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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Simpsons Weigh in on the 2016 Election

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 3:30 PM


What's the future of the 3 a.m. phone call? The Simpsons wagers we're choosing between Bill and Hillary Clinton fighting over calls to the Situation Room or Donald Trump struggling to mold a dog into a toupee before it's "too late."

The choice is yours! Don't forget to register to vote before Oct. 10. 

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Take 10 Minutes to Enjoy Jon Stewart's Visit to the Late Show

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Nation, it's our first presidential election in a while without constant commentary from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Maybe you're satisfied by the plethora of politically savvy late night television hosts on the air, maybe you're happy to take on this election without watching any of this kind of nonsense. But I'm not.

Luckily we got a taste of classic Colbert earlier this week with The Word making it's debut on the late show—it was truthiness v. Trumpiness and it was beautiful. 

Then, last night, Stewart took over Colbert's desk for a full 10 minutes. Watch here for a dose of old school Comedy Central:


He even got an Arby's jab in there. We miss you, Jon. See ya election night? 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Study Points Out Just How Poorly Pop Culture Portrays Characters With Disabilities

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 2:44 PM

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Remember last year when Emma Stone was cast as a Hawaiian character and movie lovers everywhere had to come to terms with Hollywood's history of whitewashing?

Well, get ready for round two because the Ruderman Family Foundation just released a study, The Ruderman White Paper: Employment of Actors with Disabilities in Television, about the poor representation people with disabilities receive in American media.  

Despite the fact that nearly 20 percent of Americans live with disabilities, characters with disabilities are rarely included in popular television—and when they are included in the scripts, they're nearly always portrayed by actors without disabilities.

According to their data (which looked at the top 10 TV shows at the end of the 2015-2016 season and the top 21 shows that are original content on streaming platforms) currently only 5 percent of characters with disabilities are portrayed by actors with disabilities.  

While the study itself says it's unrealistic to expect every character to be portrayed by an actor that share their background, we can do better than we're doing right now:
We believe that it is absolutely unacceptable to have 95% of characters with disabilities played by actors without disabilities. It is a matter of social justice to have a large segment of our population authentically represented in the mass entertainment that is television and scripted, dramatized stories. It is necessary to create an environment where actors with disabilities have access to play characters with disabilities. It is also necessary to reduce stigma surrounding “invisible” disabilities such as addiction and mental illness. Only by having actors who are open about those disabilities will we slowly create a society that doesn’t shun or shame a vast segment of its population. We have to tell stories about people with a variety of disabilities and we have to be fair in representing them accurately. Only then will we have more realistic stories that reflect our society.

We will not choose a number and say that this is how many characters with disabilities need to be played by actors with disabilities. But we are saying that it’s about time we start ensuring that it’s more than 5%.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Netflix Releases 'Binge Scale,' Basically Plans This Weekend For You

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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I know I have wondered, as I remove my glasses and slowly stumble into bed, if perhaps I've been over zealous on my Netflix binging. Well, if I am, it turns out I'm not alone.

Today Netflix released a "binge scale," offering a little insight into the streaming habits of the Netflix community at large.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Let's Watch Samantha Bee (and Caped Magician Patton Oswalt) Look Into Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Feelin' pregnant? Monday's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee broadcast a report on "crisis pregnancy centers"—antiabortion clinics that often masquerade as abortion clinics and legitimate pregnancy centers.

“A crisis pregnancy center is a fake abortion clinic,” Vicki Saporta of the National Abortion Federation says in the segment. “They want women to believe there are long-term negative consequences, like they won't be able to have children, like they will suffer from 'post abortion stress syndrome,' or that they would have an increased risk of breast cancer.”

Saporta says there are about twice as many of these "fake clinics" in the U.S. than there are actual abortion clinics. 

Watch the segment here:


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Samantha Bee Explains Superdelegates

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 4:00 PM


If you've been paying attention to democratic primary results, you may have heard someone say Hillary Clinton's 220 delegate lead on Bernie Sanders is actually bigger than it looks because of superdelegates. 

Samantha Bee used last night's episode of Full Frontal to explain the existence of superdelegates, and question the idea they ensure Clinton's nomination. Or, as she put it, "If Bernie gets more votes than Hillary, her superdelegates will drop her faster than she drops her fake southern accent the second she leaves South Carolina."
 

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Here, Let John Oliver Make You Feel Even More Anxious About Your Credit Score

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM

As a person relatively new to the world of car loans and credit reports, I've recently experienced a lot of credit score related anxiety. 

Looking into my credit and income history, I found some weird errors (apparently I was working in the construction industry five years after I was born), and apparently that's pretty common.

In this week's episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver and his team dive into the challenges these mistakes cause and launch a counter attack to remind credit agencies why reputation is important:


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Friday, April 8, 2016

A Look at Transphobia, Courtesy of the Daily Show

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 3:00 PM


Jessica Williams, national treasure and feminist superhero, had a segment on Wednesday's Daily Show highlighting the struggles trans people face on a daily basis.

In the segment, Williams interviews trans woman Meagan Taylor, who was once reported to the police for being "a bit unusual," and a panel of other trans people about the bigotry they experience on a daily basis. 

Williams also talks to Colorado chaplain and lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt, who decided to let this combination of words come out of his mouth while on camera:
“They [the transgender community] not only want to be confused with their own identity, they want the rest of us to be confused with them. Now they want the government to join them in that pretense. They’re making us into liars.” 
Nooooope.

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