Things We Saw Today: Adam Scott Owned Mitch McConnell, and the Ice Clown Reigns Supreme

Adam Scott Ben Wyatt Parks and Recreation

Ben Wyatt may be the Ice Clown, but he isn’t here for Mitch McConnell using his gifs to promote the Republican party’s terrible views. When Team Mitch decided to tweet using a Ben Wyatt gif, Adam Scott had something to say about it.

Adam Scott portrayed Ben Wyatt on the NBC series Parks and Recreation, and to be quite honest, it’s laughable that any Republican would dare use a gif from the show, let alone a Ben Wyatt gif. Do you know who he married? Leslie Knope would go stomping down to Mitch McConnell’s office and scream at him.

But it didn’t stop there. Team Mitch wanted to try a clap back at Adam Scott, and they clearly don’t know who they were dealing with if they thought they could take on the creator of the Cones of Dunshire.

Don’t worry though, my U2 loving, Big Little Lies crying love fired right back at them.

While hilarious, it also shows a problem that has become clear in the last few weeks: These Republicans who are openly supporting our racist, sexist president are trying to make memes happen. So, I’m sorry to say that all memes are now canceled, and we can blame Republicans on Twitter for that.

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Author Fired for Publicly Shaming Black Transit Worker Suing Her Former Publisher. Should Have Minded Ya Business.

Mind ya business Fresh Prince

Natasha Tynes, a Jordanian American author, got dragged by the internet for a viral tweet in which she shamed a Black train worker for eating on a train in Washington D.C. back in May. In the tweet, she included a picture of the woman, writing, “When you’re on your morning commute & see @wmata employee in UNIFORM eating on the train. I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable. Hope @wmata responds.”

People instantly came for Tynes, asking why she would risk a potential employee getting fired and accusing her of anti-Blackness. As a result, Tynes lost her book deal with Rare Bird Books. Now, according to Arab American News, she’s suing Rare Bird.

When Rare Bird initially commented after the incident, they stated that the author “did something truly horrible today in tweeting a picture of a metro worker eating her breakfast on the train this morning and drawing attention to her employer. Black women face a constant barrage of this kind of inappropriate behavior directed toward them and a constant policing of their bodies.”

Tynes later apologized, deleted the tweet, and took down her personal website. Tynes has since filed a lawsuit against the publication company, in which she accuses the “all-White company” of breaching its contract and defaming her after she was accused of being “anti-Black.”

Tynes claimed in her lawsuit that the company’s public rebuke of her prompted her to temporarily return to Jordan with her family, because they faced weeks of “online harassment, including death threats and racial slurs.”

Rare Bird released their own statement:

Rare Bird says that only a few hundred copies were scheduled to be printed and the pre-order sales were less than 50, and linked to a scathing early review of the book. For the record, Tynes’ novel, They Called Me Wyatt, was about Jordanian woman that reincarnated as a White boy after being murdered, but kept her consciousness.

There’s no excuse for death threats or racial slurs; that is unacceptable. However, what Tynes did was petty, disrespectful, and dripped with entitlement. I get that if you’ve been called out for eating on the subway you might be salty if someone who works there and enforces that rule is eating on the train. Still that’s something you tweet without a picture, without recording it, and certainly without tagging that person’s place of employment—especially when they aren’t making a mess. You have no idea if that person was in between shifts and didn’t have a break and was trying to grab something quick to eat before clocking in, not to mention that employees are often allowed to do lots of things that the general public is not in their places of employment.

The entitlement around working people is gross, and as someone who worked in retail and food service, even the most progressive of people can turn into a mini despots if their drink is made too slowly. Tynes used her platform to shame someone and now suddenly is concerned with her “all-White” company, when she had no problem dipping into anti-Blackness when it was convenient for her.

(via Arab American News, image: NBC)

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Highlights Magazine, a Staple Of Childhood, Takes a Political Stance On Detention Facilities For Children

The cover of a 2017 issue of Highlights, a childhood favorite.

Highlights magazine was always a delightful part of childhood. With charming comics (I still think about Goofus and Gallant to this day) and fun activities, it was basically the key text of childhood. Thankfully, this childhood favorite did not turn out to be problematic, with the CEO of the company stepping forward to take a strong political stance against the detention camps at the border.

The letter reads:

As a company that helps children become their best selves—curious, creative, caring, and confident—we want kids to understand the importance of having moral courage. Moral courage means standing up for what we believe is right, honest, and ethical—even when it is hard.

