Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRC TechWatch
Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRC TechWatch. Follow her on Twitter at @descarteslover.
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Teen Vogue wants you to know that there is no shame in embracing who you really are. So they had “teen activists,” who identified as intersex, of course, do a video for their readers explaining what it means to be a non-traditional gender.
The video started with, “Hi, I’m Emily, and I found out I was intersex when I was 10 years old.” Emily, with two other teens, explained that doctors told her to keep her condition quiet. The aura of a medical conspiracy was kept at the forefront of the video, with Pidgeon, another teen, telling the audience that they may be intersex if they had “gone to the doctor. . .and it just seemed a little inappropriate or different than your peers,” then they may in fact be intersex.
Another actress supporting Planned Parenthood? Not surprising. But did the actress miss the memo when she posed with her newborn infant to support the institution? Amber Tamblyn, best known for her role in The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, has recently attempted to follow her female colleagues in Hollywood by reinventing herself as an activist, but her latest effort to join the trend seems to have some hidden irony to it.
The left has its week all planned out. There’s Meat Free Mondays, Throwback Thursdays, and of course, Trump Free Tuesdays. In a statement put out on Monday, June 26, the editorial team of Salon announced that for one whole day, they would neither publish the POTUS’s picture or his name. The reason why? “We’re sick of him. Everybody is, including the people who voted for him and still support him. That might not be a metaphor either.”
Typically, a film based on the life of a saint doesn’t involve blatant blasphemy. However, The Ornithologist has decided to break every single boundary while relating the director’s version of “the legend” of St. Anthony of Padua. In a review of the film, Daily Beast contributor Nick Schager calls the movie “equally pious and profane” that should be approached as a work of art. As he puts it, the plot is “best experienced with an open mind and a willingness (if not eagerness) to get lost inside it’s strange, beguiling world.”
Even though violent rap lyrics are generally ignored, in this case one artist took his love of assault too far for makeup company Cover Girl. In an Instagram video released by rapper Young Thug in early June, the 2 minute clip promoted his new album Beautiful Thugger Girls. The clip showed a young woman assaulted by a group of women wearing masks, who hit her repeatedly with weapons -- including a baseball bat -- until she is bruised and bleeding. She is then put in the back of a van, carried into a basement, tied up with ropes, and covered with duct tape. On the duct tape on her face, the assaulters wrote the words, “Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Thugger Girl.” Cover Girl’s slogan is “Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Cover Girl.”
Listen up, America! The feminist left wants you to know that the solution to the white supremacy plague, that began when the pilgrims hit Plymouth Rock, is more white abortions. In fact, “the white family unit must be destroyed.” In an article published by Medusa Magazine, (a magazine whose website is headed by the slogan “Feminist Revolution Now!”) columnist Nicole Valentine argued that the concept of abortion is something that is radically misunderstood. The pro-choice argument that abortion is a constitutional right inherently implies that it is an idea rooted in white supremacist thought. Why?
On June 22, at the Glastonbury Arts festival in England, Johnny Depp decided to join the circle of violent speech aimed at President Trump while introducing one of his films onstage. “Can we bring Trump here?” he asked the audience. When met with boos of disapproval, he tried to explain. “I need think he needs help. Oh, this is going to be in the press, it will be horrible. But when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
Ricky Gervais has decided to join the roundtable of comedians that tries to say something relevant about the current US government. His latest quip? “What really annoys me is that Trump has convinced his gang that the real enemy is the Hollywood liberal elite.” In an interview with Vulture’s Stacey Wilson Hunt on June 21, the British comedian talked about his new movie, his best known character David Brent, and of course, politics. Specifically, American politics.
Allison Williams, former star of Lena Dunham’s politically charged TV show Girls, apparently doesn’t want to get political herself. However, she will admit that the Trump administration gives her a sense of “fascination -- and fear.”
According to POLITICO editor Carrie Budoff Brown, Williams, the daughter of MSNBC anchor Brian Williams, takes a page out of her father’s book by staying away from political commentary. This statement alone seems like it’s based on either sarcasm or cluelessness, since the MSNBC host has never refrained from getting political on or off-screen. One might say it’s almost a part of his career.
Actress Jenny Slate had a lot to say to The Guardian during her interview on June 18. She’d like everyone to know that the current state of affairs in America is “really an emergency.” While Barbara Ellen asked the questions, Jenny Slate gave just the right answers, recited from the same old liberal catechism. Trump bad, abortion good, Planned Parenthood great.
U2 bassist Adam Clayton has joined the ranks of his fellow bandmembers in levying judgment on the rise of the Trump administration. In his words, the “vision of America is gone. It’s a much harsher world.” In an interview with Variety, the musician spoke about his work with MusiCares, a program that helps musicians with addictions, and the struggle to stay relevant in modern society. Clayton made it clear that he does not actually struggle with staying relevant because hopefully U2’s new music will speak to the people who suffer from a lack of democracy.
What could Democratic Senator Al Franken and actress Olivia Wilde talk about at lunch? Trump and lies, of course. In an interview with Philip Galanes, for the New York Times, the unlikely pair compared notes on lying, Trump, and how the new administration is, according to Wilde, “straight out of 1984.”
Actress Amy Brenneman thinks the right has committed an injustice. They’ve paired pro-life with the term Christian. In a video done for the Lives of Women series, the star of “The Leftovers”, while being filmed in a church, started her PSA by saying, “I absolutely think the term ‘Christian’ has been stolen in 2017 in America by the ‘Christian Right.’”
While most liberal celebs are bemoaning the loss of their beloved Hillary in 2016, breakout star DJ Khaled is pretending like her loss never even happened. Instead, he’s getting to the real liberal MVP, Barack Obama. In an interview with Katie Couric on June 14, the hip hop producer talked about being a father, releasing his 10th album, and how he avoids negativity. His solution to the last one? He “keeps the haters away, shuts out all negativity, and doesn’t say President Trump’s name.”
Amidst all the political points made at the Tony awards, Patti Lupone, star of War Paint, had her own personal message for Donald Trump.
According to Elle Magazine, she was approached by a reporter who asked her why Donald Trump should see her show.
Trevor Noah is once again hoping that people won’t see him as an angry talk show host. He’s just here to offer some “perspective.” In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, the host of The Daily Show gave a synopsis of his life story and also explained what he brought to the Daily Show, formerly hosted by Jon Stewart.
Dr. Sara Imershein doesn’t want to convince you that abortion is right. She just wants you to know that “scientific evidence says that keeping it safe, legal, and available is good for public health.” The OB-GYN had an interview with Marie Claire writer Stephanie Russell-Kraft where she explained how her role as an abortionist with the Falls Church Healthcare Center helped her to carry out her duties as a doctor.
Typically when the “bleep” sound is heard on television, it means that someone used an expletive or took something to the extreme. But not for Broad City, the Comedy Central show co-created by Ilana Glazer. On that show, when you hear the bleep, it means someone said the word “Trump.” The horror.
After an election year with a Republican president win, network television is finally rethinking its approach to entertainment media. When ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey spoke at the 2017 Banff World Media Festival Monday, she revealed that the upcoming reboot of Roseanne would allow comedian Roseanne Barr to “speak honestly” about the POTUS.
While much of the Tony Awards Ceremony was focused at either Trump or the actual Broadway plays, one of the nominees used the event as a reason to show her “celebration of Planned Parenthood.” Huffington Post reporter Jenavieve Hatch gushed over the star’s attempt to make her public appearance political.