Kenya Moore & Husband Marc Daly Travel to Egypt to Celebrate Her 47th Birthday

Kenya Moore missed out on the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast trip to Barcelona, but that didn’t stop her from globetrotting with her hubby.

Kenya and husband Marc Daly are currently vacationing in Egypt to celebrate her 47th birthday. Kenya’s birthday was January 24, but she revealed her exciting whereabouts in an Instagram post on Saturday (Jan. 27) with a photo of the couple near the ancient pyramids in Cairo.

“Never in a million years did I think I’d actually visit #Egypt I’ve long romanticized about visiting this historically rich country-which is the first wonder of the world- and with my husband. Thank you for the most amazing birthday gift of my life!”

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The Giza Plateau includes the Great Pyramid, the Great Sphinx, and several tombs, including King Khufu’s tomb. Its unclear how many of these sites the two tourists explored.

Kenya teased her Egyptian getaway with a photo of a birthday cake and balloons. “Where in the world am I?” she wrote.

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Marc Daly has yet to appear on RHOA, but Kenya is clearly getting comfortable with showing him off on social media. The two secretly got married in private St. Lucia ceremony last year.

The couple is also trying to start a family and Kenya is undergoing IVF treatments. They were both spotted at a reputable fertility clinic in Barbados.

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Former “Glee” Actor Mark Salling Dead of Apparent Suicide: Fast Facts to Know

Mark Salling, a former actor on the hit Fox series Glee, has died of an apparent suicide while awaiting sentencing for child pornography charges.

TMZ first broke the news Tuesday morning (Jan. 30). While the coroner has yet to release an official cause of death, US Weekly has confirmed through the Los Angeles Police Department that Salling died from an apparent suicide.

Salling’s death ends a tragic chapter in his life that saw him facing up to seven years in prison for child porn accusations. He was 35 years old.

TMZ reports that Salling’s body was discovered near a riverbed, and he may have died after hanging himself.

According to TMZ, Salling’s body “was found near a riverbed in Sunland … the area where he lived. We do not yet know the manner of death. We’re told he may have died after hanging himself. We’ve learned the address where Salling was found dead is a little league field near a creek.”

TMZ reports his body had been there for a while. Police went to Salling’s home in Sunland after receiving a request to conduct a “welfare check.” The check led the officers to a nearby little league baseball field which is adjacent to the area Salling’s body was found.

According to Us Weekly, police responded to “a death investigation near the Glee alum’s home in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood” the morning of January 30th but the Glee star wasn’t initially identified.

Salling allegedly tried to commit suicide before, but his lawyer denied it.

Before reaching a plea deal in his child porn case, back in August 2017, Salling allegedly tried to commit suicide, according to TMZ.

At the time, the site reported that Salling “freaked out” and cut “both of his wrists.” His roommate “discovered the bleeding,” TMZ reported. Salling’s lawyer, however, denied TMZ’s report.

Salling pleaded guilty to charges of child pornography possession, which could have sent him to prison for years.

Back in 2016, Mark Salling was accused of possessing child pornography and was charged. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he pleaded guilty to the charges through a plea deal at the end of 2017 “after admitting he possessed images of prepubescent children.”

A search warrant discovered “more than 50,000 images of child porn on his computer and thumb drive,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. In addition to the child porn charges, Salling also had other troubles with the law over the years, like in 2013 when he was accused of sexual battery by his girlfriend, Roxanne Gorzela, in a 2013 lawsuit. E! News reported that the actor settled the lawsuit and was ordered by a judge to pay $2.7 million to Gorzela.

Salling would have been sentenced for his child porn case in March 2018, and he would have faced between four and seven years in prison and would have been forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Salling was raised in a religious family in Texas.

Mark Salling’s IMDB bio states that he was born in Dallas, Texas. “He is the younger of two children of Condy Sue (née Wherry), a school secretary, and John Robert Salling, Jr., an accountant,” the site reads.

Salling’s IMDB bio also states that his family were strict Christians and he was home-schooled for a while. While in high school, he wrestled and starred in talent shows. As an adult, he “attended the Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music in Pasadena, California and began studying guitar, giving guitar lessons to make a living.” Salling then ended up on Glee, for which he’s best known.

Salling is best remembered for playing on “Glee” as Noah Puckerman.

Most fans remember Mark Salling best as the character Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the hit Fox TV show Glee. He starred on Glee for its entire six-year run, between 2009 and 2015.

