“The truth is that teen culture is not homogenous—and neither is fangirl culture. Teenagers are complicated and complex, and they behave differently in different contexts. The average teenager who goes to a Five Seconds of Summer concert and screams her head off is actually capable of writing an essay on the political situation in the Gaza Strip the next day. She’s capable of liking Taylor Swift and disliking heels, of deploying a Twitter hashtag or helping out a charity drive, of loving Twilight and hating Fifty Shades of Grey. She contains multitudes.”—bookshop, in the fantastic “The teens on Tumblr are all right,” The Kernel (via elizabethminkel)
Exodus isn’t out until December, but Ridley Scott has already faced criticism for casting so many white actors in Egyptian and Middle Eastern roles. The most damning example is how the heroes and royals are almost all played by white actors, while most of the black actors in the movie have minor roles as slaves, thieves, and assassins.
"Egypt was—as it is now—a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture.”
This makes about as much sense as the explanation that Darren Aronofsky’s Noah had an all-white cast because it was “mythical.”
The folks over at AsapSCIENCE break down the chemical buildup of “the world’s favorite drug.” Even if you don’t feel any effects after drinking it, the caffeine is hard at work replacing receptors that slowly shut your brain down, effectively keeping you awake. It also boosts your adrenaline, but the more often you drink it, the more you’ll need to maintain that same buzz.
Could it be happening? The Smash Bros/Mario Kart crossover we’ve all been waiting for? It seems like the go-kart wheels of hope are turning in our favor. Nintendo of America has officially announced two new DLC packs for the United States. Players will be able to finally play as characters outside of the Mario universe.
Just 70 years after George Orwell altered the way we understand political revolutions and regimes with a literary critique of Stalinism featuring talking pigs and horses, we’re headed back to the animal farm.
Remember how excited we were about Undercover Colors, the startup that’s developing a nail polish to help prevent date rape? Well, it turns out our excitement over Undercover Colors was perhaps somewhat premature, because the date rape prevention nail polish might not actually, um, work.
According to Backdoor Pharmacist, a columnist over at the blog Animal New York, the technology behind the date rape-preventing nail polish hasn’t actually proven effective. Instead, the nail polish, as well as other date rape drug-detecting devices, “exist in a fantasy world of stranger danger pill-packing predators and irresponsible victims,” thanks to the media heralding them as the next wave of sexual assault prevention.
"I am not comfortable with Spamalot and its homosexual themes,” Principal Jesse Smith wrote to the local drama teacher when he canceled a teen-friendly performance of the hit Monty Python musical over its gay content.
But after the drama teacher went public, the school superintendent swooped in to deny Smith’s statements had ever been made.
“Choosing Modern Family over OITNB is a particularly bitter pill to swallow, since it’s almost as if Emmy voters are saying they’re in favor of progress, as long as there isn’t too much progress at once. In 2009, Modern Family signified an undoubted achievement for diversity on television. But in 2014—when 19 states allow gay marriage, when people are swarming the streets of Ferguson in protest, when rape on college campuses has gotten so bad that the White House is involved—that achievement seems rather minor. Modern Family is somewhat progressive, but unlike Orange, it isn’t groundbreaking.”—Opinion contributor Chris Osterndof, "The Emmys ignored everything you love about television"
Donald Glover is finally getting to play Spider-Man—in an animated TV series, at least.
When Sony was auditioning actors to play Peter Parker in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, Glover inspired a fan campaign demanding that he be allowed to audition for the role. This campaign obviously wasn’t very successful, but the idea of Glover as Spider-Man lived on.
Once the comics introduced African American/Hispanic teenager Miles Morales as Peter Parker’s replacement, some people even began hoping that a Morales-centric movie might happen one day, with Glover in the lead role. Even years after the #Donald4Spiderman campaign was at its peak, fans were excited to find out that Glover is voicing Miles Morales in the cartoon Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors on Disney XD.
“One uncle of mine said, ‘I came to America after World War II and I hitchhiked.’ And Robin said, ‘I waited till there was a 747 and a kosher meal.’”—Billy Crystal talking about Robin Williams sitting with his older relatives at a family gathering