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  21. <title>Things We Saw Today: The Magicians Season 4 Trailer is Here to Start the Revolution</title>
  22. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/the-magicians-season-4-trailer/</link>
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  25. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Chelsea Steiner]]></dc:creator>
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  32. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="773" src="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/04/the-magicians-1.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="THE MAGICIANS -- Season:2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Hale Appleman as Eliot, Summer Bishil as Margo, Arjun Gupta as Penny, Jade Tailor as Kady, Stella Maeve as Julia, Rick Worthy as Dean Fogg, Olivia Taylor Dudley as Alice, Jason Ralph as Quentin -- (Photo by: Jason Bell/Syfy)" srcset="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/04/the-magicians-1.jpg 1200w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/04/the-magicians-1-300x193.jpg 300w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/04/the-magicians-1-768x495.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></div>The new season of <em>The Magicians</em> premieres on January 23rd and honestly we can't wait. ]]></description>
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  34. <p>The new season of <em>The Magicians</em> premieres on January 23rd and honestly we can&#8217;t wait. The SyFy series saw its third season end as the gang continued their epic quest of the seven keys to bring about the return of magic, only for the Librarians to swoop in and steal the power for themselves (sidebar: I love that <em>The Magicians</em> and <em>Parks and Recreation</em> have the same antipathy for librarians). </p>
  35. <p>The trailer promises plenty of action and drama as the core group, whose memories were erased in the finale, must figure out how to navigate their new magic-free lives. We also get a glimpse at the oppressive, fascistic regime of the Librarians as they ration magic and persecute hedge witches. Oh, and there&#8217;s that whole &#8220;monster possessing Eliot&#8221; thing as well. </p>
  36. <p>Showrunner Sera Gamble says of the upcoming season, “Season 4 deals with the regulation of magic. It’s back, but now under the strict control of the Library, which isn’t really what any of our characters had in mind when they saved magic last season &#8230; In fact, our heroes remain fugitives and have to find ways to act without being caught by the powers that be.”</p>
  37. <p>Are you excited for season four of <em>The Magicians</em>?</p>
  38. <p>(via <a href="https://ew.com/tv/2018/11/16/the-magicians-season-4-trailer-revolution/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Entertainment Weekly</a>, image: Jason Bell/Syfy)</p>
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  40. <li>Jeff Lemire&#8217;s Vertigo comic book series <em>Sweet Tooth</em>, about human-animal hybrids, is being adapted for Hulu. (via <a href="https://www.cbr.com/hulu-orders-pilot-jeff-lemires-sweet-tooth/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">CBR</a>)</li>
  41. <li>John Williams has composed all-new music for Disney&#8217;s <em>Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge</em> park. (via <a href="https://io9.gizmodo.com/check-out-john-williams-new-score-for-disneys-star-wars-1830512261" rel="noopener" target="_blank">io9</a>)</li>
  42. <li>Hormone monsters unite! The dirty animated comedy <em>Big Mouth</em> has been renewed for a third season. (via <a href="https://deadline.com/2018/11/big-mouth-renewed-season-3-netflix-1202504084/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Deadline</a>)</li>
  43. <li>The cancelled-too-soon animated series <em>Young Justice: Outsiders</em> returns in January on DC Universe. (via <a href="https://www.slashfilm.com/young-justice-outsiders-release-date-dc-universe/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">/Film</a>)</li>
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  53. <title>5 Potterverse Stories More Deserving of a Movie Than Fantastic Beasts</title>
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  56. <pubDate>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:56:07 +0000</pubDate>
  57. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Chelsea Steiner]]></dc:creator>
  58. <category><![CDATA[Movies]]></category>
  59. <category><![CDATA[Fantastic Beasts (franchise)]]></category>
  60. <category><![CDATA[fantastic beasts: the crimes of grindelwald]]></category>
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  64. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="675" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/Johnny-Depp-Jude-Law-Dan-Fogler-Alison-Sudol-Eddie-Redmayne-Katherine-Waterston-Claudia-Kim-Zoë-Kravitz-Ezra-Miller-and-Callum-Turner-in-Fantastic-Beasts-The-Crimes-of-Grindelwald-2018.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Claudia Kim, Zoë Kravitz, Ezra Miller, and Callum Turner in Fantastic Beasts- The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)" srcset="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/Johnny-Depp-Jude-Law-Dan-Fogler-Alison-Sudol-Eddie-Redmayne-Katherine-Waterston-Claudia-Kim-Zoë-Kravitz-Ezra-Miller-and-Callum-Turner-in-Fantastic-Beasts-The-Crimes-of-Grindelwald-2018.jpg 1200w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/Johnny-Depp-Jude-Law-Dan-Fogler-Alison-Sudol-Eddie-Redmayne-Katherine-Waterston-Claudia-Kim-Zoë-Kravitz-Ezra-Miller-and-Callum-Turner-in-Fantastic-Beasts-The-Crimes-of-Grindelwald-2018-300x169.jpg 300w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/Johnny-Depp-Jude-Law-Dan-Fogler-Alison-Sudol-Eddie-Redmayne-Katherine-Waterston-Claudia-Kim-Zoë-Kravitz-Ezra-Miller-and-Callum-Turner-in-Fantastic-Beasts-The-Crimes-of-Grindelwald-2018-768x432.jpg 768w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/Johnny-Depp-Jude-Law-Dan-Fogler-Alison-Sudol-Eddie-Redmayne-Katherine-Waterston-Claudia-Kim-Zoë-Kravitz-Ezra-Miller-and-Callum-Turner-in-Fantastic-Beasts-The-Crimes-of-Grindelwald-2018-288x162.jpg 288w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/Johnny-Depp-Jude-Law-Dan-Fogler-Alison-Sudol-Eddie-Redmayne-Katherine-Waterston-Claudia-Kim-Zoë-Kravitz-Ezra-Miller-and-Callum-Turner-in-Fantastic-Beasts-The-Crimes-of-Grindelwald-2018-432x243.jpg 432w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></div>I've never understood why, out of all the subplots and storylines within the wizarding world, Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling chose a shy magizoologist to anchor a five film series. ]]></description>
  65. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/Johnny-Depp-Jude-Law-Dan-Fogler-Alison-Sudol-Eddie-Redmayne-Katherine-Waterston-Claudia-Kim-Zoë-Kravitz-Ezra-Miller-and-Callum-Turner-in-Fantastic-Beasts-The-Crimes-of-Grindelwald-2018.jpg" alt="Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Claudia Kim, Zoë Kravitz, Ezra Miller, and Callum Turner in Fantastic Beasts- The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)" width="1200" height="675" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-459533" srcset="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/Johnny-Depp-Jude-Law-Dan-Fogler-Alison-Sudol-Eddie-Redmayne-Katherine-Waterston-Claudia-Kim-Zoë-Kravitz-Ezra-Miller-and-Callum-Turner-in-Fantastic-Beasts-The-Crimes-of-Grindelwald-2018.jpg 1200w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/Johnny-Depp-Jude-Law-Dan-Fogler-Alison-Sudol-Eddie-Redmayne-Katherine-Waterston-Claudia-Kim-Zoë-Kravitz-Ezra-Miller-and-Callum-Turner-in-Fantastic-Beasts-The-Crimes-of-Grindelwald-2018-300x169.jpg 300w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/Johnny-Depp-Jude-Law-Dan-Fogler-Alison-Sudol-Eddie-Redmayne-Katherine-Waterston-Claudia-Kim-Zoë-Kravitz-Ezra-Miller-and-Callum-Turner-in-Fantastic-Beasts-The-Crimes-of-Grindelwald-2018-768x432.jpg 768w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/Johnny-Depp-Jude-Law-Dan-Fogler-Alison-Sudol-Eddie-Redmayne-Katherine-Waterston-Claudia-Kim-Zoë-Kravitz-Ezra-Miller-and-Callum-Turner-in-Fantastic-Beasts-The-Crimes-of-Grindelwald-2018-288x162.jpg 288w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/Johnny-Depp-Jude-Law-Dan-Fogler-Alison-Sudol-Eddie-Redmayne-Katherine-Waterston-Claudia-Kim-Zoë-Kravitz-Ezra-Miller-and-Callum-Turner-in-Fantastic-Beasts-The-Crimes-of-Grindelwald-2018-432x243.jpg 432w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></p>
  66. <p>This weekend brings the second installment of the <em>Fantastic Beasts</em> franchise with <em>The Crimes of Grindelwald</em>. While the movie is on track to make plenty of money, it has received <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/fantastic-beasts-2-criminally-dull/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">middling reviews</a> criticizing its <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/fantastic-beasts-crimes-of-grindelwald-review/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">convoluted storyline</a>, <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/tag/fantastic-beasts-the-crimes-of-grindelwald/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">problematic racial tropes</a> and <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/young-minerva-mcgonagall/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">endless retconning</a> of the Potterverse canon. </p>
  67. <p>For me though, the biggest flaw in <em>Fantastic Beasts</em> has always been its central character, Newt Scamander. I&#8217;ve never understood why, out of all the subplots and storylines within the wizarding world, Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling chose a shy magizoologist to anchor a five film series. Scamander is a wholly unremarkable character who the films try desperately to shoehorn into greater significance with diminishing returns.</p>
  68. <p>At the end of the day, I just can&#8217;t get invested in Newt&#8217;s adventures because he and his cohorts lack the agency and charisma of Harry Potter&#8217;s world. It&#8217;s especially confounding when you consider how many fascinating side characters and moments in wizarding history Rowling had to choose from. Here are five Potterverse spin-offs we think would be much more interesting than waching Newt chase after that damn niffler for the 50th time.</p>
  69. <p><strong>1. The Marauders</strong></p>
  70. <div id="attachment_464839" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Marauders_map.gif" alt="harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban" width="500" height="210" class="size-full wp-image-464839" /><p class="wp-caption-text">(image: Warner Bros.)</p></div>
  71. <p>The Marauders have fascinated Potter fans ever since <em>Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban</em>, when the Weasley twins gave Harry the enchanted map to navigate the halls of Hogwarts. The quartet is made up of four of the most interesting characters in the series, as Masters Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs were revealed to be Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black and James Potter. There&#8217;s plenty of Hogwarts-based adventure to be had with the foursome that would mirror the adventures of Harry and his friends, not to mention bringing in young Snape as an antagonist and following the love story of Lily and James. Seriously, what do we have to do to get a Marauders movie?</p>
  72. <p><strong>2. The Young Aurors</strong></p>
  73. <div id="attachment_464840" style="width: 442px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img src="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/madeyemoody.gif" alt="brendan gleeson" width="432" height="288" class="size-full wp-image-464840" /><p class="wp-caption-text">(image: Warner Bros.)</p></div>
  74. <p>Alastor &#8220;Mad-Eye&#8221; Moody (Brendan Gleeson) was one of the most notorious aurors of the wizarding world, defeating dark wizards and fighting with the Order of the Phoenix during the First and Second Wizarding Wars. Why not make an <em>Untouchables</em>-style film about Moody joining the aurors and recruiting an all-star team of wizards for the Ministry of Magic. Brendan Gleeson&#8217;s son Domhnall Gleeson could even play the younger version of the character, had he not already appeared in the franchise as Bill Weasley. </p>
  75. <p><strong>3. The Life and Loves of Minerva McGonagall</strong></p>
  76. <div id="attachment_464841" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img src="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/MinervaMcGonagall.gif" alt="harry potter maggie smith" width="500" height="200" class="size-full wp-image-464841" /><p class="wp-caption-text">(image: Warner Bros.)</p></div>
  77. <p>Hogwarts beloved Transfiguration professor is a fan favorite character with a tragic backstory of her own. Minerva was born to a muggle father, Robert McGonagall, and a witch, Isobel Ross, who gave up her magical powers when she married into the muggle world. After graduating from Hogwarts, Minerva falls in love with Dougal McGregor, a muggle who proposes to her. Minerva almost marries him, but realizes that she can&#8217;t deny the magical side of herself. Drama and doomed romance set in the Scottish highlands? All of the yes.</p>
  78. <p><strong>4. An Underdog Sports Movie Set in the World of Quidditch</strong></p>
  79. <div id="attachment_464842" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img src="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/quidditch.gif" alt="harry potter" width="500" height="200" class="size-full wp-image-464842" /><p class="wp-caption-text">(image: Warner Bros.)</p></div>
  80. <p>Not every Wizarding World entry has to be about saving the world. There&#8217;s room for more lighthearted fare, like romantic comedies, coming of age tales, and even a sports movie. I&#8217;m a sucker for a <em>Bad News Bears</em>-style sports film about a ragtag group that comes together to become champions, so why not apply that template to the world of quidditch? You could keep it focused on an unlikely team rising through the ranks, or even tell a female-centered story about a woman playing quidditch against her parents&#8217; wishes a la <em>Bend It Like Beckham</em>. I mean, at this point why not?</p>
  81. <p><strong>5. A Squib&#8217;s Life</strong></p>
  82. <div id="attachment_464844" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img src="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/squib.gif" alt="squibs harry potter" width="500" height="207" class="size-full wp-image-464844" /><p class="wp-caption-text">(image: Warner Bros.)</p></div>
  83. <p>The Squibs (wizards without magical abilities) are often relegated to the sadder, less exciting jobs of the Potterverse, like Mrs. Figg and Mr. Filch. But surely there are some squibs out there who rose above their lack of powers to make a difference in the wizarding world. It would be interesting to see a MacGyver-style squib character who uses his lack of magic to his advantage and defy expectations. </p>
  84. <p>What untold stories of the Potterverse would you like to see hit the big screen? Share your thoughts in the comments!</p>
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  93. <title>Bill Maher Uses Stan Lee&#8217;s Death to Trash Comic Book Culture and People Are Pissed</title>
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  96. <pubDate>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:29:24 +0000</pubDate>
