanter added two photos of the officials to the post, one with Biden smiling with his hand on Jinping’s shoulder, and another of them clinking glasses in a toast.

Shut Down

Popular video game Fortnite canceled their launch in China on Monday, abruptly pulling the plug on their servers, despite 10 million users being pre-registered to play.

Epic Games, Inc. has unsuccessfully tried to launch the game for three years, but announced that “Fortnite China’s Beta test has reached an end” two weeks ago. While the company has declined to give a reason for pulling out, China is likely the motivating factor.

“New video games need government approvals to premiere and sell copies or virtual items in China, and the licensing process is increasingly stringent and often unpredictable,” Bloomberg reported, noting that their government has not authorized the release of a new game for over 100 days.

China has recently attempted to regulate the amount of time young gamers spend in front of screens with a stringent new law earlier this year. Under the legislation, “minors can only play video games for an hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays, and are banned from playing during the school week.”

Free To Drink

Britney Spears revealed that she celebrated the end of her conservatorship by breaking her 13 year sobriety streak with a glass of champagne at dinner Sunday with fiance Sam Asghari.

Spears said she had an “amazing weekend” that was capped off with dinner at Catch in West Hollywood, “the most beautiful restaurant” she’s ever seen.

She detailed that she would be celebrating her freedom and her birthday for the next two months.

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