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The Soapbox: “Game of Thrones,” Thanks for Employing Porn Stars

The Soapbox: "Game of Thrones," Thanks for Employing Porn Stars

I’m just going to say it upfront: I’m a massive fan of “Game of Thrones.”

I know it’s problematic, controversial around its portrayals of women, and arguably more violent on screen than required (see last night’s rape scene for an example). And I know there’s been plenty of excellent critiques arguing that “Game of Thrones” is feminist, or isn’t feminist, or asking if it matters whether it’s feminist or not. I’ve appreciated the commentary on racism and “GoT,” as well as in fantasy in general. Through this I have learned a great deal on how to be a fan of problematic media while still maintaining a critique; there are certain ways where the book and the show differ that make the show more sexist, and in other ways less sexist, than the original material. I’m glad, actually, because if I never engaged in anything I found critique-worthy I think I’d self-destruct! Keep reading »

“Game Of Thrones” Turned A Consensual Sex Scene Into A Rape Scene And Ruined Everything

"Game Of Thrones" Turned A Consensual Sex Scene Into A Rape Scene And Ruined Everything
"Game Of Thrones" FAIL

Fair warning: SPOILERS AHEAD.

Goddammit, I am so pissed off. On last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” a climactic and much-anticipated consensual sex scene between incestuous brother-sister duo Jaime and Cersei Lannister was twisted into a violent rape scene for seemingly no reason at all, ruining the sexual tension some of us pervs enjoyed between the two and potentially screwing up the narrative for future episodes. And, to add insult to injury, both the episode’s director and the actor who plays Jaime are defending the scene as if it wasn’t a gross departure from George R. R. Martin’s original text, and are arguing that the rape was actually consensual. For the love of the Lord of Light, WHY? Keep reading »

Frisky Reader Revealed: Yes We Can With Billieanne!

Hands down, the best thing about working at The Frisky is our amazing readers. We so heart all of your witty, thoughtful, and informative comments — heck, we even appreciate the mean ones. Sometimes, we can’t help but wonder about the faces behind the avatars. So we decided to bring back our regular column where we learn all about a Frisky reader. After the jump, meet Billieanne!

(And if you’re interested in being featured as a Reader Revealed, shoot me an email with “Reader Revealed” in the subject line!) Keep reading »

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “Fargo,” Check Out Bodega Bamz & Make Butternut Squash Carbonara

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch "Fargo," Check Out Bodega Bamz & Make Butternut Squash Carbonara

Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! 
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Peeps Dressed Like Miley Cyrus Is An Easter Present From Us To You

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Sometimes when other people have too much time on their hands, it is for our gain. Example: Peeps dressed like Miley Cyrus. Peep-Miley from her “Wrecking Ball” video and many others were entries in The Washington Post‘s annual Peeps diorama contest, all of which you can see online. When Easter dinner gets awkward, fire up the laptop for a slideshow that will be entertaining to one and all. [Washington Post]

The Daily Squee: Baby Gorilla’s First Easter Egg Hunt

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Found It!

The Easter Bunny came early this year to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for the annual gorilla egg hunt, the first for gorilla baby Gladys. The one-year-old baby made national headlines last year when she was rejected by her biological mother at zoo in Texas; she is now being raised by a surrogate gorilla mommy in Ohio, with whom she did the Easter egg hunt. It looks like the baskets were popular as hats. Silly gorilla, that’s not what you do with an Easter basket. [YouTube]

“Let It Go(T)” Is The “Frozen”/”Game Of Thrones” Mashup You Didn’t Know You Needed

"Game Of Thrones! Games Of Thrones!"

I have yet to see “Frozen,” but that damn “Let It Go” song is inescapable. I was on the verge of totally hating it, but then I saw this “Game of Thrones”/”Frozen” mashup, with lyrics like ”Who’s the hero on this show? / Tyrion? That new guy? Even book readers don’t know,” and I had a new appreciation. I wonder if the same approach would work with another song I’m sick of like, say, a “Happy”/”Hannibal” mashup? Hmm. [Rolling Stone]

Baby Elephant Gleefully Blows Bubbles In A Pond

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What A Cutie!

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the simple pleasures in life. This baby elephant at the Hamburg Zoo can’t contain his excitement over blowing bubbles in a pond with his trunk. The glee on his face says it all! [Tastefully Offensive]

Michelle Obama To Appear On “Nashville”

  • FLOTUS will appear on an upcoming “military-themed” episode of “Nashville” set at Fort Campbell Army base in Kentucky. This appearance is in addition to another upcoming cameo on “Parks & Recreation.” Do you have your SAG card yet, Michelle? [Vanity Fair]
  • Vibrators look like cellphones now. [Nerve]
  • Peaches Geldof’s funeral will be held this Monday in Kent, England, in the church where her parents married. The cause of the 25-year-old’s sudden death still hasn’t been determined. [Page Six]
  • Could the “Game Of Thrones” poisoning happen in real life? [Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Life Dream Status: Desperate For A Doughnut Right Away? There’s An App For That!

PURE JOY

Doughbot is the stuff the American Dream is made of: for only 99 cents, you can have at your fingertips access to the exact location of any and all doughnut sellers near you. I don’t love paying for apps, but sometimes you just need a fix, you know? The app works by scanning Instagram, Yelp and Yahoo and determining which artisanal doughnut is within the shortest distance of your current location. Yes, the word “artisanal” makes me sigh heavily in most contexts too (I live in Brooklyn, so it happens a lot), but we must acknowledge that artisanal doughnuts are more delicious than your run-of-the-mill franchise pastry. Doughbot understands the importance of quality artery-crushing treats without bringing a snooty attitude to the party. Their promo video is way too cheerful for food snobs. Can I swim in doughnuts like their little cartoon robot does? Someone sign me up! [Gothamist]

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