It’s not the coronavirus that will get us, it’s the stupid.
Until this morning I didn’t even know what a Cenk Uygur was. Fuck you, this morning.
The only thing more fungible than cold, hard cash is privilege. The prodigal tech bro doesn’t so much take an off-ramp from the relatively high status and well-paid job he left when the scales fell from his eyes, as zoom up an on-ramp into a new sector that accepts the reputational currency he has accumulated. He’s not joining the resistance. He’s launching a new kind of start-up using his industry contacts for seed-funding in return for some reputation-laundering.
I guess that makes it official. Warren’s out, and the official Democratic campaign is An Old Fart Is Better Than An Old Fascist.
It’s supremely weird that in suggesting that his resignation was more about his job performance than his sexist and/or batshit remarks, Margaret Sullivan (via Dan Barrett) seems not to recognize that they’re literally aspects of the same thing. The way in which he performed his job — by bullying and blustering his way through on-air segments — apparently is how he treated the world off the air, too. It’s all just…him: the loud, obnoxious white man who feels entitled to say whatever he wants, however he wants, whenever he wants, and to be respected by default simply because it’s his due station in life.
It’s going to be really embarrassing to have to stump for Biden, who will be embarrassing on the campaign trail, and every other day he’ll be challenging Trump to chin-ups or something, and we’re going to have to do it anyway, and I will not have enough tears.
Rob Reiner should not be on cable news shows for the same reason I shouldn’t be on cable news shows: I’d be loudly, whitely, malely proclaiming things in a tone that suggests no one else has ever thought of these really obvious points I am making.
If you could have heard my cackling, celebratory uproar at hearing the news that Chris Matthews is “retiring”, you, too, might have almost hyperventilated.
Someday, when we somehow successfully push Chris Matthews off of MSNBC, he will have a comfortable gig as the host or pundit Fox News rolls out to mime they are “fair and balanced”. Even if we only think of the past week, it’s long since time for him to go.
Please, please, tell me there comes a point in The Blacklist where Liz just fucking murders both Reddington and Tom for never, ever listening to or trusting what she says she wants.
We’re going to end up with a primary of Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg flexing their performative man muscles and I’m going to dig my own brain out through my eye sockets with a fork.
So, this ad published and featured by Variety is one giant stinking turd. Joker as “a voice for the forgotten, the troubled and the downtrodden” with “compassion [as] the movie’s superpower”? I was going to say more about this ad, but I’m too angry and tired.
Three of the four most-nominated movies—The Irishman, Joker, and Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood—are stories about white men who feel culturally imperiled. The fourth, 1917, is about white men who are literally imperiled. It is no accident that those movies have arrived at this particular cultural moment, and while Academy voters don’t necessarily have to eat whatever the industry is feeding them, they usually don’t look too far afield for alternatives, and this year, what the industry was not feeding them was Black Panther or BlacKkKlansman.
From Oscar Nominations 2020: What Went Wrong—And Did Anything Go Right? by Mark Harris
Paul Manafort appeared in court in a wheelchair and now Harvey Weinstein appears in court with a walker. These old shithead men sure all work the same playbook when they finally get caught and have to start facing even the potential of consequences.
It is, I’m afraid, entirely unsurprising to me to learn that, at least in one city but I’d be further unsurprised to learn elsewhere as well, the majority of car crashes are caused by two things: (1) men and (2) large vehicles.
I guess I’d forgotten that Terry Gilliam already had been cancelled due to comments about women standing up for themselves being “mob rule” but the thing about cancelled people is they always renew their cancellation at some point.
“I hated ‘Black Panther.’ It makes me crazy. It gives young black kids the idea that this is something to believe in. Bullshit. It’s utter bullshit. I think the people who made it have never been to Africa,” he said. “They went and got some stylist for some African pattern fabrics and things. But I just I hated that movie, partly because the media were going on about the importance of bullshit.”
It’s not my place, of course, but on behalf of people like Hannah Beachler (see here) and Ruth E. Carter (see here) I would sort of like to punch Terry Gilliam in the teeth. The best part is where he bemoans other people’s victimhood and then immediately, well, plays the victim.
Gilliam, however, stopped himself there. “I’m just very frustrated of the world we’re living in,” he said. “I do things to prod people, to make them think or make them laugh. And I always get myself in trouble.”
Yes, it’s just the frustrating world keeping the rich old white man down. It couldn’t possibly be that you’re just a privileged asshole whose thoughts on pretty much anything simply don’t mean anything anymore.
One way to know that it was a bad idea allowing Scott Adams column inches to define how to make Twitter safe for nazi sympathizers and rape apologists like himself is that no one at Wired had the guts to put their name on it.
We know this is true: Women who exhibit anger in the workplace are seen as less professional and less competent. They are accorded lower status and lower pay. For men, it’s the opposite: Angry men are accorded higher status than sad men. And when it comes to anger, observers are more likely to assume a woman is angry because of her temperament or personality. Men are assumed to be angry because of some external factor — their anger is righteous and reactive, not a sign of personal instability or emotionality.
From Elizabeth Warren is an elitist. by Jill Filipovic