Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Timeless classics, after President Trump complained at a rally in Colorado that a film from South Korea, Parasite, won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Picture. “Can we get Gone With the Wind back, please?” Trump asked, referring to the 1939 film that caricatures slaves as happy and simpleminded.
Extra pounds, after new research from Cornell University found that overweight men have greater “perceived leadership potential” in the workplace because of the “big man” stereotype. The findings, researchers cautioned, do not apply to women.
Potty mouths, with the formal repeal of Virginia’s 1792 ban on “profane swearing.” Legislators, however, kept a prohibition on public spitting. Spitting is “yucky,” one lawmaker explained.
Bad week for:
Modern fairy tales, after armed robbers who made off with more than $320,000 in opioid pills from a Florida pharmacy were arrested by police who simply followed the bread crumb–like trail of empty pill bottles thrown from the windows of their getaway car.
Trolling, after Pope Francis called on Catholics to give up insulting people on social media for Lent, and pray instead of wasting time with “useless words, gossip, rumors, tittle-tattle.”
Sexters, with the launch in Japan of the Tone e20 smartphone. Retailing for a teen-friendly $180, the Tone e20 features an algorithm that disables the camera if the user is attempting to take a nude self-portrait, and flashes the message “Photo not taken due to inappropriate content.”