  97. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Chelsea Steiner]]></dc:creator>
  98. <category><![CDATA[Big on the Internet]]></category>
  99. <category><![CDATA[Bill Maher]]></category>
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  104. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="927" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/02/BillMaher.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="Bill Maher Performs During New York Comedy Festival" srcset="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/02/BillMaher.jpg 1200w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/02/BillMaher-300x232.jpg 300w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/02/BillMaher-768x593.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></div>Now, in a <a href="https://www.real-time-with-bill-maher-blog.com/index/2018/11/16/adulting" rel="noopener" target="_blank">new blog post</a>, Maher has used the death of comics icon Stan Lee as yet another opportunity to come after comic book culture and its devoted readership.]]></description>
  105. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/02/BillMaher.jpg" alt="Bill Maher Performs During New York Comedy Festival" width="1200" height="927" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-435393" srcset="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/02/BillMaher.jpg 1200w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/02/BillMaher-300x232.jpg 300w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/02/BillMaher-768x593.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></p>
  106. <p>Bill Maher has a history of doing and saying the wrong things, whether its <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/ice-cube-bill-maher-n-word/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> using the n-word</a> on his HBO series or <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/bill-maher-millennials-metoo/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">coming for millenials</a> and the #MeToo movement. He also drew outrage when he equated the rise of Donald Trump with <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/bill-maher-orange-sphncter/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">comic book culture</a> in a reviled piece. </p>
  107. <p>Now, in a <a href="https://www.real-time-with-bill-maher-blog.com/index/2018/11/16/adulting" rel="noopener" target="_blank">new blog post</a>, Maher has used the death of comics icon Stan Lee as yet another opportunity to come after comic book culture and its devoted readership. Maher wrote, &#8220;The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess &#8230; “Now, I have nothing against comic books — I read them now and then when I was a kid and I was all out of Hardy Boys, But the assumption everyone had back then, both the adults and the kids, was that comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.”</p>
  108. <p>He continues by saying, &#8220;But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature &#8230; I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.&#8221; </p>
  109. <p>The fact that Maher used the death of a beloved comics creator to crap all over his legacy is gross and insulting. I&#8217;ve heard of kicking a man when he&#8217;s down, but kicking a man when he&#8217;s dead is needlessly cruel. And the snobbery inherent in Maher&#8217;s tone suggests that he&#8217;s never read comic book or graphic novel and is completely ignorant of the culture and artistry within the genre. Never mind that equating the rise of Trump with the rise of comic book culture is patently absurd and ignores the real reasons Trump won in 2016 (racism, sexism, an electoral system rigged against the popular vote, etc.). </p>
  110. <p>Maher&#8217;s arrogant take on comic book culture belies an insecurity in many white male comedians of his generation. The same comics who thrived in the 80&#8217;s and 90&#8217;s now feel attacked by political correctness and woke culture, and blame &#8220;overly sensitive&#8221; millennials for no longer thinking their racist, misogynistic schtick is amusing. Pundits like Maher love to criticize younger generations for clinging to beloved pop culture from their youth, yet they never dig deeper to understand why.</p>
  111. <p>Maybe we cling to these vestiges of our youth because men of Maher&#8217;s generation have pillaged the economy and destroyed the environment, making themselves rich without caring for the consequences laid on the generations to come. They have systematically disenfranchised women, people of color, LGBTQ people, the differently abled and other marginalized groups. And yet we&#8217;re the enemy for seeking escapism and enjoyment in comic books. Sure buddy, whatever you say. </p>
  112. <p>Unsurprisingly, many comic book fans and creators took to Twitter to call Maher out:</p>
  113. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  114. <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Newsflash: Bill Maher is still a dipshit.</p>
  115. <p>&mdash; Jason Latour (@jasonlatour) <a href="https://twitter.com/jasonlatour/status/1063792487804936194?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  116. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  117. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  118. <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bill Maher dismissed an entire storytelling medium?<br />Wow. He&#39;s so highbrow.<br />His brow is so high, there&#39;s probably less room for a mind.</p>
  119. <p>&mdash; Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomTaylorMade/status/1063810568799186944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  120. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  121. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  122. <p lang="en" dir="ltr">One need only look at how comics are dominating every field of screen entertainment, and still growing, to prove that the ideas born of comics in the last 40 years, are shaping the modern Television and movie landscape.</p>
  123. <p>&mdash; Darick Robertson (@DarickR) <a href="https://twitter.com/DarickR/status/1063595038851002369?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  124. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  125. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  126. <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bill Maher has done the impossible: gotten the entirety of comics fandom to agree on something</p>
  127. <p>&mdash; G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) <a href="https://twitter.com/GWillowWilson/status/1063850874433241088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  128. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  129. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  130. <p lang="en" dir="ltr">‘Nuff said. <a href="https://t.co/FXXpvuzCyL">pic.twitter.com/FXXpvuzCyL</a></p>
  131. <p>&mdash; Tom King (@TomKingTK) <a href="https://twitter.com/TomKingTK/status/1063644689847500800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  132. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  133. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  134. <p lang="en" dir="ltr">I never speak on topics I know little or nothing about. Why? I never want to be the fool. In other words, I don’t wanna make a Bill Maher out of myself. &#x1f918;&#x1f3fb;&#x270f;&#xfe0f;&#x1f918;&#x1f3fb;</p>
  135. <p>&mdash; Greg Capullo (@GregCapullo) <a href="https://twitter.com/GregCapullo/status/1063809769788583937?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  136. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  137. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  138. <p lang="en" dir="ltr">You’re right, Bill Maher, comics aren’t important. <a href="https://t.co/fxFiP25T7A">pic.twitter.com/fxFiP25T7A</a></p>
  139. <p>&mdash; Shannon Tindle (@ShannonTindle_1) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShannonTindle_1/status/1063580788845830144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  140. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  141. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  142. <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Maher’s just trolling, and lots of people are rising to the troll. (Julie Burchill did it better 30 years ago with her “There aren’t any adult comics because adults don’t read comics” line. ) More people cared about Stan Lee’s death than care about Bill Maher alive. <a href="https://t.co/yRzFCYQBzl">https://t.co/yRzFCYQBzl</a></p>
  143. <p>&mdash; Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) <a href="https://twitter.com/neilhimself/status/1063871261808476160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  144. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  145. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  146. <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bill Maher sure didn’t mind taking that check to appear in Iron Man 3 tho &#x1f914; <a href="https://t.co/mixz8KGuRz">pic.twitter.com/mixz8KGuRz</a></p>
  147. <p>&mdash; RGB (@reuelgomezbaez) <a href="https://twitter.com/reuelgomezbaez/status/1063644849973411840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  148. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  149. <p>Ultimately, Stan Lee&#8217;s legacy will live on and inspire more people than Bill Maher could ever hope to reach. Excelsior!</p>
  150. <p>(via <a href="https://comicbook.com/marvel/2018/11/17/bill-maher-comics-industry-reactions/#5" rel="noopener" target="_blank">ComicBook.com</a>, image: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)</p>
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  158. <title>ABC Renews Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. For a 7th Season, But A Key Character Could Be Leaving The Show</title>
  159. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/marvels-agents-of-shield-renewal/</link>
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  161. <pubDate>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:30:00 +0000</pubDate>
  162. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Chelsea Steiner]]></dc:creator>
  163. <category><![CDATA[TV]]></category>
  164. <category><![CDATA[ABC]]></category>
  165. <category><![CDATA[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]></category>
  166. <category><![CDATA[Clark Gregg]]></category>
  167.  
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  169. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="696" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/05/agents_of_shield_season_marvel.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="Marvel&#039;s Agents of SHIELD" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/05/agents_of_shield_season_marvel.jpg 1200w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/05/agents_of_shield_season_marvel-300x174.jpg 300w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/05/agents_of_shield_season_marvel-768x445.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></div><em>Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.</em> has been renewed for a seventh season ahead of its sixth season premiere next summer.]]></description>
  170. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/05/agents_of_shield_season_marvel.jpg" alt="Marvel&#039;s Agents of SHIELD" width="1200" height="696" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-445756" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/05/agents_of_shield_season_marvel.jpg 1200w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/05/agents_of_shield_season_marvel-300x174.jpg 300w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/05/agents_of_shield_season_marvel-768x445.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></p>
  171. <p><strong>SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers for season five of <em>Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.</em> </strong></p>
  172. <p><em>Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.</em> has been renewed for a seventh season ahead of its sixth season premiere next summer. While 2018 has seen the demise of popular Marvel shows like <em>Iron Fist</em> and <em>Luke Cage</em>, the ABC show has retained a devoted fan following over the years. Both season 6 and 7 will have 13-episode orders, and will presumably be filmed back-to-back. </p>
  173. <p>ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said of the series, “I feel the season we just had was creatively the strongest yet. We don’t plan it as a final season. The show has a loyal passionate base. It does incredibly well in delayed viewing.” While <em>Agents</em> doesn&#8217;t earn high same-day ratings, it&#8217;s a very popular show in on-demand viewing. </p>
  174. <p>In fact, despite existing on the cancellation bubble for years now, <em>Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.</em> is by the far Marvel&#8217;s most popular on-demand series. According to Parrot Analytics, it&#8217;s Marvel Television&#8217;s <a href="https://screenrant.com/agents-shield-marvel-netflix-tv-shows-more-popular/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">strongest brand worldwide</a>, ranking in the top 0.03 percent of in-demand TV shows, beating out other genre shows like <em>Supergirl</em>, <em>Arrow</em> and <em>Fear the Walking Dead</em>.</p>
  175. <p>The show&#8217;s popularity has continued even as the series diverges from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, paving its own path and relying less on the events of the blockbuster films to tell their own unique stories. It also helps that unlike Netflix, ABC is owned by Disney, so the series remains under the company&#8217;s umbrella. </p>
  176. <p>But <em>Agents</em> may be returning without one of their main characters. Clark Gregg is conspicuously absent from the cast list, with many people speculating that season six will be Agent Coulson&#8217;s last. The end of season five saw the beloved agent finding out he was dying, and resolving to step down from the agency and retire in Tahiti. Fans of the show know that &#8220;Tahiti&#8221; is also code for the secret laboratory that brought Coulson back from the dead, so his future remains to be seen. </p>
  177. <p>Coulson is already set to return to the MCU in <em>Captain Marvel</em>, which takes place in the 90&#8217;s. Gregg will be digitally de-aged alongside Samuel L. Jackson in the film. </p>
  178. <p>Are you watching <em>Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.</em>? What do you want to see happen in season six?</p>
  179. <p>(via <a href="https://deadline.com/2018/11/marvels-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-renewed-for-season-7-by-abc-1202503797/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Deadline</a>, image: ABC)</p>
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  187. <title>Things We Saw Today: William Goldman, Writer of The Princess Bride &#038; Other Perfect Works of Art, Has Died</title>
  188. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/things-we-saw-today-rip-william-goldman/</link>
  189. <comments>https://www.themarysue.com/things-we-saw-today-rip-william-goldman/#respond</comments>
  190. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:03:13 +0000</pubDate>
  191. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Vivian Kane]]></dc:creator>
  192. <category><![CDATA[Big on the Internet]]></category>
  193. <category><![CDATA[things we saw today]]></category>
  194. <category><![CDATA[William Goldman]]></category>
  195.  
