All right, there are three pieces of business I need to take care of here before we move on to the more celebrity-natured links.
1) Trump signed his executive order. Families seeking asylum will continue to be arrested, but now they will be put into cages together. That still seems like a terrible practice, and now that we’ve brought considerable attention to this issue, I hope we can fix it. Also noteworthy: The executive order does nothing to help the families that have already been separated.
2) Michael Cohen resigned from the Republican Finance Committee today, and a delicious twist, he cited the President’s zero tolerance policy as his reason. This means that Cohen is both being spiteful with the President and that he is almost certainly poised to flip on him.
3) This, from a Congressional Republican in the room. Priceless.
I got so lost in politics today that I never had a moment to post the Creed II trailer. It’s got Tessa, and Michael B. Jordan, training montages, and the son of Ivan Drago. That’s enough. I’m sold. (Lainey)
Did you know that Meryl Street and Cher once saved a woman from a rapist, and also, after this story, I want to see a Cher and Meryl buddy superhero comedy. (Dlisted)
No one who worked with Chris Hardwick is surprised by the allegations against Chris Hardwick. (Celebitchy)
Speaking of which: You make of this what you will, but Jonah Ray (who many of you know from The Nerdist podcast) hasn’t remarked publicly on Hardwick, but he did post a few GIFs of Keanu Reeves from The River’s Edge, which — I might remind you — is about a group of friends who are forced to deal with their friend’s murder of his girlfriend. The tweets were there this morning, but they have since been deleted. Draw your own conclusions.
I know you lot think that The Walking Dead has turned into a dumpster fire, but I’m still hesitantly excited about season 9, although I’m not sure what to think about the return of Shane. (Uproxx)
Have you read Anthony Lane’s boner-driven review of Incredibles 2 yet? Because it’s super gross. (The Mary Sue)
I saw Peter Fonda ranting against the Trump Administration this morning, and it was needlessly misogynistic (it’s not hard to say “Fuck you,” without calling someone a “gash.”) Anyway, Melania Trump has now called the Secret Service on Fonda, after he said he wanted to see Barron Trump put in a cage with pedophiles. Let’s leave the kids off limits, even if The Trump Administration does not. Barron’s not responsible for his Dad’s shitty policies. (Also, believe it or not, the now-deleted tweet about Kristjen Nielson was even worse. Believe it or not, it is possible to call out someone without suggesting they need to be publicly raped.). (The Root)
Andy Cohen and John Mayer are not dating, so all none of you can stop believing that rumor. (Jezebel)
Pittsburgh, come get your mayor. (VSM)
KimMiE" is so sorry that she waited nearly half a century to read Ursula K. Le Guin. She picked up the Penguin Galaxy edition of The Left Hand of Darkness, which has an introduction by Le Guin. "I don’t think I’ve ever been so completely won over by an author on the basis of an introduction, but reading Le Guin’s set-up to her own novel, I decided I liked this woman and had done myself a great disservice in waiting so long to explore her work." Have you read this groundbreaking work? (Cannonball Read 10)
I would like to apologize to my friend Wojciech for saying that this was a Polish beer ad. It’s not really — it’s edited together footage from Polish beer ads spliced together with that song. However, this does give me an opportunity to post it again, and if you missed it yesterday, it’s brilliant.