GBA: Your News, From MTV to the Royal Baby
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are this week’s highlights:
The Return of Celebrity Deathmatch: If you grew up watching MTV sometime between 1998 and 2006, you’ve probably watched a celebrity die very violently via claymation in the hands of a rival. Celebrity Deathmatch matched up the A-list against each other to see who comes out on top. Watching Eminem and Kid Rock duke it out was a highlight of the Slim Shady days. The popular show did had its comebacks and cancellations over the years, but MTV announced this week that they’re bringing it back one more time. Updated for the digital world, the new Deathmatch will include all of those silly Tweet beefs that everyone wishes would come to real life. The show has always been highly satisfying for those who both love and hate the world of celebrity royalty. The satire and humor in the show has always been frank and honest, which is rare for MTV, so we can at least tip our hats to that.
Happy 4/20: Today is one of those unofficial holidays that no one wants to admit they love just yet. Happy 4/20, everyone, or Happy Holidaze. Marijuana has made some serious strides in the past couple years, from being legalized in a few states and Washinton D.C. to being more widely accepted in general society. The public is slowly starting to learn that THC and marijuana are not quite the demons that Reefer Madness pinned them to be. It seems almost every day someone comes up with another reason as to why marijuana is a natural healer and not the ultimate gateway drug. The truth is coming out and 4/20 is gaining more popularity each year. With that being said, go ahead and have a toke today (within reason of the laws in your state, of course) and just chillax, man.
Advertising Exhibit: Artist Hank Willis Thomas has recently put up an amazing and eye opening exhibit called Unbranded: A Century of White Women. The exhibit features photos from advertisements dating from 1915 to 2015. All the advertising has been taken away leaving only the image itself, and the photos speak volumes about the view of women over the past 100 years. In 2008, Thomas did a similar exhibit called Unbranded featuring images of African-Americans in the same context. It’s amazing how much one can learn about a society based on advertising and images. Thomas did an amazing job of outing advertising companies for exploitation and the negative images of women portrayed in our every day lives.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our everyday lives can be. Here is the not-so-good news.
Baltimore Investigation: The city of Baltimore is investigating the death of Freddie Gray, 25, who died in the hospital a week after sustaining injuries while in police custody. Gray was picked up by a police van, which may or may not have stopped a couple times between the spot of the arrest and the precinct. Evidence shows Gray conscious and speaking upon entering the van, and within a time frame of 15 minutes to an hour, the paramedics were called to the precinct. The mayor and the city claim that the officers involved are being held accountable, they are currently on leave of duty. It seems as though stories like this are headlining every day. But, instead of injustices, we’re finally seeing that people are being held responsible for their actions.
Tsunami in Japan: A tsunami warning was issued in Japan following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake 45 miles from land. Luckily, the warning was lifted after seas remained calm for over an hour. While a 6.8 is considered a strong earthquake on the Richter scale, the quake happened in very shallow waters, leaving little chance for a dangerous tsunami. Had the earthquake happened in deeper waters, the damage could have been devastating. Thankfully, no damage has been reported.
Stillbirths in El Salvador: Feminist activists and human rights workers are currently working on reforming some laws and beliefs in El Salvador. Women in the Central American country are being jailed for having miscarriages and still births, with sentences up to 50 years. Prosecutors are claiming that the women purposely did harm to kill their infants, as abortion is illegal in the country and enforced on a monumental level. Women are being charged with homicide for having a still born because the law states that life begins at conception. According to The Salvadoran Citizens’ Coalition for the Decriminalization of Abortion, 129 women have been prosecuted between 2000 and 2011 for “abortion crimes.” These women sit in overcrowded prisons alongside real murderers. Often times the women are not properly defended in their cases and are forced to serve years in prison. Other Central American countries like Nicaragua also have similar laws that politicians are just now starting to see that the matter is worth discussing.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh… here ya go.
Royal Baby #2: We all have a tendency to snoop into people’s lives. As much as we hate it, we love all of our social media for that reason. Just in case you missed the headlines, The Royal Family is about to get bigger. Kate Middleton is prego once again with her second royal baby. Does anyone really care? Probably not, except for the reporters who feel the need to write about it. But it’s something we can all discuss at the water cooler this week.
Presidential Candidates: We all love politics, right!?….Beuler?….So of course we all get really excited when the party candidates for the presidential election are announced. They’ve been trickling in slowly and their campaigns have stayed local for the most part. Of course, the debates and smear ads have yet to happen, but at least we now have some time to educate ourselves on each candidate before the decision process begins. So far, Democrats Hilary Clinton and Lincoln Chafee and Republicans Ben Carson and Ted Cruz are the main candidates who have announced that they will be running. Several other high profile politicians are of course waiting to be announced and the race hasn’t quite started, but we’ll be here to keep you informed.
Taxes!: Doing your taxes is one of the worst parts of being an adult. There’s a lot of number crunching, deductions that no one truly understands, and the hope that once its all said and done you’ll be handsomely rewarded with a refund. If you haven’t done your taxes yet, you’re in big trouble, Mister. Tax day was the 15th and of course tax services all over the country had their business shoot through the roof. It seems so odd that there is something out there that you are responsible for that is so difficult, several services exist to assist you. For those who were on top of their game, your returns hopefully have come and you’re currently planning some kind of summer vacation. For those of you who may have dropped the ball on this one, we wish you Good Luck on your extension.