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as johnson & johnson's vaccine comes back online, new numbers show a dip in the number of shots administered in the u.s., last week. some experts are blaming vaccine hesitancy. plus, desperation and despair. india's health-care system nears collapse as the country sets another record for new-covid cases. and the far-right qanon conspiracy theory gains traction in an unlikely place. japan. why the movement as message resonates with followers there. live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to all of you watching here, in the united states, canada, and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. this is cnn "newsroom. "
we begin with signs that the coronavirus vaccine supply in the u.s. may, soon, outstrip demand. according to the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention, more than 93 million people have been fully vaccinated. over the past few weeks, average daily vaccination rates have started to fall. cnn's polo sandoval takes a look at what might be behind the drop. >> reporter: as johnson & johnson's covid-19 vaccine is cleared to go into arms again, a slight but ongoing drop in overall shots being administered a day. that average number, according to the cdc, dipped below 3 million this week. the biden administration attributing it to vaccine hesitancy. it's a trend that the university of washington's health institutes.
>> facebook runs a survey every day and we look at that day that on a daily basis. and that's shown that vaccine confidence, in the u.s., has been slowly but steadily going down, since february. you know, not huge amounts. like, a percentage point, a week. but that starts to add up. >> reporter: some of that hesitancy being felt more among republicans. a monmouth poll recently showed 43% said they would never get a vaccine, compared to 5% of democrats. the government must perform quote extraordinary outreach when it comes to educating clinicians and patients. >> i am getting the injection now. >> reporter: dr. leana wen received a j&j dose before the pause. if given the option, she encourages certain women avoid it given the fresh findings about extremely rare blood clots. >> since there are two other vaccines, pfizer and moderna, that do not carry this very small risk. i don't think i would have chosen to get the johnson & johnson vaccine, myself, knowing
that risk. and i wish that the cdc and the fda had gone further in their discussions yesterday. to explicitly put a warning for women under the age of 50 to say, if it is available to you, consider choosing one of the other vaccines that do not carry this particular risk. >> reporter: the consensus remains the same among health experts. all covid vaccines authorized for use in the u.s. remain safe and effective. >> and if you look at the tradeoff here, this is still far better, it's far better to choose to take the -- the johnson & johnson vaccine than to go unvaccinated. given what we know about the risks of covid. >> reporter: a local canadian pharmacy in toronto celebrated administering its 1,000th vaccination this week, as efforts at a much larger scale continue amid vaccine hesitancy. here in new york state, about 31% of the population are already considered fully vaccinated in an effort to try
to keep increasing that number, vaccination sites continue to open up including here in new york city, where the american natural history museum now serving as a mass-vaccination site. polo sandoval, cnn, new york. india has smashed another global record for daily-coronavirus cases for the fourth day running. more than 349,000 new infections were reported by officials, sunday. india also posted another record daily death toll. hospitals are overwhelmed by covid patients and there are widespread shortages of critical-medicine supplies. including oxygen. experts say the country's case surge could correlate with a rise in variants. and that includes the so-called double-mutant variant, first identified in india. anna coren tracking all this from hong kong. anna, the u.s. government says it'll deploy support to india to help with the crisis. and looking at the heartbreaking numbers there, it's clearly,
sorely needed. >> it's desperately needed, kim, but this help could be too little, too late. for people who needed it now. they needed it yesterday. i mean, you are talking about family members taking their loved ones to -- to hospitals. who are struggling to breathe. and hospitals turning them away. saying we don't have enough oxygen for the people here, let alone new patients. one hospital chief we spoke to said he will only admit patients who bring their own oxygen cylinders and their families can, then, go and get the oxygen. this is the -- the acute shortage being felt at hospitals, right across the country. and also, in -- in the capital, in new delhi. you talk about those variants, kim. those variants and -- and that -- that one particular variant. the -- the very contagious variant that has been detected in the uk. also, in switzerland. we are getting reports of other places.
