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Now What Dumbass Thing Did Matt Damon Say?

By Ursula Scully | Pajiba Love | December 18, 2017 |

By Ursula Scully | Pajiba Love | December 18, 2017 |

Over the weekend, Minnie Driver said that her ex-boyfriend, Matt Damon, has no idea what abuse is like, and said that “the time right now is for men just to listen and not have an opinion about it for once.” Matt Damon — who apparently doesn’t have any idea what social media or Minnie Driver is saying about him — decided to open his mouth again anyway, and offered on the question of whether he’d work with someone who had sexual harassment allegations against him: “If somebody had allegations against them, you know, it would be a case-by-case basis. You go, ‘What’s the story here?’” Then he doubled down and went #NotAllMen on us: “We’re in this watershed moment and it’s great, but I think one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole shitload of guys — the preponderance of men I’ve worked with — who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected.” Good for them, Matt. Good for them. (Vulture)

Who here listens to The Daily podcast from The New York Times? It’s a very good podcast and I recommend it to everyone, but this morning’s episode was A FUCKING DOOZY. It talked about a $22 million program at the Pentagon that investigates UFOs. It gave me goosebumps while I was listening to it. After the episode was over, I thought it was nuts. So I went back and listened to it again. You guys. It’s so good. And crazy. But so good. You can read the article at the link, but you should really go listen to the episode. Do it for Mulder. (NYT)

Tarana Burke, the woman who created the #MeToo campaign, will get to push the button to drop the New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square. Someone should glue a “patriarchy” sign on that ball and have it burst into flames when Tarana smashes that button. Just a thought. (The Cut)

What do you get when you feed ghost peppers to a bunch of boys in a choir and then have them sing “O Come, All Ye Faithful”? (Mashable)

Here is a list of things your microwave can do. I actually found some of these things to be surprising and helpful. Obviously, they forgot to list that microwaves are Obama’s spying devices du jour, but who even remembers that far back in Trump Time? (Mental Floss)

A tiny town in Scotland is giving all of its 1,694 residents the title of Lord or Lady. Lady Ursula Scully of Pajibaland sounds lovely, doesn’t it, Dustin? (T&C)

Trump’s judicial nominee, Matthew Spencer Petersen, withdrew his nomination after suffering the most embarrassing interview I’ve had the privileged horror to witness. (Jezebel)

I’d like an all-cat remake of Game of Thrones starring these majestic duders. (Bored Panda)

I love bingeing on stand-up comedy acts and I highly recommend making your way through Dan Hamamura’s Netflix stand-up list. If you’re a good Pajiban and already watched all of those, then this stand-up list is worth a shot. (Vulture)

This is the kind of gene tinkering I like to read about: Christmas trees that don’t shed their needles. Cool! Now, can they take this a step further and make a Christmas tree that is completely unappealing to cats? (Motherboard)

Wills and Kate released their Christmas card photo and it’s a stunner. (Celebitchy)

Let’s take a look at what Posh (#BestSpice don’t @ me) has been wearing lately, shall we? (GFY)

She Who Shall Not Be Named (ugh, fine, it’s Sarah Palin)’s son was arrested on domestic violence charges. Again. Charming, that family. (Dlisted)

So alright, I know that Justin Timberlake is extra, but I really like his music. Apparently, he’ll be releasing some new tunes soon. (Lainey Gossip)

Cannonballer Sophia gets some of her favorite books from NPR’s best books of the year list. The recommendation of Rebecca Traister’s All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation did not disappoint. "This is a well-written and well-researched book that I enjoyed reading. Traister packs a lot of information in these pages, mixing: history, politics, women’s personal experiences, and racial injustice into a coherent whole." Do you feel like the stigma of singledom has decreased or stayed the same for women? (Cannonball Read 9)

Ursula lives in Chicago and likes potatoes very much. You can follow her here.

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