It’s Pride Month and that means lots of brands are tweeting about how much they love and support gay people in the markets where that won’t cause them issues with the local governments or popular anti-gay sentiment.
— Luke Warman (@thedangerine) June 11, 2020
You can basically apply this to every brand. It’s why I like to remind people they’re not making some great moral stand by not eating Chik-Fil-A, whatever company they are eating food from is undoubtedly just as bad and probably treats their employees worse.
One of the more interesting Pride tweets this month was from Nickelodeon, featuring three LGBT characters; Korra from The Legend of Korra, Schwoz Schwartz from Henry Danger and… Spongebob?
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) June 13, 2020
Korra made headlines when the ending of the Avatar spin-off confirmed the heroine was both bisexual and embarking on a relationship with her friend Asami. Schwoz Schwartz is played by a transgender actor, Michael D. Cohen. But Spongebob, that’s news to me. I mean, kind of, I’ve seen the show and he’s pretty… flamboyant, it wouldn’t exactly be a surprise.
In fact, fifteen years ago some conservatives got mad at the show and said it was promoting a “gay agenda,” whatever the hell means. I’m pretty sure it involves brunch, but beyond that, I have no idea, they don’t let us bisexuals into the meetings.
At the time of the dust-up, Spongebob’s creator Stephen Hillenburg denied it, because that’s what corporations did in 2005 when someone said they were portraying gay people in a positive light. Hillenburg’s said at the time, “We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual. We’re just trying to be funny and this has got nothing to do with the show.”
Now, when he said that, that popular usage of “asexual” didn’t refer to a sexual orientation defined by the lack of sexual attraction, so what Hillenburg was saying was “it’s a kid’s cartoon, Spongebob isn’t a real person and he’s not going to fuck on the show so who cares?”
This actually means very little to what the show Spongebob Squarepants is like, but it probably meant a lot to some fans of the show. You’re not suddenly going to see Spongebob paint his pineapple in rainbow colors or start dating another male sponge or fish or whatever goes on in Bikini Bottom. Mister Krabs is a crab and his daughter is a sperm whale, so it’s just a free-for-all down there anyway.
Sure, it’s a hollow marketing tactic from an international brand and ViacomCBS doesn’t actually care about LGBT issues or really any cause or concern other than making money for their shareholders, but, I don’t know, letting kids who love Spongebob and maybe feel a little different from their peers feel like their favorite cartoon feels like they do sometimes isn’t a bad thing. Just don’t expect to see that reflected in the product they make the money on, that has to be sold to markets where access is granted by homophobes and they’re not committed enough to be good guys to jeopardize a single cent.
The thing about Harvey Weinstein is that dude looks gross in a suit, an outfit designed to hide all the things that make gross dudes look gross so that they can partake in normal society. I can only imagine that after being forced to see Harv naked at trial, that jury was locking him up no matter what. Not to take anything away from his victims who so barely came forward and testified against him for his monstrous actions but no one is looking at Weinstein naked and not thinking “we have to get that off the streets.”
One of the more notable things to come out at Weinstein’s trial is that something is very wrong with his penis. Like, even compared to the rest of him something is very wrong there.
Well, thanks to Page Six we now know what happened to Weinstein’s tiny, stinky cock.
The disgraced movie mogul’s deformed genitalia is the result of a life-threatening bacterial infection known as Fournier’s gangrene, according to reports in Graydon Carter’s Digital News Weekly Airmail. The infection can strike middle-aged men and diabetics — Weinstein, 68, is both — when bacteria enters through a cut or scratch in the genitals and spreads through the bloodstream. Some patients require skin grafts, but more extreme cases, such as Weinstein’s, require an operation to remove the testicles.
That’s pretty rough, nothing with the word gangrene in it is ever good.
But most guys who have a gangrenous penis would, at a bare minimum, do fewer rapes. But not Harvey Weinstein, man. He was not going to let the complete inability to perform and having a crippling deformity stop him from doing what he loves like Lou Gehrig, not our Harvey. No, Harvey had his assistants shoot his dick full of boner drugs so he could do what he loved most, making women who found him disgusting to submit to his carnal desires through force and by wielding his social standing as a weapon. There are serial rapists with functional penises out there who haven’t ruined half as many lives as Weinstein. I’m sure his accomplishments in being the biggest piece of shit he could manage for as long as he could manage will result in a monument to him being erected in hell. Or maybe Scottsdale.
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It’s a very strange phenomenon that there are so many statues of Confederate generals and soldiers and monuments to the Confederacy in general. After all, the Confederate States of America only existed for about five years, they were formed and fought for a decidedly evil cause and they got the absolute shit kicked out of them by the United States of America.
A small number of these monuments are battlefield markers that stand at the historical locations of troop deployments and encampments, and a very small number were erected to honor former CSA soldiers for their later, post-war accomplishments. And some are simply grave markers.
Aside from that, though, most of these monuments were inexplicably approved for the sole purpose of supporting racism. Some were built as recently as the 2010s. Most of the monuments were built by or in conjunction with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a group that also erected statues honoring the KKK.
