Notice-Me-Now Rocket | Mother Jones. [Watch the video!]
Our old friends at Current TV are responsible for the series of short cartoons known as SuperNews, a satiric take on news and popular culture that’s often quite funny. This cartoon of theirs, which is from a little earlier this month, is a parody of Fox News host Glenn Beck.
The sad thing? As over the top as this cartoon is, it’s still uncomfortably close to the reality of Beck’s show.
Every few months we see an article like this pop up, celebrating a shift from size 0 physiques to “real” women with curves; “it’s taken roughly 15 years,” Watson writes, “but at long last, after a couple of false alarms, we are officially over skinny. And here is how you can tell: women have started to envy other women, not for their jutting hip bones and the amount of daylight visible between their thighs, but for their soft and shapely bodies.” But Watson’s argument doesn’t hold up; we are NOT officially over skinny, especially when Watson’s examples of “curvy” women include Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston, who apparently has “a bit more flesh on [her] bones.”
For those of you who spent Easter Sunday with your families instead of the Internet (and what is wrong with you?), the scandal began to break when writer Mark Probst posted that he found that his book The Filly, a teen gay romance, had been stripped of its sales rank by Amazon. This de-ranking can have serious effects for a book and its author — some de-ranked books don’t even show up in searches. An Amazon customer service rep explained that “we exclude “adult” material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.” Users then began to hunt for books that Amazon considered “adult,” and came up with some pretty weird results, including Heather Has Two Mommies, Ellen DeGeneres: A Biography, and James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room. Now, according to Publisher’s Weekly, Amazon claims the de-ranking does not represent new policy and is in fact a mistake they’re working to fix. Oopsie!
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