Matthew McConaughey Tried To Defend The Redskins’ Racist Team Name To GQ

  • Matthew McConaughey weighed in on the campaign to change the name of the Redskins football team. The team’s name is a racial slur, but apparently McConaughey just doesn’t care. He told GQ: ”I know a lot of Native Americans don’t have a problem with it, but they’re not going to say, ‘No, we really want the name.’ That’s not how they’re going to use their pulpit…What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, ‘No, gotta change it’? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board. I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it’s in the court of public opinion, it’s going to change. I wish it wouldn’t, but it will.” Ugh. [Gawker]
  • Rainn Wilson will produce a new comedy series called “Hollywood And Vine,” starring accused rapist Curtis Lepore. Lepore is a Vine superstar, and his ex Jessie Smiles accused him of raping her when she was unconscious. He pleaded no contest to the assault and proceeded to post smug jokes about it on Twitter. [Death and Taxes] Keep reading »

Hannibal Buress Brings Attention To Rape Allegations Against Bill Cosby

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  • Hannibal Buress called out the oft-buried rape allegations against Bill Cosby during one of his comedy sets. [The Daily Beast]
  • Trans* troops in other militaries are proof that inclusive militaries can work. [Huffington Post]
  • Read this review of Who We Be, writer Jeff Chang’s look at the war on multiculturalism. [Racialicious]
  • Comedian Leslie Jones has joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” which means the show officially has a whopping two Black women. [Deadline] Keep reading »

Adobe Sides With GamerGate Bullies As Part Of Their Involvement With The Bully Project

In a move that is deeply troubling to someone who 1) has been using Photoshop since the mid-’90s and Lightroom and InDesign for the past two years, and 2) understands the difference between criticism and bullying, Adobe stated on Twitter today, in response to a question about GamerGate, that they don’t advertise on Gawker because they stand against bullying.

The Gawker Media family of blogs have been openly critical toward GamerGate pretty much since the beginning. On Gawker, Sam Biddle recently profiled the “D-List Right-Wingers Who Have Turned GamerGate Into Their Loser Army” and Gawker took the position elsewhere that it’s hard to look at GamerGate as anything but blatant misogyny; Deadspin called GamerGate “the future of the culture wars”; a social researcher analyzed GamerGate as a hate group on Jezebel; Kotaku reported positively on the hashtag #StopGamerGate2014. Keep reading »

Oh, Hell No: Scientist Comes Face-To-Face With Puppy Sized Spider In The Rainforest

Convinced I still have some PTSD from what I call “ArachNOPEphobia 2014,” a.k.a. the massive spider infestation in my room this summer, imagine my anxiety to learn that there are puppy-sized spiders in the world. Yes, I said puppy-sized.

A scientist named Piotr Naskrecki was recently taking a nighttime stroll through the Guyana rainforest when he heard a rustling in the brush around him. Expecting to come across some sort of a small mammal, he turned on his light to see what all of my personal nightmares are made of.  Keep reading »

Keep It Classy While You’re Trespassing On 66 Perry Street, Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is looking to capitalize on her “Sex and the City” role as long as she can, apparently — and more power to her, but I feel like maybe there’s classier ways to do it than trespassing on 66 Perry Street to do an impromptu Instagram photoshoot for her new shoe line.

The owners of the brownstone have had enough problems with tourists that they’ve had to put up a chain bearing a sign that reads “Do NOT go on staircase please.” SATC tourists are still a problem for the block — the president of the Perry Street Association told Page Six that the situation is “intense,” adding that “people who live here get upset that the sidewalks are constantly jammed.” Keep reading »

Taylor Swift: Criticizing Her For Writing About Exes Is Sexist

“My first album came out when I was 16, so I would write about my life as I saw it, as I felt it. And then what happens is as you get more successful, which you’re lucky if that happens, you have more and more people paying attention to what you’re doing and you’ve been doing it the same way your entire career as a songwriter, but all of a sudden the perspective has changed. They use kind of you writing songs about your life as a way to play detective. And for me, I have a really strict personal policy that I never name names, so anybody saying that a song is about a specific person is purely speculating….The most important thing for me is maintaining artistic integrity which means as a songwriter I still continue to write about my life…you’re going to have people who are gonna say, ‘Oh you know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,’ and I think, frankly, that’s just a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there.”

Taylor Swift told Australian radio station 2DayFM how she really feels about all the flack she gets for writing so many songs about ex-boyfriends, and, well, she makes a great point. [Celebuzz] [Image via AKM-GSI]

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