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The iHeartRadio Music Awards arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday night, and with them, a slew of stars descended on the Forum for the big show. And while much of the action was onstage, where Cardi B, Maroon 5, Eminem and Bon Jovi got the crowd on its feet, there was more to be seen […]

Olympian Gus Kenworthy Calls South Korean Dog-Meat Farm ‘Saddest Place I’ve Ever Been’

U.S. freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy denounced a South Korean dog-meat farm as “inhumane” after visiting one while attending the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Kenworthy (above left, with Shaun White), his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas and an Associated Press news crew visited the farm in Siheung, South Korea, on Friday.

“It’s one of the saddest places I’ve ever been,” the 2014 Olympic silver medalist said. “I’m honestly feeling heartbroken.”

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After his last outing at the Olympics four years ago, Kenworthy rescued five stray dogs from the streets of Sochi, Russia.

According to the AP, neither Kenworthy and Wilkas wanted to dictate to Koreans what they should and shouldn’t eat, but they believe strongly that even animals raised for slaughter deserve a higher quality of life.

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“Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable,” Gus wrote in an Instagram post Friday. “Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here.

“The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty,” he added.

This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visited to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea. Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. I was told that the dogs on this particular farm were kept in “good conditions” by comparison to other farms. The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions. When it comes time to put one down it is done so in front of the other dogs by means of electrocution sometimes taking up to 20 agonizing minutes. Despite the beliefs of the Korean public at large, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home. Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade. Luckily, this particular farm (thanks to the hard work of the Humane Society International and the cooperation of a farmer who’s seen the error of his ways) is being permanently shut down and all 90 of the dogs here will be brought to the US and Canada where they’ll find their fur-ever homes. I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she’ll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she’s through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible! There are still millions of dogs here in need of help though (like the Great Pyrenees in the 2nd pic who was truly the sweetest dog ever). I’m hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade here in Korea and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes! Go to @hsiglobal’s page to see how you can help. #dogsarefriendsnotfood #adoptdontshop ????

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The Siheung dog meat farm is a 45-minute drive from downtown Seoul. Puppies and their mothers live inside a narrow plant house, surrounded by rusty pipes, grimy ceramic pots and old mattresses, the AP reported. Outside, more dogs are chained or locked in wire cages.

Also Read: Shaun White’s Road to Olympics After Brutal Crash Chronicled in New Documentary (Video)

The Humane Society International aims to shut down such farms, including the one in Siheung, and also offer resources to farmers who want out of the dog meat industry. The organization’s ultimate goal is to pressure the South Korean government into ending the industry.

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In October 2015, Kenworthy became the first action-sports star to publicly come out, after sharing that he’s gay in an ESPN interview with senior writer Alyssa Roenigk.
“I never got to be proud of what I did 
in Sochi because I felt so horrible about what I didn’t do,” he said, about not talking openly about his sexuality at the 2014 Games. “I didn’t want to come out as the silver medalist from Sochi. I wanted to come out as the best freeskier in the world.”
Kenworthy has been in a relationship with American theatre and film actor Wilkas since November 2015.
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U.S. freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy denounced a South Korean dog-meat farm as “inhumane” after visiting one while attending the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Kenworthy (above left, with Shaun White), his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas and an Associated Press news crew visited the farm in Siheung, South Korea, on Friday.

“It’s one of the saddest places I’ve ever been,” the 2014 Olympic silver medalist said. “I’m honestly feeling heartbroken.”

After his last outing at the Olympics four years ago, Kenworthy rescued five stray dogs from the streets of Sochi, Russia.

According to the AP, neither Kenworthy and Wilkas wanted to dictate to Koreans what they should and shouldn’t eat, but they believe strongly that even animals raised for slaughter deserve a higher quality of life.

“Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable,” Gus wrote in an Instagram post Friday. “Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here.

“The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty,” he added.

This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visited to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea. Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. I was told that the dogs on this particular farm were kept in “good conditions” by comparison to other farms. The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions. When it comes time to put one down it is done so in front of the other dogs by means of electrocution sometimes taking up to 20 agonizing minutes. Despite the beliefs of the Korean public at large, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home. Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade. Luckily, this particular farm (thanks to the hard work of the Humane Society International and the cooperation of a farmer who’s seen the error of his ways) is being permanently shut down and all 90 of the dogs here will be brought to the US and Canada where they’ll find their fur-ever homes. I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she’ll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she’s through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible! There are still millions of dogs here in need of help though (like the Great Pyrenees in the 2nd pic who was truly the sweetest dog ever). I’m hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade here in Korea and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes! Go to @hsiglobal’s page to see how you can help. #dogsarefriendsnotfood #adoptdontshop ????

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The Siheung dog meat farm is a 45-minute drive from downtown Seoul. Puppies and their mothers live inside a narrow plant house, surrounded by rusty pipes, grimy ceramic pots and old mattresses, the AP reported. Outside, more dogs are chained or locked in wire cages.

The Humane Society International aims to shut down such farms, including the one in Siheung, and also offer resources to farmers who want out of the dog meat industry. The organization’s ultimate goal is to pressure the South Korean government into ending the industry.

