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Mitch McConnell Supporters Choke and Grope a Cut Out of AOC, But ... They're the Real Victims? (And a Note About Our Commenting Policy)

By Dustin Rowles | Pajiba Love | August 6, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | Pajiba Love | August 6, 2019 |


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Good evening, folks. Lainey is taking the night off, which is purely coincidental, but it does leave me to address some confusion we created in last night’s PL regarding the commenting policy on the site and on Pajiba Love, specifically.

So, here’s the deal: Lainey and Ursula really and honestly put a couple of hours into collecting links five nights a week. It’s a chore. Some days it’s a more fun chore than others, but it’s time-consuming, which is fine. It comes with the territory. But as a writer on Pajiba Love or any post, it can sometimes feel dismissive to see 250 comments, open it up excited about feedback or responses to the links (or the article), and see that 80 percent of them are completely unrelated to anything in the post. We understand the ship has already sailed on that, particularly on Pajiba Love (and some of the political posts). It’s fine! No one’s comments are going to be deleted. No one is gonna get banned. If you want to talk about your dogs or drop your own links or what have you, feel free, though I guess I’d say that it would feel less dismissive if you didn’t completely skip over all the links and start right in on whatever off-topic subject you have in mind to discuss.

However — and I’m not trying to put anyone on the spot, and this is not directed at anyone in particular — sometimes the off-topic conversations get deep, you know? Sometimes they get worrisome. There have been times when I’ve been called away from a movie or my family to monitor certain comment threads because one of the writers here or another commenter is concerned about someone’s mental health. This has happened a number of times to a number of Overlords and Mods and probably commenters passing through who develop a concern.

Look: Pajiba is good people, and if someone is experiencing pain in their lives, there are gonna be a lot of total strangers who are going to want to help or reach out or what have you, and that’s great! But in some ways, it also puts them and us on the spot, and then things can get weird and uncomfortable where people are meant to be talking about some dumb thing Dax Shepard said or bitching about Mitch McConnell or debating about cake vs. pie or the Best Chris or, yes, even talking about their pets. Those things are fine — they are great — but I just worry that a pop-culture and politics site is not equipped to deal with some of the deeper issues, that someone in the comments section is going to genuinely try to help and inadvertently make things worse.

That’s why we directed folks to the Pajiba Facebook page. I’m not saying that they are necessarily better equipped to handle those issues, but they can devote more attention to particular concerns without trying to navigate a deeper conversation among dog pics and embedded tweets. Also, a lot of people have joined the Pajiba Facebook and made lifelong friends there. Genuinely. It’s a great place to get to know each other better and, from what we can see, commiserate with each other about how Pajiba’s not been the same since ______, or it’s been downhill since two-thousand aught eight or how much there’s TOO MUCH POLITICS IN MY PAJIBA.

Anyway, I hope that makes sense. We don’t want anyone to feel attacked. We’re not trying to take anything away. We’re not trying to dictate how you navigate the comments on Pajiba Love. We just want to try and create a positive commenting section for everyone.

Anyway, now the links:

Fresh Off the Boat returns to production this week, the first time since Constance Wu threw the show under the bus a few months ago. It’s gonna be awkward (maybe). (Lainey)

I don’t cover Pajiba Love very often, obviously, but it’s hilarious how nonsensical this headline is to me, though I also know that — to those it’s trying to reach — that it’s probably very popular: “The Turnip Toffs have a ‘code of omertà’ with the Cambridges & Rose Hanbury.” WHAT? (Celebitchy)

A bunch of young, male Mitch McConnell supporters were photographed choking and groping a cut-out photo of AOC, and when AOC and others called them out, the McConnell campaign endeavored to distance themselves from the men but also somehow combined the two most popular Republican tropes into one: “Boys will be boys” and “We’re the real victims.” (The Mary Sue)

Why helloooooo Kristen Stewart. (GFY)

Ciara Wardlow, who we’re giddy about featuring on this site, covers the second season of Derry Girls for our friends over on FilmSchoolRejects. (FSR)

Disney+ arrives in November, and if you’re into Hulu, you can bundle the two for only $12.99 a month, and you get ESPN+ for free (note: ESPN+ blows). (/Film)

Ever thought about combining video games with pelvic floor exercises? Laura Dale on SYFY FANGRRLS talks about playing Flappy Bird with a vaginal controller. Yes, really. (SyFy)

Trans activist and film critic Oliver Whitney breaks down the controversy over the upcoming LGBTQA+ drama Adam (Vulture)

Roxana loves ridiculous clothes as much as the next person but $135 for a long T-shirt with a toilet on it is pushing things. (RachelAntonoff)

Speaking of Roxana, she was really excited to take part in The A.V. Club’s ranking of the 25 Best Films of 1999. Did your pick make the cut? (Film Twitter is obsessed with the movies of 1999). (AVClub)

This made Kayleigh smile.

The CannonBookClub discussion of Arthur Conan Doyles’ A Study in Scarlet starts in 10 days - August 16 & 17. Along with some discussion questions to get you thinking as you read, the Discussion Topic post also links to the Project Gutenberg free book and a collection of book covers. "Everyone has some impression about the great detective and his sidekick. The hat, the pipe, the great mind… But the question is, as always, is have you read the book?" (Cannonball Read 11)



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