Welcome to Tweets of the Week. This week, Harvey Weinstein the world’s most hated man? Brexit ball games, Barnier’s no fan. And watch this space if you’re Catalan.
News reports that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly raped three women and sexually harassed numerous others flooded social media this week.
— NewsBlog breaking (@NBbreaking) October 10, 2017
Dozens of stars, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cara Delevingne and Rose McGowan told how they had been harassed by him
Cara Delevingne joins Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan & more as victims of Harry Weinstein’s sexual harassment. Her statement: pic.twitter.com/CxwdhO6FAr
— Pop Crave News (@PopCrave) October 11, 2017
Many were concerned about how long the story had been kept under wraps:
— Jassogne (@jassogne) October 11, 2017
The UK Labour party demanded Theresa May strip Weinstein of his CBE
— Arbetarbroder (@arbetarbroder) October 11, 2017
The PM said it was not a matter for Downing Street, but did praise the courage of women for speaking out.
— violetmaze (@violetmaze) October 10, 2017
Actor Jessica Chastain, thought social media was key in breaking the story
Thank God for social media. #Weinstein couldn't kill this wave of warriors working to keep this story alive. This has been very painful.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 11, 2017
But Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan was suspended by Twitter for “violating site’s rules”
Simon Brew pointed out the hypocrisy. Trump threatens nuclear war? No problem. Racism/homophobia/threats? No problem. Rose McGowan calling people out? Banned from Twitter.
Trump threatens nuclear war: no problem
Racism/homophobia/threats? No problem.
Rose McGowan calling people out? Banned from Twitter.
— Simon Brew (@simonbrew) October 12, 2017
This week there’s yet another Brexit balls-up!
Theresa May told MPs that “the ball is in the EU court” in response to the EU saying the ball was in UK court, in response to May’s speech saying the ball was in the EU court
May tells MPs ball in EU court in response to EU saying ball was in UK court in response to May speech extracts saying ball in EU court
— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) October 9, 2017
Berlaymonster attempted to sum up.
UK: “The ball’s in your court.”
EU: “No, the ball’s in YOUR court.”
Erm… why are you playing on different courts?
UK: "The ball's in your court."
EU: "No, the ball's in YOUR court."
Erm… why are you playing on different courts?
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) October 9, 2017
Leading Michel Barnier to declare in frustration that “Brexit is not a game!”
The European Union's Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier responds to the suggestion that the ball is in the EU's court. pic.twitter.com/xlR6HINyPo
— The New European (@TheNewEuropean) October 10, 2017
Finally it’s Schrödinger’s Cat-alonia as President Carles Puigdemont signed a declaration of independence… then immediately suspended it.
Catalonia’s President signed their declaration of independence… then immediately suspended it.
This is the crowd’s reaction to the change. pic.twitter.com/tXeQH3ZQVy
— /pol/ News Infinity (@polNewsInfinity) October 11, 2017
Spanish papers interpreted it as “Farce and blackmail”.
— Piers Scholfield (@inglesi) October 11, 2017
James Crisp says the obvious solution is to let Catalonia believe it has declared independence and Madrid believe it hasn’t.
Obvious solution is to let Catalonia believe it has declared independence and Madrid believe it hasn't. #simples
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) October 11, 2017
Owen Jones says It’s not about whether you support Catalonia’s independence. It’s about whether you support democracy.
It's not about whether you support Catalonia's independence. It's about whether you support democracy. Me: https://t.co/pDuecj0BC3
— Owen Jones? (@OwenJones84) October 12, 2017
Vocal Europe held an interesting poll asking whether the the EU should get involved in the crisis? The general response? Yes.
Should the EU get involved in the crisis between Spain and #Catalonia?
– RT for larger sample size –
— Vocal Europe (@thevocaleurope) October 11, 2017
The Economist’s Tom Nuttall thinks it’s going to drag on saying: “if at first you don’t secede…”
— Tom Nuttall (@tom_nuttall) October 11, 2017
Very clever Tom. Very clever.
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