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Piers Morgan, Andrew Sullivan, and Who Gets to “Police” Offensive Language

Yesterday, Piers Morgan penned an ill-advised screed about “The N-Word.”

It’s such an inflammatory and offensive word that for any high profile white person to publicly use it, without abbreviating to ‘N-word’, is rightly tantamount to professional suicide and personal opprobrium.

I don’t use it; would never use it. But it has become astonishingly ubiquitous in modern American society.

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“Have You Seen an Asexual Magician?”: The Creators of ‘High Maintenance’ on How to Balance Art and Commerce

High Maintenance, the web series created by couple Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, returns today for its “fifth cycle” on Vimeo, and becomes Vimeo On Demand’s first original series. After fielding offers and exploring possible development deals (FX was involved, for one), Sinclair and Blichfeld have decided to stay “handmade,” producing the current set of videos with Vimeo’s funding. In return, the six episodes that make up the show’s fifth and forthcoming sixth cycles will be available as a year-long rental on the site, for $7.99. … Read More

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MTV Debuts ‘Braless,’ a Teen Web Series About Sex, Feminism, and Celebrities

If we needed any further proof that feminism has gone from being a maligned activist movement to a dominant strain in pop culture in the past few years, it can be found in Braless, the adorable new teen web series from MTV which will air on YouTube each Tuesday. … Read More

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Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp on ‘Marcel the Shell’ and How Art Can Change Your Life

If it wasn’t obvious that Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp — the creators of the super-endearing and charming cult figure Marcel the Shell, star of video and bookstores — were an adorably married couple in real life, Fleischer-Camp gave it away during an October interview at the Flavorwire offices where he just gazed at Slate while she explained her comedy: “My jokes are usually really gross things said with an open heart and a smile, and if you take away the open heart and the smile it’s just me being, like, stinky butt!” … Read More

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Lena Dunham’s Triggering Art Doesn’t Make Her an Abuser, No Matter What Some Transphobic Bigot Insists

This past weekend, The National Review‘s Kevin Williamson, notable for his transphobic piece “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman” and an infamous “women who get abortions should be hanged” tweet, moved on to attacking Lena Dunham for writing about her own rape in her memoir, Not That Kind of Girl.  … Read More

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“Beautiful Girl, Non-Speaking”: New Tumblr Documents Sexist Casting Calls

When they’re preparing for auditions, aspiring thespians flip through casting calls that might be relevant to their skills, interests, and physical type. Naturally, this proves a stressful process. Yet for women in showbiz, there’s the added indignity of having to scroll through casting calls that ask you to be, essentially, invisible — a prop, or worse. … Read More

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The Deeply Flawed Viral Catcall Video Had Unintended Lessons to Teach

The street harassment video created by Hollaback that went viral this week has started a long-needed conversation about catcalling — and about the way we frame the movement against catcalling. … Read More

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Man Who Looks Like Paul Rudd and Helped Tackle Airport Homophobe Was Not Paul Rudd

Just about everyone reading this, at this point, has probably seen the video of an entire crowd of people tackling… Read More

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Shonda Rhimes Responds to Twitter Complaint of “Gay Scenes” that Are “Too Much”

Shonda Rhimes got a very annoying Tweet of homophobic constructive criticism, saying, “The gay scenes in Scandal and How… Read More

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Watch: Marcel the Shell Has a New Video

When she’s not making Republicans explode with her “pro-abortion” romantic comedy or telling wonderfully elaborate fart jokes, sometimes Jenny Slate is a… Read More

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