From Funny to Furious to Infuriating, The Media Weighs in on Shithole Gate
As most of you know by know, earlier today, in a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers, Donald Trump referred to African countries and Haiti as “shitholes,” which has created a bizarre environment where we can now turn on the television — or even listen to NPR — and hear the word “shithole,” unbleeped. So, thanks for that, Trump.
There’s been a range of responses, but I’ll give you just three: Fox News, expectedly, defended the President. Here’s The Five on Trump’s comment:
“If you are in a bar in Wisconsin and you are thinking they are bringing in a bunch of Haiti people or El Salvadorians [sic] or people from Niger, this is how some people talk,” he continued. “Is it graceful? No. Is it polite or delicate? Absolutely not. Is it a little offensive? Of course it is. But you know what? This doesn’t move the needle at all. This is how Trump is. He doesn’t care. He shoots from the hip. And if he offends some people, fine.”
For the funny, here’s Seth Meyers, who turns exasperation into humor:
The best response, however, comes from Anderson Cooper on CNN, who calls it was it is. “It’s not racial. It’s not racially charged. It is racist.”
Anderson Cooper: "Not racial. Not racially charged. Racist … The sentiment the President expressed today is a racist sentiment." https://t.co/5cvbpAhJTR— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) January 12, 2018
"Let me be clear…. the people of Haiti have been through more, withstood more, fought back against more injustice… than our President ever has" Anderson Cooper choked back tears as he reflected on his relationship with Haiti, and its people https://t.co/3arEalkKOM— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 12, 2018
Due to his reporting on Harvey Weinstein, Ronan Farrow had to move houses because he was being stalked. Hopefully, Jon Lovett offered him a place to stay. I’m imagining the two of them eating breakfast with Pundit sitting nearby, being quiet like the angel dog he is. (Celebitchy)
Do You have Amazon Prime? Do you enjoy Whole Foods? You can use your account to order food with their 2-hour Prime Now delivery service. My Whole Foods is across the street from me, but I’m going to use the shit out of this service during the next bomb polar vortex cyclone. (Food & Wine)
Black Widow is finally getting a movie. How magnanimous of Marvel. They’ve done, what, 17 movies now? (Lainey Gossip)
A Lutheran Church school teacher asked his fourth-grade students to list three good things about slavery. What the everloving fuck. (The Root)
Did you read Johann Hari’s post in The Guardian about depression? I’m a big fan of his, so I enjoyed his article. This is a response, and while it disagrees with Hari on certain claims, it’s also a good read. (The Cut)
The London tube is getting a 73-mile extension, and during the excavation some truly amazing discoveries were made, including a 15th-century bowling ball and an 8000-year-old stone tool. (Mental Floss)
Daveed Diggs is set to star in TNT’s adaptation of Snowpiercer. (Shadow and Act)
Sometimes I come across an article I want to share, with a headline that is so breathtaking, so perfect, that I can’t bring myself to summarize it, and instead, I paste directly for you here: Meet the Woman Using CRISPR to Breed All-Male “Terminator Cattle”. I mean, how great is this headline?! (MIT Technology Review)
Are you taking any time off soon? You can use one of these existential out-of-office replies. (McSweeney’s)
There’s going to be an official Black Panther jewelry line, and yes, it was designed by a Black woman. (Afropunk)
He’s not Best Chris (🌲), but these photos of Laughing Captain America will brighten your day. (Just Jared)
Logan Paul’s YouTube account got a one strike punishment. I mean, I’m glad that *something* is being done about this asshole, but who else is picturing YouTube doing the “I’m going to count to 3!” mom voice? (Dlisted)
If you’ve ever wondered what a frozen alligator looks like, we’ve got you covered. (IFLScience)
Tracee Ellis Ross is on the cover of Glamour wearing the most perfect outfit of ever: a knitted sweater dress and sneakers. Swoon. (GFY)
Black Raven loves books for kids, particularly fiction. Linda Skeers’ Women Who Dared: 52 Stories Of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels was fun enough that she didn’t mind that it was non-fiction. You probably haven’t heard of a lot of these women, women from all over the world who have done daring things. Would you like to be known as a daredevil, an adventurer, or a rebel? (Cannonball Read 10)
Queen Gillian Anderson got her Hollywood Star earlier this week. Can you believe she didn’t have one already?!
Thank you to my friends @bryanfullergram & @joelmchale for making the best ever speeches and to all the fans who came out to celebrate with me!! And thanks to @hollywoodchamberofcommerce for my star, what a fun day! ⭐️ #WalkOfFame 👗 @sophiakah 👠 @jimmychoo 👛 @sophiawebster 💎 @marco_bicego Styling by the ever fab @jennifer.michalski.bray.style
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