JAY-Z Wonders Why XXXTentacion Was Killed & George Zimmerman Wasn’t in New Drake Collab “Talk Up”

According to JAY-Z, when a group of masked men shot and killed rapper XXXTentacion last week in Florida, they got the wrong guy. It should have been George Zimmerman, JAY-Z raps in a new song with Drake on the latter’s newly released album Scorpion.

Drake released his new album Scorpion last night, and social media LOVED it. Drizzy is definitely spitting bars throughout the project, but one standout line actually comes from his friendly rival JAY-Z on the song “Talk Up.”

On the DJ Paul-produced track, Jay namedrops rapper XXXTentacion and Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman, wondering why the former isn’t alive and the latter still is. He also mentions how he’ll never sit down with that orange motherf***er who’s currently the POTUS.

“I got your president tweeting / I won’t even met with him / Y’all killed X and let Zimmerman live, Streets is done,” JAY-Z raps, referencing how XXXTentacion was killed in broad daylight by his own people, while Zimmerman, who unjustly killed a young black boy, is able to while around here free as a bird and bragging about how he basically got away with murder in between run-ins with the law.

The line was such a big hit with social media that the name “Zimmerman” was a trending topic for a few hours:

This wouldn’t be the first time Hov has mentioned George Zimmerman either. After Zimmerman threatened to “beat” the Brooklyn rapper back in 2017, Jay responded on “Top Off,” featuring his wife Beyoncé, Future and DJ Khaled.

He rapped on the single, released back in March, “Meanwhile Georgie Porgie sinnin’ and sendin’ me threats Save your breath, you couldn’t beat a flight of steps / Try that sh** with a grown man / I’ll kill that f***boy with my own hand.”

Listen to Drake’s entire Scorpion album below:

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John McNamara: Remembering the Slain Capital Gazette Sports Writer

John McNamara, a widely regarded and respected veteran reporter at The Capital Gazette newspaper and editor of other local papers, was among the five people killed Thursday (Jun. 28) when a gunman opened fire in the paper’s newsroom.

Born and raised in Maryland, John McNamara, who went by the nickname “Mac,” graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1983, and spent the next few decades of his life in journalism, contributing to local newspapers with a particular focus in sports reporting.

A former colleague of McNamara described him as an old-school reporter.

“Definitely a pen and paper guy,” said David Elfin, who co-wrote a book on University of Maryland basketball with McNamara. “He didn’t wear a fedora, but maybe he should have.”

On social media, McNamara was an advocate for gun control and regularly spoke out against President Donald Trump. He was remembered for his love of sports reporting, his wit and his versatility.

“At a small paper like that, you have to be versatile,” former Capital Gazette editor Gerry Jackson said. “He could write. He could edit. He could design pages. He was just a jack of all trades and a fantastic person.”

A profile on McNamara in the Baltimore Sun described how he switched from a copy editor to a sports reporter, which was his dream job. According to the Sun, he was “remembered by his colleagues for his flexibility, concise writing and extensive knowledge of regional sports. He had a razor wit.”

McNamara enjoyed playing sports as much as he enjoyed writing about them, Jackson said. He was a part of a group who played basketball on Thursdays at the Annapolis Recreation Center. “He had this sneaky left-handed shot,” said Jackson, now an editor at The Baltimore Sun.

Reporter Claudia Rosenbaum wrote on Twitter: “I worked with John McNamara at a small local Maryland paper when I was starting out. He was the sports editor. I remember speaking to him about becoming a sports writer, even though I had no knowledge or interest in sports. Despite all that, he still encouraged me. Very sad.”

Another wrote, “John McNamara was the true essence of journalism—unbiased, strictly to inform the public type of storyteller. He was a really good guy. This is devastating. Prayers to his family, friends and loved ones. But it feels like prayers are just not enough.”

Marc Carig, Senior MLB writer for subscription-based sports website The Athletic, said, “John McNamara is one of the kindest people I’ve met in this biz. We’ve been friends since I was a young journalist covering Terps basketball. I had no idea what I was doing. He showed me the ropes. Please keep John and the other #CapitalGazette victims in your thoughts tonight.” He added, “John McNamara is one of the best people I’ve met in journalism. He was a great friend. I’m heartbroken. My thoughts are with his family and the rest of the victims of his horrible tragedy in Annapolis … Just so f***ing senseless.