possibly, australia. australia's looking into it. those cases are affecting at least half the number of people in delhi, who have covid. so, i think it just gives you an idea of how contagious this variant is. we spoke to one man, kim. whose story, his tragic story, really, illustrates the -- the -- the pain, the frustration, the utter desperation that so many people in india are currently going through. >> reporter: 42-year-old believes he is living in hell. three days ago, he drove his critically-ill father who contracted covid to a delhi hospital and pleaded for help. with no beds, no oxygen, they were forced to wait outside. sharma rubbing his father's back trying to offer reassuring words but no help came. >> he knew he was going to die. he was saying to me, i am going. i won't be able to breathe. i need something. i need -- i need more medicines. but nothing is provided to him.
and he died in front of me, on my hands. >> reporter: he told cnn he returned home to find his mother, now a widow, struggling to breathe. she, too, had contracted the deadly virus. with the help of friends, he purchases an oxygen cylinder on the black market. and for the next few days, he drives from hospital to hospital with his mother in the backseat, breathing through an oxygen mask. finally, he finds an available bed at a hospital 100-kilometers away. >> she was consoling me that don't worry, i'll be back. i'll be back. don't worry. and god is with us, i'll be back. >> india is facing a second wave that's turned into a tsunami. catching the nation's government completely off guard that failed to stockpile or prepare for this moment. hospitals are at breaking point with an acute shortage of beds and oxygen. the capital, delhi, has less than half the required oxygen for covid patients, despite india being one of the world's
largest producers of medical and industrial oxygen. >> it's a horrible situation. as if the government has completely abdicated its responsibility. there is no help. the health system has completely collapsed. >> reporter: activists and tv host and his wife, monica, are using their celebrity influence and resources to help desperate indians source oxygen, cylinders, and hospital beds. which they believe shouldn't be a privilege, but a fundamental right. thousands are appealing to them on social media. but for every 50 they say they can only manage to help one. >> and we can't fulfill it. it's -- it's very difficult. imagine your oxygen, you don't have cylinders. imagine, the oxygen, your country, you can't transport the oxygen and, therefore, people are dying. >> for sharma, a student studying law, he knows, firsthand, how much his country is now suffering. as he prepares to pick up his
father's remains from the crematorium, he is praying that covid doesn't take his mother, as well. >> because i -- i have lost my father two -- three days ago. and i left my mom in the hospital. and i am so helpless. i am all -- all alone, now. >> and, kim, this is just one story. as the health ministry said, more than 2,700 deaths were recorded, on sunday. the experts believe that number could actually be five-times higher. because of the -- the -- the crematoriums that are backlogged, that are working around the clock. the acute shortage of oxygen. of the people dying in the parking lots of these hospitals. i want to read you a -- a -- a quote, if you'd like, from the prime minister, narendra modi. he gave his monthly-radio
address, a few hours ago. and he -- he has finally addressed the second wave. he says, after successfully tackling the first wave, the nation's morale was high. it was confident. but this storm, referring to the second wave, has shaken the nation. well, many would say that the confidence that india, and the government, was feeling after that first wave, is the reason it, then became complacent. that it didn't stockpile, that it didn't prepare for what many say was inevitable. they allowed life to resume to normal. for political rallies to take place. the prime minister, himself, just earlier this week, attended a political rally where there were thousands of people. many of them, unmasked. crammed together. india is now facing a national emergency. the government needs to step up. it needs to get those oxygen
supplies. the -- the medication. it needs to help its people, because as we are seeing, kim, every single day, these people and -- are -- are dying and -- and on a massive scale. >> incredible. thanks so much, anna coren in hong kong. fire at a baghdad hospital that treats covid-19 patients has left at least 24 people dead and dozens-more injured. officials say oxygen tanks exploded causing the massive blaze. these are some of the moments when the fire started. firefighters scrambled to get it under control, as healthcare workers fervently tried to evacuate patients from the burning building. officials say at least 200 people were saved. iraq's prime minister has ordered an immediate investigation. he says allowing the fire to happen a crime, and those responsible should be held accountable. london's metropolitan police say eight officers were injured trying to disperse anti-lockdown
protestors. several-thousand people marched through central london, saturday, calling the coronavirus a hoax and a myth. most, obviously, weren't wearing masks. and they were openly defying the ban on mass gatherings. in the past few weeks, england has relaxed its lockdown measures. nonessential shops and outdoor restaurants are open, but indoor gatherings are still banned till mid-may, at least. all right. still ahead. a sheriff in north carolina is vowing truth and transparency, after another-fatal shooting of a black man, by police. plus, can the trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve be repaired? vice president kamala harris weighs in on that, after the break. stay with us. well you can try the buick's massaging seat. oohh yeah, that's nice. can i use apple carplay to put some music on? sure, it's wireless. pick something we all like. ok. hold on. what's your buick's wi-fi password? buickenvision2021. oh, you should pick something stronger. that's really predictable. that's a really tight spot.
