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Former Lenny Letter writer Zinzi Clemmons denounces Lena Dunham, accuses her of "hipster racism"

The backlash against Lena Dunham’s since-retracted message of support for a Girls writer accused of sexual assault deepened today, when a writer for Dunham’s Lenny Letter newsletter openly denounced her now-former boss. Novelist Zinzi Clemmons (author of What We Lose) posted a letter on Twitter early this morning,…

Al Franken has been cut from PBS's Dave Letterman special

Al Franken’s contribution has been cut from an upcoming PBS special honoring David Letterman, Variety reports. The former Saturday Night Live star and current senator will be edited out of tomorrow night’s broadcast of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize For American Humor Salutes David Letterman, which was originally…

Damn it, tech bros, don't try to "disrupt" tipping

Look, we get that the bullshit surrounding the practice of tipping can suck, especially in industries—most notably food service in the U.S.—where it’s implemented in place of paying workers an actual living wage. Tipping can be awkward, it’s mathematically inconvenient, and it’s rife with opportunities for shitty…

Jeffrey Tambor quits Transparent amid harassment claims

Deadline is reporting that two-time Emmy-winner Jeffrey Tambor has left his starring role on Amazon’s Transparent, in the wake of multiple accusations of sexual harassment that have been levied against him. Tambor issued a statement about his departure today, once again denying the allegations, and claiming that he’s…

Trump "jokes" about leaving American citizens to rot in foreign prison because their dad was rude to him

Well, it finally happened: Two of the loudest, brashest voices in modern American media have finally collided with each other, setting off a new Golden Age of petty, asinine bullshit in which the rest of us are all now forced to live. In one corner: Self-promotion sensation LaVar Ball, who’s risen to fame over the…

Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner accused of sexual misconduct against a then-17-year-old woman

Def Jam founder Russell Simmons and director/producer Brett Ratner have both been accused of sexual misconduct in connection with an incident from 1991, with a then-17-year-old woman accusing Simmons of sexually assaulting her while Ratner stood by and watched. The L.A. Times reported this morning on the account of…

Justice League had the DCEU's worst U.S. opening weekend yet

It’s a gloomy day in Superhero Land—the United States version of it, anyway—as the domestic box office figures for Warner Bros.’ massive, much-hyped Justice League came in today, revealing that the Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon superhero brawl had the weakest U.S. opening weekend out of any of the studio’s D.C. Extended…

Lena Dunham apologizes for defending Girls writer accused of sexual assault

Yesterday, we reported that Lena Dunham had released a statement defending Murray Miller, a writer and producer who had worked on Girls and had recently been accused of sexual assault by actress Aurora Perrineau. Dunham’s decision to stand by her friend instead of trusting the accuser was immediately met with a huge …

Harvey Weinstein reportedly made a list of 91 people for his investigators to target

Earlier this month, we reported that Harvey Weinstein had apparently hired an army of investigators at some point last year who were specifically tasked with keeping tabs on the women who had accused him of sexual assault and on journalists who were investigating their claims. They also reportedly posed as fake…

E! investigating some kind of misconduct allegation against Ryan Seacrest 

According to Variety, the E! network is conducting an investigation into “an allegation of misconduct” against Ryan Seacrest. The specifics of the allegation haven’t been revealed, but the accusation comes from a stylist who used to work with Seacrest, and Variety says that whatever she’s accusing him of reportedly…

Denis Villeneuve's Dune won't be anything like David Lynch's version

Director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 was a surprisingly faithful sequel to Ridley Scott’s original film, echoing its iconic style with new ideas and advancements that still felt honest to core of the original. For his upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, though, Villeneuve’s has no interest in paying…

Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, and Laura Dern to star in Noah Baumbach's next film

According to Variety, director Noah Baumbach has lined up the cast of his next film after Netflix’s The Meyerowitz Stories. We don’t know anything about the plot or the title, but it will reportedly be starring Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Scarlett Johansson, Merritt Wever, and Azhy Robertson. Driver and Dern will next…

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Morrissey has some stupid shit to say about sexual assault and more

These days, it should be generally accepted that getting Morrissey’s take on current events is a bad idea for everyone involved, since he usually ends up saying something bad and we’re all left to try and parse his weird political takes. So, it should be wholly unsurprising that a recent interview Morrissey gave to…

YouTube shuts down one of its most popular channels amid concerns about kids' content

YouTube has just shut down one of its most popular kids entertainment channels, just a couple of weeks after The New York Times ran a front-page article about the service’s struggles to keep bizarre, potentially harmful content away from its millions of young viewers. According to Variety, the service has now…

Trump is the hidden monster in Green Day's updated take on They Live

There’s never been anything subtle about the politics of Green Day, a band that released its punk-pop screed American Idiot right at the heart of the second Bush era. That “Wake up, dummies” willingness to bash fans over the head with the band’s message is something Billie Joe Armstrong and co. share with John…