The comedian who called out Harvey Weinstein is now getting the support she should have gotten from the venue

Some say that cancel culture doesn't exist. You can complain about somebody's bad behavior all you want, but at the end of the day, the person who has abused their power is going to stay in power. Case in point, Harvey Weinstein who's just walking around and doing his thing while he awaits his January trial for sexual assault and rape. Things like attending actor showcases in Manhattan.

When Weinstein showed his face at Actors Hour, stand-up Kelly Bachman called out Harvey Weinstein during his set. Bachman, a sexual assault survivor, felt she couldn't let it slide. "It's my job to name the elephant in the room," she said during her set. "I have been raped, surprisingly by no one in this room, but I've never gotten to confront those guys. So, just a general fuck you." She received boos, and someone even told her to shut up.

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Weinstein was also confronted by attendees Zoe Stuckless and Amber Rollo, who were both kicked out for approaching him.

Alexandra Laliberte, host of Actors Hour, later apologized in a lengthy Instagram post. She said she "did not consider the underlying implications of Mr. Weinstein's presence and was naively overwhelmed by the entire situation that unfolded." Weinstein will not be returning to the event.

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While the venue didn't do anything to make the people who complained feel safe and supported, they did receive support on Twitter for having the guts to call him out. Celebrities, including Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan, as well as non-celebrities have been calling Bachman the hero we all need.

Bachman says she was just saying what needed to be said. "I was really trying to just say something, and in the moment, I really felt like I could have said more, and I really felt like I had let down other survivors by not saying more," she told CNN. "They're my heroes for speaking out and I hope I did right by them in some way."

It's almost as if this event was one giant metaphor for the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Sure, those who spoke out at the event were silenced at first, but ultimately, their voices were heard louder because they had the courage to do the right thing and speak out.

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Weronika Jachimowicz, 17, is getting a lot of attention for subverting people's expectations of who excels in high school. And that's exactly what she wants.

Jachimowicz was named New York's Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District's 2021 salutatorian. Her yearbook photo next to valedictorian Luke Altman is going viral because of her dramatic Goth makeup and attire.

It all started when assistant professor and writer Dr. Jules Lipoff tweeted out a photo of the valedictorian and salutatorian he saw in a newspaper and it went viral. How many salutatorians have you seen that wear pentagram hoop earrings, a choker, and black devil horns?

The juxtaposition of her next to the bowtie-wearing Altman, makes the photo even more amusing.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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