What is particularly wild about this entire story is literally just thinking about what happened. On national television, one of the most famous and respected female entertainers in the world accused one of the most recognizable TV personalities of drugging her and groping her. Not only was nothing done, but it didn’t even make news. … [Read more...] about Bette Midler: Geraldo Rivera ‘Has Yet to Apologize’ for Groping Me
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Each of these pieces contains incidental traces of the personal essay, whether it's the Disney dieter revealing her childhood Little Mermaid obsession or the Fifty Shades sex-marathoner confessing that she maintains a Sexual To-Do list in a Google Doc somewhere. But the tone is different. The personal essay searches inward, mining personal experiences for content; stunt journalism searches outward, creating experiences from scratch. It's a neat trick: You're no longer required to have an interesting life in order to write about yourself. The personal essay declares: Here's a Private, Harrowing Thing That Happened To Me. The stunt piece cries out, from a state of deep depravity: Check Out This Fucked Up Thing I Did to Myself. The stunt piece emerges from a place of intrepid journalistic daring or just old-fashioned poor judgment (they are not always distinguishable from one another). It's a tale of endurance rather than survival. … [Read more...] about Are We Living in a Golden Age of Stunt Journalism?
Harambe made headlines around the world this summer, after the the 450-pound gorilla was shot and killed in Cincinatti when a two-year-old fell into his exhibit. Harambe memes have been spreading across the internet since then, with Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh even revealing that he'll make a Harambe movie if his statement was retweeted more than 1 million times, but this gorilla is not a Harry Potter patronus. Take a look at J.K. Rowling's tweets, where she reveals that Harambe is not a part of the patronus feature on Pottermore. … [Read more...] about Harambe Is Not a Harry Potter Patronus Confirms J.K. Rowling
The 66-year-old actor is one of the stars of Netflix’s “Space Force,” a satirical comedy loosely based on the real-life branch of the military created by President Trump. Speaking with the New York Daily News, Malkovich said he’s less worried about the comedy of the show holding up to the test of time and more worried about the risk of it getting swept up in the outrage machine. … [Read more...] about John Malkovich speaks out against ‘outrage culture,’ warns of ‘tidal wave of idiocy’ for comedians
"I came up in digital media in the Gawker sphere. Gawker provided the infrastructure for the digital sphere in New York and for digital media going from outlier to mainstream. Everybody owes a debt to Gawker for that one. Bar none. I think it's a shame. It's a classic journalistic maxim: Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. That basically was Gawker's mandate. There's no publication that I agree with everything they did. As a media critic, The New York Times was a huge target [of mine]. But man, I'm glad we have the Times. And I kind of felt the same way about Gawker. They really did provide an essential service. If along with that essential service came posts which were harder to defend, on balance, I would still rather have Gawker around and doing what it did best. … [Read more...] about The Gawkenfreude Report: What Gawker’s ‘Victims’ Really Think About the Death of the Site