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Selena Gomez Calls Out Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Instagram for Enabling Pro-Trump Mob

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Selena Gomez forcefully called out the heads of the country’s biggest social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, and YouTube—for enabling the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol yesterday by not stopping the spread of disinformation on their platforms.

“Today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring people together and allow people to build community,” she wrote on Instagram and Twitter. “Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Susan Wojcicki—you have all failed the American people today, and I hope you’re going to fix things moving forward.”

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Yesterday Facebook and Twitter, long reluctant to do any censoring of President Donald Trump’s posts—even if they contained disinformation and false conspiracy theories, or incited violence and division—banned Trump from their platforms for 24 and 12 hours, respectively.

The move came after they removed a video the President posted where he told the rioters in D.C., “I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now…This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you, you’re very special.” There has been no evidence of massive voter fraud in the 2020 election that Trump’s challenger Joe Biden won, and courts, including the Supreme Court, have ruled against or dismissed any challenges.

This is not Gomez’s first time calling out the social media companies for allowing hate speech and disinformation to spread on their platforms. In December, the singer called out Facebook and Instagram for not taking down neo-Nazi pages. Gomez shared the post from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which pointed out Neo-Nazi accounts on both Instagram and Facebook still active and selling merchandise through their platforms. She added in her retweet, “I’m speechless. @Facebook @Instagram how are you tolerating this hate? There’s still accounts there even though you have been notified!!”

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Most recently, Gomez singled out Facebook for allowing disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine to spread on its platform. “Scientific disinformation has and will cost lives,” she wrote. “@Facebook said they don’t allow lies about COVID and vaccines to be spread on their platforms. So how come all of this is still happening? Facebook is going to be responsible for thousands of deaths if they don’t take action now!”

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Meghan Markle’s Veja Sneakers Are 30 Percent Off Right Now

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It’s been a few years since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s October 2018 Australia royal tour, but one accessory to emerge from the trip has remained steadfast: the effortlessly chic Veja sneakers the Duchess of Sussex sported on a boat in Sydney.

As anyone else who’s ever waited for a restock of Veja’s core styles will know, the celebrity-loved brand still sells out of sizes three years later. This brings very good newsfor those of you who’ve long awaited an online shopping miracle. Bandier currently has a handful of Veja styles on sale for 30 percent off as part of a friends and family sale that kicks off today, March 16. The sale covers most of the luxe e-tailer’s site and savings are reflected in cart at checkout.

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Aside from the French brand’s star-studded list of wearers (Katie Holmes and Reese Witherspoon also own a pair of Vejas), Veja stands out for being one of the early prioritizers of sustainability. Veja sources all of its raw materials directly, and the brand is fully transparent about every step of its production process.

Considering how Veja sneakers rarely, if ever, go on sale, now would be a very wise time to treat yourself to a pair before they inevitably sell out and are back to being full price on March 21. Meghan Markle would approve!

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Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez on Celebrating Deb Haaland, Passing COVID Relief, and Turning Pain into Policy

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When Teresa Leger Fernandez was elected to represent New Mexico’s 3rd congressional district this past November, she became part of history: For the first time, the state had elected solely women of color to its U.S. House delegation, including her mentor Deb Haaland, who’s now been confirmed as the nation’s first Native American cabinet secretary. Leger Fernandez also became the first woman, and the first Latina, to represent her district.

But for members of the 117th Congress, the 2020 election was only the beginning of what would be a critical legislative year. Just days after members were sworn into Congress, the Capitol came under attack. Shortly after, President Biden was inaugurated and Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial began. Then in March, a year into the coronavirus pandemic, Leger Fernandez and her Democratic colleagues worked to pass the American Rescue Plan, Biden’s first major COVID-19 relief bill.

This Monday, just hours before Haaland was officially confirmed, Leger Fernandez went live on ELLE’s Facebook to answer 20 questions about her time in office. She was joined by A’shanti Gholar, the founder of The Brown Girls Guide to Politics, as part of a special Women’s History Month collaboration between ELLE and The BGG. Find an abridged version of the Q&A below, or watch the full video here:

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Gholar: For you, what is it like being a part of history?

Rep. Leger Fernandez: It is absolutely marvelous because we recognize that this is our future. But oftentimes I’m the only Latina in the room. I bring my perspective to the questions at hand. Sometimes it’s as simple as we’re sending a letter to Biden’s then-transition team, and I say, we haven’t mentioned tal y tal y tal, I’ll list three issues that are close to my lived experience. Those are the key things, to be able to be that voice in that room at all times.

We can’t talk about the first 100 days without talking about Jan. 6. I was thinking about everyone there, especially the women, the women of color, because it was very obvious who they really wanted to attack. What are some ways we can continue to support you and the other women in Congress after that horrible day?

You’re absolutely right, we know that white supremacy was at the core of the rioters and the insurrectionists. In my Congressional Hispanic Caucus, there have been some members who immediately after, on the flights home, were attacked for who they were [because] they were easily identified. The hard thing we all struggle with from that day is the fact that it was an attack on our democracy, on this thing we love so much. The attacks were clearly because they didn’t like what democracy was doing. Democracy was electing people of color. It was electing our first vice president woman of color. I think that the way you support us is by doing it again: fighting back, registering, voting, organizing, being active, bringing joy and energy to this effort to save our future.

