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Highlights Of The Week

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We witnessed a roll of call-outs this week as ethical offenders were put in their place. From learning that one cannot play ignorant of the changing times and events to learning lessons the hard way, here is a rundown of the week:


No To Racism
TikTok user Stephanie Freeman has come under the heat together with her boyfriend Jeffery Hume after posting a video on TikTok depicting blacks as people without a future. The video featured them mimicking the creation of blacks which was written as N**gers and using generally offensive labels. The labels include: ‘don’t have a dad’, ‘Rob people’, and ‘Go to jail’ amongst others. After getting expelled and having her admission withdrawn from her prospective university, Freeman threw her boyfriend under the bus. She alleged that he promised not to post the video sparking conversations on hidden racism.

Fashion And Decency
When does fashion cross the line of decency? An Indonesian fashion designer just found out when he came under heavy criticism for a fashion handbag he allegedly created from alligator tongues and an “ethically sourced” human spine. It is interesting that the designer Arnold Putra first showcased the handbag in 2016 but it took a recent tweet about it for it to go viral. The unusual bag has a description that reads “alligator tongue and human osteoporosis spine bag by me” and has a price of $5000. Many have since slammed the fashion accessory as “a moral abomination.”

A man in India has cut off his tongue in an attempt to appease a deity and stop the spread of the coronavirus. Vivek Sharma, 24, who works as a stonecutter with his brother Shivam and seven others at the Bhavani Mata temple in Suigam, became gravely worried about the deadly disease. To fix this problem, Sharma claimed he was going to the market, but did not return to the temple. When his brother called him, a person answered and told him that the now unconscious Sharma had sliced off his tongue at the Nadeshwari temple in Gujarat. He has since been hospitalised

The Kenyan police have arrested 17 partygoers including three politicians at a club in Nyeri town, Kenya during the coronavirus lockdown. The politicians who were members of the County Assembly (MCA) were part of the 17 revellers who were nabbed at the house which they had reportedly converted into a club. When they were nabbed, some of the suspects attempted fleeing by jumping through the electric fence while others hid under the furniture. Just as the Nyeri Central Sub County Police boss Paul Kuria disclosed that all the suspects, including the officers, would be charged in a court of law over their actions.

No To Sexual Harassment Skits
The Nigerian twitter space went aflame after social media comedian Nasty Blaq released a skit that appeared to promote sexual harassment.
In the controversial skit captioned “This lockdown has affected my eyes”, the underlying meaning of Nasty Blaq’s actions in the skit is not lost on social media users who promptly called out the comedian for encouraging sexual harassment. In his defence, he posted the second part of the video, insisting that it was not his intention to encourage such a message. If Blaq, who is not a first-time offender, will change this time, we’d see.

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