46% Of Americans Support The Rock Running For President And We’d Like A Word

People out here ready to vote for The Rock as though we didn’t just learn what having a celebrity president can mean

Despite how well things went the last time we elected a celebrity with absolutely no political experience to the presidency (gestures broadly at the years 2016 through 2020), a new poll is showing some pretty strong interest in putting The People’s Champ in the People’s House. Piplsay polled about 30,000 Americans on the celebs they’d like to see in a presidential race, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson came out on top. Forty-six percent of those surveyed said they’d support The Rock running for president, possibly causing the heads of the other 54 percent to explode.

The Rock weighed in on the poll on Instagram, calling it humbling. “I don’t think our Founding Fathers ever envisioned a six-four, bald, tattooed, half-Black, half-Samoan, tequila drinking, pick up truck driving, fanny pack wearing guy joining their club,” he wrote, and when you put it that way, it actually does start to sound pretty cool. “If it ever happens” he continued, “It’d be my honor to serve you, the people.”

To quote Dumb and Dumberso you’re saying there’s a chance? The Rock’s statement definitely didn’t shut down the possibility, which makes it seems like the door might seriously be open for him to throw his hat into the ring someday. He’s actually spoken out about potentially getting into politics many times over the years. It’s even the premise of his new show Young Rock—it begins in 2032 as he’s getting ready to run for president, and works its way back through his life story. How’s that for subtlety?

But, people, please — didn’t we literally *just* go through this? Rich and famous maybe shouldn’t be the first qualities we’re looking for in a president. I get that the bar for politicians is quite low these days, and The Rock could obviously bench press it many times over (the man has muscles bulging out of other muscles, it’s unreal).

But it’s a little alarming that so many people are ready to cast their ballots for President The Rock, without knowing much more about him than that he’s made two Jumanji movies and like, 64 Fast and Furious films. Sure, he can jump out of a helicopter and rappel down the side of a mountain on screen, but it’s not really clear how that skill set lends itself to negotiating trade agreements or hashing out the federal budget, for example.

The Rock’s Instagram post got more than 92,000 comments, and many of them expressed full support for the idea of a presidential run. “Vote the Rock, a firm foundation,” one commenter said, totally nailing a potential campaign slogan.

But not all of The Rock’s fans are sold on the idea. “Shows how little people think of the position. It shouldn’t be a popularity contest,” one wrote. “People keep thinking celebrities make good presidents. [I’d] rather keep watching you make movies.”

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Will Smith Moves ‘Emancipation’ Filming Out Of Georgia In Protest Of Voter Laws

The state of Georgia lost a substantial production due to its recently signed into law restrictive voting legislation

Director/producer Antoine Fuqua and actor/producer Will Smith have decided to move the production of their upcoming movie Emancipation from the state. This comes after the MLB said they will move the All-Star game from Georgia following the passage of the new, widely condemned voting laws in the state. Georgia’s Republican lawmakers pushed through the tighter laws after the state voted blue for the first time in a generation.

“At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to achieve true racial justice,” CNN reports the duo said in a joint statement. “We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access.”

After the news, Democratic Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tweeted, “…and the dominos continue to fall…” The mayor was the defendant named in a 2020 lawsuit filed against her and the city of Atlanta. The suit, filed by direct order of Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, due to the signing a mask mandate for her city. (Kemp dropped the suit).

“The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting,” Fuqua and Smith went on to say in their statement. “Regrettably, we feel compelled to move our film production work from Georgia to another state.”

The new Georgia voting law was signed by Kemp in March and instantly drew attention around the world as a series of measures designed to cause voter suppression in minority communities.

Some took to Twitter to criticize Smith and Fuqua’s choice to leave the state. Others didn’t see it that way.
“Game? Apparently some people hv the luxury of thinking voter disenfranchisement is a … game,” another person replied. “Anyway, shout-out to Will Smith & Antoine Fuqua for saying, “Nope,” to Georgia GOP’s attempt to deprive Americans of the benefits of citizenship.”

Let’s keep the pressure on, folks.

President Joe Biden criticized it as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and there have been demands for corporations to take action against Georgia.

Proponents have claimed the legislation gives Georgia’s elections more security and actually expands access to voting. However, the law is significantly more restrictive than what the GOP claims, restricting the number of ballot boxes and requiring voters to provide id when requesting an absentee ballot. A more troubling aspect of the new laws is that the state will be able to take over local elections and overturn local election results.