McNamara discussed current events on Facebook, writing recently, “To anyone reading this: I cannot urge you strongly enough to see the two documentaries now out featuring Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Mr. Rogers. Seeing these two films will do you some serious good. Both are marvelous and moving. And, in these troubled times, when the forces of darkness seem to have gained the upper hand, it’s nice to be reminded that there is still justice and kindness in the world. You can thank me later…”

A post on June 19th, 2018 read: “Are we not all God’s children?”

Earlier this month, on June 4th, 2018, he quoted Theodore Roosevelt, writing: “No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.”

He also quoted Robert F. Kennedy in a 2017 post, writing, “What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.”

On some posts, he would get political. “Trump’s next move in his quest to erase Obama’s legacy: Declaring Hawaii’s no longer a state,” he shared on May 8th, 2018. And sometimes he would write about his life as a journalist. One post from March 2018 read, “Writing for a newspaper is like having a paper due every day of your life.”

His last post on Facebook, written on Tuesday morning (Jun. 26), quoted an African proverb that states “Where there is no shame, there is no honor.”

According to his biography on The Capital Gazette’s website, McNamara—who edited the Bowie Blade-News and the Crofton-West County Gazette—”worked in various capacities” for the newspaper “for more than 20 years.” His LinkedIn page said he was a sports writer for The Capital Gazette.

In addition to sportswriting and reporting, McNamara also authored several books about Maryland sports, namely Maryland basketball and football. The books are for sale on Amazon. According to his Facebook page, he was working on his third book at the time of his death.

John McNamara was 56 years old.

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Taika Waititi Drops the Trailer for What We Do in the Shadows Spinoff Series Wellington Paranormal

Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) have released the trailer for their upcoming series Wellington Paranormal, a spin-off of their cult hit film What We Do in the Shadows. Like WWDITS, the series will be a mockumentary-style look at the mundane lives of the supernatural monsters that reside in New Zealand ad the police tasked with handling them.

The series centers on officers Minogue and O’Leary, beat cops who are now part of the paranormal investigation unit in the Wellington police force. Waititi and Clement will make cameos in the series as well, reprising their roles from WWDITS. The show is set to be released in New Zealand next month; no word on whether the series will make it to our shores yet.

In the meantime, Waititi is also working on an American spin-off of What We Do in the Shadows, as a half-hour comedy for FX. Considered more of a reboot than a spin-off, the FX series features an all-new cast, including Kayvan Novak (Danger Mouse, Thunderbirds Are Go), Matt Berry (Toast of London), Natasia Demetriou (Year Friends) and Harvey Guillen (The Thundermans, The Internship). It’s unclear if Clement and Waititi will also have an on-screen role in the series.

If you haven’t seen What We Do in the Shadows, you’re missing out on a hilarious horror comedy about a trio of vampires sharing a flat in New Zealand. It’s long been rumored that Waititi and Clement are working on a feature sequel, but they’ve both been tied up with various projects.

Clement will be reuniting with Bret McKenzie for a Flight of the Conchords HBO special, while Waititi is very in demand following the success of Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi’s upcoming projects include World War II satire Jojo Rabbit, which he directs and stars in, as well as the stop-motion animated film Bubbles, about the life of Michael Jackson as told through his pet chimp.

(via io9, image: NZTV)

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“How Infinity War Should Have Ended” Is a Goddamned Masterpiece

“How It Should Have Ended” really outdid themselves with this hilarious take on Avengers: Infinity War.

I spend a lot of time thinking about the Avengers—one might venture to say a bit too much time—and that makes this HISHE even closer to my heart. The in-jokes are delightful, but the real genius here is showing how easily Thanos and his minions could have been defeated with a few different approaches.

Like, say, Doctor Strange using his Sling Ring to send Thanos into a portal, closing the portal, and slicing off Thanos’ Gauntlet hand. Or, say, Thor just chopping off Thanos’ arm with Stormbreaker and skipping the whole “you should have gone for the head” part. Or someone shutting up Star-Lord long enough for the plan on Titan to actually work. Or Wong arriving in the nick of time in Wakanda and just magicking away all of the Outriders because why not and also we always need more Wong.

In the scene here where we see Nebula get her revenge against her abusive father, this shifts from being purely comedic and actually becomes a poignant moment. I’d love to see something like this actually play out in Avengers 4, and considering Nebula’s role in taking the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos in the comics, that may prove possible.

