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Eddie Izzard defends JK Rowling and insists ‘she isn’t transphobic’

Gender-fluid comic Eddie Izzard has defended JK Rowling’s stance on trans issues.

Harry Potter author Rowling, 55, has attracted criticism for comments on gender identity but vehemently denies she is transphobic.

Izzard, 58, recently sparked headlines when referred to as “she/her” while appearing on a TV show.

The star told the Daily Telegraph: “I don’t think JK Rowling is transphobic. I think we need to look at the things she has written about in her blog.

“Women have been through such hell over history. Trans people have been invisible, too.

“I hate the idea we are fighting between ourselves, but it’s not going to be sorted with the wave of a wand.

“I don’t have all the answers. If people disagree with me, fine – but why are we going through hell on this?”

Izzard was referred to as “she/her” on Sky Arts series Portrait Artist Of The Year.

Gender-fluid comic Eddie Izzard has defended JK Rowling’s stance on trans issues; Eddie is seen on Portrait Artist of the Year 2020

“I didn’t push for it [Eddie said of the programme’s use of pronouns]. This isn’t the big thing. I’ve been out for 35 years.

“When I was called ‘she’ on getting my honorary degree at Swansea [in 2019], no-one gave a monkey’s….

“If they call me ‘she’ and ‘her,’ that’s great – or ‘he’ and ‘him,’ I don’t mind. I prefer to be called Eddie, that covers everything. I’m gender fluid.”

Eddie said "I don't think JK Rowling is transphobic"; Rowling is seen in April
Eddie said “I don’t think JK Rowling is transphobic”; Rowling is seen in April

JK Rowling sparked controversy when she objected to the term “people who menstruate?” in June.

JK tweeted in response: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

She continued: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.

“I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

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Sammy Hagar on his final phone call with late bandmate Eddie Van Halen: ‘It was a beautiful thing’

Grammy winner Sammy Hagar reconnected with his late, great bandmate Eddie Van Halen before he passed away, age 65, on October 6 following a decade-long battle with cancer.

The 73-year-old singer-guitarist famously replaced Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth from 1985–1996 and then reunited with the rock band from 2003–2005 before Eddie ‘broke my heart.’

After Sammy’s desperate calls to Van Halen’s brother, manager, and friends went unreturned – comedian George Lopez contacted Hagar.  

Grammy winner Sammy Hagar (L) reconnected with his late, great bandmate Eddie Van Halen (R) before he passed away, age 65, on October 6 following a decade-long battle with cancer

‘George is a dear friend and he was Eddie’s friend and he said, “Sammy, Eddie’s in bad shape, he loves you brother, you need to reach out,” The Circle frontman told Variety on Saturday.

‘I said, “Give me his f***ing number and I’ll make sure I call him.”‘

The 59-year-old Grammy nominee met the Amsterdam-born, Pasadena-raised guitarist in 2011, and they played golf weekly before Eddie gifted George one of his Frankenstrat guitars in 2016.    

Bad blood: The 73-year-old singer-guitarist famously replaced Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth from 1985–1996 and then reunited with the rock band from 2003–2005 before Eddie 'broke my heart' (pictured in 1988)

Bad blood: The 73-year-old singer-guitarist famously replaced Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth from 1985–1996 and then reunited with the rock band from 2003–2005 before Eddie ‘broke my heart’ (pictured in 1988)

Changed his number: After Sammy's desperate calls to Van Halen's brother, manager, and friends went unreturned - comedian George Lopez contacted Hagar (pictured in 2004)

Changed his number: After Sammy’s desperate calls to Van Halen’s brother, manager, and friends went unreturned – comedian George Lopez contacted Hagar (pictured in 2004)

‘I said, “Why don’t you respond? I’ve been reaching out,”‘ the Rock & Roll Road Trip host asked Van Halen.

‘And Ed said, “Why didn’t you call me? Don’t f***ing call my brother, f***ing call me!” And I said, “I love you man,” and it was like, boom, we were good. It was a beautiful thing.’

Sammy also confirmed rumors that Van Halen was planning a group reunion tour before the Grammy winner’s health took a turn for the worse. 