Taylor Swift, who has long been known for shutting the hell up about politics so as to not alienate any of her fanbases, decided to speak up about these monuments and she is not a fan.
The thing that got Swift to speak out now is Tennessee’s decision to replace a Confederate statue that was torn down during the protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd.
Edward Carmack’s statue was sitting in the state Capitol until it was torn down last week in the protests. The state of Tennessee has vowed to replace it.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 12, 2020
Here’s Swift’s entire statement, from her Twitter account.
As a Tennessean, it makes me sick that there are monuments standing in our state that celebrate racist historical figures who did evil things. Edward Carmack and Nathan Bedford Forrest were DESPICABLE figures in our state history and should be treated as such.
Edward Carmack’s statue was sitting in the state Capitol until it was torn down last week in the protests. The state of Tennessee has vowed to replace it.FYI, he was a white supremacist newspaper editor who published pro-lynching editorials and incited the arson of the office of Ida B. Wells (who actually deserves a hero’s statue for her pioneering work in journalism and civil rights).Replacing his statue is a waste of state funds and a waste of an opportunity to do the right thing.Then we get to this monstrosity. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a brutal slave trader and the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who, during the Civil War, massacred dozens of black Union soldiers in Memphis.His statue is still standing and July 13th is ‘Nathan Bedford Forrest Day.’ Due to social pressure, the state is trying to overrule this, and Tennesseans might no longer have to stomach it. Fingers crossed.Taking down statues isn’t going to fix centuries of systemic oppression, violence and hatred that black people have had to endure but it might bring us one small step closer to making ALL Tennesseans and visitors to our state feel safe – not just the white ones.We need to retroactively change the status of people who perpetuated hideous patterns of racism from ‘heroes’ to ‘villains.’ And villains don’t deserve statues.I’m asking the Capitol Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission to please consider the implications of how hurtful it would be to continue fighting for these monuments.When you fight to honor racists, you show black Tennesseans and all of their allies where you stand, and you continue this cycle of hurt. You can’t change history, but you can change this.
This is an incredibly thoughtful piece by Swift, and it makes it clear her previous silence on political issues wasn’t because she had nothing to say.
She comes off sort of like the anti-Kanye, staying quiet despite having the ability to meaningfully contribute to the discourse instead of never shutting up despite the fact that you were only ever right once.
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People have been talking about racism a lot lately, for very obvious reasons.
Some of this talk has involved bringing up old incidences of racism from famous people, and because of that, some of those famous people have been seeing some consequences for their words and actions.
We all saw what happened with the Vanderpump Rules cast, and Teen Mom, a franchise known for holding onto problematic cast members, has even fired Taylor Selfridge for some old racist tweets.
Some people think MTV should get rid of some other Teen Mom cast members as well, and Kailyn Lowry is high on that list.
And Briana DeJesus has a thing or two to say about it all ...
1. Mortal Enemies
2. This Guy
4. Throwing Down
5. Hold Up
The daughter of country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr. was killed in a car crash in Henry County, Tennessee on Saturday night.
She was 27 years old.
According to numerous reports -- from People Magazine to USA Today to the WKRN local news station -- Katherine Williams-Dunning was behind the wheel of her SUV around 7:45 p.m. when it crossed the highway median and rolled over before coming to a stop on the shoulder.
The vehicle was towing a boat at the time.
Katherine's sister, Holly Williams, confirmed the trafic news in an emootional Instagram post that was shared on Sunday morning.
"I have no words," she wrote to begin the caption of the following family photo.
"On Friday morning I talked the family into taking this picture and had no idea it would be our last together with my precious little sister Katie.
"We all went to my great aunts funeral on Thursday whom we all loved dearly, and now are faced with another one. ALL we need is prayers."
While Williams-Dunning was killed in the crash her husband, Tyler Dunning, was transported to a nearby hospital due to injuries sustained in the accident.
In her message, Holly wrote that Tyler was "awake and responding," however, they "don't know injury extent yet."
“This is an active investigation and more details will be made available later,” a Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman said, according to The Paris Post-Intelligencer.
Katherine was the youngest daughter of country singer Hanks Williams Jr. and his wife, Mary Jane Thomas.
The 27-year-old was also the mother to two children, son Beau Weston, 5, and daughter Audrey Jane, 2, with whom she's posing in an Instagram photo here:
Katherine ran a clothing company called Weston Jane, which dubbed itself as having been built on the idea of “moms supporting moms.”
All of the items sold on the company website are either handmade by moms or printed by parents.
Concluded Holly in her heartbreaking post:
Jesus is close. Thank you all. Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. Psalm 31:9.
"This news is just heartbreaking," country music star Travis Tritt wrote on Twitter. "My family and I knew Katie ever since she was a kid.
"I cannot even imagine what Hank, Mary Jane and the rest of the Williams family are going through right now. Please say a prayer for all of them and share your love any way you can."
Our thoughts go out to Hank Williams Jr., his family members and his loved ones.
May Katherine rest in peace.
Mama June Shannon was finally forced to see the truth on Friday night, June 12.