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another fatal-police shooting of an fafrican-america man in the u.s. has sparked outrage across the country. andrew brown jr. was shot and killed by deputies in north carolina on wednesday. protestors are calling for the body-camera footage of the incident to be released. now, the sheriff says he is working to do just that. cnn's natasha chen reports. >> reporter: it has now been
more than three days since andrew brown jr. was shot and killed by pasquotank county sheriff's deputies wednesday morning as they were executing a search warrant and an arrest warrant. which the sheriff says was issued by an alcohol and drug task force. now, the public has been calling for the release of the body-camera footage, including the family of andrew brown jr. and they are comparing this process to the speed, at which other jurisdictions around the u.s. have released their body-camera footage, after similar police-use-of-force cases, recently. it seems that other places have released video, much sooner than this county here. the sheriff in pasquotank county here explained, on saturday afternoon, that it is not up to him. in a facebook video that he posted, he explained that it requires a judge to grant the release of that video. and that, if he gets the assurance of the state bureau of investigation, that releasing the video would not hinder the investigation. the county would, also,
formally, file a request on monday to have that video released. on monday, we are going to potentially see a number of entities do the same thing. the elizabeth city council met in an emergency meeting, on friday, to, also, request for that video to be released. and a number of news organizations, including cnn will, also, formally file for that video to be released. a lot of questions could, potentially, be answered by see t seeing this video. a press conference, where we heard from the oldest son of andrew brown jr. >> with all these killings going on, i never expected this to happen so close to home. like, he left a close and tight family. with each other every day. talking to each other every day. and we, my brothers, my sisters, we is what drove him as a person. we is what made him better. and now, i got to live every day, my newborn, without even getting a chance to meet him at all.
and that's gonna hurt me every day. i just want justice. >> reporter: at that press conference, community leaders, also, referred to the 9-1-1 audio that has been public -- publicly released. where emergency responders are heard saying that brown was found with a gunshot wound to the back, which is very concerning, of course, for the family. especially, when a witness, also, told cnn that she saw deputies firing at brown's vehicle, as he was allegedly driving away. so again, many questions that could, potentially, be answered and helped by seeing the video. which so far, not -- no one has seen, not the family, not city officials in elizabeth city. and so, people are eagerly awaiting those formal filings on monday. natasha chen, cnn, elizabeth city, north carolina. the latest police shooting is sure to be one of many discussed on capitol hill. as lawmakers try to find some common ground on police reform
in america. vice president kamala harris says, legislation is needed. so, trust between police and the public can be, finally, restored. >> i, absolutely, believe there is a way to rebuild trust. but it will not happen by itself. so, for example, the president and i are supporting the george floyd justice in policing act. we believe that is a step, toward building back that trust. which is about saying that there should be accountability. and the department of justice is looking for accountability. following the guilty verdicts against derek chauvin. the doj has opened a civil investigation into the minneapolis police department and its practices. leaders have pledged to fully cooperate. joining me now is cheryl dorsey, retired sergeant with the los angeles police and author of "black and blue the creation of a social advocate." thanks so much for joining us. so, the doj is investigating the minneapolis police department. during the obama administration
there are about 25 types of these investigations. in the trump administration, the attorney general issued a directive discouraging federal oversight of police agencies. so now, obviously, that policy, being reversed. but my question is, do these types of federal probes into local-police departments actually lead to improvements? >> well, you know, they may behave during the time that there is a consent decree in place. or when, you know, agencies understand that someone is actually looking over their shoulder. but by and large, you know, for officers who work patrol. these kinds of measures really do little to deter bad behavior. and we know this to be true because we see it happening over and over and over, again. and so, my concern is, you know, while they're revving the engine back up, that's great. i appreciate all of that. there -- there's talk of, you know, initiating new policies, procedures, and reform. but what are we going to do about the problems that have been existing for decades over
