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IN THE PAPERS – Tuesday, June 23: French investigative website Mediapart has revealed audio transcripts from the January death of a Frenchman who died after being violently arrested in Paris. Also, columnists call on NASCAR to take action after a noose was found in the garage of black driver Bubba Wallace. Hollywood director Joel Schumacher, who brought us the Brat Pack films of the 1980s and the infamous Bat-nipples in “Batman and Robin”, dies at the age of 80. Finally, find out why women find men with cats less attractive in dating profiles!
Nearly five months before George Floyd uttered “I can’t breathe” in Minneapolis, a Frenchman, Cédric Chouviat, died in similar circumstances. Chouviat, a 42-year-old scooter delivery man, was violently arrested by four French police officers in January of this year. Police say they tackled him to the ground and chokeholded him, when he resisted arrest. With his helmet still on, Chouviat told police seven times “I’m suffocating”, but to no avail. He eventually lost consciousness and died two days later in hospital. Now the audio recorded from his helmet mic has been revealed in Mediapart, the investigative website, and it sheds light on the violent methods of the French police. The four police officers are accused of manslaughter.
NASCAR is being urged to take action after a noose was found in NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace’s garage on Sunday. Wallace has been vocal in his anti-racism activism, supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and calling on NASCAR to ban the confederate flag. For this writer at USA Today, it’s up to NASCAR to “candidly examine” what kind of culture they helped establish that allowed a racist employee to launch this death threat against Wallace.
Meawhile, Hollywood director Joel Schumacher has died at the age of 80. He was responsible for bringing out the Brat Pack of the 1980s with youth films like “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “The Lost Boys”. He also produced multiple John Grisham adaptations and nurtured the careers of young, up-and-coming actors like Colin Farrell and Matthew McConaughey. He also produced “Batman and Robin”, which comic book purists slammed but which became cult for its infamous creative decision to add Bat-nipples! A polarising choice but not unreasonable, this writer for the website Decider says.
Finally, let’s end on a not-so-serious study released last weekend at Colorado State University about online dating. Researchers initially went with the hypothesis that men posing with cats on dating profiles would be more attractive to potential mates. But it turns out it’s quite the contrary! This new study has found that women are less likely to swipe right when they see a feline-loving man. The researchers conducted a survey with 708 women and found the women perceived men with cats as less masculine, more neurotic and less dateable! Researchers say the results reinforce cultural stereotypes about cat and dog owners. You can read more about that in People.