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Can Feminism Save Playboy?

October 9th, 2014 at 10:37 by Molly Fosco in Shows

Hell must be experiencing a cold front right now and pigs are probably super excited about their new wings, because Playboy (yes the nudie mag) is trying to become more “feminist friendly.”

 

It’s no surprise that Playboy magazines have become somewhat less popular since the invention of the internet. And while every other company is focusing on making their online content more shareable, there’s not a whole lot that playboy.com can do to make people want to share naked pictures of women with their colleagues.

 

So now they actually want you to look at Playboy for the same reason you’ve been claiming you look at Playboy all along: you’re just reading it for the articles. They’ve shifted their tone to be much more gender balanced, hiring people like Erin Gloria Ryan from Jezebel to write articles with pro-feminist sentiments. They’ve even moved their “Girls” tab down to the fourth option on the page rather than the first!

 

Of course we don’t want to discourage this change from happening because it is a positive thing overall. While it is inaccurate to truly call this “feminism,” Playboy is calling this approach simply “being more of a gentlemen.” And who doesn’t want to be more of a gentlemen?

 

Do you think Playboy’s new approach will work for them?

 


How Did ISIS Get So Good At Social Media?

October 8th, 2014 at 10:42 by Molly Fosco in Shows

You may have heard about a teen in a Chicago suburb who was recently arrested for intending to enter Syria and provide aid to Islamic extremist group ISIS. Why would an American teen have any interest in flying across the world to join a foreign terrorist group? Well, in part because they’re surprisingly good at social media!

 

ISIS spreads its messages the same way most modern day organizations do: through social media. They spend a lot of time sending out messaging about the “immoral filth” of western society that they hope will fill the head’s of impressionable youth. And they definitely succeeded in making an impression last week on a young, blonde, converted Islam woman from Texas.

 

Jennifer Williams works at Brookings Institute as a terrorism research assistant. She says that after reading the Quaran for research purposes, she actually converted to Islam because of its teachings. on September 23rd she tweeted about that experience using the hashtag #MuslimApologies.

 

“Sorry I read the Quran to learn abt terrorist beliefs but ended up converting to Islam b/c of what it said.#MuslimApologies #sorrynotsorry”

— Jennifer Williams (@jenn_ruth) September 24, 2014

 

Her Twitter page grew exponentially overnight, but not in the way she had hoped. She noticed that many of her new followers were men from ISIS and among many other things, they had begun tweeting her marriage proposals.

 

@jenn_ruth Will u marry me ? :)

— طم (@Tanakah77) October 1, 2014

 

Not only has this been an incredibly difficult experience for Williams, but the fact that all of this social media attention is allowing ISIS to further spread their message of hate is extremely frustrating. Sometimes the immense reach of social media can actually have a more negative impact than positive.

 

What do you think is the worst cause social media has ever helped to promote?

 


How Doing Nothing Helped Gay Marriage

October 7th, 2014 at 11:09 by Molly Fosco in Shows

Gay marriage is now legal in 5 more states… thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court doing absolutely nothing.

 

For the time being, it is now legal for same-sex couples to marry in Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Indiana. This is because the Supreme Court refused to hear cases attempting to keep a same-sex marriage ban in place for these states. Turns out that since the Court didn’t hear these cases, none of the bans can stay in place. Funny how that works, huh?

 

The Court has not revealed why they decided against hearing the cases, but a while ago Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested they likely wouldn’t get involved because there hasn’t been much disagreement among the lower courts. The Supreme Court doesn’t need to hear these cases until an appeal court rules in favor of the ban.

 

Experts are saying that because of this, a same-sex marriage ban might also be automatically lifted for six more states including West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming, because they’re all within the same circuit appeals courts that struck down the ban to begin with. That would bring the total amount of states that allow same-sex marriage to thirty.

