Photo: 123Go Trailer/YouTube Four years after the immortal words , “There’s been a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture,” Damien Chazelle’s jazzsplainer La La Land continues its reign of terror. Last week, a new state-backed movie musical called The Wings of Songs dropped in Chinese theaters, and both the Guardian and the New York Times have reported that it is part of a government propaganda campaign to silence and disavow reports of forced labor, “reeducation” camps, and ethnic genocide against Uyghur Muslims in the province of Xinjiang. “Far from being oppressed, the musical seems to say, the Uyghurs and other minorities are singing and dancing happily in colorful dress, a flashy take on a tired Chinese stereotype about the region’s minorities that Uyghur rights activists quickly denounced,” reads the Times ’ description of the film. The Wings of Songs also scrubs its Uyghur characters of any Islamic signifiers, depicting them as fully … [Read more...] about China Based Its Xinjiang Agitprop Musical on
Last modified on Mar 19, 2021 12:49 GMT Bridie Wilkins Countess of Wessex house: see where Sophie Wessex lived before meeting Prince Edward, with her parents Christopher and Mary Rhys Jones. Sophie Wessex grew up on Homestead Farmhouse in Brenchley, Kent. The Countess lived there with her brother David and their parents Christopher and Mary, until she married Prince Edward in 1999, and the couple moved to Bagshot Park in Surrey . SEE: Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward's stunning home in Surrey will blow your mind Loading the player... WATCH: Sophie Wessex unveils kitchen inside Surrey home The house is a Grade II-listed 17th-century farmhouse with traditional thatched roofs, and four bedrooms inside. It was sold by Sophie's parents in 2001 for £600,000, and is now believed to be worth approximately £1million. MORE: Sophie Wessex reveals grandest room inside home with Prince Edward Homestead … [Read more...] about Sophie Wessex’s home before Prince Edward is dream staycation house
March 04, 2021 - 00:03 GMT Brandi Fowler 10 Amazon Explore virtual experiences to try: From tarot reading to taco making With an increasing number of vaccinations and the impending rise of vaccine availability, the light at the end of the proverbial coronavirus pandemic tunnel is getting a little brighter. Still, it’s not quite clear when we’ll be able to travel like we used to. MORE: Best things to do in London that will feel safe following COVID-1 As we continue to navigate this new normal, there are some new ways to experience the sights and sounds of international destinations we can’t reach at the moment (at least not the way we did pre-pandemic) via Amazon’s new Amazon Explore experiences. Go taco making in Mexico, tour Venice, and more with Amazon Explore The virtual experiences are led by local experts and are live-streamed directly to you at home. Users can choose from over 250 experiences from … [Read more...] about 10 Amazon Explore virtual experiences to try: From tarot reading to taco making
Photo-Illustration: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Much of Clubhouse is boring — or, at least, disproportionately filled with the awkward in-between of group interaction. This is far from a novel observation, and it’s an observation that continues to be made even as the attention and discourse around the audio chat app rose to fever pitch over the past few weeks. Pulling data from Apptopia, the New York Times reported that the app had been downloaded over four million times in the past month alone, which broadly corresponds with my own immediate networks. I started out the year with few outside my professional circles knowing what the app was; now, it’s something that gets brought up in my various Whatsapp groups every few days. That I personally find much of the app boring is a subjective contention, of course. I’m certain a substantial portion of the app’s user base would passionately differ from my assessment, and perhaps rightly so. I’ve only … [Read more...] about Does Clubhouse Mean Bad Things for Podcasting?
Photo: Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images While Sunday’s Last Week Tonight focused largely on the depressing truth about the plastics industry , host John Oliver kicked off the episode with a segment about last week’s Atlanta spa shootings , tackling anti-Asian racism and hate crimes against the Asian and Asian-American community in the United States. Following the tragedy, in which eight people were murdered, six of whom were Asian, many people posted the hashtag #StopAsianHate to their social media, including The View ’s own Meghan McCain . Which Oliver thought was pretty rich, considering McCain had publicly defended former President Trump over his insistence on calling COVID-19 “the China virus,” “the Wuhan flu,” or any number of variations there of. On Monday, McCain tweeted an apology for her defense of Trump’s anti-Asian bombast, acknowledging that “there is no doubt Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric fueled many of these attacks.” “I condemn the reprehensible … [Read more...] about Meghan McCain Apologizes for Aiding Former President Trump’s Anti-Asian Racism