A Conversation With Emily V. Gordon About The Big Sick’s Brutally Real Love Story

The explosive Breakup Scene that drives all romantic comedies, the one so expected that it’s no longer a spoiler, happens in The Big Sick. But the stakes are graver than in your average rom-com. In this case, the leading man Kumail (played by Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani) is a Pakistani-American comedian who’s…

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A Conversation with Juju: Author, Entrepreneur, and Queen of Love & Hip-Hop 

Juju has more jobs than god, and that’s the way she likes it. A star of Love & Hip-Hop: New York, the boss of a real estate business, proprietor of a weave company, an actor and model, a part-time student (she’s working on her master’s degree) and, last but not least, something of an advice guru on social media, she…

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A Conversation With Kim Weaver, Who Dropped Out of An Iowa House Race After Reporting Threats 

Last week, Democrat Kim Weaver announced in a Facebook post that she was dropping out of the 2018 race for Iowa’s 4th congressional district seat—a seat currently held by white supremacist Rep. Steve King, who recently tweeted that U.S. civilization cannot be restored with “someone else’s babies.” In the post, Weaver,…

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Here’s the RHONY Soundbite That Got Carole Radziwill Accused of Recording a Private Conversation

Wednesday night’s Real Housewives of New York ended with a friend of Luann D’Agostino (formerly Luann de Lesseps) telling Carole Radziwill that the countess was only marrying her fiancé (now husband) Tom because “she has something to prove.” The friend, business woman Barbara Kavovit, did not want the conversation to…

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‘He Often Looks Quite Crumpled’: A Conversation With a Famous London Tailor on Political Fashion

What, if anything, does it mean for America’s democracy that our new leader is a floppy-haired man who wears baggy, Italian-made suits and holds his tie together with scotch tape? In this week’s episode of Big Time Dicks, Jezebel’s Ellie Shechet and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd interview Dominic Sebag-Montefiore,…

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Somehow Make a Conversation About Breast Pumps Romantic

Will there ever come a day when Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard aren’t adorable? We highly doubt it, and their appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday only further proves it. Once the longtime couple revealed their hilarious crush on Riz Ahmed, they discussed their upcoming movie together, Chips. To play the unlikable trophy wife of Dax’s character, Kristen explained that she didn’t use a breast pump for an entire day while breastfeeding their youngest daughter, Delta, to make her boobs look way bigger than usual. She joked that the ordeal was her «version of Christian Bale losing 125 pounds or something,» and then couldn’t help but plant a quick kiss on her husband (because even a conversation about breast pumps is romantic for them, OK?).

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A Conversation With Beth Macy About the Untold Story of 2 Unwilling Sideshow Stars

When Beth Macy moved to Roanoke, Virginia nearly thirty years ago, a newspaper colleague told her about the best story in town, one that had then gone unwritten: in 1899, the Muse brothers, African American and albino, had been snatched from the tobacco fields of Truevine, Virginia by a promoter and exhibited in sideshows against their will. Known as Eko and Iko, the pair traveled across the United States as a sideshow act in numerous circuses including, eventually, the Ringling. Thousands of Americans flocked to gawk at the two brothers, eager to see the two men whose skin color was a curiosity, particularly in the era of Jim Crow. And yet, in their first decades of work, the brothers saw none of the money. Back home, their names were whispered warnings to young black children—warnings more about the dangers of white people as much as anything else.

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Update: Wow, Margaret Cho Seriously Mischaracterized Her Conversation with Tilda Swinton

Update: Our illustrious commenters (below) alerted us to a Jezebel piece wherein they asked Tilda Swinton to comment on the below exchange. Swinton provided her entire email exchange, and Cho seriously mischaracterized it. Swinton was incredibly classy, mortified that she was caught up in a whitewashing scandal, and mentioned her project with Steven Yeun in an entirely appropriate fashion. Read the full email exchange here. We apologize for doubting SWINTON.

In your sounds-like-a-parody-but-is-horrifically-true news, Margaret Cho got shoved into the ongoing Doctor Strange whitewashing controversy, with «holy shit» results. Cho tells the tale of racism and woe on Bobby Lee’s Tigerbelly podcast, during a discussion of Asian casting in Hollywood.

Through the random middleman that is Alex Bornstein (who notably played an Asian caricature on MadTV), Tilda Swinton contacted Cho, simply not understanding why folks were ticked off at her casting as the Ancient One, a Tibetan monk in Doctor Strange. After Cho’s explanation of why Swinton’s casting just wasn’t chill fell on deaf ears, Swinton then reminded Cho that her upcoming film, on which she was a producer, had The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun in it, thus fulfilling Hollywood’s variation of «It’s okay, I have a black friend.»

