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Posted by Sarah Jasmine Montgomery

A 19-year-old from Minnesota was charged with manslaughter on Wednesday after fatally shooting her boyfriend while shooting a stunt for a YouTube video. Monalisa Perez was arrested Monday night after she shot her 22-year-old boyfriend Pedro Ruiz and called 911.

Perez shot her boyfriend as the couple tried to make a YouTube video showing that a book could be used as a shield from a bullet to the chest. Ruiz held an encyclopedia to his chest as Perez shot him. He died on the scene. 

Perez was held in a regional jail until she was arraigned in court Wednesday afternoon, where she was charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Perez has been publishing YouTube videos on her channel La Monalisa since March. Perez often posted videos of her and Ruiz doing harmless pranks and stunts, alongside updates about their life together and her life as a teen mom. Her last video posted Monday was titled “DOING SCARY STUNTS AT THE FAIR.” The about section describes the channel as “the real life of a young couple who happen to be teen parents. From highs to lows. Achievements to struggles.”

On Monday before the incident, Perez tweeted that the couple was about to film their most dangerous video, which she claims was Ruiz’s idea.

The couple had a 3-year-old daughter, and Perez is pregnant and due in September to have a boy. Their daughter witnessed the shooting.

According to authorities, Perez shot Ruiz using a gold Desert Eagle .50 caliber pistol from about a foot away. The two cameras used to record the shooting were confiscated by police.

Ruiz’s aunt Claudia Ruiz told WDAY-TV that the whole situation was an accident. “They were in love. It was just a prank gone wrong. It shouldn’t have happened like this. It shouldn’t have happened at all,” said Ruiz.

Perez could face up to 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine, or both.

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Posted by Phillip Tracy

The price of 4K TVs has plummeted in recent years, but you might want to look at home laser projectors before springing for one.

The Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector is an ultra-short-throw projector that can create an image as large as 150 inches on your wall. The company claims the device has a shelf life of 25,000 hours, or 34 years if you watch TV two hours every day.

The projector is said to produce “cinema-quality” picture using custom lasers produced by Appotronics, the company that makes laser tech for about 90 percent of China’s theaters, according to Engadget. There are a number of benefits to using lasers over traditional projector technology, including a wider color gamut, longer shelf life, and increased energy efficiency.

The display can reach up to 5,000 lumens, which is significantly brighter than most of its competitors. It will also come with built-in speakers and streaming content displayed on an interface from Xiaomi’s Mi TV set-top box.

Home laser projectors aren’t a new invention, but they are typically more expensive than even the priciest TVs. Those that are affordable tend to produce worse images compared to their TV equivalents. At just 9,999 yuan ($1,460), the Xiaomi is looking like a steal—if you can get your hands on one.

The Mi Laser Projector will be available for pre-order in China on July 4 at Xiaomi Mall and the company’s MIJIA app.

H/T Engadget

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Posted by Bryan Rolli

Josh Groban sold millions of records with his rich, golden tenor, and he’ll earn thousands of retweets with his scathing political satire.

The “You Raise Me Up” singer quoted a tweet from Reuters on Monday that said the United States’ global image has plummeted under President Trump’s leadership, adding the caption: “Survey says….<studio audience chants> NOT GREAT!!”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this made some of his followers very, very angry.

“I’m a Trump supporter! Very disappointed to read this,” one user replied. “I was a huge fan. Guess you’re just part of Hollywood elite now. Sad!”

Groban took the criticism in stride, tweeting a picture that he must have presumed would quell @RazorbackFan’s fury.

The disgruntled ex-fan fired back a few volleys, arguing for a while with Groban’s followers but getting no response from the singer himself. Another user tried (and failed) to get #BoycottJoshGroban trending, though Groban quickly eviscerated his adversary.

That could have—and should have—been the end of it. But then Sean Hannity chimed in.

New York magazine’s Yashar Ali helpfully noted that Hannity himself would have taken such accusations far less kindly.

Thankfully, the multi-platinum singer kept his cool and tactfully shut down Hannity.

He even schooled the Fox News host on the difference between journalists and entertainers.

The moral of this story: Don’t mess with Josh Groban. He will raise you up, but not so you can stand on mountains—simply so he can send you crashing back down to earth with his 140-character barbs.