After the 2020 election, Georgia was the focus of former President Trump and his fans as having been riddled with voter fraud, which has been demonstrated as a false allegation. At the time’

It’s not the first time the state has encountered requests for boycotts and lost revenue from Hollywood in the face of a controversial law. In 2019 a group of production businesses declared they would no longer shoot in Georgia after Kemp signed the “heartbeat bill” which banned abortions in some circumstances if a fetal heartbeat was present. A federal judge later blocked the ban.

The film Emancipation, featuring Smith and directed by Fuqua, was set to start filming on June 21.

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A School In Illinois Closed Because A Bunch Of Idiots Spread COVID At A Bar

Indoor bar triggers COVID-19 outbreak and local school closure

After a bunch of maskless individuals packed an indoor bar in rural Illinois in February 2021, 46 people ended up with COVID and the community was forced to shut down a school. Imagine needing to drink a beer indoors so badly that you cause a COVID outbreak and are the reason a bunch of kids couldn’t go to school. Though I can’t say it’s not the most American thing that’s ever happened, right up there with “maskholes” “Karens” and “the QAnon shaman.”

The CDC reports that a bar in Illinois held an “opening event” at the beginning of February, and although they don’t know how many people attended, the bar had a max capacity of 100 people, no air flow, and reportedly very little mask compliance that night.

That night out was later linked with 46 COVID-19 infections and it was revealed that four individuals went to the bar that night with COVID-19 symptoms. Of those 46 outbreak infections, 26 were patrons and three were staff members who attended the opening event, and the 17 other people infected with secondary cases, including someone in a longterm facility who needed to be hospitalized, student athletes at the local school, and families with children. Which leads us to the school closure.

“Transmission associated with the opening event resulted in one school closure affecting 650 children (9,100 lost person-days of school),” the CDC report said.

The school shutdown lasted for two weeks because 13 school staffers were “in isolation, in quarantine, or absent because their own child was quarantined.” In other words, what a damn mess.

Mind you, this is a state that decided it was absolutely fine to have schools open during a pandemic, so for them to close the school back down — that means this bar-related outbreak was actually, really bad. Alex, I’ll take “dumbest reasons to close a school” for 500 please. The CDC also concluded that it’s very likely the outbreak was actually much larger than their findings suggest, considering not all asymptomatic people would have gotten tested.

The kicker of this whole thing is that the CDC had to release this fancy press release and get their scientists to trace the outbreak all just to remind us what half of the country has known all along and it’s that “gatherings in settings where mask wearing and physical distancing do not occur are known to increase the spread of COVID-19.” Yeah, no shit, Sherlock. I don’t work for the CDC and I could have told you that a bunch of people got COVID-19 at the INDOOR BAR where nobody wore masks. Dah doi.

We’ve been at this for more than a year now. Please wear a mask so we can actually end this pandemic and go to bars without triggering COVID-19 outbreaks and forcing schools to close again. Doesn’t seem like a huge ask.

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Teacher Resigns After Racist Rant About Black Families Caught On Zoom Call

The teacher resigned before an investigation could begin

After a Zoom call with a student and his mother, a California teacher went on a 30-minute tirade laced with racist comments, profanity, and insults not knowing her Zoom call was still playing audio.

Katura Stokes’s 12-year-old son had been struggling with distance learning, so his mother scheduled a Zoom call with his white science teacher, Kimberly Newman, who apparently forgot to end the call after the meeting. It was then, talking to someone in the background, she went on for nearly 30 minutes, calling the parents “pieces of shit” and saying, “this is what Black people do,” according to Stoke’s attorneys.

On Thursday, she filed a claim against the school that seeks monetary damages for negligence, defamation, and civil rights violations, The Washington Post reported.

The call is disturbing.

“These parents are such fucking liars,” Newman also said on the video, which was recorded by Stokes, accusing Stokes of making up excuses and not being available to the school when they reached out in the past. “I mean these parents — that’s what kind of pieces of shit they are. Black. She’s Black. They’re a Black family,” she said. “Your son has learned to lie to everybody and make excuses.”

She went on: “To be entitled, because you taught him to make excuses that nothing is his fault,” Newman said. “This is what Black people do. This is what Black people do. White people do it too but Black people do it way more.”

The teacher quit before she had to answer for her actions.