these 18,000 police departments? >> well, they are trying to get at that in congress. they are talking about police reform. we have seen bipartisan efforts on this issue. but the main-sticking point, broadly speaking, is the -- the issue of holding individual officers more accountable. both, criminally. you hear people referring to 2-4-2. and then, civilly, the concept of qualified immunity. so, here, we are going to play something that stacey plaskett, the democratic congressional delegate for the u.s. virgin islands, said about that here on cnn. listen to this. >> qualified immunity has, in many instances, become the hood for bad police officers to, in fact, act as modern-day ku klux klan members against black and brown people in this country. and it has got to stop. >> so, you know, clearly, strong words there. do you agree? does any meaningful police
reform have to include an end to the laws protecting individual police officers from prosecution? is that a dealbreaker for you? >> absolutely. listen. if you are not going to hold the officers accountable, then what's the point? i mean, holding an agency accountable, maybe is being talked about. rather than being the liability shift to the responsible officer. if you don't do anything to deter the bad behavior of one officer, who may be committing misconduct. how, then, do you stop that bad behavior? you have in derek chauvin, an officer who was engaged in obvious misconduct, which led to 22 sustain -- or 22 personnel complaints, only one of which he was ever disciplined for. and so clearly, over his 19-year career, he learned nothing. collecting personnel complaints, as if they were gifts from a good friend. >> yeah. you just touched on holding police departments accountable. i mean, that's the solution that republican tim scott has proposed. as a compromise.
he wants, you know, police departments, instead of individual-police officers, to be held responsible. but i am wondering, i mean, at the end of the day, it's our tax dollars that pay for police departments. so any -- any financial sanction levied against them is basically our money. but if this is the only way to get anything passed, would you, you know, hold your nose and -- and accept that as a reasonable compromise? >> i would not. and so, the question for me that begs to be answered is if officers are conducting themselves appropriately. if they're not violating policy. if they have no intent to murder, maim, black and brown folks, what then are they so afraid of? what is it about accountability that sends shivers up the spines of police chiefs? police unions? and ultimately, police officers? >> that was retired police sergeant, cheryl dorsey, there joining us. armenians are celebrating the long-awaited recognition by
the u.s. of genocide during the ottoman empire. we will explain why president biden took this historic step, now. and what the turkish government has to sayest a it. that's just ahead. plus, several nights of unrest in jerusalem. why, now? we'll explain in a report from the city, coming up. stay with us.
world war i as a genocide. the turkish government has always rejected that term. and summoned the u.s. ambassador to complain. turkey is a key-nato ally. and past-american presidents have always sidestepped the issue. cnn's joe johns explains why this u.s. president decided to do it now. >> it's been a long time coming but the american president has now declared, in a statement, released over this weekend, that the atrocities that occurred in turkey, 106 years ago, being commemorated this very weekend, were in fact genocide. here is part of that statement. the president writes, each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the ottoman era armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever, again, occurring. this recognition has been years in the making. in fact, many american presidents have declined to take
such a step, out of fear of damaging the strategic relationship between the united states and turkey. turkey has, also, repeatedly denied that there was ever genocide. so, the question is why did joe biden decide to do this, at this time? number one, there has been a big-lobbying effort that's gone on for decades here, in the united states, to get this recognition to actually happen. joe biden used it as part of his campaign promises while he was running for president. and also, the biden administration has been working, very hard, to try to stress the importance of human rights, here in the united states. there is also a tough relationship between the president of the united states and turkish president erdogan. in fact, joe biden called erdogan, on friday, indicating to him that he was going to make the statement, previously. the president of the united states has referred to him as an
autocrat. the turkish government did respond with a long statement. some of it was muted, however. once again, denying that there was ever genocide. also, suggesting joe biden may have had domestic-political motivations for putting his statement out. at the end of the day, the government did promise to maintain dialogue and cooperate with allies. the question, going forward, is whether there will be any more blowback as a result of this episode. joe johns, cnn with the president in wilmington, delaware. >> and our arwa damon is covering the story from istanbul. obviously, very divergent reactions to this announcement. take us through the reaction where you are, in turkey. >> pretty much, a unified voice coming from the government here, kim. one of condemnation. one of a certain level of anger, and irritation towards the united states.