The Circle frontman told Variety on Saturday: 'George (L, pictured in 2019) is a dear friend and he was Eddie's (R) friend and he said, "Sammy, Eddie's in bad shape, he loves you brother, you need to reach out." I said, "Give me his f***ing number and I'll make sure I call him"'

The Circle frontman told Variety on Saturday: ‘George (L, pictured in 2019) is a dear friend and he was Eddie’s (R) friend and he said, “Sammy, Eddie’s in bad shape, he loves you brother, you need to reach out.” I said, “Give me his f***ing number and I’ll make sure I call him”‘

Odd couple: The 59-year-old Grammy nominee (L) met the Amsterdam-born, Pasadena-raised guitarist (R) in 2011, and they played golf weekly before Eddie gifted George one of his Frankenstrat guitars in 2016 (pictured in 2017)

Odd couple: The 59-year-old Grammy nominee (L) met the Amsterdam-born, Pasadena-raised guitarist (R) in 2011, and they played golf weekly before Eddie gifted George one of his Frankenstrat guitars in 2016 (pictured in 2017)

‘I’ve been pushing for that for 10 years,’ Hagar noted.

‘And put [any differences] aside. Let’s go give the fans the biggest band in the world, you know what I mean? You don’t get bigger than Van Halen, and the fans deserve to see it all, hear every song.’

‘The Red Rocker’ has been hard at work promoting Santo Tequila with co-founder Guy Fieri and he’s recording his 19th studio album, Lockdown 2020, due out next year.

The Rock & Roll Road Trip host asked Van Halen: 'I said, "Why don't you respond? I've been reaching out." And Ed said, "Why didn't you call me? Don't f***ing call my brother, f***ing call me!" And I said, "I love you man," and it was like, boom, we were good. It was a beautiful thing' (pictured in 1987)

The Rock & Roll Road Trip host asked Van Halen: ‘I said, “Why don’t you respond? I’ve been reaching out.” And Ed said, “Why didn’t you call me? Don’t f***ing call my brother, f***ing call me!” And I said, “I love you man,” and it was like, boom, we were good. It was a beautiful thing’ (pictured in 1987)

'I've been pushing for that for 10 years': Sammy also confirmed rumors that Van Halen was planning a group reunion tour before the Grammy winner's health took a turn for the worse (pictured in 1995)

‘I’ve been pushing for that for 10 years’: Sammy also confirmed rumors that Van Halen was planning a group reunion tour before the Grammy winner’s health took a turn for the worse (pictured in 1995)

'The Red Rocker': Hagar has been hard at work promoting Santo Tequila with co-founder Guy Fieri and he's recording his 19th studio album, Lockdown 2020, due out next year (pictured December 11)

‘The Red Rocker’: Hagar has been hard at work promoting Santo Tequila with co-founder Guy Fieri and he’s recording his 19th studio album, Lockdown 2020, due out next year (pictured December 11)

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Coming 2 America: Eddie Murphy stars as Prince Akeem in new trailer

He starred in the iconic 80s comedy Coming to America, which was released in 1988.

And 32 years later, Eddie Murphy is back as Prince Akeem Joffer of Zamunda in the sequel, Coming 2 America.

The film circles around the former Prince and to be King Akeem discovering he has a son he didn’t know existed living in America,  as seen in the just released trailer on Tuesday.

He’s back! Eddie Murphy is back as Prince Akeem Joffer of Zamunda in the sequel, Coming 2 America

His father, played by James Earl Jones, is heard saying in the opening of the trailer: ‘You must heed my words before I am gone son. Now you will be King.’

The castle – his home – is seen from far away before the inside is shown, including a statue of his father, who is also heard saying: ‘But the throne must pass to a male heir. Akeem, it appears you have a son who must be found.’

A party scene and a scene of a baby being held up appears before his father lying in bed is pictured revealing the news about a previously unknown son. 

A map of America, specifically the East Coast is shown with Akeem announcing: ‘Prepare the royal jet. We are going back to America.’

