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They say close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, and that’s certainly the case for the NBA MVP award.

This year’s MVP race may have been the most competitive in recent memory, but it concluded with Nikola Jokic winning the trophy for the second consecutive season. Joel Embiid finished second and Giannis Antetokounmpo placed third.

However, there’s a problem with the voting system. It’s weighted, so say someone really wanted Jokic to win. They could have put Embiid in fourth or fifth to ensure that he received fewer points.

And Charles Barkley has a problem with the process. The 1992-93 MVP recently exposed its flaws while discussing this year’s race.

Charles Barkley exposed the NBA MVP voting system

NBA legend Charles Barkley, who recently called out the MVP voting system.
NBA legend Charles Barkley during The Match: Champions For Charity on May 24, 2020. | Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images for The Match

Charles Barkley and the Inside the NBA crew recently discussed the 2021-22 MVP race, and Barkley admitted that Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, and Giannis Antetokounmpo all deserved to win.

But – as mentioned above – he has an issue with the voting system.

“You can slant it for who you want to win by putting guys further down the list,” Barkley said on a recent episode, per House of Highlights. “In my opinion, it was one, two, and three. If you don’t have those three guys one, two, and three, you should have to explain yourself because nobody else can be one, two, or three. If you put one of those guys four or five or something like that, that is to me trying to slant it for your guy to win it.”

Chuck added that there isn’t necessarily a solution. Journalists vote on the award, but players would also likely slant it in favor of their friends or teammates.

So, did that potentially happen this year?

Looking at this year’s MVP results

There’s a chance that writers could have cheated the system here and there this season, but it’s hard to prove unequivocally.

Joel Embiid, someone Barkley accused of being distracted after losing the award, received one fourth-place vote, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had seven. If we’re going by what Barkley said, those reporters should have to explain themselves.

However, those eight votes probably didn’t make a huge difference. It resulted in Embiid, who garnered 706 total points, receiving two fewer points (had the one vote gone to third place instead of fourth), and Giannis, who received 595, getting 14 less.

But writers could have fixed the race with third-place votes. Embiid would have had 68 more points had all his third-place gone to second instead. Yes, that only would have increased his point total to 774, but perhaps Jokic’s 875 points would have taken a hit.

All in all, it’s too difficult to read and speculate. Jokic, Embiid, and Antetokounmpo were all worthy, but more voters thought the Denver Nuggets big man deserved it.

Maybe the results will just be extra motivation for Embiid and Antetokounmpo. Their teams are still in the playoffs, while Jokic is at home after losing in the first round.

No one cares about the MVP award if you win the Larry O’Brien Trophy instead.

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Taylor Swift speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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