Friday Good News Roundup: March 17, 2017
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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here’s your good news roundup to start the weekend off right.
1. Vogue: Selena Gomez says therapy changed her life.
Gomez has been in the news a lot lately about her struggles with anxiety and depression, and she's candid about how therapy helped turn her life around. In doing so, the singer and actress shines a spotlight on the unrealistic standards that keep women from talking about their mental health difficulties, and hopes to empower others to “feel allowed to fall apart.”
2. Good News Network: A couple brought a rainforest back to life, literally [watch the video!].
Pamela and Anil Malhotra purchased southern India’s Sai Sanctuary in 1991. What was then 55 acres of deforested cardamom and coffee fields is now a thriving 300-acre rainforest. The process took nearly 20 years, but now the Sai Sanctuary is considered one of the world's "hot spots” of biodiversity by the United Nations and is protected by India' National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.
3. IndyStar: Indiana’s largest relief agencies partnered with a trucking company that sends drivers to food banks.
IndyFoodDrop.org launched last week as a way to engage the trucking industry in preventing food waste. Retail stores often reject produce and food upon delivery for aesthetic reasons or order mix-ups. When this happens, the rejected food becomes the trucker's problem, and often the quickest way to deal with the unwanted freight is to dump it so the driver can move on to his next delivery. IndyFoodDrop.org works with transportation industry to direct the food that would normally go to waste to a variety of participating food banks or pantries where they can drop off their haul.
4. GOOD: Obama’s old photographer is trolling Trump using memes, and it’s hilarious.
Pete Souza was the official White House photographer for eight years, and he’s officially joined in the Trump jokes by tweeting hilarious memes using his photos. He admitted “someone else” photoshopped his photos into many memes, but that’s not stopping him from getting in on the fun.
5. NY Times: Disney won’t edit Beauty and the Beast’s "gay moment" for Malaysia.
In Malaysia sodomy is still illegal throughout the country, and government censors there demanded that Walt Disney Studios cut a short scene of two men dancing together from Beauty and the Beast or else the film would not be allowed to open. The chairman of the country's censorship board stated that films depicting "LGBT activity" are not approved. Disney released a statement on Tuesday saying that the film “has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia.”