‘Are You The One?’ is making history. But for MTV, it’s just another show championing LGBTQ voices

(CNN)MTV started as a music channel when it launched in 1981, but its programming has evolved far beyond music videos. It’s not groundbreaking for MTV. Over its nearly 40-year history, the cable network has becomea global trailblazer in breaking down gender and sexuality barriers, showcasing stories that spur conversations among its young audience about what it means to love. And season 8 of “Are You the One?” is no different. Here’s are some of the most notable moments: 1992: ‘The Real World’ features a bisexual man Norman Korpi became the first openly bisexual man on reality television when “The Real World: New York” debuted. In 2017, Korpi revealed to CNN that he is actually gay, but MTV had called him …

It’s so hot in Spain that manure self-ignited, sparking a 10,000-acre wildfire

(CNN)Firefighters in Spain are battling a major wildfire that probably started after a heap of manure self-ignited amid the intense European heat wave. As of early afternoon, the fire was still not under control and 53 people have been evacuated from the area. The Catalan fire brigade said around 350 fire crew, 12 fire engines and a number of vehicles with large water tanks were at the scene. Seven aircraft, two hydroplanes and heavy machinery were also deployed, the fire service said. Locals were advised to stay indoors and keep their windows shut to avoid inhaling smoke. The firefighters said the blaze is one of the worst in Catalonia in the last 20 years. They warned it could spread to …

Greed Is to Blame for the Radicalization of Social Media

Last week, Reddit quarantined "r/The_Donald," a pro-Trump message board, after the company determined that the subgroup had encouraged and threatened violence. Likewise, Twitter is signaling that it will flag—but not remove—posts by government officials who violate its rules. As with YouTube’s demonetization (rather than deletion) of anti-gay videos, these are welcome, but insufficient measures. Until recently, social media platforms could feign ignorance about the scope and impact of harmful content on their sites. Now bigotry and conspiracy theorizing, which could once be dismissed as the rants of outliers, have hijacked mainstream discourse—including on media produced by President Trump and his allies. As such posts have become some of the most popular, moneymaking content being viewed and shared, social media executives …

Countdown’s Rachel Riley marries Strictly’s Pasha

Report End of Twitter post by @RachelRileyRR The couple married on Friday, according to records from Clark County, the area of Nevada in the US that includes Las Vegas. Riley also used Instagram in May to reveal she and her now husband are expecting a baby in December. Riley, who describes herself as “a proud maths geek”, and Russian dancer Kovalev, have been together since 2014 after they were partnered in the 2013 series of Strictly Come Dancing. Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

Ocasio-Cortez Tells Job-Shaming GOPers To Take Their Classism To The Trash

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)  is calling out Republicans for “classism” for attacking her past work as a bartender.  Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to President “It may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification,” Ocasio-Cortez said in response to Conservative pundit “ She easily winning her district last year.  REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.

NASAs Planet-Hunting TESS Has Discovered Its Smallest Exoplanet Yet

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, otherwise known as TESS, has discovered its smallest exoplanet yet. Known as L 98-59b, the planet is about 80 percent of Earth’s size. Bigger than Mars but slightly smaller than Venus. The world orbits an M-class star about one-third the mass of our Sun, and it has siblings. The two other planets, L 98-59c and L 98-59d, are respectively around 1.4 and 1.6 times bigger than Earth.  The discovery is reported in The Astronomical Journal. Finding such a planet it is not an easy task, so it shows the incredible potential for TESS. It’s estimated that over its 2-year primary mission, it’s expected to find more than 20,000 exoplanets. Around 1,000 of them are expected …

‘More protection’ for revenge porn victims

‘I was blamed for my revenge porn’ Revenge porn laws ‘not fit for purpose’ What to do if you’re a victim It is currently categorised as a “communications crime”, meaning victims are not granted anonymity as other victims of sexual abuse are. Campaigners, including Love Island contestant Zara McDermott, have called for this to change. The government has said the review, to be “launched shortly”, will consider the case for granting automatic anonymity to such victims, so they cannot be named publicly, as is the case for victims of sexual offences. The review will also take in “cyber-flashing” – when people receive unsolicited sexual images on their phone – and “deepfake” pornography, which is the practice of superimposing an individual’s …

Bike-Friendly Cities, a New Urbanism, and More Car News This Week

The world is full of problems. So sometimes, it’s nice to give an enthusiastic thumbs-up to people who have solved some. This week, WIRED partnered with the Danish urban planning and design firm Copenhagenize Design to publish a list of the world’s top 20 cities for cyclists. These places are working towards public health, climate, and traffic goals by making it easier to get around on two wheels instead of four. Also attempting to solve problems this week: Google parent Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs unit, which believes the fix for all manner of urban ills comes down to data—and hopes to test out its ideas in Toronto. Oh, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who really wants you to buy an electric car. It’s …

#WeStandWithTaylor: Scooter Braun Sees Huge Backlash For Buying Taylor Swift’s Music Catalogue – Perez Hilton

