Before the end of 2021, let's take the half-full-cup approach by having a look at the most fortunate events that took place this year.
Keeping up with the Kardashians is Cancelled
After 13 years since it was aired on E! in 2007, Keeping up with the Kardashians was finally cancelled in 2021. Although people were at the beginning excited for having a heads-up on the daily life of such a well-known family, things started getting sideways: People backlashed the show due to its distorted representation of society. KUWTK presents a materialistic view of the world in which money and fame are deemed the only pathways to success. Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson’s cheating scandals are openly showcased on screens to the public, which led a huge number of the audience to scorn the show that is based only on antics and money glorification. Imagine that you are a middle-class or a lower-class citizen watching a bunch of people who just got so famous and rich by chance! It makes you want to grab the nearest knife to stab someone! To put it bluntly, it's a relief that the show is cancelled.
Anthony Hopkins Becomes the Oldest-Ever Oscar Winner
Earlier this year, Anthony Hopkins won his second best-actor Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards. The 83-old-actor won against Riz Ahmed and late Chadwick Boseman for his performance as an elderly man with dementia in The Father (2021). The award crowned Hopkins the oldest-ever acting Oscar winner. Hopkins did not receive his award in person as he didn’t expect this unusual win at all and was in Wales at the time. "I wasn't being cynical, I didn't expect to get it, at all. The main contender was Chadwick Boseman, so I went to bed" says Hopkins in an interview on ITV's Lorraine.
Misogyny Declared a Hate Crime in England and Wales
In March 2021, women in England and Wales celebrated a historic victory as the government announced that misogyny – hate or contempt against women- will be treated as a hate crime. This was the fruit of a huge UK movement led by women. “Nobody’s going to blame me for going to the shops at 11 pm.” This was how one of the victorious demonstrators depicted the government's decision. Police officers are now being trained to respond to demeaning language and collect the record of crimes based on misogyny. I hope that one day, misogyny will be prohibited by law in the Middle East too.
Number of Covid19 Vaccines Exceeds 6 Billion
According to Bloomberg, more than 6.3 billion shots were given in 184 countries in 2021. This indicates that more than 41 % of the world population is vaccinated. According to experts, vaccinating 70% of the population can enable life to return to normalcy. Although this might feel a long way off, we are glad that vaccination rates are on the rise. Let’s remember when concocting a vaccine seemed a difficult feat to accomplish in 2020. Nowadays, getting vaccine shots into people’s arms has been an easy task in many countries.
Human HIV Vaccine Trial Shows 97% Effectiveness
The First-in-human vaccine trial against HIV showed promising results in all participants in Phase I human trials, according to Scripps Research and IAVI. Since HIV emerged as a pandemic in the early 1980s, scientists have been grappling with the process of inventing a medicine as about 38 million people around the globe are suffering from the disease. HIV infection in humans resulted from a species of chimpanzee in Central Africa. In a statement, IAVI indicated that the “vaccines can be designed to stimulate rare immune cells with specific properties, and this targeted stimulation can be very efficient in humans.”
Egypt’s Pharaohs' Golden Parade
On 3 April 2021, a majestic event was held in Cairo to transport 22 mummies of ancient kings and queens from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat in golden-decorated vehicles that weaved through Tahrir Square. The event received widespread acclaim among Egyptians and plaudits from all over the world. The concert involved chants in Ancient Pharaonic language that graced the parade. Soprano Amira Selim serenaded millions of listeners with her performance of "A Reverence for Isis" hymn, which was taken from inscriptions on the walls of the Deir el-Shelwit temple in Luxor. Spectators were blows away by the dancing troupes as every member did his/her part perfectly. Skies in Tahrir square blew gold and blue, and a group of children twirled joyfully carrying lamps. The symphonies were performed by the Egyptian United Philharmonic Orchestra led by Egyptian maestro Nader Abbassi, and the score was composed by Egyptian composer Hesham Nazih. A wide range of Egyptian actors and actresses took part in the event which was broadcast on Egyptian channels as well as global channels.