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Matt Damon Just Learned That Gay Slurs Aren’t Cool

Having been in a cultural coma for the past 20 years, Matt Damon just learned that he shouldn’t be using the f-word because it’s offensive to gay people. The f-word, in this case, was most likely not “FAAAAABULOUS!”

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Damon voluntarily described how he was sitting at the table nonchalantly throwing around the f-slur as part of a joke. This was not so woke.

“I said, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it in the movie “Stuck on You!”’” Damon continued, referencing the much-derided 2003 film — yes, a movie that came out nearly 20 years ago. “She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous. I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”

Considering how progressive Matt Damon seems, it’s surprising that in his 50 years on Earth, his kids had to just explain this to him in 2021. So, if you want to know how big of a bubble some celebrities are in, here’s a good example.

Damon then went on with his old man moment by saying things are always being taken out of context these days.

“Twenty years ago, the best way I can put it is that the journalist listened to the music more than the lyrics [of an interview]. Now your lyrics are getting parsed, to pull them out of context and get the best headline possible.”

“Before it didn’t really matter what I said, because it didn’t make the news,” he continued. But maybe this shift is a good thing. So I shut the f**k up more.”

It’s true that context is important. But, it’s also true that 99% of the time, context doesn’t help or makes it way worse.

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Why the Hell Did Bill Cosby Get Let Out of Prison?

In 2018, Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault. On Wednesday, June 30th 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated that conviction and released Cosby from prison. Cosby cannot be retried for this crime and that means he is now a free man.

So how did this happen? Bill Cosby seems so clearly guilty, why would the PA Supreme Court let him go? Well, you could say it was on a technicality. Here’s what the Associated Press said about the court’s ruling.

Cosby was arrested in 2015, when a district attorney armed with newly unsealed evidence — the comic’s damaging deposition in a lawsuit brought by Constand — filed charges against him just days before the 12-year statute of limitations was about to run out.

But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Wednesday that District Attorney Kevin Steele, who made the decision to arrest Cosby, was obligated to stand by his predecessor’s promise not to charge Cosby, though there was no evidence that agreement was ever put in writing.

Justice David Wecht, writing for a split court, said Cosby had relied on the previous district attorney’s decision not to charge him when the comedian gave his potentially incriminating testimony in Constand’s civil case.

The court called Cosby’s subsequent arrest “an affront to fundamental fairness, particularly when it results in a criminal prosecution that was forgone for more than a decade.” It said justice and “fair play and decency” require that the district attorney’s office stand by the decision of the previous DA.

The justices said that overturning the conviction and barring any further prosecution “is the only remedy that comports with society’s reasonable expectations of its elected prosecutors and our criminal justice system.”

Here’s what that means: once the prosecutors promised Cosby they wouldn’t charge him, the prosecutor’s office was bound by that promise. The court also believed that Cosby may not have given the testimony that caused prosecutors to charge him without the promise he would not be charged. And so they decided the only fair thing to do was to overturn his conviction and prevent any further charges related to this incident from being brought; in their view, he should not have been charged to begin with, the trial never should have taken place.

In practical terms, what this means is that Cosby is free, he’s going to remain free, and we’re back to saying allegedly when we talk about the 60 women he allegedly raped. No more “convicted rapist Bill Cosby” to shield us legally.

Sometimes I stop and think that when I was a kid, I used to do Picture Pages with Bill Cosby. And while I was connecting the dots and learning about shapes with him, Bill Cosby was out there allegedly raping 60 women. Mortimer Ichabod Marker has seen some fucked-up s**t. That marker is in therapy to this day.

Good thing Cosby’s wife was there to tell him not to say yay or boo. Maybe something about not putting pills in co-ed’s drinks next time, Miss Camille. Think she made him wear the dunce hat when he got back from prison?

Cosby has, of course, maintained his innocence this entire time, saying that all of his alleged rapes were consensual, that the women asked to have drugs to put them sleep while Cosby had sex with them. This is actually somewhat believable because if you were going to have sex with Bill Cosby, wouldn’t you want to be asleep for it?

But, setting aside whether or not a guilty man is walking free, which basically everyone except Phylicia Rashad believes to be the case, did the PA Supreme Court make the right decision?

The truth is yes, the court probably did the fairest and just thing they could in the circumstances. Forget that we’re talking about a rich guy with a team of high-priced lawyers who was accused of rape by 60 women. Imagine a 22-year-old who was busted for selling pot was told by prosecutors they wouldn’t charge him, gave testimony in good faith because of that promise and was then charged based on the testimony he gave. You would think, rightly, that the prosecution had screwed that kid.

Justice and injustice aren’t about every bad guy being put away. The safeguards that keep innocent people out of prison are the foundation of actual justice, and a few guilty people getting out is preferable to the innocent being incarcerated.

But, if you’re feeling bummed because you believe Cosby to be guilty, he’s not entirely in the clear; He’s still facing a civil action headed by Gloria Allred in California.

Allred plans to depose Cosby, and says that because his criminal trial is concluded, Cosby will be unable to plead the fifth to avoid answering questions.

This is not really a punishment for Cosby. He has enough money that he can just take the stand and say “yeah, I did it, I’ll pay whatever” and whatever amount he pays won’t impact him. He made nearly half a billion dollars in his career and he’s in his 80s. Cosby losing a civil suit would be a moral victory, but that’s all.

And it looks like every other incident of sexual assault Cosby is accused of is well past the statute of limitations for criminal charges. And he’s not likely to commit any more alleged assaults, I don’t even think they make quaaludes anymore.

Yes, that’s right, Cosby has been allegedly raping women so long that the drug he allegedly gave them hasn’t been produced commercially in nearly 40 years. Allegedly. The oldest allegation dates back to 1965, before Cosby would allegedly become a household name, and the most recent allegation is from 2008. That’s allegedly over 40 years.

After all that, Bill Cosby’s only punishment is a few civil settlements and two years in prison. And you might think that’s a miscarriage of justice. You might think Bill Cosby should have died in prison, and I’m not going to tell you that you’re wrong to feel that way. But I will say that punishing bad people is only a fraction of the purpose of the legal system. The technicality Cosby was let off on is an important safeguard to protect innocent people from being unjustly railroaded by the system. And if a bad guy gets off because of it once in a while, that’s a better outcome than someone who is innocent being imprisoned.

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Which Fandom Has the Worst Fans? We’ve Got the Definitive Answer

“Toxic” is something of a buzzword on the internet, and in general it means “any behavior I don’t like, especially if it’s done by someone I disagree with politically.”

It makes sense, honestly; if you sat down a religious conservative and a bohemian liberal to discuss their opinions on gay marriage, they both might accuse the other of having toxic views. Someone who believes homosexuality is a sin that will damn you to an eternity in hell would be rightly horrified that children are taught it’s a perfectly normal way to live your life, while someone with liberal sensibilities would be horrified to have children exposed to what they see as bigotry whether it’s based on a religious belief or not.

As overused as the term toxic is, though, some fandoms take their enthusiasm to an unhealthy level and toxic really is a good word for what happens when those fans launch harassment campaigns or worse over their fav not being everyone’s fav.

Outlander

The Japanese have a word, isekai, to describe the currently insanely popular genre of fiction involving people who are transported to or reincarnated in strange fantasy worlds. Think A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court only King Arthur’s court is almost definitely a video game and Guinevere has gigantic breasts. Just enormous. Like honestly, so big they’re bordering on silly. Oh, and Morgana is a thousand years old but for some reason she looks like a 10-year-old in a micro bikini.

Outlander is sort of the American version of an isekai show for women, where a moderately-attractive middle aged WWII-era Scottish nurse finds herself traveling back in time to the 18th century where a super-hot guy goes down on her all the time.

The problem here is that some fans of the show are so into the idea of the plain-looking nurse and the super-hot Braveheart guy getting it on that they are insistent that the actors who play those characters must also be having sex with each other in real life. Those actors are very much not having sex with each other but the worst parts of fandom will bully anyone who makes them face that reality, even when that happens to be one of the actors they’re obsessed with.

Sam Heughan who plays Jamie, the sexy non-immortal Highlander in Outlander, once mentioned he had been bullied for years by fans of the show.


Sam mentions “six years of constant bullying, harassment, stalking and false narrative,” which isn’t coming right out and saying that it’s people trying to prove he’s actually in love with co-star Caitriona Balfe but it’s pretty much saying that it’s people trying to prove he’s actually in love with Caitriona Balfe.

It’s also worth mentioning that Sam’s friend and fellow actor William Shatner has become involved with coming to Sam’s defense.

Rick and Morty

Even Rick and Morty’s creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon find Rick and Morty fans to be embarrassing.

The first thing that probably comes to mind when you think about Rick and Morty fans is the Szechuan sauce. In the season 3 premiere, which was released without any prior announcement as an April Fool’s joke, Rick tells Morty that the reason he goes on all his adventures is to get more of the Szechuan sauce McDonald’s made for a 1990s Mulan promotion.

Of course, the joke here was that Rick doesn’t have any deeper meaning, that looking for clues to his dark backstory isn’t a productive avenue of thought because as Roiland, Harmon and Ryan Ridley mentioned once in the DVD commentary, they don’t know the answers themselves. They haven’t written a grand backstory for Rick to uncover.

What fans actually took from it was “I’d like to try that sauce, one of those guys must actually really like it.”

So McDonald’s, in their infinite wisdom and without involvement from the Rick and Morty team, brought the sauce back in a tiny, tiny supply to get some viral headlines. This lead to some angry fans and some real a freak-outs, though the most famous one seems staged. I hope.

