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Lily Gladstone blasts KC Chiefs’ name and tomahawk chop

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Lily Gladstone

Oscar nominee Lily Gladstone is taking aim at the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, criticizing the team’s name and its fans’ use of the tomahawk chop in a series of comments made public since the big game.

The 37-year-old “Killers of the Flower Moon” actress is a Native American whose heritage is that of the Siksikaitsitapi and Niimiipuu tribal groups, which are rooted in the northwestern U.S. and in Alberta, Canada.

Gladstone also had choice words for the Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers, saying, “Honestly, you could hold both teams accountable.”

“The 49ers are based on the California Gold Rush, which was an incredibly brutal time for California Indians,” she told Variety.

Turning her focus to the Chiefs, Gladstone explained that it’s not just the name that bothers her. She also dislikes the tomahawk chop and chant the team’s fans perform during games.

“Every time, it’s a stark reminder of what Hollywood has done to us, because the tomahawk chop directly ties to the sounds of old westerns where we were not playing ourselves, or if we were, we were merely backdrop actors,” Gladstone said.

“It’s this ‘claiming’ of that sound and saying its an ‘honor’ and the commodification of who we are as people. It’s great to love the game and your players, but it still hurts,” she added.

The Variety story published Thursday was a follow-up to Gladstone’s comments on Super Bowl weekend at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Some of her comments came before the Feb. 11 game at which the Chiefs took home the Lombardi Trophy for the second year in a row.

In a post to X on Thursday, Gladstone doubled down on her criticism of the Chiefs, writing, “I mean, its not *just* the name…but it’s also the name.”

Her comments echoed those of Native American activist Amanda Blackhorse, who spoke out against the Chiefs’ name during the lead up to the 2023 Super Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix.

She and other indigenous advocates protested outside of State Farm Stadium in Arizona, where the Super Bowl was kicking off, holding signs that read “end cultural appropriation” and called for the team to change their name.

Blackhorse was also a key plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Washington Commanders’ former owner Dan Snyder that was part of the successful movement to get the team to ditch their offensive “Redskins” moniker in 2020.

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Austin North

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas police accused actor Austin North of punching and shoving University Medical Center employees on Wednesday.

North, 27, who appeared in the Netflix series “Outer Banks,” faces three gross misdemeanor counts of battery on a protected person, court records show.

According to a Metropolitan Police Department arrest report, around 10:50 a.m. North had been admitted into the emergency room and ran toward a nurse punching her the face with a closed fist. North shoved the same nurse into a sink, police said.

Two other staff members attempted to intervene. North shoved one nurse in the face with an open hand and shoved another employee against table. A staff member hit North in the forehead with a silver tray to defend himself, according to the report.

North posted a message on his Instagram account Thursday saying a friend drove him to UMC because North thought he was having a heart attack. He said he was having a severe anxiety attack and had “very little memory” of what happened.

“I have battled anxiety on and off for years and this was the most extreme panic attack I’ve ever had,” North wrote. “Going forward, I hope to shed light on this debilitating disorder and send hope to those who have also struggled.”

North posted bail and is due in court on March 19.

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Brian Wilson

LOS ANGELES — The management team of Brian Wilson has petitioned to place him in a conservatorship because of his mental decline and the recent death of his wife, Melinda Ledbetter Wilson , who managed his daily life.

The 81-year-old Beach Boys co-founder and mastermind has a “major neurocognitive disorder” and is taking medication for dementia, according to a doctor's declaration filed with the petition Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The petition asks a judge to appoint two longtime Wilson representatives — publicist Jean Sievers and manager LeeAnn Hard — to be conservators overseeing his personal and medical decisions because “Mr. Wilson is unable to properly provide for his own personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter.”

The two women “have had a close relationship with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson for many years, and Mr. Wilson trusts them,” according to the filing.

Ledbetter Wilson — whose husband credited her with stabilizing his famously troubled life — had managed his daily needs before her death on Jan. 30, the petition says.

The move came after consultation between Wilson, his seven children, caretaker Gloria Ramos, and his doctors, according to a statement posted Thursday on his social media accounts.

"This decision was made to ensure that there will be no extreme changes to the household and Brian and the children living at home will be taken care of," the posts said. “Brian will be able to enjoy all of his family and friends and continue to work on current projects as well as participate in any activities he chooses.”

Judges in California can appoint a conservator for the person, their finances — referred to as the estate — or both, as was the case with Britney Spears , whose court fight brought broad new attention to the legal standing.

The Wilson petition seeks only a conservatorship of his person, saying he does not need a conservator of the estate because his assets are in a trust, with Hard as a trustee.

Deeply revered and acclaimed as a member, producer, arranger and chief songwriter of the Beach Boys, Wilson struggled with mental health and substance abuse issues that upended his career in the 1960s.

He met Ledbetter when he was a customer at a car dealership where she was working in the mid-1980s. At the time, Wilson had for years been under the close supervision of psychologist Dr. Eugene Landy.

Ledbetter and others believed Landy was exploiting and mistreating Wilson, and feuded with Landy for years before he was barred in 1992 from any contact with Wilson.

Ledbetter died unexpectedly on Jan. 30, according to a Wilson spokesperson.

“Our five children and I are just in tears. We are lost,” Wilson said on his web site. “Melinda was more than my wife. She was my savior."

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Snoop Dogg is mourning the loss of his younger half-brother Bing Worthington, following his death at the age of 44.

The hip-hop superstar shared his grief through a series of heartfelt social media posts on Friday. No exact date or cause of death was given.

Snoop’s first Instagram post featured a photo of him, Bing and an unidentified man posing in what appears to be a dressing room, along with a caption of crying, dove, and prayer hand emojis.

The 52-year-old rapper followed that up with a snapshot of Bing holding a cake and smiling with their mother, Beverly Tate, who passed away in 2021 .

“Bac wit momma,” Snoop captioned that shot.

West Coast hip-hop luminaries Yo-Yo and the Lady of Rage shared their condolences in the comments section.

“Fast & Furious” star Tyrese told Snoop to “stay strong big bro,” while sending “prayers love and light to you and your family.”

Throughout the years, Worthington — who was once a member of the rap group Lifestyle, but ultimately preferred to stay behind the scenes — worked with his famous older brother as a road manager, tour manager and on other business endeavors.

“I’ve done lots of things with Snoop, like Dogg [Cadillac] DeVilles , Dogg Skateboards, you name it,” he said in 2016. “I come up with a lot of great concepts. As well, I’ve done a lot of work with Snoop on the road and basically putting the albums together, so I’ve been doing this for years.”

From combined wire services

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