Was Jasmine Washington’s Paternity Lawsuit Against Kirk Frost Thrown Out of Court?

It’s been nearly a year since Jasmine Washington publicly claimed Kirk Frost is her baby daddy. However, despite suing the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star, we’re still no closer to finding out the truth. In fact, Jasmine’s court case may have been thrown out.

Bossip is exclusively reporting that Georgia family court Judge Debra Turner has thrown out Jasmine’s paternity lawsuit against Kirk due to a technicality.

Jasmine sued Kirk earlier this summer to force him to take a paternity test and pay child support. Judge Turner gave her two weeks to serve Kirk the papers, however, Jasmine and her attorney Tony Mathis claimed they hadn’t been able to do so. Mathis even threatened to get a warrant in order to serve the documents.

Jasmine was eventually able to serve Kirk, but it was way past the two-week deadline Turner had given the single mother—two months later to be exact. Judge Turner reportedly decided to throw out the case and Jasmine’s case may never be heard in court.

However, Tony Mathis, Jasmine’s attorney, tells Hollywood Life that Bossip’s report is false. “Nothing has happened…. it is not true what BOSSIP is reporting,” he told the site.

GoT reported back in August that the paternity case was dismissed after both Jasmine and Kirk failed to appear in court to hear the results of the DNA test Kirk had been court ordered to take. It was speculated the two parties privately settled the matter out of court.

At this point, it’s becoming hard to keep up with this baby daddy/mama drama. Unfortunately, I do believe we’ll be hearing more about this on the upcoming season of LHHATL, which recently had to halt production due to a hit and run incident.

Season 7 of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta will premiere sometime in 2018 on VH1.

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Kevin Hart Opens Up About Cheating on Pregnant Wife: “I’m Guilty. I’m Wrong. It’s Beyond Irresponsible”

Kevin Hart says he’s been on Santa’s “naughty list” this year, but is working towards being a better man. The comedian reflected on his scandalous year and admitted he cheated on his wife while she was pregnant.

Promoting his upcoming film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Hart appeared on The Breakfast Club today (Dec. 14). However, the interview wasn’t all laughs, as the actor opened up about being exposed for cheating on his wife, Eniko Parrish, while she was eight months pregnant with their first child.

“I’m guilty, regardless of how it happened and what was involved, the sh*t that I can’t talk about, I’m guilty. I’m wrong. It’s beyond irresponsible. There’s no way around it. That’s Kevin Hart in his dumbest moment. That’s not the finest hour of my life. With that being said, you make your bed you lay in it.”

Back in September, Hart revealed in an Instagram video that he was being extorted over “sexually suggestive” videos and photos with another woman. Instead of paying the money, he came clean and publicly apologized to his wife and family.

Days after he revealed the extortion plot, a sex tape featuring a man resembling Hart leaked online. 27-year-old model Montia Sabbagg confirmed she was the woman caught with Hart in the photos and videos and claimed that she had no involvement in the extortion plot, which was investigated by the FBI.

Hart tells the Breakfast Club hosts that he knew he “f**ked up” and hoped that his wife would forgive him after he told her about his infidelity. He also hopes to be a better example for his son moving forward.

“You don’t plan to f*ck up. You f*ck up, and then you go, ‘Oh shit, I f**ked up’ … I’m gonna go home, I’m gonna address it, I’m gonna make my wife fully aware of what’s going on in the situation that I have now put us in and I’m hoping that she has a heart to where she can forgive me and understand that this is not going to be a reoccurring thing and allow me to recover from my f***ing massive mistake. That’s what I’m trying to do not only as a man, but within teaching a lesson to my son.”

In July, Hart was the center of another cheating scandal. He was caught on video with rising Latin singer Monique “MoMo” Gonzalez in a car while in Miami. Witnesses said the two were “canoodling” and “hooking up” for 20 minutes. Hart laughed off this cheating rumor with a meme.

“Have I been naughty or nice? That’s definitely a tough question for Kevin Hart right now, it was a tough year for me,” Hart told Extra host Mario Lopez’s daughter on the Jumanji premiere red carpet when she asked what he wanted from Santa Claus this year.

