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Emma Stone Accused of White Feminism for Oscars Remark

Sunday night’s Academy Awards were a hit, but they weren’t without their controversies. From Gary Oldman and Kobe Bryant’s Oscar wins to Ryan Seacrest’s presence on the red carpet, there was awkwardness for viewers and for stars.

One interesting moment came when Emma Stone made a political statement that didn’t go over very well.

She’s now being accused of “white feminism.”

Emma Stone won an Academy Award for La La Land, and this year she presented the category of Best Director.

To start things off, she spoke:

“It is the director whose indelible touch is reflected on every frame. It is the director who, shot by shot, scene by scene, day by day, works with every member of the crew to further the story.”

She continues to praise the job that a director does.

“And it is the vision of the director that takes an ordinary movie and turns it into a work of art.”

Then it came time to introduce the nominees.

“These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year.”

Clearly, Emma Stone was trying to emphasize the fact that, with many skilled directors, the Academy somehow decided that 80% of the ones good enough to be nominees were men.

And perhaps she was trying to recreate Natalie Portman’s “all-male nominees” jab from the Golden Globes.

However, on a night when Jordan Peele was nominated for Get Out and Guillermo Del Toro was nominated for The Shape of Water, Emma Stone’s focus exclusively on gender did not go over well with some viewers.

And people shared their gripes on Twitter:

“Peak white feminism from Emma Stone. Pointing out that 4 of the nominees are men while ignoring that 2 of those men are minorities.”

“She minimized the incredible achievements of a Black man and a Mexican immigrant in the name of white feminism.”

“Ok emma stone being like ‘four male directors and greta gerwig’ or whatever tf she said is exactly what we mean by white feminism. Jordan Peele and Guillermo Del Toro are not white men that had everything easily handed to them and they don’t deserve to be classified as such.”

To be clear, what “white feminism” means is practicing a sort of feminism that focuses only on one’s own experiences, which means that activism is less helpful or even harmful to other individuals.

For example, someone whose push for feminism forgets about people of color, or the LGBT community, or the disabled, because that’s not part of their experience.

Not all white people who are feminists are white feminists and not all white feminists are white, though the term arose from white activists who ignored the experiences of black and brown women.

(This phenomenon exists in any human rights movement — men might push for racial equality from an exclusively male perspective; some advocates for LGBT rights might forget that there are LGBT people of color who experience the world differently)

Emma Stone seems like an especially likely target for this kind of critique, because she starred in La La Land which famously whitewashed the story of jazz.

She, a white woman, also played a Hawaiian woman in Aloha for reasons that the world still does not quite understand.

Emma Stone was thinking along lines of gender but forgetting that Jordan Peele and Guillermo Del Toro are men of color who also face numerous obstacles.

Considering that some Oscar voters outright refused to watch Get Out because they didn’t consider it to be a worthy film speaks volumes about how far Hollywood needs to go.

(Though Oscars voters are famously awful — whenever the notes made on their votes comes out anonymously, the world is reminded that there are a lot of terrible people making these decisions)

Whether or not Emma Stone is a white feminist or was just using her very limited time to address one of many problems is … unclear.

But it’s not a cruel accusation. Emma Watson has recently spoken about how being called that years ago helped to open her eyes to becoming a better intersectional feminist.

Fortunately, Best Director went to Guillermo Del Toro, a Mexican director, whose film about about a woman who bangs a fish man is sometimes affectionately referred to as “Grinding Nemo.”

He also won Best Picture.

And Jordan Peele then won Best Original Screenplay for Get Out.

It would be nice to see more women win, but it’s also nice to see men of color make historic wins. There are too few of each, and not for lack of talent or merit.

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Donald Trump Plummets to New Low with “Sh-thole” Remark

For the 274th time in his Presidency, Donald Trump has sunk to a new low.

We know, right?

We didn’t think it was possible at this point, either.

But the President was meeting with members of the Senate and Congress on Thursday, discussing the topic of immigration, when he asked point blank:

Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?

The nations to which he was referring, according to various accounts that have NOT been disputed by the White House, were Haiti, El Savador and other places in Africa,

Trump has never exactly been a fan of foreigners.

Or of people with a darker complexion than he possesses.

Or of anyone who doesn’t bow down and view him as the Messiah, but that’s neither here nor there at the moment.

In response to the uproar over Trump’s statement, administration spokesman Raj Shah did not deny the coarse description used by his boss.

Quite the opposite: he basically defended it.

“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” said Shah.

Moreover, a source inside the White House told CNN that staffers are practically giddy Trump referred to these countries as such awful places because they think it will play well with his “base” of voters.

Yes, this is where we are as a country.

No member of Republican leadership in the House or Senate has come out and condemned Trump for his comment.

The Commander-in-Chief, meanwhile, tried to lie about making this remark in a string of Twitter vomit and word salad on Friday morning.

“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump explained, adding:

“What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”

Trump went on to say the Democrats wanted to shutdown the government and therefore the military… even though the military does NOT shut down when the government does.

And he also wrote:

Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars.

The Obama administration did not do this, however.

The George W. Bush administration did this.

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But since when do such pesky things as “facts” matter, right?

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators announced they had reached an agreement on several immigration issues, including DACA and border security.

The President, though, doesn’t seem to be a fan of what they came up with because it’s not racist enough in his opinion.

In June of 2016, as first reported by The New York Times, Trump angrily decried how many immigrants from what he thought were less-desirable nations were still entering the country.

“Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They all have AIDS,” Trump allegedly complained at the time.

A few weeks ago, remember, Trump also said lots of very dumb stuff.

He says lots of dumb stuff all the time.

But this “shithole” insult may rank as his worst moment yet, considering how it encapsulates his racist side, his ignorant side and his ineffective side, in terms of Presidential leadership.

The African Union continental body told The Associated Press it was “frankly alarmed” by Trump’s comments.

“Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice,” AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said, adding:

“This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity.”

Then there was this, from United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville:

“There is no other word one can use but ‘racist’…

“This isn’t just a story about vulgar language, it’s about opening the door to humanity’s worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia.

“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘sh*tholes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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John Oliver Sued by Coal Mining Mogul Bob Murray Over ‘Geriatric Dr. Evil’ Remark

John Oliver knew what was coming, and now he’s got it — a big fat lawsuit from the head of Murray Energy who apparently doesn’t enjoy being called a “geriatric Dr. Evil” … at least based on the docs. For nearly a half hour on his show, “Last…

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