Our company’s core belief, stated each month in Highlights magazine, is that “Children are the world’s most important people.” This is a belief about all children.

With this core belief in our minds and hearts, we denounce the practice of separating immigrant children from their families and urge our government to cease this activity, which is unconscionable and causes irreparable damage to young lives.

This is not a political statement about immigration policy. This is a statement about human decency, plain and simple. This is a plea for recognition that these are not simply the children of strangers for whom others are accountable. This is an appeal to elevate the inalienable right of all children to feel safe and to have the opportunity to become their best selves.

We invite you—regardless of your political leanings—to join us in speaking out against family separation and to call for more humane treatment of immigrant children currently being held in detention facilities. Write, call, or email your government representatives.

Let our children draw strength and inspiration from our collective display of moral courage. They are watching.

For a statement that’s supposedly apolitical, this is a decidedly political and moral stance given how easy it is for the right wing to ignore these violations, and how easy it is to remain silent. The magazine could have remained quiet on this front, but instead, CEO Kent Johnson and his company have chosen to make their feelings on this known to the public.

Media cannot afford to remain apolitical in this time. Collaborating with ICE is vile, but silence is not much better. We have to speak up and to push back, in whatever way we can. Highlights taking a public stance and speaking out against children being kept in detention camps with no soap or toothbrushes seems simple enough, but when Wayfair is selling beds to these camps and major companies are staying quiet, this is a brave moment.

They’re right: moral courage matters. It’s something we teach our children through stories and, yes, magazines. It’s something we try to teach our children ourselves with our actions. Not speaking up right now is not showing any sort of moral courage. Not when we are seeing these atrocities.

Maybe Johnson and the rest of Highlights trends more conservative, maybe they’re more left-leaning. But they still made an active choice to speak up, knowing that supporters of the sitting President would brand them as being terrible and would boycott them. I doubt the magazine is in danger of closing if a few subscriptions get canceled, but they still are making a choice to do what is right rather than stay silent for the sake of a profit.

Johnson says this not a political statement, yet it truly is, and it shows why Highlights has been and always will be important to kids (and kids at heart).

(image: Highlights)

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Kevin Sorbo Continues to Be the Worst. Not My Hercules!!!

It's Kevin Sorbo and a golf cart

Hercules himself, Kevin Sorbo, continues to be the worst on Twitter. Mainly because he is super into Trump and wants everyone who is registered as a conservative to go down with him. Recently, he decided to yell at the Toronto Raptors for not wanting to go to the White House because of President Trump. Do you know why the Raptors probably don’t want to go to the White House? It may be because they’re from Canada.

And then, you know, everyone made sure to tell him that Toronto is in another country.

Sorbo has been consistently ruining Hercules: The Legendary Journeys for many fans because of his tweets. While we can recognize that celebrities probably have differing viewpoints than we do, it hurts to see them supporting Trump and saying such ridiculous things. Not, as Sorbo thinks, because they’re conservative or Republican.

Where my anger came from, because don’t come for my fave like this, is this tweet:

While Kevin Sorbo himself didn’t pick the image for the article, it does send about a dangerous message. You say someone is conservative and don’t clarify their hatred of Trump in 2019, and you run the risk of people starting to think that they support whatever it is that is in charge of our government. (I’m referring to Trump but I hate saying his name too much. I feel like it is Beetlejuice and if you say his name three times in a row, he’ll do something stupid.)

So when celebrities, like Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain (Yeah, Superman sucks guys, sorry) want to rope in other “conservatives” for their Trump-supporting ways, I have to laugh. They’re the reason why many registered Republicans are now seen in a completely negative light from liberals.

As a liberal, I can safely say that many of us look at what is being said before we judge on labels. Can’t say for the Trump supporters constantly in my mentions but you get the point. The conversation is important and what message you send with your public image is also important so to be like “WELL ROBERT DOWNEY JR. IS REGISTERED REPUBLICAN! IRON MAN SHOULD BE CANCELED” is just someone trying to deflect from their own terrible views rather than recognizing the problem.

Anyway, here is that Pro-Clinton ad that Robert Downey Jr. starred in, Kevin Sorbo can keep my faves’ names out his mouth.

Do you know what I think? People like Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain and James Woods and every other Trump supporting celebrity who have watched their already barely existent careers decline since pledging their allegiance to the president should just recognize the fact that it isn’t a knock on them being “conservative” or even Republican. It is a knock at them supporting a racist, sexist, monster who may start a war (a new war, we still have others going!) just to get reelected.

