Spider-Man: Homecoming Doesn’t Pass the Bechdel Test. It Doesn’t Come Close.

I’ve been thinking about the fun to be had at Spider-Man: Homecoming, but also about how audiences who see it this weekend won’t be seeing two female characters speak to one another.

Allison Bechdel’s original “test” had three requirements for a film:

  1. The movie has to have at least two women in it,
  2. who talk to each other,
  3. about something besides a man.

Other variants have since been introduced—requirements that the two women be named, and that their conversation last longer than 60 seconds. You’d think, looking at these simple “demands,” that it wouldn’t be too hard to pass Bechdel’s test. But an astonishing amount of media continues to fail, and unfortunately, Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn’t meet the grade. For a movie that’s smart and progressive in other ways, the omission of women holding a single conversation is surprising and disappointing.

Let’s start with the good things that are happening women-wise. The two “lead” girls in Peter Parker’s life, his crush, Liz, and his friend (and future crush?) Michelle, are women of color. This is a wonderful and much-needed step forward. Until this film, we’ve never seen Peter Parker have an on-screen love interest who was not white. That both girls are further presented as brilliant students, independent-minded and no-nonsense—but very different types of people—is also an excellent representation. They’re recognizable, distinct characters. And they have names! That they do not have listed last names is A-OK here, considering the twists that come about their characters. In this way, Spider-Man: Homecoming more than clears the first Bechdel hurdle.

But other than perhaps an a one-word interaction when Liz is quizzing her teammates for the academic decathlon, we never see Liz and Michelle have a conversation—not even one about Peter. There’s certainly no kind of talking for longer than 60 seconds. How difficult would it have been to show the girls discussing something? They’re on the same academic decathlon team and Michelle is already at Liz’s party when Peter and Ned show up.

Liz and Michelle are friendly, or at least known quantities to each other. If you want to tell me that there’s absolutely no way to squeeze sixty seconds of dialogue between two of Peter’s female classmates (it doesn’t even have to be Liz and Michelle) into a 133-minute film, I will tell you that amounts to poor writing choices. Considering that Spider-Man: Homecoming had six (six!) credited screenwriters, it’s unbelievable to me that this idea didn’t occur to any of them.

And then we have Aunt May. I really enjoyed Marisa Tomei’s performance and the new, hip May who cares for a new, hipster Peter. But we only ever see May in her capacity as Peter’s guardian and she is only ever discussed by other (male) characters as an object of lust. It’s a running joke throughout Spider-Man that Peter’s Aunt is hot—and everyone wants to point that out to Peter (I guess it’s supposed to be OK because she’s his aunt and not his mom?). Tony Stark, Mr. Delmar, and Ned all find her desirable. By the time Peter and May are having dinner and the waiter brings May a dessert gratis because he, too, thinks that she’s hot, I was like, yikes, enough already.

Meanwhile, we have no idea what May does with her time when she’s not looking after Peter. What is her job? Does she have friends? Perhaps a female friend that she could speak to about the difficulties of life as a widow and single guardian? But Aunt May only ever interacts with Peter and Ned, and also she is attractive.

Peter even has a “female” A.I., Karen, but she speaks only to him, which seems to be the dominating idea here. All of the women in Spider-Man: Homecoming who have significant parts appear to exist simply to advance their interactions with Peter, and contribute to Peter’s personal evolution. Of course, you could say the same thing about Ned—but Ned speaks to a broad range of people about all sorts of things.

For those who will accuse me of nitpicking, or who will say that this is Spider-Man‘s story so it shouldn’t matter what the women do, let’s run a quick exercise. Close your eyes and imagine a superhero movie where the men do not ever speak to each other or, if they speak, their only topic of conversation is the women in their life. This simply wouldn’t, and doesn’t, happen. Yet it is the situation that women have to experience again and again in the movie theater. And in this day in age, there’s no excuse for it.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is not a film that maligns women. On the contrary, there are strong female characters abounding. I just wish they were given the opportunity to talk to each other about it.