Then there’s nothing more joyful than watching all of the massive Infinity War team sit together at HISHE’s traditional diner table (alongside Batman and Superman). What a truly ridiculous and wonderful bunch they appear to be when all lined up like that. And we even get a little cameo from Korg, Miek, and Valkyrie—honestly, this 10-minute video is giving me a lot of things I wanted to see in Infinity War and is balm to my grieving post-Infinity War soul. The end might be my favorite thing of all. I’m not going to spoil it, but this is truly a thing of beauty.

(image: HISHE/screengrab)

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“#MeToo Makes Me Scared to Touch My Wife” Sounds Like a You Problem, Alec

Alec Baldwin Talks To Jerry Seinfeld About #MeToo on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on Netflix

Alec Baldwin has stepped in it, once again, over the #MeToo movement.

In an upcoming episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, set to premiere on Netflix on July 6, Baldwin tells Jerry Seinfeld that the #MeToo movement has made him afraid of touching his wife. According to The Daily Beast, the two are driving from New York City to Massapequa, Long Island when Baldwin says, “Isn’t it a new world between men and women now? We’ve got to really, really be vigilant. Ever vigilant.”

“I put my arm around my wife the other day and literally my arm, like it was an electric charge,” he continues. “I put my arm around my wife’s waist and then went, ‘Oh, I’m sorry! Was that inappropriate?’”

“You may be over implementing the new guidelines,” responds Seinfeld.

The thing is though, I’ve heard this all before. Unfortunately, more than not, I’ll hear some guys talking about how hard dating is in the #MeToo era because they’re so scared of doing the wrong thing or crossing the line and ending up being called out for sexual misconduct, but here’s the thing, dudes: It’s not that hard. All women are asking for is that you have consent before engaging sexually with them, and if you think that’s soooo hard to do, well then you are just not a good guy, and no one feels sorry for you.

This is the way things should have been all along. If the point here is that men should think twice before touching a woman, then yeah I can get behind that. Know why? Because for generations and generations (and generations), men have pretty much done what they’ve wanted to, without fear that women would come forward to accuse them of sexual misconduct, because they had already created an environment to ensure that doesn’t happen—by making them feel unsafe in doing so. Now that the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have created a safer space for women to come forward, men have to think a little more, and that’s a good thing. If you’ve always been a good guy with good intentions, things really shouldn’t be that much harder for you. 

That brings me back to Baldwin, because sometimes, he just shouldn’t speak. Not only was his comment about hugging his wife ridiculous and reminiscent of some of the most ridiculous reactions out there, but he doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to the #MeToo movement.

Not only did Baldwin defend his friend James Toback after more than 300 women came forward to accuse him, but he also had a comment for Asia Argento, who is one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers. During a November 3 interview with PBS, Baldwin pretty much lambasted Rose McGowan after she came forward about Weinstein. “When women take money, and are silenced by that money, even though they took the money and were silenced because they were told beyond the money it was the right thing for them to do, keep quiet, don’t make too many waves, it’s going to hurt your career,” said Baldwin. “When they do it, nonetheless, does it set back the cause of change?”

Following that interview, Argento tweeted at Baldwin calling out his complacency. “Hey @AlecBaldwin you’re either a complete moron or providing cover for your pals and saving your own rep. Maybe all three.”

Baldwin responded with, “If you paint every man with the same brush, you’re gonna run out of paint or men.” Gee, thanks for answering the question and being an ally for women.

Seriously, Baldwin? Maybe instead of worrying about touching your wife, you should worry about the behavior of men in Hollywood who defend the creeps and continue to feed an environment in which victims of sexual assault have to carry the blame, instead of those who committed the crime. You can start with yourself.

(via The Daily Beast, image: Netflix)

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Netflix’s Set It Up Is as Good as You’ve Heard, Largely Because of How Much It Respects Its Rom-Com Audience

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Despite my love of romantic comedies, I didn’t pay much attention to the approach of Netflix’s new original film Set It Up. Maybe I’d been burned by too many disappointing (and aggressively marketed) recent Netflix originals (see: BrightThe Christmas Prince, season 5 of Arrested Development). Netflix seems to have adopted a throw-spaghetti-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks approach, churning out as many projects as possible in the hopes that a few will be good/profitable.