So, sorry that Hercules is canceled. In every case. Cause, you know, James Woods is Hades in the cartoon Hercules. What is it with people in Hercules things? Someone go check on the Rock and Ryan Gosling.

(image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for SAG-AFTRA Foundation)

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How Can Anyone Say No to Tom Holland and Puppies That Need Homes?

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Slowly but surely, I’m realizing that I would probably die for Tom Holland. The star of Spider-Man: Far From Home saved a young fan, runs charities with his friends and brothers, and is now trying to get a bunch of dogs adopted with Stephen Colbert? Could we ask for a better Peter Parker?

In a move to promote the new Spider-Man film on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Holland joined Colbert in a segment where the goal is to make up lies about puppies to get them adopted, and honestly, it worked. I definitely looked up these dogs and tried to figure out where I could adopt one, even though I’m well aware of the fact that I cannot afford a dog.

The project works with North Shore Animal League America to help find homes for dogs that need to be adopted. I went to the site and cried over all the cute animals that I wanted to take home, but still, watching Colbert and Holland help get these puppies into loving homes is honestly what we need in this world.

But we already know how much Tom Holland loves dogs. Have you ever seen how much the Spider-Man actor talks about his pitbull, Tessa? Spoiler alert: It’s a lot.

So whether you want to adopt one of these puppies or just need a pick-me-up, watching Tom Holland call puppies “mate” and “girl” is truly the best way to liven up a Tuesday afternoon, but then again, this is a mean move. Having the adorable likes of Holland try to get us to adopt animals? Torture for those of us who still have to say no to a puppy and Peter Parker himself, no matter how much we’d like to say yes.

To be honest, this video has comforted me multiple times today. Anytime I’ve gotten too stressed out by the state of the world, I just went and watched it with pure joy in my heart.

Anyway, Tom Holland is too busy out here ghosting Robert Downey Jr., so can we really trust him?

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Maybe Don’t Treat Women Like Pieces of Meat? Especially Teenagers.

: Billie Eilish attends the ASCAP 2019 Pop Music Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 16, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for ASCAP)

Teenage alt-pop star Billie Eilish is pretty damn awesome. Her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, is delivering pretty damn hard, and her music videos show a really fun sense of artistic vision. We stan. Sadly, she was recently photographed wearing a white tank top under a baggy zip-up sweatshirt. That wouldn’t have been a problem if it hadn’t led to a bunch of creepy comments on the teen’s appearance on Twitter, including one that said, “Billie Eilish is THICK.”

Sigh of death.

People were quick to point out that Eilish is only 17 years old, and that avoiding gross comments like this is probably why she dresses in very oversized clothing.

When I saw the comments that were being made about her body, it gave me flashbacks to my own youth. Between the ages of 10 to 11, I went from training bras to having to figure out what the hell a C cup was, and as I got older and my chest grew, I realized that despite being an ugly, gangly teenager, grown men were going to look at me like I was a woman when I so, so much felt like (and was) a child.

It’s very poignant that this story comes at the heels of the discussion about Tifa’s breast size being altered in the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake. There was some backlash from the usual corners of the internet blaming “SJWs” and feminists for this, and one person wrote that Tifa went from being a “curvy” woman to this new, more athletic form. They lamented about what that would mean for their hypothetical future busty daughter. What about representation for her?!

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As I said in my post on the topic, ideally, video games would have a variety of body types and sizes, which would also include things like stretch marks and cellulite. Still, the comments that Billie got are more indicative of what young girls see when they start developing breasts and realize that development isn’t stopping. You find out really quickly that people will treat you like a piece of meat and not as a full person, and that is frustrating.

It has nothing to do with being confident; it has to do with not wanting to be leered at, not wanting people to assume that the reason your breast shows, even a little bit, is you’re trying to show sexual availability or get attention, rather than the fact that it’s 80 degrees and you have the right to wear clothes that make you feel comfortable.

People truly underestimate the things you will wear to feel safe, even if it makes you uncomfortable.

I wore baggy clothes and jeans, and avoided skirts and dresses for most of my teens for that very reason. I didn’t want my body to be treated like it was for everyone, and that really messed with my sense of self and esteem because instead of learning how to dress for myself, I forced myself to dress for others. Now, as an adult, I have less f—s to give, but I still hate the feeling of knowing men are commenting on my legs and body just because they’re there.