There are also definitely some fans who really seem to think the show is some sort of intellectual masterwork. I don’t know if I’d call any of those fans toxic, though. Cringe-inducing and embarrassing, sure, but not toxic.

Of course, there was a small contingent of fans who were very angry that all the new writers Harmon and Roiland hired going into season 3 were women. I remember seeing the comments that they were going to ruin the show and wouldn’t understand the characters and then a woman wrote Pickle Rick, the season’s most popular episode. But the fourth season came and went and it was a lot harder to find the complaints about the “SJW lady writers” who were ruining the show by then.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s entire career has essentially been being a serial monogamist and then writing songs about how the guys she dated sucked. They’re good songs, but it’s her whole schtick, everyone knows it, the only other thing she’s ever been in the headlines for is having a feud with the guy who was involved with granted more wishes for Make-a-Wish kids than anyone else on the planet.

Her fans, the Swifties, are in the habit of attacking Swift’s exes with her lyrics years after she dated them and released the songs.

And anyone who doesn’t like her albums better watch out as well. Like when her album Folklore came out, Swift’s fans doxxed and sent death threats to a reviewer who “only” gave the album an 8/10.

On top of that, a number of teenage LGBT Taylor Swift fans claimed other Swifties outed them to their families because they expressed disappointment that Swift’s song ‘Betty’ wasn’t about expressing romantic feelings for another women as they had originally assumed and related to.

Star Wars

What’s fun about Star Wars fans is that the new sequel films created a rift in the fandom and both sides are pretty terrible.

Star Wars fans are some of the most passionate fans in all of fandom, and that fandom can lead to a lot of toxic online behavior, especially when the last good Star Wars movie came out in 1983. And there’s nothing wrong with pointing out that certain movies and characters are awful, but fans have a tendency to take it too far.

Take for example Ahmed Best, the actor who provided the voice and motion capture for Jar-Jar Binks, one of the worst, most-hated characters in the history of cinema. And as far as I’m concerned, pointing out that Jar-Jar was a bad character is fair play. But some fans took it too far, as Best says he “had death threats through the internet. I had people come to me and say, ‘You destroyed my childhood’. That’s difficult for a 25-year-old to hear.” That’s rough, but keep in mind it doesn’t make the character good retroactively.

The Last Jedi was also a truly terrible movie, and moreover felt like an attack on Star Wars fans that basically came right out and told them everything they liked about the movies was terrible. Rian Johnson is normally good at his job, Knives Out was great, but with no plan for how this trilogy of movies was supposed to play out, Johnson decided to defy expectations and went a bit too far in blowing up everything established in the previous movie.

But new character Rose Tico, played by Kelly Marie Tran, attracted what I would describe as an unwarranted amount of hatred from some fans, and that ire was directed at Tran herself. While The Last Jedi wasn’t good, Rose Tico wasn’t exactly the new Jar Jar Binks, and worse, Tran describes the harassment she received as being racist and sexist.

And finally, there are the Reylos, or the people who were primarily interested in seeing new main character Rey knock booties with Han Solo and Leia Organa’s son Ben Solo, also known as Kylo Ren. When they didn’t get their way and Adam Driver’s character died at the end of The Rise of Skywalker instead of living happily ever after with Rey, they absolutely freaked out.

Death threats, suicide threats, attacking Adam Driver’s wife for getting in the way of their ship… it’s typical shipper behavior.

Beyoncé

When Beyoncé released her hit album Lemonade, the song ‘Sorry’ seemed to reference an affair the singer’s husband Jay-Z had, referring to his mistress as “Becky with the good hair.”

So her fans did what any rational person would do and immediately started trying to figure out who this mistress could be so they could harass her. Eventually they settled on fashion designer Rachel Roy and started harassing her on social media. They also attacked Rachel Ray because her name is similar.

And then years later, the owner of the Golden State Warriors Joe Lacon and his wife Nicole Curran invited Beyoncé and Jay-Z to sit with them and watch a basketball game. At one point Curran leaned across Beyoncé to ask Jay-Z if he’d like a drink and Beyoncé’s fans acted like she had shot the Pope.

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters fans did maybe the worst thing we’ve talked about so far, much worse than death threats or years of abuse aimed at an actor on a tv show for not being the character he plays on said TV show.

Ghostbusters fans gave thumbs-down ratings to a trailer of Paul Feig’s reboot on YouTube and a low audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

That was definitely more toxic than the throngs of people attacking respected film critic Richard Roeper for giving the film a bad review.

Felicity Smoak

I know what you’re thinking when I say Felicity Smoak: Who? And you’d be right. Felicity Smoak is a DC comics character who had a very minor role as a civilian antagonist in The Fury of Firestorm and later became the stepmother of Ronnie Raymond, one of the two people who combined to become Firestorm. She was never a very important character in the book, but she owned a computer technology company so the Arrow writers decided to name a one-off IT technician after her as an Easter egg.

The actress who played that character, Emily Bett Rickards, was so charming and funny in the role that she found herself integrated into the main cast in the second season.

This soon became an incredibly divisive issue among Arrow fans because Smoak’s clumsy and unrequited crush on the Green Arrow was turned into a romantic subplot between the two characters. The problem here is that Green Arrow already has a love interest, Black Canary. Putting Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak together is a bit like having Superman date Cat Grant, but a bit more like having Superman date Betty Rubble.

As Felicity moved beyond her comic relief/sidekick role and into the role of romantic lead, her character suffered; she became a bargain-basement Chloe Sullivan (without the sex cult) and almost all of the fandom turned against the character. Except, that is, for a small, vocal and toxic part of the community: the Olicity shippers. And specifically among them, the so-called “Stemily” shippers.

Much like Outlander fandom, a small subsection of these fans latched onto the idea that Stephen Amell and and Emily Bett Rickards were in a relationship in real life. Never mind the fact that Amell is happily married to someone else, these fans just kind of attacked his wife whenever Amell posted a picture with her, which is a really messed up thing to do. They also spread a lot of nasty rumors about Katie Cassidy, the actress who played Black Canary on Arrow.

The Worst of the Worst

So what’s the most toxic fandom? The sexist Star Wars or Rick and Morty fans? The Beyoncé fans who ruthlessly harassed a woman for being polite to the singer’s husband? The Swifties who outed LGBT teens for relating to a song incorrectly? People who didn’t a like a movie we decided only bad people didn’t like? Maybe just any shippers from any fandom?

It’s shippers, right? It has to be. Like half of these are shippers and I could filled three lists this size just with shippers. Even the supposed “good ships,” like Clexa from The 100, sent tons of death and suicide threats to the writers and producers of the show when one of the actresses left the show to be on Fear the Walking Dead instead.

It’s fine to like things, and it’s even fine to think a few characters are super cute together. There are movies and entire TV shows about watching characters fall in love. Maybe just keep some perspective and don’t tell the actors’ spouses you’re going to kill them because you think that actor belongs with their co-star from a TV show you like.

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This Pride Month, Don’t Believe the Brands Who Claim to Love the LGBT Community to Sell Rainbow Merch

June is LGBT Pride month and what that means, in practical terms, is that we’re going to be inundated with ads and social media messages about how brands just love us gay people. And those brands are really hoping you don’t look at what cuts they make to their movies to get them distributed in China.

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, being gay in the United States was basically illegal and if there’s one thing we know that the police like doing it’s harassing marginalized people. Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn was one of the few places gay people could be openly gay in New York City, mainly because it was run by the mafia who didn’t care that being gay was a crime as long as there was money to be made.

Eventually, the patrons got tired of the violent police raids on the bar and decided to fight back. This was particularly true of transvestite and transgender patrons since the police were mainly arresting anyone they decided to be male who was dressed as a woman. And when I say that people fought back, I mean they physically fought the police. And even more people showed up to protest the next night, and they got into fights with even more police officers.

This happened in late June of 1969 and became known as the Stonewall Riots, one of the precipitating events in the broader movement for LGBT acceptance. People just wanted to be free to be who they were and love who they loved without the police coming to arrest them at a mafia-owned bar. And that’s why we celebrate LGBT Pride month in June, we’re honoring the sacrifice and struggle those who came before us were forced to endure in order to simply be themselves with basically no support from society at large.

In the past few years, public sentiment towards the LGBT community has dramatically shifted. And when I say in the past few years, I mean in the past few years; in 2008, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton ran against marriage equality in the Democratic primary. Bernie Sanders is basically the only nationally-known politician with any history of supporting the LGBT community before it was politically expedient to do so.

If you think politicians were reluctant to support gay rights, they have nothing on corporations.

There will be an endless parade of brands on social media proclaiming their support for LGBT equality this month and it’s important to realize that they do not mean a word of it.

For example, let’s look at Wizards of the Coast, the makers of the card game Magic: the Gathering. Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, is very vocal about how much they support diversity and have made a big point of making cards depicting LGBT characters and characters of all races. Hell, their employees take part in local Seattle-area Pride parades in t-shirts with rainbow versions of their “Planeswalker” logo.

Of course, how do you know a character in a card game is LGBT? You can’t really see that on a card, especially since characters aren’t generally depicted in romantic moments on cards to begin with; they’re pretty much shooting fireballs at each other or something.

Well, to find out that a character depicted on a card is LGBT, you have to read the supplemental material, which is usually short fiction on the Magic website. This fiction is conveniently not available in countries such as China and Russia, leaving the cards themselves as the only exposure those markets have to the characters.

Their stated reason is that it is illegal in those markets and so they’re blocking those ISP ranges from accessing their fiction rather than censoring their content to comply with those markets. But is that really the reason?