That’s also been the approach of the romantic comedy genre over the last decade or so. I say that, again, as a lover of these films, and it’s also an opinion that can be extended to most niche genres. (As with horror, action, sci-fi, etc., the majority of these films are not great, but the ones that are explain why we love the genre as a whole. Romantic Comedy though, is defined and harshly judged by its fluff, the misogyny of which will have to wait for another article.)

Still, it’s hard to deny that the 80s/90s/early aughts heyday of the genre, the days of When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail, are long gone. We’ve seen some brilliant movies and television shows that have subverted the genre in some way, like the more realism-based indies like Obvious Child or the more sardonic Crazy Ex-Girlfriend type that works by upping the cynicism and self-commentary. But the standard sort of romantic comedies now are largely flat, formulaic nothingness or overstuffed vignette-based cameo-fests (see: anything Garry Marshall set around a specific holiday).

All of this is a lengthy defense of why I was wrong. Because I was wrong. I was wrong not to watch Set It Up the day–maybe the minute–it was released. You may have heard people call Set It Up is the best movie on Netflix, the best movie anywhere, and maybe even the herald of a new wave of romcoms. I don’t disagree with any of that.

Set It Up centers on two assistants to two different business bigwigs in different companies that share a building who, after their own happenstance, stress-filled meet-cute, decide the way for them to have personal lives of their own is to Cyrano (or Parent Trap, take your pick) their bosses into falling in love, or at least a time-consuming sexual relationship. If you think that sounds like a fairly typical romcom plot description, you’d be right. This movie is not wholly original. In fact, it’s fairly formulaic. It doesn’t break the mold of its genre in the slightest and it’s not trying to. But, remarkably, that’s the reason it works.

Talking to our own Charline Jao, director Claire Scanlon said recently that she felt the romcom had been in “a rut.” “I feel like people started plugging a formula together and didn’t think about the writing or didn’t think about the characters,” she said. “When you have universal issues in your film, it’s very relatable and some of the rom-coms of the aughts forgot about that. They said, ‘Get the guy, get the girl, get them together, they fight, conflict resolved’, but there wasn’t any fleshing out of their world.”

Her film isn’t trying to transcend its genre or subvert it; it’s merely striving to exist outside of that rut, and it succeeds.

To start, the movie manages to avoid some of the classic romcom cliché pitfalls. Obviously, there’s going to be some friction between the two leads, Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell), but by outsourcing the main conflict to their bosses, making them the unreasonable antagonists, it allows the pair to remain on equal footing with one another throughout the entire film. While we are obviously supposed to root for Harper and Charlie to get together, that’s secondary to making sure we enjoy watching the development of their genuine friendship.

This movie respects the hell out of not just its audience, but its characters, something that shouldn’t be so rare when it comes to stories about millennials or ambitious women, but unfortunately is. No one judges Harper for being a workaholic young woman, nor does the film judge either of them for their age or their careers.

It’s also a sad truth that romcoms are, in general, white as hell. (Black romantic comedies do get made–stellar ones–but they’ve long been marketed to black audiences rather than the romcom audience, as if they exist outside of their genre.) And while Harper and Josh are both played by white actors, the two biggest names in the film, Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu, make up the interracial power couple at the center of their assistants’ plotting.

Set It Up is great enough movie to be enjoyed by anyone, but it will make romcom fans especially happy. It’s basically a 75-minute love letter to the genre, full of lovingly crafted tropes (yes, there’s an airport scene; yes, they both have a quirky best friend) while remaining smart and funny, giving its characters and larger world a fully fleshed-out depth that’s been lacking in these movies for quite some time.

(image: KC Baily/Netflix)

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Faith Herbert Is Getting Her Own Film: Here are Some “Fat Girl” Tropes Sony Should Avoid

Sony has announced plans for a live-action film adaptation of Valiant Comics’ Faith. The studio has hired Maria Melnik (American Gods) to write the script, but no casting announcements have been made. Faith follows the story of Faith Herbert, a geeky girl who discovers that she has telekinetic powers and the ability to fly. She then sets out to live the superhero life she’s always dreamed of, complete with a secret identity and a job as a journalist/blogger.

A curvy nerd girl blogger with superpowers? Umm…yeah, we’re pretty damn excited about this. Hiring a female writer is a great first step, and we’re hoping that this movie is an inspiring look at body positivity through a superhero lens. Now that superhero films are an established genre, it’s time to expand the world of comic book movies and show a greater diversity in gender, sexuality, race, and body type (and maybe no more white guys named Chris?).