Also, for those who were saying that Billie is “legal” in most places … you know that doesn’t make you look not creepy right?

(via Yahoo, image: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for ASCAP)

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Olivia Munn Gets Things Right and Wrong While Talking About #MeToo on The View

Olivia Munn in pink waving at the camera.

Olivia Munn recently visited The View, not to promote a particular project, but to talk about the #MeToo movement. Munn first spoke out about being sexually harassed by Brett Ratner in 2017, and last year made public her discomfort with the fact that a registered sex offender had been cast with her on Predator. While on the talk show, Munn spoke about the way society has changed in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

“I think the biggest note that has changed since the #MeToo movement has started is that for the first time, there is an entire group of people, usually white men, who have to be aware of their existence. If you ask any minority or LGBTQ member or woman who often we’re aware of our existence, it’s like, every day,” she said, as transcribed by Yahoo Entertainment.

She followed this by expressing frustration with men who complain that they have to watch what they say. “When I go into a meeting and I’m talking, I have to think about three different ways before I say it. How are they going to accept this or take this or will the be pissed off? It’s a silly backlash because I think, ‘The rest of us have been doing this forever! Welcome to the world!’”

This is the cold, hard truth. Minorities have always had to be aware of their existence in public spaces. While a white man can cry and scream about how much he loves beer a few days before being confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, the rest of the world does not have that luxury. It’s a constant battle of worrying whether what you say and how you look or behave will result in people accepting you or, at the very worst, could endanger you.

If white men suddenly have to consider their actions and their words, that’s not a high price to pay. It just means “be considerate of how you treat others.” It’s not censorship or oversensitivity; it’s a matter of respecting those around you and not behaving like a jerk. Don’t harass women. Don’t be racist on Twitter. Actually think about how your behavior impacts others. If the threat of consequences is what drives it now, that’s actually good considering how few consequences there were before this.

Much like Munn, I agree that the backlash to having to be considerate of others is nonsense. Just because white men now have to think about their actions does not mean we’ve gone too far. It means they’re finally catching up to the rest of us.

However, I strongly disagreed with Munn when she went on to talk about E. Jean Carroll and her recent allegations about Donald Trump. Munn says she believes sexual assault survivors, but also said, “I understand how hard things are when you have to prosecute. But at this point when you are going to call out the president of the United States, you have to follow through.” She went on to say, “The system of the #MeToo movement is made so that people [can] be held accountable, and it’s not about just anybody using … because they want to or because they want to exact revenge, and we need to ask people for proof, and that’s the biggest thing is we need proof.”

The problem with this is that women who come forward with these stories are often not believed even when they have proof. Women go through hell when they come forward, and if we say that we only conditionally believe stories when women come forward after years of keeping their pain a secret, then we’re saying that women shouldn’t come forward after, say, the statute of limitations passes.

View cohost Joy Behar wisely pointed out that it can be hard to get proof when Munn said, “If you are going to come out and publicly say that, then you will have to have some of that evidence that should be able to stand up in a court of law.” It’s disheartening to hear Munn say that a woman’s word is not believable, especially since women have literally nothing to be gained by coming forward and will instead face disbelief and cruelty.

Munn is right about the fact that men complaining that their words matter now are being silly. She’s wrong in her approach to Carroll. Maybe she needs to consider how her words affect those who have suffered from sexual assault but do not have enough proof to come forward. It’s also a reminder that even those of us who consider ourselves activists need to check ourselves and make sure we’re not saying something harmful in the process of trying to make a point.

(via Yahoo Entertainment, image: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Patrick Ta Beauty)

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Tom Holland Helped Calm a Fan Because Autograph Hounds Remain the Worst

tom holland as spider-man.

I often joke that Tom Holland is my “son” because he seems like a genuinely good young man who only wants to have fun in the fact that he’s Spider-Man. But yesterday made me extremely proud to be a fan of Holland because he came to the rescue of a fan when autograph hounds were pushing her into a barricade and giving her an anxiety attack.

If you’ve never been in the front of a barricade while autograph hounds are trying to make a buck, let me describe it for you. Imagine, if you will, being pushed into metal repeatedly while being hit with posters and toys and having grown men shove you, all because they want to make hundreds of dollars off of a celebrity’s signature. Meanwhile, you’re there just because you’re a fan. Sounds terrifying, right?