Salling dated his co-star Naya Rivera for three years while on the show. “He was always just a very dark soul to me,” Rivera told Entertainment Tonight after Salling’s child pornography arrest in 2015. “I always felt like there was something that he was wrestling with.”

According to the Mercury News, Rivera wrote of her relationship with Salling in a 2016 memoir: “I think everyone should have that one relationship where you look back and ask yourself, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’ You’ll learn something and you won’t regret it. Unless, of course, that relationship was with someone who had a sizable stash of child porn on his computer. Then, by all means, regret everything.”

Salling’s death marks the second unexpected “Glee” death.

Mark Salling’s death is second unexpected death from a “Glee” cast member. Corey Monteith, the show’s male lead, died of an accidental drug overdose in 2013.

Heroin, codeine, morphine, and alcohol were all found in the 31-year-old’s system. Glee remained on-air for two more seasons.

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Former “Glee” Star Mark Salling, 35, Dead from Suicide While Awaiting Child Pornography Sentencing

Tragedy once again strikes the Glee cast. Mark Salling has been found dead from an apparent suicide.

TMZ reports police found Salling’s body on Tuesday (Jan. 30) near a riverbed in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Salling reportedly committed suicide by hanging and TMZ reports his body had been there for a while. He was only 35.

Police went to Salling’s home in Sunland after receiving a request to conduct a “welfare check.” The check lead the officers to a nearby little league baseball filed which is adjacent to the area Salling’s body was found.

The actor’s death comes as he was out on bail and awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in December. Sentencing was to take place in March and Salling faced 4 to 7 years in jail.

Prosecutors alleged Salling had 50,000 images of underage children on his computer.

Prior to accepting the plea deal, Salling allegedly attempted suicide in August 2017 by cutting his wrists. He was rushed to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation and then admitted to a rehab facility for more evaluation. His lawyers denied the incident was a suicide attempt.

This is the second unexpected Glee death. Corey Monteith, the show’s male lead, died of an accidental drug overdose in 2013. Heroin, codeine, morphine, and alcohol were all found in the 31-year-old’s system. Glee remained on-air for two more seasons.

Recently, Glee alum Naya Rivera has also faced hard times. She was arrested for domestic battery in November 2016 after hitting her husband during a dispute. She was released and refiled for divorce.

Salling and Rivera also briefly dated during their Glee days, but the relationship was tumultuous.

“He was always just a very dark soul to me,” Rivera told Entertainment Tonight after Salling’s child pornography arrest in 2015. “I always felt like there was something that he was wrestling with.”

Salling starred on Glee for its entire six-year run.

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Court Transcript Shows Meek Mill Judge Did NOT Make Personal Request to Rapper

It’s not looking too good for Meek Mill as he continues to sit in jail. His legal team’s claim that Judge Genece Brinkley suggested the rapper drop Roc Nation and hire her friend as his manager instead was just debunked.

TMZ reports that a court transcript of the hearing in question, which took place in Brinkley’s private chambers, show that Brinkley was not the person who suggested Mill hire respected music manager, Charlie Mack. Mill’s probation officer made the comment.

The PO felt Mack was a good influence on Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams. According to the transcript, the officer said:

“What I like about Charlie, he is not invested in Meek Mills. He is invested in Robert Williams.”

In fact, the transcript obtained by TMZ shows that Judge Brinkley made it clear that she was not trying to get involved with Mill’s career choices. She said:

“I don’t want the record to suggest who your management is or is not.”

After Brinkley controversially sentenced Mill 2-4 years in jail for violating his probation, the rapper’s lawyers claimed the judge has a personal vendetta against him because he refused to hire Mack and give Brinkley a shout out on a Boyz II Men cover song.

Brinkley, Mack and Mill are all from the same region of Philadelphia.

While it seems Brinkley may not have acted unethically, TMZ has also uncovered that a court clerk secretly asked Meek Mill for money. Wanda Chavarria admitted to giving Mill a note in which she asked him to “donate” to her son’s college tuition.

Chavarria is also from Philly and says Judge Brinkley had no knowledge of the note she wrote to the rapper. A formal court investigation has been launched into this particular situation.