We’re not forced to block access to our website from places like China when we say things that would be illegal to say in China, like that Xi Jinping looks like Winnie the Pooh or that committing genocide against Uyghurs is bad. And having gay characters in fiction isn’t actually illegal in China, it’s just kind of unpopular.

This happened after a controversy where Chandra Nalaar, the closest thing Magic has to a main character, had a romantic subplot between her and another woman yanked at what seemed to be the climax with Chandra explicitly stated to not be interested in women romantically. This didn’t go over very well with the fan base, who wanted to blame author Greg Weisman for “going rogue” and putting that in a novel without their beloved Wizards of the Coast’s knowledge.

If you’re familiar with Greg Weisman, the creative force behind Gargoyles and Young Justice, you know that doesn’t sound right. And Weisman issued a statement that essentially said “don’t look at me, Wizards of the Coast insisted.” You see, all those diverse characters Wizards is so proud of are pretty minor characters. Badass lightning-slinging wizard Ral Zarek is married to another man, but he’s only occasionally part of the story.

Chandra Nalaar, on the other hand, is the face of the brand. The Netflix show based on the brand directed by the Russo brothers is centered on Chandra. It’s not a coincidence that a push into broader media centered around a character was accompanied by the company wanting to clarify that said character is straight and definitely not pansexual.

But, okay, Magic is kind of a niche product, it’s not like a big company would do something like this, would they? Okay, let’s look at Disney.

Disney has all sorts of rainbow-colored Disney merchandise you can buy. They also say that it’s part of their “ongoing commitment to organizations around the world that support LGBTQ+ communities.”

But you know and I know that they only mean the countries where it’s popular to support the LGBT community.

You may recall how Star Wars made a big deal about having “LGBT representation” in The Rise of Skywalker, but that amounted to two unnamed women in the background sharing a kiss. That kiss stayed in the Chinese cut because as I previously mentioned, it’s not illegal to depict gay people in fiction in China, but it was removed from the film in Singapore and Dubai, in the case of Singapore to avoid a higher age-rating on the film.

They could have left that in there in Singapore, since they touted it as being important LGBT representation before the movie released. The only thing they would have lost would have potentially lost would have been some ticket sales, and it would have been a powerful message about their commitment to LGBT representation. It still was a message about their commitment to LGBT representation, just not the one they say in public in the West.

And how about Marvel’s groundbreaking first gay character, some dude in a support group run by Captain America? He wasn’t so gay in the Russian dub of Avengers Endgame, what with Russia’s famously repressive views of homosexuality.

And what does Disney really think about the LGBT community? Do they really care? Not according to Disney exec Joel Hopkins, who claims Disney repeatedly passed him over for promotions and “put him on a dead-end career track” after learning his sexual orientation.

The companies that want to sell you rainbow merchandise and tell you how much they love the LGBT community really don’t care about the roy or the biv parts of that rainbow. They may be allegedly actively discriminating against their LGBT employees. It’s not just one or two companies that act like this, don’t trust any corporation to have your interests at heart because they will turn on you in a second if it becomes profitable to do so.

I know it seems nice that brands suddenly want to be a part of Pride after decades of barely acknowledging that gay people exist, but don’t let these companies turn Pride into an ad for their products. Remember that they were indifferent to the struggle when it counted, and they’re indifferent to the struggle of our brothers and sisters around the world going through their own struggles with repressive regimes right now. Just like the mafia in the 60s, supporting gay rights is only important when there’s money to be made from it, so don’t roll out the red carpet when they want to center themselves at Pride.

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‘Pulp Fiction’ Would Have Been a Very Different Movie if Quentin Tarantino Got His First Choice For the Cast

Pulp Fiction is one of my favorite movies of all time. Every choice Quentin Tarantino made works together to produce a film that’s smart, funny, intriguing and above all else showcase incredibly performances from perfectly-cast actors.

But it turns out that a lot of the stars of the film weren’t Tarantino’s first choices.

Right off the bat, imagining anyone other Sam Jackson as Jules just seems insane, but Tarantino actually wrote the role for Lawrence Fishburn. Considering Pulp Fiction was Jackson’s big break, we could live in a very different world if QT got his first choice here. It was only a few years after Pulp Fiction that Bryan Hitch drew Jackson as Nick Fury in The Ultimates, something that directly lead to Jackson being cast as the character in Iron Man and subsequent MCU films.

It really wasn’t a secret that Vincent Vega was written for Michael Madsen, who had played Vic Vega in Reservoir Dogs. Tarantino had John Travolta as his second choice and it was certainly an inspired second choice. His on-screen chemistry with Jackson was off the charts and without them opening the movie I don’t know if the audience would have been drawn in the same way.

One interesting thing is that Tarantino didn’t seem to have any real idea who he wanted to play Mia Wallace, a pretty important character who would eventually be played by Uma Thurman. Uma wasn’t even on the list for Mia, but Tarantino liked her so much he wrote the part of The Bride in Kill Bill for her.

Same for Bruce Willis, who wasn’t on the list as Butch, which was written for Matt Dillon. Bruce Willis seems like a casting coup in comparison.

Pulp Fiction could have been a very different movie if Tarantino had his first picks, and it’s hard to imagine what it would have been like, but I think in the end he’d have still made a great movie. Just David Hasselhoff would be playing Nick Fury in the MCU.

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Netflix Made a Huge Announcement About Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’ Today

The success of Game of Thrones and the Marvel Cinematic Universe have thrown open the floodgates for adaptations of beloved geek properties. Netflix has bet big on a few, including the insanely popular Japanese comic One Piece, which they hope could be the next big thing considering the high profile of the property basically everywhere but North America.

Netflix also laid out a huge sum of money to adapt the thing that 90s teens who shopped at Hot Topic didn’t shut up about until Invader Zim came along, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. This project is so massive that Warmer Brothers, who own the rights to it because it’s a DC comic book passed on it and let Netflix have it because they didn’t want to spend the absolute fortune the show will cost to produce.

Netflix announced the cast of the show on Wednesday and it looks like they’re already not sparing any expense there, either.

The most notable cast member is Stephen Fry as Gilbert, a character from the comic’s second story arc, and Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, an occultist who imprisons the series’ protagonist Morpheus in the early 20th century. That’s not a spoiler, it will likely be the first scene in the show.

A second Game of Thrones alum, Gwendolyn Christie, will play Lucifer, the same character portrayed by Tom Ellis in Lucifer.

Jenna Coleman from Dr. Who will make an appearance as Johanna Constantine, an ancestor of Legends of Tomorrow’s John Constantine. This is the best chance we have of hearing Constantine pronounced correctly because Neil Gaiman himself wrote the correct pronunciation into an issue of The Sandman.

Patton Oswalt will also appear as Matthew the Raven, Morpheus’s assistant and friend. I know what you’re thinking “how did they get Patton Oswalt in a comic book adaptation?”

If you’ve come this far and you’re not a comic book nerd, I salute you. But you probably want to know what The Sandman is, why your formerly-goth coworkers won’t shut up about it, and if you should watch it.

In the mid-to-late 1980s, DC comics just let avant-garde writers from the UK go nuts on comics featuring lesser-known DC characters. This included Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and Watchmen, Grant Morrison’s Animal Man and Doom Patrol and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. While Morrison and Moore gave their takes on DC’s lesser-known heroes, Gaiman mostly built his cast out of characters from DC’s horror anthology comics.

You’ve probably heard of Tales from the Crypt, the horror series hosted by the Cryptkeeper; that started out as a comic by Mad Magazine’s publisher EC Comics. DC had a number of comics in the same vein, such as Weird Mystery Tales, House of Secrets, House of Mysteries and Tales of Ghost Castle. All of these books had hosts like Destiny, Cain, Abel and Eve or Lucien the Librarian. Neil Gaiman took those characters and made them central to his story as denizens of The Dreaming, the realm of Dream, the titular Sandman.

Dream, or Morpheus, or The Sandman, is a new character that is essentially an update to an old DC superhero called The Sandman, aka Hector Hall, who was the son of Hawkman and Hawkgirl. He has no real relation to that character, though the Hall family features prominently in various storylines.

The Sandman itself is a lot like one of those horror anthology comics; there are a lot of stories where Morpheus is simply a secondary character while the main focus is on a story about human characters. The TV show sounds like it will be adapting the first of these, A Doll’s House, as part of its ten-episode first season. Morpheus is involved in the events, but the main character is Rose Walker, a girl whose grandmother was affected by the sleeping sickness caused by Morpheus’s imprisonment at the start of the series.

Unlike Tales from the Crypt and modern horror anthologies like American Horror Story, The Sandman manages to connect its characters to each other and to the larger DC Universe in interesting and rewarding ways.

Honestly, though, if you’re interested in The Sandman, which is great, just go out and buy the comics. Neil Gaiman gets all the credit for the book, and he deserves most of it, but he worked with a lot of really talented artists who all brought a good deal of nuance to the story through their art that will be impossible to replicate. And you saw what happened to Game of Thrones.

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How Did Drew Barrymore Accidentally Send a Teenager a Video of Herself Changing

With a landline phone, if you dial a wrong number, the worst thing that can happen is that you mildly inconvenience a stranger. They pick up, say “sorry, you’ve got the wrong number,” and you apologize and hang up.

Things can go much worse with a mobile phone. Say, for example, you’re a movie star and you take a video of yourself changing and want to send it to Cameron Diaz, but you put in the wrong number. Now a teenaged boy somewhere is just jacking off to that video every day forever.

