Designers and models slam Alabama’s controversial anti-abortion law

Top fashion designers and models are among those slamming Alabama’s new anti-abortion law.Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the controversial bill on Wednesday evening, after senators from the U.S. State passed the bill late the previous day, w…

Top fashion designers and models are among those slamming Alabama’s new anti-abortion law.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the controversial bill on Wednesday evening, after senators from the U.S. State passed the bill late the previous day, with the law only allowing for terminations of ectopic pregnancy, if the unborn child has a “lethal anomaly” or to “avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother”.

Under the legislation, doctors who perform abortions may face life in prison, and while Democrats attempted to re-introduce an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, they were unsuccessful – with a number of members of the fashion community now speaking out over the divisive law.

Taking to Instagram, Zac Posen uploaded a picture of a poster with the words, “Abortion is a personal decision, not a legal debate,” and in the caption wrote, “Deeply shocked and disappointed by Alabama criminalising abortion. I know from my mother what it was like for women before Roe v. Wade. Women’s rights are human rights. Let’s move forward, not backwards.”

In her statement, Ivey commented that she was aware the new law may be unenforceable due to the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973 which legalised abortion in all 50 states, but insisted that the new regulation was passed with the aim of challenging that law.

Elsewhere, luxury footwear designer Brian Atwood shared vintage images of women fighting for the right to have abortions and added, “Total BS!!! Alabama wake the f**k up! We will not stand for this!!!! Men will not govern a woman’s body!!!!”

While model Bella Hadid reposted a comment on the issue penned by artist Petra Collins, and Hailey Bieber shared a Twitter user’s post on her Instagram Stories in which they pointed out that the 22 Alabama senators who voted for the bill were all male.

Other A-listers including Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Silverman, Ava DuVernay, Chris Evans, and Padma Lakshmi have all spoken out over the law too.

The bill will not take effect for six months after becoming law.

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Sarah Silverman slams Hulu bosses over Emmys hair and makeup bill

Comedienne Sarah Silverman isn’t laughing over the red carpet hair and makeup bill bosses at streaming site Hulu have declined to pay.The funnywoman starred in the streaming platform’s comedy I Love You, America, which earned an Emmy nomination last ye…

Comedienne Sarah Silverman isn’t laughing over the red carpet hair and makeup bill bosses at streaming site Hulu have declined to pay.

The funnywoman starred in the streaming platform’s comedy I Love You, America, which earned an Emmy nomination last year, but was abruptly cancelled after one season in January (19).

Sarah graced the red carpet at the awards show in September with pride after the show was nominated for a top prize, but she now reveals she had to foot the bill for her look on the evening.

Speaking to The Daily Beast’s The Last Laugh Podcast, the 48 year old revealed she wasn’t reimbursed for her $1,500 (£1,135) hair and makeup tab, even though she was there representing a Hulu programme.

“Even (cable channel) Comedy Central, like 15 years ago, paid for that s**t when I was nominated,” she said. “I was just flummoxed. Wouldn’t it be worth them paying $1,500 to not have me on Matt Wilstein’s podcast saying Hulu wouldn’t pay $1,500 for an Emmy for their network?”

Sarah moved on to point out executives at rival streaming platform Netflix went the extra mile to show their appreciation for her by sending her roses and donating money to charity to honour her for receiving a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame last year.

Although her sidewalk star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame occurred the same month as the Emmys, the star insists she didn’t even get as much as an email from Hulu for her accomplishments.

“That stuff doesn’t mean anything to me – it really doesn’t,” she insists. “But it’s just such a bad look for you guys. I don’t want to say appalling. Separating children at the border is appalling. I keep my overhead very low, but Hulu doesn’t. So they should probably pay for s**t.”

Representatives for Hulu have yet to comment on Sarah’s hair and makeup bill complaints.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet tops North American box office

Ralph Breaks the Internet has stormed its way to the top of the North American box office during America’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend (21-25Nov18). The animated film featuring John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman has earned $84.5 million (£65.9 milli…

Ralph Breaks the Internet has stormed its way to the top of the North American box office during America’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend (21-25Nov18).

The animated film featuring John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman has earned $84.5 million (£65.9 million) since Wednesday (21Nov18) to come out on top.

“We’re very thankful for this weekend,” Cathleen Taff, who oversees Disney’s theatrical distribution, says. “It was a fantastic start and a great way to kick off the holiday season.”

Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone’s sequel Creed II follows in second with $55.8 million (£43.5 million), beating out its predecessor’s $42.1 million (32.8 million) opening.

“This is a timeless franchise for us at MGM, and it’s a thrill to see both its legacy and new generation of audiences continue to respond to Rocky Balboa and Adonis Creed in this time when we need uplifting stories,” a statement from president of MGM’s Motion Picture Group Jonathan Glickman reads.

The new version of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character, comes in third with $30.2 million (£23.5 million) and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is close behind in fourth with $29.7 million (£23.2 million).

Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which features Rami Malek as late frontman Freddie Mercury, rounds out the top five with $13.9 million (£10.8 million).

The movies’ $308 million (£240.2 million) earnings break the previous record for the holiday weekend in 2013, when Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and others grossed $294 million (£229.2 million).

“This is a perfectly fitting Thanksgiving for a year that’s had its share of records being broken,” Comsore’s senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian says.

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John C. Reilly wanted Sarah Silverman in recording booth for Wreck-It Ralph sequel

Actor John C. Reilly insisted on recording his lines for the new Wreck-It Ralph sequel alongside co-star Sarah Silverman so their real-life friendship could come across in their voices. Animated film stars typically record their parts in individual re…

Actor John C. Reilly insisted on recording his lines for the new Wreck-It Ralph sequel alongside co-star Sarah Silverman so their real-life friendship could come across in their voices.

