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Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. animal rights and prom dreams come true

Gina Rodriguez. A New York teen just had a serious red-carpet moment, all thanks to the Jane the Virgin star, who let Buffalo high school student Jessica Casanova wear her strapless Badgley Mischka gown to prom. Rodriguez donned the dress when she accepted her award for best comedic actress in a TV series at the 2015 Golden Globes. “Gina’s dress made me feel like a princess and it gave me chills knowing that it was something that came from her heart and I cherish that very much,” Casanova told E! News. “I wish I could give her a big hug and tell her how much I love her. She will always have a special place in my heart.” In January, Casanova tweeted the 31-year-old actress to ask if she could wear the Zac Posen gown Rodriguez strutted in this year. Rodriguez, a Chicago native, said she didn’t own that dress but did own her 2015 gown and “maybe we can make this happen.” So, which do you think Casanova will remember more: her date or her dress?

Everyone involved in the death of Harambe. The world lost one if its few hundred remaining endangered gorillas this week, and animal lovers far and wide took to the Internet to express their outrage — at the Cincinnati Zoo for deciding to fatally shoot the 17-year-old silverback, and mostly at the mother whose 4-year-old son accidentally fell into the animal’s enclosure after crawling through a railing barrier. Some even expressed anger with themselves for ever having visited a zoo at all.  In the wake of the Blackfish documentary and scandal, the death of Harambe has only intensified the scrutiny surrounding animal rights. This week’s incident was a sad situation all around. That poor child who was dragged through the moat. That poor mother who looked on in horror and was vilified by millions of strangers. That poor crewperson who was forced to pull the trigger. That poor, innocent animal who lost his life. Lose, lose, lose, lose.

[Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2016 3:34pm]


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