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  197. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1430" height="843" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/william-goldman.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="william goldman, died, passed away" srcset="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/william-goldman.jpg 1430w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/william-goldman-300x177.jpg 300w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/william-goldman-768x453.jpg 768w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/william-goldman-1200x707.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 1430px) 100vw, 1430px" /></div>William Goldman, one of the most talented writers to ever live, passed away this morning. He was 87, and best known for films like <em>All the Presidents' Men, Butch Cassidy &#38; the Sundance Kid</em>, and <em>The Princess Bride.</em>]]></description>
  198. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-464829" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/william-goldman.jpg" alt="william goldman, died, passed away" width="1430" height="843" srcset="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/william-goldman.jpg 1430w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/william-goldman-300x177.jpg 300w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/william-goldman-768x453.jpg 768w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/william-goldman-1200x707.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 1430px) 100vw, 1430px" /></p>
  199. <p>William Goldman, one of the most talented writers to ever live, passed away this morning. He was 87, and best known for truly perfect films like <em>All the Presidents&#8217; Men, Butch Cassidy &amp; the Sundance Kid</em>, and <em>The Princess Bride.</em></p>
  200. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  201. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">It’s very messed up that someone said “Hmm, I guess I’ll write a perfect Western and also a perfect political thriller” and then a few years later said “Ok fine, I’ll knock out a perfect comedy too” <a href="https://t.co/fmL6JeWP2M">pic.twitter.com/fmL6JeWP2M</a></p>
  202. <p>— Kevin T. Porter (@KevinTPorter) <a href="https://twitter.com/KevinTPorter/status/1063461495520952320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  203. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  204. <p>In addition to writing perfect screenplays, he also wrote the perfect book on writing screenplays (in addition to novels, including <em>The Princess Bride</em>, which he later adapted). In <em>Adventures in Screen Trade</em>, he coined the famous aphorism about Hollywood, &#8220;Nobody knows anything.&#8221; As he wrote, &#8220;Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what&#8217;s going to work. Every time out it&#8217;s a guess and, if you&#8217;re lucky, an educated one.”</p>
  205. <p>William Goldman&#8217;s life and work were gifts to us all. We will miss him deeply.</p>
  206. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  207. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Losing Bill Goldman made me cry. My favorite book of all time is The Princess Bride. I was honored he allowed me to make it into a movie. I visited with him last Saturday. He was very weak but his mind still had the Goldman edge. I told him I loved him. He smiled &amp; said fuck you.</p>
  208. <p>— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) <a href="https://twitter.com/robreiner/status/1063471745280221184?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  209. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  210. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  211. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">RIP <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WilliamGoldman?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WilliamGoldman</a>. One of the greatest most successful screenwriters ever. I was lucky as hell to count Bill as a mentor and a friend. Check his credits &amp; see a William Goldman movie or read a Goldman book over the holiday &amp; give thanks that we had his voice in our world. <a href="https://t.co/RWRdCoO1Cm">https://t.co/RWRdCoO1Cm</a></p>
  212. <p>— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealRonHoward/status/1063456223624740865?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  213. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  214. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  215. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I was lucky, in 1984, to interview William Goldman at the Savoy. He brightened up when I told him that of all his books, I loved The Princess Bride, then his least successful book, the best. A gentleman: he wrote brilliant novels &amp; screenplays &amp; explained Hollywood to the world.</p>
  216. <p>— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) <a href="https://twitter.com/neilhimself/status/1063474324709900288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  217. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  218. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  219. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">So sorry to hear of the passing of William Goldman. He was both witty and talented. His screenplay of my book MISERY was a beautiful thing. Rest In Peace, Bill.</p>
  220. <p>— Stephen King (@StephenKing) <a href="https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/1063475732486266880?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  221. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  222. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  223. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">William Goldman is the patron saint of screenwriting.</p>
  224. <p>Everything he wrote, both for the screen and about the trade, is fucking gospel.</p>
  225. <p>Study it, master it, understand you will likely never measure up to him.</p>
  226. <p>Nothing any of us will write today will be worthy of him.</p>
  227. <p>— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) <a href="https://twitter.com/Massawyrm/status/1063436793725489152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  228. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  229. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  230. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">William Goldman. What can one do in the face of such a legacy but bow our heads in gratitude?</p>
  231. <p>— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) <a href="https://twitter.com/Lin_Manuel/status/1063469161165152256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  232. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
  233. <ul>
  234. <li>The complaints that the new <em>She-Ra</em> isn&#8217;t sexy enough continue to be troubling. (via <a href="https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/sexualizing-teen-girls-onscreen?utm_source=web&amp;utm_medium=TheMarySue&amp;utm_campaign=swap" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bitch</a>)</li>
  235. <li>Looking for a Marvel movie or show on Netflix? Now you can just type Stan Lee&#8217;s catchphrase into the search bar. (via <a href="https://nerdist.com/stan-lee-catchphrase-excelsior-netflix-search-marvel/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nerdist</a>)</li>
  236. <li>There are about 3 whole people on the planet who could pull off this dress and Tessa Thompson is at the top of that list. (via <a href="https://www.gofugyourself.com/tessa-thompson-looks-so-quirky-and-charming-at-the-premiere-of-creed-ii-11-2018&amp;utm_medium=marysue&amp;utm_campaign=linkswap" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Go Fug Yourself</a>)</li>
  237. <li>It sounds like Georgia&#8217;s Stacey Abrams is ending her gubernatorial campaign, but she is <em>not</em> &#8220;conceding.&#8221;<br />
  238. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  239. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Stacey Abrams: &#8220;I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial elections.&#8221;</p>
  240. <p>Abrams adds that she&#8217;s not conceding, just acknowledging the reality. She says a concession means that &#8220;an action is true, proper&#8230;&#8221; <a href="https://t.co/37f42EWfpd">pic.twitter.com/37f42EWfpd</a></p>
  241. <p>— Yashar Ali &#x1f418; (@yashar) <a href="https://twitter.com/yashar/status/1063558372199284741?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  242. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></li>
  243. <li>Are you in the market for some new socks? A tapdancing Pedro Pascal has you covered in this bizarre commercial. (Watch to the end. It goes some places.) (via <a href="https://youtu.be/u1E9jsbCDTI" target="_blank" rel="noopener">YouTube</a>)</li>
  244. <li>It&#8217;s the weekend, you deserve this:<br />
  245. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  246. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">my last 4 brain cells when i need to be productive <a href="https://t.co/f9nCsrNk4q">pic.twitter.com/f9nCsrNk4q</a></p>
  247. <p>— gabi (@harleivy) <a href="https://twitter.com/harleivy/status/1063258248931930113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  248. <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></li>
  249. </ul>
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  258. <title>Jon Cryer Joins Supergirl as Lex Luthor and We Have Some Concerns</title>
  259. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/jon-cryer-lex-luthor/</link>
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  261. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:21:15 +0000</pubDate>
  262. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Chelsea Steiner]]></dc:creator>
  263. <category><![CDATA[TV]]></category>
  264. <category><![CDATA[Arrowverse]]></category>
  265. <category><![CDATA[Jon Cryer]]></category>
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  269. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="836" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/JonCryer-e1542401998660.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="jon cryer" /></div>As much as I like Jon Cryer, I am dubious about his casting as Lex Luthor. ]]></description>
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  271. <p>One of DC&#8217;s most famous foes, Lex Luthor, is making his small screen debut in the Arrowverse on <em>Supergirl</em> next year. He will be played by Jon Cryer (<em>Two and a Half Men</em>), who played Lex&#8217;s nephew Lenny Luthor in the critically reviled 1987 <em>Superman IV: The Quest for Peace</em> (<em>Supergirl</em> loves a good stunt casting).</p>
  272. <p><em>Supergirl</em> executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller said in a statement, &#8220;We are enormous fans of Jon Cryer, and he was instantly our dream actor to play the iconic role of Lex Luthor. Jon is a super-talent, and the fact that he played Lenny Luthor in <em>Superman IV</em> brings an added layer of legacy to his casting. We’re beyond thrilled to welcome Jon to the <em>Supergirl</em> family.”</p>
  273. <p>As much as I like Jon Cryer, I am dubious about his casting as Lex Luthor. The actor&#8217;s onscreen persona leads me to believe that he will be another in the current trend of nebbishy, nerdy Lex Luthor portrayals. The trend started with Jesse Eisenberg&#8217;s portrayal of Luthor in the DCEU as a criminally insane nerd whose lust for power is belied by his skittish, nervous mannerisms. But this (like nearly everything else about <em>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</em>) rubs me the wrong way.</p>
  274. <p>Call me old school, but I prefer a smooth-talking, self-possessed Luthor in the vein of Michael Rosenbaum&#8217;s portrayal in <em>Smallville</em>. In addition to being a genius, Lex Luthor&#8217;s greatest power is his ability to manipulate the people around him to do his bidding. Luthor&#8217;s lethal charisma is his chief weapon, which allows him to hide in plain sight as a billionaire businessman of Metropolis.</p>
  275. <p>Luthor&#8217;s scheming can easily tip into comedy, as in Gene Hackman&#8217;s smarmy &#8220;Lex as used car salesman&#8221; portrayal in the Richard Donner films. And the less said about Kevin Spacey&#8217;s turn in <em>Superman Returns</em>, the better. Bu the common denominator in these performances is the confidence. Lex Luthor works as a villain because he genuinely believes he can outwit Superman and the forces of good. I picture Lex Luthor as someone who is more Dick Cheney than Mark Zuckerberg.</p>
  276. <p>Lex has come up several times in the series, mostly in relation to his sister, Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). Throughout <em>Supergirl</em>, Lena has been working hard to escape her brother&#8217;s evil legacy and transform LuthorCorp into noble (and legal) company. Lena has already had several run-ins with her anti-alien mother Lillian (Brenda Strong), and both women play their respective Luthors with an air of icy patrician reserve. It will be interesting to see how Cryer&#8217;s performance fits in with their tone.</p>
  277. <p>Granted, we&#8217;ll have to wait until 2019 to see how Cryer plays the role. I&#8217;m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but he&#8217;s simply not how I picture the character of Lex Luthor. What do you think of Cryer&#8217;s casting? Do you prefer a confident, manipulative Luthor or a twitchy, nerd-rage Luthor?</p>
  278. <p>(via <a href="http://collider.com/supergirl-lex-luthor-jon-cryer/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Collider</a>, image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)</p>
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  286. <title>The Destroyer Soundtrack Is Here to Tear at Our Heartstrings</title>
  287. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/destroyer-soundtrack-tear-heartstrings/</link>
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  289. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:11:51 +0000</pubDate>
  290. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Rachel Leishman]]></dc:creator>
  291. <category><![CDATA[Movies]]></category>
  292. <category><![CDATA[Annapurna Pictures]]></category>
  293. <category><![CDATA[Destroyer]]></category>
  294. <category><![CDATA[Nicole Kidman]]></category>
  295. <category><![CDATA[Theodore Shapiro]]></category>
  296.  
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  298. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="689" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/10/nicole-kidman-destroyer-trailer.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="nicole kidman destroyer trailer" srcset="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/10/nicole-kidman-destroyer-trailer.jpg 1200w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/10/nicole-kidman-destroyer-trailer-300x172.jpg 300w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/10/nicole-kidman-destroyer-trailer-768x441.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></div>The movie's not out until December 25th (in select cities), but the soundtrack can give you an early taste of its emotional core.]]></description>
  299. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bqHaLUoiWZU" width="560"></iframe></p>
  300. <p>Nicole Kidman deserves all the praise she&#8217;s getting for her latest picture, <em>Destroyer</em>. The story of Erin Bell and her search for redemption, the film shows the devastation that guilt can have on a person. Erin is an LAPD detective, investigating a murder and its connection back to a case she worked on 16 years prior with an agent named Chris (Sebastian Stan).</p>
  301. <p>The two infiltrate a bank robbing gang, trying to find a way to stop them while remaining undercover. Nicole Kidman gives the performance of a lifetime as Erin, flashing back and forth between her life now and then as she struggles with what happened and 16 years ago, when she and Chris were part of the gang.</p>
  302. <p>The flashbacks show the strength that Erin has taken on, adapting to the changes in her life and growing as a detective. She&#8217;s hardened and determined, and through her struggles, she&#8217;s trying to find the inner peace she&#8217;s longed for since everything that happened when she first went undercover.</p>
  303. <p>The movie&#8217;s not out until December 25th (in select cities), but the soundtrack was released on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/destroyer-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/1441144257?app=itunes" target="_blank" rel="noopener">iTunes</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/destroyer-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/1441144257?app=music" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Apple Music</a>, <a href="https://open.spotify.com/user/lakeshorerecords/playlist/20JboxB26bvjFclTdEIvOn?si=yO8Mx1l4T4KiXdi45W4VFw" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Spotify</a>, and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K4PV4FM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=ediaite-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B07K4PV4FM&amp;linkId=589d2054017ad58105e7e2f44619791b" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Amazon</a> if you want to get an early taste of its emotional core.</p>
  304. <p>Theodore Shapiro created the beautiful score that tells the story of Erin Bell and her search for answers. It&#8217;s a perfect mix of the anxiety of the film, having you on the edge of your seat, and waiting for the other shoe to drop, as well as contrasting it with beautiful moments of serenity and peace for Erin.</p>
  305. <p>It&#8217;s wonderful compliment to an incredible milestone in movie history. Karyn Kusama directed an incredible story—one that we&#8217;re going to be talking about for quite some time. We&#8217;ll have a full review of the movie itself next month, with more news and updates on the cast, crew, and release of <em>Destroyer</em>.</p>
  306. <p>(image: Annapurna Pictures)</p>
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  315. <title>Could The Good Place&#8217;s Afterlife Celebrity Live Up to Its Own Rules?</title>
  316. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/doug-forcett-the-good-place/</link>
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  318. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 21:52:04 +0000</pubDate>
  319. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Vivian Kane]]></dc:creator>
  320. <category><![CDATA[TV]]></category>
  321. <category><![CDATA[The Good Place]]></category>
  322.  
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  324. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="good place doug forcett" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug.jpg 1280w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug-300x169.jpg 300w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug-768x432.jpg 768w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug-1200x675.jpg 1200w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug-288x162.jpg 288w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug-432x243.jpg 432w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></div>Doug Forcett is an afterlife celebrity, but would he actually make it into the Good Place?]]></description>
  325. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="wp-image-464814 size-full" src="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug.jpg" alt="good place doug forcett" width="1280" height="720" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug.jpg 1280w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug-300x169.jpg 300w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug-768x432.jpg 768w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug-1200x675.jpg 1200w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug-288x162.jpg 288w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-doug-432x243.jpg 432w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></p>
  326. <p><em><strong>**Spoilers for season 3, episode 9 of </strong></em><strong>The Good Place.**</strong></p>
  327. <p>The last few episodes of <em>The Good Place</em>, or maybe even more of this season, have lacked some of the show&#8217;s<em> </em>magic for me, but I&#8217;ve also enjoyed each of those episodes far more on my second watch. Maybe it helps to know how the episodes fit into the season&#8217;s bigger picture while we&#8217;re watching them. Rewatching this week&#8217;s episode, &#8220;Don&#8217;t Let the Good Life Pass You By,&#8221; I definitely appreciated things more, but I also couldn&#8217;t stop asking myself one question: Could Doug Forcett get into the Good Place?</p>
  328. <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nv_ra9CXZOQ" width="560"></iframe></p>
  329. <p>We were introduced to Doug Forcett way back in the <em>Good Place</em> pilot as the man who, during a mushroom-induced hallucination in the 1970s, came the closest any human ever has (92%, according to Michael) to predicting the actual systems of the afterlife. This week, we learned that Doug is still living in Canada and has perfected the blueprint for a &#8220;good&#8221; life, the kind of life designed to earn maximum Good Place points.</p>
  330. <p>Except <em>The Good Place&#8217;s</em> relationship with its own point system has always been complicated. The show has consistently called out how unfair and highly specific that system is. (I mean, Chidi is sentenced to an eternity of being tortured by demons for what is, essentially, indecisiveness. Harsh.) At the end of this week&#8217;s episode, we also learn that it might be entirely broken, endangering everyone&#8217;s ability to get into the Good Place, including Doug.</p>
  331. <p>But I can&#8217;t stop wondering, could Doug get in anyway?</p>
  332. <div id="attachment_464815" style="width: 810px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-464815" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-new-doug.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="1199" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-new-doug.jpg 800w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-new-doug-200x300.jpg 200w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/good-place-new-doug-768x1151.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">(image: Colleen Hayes/NBC)</p></div>
