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“Mad Men” Creator Matthew Weiner Doesn’t Believe The Pay Gap Is A Gender Issue

“I don’t know that those two things — I don’t think that’s a gender issue. I’m not saying that there’s an inequality of pay, I don’t know that to be — I have a lot of women on my staff and they’re competitively paid, I can tell you that. In terms of my career, if Jenji [Kohan] wants to go through what I went through to get that … they didn’t invite me over to the smoking room and sit down and say ‘well Matthew, how much do you think you’re worth?’ There was like a year and a half of being dragged around in the press and I don’t even like to talk about it, and I certainly don’t like to talk about pay. It’s one of these things, like you’re a baseball player, and I guess your salary is public, but I don’t own a baseball team. I’m a player! There’s no player making as much as the person owning the team and no one talks about that … Jenji’s entitled to every dollar but you have to fight for it, male or female. No one gives you anything … I’m not informed on it but I think there’s a lot more — I shouldn’t speak to it, I really shouldn’t. I can just tell you that as an employer, I’ve been on top of this and I’ve never let anybody try and squeeze people out of it. January Jones had a baby on our show. Believe me, no one wanted to pay maternity leave on a 13-episode thing, and we did.”

In an interview with Huffington Post Live, Matthew Weiner, the mastermind behind “Mad Men” and “The Sopranos,” had some choice words regarding the gender pay gap (or, in his mind, the lack thereof). His thoughts are in response to “Orange Is The New Black” creator Jenji Kohan’s comment in The Hollywood Reporter that she doesn’t feel she’s getting paid as much as male show runners do. Kohan, who is good friends with Weiner, pointed to his paycheck as an example of how sexist Hollywood can be. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at his response, but the fact that Weiner writes misogyny into his work doesn’t mean the plot lines of his shows necessarily reflect his beliefs about women. Keep reading »

Cheetah Cub And Puppy Play Together At The San Diego Zoo

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After Ruuxa the cheetah cub was rejected by his mother, zookeepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park paired him up with Raina, a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy. Their friendship was set up as part of the zoo’s animal ambassador program, which creates unlikely bonds between different critters.  And it worked: the new buds are now over three months old and exploring new parts of the park together. They’re being raised alongside each other to create a special bond, with Raina helping Ruuxa feel relaxed in stressful settings. Some of their play fighting is training for Ruuxa to become part of the park’s Cheetah Run experience  — and it’s pretty darn cute.  [NBC]

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Holocaust Survivor And Activist Hedy Epstein Arrested In Ferguson Protest

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Holocaust Survivor And Activist Hedy Epstein Arrested In Ferguson Protest

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, human rights activist, and St. Louis resident, knows a thing or two about standing up against injustice. She’s spent her life fighting inequality, so when Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called in the National Guard to get involved in the unrest in Ferguson following the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown, she showed up at a peaceful march on Monday protesting his choice. The protestors planned to march through downtown St. Louis directly into Nixon’s office to request that he take a different approach to the situation. As they walked, they chanted “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and ”Hey, hey! Ho, ho! National Guard has got to go!” When they reached the building, the group was blocked from the office by police officers who told them Nixon was not around. The protestors were told to leave, but Epstein and 8 others refused, only to be arrested and carted to a police station downtown. She told Newsweek, “I really didn’t think about being arrested or doing anything like that. I was just going to be somebody in the crowd. I guess maybe I was impulsive: Someone said, ‘Who is willing to be arrested if that happens?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m willing.’” Epstein was released, but she has an October court date looming. Keep reading »

This Little League Coach’s Rousing Pep Talk Is About So Much More Than Baseball

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"We didn't quit. That's us!...You're all my boys."

After the Cumberland American team lost at the Little League World Series on Monday, their amazing coach, David Belisle, gave them a speech they’ll likely never forget. The team lost 8-7 to a team from Illinois, and many of the Cumberland players couldn’t help but cry. Belisle, however, couldn’t have been prouder of his team, and knew exactly what to say to cheer them up. I don’t know about you, but life lately has put me in need of a serious pep talk, and this one totally does the trick, whether you’re losing at baseball or whatever else life is throwing at you right now. [E! Online]

Michelle Duggar Fights Against A Local LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance With Transphobic Robocall

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A proposed anti-discrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas, was created to make life safer for LGBT and transgender citizens, but fellow Arkansas resident Michelle Duggar of “19 Kids And Counting” is hellbent on stopping it in its tracks. The ordinance is meant to prevent discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation when it comes to housing, employment and public accommodation, but all Duggar sees is a window for potential creeps to follow her daughters into the bathroom. Seriously. Duggar narrated a robocall against the ordinance that went out this week to Fayetteville households. You can listen to it after the jump. Keep reading »

Aaron Paul Offers To Take Bullied Teen To Disneyland

  • Terrible part of the story: an autistic teenager named Aaron Hill got physically attacked and the video went viral. Better part of the story: “Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul reached out over Twitter and invited Hill to take a trip to Disneyland with him. [Refinery 29]
  • Uber-conservative Michelle Duggar recorded a robo call for Arkansas voters against a bill that would allow transgender folks to use the bathroom of their gender. [TMZ]
  • American Apparel spent $1 million to handle the suspension of its creepy former CEO, Dov Charney. [Fashionista]
  • Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran were spotted looking cozy since seemingly getting back together. Bummer. [LA Times] Keep reading »
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