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Kim Kardashian West to freeze Instagram, Facebook accounts to protest hate speech

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Kim Kardashian West is among several celebrities who have joined the #StopProfitForHate campaign targeted at Facebook, telling followers that she will suspend her use of Facebook and Instagram accounts on Wednesday in protest.

“I can’t sit by and stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation — created by groups to sow division and split America apart — only to take steps after people are killed,” she wrote in social media posts. “Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy.”

Kardashian West said in social media posts that she will “freeze” her Instagram and Facebook accounts on Wednesday, September 16 (US time), and urged others to do the same, providing a link to the Stop Hate for Profit coalition’s website. The reality TV star, activist and entrepreneur has 188 million followers in Instagram and over 30 million on Facebook.

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Kim Kardashian West has told followers that she will suspend her use of Facebook and Instagram accounts (Instagram)

Other celebs who said they will suspend their Instagram accounts on Sept. 16 include Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Sacha Baron Cohen, Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.

A Facebook rep declined to comment but called out the company’s recent announcements about improving safety and policy enforcement, including an ongoing list of updates at this page.

Kardashian West’s reference to Facebook taking steps only “after people are killed” appears to be a reference to the company’s failure to remove a militia group’s “call to arms” amid the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the shooting last month of a Black man.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a town hall meeting, conceded that the company made “an operational mistake” in not removing the “Kenosha Guard” group from the platform before two protesters in the city were shot and killed August 25 by a 17-year-old Illinois boy who had travelled to the city intending to engage in violence.

The Stop Hate for Profit campaign, launched by groups including the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League earlier this summer, was joined by hundreds of companies who pledged to suspend advertising on Facebook platforms temporarily. The goal of the initiative is to urge the company to more aggressively block hate speech and misinformation.

The organisers of Stop Hate for Profit had called for a “freeze” on Instagram accounts on September 16.

“We are quickly approaching one of the most consequential elections in American history. Facebook’s unchecked and vague ‘changes’ are falling dangerously short of what is necessary to protect our democracy,” the coalition says on its site. “Facebook’s role in the Kenosha shooting — which was flagged as violating their policies hundreds of times — is a reminder that changing policies without changing enforcement means little. It reinforces the fact that lives are on the line.”

Facebook has said it has been taking proactive measures on the issue but execs have denied that they have been coerced by marketer pressure. “We are making changes — not for financial reasons or advertiser pressure, but because it is the right thing to do,” COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a July blog post.

Ryan Seacrest, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner pose for a photo at the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" viewing party at Chapter 8 Restaurant on October 16, 2007 in Agoura Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

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NEWS WATCH: All of Marvel’s STAR WARS Solicitations and Covers for December, 2020!

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Here’s a look at what’s happening in a Galaxy Far Far Away this December with all the STAR WARS single issue solicits and covers revealed by Marvel!

STAR WARS #9

CHARLES SOULE (W) • JAN BAZALDUA (A)

Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN

ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Empire Strikes Back Variant COVER by CHRIS SPROUSE

VARIANT COVER BY TONY DANIEL

“OPERATION STARLIGHT” BEGINS, AS THE REBEL PATHFINDERS

UNDERTAKE A DESPERATE MISSION TO THE IMPERIAL CORE.

  • In the Imperial Museum on CORUSCANT, an ancient droid holds the key to salvation of the REBEL ALLIANCE.
  • The Rebels’ elite operations team, the PATHFINDERS, must pull off a daring heist right under the nose of the EMPEROR himself, with LANDO and LOBOT along for the ride!

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd.

 

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #8

GREG PAK (W) • RAFFAELE IENCO (A) • Cover by AARON KUDER

EMPIRE STRIKES BACK VARIANT COVER BY CHRIS SPOUSE

CONCEPT DESIGN VARIANT COVER BY RAFFAELE IENCO

INTO THE FIRE!

  • Hungry for vengeance after his brutal punishment at the hands of THE EMPEROR, can DARTH VADER

uncover his master’s secrets in the depths of MUSTAFAR?

  • Stripped of his greatest weapons, can the dark lord survive the fire and the EYE?
  • Or will he be overcome as the EYE turns Vader’s every question back to his own terrible secrets?

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd.

 

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #8

ETHAN SACKS (W) • PAOLO VILLANELLI (A/C)

Empire Strikes Back Variant COVER by CHRIS SPROUSE

A DEADLY FAVOR!

  • To pay back a debt, VALANCE undertakes a rescue mission to save the crew of a crippled REBEL transport.
  • That dangerous job will take the bounty hunter deep into the heart of the pirate-infested space in THE OUTER RIM.
  • But lying in wait is both an old enemy…and a new threat!