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TNT’s Sexy Shakespeare Show Will Is Even Wilder Than We Thought

The sexy Shakespeare show is even more absurd than you could’ve imagined. We shared the trailer for TNT’s new show Will not too long ago, and were pretty thrilled at the trashiness and brazen retelling of the Bard’s origin story. Now, after watching the first three episodes, I’m here to tell you it’s even more outrageous than the trailer appeared.

The show really wants to emphasize that theaters were the punk rock of their day, with all the theater go-ers looking like they walked out of a punk show and constantly rioting. Will gets major points for having tons of casual diversity, especially when this tends to be an issue in period pieces. While most of the main speaking roles are white, I was really pleasantly surprised by how much diversity I saw in crowd scenes and in the theater troupe.

It feels a little silly to watch all these groundlings with tattoos, multicolored hair, and fierce make-up getting violently worked up about English theater, but it’s not completely wrong historically. The theater was seen as a degenerate place that was dangerous to morality, and it seems we often need to be reminded of this fact. Watching Will at the same time the Public was dealing with backlash regarding their production of Julius Caesar creates a particularly strange kind of resonance. Seeing actors yell at Shakespeare about how he can’t just make up words feels like a nerdy comedy sketch.

The film sets up a villain by establishing Shakespeare as a devout Catholic (a fact that’s been suggested by scholars but never fully confirmed nor denied). The religious turmoil of the time meant that Catholics were prosecuted, and Ewen Bremner plays hunter Richard Topcliffe who is the biggest, un-nuanced baddie ever, down to the silly bad-guy mustache. The torture scenes are extra gratuitous, just in case you didn’t know he’s the bad guy. Will is also cousins with and regularly interacts with Robert Southwell the Catholic priest who served as a clandestine missionary.

Christopher Marlowe also appears as a kind of villainous figure, but it’s clear later on that he’s more of a libertine—a devilishly gay figure with butterfly tattoos, open shirts, and long flowing hair. I think his style is best described as Harry Styles. I want a show just about him. It’s also weirdly hilarious to me that the actor Jamie Campbell Bower played the young Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter (though only in a small portrait) and he’s exactly the kind of indulgent Bosie-esque figure that I wanted for the franchise (though the hypersexual, queer villain archetype is not without its problems).

And I promise that this isn’t a problematic assertion that any kind of gay expression is automatically more gratuitous or explicit than straight romance. Marlowe’s house has the stylish sensibility of a vampire den and is on more than one occasion littered with naked bodies.

The musical cues are also deliciously anachronistic. When Shakespeare first leaves his town “London Calling” plays. Later on, the theater group sings Lou Reed and in another scene, Iggy Pop blares. (Some of these song choices and Bremner make me think someone on this team is a big fan of Trainspotting.) Their costumes make little attempt to look historical, with plenty of actors looking like they’re sporting what are essentially skinny jeans and leather jackets (many of them bedazzled). Don’t think too much, just go with it.

Now, this show is completely ridiculous and embraces that. But is it a good watch? It’s fun, but I found myself pretty uninvested in the romantic plot between Will and Alice Burbage and a subplot about a young boy and his sister who’s stuck in a brothel (huge, huge trigger warning for self-harm in the first episode), which felt unnecessary and disjointed. The deeper and more emotional parts of the narrative don’t stick to me as much as they should and it’s hard to watch hour-long episodes just for amusing faux-historic elements. Also, I would’ve liked to see a bi Shakespeare and so far there’s no hint of that.

Based on the first three episodes, I’d recommend that Shakespeare lovers who don’t take themselves seriously at least give it a try and have some laughs in the process. And if you’re going to watch, I advise you to do so in a group and have a drinking game. Take a show anytime one of these things happen:

  • Overwhelming Catholic guilt
  • Someone says Shakespeare’s full name (bonus if it’s with incredible disdain)
  • Scene from a confusing angle
  • Marlowe lurks
  • Punk rock music

TNT’s Will is set to premiere July 10th.