When the teacher was confronted about recording and put on administrative leave, she “made a statement that they’d rather resign than go through this and marched out the door,” David Garcia, spokesperson for the Palmdale School District, told CNN. Two days later, she submitted her resignation. What was that she said about not taking accountability and making excuses?

“This is heinous,” Garcia said. “This a hideous event and the Palmdale School District will not stomach any racial behavior, whether it’s caught on tape or not.”

“It’s unthinkable that an educator would mock and belittle this family, and there is no doubt that this incident has scarred them,” John C. Taylor, one of Stokes’ attorneys, said. “All children are entitled to receive an educational experience free of discrimination and this video has demonstrated what minority students often face behind the scenes today.”

Because the teacher resigned, there is little that can be done to her. “Our investigation is limited in that the teacher is no longer with the district, so as you can imagine her cooperation is nonexistent,” Garcia said. “With her not at the district, we have no recourse at this point.”

For her and her son to have to listen to racially-motivated slander while trying to get a teacher’s help is abhorrent. “Ms. Stokes and her son have been permanently scarred as a result of Mrs. Newman’s comments,” their claim stated.

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Lil Nas X Doesn’t Owe You (Or Your Kids) Anything

Over the weekend, rapper Lil Nas X released the much anticipated video for his song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name.)” The 21-year-old has been teasing the song and the video for months, and it certainly didn’t disappoint in any way. But while most of us are squealing with glee over the video, there are a lot of people who are big mad. And that’s not surprising, but for once, it would be awesome if people could just keep their ridiculous opinions to themselves and let artists just do what they’re going to do.

In the video, Lil Nas X plays on Christian imagery like Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden, Heaven, Hell, and the Devil. As expected, Christians are having a heart attack because how could someone just casually use their imagery as social commentary? Christian imagery is sacred, and anyone who chooses to use them as symbols is just the worst. People are out here saying they’ll never listen to this music again because they’re so offended. It’s funny, for a group of people who hate “cancel culture,” they sure have no problem cancelling an artist who dares to go against what they hold sacred.

I find it very interesting how people who call themselves Christian weaponize Christianity when it suits them. They have no problem turning a blind eye when a member of their clergy is committing adultery or abusing people. But when a young Black guy decides he’s going to make a music video where he gives the devil a lap dance, it’s too much? How do they decide where they’re going to draw the line? Because it seems like one of them is a real problem, and the other is a fake one that they can use to deflect real issues. I’m admittedly not religious, but I live in America, so I’ve seen my fair share of fake moral outrage. And not one has it ever been something deserving of all the fake outrage it gets. So maybe we should just call it what it is?

Lil Nas X is likely using the religious imagery in the “Call Me By Your Name” video to reclaim an exclusionary narrative. We’re all well aware of how Christians target the LGBTQIA+ community. But so many members of the community identify as Christian, even though they’re openly excluded in many places. Imagine growing up in a circle of people who are supposed to have your back only to sit there week after week while they tell you that you and your way of life is a “sin.” What do we think that does to people in the long term?

For Lil Nas X to take some of the strongest and iconic Christian imagery and insert himself is nothing short of brilliant. Black Christians are often told from a young age that homosexuality is the literal worst thing to exist, and for Black people in the LGBTQIA+ community, it’s a real mind fuck to reconcile what they’ve heard their entire lives and who they are.

“I grew up in a pretty religious kind of home—and for me, it was fear-based very much,” Lil Nas X said in an interview with TIME. “Even as a little child, I was really scared of every single mistake I may or may not have made. I want kids growing up feeling these feelings, knowing they’re a part of the LGBTQ community, to feel like they’re O.K. and they don’t have to hate themselves.”

When Lil Nas X dons a pink wig and stands on the stage of the Coliseum being stoned? LGBTQIA+ people have been killed for being who they are forever. Think about how many trans women, especially women of color have died this year alone. And thanks to his religious upbringing, he assumes he’ll go to Heaven, only to be sent to Hell upon discovery of who he really is. So if you’re going to Hell anyway, why not fucking enjoy it? Slide down that stripper pole, and make no apologies for it. (Also, how fucking impressive are his pole skills? Amazing.)

People are trying to say that by giving a version of Satan a lap dance, Lil Nas X is like, a devil worshipper or something. Sounds fake, but okay sure, Jan. Again, not religious or anything, but I think this moment is something we call symbolism. I interpret him giving the devil a (very impressive) lap dance as him truly accepting his sexuality in an open forum. Kind of like an “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” kind of thing. If people already think he’s going to Hell because he’s gay, not only is he going to go, but he’s going to lean all the way into it. It seems that making this video is his way of making peace with who he is, and who he thought he had to be.

