Experts Side with Jimmy Kimmel, Who Goes Another Round with the Cassidy Graham

The one criticism that’s been leveled by supporters of the Cassidy Graham bill against Jimmy Kimmel — because it’s the only criticism they can muster — is that he’s a comedian and not an expert on health care, so he’s out of his lane. In fact, after Kimmel called Brian Kilmeade a «phony little creep,» Kilmeade said basically the same thing: Kimmel doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and he has talked to the bill’s authors, Bill Cassidy and Lindsay Graham, and why should we take Kimmel’s words over theirs?

Well, for one: Cassidy and Graham are lying and a number of points. To wit: They keep saying that the bill doesn’t take away coverage of preexisting conditions. Pence confirms the lie in this dodge:

Moreover, the experts agree with Jimmy Kimmel:

Yesterday, all 50 Medicaid directors came out against the Cassidy Graham bill to repeal Obamacare. ALL 50. That’s like having 50 umpires review a replay and call a player out, while Lindsay Graham and Bill Cassidy continue to insist he’s safe. I have no idea why Lindsay Graham is so invested in the bill, so willing to lie about what’s in it, other than the fact that it has his name on it. In fact, three months ago, Lindsay Graham decried carve outs to the previous Obamacare repeal designed to win votes, and yet, the latest version of the Graham Cassidy bill has a carve out specifically for Alaska (and Montana), which basically allows Murkowski and Co. to keep Obamacare if she votes for this bill, which would repeal Obamacare it everywhere else.

Here’s what Graham said three months ago.

By why should Graham listen to himself? It’s not like he’s an expert, huh?

Anyway, here’s Kimmel vs. the Obamacare Repeal, Round III:


Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Entertaining, But It’s Not Very Good

2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service was a bit of a surprise hit — it took a somewhat-unknown actor (Taron Egerton) and put him at the center of a film that was part ultra-violent shoot-em-up, part Bond satire, but also part Bond homage. Based on Mark Millar’s Kingsman comics, it was a delightful bit of popcorn entertainment that was also surprisingly bloody and gruesome in parts, if comedically so. If there was a downside to it, it’s that it rushed through its script, but worse, it took its depictions of women to pretty unpleasant places, particularly at the end, where a woman gifts the protagonist with anal sex as a prize for rescuing her. It’s a nasty, unpleasant, and weirdly misogynistic attempt at humor that ultimately darkened my opinion of the entire movie.

Well, now we have its sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and, well, it essentially takes all of the elements of its progenitor — the extreme violence, the wacky villains, the satirical homage to Bond, the unpleasant use of a woman as sexual gratification as a plot device — and ratchets it up. Tori Preston recently wrote about how the film is essentially critic-proof, and it’s easy to see why people feel that way. If you loved the first one, there’s a very good chance you’ll love the second, regardless of what I write.

And truth be told, there’s a lot to love! The story is as nonsensical as before — this time, a sweet, plucky drug lord named Poppy (Julianne Moore) has seized control of the world’s drug trade and is threatening to unleash a plague on the world’s drug users unless drugs are legalized (it’s a bit of a murky line of reasoning, but stay with me). As part of her plan, she infiltrates the Kingsmen Secret Service agency and essentially decimates it, leaving only protagonist Eggsy (Egerton) and tech guru Merlin (Mark Strong) behind. They turn to their American counterparts, the Statesmen (who operate out of a Kentucky bourbon distillery instead of a British tailor shop) for help in finding the antidote and stopping the villainous — if oddly adorable — Poppy.

It’s farcical hogwash from start to finish, but it’s mostly fun. Egerton is charming and engaging, and Mark Strong’s Merlin is a terrific character, a role-player suddenly thrust into the driver’s seat. The Statesmen — Jeff Bridges as their leader, Champagne («ChampP»), Pedro Pascal as Whiskey, their chief operator, Channing Tatum as young up-and-comer Tequila, and Halle Berry as Ginger Ale, their tech support — are all quite fun. Tatum has a blast with his goofy southern accent, and Berry plays the straight-laced Ginger with just enough tongue in her cheek. Bridges sort of gruffly mumbles his way through the film as he does with all films now, and Pedro Pascal is Pedro fucking Pascal, meaning he looks amazing even with a silly mustache and moves like a goddamn sex cobra through his fight scenes.