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Ava DuVernay’s New Netflix Project Is About the Central Park Five, Whose Deaths Trump Called for in 1989

13th director Ava DuVernay is taking on another project for Netflix, this time focusing on the five-part miniseries telling the story of the Central Park Five.

The Central Park Five was a group of five teens of color (often referred to as men as in the cited Hollywood Reporter article because racism commonly treats black and brown adolescents as adults), Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, who were wrongly convicted of a brutal rape of a jogger in 1989.

About the series, DuVernay says, “I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on 13th and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there. The story of the men known as the Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn—from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the president of the United States.”

It’s especially notable that Donald Trump, when he was still in real estate in 1989, was vocal about this incident. Trump took out a reported $85,000 in newspaper ads calling for a reinstatement of the death penalty and has never apologized. Rather, he’s claimed again that they were guilty just last year. 

Netflix VP of original content Cinday Holland says, “This is one of the most talked-about cases of our time, and Ava’s passionate vision and masterful direction will bring the human stories behind the headlines to life in this series.”

The series is set for release in 2019.



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If There’s One Thing We Can Say About Trump, He Sure Does Know How to Boost a Show’s Ratings

Donald Trump has a few consistent point of attacks when he’s in the mood to, as his wife has troublingly put it, “punch back ten times harder.” He loves to attack appearance, slut shame, make accusations of dishonesty, and of course, the old standby, insult ratings. He’s done this with the (“failing”) New York Times, Arnold Swarzenneger, and, most recently, MSNBC’s Morning Joe. In addition to calling host Mika Brzezinski “low I.Q. Crazy,” “very dumb,” “dumb as a rock,” “very insecure,” and also stating she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” at his New Year’s Eve Party, he’s felt the need to tear her down by stating her show’s ratings were “low rated.”

That statement is in direct opposition with actual ratings reports, which prior to Trump’s tweet attack, were already at an all-time high. And just as the Times benefitted from a substantial “Trump Bump,” gaining 276,000 new subscribers after Trump’s election, in spite of (or, realistically, because of) his constant criticism and name-calling, Morning Joe got a sizeable bump of their own.

The day after Trump’s “face-lift” attack, the show’s ratings increased by almost SEVENTY PERCENT, up from just under a million viewers to 1.66 million.

Wow, he sure showed them. Any time Trump wants to come after the “failing” Mary Sue, we’ll welcome him heartily.

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Things We Saw Today: Amber Heard and Her Hair Star in Aquaman Set Photo

Actress Amber Heard shared a picture of break time on the set of the upcoming DCEU Aquaman, and I can’t stop staring at her glorious Mera mermaid-esque tresses.

Heard is pictured with Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa, and the movie’s director, James Wan (SawFurious 7). I am unabashedly psyched for this film and will happily devour every tidbit of info. Considering Wan’s background in directing both horror and action, I’m preparing for an Aquaman that could be as atmospheric and scary-intense as it is action-packed. Jason Momoa pretty much owns my soul and Heard, who is playing Mera, Queen of Atlantis, is sporting some incredible flame-red locks that look true to comic book Mera. GIVE ME THIS MOVIE PLS. (via movie.com)

  • Very sad news: Joan Lee, Stan Lee’s wife of 69 years, has passed away at the age of 95. In the past, Stan Lee recounted how he met his wife, after he was supposed to take another girl on a date: “When I was young, there was one girl I drew; one body and face and hair. It was my idea of what a girl should be. The perfect woman. … So I went up to this place. Betty didn’t answer the door. But Joan answered, and she was the head model. I took one look at her—and she was the girl I had been drawing all my life. And then I heard the English accent. And I’m a nut for English accents! She said, ‘May I help you?’ And I took a look at her, and I think I said something crazy like, ‘I love you.’ I don’t remember exactly. But anyway, I took her to lunch. I never met Betty, the other girl. I think I proposed to [Joan] at lunch.” (via THR)
  • The cast of Dear Evan Hansen was challenged to the Ham4All challenge, and boy did they respond. (via Twitter)

  • Rogue One star Felicity Jones has signed on to an untitled film inspired by Swan Lake, but minus the ballet shoes. (Women and Hollywood)
  • Netflix has already renewed Castlevania for a second season. (via Deadline)
  • Meet Zeerek, Sesame Street‘s wonderful new bespectacled Afghan muppet. (via Twitter)

So what’d you see on this fine Friday, folks?

