Donald Trump, Elon Musk and Luis Rubiales are making the headlines in this week’s ICON Wrap.
Every Monday morning, we’ll bring you a rapid fire round up of the things you need know heading into the week.
Trump MUGSHOT RELEASED
Perhaps the biggest news hitting the internet over the weekend was the arrest of former US President Donald Trump in Georgia and the subsequent release of his mugshot. The 77-year-old is facing charges of interfering with the 2020 US presidential election, which he lost against Joe Biden. Alongside Trump, 18 alleged co-conspirators were also arrested including Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
This marks the first time in history that a former President has had his mugshot released. At least Trump can boast that as an achievement if nothing else.
— Jamaal Bowman Ed.D. (@JamaalBowmanNY) August 25, 2023
Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly depends on your perspective of the US hive mind, Trump is still the frontrunner to helm the Republican party into the next Presidential election. You are who you hang with, we guess.
Elon Musk Is (TRying to) Removing The Block Function
Elon Musk is allegedly removing the block function from X aka the platform formally known as Twitter in what is no doubt very well thought out piece of strategy that will have no ramifications whatsoever.
According to reports, Musk believes that the block feature “makes no sense”. Try telling that to anyone who has been harassed, stalked, or partners who have left abusive relationships and that’s just the start.
Musk’s decision to eliminate the block feature is in direct violation of App Store guidelines & will lead to X’s removal from the App Store, if implemented
I predict Elon isn’t aware of this & will backtrack — saying he was “trolling” or “joking” — and his followers will buy it pic.twitter.com/cHnfHNYZex
— LeGate (@williamlegate) August 18, 2023
This entire decision smacks of Musk simply wanting to be the loudest voice in a room in an audience increasingly ignoring him. Thankfully, it looks as though Musk won’t be able to follow through with this plan because the lack of a block feature goes against the Apple App and Google Play store policies. So we guess that’s just another theoretical fight that Musk has lost.
Soccer Coach Luis Rubiales Has Been Suspended
Soccer’s governing body FIFA has finally acted on the behaviour of Luis Rubiales and suspended the Spanish coach for 90s days as they investigate. Rubiales has been under fire since footage of inappropriate conduct against player Jenni Hermoso went to air. After Spain defeated England in the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, Hermoso accused Rubiales of grabbing and kissing her despite asking him not to.
While the decision to provisionally suspend Rubiales has been welcomed almost unanimously, the process of getting there was no easy path. Nearly all coaches of the Spanish women’s team have resigned and players have refused to return to the game until he was removed, including those from the men’s teams.
After the absolute triumph that was the FIFA Women’s World Cup that included record viewership in Australia it was frustrating to see it marred by Rubiales behaviour. Rather than conversation focusing on the game, it’s now focused on the behaviour of one man.