Weekly Rewind: April 13
Find out whether Zuckerberg's congressional hearing is better in Glaswegian, what the new pink KitKats taste like and why Netflix is in a huff over Cannes in our weekly round-up from the world wide web.
5. Iceland bans palm oil
Iceland has become the first British supermarket to ban palm oil in its own-brand foods due to the harmful environmental effects of its production, reports The Telegraph. Because it is the cheapest vegetable oil to manufacture, it is also the most widely used in items we buy at the store – from detergent, to instant noodles and lipstick. However, the crop's large-scale production has a detrimental effect on the environment, like increasing temperatures due to burning forests and endangering animals by destroying their habitats. Let's hope other companies follow Iceland's lead.
4. Pink is the new brown
As of next week, UK millennials will be able to enjoy KitKats in their favourite Instagrammable colour - millennial pink, of course - with the launch of a ‘ruby chocolate’ version of the four-finger snack, reports the Guardian. The chocolate, made from ruby cocoa beans grown in the Ivory Coast, Ecuador and Brazil, was developed after ten years of research by Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut and promises ‘an intense fruity flavour’ – but advance testers have described the new KitKats as tasting 'more like the smell of a Lush shop'. Nonetheless, they're probably worth buying for the 'gram...
3. Netflix pulls out of Cannes
In an interview with Variety, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has announced that the streaming service will not be entering any films to Cannes this year, despite Netflix scoring big successes with Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories in 2017. The decision follows a new rule that prohibits any films without theatrical distribution in France from playing in competition, which essentially disqualifies any films by Netflix. "The [Cannes Film] festival has chosen to celebrate distribution rather than the art of cinema," blasted Sarandos. He also took aim at the decision to ban selfies at the festival this year.
2. Prescribed to Death Memorial opens in DC
The National Safety Council opened its travelling exhibit Prescribed to Death on the Ellipse in President’s Park in Washington DC today, in addition to petitioning government leaders to take specific action against the opioid crisis. Now more than ever recorded in US history, more people are dying from prescription drugs, due to loosely regulated prescription practices, lack of funding for medical equipment, inaccessible addiction therapy, and insufficient education. The memorial serves to remember the victims of the opioid crisis as more than statistics, as well as educate people about drugs and drug safety.
1. Zuckerberg faces Congress
This week saw the much-anticipated grilling of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in a two-day hearing before Congress. However, the whole affair turned out to be a rather a toothless exercise, with the media labelling it 'an utter sham' (the Guardian), full of 'weird and awkward moments' (The Verge) and 'eye-glazingly dull' (The New Yorker). The only way, as Mashable pointed out, to make the hours of dry answers bearable is to listen to them in a broad Glaswegian accent. Step forward Scottish comedian Janey Godley, who's previously lent her dulcet tones to the likes of Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump: her dubbed version of events is infinitely more entertaining than the real thing.