(I will now use any mention of Aquaman to post my favorite meme in the universe)

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When Shopping Around Fake News, This Is Why You Don’t Come After Rachel Maddow


The last time Rachel Maddow covered a Trump exclusive, it was his tax return reveal, and a lot of people found the result underwhelming. Now she has another exclusive though, and while the end result similarly doesn’t end up providing much new information, the implications are incredibly important.

Last night, Maddow provided what she calls “an inside-out scoop” based on a document her show received through their tip submission site www.sendittorachel.com. The government document was so highly classified, so “unbelievably red-hot,” she said that for those looking for a “smoking gun” in the possibility of Russia hacking the U.S. election, as well as the Trump campaign’s knowledge of or hand in it, this “was not just a smoking gun. It was a gun still firing proverbial bullets.”

The thing is, the document, as far as they can tell, is a forgery. A really good forgery, and one that was incredibly hard to confirm as such. Because when documents are this classified, the people that can give useful insight won’t even look at them. But in consulting with national security officials, as well as some super sleuthing around printer “fingerprints,” they can reasonably determine the document is a fake.

So why is this newsworthy? Because someone is shopping around forged documents of fake intel on a connection between Trump, Russia, and major election tampering. And the likelihood of someone doing that because they think it will actually take down the Trump administration is, well, nonexistent.

Rather, as Maddow points out, there have been numerous examples of forged, murky, or otherwise bad sources leading to retractions from outlets. And that shines badly on the reporters as well as their outlets. CNN recently saw three employees resign after a Russia-related story was retracted. That only serves to give credence to the cries of CNN, a longstanding, reputable organization, being “fake news.”

Maddow also illustrates how these retractions can shut down not just a reporter or their outlet, but the entire story itself. She brings up legendary news anchor Dan Rather, who lost his career at CBS in 2004 over a story about George W. Bush’s alleged draft-dodging via his short stint in the National Guard. The documents they obtained that served as the center of their story ended up being questioned and torn apart. After that, the story itself, which could have been detrimental to Bush’s election, was untouchable.

Maddow says she doesn’t know who sent her the documents, and she can’t be sure of why (not sure enough to speculate on air), but she’s guessing she’s not the only one being targeted and wants other news organizations to be on high alert.

Real, legitimate news organizations have codes of ethics and a desire to get at the truth. They are not trying to trick the American public. Someone–likely, groups of someones–are trying to make news consumers think otherwise. They are painting the media as the enemy. They are “laying traps” for journalists reporting on important stories. And then “after the fact, [they] blow that reporting up.” As Maddow explains, that casts a shadow over any future reporting on that story, whether it ends up being true or fake.

We don’t know what degree of interference Russia had in our election. We don’t know what, if any, communication the Trump campaign had with Russia at that time. These things are being explored and investigated. But whenever you hear a Trump supporter claim they know with 100% surety that the media is lying about these things, it’s forged, fake stories like these that bolster their certainty. Because the public can then be convinced that the media as deliberately lying, which seems to be the entire goal.

News consumers have to be vigilant in trusting sources, and so do news outlets. One thing is certain, though. It’s a bad idea to come for Rachel Maddow.

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The Week in Reproductive Justice: Sexist Dress Codes and Anti-Abortion License Plates

Welcome to “The Week in Reproductive Justice,” a column that will run— you guessed it!—weekly at The Mary Sue, and offer an incisive roundup of all news related to the hot-button issue of what lawmakers are allowing women to do with their bodies.