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

A new fan campaign is asking Google to honor Jack Kirby, the “King of Comics,” with a Google Doodle on what would have been his 100th birthday. Under the hashtag #doodleforJack, fans are calling on Google to remember the artist and writer who co-created Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, the original X-Men, and more on August 28, 2017.

While white men are certainly well-represented on Google Doodles already, this has been a particularly painful and memorable year for one of Kirby’s most famous creations. Captain America, co-created by Kirby and Joe Simon as a superhero child of immigrants who literally punches Nazis, was revealed in Marvel Comics’ Secret Empire event to be an agent of the Nazi-esque organization Hydra. Fan outrage was swift, loud, and 300% justifiable.

While Marvel has since hinted that Cap may eventually be “redeemed,” fans are unlikely to forget the fact that Marvel turned a character created by two Jewish men, during World War II, into a pretty-much-Nazi. In addition, while the nature of corporate comics necessitates an eventual redemption arc, it will be almost impossible for many readers to ever really get over this change to the character’s core. The Secret Empire reveal changes who Steve Rogers is, and what he represents, in a real way that will make it hard for fans who loved the original vision of the character – the one based on Kirby and Simon’s creation – to reconnect with this new, anti-hero(?) version. The symbolic power of the character has been fundamentally – pardon my French – fucked with.

Given what Marvel has done to Kirby’s intellectual property – from robbing him of royalties to betraying the spirit of one of his most beloved characters – I totally think it’s time to highlight this remarkable artist on August 28. May the Doodle inspire more anti-fascist art, and may the creators of that art be treated with the respect that Kirby was denied.

(Via CBR; image via Marvel Comics)

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Posted by Kaila Hale-Stern

Infamous Vancouver-area corvid Canuck is up to mischief again. This time, he attacked a postal worker and completely halted the delivery of mail to one neighborhood for months. Canuck has made headlines before for defying societal bird norms with acts like riding the SkyTrain and messing up crime scenes.

Without a doubt, Canuck is the coolest bird on the block. In May 2016 he gained notoriety for stealing a blade from a the scene of a crime, and is well-known to the police for grabbing a computer button straight out of a patrol car. When not living life on the edge of the law, Canuck hops on the Vancouver metro system and swoops down to grab anything shiny. We know that so much badassery has been perpetrated by a single bird because Canuck wears a red tag on one leg, which locals joke is his ankle monitor.

Mail service has finally resumed. But the man who runs the wonderful Facebook group Canuck and I, Shawn Bergman, reported that threats were made to Canuck’s safety because of the mail carrier incident, and that the Canada Post was unhelpful in response to suggestions on how to resolve the situation. Bergman also says that Canuck only attacked because it was nesting season, and the corvid—which are as territorial as they are crafty and brilliant—was protecting his next. Anyway, hopefully the most recent Canuck drama has been resolved, because this bird is my very favorite bird on earth. I’ve been laughing at the above picture for at least the last thirty minutes and I show no signs of stopping. (via Global News, image: Canuck and I on Facebook)

  • TMS Contributor Zack Budryk wrote a “dark book about revenge,” called Judith! That book got a write-up! You should go and read both of these things. (via StyleWeekly)
  • Call 911:

  • The Academy invited 744 new members to join their ranks, including the Chris trio of Evans, Hemsworth and Pratt. We freaked about about the seeming neglect of Pine until discovering that he joined back in 2015. I guess we know who’s the best Chris now.  (via THR)
  • LeVar Burton’s new Podcast is like Reading Rainbow for adults, so it must be essentially perfect. (via Nerdist)


What you spot with your eyes, you murder of Mary Suevians?

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Posted by Teresa Jusino

BOYS, BYE. Wonder Woman is gearing up to lead the DCEU. Because, of course she is.

As reported by CBR.com, Wonder Woman made $3.9 million yesterday, bringing its domestic total to $325.1 million, allowing it to inch past Suicide Squad. By tomorrow, it’s likely that Wonder Woman will surpass Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330.4 million) making Diana of Themyscira the Queen of the DCEU.

At least, domestically.

Wonder Woman has been breaking records left and right here in the States. And yet, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is doing less well overseas. As of yesterday, Wonder Woman has made $657 Million globally, so “less well” needs to be defined.

