It’s been one Hell of a week.
From the chaotic political chess game that has seen the UK Prime Minister suffer a triple defeat in the House of Commons after attempting to shut down parliament to violently charged riots in Johannesburg, you would be forgiven for avoiding news coverage this week in an effort to actually get some work done – after all, one look at the headlines and it’s hard not to get side-tracked in the stories that seem stranger than fiction.
McKrae Game is a good example of this. The founder of one of America’s largest conversion therapy ministries, McKrae Game is now asking for forgiveness after championing the “ex-gay ministry” for two decades. Why the change of heart, you ask?
Well, as it happens, he’s actually gay.
Yup, you really couldn’t make this sh*t up. Coming out is rarely easy – but imagine you yourself have founded an organisation that promoted the discredited practice of faith-based therapy designed to switch a person’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. In a Facebook post addressing the world, he admitted he was wrong to do what he spent so long trying to achieve:
“The very harmful cycle of self-shame and condemnation has to stop,” Game concluded. “It’s literally killing people!! Learn to love. Learn to love yourself and others.”
Talking of learning to love yourself and others, Kristen Stewart revealed in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar that, before she became an established star, she had “fully been told, ‘If you just like do yourself a favour, and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie.” Naturally, Stewart has said she wouldn’t want to work with those sorts of people anyway – and who could blame her?
We’d like to think strides have been made in achieving equality, but there are still those who see individuals through the lens of their sexual preferences. Still, it’s comforting to know that, this week, more people turned up to protest the Straight Pride parade than to actually take part.
Despite being favoured in society in every aspect of their lives, straight white men felt the need to take to the streets of Boston on August 31st to celebrate “straight pride” – an event led by far-right controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos. While a few hundred of his followers gathered together with signs such as Straight Lives Matter and It’s Great to be Straight (wow), over a thousand counter-protesters did a great job of showing them up.
Meanwhile, Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Blink-182 and more are being sued for the role they played in Fyre Festival, the monumental failure of a music festival from the mind of serial con-artist Billy McFarland. Having received approximately a million dollars to promote the event across social media, Kendall Jenner didn’t clarify that it was a paid-for post. In a statement to the NY Times, she said:
“I definitely do as much research as I can, but sometimes there isn’t much research you can do because it’s a starting brand and you kind of have to have faith in it and hope it will work out the way people say it will.” As we all know, the grim reality of the event couldn’t have been further from the one presented to the public in the months leading up.While this headline may be a sure-fyre (see what we did there) way to make most people smile, we thought we would end this week’s bulletin by letting you know that a beekeeper in Turkey has turned honey-stealing bears into taste-testers. And why not – after all? If your honey brings all the bears to the yard, you may as well take advantage of their custom for that sweet, sweet feedback.