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Turns Out Trump Wasn’t Joking, Is Legit Slowing Down COVID-19 Testing

What a load of covfefe.

Just when you thought Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic couldn’t get any worse, he’s decided to slow down testing. Don’t ask…

Donald Trump has complained many times about how COVID-19 testing makes him look bad, but his actions and his justification at this point, are just laughable.

During his Tulsa rally last weekend, you know the one that was mostly empty because of the work of k-pop stans and TikTok users, Donald Trump made a bold claim regarding COVID-19 testing. He said, “Testing is a double-edged sword… Here’s the bad part. When you do testing…. you will find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’” 

We spoke about this Trump rally on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

We understand that Donald Trump is threatened by the infection figures in the States, for political reasons, but the idea of pulling federal testing support, including from new Southern hot spots, is just idiotic. And yet, that’s exactly what he’s done. 

Now, this isn’t the first time Donald Trump has made this argument to the public, only when that happened in the past, even the White House staff tried to downplay his remarks as a joke. But, the thing is, he wasn’t joking and he confirmed that by saying “I don’t kid.”

So now, even though the percentage of positive cases is now rising again in the States, Trump is pulling funding. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will pull funding from over 12 drive-through testing sites across five states at the end of June. One of those States is Texas which has become somewhat of a COVID-19 hotspot because it was largely spared in the initial months of the outbreak. 

This news comes after the United States just recorded a new daily peak for new cases, with 38,672 in a single day. Honestly, we’re not sure how to react anymore. 

It’s clear that Donald Trump cares about his public image more than anything else at this point. We mean, why else would he go on a 10-minute rant about walking down a ramp? Only this PR stunt, to ensure that America has less COVID-19 cases on paper, is actually putting more lives at risk. 

But, we’re not surprised. Remember in March when Donald Trump was reluctant to let in a cruise ship with infected passengers because he “like(d) the numbers being where they (were).” The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has reached nearly 125,000.

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How Exactly Did Coon Cheese Get Its Name In The First Place?

It's causing a lot of controversy.

From his comments on racial prejudice in the Australian film scene to his comments on Coon cheese, Josh Thomas has been in the news a lot within the past 24 hours. Earlier today, we reported on Josh Thomas’ 2016 comments regarding diversity in the industry resurfacing, but now we’re shifting gears to something he Tweeted just a few days ago. 

On Sunday, Josh Thomas tweeted a stock-photo of a Coon cheese packet with the caption, “Hey Australia – are we still chill with this?” You can see the tweet from the Please Like Me creator here. 

Since this image had been uploaded, the post has gone viral and prompted a nation-wide discussion around why the cheese-brand resembles that of a racial slur.

We spoke about the Black Lives Matter movement on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Plenty of responders have criticised Josh Thomas for his views with many people calling him “precious” or “stupid.” with one person trying to kickstart the hashtag ‘Leftism is a mental illness.’ Having said that, Josh’s post has attracted quite a few likes and retweets suggesting support for his views. 

So why is Coon cheese called “Coon” cheese? The company hasn’t made an official statement following the discourse that has arisen from Josh Thomas’ tweet but their website offers an explanation to where the brand name originates from. According to the Coon cheese website, the “brand name recognises the work of an American, Edward William Coon, who patented a unique ripening process that was used to manufacture the original Coon Cheese.”

The website then goes onto explain, “The manufacturing of Coon Cheese in Australia commenced in November 1935 and continued through to December 1942, when production ceased because of the war. It recommenced in June 1948 at Allansford in the Western District of Victoria, and at Quinalow on the Darling Downs in Queensland. At that time, it was made in traditional red waxed cloth wrapped 7 lb ‘Rounds’. ‘Red Coon’, as it was known, became popular for its mature flavour and texture.”

Josh Thomas is seemingly aware of Coon cheese’s origins as he followed up his tweet by saying, “It’s amazing the respect people have for the name of a man who invented a processing technique of cheese – who died in 1934. And the disrespect they have for Black people.” He has since followed this up with a series of Tweets defending his opinion. These are a few of them.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Australia has had this discussion.

According to news.com.au, Indigenous academic, writer and activist Dr Stephen Hagan had repeatedly protested against Coon cheese’s name, with the most recent instant in 2008. Dr Stephen Hagan didn’t seem to believe the backstory that Coon cheese has provided, telling AAP at the time: “Initially, Dairy Farmers said it was named after Edward Coon, who revolutionised the speeding process of making cheese… If they can prove to me that Edward Coon was a famous cheesemaker, I will drop my campaign.”

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Enjoy The Pure Sass From The US Supreme Court Ruling On LGBT+ Workers

Come through, Supreme Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled in favour of the LGBT+ community in a historic victory and yes, the internet is living for it.

The case we’re talking about concerned whether or not the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (specifically Title VII, which bars employment discrimination based on race, religion, national origin and sex) also happened to encompass the LGBTQIA+ community. Turns out, it does. 

Speaking of the LGBTQIA+ community, we spoke to the founder of ‘Heaps Gay’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

The victory may not have been a landslide with a six-to-three verdict, but it is the biggest victory for the LGBTQIA+ community in America since their fight for marriage equality in 2015.

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote: “Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender. The answer is clear. An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”

For the first time ever, the U.S. Supreme Court has extended federal workplace protections to LGBTQIA+ workers across the nation, so as you can imagine the Internet is stoked. 

Firstly, the Internet celebrated Justice Neil Gorsuch for their statement with some customised merchandise. 

The Internet also utilised recently-discovered LGBT+ icon, Spongebob Squarepants to express their excitement.

A Twitter user decided this was going to be his new way of walking into shareholder meetings and we have no choice but to stan…

Don’t forget the iced coffee. Never forget the iced coffee…

And finally, Twitter provided us with a little bit of insight to their new strut. 

Three LGBT cases were heard in the Supreme Court. The first was Altitude Express Inc v Zarda and the second was Bostock v Clayton county. In both of these cases, gay men alleged that they were fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation. The third was RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes v EEOC. All cases concerned whether banned employment discrimination against sex also applied to LGBTQ+ workers.

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