Politics

Banksy Posts Biting, Satirical Tourist Video of Gaza

Operation Protective Edge killed over an estimated 2,100 Palestinians (most of whom were civilians) and destroyed 18,000 homes in the crowded… Read More

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This May Be One of Jon Stewart’s Best and Most All-Inclusive Tirades Against Fox News

Jon Stewart has made a comedy kingdom out of being vocally and sardonically baffled by the consistent hypocrisies and… Read More

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“The Shadow State Is Not Really a Shadow State”: How Surveillance Anxiety Is Shaping Pop Culture

Someone is always watching.

For the longest time, that idea underpinned grim visions of a totalitarian future in books and movies, from Nineteen Eighty-Four to The Hunger Games — cautionary tales about the fate awaiting a citizenry that allows itself to be deceived by the people in power.

Then the future arrived, and it turned out those bleak fantasies of an all-seeing surveillance state weren’t so farfetched: in the post-9/11 world, someone really is watching, be it Facebook mapping your life’s history for the sake of advertising dollars, or the National Security Agency keeping tabs on your phone calls and text messages in the name of freedom. … Read More

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Sasha Grey Confirms that No, She Was Not Kidnapped and Chopped Up by Ukrainian Soldiers

It’s not every day that a former adult film star turned The Girlfriend Experience/Entourage actress becomes a part of what she… Read More

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Bill Cosby “Applauds” Eddie Murphy’s Refusal to Impersonate Him on ‘SNL’

Former Weekend Update host Norm Macdonald counterintuitively took to Twitter to write a longwinded account of the… Read More

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Allison Williams Defends Her Father with Unrelated Anecdote About a School Dance

Allison Williams, star of Girls and unfortunate heiress to the Brian Williams helicopter incident stigma, gave a talk with Seth Meyers… Read More

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The Surprisingly Diverse History of Skinhead Culture, in All Its Controversial Forms

“You don’t have, like, Coldplay claiming they were skinheads,” tireless punk archivist, curator, and artist Toby Mott explains, “but everyone says they were punk. Everyone. Bono, whoever. Punk was very fashionable — and huge. That’s what’s intriguing about it.”

By the looks of Mott’s new book, skinhead culture is just as intriguing, albeit for different reasons. Released last December, Ditto Press and The Mott Collection’s Skinhead: An Archive explores the sociopolitical ideologies that made England’s skinhead subculture polarizing even internally. … Read More

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Billy Eichner Quizzes Michelle Obama and Big Bird on ‘Billy on the Street,’ Asks FLOTUS if She DVRs ‘Hot In Cleveland’

Billy Eichner applied his typically bombastic antics evenly to Michelle Obama and Big Bird, both of whom competed on… Read More

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