“I had some bumps in the road, but the good thing is you take great steps backwards to take great steps forward. So now, I’ve recovered from some not nice times and now what I basically want is for Santa to know that I’m doing good and I’m doing better. Just to know I’m a good guy.”

Parrish gave birth to the couple’s son, Kenzo, in late November. Hopefully, 2018 will be a much better year for the family.

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Oprah Winfrey to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 75th Annual Golden Globes

Nominations for the 75th Golden Globes underwhelmed many due to the snubs of critically acclaimed and popular films like Girls Trip and Get Out. But maybe the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is trying to soften that blow with its 2018 lifetime achievement award recipient.

Oprah Winfrey will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Golden Globes ceremony. The annual award recognizes individuals with “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Oprah will be the first black woman to receive the top honor since it was first awarded in 1952.

Oscar winner Morgan Freeman did the honor of announcing Oprah as the 2018 recipient. He received the honor in 2012.

HFPA president Meher Tatna sang Oprah’s praises in a statement, noting the media mogul has “celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades.”

“As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today.

“For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved, especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards.”

Oprah was first nominated for a Golden Globe in 1985 for her role as “Sofia” in The Color Purple. She also received an honorary Academy Award in 2011 for her humanitarian efforts.

The 75th Golden Globes will be presented live January 7, 2018 on NBC and will be hosted by late-night talk show host Seth Meyers.

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All Our Spoiler-Filled Impressions Right After Seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We’ve already got a spoiler-free review for you to check out, as well as an open reader discussion thread, but what did we all think of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in all our spoilery glory, now that it’s in theaters?

**WARNING: FULL SPOILERS BELOW.**

We’ve all been dying to see this movie since The Force Awakens left us hanging on a literal cliff, so naturally, we’ve all got a lot of strong opinions about likes and dislikes, both big and small, in a movie that wrapped up a surprising amount of threads from its predecessor. We’re all still processing and discussing amongst ourselves, but here are some of our initial thoughts directly after seeing the movie:

Dan:

I liked the character growth on display with our new trio of main characters: Poe learning what it means to be a leader, rather than a reckless hero; Finn learning to stick around and sacrifice himself for the cause, rather than continuing to try to run away with Rey (even as he was ultimately saved from his actions by someone who maybe learned to be a little selfish from him in return); and Rey learning to be her own hero despite being “nobody,” rather than assuming Luke Skywalker is the only way to save everyone because he’s “somebody.”

I liked how the movie leaned into ongoing discussion about the morality of the Star Wars universe and pointed out the failing of “both sides” arguments (both real and fictional) with Benicio Del Toro’s character. Yes, it’s important to admit that “both sides” have flaws, and that violence has consequences, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be able to distinguish between the good guys and the bad.

Other likes:

– Leia finally getting to use some Force powers, which she never makes a big deal out of.

– Characters touching on the idea of how the space war economy actually works without getting as bogged down in politics as the prequels did.

– R2 playing Leia’s original message from A New Hope.

– Holdo talking about how Leia inspired her. This conversation both uplifted and crushed me.

– Comments about Poe being a trigger-happy flyboy eventually culminating in Leia agreeing that she likes him. When Holdo first called him that, I was dying for her to mention that it’s probably why Leia likes him, and she eventually came through.

– Rey coming from nothing to be a hero.

– Kylo being an evil sh*t who tries to neg Rey into joining the dark side, and getting denied. I am not into any Kylo/Rey stuff or any “Kylo is actually a good guy, trying to tear down the destructive Jedi/Sith cycle” theories, and I would’ve been disappointed if he suddenly turned over a new leaf.

– The humor. I always liked the personality and humor in Star Wars, and I was happy to have several full-on laughs during this movie, especially when Hux barks identical orders right after Kylo, who then looks at him like “wyd?”

– Luke whining at an inscrutable Yoda. This is everything to me.

– The movie leaning into Luke’s past as a mediocre Jedi. For all the references people have made to Luke’s quick learning when talking about Rey’s abilities in The Force Awakens, he was never really all that great at being a Jedi in the OT. His best use of his Jedi powers was a little bit of a guiding hand from the Force while he was aiming at the Death Star exhaust port in A New Hope.

