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Italy’s Eurovision Entry Signals the Country’s Changes

MILAN — In February, the artists Mahmood and Blanco turned to each other onstage at Italy’s national song competition and sang, “I’d like to love you, but I’m always wrong.” It was the refrain of “Brividi” (translated as “Chills”), a song about the vulnerability of love, as experienced by all people — regardless of gender, identity or sexuality. When the song won at that competition, the Sanremo contest, and became Italy’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the unexpected happened: There wasn’t much pushback.
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Marvel stands with LGBT community and ‘strongly denounces’ controversial US ‘don’t say gay’ bill
pic.twitter.com/hZHGc10BzhTheir statement comes after The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel, was criticised for not using its influence in the state to try and quash the bill.Disney’s chief executive Bob Chapek later apologised for the company’s silence on the matter and suspended their political donations in Florida earlier this week.Florida’s controversial Parental Right in Education bill, which has been nicknamed the ‘don’t say gay’ bill, restricts schools in the state from teaching students about sexual orientation and gender issues, with teachers potentially facing lawsuits if they fail to comply.Republican politicians argues that it should be down to parents, not teachers, to educate children on gender issues during their formative years.The unexpected way sitcom Stath Lets Flats inspired Oscar Isaac for Moon KnightOscar Isaac wants Moon Knight to team-up with Daredevil, Blade and Ghost RiderMoon Knight star May Calamawy hopes series will educate on Egyptian mythology and cultureThe text of the legislation states: ‘Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through [third grade]’ or ‘in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards’ in other grades.It adds that parents ‘may bring an action against a school district to obtain a declaratory judgement’ and they may be awarded damages and legal fees if it is found that a school violated the bill.Got a story?If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us celebtips@metro.co.uk, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page –
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Gay Film Sparks Outrage In Egypt
Conservative Egyptians are once again in an uproar over a critically acclaimed new film, by a Queer Egyptian filmmaker, which explores gay relationships and polyamory.Bashtaalak sa’at (Shall I Compare You to a Summer’s Day?), which premiered at the 72nd Berlin Film Festival this month, has been the target of angry critics who accuse the director, Mohammad Shawky Hassan, of “promoting homosexuality.”Omar Abdel Aziz, the head of the Federation of Art Syndicates, told Al-Watan that the film “highlights the worst of us.”The outrage over the film has led to one Egyptian lawyer, Ayman Mahfouz, demanding that Hassan be stripped of his Egyptian citizenship.The film, a German-Egyptian-Lebanese co-production, was nominated for the GWFF Award for Best First Feature, as well as a Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the Berlinale.Hassan, who wrote and directed Bashtaalak sa’at, shot the film entirely in Berlin with a largely Egyptian cast, including Ahmed Awadalla, Nadim Bahsounn, Hassan Dib, Donia Massoud and Ahmed El Gendy.Bashtaalak sa’at (Shall I Compare You to a Summer’s Day?)Film critic Tarek El Shinnawi  in an interview with El-Kahera Wal Nas said, “Apart from the fact that some actors speak in the Egyptian dialect in the movie, the setting is unidentified,” and the film “neither positively or negatively tackles homosexuality.”While it is unlikely that the film will be screened in Egypt due to its sexual content and strong censorship in the country, Bashtaalak sa’at has yet to be formally banned by the Egyptian government.Bashtaalak sa’at (Shall I Compare You to a Summer’s Day?)According to the Arabic website Fil Fan, “The film will not be shown commercially in Egypt for several reasons, the first of which is the
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