They're back! The film circles around the former Prince and to be King Akeem discovering he has a son he didn't know existed living in America, as seen in the just released trailer on Tuesday; Eddie and Arsenio Hall

They’re back! The film circles around the former Prince and to be King Akeem discovering he has a son he didn’t know existed living in America, as seen in the just released trailer on Tuesday; Eddie and Arsenio Hall

Honoring his request: His father, played by James Earl Jones, is heard saying in the opening of the trailer: 'You must heed my words before I am gone son. Now you will be King'

Honoring his request: His father, played by James Earl Jones, is heard saying in the opening of the trailer: ‘You must heed my words before I am gone son. Now you will be King’

His best friend and aide, Semmi, played by Arsenio Hall, replies: ‘Oh hell no, your majesty!’

Eddie’s character looks shocked at Semmi’s response. 

A gold plane is seen arriving into New York City before a montage of all the stars is seen.

Wow: The castle - his home is seen from far away before the inside is shown, including a statue of his father, who is also heard saying: But the throne must pass to a male heir. Akeem, it appears you have a son who must be found'

Wow: The castle – his home is seen from far away before the inside is shown, including a statue of his father, who is also heard saying: But the throne must pass to a male heir. Akeem, it appears you have a son who must be found’

Baby: A party scene and a scene of a baby being held up is shown before his father lying in bed is pictured revealing the news about a previously unknown son

Baby: A party scene and a scene of a baby being held up is shown before his father lying in bed is pictured revealing the news about a previously unknown son

Gorgeous: A woman in a red and gold dress flashes across the screen

Gorgeous: A woman in a red and gold dress flashes across the screen

Party: There was also a scene of a royal party

Where guest enjoyed dancing

Party: There was also a scene of a royal party

Cheeky: His best friend and aide, Semmi, played by Arsenio Hall, replies: 'Oh hell no your majesty!'

Cheeky: His best friend and aide, Semmi, played by Arsenio Hall, replies: ‘Oh hell no your majesty!’

Eddie, Arsensio, Jermaine Fowler who plays his long lost son Lavelle, as well as Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Shari Headley, Teyana Taylor, Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones are shown.

Both Eddie and Arsenio play multiple other characters in the film that were also featured in the first film including the singer Randy Watson, the barbershop customer Saul and the barber shop owner Clarence.

Arsenio also plays Morris the barber and Reverend Brown. 

Eddie pictured

Arsenio seen

Stars: Eddie, Arsensio, Jermaine Fowler who plays his long lost son Lavelle, as well as Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Shari Headley, Teyana Taylor, Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones are shown

Icon: James stars as Akeem's father, King Jaffe Joffer; he is King of Zamunda

Icon: James stars as Akeem’s father, King Jaffe Joffer; he is King of Zamunda

The film is directed by Craig Brewer with a screenplay by Kenya Barris, David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein.

The story was created by Justin Kanew, Barry and David, based on characters created by Eddie; Coming 2 America is produced by Kevin Misher and Eddie.

It was originally supposed to hit theaters through Paramount Pictures but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the domestic distribution rights were sold to Amazon Studios.

It will be released on March 5, 2021 on Amazon Prime unless countries where Paramount will release it to theaters. 

The original film Coming To America was released on June 29, 1988. 

Coming 2 America premieres on Amazon Prime on March 5, 2021.

Akeem and Semmi: In the original film, Akeem (Murphy) and his aide Semmi (Arsenio Hall) get jobs at McDowell's so Murphy can try and get close to Cleo's daughter Lisa (Shari Headley)

Akeem and Semmi: In the original film, Akeem (Murphy) and his aide Semmi (Arsenio Hall) get jobs at McDowell’s so Murphy can try and get close to Cleo’s daughter Lisa (Shari Headley)

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Eddie Izzard wins praise for asserting use of ‘she’ and ‘her’ pronouns

Eddie Izzard won praise and backing from fans after appearing on TV and being addressed with the pronouns ‘She’ and ‘Her’.

The 58-year-old stand-up comedian and actress was a guest on Sky Arts’ show Portrait Artist of the Year in which art hopefuls had four hours to create a portrait of the star.

Viewers were impressed to see Eddie addressed as ‘she’ and ‘her’ by the contestants – with many praising the star for being a “trailblazer” of the LGBT community.

While the show aired on Sky Arts on Thursday, it wasn’t until the weekend that many noted how Eddie had been addressed, with fans backing her online.

