Priyanka Chopra

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People should be allowed to get married and not have to put up with any of this crap:

Indians on social media are rallying behind Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra after an American website article called her a "scam artist".

The article in The Cut, which has now been taken down, sparked outrage for suggesting that she had trapped US singer Nick Jonas into marrying her to further her career.

Indians, many of whom were earlier disparaging about the wedding, have now jumped to defend her.

Many said the article was racist.

In a way, the piece has marked a turning point in the entire saga of the couple in India - from feeling very much "over it" when it came to wedding updates, there is now a rush to defend Chopra.

Mr. Jonas is marrying up in the world, and let’s leave it at that. There is endemic racism everywhere, and we saw that in relation to what happened with Meagan Markle and with pretty much every other high profile female celebrity who is not white, so why does this have to be restated, over and over again? Leave people the hell alone.

The Awful Things We Write on Twitter

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Kevin Hart should be given a chance to apologize for what he wrote on Twitter and then delete those offending “jokes.”

What we have going on here is an effort to hold people accountable for things that happened nearly ten years ago on a platform that was never supposed to be an authoritative archive of insensitive stupid shit.

Hart’s comments (some of which are depicted above) come with date stamps that clearly show that he was playing around in the early days of Twitter with offensive material designed to increase the number of people following him and gain some laughs from people who should have clearly known better. Why there wasn’t anyone around helping Hart clean up his act is beyond comprehension.

But, here’s the thing—you shouldn’t use this terrible material against him in the present day, not unless you give him a chance to atone and clean it up. I watched what happened with James Gunn and I realized what the scam was here. This is how conservative trolls take people down and it’s wrong.

Condemnation for Hart is fine. But give him a chance to make it right.

UPDATE:

He had his chance. Fuck him.

And that’s the end of that. ‘Bye, bitch:

No More Heroes Anymore

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The allegations against Neil Degrasse Tyson are disturbing enough to warrant an investigation. This article seems to lay the groundwork for assessing the credibility of the women who have accused him:

“Hi there. I just wanted to reach out [to] say that I BELIEVE YOU about Neil deGrasse Tyson,” Watson wrote on Aug. 23.

On Thursday, Watson’s allegations were made public on a blog called Patheos, which had previously published Amet’s claims, twice. The new story also described a third woman, Katelyn Allers, an astronomy and physics professor at Bucknell University, who said Tyson had grabbed her and reached down the front of her dress to look at her tattoo at a scientific meeting in 2009.

With three women now making allegations on the record, the Patheos article spread far and wide, prompting Fox Broadcasting Company, which produces the show, and National Geographic, which airs it, to announce an official investigation. A spokesperson for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where Tyson has led the Hayden Planetarium for over 20 years, said that it has never received a complaint about him, but was also looking into the allegations. On Saturday, Tyson released a 1,600-word statement on Facebook, confirming many of the details of Watson’s and Allers’ allegations, and apologizing for what he deemed clumsy displays of affection that had been misunderstood.

It’s a powerful article, and this issues deserves the attention it is getting. No one should be excused for their behavior, and celebrity status does not mean you can just wave away accusations like this. So far, Tyson has appeared to be forthcoming and welcoming of scrutiny. What happens next is something that should be carefully appraised and handled like any other case.

I can’t help but feel like there are no heroes anymore, just a lot of flawed people who behaved badly years ago.

Abigail Spanberger is Having None of This

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Do not mess with Abigail Spanberger:

The campaign of Democratic challenger Abigail Spanberger announced on Thursday that it had discovered and removed an operative for James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas who had posed as a volunteer and infiltrated its staff.

The operative, who went by the name Monica Nelson, appears to have been Marisa Jorge, a New York-based official who has been previously exposed after embedding with other political campaigns. Justin Jones, Spanberger’s communications director, said that Nelson had been on the campaign as a volunteer for several weeks. She had shown up at the offices with the appearance of being pregnant and said she was bored at home and wanted to help out.

The campaign, which has an estimated 5,500 volunteers, brought her on board.

Jones said that others began to suspect that Nelson was working undercover when she kept peppering junior level staff members with mundane questions about where Spanberger stood on certain policy topics. Those questions appeared designed in a way to get an answer that contradicted Spanberger’s public positions. Nelson has also emailed staffers asking to get some time along with Spanberger, saying, in part, that the candidate, a former CIA agent, was a “role model” because she was “a mother of 3 all while running for political office.”

When they determined that Nelson was actually Jorge—by, among other things, asking her about her nonexistent social media presence—staffers asked her to leave. She did, Jones said. But instead of getting into a car, she walked about a half mile down a busy road and ran swiftly across traffic in order to evade campaign workers who had been walking with her to see where she would go. 

“Dirty tricks like these are the worst part of politics, and this is exactly what Abigail is running to change,” said Dana Bye, Spanberger’s campaign manager. “While others may scrape the bottom of the barrel out of desperation, Abigail and our campaign will remain focused on talking to our neighbors on their doorsteps about the issues that matter to our community—that’s the campaign voters deserve and it’s the campaign that we believe will carry us to victory.”

Spanberger, as you recall, has been down this road before. The dirty tricks that Dave Brat’s supporters have used against her are intolerable. She was the victim of gross negligence on the part of the US Postal Service, which, if you’re using logic, shouldn’t be doing anything political or nefarious to begin with. They released her personal information, without proper redaction, and called it an oopsy mistakey wakey. But, seriously—if you’re working for the Postal Service, why would you try to keep any Republican in office, given what they’ve done to destroy the budgets of all Federal agencies?

Why would anyone tolerate this bullshit? Oh, that’s right. Someone is clinging to power.

Well, Spanberger isn’t having it, and one can only hope that charges can be filed against James O’Keefe and his pathetic supporters.