R. Kelly's Music Is Removed From Spotify Playlists
Billboard reports that Spotify is removing R. Kelly’s music from their playlists because the sexual assault accusations against him mean he's in violation of their new "public hate content and hateful conduct" policy. R. Kelly’s music will remain on Spotify but will not appear in any of Spotify’s official playlists and is no longer included in their algorithms.
Chris Brown Is Being Sued For Sexual Assault
Variety reports that an anonymous woman is suing Chris Brown and his friend, Lowell Grissom, Jr., after she was sexually assaulted in Brown's home in early 2017. The woman claims she was raped by Grissom and was forced to perform oral sex on another woman. Brown allegedly did not assault her, but supplied the drugs at the party and still holds responsibility for her traumatic assault.
Monica Lewinksy Claps Back
In a tweet yesterday, Monica Lewinsky publicly called out Town & Country for uninviting her from their annual philanthropic summit after Bill Clinton confirmed his attendance. Town & Country is now scrambling to cover their ass. Read more at the Huffington Post.
Black Yale Student Falls Asleep Writing Paper, Wakes Up To Cops
A white student called the police on Lolade Siyonbola, a Black grad student at Yale who fell asleep while writing a paper in a common room on campus. Footage shows the white student saying, “I have every right to call the police. You cannot sleep in that room," to Siyonbola. See the whole story on CNN.
Obstetric Violence Is More Common Than You Think
Broadly published a disturbing story on the prevalence of obstetric violence by care providers against people giving birth—which, according to new studies, is shockingly high. This kind of violence includes things like sexually assaulting people giving birth and using scare tactics and coercion to push them towards a medical decision. The piece includes interviews with doulas, who claim, “Uou pretty much just never see care that feels appropriate.”
#WeToo in Japan
Japanese women are organizing a #WeToo movement, their iteration of #MeToo. The plural “We” includes not only self-identifying victims, but all people who want to put an end to gender-based harassment. Because of cultural differences in victim blaming and shaming, #WeToo makes it easier for women to stand together in solidarity. Read more about #WeToo Japan on Bloomberg.
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Elizabeth F. Olson is an editorial intern at BUST. She mostly writes about her experience with mental illness through a feminist lens, and sometimes she writes fiction. Find her on Instagram and Twitter.