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Kevin Hart steps down from hosting Oscars after refusing Academy demand

Kevin Hart: The wrong man…

The progressive mob recently had their panties in a wad over the “Cowboys and Indians” birthday party Hart had for his son.

Hart should have learned that you never cave to the SJW mob.

From Hollywood Reporter: Kevin Hart is stepping down as Oscars host just two days after the Academy announced he would take on the high-profile gig. The move came amid a mounting controversy after old tweets surfaced in which Hart expressed anti-gay sentiments and used homophobic terminology and slurs.

In a tweet late Thursday, Hart officially withdrew from hosting the Oscars, a role he had long wanted to step into. “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” Hart wrote.

He added seconds later, “I’m sorry that I hurt people. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

Earlier in the evening, Hart had posted an Instagram video from Sydney, Australia, where he is touring, saying that he had refused a demand from the Academy to apologize. He said the Academy gave him an ultimatum: Apologize for his old tweets or step down as Oscars host. 

“I passed. The reason I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up,” he said. “Regardless, to the Academy, I’m thankful for the opportunity, if it goes away, no harm, no foul,” Hart added.

Ironically, in giving up the hosting spot, Hart actually offered the apology that earlier he had refused to provide.

The Academy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

But for the Academy, the situation smacks of déjà vu. In late 2011, Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the 84th Academy Awards after saying “rehearsal is for fags” in a public Q&A for his film Tower Heist. Ratner’s exit led to the departure of Eddie Murphy, that year’s announced host, who stepped down in solidarity. (Billy Crystal filled in.)

Losing Hart as host will put even more pressure on Donna Gigliotti, who is producing the 91st Oscars, set to be broadcast by ABC on Feb. 24. This week’s announcement that Hart would host came relatively late in the process. Now, finding a new host to take on emcee duties could be even more difficult.

Earlier in the day, Hart issued an Instagram video in which he said, “I swear, man, our world is becoming beyond crazy. I’m not going to let the craziness frustrate me or anger me, especially when I worked hard to get to the mental space that I am at now.”

He continued, “My team calls me, ‘Oh, my God, Kevin, this world is upset about tweets you did years ago.’Guys. I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you. I’m the wrong guy, man,” Hart says. “I’m in a great place, a great mature place, where all I do is spread positivity.”

The tweets in question included a 2011 tweet in which the comedian and movie star had written, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'” In another from 2010, Hart says someone’s profile pic looks “like a gay bill board for AIDS.” In another written in 2009, he called someone a “fat faced fag.”

Those tweets and many more like them could be found as recently as Tuesday, the day Hart was announced as host. But as word of them began to spread in the days following, they began to disappear.

The tweets drew condemnation from the likes of actor-comedian Billy Eichner, who tweeted, “You can tell its not just a joke — there’s real truth, anger & fear behind these. I hope Kevin’s thinking has evolved since 2011.”

Journalist Mark Harris went even further, tweeting the choice of Hart as host was “out-of-sync for a year in which Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy, Olivia Colman, Mahershala Ali, Richard E. Grant, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Lucas Hedges could all get nominated for playing LBGTQ characters.”

GLAAD reached out to ABC, the Academy and Hart’s management to “discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage,” said Rich Ferraro, chief communications officer for GLAAD. He said they did not immediately respond.

GLAAD responded to Hart’s decision to step down in a statement on Friday morning.

“Kevin Hart shouldn’t have stepped down; he should have stepped up,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Hart’s apology to LGBTQ people is an important step forward, but he missed a real opportunity to use his platform and the Oscars stage to build unity and awareness. We would still welcome that conversation with him. The Academy has recently made significant strides in featuring diverse talent onstage and they should now double down on that commitment as they look for a new host.”

It was not the first time Hart’s thoughts on LGBTQ people have caused controversy. A 2011 standup routine about his then 3-year-old son having a “gay moment” — “You’ve got to nip it in the bud!” he warned the audience — was criticized as promoting homophobic and dangerous parentingaccording to The Guardian.

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All Time Low: American Music Awards ratings plunge 29 percent with politically charged show

Taylor Swift trying to sway your vote…

From Fox News: The politically charged 2018 American Music Awards produced dismal viewership, setting an all-time low rating for the annual special.

According to Variety, Tuesday night’s “American Music Awards” on ABC earned a disappointing 1.8 rating among the key demo of adults age 18-49 with 6.5 million total viewers, according to the Hollywood trade publication. The total was down 25 percent compared to its 2.4 demo rating in 2017.

