Sophie Turner Smear Campaign + Ashton Kutcher/Mila Kunis Character Letters

Fangirl Nonsense: Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore album Guts is out and there’s even more speculation about feuds with Taylor Swift. Meanwhile, Timothee Chalamet and Kylie Jenner take their relationship public by making out at Beyonce’s concert. 

After last week’s announcement of Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s divorce, fans are calling out the narrative around the divorce that is painting Sophie as an unfit mother. In the midst of Barbie summer when women are more aware than ever of age-gap relationships and blatant misogyny, this divorce storyline has missed the mark. 

Danny Masterson, famously known as Hide from That 70s show, was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison following the conviction of two counts of rape. The internet was ablaze after Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’s character letters became public record. Netizens ask how these celebrities could support a convicted rapist, especially while Ahston runs an anti-trafficking organization. We explore the purpose of character letters, the cognitive dissonance we experience as viewers, the out-of-touch nature of celebrities, and how all of this relates to our perception of cancel culture. 

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Sources for Sophie Turner Smear Campaign + Ashton Kutcher/Mila Kunis Character Letters

Sophie Turner Isn’t a Bad Mom. You’re Just a Misogynist (Rolling Stone, EJ Dickson, Sept 7, 2023)

Fans defend Sophie Turner against a ‘smear campaign’ after rumors that Joe Jonas filed for divorce because she ‘likes to party’ went viral (Business Insider, Charissa Cheong and Eve Crosbie, Sept 6, 2023)

Why Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s Kids Have Been Living with the Singer amid Divorce: Source (People, Georgia Slater, Sept 7, 2023)

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s divorce is making the media ask the worst questions (The Guardian, Arwa Mahdawi, Sept 9, 2023)

Joe Jonas Files for Divorce from Sophie Turner After 4 Years of Marriage: ‘Irretrievably Broken’ (People, Bailey Richards and Rachel DeSantis, Sept 5, 2023

Sophie Turner ‘sickened’ by paparazzi photographing her daughter: ‘It’s f— creepy’ (LA Times, Christi Carras, May 2021)

Twitter Thread by @lulumeservey (September 7, 2023)

Danny Masterson’s Sexual Assault Allegations and Trial: Everything to Know (US Weekly, Johnni Macke, Sept 7, 2023

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis wrote support letters for Danny Masterson at rape sentencing (Legal Affairs and Trials, Meghann Cuniff, Sept 8, 2023)

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Address Leniency Letters in Danny Masterson Rape Case (New York Times, Chris Cameron, Sept 10, 2023)

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ Apology for Danny Masterson Letters Is a Bizarre Document of Contemporary Fame (Variety, Daniel D’Addario, Sept 11, 2023)

Christina Ricci On Experience With “Awesome Guys” Who Are Abusers Amid Danny Masterson Sentencing & Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis Support Letters Backlash (Deadline, Armando Tinoco, Sept 10, 2023)

Danny Masterson Rape Case Proceeds After Judge Dismisses Statute of Limitations Motions (The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Parker, Oct 19, 2020)

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