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Rita Ora is accused of ‘blackfishing’ and ‘cultural appropriation’

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Rita Ora has been accused of ‘blackfishing’ by Twitter users who discovered her Albanian roots in a social media storm on Monday. 

Despite the Hot Right Now hitmaker, 29, frequently discussing her Albanian heritage, her family’s escape from the war-torn area and life as a refugee in London, enraged critics still lashed out at the star for her alleged cultural appropriation.  

The tweet that sparked the entire debate garnered a huge 109.4k likes in just two days, with the fuming message accompanied with images of Rita donning ‘appropriating’ hairstyles such as box braids and an afro. 

Hitting out: Rita Ora has been accused of 'blackfishing' by Twitter users who discovered her Albanian roots in a social media storm on Monday

Hitting out: Rita Ora has been accused of 'blackfishing' by Twitter users who discovered her Albanian roots in a social media storm on Monday

Hitting out: Rita Ora has been accused of ‘blackfishing’ by Twitter users who discovered her Albanian roots in a social media storm on Monday

Rita and her family fled Albania in 1991, during the decade-long war in the country, where thousands of people were killed and more than one million people – including the Oras – were forced to escape to safety.

In April, Rita discussed her experience as a refugee after ‘escaping persecution’ as a child in Albania, with her parents and sister Elena.  

Rita visits Albania – formally Yugoslavia- whenever she can with her family and proudly owns the traditional dress and knows their dances. 

In 2016, during an appearance on Wendy Williams’ show, the host said: ‘I thought you were half-Black and half-white, or something like that, to which Rita replied: ‘Everybody usually does. I might as well be. But no, I’m Albanian.’

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Shocking: Her followers were left shocked

Shocking: Her followers were left shocked

Shocking: Her followers were left shocked

Despite these factors, a Twitter user wrote on Monday: ‘Finding out rita ora isn’t black at all and both of her parents are white albanians is so trippy…

‘The girls BEEN blackfishing… like the girl isn’t black in the slightest this is freaking me out. yt [slang for Whitey] women really slip into black personas so easily… 

‘if y’all knew she wasn’t mixed then good for you but don’t gaslight us like were delusional and randomly assumed she was black’.

The initial tweet saw the eye-popping number of likes, as well as 22.4k retweets and comments in the two day span. 

In response to the original message, a follower penned: ‘And she was pretty vocal about it as well because imo she was getting tired of everyone thinking she had some black in her when she was just Albanian.’ 

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Uh oh: Yet the Twitter user wrote: 'if she was so tired of ppl “assuming” she was black why was she wearing braids, tanning and plopping a jerry curl wig on her head?'

Uh oh: Yet the Twitter user wrote: 'if she was so tired of ppl “assuming” she was black why was she wearing braids, tanning and plopping a jerry curl wig on her head?'

Uh oh: Yet the Twitter user wrote: ‘if she was so tired of ppl “assuming” she was black why was she wearing braids, tanning and plopping a jerry curl wig on her head?’

Yet the Twitter user wrote: ‘if she was so tired of ppl “assuming” she was black why was she wearing braids, tanning and plopping a jerry curl wig on her head?…

‘y’all can’t be this dumb. like you genuinely have to be an idiot to believe her and her team weren’t feeding into the idea of her being mixed.’

In support of the message, tweeters penned: ‘We’ve been blackfished… rita ora not being black …. so she’s been blackfishing and culture appropriating this whole time… Whatttttt???!????? I thought she was mixed’

Sharing a series of images of Rita donning different hairstyles, another confused tweeter wrote: ‘Your telling me this woman not at least mixed?????????’

Changing: Her various hairstyles came under fire by her critics

Changing: Her various hairstyles came under fire by her critics

Changing: Her various hairstyles came under fire by her critics

More users wrote: ‘that’s what’s weirding me out like i didn’t think she was fully black but mixed at least… WAIT SHES NOT EVEN A LIL BIT BLACK??

‘tf i thought she was black… I just found out that Rita Ora isn’t black… like at ALL. She’s literally the same ethnicity as Dua Lipa.’

Blackfishing is a term used to describe a person accused of pretending to be black on social media by using make-up, hair products  and styles to change their appearance. 

