Another week of news has gone by and we’ve been hit with so much feels we can’t even describe it in one word. Well maybe this word can: covfefe.
Covfefe #1: Trump breaks the internet
The 45th president of the United States (nope, still not a joke) is no stranger to bad press. This is thanks to his uncanny ability to change faces like a Sichuan opera performer…
…as well as his inclination for controversial stances on big-ticket issues, like this little thing called climate change.
Let’s continue to destroy the competitiveness of our factories & manufacturing so we can fight mythical global warming. China is so happy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2012
First thing’s first: what’s with all this kerfuffle over covfefe?
At midnight on 31 May, Trump released a Twitter bomb, and left it there for a good few hours. Predictably, Twitterverse and subsequently the Internet exploded, trying to decipher this mysterious word.
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) May 31, 2017
— Jordan VanDina (@Shrimptooth) May 31, 2017
— 😸 (@Kn0p3XX) June 1, 2017
— Roy Gomez (@kingleonidus12) June 1, 2017
We want to believe, too. *cue X-files song*
But, apart from Trump’s tiny hands betraying him with a Twitter typo, something more serious is afoot: he wants out of the Paris climate change agreement. Nicaragua and Syria are the only countries who have not signed on.
In this agreement, each country determines the steps it would take to curb climate change. The Obama administration pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 26-28% from the 2005 levels and USD3 billion, out of which it has contributed USD1 billion as of May 2017.
In his speech, Trump has said that he is prepared to strike a new deal, but key signatories France, Italy, and Germany swiftly rejected it: “We firmly believe that the Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies.”
Withdrawal will not be immediate as a nation can only give notice 3 years from the date of the signing (4 November 2016) and then another year is required for the process of leaving. This means the exit will only happen in 2020.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see for Trump’s next move. He has said, “We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore.”
Rest assured Mr. Trump, we are not laughing. We are crying.
Covfefe #2: A PAS leader is disgusted
Someone is unhappy that DAP reps attend buka puasa events, because DAP is “the enemy of Islam”. In response, Penang Chief Minister Guan Eng said he would still attend an upcoming event on 11 June. In response to that, a group of
thugs protestors said that he is only allowed to do so if he ‘masuk Islam’.
In any case…
Our non-Muslim Executive Editor broke fast with journalist Zan Azlee and as far as we know, his beliefs still remain intact.
Covfefe #3: Netflix cancels Sense8
Debuting in 2015 as a Netflix original, the Wachowski sisters’ Sense8 has received positive reviews all around, especially for its explorations of gender, identity, sexuality, and religion – something that is lacking in many TV shows out there.
Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings has this to say: “Our hit ratio is way too high right now. So, we’ve canceled very few shows … I’m always pushing the content team: We have to take more risk; you have to try more crazy things. Because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.”
Err, sorry, it sounds like nonsense. We can think of many other shows that should be cancelled or taken off Netflix, but we’ll reserve our comments.
Maybe the series’ USD9 million per episode budget is a bit too much to stomach, but for now…
Covfefe #4: Lace RompHims
Dat see-through lace. Dat visible crotch. Dat uncomfortable look on that man wearing the pink number.
Lace anything can be pretty difficult to pull off, so we’re feeling a little bit cringey about this. Maybe it’s just a joke, but…power to any of you men out there who’d like to wear this. Because women sure know what it feels like to be judged for what we wear.
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