The Disaster Artist Is James Franco's Smarmy Ode to Egomania

Susan Sontag would have most certainly deemed Tommy Wiseau’s mess of a movie, 2003's The Room, as pure camp. In her seminal essay “Notes on Camp,” Sontag defined the “essence” of camp as “its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration,” and further fine-tuned her vision for this sensibility as she went. “In…

DJ Who Groped Taylor Swift Paid His $1 Settlement to Her in the Rudest Way Possible

Months after winning the lawsuit in which she accused former DJ David Mueller of groping her in 2013, Taylor Swift has received her settlement—one full US dollar—in the form of a Sacagawea coin. The AP reports Mueller “intended the coin featuring a prominent Native American woman as a final jab at the singer in a case…

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Are Republicans Going to Demand Rep. Blake Farenthold's Resignation, Or Nah? 

Thus far, a grand total of one Republican in the House of Representatives has called for the resignation of Rep. Blake Farenthold, who was sued in 2014 by his former communications director for gender discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment—and was recently reported to have settled…

Kim Davis Denied This Gay Man a Marriage License. Now He's Running Against Her

Kim Davis—who you may remember as the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite being constitutionally required to do so—is being challenged for her seat. And guess who’s challenging her? David Ermold, one of the men she refused to marry. Revenge is a dish best served via…

The Forgotten History of America’s Radical Asian Activists

One of the most enduring images of a Vietnam War protester is the controversial photograph of Jane Fonda, with short brown hair, sitting on an anti-aircraft gun in North Vietnam. Dubbed “Hanoi Jane,” Fonda’s face is often among the first that comes to mind when we think about the anti-war movement. Today, activists…

Trump's Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Make It Way, Way Worse 

Welcome to another episode of “Donald, Jared, and Donald’s Company Lawyer Bring Peace to the Middle East With No Trouble Whatsoever.” Today, Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced plans to move the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv, fulfilling a campaign pledge at the cost of…