This Week in Culture: 4/3-4/9
This week in culture:
‘The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the sidewalk to the catwalk' opened in Paris this week. This retrospective exhibit allows people who would not be able to normally see a couture fashion show to view over 300 ready-to-wear and haute couture pieces in person.
Subhash Kapoor, an art dealer, is under investigation for stealing hundreds of pieces of art from India, Pakistan, and Cambodia, and smuggling them into the United States for profit. Kapoor is awaiting trial in India.
FROM SOUTH AFRICA
Student protest has erupted over the statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a British colonialist who developed and exploited the land his statue stands on. Seen as a symbol of racism and colonial oppression, students have started a symbolic “poo protest,” flinging excrement on the statue and covering him in garbage bags.
FROM THE U.S.
As of this week, Rolling Stone has officially retracted the controversial story that was published about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house. This journalistic failure represents a major setback in the growing movement to change “rape culture” and treatment of rape victims in the USA.
A terrorist attack in Turkey last week resulted in images of Mehmet Selim Kiraz, the man taken hostage, being circulated on the internet. Turkey attempted to block social media sites where the image was being shared, but was unsuccessful as the hashtag #twitterisblockedinturkey exposed the government’s attempts at silencing social media.