He wasn’t able to raise his X-Wing out of Yoda’s swamp. He was easily defeated by Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. He may have beaten Vader in Return of the Jedi, but Palpatine would have killed him without breaking a sweat if the fight were on ability alone, and it would’ve been for nothing. In the end, he was only able to win because he could appeal to his father’s emotions. In The Last Jedi, he’s come to terms with the fact that his family lineage and affinity for the Force don’t automatically make him the one person who can save the galaxy, and I love that.

Dislikes:

– Snoke’s role disappointed me. It’s OK that he was dispatched quickly and didn’t get some grand reveal as an incredibly meaningful part of the Star Wars universe, but if that was going to be the case, his death should have been a shocking turn. Instead, it was made abundantly clear what Kylo Ren was about to do, which took any remaining impact of the character, as well as his most pivotal scene, entirely out of the movie.

– The Force communication. The entire reason for Rey and Kylo Ren to need to communicate face-to-face through the Force is to set up Luke pulling off the same trick on a grander scale later on, since everything that passed between Rey and Kylo could just as easily have happened with Kylo trying to put ideas into Rey’s mind from afar every time she tries to connect to the Force for her training. (And that probably would’ve been a less distracting way to go about it, like Luke seeing his friends in danger while he trained with Yoda on Dagobah.)

But with Luke dying at the end anyway, there was no reason for him not to actually show up in person and purposefully go down, Obi-Wan-style. The entire idea of people being projected in other places through the Force was unnecessary, which makes it an odd choice considering how jarring it was.

– I liked what the subplots brought to the story and characters, if not the plot, but they could’ve been edited down for sure.

– Worst use of Gwendoline Christie ever. I’m glad Finn fought Phasma rather than a random stormtrooper this time (and yes, I know there’s a novel that explains why that stormtrooper was meaningful), but she was still underutilized to a frustrating degree.

Kaila:

Y’all got a big dose of what I thought with my review, but now that the porg is out of the bag I can finally talk some specifics. Overall, my reaction was positive and quite emotional, which surprised me. The times when I cried openly during this film are as follows: Leia Force-flying back to the ship; R2 playing Leia’s original message for Obi-Wan; Luke and Leia’s reunion, and Luke handing over the Han’s Millennium Falcon decoration; Luke and the two goddamned suns in the end taking us all the way back to Tatooine and the beginning.

Here are some of the things that made me cranky about the movie that I still can’t shake, however:

– It’s much too long. It doesn’t need to be this long. There was a lot of wasted time in some parts, and others too rushed. There were at least 2,456 climactic show-downs saved at the last moment by some kind of deus ex machina (droid ex machina?).

– It’s hard not to find the Finn/Rose subplot almost completely superfluous. I love them, deeply, and in another Star Wars movie, it would be cool to go to an alien casino and free some space horses in a wild ride. But with so much at stake in other areas of the galaxy, it just felt for me like all the air went out whenever we returned to this plot. Also, it’s built on incredibly shaky ground: they end up not even taking the tracker out, the entire point of the whole escapade, and Finn and Rose end up in a high-security prison where they meet Benicio because they parked their shuttle in the wrong place? What?

– It’s also hard not to see Finn/Rose as a setup for an angsty sort of triangle with Rey in the next movie, that also neatly leaves room for Rey to hook up with Kylo Ren. I hate everything about this: love triangles, and Rey hooking up with Kylo Ren. Let Finn have two girlfriends and a boyfriend.

– Reylo. I honestly thought all of the trailer noise about Rey and Kylo was just misdirection. I expected them to have perhaps one climactic scene together. Instead, the entire film is them Force-skyping each other back and forth, and Rey sending herself in a pod straight to Kylo Ren has to be one of the stupidest moves in any Star Wars movie, ever. The implications of romance for a heroine and a man who has killed his father and participated in multiple genocides does not sit well with me. I liked their dynamic overall, and their tension—let them have an uneasy friendship since they do share quite a lot, power-wise—but keep your goddamned shirt on, Driver. The squick was strong here.

These gripes aside, I still felt very moved by The Last Jedi, and appreciated its surprises and willingness to go where we did not expect it to go, and its beauty and lovely attention to detail. And I’m teary-eyed every time I think of Luke Skywalker and those double suns, even four days after seeing the movie. I think that image just might be with me forever.

