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Social media hammers Chiefs stars as the worst ‘role models’ after boozy behavior goes viral

The supposed drunken antics of Super Bowl winners The Kansas City Chiefs during their victory parade this week attracted attention from social media users and multiple media outlets this week.

People who saw clips of Chiefs’ star Travis Kelce apparently intoxicated while addressing the crowd at the parade, or images of Brittany Mahomes ­– the wife of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes – allegedly using an IV for hangover recovery, among other sights of apparent hard partying, expressed their shock on X this week. 

Users referred to Kelce and Swift, who was also shown pounding beers during the Super Bowl last week, as the “worst two role models in America,” while others claimed the players’ intense partying proved they are “children trapped in men’s bodies.”

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Scenes from the Chiefs’ victory parade in downtown Kansas City on Wednesday drew a lot of these reactions, particularly Kelce’s victory speech, during which the star athlete appeared intoxicated while he sang a rendition of Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places.”

British outlet The Daily Mail reported on the spectacle Wednesday, with a headline that declared, “Travis Kelce is too drunk to SPEAK and has to be held up by his teammates on stage at Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade.”

The outlet reported, “But after a day of partying back in Kansas City, the celebrations appeared to take their toll on Kelce as he struggled to get his words out and finish the rest of the song. The likes of Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones were even forced to step in and prevent him from falling over at one stage, before eventually taking the mic from their groggy teammate.”

Sports outlet “The Big Lead” reported on Kelce’s behavior at the parade, observing that the player was “Clearly Drunk,” adding, “The man had no idea what planet he was on.”

X users blasted Kelce for the alleged drunkenness. 

One wrote, “Travis Kelce is so wasted that Mahomes has to hold them up, and then he passes out into his players but the broadcast cuts to the crowd to try to protect his reputation.  We already know he’s a sloppy, massive drunk.”

Another user commented on video of Kelce’s singing, saying, “Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce might be the worst two role models in America.”

Sports betting analyst Kenny Ducey remarked on the clip, “there have been a lot of drunk athletes at championship parades but I honestly think Travis Kelce may be the drunkest I’ve ever seen.”

Former Rush Limbaugh guest host Ken Matthews described the scene, stating, “Children Trapped in Men’s Bodies as Our Country Crumbles.”

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Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay Jr. also caused a scene during the celebrations. 

“Gay set the bar high early on in the parade… going shirtless, running and dancing – even hopping on a car to give fans a better view of his vibe. Gay also dropped to the ground at one point – holding a bottle of Henny as he lay shoeless in the street, TMZ.com reported.

Images of the professional athlete lying down in the street turned heads on social media as well. The account for sports betting outlet “Pickswise” commented, “Drunkest person at the Chiefs parade. Willie Gay Jr. -10000.”

Brittany Mahomes also caught attention for her partying this week, posting a photo of herself receiving an IV, which people assumed she was using to rehydrate in preparation for the victory parade. Shortly before the Wednesday parade, Mahomes shared an image of a medical IV in her arm and wrote a caption for it, stating, “Saving me always.”

She also tagged the company where she got the treatment, which is named Gen 3 IV. Reporting on her post, People.com stated, “Although it’s unclear which treatment she received, the company offers several options, including a ‘Hangover Mix’ to help with dehydration and nausea after a night out.”

The outlet added, “IV therapy has become popular in the last few years for people who feel under the weather from illness, jet lag and yes, partying.”

After seeing Mahomes’ post, one X user wrote, “Just my opinion – if you have to get an IV drip maybe you have a problem?”

Another shared, “Not drinking seems a better idea than getting an IV.” 

“Omg know your limits for christ sake!” wrote another user.

The Kansas City Chiefs did not immediately reply to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

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SEE IT: Liberal host has unexpected reaction to Trump penalties, questions merits

MSNBC host Katy Tur recently questioned if it was “fair” that former President Trump was ordered to pay almost $355 million in damages and be barred from his business in New York by a judge Friday in a civil fraud case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

During a segment of “MSNBC Reports” on Friday, Tur mentioned that in the 70-year existence of the legal rule Judge Arthur Engoron used on Trump, it was never used against someone who has yet to be proven of doing harm to any individual or entity with their practices. 

Trump’s main defense in the case is his argument that banks and his insurers weren’t harmed by his business practices – a point Tur floated during the broadcast while probing the strength of Engoron’s decision.

