"This one says DIE PIG, and they didn't even put a comma between Die and Pig."
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the best comedies on television right now. Not only because it's hilarious, or because of its cast's diversity and the show's constant challenging of gender roles, but because it allows us to spend time with good police officers and laugh, even as it examines the public's complicated relationship with the police in a post-Ferguson United States.Read More
Someday we won't have to do these anymore. Hooray.
Every morning I wake up and forget, just for an instant, that Gamergate is even a thing. It's consistently been the best part of my day for a week now. Alas, the "movement" is still trucking, so here's (some of, since it's churning out faster than we can write it up) what you missed if you're not on Twitter all day and don't have to subject yourself to this news on a constant basis.Read More
For great justice
Things We Saw Today
Molly Crabapple is an artist and political cartoonist (and the founder of the loose international network of Dr Sketchy's Anti Art School, a mix of burlesque and life drawing with some decidedly geeky interests like Sandman and Transmetropolitan) who's drawn for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Playgirl, as well as Marvel (in Strange Tales 2 and Girl Comics) and DC (with her steampunk graphic novel Puppet Makers). Yesterday she joined protesters in Manhattan's financial district in a protest commemorating the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Zuccotti Park encampment. She was among the more than one hundred people arrested, and naturally made sure she livetweeted the whole process, joining the small ranks of female cartoonists who've managed to bring notice to the movement through their art and actions. She was released last night. You can read her tweets here.Read More
Almost Totally Excellent
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You really have to be careful with pepper spray. Obviously, you've got to be careful not to hit yourself with it, but you also have to be careful with how you use it on others, or you might get made into a meme. Also, you have to be careful how you talk about it; that can get you meme'd up too.Read More
Consider the Following
The wisdom of Christopher Nolan and his incredible team was that, while it seemed like a good idea to give [the protestors] an opportunity for work, to give them money, it would send a terrible message. At the end of the day, we're making a movie. What's happening down there is more important than that. To co-opt what's happening there and around the country… we didn't want to trivialize it. It was more important to respect what they're doing than to do anything that could potentially trivialize the political situation downtown.-- Matthew Modine, who will appear as a villainous politician so far known only as Nixon in The Dark Knight Rises. This is not just interesting because it's an actual explanation about the sometimes very political stances that art can take, and the concerns that can arise when those stances are miscommunicated. It's also interesting because it seems to indicate that the debunked rumor that The Dark Knight Rises was going to film in/around/with Occupy Wallstreet protesters during the New York City portion of their shoot was not complete fan speculation, as I had assumed, and actually based on a kernel of truth: Nolan and crew really were considering showing support for the movement by gainfully employing protesters.Read More