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In Honour of International Women’s Day, Indonesian Clothing Company Salvo Sports “Apologizes” for Sexist Labels

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Indonesian sports wear manufacturer Salvo Sports has “apologized” for a sexist label printed on shirts of a top football club.

Salvo Sports printed “Washing instructions: Give this jersey to your woman. It’s her job” on the shirts of Indonesian Super League team Pusamania Borneo.

The shirt label went viral on social media, sparking a torrent of criticism and prompting an apology from the company through a series of tweets on March 8, International Women’s Day. Turns out the company simply intended the offensive washing instruction to be a “compliment” about the domestic skills of women.

“The message is simply, instead of washing it in the wrong way, you might as well give it to a lady because they are more capable,” Salvo Sports posted on Twitter.

“There is no intention to humiliate women. In contrast [we want to tell the men] learn from women how to take care of clothes,” it said.

“Not all men know how to treat their clothes and women have more expertise.”

Wait… was that an apology or did that just make it ten times worse? Not only did the company reiterate that domestic chores are a woman’s domain, they also managed to insult men’s ability to figure out something as complicated as laundry. On the plus side, at least the series of tweets offended both men and women. Gender equality, one half-assed apology at a time!

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Indonesian Prison Break

Current Event Cat - Indonesian Prison Riot

Prison Break: Indonesian Style.

Indonesian prison authorities are on the hunt for 150 prisoners after over 200 escaped from a crowded jail after inmates set fires and started a deadly riot.

The riot broke out at Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan on Thursday after prisoners’ anger over a power cut that left them without electricity and water grew to the point where the only thing left to do was start a massive riot. And what better way to start a riot that breaking down the doors of the warden’s office, pelting him with rocks and setting the office on fire.

Things got a little out of control as the prison guards tried to beat the prisoners back into submission. A total of three prison employees and two inmates died during the violence (mainly from the fire, not the beatings) but eventually police gained control over the prison and put most of the inmates back in their cages. Most of the inmates…

Among those still on the loose are a number of prisoners convicted of terrorism offences. While police managed to capture 55 of the escapees, an estimated 150 are still out there. Yes, to make matters even worse, Indonesian police aren’t even sure of the exact number of fugitives still at large. Sleep soundly tonight Indonesians… possibly with a gun under your pillow.

Via: The Guardian 

Indonesian Men Up a Tree Without a Paddle (Or Tiger Repellant)

Tigers Send Men Up a Tree

Five Indonesian men were rescued after spending 5 days trapped up a tree to avoid being mauled to death by Sumatran tigers.

After entering the Mount Leuser National Park in the north of Sumatra island on Tuesday in a search for rare incense wood, the men “accidentally killed” a tiger cub when it wandered into a trap they had set for deer. Needless to say, things didn’t turn out like Life of Pi. No, instead the tigers mauled one of the men to death and the other five ran up a tree.

The trapped men alerted nearby villagers using mobile phones. Sadly, none of them managed to tweet a picture of the large Sumatran tigers, who were circling the base of the tree. Even sadder, none of them had Eye of the Tiger as their ringtone to get them through the situation.

Villagers attempted to rescue them but had to retreat once they saw the size of the tigers. So they called in some back-up  and five days later the back-up arrived. The park covers nearly 7,930 sq km so it took them a while to get there… Police and rescuers moved in after tiger tamers managed to drive away the tigers and the men were escorted to the nearest village to recover from the ordeal.

In fairness to the tigers, the Indonesians started it. AND, Sumatran tigers are a critically endangered species with only about 350 remaining in the wild due to forest destruction and poaching. Indonesians, on the other hand, are a dime a dozen. Surely they could have spared more than one in exchange for the death of a cute little tiger cub.

Via: BBC News

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