Candace Owens Ripped for ‘LOL’ Reaction After New Zealand Massacre Suspect Named Her Biggest Influence
In several tweets, Owens jeered at critics whom she said were attempting to pin responsibly for the mass shooting on her
Jon Levine | March 15, 2019 @ 6:39 AMLast Updated: March 15, 2019 @ 7:13 AM
Candace Owens, right-wing commentator and Kanye West influencer, was on the defensive Thursday evening after the suspect in the mass killing of 49 people at two New Zealand mosques publicly named her as his biggest influence in a lengthy manifesto.
In several tweets — issued as bodies were still being counted — Owens jeered at critics whom she said were attempting to pin responsibility for the massacre on her.
“LOL! ???? FACT: I’ve never created any content espousing my views on the 2nd Amendment or Islam,” Owens said in response to one now deleted tweet. “The Left pretending I inspired a mosque massacre in…New Zealand because I believe black America can do it without government hand outs is the reachiest reach of all reaches!! LOL!”
“HAHA OMG you racist Leftists are taking your racism and crazy to a whole new level hahah. Black people don’t have to be Democrats” now means…mosque shootings in New Zealand?” she continued. “This clearly won’t stick but damn if I won’t grow #BLEXIT highlighting your sheer desperation. ????????”
The suspect in Friday’s mass shooting, who identified himself as 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, filmed the attack on social media and was taken into custody, according to the U.K.’s Telegraph.
In an online manifesto, Tarrant wrote, “The person who has influenced me above all was Candace Owens” — but Gawker co-founder Elizabeth Spiers noted many “sarcastic” passages in the document and suggested that Owens’ mention may have been “trolling.”
Still, commenters found Owens’ uses of LOL and HAHA and laughing emojis inappropriate. “Lol is never the right response to a mass shooting,” said Bulwark contributor Molly Jong-Fast.
“I try not to give oxygen to far-right provocateurs — the milos, katie hopkins, faith goldys — you know, the entire, interchangeable units of the hate industry — but when someone’s response to a mass killing start with “LOL” and “HAHA”, the inhumanity forces your attention #christchurch,” added Los Angeles Review of Books contributor Idrees Ahmad.
Others took exception to her tweeted assertion that she had “never created any content espousing my views on the 2nd Amendment or Islam” and resurfaced past comments that suggested otherwise.
“Please remind [London mayor] @SadiqKhan that according to the birth rate, Europe will fall and become a Muslim majority continent by 2050,”Owens said in one tweet. “There has never been a muslim majority country where sharia law was not implemented. When we’re forced to save you guys (again) we’ll forgive the balloon.”
Owens has had a meteoric career after being singled out for praise by singer Kanye West.
In regular speaking engagements and rallies she has championed the “Blexit” movement aimed at winning over black voters to the Republican Party. She received a rapturous reception at the 2019 Conservative Political Action Committee and was praised by President Trump himself.
“Lol” is never the right response to a mass shooting.
I try not to give oxygen to far-right provocateurs—the milos, katie hopkins, faith goldys—you know, the entire, interchangeable units of the hate industry—but when someone's response to a mass killing start with "LOL" and "HAHA", the inhumanity forces your attention #christchurch
The mention of Candace Owens in the manifesto might have been trolling (and we don't know) but her assertion that she's never written anything Islamophobic is a lie.
Candace Owens : *posts anti-Islam rhetoric all the time,*Racist, Islamophobe mass shooter name drops her *Candace Owens : *Gleefully* *LOL’s and HAHA’s”Sickening.. #NZMosqueShooting
Candace Owens had a really bad night.Not sure LOLing, HAHAing and threatening lawsuits was the appropriate response, but hey that’s just me. #Christchurch
#ChristChurch terrorist is the ONLY person responsible for his muderous actions but @RealCandaceO dismissive, blithe attitude, lack of introspection & seeming lack of remorse for the 40 dead people after a shout out in a terrorist manifesto is utterly disgraceful. #TryApologizing
Christchurch New Zealand Mosque shooter states in his manifesto that he admires Donald Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” Also included is the influence of Candace Owens and how she's the "person who radicalized [him] the most."