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Professor Marston Celebrates Its Blu-ray Release With Conversation…and Sexy Underwear

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, one of the most beautiful films of last year and a current nominee for Best Picture at the GLAAD Awards, is out on Blu-ray and Digital TODAY. Last night, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment hosted an event to celebrate the Blu-ray release that involved a conversation with the film’s writer/director and costume designer, as well as the chance for those in attendance to try on some sexy underwear. Pretty appropriate when you consider the film being celebrated.

image: Teresa Jusino Donna Maloney and Angela Robinson at the Blu-ray release party for "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" at What Katie Did in Burbank, CA

Donna Maloney and Angela Robinson

An intimate crowd gathered at What Katie Did in Burbank, CA, a boutique specializing in faux-vintage lingerie and hosiery to watch a Q&A with Angela Robinson, Professor Marston’s writer/director, and Donna Maloney, the film’s talented costume designer. I had the chance to moderate that discussion, asking these film wonder women about the process of making the film, specifically their approach to the characters and the period costume.

While I will be posting a one-on-one interview with Maloney tomorrow, today, I thought I’d share with you the audio from the entire hour-long panel! You can listen to the discussion HERE.

[NOTE: the first question I asked her I asked before hitting record. Oops. But the first thing that you hear Robinson talking about is in response to my asking her why she needed to tell this story and make this film.]

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Costumes worn by Bella Heathcote as Olive Byrne in “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”

After the Q&A, those gathered were treated to custom corset and bra fittings! Yes, even yours truly, and we each got to take home the lovely underthing of our choice along with a copy of Professor Marston. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this film than with frilly underthings.

image: Teresa Jusino The "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" Blu-ray along with the prop "invisible plane" toy from the film.

The “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” Blu-ray along with the prop “invisible plane” toy from the film.

If you haven’t yet seen Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, I’d highly recommend checking out the Blu-ray, which is out TODAY. In addition to seeing a really wonderful film, you also have access to deleted scenes, a motion comic called “The Secret Identity of Charles Moulton,” and several awesome featurettes delving into the filmmaking, as well as into the true story of the Marstons.

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I can’t think of a better film to watch as you’re curled up with the geek (or geeks) you love!

(images: Teresa Jusino)

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Mark Salling Found Dead at 35

Mark Salling

 

[TW: Child Pornography, Death, Suicide]

Actor Mark Salling, who had pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was awaiting sentencing, was found dead today. His death has been confirmed by his attorney, and TMZ is reporting that the cause of death was suicide by hanging. He was 35.

“I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning,” attorney Michael Procter said in a statement, according to HuffPo. “Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment. He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.”

Back in 2015, Salling reached a plea agreement with prosecutors after admitting that he possessed images of underage children. A search warrant found more than 50,000 images of child porn on his computer and a thumb drive. Due to the evidence found, he was facing 4 to 7 years in prison and would have been required to register as a sex offender. Additionally, he was required to “pay $50,000 to each victim who requested compensation. He was also forbidden from contacting anyone under 18 without a parent or guardian present, and was barred from going within 100 feet of public parks and schoolyards.”

His sentencing was scheduled for March 7.

This wasn’t Salling’s only prior offense. He “also faced legal conflicts over sexual assault accusations,” including one by a former girlfriend, Roxanne Gorzela. She sued the actor in 2013 for “allegedly forcing her into unprotected sex, according to documents obtained first by the New York Daily News and confirmed by People. She also alleged that he pushed her to the ground in an argument over the incident. Salling settled with Gorzela for around $2.7 million in 2015.”

Salling’s crimes reached national attention due to his part on the popular Fox show Glee, where he was part of the core cast from 2009 to 2015 as the character “Puck.”

I’ve seen a lot of attention being brought to Salling’s part in the show, with some calling his death “devastating” to Glee fans, and The Mirror comparing Salling’s suicide to the death of Cory Monteith, who overdosed in 2013. The emphasis on Glee is to be expected, but I feel that should not be the focus. Yes, he was a part of a beloved franchise that helped a lot of queer youth and gave hope to a lot of disenfranchised young people, but that is all the more reason to remember who he was in real life.

Salling, despite what his lawyer has said, was accused of sexual assault and found guilty of owning child pornography with images depicting children as young as two years old. He was not a gentle and loving soul. He was a sex offender. While it is fine to show empathy for his family, and even for the fact that he took his own life, we must always be careful not to turn monsters into martyrs just because they have died.

(via HuffPo, image: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com)

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Bojack Horseman Creator Finally Addresses the Issue of Diversity in Animation Voice Casting

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Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the creator of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, knows that there’s a big problem on his show. Namely, that the character of Diane, who is supposed to be Vietnamese, is voiced by Alison Brie, who is white. This issue has been brought up in fan circles plenty of times before, not only in relation to this show, but throughout animation. Yet, according to Bob-Waksberg, no one’s brought the conversation directly to him, until now.