There is an argument that because “Old Town Road” was such a hit with kids, that Lil Nas X is somehow a children’s music artist. I’m sorry, but if you want your kids listening to children’s music, that’s what The Wiggles are for. He’s a Top-40 radio artist who just happened to make a song that’s popular with children. There’s no way he should have to censor his music for an audience he didn’t ask for. Mainstream music artists aren’t making music for children. If children happen to like it, that’s great. But we have to stop thinking that they owe parents and children something. This is the same conversation I remember having a teen with my mother when Britney Spears was super popular. If a 21-year-old musician wants to create music using the word “fuck,” that’s his business. Stop trying to dictate what kind of music artists create.

I’m the mother of a seven-year-old boy. He’s a big fan of Lil Nas X because his kindergarten teacher used to play “Old Town Road.” But I’ve shown him other songs and videos so he understands that he is more than that one song. I don’t shield him from anything, so my son is aware that the guy he thinks is “cool” is also gay. We haven’t shown him the video for “Call Me By Your Name” yet, but he’s heard the song and loves it. I did tell him he can’t say the grownup words out loud, but that was it. Honestly, he’s going to love the video because he loves fantasy and dress-up and playing pretend. And that’s all the video is — make believe.

And while we’re on that, what about the little queer kids out there? They need to see that there are musicians out there like them. We talk about representation mattering, but it goes past instances of race. Kids who are or may be queer deserve to have idols who are openly queer too. Lil Nas X has been very open about how his childhood influences his own desire to be open about his sexuality. Many queer kids spend much of their childhoods being told they’re less than. So imagine the kids out there who somehow see themselves in Lil Nas X. Their lives could be changed by this video. Especially Black queer kids, and doubly so for those who live in religious households.

At the end of the day, Lil Nas X is a musician and a creative artist. Only he can say how he chooses to share his work. And you can have issues with the way he chooses to do so, but you need to sit with why it bothers you, and not try to make it solely about him.

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We Must Do Something About Gun Control Right F*cking Now

Yesterday, a man armed with an assault rifle entered a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado and killed 10 people. As of right now, no one knows his motive, but does it really matter? No, it doesn’t. There is nothing in the world that could ever justify a man going to a grocery store to open fire. We cannot continue to allow mass shootings like this to happen in this country. It is beyond time to finally have the people in charge get real about gun control, because enough is enough. How many more people have to die before they take action?

One of the silver linings to COVID and restrictions on public activities is that shit like this wasn’t happening. Think about it: How many mass shootings did we hear about in 2020? Exactly. And that’s because no one was out and about. But now that things are beginning to reopen and we have a new administration in the White House, gun control needs to be a big conversation. Because it’s clear that it is yet again going to be a big issue, and while the pandemic is still on the forefront of everyone’s minds, they also need to get serious about gun control, because it’s coming back, and fast.

According to a CNN report, this is the seventh mass shooting since March 16th. SEVEN. Thankfully, few of the most recent shootings had multiple deaths. That being said, there were at least six mass shootings this year with four or more deaths, including Atlanta and Denver. If that isn’t enough of a reason to talk seriously about gun control, I don’t know what is. The government needs to act now. Because summer is coming, and people are getting vaccinated. That means there’s going to be more people out in the world who can become casualties to men with access to assault weapons. And if 2020 taught us anything, it’s that we don’t have to accept this way of life as normal.

Ted Cruz announced today in a committee meeting on gun control that he plans on reintroducing legislation from 2013 for stronger background checks. This legislation would target “violent criminals,” felons, fugitives and “those with serious mental disease to stop them from getting firearms to put them in prison, when they try to illegally buy guns.” But he still wants “law abiding citizens” to have access to firearms. “If you want to stop these murders, go after the murders,” he said. Democrats rightfully held the 2013 legislation up in a filibuster, causing it to not pass. Because they understand that what Cruz is proposing doesn’t actually get to the heart of the problem.

