Day: July 2, 2020

Christina Ricci files for divorce from husband of 7 years

LOS ANGELES — Actress Christina Ricci has filed for divorce Thursday from her husband of seven years, and is asking for sole custody of their son.

Ricci filed documents in Los Angeles County Superior Court to dissolve her marriage with James Heerdegen, citing irreconcilable differences.

The documents say that Ricci wants sole legal and physical custody of their 5-year-old son Freddie.

Ricci met Heerdegen, a camera operator for films and television, on the set of her short-lived TV series “Pan Am” in 2011. They started dating the following year, and married in 2013.

Ricci is best known for her childhood work in hit films including “Casper” and “The Addams Family,” and for her adult appearances in indie films including “Black Snake Moan” and “Buffalo 66.”

The Associated Press

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Christina Ricci files for divorce from husband of 7 years

LOS ANGELES — Actress Christina Ricci has filed for divorce Thursday from her husband of seven years, and is asking for sole custody of their son.

Ricci filed documents in Los Angeles County Superior Court to dissolve her marriage with James Heerdegen, citing irreconcilable differences.

The documents say that Ricci wants sole legal and physical custody of their 5-year-old son Freddie.

Ricci met Heerdegen, a camera operator for films and television, on the set of her short-lived TV series “Pan Am” in 2011. They started dating the following year, and married in 2013.

Ricci is best known for her childhood work in hit films including “Casper” and “The Addams Family,” and for her adult appearances in indie films including “Black Snake Moan” and “Buffalo 66.”

The Associated Press

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Kellyanne Conway’s Teen Daughter Is A Pro-BLM, Anti-Trump TikToker

“The apple,” some say, “doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This idiom predicts we’ll all become our parents, or at least some version of them, and we have little to no say in the matter. But in the case of Kellyanne Conway — longtime Republican pollster, everlasting meme, and counsellor to US President Donald Trump — the inverse couldn’t be any more true: her daughter has gone viral, over the last week, for totally opposing her mom’s right-wing political ideologies.

Claudia Conway is 15 years old, which is another way of saying she has a TikTok account. And on that TikTok account, she has been hell-bent on showing her rapidly growing following (days ago she had 30,000 followers; as of this writing, she’s got just over 98K) just how far she’s strayed from the metaphorical tree, all by fervently criticizing President Trump and voicing her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. 

“Believe it or not, you can have your own opinions not be influenced by your parents at all, simply by educating yourself,” she says in one clip. “My views don’t have anything to do with my mom’s.”

Watch: Gen Z is using TikTok to playfully roast Millennials. Story continues below.

Indeed, they don’t. In one of her videos, Claudia dances beneath text encouraging people to leave one-star reviews on Trump’s restaurants, hotels and golf courses. In another, she writes, “why do people hate on Trump supporters… like why can’t we just respect everyone’s opinions?” before adding, “SIKE nah block me pls and then educate yourself.” Her bio demands justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black medical worker who was shot dead in her own bed by Louisville police officers. On Instagram, she declares herself an “activist” and an “ally,” and she has made recent posts in support of BLM.

Her mom, of course, is not her biggest fan. Apparently, Kellyanne asked her daughter to remove some of the videos, but Claudia “respectfully declined.” “We get into arguments a lot — I’m not going to lie,” she told Insider, in a recent interview. “My mom is my best friend, but we do fight all the time over politics, and I’m always shut down by my entire family.” 

Claudia’s whole family consists of devout Republicans. But in her father, the lawyer and conservative columnist George Conway, she’s found an unlikely ally on the matter: George is himself a founding member and advisor of the Lincoln Project, a conservative super PAC dedicated to “defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box.”

“My dad thinks it’s awesome that I’m speaking for myself and expressing my views,” Claudia said, which is an unsurprising revelation, since, in 2019, George expressed that tweeting his reservations and criticisms about the president is the only way to get it all out without screaming at his wife.