A fan reached out to Bob-Waksberg on Twitter asking, “I love Alison Brie’s work, but why did she have to voice Diane in your show? POC representation without employment seems…off. Or maybe you have some Asian-American writers to balance it out, I don’t know.”

Bob-Waksberg then replied, saying that if he had it to do over again, he wouldn’t cast all-white on this, or any animated show, love his cast though he does. He also said that he’s “really soured on the idea of ‘color-blind’ casting as an excuse to not pay attention.”

He then mentioned the fact that he’s been wanting to talk about this for some time, but that it’s not something that interviewers have ever asked him about, which he attributes to the fact that 1) they might be fans of the show themselves and not want to upset him or make the interview too difficult and 2) they themselves happen to be mostly-white. (Racism. It’s a systemic problem, you guys!) Bob-Waksberg said that he’d love to talk about the issue in an interview, and Uproxx’s Pilot Viruet took him up on it.

The result is a really honest and nuanced conversation in which Bob-Waksberg totally owns the ways in which he’s made mistakes, or alternately been oblivious to certain things with regard to race.

On why he’s never brought it up with interviewers, rather than waiting for them to bring it up:

“Maybe because I’m a coward. Up until last week, I thought, Well if it’s not going to come up, it’s not going to come up.”

On why he hasn’t said anything until now:

“For a while I thought, maybe I shouldn’t be the one having this conversation. Maybe it’s better if other people are talking about the show — people of color, people who have lived experience, people who can actually talk about this more eloquently than I can. Maybe it’s better for me to just make the show and try to listen to what people are saying and adjust [accordingly]. But more and more I feel like this is my show and these are decisions that I’ve made and it’s my responsibility to talk about them even if it’s going to be awkward and even if it’s going to feel weird for me… I think it’s worth talking about and I feel like my silence can be read as ‘There’s not a problem here’ and I’m not comfortable with that anymore.”

The role of Diane ended up being a mix of intentions. Bob-Waksberg specifically wrote her to increase representation for people of color. However, when Netflix bought his show, he was “excited” and “didn’t understand how much power I had. I didn’t have the courage to say ‘No, this has to be an Asian woman.’” After auditioning many white women, they actually did cast an Asian woman, who recorded four episodes. However, that actress, whom he doesn’t name, ended up becoming unavailable thanks to her role on another show, so she left. Allison Brie replaced her.

Bob-Waksberg goes to great lengths to make sure that he doesn’t come off as cleanly as “I didn’t get it before, but now I get it.” He got it then when they were first casting Diane, he just didn’t get it enough, or want to fight for it enough.  Throughout the interview, he talks about all the other mistakes he’s made on the show with regard to inclusion, and he talks very specifically about the steps he’s taking to remedy them.

No, Allison Brie isn’t going anywhere. Nor should she. She is Diane now, and she’s great. But there are several other ways in which Bob-Waksberg can address the inclusion issue with future casting, and he seems to be taking those steps based on hard data.

Most importantly of all, Bob-Waksberg isn’t doing this for some kind of cookie. He’s doing it, because he’s finally tired of letting it slide, of not fighting hard enough, of being a coward. He’s been the creator and showrunner of Bojack Horseman since it’s inception, but it’s now that he’s finally truly taking charge of the show, and taking responsibility for his decisions.

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DC’s Metropolis Will Be About Lois Lane Investigating Sci-Fi Crimes, so I’m Sold

DC has unveiled new details about the second live-action series that will be available on their streaming digital platform. Metropolis, set to debut in 2019, will tell the story of Superman’s bustling “City of Tomorrow” before he arrives from Kansas. Judging by this write-up, it will have decidedly sci-fi spin as it follows Lois Lane and Lex Luthor on investigations into “fringe science” and “bizarre secrets” in the city.

Metropolis will follow Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets,” explained DC’s blog post. “Airing exclusively on DC’s upcoming digital service, it promises to show us a wondrous and awe-inspiring City of Tomorrow, before the emergence of Superman, and establish much of the Man of Steel’s world leading up to his arrival.”

“Fans know that there’s a world of difference between the cities of Metropolis and Gotham, suggesting that Metropolis will likely have a considerably different tone than Gotham. Superman’s villains are also more powerful, cosmic and rooted in science fiction than Batman’s, so one can only imagine there will be much less emphasis on street level gangsters and crime families in this forward-thinking city.”

The creative team behind the Gotham TV series will be heavily involved. Gotham executive producers John Stephens and Danny Cannon will also serve as executive producers for Metropolis, and they also came up with the story for the first episode together. Cannon will direct that episode from a screenplay by Stephens.