This has happened to all of us, but it most recently happened to Drew Barrymore, Page Six reports.

“My best friend happens to be Cameron Diaz and I sent her a video of me getting dressed,” she said. “I sent it, it turns out, to a 16-year-old boy named Matthew.”

Barrymore said the nice boy pledged not to leak it online, claiming that he wrote to her, “I have your video, but I promise I won’t put it out anywhere.”

I have so many questions.

Why is Drew Barrymore sending Cameron Diaz videos of herself changing? Is this something people do? I’ve never done this.

Why doesn’t she have Diaz in her address book? Why is she closing texts so often that she needs to put in Diaz’s number?

Regardless, I’m sure the only way this could have gone better for Matthew is if Drew was trying to send Cameron Diaz a video of herself changing she had taken 25 years ago.

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Bill Gates Was Reported Constantly Trying to Sleep With His Employees, Constantly Being Rejected

Before she and Bill Gates were married, Melinda Gates was a Microsoft employee. It turns out that she’s also one of the only woman in the entire company who didn’t laugh in the boss’s face when he asked her on a date.

The New York Times reported that Gates had a reputation for asking women out and being shot down.

In 2006, for example, he attended a presentation by a female Microsoft employee. Mr. Gates, who at the time was the company’s chairman, left the meeting and immediately emailed the woman to ask her out to dinner, according to two people familiar with the exchange.

“If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened,” Mr. Gates wrote in an email, according to a person who read it to The New York Times.

The woman was indeed uncomfortable, the two people said. She decided to pretend it had never happened.

Whatever the opposite of big dick energy is, Bill Gates exudes it from every pore.

Six current and former employees of Microsoft, the foundation and the firm that manages the Gates’s fortune said those incidents, and others more recently, at times created an uncomfortable workplace environment. Mr. Gates was known for making clumsy approaches to women in and out of the office. His behavior fueled widespread chatter among employees about his personal life.

The only thing more embarrassing than a New York Times story about how you cheated on your wife is a story about how you were constantly trying to cheat on your wife and we’re constantly getting rejected.

Of course, Gates allegedly did have a sexual relationship with at least one female Microsoft staffer, who is probably pretty embarrassed about it considering everyone else in the company rejected the guy she was sleeping with.

I mean, we’ve all seen Bill Gates, how hard up do you have to be to sleep with that guy when you’re not going to marry him for his money?

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Ellen DeGeneres is Ending Her Show Because it Doesn’t ‘Challenge’ Her, Not Because Ratings are Falling and Everyone Hates Her

Ellen DeGeneres is ending her long-running talk show because it no longer challenges her, she said on the Wednesday episode. If Ellen really wants to spread her wings and try something she’s never done before, she could try not being a bitch.

DeGeneres claims that the allegations against her had nothing to do with her decision, telling The Hollywood Reporter “If I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season. So, it’s not why I’m stopping, but it was hard.”

I mean, she also may have tried to sweep it under the rug and when her ratings plummeted she went “okay, I’m getting out now while I can do it and save face.” That’s just my guess at the thought process. Quitting this season would have meant that she lost the battle of public opinion, and staying long enough for her viewership to evaporate would mean the same. This way she gets as close as she can to leaving on top.

You know who got a big kick out Ellen quitting her show? Twitter.

Kpop fans are so savage, I love them.

I always like to hear from Javi. Loved The Middleman, bro.

I’m sorry, no one is going to top that last one.

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Scarlett Johansson Wants the Golden Globes to Be More Diverse, Like the Movie Roles She Takes

Scarlett Johansson isn’t a trans woman of color, but she plays one in movies. This is why she’s very concerned that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the body behind the Golden Globes, isn’t diverse enough.

Now, the HFPA started as a group of foreign journalists who covered Hollywood for publications outside the United States, which is what you’d expect something called the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to be. Today, that doesn’t seem to be the case and the 86-member “non-profit” is primarily in the business of giving out Golden Globes, getting paid to air the Golden Globes ceremony, not doing journalism and, well, the old saying is “You win an Oscar, you buy a Golden Globe.”

After the LA Times investigated the organization and its membership, all of Hollywood is outraged. They’re not exactly a hard target here, there’s less than a hundred people and they basically have no power other than to give out trophies they made up. My high school principle did that at assembly once a year, too, and no one kissed his ass for it.

ScarJo has taken the opportunity to shoot a fiery salvo at the organization, with The Guardian reporting she said that dealing with the HFPA “has often meant facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment.”

She also said “Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organization, I believe it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA,” which is a really good point. Why have you given these people, these 86 people, all this money and power? Because you want to get little statues with your name on?

There are stores that make trophies, you know. You can just go out and buy a trophy if you need one that badly, and it’s probably cheaper than “winning” a Golden Globe.

That’s part of the reason Netflix and Amazon aren’t working with the group anymore. They’re framing it as putting pressure on the group to add more diverse membership (seriously, there’s not one black person in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association? You didn’t know they have newspapers in Africa?), but no one cares about awards shows anymore and it’s not because of lack of diversity, it’s lack of relevancy. Netflix and Amazon loved the HFPA and the Oscar voters (nearly 10,000, basically anyone who has worked on a film in a category they give awards for is eligible) when they wanted to establish themselves as serious players in the field of film and television, but they don’t need the statues anymore. We’ve all heard about Mrs. Maisel without it winning an award.

You know what would happen if the Golden Globes went away? Nothing, it’s not even the G in EGOT. Hollywood would survive with a slimmed-down 37 annual awards shows, I’m sure.

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Ashley Morgan Smithline Says She Thought Ex Marilyn Manson Was Going to Kill Her

It is strange and somewhat disheartening that if someone asked you who the worst Manson was, you’d probably have to stop and think about it for a while. It used to be a no-brainer, right? “Worst Manson? The one who carved a swastika into his forehead and had an actress murdered.”

The horrific allegations of abuse against Marilyn Manson by multiple women have made him a strong contender, though. Ashley Morgan Smithline, one of Manson’s exes and alleged victims, told People she thought he was going to kill her during their time together.

“I survived a monster,” the 36-year-old tells PEOPLE in her first interview since naming Manson as her abuser in February in an Instagram statement.

Over the course of two years, Smithline says that along with being sexually assaulted by the rock star countless times, Manson, 52, bit her, whipped her, cut her with a swastika-emblazoned knife and shoved his fist in her mouth during sex. She says he also forced her to do a blood pact and that she was locked into what he called “the bad girls’ room,” a glass, soundproof room, whenever she “pissed him off.”

The one thing these allegations all have in common is the “bad girls’ room” thing. It creeps me out for a few reasons and is just plain weird. Adult women don’t need time-outs.

Manson denied these latest allegations through a spokesperson.

“There are so many falsehoods within her claims that we wouldn’t know where to begin to answer them,” the statement reads. “This relationship, to the limited extent it was a relationship, didn’t last one week.” (Smithline provided PEOPLE with emails and messages she says were from Manson that span more than two years.)

I’ve never seen someone get so scorched by a parenthetical statement before.

According to Smithline, Manson started sending her dozens of text messages at all hours of the day and night as things started to get “slowly more and more invasive.” While she was abroad, Smithline — who is of Jewish descent — says the rocker asked her to find Nazi memorabilia like throwing stars, knives and whips to bring back to him in L.A..

He was also really into the whole Nazi thing. There were definitely a lot of people at the time who adopted Nazi iconography just to be edgy, like one of the early episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Now Manson maintains that all the weird and creepy sex stuff he did was consensual, and people are into some pretty weird stuff sexually. I think we’ve all seen the video with the two girls and the cup. But that was fake and used chocolate and these women are accusing Manson of very real abuse, not a fun weird sex game.

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Elon Musk has Some Ideas for His ‘Saturday Night Live’ Host Gig and They are Terrible

I don’t think Elon Musk is a particularly intelligent person. He’s more what an unintelligent person thinks a smart person would be. He’s a rich CEO inventor, but he isn’t rich for the things he’s invented, he’s richer because his idea for a bank that’s entirely online got bought out and became PayPal. He’s not building rockets and electric cars himself, he’s paying people to build rockets and electric cars so he can become the slave king of Mars, where Earth law doesn’t apply.

What Elon Musk mostly does is Tweet, and if SNL wanted to have someone on to host because they’re famous on Twitter, they should have asked dril to host.

See, those are good tweets, and those are only his recent ones. He has a decades-long history of making good tweets.

On the other side of that coin are the tweets Elon Musk has made in preparation for his spot hosting SNL next week.

“Woke James Bond” and “Irony Man” are things a 12-year-old on 4chan would think of. But those weren’t the worst idea he had.

Baby Shark Tank was the worst idea he had. That’s the sort of thing I’d expect Blaine Capatch to put in a “Quick, someone bring MADtv back” tweet.

If you don’t get it, MADtv was mostly sketches driven by pun titles based on TV shows, usually combined with another famous property, something MADtv writers Capatch and Patton Oswalt have made fun of in the years after they left the show.

Elon’s ideas are unfunny even by current SNL standards, though, and that’s a sort of accomplishment, at any rate. Considering cast members will be able to opt-out of appearing in sketches with Musk, I imagine the only thing that’s going to get written for him is going to be very unflattering for Musk. It’s not like his acting ability was a plus to having him in skits anyway.

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Leslie Jones is Reportedly Really Kicking Up a Feud With Much Funnier Comic Anthony Jeselnik

Anthony Jeselnik is one of the funniest stand-up comics working today. His humor is dark and hilarious, kind of like Sarah Silverman before she decided she wanted to be nice.

