Good morning. Here are a few stories from the overnight news desk to start the day.
With glue and fake blood, climate protesters target London Fashion Week: While PETA activists in formal black attire splashed themselves with black paint and declared “Leather is a dirty business,” climate activists glued themselves to a door and poured out a “bleeding” red carpet at the opening of London Fashion Week on Friday, seeking to draw attention to the apparel industry’s impact on the environment. Protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group have vowed to disrupt the five-day event, where Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Erdem and other luxury brands are presenting their spring 2020 womenswear collections. The group, which has staged protests in recent months calling for action to tackle climate change, had called on the British Fashion Council (BFC) to cancel the event. Wearing white dresses with blood-like stains, five protesters glued themselves to one entrance of the main London Fashion Week venue. Other demonstrators briefly lay in a pool of pink liquid, which they said depicted blood. The protesters arrived before the first show and were gone a few hours later. Fashion editors, buyers and bloggers entered the building through another main door nearby. “(The demonstrators) are calling for the fashion industry to tell the truth about its contribution to the climate and ecological crisis,” the group said in a phone message to journalists.
New SNL comic’s racist comments spotlighted after new-cast announcement: Chloe Fineman, Shane Gillis and Bowen Yang will all appear in the new season of the long-running NBC sketch comedy series. Fineman was a New Face at Montreal’s 2018 Just for Laughs. Gillis was recently recognized as a New Face at the 2019 Just for Laughs. Yang joined SNL as a staff writer last season and is co-host of the Las Culturistas podcast. But shortly after the announcement, the New York Times and other outlets began reporting that Gillis “and his podcast partner, Matt McCusker, mimicked caricatures of Chinese accents. During their conversation, which was often vulgar, Gillis also called it a ‘hassle’ to try to speak with a waiter in a Chinese restaurant and made other offensive remarks, including a slur referring to Chinese people.” Fineman defended himself on Twitter, offering to apologize to “anyone who’s actually offended by anything I said” in his comedy career. Not everyone was mollified, including Montreal comedian and podcaster Tranna Wintour.