Wednesday was a historic day in New Zealand as the government finally passed legislation legalizing gay marriage.
It wasn’t just the crowd gathered outside, however, who were ecstatic to hear the news. In what is probably one of the most heartwarming videos I have ever seen, the entire House of Representatives broke out singing the love song “Pokarekare Ana” in Maori, a language spoken by indigenous tribes in the country.
I’m not one to watch televised coverage of parliamentary debates (I prefer Keeping Up With the Kardashians), but this is a must see. Just try to make it to the end of this video without cracking a smile.
If only the rest of the world – I’m looking at you, USA – would follow New Zealand’s lead, we could all be singing too!
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reconsidering getting married, despite earlier vows to never tie the knot.
The famous couple claims that they are feeling the pressure from their children to become husband and wife, despite previously insisting they would only exchange vows when same-sex marriage is legalized.
In a 2006 interview with Esquire magazine, Pitt famously declared: “Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.”
But Pitt now admits they are warming up to the idea of marriage, thanks to much convincing from their six children.
He tells USA Weekend magazine, “The kids ask about marriage. It’s meaning more and more to them. So it’s something we’ve got to look at.”
Both stars have been married before; Pitt divorced Jennifer Aniston in 2005 after falling for Jolie while co-starring in action comedy Mr. and Mrs. Smith, while Jolie was previously wed to Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.
I hope they do get married. It’s a nice gesture that they are doing by not getting married, as they are standing for equality, but they are my favourite Hollywood couple and I would love to read all the details of their big day. Either way, though, they shouldn’t be forced to get married. They should do what’s right for them as a couple.
Anarchic rap troupe Odd Future and leader ‘Tyler, the Creator’ have gathered major attention from underground hip-hop fans and have earned praise from Diddy, Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams over the past year. But one musician who is not a fan is Sara Quin, one half of the indie sister duo ‘Tegan and Sara.’
The singer has posted an open letter on the group’s website describing ‘Tyler, the Creator’ as a “bully” and blasting the rapper’s use of homophobic and misogynistic lyrics.
“In any other industry would I be expected to tolerate, overlook and find deeper meaning in this kid’s sickening rhetoric?” Quin writes in the letter, which is titled ‘Call for Change.’
“Why should I care about this music or its ‘brilliance’ when the message is so repulsive and irresponsible? There is much that upsets me in this world, and this certainly isn’t the first time I’ve drafted an open letter or complaint, but in the past I’ve found an opinion – some like-minded commentary – that let me rest assured that my outrage, my voice, had been accounted for. Not this time.”
Quin also takes aim at the media for its efforts to “defend, excuse and congratulate” Tyler, the Creator, who released his sophomore album, “Goblin,” last Tuesday. The album has generated a favorable score of 72 out of 100 on Metacritic.
Quin, who describes herself as “a human being, both a girl and a lesbian” in the letter, continues to say “The more I think about it, the more I think people don’t actually want to go up against this particular bully because he’s popular. Who sticks up for women and gay people now? It seems entirely uncool to do so in the indie rock world, and I’ll argue that point with ANYONE.”
Meanwhile, Tyler, the Creator posted his response to Sara’s impassioned letter on Twitter yesterday: “If Tegan And Sara Need Some Hard D**k, Hit Me Up!”
Well, it’s pretty obvious who is the most intellectual in this band feud.