Disney rehires James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after firing him over old tweets
By Julia Alexander Mar 15, 2019, 2:12pm EDT
Disney has rehired James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3, according to Deadlineand The Hollywood Reporter, despite Gunn’s firing last year over a series of offensive tweets dug up by far-right provocateur Mike Cernovich.
The decision to re-hire Gunn was “mulled and actually made months ago, following conversations with Disney studio leadership and the team at Marvel Studio,” according to Deadline. Gunn, a once avid Twitter user who hasn’t tweeted since being fired, sent out a message to fans thanking them for their continued support.
The full message can be read below.
Chairman Alan Horn issued a statement at the time of the original incident calling “the offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values,” at the time. Although the tweets were from nearly a decade ago, and had drawn criticism from other outlets in the past, Gunn issued a statement following their recirculation. The full statement can be read below:
Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.
It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.
In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies.
For the record, when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn’t living them out. I know this is a weird statement to make, and seems obvious, but, still, here I am, saying it.
Anyway, that’s the completely honest truth: I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don’t anymore. I don’t blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all.
Still, Gunn’s departure was met with criticism by reporters, Hollywood insiders, and even those working within Marvel. Many critics pointed to the involvement of Cernovich — one of the most prominent figures behind promoting Pizzagate — as cause for concern. Gunn’s firing even led to the cast of the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films to sign a letter asking Marvel and Disney to reconsider the firing.
“We fully support James Gunn,” the cast wrote. “We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss. In that time, we’ve been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of Volume 3 as well as discouraged by those so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories surrounding him.”
Horn reportedly met with Gunn and Marvel Studios co-president Kevin Feige to talk about possibly coming back in August, but nothing came of the meeting at the time. Since then, Gunn has agreed to helm Suicide Squad 2 for Warner Bros, set to be released next year. He’s one of the few directors who will have a hand in both Marvel and DC projects for two different studios.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is in development, but was pushed back from its original 2020 release date. There is no new release date at this time.
HBO’s Elizabeth Holmes documentary tells a bloody good story of a bad con job
What film lacks in hard science, it makes up for with answers to how she pulled it off.
SAM MACHKOVECH - 3/15/2019, 6:30 AM
AUSTIN, Texas—While watching new documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, I constantly marveled at the film's effort to do the seemingly impossible: to present Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Theranos, as a likeable person.
For one, that's an uphill battle for a Silicon Valley burnout whose crash-and-burn reputation precedes her. For another, this documentary comes from famed takedown artist Alex Gibney, who has previously focused his filmmaking lens on the obvious-villain likes of Enron and the Church of Scientology. Shouldn't we expect the worst?
Things get savage in The Inventor, certainly. Theranos' worst stories have previously been laid bare, and anybody familiar with the company's original promises—transparent, affordable bloodwork for all—won't learn much new in this documentary. (Though, yes, The Inventor is still a fine primer for anyone going into the story blind.) Rather, what Gibney really contributes is a better look at Theranos' secret sauce: how Holmes got so far with so little.
U can’t touch this?
Unsurprisingly, Holmes didn't agree to any interviews with Gibney or his crew. Yet HBO Films still presents plenty of direct footage of Holmes talking up her former company, usually in a promotional capacity. This footage emerges with a metric ton of context, either from the journalists who profiled her or the half-dozen former Theranos employees who are now free of non-disclosure shackles.
In some cases, this means hearing stories Holmes liked to recite on a regular basis, particularly one about her beloved uncle dying at a young age thanks to undetected cancer. In others, it means getting a front-row seat to "fun" Theranos company events, like one in July 2015 that saw Holmes, fresh off some dodging-and-weaving of prying regulators and investors, dance-walk into a company party to the tune of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This."