  333. <p>Doug is a perfect example of how terrible the point system is. By dedicating his entire life to doing only &#8220;good&#8221; things, he&#8217;s turned himself into a &#8220;happiness pump,&#8221; and, in turn, is miserable. By caring only about others, he doesn&#8217;t allow himself to care about his own happiness or wellbeing. And while there&#8217;s certainly a lot to be said for the idea of self-sacrifice, even Michael thinks Doug has taken things too far.</p>
  334. <p>But what no one ever addresses is the fact that, while Doug&#8217;s actions are point-worthy, his motivations are not. As he says over and over, he is only doing these things to get points and to ultimately get into the Good Place, and as the show has established, motivations are all too important in this point system.</p>
  335. <p>Tahani ended up in the Bad Place because all of her philanthropy and fundraising was meaningless, since she was only doing those things to outshine her sister, and we&#8217;ve been told that the gang has lost all chance of getting into the GP because now that they know about the point system, their motivations for doing any good deed are automatically corrupted.</p>
  336. <p>So how is Doug&#8217;s single-minded quest for points any different? He doesn&#8217;t actually care about snails or Randy the sociopath or anything else. He only cares about the points he sees himself getting through kind actions towards those people and things, and that&#8217;s not enough to get to the Good Place.</p>
  337. <p>At the end of this week&#8217;s episode, we learn that the system might not just be way too strict, but somehow broken. That&#8217;s an interesting twist. Is Shawn or someone else messing with the evaluation system to send more humans to the Bad Place? Even if that&#8217;s not the case, I maintain that Doug Forcett, human happiness pump and afterlife celebrity, would likely be going there anyway.</p>
  338. <p>(featured image: NBC/screengrab)</p>
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  346. <title>Supergirl Preview: Brainy Gets (Kind of) Physical</title>
  347. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/supergirl-preview-brainy-gets-kind-of-physical/</link>
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  349. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:43:59 +0000</pubDate>
  350. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Jessica Mason]]></dc:creator>
  351. <category><![CDATA[TV]]></category>
  352. <category><![CDATA[contributors]]></category>
  353. <category><![CDATA[Supergirl (TV show)]]></category>
  354. <category><![CDATA[The CW]]></category>
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  357. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="801" src="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Supergirl-brainy.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="brainy supergirl the cw" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Supergirl-brainy.jpg 1200w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Supergirl-brainy-150x100.jpg 150w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Supergirl-brainy-300x200.jpg 300w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Supergirl-brainy-768x513.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></div>We talked with Jesse Rath on the set of <em>Supergirl</em> in Vancouver and got the inside scoop on Brainy's big fight scene.]]></description>
  358. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://www.themarysue.com/supergirl-preview-brainy-gets-kind-of-physical/supergirl-brainy/" rel="attachment wp-att-464807"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-464807" src="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Supergirl-brainy-1200x801.jpg" alt="brainy supergirl the cw" width="1200" height="801" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Supergirl-brainy.jpg 1200w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Supergirl-brainy-150x100.jpg 150w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Supergirl-brainy-300x200.jpg 300w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Supergirl-brainy-768x513.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></a></p>
  359. <p>The addition of Jesse Rath as Brainiac Five in the <em>Supergirl</em> universe last season brought some great humor and unexpected heart to the show. With Rath’s upgrade this season to full series regular status and Brainy taking over Winn’s (Jeremy Jordan) duties at the DEO, we’ve seen a lot more of our favorite techno-organic know-it-all, but in Sunday’s Thanksgiving themed episode, entitled “A Call to Arms,” we’ll something new from Brainy and Rath: his awesome fighting skills.</p>
  360. <p>We talked with Rath on the set of <em>Supergirl</em> in Vancouver and got the inside scoop on the fight scene.</p>
  361. <p>“All of the super friends come together for a Thanksgiving dinner and like pretty much every <em>Supergirl</em> get together … something happens, and we’re forced to scatter and go off and try to save the city,” Rath explained, which leads to a scene where we’ll see, in Rath’s words, “Brainiac get froggy with a couple Children of Liberty thugs.”</p>
  362. <p>We’ve never seen Brainy really fight before on the show, so Rath and the stunt team took it as an opportunity to explore who Brainy is as a character and a fighter. In this instance, Brainy uses that level-twelve intellect of his to keep ahead of his opponents and barely move.</p>
  363. <p>“I thought it was such a cool way to approach a scene that Brainy will do everything he can not to fight,” Rath said. “He uses violence as a last resort, so he always uses his brain,” to get out of tough situations, but in this case, the Children of Liberty leave him with no choice but to kick some ass.</p>
  364. <p>“The way he fights is by barley lifting a finger,” Rath described. “He keeps his hands behind his back.” We’ll also see Brainy using his opponents&#8217; violence against each other in a fun way.</p>
  365. <p>Creating the fight was a collaboration between Rath and the stunt crew of the show. “I had a couple ideas I talked to James, the stunt choreographer, about, and we ended up working it into the fight,” Rath shared. And he clearly had a blast doing it: “I was on another show where I did a lot of stunts, but I was always the guy getting beaten up. So, it’s very refreshing to be on the other side of that for a change.”</p>
  366. <p>Not only was there standard fighting action, but Rath also got to do his own wire work for a very cool move that I won’t spoil. “I did it like a hundred times practicing with that wire,” Rath said. “It was a lot of fun. I was sore for weeks afterward.” As for whether we’ll see more of Brainy scrapping with the bad guys, Rath joked that he’d “demanded it.”</p>
  367. <p>Brainy’s fighting skills aren’t the only new side of Brainy we’re seeing this season; we’re also getting hints of flirtation with Nicole Maines’ Nia Nal. “There will be more Brainy-Nia scenes to come,” Rath previewed. “It’s still just as awkward as ever. That’s something that we have a lot of fun playing with …They’re painfully sweet.”</p>
  368. <p>We’ll also see Brainy working in the new dynamic of the DEO, as Colonel Hayley continues to supervise Alex. “His allegiance will always be to the Danvers sisters,” Rath explained. “He could care less what colonel Hayley is telling him to do.” In the next episode, we certainly see Brainy exploiting some loopholes to help them fight the looming threat of the Children of Liberty.</p>
  369. <p>Fighting a villain that’s so topical has been “cathartic” for Rath: “Comic books in general and sci-fi …they’ve been used to put a mirror up against society. It’s always been a fun way of exploring those type of topics … It’s really cool to be on a show like <em>Supergirl</em> at this time in our history because of the topic that we’re talking about.”</p>
  370. <p>This season, that means fighting an evil that can’t be overcome by a few punches or kryptonite. Our heroes are facing “the idea of fear and people’s fear of the unknown.” Still, it’s fun to take out some of the bad guys the old fashioned way, and Brainy’s big fight is a scene “that I’ve been waiting for for a long time,” Rath told us. “I’m excited for everyone to see that.”</p>
  371. <p><em>Supergirl</em> airs Sundays at 8 pm on The CW.</p>
  372. <p>(image: Ditah Pera/The CW)</p>
  373. <p><em>Jessica Mason is a writer and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon passionate about corgis, fandom, and awesome girls. Follow her on Twitter at @FangirlingJess.</em></p>
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  381. <title>Exclusive: Official Covers &#038; Variants for Issues 2 &#038; 3 of BETTY &#038; VERONICA</title>
  382. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/exclusive-betty-and-veronica-2-3-covers/</link>
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  384. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:15:20 +0000</pubDate>
  385. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Princess Weekes]]></dc:creator>
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  391. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="725" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_Cover.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="betty and veronica #2 cover" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_Cover.jpg 1200w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_Cover-300x181.jpg 300w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_Cover-768x464.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></div>We shared with you the covers for the upcoming new <em>Betty &#038; Veronica</em> comic series being penned by Jamie Rotante and we are super excited to share both the covers and teaser for the next two issues of the brand new series.]]></description>
  392. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-464779" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_Cover.jpg" alt="BettyAndVeronica_02_Cover" width="1200" height="725" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_Cover.jpg 1200w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_Cover-300x181.jpg 300w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_Cover-768x464.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></p>
  393. <p>We shared with you the covers for the upcoming new <em>Betty &amp; Veronica </em>comic series being penned by Jamie Rotante and we are super excited to share both the covers and teaser for the next two issues of the brand new series. As mentioned <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/exclusive-art-interview-betty-veronica-comic/">before</a> the comics will focus will be on our leading ladies dealing with their final year of high school as they begin to leave their youth behind to start college.</p>
  394. <blockquote><p> “Senior Year, Pt. 2: Fall” – The girls are under stress from their parents and peers—Veronica’s parents want her to attend their alma mater; Betty&#8217;s parents are stressing out over the cost of college. Betty and Veronica start to grow apart because of their new hobbies and interests, but they know that one thing will bring them together: Riverdale’s Halloween party. On Sale Date: 1/30.</p></blockquote>
  395. <p><a href="https://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_CoverA_Lanz-1.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-464804"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-464804 size-full" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_CoverA_Lanz-1.jpg" alt="betty and veronica #2 cover" width="520" height="800" srcset="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_CoverA_Lanz-1.jpg 520w, https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_CoverA_Lanz-1-195x300.jpg 195w" sizes="(max-width: 520px) 100vw, 520px" /></a><br />
  396. <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_CoverB_Fish-1.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-464799"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-464799 size-full" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_CoverB_Fish-1.jpg" alt="betty and veronica #2 cover" width="520" height="800" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_CoverB_Fish-1.jpg 520w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_CoverB_Fish-1-195x300.jpg 195w" sizes="(max-width: 520px) 100vw, 520px" /></a></p>
  397. <p><a href="https://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_CoverC_Sook-1.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-464800"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-464800 size-full" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_CoverC_Sook-1.jpg" alt="Betty and Veronica #2 cover" width="520" height="800" srcset="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_CoverC_Sook-1.jpg 520w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_02_CoverC_Sook-1-195x300.jpg 195w" sizes="(max-width: 520px) 100vw, 520px" /></a></p>
  398. <p>All of these covers are awesome and the fun things about variants is seeing how different artists have interpreted the characters. One of the jokes that people used to share was that Betty and Veronica looked exactly the same but with different hair colors, but no one can say anything about that now. Veronica Fish&#8217;s is probably my favorite if I had to choose because I love the bedroom details for each girl in that issue.</p>
  399. <p>Now we also have the covers for issue 3!</p>
  400. <blockquote><p>“Senior Year, Pt. 3: Winter”: Betty’s severely questioning her college options while Veronica’s father meddles with her college plans once more—she’s upset, but something happens that makes it even harder for her to tell him how she feels. On Sale Date: 2/27</p></blockquote>
  401. <p><a href="https://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_03_CoverA_Lanz-1.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-464801"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-464801 size-full" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_03_CoverA_Lanz-1.jpg" alt="betty and veronica #3 cover" width="520" height="800" srcset="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_03_CoverA_Lanz-1.jpg 520w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_03_CoverA_Lanz-1-195x300.jpg 195w" sizes="(max-width: 520px) 100vw, 520px" /></a></p>
  402. <p><a href="https://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_03_Coverb_Bartel-1.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-464802"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-464802 size-full" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_03_Coverb_Bartel-1.jpg" alt="Betty and Veronica #3 cover" width="520" height="800" srcset="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_03_Coverb_Bartel-1.jpg 520w, https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_03_Coverb_Bartel-1-195x300.jpg 195w" sizes="(max-width: 520px) 100vw, 520px" /></a></p>
  403. <p><a href="https://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_03_CoverC_Isaacs-1.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-464803"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-464803 size-full" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_03_CoverC_Isaacs-1.jpg" alt="betty and veronica #3 cover" width="520" height="800" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_03_CoverC_Isaacs-1.jpg 520w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BettyAndVeronica_03_CoverC_Isaacs-1-195x300.jpg 195w" sizes="(max-width: 520px) 100vw, 520px" /></a></p>
  404. <p>Jen Bartel&#8217;s art style always stands out if you are familiar with her work, but all these covers are fun and expressive. I enjoy that in Bartel&#8217;s cover, it is Betty who has the mischevious glint in her eye. I&#8217;m so excited to see where these stories go and what&#8217;s next for Riverdale&#8217;s favorite ladies.</p>
  405. <p>(image: Archie Comics/Sandra Lanz)</p>
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  413. <title>Betsy DeVos Wants to Protect the Accused &#038; Schools at the Expense of Sexual Assault Survivors</title>
  414. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/betsy-devos-is-trash/</link>
  415. <comments>https://www.themarysue.com/betsy-devos-is-trash/#respond</comments>
  416. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 19:58:55 +0000</pubDate>
  417. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Chelsea Steiner]]></dc:creator>
  418. <category><![CDATA[News]]></category>
  419. <category><![CDATA[Betsy DeVos]]></category>
  420. <category><![CDATA[sexual assault]]></category>
  421. <category><![CDATA[Title IX]]></category>
  422.  
  423. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.themarysue.com/?p=464778</guid>
  424. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="877" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BetsyDeVos-e1542394428530.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="Betsy DeVos" /></div>It turns out that putting Aunt Lydia in charge of our educational system has some pretty horrific consequences.]]></description>
  425. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-464790" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/BetsyDeVos-e1542394428530.jpg" alt="Betsy DeVos" width="1200" height="877" /></p>
  426. <p>It turns out that putting Aunt Lydia in charge of our educational system has some pretty horrific consequences. Her latest actions follow reporting <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/betsy-devos-campus-assault/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">back in August</a> that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had proposed policies geared towards expanding the rights of those accused of sexual assault while making it more difficult for survivors to file a complaint and press charges.</p>
  427. <p>DeVos has been rolling back Obama-era protections and guidelines for the Title IX civil rights law, after meeting with men&#8217;s rights activists and deciding that they were inexplicably <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/betsy-devos-title-ix-mra/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">more victimized</a> than, you know, actual victims of sexual assault.</p>
  428. <p>The newest proposals to overhaul Title IX include plans to narrow the definition of sexual misconduct to “unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the recipient’s education program or activity.” This extreme definition not only empowers the accused, but puts a greater burden of suffering on the victims. It&#8217;s like the height requirement to ride a roller coaster: You must be THIS assaulted to lodge a complaint.</p>
  429. <p>This new definition is part of a larger plan to decrease the reporting of sexual assault and misconduct on campus, which is being sold not as a protection for students, but as a cost-saving measure for schools and universities. DeVos&#8217;s report suggests that this new definition could save schools an estimated $286 to $368 million over 10 years, because saving money is more important than victims&#8217; rights, apparently.</p>
  430. <p>Sage Carson, manager of the anti-sexual violence organization <a href="https://www.knowyourix.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Know Your IX</a>, said, “These proposals signal the Department of Education’s decision to prioritize schools’ bottom line over survivors’ right to an education. If these draft rules become law, more survivors will be forced out of school by harassment, assault, and their schools’ indifference to their complaints.”</p>
  431. <p>DeVos&#8217;s proposals also limit a school&#8217;s liability, claiming that an educational institution is only responsible for assaults that happen on campus. This discounts assaults at off-campus bars, frat houses, or other shared living spaces where the majority of assaults happen. The new guidelines also encourage mediation over prosecution, and allows representatives of the accused to cross-examine the victims, which can be a traumatic experience.</p>
  432. <p>Victims are further limited by new rules that would require students to report any assault to a Title IX coordinator instead of a trusted professor or adult, which only encourages them to stay silent. Jess Davidson, executive director of survivor advocacy organization <a href="http://endrapeoncampus.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">End Rape on Campus</a>, said, &#8220;This isn’t somebody trying to create fairness in the process, this is somebody who is trying to prevent the process from taking place at all.”</p>
  433. <p>These new proposals serve as a blueprint for disenfranchising victims and making assault more difficult to report than it already is, but this disenfranchisement doesn&#8217;t exist in a vacuum: These policies are kindred to voter suppression tactics and other civil rights violations the right has been promoting for decades. These proposals all share the same DNA of making things worse for our society&#8217;s most vulnerable members while securing the supremacy and money of old established institutions.</p>
  434. <p>But DeVos&#8217;s awful agenda isn&#8217;t law just yet. Her department is legally obligated to hear public comments and complaints, so if you&#8217;re as horrified by this proposal as we are, then visit <a href="https://www.naspa.org/rpi/posts/raise-your-voice-responding-to-the-upcoming-notice-and-comment-period-on-ti" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NASPA.org</a> to make your voice heard.</p>
  435. <p>(via <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/besty-devos-new-title-ix-guidelines-prioritize-schools-over-sexual-assault-survivors_us_5beede5fe4b0510a1f3037cf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Huffington Post</a>, image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)</p>
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  443. <title>Crimes of Grindelwald Proves Johnny Depp Was Not the Stand Rowling Should Have Taken</title>
  444. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/johnny-depp-bad-in-crimes-of-grindelwald/</link>
  445. <comments>https://www.themarysue.com/johnny-depp-bad-in-crimes-of-grindelwald/#respond</comments>
  446. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:16:53 +0000</pubDate>
  447. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Rachel Leishman]]></dc:creator>
  448. <category><![CDATA[AMP Featured]]></category>
  449. <category><![CDATA[Movies]]></category>
  450. <category><![CDATA[Fantastic Beasts (franchise)]]></category>
  451. <category><![CDATA[Johnny Depp]]></category>
  452.  