Jeselnik has the ability to deliver one-liners as funny as Mitch Hedberg and Steven Wright, but the jokes he writes are much darker and take on topics other comics either can’t or won’t. And his material is also so much smarter than a shock-jock lime Howard Stern, I just can’t say enough good things about it.

Leslie Jones apparently hates him because he wouldn’t give up a spot in a show for her once and she’s still trying to screw him over because of it.

I mean, she can also claim to be not-PC but I don’t think she’s quite showing the same level of talent in what’s more a homophobic rant about not getting laid than a stand-up routine. If this feud was based on who is funnier then it would be no contest.

Here’s what happened between the two according to Page Six. Jeselnik told a story about getting bigfooted at a comedy club by a more famous comic who not only intentionally took his spot but refused to introduce him after their set.

“Within five minutes [of their set], I understand what has happened to me,” he said on the “Jeselnik and Rosenthal Vanity Project,” adding, “They are not doing [five to ten minutes] and that they are going to go as long as they can, strictly to f–k with me — strictly to big-time me.”

Jeselnik said that management at the club, Supernova Comedy, told him the anonymous comic had even refused to introduce him before his set.

“The exact phrase was, ‘They don’t think they can introduce you with enthusiasm,’” he said, adding, “Which means that not only am I getting bumped, but I don’t get to go next. Someone else has to go after that [so they can introduce me onstage]. So I’m going almost an hour later.”

He mentioned that when this unnamed comic started doing crowd work after running out of material he just gave the club back his paycheck and left.

Jeselnik didn’t say who this comic was, but it’s not a huge mystery; people went to a show to see Jeselnik and then saw another comic do like, 40 minutes, and those people have Reddit accounts.

Everyone saw jeselnik at the venue while walking in so we knew he was there. Leslie Jones is a surprise guest in the middle. She does some material for the first 15 mins, big red light comes on, then she just starts doing crowd work for the next 25 minutes. Slow walking through crowd picking on people. Light is blinking, goes off, back on. I can see multiple comics in the back flashing their phone lights to get her attention. Some walking over to see if the main light is working. Finally gets the f**k off. Then two more comics. Show is already long by 30 minutes, Orny Adams is on and I’m feeling like it’s not gonna happen. So I went to ask the host if jeselnik was gonna be going on. First she says jeselnik had an emergency and had to leave, then tells me the above story. I ask if we can get refunds. She says no but then later says maybe a partial discount if you book tickets to see jeselnik next weekend because he’ll be back lol. I leave unhappy. Tickets were like $47 apiece plus two item minimum. Paid about $160 with parking.

Edit: I requested a refund via eventbrite of ticket prices only and received it.

Leslie Jones doesn’t really look good here. But if I were her and I was telling the jokes she tells, I wouldn’t want to be in the same show as Anthony Jeselnik either.

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Oscar Recap: Another Big Night For Movies You’ll Totally Get Around to Watching. Eventually. Is That on Netflix?

Ahh, the Oscars. Hollywood’s biggest night when all the stars come out and pat themselves for a job well done. It’s a hard life, what with memorizing almost a hundred pages of dialogue, standing up into frame after your stunt double does something really cool and having sex with supermodels half your age in your mansion between shoots. That’s why we need a night to honor these people who bring us so much joy making the movies we love.

Of course, we have like twenty nights where Hollywood stars give each other statues and mostly for films no one watched about finding love during the Holocaust that turns out to be bittersweet or the time a racist white guy from the South made a black friend.

This year’s big winner is Chloé Zhao, the first Asian woman to win the Oscar for Best Director, proving that anyone of any race can achieve their dream of making a sad movie about a disheveled white lady. Nomadland also took home Best Picture and Frances McDormand won Best Disheveled White Lady Lead Actress for the film.

My Octopus Teacher won Best Documentary, and boy was I disappointed to find out it was about some hippie who made friends with an octopus and not, as I assumed, a live-action adaptation of Assassination Classroom.

Anthony Hopkins won Best Leading Actor for The Father, a film about dementia that made a whopping $5 million in the global box office. It actually sounds like a great, intelligently filmed and superbly acted film that I’m sure you’re going to see. Right after you catch up on the new season of Nailed It!

Supporting Actor and Actress went to Youn Yuh-jung for Minari and Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah, because diversity is important but only in the smaller acting categories. These are both totally great movies to read the plot summaries for on Wikipedia and pretend you’ve seen the way you did with Get Out.

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Demi Lovato is Going to War With a Yogurt Shop

Poor Demi Lovato. She’s only been out of the closet for a few weeks and her “you can get away with anything because you’re a lesbian” honeymoon period with the press is already coming to an end. She has to be sitting at home going “What’s the difference between me and Kristen Stewart that makes everyone love her and not me? Is it just that she’s talented and attractive and humble?”

See, Demi Lovato is going to war with a frozen yogurt shop, and the public is not on her side. Demi’s problem is that the shop in question sells sugar-free foods, which does not cater to her exact desires.

Stand-up comic Andy Kindler has a great bit about how some comics have routines where the entire premise is wrong. “I walk into a store and I see sugar-free candy, who is that for?” “Diabetics. It’s for diabetics.”

But see, Demi isn’t diabetic, she had an eating disorder. And her attitude is clearly “f**k diabetics, I don’t want to ever see anything that even suggests people eat healthier.”

So she went on her Instagram Story and made a post about how the yogurt shop, called The Big Chill, needs to “do better” because she saw food for people with different dietary needs.

The company responded by posting on their social media that they “Diabetics, Celiac disease, Vegans and of course we have many indulgent items as well.”

That’s basically Andy Kindler’s bit.

Demi did not give up, DMing the store a picture from four years ago that showed “guilt-free” diet cookies, and when informed they don’t carry that brand, she countered by attacking them for carrying keto-friendly high-protein cookies and added  “You don’t want to mess with me,” and told them the customer is always right.

Allow me to quote a movie I was obsessed with in high school, Kevin Smith’s Clerks. “The customer is always an asshole.”

She also asked them to change how things are labeled, which is not really something they have control of if other companies are making the products.

She walked it back a little when it became clear that no, the world is not on her side and no one cares if she was “triggered.” She only walked it back a little though, basically still insisting she was right but saying she had a bad day and could have been nicer. For now, she’ll just have to learn to deal with living in a world that doesn’t bend to her every whim because she was on a Disney Channel show like a decade ago.

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Is Kathleen Kennedy Ready to Hand ‘Star Wars’ Over to Jon Favreau?

Depending on how you look at it, Star Wars has either done exceptionally well or exceptionally poorly under Kathleen Kennedy’s time as president of Lucasfilm. Kennedy is one of the most successful film producers ever, with EP credits on classic films such as Back to the Future, Gremlins and The Goonies. And Star Wars had made a lot of money for Disney since she became Lucasfilms’ president after George Lucas departed when Disney bought the studio.

The only problem is the movies have been, for lack of a better word, a trainwreck. Hell, they were worse than Trainwreck! Sure they made a lot of money but clearly, you do not have to make a quality film to sell tickets if you put Star Wars on the marquee. Star Wars fans would see the movie 20 times even if it was just Han Solo sitting on the Millennium Falcon’s toilet for two hours complaining about a badly frozen burrito. The sequel trilogy was especially unfocused and offputting to longtime fans, with The Rise of Skywalker actually managing to be worse than The Phantom Menace. That’s like if you took a crap and the crap threw up.

But that all turned around thanks to Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni and their huge surprise hit for Disney+, The Mandalorian. The quality of that show and the outpouring of love for it from fans old and new turned around the fortunes of the entire Star Wars franchise, taking it from something Disney was going to “rest” until people forgot how bad the last five movies actually were to a must-see weekly television event. The only thing Disney has done in a year that got more hype was WandaVision, and the Mouse House is responding to that by spinning an entire Star Wars television universe out of The Mandalorian’s success.

Obviously, this lead to speculation that Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Favreau were at odds, battling for the soul of Star Wars. That is of course insane because Kathleen Kennedy knows what she’s doing and wants Star Wars to succeed. Why wouldn’t she believe that J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson would make good Star Wars movies if left to their own devices? Have you seen Knives Out? That was a great movie. There’s probably no one in this world happier with how Jon Favreau has handled Star Wars than Kathleen Kennedy.

A rumor posted to Reddit from an unverified source (so take this with a grain of salt) says that Jon Favreau is actually Kennedy’s choice to succeed her as president when she steps down or potentially takes a promotion and moves even higher in Disney. Kennedy’s contract is up in October, and she might be ready to move on when it ends.

The source also reports that Disney saw casting John Boyega as “risky,” presumably because of his race and the Chinese market, where Boyega was practically edited out of the poster. They also allegedly squashed romance subplots with Finn and Rey and Finn and Poe, actually asking for Rey and Poe to be put together. I’m not even sure those characters had more than one scene together in the entire trilogy.

Whether or not these leaks turn out to be true, they all sort of sound like common sense stuff to me. Disney was clearly worried about having black actors alienate Chinese audiences, hence the poster. Of course Jon a Favreau is the best choice to be head of Lucasfilms. And of course, Kathleen Kennedy isn’t at odds with a hitmaker like Favreau. You don’t really need inside information to get any of that.

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Meet Lexi Griswold!

Lexi Griswold was born and raised in Portland Oregon before moving out to LA at 21 to pursue her dream career in modelling, like many girls with the same dreams, things don’t always work out the same way they do in the movies and Lexi fell on financial hardship – LA is expensive!