But by and large, the most common version of Holmes on-screen is one of projected confidence—and selective engagement. In the film, we watch her align with countless politicians and investors while banging the drum of what might sound like a reasonable thesis. Massive blood draws, she said, are insane in a technology world where we've transitioned from "giant mainframes to smartphones." And non-transparent blood-lab firms like Quest and LabCorp control 80 percent of the market using decades-old technologies.
“Change the paradigm”
"It's time to change the paradigm," Holmes said in response to that market reality. Her pitch was to let consumers take a much tinier draw of blood, then buy a Theranos box that would fit on a kitchen counter. The device, dubbed the Edison, could run roughly 200 tests on that sample as a solution to "the pain of traditional phlebotomy." Users would control when and how often they got bloodwork results.
One of Holmes' university advisers appears early in the film to talk about Holmes' college-aged engineering idea to take advantage of microfluidics and nanotechnology and make her cutting-edge dream a reality. But that patent didn't take medical realities into account, this source says. "There's a reason you have a big IV bag," Holmes' adviser points out.
Shortly afterward, Holmes went in search of a new adviser, and she found Channing Robertson. He went on to quit his tenured Stanford job to help her start Theranos. (A 2014 Fortune featureabout Holmes' rise at Stanford only mentions Robertson, not the other advisor.)
“Blood spilled all over”
Sadly, The Inventor skimps on detailing the scientific and medical questions that fueled early doubts in Holmes' vision, though it does make clear that Holmes, and Theranos leadership at large, sure liked to skip that part while raising money. As previously reported, Theranos consistently pushed back on any employees who expressed doubts with the vision of the Edison device, including its prohibitively small size, its unrealistic testing time window, and its high number of targeted tests.
"We couldn't regulate the temperature," one former employee says of a prototype Edison device late in the company's lifecycle. "We couldn't transfer fluids."
In another story, an ex-Theranos employee described the company's slapdash approach to getting sample blood: paying $100 for anonymous donors. This largely attracted a homeless population, and the company source indicated that this led to a prevalence of hepatitis in the blood. That became a concern when early Edison machines acted up.
Beyond business: Disgraced Theranos bloodied family, friends, neighbors"Blood spilled all over," the source says. "It got gunky." This is shown in The Inventor with a CGI illustration of how the machine might look as its automatic blood-sorting systems went awry, complete with blood caked and dried on various parts. That's when the ex-employee explains how, when the machine would freeze or stop-and-start, "I'd have to reach in with my hand," thus putting himself at risk to getting pricked by the Edison's exposed needles. This also meant that blood particles, and those of potentially contagious diseases, "dissolved into the air."
When the company wasn't silencing its concerned employees by saying, "you don't believe in our vision," it was operating in highly paranoid fashion. Internal email chains may not have included Holmes or CCO (and Holmes' boyfriend) Sunny Balwani, yet the company's leaders would regularly reply to them. A keystroke-tracking hack was installed on at least one internal Theranos computer: the receptionist's. (She appears in the film to ask why, incredulously.) And a "culture of silos" meant various departments were instructed not to communicate with each other.
You can lead a horse to wellness...
Any sign of doubt or disagreement clashed with the Silicon Valley archetype that Holmes obsessed over, particularly Steve Jobs. This manifested both in an it's-impossible-until-it's-not mantra and a love of turtlenecks. (One "iconic" photo of Holmes, holding her "nanotainer" device, looks eerily like a classic photo of Jobs holding an early iPod.)
The film takes a roundabout route to giving Holmes some semblance of dignity and integrity—by essentially saying that she ran on sheer will, fueled by a belief in intelligence and hard work being able to surmount any obstacle. In one example of how The Inventor frames her, Holmes' ability to focus her gaze without blinking could have been used to paint her like a villain. Instead, Gibney attaches this quality to her rise as a bright new star in the health-tech sector in the early '00s.