And really, the action choreography is the best part of the film — it’s gonzo stuff, all set to ludicrous speed. Using every piece of scenery as a prop, switching efficiently between slow- and fast-motion, director Matthew Vaughn makes it all looks effortlessly fun. Everything about it is bonkers — from killer robot dogs to deadly cable car battles, to an absolutely ridiculous chase scene at the film’s very start, the film is at its best when the pedal is pressed firmly to the floor. It’s when the action lets up that Kingsman starts to suffer, and that’s a real shame. The dialogue isn’t as crisp or engaging as it was the first time around, in no small part due to the reduced presence of Colin Firth’s Harry Hart, who really was a phenomenal piece of the first film. The writing isn’t as fun, and even though it’s a joy to watch Julianne Moore chomp her way through her scenes with gleeful aplomb, she doesn’t really have much to do. So while the action has been dialed up to 11, it often feels like everything else is muted and tired. It’d be one thing if the slower moments were simply less exciting, but unfortunately, they’re often clumsy and tired, if not outright boring.

To make matters worse, the film really does itself a disservice in the way it treats one of its female characters. It’s worth spoiling, so you know what you’re getting into — in an effort to infiltrate The Golden Circle (the name of Poppy’s cartel), Eggsy has to put a specific kind of tracking device on the girlfriend of one of their members. For reasons that are explained, but not acceptable, the only way to attach this particular nanodevice is to… insert it into a woman’s vagina.

I mean, come on, Vaughn.

This laughably (but not in the ha ha way) causes a moment of conflict for Eggsy, who is seriously dating the Swedish princess he rescued (she of the anal sex prize) from the first film, but ultimately ends with a seduction scene that is just really, really unnecessary and unpleasant. I’m sure some will be able to explain it away as a sendup of the Bond film seductions, but it didn’t read that way. It read as little more than Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman using a woman as a sexual prop in order to titillate, and it’s an ugly blemish on the film.

So. Should you see Kingsman: The Golden Circle? That’s a difficult question. There are undeniably good parts to the movie, but I don’t know that I’d call it a good movie. The bad parts are pretty bad, the story is ultimately nonsense, and there’s a lot that simply bogs it down. It’s often too impressed with itself to the point of parody. But it undeniably has some terrifically entertaining action sequences, and the cast all seem to be having a hell of a good time. I suspect mileage will vary wildly on this one, but overall the negatives too often outweigh the film’s positives.


Discover Kohanaiki Club on The Big Island of Hawaii

Four years ago, Edwin Lucas and his family were looking to leave Whistler, the tiny British Columbia ski town where they’d spent the previous ten years. Lucas had retired in his early forties after a lucrative two decades working in finance in Asia. Regular vacationers in the islands, the family liked the resort life and the outdoors. But, well, so do lots of people. Oahu was a disaster; on Maui, he says, “We were always sitting in traffic.” That’s when he found the Big Island, and fell in love. There was no one there.

Around that time, Kohanaiki, a private residence club that offered homeowners access to five-star resort-quality amenities, was just opening its doors to buyers. “A friend said, ‘Just go for the free game of golf,’” Lucas recalls. The course was spectacular, designed by starchitect Rees Jones to include sweeping, almost distracting, views of the ocean and dramatic pond pits of black volcanic rock. Beyond that, he says, “there was a lot of ‘it’s gonna be this and it’s gonna be that,’” he says. Few built buildings, barely any club infrastructure, and only the promise of the on-call concierge and pricey clubhouse (and everything else) to come. Even so: he became the club’s investor #13.

Because there was one thing the developers promised there wouldn’t be. And that was tourists.

The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the state’s biggest and most geographically diverse, with 13 climate zones that travel the spectrum from active volcanos to snow-capped mountains. But it’s long been one of its least traveled, with most visitors and second homeowners opting for the five-star hotels and big named developments on Maui and Oahu instead, where the weather is reliable, the beaches are beautiful, and the shopping great. The Big Island’s rocky lava Kona coast didn’t fit with tourists’ idea of white sand beaches, there was no shopping to speak of and it was too big to walk anywhere. Those 13 climate zones resulted in unpredictable weather. It languished as a destination.

