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The United States Gets A “D” Grade For Women’s Reproductive Rights, According to NARAL Pro-Choice America

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  • NARAL Pro-Choice America has graded the United States with a “D” for women’s reproductive rights. [NARAL]
  • Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre: “The passionate intensity of the terrorists bears witness to a lack of true conviction.” [New Statesman]
  • The Academy Awards (predictably) ignored black actors and directors. [The Grio] Keep reading »

3 Other Reasons Why Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” Oscar Snub Matters

As soon as Oscar nominations were announced this morning, Twitter strained to the point of breaking under the weight of thousands of bloggers, saddled with white guilt, who took up microblogging arms to announce the injustice of Ava DuVernay, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic “Selma,” being left off the nomination list for Best Director. And while it is an injustice, people just as quickly wheeled around to the inevitable (and not untrue) conclusion that the Academy Awards are ultimately tantamount to a high school student council election with friends voting for their friends, and that real change would come 10-15 years from now when the older white Academy members have died out.

All of these are true things. They are! I even snarkily tweeted earlier today that another round of thinkpieces on the lack of Oscar diversity would ultimately be meaningless. But the more I sat with it, the more I realized that there are other takeaways from the DuVernay snub, aside from the overt and obvious casual racism and misogyny that’s trenchant in Hollywood. Here are a few other issues that we also need to focus on, and keep fighting against, that come from DuVernay being overlooked. Keep reading »

The Oscar Nominations Are So White Yet Again As “Selma” Is Basically Snubbed

  • The Academy Award nominations were announced today and lemme just tell you something, I am underwhelmed. Snubbing the actors AND the director, Ava DuVernay, of “Selma,” but nominating Bradley Cooper and Keira Knightley? UGHHHHHH x 1000. Other snubs include Jake Gyllenhaal in “Nightcrawler,” Jennifer Aniston in “Cake,” and Amy Adams in “Big Eyes.” “Selma” did score a best picture nom, as did “Birdman” and “Boyhood.” [People]
  • Last week, Jennifer Aniston talked about her “first love” from 20 years was the one, but they broke up and then he died and he sent her Justin Theroux instead. I remember thinking that was an awfully self-absorbed way of reflecting on the passing of someone from your past, and turns out, his widow didn’t appreciate it either. [Redbook/Facebook] Keep reading »

Neil Patrick Harris Will Host The 2015 Oscars!

  • Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the 2015 Academy Awards. He’s performed at the awards before but this will be his first time hosting. He’s already been the host at two Emmy broadcasts and four Tony Awards broadcasts. Can’t wait! [TV Line]
  • Chris Brown took it upon himself to comment on a disease mercilessly leading thousands upon thousands of people to painful, isolated deaths by tweeting ”I don’t know … But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. Shit is getting crazy bruh.” Headdesk. He followed up with another tweet that said, “Let me shut my black ass up.” [Death + Taxes] Keep reading »

Kristen Bell Peed In A Mason Jar At The Oscars

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  • Kristen Bell needed to pee at the Oscars, but it was easier to go wee inside a Mason jar instead of unzipping herself out of her Roberto Cavalli gown. Hmm, does every actress carry a Mason jar in her purse? [People]
  • Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays Hodor on “Game Of Thrones,” has come out as gay. Hodor! [LGBTQ Nation]
  • Twelve ways Juan Pablo dodged saying “I love you” on last night’s episode of “The Bachelor.” [NYMag.com]
  • Wait, could someone actually be defending Juan Pablo? [Em & Lo] Keep reading »

Jennifer Lawrence’s Best Friend Laura Simpson Tells Her Side Of The Story About Jen’s Fall On The Oscars Red Carpet

I needed no additional proof that Jennifer Lawrence is the least affected, “actress-y” actress in Hollywood. But now that I’ve read her best friend Laura Simpson’s firsthand account on MySpace (which is publishing articles now, apparently?) about being Jen’s date to the Oscars on Sunday night, it’s set in stone. Jen and Laura met seven years ago at an event and have been close ever since. If you don’t know what Laura looks like (that’s a picture of her and Jen above!), you definitely saw the back of her head when Jennifer Lawrence tripped on the red carpet and plunged downward.  Jen grabbed Laura from behind to try and stop her from falling:

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