In October 2015, Kenworthy became the first action-sports star to publicly come out, after sharing that he’s gay in an ESPN interview with senior writer Alyssa Roenigk.
“I never got to be proud of what I did 
in Sochi because I felt so horrible about what I didn’t do,” he said, about not talking openly about his sexuality at the 2014 Games. “I didn’t want to come out as the silver medalist from Sochi. I wanted to come out as the best freeskier in the world.”
Kenworthy has been in a relationship with American theatre and film actor Wilkas since November 2015.
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Ratings: Lindsey Vonn Is No Shaun White, But Olympics Still Ice Out Competition

Americans didn’t tune in to root on Lindsey Vonn in nearly the same numbers they showed up for Shaun White last week — but NBC still easily iced out any broadcast competition on Tuesday, including “Bachelor Winter Games.”

NBC was first in ratings with a 3.9 rating/15 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 16.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. It was all Pyeongchang Olympics competition in primetime.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.7/3 and third in viewers with 2.7 million. The two-hour “Bachelor Winter Games” at 8 p.m. had a 0.9/3 and 3.2 million viewers. At 10, “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” settled for a 0.4/2 and 1.5 million viewers.

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CBS and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.6/2. CBS was second in total viewers with 5.9 million, Fox was fourth with 2.1 million. Both aired all repeats.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.5 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.3 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 929,000, running reruns.

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Americans didn’t tune in to root on Lindsey Vonn in nearly the same numbers they showed up for Shaun White last week — but NBC still easily iced out any broadcast competition on Tuesday, including “Bachelor Winter Games.”

NBC was first in ratings with a 3.9 rating/15 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 16.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. It was all Pyeongchang Olympics competition in primetime.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.7/3 and third in viewers with 2.7 million. The two-hour “Bachelor Winter Games” at 8 p.m. had a 0.9/3 and 3.2 million viewers. At 10, “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” settled for a 0.4/2 and 1.5 million viewers.

CBS and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.6/2. CBS was second in total viewers with 5.9 million, Fox was fourth with 2.1 million. Both aired all repeats.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.5 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.3 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 929,000, running reruns.

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Why Shaun White, Chloe Kim and Omarosa Manigault-Newman Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

Check out the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters.

Two Olympic snowboarders and a celebrity houseguest had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Feb. 7-13 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

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When it comes to viewer emotion over the last week, there’s no doubt that the 2018 Winter Olympics (broadcast on NBC and its sister networks) take the gold. In fact, Olympics programming has inspired 1.8 million Emotional Reactions (ERs) during the period measured, with Shaun White being the most-mentioned Olympian so far. The American snowboarder landed a spectacular run during the men’s halfpipe, securing the third gold medal of his career. Viewers went wild, showering him with congratulations and messages of adoration. It’s worth noting that there have also been headlines about previous sexual harassment allegations made against by White, but the majority of the emotional conversation around him so far has centered on his Olympic performance.

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CONGRATULATIONS SHAUN WHITE!!!!!!!

— Alaska (@Huskiesx2) February 14, 2018

SHAUN WHITE IS THE MAN

— Jordan Cuckler (@Qualities) February 14, 2018

Shaun White is god at halfpipe

— macie fredrick (@FredrickMacie) February 14, 2018

Shaun White crying got me crying

— alexus???? (@AlexusAriana) February 14, 2018

Just behind Shaun White in Olympics conversation was Chloe Kim, another American snowboarder who also earned gold in Pyeongchang. The 17-year-old dominated the women’s halfpipe, setting a high score on her first run that the other competitors just couldn’t beat. Viewers tapped out messages of excitement and awe while watching her compete.

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Chloe Kim is freaking amazing.

— Darling Nikki (@nickkifu84) February 13, 2018

CHLOE KIM WINS GOLD ????

— Luan Tran-Le (@luantranle) February 13, 2018

Chloe Kim is my hero #olympics

— Jeff (@jeffdlarsen) February 13, 2018

Chloe Kim, you’re a badass. ????????

— Mary Garrett (@mary_garrett16) February 13, 2018

Outside of sports, the premiere of the new CBS spinoff series “Celebrity Big Brother” (13,484 ERs) had people talking about housemate and former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman. Conversation around her was mixed, with some people complaining about how she is annoying and should be evicted ASAP, while others mused about what she may know about President Trump and the inner workings of the administration. And, of course, there were some fans who rejoiced when she was declared safe for another week.

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Get rid of Omarosa asap #BBCeleb

— Cap King ???? (@AntBGr8) February 8, 2018

I do not like Omarosa. I feel no sympathy for her! #BBCeleb

— Kierra (@UrsTruly_Kierra) February 8, 2018

I’m so interested to see what Omarosa says about Daddy Trump #BBCeleb

— Brie (@NolaWhiteGold) February 8, 2018

Yay Omarosa is safe!???????? #BBCeleb

— DBZDoll???????????????????? (@DBZDoll) February 8, 2018

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Check out the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters.