It took the development of Hualalai Resort, along a stretch of then-deserted Kona coast, for anyone to take notice. Silicon Valley types had been coming here to commune with nature, and not crowds, and the area famously became a favorite hideaway for Steve Jobs. Eventually, Dell computers’ Michael Dell bought Hualalai—he liked it that much—teamed up with the Four Seasons to manage it and turned it into one of the premier properties in the hotel group’s portfolio, a place so well done guests wanted to keep coming back. Soon, they could, with the hotel’s debut of its residences, which were an instant hit. Buyers—most of them second and third homeowners—saw it as the best of both worlds. They had the ease of owning in a managed community and the built-in pampering of a five-star resort with the smart investment of owning a piece. Similar models, including at Mauna Lani up the coast, followed.

But turns out that while buyers wanted to be treated like five-star hotel guests at home, they didn’t want to mingle with actual hotel guests. Hualalai eventually grew to some 240 guest rooms, and the private residences were available for rent as well. Which meant you never knew who you were going to get. That’s where the new breed of members’ only clubs like Kohanaiki and its neighbor Kukio—home to Wells Fargo CEO Paul Hazan and GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons—come in. Members-only means you know exactly who you’ll be getting, where they live, and how often you might expect to run into them. Random renters aren’t a problem, either—whereas many owners at Hualalai had been attracted by the ability to lease their places to help pay the mortgage, the sorts of people who shell out for memberships at Kukio and Kohanaiki—where buy-in starts at $ 150,000, and annual dues $ 25,000, and that’s before you even build your house—are well off enough that they don’t even care.

“The idea behind Kohanaiki was to create both exclusivity and community,” says Kohanaiki general manager George Punoose. “Like an ancient Hawaiian village where you actually know who your neighbors are. In a resort atmosphere, you don’t know anyone at the pool or on the golf course. Visitors come and don’t return for four or five years—they have no stake in the place.” What makes the private community option so appealing, he says, is the fact that the resort-residence model is so broken. “When resorts try to mix private ownership along with a hotel, one side always ends up getting jaded about the other based on who and what developers are focusing on,” he says. “At first, the focus is usually on selling homes, and taking care of potential homeowners. Once homes are sold, the focus moves to the hotel side and taking care of guests.” Someone always loses.

Punoose says that Kohanaiki has welcomed “quite a few” Hualalai expats who are done with the Four Seasons and come looking for something more exclusive; a place where the homeowner always comes out on top. “The homeowners are the ones who spend millions on a home,” says Punoose. “The daily guest only spends $ 1,000 a night.” At the Four Seasons, anyone can come and have sunset cocktails. That’ll never happen at Kohanaiki; the Kukio property, meanwhile, doesn’t even have an entrance sign. “The communities we’re talking about are very elite, and like nothing we’ve ever seen,” says Frank Schenk, a real estate agent who’s worked on the Big Island since the ’90s. “We now have some of the most expensive real estate in the world.” The current median home price along the Kona coast is now just under $ 3 million.

Developers have also started to focus on another Hawaiian island that’s remained relatively under-trafficked: Kauai, often referred to as the most local of the major Hawaiian Islands. NFL star Drew Brees is building a home at Kukui’ula, the site of a former sugar plantation, while the in-development, $ 800 million Hokuala at Timbers Kauai promises 450 residences by 2018. “You’re paying more,” says Timbers Managing Director Gary Moore. “But it’s not because we’re jacking up prices. We’re building an infrastructure team. We’re curating experiences. Everything—from the moment you step foot on the island to the moment you leave—will be taken care of for you.” Which, he says, is what today’s second/third homeowner cares about most. As work gets more wired and all-consuming, time has become the most valuable commodity of all. And while younger homeowners in particular want the investment and exclusivity, but not the responsibility, of owning a second or third place, most buyers at places like Timbers and Kohanaiki aren’t first-time second homeowners. They’ve done it before; they know what a hassle it can be. Which is why other islands have started to catch on, with ultra-exclusive developments in progress on Maui at Montage Kapalua Bay and on Oahu, which will debut a $ 300 million waterfront complex Wai Kai in 2019.