I’ll give you a moment to scream, laugh, shake your head, throw your phone, whatever.

All done? OK.

To add to the weirdness of it all, after not getting Cho’s approval, Swinton asked Cho not to tell anyone. Luckily for us, Margaret Cho doesn’t give a fuck. Is it ANY surprise why actors of color remain skeptical of diversity in Hollywood?

In related Steven Yeun news, on the same podcast, Bobby Lee recalls auditioning for the same five-line stoner Asian role in a comedy film. He talks about being surprised Yeun even had to read for the role, and Yeun responded that he had to read. Lee then expressed his frustration at Yeun and other breakout POC actors having to audition for small roles, reminding us that all notable white actors wouldn’t have to audition, comparing Yeun to Aaron Paul.

I’ll leave this with a line about Hollywood from Bobby Lee: «To not think of this as a racist business — of course it is. It is. The truth is that we have to read. We have to go in for things and it’s shocking, especially for somebody like him.»

We — and Hollywood — have a long, long way to go.

via Vulture


Amy Schumer Is Totally Bungling This ‘Barbie’ Body Conversation

It’s here! It’s here! The 2016 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalogue is here, full of tartan-print dutch ovens and fondue disaster stories. (Deadspin)

Amy Schumer responded to the trolls who tried to body-shame her Barbie movie casting by saying they can’t fat-shame her «if you know you’re not fat,» which… yeesh. Way to still chalk it all up to a fat/not fat dichotomy. That if she were overweight, then sure, pile on the shame. It’s not like she didn’t know this would be the conversation. This movie is supposed to be all about having a non-Barbie body and self-love. How did her publicist not make sure she had better body image pull-quotes? (Celebitchy)

This is a fantastic and upsetting look at Tomi Lahren, Noah Trevor, and how often we normalize and work to appease hate when it comes in a pretty package. (Lainey)

Evan Rachel Wood found out what happens when you ask Siri about Westworld. Careful, Evan, these violent delights have violent ends.

Speaking of, did Westworld make the idea of a Bioshock movie obsolete? (Nerdist)

Oh look, we’re on day two of Olivia Munn looking highly uncomfortable in something hideous. Is… is that supposed to be a lace skull and crossbones on her chest? (Go Fug Yourself)

I didn’t watch last night’s Hairspray Live, but I’m going to assume this audience member was the best part. (DListed)

This photographer went to North Carolina to document a Klan post-election victory march (because yes, the KKK is still marching openly in 2016), and instead found this protest that scared the racists away. (Autostraddle)

How dare this commercial make me feel so many feelings? (H/T keh_squared)

Scientists are saying humans evolved with faces designed to look like monkeys’ butts. No, really. In related news, a lot of scientists are jerks. (Science of Us)

There was a clever little callback in this week’s Walking Dead that you might not have caught unless you read Latin or spend as much time as Dustin does looking for yarn wall threads. (Uproxx)

For Pajibans planning a road trip, this guide to the country’s best bookstores should be useful. (NYT)

URGENT NEWS: We’re one step closer to making Jurassic Park a reality. (National Geographic)

For the first time since data has been kept on the subject, single women outnumber married women in the US. You might even be one. But why? Rebecca Traister’s All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation looks at why contemporary women are not getting married. Faintingviolet gave it 4 stars, though it’s a bit of a slog, because "Traister gets intersectional feminism and discusses the ways that different stimuli in different groups are creating the same overall effect." Are you married, or up in the club doing your own little thing? (Cannonball Read 8)

Here’s a bonus video for you all of the only Office Christmas Party I care to see this weekend.


A Conversation with My White Male Privilege About Casey Affleck

Male White Privilege: Dustin, have you heard about Manchester by the Sea? It looks amazing! It stars Michelle Williams, Casey Affleck, and a bunch of Boston accents. The reviews are stellar. Actually, it’s already won movie of the year from the National Board of Review.

Dustin: Yes! It looks great. Coach Taylor is in it, too, and I think he dies, and I’m probably going to weep buckets. I’m stoked about it, even though the last thing we need is another Sad White Person movie …

Male White Privilege: Shut up, dude! Can’t a movie just be a movie?