The show – which aired on a Tuesday as opposed to the typical Sunday — dropped approximately 29 percent in total viewers after drawing 9.2 million last year, the outlet reports.

During the low-rated show, Taylor Swift – who recently broke her longtime political silence by slamming Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn — urged fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

“This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people,” the 28-year-old popstar said while accepting the Artist of the Year award, Swift’s third win of the night. She continued: “And you know what else is voted on by the people is the midterm elections on Nov. 6. Get out and vote. I love you guys.”

Comedian Billy Eichner called the upcoming midterms “the biggest election of our lifetime” and urged viewers to vote.

“Please grab your friends. Tell them to vote. If you believe in equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community. If you believe that climate change is real and that we need to do something about it, don’t let anyone tell you your vote won’t count,” Eichner said.

On Sunday, Swift took to social media to declare her support for a pair of Democrats — Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and Rep. Jim Cooper.

“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” she told her 112 million Instagram followers. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.”

Swift opened the American Music Awards with a performance and took home the coveted Artist of the Year award. Other big winners included Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Migos, Young Thug, Cardi B, Rihanna, Khalid, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars, Kane Brown and the late XXXTentacion.

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Trump supporter Tim Allen beats TDS-infected Candice Bergen in TV show ratings

Suck it, Murphy Brown.

From USA Today: After the first week of the television season, Tim Allen has bragging rights over Candice Bergen.

The return of Allen’s sitcom Last Man Standingreached 8.1 million viewers on Fox last Friday night. That was more than the 7.5 million people who tuned into the revival of Bergen’s “Murphy Brown on CBS the night before.

CBS heavily promoted the return of “Murphy Brown” after two decades, and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had a cameo in the first episode.

Last Man Standing” had been gone just a year, canceled by ABC in a decision that Allen said left him “stunned and blindsided.” But Fox brought it back, and on its first week it was the network’s most popular entertainment show, particularly impressive considering Friday is one of the least-watched nights on television.

ABC said its decision was strictly business after it decided against airing comedies on Friday, but there were political overtones. Allen supports President Donald Trump and his lead character, Mike Baxter, has been described as Archie Bunker with a college education. Some conservatives said the cancellation was proof that they weren’t valued as customers in liberal Hollywood.

The victory over “Murphy Brown” was “a very big upset,” said Marc Berman, a veteran television analyst who runs the Programming Insider.

Murphy Brown” had the misfortune of competing against real-life politics, since the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh aired the day of its premiere, giving big boosts that evening to Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who together reached nearly 10 million viewers, Nielsen said.

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Slick Willie buddy and liberal hack George Stephanopoulos says “Trump always sides with men on sexual misconduct claims”

I bet he said that without any sense of irony.

From Fox News: Bill Clinton spokesperson-turned ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has been called out for hypocrisy after a combative interview with press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday, when the “Good Morning America” star accused President Trump of always siding with men when it comes to sexual misconduct claims.

“It is absolutely amazing that Stephanopoulos has the gall to say it seems like President Trump is always siding with the men when it comes to accusations of sexual impropriety and sexual assault given his work in the Clinton administration,” conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News.

The interview started off with a series of questions about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before the conversation shifted to the ongoing sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“The president consistently, every single time, takes the side of the man,” Stephanopoulos said.

Sanders fired back, “It’s interesting that you say that. It’s a lot of Democrats that like to ignore Keith Ellison and Cory Booker. They love to fight and champion women until they disagree with them.”

Stephanopoulos reminded Sanders that Al Franken lost his job over inappropriate sexual behavior.

“A number of other Democrats should have the same type of scrutiny,” Sanders said, before Stephanopoulos interrupted, “Every single time, the president has taken the side of the man against women accusers.”

Sanders said that Trump knows Brett Kavanaugh and has heard his story, explaining that there hasn’t been a “shred of evidence” to back up claims made against the Supreme Court nominee — but the “GMA” star quickly changed the subject.

“Maybe ABC should have found someone with a little more credibility around this issue to ask these questions,” Barron said. “Factually, Stephanopoulos is also flat wrong. President Trump has been a high-profile defender of women like Juanita Broaddrick who were victimized by President Clinton and demonized by the main stream media.”