position. turkey has long maintained that the definition of genocide should not be applied here. that the context of what took place needs to be considered. and that, hundreds of thousands of other people were killed alongside the armenians. and that, some of those killings were taken out -- carried out -- by armenians, themselves. that being said, kim, the turkish president, recep tayyip erdogan, as he does every single year, did pass on his condolences to the descendent of ottoman armenians and he did allude, to a certain degree, in statements made before president biden came out with his declaration. to the history between armenians and turks. saying that, perhaps, it was best to leave the past behind. and try to build an identity -- that, building an identity on
pain is highly unfair to future generations. now, once president biden did make his declaration, we heard some fairly harshly-worded statements. the turkish foreign minister called it a vulgar distortion of history and he went on to tweet we are not going to take lessons about our history from anyone. calling this political opportunism. at the end of the day, what we are seeing is, once again, the pain of a population that has been highly politicized. right now, one of the many issues at the epicenter of an incredibly fractured relationship between the united states and turkey. what is interesting to note, though, is that both parties did pledge to have a bilateral talk on the sidelines of the nato summit to take place in june. kim. >> all right. thanks so much for your reporting there, in istanbul. arwa damon, appreciate it. people in jerusalem are waking up after another night of
clashes. the palestinian red crescent says 14 palestinians were injured as chaos erupted around jerusalem's old city. cnn's hadas gold is there at the scene of the unrest. >> i am standing in front of damascus gate. one of the entrances to the old city jerusalem. this has been the scene of where nightly clashes between palestinian protestors and israeli police. palestinians have been protesting the erection of barricades that has prevented palestinians from congregating here. a popular place, especially during ramadan. protestors have been throwing glass bottles and rocks and the israeli police have responded with stun grenades, rubber bullets, and foul-smelling water, the stench of which you can still smell today. last night, about 14 palestinians were injured in the clashes. tensions have been boiling in jerusalem for several days now. not only because of the clashes here, in front of damascus gate but also because of individual incidents of physical violence between palestinians and
israelis that have been going viral online. and also, last week, a march of several-hundred jewish extremists who, at one point, were shouting death to arabs. those tensions have now spread down south where gaza militants have been shooting rockets toward israeli communities. two nights ago, 36 rockets were fired last night, three rockets were fired. so far, no injuries have been reported. the israeli army saying they have responded with air strikes. saying they are doing so, as part of its national and moral duty, in protecting the interest of the palestinian people. israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has urged calm in a statement but said all options are on the table. also, cancelled an important visit to the united states this week as a result of these tensions. the international community is also reacting with glowing concern. said in a statement that provocative acts across jerusalem must cease and the
u.s. state department condemned rockets being fired into israel with spokesperson ned price tweeting the rhetoric of extremist protestors chanting hateful and violent slogans must be firmly rejected. and urge authorities to secure safety, security, and rights of all in jerusalem. hadas gold, cnn, jerusalem. 53 crew members onboard an indonesian submarine are feared dead after the navy confirmed the vessel had sunk in the bali sea. found at a depth much deeper than where the ship and the sailors could survive. cnn's blake essig is following the story for us, from tokyo. blake, with hope, seemingly, now all but lost, what's next? >> kim, you know, the mood on the ground in indonesia is a mixture of heartbreak and fading optimism. after four days of searching, hopes of finding the missing indonesian submarine and its 53-person crew alive appear to
be over. now, the navy chief of staff said, several pieces of debris have been found. and the status of the missing sub has been changed, from missing, to sank. now, a total of six items were presented, including a bottle of grease, which the crew would use to grease the submarine's periscope. part of a metal tube and fuel. now, officials also said these items were floating a couple miles from where the submarine, first, started its descent. in a depth, about-800-meters deep, authorities said earlier the submarine couldn't survive at depths beyond 500 meters. based on the findings, navy officials concluded an explosion did not occur. instead, it is believed that the submarine cracked under pressure, allowing the debris to escape. now, the 44-year-old sub, went missing during a torpedo drill in the bali strait. at this point, the submarine still hasn't been located. today, indonesia has sent out 20
ships and five aircrafts to look for the submarine, including one from the united states. searching an area about-40 kilometers north of bali. but again, kim, it seems, our worst fears in this case have been realized as debris from the missing sub, with 53 souls on board, has been recovered. >> all right. tragic. thanks so much, blake essig. appreciate it. more than 100 firefighters are working to contain an enormous fire raging in northern ireland. this sped-up video shows the flames on a hilltop above some homes. the fire erupted on friday, and has spread to northern ireland's highest mountain. assistant fire chief calls it one of the most challenging fires they've ever had to deal with. coming up on cnn "newsroom." how the far right qanon movement is expanding to include a dedicated group of followers in japan. stay with us. our new scented oils give you our best smelling scents. now crafted with more natural ingredients
