For those who may not know, there have been wild protests in Hong Kong for the last two months. The former British colony was given back to China in 1997, but has functioned as a semi-autonomous state ever since. Earlier this year, Hong Kong was poised to pass a controversial extradition bill that would allow a person arrested in Hong Kong to face trial elsewhere, including in mainland China. This was the main reason for the protests, which have now grown so large that the government has gotten involved. Airports have been shut down, entire districts have been overrun with protestors, and the people of Hong Kong were able to stop the bill from being passed, for now. Still, the bill is only suspended so the protests continue. The Hong Kong government has been attempting to regain control by using false news and unethical journalism to mask the issues at hand.
Liu Yifei, the actress set to star in Disney's Mulan live-action remake, recently showed support for the Hong Kong police. “I support the Hong Kong police,” Liu posted on Weibo, a Twitter-like social media platform in China. “You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong.” As reported by CNN, the hashtag #BoycottMulan was instantly born. It started on Lihkg, a -like online discussion forum in Hong Kong, but it spread quickly around the globe, including to Twitter, which is banned in China. This will undoubtedly affect Mulan's box office receipts in China.
Wendy Williams Supports A$AP Rocky But Against Boycotting Sweden
Wendy Williams wants to see Rocky free but wants the rappers to get their bread.
A$AP Rocky’s situation has prompted several rappers to boycott Sweden, atleast until they free the Harlem rapper. However, there are also people who’ve shown their support for Rocky without taking part in the boycott. Cardi B, Dave East, and even J.I.D. have stated that they won’t be taking part in any boycott against Sweden over A$AP Rocky’s situation, mainly because the bag is big over there. Although Wendy Williams doesn’t rap, she definitely doesn’t think Rocky’s situation is enough to prompt a boycott of the European country.
TMZ recently caught up with Wendy Williams who shared her thoughts on A$AP Rocky’s whole situation. She sent out her support for the rapper on camera and mentioned that she believes his incarceration is partially due to the fact that he’s an American celebrity. She continued to explain that people like the alleged victim are the ones who bait celebrity and unfortunately, Rocky fell for it.
Despite the support, she thinks rappers should be concerning themselves with the bag rather than boycotting Sweden because of Rocky. “[Rappers] have bills to pay, children… by ten baby mothers and stuff,” she said.
Rocky’s received a ton of support and earlier today, it was revealed that he could collect a big bag if he’s cleared or found not guilty of the charges against him. We’ll keep you posted.
Slim Jxmmi Supports Sweden Boycott, Shares Story Of Being Detained In Another Country
Rae Sremmurd‘s Slim Jxmmi is standing in solidarity with A$AP Rocky as he refuses to visit Sweden while his friend is in jail. Rocky has been detained in a Swedish facility for three weeks and prosecutors look as if they’re moving forward with assault charges against the rapper. The White House has reportedly been in talks with the Swedish government to aid in Rocky’s release, but Swedish prosecutors are adamant that they do not follow American laws and will not be pressured by the United States government.
The world watched the viral videos of the assault that landed Rocky and members of his entourage in prison, and it’s clear that they were reacting to being accosted, harassed, and stalked on the streets of Sweden. The two men following them will not face charges, and many are crying foul on the case against Rocky. Some of his friends have called for a boycott of the country including ScHoolboy Q, Tyga, and Tyler, The Creator.
Adding his name to that list is Slim Jxmmi who told a TMZ cameraman that he ran into some trouble of his own in another country. “When you’re overseas, it’s real tricky,” Jxmmi said. “They laws is different. I had got detained for smoking a blunt at a festival so you gotta be real careful. But free A$AP because it’s really not right…and when you think about it, they let G-Eazy go. Shout out to G-Eazy, that’s my guy, but they let G-Eazy go for some wild sh*t. I don’t wanna say it’s ‘cause of the color of his skin, but it looked wilder.”
In May 2018, rapper G-Eazy was arrested in Sweden after he assaulted a bouncer. He was found with cocaine and was hauled off to jail, but G-Eazy was released just 48 hours later. Meanwhile, Jxmmi believes that Rocky and those who were arrested with him should be freed as soon as possible because their incarceration isn’t fair. “In our hearts, in our spirits, we know that’s not right. So, free A$AP. A$AP, man, I hope everything goes well.” The rapper added that he is joining the boycott of Sweden.
“I’m not going to Sweden,” he said. “I’ll go to Sweden when they let A$AP free…ain’t nobody going to Sweden until they let A$AP free or they change they laws.” Jxmmi added Swedish official should give A$AP all the money he could have earned traveling and performing. “When A$AP says Sweden is good, then we’ll go to Sweden. If A$AP don’t say Sweden’s good, we ain’t goin’.”