Princess:

Every time I watch a Star Was film, I’m pulled into the universe of it—the nobility of it and the bravery of it. They’re my favorite war movies, and I know it wasn’t great, but Rogue One made me cry. Anyway, when it comes to The Last Jedi, I think my opinions are in line with Dan and Kaila. I loved all the Leia stuff, and I enjoyed the fact that Rey was just a nobody who had this gift. I think we got so wrapped up in the “bloodline” that we forgot that Anakin was also a nobody from nowhere once. He began the Skywalker legacy by chance and weird prophecy. Now, Rey can make her own legacy.

Also, moral of the story: trust your female leaders, especially when they have more experience and rank than you, ffs.

Loves:

– Snoke was a snore. Good, we don’t need Palpatine 2.0. Let Kylo Ren rise to be the irredeemable toxic man-child he is. May his black clothes forever have lint.

– Leia using the force and being the hope.

– All of the BB-8. Honestly, as great and adorable as the porgs were, BB-8 has them beat. The friendship with Poe is also adorable. “Where’s my droid?!” Bless.

– With Holdo, I was very happy that she was a competent and intelligent leader who had a long game plan. As for people who are like, “Well why didn’t she tell Poe?” Why should she? He looked at her and instantly didn’t believe she had what it took, so why should she tell someone who was just previously shown to disobey direct orders from Leia that led to the deaths of multiple bombers?

– Rey being of common stock like the rest of us. I think it makes sense that she, like many orphans, wants to believe that she has some secret lineage that makes her more special. It’s more powerful to say that we make ourselves special than saying that we are born special.

– Everything Luke Skywalker. In fact, I’m pretty sure that I’m in love with Luke. The entire ending conflict with Kylo was perfect because Kylo is a scrub in the truest form of the word, and Luke owned his punk a$$.

– The Rey and Kylo battle sequence was legit cool and probably one of the most violent scenes in a Star Wars movie. It’s a lucky thing people don’t bleed from lightsaber cuts.

Loathes:

– I’m a Never Reylo, so that shirtless scene was a hard pass. Save the intimate hand-touching scenes for Jane Austen and period dramas. It almost felt like Rey wanted to save Ben to prove something to Luke, but if Luke Skywalker thinks you’re a lost cause, then there you go. Let’s remember that Vader’s redemption came from him choosing family over darkness. Kylo you goofed.

– That Finn/Rose’s storyline was just one giant McGuffin. I enjoyed that we got some great sequences with two dope POC characters, but every time they cut back to them, I was like “okay, but what is the point?” Not to mention the whole thing just undermined Holdo, who was right the whole time, so good job breaking it, hero.

– If there’s a Finn/Rose/Rey love triangle, I am going to lose my mind. Yes, everyone loves Finn, but that just means polyamory, not triangles.

Vivian:

I loved this movie. I loved all four movies that made up this movie. I cried and I laughed a ton, and I was disappointed that the rest of the audience was a quiet one, because I had the urge to clap and cheer a number of times. That said, it definitely had that “middle installment” feel to it. Here are my thoughts:

Love:

– Everything about Leia! Her Force-floating, her space jewelry, the fact that after she tased Poe, she took the time to get dressed and do her elaborate rolled hairdo before boarding the transport ship.

– Everything about Holdo—from Poe realizing how wrong he was to underestimate her to that shot of her hitting lightspeed, she was perfect. (Also, that turtleneck.)

– Rey’s parentage reveal. While I would have been happy with a Kenobi connection, I’m glad she exists without an “explanation.” Where does she get her immense power from? From herself, that’s where.

– Hollywood, please put Kelly Marie Tran in literally everything.

– LUKE’S SHOULDER BRUSH AT BEN’S BIG GUN SHOW. I died laughing.

Meh:

– Adding my voice to the anti-Reylo crowd.

– Ditto the Finn/Rose romance. And if there is a love triangle between them and Rey in the next movie I will burn this whole place to the ground. Just let them be friends! Let theirs be a relationship of mutual respect and deep friendship. If anyone’s gonna do kissing at each other, it’s got to be Finn and Poe.

– Snoke is boring as hell.

