The Daily Sting, Friday: New Madonna News, Australia’s Poppers Ban Postponed
Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s take a look at some of the day’s big gay headlines, starting with new Madonna news! Are you excited for the pop icon’s upcoming release? And Australia’s poppers ban has officially been put on hold for the time being.
In other news, Apple has removed Tumblr from its App Store, the Satanic Temple has officially settled its dispute with Netflix show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and great news out of Bermuda, a Caribbean nation that has (once again) legalized gay marriage.
From new Madonna news to Australia’s poppers ban getting postponed, here’s today’s top gay news:
1. New Madonna News: Final Mixes Are Being Done on Her 14th Studio Album (Music)
She’s been using social media to drop hints throughout the year about the new Madonna album, reportedly coming from her recording studio to our ears sometime in 2019. Recent Instagram posts have shared that the new Madonna album is currently undergoing its “final mixes,” and we could see Madge’s daughter Estere have some vocals on a track. A post with the caption “Estere wraps things up in the studio” sees the 5-year-old playing around in the studio.
2. Apple Has Removed Tumblr From Its App Store Due to Child Porn (News)
The Tumblr app was removed from Apple’s app store on Nov. 16 due to child pornography, according to the Yahoo-owned social media platform. From a statement by Tumblr: “Every image uploaded to Tumblr is scanned against an industry database of known child sexual abuse material, and images that are detected never reach the platform. A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database.” Tumblr is still accessible to those who already had the app on a phone, but currently can’t be downloaded from the app store.
3. The Satanic Temple Has Settled Its Lawsuit With Netflix Over Sabrina (TV)
We previously reported on The Satanic Temple’s $50 million lawsuit against Netflix because the temple accused the platform’s show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina of using its copyrighted statue of Baphomet. That suit has officially been settled, though we aren’t aware of the settlement terms, other than “the unique elements of the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet statue” will be acknowledged in the show’s credits. Also, some have confused the Satanic Temple with the Church of Satan, a different (religious) organization entirely, and which actually has no issues with the Netflix show.
4. Bermuda Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Gay Marriage (News)
It’s been a long journey to bring gay marriage to the people of Bermuda, and the fight might not be over just yet. Back in 2017, the nation’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage. But in February 2018, Bermuda Gov. John Rankin’s “Domestic Partnership Act” downgraded them to domestic partnerships and making the island nation the first to backtrack on gay marriage. Four months later, the Supreme Court overruled that law, only for the government to try to appeal it one month later. Well, now the Court of Appeal has spoken, and it has spoken in favor of gay marriage. This likely isn’t the end of the battle, but great news for Bermuda nonetheless.
Back in September, the Therapeutic Goods Adminstration (TGA) of Australia proposed a temporary poppers ban, recommending the substance be considered in the same category as hardcore drugs like heroin. Poppers are typically used for sex enhancement among members of the LGBTQ community. But the TGA has now decided to delay that poppers ban, partly because of the outrage met by many in the queer community. The issue will be taken up again in February 2019.