As we reported this morning, Taylor Swift Artists like Halsey quickly took to Taylor’s side with emotional support posted publicly to social media, like this touching message the Bad At Love artist shared to Twitter a few hours ago, among others (below): 🦋 @taylorswift13 pic.twitter.com/1iI2tCr8my — h (@halsey) June 30, 2019 While fans began noticing that artists were very clearly taking Taylor’s side based on the social media follows they had dropped — and the ones they hadn’t (below): “Katy signed the petitionSelena unfollowed ScooterMiley unfollowed ScooterNicki unfollowed ScooterLana unfollowed ScooterRihanna unfollowed ScooterAdele unfollowed Scooter” #WeStandWithTaylor pic.twitter.com/rNohBRjvkT — elizabeth (@itwasdelicate) June 30, 2019 Me, marking every celebrity that used to follow Scooter and is now starting to unfollow:#WeStandWithTaylor pic.twitter.com/p4T9Xu8E0H — Saba misses BTS🥺😔✊🏼 (@lookitssaba) …

Lisa Vanderpump Made It To Kentucky For Jax Taylor & Brittany Cartwright’s Wedding After All! – Perez Hilton

Thank goodness that Lisa Vanderpump made it to Kentucky in time for the big reality TV wedding! The Vanderpump Rules star had been back at home in the United Kingdom dealing with the sudden, unexpected death of her mother and the aftermath involved in all of that over the past week, but surprisingly, she WAS able to make it back to small-town Kentucky last night to celebrate Saturday’s nuptials between Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright! Bittersweet… but good news! The mother of the bride, Sherri Cartwright, broke the news on Instagram late Friday with a posted picture showing Lisa and her husband, Ken, down home in Kentucky and ready for the VPR wedding of the century! Ch-ch-check it out (below): According to a source, even with Vanderpump back in …

Carrie Underwood: ‘I’d put on a happy face, then go home and fall apart’

As she prepares to take Glastonbury by storm, the country star opens a bottle of red wine and talks about the personal tragedy that coloured her new songs Saturday night on the banks of the Ohio River, and the most American of scenes is unfolding. At the Ball Park, the Cincinnati Reds are playing the Texas Rangers, while at the US Bank Arena next door American Idol, triumphing in the TV talent shows fourth season in 2005, Underwood has since recorded six albums, sold over 65m records, won seven Grammys, and earned more than $83m (65m). She is beautiful and blonde, and married to a retired ice hockey player: at first glance an unlikely addition to the Worthy Farm lineup. …

RIP, Babe.net. You Were A Sloppy Party And I’m Still Hungover. Betches

Babe.net, the millennial pink Barbie dream house of a women’s website that became famous for its article accusing Aziz Ansari of sexual assault, has failed. Well, failure might be extreme, as their Instagram and some loyal staff tattoos still remain. According to a rollercoaster of an article in The Cut, Babe has ceased to create gems like “Here’s what type of hoe you are based on your star sign” forever. Looks like they should’ve hired me when I applied to work there in 2017… While it would be fair to blame the journalistic vodka-cranberry blackout that was the arguably sloppily reported Aziz Ansari piece, The Cut indicates that a series of other unprofessional practices contributed to their untimely demise. Babe, an extension of the …

Girl Hit By Foul Ball Cracked Skull And Suffered Seizures, Attorney Says

An attorney representing the family of a Houston attorney Richard Mithoff sent a letter informing team owner Jim Crane that the girl’s family has retained his counsel. While no lawsuit has been filed, he relayed the family’s “concern about making sure this doesn’t happen again,” “I hope and I believe moving forward that Jim will make the right decisions,” he told The Post. Houston Chronicle reported. While recovering at home, she’s getting treatment at Baylor College of Medicine’s Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, and the “The Astros continue to send our thoughts and prayers to the young girl and her family,” the Astros said in a statement, per the Chronicle. “We continue to respect the family’s request for …

UK seeks new no-deal Brexit freight plan

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling faced calls to resign after he was forced to axe a £13.8m contract with Seaborne Freight, a company with no ships or trading history. All three previous contracts – intended to offer extra capacity and relieve potential congestion at ports like Dover – had been awarded without a full public tender process and prompted legal action from Eurotunnel. No-deal Brexit ferry contract queried Government pays £33m over Brexit ferry case Government warned over Brexit ferry payout The government also had to pay more than £51m to cancel agreements with DFDS and Brittany Ferries when the UK asked the EU for an extension to the withdrawal process meaning it did not leave as planned on 29 March. …

The wild race to lead the Democrats could break the gender mould of US politics | Emma Brockes

Six female candidates have more chance of avoiding sexist stereotyping than poor, isolated Hillary Clinton, says Guardian columnist Emma Brockes It was a strange experience, watching the US Democratic candidates debate this week, and not having ones eye drawn to the traditional solitary female on stage. For the first time, more than one woman is standing in the race and in popularity has surged over the past few months and a woman who often carries an air of being the only grownup in the room. Unlike Amy Klobuchar, the senator from Minnesota, was spirited and amused. Hillary Clinton had been. Still, the playing field is a way off being levelled. Watching the exchanges I found myself maintaining in my head …