Way back when: Additionally, in 2016, during an appearance on Wendy Williams' show, the host said: 'I thought you were half-Black and half-white, or something like that, to which Rita replied: 'Everybody usually does. I might as well be. But no, I'm Albanian'

Way back when: Additionally, in 2016, during an appearance on Wendy Williams' show, the host said: 'I thought you were half-Black and half-white, or something like that, to which Rita replied: 'Everybody usually does. I might as well be. But no, I'm Albanian'

Way back when: Additionally, in 2016, during an appearance on Wendy Williams’ show, the host said: ‘I thought you were half-Black and half-white, or something like that, to which Rita replied: ‘Everybody usually does. I might as well be. But no, I’m Albanian’

Despite the influx of confusion and criticism, others were keen to point out that Rita had always been very vocal about her race and background. 

One fan jumped to her defense by sharing a montage of videos in which she discusses her Kosovan background. 

Another defender wrote: ‘But she was on the Wendy show talking about how she’s albania she was on the radio speaking Albanian she was on the news being interviewed about kosov SHE LITERALLY HAS A SONGGGGGGGG IN KOSOVVVVV’

‘She’s said she was white though numerous times.’

War: Despite the Hot Right Now hitmaker, 29, frequently discussing her Albanian heritage, her family's escape from the war-torn area and life as a refugee in London, enraged critics still lashed out at the star for her alleged cultural appropriation (pictured with her mum Vera and sister Elena)

War: Despite the Hot Right Now hitmaker, 29, frequently discussing her Albanian heritage, her family's escape from the war-torn area and life as a refugee in London, enraged critics still lashed out at the star for her alleged cultural appropriation (pictured with her mum Vera and sister Elena)

War: Despite the Hot Right Now hitmaker, 29, frequently discussing her Albanian heritage, her family’s escape from the war-torn area and life as a refugee in London, enraged critics still lashed out at the star for her alleged cultural appropriation (pictured with her mum Vera and sister Elena)

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‘How is she black fishing ? Y’all automatically ASSUMED she has black in her . Not once has this girl said she was black or trying to be black . She look like a regular industry chick switching her looks up .’

Another defensive fab penned: ‘But she was BORN with these features…she never once tried to be black. She proudly stated numerous times that she’s Albanian. Yeaaa she wore braids a couple times, but black women dye their hair blonde the tweet issa reach’.

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Rita for comment.  

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Patrick Mahomes says he just wants a healthy baby and doesn’t care if he has a boy or a girl

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Patrick Mahomes says he just wants a healthy baby and doesn’t care if he has a boy or a girl. 

The quarterback told Kansas City’s 610 Sports Radio’s The Drive that gender wasn’t his biggest concern, but health.

‘I’m just super-excited, hopefully I have a healthy baby and somebody I’ll be able to love for the rest of my life,’ he said after he and his fiancee Brittany Matthews announced Tuesday that they’re expecting their first child together.

Big news: Patrick Mahomes says he just wants a healthy baby and doesn't care if he has a boy or a girl. Mahomes and his fiancee Brittany Matthews announced Tuesday that they're expecting their first child together

Big news: Patrick Mahomes says he just wants a healthy baby and doesn't care if he has a boy or a girl. Mahomes and his fiancee Brittany Matthews announced Tuesday that they're expecting their first child together

Big news: Patrick Mahomes says he just wants a healthy baby and doesn’t care if he has a boy or a girl. Mahomes and his fiancee Brittany Matthews announced Tuesday that they’re expecting their first child together

He added that this year was about growing up and he and Matthews evolving as a family.  

Matthews, a 25-year-old fitness entrepreneur, posted a shot of the pair together Monday holding an ultrasound.

She captioned the shot, ‘Mom & Dad, taking a small detour to the wedding’ as she and the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback embraced. The quarterback and his longtime love have dated since they both attended Whitehouse, Texas’s Whitehouse High School, going to the prom in 2013. 

Mahomes and Matthews got engaged earlier this month at Arrowhead Stadium as the signal-caller and his teammates collected their Super Bowl rings.

Love: Mahomes and Matthews got engaged earlier this month at Arrowhead Stadium as the signal-caller and his teammates collected their Super Bowl rings

Love: Mahomes and Matthews got engaged earlier this month at Arrowhead Stadium as the signal-caller and his teammates collected their Super Bowl rings

Love: Mahomes and Matthews got engaged earlier this month at Arrowhead Stadium as the signal-caller and his teammates collected their Super Bowl rings

All hail the king: Mahomes' Super Bowl victory comes after his second full season as a starter in the league

All hail the king: Mahomes' Super Bowl victory comes after his second full season as a starter in the league

All hail the king: Mahomes’ Super Bowl victory comes after his second full season as a starter in the league 

Matthews said on social media, ‘My heart is so full! I love this man so incredibly much and today was so so special! Couldn’t imagine this day being any more perfect.’ 

Patrick’s brother Jackson Mahomes said in response, ‘You guys will be the best parents!! CANT WAIT TO BE uncle Jack!!!’ 

Matthews’ friend Kayla Nicole, who was previously romantically linked to Mahomes’ teammate Travis Kelce, also chimed in with a supportive message.

‘I mean I thought it was gonna be hard for y’all to top 2020, but BOOM,’ she said. ‘A baby Mahomie??!?!?!!? CANT WAIT. Love y’all

Mahomes’ contract made him the highest-paid athlete in the history of professional sports, surpassing the $426.5 million deal baseball superstar Mike Trout inked with the Los Angeles Angels last year.

In the interview, Mahomes said he thinks his Kansas City Chiefs can recreate the run Tom Brady had during his time with the Patriots after he was asked about the chances of a dynasty like Brady’s Pats, which won six Super Bowls in nine appearances in the big game from 2001 until 2019. (Brady’s era with the Pats ended earlier this year when he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.)

Mahomes – who ended the team’s 50-year Super Bowl drought earlier this year with a win over the San Francisco 49ers – said that ‘it’s going to take everybody in the organization, top-down, to do something like that,’ crediting the Pats’ attention to detail under head coach Bill Belichick.

The latest: Patrick Mahomes says he thinks he and the Kansas City Chiefs can recreate the run Tom Brady had during his time with the Patriots

The latest: Patrick Mahomes says he thinks he and the Kansas City Chiefs can recreate the run Tom Brady had during his time with the Patriots

End of an era: Brady played in what looks to be his last game for the New England Patriots earlier this year

End of an era: Brady played in what looks to be his last game for the New England Patriots earlier this year

The latest: Patrick Mahomes says he thinks he and the Kansas City Chiefs can recreate the run Tom Brady had during his time with the Patriots

Phenom: Mahomes is off to another hot start after leading his team to a Super Bowl win earlier this year, as the Texas native has tossed 9 touchdowns and no interceptions in his team's three victories

Phenom: Mahomes is off to another hot start after leading his team to a Super Bowl win earlier this year, as the Texas native has tossed 9 touchdowns and no interceptions in his team's three victories

Phenom: Mahomes is off to another hot start after leading his team to a Super Bowl win earlier this year, as the Texas native has tossed 9 touchdowns and no interceptions in his team’s three victories 

‘If you watch how they run their organization, how they run their football team, how they’re coached, how they play … they give 120 percent every single rep, every single practice,’ said Mahomes, who signed a 10-year, $503 million contract extension with the team this past summer.

‘That’s what we have to try to do, try to strive for,’ he said, ‘that’s why it doesn’t happen a lot in the NFL – it’s because you can’t have that culture every single year it seems like.’

Belichick was at a loss for words when asked about Mahomes after he again dominated on the national stage Monday, tossing four touchdowns and running in another in his team’s 34-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football.

‘All the superlatives that have been said about him, I’d just be repeating them all,’ Belichick told ESPNs Mike Reiss of Mahomes, who achieved a massive feat in becoming the fastest-ever NFL player to reach the 10,000 passing yard milestone, needing just 34 games to do so.

Mobile: The talented athlete scored a touchdown in his team's Monday Night Football win over the Baltimore Ravens

Mobile: The talented athlete scored a touchdown in his team's Monday Night Football win over the Baltimore Ravens

Mobile: The talented athlete scored a touchdown in his team’s Monday Night Football win over the Baltimore Ravens 

Mahomes credited Chiefs head coach Andy Reid for having built ‘built a great culture’ with the team, which also features standout players such as wide receiver Tyreek Hill, tight end Travis Kelce and safety Tyrann Mathieu.

‘We’re just gonna take it week-by-week, day-by-day, and try to get the best out of each other every single day,’ he said. ‘And then when we look back at the end of our careers, we’ll have no regrets because we know that we left everything we had out there on the field and in the media room.’ 

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Chris Hemsworth’s wife Elsa Pataky keeps a low profile while walking new puppy

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Elsa Pataky and daughter India Rose were spotted with the Hemsworth’s newest furry family member on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old Spanish-born actress and her eldest child, seven, enjoyed a relaxing stroll around Lennox Head near their home in Byron Bay. 

The mother-daughter duo were dressed in casual attire for the walk around the laid-back costal town. 

