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R. Kelly’s Victim Speaks Out on Years of Abuse

For years it has been very much and open secret that R. Kelly is a sexual predator and it has been turned into a joke. From the Dave Chappelle’s “Piss on You” skit to The Boondocks episode “Trail of R. Kelly” there has been a serious lack of consequences about how R.Kelly has spent his adult life preying on adolescents girls. Now, in a Rolling Stone’s article “Surviving R. Kelly” Kitti Jones, a former girlfriend of R.Kelly is telling her story about abuse at the hands of the R&B idol.

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Passenger Was Violently Dragged From United Airplane for No Goddamned Reason

Just when you thought air travel couldn't get worse.

What the hell is going on over at United? A mere two weeks after the brouhaha involving young girls wearing leggings, the airline is under fire for forcibly removing a seated passenger from an overbooked flight. Warning: this footage is really disturbing.

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Easy Level Life, a Chilling Game That Addresses Police Brutality and Violence

Easy Level Life is a game that addresses police brutality and violence at a time when discussion around both of those things continues to grow and evolve.

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The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus Bitten by Fan at Walker Stalker Con

But was that fan a walker?

Aaaand this is why we can't have nice things. At the Walking Dead fan convention Walker Stalker Con in New Jersey this weekend, a fan took her photo op with Norman Reedus a little too far.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance Reminds Us to #SayHerName and that Boys Do Cry

Today is the 16th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, and we at The Mary Sue want to take a moment today to remember the victims of transphobic violence, and to express hope for the future of the transgender community here at the "transgender tipping point," and beyond.

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UT Austin Students Protest Open Carry Law With Dildos and Backpacks

To protest a law allowing students to carry a concealed weapon on campus, University of Texas, Austin student Jessica Jin is starting her own concealed carry campaign... just not with guns, exactly.

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Toxic Masculinity, Part 2: Sean Penn Sues Lee Daniels Over Misguided Comments Regarding Terrence Howard

SO much to unpack here.

*sigh*

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Things We Saw Today: Hodor and Groot Have an Epic Rap Battle

Because those two have a LOT to say!

Check out this amazingness - a Hodor/Groot rap battle FOR THE AGES. Thank you, The Warp Zone. It's no Disney Princess rap battle, but it'll do.

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Hey, Remember That One Time Someone Sent Anita Sarkeesian a Bomb Threat Saying They’d Murder a Dozen People?

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

Just when something good comes around and I think it's OK to have hope for the fate of the world again, I see this. Via Kotaku, some jackholes threatened to detonate a bomb at last March's Game Developers Choice Awards unless they revoked Anita Sarkeesian's Ambassador Award. BRB, flying into the sun. Tell my dogs I'll miss them.

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New Study Shows Human Faces Evolved for Punching

I thought that's what God made pillows for?

Your face? That wasn't made for smiling. Your hands? Not for holding! Research published today says our species has a more violent past than previously thought, to the extent that our ancestors' faces were made to be punched.

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Kill and Conquer: Traditionally “Male” Values and Video Game Violence

Essay

Hey, you! Violence-lover! With the video games! Put that controller down and listen to me, if you can curb your insatiable blood-lust for five seconds. Yes, I can hear you scoff already. Bah! This fool thinks that just because I enjoy video games, I am a violent person! Fancy book-learnin’ people say this is not true! Howsoever that may be the case, let’s talk, you and I. Let’s talk about power in video games. Because you as well as I know the feeling.

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Things We Saw Today: New Star Wars Writer and Director Meet the Big Boss

Things We Saw Today

I feel comfortable that a Star Wars spinoff is in the hands of such dorks. (Collider)

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Things We Saw Today: #YesAllWomen

Things We Saw Today

#YesAllWomen rose to trending on Twitter this past weekend after the world learned of a shooting spree on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. The suspect, now dead, killed six and left behind horrifying video evidence in which he credits his hatred for women as motivation for murder. We've collected a few essays and personal declarations made by individuals online in the wake of the news.

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Somebody Made an Online Video Game of the Newton Shootings, so That’s Not Great

This is why we can't have nice things.

Today in no-good-horrible-very-bad news, a developer made a video game inspired by the Sandy Hook shootings, and the entire Internet is mad at him. Aw, geez. Really, dude? A video game about murdering a bunch of children who actually died? Great. That's just wonderful.

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The Red Cross Wants Games to Have Consequences for War Crimes

Maybe their members are older gamers who just miss when video games were hard?

The war over pretend war rages on, and the International Committee of the Red Cross has weighed in on violent games. Previously, they decided that gamers couldn't be convicted of war crimes for the things they're doing in games like Call of Duty. Yes, that's a real thing they spent time discussing.

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No, Pat Robertson, Killing Someone in a Video Game Isn’t a Sin

"I've never played a video game." -- Pat Robertson, age 83

In the latest round of "Person Says Dumb Thing About Video Games," Pat Robertson claimed that committing a sin like murder in a game is analogous to committing one in real life. He also admitted to never having played a video game, so he's clearly the foremost authority on video game ethics.

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Game of Thrones Star, Showrunners Talk [REDACTED]’s Shocking Death, TV Violence, And the Eventual End of the Show

Winter Is Coming

Yesterday Maisie Williams took to Vine to react to the brutal ending 0f last Sunday's Game of Thrones, and now Richard Madden (Robb Stark) has chimed in as well. Plus showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff talk TV violence and how the show is "nearly halfway" over (noooooo). Unmarked spoilers are behind the cut, so don't click if you don't know what went down.

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Violence in Disney Animation

Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

What's special about this? I'm just saying it doesn't seem like it's particularly limited to Disney, they're used in orchestras and soundtracks all th- Oh, violence. I got you. A supercut of that in Disney movies would probably take at least twenty minutes. I mean, there aren't even any Hercules or Sleeping Beauty clips in here. And yet somehow all these villains wind up falling off cliffs anyway. They should really put up some railings. (via Laughing Squid.)

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Survey Finds Nearly 60% Of Americans See A Correlation Between Video Games And Violence

File under 'Oy, This Again': a recent poll of more than 2,000 Americans found that nearly 3 in 5 people surveyed believed there was a correlation between violent video games and actual violence. So for those of you wondering "Can we stop talking about this idiotic, imaginary, facile, and astonishingly unproductive link between digital violence and actual violence and maybe start looking at addressing some of the, I don't know, real issues?" the answer is, sadly, no. Or at least not anytime soon.

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Yes, Video Games Affect People, But That Doesn’t Give Guns a Free Pass

In an effort to not be constantly branded as That Guy when the violence in video games conversation crops up, I'd initially just rolled my eyes at the comments from U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) yesterday morning in regards to video games and guns. We've had this discussion over and over, and it's one worth having if we're actually going to talk about the issues at hand, but Alexander instead opted to make a laughably meaningless statement about the nature of video games and how they're a bigger problem than guns. Sigh. Okay, I guess we're doing this, then.

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