But the entertainment industry (like most places) has rarely been kind to big girls. They are treated as frumpy, undesirable, and are often the punchline of a mean-spirited joke. But that’s changing, slowly but surely. Actors like Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, and Gabourey Sidibe have built successful careers, and shows like AMC’s Dietland and NBC’s This is Us prove that people want to see themselves reflected on screen.

Here are some plus-size tropes we’d like to see Sony avoid in adapting this fan-favorite character for the big screen:

Don’t Make “Fat” Her Defining Feature

Plus-size characters are frequently made to feel bad about themselves, and plus-size women more so. If a fat woman appears in pop culture, she is often defined by her failed attempts to lose weight and better herself. There’s no room for any other storyline because she’s held back by her own love handles. If I wanted inspirational weight loss stories, I’d watch those Oprah Weight Watchers commercials. Not all plus-size people are desperately trying to lose weight. That narrative is oppressive, limiting and exhausting.

In an interview with Faith writer Jody Houser, she said of the character’s weight, “I don’t want that to be her defining feature. She’s a strong enough character that she stands on her own. So yeah, I don’t want her to be “the plus-size superhero.” I want her to be the superhero who also happens to be plus-size if that makes sense.”

Let Her Be Sexy

Plus-size characters rarely get romantic storylines, and they almost never get to have sex onscreen. Newsflash: fat girls have sex too. We date, we fall in love, we fantasize and yeah, we fuck. I’m sick of seeing curvy characters stripped of their sexuality and erotic identity. Curvy folks are desirable as hell, and it’s time to stop pretending otherwise.

She Can Be Funny Without Being Self Deprecating

Fat jokes: they’re lazy, unimaginative, and the epitome of punching down. Worst of all, they’re just not funny. Faith is a bubbly, vivacious character, and she is funny, but not at the expense of herself. Here’s hoping that the studio doesn’t make Faith’s body type a punchline and that they build the humor of the film without falling back on tired fat comedy.

What do you want to see in the Faith movie? Who do you see playing Faith? Shannon Purser aka Barb from Stranger Things has already taken to Twitter to throw her hat in the ring.

(via Deadline, image: Valiant Comics)

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Things We Saw Today: Help, We Can’t Stop Watching This Clip of Dinosaurs in High Heels

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Look, it’s been a real garbage fire of a week. In times like these, when the world feels like it’s spinning off its axis, it gets hard to find something that will put a smile on your face. Enter this tweet:

I have watched this at least 10 times now, and it hasn’t stopped being funny. Dr. Ian Malcolm in thigh-high red leather boots? Brilliant. A T-Rex in polka-dot pumps? Yes please. We tip our hats to whoever made this, because it’s a goddamn delight.

(image: Universal Pictures)

  • Looks like a certain someone survives the Snap. Kevin Feige confirms that Dr. Strange 2 is in the MCU pipeline. (via Comic Book Resources)
  • Pixar is releasing Purl, a new animated short about a sentient ball of yarn that will probably make you cry. 10/10 will watch. (via Slashfilm)
  • The first teaser for Matt Groenig’s new Netflix series Disenchantment has dropped, starring Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobsen. (via YouTube)
  • Jordan Peele is producing a new comedy/sci-fi anthology series for YouTube called Weird City. (via Jezebel)
  • Rian Johnson’s standalone Star Wars trilogy is happening … but we’ll have to wait until 2020 to check it out. (via Slashfilm)

It’s been a helluva week Mary Suevians, here’s to a much needed weekend.

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Little Women Needs a Hamilton-Style Casting Shake up like Yesterday

Claire Danes, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, and Trini Alvarado in Little Women (1994)

It has been announced that Greta Gerwig is set to direct an upcoming Little Women adaptation with Columbia Pictures.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Meryl Streep will be Marmee, Emma Stone will be Meg, Saoirse Ronan is playing Jo, and Timothée Chalamet will be Laurie Laurence, Jo’s love interest for part of the book. While I’m really excited to see Gerwig has another big upcoming project and that Saoirse Ronan will be in another period piece film, I can’t help but feel like Little Women is one of those works that needs a Hamilton-style shakeup.

With all the talk at last year’s Oscars, where Gerwig herself won her first Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Frances McDormand, during her own speech, called for everyone to be “inclusion riders.” An inclusion rider is “a stipulation that actors and actresses can ask (or demand) to have inserted into their contracts, which would require a certain level of diversity among a film’s cast and crew,” according to NPR.