This led Lexi to the world of premium content, where she can connect with her true fanbase who are eager to support her by buying up her produced content. Lexi doing it the right way, the modern day hustler put aside social stigmas around x-rated content and began building her empire.

 


Lexi was kind enough to do a Q+A with Egotastic so we can learn a bit more about this rising star!

Here are 11 questions with Lexi Griswold!

A/S/L; Tell us about yourself and what you’ve done to get where you are today!

I am Alexis Griswold. I’ve been on a journey to becoming a successful model. I have gotten where I’m today from social media, hard work, networking, and being persistent.

If you were stuck on an island, and you can only listen to one album, which one is it?

Honestly, any drake album, maybe More Life, Take Care, or Views … that’s a hard question!

What is your go-to Karaoke song?

“Timeless” by a Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

What are your favorite and least favorite things about living in LA?

I love the weather so much, especially since I’m from Oregon and I’m used to it raining almost every day. I honestly don’t dislike anything about LA… I really love it here; nothing bad to say!

You have been killing it on OnlyFans, what was your motivation for taking your personal brand into your own hands in that direction?

The motivation was that I wanted to take control of my content and my career. 2020 was about bossing up for me – owning the rights and dividends off of the things I was posting anyway was step 1.

What are you currently working on that we can look forward to seeing?

I’m working on a website that will be like nothing you guys have ever seen before. A totally different business model. It’s going to monetize more, show what I do on a daily basis. It’s more personal than anything else I have out right now.

Walk us through your beauty and self-care routine – any must-have products?

I like to keep my skincare as simple as possible. I feel like less is more with my skin. I use the Krave macha hemp hydrating cleanser, morning and night. I can’t live without the Drunk Elephants protini polypeptide moisturizer that I use every morning. At night, I like to moisturize with Youth to the People adaptogen deep moisture cream with the great barrier relief serum. For makeup, I love Smash Box’s tinted moisturizer, and I cannot live without better than sex mascara by Too Faced! I recommend!

You’re obviously super in shape. What is your workout regimen? Eating habits?

I eat a plant-based diet, and I’ve noticed it’s helped me feel and look a lot healthier. I love being vegan, and I could never go back! I try to work out at least four times a week but any chance I get to work out, I definitely do it! Working out makes me feel so much happier and motivated afterward!

We hear you’re a sneakerhead – whaaat? Tell us about your top 3 faves:

I love the 1’s obvi, the 4’s, and 5’s are fire too 😊

What would be your dream shoot?

I would love to be the face of any makeup line, Maybelline, Cover Girl, Too Faced.

Tell us a secret – something the general public doesn’t know about you but either should, or would want to know.

I love to cook! Since I’m vegan, it is a lot easier to cook at home rather than eat out, so I love to find new recipes to try and get creative with it! There are so many good vegan recipes you’d be surprised!


 

 

See more of Lexi on her:
WEBSITE
 YOUTUBE
 INSTAGRAM
 TWITTER
and of course over on her ONLYFANS!

 

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Jake Paul Accused of Sexual Assault by Justine Paradise

Justine Paradise, a fairly popular TikToker, posted a video to YouTube discussing the time she alleges that Jake Paul sexually assaulted her.

The jist of what allegedly happened, according to Paradise, is she was invited over to Jake Paul’s studio/house and hung out with him, eventually making out with him. Jake wanted to go further, she did not, so he took his pants off and forced her to perform oral sex on him against her will.

Now, Jake Paul hasn’t commented on this and these are just allegations, we can’t say for sure what happened.

But honestly, did anyone see the headline “Jake Paul Accused of Sexual Assault” and say “that doesn’t seem likely. I don’t see how that can be true.”

What I will say here is that Justine Paradise seems very convincing and sympathetic and Jake Paul has never come off as either of those for even a second in his entire life to me.

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Hollywood Producer Scott Rudin is Allegedly an Even Bigger Asshole Than Joss Whedon

Hollywood sexual misconduct has been very much in the news since Ronan Farrow’s expose on Harvey Weinstein started the #metoo movement, but there’s also a lot of misconduct of the non-sexual kind going on in Tinseltown. The Hollywood Reporter chronicled a number of allegations against Scott Rudin that aren’t sexual but make him seem like a caricature of an angry boss, like  Bob Odenkirk’s ‘Artillery’ Arthur Hobbs on How I Met Your Mother.

At about 4:15 p.m. — more than 10 hours into a typical Rudin day that began at 6 and never wrapped before 8 — the Oscar-winning producer was enraged that one of his assistants failed to get him a seat on a sold-out flight. In a fit of fury, he allegedly smashed an Apple computer monitor on the assistant’s hand. The screen shattered, leaving the young man bleeding and in need of immediate medical attention. One person in the office at the time described the incident as sounding like a car crash: a cacophonous collision of metal, glass and limb. The wounded assistant headed to the emergency room, and Rudin called his lawyer, according to another staffer there that Halloween afternoon.

He hit a guy with a computer monitor. That would seem far-fetched in River City Ransom.

“He threw a laptop at the window in the conference room and then went into the kitchen and we could hear him beating on the napkin dispenser,” says [Caroline] Rugo. “Then another time he threw a glass bowl at [a colleague]. It’s hard to say if he threw it in the general direction or specifically at [the colleague], but the glass bowl hit the wall and smashed everywhere. The HR person left in an ambulance due to a panic attack. That was the environment.”

That sounds like the behavior of an abusive spouse or a toddler or both.

“I went into the kitchen, and I was like, ‘Hey, Scott, A24 is on the way up. I’m not sure what it’s concerning,’ ” he says. “And he flipped out, like, ‘Nobody told me A24 was on my schedule.’ He threw it at me, and I dodged a big potato. He was like, ‘Well, find out, and get me a new potato.’ “

He threw a potato at an assistant. That’s almost incredible like he’s just throwing whatever he can reach.

“He asked me to clean the kitchen. I told him, ‘That’s really not my job.’ I had to do a bunch of other stuff that was urgent,” the former assistant says. “The kitchen was not urgent. And then he flipped out, and he took his teacup, threw it, and it shattered and left a hole in the wall. I was like, ‘I’m a human. This is a physical act of aggression.’ “

That’s a lot worse.

How has Hollywood treated this alleged behavior, which, much like Harvey Weinstein’s abuses of power, everyone in town has supposedly know about for decades? They gave him an EGOT and over 100 Oscar nominations.

“When they ultimately quit — which they always do at some point — he vindictively goes on IMDb and takes away any credits they may have amassed while working for him,” says one producer who hired a traumatized assistant following a Rudin stint and saw the practice play out.

People don’t just abuse their power to get sex; power is naturally corrupting. Once everyone starts telling you that you can do no wrong, well, you start to believe them.

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Kate Winslet Knows 4 Actors Hollywood Has Scared to Come Out

Kristen Stewart was basically a pariah a few years ago. She was the gloomy actress who slept with a married director (and cheated on Robert Pattinson) and a lot of  Ovid fans wanted nothing to do with her. One short haircut and an interview where she confirms she likes vaginas as much as the rest of us later, she’s basically Hollywood’s new it girl.

This is very much not a typical Hollywood coming-out story, even today. Contrary to what you might imagine, being LGBT is not a ticket to success in Hollywood and homophobia is still an issue in Tinseltown.

Despite Hollywood’s gay-friendly image to the public, Kate Winslet says that being gay can severely limit your career prospects as an actor.

Page Six reports Winslet says she knows at least four people who are in the closet and afraid that coming out would cost them acting roles. In 2021.

“I can think of at least four actors absolutely hiding their sexuality,” the actress, 45, told the Sunday Times. “It’s painful. Because they fear being found out. And that’s what they say. ‘I don’t want to be found out.’”

Winslet explained that the discrimination often begins as soon as actors and actresses launch their careers.

“I cannot tell you the number of young actors I know — some well-known, some starting out — who are terrified their sexuality will be revealed and that it will stand in the way of their being cast in straight roles,” she said, calling the notion “f–ked up.”

Gay actors Neil Patrick Harris and Jim Parsons both had a lot of success playing straight characters, but neither came out until after the shows they were on started airing. And still Hollywood is nervous that gay actors can’t “play straight,” even though 20-30-somethings routinely play teenagers.

“It’s bad news. Hollywood has to drop that dated crap of, ‘Can he play straight because, apparently, he’s gay?’” she told the newspaper, noting that the stigma applies to “men more than anything.”

“That should be almost illegal. You would not believe how widespread it is. And it can’t just be distilled to the question about gay actors playing gay parts. Because actors, in some cases, are choosing not to come out for personal reasons. And it’s nobody’s business. Perhaps privacy. Perhaps conditioning and shame.”

Here’s a fun game: name a living, male openly bisexual actor. Did you say Alan Cumming? If you said anyone I’ll bet you said Alan Cumming.

We like to think of Hollywood and brands and big cities as being liberal utopias where the LGBT community is welcomed with open arms because of a deep sense of moral righteousness. It’s actually all a calculated business decision.

There’s an episode of 30 Rock where Jack tells Liz “We’ll trick those race-car-loving wide loads into watching your lefty, homoerotic propaganda hour yet.” That is the purest distillation of how Hollywood and big business writ large think about these issues. It’s all a calculation about how to make the most money.

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There Have Been Some Massive Marvel Spoilers Lately

Marvel has been riding high lately because of the success of their original programming on Disney+, but The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has failed to generate nearly as much buzz as WandaVision. To be fair, not much is going to generate that kind of buzz, WandaVision was the perfect show at the perfect time and everyone was invested in the secrets the show had on offer. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is perfectly fine, but it doesn’t have the same hooks to keep people talking from week to week.