  453. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.themarysue.com/?p=464762</guid>
  454. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1201" height="749" src="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/johnny-depp-fantastic-beasts-2-crimes-of-grindelwald.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="Johnny Depp Gellert Grindelwald Fantastic Beasts 2 Crimes of Grindelwald" srcset="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/johnny-depp-fantastic-beasts-2-crimes-of-grindelwald.jpg 1201w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/johnny-depp-fantastic-beasts-2-crimes-of-grindelwald-300x187.jpg 300w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/johnny-depp-fantastic-beasts-2-crimes-of-grindelwald-768x479.jpg 768w, https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/johnny-depp-fantastic-beasts-2-crimes-of-grindelwald-1200x748.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 1201px) 100vw, 1201px" /></div>Do you ever see someone defend something so intensely and you're like, "Really? Why?"]]></description>
  455. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-459723" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/johnny-depp-fantastic-beasts-2-crimes-of-grindelwald-1200x748.jpg" alt="Johnny Depp Gellert Grindelwald Fantastic Beasts 2 Crimes of Grindelwald" width="1200" height="748" srcset="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/johnny-depp-fantastic-beasts-2-crimes-of-grindelwald-1200x748.jpg 1200w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/johnny-depp-fantastic-beasts-2-crimes-of-grindelwald-300x187.jpg 300w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/johnny-depp-fantastic-beasts-2-crimes-of-grindelwald-768x479.jpg 768w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/johnny-depp-fantastic-beasts-2-crimes-of-grindelwald.jpg 1201w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></p>
  456. <p>Do you ever see someone defend something so intensely and you&#8217;re like, &#8220;Really? Why?&#8221;</p>
  457. <p><a href="https://www.themarysue.com/johnny-depp-fantastic-beasts/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">That&#8217;s how I feel about Johnny Depp</a> in <em>Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald</em>. I&#8217;ve been a fan of the <em>Harry Potter </em>series since I was 8 years old. In my fourth grade class, we read the first book, and from then on, I was hooked! So, I&#8217;m not one of those people who just &#8220;doesn&#8217;t get it.&#8221; I get it. I&#8217;ve gotten it for nearly 20 years.</p>
  458. <p>That said, what I <em>don&#8217;t</em> get is the vehement defense of Johnny Depp. If his performance were out of this world, I still wouldn&#8217;t have been happy about his involvement in the series, but at least it would provide <em>some</em> explanation (though a bad one) for why J.K Rowling and company defended him to the ends of the earth and back for this movie. So, when I saw <em>Crimes of Grindelwald </em>and witnessed him doing basically nothing, I was perplexed.</p>
  459. <p>They were willing to sacrifice fans and risk no one coming to see this movie &#8230; for that? My Twitter reaction is pretty much a great summary of how I felt about Depp&#8217;s performance.</p>
  460. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  461. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Here&#8217;s my thing about Johnny Depp in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CrimesOfGrindelwald?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CrimesOfGrindelwald</a>: He legitimately wasn&#8217;t anything special so the fact that that&#8217;s the hill they chose to die on is wild like I&#8217;ve seen better performances in high school productions of Les Misérables.</p>
  462. <p>— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) <a href="https://twitter.com/RachelLeishman/status/1063485226087796736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  463. <p>Truly, going into this movie, I wanted to give it a chance, because this is a series that has given me a lot throughout the years—so much so that I saw <em>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child </em>in March and sobbed loudly in a theater. However, watching Johnny Depp just stare blankly in most scenes wasn&#8217;t exactly my idea of a stellar performance.</p>
  464. <p>I&#8217;d have thought he&#8217;d be Daniel Day Lewis-level acting based on how director David Yates and Rowling were defending their choice, so seeing him acting like a child who was in his first play wasn&#8217;t exactly what I expected. Really? Y&#8217;all wanted to put all your money on a man who wasn&#8217;t even doing that much as Grindelwald?</p>
  465. <p>All it shows is that Yates and Rowling would rather focus on their &#8220;vision&#8221; for Grindelwald, rather than listen to what fans of this series are saying to them. Depp, whether or not he did what he has been accused of, represents a dark part of this series that many relate to. Victims of abuse turned to Harry Potter because he grew up in an abusive household. Depp&#8217;s track record makes it so those fans feel like Rowling doesn&#8217;t care about their voice.</p>
  466. <p>Even if his performance were out of this world, they still should have listened to what people were saying about his casting. They didn&#8217;t, and then, after seeing the movie, there was absolutely nothing special about Johnny Depp and his work in <em>Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald</em>. What did they gain?</p>
  467. <p>Johnny Depp is not the hill you should have died on, Joanne.</p>
  468. <p>(image: Warner Bros.)</p>
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  476. <title>That Sexist Comment About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Now a Perfect Meme</title>
  477. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/ocasio-cortez-meme-amazing/</link>
  478. <comments>https://www.themarysue.com/ocasio-cortez-meme-amazing/#respond</comments>
  479. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:06:47 +0000</pubDate>
  480. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Rachel Leishman]]></dc:creator>
  481. <category><![CDATA[Big on the Internet]]></category>
  482. <category><![CDATA[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez]]></category>
  483. <category><![CDATA[memes]]></category>
  484. <category><![CDATA[Tweets]]></category>
  485.  
  486. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.themarysue.com/?p=464753</guid>
  487. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="825" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/ocasio-cortez.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ben shapiro" srcset="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/ocasio-cortez.jpg 1200w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/ocasio-cortez-300x206.jpg 300w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/ocasio-cortez-768x528.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></div>The internet did us a favor and combined two of our favorites: memes and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.]]></description>
  488. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://www.themarysue.com/ben-shapiro-is-the-worst/ny-house-candidate-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-joins-progressive-fundraiser-in-la/" rel="attachment wp-att-455210"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-455210" src="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/ocasio-cortez-1200x825.jpg" alt="Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ben shapiro" width="1200" height="825" srcset="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/ocasio-cortez.jpg 1200w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/ocasio-cortez-300x206.jpg 300w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/ocasio-cortez-768x528.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></a></p>
  489. <p>The internet did us a favor and combined two of our favorites: memes and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. You know who doesn&#8217;t love and respect her? Random people in Washington D.C. On her first day in Congress, someone directed her <em>to where the interns are supposed to go</em>, and someone else sent her to the spouse area.</p>
  490. <p>As if that weren&#8217;t enough, <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/do-not-come-for-ocasio-cortez/">Ocasio-Cortez is now having creepshots taken of her because of the way she&#8217;s dressed</a>. After a conservative reporter claimed that she doesn&#8217;t look like &#8220;a girl who struggles&#8221; because of her coat, the internet came to her defense and made a mockery of the &#8220;Hill staffer&#8221; who sent the picture and, subsequently, Eddie Scarry, who tweeted it with the awful caption that is now a fantastic meme.</p>
  491. <p>She&#8217;s just a girl heading into the woods &#8230;</p>
  492. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  493. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I&#8217;ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don&#8217;t look like a girl who struggles. <a href="https://t.co/pfJXzmLgcx">pic.twitter.com/pfJXzmLgcx</a></p>
  494. <p>— Louis Pumpkin Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) <a href="https://twitter.com/LouisPeitzman/status/1063301659965689856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  495. <p>Not even dogs were safe.</p>
  496. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  497. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles <a href="https://t.co/9Cql4frWyy">https://t.co/9Cql4frWyy</a></p>
  498. <p>— Biz Hurst (@TheBizHurst) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheBizHurst/status/1063277068782370817?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  499. <p>The best part about memes are when you put a meme on a meme on a meme.</p>
  500. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  501. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I have eaten<br />
  502. the plums<br />
  503. that were in<br />
  504. the icebox</p>
  505. <p>and which<br />
  506. you were probably<br />
  507. saving<br />
  508. for breakfast</p>
  509. <p>Forgive me<br />
  510. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.</p>
  511. <p>— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) <a href="https://twitter.com/emilynussbaum/status/1063258449327337474?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  512. <p>She closed her eyes and drew back the curtain to see for certain what she thought she knew.</p>
  513. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  514. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles <a href="https://t.co/vbqtB0p9O3">pic.twitter.com/vbqtB0p9O3</a></p>
  515. <p>— Rebecca Shuri She Ready Carroll (@rebel19) <a href="https://twitter.com/rebel19/status/1063217461321965568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  516. <p>There&#8217;s no struggle with fur.</p>
  517. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  518. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">i’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles <a href="https://t.co/VXB5GHnUdE">pic.twitter.com/VXB5GHnUdE</a></p>
  519. <p>— nb (@nicjbae) <a href="https://twitter.com/nicjbae/status/1063216996735770624?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  520. <p>The Mandarin duck may be back, but she has quite the coat for just a duck.</p>
  521. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  522. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles. <a href="https://t.co/TidcIgEm79">pic.twitter.com/TidcIgEm79</a></p>
  523. <p>— Julia Moser (@juliamoserrrr) <a href="https://twitter.com/juliamoserrrr/status/1063195906575613953?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  524. <p>IKEA Monkey may have been refused entry, but she isn&#8217;t struggling now.</p>
  525. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  526. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles. <a href="https://t.co/THFqbuAuCb">pic.twitter.com/THFqbuAuCb</a></p>
  527. <p>— Elly Belle &#x1f52e; (@literElly) <a href="https://twitter.com/literElly/status/1063206171773820935?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  528. <p>We knew it. She&#8217;s just three toddlers stacked on top of each other in a trench coat.</p>
  529. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  530. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles. <a href="https://t.co/UrP3uGrjVL">pic.twitter.com/UrP3uGrjVL</a></p>
  531. <p>— julia reinstein &#x1f6a1; (@juliareinstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/juliareinstein/status/1063197972878553088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  532. <p>At least we know she&#8217;s warm.</p>
  533. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  534. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles. <a href="https://t.co/VQXcT4ZByN">pic.twitter.com/VQXcT4ZByN</a></p>
  535. <p>— maya kosoff (@mekosoff) <a href="https://twitter.com/mekosoff/status/1063191479835869185?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  536. <p>I&#8217;m more concerned about her matching abilities than her lack of finanical struggle.</p>
  537. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  538. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles. <a href="https://t.co/A6XWdKxYpX">pic.twitter.com/A6XWdKxYpX</a></p>
  539. <p>— Schooley (@Rschooley) <a href="https://twitter.com/Rschooley/status/1063188511589752833?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  540. <p>It may look like a trash bag, but she isn&#8217;t struggling, that&#8217;s for sure.</p>
  541. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  542. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles. <a href="https://t.co/PU3G8Ljm0O">pic.twitter.com/PU3G8Ljm0O</a></p>
  543. <p>— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) <a href="https://twitter.com/RachelLeishman/status/1063450511263846400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  544. <p>It&#8217;s cold. Let Alexandria wear a coat. Jesus.</p>
  545. <p>But the winner is definitely this one:</p>
  546. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en">
  547. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles. <a href="https://t.co/4I20bJbH6F">pic.twitter.com/4I20bJbH6F</a></p>
  548. <p>— Aidan Mo-ho-ho-her &#x1f385; (@adribbleofink) <a href="https://twitter.com/adribbleofink/status/1063204117848350720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  549. <p>Watch out, Congress.</p>
  550. <p>(image: Mario Tama/Getty Images)</p>
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  558. <title>General Mills Monsters Remind Us That Not Everyone Deserves a Cinematic Universe</title>
  559. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/general-mills-cinematic-universe/</link>
  560. <comments>https://www.themarysue.com/general-mills-cinematic-universe/#respond</comments>
  561. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:06:32 +0000</pubDate>
  562. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Chelsea Steiner]]></dc:creator>
  563. <category><![CDATA[Big on the Internet]]></category>
  564. <category><![CDATA[count chocula]]></category>
  565. <category><![CDATA[Franken Berry]]></category>
  566. <category><![CDATA[General Mills]]></category>
  567.  
