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The sale of failed airline Virgin Australia edged closer today, after a small group of “well-funded” investors were shortlisted.

City devastated by coronavirus ‘rises again’ with fireworks marking end of restrictions

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Friends’ Lisa Kudrow Addresses Latter-Day Criticism, Claiming Show ‘Should Be Looked At As A Time Capsule’

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Former Friends star Lisa Kudrow has defended the hit show, suggesting that critics should consider it a “time capsule” rather than focussing on its more problematic aspects.

Lisa played Phoebe Buffay in all 10 series of Friends, which has now been off the air for 16 years, but gained a new following in recent times when it was made available to stream on Netflix.

Not everyone watching the show for the first time on the streaming service was impressed, though, with some pointing out parts of Friends that had not aged well, namely the lack of diversity and some jokes that could be perceived as offensive to the LGBTQ community.

Lisa Kudrow attends The Paley Honors: A Special Tribute To Television's Comedy Legends at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. 

Asked whether she thought Friends would be different if it were made in 2020, Lisa told the Sunday Times: “Oh, it’d be completely different. Well, it would not be an all-white cast, for sure. I’m not sure what else, but, to me, it should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong.”

She added: “Also, this show thought it was very progressive. There was a guy whose wife discovered she was gay and pregnant, and they raised the child together? We had surrogacy too. It was, at the time, progressive.

“Yes, it’s a fun comedy. But it’s also about people connecting, and part of what appeals about it now is that young people have this unconscious nostalgia for personal connection. And not just right now during the pandemic, but before that.”

Lisa’s former co-star Matt LeBlanc has previously hit back at the show’s modern critics, insisting: “I’ve heard those rumours too about people taking pot shots at Friends, but I don’t want to get into that. I disagree with all that.” 

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Earlier this year, David Schwimmer also referenced the much-discussed diversity issues surrounding Friends in an interview with the Guardian, revealing he had “campaigned for years to have Ross date women of colour”.

As part of the interview, David also said: “Maybe there should be an all-Black Friends or an all-Asian Friends.”

However, many people on Twitter were quick to remind him of the 90s sitcom Living Single, which followed the lives of six Black friends who lived together in Brooklyn, New York.

David later insisted that he had been aware of Living Single, and that his words had been “taken out of context”. 

He tweeted: “I didn’t mean to imply Living Single hadn’t existed or indeed hadn’t come before Friends, which I knew it had.

“Please remember in an interview quotes are often pieced together and taken out of context, and then these quotes are re-purposed in other articles by other people who are trying to be provocative.”

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week (May 9-15)

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We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus lockdown. Check out HuffPost LIFE for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week we round up the most hilarious 280-character quips from mums and dads to spread the joy.

Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more!

My kids asked me what I used to play on my iPad when I was a kid and I told them I used to let elmer’s glue dry on my hands and peel it off for fun

— Ally (@TragicAllyHere) May 11, 2020

Did you know?

If you hold a bowl of broccoli up to your ear, you can hear the sound of a toddler screaming for grilled cheese.

— A Bearer Of Dad News (@HomeWithPeanut) May 10, 2020

27 hours of labor was worth it because when I shake my baby’s chunky leg and go “Ring ring ring!” and then put his fat cannoli foot to my ear and say “Hello?!” he laughs so hard he barfs.

— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) May 10, 2020

I’d like to officially announce that I’ve lost 73 lbs over quarantine. My wife and I remain hopeful the kid will find his way home eventually.

— Tyler on the Chill (@_stylr) May 10, 2020

“clean your room or I will cut your hair again” is such an unexpected and fun parenting tool these days

— Just J (@junejuly12) May 13, 2020

My kids brought me breakfast in bed, then proceeded to eat MY breakfast. If that doesn’t sum up motherhood I don’t know what does.

— Moderately Mom (@momtribevibe) May 10, 2020

My two year old ran into my room first thing thing this morning, and then, clearly coached, shouted “happy Mother’s Day mommy!” And then before i could respond, she picked up a pair of scissors and said “can I play with this, it’s special to me.” It was the best. ❤️

— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 10, 2020

Dad law requires dads to say one of the following when ready to leave:

-Let’s rock n roll
-Let’s skeedadle
-Saddle up, partners
-Let’s get the heck outta dodge
-Time to hit the road
-Let’s blow this popsicle stand
-Let’s hightail it outta here
-Let’s get this show on the road

— The Dad (@thedad) May 13, 2020

“Mom can you take this scratch off my leg?” and other ludicrous requests my kids have

— That Mom Tho (@mom_tho) May 4, 2020

Check on your friends with toddlers. The toddlers are winning. Send help.

— JDB, Sr. (@JoeBriggsEsq) May 12, 2020

I said Alexa three times and she didn’t respond so she’s family now.

— Jessie (@mommajessiec) May 14, 2020

quarantined babies don’t even know about crying in restaurants yet

— jo diggity (@WhaJoTalkinBout) May 13, 2020

Every single parent in the history of kid’s birthday parties who was offered a slice of pizza and declined really wanted that pizza.