What does have people talking, however, is a few major reported leaks from Marvel; and if you read on, you may get a big load of spoilers Eternals in particular.

In fact, the entire plot of the movie has leaked with “undeniable evidence” of its veracity, if you believe the moderators of Reddit’s r/MarvelStudiosSpoilers.

There are a lot of details, but the main thrust of the plot is summarized in one paragraph.

Sersi learns that the Celestials created both races and that the Eternals are basically just very advanced robots. They seed young planets with a Celestial “egg” that takes eons to mature. The evolving intelligent life on these planets feeds the Celestial’s growth, so the Eternals are sent to protect the evolving life forms and kill the Deviants. After the emergence, the Eternals are ” rebooted” and sent to another world (this is the cause of Thena’s memory issue, as she knows that the planet is doomed) – this cycle has gone on for millions of years. Earth was seeded and Tiamut is about to emerge (this was the cause of the earthquake earlier). Once awakened, the entire planet and all life will be destroyed.

That is one of the most comic book things I’ve ever heard in my life.

It doesn’t look like this film is setting up the Eternals to be a major presence going forward like the Avengers or the Guardians of the Galaxy. The synopsis makes it sound more like a one-off with Ikaris (Richard Madden) possibly not surviving to the end of the film.

What does seem certain is that it’s setting up Kit Harrington to be a major player in the MCU. Which is funny because he’s playing Dane Whitman, the Black Knight, one of the lamest Avengers ever. And keep in mind that The Avengers comic featured Hawkeye in little purple booties.

The two end credit stingers: 1) Dane is looking at an old box and pulls out a sword that is wrapped up. Just as he is about to touch it, an off screen voice stops him. 2) On the Eternals’ ship, Pip the Troll appears and introduces Starfox.

To be fair, Iron Man was like Marvel’s 58th most popular character, just in front of that X-Men character who has giant slugs for a stomach until he was played by Robert Downey, Jr. Kit Harrington could absolutely make Black Knight a major player in the MCU.

Where will they use him? Another leak claims Marvel is developing a number of Avengers spin-offs, including Young Avengers, Dark Avengers and West Coast Avengers, the latter being the place Dane Whitman seems the most likely to show up.

Marvel has been slowly putting the pieces in place for Young Avengers, with Billy and Tommy Maximoff showing up in WandaVision (and the ending’s cryptic hint that they’re still alive somewhere), Ant-Man’s Cassie Lang being all grown up now and Hawkeye set to introduce Kate Bishop, the actually cool Hawkeye. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier also introduced a piece of Young Avengers lore when Bucky took Sam to meet Isaiah Bradley, a test subject for the Super Soldier Serum Steve Rogers was given and grandfather to Eli Bradley, the Young Avengers’ Captain America analogue Patriot. Be on the lookout for Teddy Altman, aka Hulkling, to show up in Secret Invasion.

Dark Avengers is also something fans have been speculating on for a while. I’ve never been a fan of this theory, but this leak says it’s in development. William Hurt’s Thunderbolt Ross, who becomes the Red Hulk in the comics, is about the only character I can think of who might be a member. Possibly U.S. Agent, currently appearing in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and the white Vision and new Black Widow, I guess?

Finally, what is The West Coast Avengers, the team almost certain to include Jon Snow? Well, if The Avengers was Marvel’s way of showcasing all the characters who weren’t popular enough to carry their own title (and it was for about 40 years), West Coast Avengers is the book for characters not popular enough to be in The Avengers. Lead by Hawkeye, the team featured such notable characters as Wonder Man, Tigra, U. S. Agent and Machine Man. Nextwave had a more recognizable line-up.

Make a Nextwave movie instead, you cowards!

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Zack Snyder’s Fans Are Officially Back on Their Bullshit

Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League has been available on HBO Max for just over a week, which is almost enough time to watch it from beginning to end. But his fans are already back online complaining about Warner not understanding the brilliance of Zack Snyder.

Warner has indicated that even though they did cough up quite a chunk of change to get the Snyder cut finished they have no plans to films Snyder’s planned sequels that would detail Superman’s fall to evil and eventual redemption.

One can’t really blame Warner for wanting to move on to other things; despite the success of The Snyder Cut, it still didn’t do as well on HBO Max as Wonder Woman 84, a film that was by all accounts terrible, and they made over a billion dollars on Joker, a movie nobody wanted completely disconnected from any type of continuity.

The MCU works for Marvel, but the DCEU hasn’t really worked for DC. The biggest success they had was probably Shazam!, which was technically part of the DCEU but a big departure in tone and with basically no connection other than talking about the existence of other DC characters.

Back before Marvel was the cinematic powerhouse it is today, both Marvel and DC primarily stepped outside of comic books through direct-to-video animated features. DC was leagues ahead of Marvel with the quality of their features. The strategy they used looks a lot like the one that Warner is interested in pursuing cinematically now; a mix of original stories and adaptations of their biggest comic books, with some movies forming universes with each other and some being entirely stand-alone.

Zack Snyder’s fans have taken this all in stride and are eyeing totally reasonable with their disappointment. Just kidding, they’re review-bombing Godzilla vs Kong with one-star reviews.

As I’ve said before, I don’t find Snyder’s fans to be toxic or bad people like some have claimed, they’re just really annoying.

I mean, I get the disappointment, we live in a world of broken hopes and dreams of entertainment that was not to be, like a good Star Wars movie made after 1983 or a Jenji Kohan series that maintains a consistent level of quality instead of getting sucked inside its own asshole and losing all the charm it once had about halfway through the third season.

Whether you’re a fan of Snyder’s work or not, it’s clear after seeing his version of Justice League that he has a grand vision that a lot of people would enjoy. It’s also clear that his vision is more than a little indulgent and would cost huge amounts of money to bring to life with potentially mixed returns. In an increasingly competitive movie market with an increasingly uncertain future, even an industry giant like Warner Brothers doesn’t want to take that kind of risk, especially when they can potentially make more money on smaller projects like Joker or The Suicide Squad.

I know it’s disappointing, but being able to say you did a better job than Joss Whedon on Justice League just doesn’t mean that much to studios these days.

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‘Boy Meets World’ Star Danielle Fishel’s Husband Found Shrimp in His Cereal

Like most adults in the GenX/Millennial cusper age group, I have an unreasonable love for children’s breakfast cereals. Cinnamon Toast Crunch is normally pretty high on my list; it’s not Cocoa Pebbles but it’ll do in a pinch.

Danielle Fishel, the Boy Meets World romantic lead who didn’t start doing porn, and her husband Jensen Karp are also both apparently fans of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, though maybe not anymore.

Karp appears to have found Cinnamon Toast Shrimp bits in his breakfast.

That looks a lot like shrimp tails covered in whatever chemical concoction of deliciousness they put on Cinnamon Toast Crunch to me.

Karp is having the shrimp’s DNA tested, so we’ll soon know not only if it’s shrimp but where it’s from. It’s basically like 23andMe for shrimp. Those shrimp are definitely looking to tell people they’re part manatee.

For his part, Karp has been entirely reasonable and frankly hilarious about this.

This story has even more bizarre moments like General Mills asked him to take the cereal to the police.

Now, as funny as this is, and it’s really, really funny, this sort of cross-contamination could cause some serious issues. For starters, Cinnamon Toast Crunch is both Kosher and Halal, while shrimp is neither of those things. I’m not a religious person but someone who is religious would rightfully be furious about this.

Even more seriously, though, is that shellfish allergies aren’t uncommon as allergies go. If the wrong person had gotten this, they could have had a serious allergic reaction.

Luckily, someone with a shellfish allergy didn’t get that box.

That wild set of coincidences is who got this box.

Mythical Chef Josh, the guy who makes all the weird food that Rhett and Link eat on Good Mythical Morning, made Cinnamon Toast Crunch crusted shrimp. Because of course he did.

I am on the edge of my seat waiting to hear the results of the very important shrimp DNA tests, honestly.

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‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Hate Dr. Oz As Much As Everyone Else Hates Dr. Oz

“That ain’t it, chief.”

That was the reaction of basically every Jeopardy! fan as they tuned in and saw Dr. Mehmet Oz stepping into the shoes of the irreplaceable Alex Trebek.

You would think Oz would be a slam-dunk, he’s a popular and charismatic host and clearly very intelligent: he has an MD from Penn and he pioneered a new mitral valve procedure in the 90s.

of course, if you’ve ever watched The Dr. Oz Show, probably because you were visiting your grandmother, you know that these days he’s more known for, well… spewing a bunch of unscientific bullshit. You don’t become Oprah’s favorite doctor without telling her homeopathy is great, after all.

Jeopardy! is a fairly difficult quiz show for the average person, so it attracts an audience of people who like to challenge their minds. That’s not really Dr. Oz’s brand, and the fans were quick to let the talk show know it on social media.

Judging from that profile picture, he was a contestant.

Now, I personally would not call Dr. Oz a snake oil salesman or a charlatan, mainly because that’s the sort of wording that can open one up to a defamation lawsuit. Now if you call someone a dipshit, well, that’s not a statement of fact and no one can get sued.

So far Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards has been the most impressive guest host, sort of like the time NBC hired a writer from The Simpsons with basically no experience on-camera to replace David Letterman. Just came out of nowhere and changed the game.

Personally, I think Richards would be a good choice, as would LeVar Burton or Mayim Bialik, with the latter already scheduled for a guest hosting slot down the line.

On second thought, maybe just call LeVar Burton already and wrap this thing up.