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She wondered if the use of the statute in the Trump case was truly fair to the former president, suggesting that if Trump’s argument was true, this was the first time the statute was used this way in 150 cases.

The host began by explaining Engoron’s decision here, noting that the statute does not require a prosecutor “to show that anybody was hurt by your practices – there’s nobody you defrauded specifically.” So, Engoron was within legal scope with the ruling.

However, she went on to explain that – after looking back at how the statute was used – “there was no case where there was a ban on doing business where there wasn’t harm shown.”

As part of Engoron’s ruling, Trump has been barred from running his businesses within the state for three years. 

Tur continued: “So, even though the threshold is harm shown, in the past, it has only been used to ban someone doing business when it’s been shown that somebody was hurt. Say you’re selling cosmetics that are poisoning you; there’s somebody that was hurt there, the cosmetics company gets banned.”

She then asked, “Is this fair to go after Donald Trump like this in this environment, is my question?”

MSNBC legal correspondent Lisa Rubin agreed that Tur’s assessment of the statute is “true” but then punted to former New York Assistant Attorney General Tristan Snell for more analysis.

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Tur invited him to speak, asking once again, “So tell me, is it fair?”

Snell, who used the statute to prosecute Trump for fraud with Trump University, clarified, “The legal standard is whether there was a tendency to deceive. That’s what it is, and the legislature in New York made a public policy choice to say that that was an important weapon for the A.G.’s office to have to vindicate the public good in this situation.”

Tur followed up, saying, “And it seems like what Judge Engoron found was there was intention – not just a tendency – there was intention to deceive,” a point which Snell noted was more than Engoron needed to punish Trump.

MSNBC contributor Suzanne Craig attempted to bolster the case against Trump, stating, “I think, too, the interesting thing about victims is, there were victims here, and they were the banks. They’re just not the most popular victims in society.”

The host countered with Trump’s defense, noting his point that the banks “don’t feel like they lost.”

Still, Craig insisted, “They still did, and that’s the conclusion, and that’s where we’re at today.”

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4th gen farmer blasts Biden admin for sending billions to Ukraine as US farmers suffer

John Boyd, Jr., president of the National Black Farmers Association, told Fox News Digital that farmers are being crushed under the policies of President Biden and criticized the administration for sending millions to foreign governments while farms are being foreclosed.

“Quite frankly, we’re facing extinction today,” Boyd Jr., a fourth-generation farmer from Mecklenburg County, Virginia, told Fox News Digital about the state of the farming industry four years into Biden’s presidency.

Every time I look at the news, there’s another commitment to help foreign countries. We probably helped Ukraine, probably $100 billion or so, and we can’t get debt relief for American citizens in this country,” Boyd said. 

Boyd told Fox News Digital President Biden promised him a meeting at the White House to talk about issues affecting farmers and that meeting has yet to take place. Additionally, Boyd said Biden told him he supported debt relief for Black farmers but “they wound up repealing it.”

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We’re providing Israel and other parts of the world billions of dollars in relief and, in one instance, we even provided Ukraine farmers with financial relief,” Boyd said. “But everyone frowns when I say that they should live up to their commitment for debt relief for America’s farmers and to stop farm foreclosures.

Boyd spoke to Fox News Digital as President Biden pushes for the House to vote on a $95 billion national security supplemental package to assist Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific that recently passed in the Senate by a vote of 70-29.

The United States has sent hundreds of millions in aid to farmers in Ukraine in recent years, and U.S. aid chief Samantha Power said last year the United States has a “collective interest in ensuring that Ukrainian farmers stay in business.”

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The price of farmland rose nearly 8% in 2023, pricing many young farmers out of the market. In recent years, Boyd has been an advocate for farmers facing foreclosures, specifically Black farmers who have been fighting with the USDA in recent years over allegations of racial discrimination, 

Boyd went on to explain that small farmers are not getting enough help in recent years because the “country has made it so difficult.”

“For instance, we have beef cattle prices in this country where we’re producing the lowest amount of beef for most countries, 82 million cows and calves,” Boyd said. “We’re down close to 3%, and we’re producing 1 billion pounds less of America’s beef than we did last year this time. And it’s because we’re not investing in America’s farmers and, in this case, beef cattle farmers.

“And I know what I’m talking about. I’ve been producing beef for 41 years, and I just came from the livestock market and there are empty stalls. And this is the time that America’s farmers sell beef to pay off all debts. You know, insurance and all of these things that we use that secondary income to pay our bills to survive until we start planting season. And when I went to the market, I noticed a lot of empty stalls when, historically, those stalls had been filled up with beef cattle and farmers selling their livestock. 

