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This Week In Entertainment: Maroon 5, Gervais, and More

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Maroon 5 May Give ‘SpongeBob’ Fans What They Want

SpongeBob fans might get what they want at this years Super Bowl halftime show. When Maroon 5 released a promotional video for their upcoming performance, the iconic sponge made an appearance. In an episode of the show, SpongeBob and his pals perform a song called “Sweet Victory” at a football game. In response to SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg’s death in November, fans created a petition to have the song played at the next Super Bowl.

This came before Maroon 5 even announced that they were playing at the Super Bowl. In addition, the petition garnered more than 1 million votes as of Friday. And while Maroon 5 hasn’t officially confirmed it, the hint in the trailer certainly points to it.

Ricky Gervais Blasts Left

After talking about freedom of speech in a Twitter tirade, people called Ricky Gervais an “alt-right nazi”. In response, he said “I’m an old fashioned liberal lefty, champagne socialist type of guy… But, if I ever defend freedom of speech on here, I’m suddenly an alt right nazi. How did that happen?”

After defending Louis C.K. when his comedy set leaked, people attacked both C.K. and Gervais, calling the comedy “off limits”. The comedian joked about “non-binary” people and the Parkland survivors. Gervais defended the jokes, saying, “You can joke about whatever the f**k you like.”

Bohemian Rhapsody Loses GLAAD Nomination

Hit film Bohemian Rhapsody lost its GLAAD Best Original Film nomination after accusations came about about the director Brian Singer. The accusations included sexual misconduct and assault. In response GLAAD pulled the film while Singer denied the accusations. The director of the biopic called them “a homophobic smear piece.”

Taylor Swift Wins $1.08M Lawsuit

Taylor Swift won the lawsuit filed against her by a Manhattan real estate broker. The broker said the pop star stiffed her out of a $1.08 million commission for the purchase of her Tribeca home. Swift’s defense was that she never signed the contract. Originally, she bought the home for $18M.

“[The broker] claims fail as a matter of law for want of an enforceable contract,” Manhattan federal court judge Jesse Furman wrote in the ruling. He said that an “informal email” wasn’t enough to enforce the contract.

Assassin’s Creed Changed Controversial DLC

At the end of the most recent Assassin’s Creed DLC, your character has a child from a heterosexual relationship. However, players who plaeyed Kassandra or Alexios as LGBTQ felt forced into a plot development.

Ubisoft quickly released an apology statement. Then, they announced plans to change the end of the story to allow for those choices as well as the name of the achievement/trophy. It will all be released in the next patch update.