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Beyonce during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show


The Week in Women: Merkel gets mad, a gymnast does the nae nae, and Queen Bey slays

February 12, 2016

A big election thing happened on Tuesday night, but let’s be honest: this week was all about Beyoncé. The pop singer/queen of the world dropped a politically charged single on Saturday and dominated the Super Bowl halftime on Sunday with a routine that nodded to Black Lives Matter, the Black Panthers, and Malcolm X. The song and the performance have spawned oodles of think pieces over the past few days, and so it only seemed right that our news roundup this week should be inspired by a little Bey flair. Let’s get started.

Halo: Pope Francis has revealed that he received an angry phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel after his address to the European Parliament in November 2014. During the speech, Pope Francis described Europe as a barren woman, saying it was “now a grandmother, no longer fertile and vibrant.” In an interview with Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Pope said that Merkel “asked me if I really thought Europe could no longer make children. I told her yes it can, and many, because Europe has strong and deep roots.” Metaphors aside, is anyone else a little miffed by the Pope’s assessment of grandmas? His Holiness has clearly never laid eyes on Baddie Winkle.

“Irreplaceable” is sadly not an adjective that can be applied to Amy Lindsay, the softcore porn actress who made a sneaky appearance in a Ted Cruz campaign ad. Cruz decided to pull the advertisement after Buzzfeed news discovered that Lindsay had previously starred in such films as Erotic Confessions and Carnal Wishes. When Cruz staffers announced that they would replace the ad with a different one, Lindsay took to Twitter to say that she was “extremely disappointed” with the decision. Surely the clip could have been no more embarrassing to Cruz than certain other footage from his campaign.

Flawless: UCLA gymnast Sophia DeJesus won the heart of the Internet when she filled out her floor routine by dancing the whip, nae nae, and dab (no stanky leg). DeJesus’ technical moves were pretty stellar too, earning her an impressive 9.925 score from the judges. The 21-year-old senior did not finish in first place, but anyone who deploys hip-hop moves during a gymnastics competition is a perfect 10 in our books.

If I Were a Boy, it wouldn’t be so damn hard to get a mocha frap in Saudi Arabia. A Starbucks in the capital city of Riyadh, which temporarily denied entry to women, has reopened its doors to the ladies after bolstering a gender segregation wall. Women were ousted from the shop last week, when religious police found that a partition separating men and women had been “compromised.” Starbucks has since announced that “the store is now accessible to single men on one side as well as women and families on the other side.” It seems pretty unfair that women had to go without coffee during the partition crisis, but at least when it comes to charging exorbitant prices for mediocre coffee, Starbucks does not discriminate.