ELLE Round-up: Five Stories You Need To Read About Today

  1.  YouTube is blocking LGBT content under their “Restricted Mode” function and people are not happy.

The video-sharing site’s Restricted Mode aims to filter out “potentially objectionable content” which they identify using “community flagging, age restrictions and other signals”. But it seems that the filtering function is creating a kind of censorship of LGBT content. Some prominent LGBT YouTubers have noted that their videos have been disabled even though the content is not harmful.

YouTube has since addressed the issue:

2. Woolworths faces threat of boycott after homophobic incident

After a homophobic incident occurred at a Woolworths in Struben Valley last week, LGBTQI groups are insisting the retailer implement sensitivity training for its staff members.

Rico Zaaiman, a marketing executive and self-proclaimed “very effeminate gay person” was mocked by a staff member who pretended to walk like a woman carrying a handbag. Rico left the store “insulted and humiliated” and wrote a letter to Woolworths to express as much.

“As a very effeminate gay person I must deal with this sort of nonsense daily from people on the street [but] what I will not tolerate is being mocked by an employee of your establishment,” Rico said in his letter.

About the staff member, Rico said, ““He should be put in a programme that teaches people about LGBTI communities. And as part of that he should work in his own time in a programme that reaches out to this community.”

The Triangle Project, an LGBTQI awareness group, reached out to Woolworths on Wednesday last week, asking them to shed light on its staff training programme for LGBTQI issues. They were still waiting for a response on Thursday, but Woolworths finally responded today with promises to meet with them soon.

3. Were Angelina Jolie’s Adoption papers for son Maddox fake?

Well, according to a Cambodian aid worker, this may be true. Mounh Sarath has come forward with some serious claims. Apparently, in order for the adoption process to be sped up and for Maddox’s name to be changed, Sarath had to be named as the father of Maddox. According to Sarath, Angelina had not “cleared this up” in the court documents. To make matters even shadier, the agent who facilitated the adoption, Lauryn Galdino, jailed for falsifying details of children she helped place with US families.

4. Introducing Julia, The muppets first puppet with autism!

The Autism Speaks advocacy group, describes autism as “a range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.” Sesame Street’s first autistic muppet is an adorably cute red head, with bright eyes and a big personality, who embodies all these characteristics. In Julia’s introductory episode many of the traits related to autism are depicted as we slowly find out what make Julia so unique. Introducing this character into such a popular children’s programme, aims to educate and promote a better understanding of autism.

5. The SAFTAS 

This past Saturday, local TV and film stars descended on the Sun City Super Bowl for this year’s SAFTAs (South African Film and TV Awards), hosted by SABC 3 Expresso’s Katlego Maboe and Thando Thabethe. Bonang hosted the red carpet as celebs showed off their threads.

Team work, makes the dream work…? . ? by @aust_malema

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The award show included musical performances by Amanda Black and Lebone II Glee Club as they performed Amanda’s hit song, Amazulu.

First up, major congratulations to one of our faves, Anele Mdoda, who scooped up the Best Talk Show award for Real Talk

We did it !!!!! Saftas !!!!! #RealTalkWithAnele

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Feature film, Noem My Skollie, took home two of the big awards. 7de Laan’s Dann Jaques Mouton (Justin) took home the award for Best Actor in the film for his gripping role as lead character, AB Lonzi, based on the true-life story of the scriptwriter John W. Fredericks. Suidooster’s Abdurahgmaan Adams won for Best Supporting Actor in the same film.

The film awards included:

Best Actress – Feature Film
Shoki Mokgape

Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film
Hlubi Mboya
Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film
Oliver Schmitz
Best Feature Film

Best Short Film
The Suit

The Suit and Mandala Films take home the Golden Horn for Best Short Film #SAFTAs11

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The Road won for Best TV Soap/Telenovela award and Isibaya was voted Most Popular soap by the public.

The Most Popular TV Soap Award goes to Isibaya. Thank you for all the votes #SAFTAs11 #isibayamzansi

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Televison awards included:

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap/Telenovela
High Rollers

Best Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela
Anthony Coleman

Best Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela
Tina Jaxa

Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela
Mandla Gaduka

Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela
Linda Sebezo – Sharon Dlamini

Best TV Drama

Congratulations to all the winners!

To relive all the action and see what the stars were wearing, grab your popcorn and watch the show here: