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Dave Chapelle is more worried about being mistaken for gay than for ISIS

Just days before his just-post-election monologue on SNL, Dave Chapelle made a few small headlines when he downplayed the seriousness of both sexism and homophobia. And when it came time for him to actually deliver that big monologue, Chapelle put his money where his mouth was, making jokes that could be construed as mild examples of both. The astounding part: It only took him three words, one of which was “a”, and you probably missed it.

The sentence clause in question came during Chapelle’s discussion of whether the Pulse shooter could rightly be considered a soldier of ISIS. See if you can spot the three-word sequence in this excerpt taken from the Washington Post’s transcript of his routine:

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Third Eye Blind let the RNC off pretty easy

Until this morning, I was not aware that Third Eye Blind is still a thing. That’s when I spotted the numerous headlines hailing the band’s heroic performance at some sort of RNC after-party. According to Vox, the band was guilty of “surprising guests with messages of gay rights and science and serenading them with some of the band’s more obscure songs.” Off with their heads.*

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Methinks the Cruz campaign doth protest Palin’s Trump endorsement too much

Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for the Republican nomination today, but before that cataclysm came to pass, Jezebel managed to work in this doozy of a headline: Ted Cruz Is Deeply Afraid That Trump Might Land Coveted Sarah Palin Endorsement. As are we all, because we live in a world where said headline exists.

The article quoted the Cruz campaign’s communications director Rick Tyler, who told CNN: “I think it would be a blow to Sarah Palin, because Sarah Palin has been a champion of the conservative cause and if she was going to endorse Donald Trump, sadly she would be endorsing someone who’s held progressive views all their life on the sanctity of life, on marriage, on partial-birth abortion, he supported [the] TARP bailout — it goes on and on and on.”

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Why is Barack Obama acting like he doesn’t know how politics works?

Earlier today, Barack Obama suggested that he would not quickly forget the Israeli Prime Minister’s pre-election remarks concerning the viability of a Palestinian state:

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A rather ironic complaint about Michael Sam

Michael Sam has not been on an NFL roster since the Cowboys released him in October, but he’s still making headlines. In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, I noticed that at least one sports blog went out of its way to poll fans in Arizona about whether they would mind Sam’s presence on their respective teams. Unsurprisingly, fans from Seattle and New England were overwhelmingly indifferent.

The  continued fascination with Michael Sam reminded me of an ironic comment I spotted on Seahawks blog Field Gulls all the way back in February, a mere ten days after the Hawks won their first Super Bowl (good times) and even more shortly after Michael Sam declared he would enter the 2014 NFL draft (click to embiggen):

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A new way for me to resent my least-favorite idiom

There’s one particular idiom I find exceptionally irritating: “sea change“, when used with no sea shore in sight. Use that phrase, and I will judge not only your writing — I will judge you.

But this post does not represent an effort to explain my (perhaps irrational) dislike for “sea change”. I write instead to identify one particular instance in which an author’s desire to properly use this most improper of phrases led directly to the displacement of one object of my (perhaps irrational) affection — a pun:

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Not sure whether Frozen actually has a homosexual agenda? Maybe this will convince you

Frozen came out in November, but it’s still making headlines — thanks to little girls dragging their mothers to the theater a half dozen times and because of the ongoing controversy over its overt homosexual agenda.

But don’t take my word for it.

The latest round of headlines came when alleged Pastor Kevin Swanson blasted the movie for trying to “indoctrinate” children into becoming gay. He didn’t much elaborate on those comments, but I invite you to recall the headlines of last month — including “Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Slammed By Mormon Grandmother For ‘Gay Agenda To Normalize Homosexuality’” — for a more thorough exploration:

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Stephen Colbert comes out of the closet, basically

During last night’s Colbert Report, Colbert Reported on plans to boycott the 2014 Olympics because of host country Russia’s harsh treatment of homosexuals.

In the course of his segment, Colbert belittled one athlete’s attempt to protest by wearing a rainbow pin in Sochi as follows:

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Forget Orson Scott Card: Is Ender’s Game inherently homophobic?

Now that Ender’s Game has finally been released, the debate over boycotting the movie because of its author has been rekindled.

I’m not writing to weigh in on that debate — I already did that back in July — but to ask a very simple question. Forget Orson Scott Card. He’s a vile person for many reasons that have nothing to do with homophobia.

Granted.

But it seems to me that in focusing on its author, the campaign against Ender’s Game may be overlooking an element within the text itself of which it may not approve.

For instance, Vulture released A Primer on Orson Scott Card and the Ender’s Game Controversy, which included an extensive timeline of the author’s career as it relates to the controversy, but had only this to say about the release of his signature work:

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Stephen Colbert hides a secret message in the closed captioning

As I have previously noted, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s closed captioning services are often good for mild amusement at their own expense, like that time they transcribed “rectal scrape” as “rectal crepe”. [Editor’s note: I suppose you can’t really win that situation.]

I don’t normally share every delightful example of closed caption-anigans – I come across them every day, and I blog these days at something less than that level of frequency – but there was something different about last night’s episode of The Colbert Report: whoever put the captions together used them to make a joke. Sort of like what happens on The Word, only for deaf people.

The “mistake” popped up in Colbert’s segment about a candidate to succeed Michele Bachmann in the House, Tom Emmer. At first glance, the error seems rather innocent – a slip of grammar, specifically, a missing hyphen – but when you take a look at how the sentence as a whole was transcribed (that is, with two other, properly-placed hyphens), you get the sense that someone over at Comedy Central went out of his way to communicate what he thinks about state’s rights (or at least the candidates who espouse them):

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