Caitlyn Jenner’s arrival on the cover of Vanity Fair this week was a triumph for her personally, a culmination of a journey that the nation has watched, rapt. But to observers of the media climate, it was also a barometer that happily showed some measurable progress.
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Attention, celebrity purveyors of college commencement speeches: thank you all for playing, your efforts are appreciated, and … Read More
Is there no schlubby, dark-haired comedian known for playing man-children while plumbing the depths of box-office-friendly buffoonery left to whom we can look for moral leadership? First, Adam Sandler offends Native Americans on the set of The Ridiculous Six. And now, Vince Vaughn has made controversial comments about guns.
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“Call me Caitlyn,” says the cover line, and it’s perhaps a measure of how far we’ve come that my first… Read More
Why do reporters ask vapid gendered questions about diets and clothes and “balancing work and family” of actresses over and over again — while they ask male movie stars about preparing for their roles and other weighty topics? Well, because whether these inane queries get slapped down or answered in earnest, it probably makes for a juicy headline. But it’s also simply lazy. That’s why one of the most heartening changes in the cultural sphere in the past few years is the way so many celebrities, male and female alike (Jeremy Renner being a notable exception), have simply refused to play this game — or, even better, called questioners on their… Read More