Eddie sat for artists on Portrait Artist of the Year 2020

One fan took to Twitter to write: “Just watched Portrait Artist of the Year with Eddie Izzard…first public outing as she/her (gender fluid) how refreshing.”

And another gushed: “Just discovered Eddie Izzard now uses she/her pronouns love you Eddie, thanks for being a trail blazer.”

Others took to defending Eddie after some social media users lashed out to abuse the star.

Eddie Izzard has previously discussed that she considers herself to have ‘boy mode and girl mode’

One fan wrote in defence: “I’m seeing a lot of cruelty directed at Eddie Izzard for asking politely for people to use she/her pronouns.

“Eddie has been trans since the mid 80s. Eddie has been happy with she/her pronouns for years.

“She’s just now asking for people to drop the he/him pronouns she used to use.”

For decades Eddie was known for being a transvestite, appearing on stage and television while dressed in women’s clothing – to which he would note: “They’re not women’s clothes. They’re my clothes. I bought them.”

When previously asked about what preferred pronouns she would prefer, Eddie has been quoted stating: “I am going with either ‘he’ or ‘she.’

“Either way is fine. If I am in boy mode then ‘he’ or girl mode ‘she.’ People get confused, but thank you for asking.”

Eddie previously opened up in 2017 about coming out as transgender telling the Hollywood reporter: “I am essentially transgender. I have boy mode and girl mode. I do feel I have boy genetics and girl genetics.”

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Eddie Murphy Returns As King Akeem In ‘Coming 2 America’: See The Cast Then & Now After 32 Years

Prince (ahem, King) Akeem is back! The ‘Coming to America’ sequel, ‘Coming 2 America,’ will be released in Jan. 2020, and the first photos have been revealed. See the iconic cast then and now.

The Zamundan royal family still reigns supreme! Coming 2 America, the highly-anticipated sequel to the 1988 comedy Coming to America, will be released globally via Amazon Prime Video on March 5, 2021. The sequel is set in the royal country of Zamunda and follows newly crowned King Akeem and his best pal Semmi as they go on a hilarious new adventure that takes them back to Queens, New York.

Eddie Murphy is back as Akeem, along with Arsenio Hall as Semmi. They’ll be joined by other characters from the original movie and new cast members Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Teyana Taylor, as well as Eddie’s own daughter, Bella Murphy. Ahead of the sequel’s release, take a look back at the original Coming to America cast then and now.

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem in ‘Coming to America’ and the sequel. (Everett Collection/Amazon Studios)

Eddie Murphy, 59, stars as both Prince Akeem Joffer, prince of Zamunda, in both Coming to America and the 2021 sequel. Eddie has had an incredibly successful and lucrative career since Coming to America. He starred in hit movies like The Nutty Professor, Dr. Dolittle, Mulan, and the Shrek film series.

The actor won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and earned an Oscar nomination for his role in Dreamgirls. He won his very first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting Saturday Night Live in 2019. It was the SNL alum’s first time hosting the show since 1984. He received critical acclaim for playing Rudy Ray Moore in the 2019 film Dolemite Is My Name. 

Eddie began dating Nicole Mitchell in 1988, and they married in 1993. They have 5 children together. They divorced in 2006. Eddie dated Spice Girls star Mel B following his divorce from Nicole, and they have one child together. He was also in a relationship with Tracey Edmonds. The actor has been dating Paige Butcher since 2012. They have two kids together and got engaged in 2018.

Arsenio Hall

Arsenio Hall
Arsenio Hall as Semmi in ‘Coming to America’ and its sequel. (Everett Collection/Amazon Studios)

Arsenio Hall, 64, plays fan-favorite Semmi, Akeem’s friend, in Coming to America and the sequel. Like Murphy, he plays additional side characters in the films. The year following Coming to America, Arsenio began hosting his own talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show. The show ran from 1989 to 1994 and again from 2013 to 2014.

He’s appeared as himself on a number of shows over the years. He also won season 5 of Celebrity Apprentice. Arsenio is very private about his personal life. He does have a son, who was born in 1998.