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Kylie Jenner Wants You To Help Pay Her Friend’s Medical Bills

America is the only developed country in the world that doesn’t have universal health care. The primary reason for this is that 40 years ago we elected Ronald Reagan president and he gave the money we would have used to pay for that sort of program to rich people in the form of tax breaks.

Now when people need basically any sort of medical procedure, the best way to pay for it is to panhandle on the internet and hope a celebrity retweets your gofundme or whatever. But when that celebrity is your friend, it’s a bit of a tricky situation.

Kylie Jenner’s former make-up artist was in a car accident, so Kylie retweeted his fundraiser and donated $5,000. Keep in mind she’s a billionaire. With a B.

If it seems kind of messed up for a billionaire to ask her fans to chip in for medical bills for a friend when she could easily pay them all herself with the same hit to her net worth that you or I would take buying a pack of gum, well, it is.

TMZ questioned why people thought Kylie should be the one to do this.

For starters, anyone who follows Kylie and saw this wasn’t forced/obligated to do anything. Second … the logic that rich people/celebs are heartless heathens for trying to raise money when they could just as easily fund the whole damn thing is absurd. Hardly any celeb does that — even the richest among them — and it’s unreasonable to expect them to anyway.

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Deshaun Watson Has More Sexual Assault Lawsuits than Post-Season Starts

Things aren’t looking great for Deshaun Watson. For starters, he plays for the Texans and that’s just not where you want to be if you’re looking to win a Super Bowl. He’s also facing nine lawsuits for sexual misconduct.

If the allegations are to be believed, Watson is the second-worst thing to happen to the massage industry in recent memory.

According to ESPN, Watson is accused by one massage therapist of touching her with his penis and by another of forcing her to perform oral sex on him, which she “did not consent” to.

The plaintiff alleges that she felt “intimidated and threatened” and “she was afraid of what someone like Watson could do if she did not submit to his demands.” She says in the lawsuit that Watson made it clear, repeatedly, that he could “help, or hurt, her career.”

The lawyer who filed lawsuits on behalf of those women say he’s going to file a total of nine lawsuits against Watson.

The NFL is investigating these claims independently and the Texans say they’re waiting for the results of that investigation.

“The NFL informed us [Thursday] that they will conduct an investigation into the allegations made in the civil lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson,” the team said. “We will stay in close contact with the league as they do. We continue to take this and all matters involving anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously. We do not anticipate making any additional statements until the NFL’s investigation concludes.”

Watson says that the allegations are false, stating “I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect.”

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The 2021 Oscars Nominees Honor More Movies You Haven’t Seen Than Ever

Normally the Oscars are packed full of nominations for films no one saw because they’re all Holocaust or AIDS dramas that released the last week of December to six theaters in West Covina and spent three times the films’ budgets on “For Your Consideration” campaigns.

This year, however, movie theaters were closed all year because if you designed the ideal place to spread COVID-19 to large groups of people as efficiently as possible from the ground up, you’d probably just get a movie theater. The Oscars had to do something they have been loathe to do before now and allow films that debuted on streaming services to be eligible for awards. This includes Netflix’s prestige film Mank, a black and white period piece about the making of Citizen Kane. You can hear the Academy voters having an orgasm just reading that sentence.

The late Chadwick Boseman was nominated for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and he’s almost certain to win. This probably wasn’t the best performance of the year, and it probably wasn’t Chadwick Boseman’s best performance, but clearly voters are going to want to show how much he’s missed, and I don’t blame them.

But I also feel that you could accomplish everything worthwhile that this year’s Oscars will accomplish by just having a tribute show for Chadwick Boseman.

Here’s a list of all the major-category nominations (the full list of nominations is here). Take out a piece of paper and make a mark on it every time you see the name of a movie you’ve actually seen. Then when you’re done, do whatever you want with your blank piece of paper.

Best Picture

The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
Minari
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
David Fincher, Mank
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
LaKeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

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Woman Banned From Uber and Lyft for not Wearing a Mask Tells Her Story on TikTok While Not Wearing a Shirt

This woman really hates non-optional pieces of clothing.

We have certain rules as a society, and one of the main ones is you have to wear clothes. People have been getting their panties in a bunch over this for a long time, but they wear those panties because we can’t just have people showing all their bits and bobs in public.

People refusing to wear masks because freedom are just the latest in a long line of people with “barefoot is legal” shirts and “No shoes, no shirt, no problem!” signs hanging in the bar in their basement.

But they’re really going overboard with it.

Take, for example, the woman who lost her s**t when an Uber driver told her she had to wear a mask.

We’re in the middle of a pandemic, you shouldn’t be taking Ubers or cabs at all, honestly, but if you need to risk your life and the life of the driver, at least be nice to the person you’re putting in danger.

The woman in the video was banned from both Uber and Lyft.

I’m sure she took it graciously and vowed to be a better person, right?

No, what she actually did was make a video bitching about how she was right with no shirt on.

What did clothes ever do to this girl that she hates them so much? Did clothes murder her parents, so she runs around without clothes to strike fear into the hear of clothes like Batman?

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‘WandaVision’: Why Your Fan Theories Were Both Wrong and Right and Where Does Marvel Go Now?

Even though it had what I would call a satisfying ending, it’s sad to see WandaVision go. We’re not going to see a season 2 of the show, though Wanda’s story will continue in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Even though I’m sure that Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki will be good shows, WandaVision became a cultural phenomenon in a way the other Marvel shows are unlikely to reproduce.

And before we get started, there are going to be spoilers for probably every episode of WandaVision, so watch it and then come back.

One thing we can say for sure about WandaVision is that it made Wanda Maximoff, now going by her comic book moniker the Scarlet Witch, a major character in the Marvel Universe. I would bet that right now, more people want to see the next Doctor Strange movie to follow the story of this supporting character from the background of the Avengers films than to see the exploits of Doctor Strange himself.

That’s exactly what Disney was hoping to accomplish with their TV shows in a way they never could with projects like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; they wanted the TV shows to build hype for the movies, and they certainly have.

Of course, a big part of the appeal of WandaVision was the Twin Peaks-esque story that left fans guessing about what was coming. It may seem like there was a major lack of payoff with things like the aerospace engineer we were all sure would turn out to be a major cameo, and it was supposed to be, but some things got cut that still had a bunch of clues pointing to them in earlier episodes. These cameos were presumably cut so late in production that Elizabeth Olsen and Teyonah Parris weren’t even aware they were cut, though Paul Bettany was talking about himself when he said he got to work with an actor he had always admired.

Of course, there were plenty of red herrings as well. Like, what was the point of casting Evan Peters as a fake Pietro if he just turned out to be some guy who Agatha was controlling to get close to Wanda and learn her secrets? It was meant to make us think that he might be the Quicksilver from the X-Men films because if they had cast anyone else, we, the audience, wouldn’t have been fooled. It’s the same reason Emma Caulfield was cast as Dottie, who turned out to just be another one of Wanda’s neighbors trapped in the hex. If Kathryn Hahn was the only person you recognized outside of the main cast, it would have been even easier to figure out that she was going to play a bigger role in the series.

Even though WandaVision wrapped its plot up and answered most of our questions, the serialized nature of the Marvel universe means there are still some plot threads dangling at the end of the show. Vision has been reassembled and the Vision Wanda created gave him his memories back, but without the Mind Gem as a part of his brain, what will his personality be like?

And what about Billy and Tommy? Were they ever even real? Wanda hearing their voices in the post-credits scene seems to imply that they are real and they’re alive somewhere. Considering Marvel seems to be looking to introduce the Young Avengers, with Cassie Lang having been recast for a potentially bigger role in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania and Kate Bishop slated to appear in the upcoming Hawkeye series, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of them. This is especially likely considering Billy is Marvel’s most prominent LGBT character, along with his husband Hulkling, who I wouldn’t be surprised to see turn up in Secret Invasion.

And if you’re looking for the next Marvel show that could hit the zeitgeist the same way WandaVision and The Mandalorian have, Secret Invasion is a safe guess, as is She-Hulk, which is going to surprise a lot of people if it’s anything close to the quality of the John Byrne or Dan Slott eras of the comic it’s based on.

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Taylor Swift calls Netflix Show Sexist for Making a Joke at Her Expense

Taylor Swift sort of famously has no sense of humor. People don’t really talk about it, but have you ever heard a story about her laughing something off or taking something in stride? I haven’t, but I have heard a bunch of stories about her getting in various squabbles and being mad about relatively innocuous.

Ginny & Georgia, a mother/daughter dramedy on Netflix that’s been compared to Gilmore Girls, had a relatively harmless joke about Swift, with one character saying to another “You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.”

Of course, Taylor Swift lost her damn mind when she found about it, and her fans were more than happy to point out that the most important part of feminism is liking Taylor Swift.

Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse s**t as FuNnY. Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you. Happy Women’s History Month I guess

She could have just said nothing. That was an option she had. She could have just heard that joke (which I agree isn’t that funny) and let it go.

There were a lot of people claiming that Swift was being slut-shamed, but no one is calling Taylor Swift a slut, she obviously isn’t. Taylor Swift is a serial monogamist and that’s what people are making fun of her for.

Swift jumped from high-profile relationship to high-profile relationship and wrote a lot of songs about how much the guys she dated sucked. It’s not a great joke because it’s been told a hundred times, but it’s not wrong, either.

In her own way, Taylor Swift is just as egotistical as Kanye West. Sure, Kanye just rambles on about how he’s the most powerful human being or whatever, but Swift sells herself as some sort of living embodiment of feminism, and if you don’t like her then you’re betraying womankind. That takes a pretty swelled head, too.

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