How can anyone be an inclusion rider when they direct adaptations of classic novels with only white characters? Well, you throw race out. While color-blind casting can sometimes be a hit or miss—when done right it can lead to things like Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Much Ado About Nothing, and of course Hamilton.

All of those works managed to have inclusive casts without drawing attention to it and keeping to the original story. I mean Hamilton has a black actor play Thomas Jefferson and no attention is brought to that. With Little Women, it is a book I love and since it already sanitizes a lot of the Civil War aspects, it is possible to cast it however you please. But the main reason why I think it is a good choice to do that with Little Women is because it is a book that is often lauded as being this universal beloved coming of age story for girls.

No doubt there is a timelessness to the story, but it isn’t a universal novel. It can’t be when the main characters are all white straight women. I think Louisa May Alcott, as an abolitionist and a feminist, would appreciate an adaptation of her book, which has stood the test of time because it offered a different perspective on what a woman’s life could be, to include women who are not just white.

A modernized Little Women graphic novel by Rey Terciero, with art by Bre Indigo, does just, that updating the setting and making three of the four March sisters WOC and Jo a queer woman. Yet, I don’t even feel like that kind of overhaul is even necessary to the adaptation.

Just make one of the sisters nonwhite, like Meg. Or if you want to make the girls white, you can have more diversity in the rest of the world like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries did. The Bennet sisters were white (and all red-heads), while characters like Charlotte Lucas and Bingley were Asian and Col. Fitzwilliam’s character became a black man.

Point is that it can be done, and why can’t Marmee be played by Michelle Yeoh I ask you? Why can’t Laurie be John Boyega?

Inclusion means not always taking the traditional route when it comes to casting and being able to see beyond the default that Hollywood has set for us.

So while I’m glad to see Little Women return to the big screen, I do wish that the cast wasn’t so painfully conventional for such a trailblazing and unconventional-for-its-time novel.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: Columbia Pictures)

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Marco Rubio Tries to Tone Police Capital Gazette Shooting Survivor, Gets Roundly Shamed by Social Media

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Yesterday’s tragic shooting at the Capital Gazette offices in Annapolis, Maryland shocked and horrified the nation. Five employees of the newspaper were senselessly killed and two were hospitalized for injuries. CNN’s Anderson Cooper did a phone interview with Capital Gazette writer and shooting survivor Selene San Felice, who responded to Trump’s stock “thoughts and prayers” response with an impassioned plea that something be done. Her interview, which is absolutely devastating, can be seen below:

San Felice finishes the interview by saying, “I’m going to need more than a couple days of news coverage and some thoughts and prayers because our whole lives have been shattered. Thanks for your prayers, but I couldn’t give a fuck about them if there’s nothing else.”

There are many ways to respond to such a horrific incident like this shooting. Lord knows we’ve had plenty of practice. Florida Senator Marco Rubio decided to chime in with the hottest of takes on the whole affair:

My feelings can only be expressed in the following GIFs:

REALLY, Marco Rubio. That was your takeaway from this entire thing? That a reporter used the word “fuck” to describe the trauma of watching her co-workers gunned down before her very eyes? The fact that you A) leapt to tone-policing as a first response and B) were feckless enough to think that this was an appropriate tweet at this very moment shows you for what you truly are: a spineless, feckless, sycophantic shit-heel in a cheap suit whose finger is so far from the pulse of this current moment that even Google Maps couldn’t locate it.

In the midst of this horror (which you and party have done zero to combat because you’re thirsty for that NRA blood money) you decide that a woman using the F-word is somehow a bigger offense than mass murder? What in the actual fuck is wrong with you? Where is your soul? Is it on a gilded mantel in Trump Tower, alongside your spine and self-respect?

Merely hours before the shooting, Rubio was tweeting about the “lack of trust” in the press:

He then followed these tweets up with a clip of himself on Fox news because irony has ceased to exist. Ever since 2016, Trump and his weaselly colleagues have scapegoated the press and promoted violence against journalists. Just two days ago, noted clown shoe Milo Yippiekayaymotherfucker told his followers “I can’t wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight.” Cause, meet Effect.

Many took to Twitter to criticize Rubio’s tone-deaf tweet and the responses are scalding:

I think I speak for everyone here when I say to Marco Rubio: shut the fuck up and delete your account.

(via Huffington Post, image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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