In this edition: the French government's cabinet reshuffle selfies; Brazilian women campaign against sexual violence; and Russian artists bring Marge Simpson to the real world.
FRANCE: CABINET RESHUFFLE SELFIES
As rumours were rife that the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was about to resign, some of his cabinet couldn’t resist the temptation to immortalize their time at Matignon. Overseas advisor to the former head of government Stéphane Grauvogel, for example went round his colleagues' offices taking selfies before they bid goodbye…
The pics were initially published on Grauvogel`s Twitter page but he has since protected his account. The selfies are still available on Jean-Marc Ayrault`s now former advisor's Instagram page however. We see him alongside other grinning members of his team just a few hours before the announcement Manuel Valls was to succeed their old boss…
Somewhat surprising behaviour that brings to mind Jean-Marc Ayrault`s penchant for selfies. Indeed as the shots shared on his Twitter page over the past few months will attest the former PM had become rather partial to these self-portrait photographs.
But will the new head of government also partake in this social media phenomenon. It`s doesn't seem too likely as Manuel Valls hasn`t used his Twitter account since May 7th 2012.
BRAZIL: WOMEN BARE ALL TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT RAPE
This online movement currently underway in Brazil delivers a very clear message “No woman deserves to be raped”. The Facebook campaign was launched by journalist Nana Queiroz on Friday, and invites web users the world over to share photos of themselves topless, or in their underwear, covering their breasts, under the “I don’t deserve to be raped” hashtag and bearing a sign reading the aforementioned message. The movement is steadily gaining ground on social media.
The online campaigning was prompted by a survey released last week by Brazil`s Institute for Applied Economic Research. The study revealed that a strong proportion of the population believe victims of sexual violence are to blame or partly to blame. 65 % of people surveyed think women wearing revealing clothing deserve to be attacked and 58 % believe there would be less rape if “women knew how to behave”.
The poll has sparked lively reactions from men and women across the country, including political figures. The president Dilma Roussef has posted a series of messages to Twitter in which she says the country still has a lot of work to do in combatting violence against women, and she calls on the government and civil society to work together to fight this scourge.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
American web users have been posting under the #LeBronMetEbony hashtag after the basketball star made a teenage girl`s dream come true on Saturday. High school student Ebony who has cancer was able to warm up with LeBron ahead of his game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Thousands of social networkers have been campaigning for weeks to make the meeting happen, and it finally paid off, an emotional encounter for the young lady and for the basketball star.
360-DEGREE VIEW OF MILKY WAY GALAXY
Scientists with NASA`s Spitzer Space telescope have created this zoomable 360 degree view of the Milky Way, created from over 2 million infrared photos. It is the most detailed image of the galaxy to date. Astronomy buffs will be able to explore it comprehensively as part of the “Milky Way Project” and search, identify and catalogue the celestial bodies of our galaxy.
STATS OF THE DAY
Monster attacks, alien attacks, climatic events, infections… disaster films have destroyed the United States. This map was put together by the team at Deadspin.com, they went through 189 films set in America to analyse their impact. From the damage caused by King Kong and Godzilla, the tornados and earthquakes, New York City seems to be the worst hit by Hollywood. Los Angeles it should be noted has most definitely not been spared by US filmmakers and it is the only city to have been hit by a… sharknado!
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Photographer Alexander Khokhlov, make-up artist Veronica Ershova and stylist Mikhail Kravchenko pooled their talents to create a real-life version of cartoon character Marge Simpson. And the end result is both astonishing and unnerving... as you can see in this video which is currently doing the rounds on sharing sites.