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Netflix is making a massive show of support for the LGBTQ community — a $60 million show of support to be exact — and it’s all aimed at North Carolina and a particular part of their House Bill 2.

The law went into effect in 2016 and made it so that trans people had to use the bathroom that corresponded to “the gender printed on their birth certificates.” And even though a part of it was repealed in 2017, it was replaced with HB142 which is “a clause forbidding municipalities from passing an ordinance” that could protect LGBTQ citizens until 2020.

Because of the anti-LGBTQ legislation, Netflix has passed on North Carolina as a filming location for their upcoming series, OBX — a series that actually takes place in the state itself.

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The creator of the series, Jonas Pate, spoke with Star News Online. “This tiny law is costing this town 70 good, clean, pension-paying jobs and also sending a message to those people who can bring these jobs and more that North Carolina still doesn’t get it,” he said.

The streaming giant will spend $60 million in whichever state it decides to film in, and right now, it looks as if South Carolina is the frontrunner.

“We have a tiny window where this could be pulled out of the fire,” Pate added. “If I get any sense that there is any effort to move the sunset date up, I think I could convince Netflix to change course.”

“That is a decision the legislature has to make and realize that it is one more opportunity we are losing if we don’t,” said incoming Sen. Harper Peterson, D-New Hanover. “There is no rational reason to delay if it is already going to sunset.”

According to Pate, who previously created NBC’s Surface, OBX is “a coming of age story” and “follows a summer of change for four teenagers in a fictional Outer Banks town when a hurricane cuts all power and communication to the island.”

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BLACKPINK’s ‘Kill This Love’ music video just broke a massive YouTube record

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BLACKPINK is in your area and they aren’t playing around. Their new music video for ‘Kill This Love’ has broken a massive YouTube record.

The music video for their latest comeback reached a staggering 100 million views in just two days, 14 hours, and 13 minutes. It’s the fastest video to ever hit the milestone on the platform. The K-pop girl group beat the previous record held by PSY‘s ‘Gentlemen.’

They also beat out fellow K-Pop idols BTS by reaching 70 millions views in just one day, 13 hours, and 30 minutes. BTS previously held the record with their music video for ‘Fake Love,’ reaching 70 million in two days, one hour, and 50 minutes.

‘Kill This Love’ is BLACKPINK‘s lead single from their new EP of the same name.

Jennie, Jisoo, Rosé, and Lisa are set to take the stage at Coachella on April 12, making them the first female K-pop act to do so. Afterward, they set out on their In Your Area tour, hitting stops in the US and Canada, before heading to Europe and Australia.

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Lea Michele cast as Ariel in live concert of ‘The Little Mermaid’

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From Glee to the sea, Lea Michele is set to make waves as everyone’s favourite underwater princess, Ariel.

The Scream Queens star has been cast in a live performance of The Little Mermaid at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, meant to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.

Joining her onstage are Harvey Fierstein as Ursula, Ken Page as Sebastian, Peter Gallagher as King Triton, and Leo Gallo as Prince Eric.

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The cast will perform with a full orchestra while the original animated film plays behind them on a movie screen.

Audiences can expect to hear the film’s classic songs, like “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World,” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”

The performance takes place May 17 and 18.

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Sophie Turner: “I love a soul, not a gender”

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Sophie Turner, known for her roles as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones and Jean Grey in the X-Men movies (including this year’s Dark Phoenix), spoke about love in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

More specifically, in the article, which focuses on her and GoT co-star Maisie WilliamsGrowing Up Game of Thrones,” Turner spoke about the way she loves. She revealed that she “never thought she’d get engaged so young, or at all,” adding, “I was fully preparing myself to be single for the rest of my life.” She is currently engaged to singer Joe Jonas.

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She goes on to say that she believes her soul to be much older than her age (22, in case you’re wondering) and that she’s “lived enough life to know” when she’s found the person she wants to be with.

“I’ve met enough guys to know — I’ve met enough girls to know. I don’t feel 22. I feel like 27, 28.” When pushed to elaborate on the “girls” part, Turner continued. “Everyone experiments. It’s part of growing up. I love a soul, not a gender.”

Turner didn’t label her sexuality one way or another.

'Game of Thrones' star Sophie Turner: "I love a soul, not a gender"

The final season of Game of Thrones premieres April 14 and Dark Phoenix hits theatres June 7, 2019.

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