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“And it’s because we’re not investing in America’s farmers, and they can’t hold on so they’re depleting their herds. And that means they’re not having more cows to go into next year.

“These are real issues. And if we don’t face them, we are going to be begging other countries to send us food instead of supporting America’s farmers. And all this is happening under this administration, and nobody’s saying a word about it.”

If things don’t change in the next five to 10 years, Boyd said the farming industry won’t be able to meet the country’s needs.

We’re going to be — and I’m speaking as the head of the National Black Farmers Association — there are not going to be any farmers left if we don’t hurry up and take action in this country to protect farmers in this country,” Boyd said. “I mean, put some real laws in place to protect America’s farmers. 

“These are the people that produce food and feed every household in this country, and we should have them at the top of the tier rather than down at the bottom, frowning on the acts to provide relief to farmers.”

What the government “doesn’t frown on,” Boyd explained, is providing “billions of dollars to foreign countries that aren’t going to support us when they get back on their feet.

“If you don’t believe me, look at Iraq and Afghanistan. We invested billions of dollars in those regions, and they still don’t want us in those countries today,” Boyd said. “So, why do we keep making the same mistakes? Investing all of our money into foreign countries that really aren’t going to support us anywhere. Invest those dollars into our own country, in our own infrastructure and, in this case, America’s farmers. And watch it multiply where we can leave our farming operations to the next generation of farmers.

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Boyd told Fox News Digital helping farmers is not a partisan issue and hopes the Biden administration will fulfill its promise to meet with him. 

You have an enormous amount of resources to help farmers in Ukraine, which aren’t U.S. citizens. I don’t care how you look at that — Republican, Democrat, independent. Man, that’s bad politics.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital, a White House spokesperson said they “appreciate the work John Boyd, Jr. does on behalf of Black farmers nationwide as the National Black Farmers Association president, as well as the insights he provides on the struggles Black farmers are facing.”

“This is why we recently invited him to an event with senior White House officials, including Office of Public Engagement Director Mayor Benjamin and Domestic Policy Council Director Neera Tanden, as well as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, specifically focused on advancing equity and opportunity in agriculture,” the statement said. 

“While Mr. Boyd was unfortunately unavailable to participate in this meeting at the White House, we hope to partner with him in the future as we continue our efforts to support rural communities and farmers, including Black farmers throughout the country.”

The White House also pointed to investments made into farming via the Inflation Reduction Act including hundreds of millions in assistance through the USDA and investment to improve land access opportunities. 

Trump kicks up ‘a lot of emotion’ during surprise visit to unveil his line of sneakers

Former President Donald Trump traveled over the weekend to Pennsylvania, where he was greeted at Sneaker Con with mixed and emotional reactions from those in attendance.

Trump’s surprise appearance at the event — known as “The Greatest Sneaker Show On Earth,” according to the organizer’s website — came shortly before the former president travels to Michigan for a campaign rally.

Taking the stage at the event in Philadelphia, Trump appeared before a crowd of emotional attendees, some of whom cheered on the president as others booed him during his speech.

Trump spoke for roughly 10 minutes, appearing alongside a pair of gold, custom Trump-branded sneakers that are now being sold in limited supply for $399 a pair.

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“A lot of emotion. There’s a lot of emotion in this room,” Trump said shortly after taking the podium. “They have lines going all around the block. They’ve never seen anything like this one.”

“I just want to tell you, you know, I’ve wanted to do this for a long time. I have some incredible people that work with me on things and they came up with this,” Trump continued. “This is something I’ve been talking about for 12 years, 13 years and I think it’s going to be a big success.”

Trump also noted that the “influencers” have been “very positive” about the new shoes, which are available for pre-order and are being created by CIC Ventures, the same company that made the Trump trading cards.

“They love it, and they love what we’ve done,” Trump said as he flashed the shoes to those in the audience. “That’s the real deal.”

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Trump told those in the audience that the most important thing they can do is vote and vowed to “turn this country around fast.”

At one point, several of those in the crowd began chanting, “USA, USA, USA.”

Prior to Trump’s appearance at the annual event, which gathers “sneakerheads” from all different corners of the world and has been taking place since 2009, Sneaker Con faced backlash from Trump critics for allowing the former president a venue to offer remarks.