– It was far too long, and way overstuffed. When Justin Theroux is making cameos in a Star Wars movie, the stunt casting has officially gone too far.

Teresa:

I have to say that, where Luke is concerned, this film ends perfectly, and that one big image of Rey “moving rocks” made her My Queen.

Now, I’ll nit-pick for a tiny second only to say that sometimes the film tries too hard to be funny, and not all the bits land. There are definitely some clunky one-liners and awkward/corny jokes that fall flat, but you won’t care, because there’s so much other stuff you’ll be paying attention to.

I love that the Rey/Kylo relationship is so much more complicated than mere “good” and “evil.” When Supreme Leader Snoke connected the two of them via the Force, I loved that neither of them backed away from the connection. I loved that despite believing him to be a “monster,” Rey has hope that he can change and is willing to pursue him for the Resistance. I love that Kylo seems to genuinely respect Rey’s abilities, despite thinking her misguided. The scene where they, for one brief, shining moment, fight together, I was exhilarated.

The performances from Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, and Mark Hamill were amazing. It’s clear that Ridley has grown into her role, and her performance as Rey has become much more confident and powerful. Driver strikes a perfect balance between genuine menace and petulant child, all while delivering just the right touch of vulnerability to make his interactions with Rey believable and grounded. And I’ll just go ahead and say it: it’s so nice to watch Hamill play a version of Luke that is not annoying and whiny. Luke was always my least favorite part of Star Wars, but this older, more thoroughly-tested Luke is so much more interesting than that other guy. Hamill absolutely nailed it.

So, what about the other characters?

Leia. Leia. Leia. Yes, watching Carrie Fisher might make you cry, especially since some of the plot involving her parallels real-life events. However, she will do more than make you cry. She will inspire the hell out of you in this one badass scene wherein it’s proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is the Skywalker that is strongest in the Force. OK, maybe she and Luke are equal after all the events of this film are taken into account, but this is definitely the most we’ve ever seen her actively use her connection to the Force, and it is unbelievably epic.

Her relationship with Poe is awesome, and I love watching him learn how to be a leader from two women: Leia and Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern). This film is also the story of Poe Dameron becoming a leader in the resistance and learning how to do more than just blow things up.

Rose Tico, played by Kelly Marie Tran, absolutely lights up the screen every time she’s on it. I would argue that watching the introduction of this wonderful new character is worth the price of admission all by itself. The first time we meet Rose, she’s crying over the loss of her sister, a Resistance fighter. So, right away, Tran pulls us in with her depth and vulnerability. She continues to dazzle throughout with humor, sweetness, toughness, and brilliance.

Then there’s the issue of her relationship with Finn. I love watching them as a team, and normally her catching feelings for Finn would piss me right off. But she’s such a great character, that it doesn’t take away from how nuanced she is.

Watching Finn defeat Captain Phasma was pretty major. The Force Awakens was all about Finn having the courage to leave the First Order and devote himself to the Resistance in the first place. In this film, Finn closes that loop by defeating the woman most responsible for his subjugation. It’s hugely powerful.

However, I did feel some disappointment about Captain Phasma: I was disappointed that she was killed in this film after having been put to such little use. Now, perhaps she’s not dead. We saw her fall into a huge fireball, so it’s likely, but who knows? She could come back as some kind of disfigured monster hell-bent on revenge. That said, in The Force Awakens, I got the feeling that there was more to the story of her and Finn than met the eye. She seemed to favor him, and try to protect him from The First Order’s punishment a couple of times, leading me to believe that she was especially on his side for some reason. To see her simply reduced to the “muscle” chasing after him, and existing solely to give Finn his one moment of heroism was disappointing indeed.

Despite that, the film answers some criticisms some had about The Force Awakens. Thought Rey was a “Mary Sue” because she was competent? Her raw strength is addressed in this film, as is the fact that Kylo’s particular weaknesses allowed her to have the upper hand when she might not have otherwise. Didn’t like the fact that Chewie and Leia didn’t hug at the end of The Force Awakens? Get ready for their moment in this film. Sometimes, when something bugs you about a film, the answer is just to wait. They’re getting to it later in the story. Let them tell it to you, rather than trying to tell it yourself.