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riots on the u.s. capitol, a number of federal judges and justice department officials say that former-president donald trump could, still, incite his followers to violence. that's because he is repeating the conspiracy theories that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against him. and that there was widespread-voter fraud. federal officials say, that poses a danger to national security. cnn's marshal cohen explains. >> reporter: the justice department and federal judges in d.c. are worried that former-president donald trump's continued lies about the 2020 election could incite his supporters, again, to commit violence in the future. this came up a few times this week at some of the cases stemming from the january-6th capitol insurrection. most of the nearly-400 people facing charges were arrested and released. but a few dozen have been sent to jail, before trial. some of them are trying to get out. but trump's recent comments are making that more difficult.
the rioters, by and large, were motivated by trump's false claims the 2020 election was stolen. and prosecutors are now arguing that the threat hasn't gone away. and that's because trump keeps lying about the election in tv interviews, speeches, and press releases, including a statement friday that falsely claimed there was, quote, large-scale voter fraud. one judge cited trump's comments in a ruling, against releasing one of the rioters who allegedly attacked police officers on the capitol steps. and another federal judge pointed out that it's not just trump who is still pushing these false narratives. it's, also, right-wing media outlets blasting the airwaves with the same disinformation that radicalized many trump supporters in the first place. the bottom line is this. by continuing to lie about the 2020 election, trump is actually making life harder for some of his strongest supporters. people who are in jail cells, right now, because of what they did on january 6th. and the justice department has
seized on that to persuade judges here, in d.c., that some of those people are just too dangerous to release while they are awaiting trial. marshall cohen, cnn, washington. after first surfacing in the u.s., the far-right qanon movement has expanded to become a sophisticated and active network in japan. and it has ideologies and influencers of its own, as cnn's selina wang reports. >> reporter: protestors march against president joe biden's inauguration. no, this isn't the u.s. it's japan. waving american flags and carrying signs, like these. among them? qanon supporters. qanon may be in disarray in america after trump's election loss, but not in japan. its niche, yet, by many accounts is growing. one group calls itself q army japan flynn after trump's former national
national security adviser, michael flynn. one member, an acupuncturist, divorced with three children. >> what does qanon mean to you? >> translator: i used to think it was my fault when things didn't go well. it was because i wasn't educated or didn't have talent or money. but when i found q only japan flynn on twitter, i felt more certain about my place in the world. >> reporter: hiromi believes the u.s. election may have been stolen from trump but adds their group did not support violence during the capitol hill riots. baseless conspiracies is a danger to japanese society but hiromi says it's to give those struggling a feeling they can change society. he has one son used to work in real estate and is now a delivery worker. >> what do you think of japanese society today? >> translator: it's so tough to stay afloat. even with both parents working. i kept thinking someone was so wrong. and that's when i discovered qanon. it's not about whether q
believes in trump or not. we want everybody to realize there is something wrong with the status quo. this movement isn't just limited to japan. it's a global movement. that's why i joined. >> reporter: qanon in japan shows how easily unfounded claims can move, from the darkest corners of the internet, to draw on people from around the world. in january, twitter suspended accounts of the members we spoke to. they say they have now moved to other platforms and are recruiting offline. including jay here, who is a financial consultant. but now, travels across japan to recruit. spreading misinformation, along the way. >> i think, the major danger of qanon is just an undermining of voices that are intended to deliver public information. >> reporter: q army japan flynn members tell cnn their numbers have increased during the pandemic. they say they have members across the country. male, female, rich, and poor. experts say recent actions from
social-media companies and trump's defeat won't stop the conspiracies from flourishing. qanon is rooted in the belief that the government, and established institutions, are aligned to the public. an idea many experts say will far out with trump and the 2020 elections. selina wang, cnn tokyo. hollywood ace biggest award show is just hours away and while many are excited, one oscar nominate film and its director are facing a growing controversy in china. we will have that story, next. stay with us. anxiety and depression. but when i was ready for help, finding the right care was nearly impossible. luckily, he had us. as mental health professionals, we could help him navigate the system. not everyone has that. that's why i started cerebral.
