Occasionally, a man’s selfish desires to curry favor with voters for his own gain actually dovetails with a good deed. Today is one of those rare days.
BREAKING- When asked what it means to her being released by President @realDonaldTrump, Alicia Johnson said, “It means that someone finally saw me, someone finally heard me, someone had mercy on me - and that was President Trump & so I’m so thankful for him and what he’s done.”— Nick Valencia (@CNNValencia) June 7, 2018
The lesson here, of course, is don’t underestimate a reality star’s ability to speak the language of another reality star in order to accomplish something noble. Well done, Kim Kardashian.
Norman Reedus is a rare bird who gives credit where credit is due, even if it means giving credit to an ex who raised their wonderful (already model) son who graduated college today. (Lainey)
On Dax Shepard’s podcast, Erika Christensen defended Scientology, which is a sad reminder that Erika Christensen is a Scientologist (a Scientologist who looks great in her Instagram photos, but still … ) (Celebitchy)
Speaking of looking great, Jameela Jamil looks snazzy as hell in a suit. (GFY)
In firing Roseanne Barr, ABC also spared itself the wrath of Black-ish showrunner Kenya Barris: “I was literally coming out of the show and I was like fuck this. I was going to go crazy. I was going to call my agent and go on Don Lemon and other shows.” He also added, “You hired a monster and then you asked why the monster was killing villagers.” (The AV Club)
Here’s a longtime former Fox News analyst dunking on Sean Hannity, but my favorite part is the way that Anderson Cooper’s face betrays nothing. The man just shat on the intelligence of Cooper’s time-slot competitor, and Cooper’s face doesn’t move. That’s professionalism.
Oh, fuck off, TBS. Samantha Bee doesn’t need a babysitter. (The Mary Sue)
I get so annoyed with pretentious, asshole directors who bash superhero movies, and I’m not even, like, a superhero guy, but do these old white dudes not understand how much social advancement superhero movies are responsible for in recent years? Watch Wonder Woman, and A Force Awakens and Black Panther and Ragnarok, and if you somehow miss the good in those films — or the dramatic achievements of a film like Logan or The Dark Knight — then you can shit talk superhero movies. Nevermind, actually, Keep your thoughts to yourself. (/Film)
I have to alert you to two pieces — opposites sides of the same coin, really — that are absolutely fantastic. Deadspin offers up maybe the best piece this week on how NFL owners continue to eat Donald Trump’s shit, while Damon Young takes some perverse satisfaction in the way the NFL owners … continue to eat Donald Trump’s shit. (Very Smart Brothas)
IHOP is rebranding as IHOb. What? “Inside sources” suggest that the “b” stands for … burgers. Why would I go to a pancake place for a burger? This is madness. (Uproxx)
Mark Hamill cheekily weighs in on Star Wars’ toxic fandom.
A Willy Wonka prequel from Paddington director Paul King could star Donald Glover, Ezra Miller, or Ryan Gosling as the candy maker. I’d say more, but these mixed emotions have got me in a tizzy. (Collider)
The Root did a round-up of white people calling the cops on black people for basically existing, from BBQs to Air BnB and “Beezlebecky.” (The Root)
There’s a game on the Westworld site where you can try to put Bernard’s memories back in order. Since even he can’t do it, this seems like it’s a sucker’s game. (DelosDestinations)
Wait, but I though Facebook was for fake news? (Variety)
When you were growing up, did you see people like you in the books you read? Patrick Ness did not, now he writes them and advocates for greater LGBTQ representation in YA literature. Seth, the main character in Ness’ More Than This has made several lists of LGBTQ characters you should know. Of Ness’ writing, Carriejay says, "He often leaves me unsettled, and definitely makes me think." (Cannonball Read 10)