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An Incomplete List of Donald Trump’s Dumbest Moments

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Yesterday, Donald Trump officially announced his candidacy for President of the United States, a sentence that is either the funniest or most chilling thing I’ve ever typed. (Although, as Salon’s Jim Newell points out, he’s not actually running yet.) And when he made that announcement, he entered to the sounds of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” The notion of an oligarch like Trump reappropriating such a song is comical enough, but come to find out — and seriously, will they ever learn — Mr. Young wasn’t wild about Trump using it, and made his displeasure known. Such a stumble might slow down some candidates, but not Trump; why, if you made a list of the dumbest things Trump’s ever done, this wouldn’t even make the cut. And how do I know? Because I just made such a list.
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How an ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Actor Became a Powerful Feminist Ally

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It’s a safe bet that many of us feminists who say things like, “It’s not my job to educate you” and, “Why can’t [Celebrity X] just say she’s a feminist?” on Twitter or Tumblr, interact every day with people in our families, workplaces, and even social circles who are exactly like the folks we criticize online. Most feminists have have “I’m not a feminist, but” friends — and perhaps our daily interactions with these folks help to explain why we don’t feel compelled to slow down and teach Feminism 101 to curious strangers on the Internet.
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It’s Time For a Moratorium on Celebrities Talking About Politics

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In the spring of 1969, newlyweds John Lennon and Yoko Ono decided to turn the nonstop coverage of their unavoidable celebrity into something worthwhile. They invited the press to join them in Amsterdam for their honeymoon, where they sat in bed for a week and talked about peace. “Yoko and I decided that we knew whatever we did would be in the papers,” Lennon would later explain, so they determined that if they were going to be in front of reporters, they might as well talk about something important. This general perspective has led countless subsequent celebrities to use their fame as currency to speak out on issues they care about — which is, in many ways, admirable. But they’re often blissfully unaware of the full context for Lennon’s influential use of his celebrity.
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