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The body tasked with rating films for screening in the United States has given a film about an aging gay couple and their extended families an R-rating in a sign that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) may itself have fallen behind community standards.

The MPAA gave Love Is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a couple who have been together for four decades but who are forced to move in with their families, the rating supposedly for ‘language’ used in the film – though many are saying the decision is just plain homophobic.

There are no nude scenes in Love Is Strange, no drug use, and no sex scenes. The raciest the film gets is two scenes where Molina and Lithgow are asleep in the same bed while fully clothed.

The MPAA has been called out over the issue by New Jersey Star-Ledger film reviewer Stephen Whitty who noted two other films released this month that got the same rating.

‘On Friday, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” will be released in a wide number of theaters. It features nudity, sexual situations and substance abuse,’ Whitty wrote in a column posted online yesterday.

‘Every woman in it is a stripper, a prostitute or a murderer. There is violence and graphic gore, including one scene of a man having his eye plucked out and another of a man having his fingers broken with a pliers. It is rated R.

‘That day, “Jersey Shore Massacre” also reaches theaters. It features nudity, sexual situations, substance abuse and ethnic and racial slurs. There is violence and graphic gore, including one scene of a woman being disemboweled, another of a naked woman getting her breasts sliced open and one of a man having his hands fed into a wood chipper. It is rated R.’

‘If there’s an equivalence among these three films, and their equal unsuitability for anyone under 17, it’s lost on me — and, I suspect, on anyone but the censors at the MPAA.’

Whitty said it would be unthinkable that the film would have been given an R-rating had it starred veteran actors Robert Duval and Jane Fonda as an aging straight couple in the same situation.

‘This is a gentle, if often heartbreaking story about two loving men in a long-time committed relationship,’ Whitty wrote, ‘What on earth is in it that so horrifies the MPAA? I’m sorry. I think I just answered my own question.’

Under the MPAA rating system an R-rating implies that a film ‘contains some adult material [and] parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.

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Simply Genius Shower Thoughts With Nick Offerman [x]

Chris Pratt visiting the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

"Here’s a general rule. When an insult is directed at a woman, consider how it would have sounded directed at a man. If the result is ridiculous, then it’s probably sexist."
"On another level, it’s also important to be aware of the
circumstances in which the assertion that men are oppressed is made. It’s typically a defensive reaction offered as a kind of balancing ‘counter-suit’ to assertions of women’s oppressed status under patriarchy. In that way, it’s similar to the mythic ‘male bashing’ claim. It’s usually not said as a call to action since the vast majority of men show little interest in actually changing the society that they say oppresses them. Instead, the claim serves as a way to silence women and draw their sympathetic attention away from women and back to men which, in a male-centered patriarchy, is where women’s attention properly belongs."
- Allan Johnson
Hartford College for Women (via lookatthisfuckingoppressor)


"Hey Hey, Ho Ho, These Racist Cops Have Got to Go": Oakland, CA, marches in solidarity with Ferguson | AmericaWakieWakie 

August 20th, 2014

Tonight, just over a week after the killing of an unarmed black teen at the hands of Ferguson, MO police, Oakland residents took to the streets in solidarity with protesters across the country to demand an end to police brutality against black (and brown) communities. Centered around the failure of Ferguson’s local authorities to arrest killer cop Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for Michael Brown’s death, protesters in Oakland rallied to demand “Justice for Mike Brown.”

SF Gate reported:

The marches started in four separate locations - Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Jack London Square, the main branch of the Oakland Public Library and the African American History Museum - but came together outside of Oakland Police Headquarters around 6 p.m.

Protesters from the different marches were briefly prevented from joining up with each other by a line of police.

Quanah Brightman, executive director of United Native Americans, an Indian protest group was angered by police attempting to block the marchers from uniting.

"They won’t even let us walk on the public street," he said. "I don’t feel safe. It is what it is, and they hate us. When they put on a badge, they’re allowed to kill us."

Several protesters and family members had recently returned from Ferguson, where police have been criticized for their heavy-handed tactics, and urged support for their counterparts there.

Oakland certainly is not unfamiliar with police brutality. Like today, it was not long ago that the community was in the streets over the death of Oscar Grant, who was killed by BART police in 2009. Or the nearby deaths of Alex Nieto and Andy Lopez, who both died at the hands of law enforcement officers.

Even more recently, however, over the death of Alan Blueford, who was shot and killed by Oakland police on May 6, 2012. His mother, Jeralynn Blueford, along with Grant’s mother, attended the protest tonight.

As quoted by SF Gate, she rallied the crowd with chants of “They say get back! We say, fight back,” as police formed a line to block merging groups of protesters.

She went on to tell the folks to take the fight to Washington D.C., saying “We’re going to change this crooked system. Obama, if you hear me, Alan Blueford’s life matters. Mike Brown's life matters.”

(Photo Credit: Top by Scott Strazzante | All remaining by AmericaWakieWakie)


We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.

This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.


No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

The whole article sadly hits very close to home.

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Washing off

I am Groot.

Anonymous said: Wow stay pressed abt the bucket challenge while everyone else does their good deed


"while everyone else does their good deed." Interesting choice of words. “their” instead of “a,” as if it was required, as if it was an obligation, as if it wasn’t just a general and genuinely good-hearted thing to do as a humane individual. 

Go watch this.

I am so glad that they are raising money and awareness for the disease. That I will never dispute. The problem is that I have seen way too many people on social media, including but not limited to celebrities, using it as a way to link or network or just plain horse around with their friends and dump buckets of ice water on each other. Sure, you are talking about it. Awareness is important.

If I were a celebrity, if I had the money to share, I wouldn’t dump a bucket of water on myself and tag~ other friends in the business. Why? What is the point? To amuse your fans? To get retweets and LOLs and notes and likes?

Donate the $100. Meet that challenge. That’s the whole point.

Stop wasting water, and stop trying to make yourself feel better by saying your water is recycled. There are better things you can be doing with that water, there are better things you can be doing with accepting that challenge. Donate. You aren’t required to give $100 if you don’t have that amount to spare, you can donate $1. If you can’t spare that, then spread the word. How? Make a t-shirt with a permanent marker, or draw on your face with lipstick or eyeliner, then take a selfie and hashtag it. Just about ANYTHING ELSE, even something that is giving back in some other way to the community while wearing said t-shirt, etc. No ice buckets are needed.

I just don’t understand the internet sometimes. “It got your attention and it made you mad! That’s what matters!” Girl, don’t. I have known plenty of things that have made people angry that haven’t resulted in positive action. Social media is amazing for spreading awareness but it’s also all too easy for people get forget what the whole fucking point was in the first place.

That’s what’s gotten out of hand. Ego. Celebrity culture has turned it all into a farce on top of it not being a very practical challenge for Californians to carry out during our intense drought.