From Kanye West getting banned to Tom Brady un-retiring, this week’s news changed rapidly.
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KANYE WEST BANNED FROM PERFORMING AT GRAMMYS
Ye, the artist previously known as Kanye West, has been banned from performing at the upcoming Grammys after “concerning online behavior.” He was also placed under a temporary ban from Instagram after violating the company’s hate speech and bullying policies. He posted a photo of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah accompanied by racial slurs after the late-night comedian discussed Kanye West on The Comedy Central show.
The fashion mogul and rapper, who officially changed his name to “Ye,” has not been taking his split with Kim Kardashian well. For the past few months, he’s lashed out at the media and his ex-wife’s new flame, SNL comedian Pete Davidson. The couple recently became Instagram official.
AMAZON BOUGHT MGM STUDIOS FOR $8.5 BILLION
Amazon announced Thursday that it closed an $8.5 billion deal to acquire Hollywood’s MGM studios, which will add over 4,000 films to Amazon’s roster. The deal went through just a day after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s deadline to challenge the purchase.
MGM, also known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, holds the Rocky and James Bond franchises, along with the production of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Recently hits from MGM included No Time to Die, Licorice Pizza, and House of Gucci.
WILLIAM HURT PASSED AWAY AT AGE 71
William Hurt, the star of ’80s film hits Broadcast News and The Big Chill, passed away this week after a long-fought battle with prostate cancer. He was 71 years old.
The controversial actor had a problematic past of abusive relationships, including one with CODA star Marlee Matlin when she was 19 and he was 35. Despite their tumultuous past, she told a reporter at the Critics’ Choice Awards that William “taught me a great deal as an actor and he was one-of-a-kind.”
TOM BRADY UN-RETIRED FROM FOOTBALL
Just 40 days after announcing his retirement from the NFL following 22 seasons, Tom Brady un-retired and said that he would be returning to play for Tampa Bay next year. “These past two months I have realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” he said. “We have unfinished business.”
The announcement excited football fans who could see the legendary quarterback play once again, but upset one fan who bought his “last touchdown” ball at auction for over $500,000. If Brady returns to the NFL, that ball would be worth significantly less.
JANE CAMPION APOLOGIZED FOR WILLIAMS’ SISTERS COMMENT
The Power of the Dog director Jane Campion apologized this week after a comment she made at the Critics’ Choice Awards received swift criticism. Speaking about Serena and Venus Williams, who were supporting their film King Richard, Campion called them “marvels,” but added that they “don’t play against the guys, like I have to.”
Campion later apologized for diminishing their success, especially after critics pointed out that Serena and Venus hold multiple mixed-doubles titles. The director was previously praised for responding to criticism of her film from 1883 actor Sam Elliott.
SENATE APPROVED BILL TO MAKE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME PERMANENT
Coming back from the weekend after losing an hour of sleep to Daylight Savings Time, the Senate conducted an impromptu vote to make the hourly change permanent. The House still has to approve the measure, titled the Sunshine Protection Act, before it reaches the desk of President Biden.
Mental health professionals have long pushed for the change, since the stress of losing an hour of sleep greatly affects the lives of Americans. However, experts have argued for the opposite – to make standard time permanent – since it provides more of the country with daylight in the early morning hours and less in the evening.
‘DON’T SAY GAY’ BILL HEADED TO FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S DESK
The anti-LGBTQ “Don’t Say Gay” Bill, which limits discussions of gender identity and sexual orientation in elementary school classrooms, passed both the House and Senate and in the state of Florida to land on Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk.
The Republican politician has strongly supported the bill since its inception, despite widespread condemnation from Democrats and the LGBTQ+ community. Teachers in Florida spoke out this week in anticipation of the governor’s decision, protesting the controversial bill for a myriad of reasons.
While some find the bill offensive to the LGBTQ+ community, others were against the government telling them what could or could not be in the curriculum.
BIDEN SENT $13.6 BILLION IN AID TO UKRAINE
President Joe Biden signed a funding bill on Wednesday to not only keep the U.S. government running through September but to also send a massive $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine.
The funds will reportedly be used to help refugees and provide defense training for the country’s civilian population. Biden is also set to travel to Brussels next month to convene with world leaders at a NATO summit as Russia moves in on Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.
NCAA KICKED OFF MARCH MADNESS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Fans around the nation made their bracket picks before the start of the annual NCAA March Madness college basketball Tournament on Thursday. The first round kicked off with major upsets for Iowa and Colorado State, as the college athletes compete in the largest tournament of the season.
Many players in the tournament are competing not just for the title at the end, but for a spot in the 2022 NBA Draft in June. Last year’s winners, Baylor, had two players drafted into the NBA–Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler. Former President Barack Obama even got in on the bracket games this year, predicting this year’s winner to be Gonzaga. Good luck on your picks!