As THR explains, “Revenue in the U.S. and Canada accounts for $322 million, or 49 percent of the bottom line, compared with roughly $336 million to date internationally, or 51 percent of total revenue (hardly a poor showing). Still, in many cases a Hollywood tentpole collects 60 to 65 percent of its total take from the international box office.”

So, in this case, “less well” means “compared to other tentpole movies of its type that generally make more of their money internationally than they do in North America.” For example, Captain America: The First Avenger made 52% of its profit internationally. Deadpool made 54% internationally. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman has, as THR puts it, “vastly overperformed in the U.S, which is great, but also makes the difference between its domestic earnings and its international earnings more stark.

Wonder Woman being about a female superhero is certainly a factor in why the film has been received differently overseas. Russia’s Exhibitor’s Bulletin reported that, “Superhero movies with a woman as the main character are rather untypical, which has had some impact on the box office performance of Wonder Woman.” There’s also the fact that overseas audiences place more value on big-name Hollywood actors, so casting Gal Gadot, who was relatively unknown before this role, could also be contributing to the box office.

And what of our largest overseas market, China? Box office analysts there report that Wonder Woman isn’t well known in China expect to hardcore geeks. That, and movies from DC Comics haven’t been able to match Marvel titles there.

This is all very interesting, but what I really appreciate about all this is that Wonder Woman isn’t doing much worse than her male-led DC movies overseas. AND, American audiences have demonstrated that they want more films like Wonder Woman, perhaps indicating that studios wouldn’t need to worry so much about making money overseas if they deliver more films like Wonder Woman for the American movie-going audience to throw its money toward.

Give us what we want, Hollywood, and we will give you all our money.

(image: Warner Bros./DC Entertainment)

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Posted by Kris Seavers

A Texas school board member and police chief both stepped down this week following the arrest of a former Miss Black Texas who was allegedly called a “black bitch” during the altercation.

In May, the board member, Michael Beane, and 23-year-old Carmen Ponder entered a heated discussion in a Walmart parking lot after Ponder drove Beane’s 15-year-old daughter off the road during a driving lesson, according to the police report.

Ponder told Beane his daughter shouldn’t be driving. Beane responded with “Oh whatever, you black bitch,” according to Ponder’s lawyer, S. Lee Merritt.

In the police report, Beane said he only called her a “bitch.”

After Ponder walked into Walmart, Beane saw Commerce Police Cheif Kerry Crews, who was off-duty and not in uniform, in the parking lot and told him the story. As Ponder left Walmart, Crews approached her.

According to Merritt, Crews told Ponder that she could either apologize or go to jailA cell phone video shows Ponder calling 911 as two uniformed police officers arrive on the scene. Crews instructed them to handcuff Ponder as she tried to leave.

Ponder spent 24 hours in jail, but the charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence.


Crews announced his resignation Monday with a letter read by the mayor during a city council meeting about the incident, according to the Daily Beast.

“As a result of being off-duty I was unprepared for the response I received from Ms. Ponder, and I became emotional,” Crews wrote.

Beane resigned from the Commerce school board Tuesday.

“He said that it was an unfortunate situation,” a spokesperson told the Daily Beast. “He has apologized for some curse words, but he has nothing else to apologize for.”

Crews, who was cleared of racial motivation by an outside investigation, is stepping into a new position as assistant to the city manager, according to the Root. Both him and Beane deny any wrongdoing.

H/T the Daily Beast

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Posted by Andrew Couts

If you’re using this week’s new Project Veritas videos about CNN to bolster your argument that the mainstream media is conspiring to hurt President Donald Trump, there are a few important details that you should know.

The undercover videos, produced by conservative-provocateur James O’Keefe and his team at Project Veritas, aim to bolster Trump’s war against the media, which the president regularly characterizes as “fake news.” The president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders both praised the first video, released earlier this week, as proof that CNN is nothing more than an anti-Trump rag trying to make a quick buck by harping on the federal investigations into Trump’s team and Russia.

But the videos prove nothing of the sort.

As a journalist, I’m hesitant to share these videos further at the risk of spreading what is very clearly O’Keefe propaganda (more on that later). But for the sake of context, here they are:

In the first video, CNN Health producer John Bonifield tells an unidentified Project Veritas operative that CNN is covering the Russia controversy because it’s a ratings boost and says the whole thing “could be bullshit.”