At that time, her sales pitch was clear: an established healthcare system had gone wrong and needed saving. She quotes Thomas Edison's line about thousands of failures before a success, and her harshest critics in the film readily concede that when Holmes was questioned about her comfort-zone topics of engineering and future-tech visions, she was an unflappable debater and persuader.
The most striking of these defenses comes from Tyler Shultz, the lead source for The Wall Street Journal's 2015 exposé about Theranos' deceptions. He admits to going back and forth between looking at hard data and serious problems while working as an engineer, then speaking directly to Holmes concerning her convictions about Edison's development being on the right track. "You want it to be true so badly," Shultz says. "She could still convince me."
Early on, The Inventor reminds viewers of what a questionable and even deceitful inventor the real Thomas Edison could be, including his own overpromises about light-bulb technology before he eventually had his, er, light-bulb moment. (During this time, he bought time in the public eye by giving journalists shares of his company's stock.) The phrase "fake it until you make it" is echoed by journalists and Theranos employees all the way through the film.
But unlike Edison and Jobs, Holmes' path to keeping Theranos afloat eventually put real human lives on the line. In order to convince anxious investors that Edison was on the right track, the company refused to show actual footage of how the Edison machines worked. One seemingly convincing PowerPoint presentation, revealed for the first time in this documentary, was presented to Walgreens without any offer to open up an Edison box and prove its details.
Theranos reportedly settles $140M Walgreens suit for less than $30MInstead, Theranos worked out a deal with Walgreens to establish "wellness centers" where customers could pay for a la carte blood tests. This immediately infused Theranos with Walgreens' cash, then attracted an additional $400 million in funding, the film reminds us.
But what was secret at the time was eventually exposed: Walgreens customers' blood was driven away from these pharmacies, then regularly tested on competitors' machines, which Theranos had secretly purchased. The remaining blood tests that were conducted on actual Theranos hardware were often alarmingly inaccurate.
One of the film's most striking interviewees is a phlebotomist whose job it was to train standard Walgreens staffers with doing blood work. ("Nobody at Walgreens had handled blood!" this source points out. "What do you do if someone faints?") This quirk of the Theranos-Walgreens relationship only got crazier when Theranos began demanding full venipuncture blood draws, which it needed to shift more of its tests to that secret stockpile of third-party blood-testing machines. Walgreens staffers were ordered not to inform customers of this bait-and-switch until moments before blood was drawn.
This phlebotomist confirms that she'd relied on Theranos' tests for herself and her family. Once the WSJ's report came out, she rushed to have her entire family's tests re-run at established firms, where she discovered she'd been lied to.
"If people are testing themselves for syphilis [using Theranos], there's going to be a lot of undetected syphilis out there," one former Theranos employee says in the film. And that's nothing compared to the story of former Theranos chief scientist, Ian Gibbons, which is told in the film by his widow: "He was distraught over this stupid patent-misappropriation case [filed against Theranos]. That's why he committed suicide." (She then explains that she never heard from Holmes or Theranos after her husband's death, except when they requested his confidential documents and laptop be returned.)
“Does not map to reality”
The Inventor's strength as a film, whether the Theranos story is old hat or brand new to viewers, comes from its breadth of sources eager to clear their names. Fortune writer Roger Parloff is the most visceral of these, having profiled Holmes for a major cover story in 2014, and by the film's end, we watch him swallow his anger and curse Holmes' name. "What comes out of her mouth does not map to reality as you and I know it," Parloff says.
We also see at length the crazy, winding road that Theranos went down with that aforementioned WSJ source, Tyler Shultz, whose grandfather happens to be former Secretary of State George Shultz—a major Theranos investor and self-proclaimed adoptive grandfather of Holmes. (Tyler's work at Theranos began in part because of how often Holmes would attend Shultz family gatherings, where she charmed Tyler into wanting to be a part of Theranos' future.)
After the WSJ's report was published, Theranos figured out that Shultz was one of its sources... by combing staffers' emails until finding a "42.7 percent" notation, which the WSJ had included in its article. Theranos began sending threatening letters to Shultz, which cost him and his parents roughly $500,000 in legal fees to deal with.
