In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today!

[Content Note: Violence; death] Fourteen-year-old freshman Philip Chism has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old math teacher Colleen Ritzer. He is currently being held without bail, and there is still no information on motive. This story is so awful. I am so sad for everyone who's been affected by this heinous crime.

[CN: Sexual violence; misogyny] MRAs don't care about female rape victims, because "when it comes to really marginalizing rape victims, to proving you don't give a shit about what happens to people, nobody has anything on feminists when it comes to the subject of rape, nobody." Okay, player. You know, even if that were true and not MRAs' typically bizzaro world version of reality, all female rape victims aren't feminists, so feminists' (allegedly monolithic) disposition toward rape still wouldn't justify not giving a shit about female rape victims.

Terrific: "Germany's foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, has called the US ambassador to a personal meeting to discuss allegations that US secret services bugged Angela Merkel's mobile phone." You know, even if it turns out the US didn't actually bug the German Chancellor's mobile phone, just the fact that it's even considered to be within the realm of possibility is appalling.

[CN: Drunk driving; death] Matthew Cordle, the man who confessed on YouTube to killing someone while driving under the influence of alcohol, knowing he would be tried and punished, has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison after pleading guilty.

[CN: Racism; police malfeasance] Trayon Christian, a 19-year-old black man, was detained by police after he bought a $349 belt because they didn't believe he could afford it. "The detectives were asking me, 'How could you afford a belt like this? Where did you get this money from?'" He got the money from his job, by the way.

Nicolas Cage says smart things about the lack of visible Asian actors in mainstream US movies and demonstrates an awareness of his own white privilege.

Japanese scientists "have successfully tested a space cannon that will be used to blast a hole in an asteroid as part of an upcoming mission." That is great news, as it means my giant cannon from which I will be able to shoot stuff directly into the sun can't be far behind.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handles a heckler in her inimitable way.

Tom Hardy will play Elton John in Rocketman. Now y'all know I love Tom Hardy with eleventy million hearts, but I'm PRETTY SURE there are gay actors in Britain who might be able to play this role who would also do a very good job! I'm just saying.

image of Tom Hardy and a grey pit bull puppy each wearing a pair of Elton John's sunglasses while standing in Elton John's sunglasses closet
"Elton John sure has a lot of sunglasses."       "He sure does, puppy. He sure does."

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