An uncomfortable realisation about Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake
The highly anticipated Janet Jackson documentary has premiered in Australia on Stan.
We now need to talk about the biggest reveals and why Justin Timberlake’s name, although problematic, should be mentioned throughout the documentary.
Catch up on our daily pop culture podcast below (and yes, we also touch on Rihanna and the whole Spotify saga)!!
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Scomo called a “horrible person”, and all the news you need to know this afternoon.
Hi, I’m Isabella Mamamia's evening news writer, and I’ll be filling you in with the news stories you need to know this arvo.
1. Can a school get away with denouncing homosexuality?
Last Friday, Brisbane’s Citipointe Christian College sent families a contract demanding parents sign or un-enrol their child from the school.
Since news of the controversial contract (which says students must identify as their birth gender, and denounce homosexuality), over 26,000 people have signed an online petition.
My colleague Brielle takes you through the whole story below:
The Brisbane Christian college has sparked major outrage after a releasing an enrollment contract that labels homosexuality a 'sin' and states students will need to identify as their birth gender. https://t.co/uKm9gdAcTc— Mamamia (@Mamamia) February 1, 2022
Christian Hull, an AACTA nominated Australian comedian and content creator, helped catapult this story into the Australian headlines with this video unpacking the contract.
He followed it up today with a personal piece for Mamamia.
As a gay male who lives in Brisbane, who also attended a Catholic high school, Christian’s talks about the real-life consequences of enforcing these views on students.
You can read Christian’s full article here: 'I'm gay and went to Catholic school. Citipointe's homophobia will cause deep mental anguish.'
2. The Prime Minister’s awkward Q&A at the Press Club.
Things became very awkward today at the PM’s Q&A at the National Press Club....
In a leaked private text message exchange between former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and an unnamed current Liberal cabinet minister, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was allegedly labelled a “horrible person”.
The PM was asked about the exchange by Network 10 journalist Peter Van Onselen.
In one text, Berejiklian reportedly described Morrison as “a horrible, horrible person” who she “did not trust” and that he “more concerned with politics than people”. The unnamed cabinet minister then reportedly called the PM a “fraud” and a “complete psycho”.
#Exclusive Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been slammed in leaked text messages between former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and a current senior minister #auspol #npc | @vanOnselenP pic.twitter.com/m5ncFjZAUR— 10 News First (@10NewsFirst) February 1, 2022
Put on the spot, Morrison dismissed the texts and said to Van Onselen: “I don’t know who you’re referring to or the basis of what you’ve put to me. But I obviously don’t agree with it. And I don’t think that that is my record.”
In a statement, Berejiklian reiterated her “strong support” for the PM: she didn’t deny making the comments but said she had “no recollection of such messages”.
3. There’ve been 3,900 complaints about RAT price gouging.
Retailers charging exorbitant prices for rapid antigen tests have been told to stop or face being taken to court by the consumer watchdog.
Just this month there’s been almost 400 complaints about price gouging. There have also been complaints of packet splitting: which is illegal.
A $30 test should be considered “beyond outrageous” and $20 is also overpriced, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chair Rod Sims said this afternoon.
And you're up to date with the latest in the news-cycle!
'I've just had COVID. But it was day 7 that broke me.'
For many Australians, particularly those who live in New South Wales and Victoria, the last six weeks have been lived in a state of constant hypochondria.
Am I tired, or do I have COVID?
Is that a flu-ey runny nose, or did I just eat something spicy?
Am I breathless, or am I so anxious and exhausted by the weight of my own 'personal responsibility' for a global pandemic that I'm forgetting to breathe?
But the morning I tested positive for COVID-19, there was no ambiguity. I was so certain I had the virus; the test was almost redundant.
For me, it started with a swallow, and the deep, sinking sense of knowing the consequences of its hot, sore, spikiness.
Then, of course, I awaited that magical day seven with anticipation. The day my isolation would lift, and I would, according to NSW Health, qualify for medical clearance. The day I'd be able to jump in the ocean, go for a walk, go out to dinner, go to the holiday house where a group of my friends were staying - get back to the life I felt I'd left in mid-December, when Omicron made me paranoid and then made me sick.
But then day seven came, and I couldn't move. I was more unwell than I can ever remember being.
Read more below.
Rihanna is pregnant with her first child.
Good morning pals! Chelsea here - I'm Mamamia's Senior Entertainment Writer, and as Gemma outlined below, we've officially kicked off our fancy new live blog today!
Each morning, after Gem has got you up to speed on all the day's biggest news updates below, I'm going to pop in with the best/weirdest/juiciest stories from the wild world of pop culture. Life is all about balance, right?
I couldn't start this today without mentioning the return of everyone's favourite hate-watch, Married At First Sight. The twins are once again recapping this season for MM (which is a... huge job, considering Nine air approximately 80 hours of MAFS each week), so make sure you check out their hilarious recaps after each ep.
I look forward to catching up with you about all the ridiculousness of this show as the season goes on!
Now, onto news that is less likely to end in fruit bowls being thrown across the room: RIHANNA IS PREGNANT!
The artist formally known as Rihanna (I joke... but seriously Riri, if you're reading this... drop the album) announced her pregnancy in the most Rihanna way possible: with 'pap' photos walking the streets of Harlem wearing an unbuttoned puffer jacket to show off her bump in a goddamn snowstorm.
For more deets, including about Ri's relationship with A$AP Rocky, you can read our deep dive here: Rihanna is pregnant with her and A$AP Rocky's first child.
4th woman killed by violence in 2022, and all the news you need to know this morning.