“I just feel like they don’t really have it, but they want to keep digging,” Bonifield says. “And so I think the president is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. Like you have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.”

In the second video, CNN commentator Van Jones says, “The Russia thing is just a big nothing burger,” when asked by Project Veritas operative what he thought was going to happen that particular week regarding the Russia investigations.

So, that’s the gist of what you encounter in these videos. However, it’s the context that’s left out that really matters. And it is due to this and other related reasons, which I’ll outline below, that many news outlets either choose to ignore these videos or cover them with condemnation, as I’m doing right now.

  1. O’Keefe has a history of purposefully editing videos to leave out key context that doesn’t fit his narrative. In 2013, he was forced to pay a $100,000 settlement to an ACORN employee for doing just this. And you can see how heavily the videos on CNN are edited, which, given O’Keefe’s past, calls into question the veracity of anything in them.
  2. O’Keefe is willing to break the law to carry out what he calls “stings,” as was the case when he broke into the office of former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). Journalists are not permitted to break the law to get a story.
  3. O’Keefe ignores crucial journalistic ethics. Beyond selectively editing the CNN videos, they also fail to identify Bonifield as a CNN Health producer who lives in Atlanta, falsely implying that he’s involved in the outlet’s politics coverage, which is primarily produced out of Washington and New York; the Project Veritas operatives do not identify themselves as journalists, which is a major breach of ethical standards in all but a few journalistic pursuits. Failure to follow any of these basic rules of journalism means you don’t get to be considered a journalist, as O’Keefe has dubbed himself.

All of this makes it irresponsible to take these videos at face value. Further, there are questions viewers of these videos must ask before drawing any conclusions from them. For example:

  • Does a single CNN producer’s off-the-cuff comments about the network’s Russia coverage prove CNN is intentionally conspiring to harm Trump or is otherwise “fake news?” No, it obviously does not. To do that, O’Keefe would need evidence, not just some remarks by a random employee of the company.
  • Does Van Jones’ comment prove he’s being hypocritical in his commentary on CNN? No, he’s been critical of both Trump and the Democrats regarding their reactions to the Russia controversy.
  • Do either of the videos prove the Russia controversy is not a story? No, there are currently five ongoing investigations into Russia’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 election and/or ties between Trump’s team and Russia. This includes a criminal investigation into whether the president obstructed justice in his interactions with, and firing of, former FBI Director James Comey.

So, am I trying to say Trump did collude with Russia to throw the presidential election? No, absolutely not. There is no publicly available evidence to show that he did, as Bonifield rightly says. We’ll have to wait until Special Prosecutor Robert Muller finalizes his investigation to have a better idea of what all the facts are.

Does this mean CNN ignores ratings when considering its coverage? No, although I have no knowledge of how the network chooses what to cover or discuss at any given time. That said, CNN is a business, so having good ratings is certainly a consideration.

Does this mean media outlets are unbiased? Absolutely not. But evidence of bias does not mean CNN—or any other news outlet—fails to produce good journalism, and O’Keefe’s videos show no evidence of journalistic malpractice.

In short, believe whatever you want about Trump, Russia, CNN, and the media in general. But the Project Veritas videos are, as Jones might call them, nothing burgers.

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Posted by Phillip Tracy

A zoo in Sweden is filling its exhibits with virtual animals to bring awareness to endangered species. Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna, Sweden, is using augmented reality to create digital animals, or what it calls “Digimals,” to teach children about the importance of caring for our environment.

The sobering reminder of our threatened wildlife was created to show how animals will need to change to survive new threats they face, which include deforestation, poaching, and climate change. The Digimals show the necessary adaptations that would need to occur for certain animals to survive. For example, the video below shows a monkey with parrot-like wings.

Tävla med Digidjuren

Du har väl inte missat att Parken Zoo fått nya djur? Ett av dem är den flygande regnbågstamarinen, en färgrann blygis som håller till i djurparken. 💞🐒 Dela en bild från parken på ditt favorit-Digidjur och hashtagga #parkenzoo så har du chansen att vinna en fribiljett till ditt nästa besök! #digidjur #eskilstuna

Posted by Parken Zoo on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Then there is this adorable mini elephant.

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A turtle that saves the ocean’s coral.

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An extra sneaky (and cute) chameleon.

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And this intense lion-dinosaur guy.