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memorial. she spoke of the late rapper's love of jesus and his fans. the three-time grammy nominee died at the age of 50 after suffering a heart attack in his new york home. in hollywood, the film industry is preparing for its favorite night of the year. the glitzy academy awards show. and while excitement builds, one front-runner is sparking major controversy in china. cnn's david culver explains. >> reporter: just a few months back, you may not have even known the name, chloe zhao. but now, the chinese movie director is gaining worldwide fame and her film, "nomadland," is raking in most prestigious film awards. >> i love what i do. you know? i want to tell stories for a living. i don't want to do anything else. >> reporter: earlier this year, becoming the first asian woman to win a golden globe for best director. she was then named bebtd director at the british academy film awards and there is growing expectation she will take home another couple statues this
weekend. >> let's continue with the nominations. chloe zhao. >> she will make history, once again, becoming the first asian woman to win best director at the oscar's. her movie "nomadland" is a poetic portrayal of the life of america's marginalized nomadic community in the wild west. but her journey began in the far east. >> reporter: she lived here, until she was in her early teens before moving on to boarding school, in london. and then, ultimately, to the u.s. it's there she pursued her dream in filmmaking. >> but in china, it's zhao's stepmother who is a bigger celebrity. a famous-comedy actress. on the night her stepdaughter won the golden globe, she proudly shared the news on social media. you are a legend, she wrote. adding i believe your story will inspire countless chinese kids. state media was quick to call zhao the pride of china and
"nomadland" was slated to be released in chinese theaters on april 23rd. but the hype and praise was quickly overshadowed by a nationalistic backlash. comments zhao reportedly made during a 2013 interview surfaced and sparked controversy. zhao was quoted saying china is a place where there are lies everywhere. in another interview with an australian website in december, zhao was misquoted as saying america is now my country. the site later corrected her quote to say, america is not her country. but the damage was done. chinese nationalists piled on accusing zhao of insulting china. one person commenting she is anti-china and anti-the communist party. another calling for china to boycott "nomadland." back on the streets of bay eiji folks a bit more accepting. >> translator: i don't think a director's film should be tied to what she says or does. i want to watch her work but she should probably be careful with what she says.
>> reporter: others happy to see a chinese director so successful. but it's now unlikely they will be able to watch the film in a chinese movie theater. the online controversy's led it to be pulled from cinemas across china. >> there certainly has been a real wellspring of this new, highly-nationalistic and patriotic sentiment that has come up. this is really one of the unfortunate aftereffects of this kind of troll culture. and it also shows us that it's not just regulated to chinese social media platforms but really does have real-world impact, when those in power actually pick up on the same discourse and start to endorse it. >> reporter: in a matter of days, zhao went from beloved to having her film banned in what is now the world's biggest movie market. but as online criticisms stack up in china, the accolades continue to roll in from the rest of the world. david culver, cnn, shanghai.
we have some out-of-this-world scenes for you. spacex crew dragon capsule reached the international space station on saturday. >> he is the first to ingress on to the international space station. >> you can see there, the four-astronaut crew was greated with hugs and smiles by colleagues already on the iss. for the next six months, they will do research nasa hopes will help in the development of drugs and vaccines. iss now has 11 astronauts and cosmonauts, one of the largest crews the orbitting station has ever hosted. four members of the team fly back to earth, on wednesday. that wraps this hour of cnn "newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber, and i will be back, yet again, with more news. do stay with us.
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