Welcome to Coffee Talk, a breakdown of the news stories that are influencing our culture. They’re the things that are happening that have us asking, “did you hear about…?” Think of them as “hot topics,” and of course, share your thoughts. After all, we are nothing if we can’t make up our own minds on things happening around us.

 

Bill Cosby Found Guilty on All Counts of Sexual Assault

Television icon, Bill Cosby, so-called “American Dad,” for his portrayal of being a wholesome father on the hit 90s sitcom “The Cosby Show,” was found guilty on three counts of Aggravated Indecent Assault last week. The verdict had been a long time coming, after more than 50 women came forward with stories of sexual assault and rape by Mr. Cosby over the years, with striking similarity between the experiences. That list of women include former supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, who testified against him in court.

Without a doubt, the #MeToo movement played a critical role in this historic verdict, as the stories of sexual abuse from women are finally being taken seriously and the perpetrators, mostly men, are being held accountable. Until recently, men were able to get away with improper sexual behavior because the women who reported these assaults, were generally not believed, or settlements would be reached privately. It wasn’t until the New York Times and the New Yorker published separate pieces on movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein, which led to his downfall and subsequently sparking the #MeToo movement, did this general attitude towards stories of rape and assault change. This has led to the indictment of several men, both in the media and in corporate positions of influence.

 

Kanye West Announces His Support of Donald Trump via Tweet

This was the tweet that started it all. Kanye West profeseds his love for President Trump and went on to talk about freedom of thought, causing twitter users to go in on him. West defended his position as a Trump supporter, tweeting that he and Trump “are both dragon energy. He is my brother,” noting that he doesn’t “agree with everything anyone does.” The backlash from fans was swift and intense.

West later posted screen shots of text messages between himself and  John Legend, showing Legend imploring him to think about what it is that he is tweeting and recant his statements. While Kanye did no such thing, the two music artists doesn’t seem to have any bad blood between them and continue to love each other.

 

Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale is an Exercise in Emotional Subjugation

The opening scene in the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale is a harrowing one and is probably one of the most emotionally charged scenes in recent television memory. Getting through to the end of the second episode is both emotionally exhausting and terrifying, when one realizes just how close to reality the show is. The women in Gilead have had all their rights completely stripped from them and they are now subjected to a life of servitude. It is the “Unwomen” though, who really rips the heart when you see how they are mistreated, working hard labor in poisonous fields, before they wither away and die.

 

We Still Don’t Know What is Going on With Brandon Truaxe, Creator of Deceim and The Ordinary Products

Something is definitely up with Brandon Truaxe, the founder of Deciem, which makes The Ordinary skincare products. Reports on Truaxe’s radical behavior have been surfacing almost weekly over the past couple of months and it’s the tea that keeps on sipping. His Instagram posts, both on his personal, as well as the brand’s official account, have been erratic, confusing fans of the brand and the media. Truaxe fired his co-CEO, Nicola Kilner last month for no apparent reason and reports surfaced two weeks ago that he fired his entire U.S. team.

On Friday, new reports surfaced that Brandon used Instagram to call for help, in a seemingly bizarre situation in London, where he asked people to call the police, Business Insider reported. In one of the Instagram videos, a man can be heard saying “I’m trying to help you, Brandon,” and, “You’ll end up getting killed.” We later learned that the man in the video is Truaxe’s lawyer.

Also on Friday, Racked published a report that Brandon sent an email to the entire company stating that “I’m done with DECIEM and EVERYTHING. No need to discuss.” The email had been sent out to Deciem employees, his attorneys, and various Estée Lauder executives, including former CEO Leonard Lauder, because Estée Lauder owns a minority stake in the company.

This is an incredibly bizarre situation for a company that has grown seemingly overnight and is wildly popular because of its The Ordinary products, which have developed a cult following. Whatever the issue is with Brandon, if there is in fact an issue with him, because he has said many times that he is fine, hopefully all gets sorted out soon.