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Hannah Gadsby Tricks Christian Baker into Baking Gay Wedding Cake

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Hannah Gadsby’s third comedy show on Netflix, Something Special, opens with good news: “I got married!” says an Australian comedian who uses their/their pronouns.

The crowd applauds as Gadsby proudly displays his wedding ring and says, “I know! Cute. I like it.”

“That’s what this show is going to be about,” Gadsby tells the audience. “Yes, it will be an enjoyable show because I feel that I am indebted to you. I dragged you through my shit over the years and you stayed with me. Very obligated, but it’s time to pay.”

Gadsby’s first two comedy specials weren’t exactly “good”. The first, “Nanette”, went viral after it debuted in 2017 and was described by critics as “international sensation“and show that”completely upended what could be a special comedy“. In it, Gadsby jokes about their upbringing, coming to terms with their sexuality, and even Pablo Picasso (they studied art history in college), but then makes an emotional indictment of homophobia, gender-based violence, and conventional comedy.

Gadsby’s sophomore special, “Douglas,” was notably less trauma-focused, but the comedian continued to criticize sexism while also talking about his autism diagnosis.

‘Something Special’, which was filmed at the Sydney Opera House last year as part of a world tour and debuted Tuesday on Netflix, focuses on queer joy, telling the story of Gadsby’s engagement and marriage to Jenny Shamash, who is also their producer. .

It was a deliberate choice, Gadsby told NBC News in a video interview Thursday, because they toured last year, still mostly during the pandemic, and they could tell people were nervous and “hungry for joy” – especially LGBT people who In the past three years, the United States has seen a surge in legislation against their rights.

“That feeling of unease in the room was what really moved me,” Gadsby said. “The only thing that doesn’t help anxiety is more anxiety. I wanted to go on stage and just pour into the room what we already know, at that moment it will no longer help. I did make a conscious decision to say, “I want a reprieve for my people.” Other people who are not in the community, it’s not for them – they can enjoy it, it’s possible – but it’s for us.”

At the start of “Something Special”, after it is revealed that they are married to Shamash, whom they affectionately call “Jenno” in their Australian accent, Gadsby jokes about the couple having “a very steep learning curve for the two of us to organize engagement” because “heterosexual people have great feelings for weddings.”

Gadsby said the couple made many “mistakes” at their wedding, such as choosing an unusual “shark pie” for the reception. While heterosexual couples typically have figurines of the bride and groom on their wedding cakes, Gadsby and Shamash chose two otters swimming on their backs and holding hands — right in front of a shark emerging from the icing with its mouth open, showing two rows of sharp teeth.

“But we had a good reason for the unusual cake,” Gadsby explained in the comedy special. “We wanted to trick a Christian baker into baking a gay wedding cake, and it worked. I’m like, “No, buddy, that’s not a wedding cake. I’m turning 10.” Easy, so gullible, they will believe everything, Christians.

Gadsby shared a photo of the cake on Instagram on Wednesday, the day after Something Special premiered on Netflix.

The joke reflects the theme of the entire show: glorifying Gadsby’s relationship with Shamash through stories about their past, spiced with jokes about sexism and heterosexual relationships. (Gadsby defiantly follows their heterosexual jokes: “I didn’t say who this show would be in a good mood for.”)

On their US tour, Gadsby recalled on Thursday, they could tell the audience was “shell-shocked” by the difficult political environment. They were in the country at the time of the cancellation of Roe v. Wade, which they accidentally called “Grief vs. Reid” and then joked, “Though it looks like it is now, doesn’t it?”

“It’s really depressing here. It seems pretty intimidating,” Gadsby said of the US. be.”

Gadsby said they have new material related to the political climate in America, but instead they decided to focus the show mainly on their relationship with Shamash, to give people a break from the news, and because, as an autistic person, they like to talk about their “topics of special interest”.

“I want people to love what I love, and that’s a special moment,” Gadsby told NBC News. “I want people to love what I love, and this is a moment in my life, this is Jenno, and this is my ability to manage interpersonal relationships. And it’s also my ability to experience joy, which I historically couldn’t do.”

Gadsby has said in other interviews that “Something Special” was not the show’s original title. When they were on tour it was called “Body of Work” to reflect how their work evolved from “Nanette” to what it is now, but Netflix didn’t like the title. In desperation, they jokingly said, “I’ll just call it ‘Something.’ “Something special”, they told them.

