Top of the posts: Creationism, Madonna and one big Olympic tax break for sponsors
This week two hotel workers, Sandip Moonea and Avinash Treebhoowoon, were acquitted of the murder of Irish honeymooner Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius. The Mauritian Sunday Times printed various images including one of the corpse, which Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said could not be justified. Dr Sean Carey describes how there is a long-standing tradition of “publishing gore in Mauritius by ‘la presse sensationnelle’ — think of turbo-charged News of the Worlds”.
Madonna’s pricey Hyde Park gig was criticised by some feeling that the singer should “put it away”. Charlie Alderwick showed that it wasn’t a representative feeling of all, writing that her age is immaterial in her job, and the constant comparisons to Lady Gaga are a sad commonplace for female singers.
Despite the Laugh Factory’s assertions that Daniel Tosh’s rape joke was greeted with laughter, many complaints have been vocalised. Louise McCudden holds that comedians shouldn’t expect “zero backlash when they make lazy jokes with a regressive premise”.
The number of disabled hate crimes reported to the police is up by 14 per cent since 2010, but cumulative effects of the Government’s cuts seem to be falling disproportionately on disabled people. As Worcestershire county council announced its proposal to shut away disabled people in care homes for the rest of their lives, Sharon Brennan comments on the “greed of chasing money at any cost” means that the most vulnerable people are being targeted and neglected.
Many of us will remember being told the story of how God created the world in just seven days, but is it right to teach children creationism? Susan Elkin argues that although The Bible has many merits, pushing a religious view on young children disregards the scientific fact of evolution.
Elsewhere Simon Birch discusses the tax rules meaning that ‘partner organisations’ such as Coca Cola and Visa could make a tax-free fortune at the Games, Guadalupe Marengo enlightens many on the reality of human rights in Ecuador, Caroline Mortimer offers the thoughts of many under 25s, Will Brooker looks at the changing faces of Batman, and Janey Godley’s live tweeting of a public argument between a couple proved extremely popular.
These are the most read blogs from the past week, as determined by stats:
2. Live-tweeting a very public break-up By Janey Godley
3. Smug criticisms of Madonna and endless Gaga comparisons are a victory for ageism and misogyny By Charlie Alderwick
4. When it comes to rape jokes, ‘free speech’ is a lazy defence By Louise McCudden
5. A few things you should know about Ecuador, beyond Assange By Guadalupe Marengo
6. Britain is losing its sense of decency when it comes to the disabled By Sharon Brennan
7. Teaching creationism: Indoctrination is a form of child abuse By Susan Elkin
8. Generation Y are suffering from the recession – don’t tell us we’re not By Caroline Mortimer
9. The great Olympic tax swindle By Simon Birch
10. The Dark Knight Rises: Batman’s secret is adapting through the ages By Will BrookerTagged in: Madonna, Mauritius, Sandip Moonea and Avinash Treebhoowoon
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