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McAvoy Talks Pubic Hair, A Scientist Talks Duck Genitalia, and No, Bieber Shouldn't Have a Pet Monkey

By Sarah Carlson | Pajiba Love | April 3, 2013 | Comments ()


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Happy hump day, y'all. Let's do this.

Things I never thought I'd say: Bill O'Reilly keeps debating marriage equality, and it isn't crazy. In fact, he's schooling conservatives over on Fox, including Laura Ingraham: "Don't you understand the difference between private beliefs and public policy?" Lovely. (Media Matters)

James McAvoy didn't mind looking at Rosario Dawson in all her glory for their new film, Trance, and he doesn't mind discussing, uh, grooming tips when it comes to guys and gals. (Vulture)

Fassbender's birthday was yesterday, but do you really need a reason to look at Fassy gifs? I didn't think so. (Uproxx)

This past awards season felt empty without Angelina Jolie, her leg and Brad Pitt cruising the red carpets. But she's been busy doing work that's actually important: The expansion of her "Style of Jolie" jewelry line is helping fund a girls-only primary school she has opened in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Celebitchy)

Here's another fundraiser: DC Entertainment's "We Can Be Heroes" campaign, which raises money for humanitarian aid organizations dealing with the hunger crisis faced in the Horn of Africa. "It. Is. On. Fight the Hunger Crisis & Get Cool Batman Stuff" is actually a slogan. Whatever works. (Indiegogo)

Continuing with superheroes, reader Nicholas Hyde has some very cool pop-culture art on Etsy, including some awesome Classical Greek Superhero prints. (Harshness)

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Would you rather see Thor as animal form? OK! Here's Hedgehog Thor. (Thanks, Jenn!)

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Switching gears, if this nice lady wants to study duck genitalia, then you should let her study duck genitalia. And let her have money for it. Otherwise she's going to keep talking about it. Science! (Slate)

And if these people want to whisper at each other, then just ... wow. This is a real thing, huh? (BoingBoing)

Bieber Meltdown Watch continues, and folks who know better would like to chime in and say no, he should not have a pet capuchin monkey. (National Geographic)

Tumblr's wonders never cease. My new favorite presents "serendipitous poetry of The New York Times" thanks to an algorithm scanning articles. (Times Haiku)

In the same vein, Zen DP sent us what apparently has been declared "the anthem of Tumblr bloggers": "Do You Hear the Fandoms Sing?" That is so nerdy it's adorable. Nerdable. (Waiting4Codot)

This is fun: Watch Ivy Winters, a contestant on "Ru Paul's Drag Race," transform (via Buzzfeed):

And finally, here's a remix of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" with 3rd Eye Girl to get you through today (via Stereogum):

LETSGOCRAZY from Madison Dube on Vimeo.

Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.



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  • Drake

    McAvoy on his failure to be hypnotized - "I was very keen to be suggested, to have somebody tell me to run naked,,,"

    I say, one should give up so easily. Do try and try again old chap!

  • Drake

    one should NOT

  • googergieger

    So my theory on Bill O'Reilly. He seems to have changed his mind on a lot of shit, and I'm guessing it has less to do with the fact that you know, majority of the world is still stupid, but not fucking illogical. And more to do with the fact that a lot of people that work for him are part of the people he used to rally the pitchfork mobs for. I.E. The Mexican gardener that works on his hundreds of houses or the gay make up artist that spends hours on making him look less of an Irish douche. Which I think is a potato. But you know, an absorbent one.

    Anyways, the point is, if Bill O'Reilly wants to marry a gay potato, then I say, why the fuck not?!

  • Jezzer

    There's no way in hell Justin Bieber should be allowed to have a pet Capuchin monkey. It might overpower him and take his place in society, and how would we ever know?

  • DeltaJuliet

    Easy. The monkey has a better singing voice and is WAY more masculine than Beiber.

  • NateMan

    Oh my gods... Maybe it already HAS.

  • PDamian

    I purely LOVE the idea of the Capuchin monkey making a triumphant tour through Europe, performing before throngs of adoring fans and having the time of its life, while Bieber shivers in a tiny cage in some animal shelter, clutching a stuffed animal and wondering where the hell it all went wrong.

