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    In this edition: French comedian Rémi Gaillard sparks controversy with his latest video; Canadian Inuit take to social networks to defend seal hunting; and an extreme sportsman bungee jumping on his bike.


    FRENCH HUMORIST SPARKS CONTROVERSY WITH ONLINE VIDEO
    French comedian Rémi Gaillard, known for his hidden camera pranks, is at the centre of lively debate on the web. On Friday 28th March he posted this video entitled “Free Sex” online. We see him playing with perspective to mime sex acts with unsuspecting members of the public. The video has been met with widespread condemnation across France.
    Hundreds of social networkers and women in particular, have voiced their outrage over what they deem to be a sexist video and in extremely poor taste. What makes it all the more shocking they say is that it appears to normalize even glorify rape culture. The author of the “une jeune idiote” Tumblr blog says Rémi Gaillard is objectifying women`s bodies and trivializing street harassment.
    Rémi Gaillard responded to the criticism via his Facebook page on Saturday, sarcastically saying he was looking for an adult videos site to host his video, but has had no interest because the famous clip does not have enough sexually explicit content to be deemed pornographic. In a second post on Sunday he says he`s exercising his right to freedom of expression and boasts about the video`s success as it has racked up 3,200,000 hits and counting on YouTube.
    CANADIAN INUIT POST "SEALFIES" TO DEFEND SEAL HUNTING
    Posing in seal-skin furs and posting the photo to social networks: Canadian Inuit have been defending seal hunting through these “sealfies” and pro... Go on reading on our web site.

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