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Chris Hemsworth's wife Elsa Pataky (right) kept a low profile on Wednesday while walking new puppy with daughter India Rose (left) on a coastal walk in Lennox Head

Chris Hemsworth's wife Elsa Pataky (right) kept a low profile on Wednesday while walking new puppy with daughter India Rose (left) on a coastal walk in Lennox Head

Chris Hemsworth’s wife Elsa Pataky (right) kept a low profile on Wednesday while walking new puppy with daughter India Rose (left) on a coastal walk in Lennox Head

Elsa, who has lived in Byron Bay since 2014, kept a low profile during the outing.

The Fast and Furious star wore a lavender New Balance jumper, track pants and black boots.

Elsa wore a wide-brimmed hat with her blonde locks tied up in a messy low ponytail. 

Her daughter also rugged up in a jumper and track pants, but opted to walk barefoot while out and about with her famous mother. 

Down to earth: Elsa, who traded Hollywood for Byron Bay in 2014, blended in like a local during the walk

Down to earth: Elsa, who traded Hollywood for Byron Bay in 2014, blended in like a local during the walk

Down to earth: Elsa, who traded Hollywood for Byron Bay in 2014, blended in like a local during the walk

Dressed for comfort: The Fast and Furious star wore a lavender jumper, track pants and boots

Dressed for comfort: The Fast and Furious star wore a lavender jumper, track pants and boots

Dressed for comfort: The Fast and Furious star wore a lavender jumper, track pants and boots

Cute: The family's new puppy appeared inquisitive of its surrounds, as Elsa kept the adorable new addition close by on a leash

Cute: The family's new puppy appeared inquisitive of its surrounds, as Elsa kept the adorable new addition close by on a leash

Cute: The family’s new puppy appeared inquisitive of its surrounds, as Elsa kept the adorable new addition close by on a leash

New addition: Elsa revealed they had adopted a new puppy in June, sharing of photo of herself lying alongside her husband of 10 years, Chris Hemsworth, with the pooch in between them

New addition: Elsa revealed they had adopted a new puppy in June, sharing of photo of herself lying alongside her husband of 10 years, Chris Hemsworth, with the pooch in between them

New addition: Elsa revealed they had adopted a new puppy in June, sharing of photo of herself lying alongside her husband of 10 years, Chris Hemsworth, with the pooch in between them

The family’s new puppy appeared inquisitive of its surrounds, as Elsa kept the adorable new addition close by on a leash. 

Elsa introduced the adopted puppy to fans in June, sharing of photo of herself lying alongside her husband of 10 years with the pooch between them.

‘Siesta en familia – Family nap,’ she captioned the sweet photo. 

The family already have another dog, Sunny, which regularly features on both Elsa’s and husband Chris Hemsworth’s Instagram pages.

Just like Mum: Elsa's daughter also rugged up in a jumper and track pants, but opted to walk barefoot while out and about with her famous mother

Just like Mum: Elsa's daughter also rugged up in a jumper and track pants, but opted to walk barefoot while out and about with her famous mother

Just like Mum: Elsa’s daughter also rugged up in a jumper and track pants, but opted to walk barefoot while out and about with her famous mother

In May, the Goldendoodle appeared alongside Chris on the cover of GQ Magazine.

Among two dogs, the Hemsworth clan also own bearded dragons, two guinea pigs, two white chickens called Moto Moto and Pizza, and a piglet called Tina.

Elsa and the children also regularly ride horses, which they are understood to own. 

One of many pets: The family already have another dog, Sunny, which regularly features on both Elsa's and husband Chris Hemsworth's Instagram pages

One of many pets: The family already have another dog, Sunny, which regularly features on both Elsa's and husband Chris Hemsworth's Instagram pages

One of many pets: The family already have another dog, Sunny, which regularly features on both Elsa’s and husband Chris Hemsworth’s Instagram pages

Chris and Elsa relocated to Byron Bay in 2014 with their three children: daughter India Rose, seven, and twin sons Tristan and Sasha, six.

In an interview with Woman’s Day in September 2019, Chris admitted he hasn’t looked back after relocating his family from Los Angeles to Byron Bay back in 2014.  

Chris said he’s ‘much more at ease’ in Australia, and claimed the relaxed lifestyle has allowed him and his family to live like ‘normal people’. 

They now live in a $20 million Byron Bay mansion in Broken Head.

Family life: Chris and Elsa relocated to Byron Bay in 2014 with their three children: daughter India Rose, seven, and twin sons Tristan and Sasha, six

Family life: Chris and Elsa relocated to Byron Bay in 2014 with their three children: daughter India Rose, seven, and twin sons Tristan and Sasha, six

Family life: Chris and Elsa relocated to Byron Bay in 2014 with their three children: daughter India Rose, seven, and twin sons Tristan and Sasha, six

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Candice Warner shows off her fit physique in a pair of hot pink shorts

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She’s set to appear on the upcoming endurance reality series SAS Australia. 

