Here’s All the Culture News You Missed This Week
This is why Camila Cabello, Taylor Swift and the Hallmark Channel all made headlines.
Camila Cabello issued an apology for past racist comments
After a Twitter thread recently emerged showing racist comments made by Cabello in some now-deleted Tumblr posts, the 22-year-old took to Twitter and Instagram to apologize. “When I was younger, I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever,” she wrote. “I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it.” According to the BBC, her Tumblr account “reportedly shared racist jokes and memes between 2012 and 2013.” Cabello went on to write that those posts don’t represent the person she has grown up to be. “I’m an adult and I’ve grown and learned and am conscious and aware of the history and the pain it carries in a way I wasn’t before. Those mistakes don’t represent the person I am or a person I’ve ever been.”
I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. pic.twitter.com/iZrnUawUAb
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) December 18, 2019
The Hallmark Channel banned an ad featuring a lesbian wedding
The Hallmark Channel recently decided not to air four commercials on its network that featured a lesbian couple kissing at their wedding. The series of ads was made for wedding planning company Zola and led to pressure from conservative group One Million Moms, which called for a boycott of the network. However, soon after that decision Hallmark understandably found itself the target of social media outrage, from the public as well as LGBTQ advocacy groups. The media fallout led them to reverse the decision, reinstating the ads and issuing an apology.
The Hallmark Channel, reversing what it called a “wrong decision,” said it will reinstate commercials featuring same-sex couples that it had pulled following a complaint from a conservative group. https://t.co/MBPyv5M9k3
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) December 17, 2019
Taylor Swift announced she will be headlining Glastonbury 2020
“I’m ecstatic to tell you that I’ll be headlining Glastonbury on its 50th anniversary,” Swift posted on her Instagram this past week. She will be the first female headline performer since Adele in 2016 and the sixth solo female headliner in the festival’s 50-year history. As the Sunday night headliner of the festival—which will be held from June 24 to 28, 2020—Swift joins Diana Ross, who will play the “Legends” slot on Sunday afternoon, and Paul McCartney, who will headline on Saturday. The Friday night headliner is still to be announced but Glastonbury co-organizer Emily Eavis did tell The Guardian that it is a male performer who has never appeared at the festival before. Stay tuned.
Hulu announced a Greta Thunberg documentary
16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg is TIME’s Person of the Year. She was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. She’s galvanizing an entire generation of people to care about climate change. So it’s understandable that she’s now also the subject of a documentary. The film, which is currently under the working title Greta, is set to come out in the summer of 2020 on Hulu. According to Glamour UK, “it’s going to cover Greta’s organization of the international climate strike back in 2018 that garnered her global recognition and the team behind the documentary have been following her from the very start.”