In other news, porgs are adorable, and BB-8 is so much more badass than we may have given him credit for.

What I love most about Star Wars: The Last Jedi is that it moves the franchise in a direction that I’ve been talking about and waiting for forever. The realm of “average people.” It’s basically the beginning of the answer to this TMS post. The film is exciting, unexpected, and full of moral and ethical questions that you’ll leave the theater talking about. It’s clear in this film that the story of Star Wars is changing—it reminds me a bit of the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when she awakens the slayer potential in girls all over the world—and the possibilities of where it could go from here are absolutely thrilling.

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Let’s Talk About Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Good morning! As you may have been aware, there was a Star War last night.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now in theaters, and that means we’re finally ready to talk about the movie in detail, spoilers and all. Oh, yeah, fair warning: massive, that’s-no-moon-size spoilers ahead, following the gif. You have been warned.

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While the movie received great reviews, I’ve noticed a fair amount of backlash this morning while scrolling the interwebs, not to mention the Rotten Tomatoes fan score coming in significantly lower than the critic score. As someone who really enjoyed The Last Jedi, I’m fascinated as to why that is. It’s not that I don’t think there are legitimate criticisms to be made—my biggest knock against it is that it could easily have been two movies, which led the thinner parts to drag and the meatier parts to feel like they could’ve been explored more deeply.

But overall, I liked the character development on display, and I liked what the movie had to say about heroes, villains, and shades of grey—and the importance of being able to distinguish, rather than getting lost in “both sides”-ism. Some of the things I didn’t like felt more like my own personal expectations and theories getting in the way, rather than failings on the part of the movie.

I’m interested to hear whether others felt that fan expectations were upended to the point of betrayal. On the other hand, I’ve also seen criticism that the movie played it too safe and didn’t take things in bold new directions for the franchise when it had the chance. Did it not meet expectations, or did it stick so closely to them that it was uninteresting—or was the expectation that something daring would be done, and following the expected path wound up unexpected?

Or did you love it like I did and just come here to gush, talk it out with fellow fans, and come up with new theories going forward? Whatever the case, have it out in the comments below, but remember to be respectful!

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Matt Damon: We Know Al Franken & Harvey Weinstein Aren’t the Same

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Man, there was a time when I really, really liked Matt Damon, but ever since the Project Greenlight fiasco, it has just been a downward spiral from cool liberal dude Matt Damon to “liberal dude mansplainer” Matt Damon.

While doing an interview with ABC for his upcoming film Downsizing, co-starring Kristen Wiig, Damon was asked about his feelings on Harvey Weinstein by Peter Travers, because, you know, he is the father of four girls. Four. Girls. Four. The entire interview is filled with delicious oblivious gems.

I think we’re in this watershed moment. I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories, and it’s totally necessary … I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior, right? And we’re going to have to figure — you know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right? You know, we see somebody like Al Franken, right? — I personally would have preferred if they had an Ethics Committee investigation, you know what I mean? It’s like at what point — you know, we’re so energized to kind of get retribution, I think.

Sigh.

Guys, I know you all think we are just crazy feminists with deep desires to ruin the lives of all men, but believe it or not, we understand the nuances of different allegations of sexual misconduct. Al Franken is not the same as Harvey Weinstein, but that does not mean he should be allowed to just keep his position. Franken resigned, and yes, it was very much the result of pushing by his fellow Democrats, who wanted to have a moral high-ground considering the issue with Roy Moore and Donald Trump both facing much worse allegations. Which was politically the right move for the Dems in the long term.

When it comes to Franken, he denied the allegations against him and said he “remembered things differently,” even when it came to the nature of the photograph concerning his first victimMultiple women have come forward to allege that he groped them or tried to forcibly kiss them. The defense that Franken used his position in the Senate to push bills for women in light of these allegations doesn’t make things better; it makes things worse.

But let’s say this: What if we waited for the Ethics Committee investigation and they just confirmed the stories about all the women? Then what? Would everyone be okay with him stepping down then? Probably not. Why? Because it’s not really about the due process. It is about wanting to prove women to be liars.

