It’s the weekend! And it’s a looonngggg weekend!!! What better way to celebrate that with a round-up of this week’s buzziest controversies? From the Jenners to the Hadids, here’s everything that’s been shaking the web.
China doesn’t want Gigi Hadid to walk in the VS show
THE STORY: Remember when Gigi Hadid came under fire for racism? The drama went down in February, when Gigi’s sister Bella posted a snapchat of the supermodel holding a buddha statue and doing squinty eyes. Six months later, and Gigi has been announced as one of the models to walk in the annual Victoria Secret fashion show, which will be taking place in Shanghai for the first time.
— Tian_C (@Tiancai771) August 30, 2017
#Gigi Hadid racist#
We welcome anyone. But we don't want Gigi Hadid come to China. Gigi Hadid is a racist. And her mother is a racist too.
— Baracklay (@baracklay) August 31, 2017
— bummerbobo (@summerzhangtian) August 30, 2017
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Gigi has never made a public apology for the offensive gesture, but one fan posted this alleged private explanation from the model. The best way to overcome ignorance is exposure — China should be welcoming Gigi to show them their culture. That said, she needs to apologize before landing in Shanghai. Disabling the comments on her Instagram account isn’t a long-term solution to avoiding haters.
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Melania Trump wore high heels to Hurricane Harvey
THE STORY: Melanie Trump touched down in Houston, Texas
And here we have Melania Trump modeling what NOT to wear to a hurricane: 5-inch stilettos.
How out of touch can you be? pic.twitter.com/tZR8o3dYxY
— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 29, 2017
Melania. Is. Wearing. Six. Inch. Stiletto. Heels. To. Visit. A. Disaster. Zone.
These. People. Just….These. People. https://t.co/g6d4zGqWZU
— emigre80 (@emigre80) August 29, 2017
What was your first clue that this Texas trip was to be nothing more than a fake, useless photo op? Was it Melania's six-inch spike heels? pic.twitter.com/vUXivDDvLV
— (((Jeff Tiedrich))) (@jefftiedrich) August 29, 2017
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Politics and devastating natural disasters aside, that’s a pretty killer outfit. And let’s be real, are heels that high ever practical? Pretence is everything here: instead of offering an expression of empathy, the first lady gave us a fashion moment. Melanie wasn’t in Texas to look good, she was there to help victims and show sympathy. She did, of course, change into a bright white pair of Stan Smiths shortly after arriving.
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Lord of the Flies is being remade … with girls
THE STORY: The popular book (that you probably read in high school) is being re-imaged with deserted little girls instead of deserted little boys. The new film is being directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel — who, yes, are both men.
imagine having such little interest in seeking out original stories about girlhood by women that you remake LORD OF THE FLIES with girls
— JamesHurleyVEVO (@soalexgoes) August 30, 2017
An all women remake of Lord of the Flies makes no sense because… the plot of that book wouldn't happen with all women.
— roxane gay (@rgay) August 31, 2017
lord of the flies is about the pitfalls of masculinity. don't bring the women into this, we don't care about your ass-mar
— savannah brown (@savannxhb) August 31, 2017
Lord of the Flies starring only girls: "Girls get marooned on an island. Band together to find food, shelter, rescue. Nobody dies. The end."
— Clara Mae (@ubeempress) August 30, 2017
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Are every single one of these criticisms valid? Yes. This is, after all, a story about toxic-masculinity. Maybe that’s the point though? With the cast gender-swapped, maybe the events will play out differently and the Lordess of the Flies will further critique the original’s critique of the patriarchy. We’ll just have to wait and see the film before making judgements.
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Kendall Jenner wins “Fashion Icon of the Decade Award”
THE STORY: Fashion website The Daily Front Row has named Kendall Jenner “Fashion Icon of the Decade” as part of its annual Fashion Media Awards.
If Kendall Jenner is fashion icon of the decade then I think I too should be considered for the Aeropostale polos I wore when I was 11
— Catherine Wood (@catherinewould) August 30, 2017
Rih is more of a fashion icon than Kendall and she's not even a professional model like that. pic.twitter.com/5bBddczhJp
— EYE DELIVUH (@newwrulez) August 29, 2017
im Jared im 19 and I never fucking learned why Kendall Jenner is actually seen as deserving of the fashion icon of the decade title
— grace (@soIutionburnit) August 30, 2017
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: A decade ago, Kendall Jenner was 11-years-old. That said, she (and her klan) have had a massive impact on the fashion industry. In defence of the award the website told the Huffington Post this:
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A very sexist Hurricane Harvey tweet
THE STORY: Blogger Matt Walsh turned a photograph of a life-saving mission — featuring a man carrying a woman carrying a child — into a statement about gender roles.
Can we not just appreciate a kind gesture from a gentleman WITHOUT making it a gender issue?
— Sara Denman (@sara_elizzy548) August 28, 2017
wizard cradles and protects wand. giant carries & protects both. This is how it ought to be, despite what your gender studies professor says pic.twitter.com/jCDmBRXeH9
— jamie (@ASVPJVMIE) August 29, 2017
Oh so let's say a man is hurt, should I not protect him and carry him to safety because that's not how it "ought" to be?
— Hanna Fridén (@HannaFriden) August 29, 2017
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: I’m just going to leave the response from gender studies professor, Christina Wolbrecht, here.
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