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) May 10, 2020

[on my death bed]

My kids: Oh Mom! What’s something we can do to make your last moments better? What do you need?

Me: I…I…

Them: Yes, Mom?

Me: I…want to be left alone for 20 minutes.

Them, lying on my hospital bed and eating from my tray: ok what else

— Arianna Bradford (@TheNYAMProject) May 14, 2020

Welcome to parenthood. You’ll find yourself asking your spouse ridiculous questions like, “do you mind if I take a shower?”

— Henpecked Hal (@HenpeckedHal) May 11, 2020

Me: Nap time

Toddler: I not tired

Me: It’s not about you

— Dude-Bro Dad (@thedadvocate01) May 11, 2020

My daughter woke up, came halfway down the stairs wrapped in her comforter, said she would be avoiding everyone and asked me to hand her some cheese. My daughter is a whole mood.

— Maryfairyboberry (@MaryJustice86) May 13, 2020

Earlier….

3 year old: I WANT BLUE CUP!

Wife: It’s this cup or nothing

Later….

Me: Here’s some wine

Wife: I DON’T LIKE THIS GLASS – GET ME THE NICE SHAPED ONE

— ThreeTimeDaddy (@threetimedaddy) May 14, 2020

Kids: *fighting over who gets to use the calculator first*

Me: *tearing up* Looks like this houseschool is finally a homeschool

— Divergent Mama (@Divergentmama) May 12, 2020

7-year-old: I don’t want a big cake for my birthday.

Me: That’s very humble of you.

7: I want a small cake every day of the year.

— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) May 13, 2020

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International student charged with breaking into Sydney museum

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German national Paul Kuhn was charged with break and enter after allegedly wandering through the Australian Museum in Sydney in the middle of the night.

Brothers sentenced over brutal cop bashing

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Two brothers have been sentenced over the bashing of a top Victoria police officer and one has avoided jail.

Pilot injured after plane crashes in Victoria

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A pilot has been hospitalised with minor injuries after a plane crash north of Melbourne this morning.

‘Independence Day’ Stars Slam Trump For Tweeting Faked Video Clip

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Stars of the 1996 film “Independence Day” lashed out at President Donald Trump Sunday for tweeting an altered scene that turns him into the heroic president of the movie.

Vivica A. Fox, who starred in the sci-fi thriller alongside Will Smith, blasted the posting as “typical POS behavior.”

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“Can’t believe you would insult our classic film this way!” Fox said, adding: “U never had the leadership or courage” of the film’s fictional president.

PRETENDING U KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING?? CANT BELIEVE U WOULD INSULT OUR CLASSIC FILM THIS WAY! BUT HEY! TYPICAL POS BEHAVIOR! U NEVER HAD THE LEADERSHIP OR COURAGE TO DO THIS ROLE! NEVER! 😡👎🏾👎🏾 https://t.co/OBjdRftYSx

— Vivica A. Fox (@MsVivicaFox) May 17, 2020

Actor Bill Pullman — who played President Thomas J. Whitmore in the hit movie — told The Hollywood Reporter, “My voice belongs to no one but me, and I’m not running for president — this year.”

The faked scene — created by a Trump-supporting Twitter account called Mad “ObamaGate” Liberals — superimposed images of Trump’s head onto Pullman’s Whitmore as he called on a ragtag crew of American pilots to take on murderous extraterrestrials.

The video superimposed the faces of Trump supporters onto the enraptured spectators, including Fox News’ Sean HannityIvanka TrumpDonald Trump Jr., a weepy Senator Ted Cruz and notorious far-right ”Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec (holding a rifle), among others.

Trump tweeted out this video that features white nationalist @jackposobiec in it holding a gun. pic.twitter.com/Mgo7ieTE6y

— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) May 16, 2020

The point of placing Trump in the scene wasn’t entirely clear, other than to make him look inspiring. It could be seen as depicting Trump’s rallying America to reopen the economy amid the COVID-19 crisis.

But Whitmore’s declaration — which retains Pullman’s voice —that “we’re fighting for our right to live, to exist” could also be interpreted as a call to Americans to protect their lives against assaults on COVID-19 safety precautions.

Well thanks to this I no longer object to dying of coronavirus. Thank you, Mr President.

— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 16, 2020

Get Plogging!

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Care about both fitness and clean environments? Maybe you should go for a plog.

MasterChef Australia’s Hayden Quinn Says Ben Ungermann’s Exit Was ‘Shock’ For Contestants

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‘MasterChef Australia’ fan favourite Hayden Quinn has opened up about how the show’s contestants reacted when told Ben Ungermann wouldn’t be returning. 

He said it was the real “twist” to end ‘Twists Week’ when judge Jock Zonfrillo informed the stars that Ben had left the competition due to a personal matter.

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“Yeah bit of a twist, hey? It was a real shock for us because we had no idea, obviously,” Hayden told HuffPost Australia on Monday after his elimination on Sunday night.

