RantCrush Top 5: January 31, 2017

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Topic of the day: celebrities getting political. Hollywood is busy during the award season, but many celebrities have taken the opportunity to speak out about their political views. ICYMI, check out the speeches by the “Stranger Things” cast and “Moonlight” star Mahershala Ali from the SAG Awards on Sunday night.

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Fred Korematsu as the Google Doodle

If you used Google yesterday, you might have noticed that the doodle in the logo was Fred Korematsu, the civil rights activist who survived the U.S. government’s internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II. Yesterday would have been his 98th birthday and the day is officially celebrated as Fred Korematsu Day in some states.

But the Google doodle wasn’t just a celebration. It was also seen as a jab at Trump’s controversial immigration ban, as Google is one of many companies that is very critical of the order. Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin, who is Russian and Jewish and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of six, participated in the weekend’s protests in San Francisco, as did over 2,000 other Google employees.

Emma Von Zeipel
Emma Von Zeipel is a staff writer at Law Street Media. She is originally from one of the islands of Stockholm, Sweden. After working for Democratic Voice of Burma in Thailand, she ended up in New York City. She has a BA in journalism from Stockholm University and is passionate about human rights, good books, horses, and European chocolate. Contact Emma at EVonZeipel@LawStreetMedia.com.

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