2017 was a dumpster fireplace of a 12 months as and it’s not over but. We went into it realizing that an unhinged orange mendacity monster was president and it simply obtained worse because the weeks ticked by. We marveled at Trump’s pettiness and thin skin. We realized that so many directors, producers, actors, agents and men in power have been rapists, abusers and assailants. We additionally felt empowered to inform our tales and we opened up a dialogue about sexual harassment and assault. Essentially the most eligible royal bachelor got engaged to a beautiful and outspoken American actress, whereas his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, fell pregnant together with her third baby. Final 12 months our most commented stories have been about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s break up and the drama and custody battle that ensued. This 12 months Angelina Jolie described a casting process for her Cambodian movie that was arguably abusive after which tried to get Vainness Honest to retract her comments. So many natural disasters and tragedies occurred and we noticed the extent to which individuals can pull together and help each other. Let’s hope that 2018 doesn’t take a look at our resolve as a lot as this 12 months did, and let’s hope that Trump will get impeached.
These are the highest 10 most commented tales of 2017, in reverse order
Angelina Jolie’s controversial casting course of
Angelina Jolie gave an interview to Vainness Honest during which she described a casting process that was arguably abusive to the younger Cambodian kids, together with orphans, that have been auditioned for her historic Netflix movie, First They Killed My Father. It concerned providing the kids a big sum of cash on a desk, telling them to grab it rapidly whereas imagining what the cash would pay for, after which taking it away from them. Producers instructed the kids it was a sport, however it was criticized as exploitive. (Whereas that article and the follow-up from VF weren’t among the many prime ten most commented final 12 months, they’re value mentioning for background.) Jolie was additionally taken to task by the group Human Rights Look ahead to securing filming areas by working with the Cambodian authorities, which continues to commit human rights abuses. Then, when Jolie realized how poorly her audition story got here throughout, she requested that Vainness Honest problem an apology and retraction. As a substitute of doing that they released the transcript and stood by their journalist for representing the story precisely. This was a uncommon misstep from Jolie.
Martha Plimpton’s “finest abortion”
Reproductive rights advocate Martha Plimpton’s brief but controversial abortion remarks have been meant to fire up controversy they usually undoubtedly did. She acknowledged fairly plainly throughout a copy rights occasion that she had “my first abortion right here on the Seattle Deliberate Parenthood” at 19 and that “it was my finest one,” including that she would give it a optimistic Yelp evaluation if doable.
Ben Affleck premieres new girlfriend Lindsay Shookus
Whereas no different tales about Ben Affleck’s romance, his sobriety battle, his groping of women, or his outright lying about his groping of ladies landed within the prime ten most commented, this one, when he stepped out for his first pap stroll with SNL producer Lindsay Shookus, was the third most commented story of the 12 months. Affleck’s debut of his “new” romance was a very long time coming, given the quantity of tales we’d heard about his further curricular actions and the continuous experiences of his on-off-on-ad nauseum relationship with Jennifer Garner. (Be aware that the photograph above will not be one of many first images, these are exclusives.)
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Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle
Prince Harry obtained engaged to American actress Meghan Markle, who proved herself already expert in media relations and in charitable works. Harry’s engagement to charming Meghan overshadowed his sister-in-law Kate’s third pregnancy, which appeared to spur Kate on to make extra appearances in her third being pregnant. Meghan’s debut wasn’t with out its missteps, she was criticized for re-homing one of her rescue dogs quite than bringing him to England together with her and he or she wore a privately-purchased robe for her engagement photos valued at $75,000. Meghan’s walk to church with the royals for Christmas providers was the second most commented story this 12 months. It was additionally the primary time she was photographed with the Cambridges.
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Donald Trump’s lunacy, pettiness and racism
Three stories about Emperor Orange made it into the highest ten, which reveals how we have been initially shocked however step by step grew accustomed to the distinctive mix of treason, racism, classism and abuse which 45 inflicted on us, usually in 140 characters (now 280!) each day. It’s sobering to look at, however at the very least he incriminates himself on a near-weekly foundation, which can result in an indictment in some unspecified time in the future someday.
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