Sneaker Con later addressed the backlash it had received through a statement shared on social media. Notably, organizers turned off the comments for the post on social media.

“Sneaker Con’s mission is to support and promote sneaker culture through our worldwide live events and digital platforms. We are thankful and appreciative of the sneaker community, and recognize individuals who generate awareness and authentic sneaker related engagement towards our community. #sneakercon,” the statement read.

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President Biden’s campaign mocked Trump’s attendance at the event.

“Donald Trump showing up to hawk bootleg Off-Whites is the closest he’ll get to any Air Force Ones ever again for the rest of his life,” said Biden-Harris 2024 communications director Michael Tyler in a statement.

Trump’s appearance in the battleground state of Pennsylvania comes one day after he was barred from operating his business in New York for three years and was found liable for more than $350 million in damages in the civil fraud case brought against him, his family and the Trump Organization by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Mark Wahlberg shares his message to young people when asked about Ozempic trend

Mark Wahlberg is an advocate for healthy living, and he’s sharing his two cents on the popularity of Ozempic, a diabetes medication people are turning to for weight loss.

“Listen, to each his own,” Wahlberg told Fox News Digital. 

“I just suggest to people, especially I’m trying to encourage young people, prevention is better than cure. So, we want to continue to encourage people to live a healthy lifestyle.

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“Everything in moderation. Should you be able to enjoy foods and desserts? All of those things – enjoy. But eating right, exercise and finding the right balance [is important.]”

Mark emphasized he doesn’t “knock anybody for doing what they feel is the best thing for them.”

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“I just encourage people to start young. Communicating to people the importance of living healthy and long lives. When you get older, you start feeling it, then you realize. But you know the great saying, ‘Youth is wasted on the young.’ We want to get people before that,” Wahlberg explained.

“Prevention is better than cure.”

Wahlberg has been a longtime advocate for fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle. The actor often shares an inside look at his intense workouts. 

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Mark recently shared a video of his workout and revealed the modifications he’s had to make since he tore his meniscus on set of his upcoming film “Arthur the King” while continuing to push through the pain of the “4 a.m. club.”

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Wahlberg told Fox News Digital he’ll continue to push himself, even while visiting his daughter at college. He explained that he’s eager to visit again and plans to work out with the football team during his next trip to South Carolina.

“I cannot wait to get back down to Clemson, see a football game, work out with the team,” Mark began. “I love the college life. It’s one of those regrets that I’ve had.”

In an interview with Fox News Digital in October, Wahlberg recounted his trip to visit his daughter, Ella, for parents weekend. 

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“When I went to Clemson for parents weekend, I was like, ‘Oh, this is what I was missing?’ Man … there’s only a few regrets that I have, and that was definitely one of them – not having that experience,” Wahlberg said. “Looks like they’re having a lot of fun all the time. I don’t know how much studying is going on, but they’re having a good time.”

Wahlberg told Fox News Digital the teams at his daughter’s school are “unbelievable” and reminded him just how much he wanted to be an athlete.

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“I’ve always wanted to be an athlete, and that’s why I think any time I’ve had the opportunity to play an athlete in a movie I’m kind of living vicariously through all those characters,” Wahlberg explained.

“Whether it be Micky Ward in ‘The Fighter’ or Vince Papale in ‘Invincible.’ I’ve played a hockey player, I’ve played with lots of athletes and now playing an adventure racer in ‘Arthur the King.’ I’ve always been able to fulfill those childhood fantasies of being an athlete by portraying one in the film.”

Along with his daughter Ella, 20, Mark and his wife of 14 years, Rhea Durham, share three other children: Michael, 17, Brendan, 15, and Grace, 13.

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At a Flecha Azul Tequila event in Las Vegas prior to the Super Bowl, Wahlberg explained how he’s been able to consistently stay in shape for decades. 

“You know what, clean living is the key,” Wahlberg told Fox News Digital. “Eat right, exercise, everything in moderation. If you’re going to have a couple of glasses of Flecha – neat, clean, have some water, recover – everything in moderation. You always want to celebrate your accomplishments and work hard, but on to the next.

“Don’t spend too much time dwelling on something you’ve already done. We have new goals every day, more things to accomplish. We want to encourage people to be the healthiest, best versions of themselves.”

WATCH: Mark Wahlberg explains how he’s been able to consistently stay in shape for decades

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Wahlberg is all about having a balance while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He told Fox News Digital that the key to recovery after a night out is a lot of water and rest.

