Politics

Vice Media Co-Founder Gavin Mcinnes Thinks “Women Are Pretending They Like Working”

When you see the words “Fox” and “woman” in the same sentence before a video clip, you wouldn’t be wrong… Read More

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Jian Ghomeshi Will Face Two Sexual Assault Trials

Two charges of sexual assault against disgraced Canadian Broadcasting Company radio host Jian Ghomeshi have been dropped — but he’s… Read More

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Miley Cyrus Collaborates With Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace on “Androgynous,” Gets Celebrity Activism Right With Happy Hippie

This morning on Facebook Miley Cyrus posted a video for her collaboration with Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace, a cover of The Replacements’ “Androgynous.” Apart from being a thoroughly enjoyable three minutes of music, the video also marks the launch of a Cyrus-spearheaded foundation to aid homeless LGBT young people. As Stereogum noted this morning, “The mere fact that this video exists is pretty amazing, and so is its reason for existence.” … Read More

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Russian Officials Are Also Livid About ‘Songs of Innocence’… Because Its Album Art Is “Gay Propaganda”

Remember waking up one day to find a mysterious new set of songs with dramatic titles like “Iris (Hold Me… Read More

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Mahatma Gandhi, Baltimore, and the Myth of Nonviolence

It’s like clockwork. There’s a riot in some disenfranchised corner of America — or, more likely, there’s a peaceful protest that turns violent on its fringes. The media beams back images of burning shopfronts and crying children. A man in a uniform appears on television, appealing for calm. There’s a whole lot of hand-wringing about the futility of violence, and then somebody posts something on Facebook about “Ghandi” [sic] — usually, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind,” pasted onto a nice sharable photo. There’s a long, pious conversation about how nonviolent protest is the only acceptable means of resistance in a civilized society, all involving people who have never known someone like Freddie Gray, and who have never lived in the same circumstances as the average resident of a Baltimore housing project. People like, y’know, me. … Read More

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Jon Stewart Attacks CNN for Glossing Over Baltimore Riots in Favor of a Red Carpet Ceremony

While Baltimore was in the middle of social turmoil and upheaval, CNN focused on the red carpet of the… Read More

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Should It Be Illegal to Tell Someone to Kill Themselves?

Last week, game developer Rachel Bryk died by suicide. Bryk, who was transgender, had been actively goaded on 4chan to kill herself, and in a pretty perfect portrait of how that particular site remains the congealed matter at the bottom of the sewer of the Internet, a thread entitled “Where were you when Rachel died?” sprung up shortly after news of her death broke. (Warning: that link, unsurprisingly, contains some pretty awful transphobia.) If that’s not a depressing enough portrait of online culture, here is Bryk’s Ask.fm page, where, among other things, people actively and maliciously urge her to carry out her suicide threats. Which she did. The whole story is upsetting, tragic, and thoroughly depressing. … Read More

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Watch Cecily Strong’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner Speech and Obama’s “Anger Translator”

Welcome to another White House Correspondents’ Dinner, this year hosted by Cecily Strong. “I’m going to go easy on… Read More

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‘American Reflexxx': Performance Art Video Uncovers Shocking, Violent Dehumanization

A disturbing video has begun to make the rounds on Facebook. Titled “American Reflexxx,” it’s the work of performance artists Signe Pierce and Alli Coates, and it involves the former walking through a city while the latter films her. The result is 14 minutes of deeply unsettling footage. … Read More

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