 

In a way, by doing nothing the Supreme Court worked in favor of marriage equality. But while this is progress for now, without an official ruling these cases become vulnerable to turnover in the future. Couples who are legally getting married in these states today, may have that right taken away from them in the future.

 

Do you think the Supreme Court should’ve heard these cases?


The Big Con of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 3rd, 2014 at 11:20 by Molly Fosco in Shows

It’s breast cancer awareness month! Horray! We get an entire month dedicated to everyone’s favorite thing – boobs! But more importantly, a month dedicated to preventing boobs from getting a horrible, life-threatening disease. Plus we get to see our favorite NFL players wear pink.

 

One of the biggest breast cancer charity organizations is the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Unfortunately, they came under a lot of scrutiny when it was recently revealed they only spend about 20% of their annual revenue on cancer research, while their CEO makes $684,000 a year! After all, huge annual salaries should only be reserved for CEO’s of multi-billion dollar corporations, right?

 

Another huge portion of the Komen Foundation’s revenue is spent on fundraising. While fundraising is a top necessity for any charitable organization it’s not the fundraising part that actually finds a cure for cancer. Research is where progress in fighting the disease is actually made.

 

But before you get too huffy about the Komen Foundation spending habits, we do have to recognize the fact that they donated over 49.5 million dollars to cancer research last year. While it’s a smaller percentage than a lot of charities typically donate, it’s still a much larger amount of money than most charities could donate all together.

 

Watch the video above for more info and if you’re stil confused after that, check out charitynavigator.org for info on where the money you’re donating is actually going.

 

Are there any charities that you feel strongly about?

 


These Kids are Solving the Rain vs Sprinkle Debate in the Cutest Way

October 2nd, 2014 at 03:16 by cteregis in Shows

Watch these adorable kids have the world’s cutest argument.  NOTE:  We do not recommend poking the heart of anyone you are debating.


You Can Stop Freaking Out About Ebola

October 2nd, 2014 at 03:12 by Molly Fosco in Shows

Are you freaking out about Ebola? Well you can probably stop. Even though the first case of Ebola has been detected in the U.S., there’s a lot being done to contain it. Health workers in Texas have quarantined the guy, Thomas Duncan, who was infected with the virus in Liberia, as well as anyone he came in contact with since he’s been back in the U.S.

 

Are you worried that you might have the virus? Have you touched any bodily fluids such as urine, blood, or feces of a person who might possibly have ebola? No? THEN YOU DON’T HAVE EBOLA.

 

Ebola is definitely a scary thing, but a lot of media outlets have been focusing on mistakes that were initially made in not containing Duncan sooner. But since time travel hasn’t been invented yet and we can’t change history, let’s focus on the facts instead. The facts are that the U.S. has a lot of resources to contain, as well as treat, the Ebola virus.

 

If you wanna know more about Ebola check out the video above.

 

Are you still totally freaking out about Ebola? Let us know why in the comments!

 


Yes Means Yes: New Sexual Consent Law Made Easy

October 1st, 2014 at 10:01 by Molly Fosco in Shows

 

California recently passed the “Yes Means Yes” law. What exactly does that mean? Well you’ve probably heard the term “no means no,” as associated with consent to a sexual act. Basically, a lot of people realized that it makes a lot more sense to say “yes means” rather than “no means no.”

 

If you don’t explicitly say no, does that mean anyone can do whatever they want to you? If you’re drunk and passed out does that mean someone can have sex with you? Of course not. Just because you don’t say no doesn’t mean you’re saying yes. However, if you actually say yes, it really clears things up for both parties. It’s a much more obvious way of expressing consent.

 

There’s still a long way to go in regards to sexual consent laws in the U.S., but California made a lot of progress in enacting this law. Still confused about it all? Check out our video above where Ross explains “Yes Means Yes” in a way even a child can understand. No seriously, he wrote a Dr. Seuss book about it and everything.


Hong Kong Protests Heat Up!

