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'House of the Dragon' Fans Accuse Show of Partaking in Anti-Gay Trope
Warning: this story contains spoilers for episode five of House of the Dragon.Just one week after House of the Dragon fans celebrated Westeros' first black — and gay — dragon rider, they are now calling the show out and accusing it of homophobic tropes.In the most recent episode of the HBO series, viewers were introduced officially to Laenor Velaryon's (Theo Nate) male partner, Joffrey Lonmouth (Solly McLeod) and witnessed the deep love the pair had for each other.But by the end of the episode, Joffrey would be dead in one of the show's most gruesome murder scenes yet.The premise of the most recent episode saw King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) arrange a politically strategic marriage between his daughter and heir, Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and Laenor.Both youngsters are not so interested in marriage to each other because Laenor's heart is with Joffrey and Rhaenyra has her own paramour, Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel).The pair come to an agreement that they will marry and have an open relationship where they keep their current lovers.Criston, who also serves as Rhaenyra's protector, seethes at the prospect of her marrying someone else and tries to encourage her to run away with him, but becomes enraged when she does not agree.Later, at the welcoming dinner for Rhaenyra and Laenor's wedding festival, Joffrey works out that Criston is the princess' lover.He approaches him with a proposal, saying they could work together to protect their loved ones during their marriage and that way ensure they would always be near them.But a clearly upset Criston lashes out at Laenor and viciously attacks him in the middle of the reception beating his face to a bloody pulp.It was this scene that lead to outrage amongst the show's
Joan Collins inundated with support after heartbreaking loss the day of Queen's funeral
Queen Elizabeth II as her coffin arrived at Windsor Castle after an emotional journey that started in central London at 12pm.The late sovereign was welcomed by thousands of grieving royal fans, with some holding up their phones to record the historic moments while others threw flowers on the state hearse.Dame Joan Collins took to Instagram and said today marked a "personally poignant" day for the actress.The Dynasty actress explained September 19 - the day of the Queen's funeral - held significance as it was the same day her sister, Jackie Collins died.Jackie died on 19 September 2015, of breast cancer, two weeks before her 78th birthday.She had been diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer more than six years before her death but kept her illness almost entirely to herself.In view of her 292,000 followers, Joan shared a candid black and white snap of their sisters when the pair were young.Joan cradled Jackie in her arms as she looked lovingly at her younger sister, before penning an emotional tribute on the anniversary of her sibling's death.She captioned the post: "It’s personally poignant to me that we should be mourning the passing of #queenelizabeth on the same day as I mourn seven years since the passing of my dear sister @jackiejcollins."Social media users flocked to the comment section as they offered their support.A post shared by Joan Collins (@joancollinsdbe)Poetic.Heart wrote: "Thoughts and prayers."Jeffrey Lane commented: "Beautiful photo," as Passion Flower stated: "Thank you for posting."Martslondon remarked: "So moving and beautiful.So happy to have met you and your sister."SusanFur shared: "I just watched the special last night Boss Lady she was so amazing and what a story.
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The Crown's Princess Anne star felt 'pressured' to hide sexuality after landing role
The Crown's Erin Doherty has revealed she was under pressure to hide her sexuality after landing the role of playing Princess Anne.Erin, 30, became a household favourite after playing the quick-witted Princess who is known for not taking any nonsense from anybody.However, the star who has been open about her relationship with fellow actress Sophie Melville has explained that while she's comfortable in her sexuality, this wasn't always the case.READ MORE: The Crown resumes filming days after Queen's death amid funeral production delayIn a heartfelt admission, the star detailed the "gutting" moments she questioned if she and Sophie, should go public with their blossoming relationship.Erin said: "I'm not gonna lie, I won't name names, but when I got The Crown, I felt a lot of pressure to withhold my sexuality."She went on to tell The Daily Telegraph: "There was a period of time when I was like, do I get to be open about this in order to have a successful career? "And the fact that that question still went through my mind, and may still go through other people's minds, is so gutting."I'm really aware of all the people who have lived years and years and years, either in shame or denial, or just hiding - actors, actresses definitely stopping it getting out there in order to have a career - and I just want to be a part of trying to do something about that."The happy couple met in 2018 when they were both appearing in The Divide, written by Alan Ayckbourn but Erin refrained from going public about their relationship until 2019.During her time on The Crown, one scene saw her character, The Princess Royal confront the Queen played by Olivia Colman about her involvement in the then Prince Charles' affair with Camilla Shand and her