Many of the men committing these mass murders are not men with a history of violence. If you pull up the name of the Boulder shooter, you’re not going to get a mile long rap sheet. As of right now, we know that he’s had two previous encounters with police. One was for third-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor, and one was for criminal mischief. But it’s unclear if he was ever convicted of a crime. So if he’s never been convicted of a crime, he wouldn’t be in the system. And if he’s not in the system, how could he be prohibited from buying a gun under Cruz’s gun control legislation? He most likely wouldn’t be.

Mental health issues often get cited as a reason for men committing mass murders. But how many of them actually have a history of real, legitimate diagnosed mental illness? And more importantly, how do we know a person is living with mental illness? If you’re going to use the mental illness argument as a part of the gun control debate, then how can you ethically find out a person’s medical history? Because a person’s medical history is protected. If Cruz wants to use mental illness as a way to keep guns out of the wrong hands, how exactly does he propose we go about that?

Not only that, but any measures taken would only further stigmatize mental illness, and do more harm than good. Because the truth is, the vast, vast majority of folks who battle mental illness do no go around committing mass shootings. Equating the two is dangerous and shames those who live with and battle mental illness.

And what about fugitives getting access to weapons? If you’re on the run from the law, chances are you’re not going to go the legal route to procuring a gun. You’re not going to walk into a gun store and admit that you’ve committed a crime recently. Because chances are, you’re going to end up back in jail. I’ve watched enough movies to know how this works. So how could a Senator be that dense? That’s a rhetorical question: I know Ted Cruz is a total moron.

The shooter in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Florida was on the FBI watchlist before the shooting. And he still was able to have access to get an AR-15. So what is the point of him being on a watchlist if he was still able to have access to military grade weapons?

Why should civilians have access to military grade weapons in the first place? In what instance would a person ever need to “defend” themselves with such a weapon? And because of the sheer size of an AR-15, you’re not going to just casually carry it around. Anyone who is in the possession of such a weapon has the intent to kill. Joe Schmo off the street shouldn’t be able to walk into a gun shop and say, “I’d like your finest AR-15 style machine gun, please.” There is no reason a gun like that should be in the hands of anyone, let alone a civilian. Thinking about it more deeply, why does the military need such a gun? What point does it serve to be able to kill upwards of 10 people at a time?

The most infuriating part of the gun control debate is access. Regular people have this massive fear of all their guns being taken away. And while I am firmly team no guns at all, right now even just removing access to the most dangerous ones would be ideal. The problem is just who can have access to purchasing guns. It’s also what kind of guns they’re able to purchase. Military style weapons have no business being in the hands of anyone except military professionals in the line of duty. Civilians never ever have a legitimate need for something that can do that much damage.

Currently gun reform passed by the House does have a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. During a speech on the Boulder shooting, President Biden called on the Senate to get it together and pass the legislation. “This is not — it should not be — a partisan issue. This is an American issue,” he said. “It will save lives, American lives. We have to act.” This legislation also calls for closing loopholes on background checks, but it’s hard to know how the votes will go with an evenly split Senate. Still, it’s clear that action needs to be taken sooner rather than later if we want to see anything truly happen.

In a press conference today, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the White House is looking into taking executive actions on gun control.

“We are certainly considering a range of levers, including working through legislation, including executive actions to address, obviously, you know, not just gun safety measures but violence in communities, so that has been under discussion and will continue to be under discussion,” Psaki told reporters while aboard Air Force One.

While it is not the most ideal way to achieve gun control, at this point, it might be Biden’s best bet to get anything done. We can’t lose more lives because no one wants to tell men they can’t have their precious guns anymore.

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Details Emerge On Some Victims Of Tragic Atlanta Spa Shootings

Six of the eight names have been released in the tragic Atlanta-area spa shootings

On Tuesday, eight people tragically lost their lives as a result of anti-Asian violence. Seven were women, six of whom were Asian. They were killed by a shooter who attacked three Atlanta-area spas. And today, the names of six of the victims have been released.

Details Released On 6 Victims Of Atlanta-Area Spa Shootings

In the first shooting at Young’s Asian Massage in Acworth, Georgia, four people died and one person was injured, according to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office officials. The other four victims, all of whom are Asian women and specifically of Korean descent, were shot and killed at two spas across the street from each other.

The victims of the Atlanta-area spa shootings are identified as the following:

Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33

Yaun is the mother of two children, 13-year-old Mayson and 8-month-old Mia. Yaun worked at the Waffle House a few stores down from Tan’s massage spa, and she would feed the homeless and offer them showers and clean clothes.