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd.

 

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #7

ALYSSA WONG (W) • RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT (A) • Cover by SWAY

VARIANT Cover by JENNY FRISON

THE OFFER!

  • Hired by DOMINA TAGGE, APHRA sets her sights on a mysterious piece of tech that could shift the balance of the galactic civil war.
  • Her hunt takes her to CORELLIA… and to SANA STARROS’ doorstep!
  • But Aphra’s not the only one on Corellia with an eye on the tech…!

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd.

 

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOL. 1 —

FORTUNE AND FATE TPB

Written by ALYSSA WONG

Penciled by MARIKA CRESTA

Cover by VALENTINA REMENAR

The rogue archaeologist returns with a new crew and a new mission! With the Rebel Alliance on the run after their defeat at the Battle of Hoth, it’s never been a more dangerous time for outlaws and scoundrels. But after a string of bad luck and near escapes, Doctor Aphra is back on the job — hunting the score of a lifetime that’s too good to pass up. To find the cursed Rings of Vaale, Aphra will need a crew of treasure hunters the likes of which the galaxy has never seen! But Ronen Tagge, heir to the powerful Tagge family, also has his eyes on the prize. Do Aphra and her team stand a chance at gaining fortune and glory? Or could there be a traitor in their midst? Collecting STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA (2020) #1-5.

112 PGS./Rated T …$15.99

ISBN: 978-1-302-92304-4

Trim size: 6-5/8 x 10-3/16

NEWS WATCH: All of Marvel’s STAR WARS Solicitations and Covers for December, 2020!

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The View’s Joy Behar Abruptly Ends Interview With GOP Candidate After Heated Exchange — Watch Video

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Tensions were high during Friday’s episode of The View, resulting in a swift end to the co-hosts’ interview with GOP candidate Kim Klacik.

As seen in the video below (with a slightly longer version here), Klacik, the current Republican nominee for Maryland’s 7th congressional district, had just finished addressing the coronavirus pandemic when the interview became heated. Klacik asserted that President Bill Clinton’s administration had been responsible for sending biotech and manufacturing jobs overseas years ago, resulting in a lack of preparedness to handle the pandemic in the United States this year.

Co-host Joy Behar then pointed out that President Trump recently admitted to withholding information from the American public regarding the severity of the coronavirus. (“I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic,” Trump told journalist Bob Woodward, according to audio recorded for Woodward’s new book, Rage.)

“You have to put some blame on your president, I’m sorry,” Behar said. “You’re putting it on something extraneous here. Speak to the point, please. The guy lied.”

But in Klacik’s response, she called Behar “the same Joy that paraded around in blackface not too long ago,” referencing a 2016 episode of The View in which Behar showed an old Halloween photo of her “beautiful African woman” costume from that year. (At the time, Behar admitted to wearing “makeup that was a little bit darker than my skin” for the get-up.)

As Behar insisted to Klacik that her Halloween costume had been “an homage,” adding that “the Black community had my back,” co-host Sunny Hostin jumped in to remind Klacik that the Black community didn’t vote for her in April’s special election against Democrat Kweisi Mfume. “What planet are you living on?” Hostin repeatedly asked Klacik, turning her chair away from the camera.

Behar ultimately wrapped the interview early, prompting Klacik to respond, “That was very immature, but thank you for having me.”

Watch the exchange from Friday’s broadcast below:

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What it was really like to see Star Wars in 1977

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Proud Star Wars fan Rob Conery said that seeing the first movie in theaters at age nine was a “life-altering” experience in a passionate Medium article, reminding younger film fans just how unique it was at the time. According to Conery, it wasn’t just the visual effects that made Star War unlike anything that people had seen before, it was the whole package. “Most movies you would go see as a kid were kind of crappy,” he wrote, further adding, “I remember really liking Escape From Witch Mountain and the Herbie movies, but as I grew older I wanted something more. More adventure and, yes, a little bit of suspense and scariness, too. We just didn’t have that back then — it was all goofy Disney dreck.”

That all changed when Star Wars came along. According to Conery, it was the “perfect escape event” for the pre-internet age, when kids didn’t have endless entertainment at their fingertips and were generally left to “make s*** up” for fun. “There was absolutely nothing like Star Wars when it came out,” he said, adding, “I’m struggling to come up with some relevant analogy for movies today; some thing that makes you jump up and scream, that alters your life profoundly and makes you believe in space travel, exotic alien planets, and the Force.” He certainly wasn’t alone in this opinion. One Reddit user who saw Star Wars on opening weekend said that they’d “never seen anything remotely like it before.”

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