Shari Headley

Shari Headley
Shari Headley as Lisa in ‘Coming to America’ and its sequel. (Everett Collection/Amazon Studios)

Shari Headley’s breakout role was playing Lisa McDowell in Coming to America. Lisa and Akeem fall in love over the course of the film, and they get married at the end of the movie. Shari, 56, returns to the role of Lisa in the 2021 sequel.

Following Coming to America, Shari appeared in other films like The Preacher’s WifeJohnson Family Vacation, and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. She notably played Det. Mimi Reed on All My Children from 1991 to 1994. She starred as Jennifer Sallison in the OWN drama series The Haves and the Have Nots from 2014 to 2016.

Shari was married to Christopher Martin, known as “Play” from the duo Kid N’ Play, from 1993 to 1995. Their son was born in 1994.

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer in ‘Coming to America’ and its sequel. (Everett Collection/Amazon Studios)

James Earl Jones, 89, was just one of the many members of the star-studded Coming to America cast. He played King Jaffe Joffer, Akeem’s father and King of Zamunda. He is returning for the sequel as well. Madge Sinclair, who played Akeem’s mom and the Queen of Zamunda, passed away in 1995.

James has one of the most iconic voices in Hollywood. Everyone knows him as the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise, but he also became well-known for voicing the character of Mufasa in the 1994 Disney film The Lion King. He voiced Mufasa again in the 2019 live-action remake of The Lion King.

His other notable films after Coming to America include Field of Dreams, The Hunt for Red October, The Sandlot, and more. James has also had an incredible stage career. He received an honorary Oscar in 2012. James’ second wife, Cecilia Hart, died in 2016 after battling ovarian cancer. They had been married since 1982.

Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais
Garcelle Beauvais in 1988 vs. the ‘Coming to America’ sequel. (AP Images/Amazon Studios)

Garcelle Beauvais, 54, played a rose bearer in the 1988 film, and she will be returning for the sequel. Garcelle’s big break was playing Fancy on The Jamie Foxx Show from 1996 to 2001. She also played A.D.A. Valerie Heywood on NYPD Blue from 2001 to 2004. Her other major film roles include White House Down, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Flight, and more.

She joined The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a new cast member in season 10. In 2020, she was announced as a new co-host of the daytime talk show The Real. Garcelle was married to Daniel Saunders, and they have a son, Oliver, together. After her divorce from Daniel, she married Mike Nilon in 2001. Their twin sons were born in 2007. Their divorce was finalized in 2011. On RHOBH, she opened up about how she discovered Mike was having an affair. When she confronted him about his texts with another woman, he revealed that he’d been having an affair for 5 years.

John Amos

John Amos
John Amos as Cleo McDowell in the 1988 film and today. (Everett Collection/AP Images)

John Amos, 80, will return as Cleo McDowell, Lisa’s father, in the 2021 sequel. After the 1988 original movie, John went on to appear in notable films like Die Hard 2, Madea’s Witness Protection, and Uncut Gems.

He’s also had major TV roles as well. He recurred as Admiral Percy Fitzwallace on The West Wing from 1999 to 2004. He played Buzz Washingon on Men in Trees from 2006 to 2008. In 2019, he appeared in the Live in Front of a Studio Audience primetime event for the Good Times episode.

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Eddie Jones handed Japan reunion as England get dream Rugby World Cup draw

Eddie Jones joked that his wife would need a half-and-half shirt after England drew Japan in the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

A year after losing the final to South Africa, England were handed as favourable a pool schedule for the tournament in France as they could possibly have hoped.

Jones’ team avoided the host nation as well as Australia, Ireland and Scotland. Instead they will face Argentina and his former team Japan, the darlings of the last two tournaments.

“I had this strong gut feeling that we were going to get Japan and I wasn’t disappointed,” he said. “I think my wife has already bought a half-English, half-Japanese shirt!

Jones and wife Hiroko in Wimbledon’s Royal Box in 2017

“I will do some work on her over the next two years to make sure she has got the right shirt on.”

England, the only northern hemisphere country to win the World Cup, are third favourites behind three-time winners New Zealand and France.

With two to advance from each of the four pools, they could have fared a lot worse than a group which also contains yet-to-be-known qualifiers from Oceania and the Americas.