Some reviewers have criticized this evolution and Something Special’s lack of cultural criticism at a time when US state legislators have introduced more than 450 bills targeting LGBTQ rights, including a law banning drag performances in front of minors, gender-affirming care for trans youth and bars in schools with books on LGBTQ and race, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

But Gadsby said they think the expectation of them continuing to deal with trauma and social and political controversy is limiting.

“I think being a queer person expressing joy on stage is a subversive political act in the current climate,” they said.

Gadsby added that it’s unfair for people to expect that they, someone who has experienced trauma, will continue to be a comedian who deals with traumatic events.

“It’s like they’re expecting traumatic porn,” they said. “It’s not me. I am a person whose work expresses where I am at any given moment in time.”

“The fact that I was able to overcome the injury is of great importance,” they added. “In this climate right now, what is happening to our community is traumatic. People go through trauma. It’s very close to what I experienced growing up and I’m trying a different side of it and I think it’s constructive.”

In addition to Something Special, Gadsby is working with Netflix on a special comedy series that will showcase a group of comedians of different genders. Gadsby has also partnered with the Brooklyn Museum for an upcoming exhibition titled “It’s Pablomatic: Picasso Through the Eyes of Hannah Gadsby“, which will “examine the artist’s complex legacy from a critical, contemporary and feminist perspective.” The exhibition will open on June 2.

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Hungry Bird fights a venomous snake and wins

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A hungry bird fights a poisonous snake in Texas.

Post to Facebook group Texas Snake Identification, Waller resident Bonnie Blink said the bird was her “permanent runner”.

In the picture, a bird sits on a tree branch, a snake hangs from its mouth.

Blink said it was a copperhead cub, a type of venomous snake native to Texas.

“Looks like the road runner lives on the property. We see him almost every day,” Blink said. Newsweek.

The roadrunner bird is depicted with a venomous copperhead snake in its mouth.
Bonnie Blink

Blink said the bird is commonly seen eating “small snakes and lizards”.

“I can’t always tell exactly what’s in it,” Blink said.

Roadrunners can be found throughout the southwest and south-central United States and Mexico. Birds will eat anything, but they are especially partial to small snakes and other reptiles.

And it is not unusual for them to eat poisonous snakes. It is often seen feasting on rattlesnakes, another native venomous species.

Birds are not immune to snake venom, but road runners are well known for their snake-killing technique. It is rare that a snake manages to kill a bird.

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, to kill a snake, a road runner will start by moving in circles around it. To avoid the fangs of the snake, the bird jumps into the air and begins to prick the reptile with its beak.

Eventually, the snake will be stunned and unable to move, meaning the bird will be able to grab it.

Once the snake is securely in the bird’s beak, it will repeatedly beat it against the ground or stone until its bones and head are crushed.

Copperheads are native to Texas and are especially active during the warm spring and summer months.

According to the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service, these snakes bite more people a year than any other snake in the United States.

Young copperheads, such as the one shown in the photo, have the same poison as adults.

Deaths in humans from copperhead bites are extremely rare. However, they can be dangerous if left untreated.

The photo caused a heated discussion among Facebook users.

One Facebook user, commenting on Blink’s post, said: “Five years ago, my brother begged a copperhead bear cub this size and he ended up in intensive care for four days, and only one fang pierced the skin!”

Another Facebook user said, “I wish we still had a road runner.”

“Hurrah! Bold bird!” another person said.

“I LOVE road runners!!” another Facebook user said.

Do you have an animal or nature story to share with Newsweek? Do you have a question about road runners? Let us know at nature@newsweek.com.

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Erdogan leads in second round as rival disappoints in Turkish elections – POLITICO

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ISTANBUL. A singing and grinning President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his supporters that he is ready to fight in the second round of Turkey’s elections on May 28, feeling he has the momentum to defeat his rival Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who fell short of expectations in the first round on Sunday.

Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council said on Monday that with 99 percent of the ballot boxes opened, Erdogan won 49.4 percent of the vote, just short of the 50 percent needed for an outright victory. Kılıçdaroğlu scored 44.96 percent, disappointing the opinion of the poll that he had a slight advantage.

A veteran campaigner, the prominent Erdogan appeared on the balcony of his AKP party headquarters in Ankara early Monday morning with a microphone, singing “We love you so much” in front of the crowd and praising them for the “festival of democracy” they are rejecting the opposition’s claims of dishonest game, he even predicted that the latest trickle of Sunday’s polls could push him to the more than 50 percent needed for another five years in office.

