The Moral Purpose of Telling Koko the Gorilla How Robin Williams Died

Take a minute to think about all the ethical dilemmas you face on a daily basis. Should I tell Nordstrom that they sent me the wrong and much more expensive item or just return it for cash? Is it ethical to request that the dollar I put in the tip jar not go to a certain rude barista? What is never high on my list of… » 10/17/14 5:50pm Friday 5:50pm

​Westboro Baptist Church Accepts Comedian's Offer to Picket ISIS in Iraq

The Islamic State (known as ISIS) is a vicious group of extremists, carrying out horrific attacks, kidnappings, and murders and they are proving to be one helluva foreign policy shit show. So obviously, it follows that the organization most suited to dealing with such extremists would be the Westboro Baptist Church,… » 8/23/14 2:45pm 8/23/14 2:45pm

Bigots Use Robin Williams to Support 'Ex-Gay Conversion Therapy'

As if we haven't had enough of the Family Research Council's bigotry, they're at it again in a new essay horrifically connecting actor Robin Williams' history of overcoming alcohol and substance abuse through rehabilitation to the need for "sexuality reorientation," or, you know, that "conversion therapy" shit we know… » 8/21/14 2:01pm 8/21/14 2:01pm

How Twitter Could Beat the Trolls, And Why It Won’t

Twitter has a troll problem. It has from the beginning, really. But it's been particularly loud this month, thrown into sharp relief with the sickening attacks on Robin Williams' grieving daughter, Zelda. Twitter's response has been tepid at best—and as far as squashing trolls goes, it's the most we can ever expect. » 8/20/14 4:58pm 8/20/14 4:58pm

20/20's Elizabeth Vargas Checks into Rehab for Alcohol Problem

ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas revealed today that she checked herself into a recovery facility for alcohol addiction while on vacation. Vargas spent a couple of weeks in treatment last fall for the same issue, during which her husband was reportedly cheating on her. The couple is now going through a divorce. » 8/18/14 8:00pm 8/18/14 8:00pm

ABC Offers Live Aerial Footage of Robin Williams' Home Because Why?

In the scramble to cover yesterday's horrible and shocking news that Robin Williams was dead, apparently by his own hand — and in the absence of any hard information other than the fact that he died from asphyxiation and his family has asked that we respect their privacy — ABC decided that the best way to cover the… » 8/12/14 9:50am 8/12/14 9:50am

What Happens When Celebs Clumsily Tweet to Promote Their Projects

At Splitsider this week, Meredith Haggerty expertly explored what happens to the social media accounts of television shows that go off the air. "Sad things," she concludes. Well, while the accounts of actual people who join social media platforms to promote said shows aren't always quite as sad, they are pretty funny… » 8/01/14 3:20pm 8/01/14 3:20pm