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“Well, recovery is the most important thing, but you always have to get the proper amount of rest, the proper amount of hydration. And recovery is the key, especially if you’re getting older,” Wahlberg said. “If you’re going to be sipping on some tequila, let’s [get] some neat Flecha tequila, have a water and then have another and have some water. Lots of water before you go to bed, that’s the key to recovery.”

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He added that with his all-natural tequila, you don’t get a hangover.

Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift may replace Katy Perry on competition show

Katy Perry’s announcement that she’s quitting “American Idol” after seven seasons has left people wondering who will fill her shoes.

“Idol” fans have been speculating which A-list celebrity will shake things up on the competition show after Perry’s surprise exit.

Viewers could see a blast from the past join current judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

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“A return from the past is on the cards,” a show insider told DailyMail. “J.Lo will be asked to come back. When people come back, things work… people like nostalgia, and people like Jen. It would be a big get to get her back.”

Lopez judged “American Idol” in 2011 for season 10. She additionally returned for seasons 11, 13, 14 and 15.

Other celebrity names that have been floated include mega-pop star Taylor Swift.

“She will be offered the job,” according to the media outlet. “That is a long shot. They are just thinking about what would be the best-case scenario, namely to get the biggest star in the world. But they aren’t holding their breath on getting Taylor.”

The discussion of a new “American Idol” judge comes on the heels of Perry preparing to leave the show. The “Roar” singer found herself at the center of backlash and controversy during her time as a judge.

Earlier this week, the pop star revealed her plans to quit the popular competition show during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

“I think this probably will be my last show, my last season for ‘Idol,’” Perry, 39, announced. 

“I mean, I love ‘Idol’ so much… It’s connected me with the heart of America, but I feel like I need to go out and feel that pulse to my own beat,” she added. 

Perry additionally confirmed her announcement on social media.

“Let’s play two truths and a lie: 1. I beat @usher at Monopoly Deal. 2. I’m headlining Rock in Rio this September. 3. This is my last season on @americanidol,” she wrote on her Instagram caption.

From previously being accused of “mom-shaming” to her questionable critiques, here are several controversial moments Perry faced during her time on “American Idol.”

In March 2023, Perry was accused of being a “bully” and “mom-shaming” contestant Sara Beth Liebe by some fans. 

At the start of her audition, Liebe stated she was 25 years old when the judges balked and said that she looked like a teenager.

“Bless, you guys are my favorite,” Liebe replied. “I have three kids.”

She added, “If Katy lays on the table I think I’m going to pass out.” Perry then quipped, “Honey, you’ve been laying on the table too much.”

The “California Gurls” singer went on to ask Liebe if singing was her dream after the contestant revealed being a mother hadn’t left her much time for herself, and she was trying for the first time outside of karaoke and church choir. 

“If it’s not your dream, you might need to leave because there’s a lot of dreams behind you,” Perry told Liebe, referring to other contestants waiting to sing. 

Fans of the show were quick to criticize Perry on social media. 

“Boo to Katy Perry for mom shaming Sara Beth,” one viewer wrote. “Insinuating that she has been ‘laying on the table too much’ to have 3 kids by age 25. A young mother following a dream while raising her children should be raised up not put down. #AmericanIdol.”

“I really do not like how Katy Perry just treated Sara Beth on #AmericanIdol I don’t watch this show at all and my tv was already on the channel but what I witnessed was not right,” another person wrote on X. “They let Katy Perry bully this woman on live national tv before she even started singing. So ugly.”

Others disagreed, however, with one person posting, “Katy Perry judging a contestant and a show that judges contestants? Shocking. Ever heard of @SimonCowell?”

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Perry was criticized for being “condescending” and “rude” to “American Idol” contestants amid fallout over the joke.

In April 2023, Perry called out two contestants who struggled to connect during the duet round of Hollywood Week. The pop star commented that the performance given by Carina DeAngelo and Nutsa Buzaladze was “underwhelming.”

“I just think the energy was broken between both of you, and so I think you couldn’t give each other the energy you both needed. That you both deserved,” Perry said. “I think you’re both better than that performance.”

Fans didn’t react well to Perry’s handling of the situation. 

“Katy is so rude and condescending to the contestants unless it’s a male cutie then she acts like a teenage fool,” one user commented on a photo shared by host Ryan Seacrest at the time.