I’m so, so excited that DC has decided to focus on Lois Lane in this series—and not simply Lois Lane, but Lois Lane as a crack reporter and investigator. That dogged hunt for the truth is such a fundamental part of her character, and it’s not one we’ve really seen explored or celebrated in DC’s recent cinematic outings. Getting an entire series about her work as a reporter sounds like such a fun, promising idea.

Oh, right, and then there’s Lex Luthor. I’m intrigued to see what they’ll do with Luthor, given how reinventable he’s been in both comics and screen continuity. Will he slowly become evil, warped by his jealousy? Or will he already be made evil from his rise to power? Will he already be rich, or will he be scheming and manipulating his way to super-wealth throughout the season? Will he be an agent of the U.S. government, like in the New 52? There are a lot of possibilities to draw from.

Metropolis received a straight-to-series order for its 13-episode first season, so it will go into production later this year. It is scheduled to debut in 2019 on DC’s yet-to-launch digital platform, which will see the live-action Titans premiere later in 2018.

(Via io9 and DC Comics; image: Warner Bros.)

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Here’s Hoping Supergirl Leaves Behind Being This Boring “For Good”

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Last night, The CW’s Supergirl left a little something to be desired. Like, you know, things like being interesting? Or having conflict in a plot rather than just having everything be way too solvable? Ah, well. The season’s been mostly stellar, so we were bound to get to a dud eventually. Welcome to Season Three, Episode 12, “For Good.”

Here’s the official synopsis from The CW:

MORGAN EDGE THREATENS LENA — Someone tries to kill Morgan Edge (guest star Adrian Pasdar) and he barely survives. He accuses Lena (Katie McGrath) of being behind the attempt and vows to destroy her. When Lena fears her hatred for Morgan will take her to the Luthor dark side, Kara (Melissa Benoist) steps in to help her friend. Meanwhile, after Sam (Odette Annable) realizes she’s losing time, she confides in Alex (Chyler Leigh) who decides to run some medical tests to see if she can find out what’s going on with her new friend.

Dude villains are just never as good on this show. Corporate dude villains? They’re the worst. Maxwell Lord being the “Big Bad” of Season One? Yawn. It’s funny then that Lord got name-checked in this episode, since Morgan Edge is totally his heir-apparent in boredom.

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Luthor Darkness

So, Edge tried to kill Lena, and Lena tried to kill him. Why? Because rich people reasons, that’s why. But all should’ve been done and over with, and they could’ve seethed in private hatred of each other for all eternity…until Lena’s mother, Lillian, decided to take matters into her own hands to “protect” her baby girl by making attempts on Edge’s life, “forcing” Lena to stop her.

Now, I actually really like Lena’s relationship with her mother and seeing that explored. It’s complicated and interesting. My problem with how it played out here is that Lena already knew that she didn’t want to be responsible for Edge’s death. She told her mother as much. And yet, when Lillian begged for the chance, Lena nodded, giving her permission … only to go to Kara to tell her how she needs to stop her mother.

And for what? To give Lena the opportunity to realize that she’s not as “dark” as the rest of the Luthor family? She already knew that. Lena permitting her mother to go after Edge struck me less like the decision of a flawed, unsure character, and more like a writer’s room needing something to happen in order to preserve a character revelation for later.

I’ve never been a fan of this continual insecurity, on Lena’s part, about “becoming” a Luthor. To me, she’s always seemed clear about where the line is, and on those occasions when she has made questionable decisions, it’s always been in the interest of helping people, and the conflict came from figuring out the best way to do that, not from a desire to cause anyone harm.

There’s plenty of natural conflict that can arise, either from Lena’s interests conflicting with the interests of others with different opinions on how to better the city (as it originally did with Edge, before things got violent), or from people assuming things about Lena because of her last name. There’s no reason to have Lena go looking for “darkness” within herself just to take the long way around to the place she she should have started in the first place: reliant on her wit and intelligence, the one Luthor family trait she did inherit.

I did love, however, when Lillian was captured, and this exchange happened:

LENA: One day, you’ll understand there’s a different way of doing things.

LILLIAN: Well, you can enlighten me when you visit me in prison…if I’m still there.

And then she winks, and Lena gives her this look like Oh, you! Lena is nothing like her mother, and yet I love there’s just enough love, or at least familial loyalty there that she can eyeroll her mother going to prison, because that’s just a thing that happens.

