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Things We Saw Today: Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee Statue Covered in Black to Symbolize Mourning for Heather Heyer

The Charlottesville City Council voted to shroud the statues of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson with a black tarp “to symbolize the mourning for Heather Heyer,” the woman who was killed during the white nationalist rally. While the removal of the Lee statue in Emancipation Park (yeah, I know) is “on hold due to legal challenges,” this symbolic gesture was met with cheers.

The event prompted the removal of 26 Confederate monuments around the United States so far, and we hope that are the first of many. (via Buzzfeed, image: AP)

  • Tig Notaro wants to make it very clear that despite his executive producer credit on One Mississippi, Louis C.K. has “nothing to do with the show” and he needs to “handle” accusations that have been directed at him for sexual harassment. “It’s serious to be assaulted,” Notaro says. The Daily Beast writes more about these accusations, and how the ways One Mississippi approached a plot around sexual assault seems quite telling.
  • Here’s Adam Ruins Everything explaining how student loans became the terrifying and predatory entity they are today. Excuse me as I start cry-laughing at exponentially higher volumes in the corner, it’ll just be a minute.
  • This is not a drill: Laverne Cox and Beyoncé are collaborating on a project. What do you think it could be? (via Jezebel)
  • People have been impersonating Robert Downey Jr. on the internet and it’s really not cool! Don’t do that!
  • If you were a prepared scout and purchased eclipse glasses, don’t throw them away just yet! Huffington Post wrote about how you can donate them to schools outside the U.S.
  • Martin Shkreli is still terrible, in case anyone was in doubt. Dude is buying websites with the names of journalists who criticized him and customizing them with “mocking messages.” You know, like a completely normal and healthy human being. (via Business Insider)
  • Nick Kroll’s new show Big Mouth comes to Netflix soon and released a few short clips that will transport you back to the most shameful, unpleasant, and illogical parts of puberty. Ooof. (via Indiewire)

Finally, I adore this series on WIRED. Here’s dialect coach Erik Singer breaking down roles where actors played famous figures and how well they did or didn’t adopt their speaking habits, in both parodies and serious performances.

What did you see today?

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