Homeowners at Kohanaiki, who include tennis pro Lindsay Davenport, golf champ Ben Crenshaw, actor Don Cheadle and plenty of hedge funders and tech entrepreneurs, will take pains to point out that shirking the resort crowd is not, necessarily, an act of snobbery. It’s less that they want to be exclusive and more that they want the freedom to be familiar. “We didn’t want to be part of a stuffy club,” says Lucas. “I didn’t want to move into a neighborhood where I didn’t know people’s names. That’s why I chose to join Kohanaiki. We’ve got the best of the best: Chefs who have worked at all the right places, former surf and golf pros. But there are no name badges, and there aren’t tons of rules. You’ll see people on the golf course playing barefoot.” (Chances are even good, he says, it’ll be a scratch golfer.) Certainly, these aren’t your parents’ planned communities: At Kohanaiki, there’s sushi on demand, a community organic farm and brewery on site, and a $ 65 million clubhouse, with bowling, CrossFit, and personal scotch and cigar lockers. And it doesn’t end on-site: Punoose organizes annual member golf trips to exotic courses—Cabot Links in Nova Scotia, Bandon Dunes in Oregon—as well as couples’ trips to Australia and Dubai. “Our members live for that kind of stuff,” he says.

The key to making that sort of thing work, of course, is to curate the right mix of people. And, well, socioeconomics is a powerful unifier. The developers of these clubs have essentially created the country’s most exclusive neighborhoods. “Most people who come here are world-class something-or-other,” he says. “But they leave their egos at home.” He loves impressing friends with views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and Ben Crenshaw teeing up on the other. But just as much, he loves that he can pop into the clubhouse on any given night and always find someone he’s excited to drink with. “Anyone can build a resort,” he says. “What’s more valuable is the ability to create a community.”

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44 Pictures of Jake That Will Have You Saying «Gyllenhaal-alujah!»

Jake Gyllenhaal has been in the spotlight for over 20 years, and since his debut in 1991’s City Slickers, he’s grown into major leading-man material. His breadth of work in films like Donnie Darko, Love & Other Drugs, Brokeback Mountain, and the new biopic Stronger prove Jake’s ability to go from sweet to sexy to slightly scary in no time. We’ve rounded up the photos of him that show off his many (handsome) facets.

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‘You’re the Worst’: Oh, Jimmy, This Is Not Going To End Well

You might remember a couple years back when Kristy was kind enough to use both math and science to determine who on You’re The Worst actually is the worst. And while it was close, the clear winner was Jimmy. Jimmy wins at being the worst human being on a show about terrible humans beings and Edgar. But here’s the other thing: Jimmy is clearly the most damaged person on the show, and that is going to lead to very, very bad things for him. Not to say that Jimmy has endured more hardship or tragedy than the others (Edgar, again, I’m not entirely sure what you’re doing with these people. You’ve had an excessively hard few years. You deserve something nice). But his way of dealing with his own hardships and his expectations from the world based on those hardships are wildly out of sync with what is actually going to happen to him. I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic when I say there’s a decent chance it could kill him. Which is to say, if You’re The Worst plans to continue being aggressively honest about mental illness, Jimmy Shive-Overly is probably going to make a suicide attempt.

Granted, suicide attempts are a difficult topic to cover on what is still presumably a comedy show, but it sure seems like the logical conclusion. As I’ve stated before, Jimmy’s big issue is that he believes he’s not getting the credit and recognition from the world for being the genius he believes himself to be. He’s so desperate for this recognition, he’s willing to allow his masterpiece The Width of a Peach (or Pretentious White Guy Bullshit 101) to be marketed as common, airport-bookshop erotica. He was even willing to show up at a reading, with audience members in full on orgy masks, in order to experience people appreciating his work and his brilliance. His struggle is that he’s too brilliant for the rest of the world; his pain is that no one else realizes it. Contrast that with Gretchen’s worldview (and Lindsay’s if Lindsay were insightful enough to have a worldview): everyone is a selfish asshole, and the survivors are those that take their shit before other assholes can. Gretchen doesn’t expect anything from the world. When the world doesn’t give her anything, she’s never disappointed.

