Standards of Beauty… and the Beast


The star of the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast film Emma Watson has caught a bit of flack for a recent photo shoot she did with the magazine Vanity Fair.  Watson has been known for the past few years as an outspoken feminist and her recent photos have been met with cries of hypocrisy from some circles.  How could she take photos like these when she once criticized Beyonce for doing the same thing?  Doesn’t taking sexualized photos like these undermine her feminist message?

The short answer is no.

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Standards of Beauty… and the Beast

Off-Topic: The Conspiracy!!11!!1!!! #illuminati #fakenews


In light of the proliferation of fake news in the past several years, I wanted to take this time to address a pernicious rumor that the conspiratorial radio show host Alex Jones is the same person as the believed to be departed stand-up comedian Bill Hicks.

Let me just spell this out as bluntly as I can.  Bill Hicks is really dead and has been for 23 years.  He is not living on as some persona he made up that he calls Alex Jones.  C’mon, people.

I mean, how is it not obvious to everyone that Alex Jones is actually Andy Kaufman?  Geez!

Off-Topic: The Conspiracy!!11!!1!!! #illuminati #fakenews

Ralph Wiggum 2020


Back in 2008, there was a Simpsons episode called “E Pluribus Wiggum” that poked fun at the presidential primaries.  In the episode, Springfield pushed up its primaries before New Hampshire so the candidates in both parties and the press descended onto the town.  Disillusioned by the phoniness and cynicism of the presidential candidates, the citizens of Springfield elected a write-in candidate, Chief Wiggum’s eight-year-old son Ralph, as a mass protest vote.  In response, both the Democratic and Republican parties badgered Ralph in order to convince him to run for president in their party.

The absurdity of the situation is obvious, right?  Both of America’s major political parties seeking to pick not just a second grader, but this second grader as their presidential candidate is obviously ridiculous to everyone, right?

I have to pose this as a question because it feels like a lot of what would have been considered over-the-top absurd sitcommy scenarios back when The Simpsons was at its peak are now within the realm of reality if not already reality.

Who remembers The Boondocks episode “Return of the King”?  Remember the way that episode ended?

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Ralph Wiggum 2020