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A Seesaw Has Been Installed At The Mexico Border And It's Literally Breaking Through Barriers

"What happens in one place has an impact on another."

Breaking down cultural barriers is no easy feat, but two geniuses have managed to come close by installing a hot pink seesaw at the US-Mexico border.

Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, who are the co-founders of the studio Rael San Fratello, came up with the “Teetertotter Wall” which originally began in 2009 as conceptual drawings.

In an Instagram post, Rael explained that bringing the seesaw to life has been “one of the most incredible experiences of my and [San Fratello’s] career,” and that putting it together was “an event filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the border wall.”

“The wall became a literal fulcrum for US-Mexico relations and children and adults that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side,” he wrote.

The installment of the seesaws couldn’t have come at a more pivotal time, considering recent reports of the mistreatment of migrants at the US border stations. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that more than 900 migrant children have been separated from their families over the past year.

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services has weighed in on the Rael and San Fratello’s Teetertotter Wall, writing on Twitter, “Art is such a powerful vehicle for change.”

“A beautiful installation at our southern border that reminds us that: “Actions that take place on one side have direct consequences on the other…We are all connected. We are all one.”

It’s a moving message of unity and shows that making meaningful connections with one another will only make the world a better place. 

The 1975's New Single Is A Huge Slap In The Face For Climate Change Deniers

Time to wake up.

Instead of blessing us with yet another banger, British band The 1975 have released a new single containing a very powerful and important message about climate change.

The track features 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg speaking over the band’s minimal background music: “We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis. And we need to call it what it is. An emergency.”

“We must acknowledge that we do not have the situation under control and that we don’t have all the solutions yet. Unless those solutions mean that we simply stop doing certain things,” she continued.

“We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now is the time to speak clearly.”

“…So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel,” she ended her moving speech.

Thunberg announced via social media that all profits from the release of the track will go to socio-political movement Extinction Rebellion.

The young activist addressed legislators at France’s parliament this week where she told them to “unite behind the science” of climate change, and said “you don’t have to listen to us, but you do have to listen to the science.”

Greta Thunberg. Credit: Micah Garen/Getty Images

Thunberg’s words couldn’t have come at a more pivotal time. According to BBC news, action will need to be taken in the next 18 months to deal with the global heating crisis, amongst other environment concerns. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that to keep the rise of global temperatures below 1.5C this century, we would need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 45% by 2030. 

Clearly, we’re seriously running out of time, and every little action we take now is critical.

Anna Wintour Threw Shade At Melania Trump And Crowned Michelle Obama As Queen In One Fell Swoop

A mood.

Anna Wintour has absolutely zero tolerance for beating around the bush. I mean, she wasn’t the alleged inspiration for Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada for nothing. 

Pure sass. Credit: Giphy

Wintour’s recent interview on The Economist’s podcast was no exception, especially the moment when she threw high fashion shade at Melania Trump and praised former FLOTUS Michelle Obama in one fell swoop.

During a conversation about politics and fashion, interviewer Anne McElvoy suggested President Trump dresses “deliberately off trend,” while Melania is “…much more put together.” She also noted that Melania had made an effort to wear British designers during a recent trip to the UK, and asked Wintour if she “valued that.”

Safe to say, Wintour wasn’t having it.
Credit: Giphy

“I think the first lady Michelle Obama really was so incredible. In every decision she made about fashion” Wintour said, completely side-stepping any mention of Melania. “She supported young American designers, she supported designers indeed from all over the world. She was the best ambassador that this country could possibly have in many ways way beyond fashion.”

McElvoy said, “but she’s not the first lady now, so what about the one that you’ve got now?” and Wintour simple responded, “To me, she is the example that I admire.”

Wow. I’m not the only one who was living for the shade, either:

It’s not the first time Wintour has proven herself as the personification of not giving an eff. During a segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2017, Wintour was asked who she would “never invite back to the Met Gala.” To avoid having to eat something disgusting, Wintour said, “Donald Trump.” 

And just this year, the Vogue icon even threw subtle, yet polite, shade at the Kardashians when she was asked what she thinks of the famous family. “You have to admire how they’ve created an empire though their personalities, and the creative genius of their mother. And how they live the way they do. I cannot possibly understand or fathom living so much in the public eye, but obviously it works.”

DGAF. Credit: Giphy

Sounds like Anna Wintour will always speak her mind, and if it means crowning Michelle Obama reigning queen, we’re here for it.

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