WYWS: Fashion-week protests in London, racist comments emerge from new SNL comic

And heavy weather in Spain and again in the Bahamas.

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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. 


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News of the new cast members comes approximately two weeks after it was announced that Leslie Jones would be exiting the series after five seasons. SNL begins its new season on Sept. 28 with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish. Previously announced hosts for the season also include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, David Harbour, Kristen Stewart and Eddie Murphy. Besides Eilish, musical guests include Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello.

Three people killed, tunnels flooded as torrential rains hit southern Spain: Three people have been killed in two days of torrential rains in southeastern Spain, where emergency services have rescued people stuck in flooded tunnels and an airport, local train networks and dozens of roads were closed on Friday.Floods swept away cars and debris and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people, including from submerged highways, in the regions of Valencia and Murcia. Road tunnels in some areas were flooded almost up to the tunnel lighting, and some vehicles were almost fully submerged. A man died in Almeria on Friday after trying to drive through a flooded tunnel, rescue services said. Two siblings had died on Thursday when torrential rain dragged their car away. Some affected areas saw record daily rainfall for the month of September.

New storm hits hurricane-ravaged Bahamas, could become tropical storm: A new storm brought rain and wind to the hurricane -avaged Bahamas early Friday, with the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) warning it could turn into a tropical storm. Early Friday, it was a tropical disturbance over the central Bahamas, packing winds of 45 km/h and was expected to drop two to four inches of rain through Sunday, the NHC said.

Source: Reuters/Variety,