This legal battle ended in a sting operation that took advantage of Holmes' association with the Shultz family: two Theranos lawyers were waiting for Tyler when he went to his grandfather's house.
The resulting confrontation is described at length by George Shultz in a hearing that led to charges filed against Holmes and Balwani. His patience with Theranos ran out once he watched its lawyers "assault" his grandson, he testified.
Check out this surreal chat with Theranos investor who says he’s “thrilled”Yet in that same hearing, the elder Shultz insisted that he believed and still believes that Holmes acted with the utmost of honesty and integrity as CEO and founder of Theranos. And The Inventor leaves enough breadcrumbs between its stories of blind ambition and dangerous, careless policies to show how Holmes swept everyone up—Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, former US Defense Secretary James Mattis, and scores of excited, budding entrepreneurs, particularly women—with her determination to reinvent medical access.
"She was a good idol to have," one ex-Theranos employee and Holmes admirer says in the film. "I drank the Kool-Aid too quickly."
The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley had its final preview screening at SXSW 2019, ahead of its cable television premiere Monday, March 18, on HBO.
Madeleine McCann: New Netflix documentary distresses parents as lawyers look for slurs in eight-part series
15 MARCH 2019 • 7:44PMFollow
The parents of Madeleine McCann have been left distressed by the release of a Netflix documentary about her disappearance, it has emerged as their lawyers trawled the eight-hour series for slurs.
Almost 12 years since the toddler vanished without a trace from a holiday apartment on the Algarve, eight hour-long episodes about the mystery were unveiled on the streaming site.
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann pores over the high-profile search for the missing three-year-old in intricate detail, but notably lacks input from her family or their wider circle.
Her parents’ long-time spokesman suggested Netflix had appeared more interested in “infotainment” to bolster their popular true-crime collection than helping the search effort.
Documentary series such as Making a Murderer have been big money-spinners for the streaming giant and led to an influx of gritty factual programmes on the site to capitalise on demand.
Clarence Mitchell said Kate and Gerry McCann were offered a chance to watch the series in advance as a “courtesy”, but indicated they were not likely to do so soon.
Friends and lawyers are expected to carefully scour any allegations made about the couple in the series.
Mr Mitchell told The Telegraph: “I’m not aware of any breakthrough evidence or breakthrough interview that is going to cause a significant shift in the Met Police investigation and this was one of our principle concerns.
“Netflix are a commercial operation, they are obviously looking for hits on the platform and if it’s done within the laws of defamation then fine.
“Because they have not talked to our side, it will inevitably be one-sided and I’m afraid this just gives succour to the conspiracy loons out there.”
He added: “Netflix has got quite a strand with these true-crime dramas...I hate to use the word ‘entertainment’, but it’s got that potential. ”
Chief among the McCann’s concerns will be any attempt to rehearse discredited accusations made by Portuguese police during a now-infamous investigation into the couple.
Kate and Gerry were briefly given “arguido” - suspect - status by local detectives amid a flurry of speculation they had somehow been involved in their daughter’s disappearance.
Claims made in the show have already reignited debate about whether the youngster - who would now be 15 - is still alive.
Jim Gamble, a detective in the first UK police investigation, expresses confidence in one episode that the truth will eventually come out through advances in policing techniques.
Netflix refused to comment.
March 15, 2019 | 12:43pm | Updated
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The wife of UFC fighter Tony Ferguson has filed a restraining order against the former lightweight champ after a series of domestic disturbances at their California home in the past year, according to reports.
Cristina Ferguson filed the restraining order on Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court less than one week after cops responded to their Santa Ana home, where she told them her husband changed the locks on their doors after taking their 2-year-old son while she was visiting her parents, according to police reports obtained by MMA Junkie, which first reported the news.
