Lars von Trier’s newest film “Antichrist” has been getting tons of buzz at Cannes this year, but not the kind you’d expect from the venerable director of “Dogville” and the Dogme 95 movement. Instead, “Antichrist” was greeted by boos and disgust. The film, which centers on Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg after the death of their child, includes a scene so incredibly gruesome that I won’t bother to describe them again — Amelia already made you lose your breakfast last week. Lets just say the buzzwords for the violent climax (so to speak) involve the removal of at least two important pieces of male hardware during the act of lovemaking. Oh, and the movie also has a talking fox. Keep reading »
Swaziland parliament member Timothy Myeni recently had a lightbulb zinger of an idea to solve his country’s HIV/AIDS problem. He wanted to brand all HIV-positive people on the butt(ox), so that people could physically check their partners to make sure they’re clean before getting down with them. We get that this idea was well-intentioned, but seriously? Branding people. Like cattle? Thank lordy Myeni came to his senses. At a news conference today, he said, “I’m very sorry. If you need me to show a sign of how sorry I am, I’m ready.”
Myeni, we forgive you. But, really, how did this ever sound like an idea people would actually get behind? (Behind, hehe.) Myeni, if you’re out there, next time you’re proposing an idea, why don’t you think about how you’d like to be on the receiving end of it. No one likes being the butt of a joke. Okay, I’ll stop now. Keep reading »
When I was in high school, I dated a guy that my parents absolutely hated. They didn’t even call him by his name—instead they called him, er, anyway—and they begged and pleaded with me on a daily basis to get rid of him. They even bought me a book called How To Dump A Guy. Eventually, I saw the light and my parents got their way.
Apparently, my parents aren’t the only ones who’ve gone to great lengths to get their daughter away from a hated BF. In an interview with GQ magazine, Levi Johnston said that Bristol Palin’s daddy, Todd, offered to buy his daughter a car if she dumped him. Other highlights of his interview: he poses shirtless with baby Trigg, just like every good father should. He also blabs about how he and Bristol drifted apart after the McCain/Palin ticket went down in the 2008 election. Oh, and he finally revealed what McCain said to him on the tarmac. “You have good hands,” McCain reportedly told him. Is that anything like a wide stance? [GQ Via NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Sigh. We remember back when Feministing was just Jessica Valenti’s small third wave feminist blog with a couple of her friends. But now one of our favorite blogs rolls nine bloggers deep and is turning five years old!
The anniversary bash will be held on June 12 in New York City. If you’re not in the NYC area but still love Feministing, you can buy a ticket that the bloggers will donate to a partier who can’t afford to go.
If a night of debauchery with folks who aren’t afraid to use the F-word (feminist, duh) isn’t enough to bring you out, the party will even host a special guest appearance from Kathleen Hanna of Le Tigre and Bikini Kill! So get your tickets now, alright? [Feministing] Keep reading »
As if there weren’t enough reasons to get divorced already, several crafty Continental Airline pilots have found yet another golden one – big money! Evidently, a loophole in a law that says divorced pilots can receive their retirement funds before they retire. So, nine genius pilots—seven men and two women—got their sidekick spouses to sign divorce papers. They concealed these so-called divorces from friends, and then got remarried after they were each paid lump sums to the tune of up to $900,000. Insert evil laugh here.
Continental is taking these suckers straight to court, calling these divorces “subterfuges or sham transactions.” Eight of the pilots have been fired or quit, and one was re-hired after promising to pay back the money. Too bad he never got around to it—he’s in for a crash-landing right back in federal court. [yahoonews.com] Keep reading »
We think it’s pretty dope that Sonia Sotomayor, Obama’s pick for Supreme Court justice, is (a) a lady and (b) could the first person of Hispanic descent to don Supreme Court robes. But many pro-choice advocates are sounding alarm bells today because they have a sneaking suspicion that, once on the bench, Sotomayor may not uphold Roe v. Wade, something they think should be a “no duh” for a judge appointed by a pro-choice president. What’s got them worried, after the jump… [NY Times]
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Do the names of Tameka Cottle and Antonia Carter sound familiar? Maybe not, but you definitely know the men in their lives: rappers T.I and Lil’ Wayne respectively. Cottle, known as Tiny, has been dating T.I. for years—even before he became famous—and has several kids with him. Carter, known as Toya, was married to Lil’ Wayne, and has a daughter with him. Now, their glamorous lives, complete with shopping sprees, exotic vacations and going-away parties for jailed lovers will be captured in a new “docu-drama” series debuting on 10:00p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, on BET. If you can’t bear to wait until then to see what promises to be eventful TV, tune in at 10:00p.m. on Monday, June 15 for a sneak peak. [BET] Keep reading »
People with ugly driver’s license photos, the state of Virginia feels your pain. The Department of Motor Vehicles in Virginia banned smiles—yes, smiles—and ordered all new photo-takers to make a “neutral expression” in their portraits. The DMV would like to develop a facial recognition system to standardize documentation and thwart fraudsters and identity thieves. OK, Big Brother, whatever you say.
Just a cranky DMV clerk barking “No smiling!” isn’t enough, though! The DMV’s software can detect and reject “attempts at exuberance or human warmth,” meaning if you flash some dimples or let your pearly whites crack through your lips, a computer will make you take your picture again.
Even though Virginia is just one of 37 DMV agencies nationwide to use the facial recognition software, Virginian drivers aren’t pleased. Groused one driver, “It makes everyone look like criminals.” [Washington Post]
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Rihanna stars in Kanye West’s video for “Paranoid.” Why is she appearing in a music video for a song she doesn’t even sing on? We have a few ideas:
- Kanye is ditching Amber Rose for Rihanna.
- Kanye thought it would help Rihanna’s image by giving her some exposure unrelated to Chris Brown.
- Rihanna wanted to procrastinate on putting out a new album even longer and is doing whatever she can to fill her day.
- Rihanna had a lot of ’80s-style clothes in her closet and thought it was high time they got put to use.
- Rihanna wanted to showcase the moves she’s learned in dance class. If this is the case, keep working on them, girl.
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