Sistagirls do Mardi Gras: Indigenous trans community crowdfunds for pride parade

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Imagining a world without diversity, culture and the full rainbow of gender identities is a very dull prospect. Recognising and celebrating the expression these human values makes us healthier and stronger. 

A world without the colourful and ecstatic celebration that is Australia’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras? No thanks.   

Cue the Tiwi Sistagirls. A transgender community of around 40 who reside in the Tiwi Islands, a small group of islands around 100km north of Darwin and officially part of the Northern Territory.

The Sistagirls — who have given themselves this name, as a sign of self-respect and the desire to shun a western label — have overcome many challenges to create for themselves a vibrant and supportive network where they now feel confident and safe.     Read more…

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Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard get philosophical about ‘Assassin’s Creed’

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For a movie based on a video game franchise, Assassin’s Creed has plenty of moral complexity.

“Basically for the audience, they can’t sit back and go, ‘OK, well we know this is the good camp and this is the bad camp,” Michael Fassbender told Mashable

This time, the actor, who has played Steve Jobs, Macbeth and Magneto, takes on the role of a 15th-century assassin. The material is also taken seriously by Australian director Justin Kurzel, who shunned green screens and shot on-location as often as possible to give it a realistic feel.  

It’s all in pursuit of expressing the very human longing for power.  Read more…

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Kid’s rendition of ‘Hocus Pocus’ song wins hearts, including Bette Midler’s

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This one goes out to all the sweet, camp kids of the world who put on living room theatre productions for their parents.

Alfie is one such kid, and if he doesn’t leave you smiling from ear to ear, well, you’re officially a vegetable person. Please check your pulse.

Proud father of little Alfie, U.K. man Steven Shields posted a Facebook video of his son a few days ago and it’s basically stolen the heart of the internet — even Bette Midler herself is a fan, saying “Alfie nailed it!”

In the video, which Shields said Alfie asked him to upload, the cutie plays the role of Midler’s witchy villain Winifred in kid’s film Hocus Pocus — doing an excellent cover of “I Put a Spell On You.” Read more…

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‘Bro is glistening’: Christmas carol gets Kiwi makeover in hilarious vid

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Star of Hunt for the Wilderpeople and all-around Kiwi legend, Julian Dennison, stars alongside British singer Ronan Keating for a Christmas carol with a difference this year.

Air New Zealand’s latest funny video sees Dennison play the role of music producer, ordering Keating to change the words to “Winter Wonderland” — making them more relevant Down Under. 

Whether it’s your bro glistening (with sweat, because it’s hot), or avoiding prickles from your nan (if you know, you know), the Christmas carol’s lyrical redux is a vast improvement from the original TBH.

Turns out Dennison is just as funny and sweet as his Wilderpeople character in real life, if not more so. Read more…

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Politician unleashes bizarre whip analogy in response to refugee protesters

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Conservative politician George Christensen has been a bad, bad boy on Twitter.

Australian parliament was interrupted Wednesday by an estimated 30 protesters, there to demand an end to what they see as the inhumane treatment of refugees.

But rather than hear them out, politicians either walked straight out, turned their backs or, in some cases, implied the need for corporeal punishment.

Protestors from Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA) linked arms and reportedly even superglued their hands to part of the building in defence of refugees stuck in mandatory detention centres offshore. Read more…

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How the Aussie star of ‘Barry’ learnt self-acceptance with help from Obama

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What do a 24-year-old kid from Perth, Australia, and the 44th President of the United States have in common?   

Quite a bit actually, if you ask the Aussie actor of Netflix’s upcoming biopic Barry.   

Like the young Barack Obama, who he plays, Devon Terrell is on a journey of self-discovery. And thanks to Obama, he’s learning a lot.

Barry centres on the life of Obama as a young Columbia University student in racially-charged New York of the early ’80s. Emigrating from Indonesia in 1971, the child of a white American woman and a Kenyan man, Obama deals with issues of belonging in Barry — based partly on his account of the period in the memoir Dreams From My Father.     Read more…

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‫TV station apologises for sharing tips for covering up domestic violence injuries

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Moroccan TV program Sabahiyat has left a bad taste in the mouths of viewers, after it ran a segment showing female viewers how to cover up domestic abuse injuries with makeup.

Airing last Wednesday, channel 2M’s morning show brought on make-up artist Lilia Mouline to offer women tips. Specifically, tips on how to use make-up to “camouflage traces of violence.”

Once the video was uploaded to social media, the condemnation was swift.

Using a model who was seemed to have the appearance of bruising on her face, Mouline said “We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life.” Read more…

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This cop cannot help busting some sick moves when the beat drops at a festival

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If social media has taught us anything in the last few years, it’s that some cops in Australia and New Zealand just love dancing.

It’s a real addiction. Take this policeman, who simply wants to cut sick shapes with recent high school graduates at a festival.

The yet-to-be-named officer was seen “muzzing” (as the youth call it) at Dunsbourough Leavers Zone in Western Australia, where local DJ Harley Anning caught him on video and put it on Facebook.

“He was just having a good time, and hyping everyone — it was great,” Anning told WA TodayRead more…

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Nelly attempts to explain the iconic Excel spreadsheet texting in ‘Dilemma’

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It’s been 14 years, and our intrigue has only increased with time.

Now, rapper Nelly has stepped forward to gallantly attempt an answer to one of the greatest questions of the ’00s — why the hell was Kelly Rowland texting via Excel spreadsheet in the video for “Dilemma?”

The appearance of a bizarre Microsoft Excel spreadsheet on Rowland’s Nokia Communicator phone in the 2002 video has remained one of the biggest mysteries of the turn of the century.

If you’re ever upset about your service, just remember Kelly Rowland once texted nelly in an excel spreadsheet

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Heir to Sex Pistols memorabilia has burned $6 million in archival treasure

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We get it, Joe Corré. You’re very punk. 

Son of designer Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, Corré spent Saturday doing something so anti-punk that arguably, it’s punk again.

He reportedly burned £5 million ($6.24 million) in memorabilia on the river Thames, London.

And you guessed it; not everyone on social media was impressed with the statement-making exercise that marked the 40th anniversary of “Anarchy in the U.K.“ 

From accusations of privileged wastefulness to criticism of the environmental damage such a stunt might cause, critics thought the whole thing very foolish.  Read more…

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