Today, it is quite a quest to be surprised, impressed or confused by anything happening in the world. But yet, it still happens. So, we decided to cover some things that have touched us and (or) blown our minds this week.
Many people expected that Will Smith would win his first-ever Oscar for his performance as the determined father of Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard.” However, people didn’t expect that he would go down in Oscar’s history for an entirely different reason.
In case you missed it, here is a short review.
Chris Rock, a stand-up comedian and actor, was presenting the Best Documentary award on stage. During his speech, he addressed actress Jada Pinkett-Smith:
"Jada, I love ya. G.I. Jane 2, I can't wait to see it!" The joke was a reference to the 1997 US war drama G.I. Jane, in which Demi Moore shaved her head to play Jordan O'Neil, the first woman to undergo Navy Seal training.
He might not have realized that Jada has alopecia - an auto-immune disorder that causes hair loss. She looked cross about the joke, rolling her eyes, and her husband Will Smith came to the stage and smacked Chris Rock on the mouth.
The clip of this epic moment has already become a meme and gained hundreds of millions of watches.
Was it improvised or planned? No one knows, but the world reacted immediately.
The Guardian called the evening “a historic night for women – overshadowed by male violence.” The paper’s Catherine Shoard asked whether Will Smith’s personal history may, in some part, explain why he lashed out. The writer points out how Smith has written publicly about his need to compensate for a childhood marred by domestic violence.
Tiffany Haddish, who starred in 2017's Girls Trip with Pinkett Smith, said, "As a woman, who has been unprotected, for someone to say, 'Keep my wife's name out your mouth, leave my wife alone,' that's what your husband is supposed to do, right? Protect you."
Italian daily La Repubblica led with the headline “Machismo vs. body shaming: at the Oscars, we got a lesson of what we shouldn’t be.” The piece called Smith’s action, “a bad example of toxic masculinity” and described how the whole incident highlighted, “the worst in our society from the mockery of a woman because she has her head shaved to the fists of ‘her’ man who is convinced that he must do justice.” Meanwhile, “nobody bothered to give Jada a voice,” the paper said.
Now, Will Smith faces potential “suspension, expulsion” from the Academy. Here is an extract from the official statement:
“Consistent with the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, as well as California law, Mr. Smith is being provided at least 15 days’ notice of a vote regarding his violations and sanctions and the opportunity to be heard beforehand by means of a written response,” the Academy said today of the “disciplinary proceedings” it has begun after a virtual gathering of the dozens of Governors and other AMPAS aides concluded. “At the next board meeting on April 18, the Academy may take any disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions permitted by the Bylaws and Standards of Conduct.”
Toxic masculinity is a concept used to define unhealthy and often traditional characteristics or attributes associated with men.
Let’s look at those who show their attitude towards toxic masculinity in a very clear way.
We’ve seen many examples of men fighting stereotypes about the way they “should” look, appearances they “should” have, and behavior that shows a “real” man. And still, there are not enough of them to change archaic ideas regarding gender roles and fight patriarchal affirmations, which to be honest, do not help either men or women. Instead, it puts us in a box and pushes us into living to unreasonable expectations, not rules.
So, it is always a pleasure to see how people fight stereotypes and how men, particularly, battle prejudice.
The 94th Academy Awards ceremony red carpet not only had classic, well-fit styles but also presented some eye-catching outfits.
Timothée Chalamet nailed it again. It’s an example of perfect taste with a wish and courage to dress the way he wants.
The best supporting actor nominee didn't win for his performance in Power of the Dog, but he did sport one of the most outstanding menswear looks of the evening while dripping in Cartier jewelry. Kodi says Chalamet was his inspiration while choosing the outfit for the ceremony: “There aren’t many men who are bold on the red carpet. I love how brave and daring Timothée Chalamet is. I’ve always admired what a risk taker he is with fashion. People need to learn to not be afraid of color!”
Reece Feldman, looking like a character from Wes Anderson’s movies, also made a difference:
After the war by Russia against Ukraine began, almost no one stayed indifferent. People have been helping by all means possible. Some joined Teroborona (Civil Defence) forces to help Ukraine. Some hosted refugees or donated money, while others educated people by sharing validated information.
Two girls called Nastyas - a Belarusian and a Ukrainian - send nudes to guys wanting to donate money to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It all started as a joke but turned into a whole Teronlifans movement.
One of the two girls has a relatively popular Twitter account due to her passion for video games. Therefore, she began to publish information about people who need help, tips on how refugees can go abroad, and how and where to donate money, etc.
On the third day of the war, Nastya was asked to find a car to take people out of Kharkiv. Her post got a lot of likes and retweets, but it didn’t help. Then, under the original post that Nastya added, she offered to send nude photographs to the person who finds the car. It helped, and the vehicle was found quickly.
The next morning, Nastya received dozens of messages with an offer to send her money also to receive photographs. The girl offered to send money to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and not to her since she doesn’t have any financial problems. These Tweets quickly became popular, and by the end of the evening, her friend had created art and a logo for the Theronlifans project.
“At first, the idea seemed rather absurd. But when we collected about 200 thousand hryvnias (around $6,700) in the first days, it became clear that it works. The idea lies on the surface because on Twitter, many girls like to post nudes on Thursdays. We just pushed it in the right direction,” – said Nastya.
The procedure of donating is simple. First, you can send a payment to the Ukrainian army. Any donation is suitable, such as a special account like the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the National Bank, large funds like “Come Back Alive,” or a targeted or local assistance such as Territorial Defense Forces.
When the money is sent, a person should take a screenshot of the transaction and send it to one of the girls on the Teronlifans Twitter list. There you can find all the project participants. Currently, there are about 10 of them, and 15 more have joined the movement anonymously, simply by giving their pictures. After a short time, you get a photo.
At this writing, the girls were motivated to send more than 5.1 million hryvnias to help the army (more than $256,000).
It was revealed how a Disney-fan woman whose New Year's resolution was to visit the park once a month in 2022 funds her obsession.
Liz Gramlich, 28, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US), first started making regular trips to Disney World Florida in 2020, when flight prices had plummeted due to the pandemic.
Fox News reported Liz and her sister began booking two-hour flights from Philadelphia to Orlando, sometimes completing the entire round trip in just one day to visit the theme park.
Gramlich said they had visited Disney about a dozen times over the last two years. At that time, the flight price was just $25, and the pair realized it was cheaper to fly to Disney World than it was to fill up their cars with petrol.
But the pandemic caused flight costs to rise. Soon, they were looking at $150 for the return trip - an astronomical price rise compared to what they'd initially paid.
But Disney-mad Liz found ways to make it work. "We’ve had to adjust to make sure we could cover those costs,” she explained.
Liz and her sister adjusted their flight times to ensure they visited at the cheapest time each month. In a slightly more extreme measure, Liz started donating blood plasma twice a week to make ends meet, bringing in an extra $500 to $1,000 every month.
Gramlich said that her Disney World monthly visits had offered some much-needed relief after a few difficult years.
"It’s definitely become a great place to be," Gramlich said. "We’ve been sitting in the pandemic all this time… And this has just been a way, not to escape, but to add a little bit of magic into your life."
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