And Jimmy always is. That’s why everything is going to be so much worse for him. Because he has a severe case of, what’s known in professional terms, little-bitch-itis. Sure, he abandoned his long-term, live-in girlfriend just after asking her to be his wife, but she did use the word «family.» And, further, sure, he did, in fact in this week’s episode say that natural instincts demand people have children, but that doesn’t mean he wants to, like, raise those children or anything. Let’s not get clingy, small children. And then, after Jimmy so carefully explained that there were bad people on both sides of the leaving-Gretchen-on-a-hillside thing, Gretchen had the fucking gall to intentionally drop his book. On the ground. There truly is no god.

All of which would be a bad thing were Gretchen employing these tactics only to hurt him. She knows where to stick the daggers. Jimmy is both a bottomless pit of need and cripplingly terrified of any form of attachment or commitment. So moving into his bedroom and force her existence on him while withholding the validation he so craves is a pretty good way to fuck up his month. What will eventually be the real kicker is when she stops trying to intentionally hurt him. When Jimmy comes to the horrific realization that Gretchen isn’t unimpressed by his genius because she’s a vindictive bitch, but because his genius truly isn’t that impressive. Because regardless of how impressed Gretchen actually is with Jimmy’s genius, it will never be as much as Jimmy thinks she should be.

So what do you do when you realize that maybe you aren’t actually as shit-stoppingly terrific as you believe yourself to be? Well in the case of sixty million or so Americans, you vote a white supremacist into office. But that doesn’t really seem to be Jimmy’s jam. He hates most people, but not for anything as crudely venal as their race or ethnicity. Hs’s goddamn sophisticated in his hatred, thank you. So he either has to have a world-shattering reckoning with himself about his actual importance and his abilities, his expectations of the world, his deep emotional/mental health issues, and his abhorrent treatment of the people closest to him, or he has to go out in a blaze of self-inflicted glory. Given what we know about some of the people Jimmy idolizes, I’m not going to start placing any bets on the former.


Random Thoughts on 10 TV Shows That Aired This Week

I watch a lot of TV. Sometimes, an episode doesn’t give me enough to talk about for an entire post, so here are some random thoughts on 10 TV shows I’ve seen this week:

10. I wasn’t bowled over by the first episode of The Deuce, but David Simon sank his fangs in this week. I’m in, despite that petty flaw Genevieve has with the series (I had NO idea she was 37. She could pass for 25, easy). It was the police work and the mafia connections that pulled me in with shades of The Wire.

9. That rant that Sam (Pamela Adlon) delivered in the parking lot to fedora wearing guy in last night’s Better Things? Wow! Let this be a lesson to you, fellas: Women do not exist to stroke your egos. If you want self-assurance, don’t expect it from the woman you have been dating for only three weeks. Read the body language, take some clues, and don’t expect a woman to lie to protect your fragile ego, because the resentment will build until it explodes all over you in a public parking lot. That was a painful moment.

8. After a much improved front half of the season, Fear the Walking Dead is a shitshow, so far, in the back half. It’s lost 75 percent of its original audience, but I’m still holding out hope that the two new showrunners they brought aboard for next season (from Once Upon a Time) can turn things around. The ingredients exists for a decent show, but the existing showrunner Dave Erickson doesn’t know what to do with them. Also, Kim Dickens needs to be killed off the series immediately.

7. No one is watching it, but Halt & Catch Fire continues to be the most under-appreciated drama on television as it heads toward its series finale. Toby Huss and Mackenzie Davis are doing some great unseen work on this show. Huss needs to be in everything.

6. Not many people, I suspect, are watching The Guest Book on TBS, either, but it’s been fun. It’s a Greg Garcia joint set in a cabin that’s rented out each week by different guests, and it’s basically just an excuse to rotate through a lot of Greg Garcia regulars, of which there are many — Crab Man and Jaime Pressly, from My Name is Earl, Garret Dillahunt and Shannon Woodward from Raising Hope, Margo Martindale from that other show he did on CBS, plus a lot of familiar faces, like Aloma Wright and Kate Miccuci from Scrubs, Tommy Dewey and Michaela Watkins from Casual, Kelly Martin, Jenna Fischer, Michael Rappaport, and a whole bunch of others. It’s a fun show, but not exactly required viewing.

