Broken Politics and False Allegations | A Week in Review

Actor Jussie Smollett

Welcome to A Week in Review, a (mostly) weekly feature where we give you a quick rundown on what’s been going on in the world of politics, activism, and feminism. Because why read the news when you can read a highly condensed summary that essentially tells you the same thing?

Every Friday, we’ll be giving you a quick overview of the major stories from the past week, so you can stay informed without getting sucked into a never-ending cycle of depressing Twitter moments, angry threads, and controversial Hot Takes.

Trigger Warning: This week’s review contains mention of hate crimes, racism, and death.

Jussie Smollett allegedly made up his attack

At the end of January, actor and star or ‘Empire’ claimed he was the victim of a homophobic and racist hate crime in Chicago.

Following an investigation into the alleged attack, Smollett was arrested for allegedly inventing his attack and filing a false police report, prompting widespread discussion around Smollett, false accusations, and hate crimes in the US.

Many Black writers have written and Tweeted extensively about Smollett’s alleged hoax and the impact it has had and may continue to had, and we advise Nopebook readers to seek out voices from the Black and gay communities on this issue:

The 2020 US Presidential race is on

In recent weeks, yet more Democrats have announced they’ll be running for President in the US 2020 election, including Bernie Sanders (who lost the Democratic primaries to Hillary Clinton), Elizabeth Warren (who has angered Native communities in the past for claiming to have Native heritage), and Tulsi Gabbard (the first Hindu member of the US Congress).

Honestly, at this stage it’s hard to tell who’s going to be the front runner, exactly what they’re standing for, and whether 2020 is gonna be the year we finally “feel the vom” (insert vomit noises here). But needless to say, 2020 is set to be just a strange and exhausting election cycle as 2016 — although hopefully this race will have less corruption and cyber attacks.

British politics is properly broken

This week, British politics decided to distract us from the sh*t show that is Brexit and instead remind us that our entire system is, in fact, broken.

Eight Labour MPs and three Conservative MPs have now quit their parties in favour of a so-called ‘Independent Group’ which… doesn’t seem to really stand for anything except not liking their former party leaders.

As we hurtle towards March and Brexit Deadline Day (and beyond), it will be interesting to see if anyone in British politics will start actually doing their job, or if they’re all going to just keep resigning every five minutes.

Elsewhere in the news…

Renowned racist, misogynist, homophobe and fatphobe, Karl Lagerfeld, has died aged 85.

Mermaids, a charity that supports transgender children, teenagers and their families, has been awarded a £500,000 National Lottery grant.

Shamima Begum, the teenager who left the UK to join IS, has sadly had her British citizenship revoked.

New at The Nopebook

Politics journalist Hollie Stephens looked at what, if anything, the new Independent Group stands for.

Activist and Nopebook writer Ellen Jones asked the question: are your sex toys bodysafe?

Joe Tower rewatched classic film, Rocky, and concluded that it is not a film that stands up in this post-#MeToo world.

Health Editor and disabled activist, Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves, wrote about the new disabled Barbie that Mattel has released.
And finally, Media Editor, Becki Jayne Crossley, looked at what it takes to start a productive conversation about Mental Health.

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