This past week, we’ve been blessed with the delightful news that the White House gender wage gap has tripled since Donald Trump became president, and it came to everyone’s attention that the House of Representatives has an “appropriate attire” dress code, which for women means nothing sleeveless or open-toed. Yes, your shoulders had best be covered. Because even though Washington D.C. is a hell-swamp in the summertime, bare arms are bad and probably distract Paul Ryan from his lifelong dream of taking healthcare away from the less fortunate. Of course, the code is cruel to men, too—nobody wants to wear a suit and tie in this weather—so maybe let’s get rid of outdated dress restrictions entirely. For everyone.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Vetoes Bill Requiring Anti-Abortion License Plates

Last Friday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced that he would veto a bill that would require Michigan to produce and sell anti-abortion license plates as a part of fundraising efforts by anti-abortion organizations. The license plates would bear the slogan, “Choose Life,” and include a link to ChooseLifeMI.org. Snyder has said the plates bear a “political message” that would “divide millions” of Michigan residents. No kidding.

Similar attempts to establish publicly funded anti-abortion propaganda in public places have been seen in states like Oklahoma, which, in 2016, attempted to require all public women’s restrooms to bear posters discouraging women with unwanted pregnancies from having abortions, telling them they had plenty of other options. This is, of course, something of an empty promise since Oklahoma is one of the worst places to access health care as a woman.

Christian Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Illinois Sue the State for Requiring Doctors to Tell Women About Their Reproductive Options

As of January this year, physicians and nurses in the state of Illinois have been required to inform pregnant patients of all options available to them—this, naturally, includes their right to an abortion. This law might make sense to the ordinary person; it’s sort of a doctor’s job, regardless of his or her personal views, to ensure their patients are making informed choices. And your right to an abortion isn’t exactly a right if you aren’t even aware of it.

But the people behind Christian crisis pregnancy centers, which are in the business of deceiving women into forfeiting their reproductive rights, incensed by what they perceive as a gross violation of physicians’ right to religious freedom, aren’t exactly “ordinary people.” The anti-abortion Thomas More Society claims this law forces doctors to become involved “in something that’s inherently evil.” Of course, this ignores the reality that just as no one was forcing Kim Davis to be a county clerk and sign off on gay people’s marriage licenses, no one is forcing doctors repulsed by the idea of women having autonomy over their bodies to work as physicians and *gasp* tell their female patients about their rights before the law.

These crisis pregnancy centers are now suing the state of Illinois, and we’ll just have to wait and see how this one plays out.

Teen Birth Rates Reach All-Time Low, But Republicans are Determined to Change This

According to a Friday report by the Center for Disease Control, teen birth rates in the United States have reached an all-time low, falling 9 percent from 2015 to 2016 with a record low for women from the ages of 15 to 19. Vox notes that “the sharp decline in teen births is great news because teen mothers are statistically more likely to drop out of school, fall below the poverty line, and miss opportunities to advance in the workplace,” so that’s cool.

But the decline in teen births is largely due to wider access to birth control and sexual health education, compared with states that mandate abstinence-only education and have some of the highest rates of teen births in the country. Another study from earlier this year revealed the vast economic benefits for all that wider access to birth control would yield. Women’s health organizations like Planned Parenthood have been providing minors, LGBTQ youth, and other marginalized, vulnerable groups with access to these resources for years, and women’s health organizations like Planned Parenthood are slated to be defunded under Republicans’ proposed “health care” bills.

Women’s health organizations like Planned Parenthood have been providing minors, LGBTQ youth, and other marginalized, vulnerable groups with access to these resources for years, and women’s health organizations like Planned Parenthood are slated to be defunded under Republicans’ proposed “health care” bills.

It’s anyone’s guess what will happen to the national teen birth rate if Planned Parenthood is successfully defunded, but something tells me it won’t be good.

Oregon House Passes Bill to Give Undocumented Women Cost-Free Abortion Access

On Tuesday, the Democratic-controlled Oregon House passed a bill, introduced by state Rep. Julie Farley, that will appropriate $10 million toward ensuring all women in the state have access to cost-free post-natal care and abortion, which will also be available to the state’s undocumented women.

