It was quite a busy week, wasn’t it? With the ongoing FIFA World Cup games in Russia and Trump’s Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy gaining global attention, and the oral arguments on Same-Sex Marriage as well as the successful approval of the PH Mental Health Law making waves locally, we round up this week’s winners and losers.
Die Mannschaft. Germany’s national football team disappointed fans with a crushing defeat from Mexico last Sunday. Clearly, the Germans proved to be too slow for the agile Mexicans. If they want to advance to reach the next round, they need to win their next games with Sweden and South Korea.
US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump. This week’s biggest losers by a mile. The Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy drew so much flak after news of the plight of immigrant children broke the internet . Moreover, Melania’s choice of wear for a visit at a children’s detention center was clearly off the mark. A jacket that says “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” doesn’t exactly display tact and sensitivity when you’re around children who have been separated from their parents.
In The middle
YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. Cool. So YouTube is now trying to go after Spotify and Netflix. But is ad-free video content worth the $11.99? It may be too early to tell, but we don’t think its competitors will be shaking just yet. And honestly, we’re not exactly crazy about ‘Cobra Kai’ as well.
IGTV. Tough call. Though the new app development looks great and is ad-free, CEO Kevin Systrom is looking at advertising eventually. For a target market with incredibly low attention spans, this doesn’t look too good for IGTV. And with YouTube upping its game as well, we’re not sure which app will come out on top.
Chris Pratt and Gina Rodriguez. Both stars made headlines this week not for winning acting awards but for just simply doing the right thing. Pratt’s speech at the MTV Movie & TV Awards got raves for his funny but highly motivational message. Rodriguez on the other hand, chose to use her Emmy campaign funds to sponsor the college education of a young woman through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. Perhaps some politicians can learn something from these two.
The Women of Iran. It may have taken nearly 40 years for them to be able to watch football in public, but still, we enjoyed seeing them cheer for their team. And even if Iran lost to Spain that evening, Iran claimed victory by taking a step forward in empowering women and fighting misogyny.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros and the PH Mental Health Law. The biggest victory this week is the approval of the Mental Health Law. At long last, the general welfare of both mental health patients and workers will be given the attention it needs. Principal sponsor Sen. Risa Hontiveros and her co-authors should be given all the credit they deserve. From the words of Sen. Hontiveros, “Finally, help is here.”
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