5. The season finale of Sinner aired this week. I covered it more extensively over on Uproxx, but here’s the short version: I loved the season, and it was a great mystery, but I was a little disappointed in the finale. The killer didn’t exactly come out of left field, but definitely was way beyond the third base line. I like a good mystery where the clues lead to a suspect; here, the «killer» totally made sense, but there were never really any clues leading us to him.

4. I saw the pilot of Adam Scott and Craig Robinson’s Ghosted last night — they previewed it on Twitter. I’ll probably write about it more later, but it’s fine. Scott and Robinson are a good buddy duo, but 22 minutes is not enough time to dig into a paranormal case, so instead of being like a comedic version of The X-Files, it’s more like a paranormal version of Brooklyn 99, which is to say that the cases are not the point of the show. It’s just a setup for jokes, and pretty conventional buddy-comedy jokes, at that. But Robinson and Scott do have great chemistry, and I expect the show will only improve once it establishes its universe.

3. Nobody watches it, but the second season of the anthology series Channel Zero debuted this week on SyFy and it was fucking terrifying. Last season started that way and kind of drifted in the end, but for genuinely great creepy horror, Channel Zero is leaps and bounds better than American Horror Story. It doesn’t go for jump scares, big shocking twists, or trendy horror conventions: It just gets under your skin and marinates. Watch it late at night, alone. It will fuck you up.

2. I love Sarah Paulson, but her character this season on American Horror Story may be the most grating character of 2017. All she does is shriek and cry and freak out. We’re only three episodes in, and I don’t know how much longer I can take it. If it weren’t for Billy Eichner, I’d have bailed already.

1. My favorite joke of the week? Lindsay’s boss celebrating a new client on You’re the Worst: «Good news, we just signed a new client: Casey Affleck’s lawyer, for all future court appearances, press conferences and depositions. Looks like Momma’s gettin’ her boat!» Brilliant. (More on this week’s You’re the Worst here).

Also, more on this week’s season two premiere of The Good Place here.


Prince Harry Returns to the Place Where He Met Meghan Markle a Year Ago

Prince Harry was all smiles when he touched down in Toronto, Canada, for the Invictus Games on Friday. The famous royal kicked off the festivities by meeting with competitors and their families as he attended the True Patriot Love Symposium at the Scotia Plaza ahead of the games. Of course, his passion for the foundation, which helps wounded veterans, might not be the only reason for his upbeat attitude. According to multiple sources, his girlfriend Meghan Markle, who films Suits in Toronto, is also expected to attend this year. Not only would her appearance mark their public debut as a couple, but the event also happens to be where they met in 2016.

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Cracker Jack Cereal!

If there is a heaven, I hope I get in (cut to the bouncer at heaven’s gates cackling after saying, “I can’t wait to tell that hellbound bitch that he’s not on the list!“), because the welcome breakfast in the orientation room definitely consists of all the cereals from the 80s and 90s that we didn’t get a chance to eat since there were so fucking many of them. Cracker Jack Cereal is one of those.

Mr. Breakfast says that the Ralston-Purina company made a cereal version of Cracker Jack in 1983. Just like Cracker Jack, the Cracker Jack Cereal had a prize in every single box. This was before those Cracker Jack whores got cheap and replaced their luxurious prizes with a digital code to download some stupid game nobody wants to play. And like most 80s cereal commercials, the Cracker Jack one made it seem like its secret ingredient was crack, because these kids are way too hyper for morning times.

Ralston-Purina was mostly known for making dog and cat food, and so I’m not saying that Cracker Jack Cereal was probably back stock of doggy dry food covered with corn syrup, but if it was, I still would.