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#WaronWomen: Jimmy Kimmel mocks Melania Trump's accent

Jimmy Kimmel invites women to feel his crotch
Remember, this comes from “America’s conscience.”
From Fox News: Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel didn’t hold back the jabs at first lady Melania Trump on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday night while mocking the 140th annual White House Easter Egg Roll, which she hosted earlier that day.
“I want to really thank the first lady, Melania, who has really done an incredible job,” President Trump announced from the balcony of the White House to kick off the event. “She worked so hard on this event, so I want to thank you.”
With a big grin, Kimmel told his fans, “Not a chance she did one thing to help set that up. There’s no — she didn’t dye eggs, she didn’t fill baskets. The only thing she’s been working on is an escape tunnel.”
The audience applauded, as Kimmel pointed to a “surprise visitor” who was photoshopped into the background of the Trumps as they greeted a large crowd at the White House: Stormy Daniels.
“You know, it was supposed to be pouring, the weather. It was supposed to be very rainy and nasty and cold and windy,” Trump told a crowd of about 30,000 people in attendance.
“And Stormy, too, you know,” Kimmel added.
Kimmel then directed the audience’s attention to a clip of Melania reading the children’s book, “YOU!,” by Sandra Magsamen. After playing about 10 seconds of footage, Kimmel chuckled and mocked the first lady’s accent, repeating the last words she read.
“This and that,” said Kimmel, as he impersonated Mrs. Trump.
He then turned to his sidekick on the show, “Guillermo, you know what this means? You could be first lady of the United States.”
But Kimmel’s bit didn’t end there. The comedian, once again, pointed to a television screen and featured Melania finishing the book.
“That’s the end,” Melania said as she closed the book. The audience roared with laughter as Kimmel added, “…of the world.”
He continued, “Hey, I love that Vice President Pence just released the children’s book about a bunny. Did they read that to the kids? Nope, they went with ‘dis and dat’ instead.”
While some applauded the Kimmel’s nearly three-minute monologue, others critcized the comedian’s joke, calling it “offensive.”
“I love your show and I love it when you take on Trump. But mocking Melania for her accent was a rare mis-step. Doesn’t she speak several languages? (And isn’t that a good thing in a First Lady?)” one fan asked Kimmel on Twitter Thursday.
“Classy. Making fun of the First Lady,” another wrote, along with a face palm emoji.
“If this was some random foreigner, you people would NEVER make fun of their accent and risk offending them. What a bunch of [hypocrites] you are. You should be ashamed that you’re allowed on television,” a Twitter user added.
Kimmel posted the video on his Twitter account Tuesday morning, with the caption: “No one celebrates #Easter quite like the Trumps…”
But that wasn’t the only joke aimed at the Trump administration during Kimmel’s show on Monday. He also trolled Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway, who he dubbed the “#1 White House leaker,” and conducted a “Make America Grate Again Spelling Bee,” asking three young students to come on stage and spell words incorrectly.
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Actress Sandra Bernhard says women who support Trump can't think for themselves

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Sandra Bernhard


Another out-of-touch Hollyweird blowhard.
From Fox News: Roseanne Barr – and her iconic TV character – may be pro-Trump, but one of her co-stars on “Roseanne,” Sandra Bernhard, certainly is not — and she went as far as to say women who support President Trump are unable to think for themselves.
The actress, who is reprising her role as Nancy Bartlett Thomas in the eagerly awaited sitcom reboot, told MSNBC’s Ari Melber that she doesn’t understand how women could support Trump unless they are “under the thumb” of their husbands.
“A lot of women have compromised, given in, raised their kids and not had the luxury of being able to think for themselves,” Bernhard said Wednesday, adding they are “under the thumb of [their] husband[s].”
The 62-year-old, who has yet to make an appearance on the recently premiered TV reboot, then suggested perhaps the reason why women voted for Trump was because they were intimidated by Hillary Clinton’s intelligence.
“[Maybe it was] being so offended by Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton’s legacy that you turned on her,” the actress suggested. “Or feeling inadequate, feeling like how can somebody be so educated? How can somebody who brought themselves up from their experience and gone to the top? Educated herself, fought for rights, civil rights, and equality. And I think that is threatening to a lot of women.
Bernhard’s remarks come as the reboot of the ABC sitcom featuring the Conner family drew massive ratings for the network.
The show, starring a pro-Trump title character, was “the highest-rated regularly scheduled scripted show of the last few seasons, as well as the highest-rated sitcom in recent memory,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show’s star, Roseanne Barr, revealed to reporters back in January it was important to her to showcase her character as a pro-Trump American.
“It’s just realistic,” she explained. “I have always … attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and working class people. And, in fact, it was working class people that elected Trump so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed.”
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SCOTTeVEST founder says company markets to Fox viewers because they're "f***ing idiots"

