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Things We Saw Today: The Internet Donated $15,000 to Trans Lifeline After Mike Huckabee’s Garbage Joke


Governor Mike Huckabee really went for jerk gold in a recent joke about Chuck Schumer, who had shed a tear while speaking about his family members who died in the Holocaust.

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Not only does this play into gross patriarchal ideas about whether men should cry in public, but it makes light of the Holocaust and mocks a film based on the real-life murder of a transgender man, Brandon Teena. Disgusted by Huckabee’s tweet, comedian Cameron Esposito responded by kicking off a series of donations to Trans Lifeline in Brandon Teena’s name. Many others joined her, and as of about an hour ago, Esposito said the campaign has raised $15,000. (Via LGBTQNation)


  • Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary on race in America, I Am Not Your Negro, packed the theaters where it opened this weekend, and Magnolia Pictures intends to “aggressively” expand its distribution. I Am Not Your Negro reeled in a very promising $790,000 from 43 theaters. (For context, wide releases like Split or Hidden Figures are playing in 3,000-3,400 theaters.) (via Deadline)
  • The third trailer for Life finally gives us a look at the aliens! They look like white ribbons, almost a sort of eel-tapeworm hybrid. (via io9)
  • The Lego Batman Movie has been everywhere, since it hits theaters so soon, but there’s also another Lego movie coming out in September: The Lego Ninjago Movie. USA Today shared some promotional pics from the film, in advance of the trailer that will air when The Lego Batman Movie is released. (via io9)
  • A group of New York City commuters worked together to remove swastikas and other anti-Semitic vandalism from their subway car. (via Jezebel)

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