It’s the reason I won’t go to events or theater stagedoors anymore, why I just leave and refuse to meet someone I admire. All because grown men are there shoving and yelling about someone they don’t care about. Sometimes I wish a celebrity would just take pictures and not sign because then it makes the hounds back down, because what are they going to do with an unsigned image of a random person and a celebrity?

But that’s beside the point. The point is that a young girl had a panic attack outside of Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, where Holland was the guest, because they wouldn’t stop pushing her into the metal divider. And to what end? So they can turn around and sell Tom Holland’s autograph online? Do they know that people will fly themselves to conventions and get their own autographs now fresh and in person? The prices these guys charge are often steeper than going yourself.

Sorry, but my patience for autograph hounds has always been nonexistent. I watched a man push a small boy out of the way when the kid was trying to meet J.J Abrams and thank him for bringing back Star Wars, all because he wanted to get a poster signed to sell. When you’re that rude to a child, I really don’t care what you do for a living.

A fan went to see Tom Holland, excited about Spider-Man: Far From Home and the actor. But she ended up having a panic attack because of the people crowding her until Tom Holland came to calm her down.

In the video of this story, you can see that Tom Holland is still polite, giving them a chance to stop pushing. When they don’t, he follows through on his threat to throw their pictures on the ground.

It is honestly unnecessary that an actor has to tell grown men to stop pushing a young woman. But here we are, and at least there are actors like Tom Holland who will defend their fans and make sure that everyone is safe. Kudos to my son, Tom Holland, and hopefully this trend of autograph hounds hurting fans just to make a buck will end.

(image: Marvel Entertainment)

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Things We Saw Today: The Joker, Selina Meyer, and Spock Among Cast To Live-Stream Mueller Report Reading

The Joker in Batman the Animated Series aka the ultra troll

A really glamorous cast of actors is coming together tonight to do a live-reading of the Mueller Report. According to Deadline the stars for the reading include Zachary Quinto, Annette Bening, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, Jason Alexander, “among many others” and with further participation by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mark Hamill. The event has been officially titled The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts. Produced, like most things in this world, by Disney. Namely, Susan Disney Lord, Abigail Disney and Timothy Disney.

On the one hand, I’m glad that this is happening because a lot of people do not know what is in the Mueller report and with so many stars there is a possibility that more everyday people will tune in to check it out. At the same time, a Hollywood event with a bunch of stars is (a) the kind of attention Tump loves and (b) the kind of optics his base loves to convince themselves that the “liberal media” is out to get them and their guy.

Live-stream begins at 9 pm ET/6PT. Viewing link here.

(via Deadline, image: Warner Bros,)

On this day “O, Canada”  the national anthem of Canada, was first performed in Quebec City, during a Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day banquet!

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Yet Another Comedy Club Is Rightfully Under Fire for a Surprise Louis C.K. Appearance

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Do you know what’s exhausting? Hearing about Louis C.K. continually getting booked at comedy venues. Sure, whatever, trash people are always going to stand up and clap for him because they view him as a “victim” when he willingly took his penis out at women and then admitted to doing so.

So why are there constantly stories of people still booking him? This time, it was a comedy festival at The Creek and the Cave in Brooklyn, and when C.K. took to the stage, he was met with a standing ovation. While I have my gripes with everyone who stood up, there will always be people who are trash who support other trash. If you support Louis C.K., that’s your own doing, and you have to come to terms with the fact that you support a man who sexually harasses women.

It’s clear that the club where this “Skankfest” (yes, the festival’s name) took place doesn’t care about women. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have a festival called Skankfest and let people like Louis C.K. take their stage—especially, again, for an audience that didn’t know he would appear. Comedy Cellar already let C.K. have his “comeback” there because, again, who cares about women, am I right?

With all these comedy venues continually supporting men who admitted to sexual harassment, I just know that the world of comedy isn’t going to change anytime soon, and women need to start making our own theaters and festivals and leaving places like the Creek and the Cave behind. Sorry to those margaritas and pinball machines, but I’ll not be coming back, and I strongly suggest that any woman, or just any comedian who wants to stand against C.K. do the same.

Twitter had some wonderful thoughts on the matter because again, we’re all tired of people continually giving Louis C.K. a platform.

I’m just tired. It’s enough already. If you’re going to book Louis C.K., I won’t be coming there and I hope others do the same. We need to all stand together because if not, people are going to continue to book him and let him thrive.

(via TMZ, image: Rich Fury/Getty Images)

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