Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Second thoughts, after rapper Kanye West announced he was “distancing myself from politics” because he realized “I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in.” West recently made an Oval Office appearance to express his love for President Trump.
Happy endings, with the recovery of a 10-foot-tall model of the human colon that had been stolen from the University of Kansas. In a tweet hashtagged #stolencolon, police said that “officers found the giant, inflatable, pilfered intestine in a vacant house.”
Coaching, after HBO hired an “intimacy coordinator,” to make actors feel more comfortable while filming sex scenes.
Bad week for:
Playing host to 6,000 U.S. troops, after Americans who were deployed to Iceland for a NATO training exercise almost drained Reykjavik, the capital city, of beer. “We had to send people out of the bar to our warehouses to bring beer back as quickly as possible,” said bartender Ingvar Svendsen.
Interfaith solidarity, after Vice President Mike Pence appeared with a “rabbi” at a unity rally honoring the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. The rabbi, Loren Jacobs, is actually a Messianic Jew, an evangelical group that tries to convert Jews to Christianity, and he was stripped of the title “rabbi” in 2003.
Julian Assange, after a judge in Ecuador ruled that the WikiLeaks founder, who has been living at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid extradition, must keep the bathroom tidy and clean up after his pet cat. Assange had claimed that the embassy’s cleanliness requirements violated his “fundamental rights and freedoms.”