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Wednesday, May 5 2021


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Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy and you’re a slut and you’re a whore. If I am, then I’m proud. Me and all the girls are hoes, and f**k it, y’know? Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin – or not – should not take any respect away from you.

That’s singer Billie Ellish making a powerful statement in support of body positivity—and responding to raised eyebrows over her latest Vogue cover, where she is dressed in a revealing body con dress and Marilyn Monroe-esque blonde hair. Why the raised eyebrows: Ellish was widely praised for her baggy clothes and green hair—which was widely praised as bucking the pressure to look sexy. In other kicking-ass news: Britney Spears took BBC News and New York Times to task for their documentaries on her life—which she described as “hypocritical.”

Big Story

The sudden IPL shutdown

The TLDR: The Indian Premier League has decided to indefinitely postpone the 2021 season after a flurry of new Covid cases. A wise decision but why did the much vaunted bio bubble burst?

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Nope, social media isn’t bad for kids
  • Spanish chocolatiers recreating Pablo Picasso’s ‘Guernica’
  • The great pandemic update: Time for a lockdown?
  • Bengal election update

 

A list of curious facts

  • Best friends are saying ‘I do’ in “platonic marriages”
  • The world’s first fully floating island city in the Maldives
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