Donald Trump on refugees
In one of Donald Trump’s latest gaffs, he re-tweeted his son’s image of a bowl of skittles with the words: “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”
The quote received various negative reactions, with some pointing out it’s inappropriateness by juxtaposing it with pictures of the many children who suffered in the war with the caption ‘They are not skittles’. Singer John Legend pointed out the flawed logic by saying that anyone could be a murderer and thus by Trump’s logic, everyone should be locked up. The BBC also posted a photo that said the ‘chances of choking to death on food in the US was 1 in 3,408 whereas the odds of being killed by a refugee in a terror attack were 1 in 3,640,000,000’. Trump’s misguided image also ignores the fact that refugees go through a long process of vetting already.
President Sirisena about women
In what first appeared to have little relevant context, it was reported that President Maithripala Sirisena announced that there was an increasing predilection towards beer among women. The statement follows last year’s incident about a bra being thrown at the Enrique concert and the backslash that resulted. It was fodder for many memes online that made fun of the statement. An article also appeared on the BBC website that spoke about dress codes for mothers and women coming into boys’ schools in Sri Lanka.
The 2016 Emmys went off with a bang with many saying the awards show was better than previous shows. Rami Malek of Mr. Robot bagged a Best Actor award as did Tatiana Maslany for her work in Orphan Black in which she plays a host of characters. Almost 25% of the nominations went to non-white actors and the diversity showed in the plethora of winners. Though the show was not eligible to win any awards, the cast of streaming service Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ practically stole the Emmys. Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, three of the child stars from the show, entertained everyone with a fun rendition of ‘Uptown Funk’ and then biked through the hall distributing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to everyone. Netflix did well, with a lesser number awards than HBO but more than Amazon Prime.
Marc Jacobs and white models
Marc Jacobs showed at New York Fashion Week and courted controversy when he sent mostly white models down the runway with woollen dreadlocks, later saying that the locks were inspired by street looks.
When called out for cultural appropriation, he retaliated with words that further angered fans and others alike, saying that he did not see colour. Later he apologised, but the incident marked an important issue in the fashion industry and created a conversation about cultural appropriation that will not go away soon. London Fashion Week is currently underway and sure to capture the public’s attention.