The Coming-of-Age Film We the Animals Is a Decidedly Queer Work of Art

Justin Torres chose to open his debut novel We the Animals with a short, definitive statement: “We wanted more.” Those who’ve read the book won’t say anything close to that after seeing the film. Like the bildungsroman that it’s based on, the movie adaptation explores a young man’s journey into himself and away from…

Federal Housing Agency Employee Wanted Equal Pay, Says She Was Told by Director 'I'm Guilty of Having an Attraction to You'

Last month, news emerged that Melvin Watt—the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and a former Democratic member of Congress from North Carolina—was under investigation for sexual harassment, after an employee of the agency filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In her complaint,…

Madonna Responds to Aretha Tribute Criticism: 'I Did Not Intend to Do a Tribute to Her!'

And here come the excuses. Responding to the widespread criticism she received over her surreal appearance at Monday’s MTV VMAs, during which she told a seven-minute story about herself in front of a giant picture of Aretha Franklin, Madonna wrote on Instagram that she did not intend to perform a tribute to Franklin.…

Arizona Senate Candidate Says It's Actually Not Her Fault That She is Campaigning With Mike Cernovich

Kelli Ward, an Arizona Republican running for Senate in a crowded primary field, is touring the state with Mike Cernovich, a man perhaps best known for his pro-rape writings, his enthusiasm for the Pizzagate conspiracy, and his belief that diversity is “code for white genocide.”

Omarosa's Trump Tell-All Is As Reliable As Its Narrator

Though Omarosa Manigault Newman’s gossipy tell-all, Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House, has taken over August headlines, there is nothing in its salacious pages that offers valuable insight on the dysfunctional Trump administration or the man at its center. Instead, the book is another in a string…

New Documentary A Whale of a Tale Reexamines the Debate Over Japanese Dolphin Hunts

The Oscar-winning 2009 documentary The Cove shocked the world with its brutal examination of the dolphin drive hunting that takes place in Taiji, Japan. The film’s unforgettable climax featured minutes of hidden-camera footage containing enough dolphin slaughter to make the ocean run temporarily red, and left an…

Elon Musk and Grimes Had to Die So Halsey and G-Eazy Could Live

Halsey, a person often described as a singer, and G-Eazy, a blissfully unaware rapper, were a thing until they weren’t. The only documentation of real romance is found in their 2018 collaborative single “Him & I,” an unavoidable listening experience if you’re the kind to frequent late night Uber rides, or, like,…