50 Cent, Chris Brown & Future Sell Out Controversial Saudi Arabia Show
Nicki Minaj previously dropped out of the gig.
For some people, a big enough bag is enough to change everything. For others, their morals intervene and prevent them from even considering signing the dotted line in the first place. When it was announced that Nicki Minaj would be performing at the Jeddah World Fest in Saudia Arabia a few weeks ago, the star was forced to back out of the show because of heavy backlash. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not exactly seen in the most positive light after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and because of their stance on important human rights’ issues. The country is notoriously harsh on women and LGBTQ+ individuals, so Nicki’s selection to perform over there was surprising. She eventually pulled out and was replaced by 50 Cent, Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, Future, and others that were announced just days ago. It turns out that the attendees didn’t really need much advance knowledge of the performers because they still managed to sell out the 62,000-seat arena.
According to TMZ, the music festival took place last night and it was a massive success. With the lack of musical acts that visit Saudi Arabia on their yearly tour stops, the country is likely craving for a taste of entertainment every now and then so when 50 Cent, Chris Brown, Steve Aoki and others stopped by, they came through with the ticket sales.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the event with many people calling for a boycott of the country because of their recent actions. Despite what people said online, it all went off without a hitch and people left with smiles on their faces.
Christian Mom Group Boycotting "Toy Story 4" For "Dangerous" Lesbian Scene
One Million Moms is really making a scene.
Disney’s Toy Story 4 has been in theatres for some time now and while it’s a beloved ending to the Toy Story universe that fans can’t get enough of, another Christian mom group is upset by a scene that shows lesbian mothers. One Million Moms is trying to boycott the film for a scene that shows Woody’s new owner Bonnie getting dropped off at school. In the background, you can see another child being dropped off who has two moms.
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“1MM agrees it was a noticeably small scene with the sole purpose of attempting to normalize this lifestyle,” the blog post details. “Some in the gay blogging community have agreed that the moment “was not groundbreaking by any standard” but continued to praise it as a “small moment of normalization,” which is exactly why 1MM finds this to be so dangerous.”
The post added: “Toy Story 4 is the last place parents would expect their children to be confronted with content regarding sexual orientation. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon. It is extremely common yet unnecessary.”
So far the petition has over 13,000 signatures. “It’s so funny how these parents try to boycott toy story 4 cuz of a lesbian scene thinking it’s gonna “influence” their kids or whatever. bitch ive been exposed to straight movies my whole life and i still ended up being gay 😂😂😂😂,” one Twitter user responded.
Chargers’ Melvin Gordon Addresses Contract Holdout: "You Know, I Want To Get Paid"
Melvin Gordon reiterates his demands at the midway point of the NFL offseason.
“I want to end up with the Chargers,” Gordon told the press at SportsCon in Dallas, TX. “That’s my home. I’m not going to sit here and be like, ‘Man, I don’t want to go back to the Chargers, dah, dah, dah.’ Like that’s the team who blessed me with an opportunity. They started my life. They changed my life. Out of all 32 teams, that was the team that called. I can’t forget them for that.”
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At 26-years old, Gordon is entering the final phase of his entry deal with the Chargers, with an option for a 5th term at an annual rate of $5.6 million. As outlined in a statement to the press (yesterday), Melvin will not report to training camp unless those contract stipulations are restructured.
In his defense, the NFL teams, basically all of them without exception, are guilty of overusing their feature tailbacks, whilst undervaluing them at the cash register. For Gordon to have garnered to Pro Bowl nods on a career average of 5.1 yards-per-carry, by the age of 26, something must be terribly wrong about the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement.
Gordon closed his account at SportsCon by reiterating that if an opportunity presented itself, from an interested party elsewhere in NFL he’d be on the first bus out of Dodge. “You know, I want to get paid. That’s just kind of what it is. Hopefully I end up a Charger. That’s the goal. I want to end up with the Chargers,” he said in closing.
ScHoolboy Q Urges American Rappers To Boycott Sweden In Support Of A$AP Rocky
The Free Rocky movement is going strong these days. A$AP Rocky is currently in the custody of Swedish authorities over an assault that went down last weekend. His peers and friends have pushed to create awareness for the rapper’s scenario while his team launched a petition calling for his freedom. Tyler, The Creator and ScHoolboy Q both pledged to never perform in Sweden but now, Q is urging all of his peers in the rap industry to do the same in support of Pretty Flacko.
ScHoolboy Q was on stage this week when he declared his boycott of Sweden. Now, Q isn’t one to hop on the boycott bandwagon, as we’ve seen with his take on Gucci, but with Sweden’s treatment of Rocky, Q believes that all American rappers should avoid performing in the country. The rapper was performing at Woo Hah festival when the crowd launched into a “Free A$AP’ chant.