A separate police report details a Feb. 19 welfare check conducted on Tony Ferguson, 35, after he allegedly made unknown threats, prompting his wife and son to leave the home. An unidentified woman told police that Ferguson had “not slept for three days and was tearing apart the home” and accused of him of destroying a fireplace. Ferguson also believed someone placed a computer chip in his leg, the woman told police investigators.
The unidentified male who called cops to the home for the Feb. 19 incident also told police that Ferguson told him “someone was inside his walls,” according to the police report.
Just three days earlier, Cristina called police from a park after leaving the couple’s home to say that she was concerned for his well-being. She told investigators that Ferguson “kept throwing ‘holy water’” toward her and that his condition, which was redacted in the incident report, was worsening as he continued to refuse to see a doctor.
An investigation in the case has been scheduled for March 22, with a separate domestic violence hearing set for April 5, according to court records cited by MMA Junkie.
In a statement issued late Thursday to ESPN, an attorney for Cristina Ferguson elaborated on why she filed for the temporary restraining order.
“Tony Ferguson is a good husband and good father to our son,” the statement read. “The current legal proceedings are part of a process to ensure that Tony will receive the help necessary to continue being the best possible, as well as to pursue his passion and career as a UFC champion fighter. All positive well wishes are sincerely appreciated and I hope our privacy will be respected.”
Ferguson, who has won 11 consecutive fights and has an overall record of 24-3, last fought in October at UFC 229, defeating Anthony Pettis. UFC president Dana White provided some context to his absence from the octagon on Instagram Wednesday, according to SB Nation.
“Tony is dealing with a lot of personal issues right now and can’t fight,” White told a fan who asked why Ferguson didn’t accept a fight with featherweight champ Max Holloway. “Hopefully things turn around for him and he can get back in there.”
Lizzie McGuire Actress Carly Schroeder Enlists in the Army: 'It Is a Big Choice'
"I’ve been considering it for a while," the former Disney Channel star says of her decision
March 15, 2019 01:42 PM
Carly Schroeder is making a giant career change.
During an appearance on TMZ Livethis link opens in a new tab on Wednesday, the 28-year-old actress — who appeared on the Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire as Melina Bianco, an adversary-turned-love-interest to the titular character’s younger brother — opened up about why she made the decision earlier this year to enlist in the Army.
“I’ve been considering it for a while, and it is a big choice, but thankfully my parents and my little brother were very supportive of me,” Schroeder, who has also appeared on General Hospital, told TMZ. “My dad was actually in the Army, he as trained as a Green Beret medic, and my little brother Hunter, he’s in the Marines now. And they just told me, you should think about it, talk to every branch, and pick which one works best for you, and I chose the Army.”
The actress, who has been accepted into Officer Candidate School (OCS), shared that while she won’t get to pick her assignments for a while, she’s “definitely interested in military intelligence.”
“In college [I] learned a lot about human trafficking, and I think going into the military will actually allow me to learn skills that can help me help others who have been impacted by this,” she shared.
Following the interview, the actress opened up further about what drove her to serve her county — and the extent of her training thus far.
“I was on @tmz_tv and it didn’t involve a wardrobe malfunction or a disastrous love triangle. Granny will be proud,” she wrotethis link opens in a new tab on Instagram, before adding that she wanted to “clarify a few things.”
Although her Instagram account is filled with videos of the actress showing off her proficiency with weapons, Schroeder said that “most of the training I’ve done was in preparation for action roles.”
“I head to basic training in April and then, since I have a college degree and passed the board, I will go to OCS,” she added.
Continuing, she wrote, “I am looking forward to working hard and earning respect from my fellow soldiers. Despite my story being publicized, I want to communicate that the veterans and currently enlisted personnel really deserve the recognition for their scarifies [sic] and service. I am proud to become a part of your family. I have set high goals for myself. I am determined to make a difference and help others. I have had a lot of people tell me that one person can’t make a difference, but at the very least we should try!”
The star previously opened up about her decision to take “a break from Hollywood” in February.