  568. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.themarysue.com/?p=464745</guid>
  569. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1284" height="669" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/MonsterCereals.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="frankenberry, booberry, count chocula" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/MonsterCereals.jpg 1284w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/MonsterCereals-300x156.jpg 300w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/MonsterCereals-768x400.jpg 768w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/MonsterCereals-1200x625.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 1284px) 100vw, 1284px" /></div>One thing I don't find myself concerned with is the greater cereal monster cinematic universe. ]]></description>
  570. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-464748" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/MonsterCereals.jpg" alt="frankenberry, booberry, count chocula" width="1284" height="669" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/MonsterCereals.jpg 1284w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/MonsterCereals-300x156.jpg 300w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/MonsterCereals-768x400.jpg 768w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/MonsterCereals-1200x625.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 1284px) 100vw, 1284px" /></p>
  571. <p>There are many thoughts that go through one&#8217;s head when eating a bowl of General Mills monster cereal: Will this sugary breakfast treat give me diabetes? Is there a Bride of Franken Berry? <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/monster-cereal-rankings/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How would one rank them against each other</a>? Should I, an adult woman in my 30s, stop eating a cereal made for children?</p>
  572. <p>One thing I don&#8217;t find myself concerned with is the greater cereal monster cinematic universe.</p>
  573. <p>So, imagine my surprise when I saw this billboard in Hollywood, featuring Franken Berry in an oddly seductive pin-up pose:</p>
  574. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  575. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">This is irresponsible. Dozens of crashed cars are currently piling up on Sunset Blvd, as horny cereal fans like me get distracted from the road <a href="https://t.co/x0RKDMmiwh">pic.twitter.com/x0RKDMmiwh</a></p>
  576. <p>— Joe Kwaczala (@joekjoek) <a href="https://twitter.com/joekjoek/status/1062433592356163584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 13, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  577. <p>While the billboard is spoofing Los Angeles&#8217;s <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/angelyne-la-billboard-diva-30-years-1025678" target="_blank" rel="noopener">legendary Angelyne billboards</a> (ask your L.A.-based friend about it), the website it promotes is no joke. <a href="https://www.workwiththemonsters.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">WorkWithTheMonsters.com</a> is an open call for people to pitch ideas centered on the trio of cereal monsters, Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry. The website reads:</p>
  578. <blockquote><p>&#8220;We’re calling all filmmakers, actors, agents, writers, producers, animators, tastemakers, dealmakers, movers and shakers. We want to work with you to bring great stories to life. From mythical fables to magical journeys. Fairy tales to folk tales. Cliffhangers to nail-biters. Heroic sagas to cosmic battles. Binge-worthy dramas to historical epics. Blockbusters to indies. Serials to sequels. Together, let’s captivate the hearts and minds of teens and adults.&#8221;</p></blockquote>
  579. <p>This might be a good time to remind the world that not everything needs a cinematic universe. Ever since Marvel Studios won over audiences with their sprawling cross-film storylines, every studio has been scrambling to launch a cinematic universe of their own. The DCEU and Warner Bros. have stumbled with their lugubrious <em>Justice League</em> films, with <em>Wonder Woman</em> being the only bright spot in the entire franchise so far. (We&#8217;ll have to wait and see how <em>Aquaman</em> fares next month.)</p>
  580. <p>Universal tried to start a cinematic &#8220;dark universe&#8221; based on their <a href="https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2423971/its-been-one-year-since-the-dark-universe-was-announced-so-what-happened" target="_blank" rel="noopener">classic roster of movie monsters</a> but struggled with the critically panned <em>The Mummy</em> movie.</p>
  581. <p>Aside from the MCU, cinematic universes just don&#8217;t hold up, and whatever brief success they experience is soon dragged down by the endless retconning and rewriting of original faves to service newer, less exciting storylines. Look at the <em>Fantastic Beasts</em> franchise as a prime example of a beloved cinematic universe <a href="https://www.themarysue.com/fantastic-beasts-crimes-of-grindelwald-review/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">quickly going to seed</a> in service of a five-picture deal.</p>
  582. <p>For that matter, are there any characters less worth of a universe than these cereal mascots? It&#8217;s already a bad sign when two of your characters have the same name/flavor. Are Franken Berry and Boo Berry related? ARE THEY IN LOVE? And why, in the 50-something years since their inception, has no one come up with Peanut Butter Poltergeist?</p>
  583. <p>If you have any ideas for any historical epics or binge-worthy dramas starring these three characters, please share them in the comments. Now, if you&#8217;ll excuse me, I have to review George R.R. Martin&#8217;s 17-book saga on the life and times of the Cheerios bee.</p>
  584. <p>(via <a href="https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/mysterious-website-puts-out-open-call-for-count-chocula-boo-berry-movie-pitches" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SyfyWire</a>, image: screencap)</p>
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  592. <title>Leta Lestrange Is a Massive Disappointment in The Crimes of Grindelwald</title>
  593. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/leta-lestrange-crimes-of-grindelwald/</link>
  594. <comments>https://www.themarysue.com/leta-lestrange-crimes-of-grindelwald/#respond</comments>
  595. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:01:49 +0000</pubDate>
  596. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Princess Weekes]]></dc:creator>
  597. <category><![CDATA[Movies]]></category>
  598. <category><![CDATA[fantastic beasts: the crimes of grindelwald]]></category>
  599. <category><![CDATA[Harry Potter (franchise)]]></category>
  600. <category><![CDATA[J.K. Rowling]]></category>
  601.  
  602. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.themarysue.com/?p=464736</guid>
  603. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="503" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Leta-Lestrange.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="leta lestrange fantastic beasts crimes of grindelwald" srcset="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Leta-Lestrange.jpg 1200w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Leta-Lestrange-300x126.jpg 300w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Leta-Lestrange-768x322.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></div>Leta Lestrange in <em>Crimes of Grindelwald</em> is J.K. Rowling's first on-screen and named black female Slytherin character and the results are more than lackluster.]]></description>
  604. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-464750" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Leta-Lestrange.jpg" alt="Leta-Lestrange" width="1200" height="503" srcset="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Leta-Lestrange.jpg 1200w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Leta-Lestrange-300x126.jpg 300w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Leta-Lestrange-768x322.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></p>
  605. <p>Last night, I was brought to see <em>Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Storytellin</em>g, and overall, I found it to be a dull film with a lot of setup and stories that seemed loosely connected.</p>
  606. <p>Things would be established through dialogue, but mostly we, as an audience, were supposed to fill in a lot of blanks and accept a lot of “oh, yeah, that didn’t stick” from the last movie. It’s a truly meaningless adventure, but it does introduce something new for the <em>Harry Potter</em> universe: the first named and onscreen black female Slytherin character, and the first <em>Harry Potter</em> movie to highlight non-white Purebloods.</p>
  607. <p>So how did that turn out?</p>
  608. <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-459529" src="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/09/DR-Side-Eye.gif" alt="daniel radcliffe side eye" width="500" height="210" /></p>
  609. <p><strong style="font-style: italic;"><em>***MAJOR </em>SPOILERS FOR <em>FANTASTIC BEASTS</em> 2.***</strong></p>
  610. <p>I feel I should start out by saying that, of all the elements in this movie, it was Leta Lestrange I’d been looking forward to most. A black female Slytherin who&#8217;s the middle of a semi-love triangle between two meh white dudes? Dope, and I love Zoë Kravitz. So before anyone starts with “you came into this mad,” I <i>wanted this to work</i>.</p>
  611. <p>In the movie, Leta is a half-black, half-white witch who is engaged to Theseus Scamander (a character who is called a bully but doesn’t bully anyone in the movie) and a childhood friend of Newt. Through flashbacks, we see that she was tormented by other kids because of being a Lestrange and became a troublemaker in response. She even feels like Dumbledore didn&#8217;t like her.</p>
  612. <p>We also find out that the death of her brother has caused a lot of issues with people saying that Credence is her brother. (He’s not. He&#8217;s a secret Dumbledore because J.K.) She reveals via flashback that, as a young girl, during a boat ride to America, her brother wouldn’t stop crying, and she switched the baby with another one (instead of using magic, like a witch, but okay).</p>
  613. <p>When the boat sank, one of the escape boats capsized, and her half-brother drowned. The baby saved was Credence, and the baby who died was her brother. This is why she is seen in the trailer saying to Newt that “there’s never been a monster you couldn’t love.” Is any of this interesting? Nope.</p>
  614. <p>Oh yes, and she dies at the end because she tries to kill Grindelwald by pretending to join him, but is burned alive by fire. Her last words? “I love you,” said to &#8230; is it Newt? Is it Theseus? IS IT BOTH? (No one really cares.)</p>
  615. <p>All of this would have been a weird, uneventful storyline that would already have upset me simply because, for a movie that has four speaking roles for women of color, all of them are terrible, and one of them dies to save her white boy love interests and &#8220;atone,&#8221; I guess? That’s all basic enough on its own, but what makes this all come together in deep frustration is the story of Leta’s birth.</p>
  616. <p>There&#8217;s a wizard named Yusuf in the movie who is also trying to find the MacGuffin that is Credence think that he’s a secret baby Lestrange because he wants revenge on the Lestrange family for what they did to his family (it’s very <em>Dynasty</em>). Yusuf explains that his family was a pureblood Senegalese family, the Kamas (and they emphasize that Senegalese part), who were living in London.</p>
  617. <p>His mother, Laurena was abducted by Corvus Lestrange, forced to become his wife, and subsequently raped. She stayed under Corvus Lestrange’s control until she died giving birth to Leta, who grew up unloved by Corvus and unaccepted by multiple worlds, as Grindelwald says to her.</p>
  618. <p>It is at this point that I turned to my movie buddy and said, “Did they make Leta a ‘tragic mulatto’?”</p>
  619. <p>For those unfamiliar with this term and its use in fiction, the tragic mulatto is a stereotypical fictional character trope that came from American literature during the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning around the 1840s. The &#8220;tragic mulatto&#8221; is an archetypical mixed-race person (a &#8220;mulatto&#8221;), who is sad and isolated in the world because they fail to completely fit in the &#8220;white world&#8221; or the &#8220;black world.&#8221; The trope goes that there&#8217;s no place in the world for them because they can never truly be understood by society.</p>
  620. <p>Most commonly, these characters come about from the “relationship” between a white master and a black female slave. In watching the scene where Leta’s mother is taken, she is wearing a white dress and is this beautiful dark-skinned woman being stolen by Corvus Lestrange, while her black husband is seemingly helpless to do anything despite also being a wizard, rich, and a pureblood.</p>
  621. <p>This event is the first example of real-world racism implied between black and white witches, and for it to be brought into the <i>Harry Potter</i> universe in this way is &#8230; gross. It&#8217;s gross because it feels like this is their way of explaining why she&#8217;s a black member of this pureblood family and why there are not many other mixed-race Lestranges.</p>
  622. <p>Not that there could be other black purebloods, or that, in a society where purebloods are ceasing to exist, it makes sense that pureblood wizards across the world would intermarry. No, to explain her existence, she must be a product of rape and named after one of mythology&#8217;s most well-known rape victims: <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leda_and_the_Swan">Leda</a>.</p>
  623. <p>For me, it comes down to the question of &#8220;why?&#8221; Why did J.K. Rowling invoke this deeply problematic trope in the creation of the character?</p>
  624. <p>While I&#8217;d love to explain it away that &#8220;she&#8217;s British,&#8221; the reality is that stories about &#8220;tragic mulattos&#8221; flourished in Britain as well, and the movie <em>Belle</em>, which highlighted the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, came out just a few years ago. A writer of Rowling&#8217;s influence should know what she&#8217;s talking about when putting pen to paper, and everything about this movie shows a real lack of insight into the progressive politics she wants to highlight.</p>
  625. <p>Also, <em>there are black/mixed-raced British people</em> and one of them, while American born, is currently the Duchess of Sussex.</p>
  626. <div id="attachment_464759" style="width: 490px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-464759" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/Meghan-Markle.gif" alt="Meghan Markle" width="480" height="266" /><p class="wp-caption-text">(image: BBC)</p></div>
  627. <p>A quote by director David Yates, from <a href="https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/photo-gallery/45299263/image/45299283/Political-Themes-Were-Hard-Avoid"><em>PopSugar</em></a>, has him saying the following about Rowling&#8217;s writing for this movie:</p>
  628. <blockquote><p>&#8220;If you&#8217;re making a movie, ultimately you can&#8217;t help but be sensitive to the world in which you create it,&#8221; Yates said of the filming process. &#8220;It influences you every single day, influenced Jo when she was writing the script, influences us as we put the whole story together . . . but the themes, I think, are kind of universal and archetypal and timeless. Rather than a direct political sort of counterpoint or context, it&#8217;s really about the values of tolerance and understanding and a celebration of diversity.&#8221;</p></blockquote>
  629. <p>What diversity is being celebrated?</p>
  630. <p>You have a bunch of black pureblood wizards being overpowered, abused, and kidnapped by white wizards that should be their equals. Nagini does truly nothing, in her small amount of screen time, to justice her existence as anything more than a shoutout. Leta lives a sad, tragic life hated by most people on both sides because of her family and her dead brother, only to be sadly killed trying to pull a Loki vs. Thanos.</p>
  631. <p>And the other POC character gets to speak and go. Fantastic diversity. Even Leta&#8217;s storyline could have been meaningful if it wasn&#8217;t 90% exposition.</p>
  632. <p><em>The Crimes of Grindelwald</em> is the kind of story that should be interesting, but just reeks of a lack of understanding. The way Queenie goes from being cute, but charming to a rapist and a fascist to be with the man she loves (a non-magical man who Grindelwald would absolutely kill, but whatever) comes so fast it&#8217;s truly astounding.</p>
  633. <p>To have Grindelwald&#8217;s explanation for why they need to take out muggles now come from him predicting WWII, with Holocaust imagery at the end, is really jarring when we&#8217;ve spent <em>how long</em> establishing Grindelwald as a Nazi/Hitler figure? Seeing him now say he&#8217;s inspired to eliminate non magical people, because of Hitler, is like &#8230; Joanne, you know Grindelwald is gay, right?</p>
  634. <p>I&#8217;ve seen people comment on my last post about the <em>Harry Potter</em> series&#8217; dealings with race that I have read too much into it, because these things aren&#8217;t supposed to hold up to this level of thinking, because that story isn&#8217;t what Rowling is trying to tell. Well, <em>that&#8217;s the story she wants to tell here.</em> She wants to be political, she wants her series held up as one of diversity, inclusion, and progressivism. Well, you have to walk it like you talk it.</p>
  635. <p>Leta&#8217;s fate hurts, not just because of the sloppy writing around race, but because I was so close to getting what I was looking forward to—a beautiful, elegant, black Slytherin anti-hero—and what I got is a tragic mulatto backstory not even fully given its due, and a death that is deeply unsatisfying.</p>
  636. <p>But, you know &#8230; three more movies.</p>
  637. <p>(image: Warner Bros)</p>
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  645. <title>Conservative Reporter Gets Exactly What He Deserves for Gross Ocasio-Cortez Comments</title>
  646. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/do-not-come-for-ocasio-cortez/</link>
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  648. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:37:56 +0000</pubDate>
  649. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Vivian Kane]]></dc:creator>
  650. <category><![CDATA[Big on the Internet]]></category>
  651. <category><![CDATA[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez]]></category>
