Reese Witherspoons's demand following the mass shootings and more news from the week

Reese Witherspoons's demand following the mass shootings and more news from the week

Celebrities react

In response to the shootings in El Paso and Dayton last weekend, celebrities have called for action. Reese Witherspoon, who described the acts of violence “unbearable,” called for “common-sense gun laws.” Some celebrities, like John Legend, harshly criticized President Trump; he called out “the racist venom coming from the President’s mouth.” Legend’s angry tweet implied that President Trump “regularly inspires killers.” Chris Evans, Cher and Sarah Silverman were among others who responded to the shootings.


‘Little Mermaid’ Live: Auliʻi Cravalho Becomes Disney’s Second Colorblind Casting of Ariel

“The Little Mermaid” is making headlines again with ABC’s version of the story. The star of “The Little Mermaid Live!” is Auli’i Cravalho, a Hawaiian actress best known for her voicing of Moana. In July, it was revealed that Disney had cast Halle Bailey as Ariel for the live-action theatrical remake of the film. Bailey, the first black Ariel, will be joined by Queen Latifah as Ursula, and Shaggy will portray the crab Sebastian. Fans have been impressed with Disney’s “colorblind” approach to casting decisions.


Valentina Sampaio Is Victoria's Secret's first transgender model

Victoria’s Secret hired it’s first openly transgender model, Valentina Sampaio, who will be featured in a back-to-campus campaign. Sampaio is breaking boundaries in the modeling world, and not for the first time: She is also the first openly transgender model to be on the cover of Vogue.


Prince George’s toothless grin

While the royal family has kept a low profile this summer, fans were delighted to see Prince George, 6, and Princess Charlotte, 4, cheering on their parents at the King’s Cup Regatta on the Isle of Wight. They were onboard with Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton. Prince George was adorable as ever in his navy-and-white-striped polo shirt and captain’s hat — and missing his two front teeth!


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