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Talk of the Town: Elon Musk Apologizes, Donald Trump's U.K. Trip, and Scarlett Johansson Drops Trans Role

What people about Town have been buzzing about this week.

1. Business magnate and SpaceX founder Elon Musk apologizes for bitterly calling British diver Vern Unsworth a "pedophile."

Unsworth, who is now considering taking legal action against the tech giant, played a critical role in the Thai football team cave rescue. The spat between the two started when the diver said in an interview that Musk's mini-sub idea "had absolutely no chance of working" and that it seemed like a PR stunt. Musk then retaliated by going on a Twitter tirade. He had also earlier clashed with the rescue team's head Narongsak Osatanakorn after he dismissed the mini-sub idea.

2. The 2018 World Cup ends with a victory for France against Croatia.

The final match had many titillating moments such as Croatia’s Mandzukic scoring for France (a first for World Cup finals). There were several other firsts during the match and both teams made notable goals, but in the end, the underdog team was defeated. Kylian Mbappé scored the winning goal for France, making him the second teenager who's ever scored at the finals. This is France's 3rd World Cup win.

3. Thousands of Brits amass in the streets of London to protest U.S. President Donald Trump during his U.K. visit.

The protests seemed to be anticipated, however, as all of the POTUS’ meetings were held outside the capital and they traveled mostly via helicopter. Trump kept his critics’ tongues wagging by arriving late to meet with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, and allegedly saying some unsavory things about her and the U.S.-U.K. trade relations.

He and his wife, Melania Trump, then went on to meet Queen Elizabeth II and continued to give his detractors ammunition by breaking royal protocol again and again. Trump continues to face criticism for his farewell tweet to the U.K. and his comments about U.S.-Russian relations during his Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladamir Putin.


4. Scarlett Johansson dropped out of playing a transgender man in Rub & Tug.

The actress received a lot of negative attention upon being cast as Dante ‘Tex’ Gill. Johansson already experienced similar backlash when she played Japanese character, Major Motoku Kusanagi in the live-action Ghost in The Shell movie. Rub & Tug would’ve been her second project with director Rupert Sanders, who also worked with her in Ghost in The Shell. The tides have, however, have turned for Johansson as many are praising her for dropping out of the film, in the spirit of inclusivity.

5. Manny Pacquiao secures his 60th win with Lucas Matthysse knock-out.

It had been nine years since the athlete-senator Pacquiao performed a knock-out so this was truly a feat for the 39-year-old 11-time World Champion. There have been doubts due to his age and parting with long-time coach Freddy Roach, but he and his new coach Buboy Fernandes showed that things are not quite over for the aging boxer.

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