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Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020

Friday, 10 Jul 2020

This song broke through to a less-than-casual Bowie listener - that is, me when I was a youngster. It was ground-breaking music, and a mad video in, perhaps, the golden age of pop videos.

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Thursday, 9 Jul 2020

It looks like Halle Berry managed to narrowly dodge a bullet last weekend.

From the telegraph 7 July 2020:-

Halle Berry apologises for comments on transgender role

The Hollywood star had expressed her interest in playing a transgender man in an upcoming movie

[pic: Halle Berry has apologised after being accused of misgendering CREDIT: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic]

Hollywood actress Halle Berry has apologised after being criticised for speaking about her interest in playing a transgender man in an upcoming film.

The Oscar-winning star said in an Instagram Live that she had been preparing for the role before another project came up.

But Berry said she wanted to do a "deep dive" into "that world," apparently a reference to the transgender community, and repeatedly referred to the character as a woman.

That led to allegations of "misgendering" while others said any role involving a trans character should go to a trans actor.

Berry, 53, has now apologised and said she should not have been considered for the part.

She said: "Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man and I'd like to apologise for those remarks.

Ms Berry said that the trans community should have the opportunity to tell their own story CREDIT: CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS]

"As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories.

"I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."

GLAAD, the LGBT advocacy group, welcomed her Berry's apology.

It said: "We are pleased that @halleberry listened to the concerns of transgender people and learned from them. Other powerful people should do the same."

Berry's comments come amid a renewed focus on representation in the entertainment industry, while trans rights have also been in the news due to JK Rowling.

She has been criticised by Harry Potter stars for her beliefs on biological sex, though the author has strongly denied allegations of transphobia.

Netflix's critically acclaimed documentary Disclosure has been praised for its exploration of trans characters in TV and film.

Telegraph link

MSN link

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