  • anikitty

    I'd watch Hedgehog Thor's movie. He's adorable.

  • Bea Pants

    If this movie does well I'm moving forward with my plans for Ferret Bueller's Day Off.

  • OH MY GOD...mind freaking blown. Here, just take all my money!

  • How about Sup-Ermine?

  • kirbyjay

    Vin Weasel in Fast and Furryus

  • Bea Pants

    2014 could well be the year of the Rodent Remake.

  • anikitty

    Does he have a pompadour?

  • Bea Pants

    He does now. Brilliant!

  • koko temur

    Ugh, i hate it when drag queens make better women than i do

  • $27019454

    Coupla things: I hate monkeys with a fierce weird hatred. Chimps even more so. Fuck chimps, man. They were all creepy in that movie from the 70s that I cannot remember the name in some arctic station and they were research animals and they got super smart and TOOK OVER! Remember? Fuckin chimps.

    Also, that man in the man to woman photo already looks like more of a woman than I'll ever be. Also, I love hedgehogs in direct opposition to my hatred for all things chimp-monkey-esque.

  • I too don't like monkeys. Apes and chimps are just sad to me because they're so much like us and we treat them like shit. Also they throw poo and that's just disgusting.
    I was actually thinking that he would be an incredibly beautiful woman if he had a lighter touch with the makeup.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I welcome Bill O'Reilly into the fold along with a bunch of other conservatives who have apparently seen the light.

    My problem is this: it wasn't too long ago that O'Reilly was just as passionately entrenched on the other side of this issue (the fact that this is even an issue is a reminder that we still have a long way to go as a society). As someone who vehemently supports matrimonial justice I should be happy that O'Reilly and others on the right have switched things up so abruptly. These defections are the turning of the tide that will finally end legal discrimination of the LGBT community. This is great news, I should be thrilled.

    Instead I'm bitter. That these people can just flip the script and act like they haven't been assholes for years doesn't sit well with me. I want judgement, penance, revenge, and most of all for the shame to be theirs. Moving forward is the most important thing, I know this. I just never realized forgiveness would be so hard.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I feel like Bill is straddling the line - he's not so much saying he's for it, as saying that gay marriage has the more logical and legal stance. But he is at least being logical rather than reductive for a change.

    But Portman? That's BS to me. As someone else said, can't wait until these Republicans have poor, uninsured relatives. Maybe they'll get on board for healthcare. I'm never in favor of a politician flipping political stances because of a family issue. It doesn't read as compassionate to me - it reads as the opposite - completely selfish. The issue didn't matter until it affected him personally.

    And @Fred - yes, I'm incredibly disappointed in how long it took Obama and both Clintons to officially come around. It is politically opportunist.

  • kirbyjay

    In Obama's defense, the prez, whoever he is, doesn't confront the big issues until his 2nd term. Had he supported same-sex marriage during his first term, he might not have been re-elected. Gotta be in office to make change.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Yeah, that is the difference between playing to the fringe of your own party, and the center voting pool where the two parties overlap. But that's pretty much the definition of "politically opportunistic." (stupid pragmatism)

  • Word. It's nice that Portman didn't metaphorically spit in his son's face when he came out, I guess, but where's the empathy on an issue that's not in his face courtesy of a loved one?

  • NateMan

    Where's anyone's? Liberals bitch about money going to the Armed Forces - until their brother or sister enlists. Conservatives bitch about gay marriage - until their kid is gay. A significant portion of both bitch about abortion - until their wife or daughter needs one. Some Cons whine about environmental measures until there's an oil spill in their back yard, and some Libs bitch about vaccines causing autism until their infant has a serious case of whooping cough.

    Most people everywhere are assholes until the issues affect them or someone they care about directly. Portman's an asshole on most things, but if we don't give people credit the few times they get things right, all we're left with is an endless bitch session.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    That's assuming things like "money going to the armed forces" is wrong - which it isn't - though how it may be used and how those armed forces are deployed is a different story. I think people complain about wasteful military spending vs ANY military spending. Which is a very different issue from civil rights.

    Call me crazy, but I think there's something to be said for sticking by principles. I don't think there's anything wrong with principles changing, "evolving" as the pols are wont to say. But most people, in my experience, are not assholes unless something affects them directly. I'm not thrilled about the extra grand or two that I'll shell out because I'm a freelancer and SS taxes have increased, but that doesn't mean I think it's wrong.

