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Anti-gay protests at Disney’s Burbank studios turns ugly



Protesters have taken to the streets in the LA suburb of Burbank, demonstrating against a new Disney LGBTQ public service announcement

With tensions between entertainment giant The Walt Disney Company and lawmakers in Florida, Disney – along with three other well-known media companies are gearing up to air a new public service announcement from GLAAD featuring a transgender teen which calls for nationwide support of LGBTQ youth.

The public service announcement, available on YouTube, focuses on a Texas mom, Amber Briggle and her son Max.

Watch the PSA video below:

“They have the same hopes and dreams and deserve the same equality as yours does.” Briggle says in the video, urging Americans to support LGBTQ+ youth stating “they are just kids.”

Police called in as “hateful” anti-gay protest turns ugly

But anti-LGBTQ+ protesters have taken their protest to the gates of Disney, to express their anger at the companies decision to air the PSA on its network.

Video posted to social media highlighted the chaos at the front gates of the entertainment company, with those in attendance vowing “Disney must not interfere with children”

In a seperate video shared on Twitter, a protester, claiming to be an employee of Disney says that she often finds herself shamed for being a “conservative” – stating it has become hard to work for Disney with her beliefs.

“It’s gotten very political”

the protester says.

Protesters condemned for hateful comments

Gay rights groups have since condemned the “homophobic” actions of protesters – stating the company is simply showing its support for the gay community and sharing the community’s concerns about a current anti-gay bill presented to lawmakers in Florida.

LGBT support groups rally against new Florida bill.

What is the Florida “anti-gay” bill?

On February 17, a Florida committee advanced a bill that would restrict discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools.

Florida’s new bill would ban discussing these issues to students in primary schools and restrict how they are discussed in other grades if they are deemed “not age-appropriate.”

The bill has however been criticised for not specifying what would be considered age-appropriate, or who decides.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), any parent could sue their child’s school for compensation for alleged harm if they believe those discussions have occurred.

The likely outcome of the bill would be to deter teachers from addressing these issues and to chill open discussions and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students.

Marchers wave flags as they walk at the St. Pete Pier during a rally and march to protest against a bill dubbed by opponents as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill Saturday, March 12, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Florida lawmakers have passed the bill, which forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. It now moves to the desk of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign it into law. (Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

HRW on its website, goes on to state that the bill would also require school personnel to notify parents of changes in a student’s physical, mental, or emotional health, as well as significantly limiting the ability of councillors and teachers to be a “confidential resource for students, including LGBT students who may not feel safe or comfortable asking questions about sexual orientation or gender identity to family members.”

HRW has also documented how curricular restrictions harm LGBT youth in US schools, stating that “these restrictions not only prevent students from accessing information that’s essential to their health and well-being, but send a discriminatory message that being LGBT is inappropriate or wrong.”

“That message not only stigmatizes LGBT children but can tacitly encourage intolerance and bullying from peers from a young age.”

In recent years, states like AlabamaArizonaSouth Carolina, and Utah all repealed laws that limited discussions of gay rights issues within schools.

Similar laws however do remain in the U.S. states of Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Texas. HRW says that five other states allow parents to opt their children out of schools where LGBT issues are openly being discussed.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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BuzzFeed to use ChatGPT-created content on website



BuzzFeed is set to go by on A.I-generated content, with the company to use ChatGPT to create content for the site

The media giant plans to use the service to generate quizzes and further personalise its user experience.

“If the past 15 years of the internet have been defined by algorithmic feeds that curate and recommend content, the next 15 years will be defined by AI and data helping create, personalise and animate the content itself,” BuzzFeed Chief Executive Jonah Peretti recently said.

BuzzFeed recently announced that it would be cutting 12 per cent of its workforce to rein in costs.

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The Academy Award nominations have been revealed



The film industry’s most prestigious night of nights is almost here, and the nominations have been revealed

The indie sci-fi comedy drama, “Everything Everywhere All At Once”, scored the most Academy Award nominations, with 11 in total.

It was closely followed by “All Quiet on the Western Front”.

Not far behind were fan favourites including “Elvis”, “Top Gun: Maverick”, and the recent “Black Panther” and “Avatar” films.

Streaming services have not had as strong a year, with Netflix’s “All Quiet On The Western Front” the only nominee from a streaming service in the top category.

There has been an extremely strong showing for Irish talent this year. “The Quiet Girl” is recognised in the best international feature category.

Colin Farrell, Brendan Fraser, Paul Mescal are all in contention for Best Actor and Austin Butler scored his first ever Oscars nomination for his role as Elvis Presley.

And when it comes to Best Actress Cate Blanchett, Andrea Riseborough and Michelle Williams are leading the pack alongside Ana de Armas, who has been nominated for the first time.

Indian action epic “RRR” stands a strong chance of beating Rihanna and Lady Gaga to best original song.

The catchy Naatu Naatu has already won the Golden Globe, and is very likely to repeat its success at the Oscars.

The event all happens on March 12, when you can find out which stars will be taking home the iconic gold Oscar statuette.

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Say goodbye to sharing Netflix with your friends



Netflix announces new tech to stop password sharing

The days of sharing a Netflix account with your friends are quickly coming to an end.

The streaming giant is set to introduce new tech which will prevent multiple households leeching off one subscription.

Execs believe around 100 million homes engage in the practice, which the company says “undermines” its ability to invest and improve content.

It’s been a rough 12 months for Netflix.

Last year, the company recorded it first subscriber loss in more than a decade.

While no exact date has been set for the worldwide rollout of the new policy, it could begin as early as March.

Users will be required to have their own account and login, unless you live in the same household as someone who has an account.

It follows a number of trials and introductions Netflix made throughout 2022.

“While our terms of use limit use of Netflix to a household, we recognise this is a change for members who share their account more broadly,” Netflix said.

“So we’ve worked hard to build additional new features that improve the Netflix experience, including the ability for members to review which devices are using their account and to transfer a profile to a new account.”

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