From Bruce Willis’ health decline to Will Smith’s slap at the 2022 Oscars, this week’s news changed rapidly.

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BRUCE WILLIS’ HEALTH DECLINE SUSPECTED BY COWORKERS

After it was revealed that Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with aphasia, directors and actors on his recent films spoke out about his condition on set. Director Mike Burns shared that the actor struggled to remember his lines, had to have his parts reduced, and fired a prop gun on the wrong cues on multiple occasions.

In a detailed Los Angeles Times report conducted with over a dozen film employees, many of his peers and coworkers expressed concern for the action star regarding his well-being. The action star has since stepped away from filming due to his declining health, which his daughter Rumer Willis announced on Instagram Wednesday.

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

WILL SMITH SLAPPED CHRIS ROCK AT THE OSCARS

It was the highlight of the Academy Awards, for better or worse, when Will Smith went up on the Oscar stage and angrily slapped comedian Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife’s baldness. According to The New York Times, the incident helped double the ratings from last year’s all-time low viewership. This year’s award show drew roughly 16.6 million viewers and 22.7 million interactions on social media.

MARVEL’S MOON KNIGHT PREMIERED ON DISNEY+

The latest addition to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Moon Knight, premiered its first episode of a limited series on Disney+ this Wednesday. The newly introduced costumed hero, played by Star Wars’ Oscar Isaac, should come out of left field for viewers, as Marvel digs deep into the catalog for fresh faces to dazzle audiences.

Oscar Isaac said he was excited to share more of a “character study” with fans, by playing the Egyptian-themed hero who suffers from a rare kind of dissociative identity disorder. Possessed by the Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon, Marc Spector becomes the “Moon Knight,” and fights crime in New York City on a spookier level, including werewolves, vampires, and other ancient Egyptian deities. Episodes will premiere weekly for Disney+ subscribers.

KYRIE IRVING RETURNED AFTER VAX MANDATE WAS LIFTED

After New York City Mayor Eric Adams lifted the vaccination mandate for athletes, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving was able to return to play on his home court this week. The former NBA All-Star was previously only allowed to play away games in cities with no vaccination mandate, after Kyrie refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

The move dashed a lot of fans’ hopes for a championship alongside Kevin Durant, but the Brooklyn basketball team looks like it will still be able to secure a spot in the playoffs with Kyrie on the court, now that he has returned in near-full capacity. Some cities, such as Toronto, still have their vaccination mandates in effect.

AMERICANS ALLOWED TO MARK GENDER AS ‘X’ ON PASSPORTS

The State Department announced on Thursday that Americans will now be able to mark their gender as “X” on passports, along with many other inclusionary fixes to federal documents in the United States. The plan was announced last summer but took until late March to be approved.

The changes will go into effect starting April 11, and will also include driver’s licenses, birth certificates, and other federal forms. The move will make it easier for trans and gender-nonconforming individuals to identify themselves during travel and doctor’s visits.

Damage from Russian bombings in Mariupol, Ukraine
Damage from Russian bombings in Mariupol, Ukraine. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

MARIUPOL MAYOR CALLED FOR EVACUATION IN UKRAINE

Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko urged citizens to evacuate the city after weeks of bombardment from Russian forces laid waste to the Ukrainian city. According to CNN, hundreds of thousands of residents were forced from their homes and an unknown number of civilians were killed as Russian soldiers entered the port city.

Evacuation corridors in the city had also largely come under the control of Russian forces, according to Mayor Boichenko, who apologized to his people. “Unfortunately, we are in the hands of the occupiers today,” he said in a live interview. “Not everything is in our power.”

UKRAINIAN GUARD ROMAN HRYBOV HONORED WITH MEDAL

Ukrainian border guard Roman Hrybov was honored with a medal of bravery this week after he was recovered as part of a prisoner exchange with Russian soldiers. The guard, stationed on Snake Island, was on the front lines of the Russian attack when it began on Thursday, Feb. 24, and his military outpost was quickly captured.

Honored with a medal provided by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Roman Hrybov inspired many citizens to stand up against Putin. The guard radioed for a Russian warship to “go f**k yourself” instead of surrendering. The saying, plastered on stamps, posters, and shared all over social media, soon became a rallying cry for the county.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed the 'Don't Say Gay' Bill
Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

DESANTIS SIGNED ‘DON’T SAY GAY’ BILL

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed controversial state legislation this week to ban elementary school educators from talking about sexual orientation and gender identity. The law, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by critics, drew national condemnation and lawsuits from the LGBTQ+ community and advocates.

President Joe Biden denounced the bill as “hateful,” while many prominent Florida celebrities and activists have also spoken out against the anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. Though educators remain confused over what the bill bans and polices in their classrooms, the bill goes into effect starting on July 1.

GRAMMY AWARDS PRESENTED THIS WEEKEND FOR BEST IN MUSIC

The 2022 Grammy Awards will air this Sunday from los Angeles, CA, to celebrate another year in music with performances from BTS, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, and Brandi Carlisle. The show will be hosted once again by The Daily Show comedian Trevor Noah and will be available to stream at home on CBS and for Paramount+ subscribers.

The big night will see competition for Album of the Year from Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, H.E.R., Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Jon Batiste, and Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga. Baby Keem, Olivia Rodrigo, Saweetie, Japanese Breakfast, The Kid LAROI, Arlo Parks, and many more will also be competing to be crowned Best New Artist. Good luck to all!