Read the room: Tone-deaf celebrity moments
With each year that passes, and with every new world crisis that befalls us, celebrities become more and more unrelatable. From their towering mansions and even bigger public platforms, they seem to be scarily removed from the reality of the rest of the world, a fact which only becomes more apparent with every new tone-deaf comment that makes the headlines. Whether it's about work ethic, feminism, the war, the pandemic, social issues, or their own behavior, many stars have been putting their feet in their mouths lately. A little research, planning, or a publicist could have helped any of them greatly! Most recently, billionaire Kylie Jenner stands accused of being a "climate criminal" in the court of public opinion. The beauty mogul frequently shares her lavish lifestyle on social media and her use of private jets is now being scrutinized. A site that tracks celebrities' private jets caught Jenner taking a 15-minute flight within California to travel around 40 miles, a journey that would have taken roughly 45 minutes by car. Jenner is now being called out for using her private jet like a car for convenience despite the major emissions and fuel usage. At a time when people are dying all over the world due to global-warming-related natural disasters, this blasé use of such a toxic, polluting form of transport has angered many. The outrage is heightened by Jenner's Instagram account, where she has posted photos bragging about her private jet use. One photo of Jenner and her boyfriend Travis Scott hugging on the tarmac between two jets was captioned “you wanna take mine or yours?” Click through the gallery to see which other celebrities failed to read the room in recent times.
© Greg Allen/Invision/AP - Greg Allen Colombian singer Shakira is prosecuted for tax fraud by Spain.
For weeks, the Spanish prosecutor's office and singer Shakira have sought an amicable agreement. In vain. This agreement has not been obtained, a trial will take place for tax fraud against it. The famous Colombian singer Shakira will sit on the dock, even if we do not yet know the date, and face a trial for tax fraud. The Spanish prosecutor's office requires 8 years in prison against her and more than 23 million euros fine. The artist declares himself innocent and says he wants to go to the end.
With our correspondent in Madrid, François Musseau
Easy targets: Drug mules fill women's jails in Hong Kong
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The Spanish prosecutor's office requires more than eight years in prison against the Colombian star Shakira and a fine of more than 23 million euros. The Spanish authorities say that between 2012 and 2014, Colombian artist Shakira found a way not to declare 14.5 million euros to the Spanish tax.
The main argument of the prosecution is that during this period, Shakira lived in the vicinity of Barcelona, in various residences, with his companion, the football player of FC Barcelona Gérard Piqué.
She lived more than half of her time there, at least 183 days a year. For this very reason, she had tax duties vis-à-vis Spain and only vis-à-vis Spain.
Shakira defends herself by saying, that for many years, she has resorted to societies that have their seats outside Spain and often travels. According to her, she therefore had no account to return to this country.
The tax authorities do not agree at all, and also affirm that the singer concealed her income by a system of screens established in tax havens like Malta, Luxembourg or Panama.
We can expect a river and very media trial, with at least 37 witnesses.
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