  • lowercase_ryan

    That's what kills me about the whole damn thing, if we're respecting the separation of church and state then legally there is no way in hell this is even an issue. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's my impression.

  • Bea Pants

    Bill O'Reilly is a huckster. I doubt he even believes the outrageous shit that comes out of his mouth. I think he just sees the way the wind is blowing with regard to gay marriage and picked the side he thought would retain the most viewers.

  • Fred

    You mean like the President, who "evolved" his position six months before the 2012 election?

    With all that said, folks, tell us how you feel about the President of the United States and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who both only recently "evolved" their opinions on the topic, or Bill Clinton, who signed DOMA, with the help of overwhelming majorities in congress, which included plenty of democrats. Hell, Dick Cheney came out for gay marriage a few years before just about all of the current democratic leadership still in office. Granted, he did so in 2009, when it was no longer a threat to his election chances, but how's that any different than obama changing his opinion to better reflect that of his constituents right before, as you say, "the next round of elections?"

    I understand your ire, but there are plenty of liberals out there who have only recently "seen the light," and I'm wondering if you'd like to see them also receive their judgement, penance, revenge and shame? Are they bandwagoneers too, or do they get a free pass because they aren't conservative?

  • Cazadora

    Politicians are changing their minds because survey data is showing that the American public is changing it's mind. They are only doing what they are being paid to do, which is represent the people. That's why this is no longer a particularly partisan fight now that both Repubs and Dems are having changes of heart.

    The tide is turning and it's actually kind of thrilling.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Don't get it twisted. Not publicly supporting gay marriage is a hell of of a lot different than actively railing against it as morally offensive. Do I forgive Clinton for signing DOMA? Nope, never will. But as far as liberal politicians voicing their support in public, I recognize that until recently it was political suicide. O'Reilly never had that pressure.

  • NateMan

    Absolutely agree. I thought Rob Portman did a pretty great job when he came out in support of gay marriage after learning his son was gay. That, to me, felt like a genuine revelation and real remorse over his past bigotry. These others, O'Reilly in particular, make it feel like they're just jumping on the bandwagon, desperate to win the next round of elections.

  • DeltaJuliet

    See, now for me, I feel the opposite. It's like "Oh, now that it's YOUR KID it's ok. I get it". I think it pisses me off even more than if he just saw the light and changed his mind.

  • lowercase_ryan

    good point about Portman.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I recently watched "Welcome to the Punch" with McAvoy in the first throes of that beard. Two things:

    1. The movie is kind of meh, despite the talent involved (David Morrissey, Mark Strong, Peter Mullan, Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Kaluuya).

    2: If anyone ever wants to make a movie like 'Looper' involving Russell Crowe, they'd have to cast McAvoy as his younger self. The similarity is uncanny.

  • kirbyjay

    I don't see it at all, and I started hating chimps when they started ripping faces off

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Fucking Disqus...

    EDIT: There it is.

  • Guest

    Let's see if that works...

    http://www.movies.ie/hiresimag...

  • CosmoNewanda

    Now that you've pointed it out I desperately want to unsee it. Five minutes ago I thought McAvoy was hot.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I love drag queens. That's all I took from this Pajiba Love.

  • Koolickle

    Pajiba doesn't show nearly enough love to Rupaul's Drag Race.

  • Quorren

    Girl, look how orange you fucking look!

  • NateMan

    It's easy to make fun of scientists studying things like duck genitalia, but it really is important. And such a small percentage of the overall Federal budget that it's something ridiculous to fight about. It's a great article by a great lady at a great school, so hurray Umass!

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Duck Junk Study is my new band name.

  • PerpetualIntern

    *snort*

  • Rebecca Cristian

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  • Also, duck penises are *really* interesting. They are shaped like corkscrews and have backward-facing spikiness, so they can grab the lady duck and hold on tight. Truth!

    http://scienceblogs.com/notroc...

  • Nodding in approval from Gorman Hall in the year 1995.

  • NateMan

    Ha, beat me here by 2 years. I didn't arrive until 97. Of course I never left and now I'm employed here. It's been a long 16 years. .

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