“You don’t find people like that,” John Beck, Yaun’s manager of three years, told BuzzFeed News. “Her heart was so big. She loved people and she loved her children, she was a very, very special person to me.”

A GoFundMe was set up for Yaun and her family.

Xiaojie Tan, 49

Tan, an entrepreneur, was the owner of Young’s Asian Massage and the registered owner of several small businesses. According to The Cut, Tan’s daughter recently graduated from the University of Georgia.

“She was the sweetest person you’d ever meet,” Hynson told USA Today. “My heart was in my throat the second I heard of it. It still doesn’t seem real.”

Daoyou Feng, 44

Feng died at Young’s Asian Massage and reportedly only recently started working at the spa.

Paul Andre Michels, 54

Michels was an Army veteran, his brother John Michels told the Daily Beast. And according to Fred Michels, his other brother, the family is in complete shock after Paul’s death.

“I’m mad, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy,” Kikiana Whidby told CBS 46 of Paul, the godfather to her son.

Julie Park & Hyeon Jeong Park

The Korea Times Atlanta named Julie, who was in her 70s, and Hyeon Jeong, a woman in her 50s, as victims. They were reportedly Gold Spa employees.

Only one person survived the attack, Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, who is reportedly in stable condition after being shot in the forehead, lungs and stomach.

GoFundMe

A GoFundMe was set up to help cover Hernandez-Ortiz’s medical bills. So far, the fundraiser has raised $37,000.

The suspect, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, was charged with murder over the killing of eight people.

Long currently faces multiple counts of murder as well as aggravated assault. Officials have yet to confirm if the attack was racially motivated.

“He apparently has an issue, what he considers a sex addiction, and sees these locations as a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate,” said Capt. Jay Baker. Baker not only added that Long was carrying a 9mm handgun, but he also said that the day of the shootings was “a really bad day for [Long] and this is what he did.” Baker has since come under fire for his comments that seem to excuse the severity of Long’s crime — and rightly so.

The shootings follow an alarming spike in anti-Asian hate incidents over the past year.

According to nonprofit coalition Stop AAPI Hate, 3,795 incidents were reported across the country between March 2020 and February of this year — up nearly 150 percent over 2019.

Red Canary Song, a grassroots collective of Asian sex workers, released a statement today calling for rights and protections for spa workers.

“We see the effort to invisibilize these women’s gender, labor, class, and immigration status as a refusal to reckon with the legacy of United States imperialism, and as a desire to collapse the identities of migrant Asian women, sex workers, massage workers, and trafficking survivors,” they wrote.

“The women who were killed faced specific racialized gendered violence for being Asian women and massage workers,” they continue. “Whether or not they were actually sex workers or self-identified under that label, we know that as massage workers, they were subjected to sexualized violence stemming from the hatred of sex workers, Asian women, working class people, and immigrants.”

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Mom Boycotts Doing Dishes Until Her Family Gets Their Sh*t Together

Mom goes viral on Twitter after seeing how long her family will go without cleaning the house

If moms stopped picking up around the house, how long will it take for the rest of the family to get their shit together and start cleaning up? According to @MissPotkin’s Twitter thread, the answer is three whole days, or whenever the household runs out of cups.

It all started when a mom on Twitter (@MissPotkin) shared a photo of her messy kitchen. With dishes piling up in and on the sink, her family was clearly oblivious to the mess, so she decided she would stop cleaning until someone else in her household took notice and actually cleaned up the damn house. The saga began on March 15 and her family didn’t get their sh*t together until **checks notes** March 18!

“Two days ago, I decided to stop doing the dishes,” the mom wrote on March 17th, 2021. “I make all the dinners and I am tired of having to do all the cleaning too. SINCE THEN this pile has appeared and at some point they are going to run out of spoons and cups and plates. Who will blink first? Not me.”

“Day 3 — they’ve used the last of the big bowls and they’ve run out of spoons. No one is saying anything about the big pile but I can hear their brains ticking. No, family, I will not be loading the dishwasher today,” she continued. “…There is a pan on the cooker with a single sausage in it. It’s been there for two days. I can’t look at it…”

The mom stopped doing laundry and picking up piles (oh those damn piles) around the house too, wondering if anyone would notice the growing clutter.

Oh, and she stopped doing the mental gymnastics that is anticipating buying new toilet paper before the current stash runs out, because if it weren’t for moms running to the grocery store, would toilet paper EVER get refilled by anyone else in the home? It would not.