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Parkgoers can see the Digimals in their enclosures throughout Parken Zoo using the “Digidjur” app. It is available free on both iOS and Android.

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Posted by Nahila Bonfiglio

Circus-themed bar Unbarlievable in Austin, Texas, is in hot water after racist and misogynist social media posts surfaced online.

It all started with a screenshot of a now-deleted post on Google reviews in which the owner, Brandon Cash, insults a patron for being born, calls the woman he was with a prostitute, and wrote, “since you had a towel on your head, I thought you were the new bus boy [sic].”

Screengrab via Google Reviews

Cash’s response apparently wasn’t an irregular occurrence, either. When the Austin Chronicle requested links to other occurrences of social media missteps by the bar or Cash, the response was immediate and dramatic.

A review from March shows patron Rebecca Quintrell detailing her experience in which a server placed beers in a swastika pattern.

Screengrab via Rebecca Quintrell/Facebook

The bar responded the next day by telling her to contact “getfucked@unbarlievable.com.”

Screengrab via Rebecca Quintrell/Facebook

Soon, others piled on with tales of the bar and its owner’s unacceptable behavior. Most of the posts were blatantly racist, and a general air of dismissal accompanies every response the bar has given to complaints made by customers.

Screengrab via Defend our Hoodz/Facebook

Screengrab via Lal Uchis/Facebook

Strangely, the bar has a 3.7-star rating on Google, but otherwise, the reviews are pretty dismal. Complaints of bad service, poorly made drinks, and racism permeate most comments left on Google reviews as well as Facebook. Many of the comments have since been deleted, but the good people at the Austin Chronicle are hard at work compiling screenshots and links to out the bar’s inexcusable behavior.

Screengrab via Nick Montrose/Facebook


Screengrab via Adriana Cutura/Facebook

Screengrab via Travis Killian/Yelp

If this theme bar is on a list of places you were hoping to visit in Austin, you might want to rethink your plans; that is if you are looking for a fun and easygoing night out. If you are looking for an interesting—albeit potentially offensive—story to tell, however, this is probably the perfect stop for you.

H/T the Austin Chronicle

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Posted by Dan Van Winkle

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that Donald Trump had fake Time magazine covers, with his face on them, hanging up around his various golf properties/weekend escapes from his current job that he didn’t want. None of us are altogether surprised by the king of shouting, “Fake News!” spreading his own around, but Time was caught a little off guard, and now they want the covers taken down.

That’s pretty understandable, as not only is Trump using them as marketing to puff up his own image at his businesses, but the covers themselves aren’t up to Time‘s standards. Notably, they use Trump’s favorite punctuation—the exclamation point—in more than one location (“Trump is hitting on all fronts … even TV!” and “The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!”), whereas Time‘s real covers are a bit more dignified than that, along with other design inconsistencies. Although, at least no more than one exclamation point appeared in a row, which probably took a lot of work on the part of whoever had to convince Trump to tone things down.

The Post reports that at least five of Trump’s clubs feature the fake covers on their walls, so we’ll have to wait and see if any comply with the request to remove them. Why hang fake Time covers, especially when you’ve actually been on the cover? (Though only one time before getting into politics.) It’s hard to say, but you might find a clue in the Post’s rundown of Trump’s actual Time covers, which don’t exactly offer flattering options.

Ever one to be unhappy about such unflattering coverage, Trump took to Twitter again today to blast the Post as “fake news” and complain about the paper’s connection to Amazon, through owner Jeff Bezos. He also complained that Amazon doesn’t pay “internet taxes,” which is basically gibberish. Amazon does charge sales tax, and there’s no such thing as “internet taxes,” unless Trump plans to hit them with some or thinks that’s part of net neutrality or … whatever else he thinks he’s talking about.

Yet again, the person most concerned with “fake news” is the person spreading most of it.

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Posted by Charline Jao

Samantha Bee’s “Fantastic Words and Where Not to Find Them” segment is one of my favorite reactions to this administration’s bastardization of language and the weird, nonsensical stream-of-consciousness that come out of their lying mouths. One part meltdown, one part experimental film, and another part performance, it perfectly captures that weird Twilight Zone feeling I now get watching the news.