Two Olympic snowboarders and a celebrity houseguest had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Feb. 7-13 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

When it comes to viewer emotion over the last week, there’s no doubt that the 2018 Winter Olympics (broadcast on NBC and its sister networks) take the gold. In fact, Olympics programming has inspired 1.8 million Emotional Reactions (ERs) during the period measured, with Shaun White being the most-mentioned Olympian so far. The American snowboarder landed a spectacular run during the men’s halfpipe, securing the third gold medal of his career. Viewers went wild, showering him with congratulations and messages of adoration. It’s worth noting that there have also been headlines about previous sexual harassment allegations made against by White, but the majority of the emotional conversation around him so far has centered on his Olympic performance.




Just behind Shaun White in Olympics conversation was Chloe Kim, another American snowboarder who also earned gold in Pyeongchang. The 17-year-old dominated the women’s halfpipe, setting a high score on her first run that the other competitors just couldn’t beat. Viewers tapped out messages of excitement and awe while watching her compete.




Outside of sports, the premiere of the new CBS spinoff series “Celebrity Big Brother” (13,484 ERs) had people talking about housemate and former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman. Conversation around her was mixed, with some people complaining about how she is annoying and should be evicted ASAP, while others mused about what she may know about President Trump and the inner workings of the administration. And, of course, there were some fans who rejoiced when she was declared safe for another week.




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Olympic gold medalist Shaun White was forced to apologize today after a social media backlash, following his referring to resurfaced allegations of sexual harassment against him as “gossip.” The already legendary U.S. snowboarder won his third Olympic gold medal in the men’s halfpipe on Tuesday, but his celebrations were set against a backdrop of resurfacing […]

‘Today’ Tiptoes Through Harassment Allegation Talk With Shaun White

NBC’s Today show tiptoed through talk with gold-medal winner Shaun White about resurfaced sexual harassment allegations made against him by his former bandmate Lena Zawaideh after his Olympics gold-medal win Wednesday morning.
At an Olympics presser following his gold medal win, snowboarder White had dismissed the allegations as “gossip” and said he was there to talk about his medal win; he declined to take any more questions on the subject at the presser.
According to…

NBC’s Today show tiptoed through talk with gold-medal winner Shaun White about resurfaced sexual harassment allegations made against him by his former bandmate Lena Zawaideh after his Olympics gold-medal win Wednesday morning. At an Olympics presser following his gold medal win, snowboarder White had dismissed the allegations as “gossip” and said he was there to talk about his medal win; he declined to take any more questions on the subject at the presser. According to…

Shaun White’s Dramatic Gold Medal Win Delivers Top Pyeongchang Olympics Ratings Peak Yet

USA! USA! USA! Shaun White’s snowboarding heroics and some figure skating pairs teamed up to deliver NBC’s highest Pyeongchang Olympics ratings peak so far.

From 10 p.m. ET-10:15 p.m. ET, NBC and NBC Sports Network combined for a 19.6 overnight rating/31 share, per Nielsen. That’s the best for a 15-minute period (which is how Nielsen breaks these things down) since the giant torch was lit.

In terms of actual primetime averages, NBC and NBCSN’s Tuesday coverage posted a 15.2/25 overnight. That was up 5 percent from the first Tuesday night in Sochi, which received a 14.5/22 and only aired on NBC broadcast.

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Here are last night’s top U.S. markets for the primetime stuff from Pyeongchang, South Korea:
Salt Lake City 24.8/46
Denver 23.7/42
Kansas City 22.0/35
Minneapolis 21.0/38
Milwaukee 20.9/33
Seattle 20.1/36
San Diego 18.7/35
Richmond 18.5/27
Portland 18.1/34
Austin 17.8/31

As expected, the 2018 Winter Games have proven quite a ratings boon for NBC, which just became No. 1 in total viewers for the first time in 16 years. Additionally, the competition has helped Jimmy Fallon surpass Stephen Colbert in overall audience, which hadn’t happened since last June.

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USA! USA! USA! Shaun White’s snowboarding heroics and some figure skating pairs teamed up to deliver NBC’s highest Pyeongchang Olympics ratings peak so far.

From 10 p.m. ET-10:15 p.m. ET, NBC and NBC Sports Network combined for a 19.6 overnight rating/31 share, per Nielsen. That’s the best for a 15-minute period (which is how Nielsen breaks these things down) since the giant torch was lit.

In terms of actual primetime averages, NBC and NBCSN’s Tuesday coverage posted a 15.2/25 overnight. That was up 5 percent from the first Tuesday night in Sochi, which received a 14.5/22 and only aired on NBC broadcast.

Here are last night’s top U.S. markets for the primetime stuff from Pyeongchang, South Korea:
Salt Lake City 24.8/46
Denver 23.7/42
Kansas City 22.0/35
Minneapolis 21.0/38
Milwaukee 20.9/33
Seattle 20.1/36
San Diego 18.7/35
Richmond 18.5/27
Portland 18.1/34
Austin 17.8/31

As expected, the 2018 Winter Games have proven quite a ratings boon for NBC, which just became No. 1 in total viewers for the first time in 16 years. Additionally, the competition has helped Jimmy Fallon surpass Stephen Colbert in overall audience, which hadn’t happened since last June.

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