On January 1, Luo Xixi, a computer scientist currently working in Silicon Valley, posted an open letter on the Chinese social media platform Weibo accusing her former technology professor at Beihang University of sexual harassment. In the blog post, she said that in 2004 her PhD advisor Chen Xiaowu had asked her to drive with him to his apartment to help him tend to his houseplants. Luo said Chen complained about his sex life and tried to force her to have sex with him. She remained silent about the incident for 13 years until the #MeToo movement, which emerged in October 2017, inspired her to share her story. She initially posted an anonymous open letter on the Chinese discussion forum Zhihu.com. Soon after, several other former female students who had read her post also accused Chen of sexual harassment. Read more: Combating stigma of sexual harassment in China Emotional viral video empowers China's 'leftover women' In November 2017, Luo connected with Sophia … [Read more...] about #MeToo movement meets China’s firewall
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Donald Trump may be impervious to attacks on Twitter or by the papers he brands “fake news”, but his critics have found a real-world location in which to vent their feelings: his star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. The president’s terrazzo plaque, which was unveiled on 17 January 2007, has been scrawled on, and sledgehammered by protesters since he began his White House campaign. In 2016, an artist called Plastic Jesus built a 6in wall, complete with razor wire, around the star in a response to Trump’s aggressive policies on immigration. Last month, a man was arrested in Hollywood for all but demolishing the president’s star with a pickaxe. Proof that nothing Trump-related can stay off Twitter for long came last summer when a proud presidential supporter tweeted her good deed in cleaning graffiti from Trump’s star: “Nothing but respect for MY President. #RaisedRight”. Naturally, her tweet became a meme, and earned a volley … [Read more...] about Fallen stars: the dark history of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
Not so long ago, I was waiting for my order in a Chinese takeaway when I Believe I Can Fly by R Kelly came on the radio. No one paid a blind bit of notice. The DJ didn’t make any comment about Kelly. It was just another song, another five minutes to fill up the airwaves. Would that happen now? Finally, after years of the stench of sexual misconduct following him around like a swarm of gnats, Kelly may have reached his tipping point. It is true he has never been convicted of anything, but he has settled out of court with women who have accused him of sexual offences, and almost no one, at this point, has come forward to defend him. That is thanks in huge part to the reporting of the Chicago journalist Jim De Rogatis, who has spoken to and – crucially – listened to so many of the women who wanted to talk about what Kelly did to them. Yet despite the years of stories about Kelly, until last week the music industry had never taken action against him. Then, last Friday, … [Read more...] about Spotify sidelines R Kelly. The Academy expels Bill Cosby. Who’s next?
NBC News president Noah Oppenheim discredited a number of the claims made in Ronan Farrow's new book Catch and Kill in a vicious memo sent to staff members on Monday. 'Matt Lauer's actions were abhorrent, and the anger and sadness he caused continue to this day. As we've said since the moment he was fired, his abuses should never have happened,' wrote Oppenheim at the start of the memo, which was obtained by DailyMail.com. 'Ronan Farrow's book takes that undeniable fact and twists it into a lie – alleging we were a "company with a lot of secrets."' He then added: 'We have no secrets and nothing to hide.' Oppenheim told staff that 'Farrow’s effort to defame NBC News is clearly motivated not by a pursuit of truth, but an axe to grind. It is built on a series of distortions, confused timelines, and outright inaccuracies.' Farrow responded to this memo in an interview on Monday with CBS This Morning, saying: 'Look, this book is an extraordinarily meticulously … [Read more...] about NBC slams Ronan Farrow in scathing memo that reveals Rose McGowan never identified Harvey Weinstein as her rapist and he abandoned the story for FOUR months to work on another book