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While Perry took a temporary leave from the show last May to perform at King Charles’ coronation concert, singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette stepped in.

Several viewers expressed a greater interest in Morissette over Perry — even calling for a permanent replacement.

“I hope Alanis comes back, Katy is no longer a fan favorite,” one person wrote on X.

Another made a more direct request, exclaiming, “Fire katy! we want alanis!”

“Can we leave Katy in the UK and keep Alanis?” a fan asked.

When Morissette mentioned on her own X account that her appearance on the show was “a blast,” one of her followers replied, “Wonderful appearance…you haven’t aged in the least and your words & wisdom were so insightful and lyrical. And your comments were unselfishly intended to benefit the contestants unlike those of other judges. @LionelRichie & @katyperry could certainly take a lesson from you.”

During the “American Idol” season, the “Firework” singer was met with an onslaught of boos for critiquing contestant Nutsa’s wardrobe after she gave a showstopping performance of the Grace Potter and the Nocturnals hit “Paris (Ooh La La).” 

Nutsa was met with positive feedback from Richie, who told the singer her energy was palpable, saying, “That was just so wonderful to watch.”

Perry, who has tangled with Nutsa in the past, was ready with her commentary, telling the Georgia native, “Every time you take the stage it’s like you glitter-bomb the stage.”

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“Listen, I think that one thing that I’d personally like to see from you is not one piece of glitter the next time. I know that’s gonna be hard,” Perry told the singer.

The camera panned to the audience, which started booing Perry loudly, putting their thumbs down.

“Yes, yes! Katy got booed,” Bryan rejoiced. “Katy got booed!”

“First time in six seasons, woohoo,” Perry joked back. “But what I’m saying is that I’d like you to flip the script. I think we want to be, like, pulled in by our hearts, too. I’d love to see that, and I think America might, too,” she relayed to Nutsa.

Perry is not the only judge who has taken heat from viewers for her critiques on the show, as Bryan has also faced backlash.

The two were both criticized by “American Idol” viewers after they chose to encourage people to vote rather than give a contestant feedback after a performance.

Instead of responding to We Ani’s performance of “Skyfall,” Perry and Bryan apparently emphasized that America should be voting for their favorites, which led some viewers to call the judges out for being “rude.”

“Normally, nothing Katy Perry says bothers me as she’s just known for her sense of humor and quips. Bit [sic] her dissing of We Ani? THAT was just rude,” one user wrote on X.

The two judges were even asked by some X users to apologize.

“As much as I love them, I hope @katyperry and @lukebryan apologize to We Ani for not letting her have her moment and telling America they need to vote instead of applauding her performance,” one viewer wrote. “Ryan said move [sic] votes than last season came in, so obviously America voted!!!”

“Really liked you, but you and Katy were very rude to We Ani,” another user said after “American Idol” shared a selfie of the country music singer to X.

Bryan came to the defense of Perry when asked if fans had been too harsh in their criticism of her.

“Katy Perry’s been dealing with stuff like that her whole career,” the “One Margarita” singer explained during an interview at CMA Fest in June. “We all get it.… I mean we’re judging kids that people at home fall in love with.… We’re not going to bat 1,000 as judges.”

“I think we get set up. As judges, you know, we kinda fall on the sword a lot of times. And get set up to where people can get very vocal on socials and stuff,” he explained, addressing the influx of negative comments Perry has received about her commentary.

“My thing is, I think when me and Lionel and Katy sit down at the desk, in our hearts, we’re doing the best we can.”

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Once the 2023 season was over and fan favorite Iam Tongi was announced as the winner, finalist and top 8 contestant Oliver Steele debunked rumors that Perry was a bully.

“I’ve seen a lot of rumors going around the internet about Katy Perry possibly leaving idol and I don’t necessarily know what’s true and what’s not. Here is what I know about [her]. Katy is not a bully, nor does she shame people,” he wrote on his Instagram, along with photos of himself and Perry.

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“I remember being nervous at my audition, nervous during Hollywood week, hell even nervous throughout various points in the competition. Katy has an incredible ability to not just tell what emotional state you’re in, but to be able to tell what’s holding you back. I love all the judges, but Katy always seemed to be able to look into my soul and tell exactly what was troubling me, or what it was I was struggling with,” he continued.

Steele complimented the “Teenage Dream” singer, writing, “It’s one thing to teach someone to believe in their ability, which the judges are fabulous at. Katy reminded me to believe in who I am as an artist. She challenged me to push myself, to take on challenges that made me uncomfortable. I’m a better musician and artist after Katy Perry pushed me to believe in my potential, and to exceed my limitations.”

