Kimberly Guilfoye, Trump Jr.'s Girlfriend Fired from Fox News, Ronan Farrow #MeToo Bombshell, Chinese Women and Nuns Speaking Out About Abuse, Hallelujah!
- Proto-frat boy movie Animal House first hit theaters on July 28, 1978 and went on to make $500 million in today’s money. Its influence on American college social life is incalculable. On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Harry Cheadle of Vice takes a re-appraising look at the film and its terrible gender politics. It does not fare well under his withering gaze. “The loose plot is basically that a bunch of college dudes get fucked up all the time and try to sleep with a bunch of women and girls—including a 13-year-old—sometimes by lying to them, sometimes by getting them drunk,” Cheadle writes. “Because of this misbehavior, they get kicked out of school, and respond by crashing a parade and causing a brawl. Oh yeah, and everyone involved is white, obviously. There are female characters but most of them are primarily sex objects.”
- The Huffington Post reports that Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is presently dating the son of the President of the United States, did not leave the network voluntarily. “Multiple sources told HuffPost that Guilfoyle’s exit from Fox News, where she had worked since 2006, came after her alleged inappropriate workplace behavior could no longer be tolerated by the network,” Yashar Ali writes. “Vanity Fair, which broke the story about Guilfoyle leaving the network, and The Daily Beast, which reported that Fox News staff allegedly waged a ‘hostile whisper campaign’ against Guilfoyle, have said she crossed the line by using network makeup artists for personal outings, but the accusations Guilfoyle faced were much more serious.” It was initially reported that Guilfoyle left the network under unclear circumstances and that she might join President Trump’s administration. She has since joined a Trump Super Pac.
- Ronan Farrow is about to pen another #MeToo bombshell in The New Yorker. Les Moonves, the head of CBS, is the subject of the upcoming article. The timing is particularly noteworthy as Moonves is in a drag out media war with Shari Redstone over control of CBS. “Farrow, the reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged pattern of rape and sexual assault, is said to have investigated Moonves and the environment at CBS for months, as rumors swirled through the industry that such an article was in the works,” The Hollywood Reporter, who scooped The New Yorkers upcoming piece, reports.” It is unclear what impact The New Yorker report will have at a time when Moonves is locked in litigation with Shari Redstone, the controlling shareholder in both CBS and Viacom.” Shari Redstone has since called for an “open and transparent” investigation into the matter.
- Men are getting on former President Obama’s nerves. “’Women, in particular, by the way, I want you to get more involved,’ Obama said while hosting a town hall for young African leaders in South Africa.” The Hill reports. “Because men have been getting on my nerves lately. I mean, every day, I read the newspaper and I just think like, brothers what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us?" A day after delivering the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, in which he was obliquely critical of Donald Trump, the former President gave a speech on women’s empowerment.
- Chris Hardwick has been cleared by AMC and will once again host shows for the network. Chloe Dykstra, the ex-girlfriend of the Nerdist founder, never specifically named Hardwick, but alleged instances of sexual and emotional abuse in June. She never, however, came forward and provided more specific details about the events. “I have been adamant since I came forward with my essay that I never set out to ruin the career of the person I spoke about. I could have provided more details, but chose not to,” she wrote on social media.
- The #MeToo movement has been reverberating across the globe for almost a year now. Some of the latest places facing a reckoning are the Chinese workplace. The #MeToo movement, in China, started at the university where young women lashed out against their abusers empowered. Now, the movement is spreading. “Among those facing allegations is environmentalist Feng Yongfeng, who is accused of harassing and assaulting a number of charity workers in recent years, and anti-discrimination activist Lei Chuang, who is accused of raping a former volunteer at his charity three years ago,” writes The South China Morning Post. [RM1]“Allegations have also been made against a well-known state television anchor, a famous writer, several media industry veterans and a worker from an international environmental group, to name a few.” And the movement has also spread to the Roman Catholic Church. Nuns are now speaking out against the priests who have abused them. The Associated Press has been doing remarkable reporting on the heterosexual abuses of priests that have been emerging in Europe, Asia and Africa. “’It opened a great wound inside of me,’ one nun told the AP. ‘I pretended it didn’t happen.’ Wearing a full religious habit and clutching her rosary, the woman broke nearly two decades of silence to tell AP about the moment in 2000 when the priest to whom she was confessing her sins forced himself on her, mid-sacrament.” The report says the nuns have been moved to act by a sense of empowerment from the #MeToo movement as well as decades of inaction by the Vatican.
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