“For 22 years, I’ve played dress up for a livingthis link opens in a new tab. As an actress I’ve been kidnapped, gone blind, nearly eaten by lions and murdered on more than one occasion. I tormented Lizzie McGuire’s little brother on the Disney channel, was a dolphin trainer, the first female soccer player on an all boys team and Harrison Ford once rescued me during an intense home invasion,” she shared, alongside an image of herself in camouflage gear, carrying a rifle.
“That’s exciting and all, but in January I decided to raise my right hand and swear into the United States Army. With a college degree from @callutheran in Criminal Justice, an ASVAB score of 92, and qualifying PFTs… I was accepted into Army #OCS (Officer Candidate School),” she shared.
The actress also shared her three “BIG reasons” for enlisting.
“College opened my eyes to global injustices. But on a more tangible micro level, there is human trafficking occurring within the United States. I’ve written papers, spread awareness and as an Army Officer I intend to learn skills I can later apply when I’m on a team helping these victims,” she wrote, adding that she feels she can be a better “advocate for veterans once I am a part of their community.”
In her final reason, Schroeder gave a sweet nod to her own family history, writing, “My brother is a Marine and my Papa was a Green Beret… There is no way I am going to let the boys have all the fun. #hooah#actresstoarmy#startedondisneynowimhere .”.“Thank you to my big brothers who teach, encourage and support me. I’ll make you proud,” she concluded the note.
How Old Is Jessie J, Channing Tatum's Girlfriend?
March 15, 2019
Get to know 22 Jump Street and Magic Mike actor Channing Tatum’s girlfriend, “Bang Bang”and “Flashlight” singer Jessie J ahead.
Jessie J’s previous relationships
Jessie J’s most recent relationship prior to dating Tatum was with the singer-songwriter, Luke James. Dating Tatum marks her most high profile relationship to date. Another reason their relationship may draw attention is that Jessie J has an uncanny resemblance to Tatum’s ex, Jenna Dewan.
Tatum’s previous relationships
Tatum’s most high profile relationship was with his ex-wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum. The two were a favorite among Hollywood couples almost reaching a Brad and Jen level. Their performances on Lip Sync Battle further endeared them in the hearts of the public.
That’s why their split after nine years of marriage was a surprise to fans. They announced their divorce in a joint statement on Instagram in April 2018. The two have a daughter together, named Everly.
When did Jessie J and Channing Tatum start dating?
Rumors of Jessie J and Tatum dating starting surfacing in September 2018. The two were seen playing mini golf together in October 2018 and just a few weeks ago Jessie J shared a string of text messages Tatum sent her. In the messages, he raps about wanting to “caress fresh face Jess.”
How old is Jessie J?
Jessie J was born Jessica Ellen Cornish. At 17 she joined the group, Soul Deep. In 2012, she joined the cast of The Voice UK as a coach. She’s made a career for herself as a singer and songwriter. She wrote the Miley Cyrus song “Party in the USA” and the Chris Brown song “I Need This.”
Jessie J is 30 years old and will celebrate her 31st birthday later this month on March 27. There’s a little bit of an age gap between her and Tatum. He is 38 years old and will celebrate his 39th birthday on April 26.
How serious is their relationship?
A source told E! News that their relationship is still in the early stages. “Everything is very new but Channing and Jessie J have known each other from a distance for a while. Channing has very recently made efforts to get to know her better and pursue Jessie on a romantic level,” the source said. “Channing has made his intentions known and thus far, Jessie J thinks he’s a very nice down-to-earth guy and a gentleman.”
Another source said in a much more casual way that Tatum and Jessie J like each other. “They truly just hit it off. It’s only been six months since Channing and Jenna separated…Channing really likes Jessie.”
So don’t expect Tatum and Jessie J to be engaged soon.
Dewan reportedly knew Tatum was dating. “Jenna knew that Channing was dating and it wasn’t a surprise,” a source said. “A friend had told her what was going on.” Tatum getting back in the dating game didn’t come as a surprise for Dewan. She’s reportedly also been dating since their split and gotten herself a dog.