The musician implored Perry to stay with the show, amid rumors at the time that she was contemplating quitting the program.

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Perry joined “American Idol” as a judge alongside Bryan and Richie back in 2018.

New York mayor caves in to outrage over plans to house migrants in luxury building

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has done a U-turn on plans to convert an abandoned luxury apartment complex into a shelter for illegal migrants after the community in Harlem opposed the proposal. 

Adams turned up unannounced at a community meeting in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood Thursday where locals were gathering to discuss rumors the building on the corner of 130th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. was quietly being prepared for immigrants, according to CBS News. 

The building was first advertised as luxury housing with a swimming pool, but it has been empty for around a decade after its developers defaulted on loans, the outlet reports. It was built in 2007 and has 35 units, city records show

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It was then leased to a nonprofit that had been working with the city Department of Social Services/Homeless Services to use it as a shelter for either migrants or the city’s native homeless population, the New York Post reports.

Residents saw boxes of bunk beds being loaded into the building. So, when they weren’t getting answers, they convened a meeting. They said they were angry over the lack of communication and about being kept in the dark.

“No, I don’t agree with it turning into a sanctuary for asylum seekers knowing we have people right here that need the space,” said Tiffany Fulton, executive director of Silent Voices United Inc., a local nonprofit that helps underserved communities. 

Central Harlem, where about 44 % of residents are Black, is generally a low-income neighborhood with a 28.4% poverty rate compared to 18.0% citywide, according to the 2020 census. 

A sign at the meeting said, “Millions on migrants, what about youth programs?” Adams has said the illegal migrant crisis could cost the city as much as $12 billion through 2025. At least 170,000 illegal migrants have arrived in New York since the spring of 2022.

As the meeting took place, Adams turned up and answered questions from residents. 

“You are the mayor. We do not want to hear excuses,” one Harlem resident said.

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But the mayor said that illegal migrants wouldn’t be placed inside the building and that it instead would house local homeless New Yorkers.

“I told the team, ‘Find out what’s going on here,'” Adams said. “We’re not moving folks into a brand new building when you have long-term needs in a community. That’s not going to happen.

“You will not have migrants and asylum seekers in that property.”

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The mayor’s office did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment on the matter.

Harlem resident Regina Smith told CBS the neighborhood felt disrespected and that there are already too many homeless shelters in the community.

“We’re being priced out of the community,” she said.

Meanwhile, resident Leslie Johnson said the units should be used instead for affordable housing. 

“These apartments could be used for us to go into,” Johnson told CBS.  

Global health officials warn we’ll face another deadly pandemic

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus has issued a new warning about the likelihood of Disease X breaking out, telling global world leaders it is “a matter of when, not if” a new pathogen and pandemic will strike.

Tedros, who goes by his first name, told attendees at the World Government Summit in Dubai earlier his week he gave a similar warning in 2018 that a pandemic was likely to hit, and he was proven right with the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. 

Complaining that the world is still ill-prepared for a new pandemic, Tedros once again touted the urgent need for a global treaty to be agreed upon by May and dismissed suspicions of it being a WHO power grab as outlandish.

He called the treaty “mission critical for humanity.”

WHO DIRECTOR CALLS FOR WORLD PANDEMIC TREATY TO PREPARE FOR DISEASE X

“Today I stand before you in the aftermath of COVID-19 with millions of people dead, with social, economic and political shocks that reverberate to this day,” Tedros said.

“Although some progress has been made, like improvements in surveillance, the Pandemic Fund, building capacities in vaccine production … the world is not prepared for a pandemic.

“The painful lessons we learned are in danger of being forgotten as attention turns to the many other crises confronting our world.”

Tedros said that if the world fails to learn those lessons, “we will pay dearly next time, and there will be a next time.

“History teaches us that the next pandemic is a matter of when, not if,” Tedros added. 

“It may be caused by an influenza virus, or a new coronavirus or a new pathogen we don’t even know about yet — what we call Disease X.”

Disease X is a hypothetical “placeholder” virus that has not yet formed, but scientists say it could be 20 times deadlier than COVID-19. About eight years ago, it was added to the WHO’s short list of pathogens for research that could cause a “serious international epidemic,” according to a 2022 WHO press release.