And on Thursday, Candice Warner showed off her fit physique during an outing in Sydney.

Proving she has what it takes to go all the way in the gruelling TV show, the 35-year-old retired Ironwoman flaunted her leg muscles in a pair of hot pinks shorts. 

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Flaunting it: She's set to appear on the upcoming endurance reality series, SAS Australia, and on Thursday, Candice Warner showed off her fit physique during an outing in Sydney

Flaunting it: She's set to appear on the upcoming endurance reality series, SAS Australia, and on Thursday, Candice Warner showed off her fit physique during an outing in Sydney

Flaunting it: She’s set to appear on the upcoming endurance reality series, SAS Australia, and on Thursday, Candice Warner showed off her fit physique during an outing in Sydney

She also wore a white racerback singlet top, which showed off her toned biceps. 

She rounded out her sporty ensemble with a pair of stylish leopard print Nike sneakers. 

After stopping off at a 7-Eleven convenience store, Candice was trailed by one of her daughters, who she treated to a blue Slurpee.

Candice held onto the drink as they returned to their car, helping her little girl into the backseat.

She appeared to have come straight from the gym, and shared a series of videos from her workout on Instagram Stories on Thursday.

Legs on show: Proving she has what it takes to go all the way in the gruelling TV show, the 35-year-old retired ironwoman flaunted her leg muscles in a pair of hot pinks shorts

Legs on show: Proving she has what it takes to go all the way in the gruelling TV show, the 35-year-old retired ironwoman flaunted her leg muscles in a pair of hot pinks shorts

Legs on show: Proving she has what it takes to go all the way in the gruelling TV show, the 35-year-old retired ironwoman flaunted her leg muscles in a pair of hot pinks shorts

Family time: Candice is a mum to three daughters, Ivy Mae, six, Indi Rae, four, and Isla Rose, 15 months, who she shares with her husband of five years, cricketer David Warner

Family time: Candice is a mum to three daughters, Ivy Mae, six, Indi Rae, four, and Isla Rose, 15 months, who she shares with her husband of five years, cricketer David Warner

Family time: Candice is a mum to three daughters, Ivy Mae, six, Indi Rae, four, and Isla Rose, 15 months, who she shares with her husband of five years, cricketer David Warner

In one of the videos, Candice showed off her athletic prowess as she effortlessly performed a series of chin-ups.

A second video showed her lying on her back as she proceeded to lift a heavy-looking barbell in a series of repetitions.

In a post on Instagram Stories on Wednesday, Candice explained what prompted her to sign up for SAS, a military-style program, which will see contestants having to endure sleep deprivation, interrogation techniques and physical challenges.

Keeping fit: She appeared to have come straight from the gym, and shared a series of videos from her workout on Instagram Stories on Thursday

Keeping fit: She appeared to have come straight from the gym, and shared a series of videos from her workout on Instagram Stories on Thursday

Keeping fit: She appeared to have come straight from the gym, and shared a series of videos from her workout on Instagram Stories on Thursday

Heavy lifting: A second video showed her lying on her back as she proceeded to lift a heavy-looking barbell in a series of repetitions

Heavy lifting: A second video showed her lying on her back as she proceeded to lift a heavy-looking barbell in a series of repetitions

Heavy lifting: A second video showed her lying on her back as she proceeded to lift a heavy-looking barbell in a series of repetitions

‘I wanted to show my kids it’s not just Daddy who is strong and tough,’ she said simply.

Candice is a mother to three daughters, Ivy Mae, six, Indi Rae, four, and Isla Rose, 15 months, who she shares with her husband of five years, cricketer David Warner.

‘I want to make my family proud so that my daughters can look up on the screen and see their mum and kiss the screen like they do when their daddy’s on TV,’ she told The Daily Telegraph in August.  

Flexing: She also wore a white racerback singlet top, which showed off her toned biceps, with the former athlete rounding out her sporty ensemble with a pair of leopard print Nike sneakers

Flexing: She also wore a white racerback singlet top, which showed off her toned biceps, with the former athlete rounding out her sporty ensemble with a pair of leopard print Nike sneakers

Flexing: She also wore a white racerback singlet top, which showed off her toned biceps, with the former athlete rounding out her sporty ensemble with a pair of leopard print Nike sneakers

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