And we live in this culture of outrage and injury, and, you know, that we’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, “Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.” You know what I mean? … The Louis C.K. thing, I don’t know all the details. I don’t do deep dives on this, but I did see his statement, which kind of, which [was] arresting to me. When he came out and said, “I did this. I did these things. These women are all telling the truth.” And I just remember thinking, “Well, that’s the sign of somebody who — well, we can work with that” … Like, when I’m raising my kids, this constant personal responsibility is as important as anything else they learn before they go off in the world.

[…]

.And on this end of the continuum where you have rape and child molestation or whatever, you know, that’s prison. Right? And that’s what needs to happen. OK? And then we can talk about rehabilitation and everything else. That’s criminal behavior, and it needs to be dealt with that way. The other stuff is just kind of shameful and gross, and I just think … I don’t know Louis C.K.. I’ve never met him. I’m a fan of his, but I don’t imagine he’s going to do those things again. You know what I mean? I imagine the price that he’s paid at this point is so beyond anything that he — I just think that we have to kind of start delineating between what these behaviors are.

Yeah, and Louis C.K. only took personal responsibility because he got caught. He denied the allegations before, dismissing them as rumors, and if the article hadn’t come out, he would have continued to deny it. He didn’t say sorry to the women for what he did, and he still hasn’t done anything to correct the issue. So what personal responsibility? There has to be something between prison and nothing and if right now all it is is professional exile, then so be it.

Also, because you don’t imagine him doing this again, that means he has paid the price? And how do you know he won’t? Because you are a fan?

I just. I want to flip the table, because this is just such bullshit. Like you realize women lose roles and have their careers dragged for much-much less, right? Nothing in Damon’s statements shows concern for the women or any of the victims. It’s only about the overarching effects for these dudes. Plus, this line: “I imagine the price that he’s paid at this point is so beyond anything that he — ” made me feel like he had to just stop himself from saying that C.K. suffered more than the victims, because we are still arguing that jerking off in front of  women … isn’t really that bad.

Women in comedy left their profession because of Louis C.K. Women stopped pursuing their dreams because of Louis C.K., but it’s fine because he probably won’t ever do it again.

The final straw for me is towards the end, where Damon talks about an imaginary situation where if someone lied and made a claim that Matt Damon assaulted them in the past, you were able to just pay the money and get a confidentiality agreement, but now:

Now … with social media, these stories get — it’s like they get gasoline poured on them. So the moment a claim is made, if you make that same claim today to me, I would be scorched earth. I’d go, “I don’t care if it costs $10 million to fight this in court with you for 10 years, you are not taking my name from me. You are not taking my name and my reputation from me. I’ve worked too hard for it. And I earned it. You can’t just blow me up like that.” So I think once a claim is made, there will no longer be settlements. That’s just my prediction, I mean, just based on what I’ve seen.

Damon says that this is a good thing, but it doesn’t feel like it—not when he’s promoting a narrative that paints women as gold-diggers and manipulators. Please, please PR people, prep your stars about how to handle this issue, because it’s plain to see that, even amongst men who say they respect and care about women, they still have a hard time understanding that you don’t rank women’s sexual trauma as a way to feel better about guys you like.

Before we want to start writing redemption songs for people, can we at the very least make sure they actually prove themselves to be worth that kind of trouble? The first step is actually being sorry. Not reactionary sorry.

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Carrie Fisher’s Dog Perked up Every Time He Saw Her on Screen—Me Too Gary

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Carrie Fisher’s loss is something we are still processing, as people who knew her through her writing, her acting, and her wit. So to those who knew her best, there is no doubt the pain of her loss is still palpable.

Gary, a French bulldog, was Fisher’s constant companion before she passed. Anyone who went to photo-ops or book signings with Fisher saw him there, and I can speak from personal experience that he was the cutest and sweetest guy. Apparently, he was so well loved that he became a space creature in the latest film.

 

Gary now lives with Fisher’s former personal assistant, Corby McCoin, where he, like the rests of us, still thinks fondly of our beloved space princess/general.

How many times did you cry during The Last Jedi when thinking about Carrie Fisher?

Giphy of Carrie Fisher as Leia saying, "May the Force be with you."

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Things We Saw Today: “Youthquake” Is Apparently the Word of the Year – … what?

I thought I was pretty in the know but I have honestly never heard of this word before today nor seen it printed.