September 30th, 2014 at 11:14 by Molly Fosco in Shows

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFlnFicMzAM

Protests in Hong Kong over the right to democracy quickly escalated this past weekend when police started to use pepper spray and tear gas on the crowd. Of course if they were in Ferguson, Missouri it would just be another day on the job for the police department.

If you’re not sure exactly what’s happening in Hong Kong right now, think of it this way: Hong Kong is like a recent college grad who has to move back home with their parents, China, to save money. They feel like they have the right to be independent cause they’re an adult and totally mature and all that, but China’s like nope. My house, my rules. You have to live here for 20 years before you can have total independence. Hong Kong is like fine whatevs, and comes to an agreement with China for the time being.

So everything’s kosher for like 17 years, but then in August China’s like okay so about that independence, yeah you can totally elect your own chief executive and all but it has to come from a pool of candidates that WE choose. And Hong Kong is like ummm no that’s totally not what we agreed on, so a bunch of citizens took to the streets in peaceful protest.

Well, China was having NONE of that and decided to have Hong Kong police spray these peaceful protesters with tear gas and pepper spray. Which, ironically, only further proves why Hong Kong would want to elect their own officials in the first place because strangely enough they’re not really down with Chinese appointed leaders dousing their own people with toxic chemicals.

China, being a communist country, isn’t exactly the biggest fan of democracy. They’ve often bragged about their “one country, two systems” relationship with Hong Kong, but what’s really happening here is that one system is completely controlling the other. Understandably, Hong Kong is super pissed about that and wants to change things ASAP.

 

What do you guys think? Would you be okay with the stipulations China is putting on the 2017 elections in Hong Kong? Check out the video above for the full story.


Kevin Smith Finds Funding for Clerks 3 Through Tusk

September 29th, 2014 at 08:03 by cteregis in Shows

Jay and Silent Bob fans rejoice!  It seems as though Clerks 3 is finally going to happen.

 

Kevin Smith is one of the most polarized filmmakers in the production world.  Love him or hate him, it’s hard to do anything but admire his ability to get some pretty incredible projects made.

If you would said ten years ago that Kevin Smith was going to direct a horror film about turning a man into a human walrus, we all would have laughed harder than any of us did at Cop Out.

Oddly enough, it’s due to the success of Smith’s bizarre, horror-comedy TUSK, that he has been able to find funding for the long awaited finale to the Clerks Trilogy.

A year and change ago I was desperately trying to get ‘Clerks III’ made for the 20th anniversary… I must have reeked of [desperation], because I couldn’t f–ing find money and s–t. But it was ‘Tusk,’ with people going ‘Holy f–k, what else do you have?’ I was like, ‘Clerks III!’ and they’re like. ‘Done!’ Everybody that’s like, ‘He failed, he failed!’ I’m like, ‘Thank you, I failed into Clerks III!’”

Most trilogies nowadays don’t have a production cycle of twenty years, but Smith somehow has been able to keep his extremely devoted fan base chomping at the bit since Clerks 2 released back in 2006.   At this point, it looks like actors Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson will be returning to the big screen very, very soon.

Remember folks;  Just because they serve you, doesn’t mean they like you.


How To Do The Head in A Jar Prank

September 26th, 2014 at 04:05 by Molly Fosco in Shows

In the aftermath of the Sam Pepper “ass pinch prank” we tried to think of some fun pranks that aren’t considered sexual harassment and won’t get you thrown in jail!

One idea we came up with is the “head in a jar” prank. The timing seemed appropriate considering Halloween isn’t too far away and this is a super creepy prank to play on someone.

The assembly is fairly simple. You need a large jar, green food coloring, and a laminated photo of your face with two profile shots merged on either side using photoshop (shown in video above).

Then you place the jar in the refrigerator and wait for unsuspecting family, friends, or co-workers to get the shit scared out of them when they go to get a soda. Don’t forget to put a camera nearby to record their hilarious reactions!

Our own head in the jar prank went a little rogue as you can see in the above video.