Ridiculing Kılıçdaroğlu, who filmed his modest kitchen in his campaign advertisement, he said: “Some people are in the kitchen, we are on the balcony.”

“We don’t know if the presidential elections will end in the first round. If it ends this round, then no problem. If our people decide to finish it in the second round, then this is also welcome. We believe that we will successfully complete the elections in the first round.”

A visibly enraged Kılıçdaroğlu, whose party overnight accused Erdoğan’s camp of massive electoral abuse, snapped: “Despite all his slander and insults, Erdoğan failed to achieve the expected result. Elections cannot be won on a balcony. The data is still coming in.”

“If our people say there will be a second round, we will respect that,” the 74-year-old former official added. “We will definitely win this election in the second round… Erdogan didn’t get the vote of confidence he expected… In the next 15 days, we will fight for rights, laws and justice in this country.”

The prospect of a second round will draw attention to where the 5 percent who voted for Sinan Ogan, a former nationalist parliamentarian, will vote on May 28. around. However, Ogan takes a tough stance towards Kurdish parties, making it difficult to reach an agreement with Kılıçdaroğlu, who relies on the support of the pro-Kurdish HDP party, which is very strong in southeastern Turkey.

The most important elections in the world

Turkey’s presidential election has turned this year into one of the world’s most closely watched political contests, with huge implications both for the future of democracy in the NATO member of 85 million and for security in Europe and the Middle East.

Heading towards the vote, the increasingly authoritarian Erdogan looked more vulnerable than ever to his 20-year dominance of Turkish politics due to a severe cost-of-living crisis that has driven down the prices of many staples such as onions. , meat and cucumbers. within reach of many consumers.

However, the Islamist populist can build on a strong conservative base and remains highly respected for his massive infrastructure and welfare programs, and for reinforcing Turkey’s position as a geopolitical heavyweight and industrial powerhouse. Most importantly, he has huge influence over the media and the judiciary and has jailed key opponents.

Even though Erdoğan said he was on track to win by a wide margin, the opposition predicted it would close the gap due to the number of votes yet to come from major cities where it is stronger. Kılıçdaroğlu accused government election observers of deliberately avoiding adding large numbers of votes from polling stations in opposition strongholds by constantly challenging the count there.

He said 300 ballot boxes were held up in Ankara and 783 in Istanbul. “They are blocking the system at the ballot boxes where we have a lot of votes, with repeated objections,” he complained. “Do not be afraid of the will of the people. Do not block the will of the people. I urge local democrats not to leave ballot boxes. We’re here until every vote is counted.”

Yunus Basaran, a Workers’ Party of Turkey candidate from the southern coastal city of Antalya, outraged at how strongly the AKP is demanding a recount, said some ballot boxes were recounted seven times. “This time they found this way,” he said.

Journalist Nevshin Mengu tweeted she had information that in the Ankara district of Cankaya – a traditional bastion of the opposition – one ballot box was counted 11 times. Alper Tashdelen, the mayor of Çankaya, said almost all ballot boxes were protested.

Anger over a bill

Since early Sunday evening, the tally has sparked a fierce political debate.

Two of Turkey’s most senior opposition politicians, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu and Ankara Mayor Mansour Yavas, were outraged by the way state news agency Anadolu reported the results. This is a very sensitive topic as the Anadolu channel is widely used by TV stations for live coverage of the elections. Initially, Anadolu put Erdogan on a course to win with 54% to 40%.

The mayors said the agency gave an exaggerated picture of Erdogan’s leadership early in the evening, selecting results only from areas where the AK party was strong. The intention was to dissuade election observers from the opposition camp, who would leave before all the ballots were counted, potentially allowing the ballots to be manipulated.

The opposition to Kılıçdaroğlu promised that their officials would stay up to prevent the problem. Calling the Anadolu news agency’s public announcement of the results a “fiction”, opposition leader Kılıçdaroğlu urged his teams to remain vigilant. “We won’t sleep tonight,” he said.

Opposition mayors indicated that Anadolu resorted to the same tactic in the 2019 mayoral election, initially saying the votes meant the AK party was on track for big wins, while the opposition eventually took Istanbul and Ankara at the end of the vote count. .

Erdogan and representatives of his AKP party accused the opposition of cheating, saying they were actually ahead and using the fraud charge as an excuse to defeat.

“Our nation has made a decision. You don’t need to look for new excuses. We will see the will of our people when we get the final results.”

This article has been updated.

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