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A Nurse At A Hospital Dressed Infants In Crocheted Red Sweaters And Blue Sneakers To Honor Mister Rogers.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood thanks to one nurse at a Pittsburgh hospital. 

Earlier last week, on November 13th, the world celebrated in World Kindness Day and so did a troop of newborns at Pittsburgh’s UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital after a registered nurse created outfits for the infants and dressed them up in the iconic red sweater and blue sneakers look worn by Pittsburgh’s very own Fred Rogers.

Newborns at the UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital were dressed in crocheted red sweaters and blue sneakers to honor Mister Rogers.

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Pechin worked hours on her project to knit the sweaters for the newborns. Speaking to Good Morning America, Pechin said “It’s more just something I do for fun. I really enjoy making things for all the babies because they look so cute in them.”

In an interview with GMA about the hospital’s sweet celebration of Mister Rogers and the newborns, Kristen Lewandowski and her husband, Michael described the celebration as “really special.” “It was just a really special thing to see the red sweater and the shoes and to know that they were both knitted by one of the nurses in the hospital,” Kristen Lewandowski told “GMA.”

According to their interview with GMA the Lewandowski’s said that seeing their child in a red cardigan was particularly special because they had grown up watching “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

“When I was little I watched ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ with my grandmother, my grandma Mary, who we named our [daughter] Mary after,” Michael Lewandowski said.

The event was made to be even more special when Mrs. Joanne Rogers, late Mister Rogers’s wife, also appeared at the event to welcome the newborns into the world and honor her husband.

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Joanne Rogers, Fred Rogers’ widow, is a concert pianist who met her late husband while the two attended Rollins College. The twofer married in 1952 and was married for 50 years until he died in 2003 of stomach cancer. 

“She was so sweet and so sincere and just wished us the best of luck as new parents,” Kristen Lewandowski told GMA, “and just told us to support one another and we thought that was great advice.”

For the special occasion, Joanne Rogers is reported to have worn an old sweater that belonged to her husband. Fans of the “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” series will remember that Fred Rogers’s red cardigans were an iconic part of his show and he often wore cardigans as part of his look. In the original series that debuted in 1962 and ended in 2001. Rogers could be seen in every episode greeting his audience while singing the show’s theme song and changing from a suit jacket to a cardigan. 

For her visit to the hospital, Joanne Rogers was serenaded to the beloved song “It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” by the hospital staff and employees. According to GMA, the hospital’s nurses and staff wore T-shirts that looked like red sweaters.

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‘The Tax Collector’ Director Denies That Shia LeBeouf Is In Brownface

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‘The Tax Collector’ Director Denies That Shia LeBeouf Is In Brownface

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Shia LeBeouf is in the new movie “The Tax Collector” and people are accusing him of brownface for this role. The actor takes on the accent for the role and got a chest tattoo to do the role authentically. For some, it is cultural appropriation and it has started a debate.

Shia LeBeouf is the man in “The Tax Collector” and people have questions.

The pulse-pounding trailer has all of the action you can handle so you can only imagine what the full movie is like. The movie is all about the tax collector having to fight to protect his family when a rival takes over his turf. LeBeouf is ready to do whatever it takes to save his family.

Some people are very upset about the role for LeBeouf.

The tattoos and the accent are too much for people. Some have argued that the role was not at all a way of cultural appropriation. Instead, LeBeouf is playing a white role that happens to have grown up in a neighborhood where he picked up the accent and a certain way of dress.

The argument is going both ways with people fighting to defend him.

While the role could be really problematic for some, others see themselves reflected in it. There are many people defending LeBeouf because they too grow up in a neighborhood and took on the culture of the neighborhood.

The director of the film, David Ayer, spoke out saying that LeBeouf is not in brownface.

“He’s a white guy playing a white guy. He’s not taking anyone’s work away,” Ayer told the LA Times to calm the critics.

What do you think?

READ: Bon Appétit Editor Adam Rapoport Resigns Over Brownface Scandal

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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After months of delays and waiting, Disney has announced that Mulan fans will no longer have to wait for a major theatrical release to see the live-action version of the animated classic. On Tuesday the Walt Disney Company revealed that the film will no longer seek a major theatrical release and that the blockbuster’s debut will take place on the subscription streaming service, Disney+.

To see the movie, customers will need to pay an additional $29.99 on top of the cost of the monthly subscription for Disney+

“In order to meet the needs of consumers during this unpredictable period, we thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family-friendly film to them in a timely manner,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek explained in a statement according to Variety. “We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters.”

The company has said that it plans to release Mulan in theaters in areas where Disney+ is not available to audiences.

According to Variety, “The decision to put Mulan on premium video-on-demand further emphasizes the studio’s increased reliance on Disney Plus at a time when most of their business — from theme parks and cruises to movie theaters and retail stores — have been crippled by the pandemic. Research, Chapek says, suggests that bringing a high-profile release like Mulan to homes “will act as a fairly large stimulus to sign up for Disney Plus.”

Mulan had been originally scheduled for a theatrical debut on March 27 and was meant to be Disney’s biggest theatrical release for the year.

Disney shelled out a $200 million budget and in early March the studio set up a lavish red carpet premiere at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Days later, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Disney to postpone the movie’s release. The movie’s debut was then pushed back several times before Disney announced last week that they would indefinitely remove it from the release calendar. Fortunately, they’ve changed their mind and Mulan will debut on the streamer’s new platform on September 4, 2020.

Disney’s latest version of Mulan stars actress Yifei Liu as the titular character based on the legend of a female Chinese warrior who disguises herself and takes her father’s place as a soldier.

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