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Have you seen Wonder Woman yet?
I have. It was great. A friend cried during it. The audience applauded at the end.
But the film’s release hasn’t been a stranger to controversy. One particularly hateful response to a women-only screening got an epic smack-down by none other than the mayor of Austin, Texas.
Yeah, usually mayors don’t get a lot of attention for talking about superhero movies, and Mayor Steve Adler isn’t really an exception.
He’s talking about sexism and human dignity.
The controversy wasn’t so much about Wonder Woman itself, but about one theater’s decision to host a women-only screening, and one of the men who absolutely flipped out about it.
In case it actually needs to be stated, like, men-only screenings of films aren’t uncommon. Also plenty of bars still have “Ladies Night” and that sort of thing.
It’s a little weird, sure, though we can totally understand why some women would want to see the film in the absence of guys like whatever piece of work wrote this horrifying email to Austin’s mayor.
“The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement.
“Women learn from an early age to value make-up, that it’s OK to pretend that you are greater than you actually are,” he writes, only after hoping for Austin’s defamation and accusing the theater of “sexism.”
All superheroes are pretend, not just the lady ones. The makeup comment is so weird that we don’t even know how to respond except to say that clearly this guy doesn’t ever do anything to improve his appearance.
“Women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride. Women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes,” he says as if he isn’t the wrongest person to ever live.
“Name something invented by a woman! Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women,” he continued, just keeping on digging that hole.
The short version of all of this is that a man who despises women claims that he doesn’t.
He then signs his name, Richard A. Ameduri, because that’s totally a letter where you’d want to include your name.
Steve Adler’s letter in response is all kinds of savage.
“I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual,” he begins.
“Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!”
That’s tongue-in-cheek and beautiful, right?
Then he dives in and just begins solidly refuting the vile man’s sexist claims.
“Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion?” he asked. You can feel the sarcasm emanating in waves from the screen.
Remember that claim that women never invented anything? Adler sure did.
“What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer?”
A nicely succinct list.
Which of course could have been longer.
He also took the time to remind the whiner that a private business can hold whatever screenings they like.
“And I hesitate to imagine,” he adds. “How embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.”
We love seeing intelligent politicians go off on people who deserve it.
And speaking of things getting what they deserve, Wonder Woman is already a hit at the box office after only Thursday night’s early previews.
We can’t wait to see what kind of numbers she rakes in by the end of the weekend.
As we all know, Kendall Jenner is a key figure in several political movements — most recently, and most notably, she's been revealed to be the leader of the Pepsi revolution.
This revolution, if you're unfamiliar, is all about peaceful protesting. And if anyone seems to be getting violent, or if things aren't going your way, or even if you just want someone on your side, all you do is share a Pepsi.
And then, much like magic, everything is cool.
That's what Kendall Jenner has taught as, and a Portland man tried to pull her same move during a city council meeting.
Unfortunately, it didn't work out as well for him.
The man called himself Carlos Enrique, and he spoke with the mayor, Ted Wheeler, and a panel of other government officials at the meeting.
Carlos rambled for a bit about how many people come into such meetings to berate the mayor, After a minute or so, Wheeler tried to get him back on track.
And that's when it happened.
"What I realized," Carlos concluded, "is that the language of resistance has not been properly translated to you. So this is for you."
Then he stands up, walks to the mayor, reaches in his pocket … and pulls out a Pepsi.
Wheeler freaks out a little, understandably so, and Carlos is quickly escorted away.
It was a dumb move, but also a hilarious one. Because that Pepsi ad was the most ridiculous thing.
Watch everything go down in the video below:
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Clinton lost the White House to Donald Trump, which is a bit like losing a game of darts to Stevie Wonder.
But is Hillary just sitting around licking her wounds and cursing the day she learned the word “deplorable”?
Well, there’s probably a little of that going on, but HRC is also planning her political future, dammit!
According to TMZ, Hillary is considering a run for mayor of New York City.
Nothing is definite yet, and Clinton’s team is reportedly only in the early stages of gauging voter and party interest, but it’s a move that would make sense considering Hillary’s ambition and ties to the Empire State.
Following her tenure as first lady, Clinton served as junior US senator from New York from 2001 to 2009.
At the time, some derided Hillary as an opportunistic carpetbagger, but these days, residents of the five boroughs might rush to embrace Clinton, if only to send a massive middle finger to Manhattan’s least-favorite son, the Donald.
Clinton would be going toe-to-toe with fellow Democrat Bill de Blasio, who won the 2013 election in a landslide, and whose first term in office comes to a close at the end of this year.
News of Clinton’s candidacy was first leaked by Gristedes Foods CEO John Catsimatidis, who was reportedly considering his own run for office, before Hillary contemplated throwing her hat in the ring:
“I spoke to her about it, but she didn’t indicate or signal to me [whether she would run],” Catsimatidis told The New York Post.
“She didn’t say never, she didn’t say no. In my personal opinion, it’s 50-50.”
Interestingly, Anthony Weiner, husband of Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin, was 2013’s most high-profile candidate, but his campaign was disrupted by a second Weiner sex scandal.
Three years later, allegations that Weiner sexted a teenage girl threw Clinton’s presidential campaign into disarray at a crucial juncture.
So in a way, there would be a certain degree of poetic justice in Clinton winning a spot in Gracie Manor.
Sure, it’s a far cry from the White House, but as consolation prizes go, Hillary could do a lot worse than the Big Apple.
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