NEWS DIGEST 21.11.2020: Sia and Priti Patel try to make amends, Charlie Brown makes a return

Today’s news wrap is brought to you by the main feed of HEMNA’s Twitter account – @halfeatenmind. Music star Sia is facing a backlash from the public after casting Maddie Ziegler, who is non-disabled, to play the part of an autistic character in her upcoming semi-biographical film, Music. It was alleged that Sia did not choose an actor with autism because the tight schedule of filming would have been difficult for them to cope with. She was also criticised for portraying people with autism as being vulnerable. Sia is said to have responded to the criticism. The film will also star Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr., and is scheduled for release early next year – Sia faces backlash after casting Maddie Ziegler as an autistic teen in upcoming movie Music (Twitter)

The current U.S. president’s son, Donald Trump Jr. is the latest member of the Trump family to test positive for coronavirus. A staff member for Donald said that he tested positive earlier this week and would be self-isolating in his cabin – Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19 (Twitter)

British interior minister/home secretary, Priti Patel, has publicly apologised for offending people after she was cleared by a government internal inquiry into allegations she bullied and mistreated civil servants and members of her staff during her role as leader of the Home Office. Patel, who is one of prime minister Boris Johnson’s closest cabinet members, was alleged to have created a toxic environment in her current and previous government roles. Several key members of the governing Conservatives have pledged their support for her in the light of the inquiry’s findings – Home Secretary Priti Patel issues apology for behaviour after bullying inquiry (Twitter)

A string of mortar attacks in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul have killed at least eight people, AP reports today. Thirty-one more were injured when a series of 23 co-ordinated mortar bomb explosions ran out across the city. Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian explained that the mortars were fired from two cars by unknown assailants. One of the rockets is said to have hit a building of the Iranian diplomatic mission in Kabul – Ataques con morteros en Kabul causan al menos 8 muertos (AP)

South Korea has today confirmed 386 new cases of coronavirus infection, which may mean authorities there bringing in stricter social distancing measures, AP reported. With these, the total number of infections in the country amounts to 30,403, including 503 deaths, according to data from the Agency for Disease Control and Prevention. The vast majority of today’s fresh cases of infection occurred in the capital Seoul, the news agency said – Corea del Sur y Japón valoran más medidas ante los rebrotes (AP)

American festive television staples A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas, part of the Peanuts franchise based on the comic strips by Charlie Schultz and aired continuously since 1965, will make a return to the screen this year, after the films were purchased by Apple for their Apple TV+ streaming service. It was feared that Apple would restrict the broadcast of the Charlie Brown films to their channel only, but the tech giant has struck a deal with PBS, a national public broadcaster to air the films for free. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will run on PBS and PBS KIDS on November 22 at 6:30 p.m. CT while A Charlie Brown Christmas will air on December 13, 6:30 p.m. CT. (Central Time US) – ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Are Coming Back to Free Broadcast TV (Hypebeast)

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