We know COVID-19 has disproportionally impacted our tribal communities. You said on the House floor, “Native Americans are four times more likely to be hospitalized and twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than white Americans.” How has our government, particularly the previous administration, failed our Indigenous communities?

The failures that have led to the death and despair in Indian country are really decades and centuries in the making. We have failed to live up to our trust obligations to Native Americans. We promised, as the United States, to provide healthcare, to provide education. We have failed in that. As the chair of the Committee on Indigenous Peoples, I’m going to want us to start fully funding the [Bureau of Indian Affairs], fully funding the Bureau of Indian Education, fully funding the Indian Health Service, and then saying, we know that Native American tribes can do a better job at running these programs than we can. In the meantime, be very aware of the many ways in which our culture puts down Native Americans and be very supportive of things like Deb Haaland becoming the next Secretary of the Interior and celebrating those wins.

One of the things you talked about when you were campaigning is being a breast cancer survivor. How does that impact your approach to your work in Congress?

I had breast cancer. I’ve also had near-death experiences related to maternal health. What I have is the willingness to talk about what’s it like to almost die when you’re trying to give birth, what’s it like to have cancer and be bald and be weak and be terrified and deal with all of those insurance forms. What I have coming out of it is empathy, and it’s empathy born of experience. And it’s not just our own baldness or weakness and reliance on friends, but the fact that we don’t spend enough time addressing unique health concerns of women. I lost both my mother and my sister to lung cancer, which it turns out that non-smoker women are more likely to develop a certain kind of adenocarcinoma of the lung, but we don’t send the alarm bells out about it, so it doesn’t get diagnosed till it’s stage four and you lose those who you love.

So then the question is, what do you do with that pain? I think what’s important is that we use it to build our policies. I want to create the opportunities we each need and deserve from that place of love that comes out of trauma. You can do different things with it, and what I want to do is build empathy and build policies that are rooted in that sense of vulnerability.

Who’s another history-maker you look up to?

Dolores Huerta. “Sí, se puede!” I was listening to her being interviewed on Latino USA, and Dolores said, “Make sure you dance a lot when you’re young, so you have the energy to march a lot when you’re old.” She is 90, and she is still active and going.

If you had to quarantine with one person from the 117th Congress, who would it be?

It actually would be the Speaker [of the House Nancy Pelosi] because one, think of all the stories she has, right? She’s got stories of battles going back decades. She has a joy about her, which is really wonderful. She also clearly likes good food. So there would be good food, good stories.

What’s the most outrageous thing someone has said to you in Congress?

During the markup of the American Rescue Plan, [a colleague said] that it’s alright for immigrants to pick crops in his district, but we don’t need to make sure they’re protected during the pandemic. That to me was outrageous, the idea that we will take your labor, but we won’t give you any of our respect or any of the protections that the entire community needs.

What are you most looking forward to doing once the pandemic is over?

Dancing under the stars. Santa Fe has great music every night of the week in the summer, and I need to dance a lot so I can be marching with Dolores Huerta when I’m 90.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed. Listen to the entire conversation here.

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Gayle King Says Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are ‘Frustrated’ by Royal Family’s Response to Interview

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It has been over a week since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big interview with Oprah aired. While the royal family didn’t say much publicly on the matter, and Meghan and Harry have kept silent, Gayle King did share an update on CBS This Morning about how the couple is feeling. There have been private discussions between Harry and his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William—but they were not productive. The royal family has not talked to Meghan and it has been frustrating to the couple to see the royal family do nothing as Meghan continues to be disparaged in the British tabloid press.

As King put it, per royal reporter Omid Scobie:

Well, I did actually call them [Meghan and Harry] to see how they were feeling, it’s true, Harry has talked to his brother and he has talked to his father, too. The word I was given was, those conversations were not productive. But they are glad they at least started a conversation.

I think what is still upsetting to them is that the Palace keeps saying they want to work it out privately but yet they release these false stories that are coming out that are very disparaging against Meghan still. No one in the Royal Family has talked to Meghan yet or at this particular time. And I think it’s frustrating for them to see that it’s a racial conversation about the Royal Family when all they wanted all along was for the royals to intervene and tell the press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate, false stories that definitely have a racial slant. And until you can acknowledge that, I think it’s going to be hard to move forward. But they both want to move forward with this. They want healing in this family. At the end of the day, it’s Harry’s family

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King also addressed the couple’s thoughts on the bullying investigation the Palace has opened into a two-year-old complaint filed against Meghan. She reiterated what Meghan’s friend Janina Gavankar said recently: Meghan has evidence to back up everything she said during her interview with Oprah.

As King put it:

The bullying thing was raised in 2018 and now there’s an ongoing investigation about bullying for Meghan Markle when anyone who has worked with her will tell you exactly who she is—you know, she’s really a very sweet, caring person. And, as I say, Meghan has documents to back up everything she said on Oprah’s interview. Everything.

The family has to acknowledge that there are issues and right now, no one is acknowledging. Houston, we have a problem here! That’s really all they want. They want a conversation.

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