The President spoke in primetime tonight. He interrupted Bachelor in Paradise basically to say that we have a new plan in Afghanistan but I’m not going to tell you what it is, but it’s basically the same plan that we’ve had all along, and also “we will win.” In other words: He announced that he’d engage in exactly what he’s argued against for years: An endless war.
“The President looked directly at the sun without any glasses, perhaps the most impressive thing a President has ever done.” An actual quote from Tucker Carlson. Tonight. On TV. In earshot of other people. With the intention of them hearing what he said. My God.
Parody meets reality on Tucker Carlson— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) August 22, 2017
"He looked at the sun without any glasses. Perhaps the most impressive thing any president has done." pic.twitter.com/Ukl3ckdvVq
Meanwhile, here’s something we can celebrate:
BREAKING: After alt-right organizers saw huge counter-protests in Boston, they've canceled 67 "America First Rallies" scheduled in 36 states— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 22, 2017
Elsewhere, this Instagram post from Louise Linton — the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — may ultimately get more attention than Trump’s speech last night.
She actually tagged fashion designers.
The post has since been deleted, and Linton has turned her Instagram profile to private.
Margot Robbie’s transformation into The Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I in the upcoming movie Mary Queen of Scots is insane. Insane. (Dlisted)
Vulva nail art is a … DEAR GOD. (NewNowNext)
And yet, that’s not the most disturbing thing we saw today. THIS is:
This is the iPhone charger you never asked for or wanted pic.twitter.com/uXmF7SRpCv— Mashable (@mashable) August 21, 2017
In Charlottesville, the Alamo Drafthouse is running a 10-movie series examining bigotry & hatred in film. Check it out if you’re local. Proceeds go to the Southern Poverty Law Center. (Drafthouse)
Insert Joss Whedon joke here:
My grindr went off in my Uber pool and the women in front of me said, "I recognize that sound. My husband plays that game all the time!" pic.twitter.com/jhgWEBnWZ2— ShangHiiieee (@ShangHiiieee) August 19, 2017
Speaking of divorce, Jesse Williams’ ex-wife is trying to impose a six-month rule on Williams’ girlfriends, which is to say: The new girlfriend can’t meet the kids until they’ve been dating six months. It’s a fair rule. But what if you’re Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s child, and you can’t go to the supermarket without seeing your Dad’s new girlfriend on the check-out stand mags? (Lainey)
Jay-Z was fine with Kanye talking shit about him, until Kanye went and got Beyoncé involved. Now it’s not OK. (Celebitchy)
Here’s today’s best and worst #SolarEclipse2017 tweet.
Over the weekend, I had a brain fart and used someone’s Twitter photo without proper attribution, like a dumbass, and the photographer rightfully called my ass out on Twitter. Anyway, amends were made, and the author of the photo, Crystal Huff, turns out to be an excellent person. She is the Executive Director of Include Better. She provides consultations, trainings and speeches around the world on diversity and inclusion efforts with a particular emphasis, of late, on Kyriarchy. Anyway, she is super cool, and if I might, I’d like to direct you to her website and thank her for being understanding. Check it out: (CrystalHuff)
Longtime Cannonballer narfna planned to reach Cannonball (52 books in a year) on a cool book. Instead she Cannonballed on an ordinary book that she really enjoyed. When He Was Wicked is part of Julia Quinn’s popular Bridgerton series. It has a grieving widow, a pining best friend, and "tempestuous illicit sex in the Scottish Highlands." What kind of book are you a sucker for? (Cannonball Read 9)