And, we observers have easily seen over the past several months, the truth about this long-time reality star is quite ugly and unfortunate.
The latest installment of Mama June: Family Crisis picked up right where the June 5 one concluded, showing what happened when Pumpkin and her mom met for the first time in many weeks.
At the outset of the episode, June insisted she was three months sober, and later said both she and boyfriend Geno Doak were "clean," despite reports to the contrary.
Confident in her status, June agreed to take a drug test.
But the results didn't turn out in her favor.
Yes, June confessed ahead of time, she takes Fioricet, a prescription pain medicine used to treat the symptoms of tension headache.
And also Xanax, a benzodiazepine medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.
But then the urine test came back positive for cocaine -- which is the controlled substance for which Shannon was arrested back in March of 2019 -- and Mama June simply lost it.
“No, I promise you I’m not,” she said of being on this hard drug, adding in tears:
“I will take a blood test, I will take five of those. I want to take a blood test to prove that I am not."
Dr. Ish tried to calm Shannon down, telling her that sometimes ingesting too much cough medicine can lead to a positive cocaine test.
He sent the blood tests to a lab... and they later determined that this was actually the case. Surprising, right?
“I really thought I was going to be mad if mama’s drug test come back positive,” her daughter, Lauryn, said in response to the ordeal.
“But mama's reaction is showing me that she is basically crying for help."
After nearly a year of ignoring her family and begging for money and focusing entirely on her relationship with Doak, June has sounded more open of late to reconnecting with her kids.
If they're up for it, that is.
On this episode, Shannon agreed to follow Pumpkin's list of things she had to do to stay in contact with her family.
First, she would have to get a phone.
Second, she would have to also take a drug test every week to prove she's clean and sober.
Third, Pumpkin wanted her mom to go to an in-patient rehab facility... and Shannon agreed to everything except for going this rule.
Instead, she agreed to do an out-patient rehab program to keep her "freedom" intact, a compromise to which child and parent agreed, as Lauryn even drove her mother to her first treatment on air.
June repeatedly alleged on this same episode Doak was "clean" as well, but Pumpkin had to explain that if Doak is drinking beer, he is NOT sober.
At the end, she told producers the full story has not been revealed yet, continuing to tease this tragic family situation for storyline purposes.
Mama June: Family Crisis airs Fridays (9 p.m. ET) on WE tv.
It’s been 20 years since The Sims opened our eyes to the world of digital home making, and this best-selling life simulation game is still going strong.
The Sims is a classic ‘sandbox’ game, which means that players are able to use their own creativity and imaginations to build the playscapes and generate the drama for themselves. In this case, we have a world of virtual dollhouses, either pre-constructed or self-created homes, inhabited by virtual characters, who are also created and controlled by the players.
There is a real satisfaction to setting your own goals and having control over the drama in your characters’ lives, and many players also love the capacity to plan, build, and decorate the digital play space. The Sims is full of potential and inspiration for lovers of landscaping and interior design.
To pay tribute to the game that has inspired so many digital households, the home improvement enthusiasts at Angie’s List produced realistic renders of six classic homes that fans of The Sims will remember.
5 Sim Lane – The Goth Family Home
This two-storey Neo-Queen Anne style house was The Goth family’s original home, with a real Addams Family vibe. It even had its own graveyard, but this realistic interpretation has focused on the enchanting 3-tier stone water feature, instead.
215 Sim Lane – The Pleasant Family Home
The Pleasants’ Tudor-style house with Federal stone extension had some great features, including full-length windows and beamed dormers. But behind this textbook facade of suburban middle-class domesticity there was a very dysfunctional family that proved that appearances can be deceiving.
Sultry Springside – The Caliente Household
The 1920s Mediterranean-style mansion of Sultry Springside was the home to plenty of digital drama. The terracotta tiled roof and stucco walls are perfect for a summer climate, and the tangle of lovers shared between housemates Luisa Libros and twins Dina and Nina Caliente certainly kept things hot!
Affluista Mansion – The Landgraab Family Home
With echoes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra, the natural veneer of this three-story modernist ranch suggested a level of taste that the gaudy interiors soon dismissed. The grounds are protected from intruders by palm trees and tall fences, but Sim’s fans might already know that there’s a grotto hidden round the back.
101 Road To Nowhere – The Smith Family Home
This down-to-earth New-England-style four-bedroom family home was the perfect place for Strangetown’s resident alien, Pollination Tech#9 Smith to settle with his human wife and their offspring. With a swimming pool and golfing machine in the back garden, Mr. Smith could live out his modest terrestrial dream.
150 Main Street – Don Lothario’s Home
A true bachelor pad, the living space is all downstairs in Don Lothario’s, leaving upstairs for the bedroom and the rooftop deck, with it’s all-important hot tub. There’s a second deck above the bedroom, where Don’s observatory and telescope suggested dreams of a universe beyond the digital realm.
These homes are a familiar part of the beloved landscape of The Sims. Will Wright and his design team gave players a chance to explore a world of possibilities in domestic dynamics, home and interior design.
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