Then, on March 18, 2021 — the unthinkable happened. After three days of dishes sitting out, it finally happened — her partner loaded the dishwasher!

But then, he didn’t turn it on!

However, little by little, other parts of the home began to improve. “BUT LOOK! Toilet roll has appeared! The downstairs loo is back in action!” Potkin shared. “And every other loo! The toilet paper stacking is extremely Costco. There’s A LOT. Everywhere. SO MUCH LOO ROLL.”

Finally, by the end of the day, her partner ran the dishwasher.

When asked why he didn’t do it earlier, he said “I ran out of time.” I’ll take “Things Men Do” for 500, Alex!

At the end of the day, Miss Potkin summed up her little Twitter experiment in the best way.

“Love is patient but love is also fucking tired because she works 14 hour days,” she wrote. “I know we are ALL tired but I am most tired. Me. I AM ALL THE TIRED.”

Well said.

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Matthew McConaughey Pleads With Fellow Texans To Keep Wearing Masks

Matthew McConaughey pleads with his fellow Texans to keep wearing masks despite Governor Abbott’s order

Matthew McConaughey, all-around chill dude, Austin resident, and potential future Texas governor, has taken it upon himself to step in and educate the good people of Texas about mask-wearing since their actual governor, Greg Abbott, seemingly doesn’t care about their health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. McConaughey is urging his fellow Texans to “keep masking up.”

Earlier this month, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. Everything’s open and masks aren’t required, because “freedom” or whatever. It made absolutely zero sense to pull the mask mandate, and in his very laidback diplomatic way, McConaughey tried to appeal to his community to keep wearing their masks.

“I was a little dumbfounded by the decision,” McConaughey told CBS This Morning. “I understand ‘Go back to work.’ What I did not understand was ‘Pull the mask mandate.’”

Then, McConaughey got right to the heart of it, he acknowledged that people are bumping at the idea of being told what to do, namely, that they have to wear a mask. McConaughey tried to appeal to his fellow Texan’s resistance to feeling as if their rights are being infringed on.

“Look, we’re on our way to see a light at the end of the tunnel,” he continued. “To put it, the mask is just this minor inconvenience. And I think I just want to remind, not only Texans, but everybody out there, it’s not the mask we’re afraid of, c’mon. It’s the word ‘Mandate.'”

McConaughey — who lives in Austin, Texas, a county where masks are still required despite the state mandate — says the masks help us regain “more freedom tomorrow.”

“So now it’s our choice. And I ask Texans and people around the world. If you have the choice, keep masking up,” he said. “It’s proven to help. We don’t have much longer in this, we’ll get through this. Thank you.”

Spoken like a true diplomat, which makes sense as McConaughey is considering running for Governor of Texas.

“As I’ve said before, I’m giving it consideration,” he said in the CBS interview. “I would be a fool not to. It’s a very honorable thing to consider, you know, what that position would mean, what would it be for me, and what would it mean for the people of Texas.”

Currently, McConaughey is organizing a virtual benefit concert to raise money “to help Texas recover from the winter storm.” The “We’re Texas” concert airs on Sunday, March 21st at 7pm CT.

He’s already doing a better job than the actual governor when it comes to personal protective measures amid the pandemic, so hell yeah, make Matthew McConaughey the Governor of Texas.

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Daniel Prude’s Death Reminds Us That Black Lives Don’t Matter

He was murdered, and it’s on tape. These words haunt us as a society more often than not. The nightmares and the trauma are real, seeing a Black man or woman murdered, captured either by a bystander or the body cam of a policeman, like the January 13th killing of Lymond Moses in Philadelphia earlier this year. Or that of the murders of Eric Garner or Ahmaud Arbery or Philandro Castile or George Floyd.

But right now, I am talking about another unarmed Black man from Chicago — Daniel Prude. He was 41 years old, half-clothed, handcuffed, placed in the middle of the street with a spit hood put over his head after he spat at police, and had his face smashed into the cement when he tried to get up. Just two minutes later, he stopped breathing. He lay dead there on the streets of Rochester, New York on March 23, 2020, while in town visiting his brother.

