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Ed Sheeran says trolls drove him off Twit­ter

Sorry, Twit­ter, but you won’t have Ed Sheeran to kick around any more. At least that’s what he told Bri­tish tabloid the Sun on Mon­day, stat­ing that he had aban­doned the plat­form whole­sale. “I go on it, and there’s noth­ing but peo­ple say­ing mean things. Twit­ter’s a plat­form for that,” Sheeran said. “One com­ment ru­ins your day. But that’s why I’ve come off it.” The Bri­tish pop star said some of that abuse came from the ra­bid fan base of Lady Gaga, whose so-called “lit­tle mon­sters” tar­geted Sheeran af­ter a Jan­uary in­ter­view they per­ceived as dis­re­spect­ful to the “Born This Way” singer. In re­sponse to news that Sheeran had aban­doned Twit­ter, Lady Gaga her­self took to In­sta­gram to share a photo of the two and ex­pressed her love for the soul­ful singer, im­plor­ing in­ter­net denizens to be more pos­i­tive and lov­ing. “No rea­son to tear down an artist sim­ply be­cause they are on top,” Gaga wrote in her mes­sage posted Tues­day. “Work harder to be kinder ev­ery­body. That should be your first duty to hu­man­ity.” Iron­i­cally, Sheeran’s wide­spread pop­u­lar­ity has partly made him a tar­get for on­line haters. Upon re­lease of his new al­bum, “÷,” in March, Sheeran had 16 songs on the UK Top 20 chart. That’s a feat so as­tound­ing that the Bri­tain’s Of­fi­cial Charts Com­pany had to change its struc­ture, al­low­ing only three songs per artist on the charts in a given week. Sheeran’s “Shape of You” also has gar­nered 184 mil­lion streams in the U.K. since its re­lease in Jan­uary, mak­ing it the most streamed song of all time in Bri­tain.

Ben­ing is Venice Film Fes­ti­val’s jury pres­i­dent

Four-time Os­car nom­i­nee An­nette Ben­ing has been named the pres­i­dent of the jury for the 74th Venice Film Fes­ti­val. The “Amer­i­can Beauty” actress, whose other cred­its in­clude “The Kids Are All Right,” “20th Cen­tury Women” and “Bugsy,” is among the few women to serve as chair for the Ital­ian fes­ti­val — and the first in more than a decade. “It was time to break with a long list of male pres­i­dents and in­vite a bril­liant tal­ented and in­spir­ing woman to chair our in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion jury,” said fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Al­berto Bar­bera, who rec­om­mended Ben­ing for the post to the board of di­rec­tors. Cather­ine Deneuve, Jane Cam­pion and Gong Li were the other fe­male pres­i­dents, serv­ing in 2006, 2002 and 1997, re­spec­tively. Ben­ing’s “Amer­i­can Beauty” di­rec­tor Sam Men­des was last year’s chair. Ben­ing and eight other in­ter­na­tional celebrity ju­rors will hand out the awards at the fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing the Golden Lion for best film and Sil­ver Lion for best di­rec­tor and the grand jury prize. “I’m hon­oured to be asked to serve as the pres­i­dent of the jury for this year’s Venice Film Fes­ti­val,” Ben­ing said in a state­ment. “I look for­ward to see­ing the movies and work­ing with my fel­low jury mem­bers to cel­e­brate the best of this year’s cin­ema from all over the world.” The fes­ti­val runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9.

Ed Sheeran

An­nette Ben­ing

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