According to CBS, Oxford Dictionaries settled on “youthquake” as 2017’s big word, which is meant to align with the year’s general mood. They define “youthquake” as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.” (Waiting for the thinkpiece on how Millenials have killed the traditional meaning of the word earthquake.)

I mean … cool? I like the idea behind “youthquake” even though I’ve never seen it before or think it particularly defines 2017 , especially when Oxford’s runners-up included “broflake – a man who is readily upset or offended by progressive attitudes that conflict with his views- and kompromat, a Russian term for compromising information collected for political leverage.”

Quite frankly, I do believe this is more of the year of the broflake kompromat, but you do you, Oxford.

(via CBS, image: Shutterstock)

  • Americans can’t figure out how to stop mass shootings (gun control and regulation), so instead there’s a burgeoning industry of “bulletproof clothing.” Yup. (via Racked)
  • LoTR director Peter Jackson alleges that Harvey Weinstein essentially blackballed Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino after leading a smear campaign against the actresses. (via Stuff.co.nz)
  • I have to draw some moments from this bot-written Harry Potter chapter. #loudslowsoftbird https://t.co/YdKLyJd64o pic.twitter.com/3Xywuaa5uQ

    — Megan Nicole Dong (@sketchshark) December 14, 2017

  • Do you love the vulptex, The Last Jedi‘s crystal fox species on Crait? Me too. The amount of work that went into making them is mind-boggling. (via StarWars.com)
  • The top of a Christmas tree at Disney. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/W6njphgJ9x— Amilyn Ratcliffe (@amy_geek) December 15, 2017

What have you spied with your little eyes this fine Friday, friends?

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Can We Please Believe Dylan Farrow About Woody Allen Now? – #BelieveAllWomen

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Today, Dylan Farrow took to Twitter to call out not just Woody Allen, but those who continue to support him. Farrow is Woody Allen’s adopted daughter with Mia Farrow, and in 2014, she took to the New York Times and wrote an open letter detailing events of child abuse and sexual molestation that she said Allen committed against her.

…when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.

Despite this, Woody Allen has remained a figure that people clamor to work with and make excuses for. Kate Winslet has been especially messy during her press tour for Wonder Wheel, saying that Woody Allen is “like a woman,” and that the issue is too complicated for her to discuss.

All this is what makes Farrow’s tweets so brave. When she told her story, it was not greeted with the great support we have more recently been trying to give to women who come forward. She’s already been told her account is dubious and had major celebrities continue to back her alleged rapist, and that is painful. I hope that she will one day get some justice, and since the statue of limitations has passed, it’s up to the court of public opinion.

So read Dylan’s tweets, and hold Allen accountable, and hold the people who work with him knowing these things accountable.

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What Would It Actually Feel Like to Be Hit With a Lightsaber? – Spoiler: pretty bad.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to be struck with a lightsaber, it turns out it’s way, way worse you probably ever imagined. Thanks to this video from the “Because Science” series with Kyle Hill, we now have far too many details on the disgusting effects this “elegant weapon” has on the human (or alien) body.

To start, a lightsaber does not cut like a sword. A sword cuts through its target, using force (not The Force) to move material–skin, bone, etc–out of the way. A lightsaber doesn’t do that. Instead, a lightsaber applies heat to the material in front of and around it. Nothing gets pushed out of the way, it vaporizes (turns from a liquid into a gas) or sublimates (solid -> gas).

That on its own is pretty gross to think about. But wait! It gets so much worse. Because that change in state comes with a change in volume, and as Hill explains, since that vaporization or sublimation is happening so quickly, “It acts like a blast wave.” A lightsaber death can be quick, and as soon as the weapon isn’t making contact, the wound it inflicts is cauterized. But every second spent in contact with a lightsaber would be agony, with steam rushing out of your body–specifically, out of the wound, since it has nowhere else to go–at literally explosive rates.

As if Han Solo’s death wasn’t tragic enough, Hill reminds us that he spent 15 seconds with Kylo Ren’s lightsaber inside him, longer than any other character we’ve seen. That’s long enough for half the water in his body to escape through his wound in a “steam explosion.”

Some “elegant weapon,” huh?

(via Nerdist, image: Lucas Film/Disney)

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