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Supergirl Was Barely In It

One of the episode’s biggest disappointments was that Kara/Supergirl was barely in it. Yes, she helped save and protect Lena several times (including one time where she risked revealing her secret identity in order to do so), but she wasn’t really driving the action or the investigation. While I’m all about supporting characters taking the spotlight sometimes, the show is called Supergirl, and we expect her to play the largest role in solving the problem.

In one overwrought, political moment that attempted to (very) loosely connect the goings-on in the episode to America IRL, J’onn talks to Kara about how the world is all about escalating behavior these days, and that everything is “us vs. them.” He then tells Kara, “There is great power in being the calm at the center of the storm,” implying that she is the best equipped to be that calm for others.

Yet we don’t really get to see her do that in a way that makes a difference in this episode. It’s Lena who eventually calms herself when she decides to stop her mother. It’s Lena who comes up with the plan and, for the most part, executes it. Kara’s basically there this whole episode to go “Yeah!” and “You’re right!”

Oh, and to have a random, coincidentally helpful, shoehorned in vision of Worldkillers that helps out at the end of the episode.

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Oh Wait, There Were Other People In This Episode, Too? 

  • I thought we were done with Guardian? Weren’t we done with Guardian? *sigh* If he’s sticking around, can he at least not be Avenging Boyfriend, please? This is the last show that would benefit from a dude going behind his girlfriend’s back to threaten other guys who threaten her.
  • So, Alex really only needed to be in this episode to be a doctor for Sam, going through a whole rigmarole of medical tests…that found nothing. We already know that Sam is a Worldkiller, so they really need to make her discovery of this fact more interesting than they’ve been doing so far.
  • It also makes no sense to me that Alex isn’t already suspecting something alien or metahuman-related. She lives in a world with aliens and metahumans in it, and she knows it. She works at the DEO, the Department of Extranormal Operations. You’d think she would’ve been simultaneously looking into extranormal causes even as she’s testing for things like cancer.

Well, as you can tell, I was less-than-thrilled with this week’s episode. But I’m curious to know what you all thought. Sound off in the comments below!

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8PM ET/PT until February 5th, when it will go on hiatus again until April 16th in the same time slot on The CW.

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Tonight’s State of the Union Boycott Might Be the Largest of its Kind

Tonight, Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address. As of now, 13 Democrats are planning to boycott. According to CNN, that’s the largest-ever boycott of its type. Previously, the largest number of lawmakers to ever skip the SOTU was 12, in 1971, when the entire Congressional Black Caucus did not attend after Richard Nixon reportedly refused a meeting with them.

But boycotts of the SOTU are rare. Here are the twelve lawmakers planning to make a statement with their absence tonight:

John Lewis

Lewis told MSNBC, “At this junction, I do not plan to attend the State of the Union.” After Trump’s reported “shithole countries” remarks regarding immigration from African nations as well as countries like El Salvador and Haiti, Lewis said, “I cannot in all good conscience be in a room with what he has said about so many Americans. I just cannot do it. I wouldn’t be honest with myself.”

Rep. Maxine Waters

Waters says Trump does not deserve her attention. “Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?”

Rep. Frederica Wilson

Wilson also referenced Trump’s racist comments in explaining her reasons for boycotting.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Blumenauer will be sending Aldo Solano, a DACA recipient, in his place.

Many other lawmakers are bringing Dreamers as their guest to the event, prompting Arizona’s Rep. Paul Gosar to call for the arrest and deportation of any undocumented immigrants in attendance.

Rep. Gregory W. Meeks

Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Rep. Bobby L. Rush

Rep. Pramila Jayapa

Rep. Danny K. Davis

Rep. Steve Cohen

Albio Sires

Re. Juan Vargas

Rep. Barbara Lee

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will also be skipping Trump’s speech. (Although the late Justice Antonin Scalia had not attended a SOTU address in nearly 20 years.)

Other lawmakers are choosing alternate forms of protest while still attending the event. Joe Kennedy will be bringing as his guest Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King, a transgender soldier.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is bringing San Juan’s mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz.

Many female Democrats are choosing to bring survivors of sexual assault, including Chessy Prout (a guest of Rep. Anne McLane Kuster), the teenage victim of the Owen Labrie prep school rape case, as well as Rose Gunter (guest of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman), the niece of Recy Taylor.

Many others are choosing to simply wear black as a form of silent protest.

Some of these female lawmakers, along with a number of other activists including Ai-jen Poo, Tarana Burke, and Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, will be hosting an alternate event, dubbed The State of OUR Union.

You can live stream that event at TheStateofOurUnion.org.

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