Nearly one year after his murder, New York State Attorney General Letitia James handed down the grand jury’s decision on February 23, 2021. The jury failed to bring an indictment against any of the officers involved in Daniel’s murder. It was a murder caught on tape, deemed a homicide by the medical examiner, and still, no one has been held accountable. It sounds unreal, but it’s what’s been happening for far too long — so much so that we have become desensitized to it all. We can expect no one to be held accountable for the deaths of Black and brown people, even when it is caught on tape.

Letitia James explained the grand jury’s decision not to indict any of the officers in an extremely heartfelt, televised statement, which lasted 11 minutes. In it, she states, “The criminal justice system has frustrated efforts to hold law enforcement officers accountable for the unjustified killing of unarmed African Americans, and what binds these cases is a tragic loss of life in circumstances in which the death could have been avoided.” She goes on to say, “History has unfortunately repeated itself again in the case of Daniel Prude. The criminal justice system is badly in need of reform.”

Every word she said in this 11-minute statement deserves to be considered, heard, and enacted. Her words, her commitment to helping to bring about laws and changes within such a broken system, all to help hold police officers accountable — especially when they’ve murdered someone they were in charge of protecting. She delivered her statement with confidence, compassion, and an awareness that it will not be easy to fix a system so radically flawed, but she will not give up. 

Her statement is a dark contrast to how another Black Attorney General, Daniel Cameron of Kentucky — who agreed with the grand jury’s decision in the Breonna Taylor case — delivered the announcement on September 23, 2020, that again, no charges would be brought against the police involved. He was stiff, his delivery matter of fact, his message clear: the evidence did not provide a reason to indict the officers in question. He is accused of mishandling the case by Breonna Taylor’s family. An NPR report of the case states, “Although the attorney general initially did not answer questions about which charges he had presented to the grand jury, upon imminent release of the court recordings, Cameron said that he did not recommend any charges against the officers for killing the 26-year-old Black woman.” Breonna Taylor’s death was caused by “multiple gunshot wounds of the body.”

Every decision made by grand juries to not indict officers, to not hold anyone accountable, sends a clear message — that Black lives do not matter. From 2015 through February 2021, the rate at which Black Americans were fatally shot by police officers was 35 per one million people, compared to 14 fatal shootings of white Americans by police officers.

When both decisions were handed down after the deaths of Breonna and Daniel, there were protests and outcries for change, for justice. We had two Black Americans who were dead, their families in mourning, and no arrests made — zero accountability. People were angry and upset, including me. I knew that we were living in a time just like the one my grandparents grew up in, when their lives weren’t valued. I feared for my own life even more so after no charges were brought against the officers. My anxiety grew to a whole new level; I looked out of my living room window constantly with each headlight that passed through during the night. Was it a cop? Would they have the wrong house? Would I end up like Breonna? The more I really sat with what was happening in our country — the constant racial profiling, the killing of unarmed Black people, the lack of charges being brought down by prosecutors — the more I believed that history was indeed repeating itself.

When I listened to Daniel Cameron’s words and the way he delivered the announcement, I was enraged. When I listened to Letitia James’ announcement following the grand jury’s deliberation, I was sad and worried. I found myself in a kind of mourning for two people I didn’t even know.

But despite my rage at the situations, I also felt for Daniel Cameron and Letitia James, for the roles they were charged with playing, being the face tasked with delivering such unbelievable news. I cannot begin to understand how challenging their jobs are and what kind of hurdles they must face on any given day. There is no doubt that their jobs are challenging and stressful. These Black Attorneys General must believe in the system in order to do their jobs. But they cannot change their skin color, they cannot change the story of American history, and they must fight for justice within the parameters they are given. I feel in my heart that the fight of a Black attorney general, especially in cases such as these, must be a little harder.

The facts are the facts, and what we have is a police force in need of an overhaul, better training, and who understand that using their gun is an absolute last resort. I think our police force is a reflection of our society; racist people exist and so do racist cops. There are people who understand what it looks like when someone is in a mental health crisis and when someone is not, and there are people who do not. There are people who try to understand others with compassion and empathy, and then there are those who do not. The police are people too, working within a broken system that other people (including the police themselves) must fix.

There are many new strategies the police force across the country can put into place to make for better policing, starting with having two separate policing teams: those with guns, and those without. Every situation, every call for help from the cops, should be responded to by a group of people dedicated to keeping people alive and holding people accountable without shooting them first and listening second.

We need laws and training in order to be able to hold the right people (including the police) accountable for the wrongs they commit against society — for the lives they’ve cut short, just like Daniel Prude’s.

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