On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas’ so-called “clinic shutdown” law was unconstitutional, marking one of the biggest victories for abortion rights advocates in two decades. The law jeopardizes various state laws that critics say prohibit safe, fast, easy abortion access for millions of American women. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the notorious RBG herself, said “when a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners, faute de mieux, at great risk to their health and safety.”
The Daily Show chose to celebrate with a bad tweet.
It’s difficult to quantify all the ways in which this tweet is bad, but let’s try! It’s not funny, which is probably the least bad thing about it. It’s very irresponsible, but that’s Twitter for you. It assumes that the entirety of The Daily Show‘s audience are dudes — which could be considered overthinking the joke, except for the fact that The Daily Show has a notoriously brutal history with gender diversity.
Perhaps most glaringly, it plays directly into the most common anti-abortion line: That abortions are not about a woman’s right to choose, but a man’s right to dodge responsibility for his actions. According to this joke, the SCOTUS ruling is not a victory for women at all, but a victory for the men who want to tap that and ghost.
It drew rather predictable outrage from pro-life leaders like Fox News contributor Meghan McCain and Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemmingway. But in a rare showing of bipartisan unity on the abortion issue, plenty of progressive tweeters like Buzzfeed’s Katherine Miller and former Gawker editor Max Read piled on too.
The Daily Show eventually responded with a textbook demonstration of the apology-not-apology,
It’s hardly a hot take to say this sort of laziness wouldn’t have flown under Jon Stewart, but this sort of laziness would not have flown under Jon Stewart. But Stewart isn’t at The Daily Show anymore. He’s buying Gawker.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.