Ordinarily, TikTok is for messing around. Its most attendant features are clips of teenagers lip synching to popular music, enacting their own interpretations of viral dances, and cracking jokes in a distinctly youthful humour. But Claudia wants to use the app for a different purpose: She’s hoping to educate her followers on matters of social justice.

“I know a lot of my friends are so informed and I think they wouldn’t be if it weren’t for social media, which is why I think using one’s platform for good and for the education of others is so, so important, especially in our day,” she told USA TODAY on Tuesday.

In fact, Claudia’s virtual body of work is part of an emerging genre of viral TikTok videos, in which impassioned Gen Z kids, usually white, are forced to confront the sudden realization that their parents’ politics, stoked and emboldened by global protests against anti-Black police brutality, are totally at odds with their own. And when they identify the gulf that separates them, these kids choose to cling to the beliefs they arrived at on their own, denouncing their parents’ ideologies in a very public way.

In one such example, another 15-year-old girl films her tearful reaction to a conversation with her parents about the murder of George Floyd. “I literally hate my family so much,” she says, choking back tears. “They just tried to argue with me that George Floyd… they just tried to tell me that he deserved that because he did something wrong, and that it was OK. That is not OK. And it’s just making me so upset. I do not wanna live here. I hate living in Louisiana. I hate living around these racist f***s. I just wanna leave.” 

And in another, a girl films herself in the midst of an intense argument with her mother. “Mom, people are dying,” she says, “people are dying.” Her mother’s reply: “People out there. Why does it concern you? It’s going to happen, it’s life.” (When the girl says she’s going to do her part to try to change it, because “that’s not the way life should be,” her mother shouts back, “You’re not gonna change nothing, Marissa! What’s wrong with you?)

Lots of these videos have been popping up on TikTok since protests broke out over the death of George Floyd. There are Gen Z teens posting videos of themselves at Black Lives Matter rallies. There are teens sticking BLM posters on cars in response to their parents’ disapproval of the movement. There’s a video of a teen sitting in a field, wiping her face after being tear gassed by police. “My parents don’t even know I’m here,” she admits. Then: “I guess they will now.” 

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Parents often tell their kids, “you remind me of myself.” Cue the rebellion! As concerned as people might be with Generation Z, intent on defining those kids by their loneliness or general anxiety, it’s also worth recognizing their obdurateness in the face of political discussions: the apple falls far, far, far from the tree, and wherever it lands, you might find it on TikTok.

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Canada’s 5 Big Banks To Stop Buying Ads On Facebook Over Hate Concerns

TORONTO — All five of Canada’s biggest banks are joining an international boycott of Facebook over concerns that the platform is complicit in promoting racism, violence and misinformation.

Scotiabank, RBC, CIBC, BMO and TD have pledged to stop purchasing ads on the site for the month, aligning themselves with brands such as Lululemon Athletica and MEC in signing onto the #StopHateForProfit campaign.

The initiative, spearheaded by organizations such as the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League, began in response to growing anti-Semitic and anti-Black rhetoric found on the social media platform.

Participating brands will suspend all advertising on the platform for the month of July.

Scotiabank announced its intentions on Tuesday, while the four others confirmed on Wednesday that they would follow suit.

A spokesman for RBC said the company understands that systemic racism has disadvantaged Black, Indigenous and people of colour and the bank intends to combat that.

“One way we can do that is by standing against misinformation and hate speech, which only make systemic racism more pervasive,” AJ Goodman said. 

The Facebook logo appears on a smartphone in this image taken in 2020. The social media giant has been under pressure to do more to combat hateful content on the platform.

Facebook has come under fire in recent months for what critics say is an indifference when it comes to policing their platform for individuals and groups espousing hateful ideology.

They’ve also been criticized for a lack of action on disinformation.

For instance, last month, U.S. President Donald Trump posted a doctored video featuring fake CNN footage on both his Twitter and Facebook accounts, in which a CNN logo appears over footage of a Black toddler running away from a white toddler.

The footage is then followed by another clip from a different angle — this time without the CNN watermark — in which it becomes clear the two toddlers are friends.

The parents of the two toddlers later told ABC News that they were “appalled” and “disgusted” by the video.

Initially, only Twitter flagged the video as misleading, with Facebook resisting public pressure to enforce their own labelling system.

However, after numerous brands began pulling advertising from the platform, the company reversed its decision at the end of June and began taking down some political posts deemed to be fake or misleading.

Criticism against Facebook has come from inside the company as well.

At the beginning of June — shortly after Trump threatened via social media to order the military to shoot anti-racism protestors — hundreds of Facebook employees staged a virtual walkout to protest the company’s refusal to label the post as hate speech.

A spokesman for Facebook noted that the company has suspended more than 250 white supremacist groups from the platform but did not specifically comment on the boycott.

More recently, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting called on the federal government to drop hosting its virtual celebration on Facebook.

But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s address to Canadians went ahead on the platform — along with YouTube, CBC, CPAC and Radio-Canada — on Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 1, 2020.

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Man sentenced to life in 1980 killing of Colorado intern

A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for killing a college student from Massachusetts working as a Denver radio station intern 40 years ago, a cold case solved with the help of DNA profiles shared by relatives online.

James Curtis Clanton, a truck driver from Lake Butler, Florida, was arrested in December and pleaded guilty in February in the 1980 stabbing death of Helene Pruszynski, 21, a Wheaton College student from Hamilton, Massachusetts.

Pruszynski was described by friend Kimberly Obremski La Tourette during an emotional online sentencing hearing as “beautiful in every way.”

She and others, including Pruszynski’s sister, Janet Johnson, the only surviving member of her immediate family, mourned not having Pruszynski with them over the last four decades and regretted that she never had a chance to do things like launch a career or have her own family.

They described her as a creative young woman whose deep kindness and ready smile made everyone feel welcome and whose loss was deeply felt. So many people turned out for her funeral that some had to pray on the steps of the church.

Johnson said her late brother suffered in silence after their younger sister was killed and Johnson said often cried herself to sleep as she worried about her parents and their grief over the loss of their daughter.

Wheaton College classmate Eileen McDonough Kiley said the juxtaposition of her friend’s goodness and her brutal ending were incomprehensible.

“There is no happy ending here, just the hope that no more beautiful, innocent lives will be taken by Mr. Clanton for the rest of his life,” she said in a statement read by District Attorney George Brauchler.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Chris Wilcox said Clanton, who was on parole for a rape in Arkansas when he killed Pruszynski, told investigators that he decided to take a woman to have sex with after he had met with his parole officer.

Wilcox said he saw Pruszynski get off a bus on her way home from KHOW-AM, drove her to a field in what is now the suburban community of Highlands Ranch and stabbed her nine times.

Clanton is also accused of raping Pruszynski but was not charged with sexual assault because the statute of limitations had passed when he was arrested.

Clanton lowered his head down as a video showed photos of Pruszynski, set to music from her college choral group. Watching on a video monitor from jail, he wiped his eyes and nose with a surgical mask.

Male DNA was recovered from the scene of the killing but Clanton was not linked to it until last year despite ongoing efforts by her friends and Douglas County investigators to keep the case alive.

In 2017, investigators turned to forensic genealogy to try to find relatives who had uploaded their DNA profiles to sites like Ancestry.com and GEDmatch.com, to trace their way back to a possible suspect.

Once their focus narrowed to Clanton, investigators travelled to Florida and got a DNA sample from him from a beer mug he was seen drinking from at a bar.

Clanton’s lawyer, Daniel Cunny, said his client was sorry and that his regret grew over the years, especially after he had a daughter, and he prayed for Pruszynski and all murder victims. Cunny said Clanton realizes that he cannot make up for what he did.

Judge Theresa Slade said she thought Clanton was sincere.

“What you do with your life from here on out is up to you,” she said.

Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press

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