New month - new stuff! Mamamia is trying something different in 2022, and from today Tuesday February 1 we're changing up the way we deliver news in this fancy new live stream.
We're hoping it allows us to chat more, introduce ourselves (hi! I'm Gemma, the News Editor here), and keep you up to date with not just the hard-hitting news of the day, but also all the other stuff that's happening that you and your friends can't stop talking about (looking at you, new season of Married At First Sight... the twins are recapping it again this year, get amongst it!)
We'd love to take you along with us, so let us know in the comments what you like, dislike, and most importantly your thoughts on the headlines making news.
Let's kick off the morning with the top five news stories you need to know today.
1. Sydney man charged over bathroom murder.
A man has been charged with murder after a 19-year-old woman's body was found in a bath in a western Sydney apartment.
Police were called to the North Parramatta unit on Sunday afternoon in response to reports of an alleged domestic violence-related incident.
After forcing their way into the unit, police found Arnima Hayat's body in the bathroom with hazardous chemicals, causing officers to retreat and call specialist HAZMAT officers from Fire and Rescue.
The 19-year-old is the fourth woman to be killed by violence in Australia in 2022. https://t.co/0YtFY6ETWR— Mamamia (@Mamamia) February 1, 2022
Strike Force Jenola has been formed to investigate the woman's death and police on Monday appealed for information before a 20-year-old man handed himself in at Bankstown Police Station, where he was arrested and charged.
Arnima is the fourth woman to be killed by violence in 2022, as we enter another year losing on average one woman week.
If this post brings up any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. It doesn’t matter where you live, they will take your call and, if need be, refer you to a service closer to home.
2. Aged care workers to get bonus payments.
The federal government is preparing to roll out bonus payments to workers in aged care homes struggling with the ongoing wave of COVID infections, hoping to keep them in the job.
Workers will be eligible for a payment of up to $400 each paid pro rata based on hours worked this month followed by a second $400 payment in May. Staff providing care, food and cleaning services in the government subsidised facilities will be eligible.
The payment will benefit more than 200,000 aged care workers.
The announcement comes as COVID outbreaks again sweep through aged care facilities, with more than 400 age care residents losing their lives to the virus this year.
3. Millions of kids return to school today.
While daily COVID case numbers are dropping the country is facing another potential spike with most school children back in the classroom from today.
Families in NSW, the ACT and Victoria have been given rapid antigen tests to try and keep on top of any potential school outbreaks while mask wearing rules vary from state to state. For teachers and most older children it's compulsory, but not for younger kids.
While many parents are keen for their children to get back to the classroom pandemic or not, those with children who may be immunocompromised or who have a disability that makes them vulnerable to the virus are concerned it will put them at further risk.
P.S. to parents doing the run around this morning, hi! Hope you're doing okay. Here's some content that might be of interest:
- Go low, go slow: How to perform a rapid antigen test on your child as school returns.
- 'No, you’re not imagining it. School hours are an impossible juggle for working parents.'
4. Vic Premier accused of failing to consider health advice.
The decision to increase crowd capacity at the Australian Open wasn't based on health advice, according to Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton.
He said the decision to lift crowd numbers at the Open, previously capped at 50 per cent when it began and to 80 per cent for the finals, was made by Health Minister Martin Foley alone.
Professor Sutton faced a barrage of questions in the first public hearing of the Pandemic Declaration Accountability and Oversight Committee on Monday.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews is being accused of failing to consider health advice after it was revealed the state's Chief Health Officer wasn't involved in key COVID decisions. #9Today pic.twitter.com/khEYJAvyUt— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) January 31, 2022
This account is in direct contradiction to a tweet sent by Minister for Events Martin Pakula celebrating the increase in crowd capacity that said:
"Breaking my self imposed Twitter hiatus (which I will return to - it's blissful) to advise that the Chief Health Officer has agreed to increase the ticketed capacity of the Australian Open to 65% for the remainder of the tournament."
The introduction of booster shot mandates and halting IVF procedures were all also decisions Professor Sutton did not make, the hearing heard.
5. Inquiry rules Downing Street lockdown parties "difficult to justify."
Some events at UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office and residence during a COVID-19 lockdown should not have taken place, an inquiry says, describing serious failures of leadership and judgment at the heart of the government.
In her inquiry into lockdown-breaking gatherings at Downing Street under Johnson, senior civil servant Sue Gray condemned some of the behaviour in government as being "difficult to justify".
Johnson, who is facing the gravest threat to his premiership, appeared in parliament following the report's publication.
No 10 hosted several lockdown parties and events that "should not have been allowed to take place" - what are the key points of Sue Gray's Downing Street report? https://t.co/l78dj00tNs— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) January 31, 2022
"I want to say sorry," Johnson said parliament. "I get it and I will fix it."
Gray's report looked into what has become weeks of a steady drip of stories about events in Downing Street during the COVID-19 lockdown, with reports of aides stuffing a suitcase full of supermarket alcohol and dancing until the early hours.
And you're up to date.
Looking forward to checking in with you throughout the day, as we enter a new era of Mamamia News.
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Is the Aboriginal flag really free now?
Last week, on the eve of January 26, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that $20 million dollars had been spent to 'free' the Aboriginal flag from a previous deal that had seen a non-indigenous company retain a hold over who could use the iconic image.
But not everyone is convinced that the red, yellow and black flag is in the right hands now, and instead argue that ownership should have been transferred to First Nations people, not the Commonwealth Government.
The Quicky speaks to a proud First Nations woman and senator to find out why so many people are angry about the deal, and what could and should have been done instead to uphold the autonomy and self-determination of Australia's first peoples.