The Rogue Recap takes a look back at the good, the bad, and the bizarre of the past week in the realms of entertainment, politics, culture, and society. In this week’s edition:
Oscar-winning actor dresses as himself for Halloween
Multiple parties have accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual assault and misconduct both in private and on set, after Rent and Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey attempted to seduce him when Rapp was 14 years old. Spacey’s initial apology for the allegation was criticized for drawing attention away from the assault, and for placing focus instead on his own coming out as gay. After more men reported similar experiences with Spacey, a representative stated that the actor was seeking “evaluation and treatment.” The allegations against Spacey are the latest in a series of accusations against high profile celebrities, after numerous complaints against producer Harvey Weinstein, whose Wikipedia page is only slightly longer than the Wikipedia page detailing all of his sexual abuse allegations, and whose featured photo is larger than his chances of ever being hired again.
They may take our lives, but they can also take our freedom
The Parliament of Catalonia declared the autonomous community’s independence from Spain and the founding of a Catalonian Republic on October 27. Shortly after, the Spanish government dissolved the Parliament, while Catalan President Carles Puigdemont were accused of rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement, and fled to Belgium with other cabinet members. Spanish takeover of the community was met with little resistance from authorities. The declaration of independence was suspended on October 31. On November 2, several members of the Catalan government were placed in custody without bail. #LiveFastDieYoung
U.S. President overshadowed by people actually working
Eight people were killed and 11 injured when a pickup truck drove into a bike lane along Hudson River Park in Lower Manhattan, New York City on October 31. The driver, who was later found to be affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, was shot in the abdomen by police and arrested. We could talk about how United States President Donald Trump did not hesitate to use divisive rhetoric in politicizing tragedy, but we’ve decided not to dignify him with coverage. We’ll turn the spotlight instead on actual progress in the form of New York officials working to install concrete barriers on the bike lane, in order to make it difficult for vehicles to cross over into the bike lane, be it accidentally or on purpose.
BREAKING: How to Get Away with Murder season 5 to be set in Philippines
The Philippines has the fifth highest record of impunity in the killing of journalists, according to the 2017 Global Impunity Index by the Committee to Protect Journalists. If you think this is a good thing after we ranked fourth in 2016, you need to put yourself in the corner and think about your life.