By BULLSH!T TEAM
Welcome to our new weekly news feature, the Sunday Wrap Up. We’ll bring you up to speed with the top 5 stories of the week, and it’ll only take five minutes of your time to catch up to speed with the news globally and locally.
Without further ado…
1) ABBOTT OPENS MOUTH, CITIZENS LOSE BRAIN CELLS:
Surprising absolutely nobody, Tony Abbott revealed another card in his ongoing fight to make Australia the most backwards thinking country in the Western world, with plans to reinstate archaic divorce laws that were ditched back in 1975. Yes, Mr. Abbott is reach back nearly four decades into the past for inspiration on taking Australia forward. As ABC news puts it, “The act, dropped in 1975, required aggrieved spouses to prove offences like adultery, habitual drunkenness or cruelty to be granted a divorce”
To put it simply, Abbott is seeking to recreate laws that would force unhappy couples to stay in unhappy with situations, raising children in unhappy environments. Because the sanctity of marriage and whatnot. When pressed for justification, Mr. Abbott had this to say: “The point I make….is that a society that is moving towards some kind of recognition of gay unions, for instance, is surely capable of providing additional recognition to what might be thought of as traditional marriage”.
Mr. Abbott has invoked a gay marriage platform of which he does not in any way to support to strengthen the case for divorce laws. Australia waits with baited breath to see how the opposition leader will shoot himself in the foot next.
2) FROM RUSSIA, WITHOUT LOVE:
If you haven’t seen the news lately, things in Russia are getting pretty dire. For a world that is moving closer and closer towards equal rights and fairness for its LGBTI citizens, a recent law passed by the country has seen a total ban on “homosexual propaganda”, with President Putin calling for the arrest of anyone who is openly gay, or supportive of gay rights.
Perhaps even more alarming is this weeks revelation that the government have absolutely no qualms with arresting tourists who dare to speak out – to the extent where it’s suggested that even something as minor as a rainbow flag stuck to a backpack would be enough to land a fine of up to 200,000 rubles (nearly $7,000 AUD). Pro-gay tourists also face detainment for up to 14 days, as well as potential deportation from the country.
Putin claims not that these new laws are discriminatory to gay and lesbian citizens, but rather that they are there to “protect children from pedophilia”.
Not cool, Russia.
3) STAR OF GLEE, FOUND DEAD AT 31:
Canadian actor, Cory Monteith, has been found dead in a city hotel, Vancouver police announced earlier today. The star of the hit series Glee was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel at about noon on Saturday. Playing football jock turned singer sensation Finn Hudson in four seasons of the TV series about a high school Glee club, Monteith has openly admitted to battling with drug addiction in the past, checking into rehab in April this year.
Police state there was no indication of foul play, and an autopsy is reported to be carried out on Monday.
31-year-old Monteith has been dating fellow Glee actress Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) for over a year, and alleged reports are surfacing that the couple were actually engaged and due to wed in two weeks time.
While the cause of death is unknown, it can be said today is a very sad day for all Gleeks out there. RIP Cory Monteith and thanks for showing us it was cool to dance and sing and give no fucks what anybody thought about you.
4) IT DON’T MATTER IF YOU’RE BLACK OR WHITE?
Michael Jackson may have sung the words, but if the latest trial in America is anything to go by, it looks like it may just matter if you’re black or white.
George Zimmerman has been not guilty by a Florida jury of the 2012 shooting of an unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. The case has drawn international attention due to its implications on race and guns.
Zimmerman claims he shot the teenager in self-defence, with jurors hearing contrasting stories of the events that panned out that fateful day in February 2012 that left Martin dead from a single gunshot wound through the heart. Martin was carrying only a bag of skittles, can of iced tea and $40 in cash at the time of the shooting. Prosecutors argued that Zimmerman profiled, pursued and murdered Martin, while Zimmerman claims that it was all an act of self-defence after Martin punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and threatened to kill him.
The non guilty verdict is predicted to trigger a fierce debate over self defence laws and once again, gun control in America.
One cannot help but think of a similar case in 2007, where John H. White, 54, was found guilty of manslaughter for shooting an unarmed teenager in what he also claims was self-defence. The difference with this case? The shooter was black, the unarmed teenager white.
5) BRITAIN STAMPS OUT CIGARETTE PLAIN PACKAGING PLANS:
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday that his government would be postponing their proposed introduction of plain cigarette packaging, pending further investigation of its effectiveness. The backflip has renewed the nation’s debate between commercial competition and public health, as well as brought into question the influence of Britain’s Big Four tobacco companies.
Liberal Democrats have called for the removal of Lynton Crosby, an advisor to Cameron. Crosby, who is thought to be behind the decision, has connections to Britain’s Big Four tobacco companies and Australia’s Liberal National Party, who also oppose plain packaging. The move leaves Australia as the only country with complete enforcement of plain packaging.