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From Washington Times: SCOTTeVEST founder Scott Jordan was rebuked by his own clothing company after he posted on Facebook last weekend that Fox News viewers are “f–ing idiots.”
Mr. Jordan co-founded SCOTTeVEST with his wife in 2000, selling a line of multi-pocketed “eVests” designed for consumers to carry multiple gadgets. He failed to clinch a deal on ABC’s Shark Tank with his “Technology Enabled Clothing” (TEC) patent in 2012, The Blaze reported.
Mr. Jordan, who stepped down from the company’s management last year but still holds the title of chief executive officer, was disavowed by the company on Wednesday after he publicly described an encounter with someone who recognized him from his SCOTTeVEST television commercials.
“I love meeting new people that recognize me and my company from all of our television commercials,” he wrote Jan. 14 in the now-deleted post, according to a screenshot captured by a “Shark Tank” fan blog. “I am on the ski lift and the following exchange just happened and happens often: I ask, ‘What network they saw me?’ Invariably people say Fox News.
“I laugh to myself, and tell them that we primarily advertise on Fox because we find their viewership to be extremely gullible and much easier to sell than other networks,” he wrote. “The look on their face at that time is priceless. I am not kidding you. I get to tell them they are [f–ing] idiots while getting rich off them.”
SCOTTeVEST posted a statement on its website calling Mr. Jordan’s comments “offensive and inexcusable.”
We are extremely sorry for his unacceptable comments,” the company said. “Mr. Jordan’s post was impulsive and inappropriate for too many reasons to list, and rightfully offended so many people. We strongly disagree with the views expressed by Mr. Jordan.”
Company spokesman Luke Lappala told The Blaze in an email that Mr. Jordan had since deactivated his Facebook and Twitter accounts. “We are sickened by his remarks,” Mr. Lappala said.
Mr. Jordan apologized in a Medium post Friday, calling his words “incredibly rude and inaccurate.”
“To those that I called gullible and idiotic, I am truly sorry,” he wrote. “As the founder of SCOTTeVEST, Inc., I have spent more than 17 years with the help of an amazing team building an awesome company with world class products and customer service. My idiotic statement not only jeopardized all of that hard work, but it also compromised the faith that SCOTTeVEST customers and our team of 20+ employees and contractors entrusted in me.
“I also want to apologize to the SCOTTeVEST customer service team, who are taking the brunt of the backlash for my actions,” he added. “SCOTTeVEST employees are good people that do not deserve to be punished for my actions. I will continue to learn from my mistakes and strive to become a better person.
Mr. Lappala explained to The Blaze that Mr. Jordan stepped down from his management responsibilities last year due to “personal reasons” but remains as “CEO in name only.”
Mr. Jordan retains his CEO and Co-Founder titles, but he is not involved in our daily operations,” Mr. Lappala said.
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Libtards at The "Spew" try to analyze North Korea


I can’t take it either.
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GMA spins a story on an illegal alien: "Ohio father of 4 bids farewell before deportation to Mexico"