This bill, which will also protect Oregon women’s right to an abortion should Roe v. Wade be overturned by the Supreme Court, marks a victory for advocates for public funding of abortion, which has always been severely limited due to the Hyde amendment. Hyde prohibits federal funding from subsidizing abortion services for women on Medicaid except in cases of incest and rape, and, of course, disproportionately harms lower-income people.

In the past four decades since the Hyde amendment became law, it’s impossible to guess how many low-income women have been injured or killed in attempted self-terminations; public funding for abortion saves lives, and if more states follow Oregon’s example, we’ll all be healthier and safer for it.

 

Tune in next week to see what lawmakers will try next in their never-ending mission to derail reproductive justice!

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Mike Pence Spawns Trump Administration’s Newest Meme by Ignoring NASA “Do Not Touch” Sign – Come ON.

It’s time for your regularly scheduled break from all of us basically writing “everything is on fire” in regards to all the very serious dangers posed by Trump administration policies, which comes in the form of some more photos from the veritable Meme Team that Trump put together to run the country.

First up, we’ve got Mike Pence making a solid entry into the meme pantheon that so far includes a glowing orb, some ridiculous handshakes, Jared Kushner essentially starring in his own Wes Anderson movie, and other difficult-to-top moments. Pence was up to the challenge, though, in a visit to NASA where he also promised that the United States would send astronauts back to the Moon, as well as to Mars. But true to form for the Trump administration, what we’ll remember most is an embarrassing photo:

There’s Pence, on a tour of the Orion clean room, clearly disobeying the “do not touch” sign on the “Critical Space Flight Hardware” he seems to be trying to make peace with through calming physical contact. (Here’s the original on Getty.) There’s plenty of irony about someone in the Trump administration, particularly Pence as noted above, putting their hands where they’re not supposed to—especially since the Orion capsule is NASA’s crew capsule for actually sending astronauts to places like Mars, so Pence might not want to disturb anything if he really meant what he said.

Of course, the internet had a field day:

Not to be outdone, Trump stepped up his awkward handshake/meeting game with world leaders in Germany:

And yes, one of those leaders trump met was, indeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Trump met in a meeting that went way longer than scheduled, which also led to this:

What a charming, blossoming friendship. Truly, the only appropriate reaction:

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Shut up! This TOWIE star is heading into the Love Island villa…

This Essex face is back and ready to cause a stir

Caroline Flack in first episode of Love Island, 5 June 2017

Love Island is about to have a proper reality show mash-up as a star of TOWIE is set to head into the villa!

Yep, Friday night’s show will see the arrival of a new Islander and she’s none other than George Harrison, who you might recognise from her stint in The Only Way Is Essex back in 2014.

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The 22-year-old PA was introduced as Fran Parman’s BFF during an Ibiza special and soon brought the drama when she enjoyed flirtations with Lewis Bloor and Tom Pearce.

In fact it turned into a bit of a love triangle, with Tom trying to woo George despite it being revealed that she might not be over Lewis following their fling.

She had, after all, claimed to have known Lewis since she was 14 so there was clearly some backstory there.

‘Me and Lew have got a lot of history and I’m never going to rule him out, I’m just single,’ George told her pals during one episode. Remember this?

In fact the blonde had history with several TOWIE stars, having been friends with Georgia Kousoulou for years since they were ‘playing out’ down the road together as kids. Awww.

During her stint on the show George made a go of things with Tom but sadly their romance didn’t last – and she was dropped after just one series.

The reality star doesn’t seem to have let this get her down though as a quick scroll through her Instagram suggests she’s been having lots of fun, having posted various bikini snaps from holidays as well as photos with best pal Fran.

Me and @franparman 😜

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Now George is heading to the Love Island villa and admits that her Essex past is her ‘claim to fame’.

‘I was previously on TOWIE but you’d have to have a keen eye to catch me – I was only part of one series,’ she says.

It sounds like George is ready to cause a stir too, having described herself as ‘very confident’, ‘very funny’ and ‘resilient’.

‘I’m single, I want to meet someone and I can’t think of anywhere better to try and do that than on a hot island with loads of good looking, young people,’ the Essex girl explains.

Ooh, this could be interesting!

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