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NBC To Spotlight Russia’s Human Rights Abuses During Olympics


…And 5 Other Things You Need To Know Today

1. According to Deadline, NBC plans to cover Russia's human rights abuses and "gay propaganda" law during it's Olympic broadcast. The network announced that it's brought on New Yorker editor David Remnick to provide guest commentary. Remnick served as a Moscow bureau chief for The Washington Post and also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his book Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days Of The Soviet Empire. NBC's go-to Olympics commentator, sportscaster Bob Costas has said that he won't comment on Russia's anti-gay laws because he wants to land an interview with the "responsible people" (ie Putin and company).

2. Same-sex weddings in England and Wales will begin in March. According to the BBC, March 29, 2014 is the first day when the nuptuals can take place. Those wishing to be amoung the first to marry must submit a formal notice of their intention to marry by March 13.

3. Actor Ben Whishaw will be playing Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Queen biopic. Deadline reports that the gay actor will be taking the role that was first cast with Sacha Baron Cohen, who left after he clashed with the band, who has director and script approval.

4. The world's largest airline was officially formed yesterday when American Airlines and US Airways merged. The conglomerate will have American's name. While the Justice Department initially had some anti-trust concerns about the $11-billion merger, the two companies agreed to give up gate slots and take offs at major U.S. airports to assuage these concerns.

5. Kim Kardashian took a selfie in which she implies there's a connection or even a similarity between her and Liz Taylor and everybody was like, "No; go away."

6. The video for "Perfume," a track off of Britney's "most personal" album, Britney Jean, premieres today. Like "Womanizer" the video depicts Britney in a relationship with a duplicitous man, but unlike "Womanizer," in which Britney confronts her lover with his perfidy, in "Perfume" she just hopes the guilt just tortures him on the inside. Way to be proactive.

Check the video out below:

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