Animated film stars typically record their parts in individual recording booths, often without ever meeting their castmates until they hit the promotional trail, but Reilly wanted to ensure he and Silverman got to renew their bond in the studio as they reprised their roles as best friends onscreen in Ralph Breaks the Internet.

“I figured if you’re gonna work with someone as fun and as creative as Sarah Silverman, why not have them in the room there with you?” he explained on breakfast show Good Morning America.

“A lot of times actors go in for animated movies they’re just alone, they’re playing someone’s best friend but they never lay eyes on them, and I thought, ‘We gotta be in the room together so we can find stuff and improvise.'”

Recording their scenes together in-person also helped the pair develop little jokes to add to their playful dialogue.

“Sarah and I definitely did that a lot for this movie, so I think this movie has an extra soulful quality because we’re actually in there looking at each other, talking to each other,” he smiled. “We riffed like crazy!”

Reilly also shunned the typical dressed-down attire actors usually wear for off-camera roles, and opted instead to show up in a three-piece suit.

“Sometimes when you have the right to wear sweatpants, you go for a three-piece suit instead!” he quipped. “It makes Sarah really happy… It got to be this running joke that I’d show up way overdressed for our recording sessions, and it’s a good thing to make Sarah happy; she’s a sweet girl.”

Ralph Breaks the Internet also features the voices of Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, and Alfred Molina, and opens in theatres later this month (Nov18).

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Disney changes Princess Tiana in Ralph Breaks the Internet after whitewashing backlash

Disney animators have reportedly redone the artwork for Princess Tiana in Ralph Breaks the Internet after receiving backlash for whitewashing the character. The animation, a sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, came under fire from critics in August (18) …

Disney animators have reportedly redone the artwork for Princess Tiana in Ralph Breaks the Internet after receiving backlash for whitewashing the character.

The animation, a sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, came under fire from critics in August (18) after a trailer was released, revealing that a number of Disney princesses would feature, including the first African-American princess, Tiana, from 2009’s The Princess and the Frog.

Many noticed that Princess Tiana looked distinctively different from her first outing, with a smaller and thinner nose and lighter skin, while her previous tight, kinky hair had been smoothed out into looser European curls – leading many critics to call out Disney for whitewashing the character.

The backlash reportedly prompted Disney executives to reanimate scenes involved Princess Tiana to restore her to her original appearance. According to the Wall Street Journal, this process, an unusual move for Disney, particularly as the film is set for release on 21 November (18), began shortly after the marketing materials were released.

Disney animators reportedly spoke with Anika Noni Rose, who voices the princess, and invited Brandi Collins-Dexter, a senior campaign director with Color of Change, an advocacy organisation that focuses on issues of racial representation and political inequality, to their offices in Burbank, California last week (ends23Sep18) to review the changes with the animators.

The organisation celebrated the move by releasing a statement last week, which read: “Disney’s decision to restore Princess Tiana’s image to that of an unapologetically black princess with full lips, dark skin and dark hair in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is a victory for Color Of Change members, black children and their parents, and black audiences who want to see the variety of shades, shapes and sizes of black characters accurately represented in the arts.”

They shared the news on Twitter and wrote, “Huge win for Black girls who look up to Princess Tiana! After conversations with @Disney & @DisneyAnimation about the character’s appearance in #WreckItRalph2, they addressed our concerns and restored Tiana to her original depiction. #RepresentationMatters.”

Ralph Breaks the Internet also boasts a voice cast including John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Taraji P. Henson.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet criticised over depiction of Princess Tiana’s hair

Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet has received online backlash over the depiction of Princess Tiana’s hair.The animated comedy, the sequel to the 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph, is due to be released in November (18) and sees Sarah Silverman and John C. Rei…

Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet has received online backlash over the depiction of Princess Tiana’s hair.

The animated comedy, the sequel to the 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph, is due to be released in November (18) and sees Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly reprise their voice-acting roles.

Ralph Breaks the Internet also features a number of Disney Princesses, including Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell as Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Auli’i Cravalho as Moana, and Anika Noni Rose reprising her part as Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. However, a number of fans have taken to social media to comment on the depiction of Tiana, the first American-American Disney Princess, with many taking issue with the rendering of her hair.

“Y’all don’t understand how important Princess Tiana is to Black girls,” one user wrote on Twitter. “We finally had a Disney princess that looked like us, and now, she doesn’t. They gave her Eurocentric features and turned her into a racially ambiguous woman. It’s a no from me, dawg.”

In the first teaser trailer for the movie, Tiana’s hair was styled in a press-and-curl updo and appeared to have a rounder nose – much like the way she appeared in the 2009 animated flick. However, in the latest trailer, she is pictured at a sleepover with a seemingly lighter complexion and natural, curly hair.

In a string of messages on Twitter, cartoonist and publisher Charlie ‘Spike’ Trotman compiled a “cheat sheet” for Disney animators and executives on how a black woman would most likely wear her tresses at night.

“Hi, folks! Just spur-of-the-moment decided to put together some reference for folks who want to draw/model black characters in their work, but aren’t confident they won’t make simple, obvious mistakes w/r/t (with respect to) black hair,” she wrote, alongside a series of hairstyle images. “I could honestly go on forever; black hair is complicated, political, and not something one thread on Twitter can explain. But I think it’s time to get to a few basic styles.”

Ralph Breaks the Internet, also featuring the voices of Jane Lynch, Taraji P. Henson and Gal Gadot, is due to hit cinemas from 21 November.

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