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Finally, Some Good News is our new weekly series that highlights the positive and upbeat stories you might have missed amid the doom and gloom we cover daily.
Think of it as your cure for the mid-week slump. Every Wednesday.
In quirkier news, a man tried to get a personalized credit card with Canadian actor Seth Rogen’s face on it. But because the man wasn’t Rogen himself, he had to get the actor’s approval first. So he did what any human in 2019 would — and fired off a tweet.
“My request to have Seth Rogen on my bank card got denied because I don’t have his permission,” Twitter user Professor Jayton wrote. “Seth, help a guy out?”
Seven minutes later, Rogen replied: Yeah go for it.
Yeah go for it.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 3, 2019
People have been leveraging social media for perks for a while. Remember that guy who pleaded with Wendy’s for a year of free nuggets?
All worthy causes.
Emma Watson is for workers’ rights
Is there anything she can’t do?
Actress Emma Watson, whose activism garnered the attention of the United Nations, is setting up a hotline for workplace harassment in the U.K.
Watson, 29, teamed up with Time’s Up for a legal advice help line for women in England and Wales. She says it is the first of its kind and will help women know their rights and fight for them.
“Understanding what your rights are, how you can assert them and the choices you have if you’ve experienced harassment is such a vital part of creating safe workplaces for everyone,” the actress said in a statement.
Watson is no stranger to putting money where her mouth is. In 2018, she donated more than $1.5 million to another U.K.-based organization that fights against sexual harassment, assault and discrimination.
Reading is fundamental, just ask this Bachelor contestant
And finally in this week’s round-up, one of the greatest gifts the Bachelor franchise has given us: Demi Burnett.
She was a standout contestant on her first season, this past winter’s The Bachelor with Colton. On this season’s Bachelor in Paradise, she’s in the franchise’s first-ever same-sex relationship. Go, Demi!
But it’s her work on Twitter — and unexpected philanthropy — that’s landed her on this good news digest.
Burnett, 24, was asked by a Grade 3 teacher if she could help with some supplies for her students.
Queen Demi!!! Please help me ensure my 3rd grade kiddos have a successful school year!— Mrs. Delgado👩🏫 (@EmyDelgado15) August 7, 2019
I created an Amazon classroom wish-list requesting items such as books, flexible seating and a magnetic spinner! Get in on this movement! Thanks girlll!!💕https://t.co/v8aspnmlMf
Now, I know what you’re thinking. This isn’t good news. Schools in the United States continually disrespect the work teachers do. They’re underpaid, overworked and under-appreciated.
But here’s a reality TV star, who definitely did not have to use her newfound fame for good, doing good!
Burnett answered the call from Mrs. Delgado, an Orlando teacher, and bought every book on her Amazon wish list.
I purchased all the books for you!! I love that you’re encouraging your students to read!! Have an amazing school year ❤️ so happy I could help https://t.co/GNC0M3TGZL— Demi Burnett (@demi_burnett) August 7, 2019
“Our students' families struggle financially, but everyone is dedicated to helping our parents provide for their children,” Delgado wrote on Amazon.
The remaining items on the teacher’s wish list include paper bags, laptop stands and LEGO sets.