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Twitter Users Hijack Trump’s Special Day By Making ‘All Birthdays Matter’

Here's his cake, eat it too.

Donald Trump celebrated his 74th birthday on Sunday the 14th of June – but not everyone was in the mood to party with the POTUS. In fact, Trump’s birthday got totally hijacked by a bunch of very clever Twitter users keen to divert the attention elsewhere. Hear all about it below:

On Sunday, the hashtag ‘All Birthdays Matter’ began trending as a cheeky nod to the offensive ‘All Lives Matter’ movement and as a genius way of honouring former POTUS Barack Obama.

In another expert twist of the knife, phrases like ‘Obama Day June 14th’, ‘Obama Appreciation Day’, ‘Obama Day USA’ and ‘Happy Birthday Obama’ started picking up steam on Twitter.

Even celebrities jumped on the All Birthdays Matter bandwagon, including Billy Baldwin, Ken Jeong and George Takei, who tweeted, “I’d say happy birthday to Donald on his special day, but after all, #AllBirthdaysMatter.”

He later added, “Oh, how you are missed, Mr. President. What do you miss most about Barack Obama, friends? #ObamaDayJune14,” along with a video of the former president.

Other Twitter users posted the All Birthdays Matter hashtag to continue shining a light on police brutality and those who have died as a result, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and so many more.

It’s not the first time Twitter ‘stans’ have hijacked a tag to raise awareness and reclaim power over offensive trends. When the White Lives Matter hashtag began trending earlier this month, k-pop fans quickly flooded Twitter with fancams of their favourite artists to draw attention to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Around the same time, Twitter user @alluregaga posted ‘EXPOSING LANA DEL REY; a thread.” The tweet quickly attracted attention and soon, del Rey’s name was trending on the social media platform. However, when fans clicked in to read the thread, it had nothing to do with the singer.

In a genius move, @alluregaga used the thread to promote campaigns raising money for Black Lives Matter including the Minnesota Freedom Fund, the National Bail Fund Network and more.

It just goes to show that despite the money and power held by social media execs, and the negative rhetoric that floods our feeds from the likes of Trump – people still have the power to change the conversation for the better.

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You Can't Binge 'Little Britain' On Netflix Anymore, And For Good Reason

It has not aged well.

If ‘cancel culture’ has taught us anything, it’s that in 2020, there is nowhere to hide your problematic actions and statements – past or present. It’s something the BBC is grappling with, in deciding to remove the TV series Little Britain from streaming platforms like Netflix. Hear all about it below:

According to The Guardian, Little Britain has been removed from Netflix, BritBox and BBC iPlayer due to concerns about the use of blackface by its two leads, David Walliams and Matt Lucas.

Sketches involving blackface haven’t been Little Britain’s only cause for concern since the show first aired in 2003. It’s been heavily criticised over the years for featuring damaging stereotypes and representations of women and disabled people, amongst other problematic characters.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, BBC said, “there’s a lot of historical programming available on BBC iPlayer, which we regularly review. Times have changed since Little Britain first aired so it is not currently available on BBC iPlayer.” 

Even Little Britain star Matt Lucas regrets some of the ‘jokes’ he made on the show. “If I could go back and do Little Britain again, I wouldn’t make those jokes about transvestites. I wouldn’t play black characters,” he told The Guardian in 2017. “Basically, I wouldn’t make that show now. It would upset people. We made a more cruel kind of comedy than I’d do now.”

“Society has moved on a lot since then and my own views have evolved,” he said. “There was no bad intent there – the only thing you could accuse us of was greed. We just wanted to show off about what a diverse bunch of people we could play.”

Whether it was showcasing a ‘diverse bunch of people’ or not, there’s absolutely no denying that Little Britain has not aged well. As Vice’s Angus Harrison wrote in 2018, “what’s staggering re-watching Little Britain now is that it only punched down.”

“The writing process for every sketch seems to have been spinning a wheel of misfortune, landing a vulnerable subject from the most disadvantaged rung of British society and turning them into a cartoon character,” Harrison wrote. “It was a point and laugh job, nothing more.”

The Guardian reports that Walliams and Lucas’ follow-up series Come Fly With Me has also been removed from streaming platforms.

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Is Prince Andrew Being As Helpful To Jeffrey Epstein Case As He Says He Is?

Prosecutors say he's "falsely" portraying himself as helpful.

Last year, Prince Andrew appeared on BBC’s Newsnight in an attempt to explain his relationship with convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. It was an absolute trainwreck interview and ultimately, resulted in the Prince stepping down from royal duties. Fast-forward to this week and it looks like the PR nightmare is continuing as US prosecutors look for Prince Andrew’s cooperation in the ongoing Jeffrey Epstein investigation. Hear all about it below:

According to multiple reports, the US Department of Justice filed a ‘mutual legal assistance’ (MLA) request to the Home office which would require Prince Andrew to appear in a UK court as a witness or give evidence within months. 

A source told The Sun, “It’s a huge statement of intent from the US and it moves Andrew into the realms of a criminal investigation. It’s also frankly a diplomatic nightmare.”

“It puts the UK government in a very difficult position – and the Duke of York even more so.” 

Prince Andrew’s lawyers have insisted that the Duke has offered to help with the inquiry into Jeffrey Epstein on “at least three occasions” but US prosecutors vehemently reject those claims.

In a statement, US attorney Geoffrey Berman accused Prince Andrew of “falsely portraying” himself as helpful to the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein.

Berman said the Prince “has not given an interview to federal authorities, has repeatedly denied our request to schedule such an interview, and nearly four months ago informed us unequivocally – through the very same counsel who issues today’s release – that he would not come in for such an interview.”

“If Prince Andrew is, in fact, serious about cooperating with the ongoing federal investigation, our doors remain open, and we await word of when we should expect him,” he added.

ICYMI, Prince Andrew has been heavily criticised for his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein – a convicted sex offender who took his own life in jail last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficiking and conspiracy charges.

During his Newsnight interview, the Duke denied allegations of sexual abuse and claimed he has “no recollection of ever meeting” victim Virginia Giuffre via Jeffrey Epstein, despite mounting evidence that suggested otherwise. 

Prince Andrew also played down his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. At one point during the interview, he admitted to staying at Epstein’s mansion in 2010 after Epstein had been convicted of sex offences against a minor, claiming the location was “a convenient place to stay.”

Despite claims he’s helped US prosecutors with the Jeffrey Epstein investigation on multiple occasions, Prince Andrew has also denied ever being close to the convicted sex offender – so how helpful is he actually being?

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