Dustin: I mean, yeah! Sure. It’s just, you know. Whatever. A little diversity during awards season wouldn’t be a bad thing, would it? You know that Matt Damon was originally supposed to direct and star in it, but he had to pass on it to make Bourne Martian or something. Damon still had final cut on it, which was probably a good idea considering what happened with Lonergan’s Margaret.

Male White Privilege: Ha! Tell me about it.

Dustin: You know about Casey Affleck, though, right?

Male White Privilege: What?

Dustin: Remember that dumb Joaquin Phoenix documentary he directed?

Male White Privilege: Yeah.

Dustin: He was a real jackass during filming. Harassed several women.

Male White Privilege: Ugh. This again? And let me guess? These women just happened to bring it up in the midst of awards season?

Dustin: Well no. It’s been out there for years, actually. He settled two sexual harassment lawsuits against him. It’s just that this is his first big press tour since the allegations surfaced, so some people in the media are pushing back on it.

Male White Privilege: Oh God. Is this going to be Nate Parker all over again? Is Courtney already blasting this shit all over the place? Do we have to?

Dustin: I mean, no. It’s probably not going to be Nate Parker all over again. Parker faced a criminal trial and the woman he raped later committed suicide. But also, Casey Affleck is white and Nate Parker is black.

Male White Privilege: Oh, so this is a race thing?

Dustin: I’m not saying that, exactly. But it is telling that Affleck and his PR team have already been able to silence some of the conversation surrounding the settlements.

Male White Privilege: Good. Because I don’t want to have to think about that while I’m trying to enjoy the movie.

Dustin: That’s kind of the problem, though, isn’t it? It’s a great movie, and Affleck apparently turns in an astounding performance, so we’re just going to ignore the fact that he harassed a woman, called her names, and basically lashed out at her for refusing to sleep with him, and then he got drunk one night and crawled into bed with another woman?

Male White Privilege: Yes, that would be my preference. Ignoring that. I mean, he allegedly harassed some women. What does that have to do with a movie about a Boston lobsterman (I assume) dealing with grief?

Dustin: It doesn’t have anything to do with it, but that’s not the point, man. Are you being willfully dim?

Male White Privilege: No. I just don’t think that because the guy is a jerk that I shouldn’t go see his movie.

Dustin: I’m not saying don’t go see it, necessarily. I mean, I still saw Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, and it was OK. But I will tell you this: I barely went five minutes without thinking about Nate Parker’s rape trial and all the shitty things he said during his press tour (and it was particularly unpleasant during the movie’s rape scene).

Male White Privilege: Exactly! I don’t want to have to think about that shit while I’m trying to watch a movie. It ruins the film for me!

Dustin: Awww. Poor you! Several women were subjected to prolonged bullying and sexual harassment, but we should worry about your enjoyment of a film being diminished. Get over yourself, dude. You’re the problem here, you know that, right?

Male White Privilege: Why? Why am I the problem? I didn’t harass anyone!

Dustin: Maybe not, but it’s people like you who choose to ignore it every time something like this happens. When you sweep it under the rug, guys like Casey Affleck have no incentive to stop being harassing assholes. The culture of harassment will never stop as long as guys like Affleck can get away with it.

Male White Privilege: He didn’t get away with it! He had to pay a couple of million in legal settlements.

Dustin: And that’s exactly what Affleck is saying! But that’s not an acknowledgement. That’s not an apology. That’s not accepting responsibility. That’s throwing money at a problem. He needs to know that the behavior is not acceptable. And you know what? Maybe if a few more journalists question him, or if he loses out on some awards recognition, or future jobs, then maybe he’ll change. If other actors see Affleck being shamed on his press tour, maybe they’ll think twice before they harass a co-worker. And it’s not like Matt Damon is innocent in this.


Dustin: Dude, Matt Damon hired Casey Affleck. Matt Damon knew about the settlements, because he must have because he’s friends with Casey, and he still hired him for what Damon knew was a prestige job. He is, in effect, rewarding bad behavior. He is contributing to this culture.

Male White Privilege: Goddamnit! Now you’re going to ruin Matt Damon AND Manchester by the Sea?

Dustin: I didn’t ruin anything, man. Affleck is the one who harassed the women. Damon is the one who hired him. I didn’t engage in the bad behavior. They did. All I’m doing is making you aware of it. Everyone should be aware of it, because they should feel remorse for their actions. It is not OK.

Male White Privilege: Fine. Whatever. I guess I’ll just go see Assassin’s Creed, instead.

Dustin: You heard about Fassbender, though, right?


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