“As things stand, the world remains unprepared for the next Disease X, and the next pandemic,” he said. 

Tedros said there has been a lot of attention on Disease X lately but insisted it’s not a new thing. 

“We first used the term Disease X in 2018, the same time as I spoke here at this World Governments Summit, as a placeholder for a disease we don’t even know about yet, but for which we can nonetheless prepare.”

“COVID-19 was a Disease X, a new pathogen causing a new disease. But there will be another Disease X, or a Disease Y or a Disease Z.”

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In preparation for the next outbreak, he said the clock is ticking on nations to come together and sign an international agreement on pandemic preparedness, with just 15 weeks left on the timeline agreed upon in 2021. Tedros said the treaty, which the Biden administration has been involved in negotiating, is a set of commitments by countries to strengthen the world’s defense with a “one health” approach.

It would involve cooperation in research and development, access to vaccines and other products and sharing of information, technology and biological samples.

He cited two reasons why a consensus has not been reached. The first is nations have some differences, but he was confident they would be worked through.

The second major barrier, he said, is the “litany of lies and conspiracy theories about the agreement.”

“That it’s a power grab by the World Health Organization. That it will cede sovereignty to WHO. That it will give WHO power to impose lockdowns or vaccine mandates on countries. That it’s an ‘attack on freedom.’ That WHO will not allow people to travel, and that WHO wants to control people’s lives.

“These are some of the lies that are being spread. If they weren’t so dangerous, these lies would be funny. But they put the health of the world’s people at risk. And that is no laughing matter.

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“These claims are utterly, completely, categorically false. … Anyone who says it will is either uninformed or lying.”

Critics, including Advancing American Freedom (AAF), argue the legally binding treaty would cede sovereignty to a global organization and that it amounts to a power grab. The AAF is a nonprofit advocacy group founded by former Vice President Mike Pence.

Tedros said there is a draft copy of the agreement on the WHO website and urged people to read it for themselves. 

In pitching the treaty, he absolved the WHO of imposing lockdowns and vaccine mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We cannot allow this historic agreement, this milestone in global health, to be sabotaged by those who spread lies, either deliberately or unknowingly.

“Let me be clear: WHO did not impose anything on anyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not lockdowns, not mask mandates, not vaccine mandates.

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“We don’t have the power to do that, we don’t want it and we’re not trying to get it.”

The WHO faced strong criticism from around the world over its slow response to investigating China for the COVID outbreak. A WHO team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic also downplayed the possibility that the virus leaked from a lab near Wuhan, China.  

Choco Tacos returning this summer in partnership between Taco Bell, Salt & Straw

Taco Bell and Salt & Straw ice cream have partnered up to bring back Klondike’s Choco Taco, less than two years after the treat was discontinued.

Salt & Straw co-founder and head ice cream maker Tyler Malek revealed the collaboration at Taco Bell’s Live Más Live event earlier this month. 

The Choco Taco, which Klondike discontinued after 40 years in July 2022, is expected to return this summer. Klondike said amid consumer outrage shortly after the Choco Taco was retired that the dessert could make a comeback “in the coming years.”

“We know this is disappointing – we’ve heard our fans, and we’re hoping to bring this favorite treat back to ice cream trucks in the coming years,” Klondike said in August 2022.

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Taco Bell and Salt & Straw partnered to create their version of the treat.

The new version will include a hand-pressed waffle cone filled with cinnamon ancho ice cream, dipped in chocolate and topped with toasted brown rice, Salt & Straw said in an Instagram post. The new Choco Taco will be served with custom sauce packets, including chocolate chili, cinnamon wild berry and mango jalapeño. The treat will also come with cheesecake dip.

The old version was also made with waffle cones, but it had vanilla ice cream with chocolate swirls and was dipped in chocolate and topped with peanut pieces.

Malek told The Oregonian that the collaboration began when he and Portland-based Salt & Straw’s other co-founder received a call from Taco Bell CEO Sean Tresvant. The outlet reported that Taco Bell has worked with Salt & Straw to develop an ice cream taco shell that does not get soggy.

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“There’s a lot of food science that we had to do,” Malek said. “They really have this army of both chefs but also food scientists.

The dessert will be available nationwide at Salt & Straw’s scoop shops and online for nationwide shipping. Salt & Straw has locations in California, Washington, Oregon, Florida and Nevada. 

A specific date for the treat to return has not been announced. The treat will not be available at Taco Bell restaurants yet.