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‘Nashville’ Is Pushing Its Gay Cowboy Out of the Closet, and It’s About Time

Note: This article contains spoilers for last night’s episode of Nashville.

A few weeks back, ABC’s Nashville — now in its third season — evaded a conversation that seems unavoidable when a young, single character gets pregnant unexpectedly in the year 2014. The country music soap steered clear of the word “abortion,” failing to even write in a knowing, “Well, what about…?” Superstar Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Panettiere) would have the baby and give it up for adoption, and she would hide the pregnancy while filming a Patsy Cline biopic and touring the country. End of story, no political controversy to see here, move it along. … Read More

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Watch: Supercut of Everyone the Right-Wing Media Says Shouldn’t Vote

The whole problem started when women got the vote because… emotions got involved.

This is actually a statement made by Rush… Read More

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Dystopia Is Here: ‘Citizenfour’s’ Revealing Portrait of Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, who risked his life by spilling the secret information that nothing is a secret, is perhaps over-revered by a certain type of person: white, male, national-security obsessed, libertarian-leaning, privileged. These are the folks who weren’t ever dissidents, immigrants, people of color or “othered,” people who were genuinely shocked and not exhausted by Snowden’s snuck-out news that the government is listening in (at least via metadata) to our every little click and convo. … Read More

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Why Protesters Are Heckling an Opera About Terrorism — And Why They’re Wrong

It’s not often these days that an opera finds itself in the middle of a major imbroglio lasting several news cycles — although back in the form’s heyday people often rioted or jeered at controversial productions. But we’ve had a little taste of opera’s heated history this week, since John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer opened at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The opera, which is playing through November, has drawn protesters, artists, politicians, and Supreme Court justices — not to mention the abstract concepts of political art and free expression — into a major secondary drama. Is it anti-Semitic or fair? Should it be censored or allowed to go on? … Read More

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“Amazon Is Hurting America”: NY Times Columnist On Why the Hachette Conflict Goes Way Beyond Books

“Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America.” Thus begins Monday’s ominously blunt column by New York Times regular and Nobel-prize winner Paul Krugman. Krugman, who covers the economy from a progressive perspective, does not approach the controversial question of Amazon: good or bad? as a an author with a recent book out, nor as a rabid culture consumer (although I did see him at a St. Vincent concert in Brooklyn once; shoutout to Paul Krugman’s music taste!) Instead, he’s writing as a politically-savvy economist who sees a company beginning to get out of control. And Krugman has some important thoughts about what Amazon has become so dangerous — not a monopoly, per se, but rather a monopsony. … Read More

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Portland’s First Homegrown “Men’s Rights Activist” Targets Female-Centric Comedy Fest

A man claiming to be Portland’s first homegrown Men’s Rights Activist decided to target an all-female (and transgender) comedy fest this past week in Portland. All Jane No Dick is a multi-night celebration of (very funny!) women in comedy, which makes plenty of sense as a concept, given the sexism in the stand-up field. But one fellow named Matt seems to lack this context, which is why he stands alone, adamant, against the “no dick” joke in the title. He mounted his own flyer campaign disparaging the event and advertised on Craigslist for co-protesters, operating under the nickname he himself has invented: “The Lone Woof.” … Read More

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Hey, John Grisham: Looking at Child Pornography Is Not a Victimless Crime

We nearly got through an entire week without a privileged old asshole making a fool of himself, but then John Grisham came along and spoiled everything. Specifically, he gave an interview to the Daily Telegraph in England, wherein he took the opportunity to expound on how he thinks it’s all wrong to lock up old white men who just happen to enjoy watching some child pornography when they get home drunk. He complained that, “We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child,” and cited the example of a friend who “went to a website… labeled, 16-year-old wannabe hookers, or something… [and] downloaded some stuff. It was 16-year-old girls who looked 30. You know, they were all dressed up and whatever. He shouldn’t have done it, it was stupid. But it wasn’t 10-year-old boys and he didn’t touch anything… [But] he went to prison for three years.” This, according to John Grisham, is a Bad Thing. Dear god. Where to begin? … Read More

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Olivier Assayas on Post-May 1968 France and Romanticizing Youth Rebellion

Yesterday evening, as part of the Festival Albertine, Olivier Assayas was sort of questioned about his films by a panel consisting of legendary music journalist Greil Marcus, Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, and screenwriter Larry Gross (We Don’t Live Here Anymore). Mostly, though, he was questioned about the atmosphere surrounding May ’68 — the attempted student revolution in Paris that Assayas didn’t really experience  — by the audience. … Read More

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Gone Girl, Bad Weather, and the D: Links You Need to See

Everyone’s content has been on point today, so I just want to thank y’all (y’all here being used in the feminist sense) for making today’s post really easy to write. Here’s what you need to read (or look at) from today’s internet goings-on. … Read More

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