The completed pool draw

Scotland and Ireland were pooled with the world champion Springboks whilst Wales, not for the first time, must get past Australia and Fiji.

England fans should bear in mind that Argentina toppled the All Blacks last month, whilst Japan beat Ireland and Scotland last year. Nonetheless they will expect a quarter-final against either Wales or Australia.

In the other half of the draw France and New Zealand, paired together in Pool A, will vie to avoid a semi-final clash with South Africa.

England and Japan have met only once at the World Cup, back in 1987, but they played at Twickenham in 2018

Speaking from Tokyo, where he is spending Christmas, Jones admitted that England are going through a “rebuilding phase”.

Asked to mark their autumn campaign out of 10 he replied: “10 – because we won two trophies”.

He added: “Everyone can criticise the way we played but at the end of the day, that’s the objective. The only currency we have is winning.”

The Webb Ellis Cup on display at yesterday’s draw

Jones did, however, concede for the first time that he was not satisfied with the limited attacking game that won England the Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup.

He admitted “our attack lacked precision – the passing precision is just not there” and blamed it on the lack of a pre-season in this most difficult of years.

“We are asking our rugby players to play back-to-back seasons with no pre-season so the chance for them to hone those fine skills hasn’t been there,” he said.

“We’ve given three weeks of our preparation away this year to the clubs to make sure the players get rest. I’m not trying to make excuses. That’s the reality of it.”

England won Autumn Nations Cup but Jones now admits: “Our attack lacked precision”

 

2023 WORLD CUP DRAW

 

POOL A

New Zealand

France

Italy

Americas qualifier

Africas qualifier

POOL B

South Africa

Ireland

Scotland

Asia/Pacific qualifier

Europe qualifier

Ireland easily beat Scotland in 2019 World Cup and have been drawn together again

 

POOL C

Wales

Australia

Fiji

Europe qualifier

Qualifier

POOL D

England

Japan

Argentina

Oceania qualifier

Americas qualifier

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Eddie Nketiah goal against Dundalk highlights Arsenal’s major problem

Eddie Nketiah was back amongst the goals during Arsenal’s Europa League game against Dundalk on Thursday.

With the Gunners already guaranteed top spot in Group B manager Mikel Arteta took the opportunity to rotate his squad, with a number of star names rested.

The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were left out of the squad altogether, with a front three of Emile Smith Rowe, Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe taking their place.

But if anything, Nketiah in particular only exemplified the issues Arsenal have been having going forward so far this season – by becoming the club’s leading scorer for the season so far.

Eddie Nketiah celebrates after giving Arsenal the lead

Nketiah’s 11th minute strike was his fifth goal of the campaign, with three coming in the Europa League, one in the Premier League and one in the Carabao Cup.

And it moved the 21-year-old above the likes of Lacazette, Aubameyang and Pepe in the scoring charts, all of whom have netted four.

The fact that Nketiah has outshone such established stars shows the extent of the problems Arsenal have, and, with all due respect to him, you would not expect the former Leeds man to be the main source of goals at the club.

It remains to be seen if a midweek rest will spur Arsenal’s regular forwards on in the Gunners’ huge clash against Burnley on Sunday.

But if they fail to fire again surely Arteta must start considering dropping one of them to accommodate Nketiah in the line-up.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in poor form recently

Speaking ahead of the game against Dundalk, the Spaniard issued a warning to Aubameyang that no one’s place in the side is guaranteed.

“No one is undroppable at the end of the day,” he said.

“You have to find the right players to win football matches but we cannot forget what Auba has done for this club and what he’s done in recent months – not years ago.”

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Eddie Jones ’embarrassed’ in front of pupils after Eton teacher chastised him for saying ‘manliness’

England rugby coach Eddie Jones was ’embarrassed’ in front of Eton pupils after teacher chastised him for saying ‘manliness’ when asked what attributes players need at event

  • Eddie Jones, 60, was responding to a pupil’s question at the school in Berkshire
  • Staff member said she thought it was ‘inappropriate word’, according to parent
  • Meanwhile, another parent said he was respectfully asked to define manliness 
  • It follows Will Knowland being dismissed for speech intended for class at school

England rugby coach Eddie Jones was ’embarrassed’ in front of Eton pupils after a teacher chastised him for saying ‘manliness’ when asked what attributes players needed.