It’s an absurdist look at that surreal moment when you have to pause and go, “Di-…did the most powerful man in the nation just say that? Did she just disregard the meaning of that word? Did anyone else see that?” Well, Bee’s segment assures you, no you’re not alone or hallucinating. Those things are really happening and after the exhaustion of reacting with blinding rage, upsetting lament for our country, and stress eating (oh, so much stress eating), how else can you process it but with a terrifying montage and scrapbook of the worst sound-bites punctuated with coordinated statements and laughter?

Tag yourselves. I’m “man laughing with increasing concern.”

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Posted by Sarah Jasmine Montgomery

Wednesday morning, popular southern hamburger chain Whataburger was forced to respond to a claim made by a prank website that announced the chain would be closing all its locations in 2018. The post, by a fake news site, wrote that Whataburger CEO Preston Atkinson announced the closing, the result of the restaurant’s inability to keep up with the competition.

Whataburger calmed worried patrons by tweeting that the story was fake and that the chain is not going anywhere. So don’t worry, your honey butter chicken biscuits are safe.

Whataburger did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Channel 45 News, where the hoax originated, is a popular crowdsourced site to create fake articles to send to your friends and share on social media. You can input headlines you like, add images, and create the next big fake news controversy and viral panic.

So don’t.

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

In her VidCon keynote, YouTube personality and Decoded host Franchesca Ramsey made a curious appeal to her audience of internet-video stars: “When it comes to issues that matter in making a real, measurable difference, you don’t always need an audience.”

While acknowledging that she “fucking love[s] receipts” and has “probably spilt more tea than a Starbucks barista during an earthquake,” Ramsey pointed out that some confrontations will produce better results if they take place one-on-one.

“Disagreements are bound to happen, and some people need to get called out,” she said. “But too often when these conversations happen online, a simple misunderstanding or even the most thoughtful critique turns into a performance. It’s no longer about the issue, or even the other person for that matter. It’s all of a sudden about retweets, and likes, and views, and shares – and things get really messy, really quickly. And this has sadly become the new normal, especially on YouTube.”

“Clickbait will build an audience,” she continued, “but it doesn’t necessarily build change. And I cannot tell you how many times I’ve wished I could go back and call someone, or send them an email, or slide up in their DMs in order to squash an issue rather than dragging it out on my timeline. Sure, it takes more work, and you probably won’t get any subscribers out of it, but if that relationship means anything to you, if that issue means something to you, I think it’s actually worth it.”

Ramsey then shared a story about an issue of Decoded, in which she used an ill-advised comparison between public discourse around the Holocaust and public discourse around American slavery. She explained how, while the on-Twitter dragging helped her realize she was wrong, a Skype conversation with one of her critics was ultimately far more illuminating.

I often feel like criticisms of call-out culture can serve as window dressing for the idea that “marginalized people should just shut up,” but I really appreciated Ramsey’s point here. When the relationship with a person is important, or when the issue is one where you really believe the person can come around, it can definitely be worth it to approach them personally, rather than solely on your Twitter feed.

Shaming definitely has its place, especially when it comes to corporations and elected representatives. You don’t owe these powerful entities your compassion and emotional labor. But it’s also true that changing people’s minds and hearts will often require a more personalized, offline effort. And as long as we save that effort for the people and the issues who are worth it, those Skype and DM conversations can be a great tool for change.

(Via Twitter; image via screengrab)

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This week, Potterdom had its twentieth anniversary. I always felt somewhat on the periphery of the fandom - I enjoyed the books and read some of the fanfic, I did have some opinions and theories while the books were published, but I never felt compelled to write fanfic myself, I didn't ship anyone with anyone else, and I don't think I had a Harry-Potter-related argument with anyone. Oh, wait, I think I did argue, but only in one post, about how whoever sorted the Beatles into HP houses and put John in Slytherin and Paul in Gryffindor was completely wrong, and then I wrote some silly meta fic to prove it. But other than that.

Anyway: I'm still fond of the books and some of the fanfic, and so I was delighted to see [profile] fernwithy celebrated the anniversary by writing a story about Harry shortly after Voldemort's death, trying to figure out where to go from there, and, not so coincidentally, what to do with Grimmauld Place 12, which as you'll recall Sirius left him, co-starring Kreacher and Andromeda Tonks, with cameos for Dudley and Petunia Dursley,


It captures grief, survivor's guilt, empathy, hope so very, very well.

