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Yes, We Live In A World Where Donald Trump Only Listens To Celebrities

HUGE followings. HUGE.

Imagine someone telling you five years ago that a) Donald Trump was President of the United States and b) celebrities like Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian were helping him make really, really important decisions. You’d think they were either getting their wires very crossed, or they’d come into contact with some sort of mind-altering drug. 

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Alas, this is the reality of the world we currently live in, and although it sounds crazy, it’s not all bad.

ICYMI, three weeks ago rapper A$AP Rocky was arrested for assault after he was involved in a street fight in Sweden. Since his detainment, A$AP’s friends and famous followers including Tyga, Post Malone and Nicki Minaj have taken to social media in an attempt to convince authorities of his innocence with the hashtags #FreeASAP and #JusticeForRocky.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West also got involved in the persistent lobbying, but took their efforts one step further by getting President Trump on the phone to try and get A$AP Rocky freed.

“Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!” he tweeted late last week. 

It’s not the first time Kim Kardashian has reached out to Donald Trump for this kind of support. Last year, after Kardashian made a plea at the White House, Trump pardoned 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson who was sentenced to life in prison in 1996 for drug trafficking and money laundering, despite it being her first offence.

This year, the reality TV star helped free 17 federal prisoners by funding the 90 Days of Freedom Campaign, which allows some people imprisoned on federal drug offenses to seek sentence reductions, including those who are serving life terms.

Yesterday, Justin Bieber reached out to Trump via Twitter to chime in on rapper A$AP Rocky’s current incarceration and make a request of his own. “I want my friend out…I appreciate you trying to help him. But while you’re at it @realDonaldTrump can you also let those kids out cages?” Bieber tweeted. The singer was referencing an ongoing situation at the US-Mexico border, where some children are being held in detention centres.

Trump is yet to respond to Bieber’s tweet but it does remind us that despite the likelihood that the POTUS would be bombarded by thousands of similar requests on a daily basis, he’s more likely to take action when it comes from a celebrity. 

It’s truly wild to think that this is the world we live in, but at least there is comfort in knowing these celebs are aiming to use their platforms to push for positive change and shine a light on injustices that need immediate attention.

The NRL's Finally Putting Women At The Centre Of The Game And Bob Katter Isn't Happy About It

He dropped the word "sheilas" a lot.

According to Bob Katter, “nothing is sacred anymore” when it comes to female referees in NRL.

The politician and Akubra enthusiast appeared on TODAY, where he was asked for his thoughts on Belinda Sharpe’s recent appointment as the first female referee in NRL history.

Congratulations, Belinda!

After dropping far too many “sheilas” for anyone’s liking, Katter tried to make the point that he was “very handsome when he was younger,” and that “we don’t want women playing football, because they’ll have a nose like mine.”

We’re confused as well.

Host Allison Langdon, author Nikki Gemmell – and the rest of Australia – were left in utter disbelief from Katter’s strange and rather offensive comments, but it didn’t end there.

With one final flourish he said: “It is a bit hard to see how you can referee properly if you are not playing football,” completely ignoring the fact that women’s rugby league is a thing that well and truly exists here in Australia.

In 2018, a new era for Women’s Rugby League began, with the formation of the Elite Women’s Squad, multiple events including the Women’s National Championship, Women’s Premiership, and Women’s State of Origin, not to mention that fact that girls’ rugby league is becoming the fastest-growing sport, according to News.com.au.

Yeah the girls.

Let’s not forget it’s not Sharpe’s first time as a ref, either. She became an NRL touch judge in 2014 and officiated in that capacity at the 2017 World Cup.

“If my role in just doing my job week in week out can inspire other people to become involved, particularly other females to become involved as referees, then that’s something I’m proud of,” Sharpe told SMH.

It’s something we should all be proud of. Hats off to her.

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