'MasterChef Australia: Back To Win' contestants Ben Ungermann and Hayden Quinn

“We turned up and Ben wasn’t there and there was a bit of confusion, and then we heard exactly what you heard on TV last night and that’s pretty much it, that he’s not coming in.

“I don’t really know much more than that, to be honest.”

Sunday night’s episode commenced with Jock addressing Ben’s absence with a brief statement. 

“You’re probably wondering where Ben is. Due to a personal matter, Ben has had to leave the competition, and he will not be returning,” said the judge.

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A post shared by Ben Ungermann (@ben_ungermann) on May 17, 2020 at 12:06am PDT

Back in March production company Endemol Shine released a statement after it had become known that Ben was arrested by police for an incident of a “personal nature”. 

“We can confirm Ben Ungermann has left the MasterChef Australia competition,” the spokesman said at the time. “As this is a police matter, we will not be making further comment.” 

Ben has only addressed his departure from the show once. 

When asked by an Instagram follower how he would be edited out of the show, he replied: “That’s up to MasterChef Australia. Appreciate the support”. 

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A post shared by MasterChef Australia (@masterchefau) on May 17, 2020 at 2:00pm PDT

On ‘MasterChef Australia: Back To Win’ this year, Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo have replaced former judges Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston.

There are 24 previous contestants including Poh Ling YeowReynold Poernomo and Callum Hann who have returned to the series for another shot at victory.

‘MasterChef Australia: Back To Win’ continues at 7:30pm on Channel 10. 

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Trump Blasts Obama As ‘Incompetent’ After Apparent Commencement Speech Jab

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US President Donald Trump on Sunday tore into former President Barack Obama, calling him “an incompetent president” after Obama appeared to criticise his response to the coronavirus crisis during two commencement speeches a day earlier.

 

Asked about Obama’s remarks, Trump told reporters on the White House lawn that he “didn’t hear it” before proceeding to bash his predecessor as “grossly incompetent.”

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“Look, he was an incompetent president,” Trump said. “That’s all I can say. Grossly incompetent.”

President Trump: “[President Obama] was an incompetent president. That’s all I can say. Grossly incompetent.” pic.twitter.com/Cw6CwgxUrT

— The Hill (@thehill) May 17, 2020

It’s unclear if Trump was referring to a specific incident in his accusation. The White House did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Obama delivered two virtual commencement addresses Saturday, the first for graduates of historically black colleges and universities, followed hours later by a prime time special for high school seniors.

“This pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said during his first speech. “A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

In his second address, he took aim at “so-called grown-ups” with “fancy titles” who have “screwed up” the country by acting irresponsibly.

“Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy — that’s how little kids think,” Obama said. “Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way — which is why things are so screwed up. I hope that instead, you decide to ground yourself in values that last, like honesty, hard work, responsibility, fairness, generosity, respect for others.”

Many viewers interpreted the comments as a thinly veiled attack on Trump’s leadership.

Congrats to the high school Class of 2020, as well as to the teachers, coaches, and most of all, parents and family who’ve guided you along the way. Thanks for letting me be part of your big day! pic.twitter.com/RjYvHs2BhC

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 17, 2020

Until recently, Obama has largely refrained from publicly taking shots at Trump. But earlier this month, Obama reportedly bashed the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic as “an absolute chaotic disaster” during a phone call with some of his former White House aides.

Trump, however, repeatedly attacked Obama throughout his eight years in office, and has continued to do so since winning the 2016 election. Most recently, Trump has been obsessed with pushing the “Obamagate” conspiracy theory, claiming — without evidence — that Obama led a “coup” to sabotage his presidency.

When a Washington Post reporter last week asked Trump to explain “Obamagate,” the president refused.

“You know what the crime is,” Trump said. “The crime is obvious to everybody. All you have to do is read the newspapers, except yours.”

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Turned Away From Cafe

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MELBOURNE – Hailed for her leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner were turned away from a cafe on Saturday because it was too full under the physical distancing guidelines.

Ardern’s government relaxed many social distancing rules on Thursday, reopening cafes, cinemas and malls after two months of some of the tightest restrictions in the world to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Ardern and Clarke Gayford walked for a brunch to a cafe in the country’s capital, Wellington, where they were initially told it was too full, New Zealand media reported.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (R) her partner Clarke Gayford (L) and their child Neve pictured in 2019.

An employee ran after them a few minutes later when a table became free and the couple went back.

Arden’s partner, Clarke Gayford, took the blame on himself.

“I have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organised and book anywhere,” Gayford said on Twitter. “Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.”

Omg Jacinda Ardern just tried to come into Olive and was rejected cause it’s full. 💀

— Joey 🧜🏻‍♂️ (@reinvention) May 15, 2020

I have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organized and book anywhere. Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.

— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) May 16, 2020

The prime minister’s press service said that waiting at a cafe is likely with the virus restrictions.

“The PM says she just waits like everyone else,” the public Television New Zealand cited Ardern’s press service as saying.

New Zealand has managed to contain the coronavirus pandemic before it strained the public health system. There have been 1,149 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Sunday and 21 deaths related to it, according to data from the health ministry.

Reporting by Lidia Kelly

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