Spies, lies and feminist cries

The Headliner podcast

8th March 2018

Spies, lies and feminist cries

Russia has once again come under fire in the media after ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were taken to hospital critically ill from a suspected poisoning. Little is known and speculation is rife, but all eyes are facing east as espionage-fever sweeps the nation.

Sir Bradley Wiggins was landed in hot water this week after a report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee claimed Team Sky “crossed the ethical line” by using drugs to prepare the cyclist before several major races. Ex-team members and coaches have called for Wiggins to come forward and tell the truth. Could this be the next big doping scandal to rock the cycling world?

Lacoste made the bold choice to give their iconic crocodile mascot a brief break earlier this month. Partnering with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, it launched a limited edition range of polos, replacing the croc with one of ten endangered species. Let’s hope the animals don’t disappear as quickly as the polos did!

Brewdog’s latest stunt has divided the nation, as it mocked gender stereotypes with its ‘beer for girls’ Pink IPA. Criticised as having “the right motivations but the wrong execution,” by one Twitter user, others online praised it for giving 20 per cent of the proceeds to women’s charities. What do you think? Outdated stunt or slick social criticism?