Warner Bros defends JK Rowling after questions about author were ‘banned’ at Harry Potter event

The Harry Potter films are among the highest-grossing franchises of all time. Mr Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, previously attracted criticism for liking one of the author’s tweets and has been careful not to offer an opinion on her views. Ms Rowling has been accused of transphobia since stating her belief that biological sex is … Read more

MPs should be banned from bringing babies into Commons chamber, review says

M Ps should not be allowed to bring babies into the House of Commons chamber during debates, a cross-party review has recommended. The Procedure Committee report was ordered amid an outcry over Labour’s Stella Creasy being told she can no longer have her baby son with her. The group ruled that MPs should not bring … Read more

Bradford pear trees to be officially banned in SC by 2024

GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) – Plant nursery owners are working to clear out their stock of Bradford pear trees before 2024 when they are officially banned in South Carolina. Experts are also encouraging homeowners to replace Bradford pear trees on their property with native trees if possible. “They’re a nuisance tree, very difficult to get … Read more

Brooklyn Public Library offers young readers free library cards and access to banned books

New York City’s Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) took a stand against growing censorship and book bans in announcing its “Books UnBanned Initiative” recently, providing young readers access to the library’s full eBook collection, according to a release. “We cannot sit idly by while books rejected by a few are removed from the library shelves for … Read more

Florida’s examples of banned topics in math books derided as ‘political theater’

Education officials in Florida have been criticized for putting “political theater” over teaching after they revealed four examples from among the 54 math textbooks they rejected last week. The state said it had refused to use the books because of “prohibited topics” including alleged references to critical race theory. On Friday, however, after pressure to … Read more

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Banned in Saudi Arabia (Exclusive)

Disney and the MCU have fallen foul of Gulf censors once more. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Marvel’s long-awaited follow-up to the hit 2016 superhero film starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has been banned in Saudi Arabia. Rumors began emerging online early on Friday, with The Hollywood Reporter now officially confirming the decision. THR has … Read more

Welp, That Didn’t Last Long: Airlines Welcome Back Banned Anti-Maskers

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) At least three major U.S. airlines are preparing to welcome back unruly customers who were placed on no-fly lists for refusing to wear masks. The rapid reversal comes just days after a district judge struck down a federal mask mandate. In a statement sent to Gizmodo, a United Airlines spokesperson … Read more

Actor Will Smith banned from attending Oscars for 10 years

“The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards,” Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement on Friday. The decision … Read more

Actor Will Smith banned from attending Oscars for 10 years | CNN

CNN  —  Will Smith will not be allowed to attend the Academy Awards for the next 10 years, as a result of his slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage during this year’s Oscar ceremony, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced in a statement obtained by CNN. “The Board has decided, for a … Read more