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Sofia Richie Got Caught Kissing Scott Disick


Last we heard from “sources,” Sofia Richie (pictured above at her 19th birthday party at The Ivy last month) and 34-year-old Scott Disick were most definitely doing it and couldn’t stop doing it, and now it looks like they’ve taken their blessed union, which will last forever, public by getting caught kissing by a paparazzo they totally didn’t call themselves.

According to TMZ, Sofia and Scott went to Miami together yesterday and hung out on the beach, where they redefined ick by kissing in front of their hotel.

Back in May, Sofia denied Scott were her first big romantic mistake and said they were just “homies.” There are very few people I would consider my “homie”, one is my cousin who thinks it’s still a relevant term and the other is the cashier at my local market (who doesn’t speak a word in English so our interactions are strictly conducted in high German since neither of us speak Swiss German and are limited to “do you want the receipt” and “no, thank you” and even in this case I have never said it to him “hey homie” or anything like that, it’s more just a thought or a feeling because he’s very nice and is the only other brown person I ever see in my neighborhood) and I would never kiss either of them intimately.

What I’m saying is that she’s probably not calling Scott “just” her “homie” anymore.

Well, congratulations, little Sofia, you are now well on your way to TMZ stardom! Scott seems like a very, erm, mature man and he would have totally taken you to prom last year if you’d only moved faster! Hopefully Sofia won’t be asking him to make beer runs for her and her other homies because he’s got a wee little problem with the nectar. That’s the problem with older men; they come with baggage. In some cases they even come with steamer trunks. And in other cases they come with cargo planes filled with steamer trunks full of baggage.



Dan Harmon Would Like To Disown Part of his ‘Rick & Morty’ Fanbase

Until Dan Harmon came out against some of his fans, I had no idea that there was controversy over the fact that half of the Rick & Morty writers are women now. I mean, it’s the Internet, and it’s 2017, so I’m not surprised, but some are apparently blaming the female writers for a slide in quality this season, which is odd because I haven’t detected a slide in quality, either (although, I have noticed that the show has become more self-referential, which I suspect has nothing to do with the female writers and everything to do with Dan Harmon).

But it’s true: There are people not only criticizing the female writers (here’s but one example), but threatening them on Twitter and doxxing them. Because men are disappointing creatures and that’s the fucking world we live in now.

Dan Harmon would like to separate himself from part of his fanbase, as he tells Entertainment Weekly:

«I’m on a Twitter sabbatical, so the last thing I saw about that was [the Reddit thread detailing the harassment], and I’ve seen the tweets they’ve sent to the female writer,» Harmon says. «I was familiar going into the third season, having talked to Felicia Day, that any high-profile women get doxxed, they get harassed, they get threatened, they get slandered. And part of it is a testosterone-based subculture patting themselves on the back for trolling these women. Because to the extent that you get can get a girl to shriek about a frog you’ve proven girls are girly and there’s no crime in assaulting her with a frog because it’s all in the name of proving something. I think it’s all disgusting.»

Continues Harmon: «These knobs, that want to protect the content they think they own — and somehow combine that with their need to be proud of something they have, which is often only their race or gender. It’s offensive to me as someone who was born male and white, and still works way harder than them, that there’s some white male [fan out there] trying to further some creepy agenda by ‘protecting’ my work. I’ve made no bones about the fact that I loathe these people. It f—ing sucks. And the only thing I can say is if you’re lucky enough to make a show that is really good that people like, that means some bad people are going to like it too. You can’t just insist that everybody who watches your show get their head on straight … And I’m speaking for myself — I don’t want the show to have a political stance. But at the same time, individually, these [harassers] aren’t politicians and don’t represent politics. They represent some shit that I probably believed when I was 15.»

These people have been particularly harsh on the episodes «written by» women, which — as Harmon points out — is a complete misunderstanding of the writing process. No one writer writes a particular episode — they’re all written by the room — but a name has to be appended to each episode. «You idiots, we all write the show together! If you can tell the difference between one writer and another on a show I’m running I’ve probably gotten so lazy that it hasn’t all been blended and refined in the usual process.»

In a season that’s given us Pickle Rick and 6 «A» grade episodes and one «A-» as judged by the AV Club, I have no idea what anyone has to complain about this season. Male fragility must be at play again.


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