Meanwhile, I just found there's this lovely bit from the last convention which both Stephen Furst and Peter Jurasik attended:

Boo on the cheapness of Warner Brothers, but aww on these two.
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Posted by Audra Schroeder

Fans of Gilmore Girls know that coffee—drinking it, needing it, thinking about it—is part of the show’s foundation. Now one character is going to start selling it.

Scott Patterson, who plays coffee shop owner Luke on the series, revealed in a recent interview that he’s debuting his own line of coffee:

We’re almost ready to launch, but we want to have our ducks in a row before we come out with it. Quality coffee is something that I am obsessed with. It’s the thing I look forward to every morning and throughout the day and throughout the evening and now throughout the middle of the night.

He’ll be launching it under his own name, not as a Gilmore Girls tie-in, but Netflix did a bit of foreshadowing last fall when coffee shops across the country were turned into Luke’s Diner for a day, as promo for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Regarding his return to the Netflix series, Patterson didn’t make any promises: “I’m not waiting around for that. You know, who the hell knows?”

Only coffee is certain.

H/T Entertainment Weekly

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The reporter who got into a heated exchange with Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday afternoon said President Donald Trump’s administration’s treatment of the media spurred his emotional flare-up.

“Six months of being bullied by this administration, being told we are the enemy of the people and how the administration supports the First Amendment – just not the people who practice it – and I’d had enough,” Brian Karem, the reporter, wrote in a blog post for Playboy. “I don’t like bullies and I don’t like the entire institution of the press and free speech being castigated for no other reason than we either get stories wrong – which happens, and it should be then responsibly corrected – or because we report news the president doesn’t like – which seems to happen even more often than getting stories wrong.”

The somewhat contentious exchange occurred shortly after Sanders was asked a question by a Breitbart writer about the recent retraction CNN had made in regards to a story it wrote about the Trump-Russia investigation.

Sanders then began pontificating on the state of modern journalism, claiming that “fake news” is rampant among those who covered the White House, particularly when it comes to the Trump-Russia investigation (a probe that both houses of Congress and law enforcement are actively involved in).

In one of the more bizarre moments of the press briefing, Sanders even encouraged the reporters in the room and the American people to watch a video that allegedly showed a CNN employee criticizing the network’s coverage of the Trump-Russia investigation despite admitting that she wasn’t sure it was even accurate or not.

Things got heated from there, with Karem claiming Sanders’ comments were “inflaming” anti-press and anti-media sentiments across the country. Sanders countered that there was “dishonesty” in the media and called his assertion “outrageous.”

The video of the CNN employee, John Bonifield, was produced by notorious right-wing provocateur James O’Keefe, who has been criticized on numerous occasions for producing videos that are selectively edited to further his narrative.

CNN has said that Bonifield, a producer at the network, is not involved with the coverage of the Trump-Russia investigation, and the company praised the “diversity of personal opinion” at the network.

You can watch the exchange here.

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Posted by Teresa Jusino

Last week, we shared a video from Screen Crush’s #ProudtoBe series, in which trans actors (led by writer/actress Jen Richards) made the case for why casting trans actors is not only the “right” thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. This week, they’ve released another video in that series. This one is written and by Screen Crush’s Erin Oliver Whitney, who relates the history of cis actors playing trans roles.

What’s great about this video is that it’s thorough about the different permutations of the problem. There are separate segments for the history of cis men playing trans women, the history of cis women playing trans men, and lastly, a history of cis women playing trans women, which is only slightly more preferable, but not by much.

It does a great job of explaining the biggest problems with casting cis to play trans:

  • it denies trans actors opportunities and advancement
  • it reinforces harmful stereotypes
  • it directly contributes to real-world violence against the trans community

The bit about how actress Alexandra Billings was originally cast to play the lead in the 2005 indie film Transamerica was especially enlightening. Very shortly after she was cast, the part was rescinded because she wasn’t a big enough name to secure funding. Enter Felicity Huffman, who ended up winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for her performance in that role. No, Billings might not have been a “big enough name,” but she could have become one by making that film.

Ultimately, this is the problem. It’s a vicious cycle. Trans actors don’t get cast, so they don’t gain experience or build a name, so they don’t get cast, so they don’t gain experience and build a name. At some point Hollywood needs to take a chance on these people to build the stars of the future.

(via Screen Crush on YouTube, image: screencap)

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