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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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The subtle sexism of closed captioning

After Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated for President by a major political party in the United States (one helluva baseball stat), a lot of ink was spilled in the matter of her outfit. To many, the fixation on the female nominee’s sartorial decision-making was clear evidence of sexism. For the media to give the same sort of attention to what a man chose to wear, they pointed out, would come off as absurd.

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Cory Booker was so conveniently nonspecific about the children he imagined

Here’s how Cory Booker tried to put Hillary’s nomination last night into perspective this morning on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert (taping of which began at five minutes to midnight) :

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Colbert has no idea how female astronauts really train

His show may be off the air, but I have yet to close the book on Stephen Colbert.

Back on 10/2 (fun fact: today is 2/10), he hosted Lynn Sherr, former partner of U.S. astronaut Sally Ride. Their conversation turned to a discussion of Ride’s training when C.O.L.B.E.R.T. (of all people) betrayed his tremendous ignorance about the space program:

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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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A new model of trophy wife? Not so fast

I’ll make this quick. An article appeared on Huffington Post Women today heralding the arrival of a new breed of trophy wife:

Men are finding the most attractive and sexually desirable women are not brainless beauties whose sole function is to look good and stay quiet, but women who are making good money and are in positions of power.

The woman who got ahead on her looks by marrying a “sugar daddy” is now being replaced by the woman who is equal to her man in earning power and career position.

I’m not going to dispute that sweeping generalization, because, well, I don’t want a potential future wife to throw this blog post in my face — but more importantly, because its claims are impossible to evaluate from where I’m sitting.

That’s not because it would be impossible to marshal empirical evidence in support of the article’s thesis (or vice versa). It’s because that’s not the game this article is trying to play. Behold,  the — precisely — two data points the author bothered to cite:

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Amazon’s “Transparent” might converge with Season 5 of Arrested Development

Jeffrey Tambor appeared on The Colbert Report last night to promote his new show on Amazon, “Transparent”, in which the actor formerly known as George Bluth plays the role of Maura Pfefferman, nee Mort Pfefferman. Patriarch turned Matriarch of the Pfefferman family is undoubtedly a challenging role to play, but Tambor might have gone a little too far when he told Colbert, “It’s the greatest transformative role I’ve ever played in my life”:

Colbert tambor

You see, playing a man who becomes a woman — for Tambor — is sort of old hat (pun intended):

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Facebook censorship of Israeli nudity lays bare (pun intended) unfortunate double standard

Shortly after publishing my previous post, Draconian Facebook censorship may have saved Israelis from themselves, I made two important discoveries.

One, that the creators of “Standing with the IDF” (a misleading name, if I’ve ever heard one, given the various states of repose exhibited within) are optimistic their page will be restored soon (במהרה בימינו): Continue reading Facebook censorship of Israeli nudity lays bare (pun intended) unfortunate double standard

Draconian Facebook censorship may have saved Israelis from themselves

[Update: Part II can be found here.*]

Israel’s “Facebook generation” is at war in Gaza, or so we are told. And indeed, Israeli soldiers have landed in hot water in the past based on what they chose to upload to the social media site from their bases.

But this time around, it’s not just members of the IDF who are under scrutiny. That much became apparent after the infamous “Sderot cinema” controversy portrayed the residents of the embattled border town like the residents of Washington, D.C. at the Battle of Bull Run. This time, the entire country is fair game not just to Hamas rockets but to the forces of political correctness and the accompanying battle for international hearts and minds.

So I am happy to report Facebook might have just saved the entire country from some embarrassment.

Last week at work, I came across an article on The Times of Israel titled “Israeli women do Gaza strip for IDF”. The headline doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but I was interested enough to learn more that I saved the link for later (remember, I was at work and had no intention of actually investigating while there).

This evening, I attempted to revisit the page and was surprised to discover that while its text remains available, the source material is not:

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Airport spas now drawing inspiration from crazy Nepali truckers

Trucks in Nepal are a lot more personalized than they are in the United States. Here, the degree to which trucks vary from one another is helpful only if you’re playing the license plate game on a long road trip. But in Nepal, studying trucks can make for a good way to keep entertained under any circumstances.

I’ve previously shared one of my favorites, courtesy of Michael Grumer:

Punk is not dead
Relax.
Be relax.
Do relax.
Sexy, sexy, sexy.

So you can imagine my delight when I came across the following in Boston’s Logan Airport:

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