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Australia: web users show support for firefighters

Today on the net: Australian web users praise the firefighters battling the flames in New South Wales; a sexist video stirs up controversy among French netizens, and a mini-pig becomes the latest Instagram sensation.

Australia: web users show support for firefighters

It’s been a week now and wildfires continue to burn across the state of New South Wales in Australia. Some 3 000 firefighters have been deployed to contain and combat the flames and they have been receiving widespread and warm praise online.

Web users have been posting messages to Twitter hailing the exceptional bravery of the firefighters who are willing to risk their life to save another: courageous men and women who many are holding up as heroes.

Dozens of social networkers have been sharing photos or videos like these ones online showing the fire fighters in action ... astonishing images that give an insight into the harsh conditions they are facing and the seriousness of the situation.

As we can see in these pictures that have been widely relayed by Australian web users, fire fighters are exhausted and sometimes do not even have the strength to return to their vehicle to take a break from containing the flames: they catch sleep wherever they can.

Sexist video sparks online outrage in France

This video has racked up over 2 million views on YouTube and has sparked an online outrage in France. Loosely translating as “how to kiss a stranger in 10 seconds”, it features national radio presenter, Guillaume Pley, approach women in the street and try to get them to kiss him in a short a time as possible; and of course it’s all captured on a hidden camera.

It was inspired by this clip posted online recently by an American web user who took on a similar challenge, much to the disgust of women everywhere. Many, like the writer of this article published on Madmoizelle.com, have said it equates to street harassment and that even if it’s meant to be funny or a joke, kissing someone against their will is a punishable offence.

A lot of women have been voicing similar opinions via social media platforms, calling for the video to be removed. They think the radio host has gone too far and are worried about the image of women it conveys to young people, who make up a major portion of the radio host’s audience demographic. One group of women even staged a protest in front of the radio station on Monday, demanding the presenter issue an apology.

A growing backlash that looks set to continue: as Le Figaro has reported in an online article feminist organization “Osez le feminism” has contacted France’s audiovisual regulatory authority, the CSA, demanding they investigate the sexist nature of the controversial video and decide whether there will be any disciplinary action for the radio and its host.

Now trending on social networks

Lady Gaga opted for a somewhat original tactic to promote her new single “Do what you want » this week. The American singer used some of the tracks lyrics as hashtags to respond to criticism and other rumours about her that have been circulating on social networks and in the press. She addressed comments about her weight, her supposed drug addiction and her reported rivalry with Madonna, and of course Lady Gaga demonstrated once again just how talented she is at online communication.

Jamon the pig is an Internet sensation

Jamon in the bath, Jamon having a drink and Jamon taking a nap … The Brazilian family that owns this cute little pig started posting photos of him to social networks back in July. And he visibly has all sorts of get ups and costumes. He now has over 30 000 people following his adventures on Instagram, making Jamon the pig the latest web sensation.

Video of the day

This video was produced by Lakewood High School in Colorado, in the US and features over 2 000 students performing in a massive lip dub to the Katy Perry hit “Roar”. The film consists of one single, unbroken shot and you can check it out in its entirety on all good video sharing platforms…

By Electron Libre

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