The coach, 60, was responding to a question from a pupil during an event at the £42,500-a-year-school near Windsor, in Berkshire.

A female staff member told Mr Jones that she thought it was an ‘inappropriate word’ with the ex-rugby player ‘letting it go’, according to a parent.

The comments come after a former Eton teacher, Will Knowland, was dismissed over a speech intended for one of the school’s ‘Perspectives’ classes – which are delivered to older students to help them think critically about issues of public debate. 

Eddie Jones, 60, was responding to a question from a pupil on what attributes players needed during an event at the £42,500-a-year-school near Windsor, in Berkshire

A parent told The Times: ‘A staff member embarrassed Eddie in front of the boys, saying she thought this an inappropriate word. 

‘Eddie behaved as a gentleman and let the moment go, but the night was soured. 

‘The boys were furious at such an open breach of the school’s tradition of intellectual hospitality.’ 

Meanwhile, another parent added that he was respectfully asked to define manliness and that such questions are a necessary part of the events.

It follows a video of a lecture from Mr Knowland, who is at the centre of a freedom of speech row, being posted on YouTube. 

The ex-English teacher at Eton had wanted to deliver a questionable lecture to boys in which he cited incorrect statistics about rape and approvingly quoted an article saying women wanted to be ‘overwhelmed by the sheer power of masculinity’. 

A female staff member at Eton (above) told Mr Jones that she thought it was an 'inappropriate word' with the ex-rugby player 'letting it go', according to a parent

A female staff member at Eton (above) told Mr Jones that she thought it was an ‘inappropriate word’ with the ex-rugby player ‘letting it go’, according to a parent

In the lecture, named ‘The Patriarchy Paradox’, he claimed the male role as a ‘protector’ benefits society as a whole – including women. 

And he warned that ‘shaping men and women to be more similar actually exaggerates their differences’ – which he described as the Patriarchy Paradox.

He said that a world without men would be ‘awful’ for women and complains that chivalry and honour – which he labelled as good male qualities – are being driven down by terms such as ‘toxic masculinity’.

The virtual lecture, which was never actually shown to students at the school, resulted in Mr Knowland being sacked from his job when he refused to remove it from his YouTube channel.  

Old Etonians slammed the ‘woke agenda’ at the elite school on Thursday – with around 2,500 people signing a pupil petition calling for the teacher to be reinstated. 

Former Eton teacher Will Knowland (pictured above) was dismissed over a speech intended for one of the school's 'Perspectives' classes'

Former Eton teacher Will Knowland (pictured above) was dismissed over a speech intended for one of the school’s ‘Perspectives’ classes’

Mr Knowland has appealed the decision, and a disciplinary panel at the school is considering his fate, although the decision is not expected to be announced for several days.

Many pupils are demanding Mr Knowland’s reinstatement, including a boy who was sent home after writing to head master Simon Henderson demanding that he resign.

But other figures, including Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, who initially supported Mr Knowland, have distanced themselves after learning of the actual content of his lecture.

In a letter to parents sent on Thursday, Mr Henderson denied that he nor the school wanted to ‘shut down debate’. 

MailOnline has approached Eton College for comment. 

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Eddie Nketiah offered mixed messages over Arsenal future amid current situation


It’s been largely frustrating season for Eddie Nketiah at Arsenal so far.

The young striker, who spent six months at Leeds last season, recently broke Alan Shearer’s England Under-21s goal record.

But the 21-year-old has seen regular game time difficult to come by at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta this term.

At times in the second half of last season Nketiah got the nod to lead attacks ahead of Alexandre Lacazette. However, he has just 145 minutes of Premier League football under his belt this term thus far.

That has seen former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell call on Nketiah to push for a potential temporary exit in January, in a bid to get more games under his belt and further his development.

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Campbell, who played over 200 times for the Gunners, told Football Insider: “Nketiah has a knack for goals but I think he needs to go out on loan for another season, playing back-to-back games to get that confidence in his own body.

“Coming off the bench and playing sparingly is okay but there is nothing better than getting a run of starts to understand that you can do it at the top level.

“You have got to go through the tough parts. You need to get kicked, feel the pain and the soreness. That is what he needs to do.”