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  656. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="911" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/ocasio-cortez.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, stuggles, coat, clothes, tweet" srcset="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/ocasio-cortez.jpg 1200w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/ocasio-cortez-300x228.jpg 300w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/ocasio-cortez-768x583.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></div>Another day, another conservative getting owned by their own attempted bashing of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The most recent to join those ranks is the <em>Washington Examiner'</em>s Eddie Scarry, who posted a totally creepy picture of the Congresswoman-elect to Twitter, along with a caption suggesting her working-class image isn't accurate.]]></description>
  657. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-464743" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/ocasio-cortez.jpg" alt="Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, stuggles, coat, clothes, tweet" width="1200" height="911" srcset="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/ocasio-cortez.jpg 1200w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/ocasio-cortez-300x228.jpg 300w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/ocasio-cortez-768x583.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></p>
  658. <p>Another day, another conservative getting owned by their own attempted bashing of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The most recent to join those ranks is the <em>Washington Examiner&#8217;s</em> Eddie Scarry, who posted a totally creepy picture of the Congresswoman-elect to Twitter, along with a caption suggesting her working-class image isn&#8217;t accurate.</p>
  659. <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-464734" src="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/scarry-tweet.png" alt="" width="800" height="656" srcset="https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/scarry-tweet.png 800w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/scarry-tweet-300x246.png 300w, https://am21.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/scarry-tweet-768x630.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></p>
  660. <p>The rightwing media is obsessed with &#8220;proving&#8221; Ocasio-Cortez isn&#8217;t as working-class as she says, especially after she mentioned her difficulties in affording a place to live in Washington, D.C. despite having no job until she gets her start in Congress. Quibbling over specifics on that point is a very strange tactic for the right, who would usually love to paint the &#8220;political elites/establishment&#8221; as out of touch with working-class Americans, and no matter the details, Ocasio-Cortez is undeniably an outlier in Congress on that front.</p>
  661. <p>It&#8217;s a weird fixation and sneaking photos like this, not to mention posting them publicly, is a creepy escalation. Naturally, Twitter had a lot to say about it. Like, <em>really</em> a lot.</p>
  662. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  663. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">mother of god <a href="https://t.co/L4t8rPsCNI">pic.twitter.com/L4t8rPsCNI</a></p>
  664. <p>— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) <a href="https://twitter.com/SimonMaloy/status/1063206484908101632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  665. <p>Yes, how dare she look well put together during her congressional orientation.</p>
  666. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  667. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">EXCLUSIVE: The So-Called “Middle-Class” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has Not Once Pressed Her Face Up to the Window of a Bakery, Longing for a Loaf of Bread</p>
  668. <p>— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) <a href="https://twitter.com/gilbertjasono/status/1063189281932525568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  669. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en">
  670. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">DOES SHE EVEN OWN A SINGLE BINDLE ON A STICK???</p>
  671. <p>— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) <a href="https://twitter.com/jules_su/status/1063203908829483008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  672. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  673. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">NEXT THING YOURE GONNA TELL ME IS WHEN SHE OPENS HER WALLET NOT A SINGLE MOTH FLIES OUT?!?!</p>
  674. <p>— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) <a href="https://twitter.com/jules_su/status/1063205706797629440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  675. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en">
  676. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ocasio-Cortez says she&#8217;s tight on cash and yet she hasn&#8217;t sold an internal organ on the Singaporean black market to pay rent</p>
  677. <p>[6 months of sustained booing]</p>
  678. <p>look, I&#8217;m just saying that her &#8220;I&#8217;m not really flush with cash right now&#8221; story don&#8217;t wash and a real journalist woul</p>
  679. <p>— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) <a href="https://twitter.com/SimonMaloy/status/1063209437471670277?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  680. <p>Obviously, Scarry&#8217;s original comment quickly became a meme.</p>
  681. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  682. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles. <a href="https://t.co/UrP3uGrjVL">pic.twitter.com/UrP3uGrjVL</a></p>
  683. <p>— julia reinstein &#x1f6a1; (@juliareinstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/juliareinstein/status/1063197972878553088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  684. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  685. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hill staffer sent me this pic of Slen Darman they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a manifestation of teen loneliness turned insecurity-fueled bloodsacrifice who struggles. <a href="https://t.co/eHQftdkG0r">pic.twitter.com/eHQftdkG0r</a></p>
  686. <p>— Brock Wilbur (@brockwilbur) <a href="https://twitter.com/brockwilbur/status/1063203942711156736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  687. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  688. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hill staffer sent me this pic of Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that hat and bow tie don’t look like a worm who struggles. <a href="https://t.co/KskdMIvVfs">pic.twitter.com/KskdMIvVfs</a></p>
  689. <p>— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) <a href="https://twitter.com/ParkerMolloy/status/1063201516419461120?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  690. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  691. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/Seinfeld2000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Seinfeld2000</a> here is the episode you asked for <a href="https://t.co/mWWYdbM4Gy">https://t.co/mWWYdbM4Gy</a></p>
  692. <p>— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018/status/1063213009588420608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  693. <p>He even got dunked on by the dictionary.</p>
  694. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  695. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Girl. Noun. A female child, from birth to full growth.</p>
  696. <p>E.g. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not a girl.<a href="https://t.co/ASRDezVivT">https://t.co/ASRDezVivT</a> <a href="https://t.co/4nnYMLk1fz">https://t.co/4nnYMLk1fz</a></p>
  697. <p>— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) <a href="https://twitter.com/Dictionarycom/status/1063211892951388160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  698. <p>Both dictionaries.</p>
  699. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  700. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">&#8216;The Ratio&#8217;: when the whole entire internet gets together to dunk on you <a href="https://t.co/Z9vscsPGHj">https://t.co/Z9vscsPGHj</a></p>
  701. <p>— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) <a href="https://twitter.com/MerriamWebster/status/1063191457656438784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  702. <p>The tweet is especially inane because, as with conservatives&#8217; continued &#8220;revelations&#8221; that Ocasio-Cortez didn&#8217;t actually grow up in the Bronx, their questions about her economic status would be answered if they read and listened to <a href="https://www.vogue.com/article/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-interview-vogue-november-2018-issue" target="_blank" rel="noopener">her own words</a> about the matter.</p>
  703. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  704. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Is this what passes for reporting now?</p>
  705. <p>In a recent interview she actually said she got a Rent the Runway subscription as a gift. (It retails for $139 a month.)</p>
  706. <p>I look forward to your important journalistic updates on what the incoming male members are sporting. &#x1f644; <a href="https://t.co/7tOpDugYHc">https://t.co/7tOpDugYHc</a></p>
  707. <p>— Sara Murray (@SaraMurray) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaraMurray/status/1063192191110131712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  708. <p>Scarry deleted the tweet and tried to use the old &#8220;I wasn&#8217;t thinking that, <em>you</em> were thinking that&#8221; argument in defense of his classism.</p>
  709. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  710. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">ATTN! I posted a tweet earlier suggesting the incoming congresswoman looked well put together &#8212; ELEGANT even &#8212; despite suggestions she’s struggled. The tweet was taken as something else, so I’ve deleted it!</p>
  711. <p>— Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) <a href="https://twitter.com/eScarry/status/1063230377073041409?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  712. <p>That&#8217;s ridiculous, of course. He said exactly what he meant to the first time, declaring himself to be the arbiter of what non-wealthy women should and shouldn&#8217;t look like. And Ocasio-Cortez herself wasn&#8217;t going to let him off the hook.</p>
  713. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en">
  714. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Oh, does <a href="https://twitter.com/eScarry?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@eScarry</a> think he can delete his misogyny without an apology?</p>
  715. <p>I don’t think so. You’re a journalist &#8211; readers should know your bias. <a href="https://t.co/2KJuiPsUR2">pic.twitter.com/2KJuiPsUR2</a></p>
  716. <p>— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018/status/1063240055236501505?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
  717. <p>But as always, Ocasio-Cortez had the perfect response to this nonsense. These conservative figures are going to come after her no matter what, so she can&#8217;t waste time trying to appease them.</p>
  718. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
  719. <p dir="ltr" lang="en">If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh &amp; take a picture of my backside.</p>
  720. <p>If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh &amp; take a picture of my backside.</p>
  721. <p>Dark hates light &#8211; that’s why you tune it out.</p>
  722. <p>Shine bright &amp; keep it pushing.&#x2728; <a href="https://t.co/mRq5wn0v9A">https://t.co/mRq5wn0v9A</a></p>
  723. <p>— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018/status/1063208373192146945?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 15, 2018</a></p></blockquote>
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  752. <title>What Politicians Who Call Abortion “Black Genocide” Are Really Saying</title>
  753. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/abortion-black-genocide-nope/</link>
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  755. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:38:54 +0000</pubDate>
  756. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Kylie Cheung]]></dc:creator>
  757. <category><![CDATA[News]]></category>
  758. <category><![CDATA[abortion]]></category>
  759. <category><![CDATA[politics]]></category>
  760. <category><![CDATA[week in reproductive justice]]></category>
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  763. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="800" src="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/pro-choice-protest-sign.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="pro choice protest sign" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/pro-choice-protest-sign.jpg 1200w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/pro-choice-protest-sign-150x100.jpg 150w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/pro-choice-protest-sign-300x200.jpg 300w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/pro-choice-protest-sign-768x512.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></div>This week was a busy one for upsetting news in reproductive rights, and early on, anti-choice politicians wasted no time in reminding us all that this is an intersectional issue—especially along lines of race.]]></description>
  764. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://www.themarysue.com/why-the-stories-of-mothers-who-had-abortions-matter/pro-choice-protest-sign-3/" rel="attachment wp-att-454444"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-454444" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/pro-choice-protest-sign-1200x800.jpg" alt="pro choice protest sign" width="1200" height="800" srcset="https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/pro-choice-protest-sign.jpg 1200w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/pro-choice-protest-sign-150x100.jpg 150w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/pro-choice-protest-sign-300x200.jpg 300w, https://am24.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/08/pro-choice-protest-sign-768x512.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></a></p>
  765. <p><em>Welcome to </em><a href="https://www.themarysue.com/tag/week-in-reproductive-justice/"><em>The Week in Reproductive Justice, a weekly recap</em></a><em> of all news related to the hot-button issue of what lawmakers are allowing women to do with their bodies!</em></p>
  766. <p>This week was a busy one for upsetting news in reproductive rights, and early on, anti-choice politicians wasted no time in reminding us all that this is an intersectional issue—especially along lines of race.</p>
  767. <p>After Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, of Mississippi, said she would sit in “the front row” of a public hanging of her black opponent this weekend, Hyde-Smith and Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant defended her comments by pivoting to <a href="https://thinkprogress.org/misogynoir-mississippi-governor-phil-bryant-black-genocide-defense-cindy-hyde-smith-453c135339b9/">how abortion is somehow “black genocide.</a>&#8221; (Yes, the same Hyde-Smith who tries to <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/mississippi-gop-sen-hyde-smith-calls-voter-suppression-great-idea-n936946" target="_blank" rel="noopener">pass voter suppression off as a joke</a>, despite being a very real concern.)</p>
  768. <p>As disgusting and outrageous as the comment was—so much so that it feels unnecessary to point out the individual details of everything wrong with it—it was, unfortunately, hardly out of character for the anti-choice movement. Disdain for the bodily autonomy of all women, broadly, is what fuels the movement—but as comments like this demonstrate, the bodily autonomy, enfranchisement and empowerment of black women and women of color are deemed even more disdainful, to be compared to something as hideous and horrifying as genocide.</p>
  769. <p><a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/report/characteristics-us-abortion-patients-2014" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Women of color comprise the majority of women who seek abortion care</a>, and providers and the reproductive rights movement broadly seek to make the option to have an abortion as accessible as possible to women of color, who are more likely to face socioeconomic barriers. That’s called compassion and equal access to crucial health care (because abortion <em>is</em> health care), and anyone who sees equality as comparable to “genocide” is an unapologetic racist, period, full stop.</p>
  770. <p>In addition, states like Ohio and Kentucky, and the Trump administration, had their own contributions to the reproductive rights news cycle.</p>
  771. <p><strong>Ohio legislature passes “heartbeat” abortion ban</strong></p>
  772. <p>Two years after the Ohio state legislature passed a similar bill, the state <a href="https://www.bustle.com/p/trumps-refugee-director-is-reportedly-penning-anti-abortion-book-its-no-surprise-13147966">House has once again passed a bill that would ban abortion</a> when the fetus’ heartbeat can be detected, which is about six weeks. Six weeks is prior to when many people even realize that they’re pregnant, so to clarify, the bill is essentially a ban on all abortion that would force Ohio women to travel out-of-state for care.</p>
  773. <p>The Republican-majority House passed HB 258 58-35. Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed the bill when it was sent to his desk in 2016, although he also immediately signed into law a repressive 20-week abortion ban. He’s expected to veto it again, and <a href="https://www.cleveland.com/politics/2018/11/ohio-house-again-passes-heartbeat-bill-abortion-ban.html?outputType=amp" target="_blank" rel="noopener">according to <em>Cleveland.com</em></a>, “it’s unclear whether legislative proponents of the bill can find the 60-plus House votes needed to override his veto.”</p>
  774. <p>The bill now travels to Ohio’s Senate for consideration. Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who just narrowly kept her seat in a competitive gubernatorial race last week, signed a similar bill into law; like virtually identical laws in Arkansas and North Dakota, all have been halted in court.</p>
  775. <p>So long as the <em>Roe v Wade</em> ruling remains intact, bills like this obviously and indisputably violate the Supreme Court precedent’s guarantee of the right to an abortion until fetal viability. In this sense, the danger of bills like this lies not merely in how they could affect Ohio women, but women nationwide, if a lawsuit challenging the fetal heartbeat ban should make it to the conservative, anti-choice-majority Supreme Court.</p>
  776. <p><strong>Kentucky holds first trial on state law banning second-trimester abortion </strong></p>
  777. <p>This week, the ACLU and Kentucky’s Gov. Matt Bevin argued in the first <a href="https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/13/kentucky-law-banning-abortion-method-called-dilation-and-evacuation-goes-trial/1978817002/">hearing for a lawsuit against the state’s HB 454, a law banning</a> the dilation and evacuation procedure for second trimester abortions, or abortions after the 14th week. The vast majority of abortions take place in the first trimester, with abortions taking place afterward often involving unique and urgent health scenarios.</p>
