London grime star Stormzy has slammed U.K. media organization ITV News for misrepresenting an interview he did with an Italian newspaper, where when asked if there was still racism in Britain, he replied “definitely, 100 per cent.”
ITV News ran the headline “Rapper Stormzy says U.K. is ‘100 per cent’ racist’” on Saturday.
Stormzy took to Twitter to denounce ITV News for “intentionally spinning my words for some click bait,” and for other Twitter users to stop telling him “to stay classy.”
“Where’s their class?” he countered in a tweet. He has since been praised for calling out racism in the U.K. and the media.
Antonello Guerrera, the author of the original interview which appeared in “il venerdi” a weekly magazine from Italian newspaper La Repubblica, also weighed in on Twitter – spelling out Stormzy’s exact response from his transcript.
“Me: Is Britain still racist today? Stormzy: Definitely, 100%” Guerrera’s tweet reads. He then provided a fuller transcript of the interview where Stormzy elaborates on his views.
ITV News issued a correction on Twitter, writing that they had updated their story with a clearer headline, but other users were quick to point out that their changes still did not convey Stormzy’s quote correctly.
“No @Stormzy said he “definitely 100%” agreed with the proposition Britain was still a racist country. Your headline is 100% false (and libellous). Change it,” one user replied.
ITV News has yet to issue an official reply to the accusations, but appears to have deleted the original tweet with the misleading headline.
The original set of tweets issued by ITV News after U.K. grime artist Stormzy slammed the organization for misrepresenting his interview with an Italian newspaper (ITVNews/Twitter)
Explainer – Who faces legal liability in ‘Rust’ shooting case?
Lawsuits seeking to assign civil liability in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins would be most likely to name the “Rust” crew member who inspected the gun, the assistant director who handed it to actor Alec Baldwin and possibly others in the production company, experts said on Wednesday.
New Mexico authorities have not ruled out criminal charges in the case. While rehearsing a scene on the movie set, Baldwin accidentally fired a gun that he had been told was safe. The shot killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
COULD THERE BE CRIMINAL CHARGES?
Experts said criminal charges are possible, though likely not against Baldwin.
“For a criminal case, you’re going to need some sort of actual intent, or criminal negligence, gross negligence. That’s … something more than pointing the gun,” said former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani in Los Angeles.
The criminal investigation will likely focus instead on how the gun came to be loaded. “I think having live ballistic rounds on a movie set is inexcusable and rises to the level of gross negligence that you see in a criminal charge,” said lawyer Jeff Harris of Harris Lowry Manton.
WHAT COULD THE GROUNDS FOR LAWSUITS BE?
Hutchins’ family and Souza could file civil lawsuits for financial damages, legal experts said.
These lawsuits would most likely argue negligence, legally defined as a failure to exercise a reasonable level of care.
Such claims got a boost from the revelation by Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza on Wednesday that the gun handed to Baldwin contained a live round despite having been inspected and declared safe by two people, armorer Hannah Gutierrez and assistant director David Halls, and that other live rounds were found on the set.
“It’s pretty obvious; somebody had to be negligent,” said University of Southern California law professor Gregory Keating.
WHO COULD BE SUED?
Harris, who represented the family of a stuntman on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” in a wrongful death case, said both Gutierrez and Halls could be sued. Bryan Sullivan of Early Sullivan, a Los Angeles entertainment attorney, agreed.
Harris said the “Rust” production company, people in supervisory roles and people involved in hiring decisions could also be targeted.
Allocating liability could take years of litigation. The outcome would determine who might have to pay financial damages and how much.
“It’s very common to have multiple defendants whose negligence intermingles with each other,” Harris said.
Baldwin probably will not be held civilly liable for firing the gun after being told it was safe. However, he could face liability as one of the film’s producers, said Sullivan.
A court “would look at who had ultimate authority to ensure the safety of the set,” he said.
WHAT ARE THE OBSTACLES TO DAMAGE CLAIMS?
Defendants in a civil lawsuit would likely argue the shooting was a workplace accident, meaning that the victims could only seek payment through workers’ compensation insurance.
However, University of New Mexico School of Law professor Sonia Gipson Rankin said the victims could seek to prove that defendants had ignored safety concerns in the past and were knowingly acting in a dangerous way.
If successful, the victims might be able to seek damages in court, rather than through workers’ compensation.
(Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; Additional reporting by Nate Raymond, Editing by Alexia Garamfalvi and Cynthia Osterman)
Wasaga Beach, Ont., disables comments on its social media to prevent spread of hate, misinformation – Global News
An Ontario town says it will no longer allow comments on its social media posts in an effort to prevent the spread of hate and misinformation.
The Town of Wasaga Beach says it will disable comments for now, but will continue to share community information on social media.
The town located on the shore of Georgian Bay says it’s making the change because certain individuals in the community have been using its social media pages to “bully, spread hate and misinformation.”
In a video posted online, Mayor Nina Bifolchi says the town does not want to give those people a platform to spread “hate and lies.”
She says residents are still encouraged to reach out to staff and council members by phone and email if they need to.
The town is also encouraging residents to use the municipality’s community engagement website called Let’s Talk Wasaga Beach.
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