illegalThe father is more than welcome to take his family with him to his native home.
The father had notice six years ago that because he is an illegal alien, he’d be getting the boot.
The father had been in the US for 16 years – plenty of time to acquire US citizenship.
Yet the media does their best everyday to prove why most see them as an arm of the demorats.
From Yahoo (originally on Good Morning America): An Ohio father of four had an emotional farewell with his family this morning before returning to Mexico.
Jesus Lara Lopez, who worked at a packaging facility in Willard, Ohio, was seen off by family and about a dozen supporters at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport this morning, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Photographs taken at the airport before his flight show him embracing his children in a series of tearful goodbyes.
When Lopez checked in with immigration officials in March, he was told he was being deported under “an illegal immigration crackdown,” his lawyer David Leopold told the press this morning.
Lopez has been in the country for 16 years, and his children were born in the U.S., the Plain Dealer reported.
A federal immigration judge first ordered Lopez removed in 2011, Khaalid Walls, the Northeast communications director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told ABC News. In 2014 the agency granted Lopez a stay of removal, Walls said, adding that “in a further exercise of discretion, the agency has allowed him to remain free from custody to finalize his departure plans.”
“The agency will continue to closely monitor his case to ensure compliance,” Walls said.
He said that ICE could not confirm for ABC News whether Lopez complied with its request until after he is “successfully repatriated,” for operational and security reasons, but would try to provide an update on his status later today.
ABC affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland reported that Lopez had never been charged with a crime during his 16 years in the U.S., has paid taxes and did not receive food stamps. Walls noted in response that the lack of a criminal record does not necessarily exempt an unauthorized immigrant illegal alien from deportation.
“As Secretary [John] Kelly and Acting Director [Thomas D.] Homan have stated repeatedly, ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of national security and public safety threats; however, no class or category of alien in the United States is exempt from arrest or removal,” Walls told ABC News.
Leopold told WEWS-TV that his client had a valid work permit. The New York Times reported in June that Lopez worked “the graveyard shift packing Milano cookies and Goldfish crackers” at Pepperidge Farm.
ABC News reached out to Pepperidge Farm for a comment about Lopez’s work permit, and the company said he was hired by a third-party company, Spherion, which manages packaging workers at the facility. Spherion confirmed for ABC News that Lopez had a valid work permit and it hired him in October 2016.
“These are the darkest times I’ve ever seen as an attorney. When the best and the brightest that we have to offer are taken from their homes and sent away,” Leopold told reporters. “The law is so broken.”
America’s Voice, an immigration rights advocacy group, posted a statement on its website criticizing the deportation of Lopez from John Sandweg, a former acting director of ICE and a former acting general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Cases like this are an incredible waste of ICE resources that only make it harder for the agency to identify and remove dangerous criminals,” he wrote. He added that he believes enforcement resources should be focused on finding criminals and public safety threats instead.
Sandweg has been a vocal critic of President Trump‘s broad promise of reducing illegal immigration to the U.S. a central part of his 2016 campaign.
The U.S. was already focused on enforcing immigration rules during the presidency of Barack Obama, who oversaw the removal of more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, earning him the nickname deporter in chief.
“The [Trump] administration’s focus on the low-hanging fruit of the enforcement system only allows the bad guys to remain at large, weakening our public safety,” Sandweg added.
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Priyanka Chopra on Getting Paid 'a Lot Less Than the Boys' in Hollywood: 'It's a Scary Place'

priyanka-chopraKeep in mind this womyn is worth $8 million and is one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood. But playing the victim card gets you a cover on Glamour magazine to whine about sexism.
From Yahoo: Priyanka Chopra has amassed millions of fans playing agent Alex Parrish on ABC’s hit drama Quantico – but being a woman in Hollywood hasn’t come without its challenges.
The actress opens up about her experience in the industry, as well as what advice she would give to women stepping into that world, for the cover story of Glamour’s June issue (out May 9).
“It’s a scary place,” she says. “You will be rejected. I was rejected many times. I cried. I was told that female actors are replaceable in films because they just stand behind a guy anyway.”
“I’m still used to being paid – like most actresses around the world – a lot less than the boys,” she continues. “We’re told we’re too provocative or that being sexy is our strength, which it can be, and it is, but that’s not the only thing we have.”
“So there are so many things that you will be told,” she adds. “It’ll be scary. There will be strife. But women have incredible endurance and incredible strength. Your ability to deal with it is within you.”
Chopra, 34, moved to the United States to live with her aunt and uncle when she was 12, but moved back to India during her high school years after experiencing serious bullying. “There was this girl who was a major bully. I think she didn’t like me because her boyfriend liked me, or some high school dynamic,” says Chopra. “She made my life hell. She used to call me names and would push me against the locker.”
High school’s hard for everybody, and then there’s this woman,” she continued. “I asked my mom, What do you think about me coming back?’ She flew down and picked me up.”
Being an Indian woman in the U.S., Chopra believes that many don’t “understand what Indians are.”
“And that’s our fault, a little,” she says. “We tend to forget our roots a bit. As kids [we think], If I’m too Indian, I’ll be put in a box, and people will think of me as different. They’ll think I’m weird, because I eat Indian food or my name is difficult to pronounce.”
“That girl in school used to call me curry,’ ” she adds. “You’re scared of those things. We’re afraid of letting people see the glory of who we are.”
And while she admits we’re living in “an extremely scary time,” Chopra argues that no one should be afraid to be themselves.
“Maybe I, being on the platform that I am, can say this louder than the kid who has to get on the subway and go to school: You don’t need to be afraid of who you are,” she says. “I don’t want any kid to feel the way I felt in school. I was afraid of my bully. It made me feel like I’m less – in my skin, in my identity, in my culture.”
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