  778. <p>According to the <em>Courier-Journal</em>, Bevin’s lawyers argued that Kentucky residents seeking second trimester abortion care could simply travel out-of-state, as if doing so is easy and economically accessible for all in the fifth-poorest state in the nation. Additionally, he argued in favor of a “fetal demise” option, requiring doctors administering late-term abortions to inject a solution to “kill” the fetus, before performing the dilation and evacuation procedure.</p>
  779. <p>As the ACLU’s lawyers pointed out, this method could potentially endanger women, as it is “experimental” and “unreliable.</p>
  780. <p>To be clear, as the ACLU’s lawyers pointed out, the dilation and evacuation procedure is highly safe, and essentially the only safe and viable option for abortions after 14 weeks. To ban the procedure amounts to banning abortion at this stage, as a whole, which is certainly prior to fetal viability.</p>
  781. <p>Yet, laws banning dilation and evacuation procedures, with mixed success, have increased in popularity in state legislatures in recent years, in an absolutely terrifying trend, considering the anti-choice composition of the Supreme Court.</p>
  782. <p><strong>Trump’s global gag rule hurts reproductive rights abroad</strong></p>
  783. <p>This week, Reuters reported that experts at an international conference on family planning in Rwanda expressed concerns about how <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-rights-gag/millions-at-risk-globally-from-u-s-abortion-gag-rule-experts-idUSKCN1NK24C">Trump’s global gag rule policy has led to “the closure of health clinics</a>, outreach programs and refugee services that rely heavily on U.S. aid.” As a refresher, the gag rule—an executive order originally signed by former President Ronald Reagan, revoked by Bill Clinton, reinstated by George W. Bush, revoked by President Obama, and again reinstated by Trump in January 2017—bans groups that offer abortion and other reproductive health care from receiving U.S. funding.</p>
  784. <p>Access to this care and the sexual health education these groups use their funding to offer has been vital to preventing dangerous STDs and unintended pregnancy among women and girls in developing countries. These services have also helped lower rates of child marriage by preventing pregnancy in girls in developing countries.</p>
  785. <p>It should shock absolutely no one that decreasing access to this care is endangering and stripping vulnerable groups around the world of resources that are fundamental to their safety, health and survival.</p>
  786. <p>To be clear, the global gag rule is not about protecting “religious freedom.” It’s about the prioritization of powerful people’s personal ideology over the livelihoods of disproportionately women and girls of color around the world.</p>
  787. <p><strong>Shocking: Trump administration’s Scott Lloyd working on an anti-abortion playbook</strong></p>
  788. <p>In news that would shock no one who is remotely familiar with his work, Scott Lloyd, Trump’s Office of Refugee Resettlement Director famous for trying to block pregnant migrant girls from accessing abortion care, is currently writing an “anti-abortion playbook,” which is exactly what it sounds like. <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/13/scott-lloyd-anti-abortion-book-961552" target="_blank" rel="noopener">According to <em>Politico</em></a>, the book will argue the necessity of anti-abortion policies, and discuss Lloyd’s own “spiritual awakening” around abortion.</p>
  789. <p>This “spiritual awakening” involves a controversy that arose earlier this year, when it was <a href="https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/08/scott-lloyd-essay-orr-pregnant-migrants-abortion/">reported</a> that Lloyd had previously written about driving his partner to have an abortion in law school. In his paper, Lloyd wrote, “The truth about abortion is that my first child is dead, and no woman, man, Supreme Court, or government—NOBODY—has the right to tell me that she doesn’t belong here.”</p>
  790. <p>In either case, if Lloyd’s position weren’t made clear by the fact that he’s centered his work in the ORR around his personal feelings, or by his attempts to force minors who were victims of rape to give birth, then his forthcoming book certainly should do it. The book promises to be a rare, unique, and much-needed read, in a country where God knows we don’t hear enough from rich white men about what women can and can’t do with our bodies.</p>
  791. <p><em>Tune in next week to see what lawmakers will try next in their never-ending mission to derail reproductive justice!</em></p>
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  800. <title>Here Are the Worst Quotes From The Daily Caller&#8217;s Trash Fire of a Donald Trump Interview</title>
  801. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/daily-caller-trump-trash-fire/</link>
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  803. <pubDate>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:04:47 +0000</pubDate>
  804. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Vivian Kane]]></dc:creator>
  805. <category><![CDATA[News]]></category>
  806. <category><![CDATA[nolite te bastardes carborundorum]]></category>
  807. <category><![CDATA[Tucker Carlson]]></category>
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  810. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="863" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/donald-trump.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="donald trump, interview, daily caller, tucker carlson" srcset="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/donald-trump.jpg 1200w, https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/donald-trump-300x216.jpg 300w, https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/donald-trump-768x552.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></div>There's a lot of garbage there, and you shouldn't have to sift through it. It will hurt your brain. So here are just some of the very worst things he said in this super softball interview with a fawningly sympathetic outlet.]]></description>
  811. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-464723" src="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/donald-trump.jpg" alt="donald trump, interview, daily caller, tucker carlson" width="1200" height="863" srcset="https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/donald-trump.jpg 1200w, https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/donald-trump-300x216.jpg 300w, https://am23.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/donald-trump-768x552.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></p>
  812. <p>This week, Donald Trump <a href="https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/14/transcript-trump-daily-caller-interview/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">gave an interview to <em>The Daily Caller</em></a>, the right-wing nonsense machine co-founded by Tucker Carlson, and you&#8217;ve likely seen some pull-quotes making the rounds. As with most Trump interviews, many of the quotes are entirely mockable and meme-able. And we should laugh. His words are garbage and they don&#8217;t make any sense. But they make even less sense, and yet are somehow still menacingly destructive, when you look through the actual, lengthy transcript of the interview.</p>
  813. <p>There&#8217;s a lot of garbage there, and you shouldn&#8217;t have to sift through it. It will hurt your brain. So here are just some of the very worst things he said in this super softball interview with a fawningly sympathetic outlet.</p>
  814. <p>First off, he legitimately thinks he&#8217;s saved journalism.</p>
  815. <blockquote><p>I mean, look, I remember picking up before I announced for president, I picked up The New York Times and I said to somebody, ‘Boy, this paper is dead, look at it.’ The paper was dead. It was like a leaflet that you hand out at the supermarket, and now it’s a vibrant paper.</p>
  816. <p>But you look at the stories, many of the stories on the front page are about me. You know, all my life I told this story, had stories on the front page. A few, not a big deal. Which wasn’t bad, you know, maybe seven, but, you know, a few. And, you know, now if I have a few each day it’s surprisingly low.</p>
  817. <p>But it has made a big difference.</p></blockquote>
  818. <p>He pretty much admitted that his choice of replacement for Attorney General is based entirely on the candidate&#8217;s stance on Robert Mueller&#8217;s investigation.</p>
  819. <blockquote><p>THE DAILY CALLER: Could you tell us where your thinking is currently on the attorney general position? I know you’re happy with Matthew Whitaker, do you have any names? Chris Christie —</p>
  820. <p>POTUS: Matthew Whitaker is a very respected man. He’s — and he’s, very importantly, he’s respected within DOJ. I heard he got a very good decision, I haven’t seen it. Kellyanne, did I hear that?</p>
  821. <p>WHITE HOUSE ADVISER KELLYANNE CONWAY: 20 pages.</p>
  822. <p>POTUS: A 20-page?</p>
  823. <p>THE DAILY CALLER: It just came out right before this, sir.</p>
  824. <p>POTUS: Well, I heard it was a very strong opinion. Uh, which is good. But [Whitaker] is just somebody that’s very respected.</p>
  825. <p>I knew him only as he pertained, you know, as he was with Jeff Sessions. And, you know, look, as far as I’m concerned this is an investigation that should have never been brought. It should have never been had.</p>
  826. <p>It’s something that should have never been brought. It’s an illegal investigation. And you know, it’s very interesting because when you talk about not Senate confirmed, well, Mueller’s not Senate confirmed.</p>
  827. <p>THE DAILY CALLER: Right.</p>
  828. <p>POTUS: He’s heading this whole big thing, he’s not Senate confirmed.</p>
  829. <p>So anyway, I have a lot of respect for Matt Whitaker, based primarily on reputation. And I think he’s really — I think a lot of people are starting to come out very much in favor of him during this period of time.</p></blockquote>
  830. <p>People have been making fun of his words on voting fraud, given that he thinks that 1. You need ID to buy cereal, and 2. People engage in voting fraud by putting on a hat.</p>
  831. <p>Those facts are, indeed, hilarious. But the rest of the words on voting fraud are troublesome, both for their intent and for the reminder that our president doesn&#8217;t know how to speak in complete sentences. See what you can make of this:</p>
  832. <blockquote><p>You can only put in a number of people that are registered voters or live there. Now they’re, I guess they were trying to take illegal voters but these are — I’ve been saying, this is a problem all over the country, by the way. This is what I’ve been saying.</p>
  833. <p>This is a problem in California that’s so bad of illegals voting. This is a California problem and if you notice, almost every race — I was watching today — out of like 11 races that are in question they’re gonna win all of them.</p>
  834. <p>The Republicans don’t win and that’s because of potentially illegal votes, which is what I’ve been saying for a long time. I have no doubt about it. And I’ve seen it, I’ve had friends talk about it when people get in line that have absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles. Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again. Nobody takes anything. It’s really a disgrace what’s going on.</p>
  835. <p>The disgrace is that, voter ID. If you buy, you know, a box of cereal, if you do anything, you have a voter ID.</p>
  836. <p>Well, over here, the only thing you don’t is if you’re a voter of the United States. A voter in the United States of America. I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on. Really a disgrace. And they try to shame everybody by calling them racist or calling them something, anything they can think of, when you say you want voter ID. But voter ID is a very important thing.</p>
  837. <p>If you look at what happened in New Hampshire, where thousands of people came up and voted from a very liberal part of Massachusetts and they came up in buses and they voted. I said, ‘what’s going on over here,’ my people said, ‘you won New Hampshire easily except they have tremendous numbers of buses coming up.’ They’re pouring up by the hundreds, buses of people getting out, voting. Then they’re supposed to go back within 90 days. And of the people that are supposed to go back, almost none of them do. In other words, they go back after the vote is over. They go back — and I think it’s like three percent — I mean, almost nobody goes back to show that, you know, that they were allowed to vote. And so what do you do? Recall the election. Recall the election. I mean, there, you should be able to recall the election.</p></blockquote>
  838. <p>Yes, according to Donald Trump, voter fraud is happening by the bus-full in liberal-leaning areas, and all those elections must be recalled. But in other places, like Georgia and Florida, he says it&#8217;s a disgrace that people (like Oprah and Michelle Obama, by name) are &#8220;trying to play around with the votes.&#8221; He knows the Democrats are cheating in those areas because his rallies there were so big.</p>
  839. <p>But personally, this is the quote that really got me, where Trump is asked about the recent protest outside of Tucker Carlson&#8217;s home, and his response is basically to call for violence.</p>
  840. <blockquote><p>THE DAILY CALLER: Tucker Carlson had his house attacked, he had a mob outside of his house while his wife was home. They cracked the door — what is this violence? Where does it come from? Do you have a message for Tucker and his family?</p>
  841. <p>POTUS: I do, I spoke to Tucker and I think Tucker’s a great guy and I think it’s terrible, they were actually trying to break down the door.</p>
  842. <p>THE DAILY CALLER: How do you think the police should handle Antifa, generally?</p>
  843. <p>POTUS: These people, like the Antifa you’re talking about, the Antifa — they better hope that the opposition to Antifa decides not to mobilize. Because if they do, they’re much tougher. Much stronger. Potentially much more violent. And Antifa’s going to be in big trouble. But so far they haven’t done that, and that’s a good thing.</p>
  844. <p>But they better hope that the other side doesn’t mobilize, you understand what I’m saying. Because if you look, the other side is the military, it’s the police, it’s a lot of very strong, a lot of very tough people. Tougher than them. And smarter than them. And they’re sitting back and watching and they’re getting angrier and angrier.</p></blockquote>
  845. <p>&#8220;They better hope that the opposition to Antifa decides not to mobilize.&#8221; Does Trump know that Antifa mobilized <em>in reaction</em> to that opposition, namely extremism as it manifests in racism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny? What Trump is saying here is that anti-fascist protestors had better watch out, or right-wing extremists are going to &#8220;mobilize&#8221; with violence. Does anyone&#8217;s mind not immediately flash to the tragedies in Charlottesville? That&#8217;s essentially what Trump is describing. Protestors gathered to counter a gathering of Nazis, and the Nazis retaliated in &#8220;tougher,&#8221; &#8220;stronger,&#8221; &#8220;more violent&#8221; ways.</p>
  846. <p>It&#8217;s no wonder Trump wouldn&#8217;t condemn their actions then; he&#8217;s still celebrating them now.</p>
  847. <p>(image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)</p>
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  855. <title>Things We Saw Today: J.K. Simmons Is Joining Hulu&#8217;s Veronica Mars Revival</title>
  856. <link>https://www.themarysue.com/j-k-simmons-veronica-mars/</link>
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  858. <pubDate>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:00:11 +0000</pubDate>
  859. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Chelsea Steiner]]></dc:creator>
  860. <category><![CDATA[Big on the Internet]]></category>
  861. <category><![CDATA[J.K. Simmons]]></category>
  862. <category><![CDATA[things we saw today]]></category>
  863. <category><![CDATA[Veronica Mars]]></category>
  864.  
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  866. <description><![CDATA[<div><img width="1200" height="800" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/JKSimmons-e1542321212973.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="jk simmons" /></div>Oscar-winning character actor J.K. Simmons is set to join Hulu's revival of <em>Veronica Mars</em>.]]></description>
  867. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-464720" src="https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2018/11/JKSimmons-e1542321212973.jpg" alt="jk simmons" width="1200" height="800" /></p>
  868. <p>Oscar-winning character actor J.K. Simmons is set to join Hulu&#8217;s revival of <em>Veronica Mars</em>. He will star alongside the returning cast which includes Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra and Percy Daggs III. He is also joined by new cast members including Patton Oswalt, Clifton Collins Jr. (<em>Westworld</em>) and Izabela Vidovic (<em>iZombie</em>). The new revival will follow the 2014 fan-funded film, which broke Kickstarter records by raising $5 million in record time.</p>
  869. <p>The revival follows Veronica as she investigates a string of spring breaker murders in her hometown of Neptune, which are damaging the town&#8217;s fragile tourist economy. Simmons will play Clyde Prickett, a former prison buddy and current fixer for Big Dick Casablancas (David Starzyk). The series is set to premiere in 2019. As a die-hard <em>Veronica Mars</em> fan, I&#8217;m excited to see how the series will change on the streaming platform. Will Veronica be dropping f-bombs? We&#8217;ll have to wait and see.</p>
  870. <p>(via <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jk-simmons-joins-veronica-mars-revival-1161532" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Hollywood Reporter</a>, image: Greg Doherty/Getty Images)</p>
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  872. <li><em>2 Dope Queens</em> ends their long-running podcast with the dopest queen of all: former first lady Michelle Obama. (via <a href="https://theglowup.theroot.com/a-first-lady-and-a-final-farewell-the-2-dope-queens-po-1830446456" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Root</a>)</li>
  873. <li>Oxford Dictionaries&#8217; word of the year is &#8220;toxic&#8221;, which pretty much sums 2018 up in a nutshell. (via <a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/11/15/668041894/toxic-is-oxford-dictionaries-word-of-2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NPR</a>)</li>
  874. <li>Love <em>Twin Peaks</em> and have $2,000 to burn? Then why not buy Laura Palmer&#8217;s casket? (via <a href="https://www.indiewire.com/2018/11/twin-peaks-props-memorabilia-auction-1202020864/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">IndieWire</a>)</li>
  875. <li>Here&#8217;s some great news: Miles Scott, aka Batkid, is officially cancer-free. (via <a href="https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/11/15/batkid-declared-cancer-free/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ComicBook</a>)</li>
  876. </ul>
  877. <p>What&#8217;s caught your eye today, Mary Suevians?</p>
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