“Lemme say this right quick: Fuck Sweden,” he said. “They ain’t never gonna get another American artist to perform there. I know they probably don’t care or whatever but you will never get another American rap artist to ever perform in Sweden… American rappers stick to-fucking-gether, dawg. We don’t do that shit. We ain’t goin’ to Sweden.”
He added, “And if you see an American in Sweden, fuck that n***a.”
Peep the clip below.
Dapper Dan Says Gucci Snub Is First Boycott By Black People That Has "Zero Results"
He believes if you’re going to get behind a cause, make it count.
A couple of years ago, fashion brand Gucci came under fire for ripping off the styles of famed Harlem fashion designer Dapper Dan. They later came forward and claimed that they were inspired by his looks, but still many called foul on the clothing company. So, in turn, Gucci partnered with Dapper Dan and last year he debuted a collection with the luxury brand.
Recently, Gucci has been the target of racist allegations after there were claims made that their clothing items were created to mock black stereotypes, specifically blackface. Celebrities stepped forward and called for a boycott, most notably rapper T.I. who used his platform to raise awareness about the influence of black culture in fashion and entertainment, globally. However, not everyone wanted to join the cause, and there were plenty of black famous figures who thought boycotting the brand was pointless and opposers were over-reacting.
Dapper Dan recently sat down with The Breakfast Club and talked about the Gucci boycott, a cause that he couldn’t get behind. “Gucci comes and they say everybody’s paying homage to Dapper Dan but nobody’s paying him,” he said. “We gon’ change that. We gon’ allow you to do what you’ve always done in Harlem and we’re going to do a partnership and you get a percentage of that globally. I could never get that. That’s my foothold.”
He also shared that this isn’t a boycott worth championing because the outcome won’t produce change. “Don’t tell me there’s any organization in the world that don’t have a number of people who are racist because we don’t hear them say it, that don’t mean it ain’t happening,” he continued. “Forget that part, let’s look at what can we get out of this? This will be the first boycott black people have ever had in America that we get zero results. That is too damn stupid. You walk away because you’re insulted and you end up with zero? You can’t be no hero like that.”
Italian Airline Alitalia "Deeply Apologizes" For Blackface Obama Promo Video
The Italian airline took down the ads featuring an actor depicting Obama in blackface.
It's 2019 and people still think using Blackface for anything is a good idea. In fact, it is not and it's getting to a point where it feels like companies are using outrage for attention. An Italian airline is the latest company to face backlash for using blackface which they have apologized for but only after complaints were made.
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Alitalia issued a statement on Twitter for the video that showed a white actor depicting themselves as Obama in Blackface. The video itself has been removed from social media but it was also shown on flight's for Alitalia's Rome to Washington flight.
"Alitalia deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the promotional video on our Washington route," the tweet reads. "It has since been removed. For our Company, respect for everyone is mandatory, it was never our intention to hurt anyone and we will learn from what has happened."
The blackface controversy has apparently been rampant among a few Italian companies this year. Earlier this year, T.I. and other members of the hip-hop community called for a boycott against Gucci after the Italian designer brand debuted a blackface mask. Since then, Gucci has taken steps towards trying to repair its image form the damage. They announced a Changemakers Fund to help promote diversity within their brand because apparently, they need it a whole lot.
Central Park Five Prosecutor Resigns From Columbia Law School After Backlash
The prosecutor in the Central Park 5 case,
If you haven't watched Ava Duvernay's When They See Us, do that immediately. The story follows five Black and Brown teens, better known as the Central Park Five, that wrongfully convicted of the rape of a white woman in New York City. When They See Us has put a major spotlight on the mishandlings in the case, including Linda Fairstein's role in the case. She's faced a ton of public scrutiny which resulted in her publishers dropping her as well as a literary agency. Now, another prosecutor in the case, Elizabeth Lederer, is feeling the heat as she announced she won't be returning to Columbia Law School as a teacher.
Lederer served as a part-time teacher at Columbia Law School but after When They See Us put a spotlight on her role in convicting the Central Park Five, she's decided to resign from her position.
"I’ve enjoyed my years teaching at CLS, and the opportunity it has given me to interact with the many fine students who elected to take my classes," she said in a statement posted by Columbia Law School Dean Law Gillian Lester. "However, given the nature of the recent publicity generated by the Netflix portrayal of the Central Park case, it is best for me not to renew my teaching application."
This comes after Black Law Students Association at CU issued a letter, demanding for her termination.
"The lives of these five boys were forever changed as a result of Lederer's conduct," the letter read. "During the investigation, Lederer and her colleagues used harmful, racist tactics, including physical abuse and coercion, to force confessions from the five minors. The case they built was founded on false information and an overwhelming lack of physical evidence. As a result, five boys spent their formative years in prison until the charges were vacated in 2002 after the real perpetrator confessed to the crime and DNA evidence linking him to the crime was discovered."