Last week, “Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams paid a visit to the NYU science labs to conduct some #EmojiScience experiments. The GE #EmojiScience campaign set out to prove that there’s science in everything by creating experiments that relate to emojis. Scientists then sent out Snapchat footage of celebrity guests like Bill Nye, Gary Vaynerchu, Baratunde Thurston and Williams conducting them. At the lab, I watched the research team light a taco on fire (scientifically, of course) in a plea for Apple to add a taco emoji and discovered beakers full of neon liquids that fizzed just like in the movies. For a person who reads and writes all day at work and thus hasn’t done a science experiment since maybe 11th grade, it was a grand adventure. I watched Williams conduct experiments that involved electric-shocking a pickle (at least, that’s what it looked like!) and making color-changing tie-dye water; but first, she sat down with me for a quick chat about science, street harassment and internet cats. Keep reading »
It’s been interesting watching Jon Stewart do the media rounds to promote his movie, “Rosewater,” after building a long career out of lampooning the American news media. For example, prior to this week, the last time Stewart appeared on CNN was in 2004, when he got the “Crossfire” audience to applaud the idea that “Crossfire” and its pundits were “hurting America” and played a large part in getting the show cancelled. This week, he returned to CNN and, much more mildly, compared the network to the murderous horror movie doll Chucky. Keep reading »
Benedict Yumberbatch (aka Benedict Cumberbatch, but it’ll be Yumberbatch from now on) was on “The Daily Show” last night to promote his film, “The Imitation Game.” As it turns out, Jon Stewart, like the rest of us, wants to rip Yumberbatch’s clothes off and sell them on eBay. Stewart claimed that if Benedict got naked and oiled up for a magazine cover Kardashian-style, the world might actually end (#BreakTheEarth?). Anyway, watch for both hilarity and an interesting discussion about theoretical questions inherent in computer programming. [h/t Jezebel]
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“The Daily Show”’s Jessica Williams has figured out how to stop catcallers from harassing you on the street and had a few suggestions for women, including changing our route to work, acting “like a psycho,” and these three rules: “Rule number one: Always wear oversized headphones. Rule number two: Master the fake phone call. Rule number three: Avoid eye contact at all costs.”
I mean, that probably won’t stop the catcallers anyway, but it’s worth a shot. On another note, when is Jessica Williams getting her own show? She’s awesome. [The Daily Show]
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This week, “The Daily Show” continued its crusade against political bullshittery by delving into the rampant sexism in Congress. After a bunch of creepy dudes weigh in how to properly “compliment” a lady, correspondent Jessica Williams (in a second video after the jump) shuts down catcalling like a boss. [The Mary Sue] Keep reading »
“The Daily Show” was on a two-week break when unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, and when media coverage of the events began, Jon Stewart’s absence from the airwaves was a noticeable one. Stewart has a knack for knowing just what to say to bring events sharply into perspective, and when he returned to TV, he brought a whole lot of thoughts about Ferguson along with him. Last night, he tore into Fox anchors for implying that Brown’s shooting is not a race issue and for bringing up ignorant, paternalistic arguments against “the race card” in discussions despite the fact that Brown’s death is so blatantly about race. Stewart shares clips of several pundits essentially retreating into a bubble of white privilege in an attempt explain away the shooting as some kind of earnest accident. Ugh. Bill O’Reilly even cut his vacation short to weigh in on Ferguson because he was “outraged” — not because Michael Brown was brutally murdered, but because he didn’t like that it sparked a much-needed discussion about race in the media. Seriously. Stewart can only talk about this crappiness for so long before his own humor turns to rage:
“Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for black people and white people? … Race is there, and it is a constant …You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it….I guarantee you that every person of color in this country has faced an indignity – from the ridiculous to the grotesque to the sometimes fatal – at some point in their, I’m going to say last couple of hours, because of their skin color.”
Tell it like it is, Jon! Clip above. [The Wire]