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Noem looks for squishy compromise on women’s sports

Culture | The South Dakota governor flip-flops on a law to limit transgender competition
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 3/30/21, 04:39 pm

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is attempting to repair damage to her conservative reputation after she changed her mind about signing a bill to protect girls and women’s sports.

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Entertainers call for boycotting Georgia over voting law

Culture | Hollywood throws its political weight around, again
by Megan Basham
Posted 3/30/21, 04:12 pm

Oscar-nominated director James Mangold (Logan, Ford v. Ferrari) kicked off the pushback Thursday, only hours after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 202. Also known as the Election Integrity Act, the bill requires a government-issued ID to vote, prohibits anyone other than a poll worker from providing free food or drink to voters waiting in line, and extends early voting by four days. Critics of the law say the requirements will make it harder for minority voters to cast their ballots.

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China takes back praise of Nomadland

Culture | Nationalists slam director Chloé Zhao for criticizing the communist government
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 3/09/21, 01:25 pm

Chinese state-run media regaled Chloé Zhao as “the pride of China” for becoming the first Asian woman to win the Golden Globe for best director. But the same media turned on her when they discovered she had spoken critically of her homeland.

Zhao grew up in China but finished high school, attended college, and studied film in the United States. In a 2013 interview with Filmmaker magazine, she said China was a place “where there are lies everywhere.” An Australian entertainment website reported Zhao said in a December interview: “The U.S. is now my country, ultimately.”

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