However, Campbell’s comments are in stark contrast to another ex-Gunner striker, the club’s second all-time top scorer Ian Wright.

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Speaking on his Wrighty’s House Podcast ahead of the weekend draw with Leeds – when neither Nketiah or Lacazette started – Wright called on the homegrown prospect to dig in and force his way past the Frenchman in the pecking order.

“We talked about Laca and people are talking about Laca’s got to be taken out. Maybe just for himself, just to have a rest,” said Wright.

“Eddie now should be looking at what Laca does, why Laca’s in the team, why Laca’s being picked over him even though he’s not scoring. And he’s got to start learning about the progression of himself.

“Because by now, with the goals that we know he’s capable of scoring – because he can get in the box and he can finish – he should be adding those other things to his game to be putting a bit more pressure on Laca, with all due respect to Laca.”

Arsenal face Wolves on Saturday in the Premier League, having first encountered Molde in the Europa League on Thursday.

All eyes will be on how Arteta rotates his front men, particularly if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move through the middle becomes more permanent.

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Eddie Van Halen’s customized 2000 Ferrari 550 and band memorabilia are set to be sold at auction


Eddie Van Halen’s customized 2000 Ferrari 550 is set to be sold at auction for around $250K… six weeks after he died at the age of 65

A wide variety of memorabilia related to the late Eddie Van Halen – who died in early October at the age of 65 – has recently been placed up for auction, including his 2000 Ferrari 500 racing car.

The car is reportedly in good condition, having recently been serviced by a top mechanic and was only driven for 28,000 miles, according to TMZ. 

The catalog is set to start being auctioned off on Wednesday and is expected to run to early December; the Ferrari is expected to fetch anywhere from $250,000 to $350,000. 

Revving up! A 2000 Ferrari 500 owned by Eddie Van Halen is set to be auctioned off; the late guitarist is seen performing in 2015

The late songwriter customized the vehicle with a set of racing seats, which were installed for high-speed driving sessions with his brother.

The purchase also comes with a valid registration and renewal, both in Van Halen’s name.

Also being auctioned off are a number of concert posters, used guitar picks, and a handwritten note from the Eruption guitarist himself, among other items. 

Customized: The car was outfitted with racing seats so the guitarist could compete against his friends at various racetracks

Customized: The car was outfitted with racing seats so the guitarist could compete against his friends at various racetracks

Worth every cent: The Ferrari is estimated to command anywhere between $250,000 to $300,000

Worth every cent: The Ferrari is estimated to command anywhere between $250,000 to $300,000

In a 2016 interview with Car and Driver, the musician spoke about his love for fast cars, and how he saw similarities between racing and performing on stage. 

‘The adrenaline rush is similar. You’re always pushing the edge, on stage live and driving on a track. But improvising at the drop of a hat is the biggest thing. There are no do-overs.’

He also spoke about how the lessons that he learned from one of his disciplines actually ended up carrying into another. 

‘If you mess up live, you smile your way through it or improvise quick, just like if there’s an accident in front of you or somebody’s trying to pass you.’

Wide selection: The auction will also feature other items related to the guitarist, including a signed CD and record sleeve; he is seen performing in 2015

Wide selection: The auction will also feature other items related to the guitarist, including a signed CD and record sleeve; he is seen performing in 2015

The Panama songwriter passed away on October 6 after a lengthy battle with throat cancer, among other ailments.

Van Halen was honored at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, where a number of artists including Jack White, Dierks Bentley, and G.E Smith, gave speeches in remembrance of the guitarist.

That same evening, the musician’s son Wolfgang shared a number of photos depicting moments he shared with his father, and hosted a Q&A for fans of the songwriter.

The Pasadena Library, located in Van Halen’s California hometown, recently opened their archives of recordings and images of the guitarist, which were made available to the public. 

Looking back: The guitarist's son Wolfgang recently shared a number of photos depicting the time he shared with his father

Looking back: The guitarist’s son Wolfgang recently shared a number of photos depicting the time he shared with his father

The good old days: The musician is seen performing alongside longtime Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony in 1984

The good old days: The musician is seen performing alongside longtime Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony in 1984



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