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Latest update : 2014-05-13

NFL: Decision to draft gay player sparks heated reaction

In this edition: online reactions as the NFL drafts its first openly gay player; Iranian women ditching their hijabs on Facebook; and wingsuit enthusiasts hurtle down a mountainside in Italy.

NFL: DECISION TO DRAFT GAY PLAYER SPARKS HEATED REACTION

On Saturday, 24 year old Michael Sam became the first openly gay player in history to be drafted in to America`s National Football League, the NFL. And the news has become a popular trending topic on social networks.

Messages of support for Michael Sam have been flooding in following his selection by the St Louis Rams. Posts from American football followers and also dozens of retired and current players, hailing the news, saying it will stay engraved in fans memories forever.

And while a great many web users are delighted Michael Sam will be joining the next NFL season and praising his courage for coming out as gay back in February, there has been some criticism. Certain web users, like former American football player Derrick Ward say they were shocked when they saw him kiss his boyfriend after hearing his name called. They found it offensive and even more so because it was aired live on national television.

Ultra conservative web users who also say they are astonished by the wave of support for Michael Sam on social networks and that it in view of the countless jokes at the expense of American football player Tim Tebow who is teased for his religious beliefs, it is now more acceptable to be homosexual than Christian in the US…
 

IRANIAN WOMEN ARE DITCHING THEIR HIJABS ON FACEBOOK

Dozens of Iranian women have been challenged the rule that they cannot remove their Islamic veil in public… and have taken to a dedicated Facebook page called “Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian women” to post photos of themselves minus their hijab. The page has racked up over 110,000 likes since its launch on May 3rd, despite the social network being banned in Iran.

What they are doing is particularly brave because as they point out, in Iran a woman seen without her headscarf is deemed to be in violation of Islamic law, an offence that can be punished by 70 lashes or 60 days in prison. These women say they feel forced to wear the hijab and are calling for the right to remove it, particularly during the hot summer months.

Some Iranians support a stricter implementation of Islamic law and oppose the movement. As local news site “Digarban” reports, protesters gathered in Tehran on Wednesday to urge the authorities to be firm with these women who are not respecting the Islamic dress code.

The conservative opposition has made the women involved in the campaign more determined than ever. They have started an online petition called “say no to the compulsory hijab in Iran”, in which they request the right to choose whether or not they wear the veil.

WEBSITE SHOWS WHAT CITIES LOOK LIKE UNDER WATER

Environmental awareness organization "Carbon Story" has launched a hack for Google Maps called "World Under Water" which visualizes the potential impact of global warming. You can click on one of the suggested cities, or you can put an address or landmark into the search bar, you`ll see that place waterlogged with two meters of water. Apocalyptic scenes with information about rising sea levels and how one quarter of the world`s population live in coastal regions and are under threat.
 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

If you want to know if you`d be considered beautiful in China, you just have to place your index finger between your nose and chin, and if your lips don`t touch your finger, congratulations, you`re beautiful. The totally unscientific so called “Finger Trap” test has been sweeping social media in China in recent weeks. Many have taken to Twitter equivalent Sina Weibo to try it out. Chinese media has pointed out the absurdity of the test and also demonstrated that according to the test there are countless ugly celebrities.
 

HOAX OF THE DAY

This video was posted to YouTube last Monday by a user who goes by the name of “Section 51” who says it was filmed in Afghanistan back in March and shows a flying saucer destroying a Taliban camp. The clip has gone viral since featuring on the website of UK newspaper “The Daily Mirror” but it is of course a hoax… the footage has been doctored and is actually of US troops destroying a bomb factory in Iraq in 2007, no UFO sightings had been reported at the time.
 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This video was recently posted online by members of the “Human Flight” collective and shows a number of wingsuit enthusiasts dangerously skimming the mountainside as they hurtle down Mount Brento in Italy. You can check out this adrenaline packed clip in its entirety on the “Human Flight” YouTube channel.

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