The series, titled “This Is Wholesome,” depicts three real-life families going about their daily lives and being sickeningly adorable. It’s beautiful to watch, and an affirming reminder that not all families in commercials have to be nuclear, white and heterosexual. America is changing, ladies and gentlemen, and it’s time for our media to reflect that.
According to Lauzen’s findings, which looked at more than 2,300 characters appearing in the top 100 grossing domestic films of 2013, the number of female-speaking roles has barely changed over the past 70 years. Women totaled just 30% of all speaking roles in 2013 (and this number “includes major and minor characters”). And only half of these speaking parts were as leading characters.
Being tough is a full-time job, and sometimes the best way to unwind is a good old-fashioned French manicure. At least that’s how Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. Snoop Lion) seems to feel:
But when the 42-year-old rapper posted this Instagram photo of his untouchably fly nail game — courtesy Hey, Nice Nails! — he also drew the derision of his peers. And if there’s one thing Snoop won’t take lying down, it’s derision.
According to the Angie Review, fellow rapper 50 Cent reposted the above image and added this caption in a now-deleted Instagram post: “What the f#ck is going on snoop. Talk to me about this one man,Damn #smsaudio.”
Shots fired. Snoop could have responded by taking shots at 50’s debatably relevant music career or his odd decision to use this post to plug his headphone company, SMS Audio. Instead, he chose to explain why his nails exist on a plane way above 50’s basic realm of comprehension:
"Pimpin," Snoop wrote. "That’s what it is spooned n groomed dipped n whipped suited n booted gooted n looted. Real playas keep they nails fly fresh n dipped at the tip. I does what I does cuZ but but please believe me. Don’t let the smooth taste fool ya. BTW. This still crip. So fuxk. The haters jus wanted my nefew 50 to know the dynamics to what his big homie on !! Now for u haters. Suck d*ck or die trying. Hahahahahahahah I’m out. Much love 50. Get money !! cuzz I am."
Seattle-based photographer Adrain Chesser used his camera to bravely capture the exact moment his world irreversibly changed. When Chesser learned he was HIV positive and was diagnosed with AIDS, he called his family and friends into his studio for a private shoot. As each person was then given the news of Chesser’s diagnosis, he photographed their reaction for his project “I Have Something To Tell You.”
The bargain behemoth’s misstep was first spotted by blog The Ethical Adman, which noticed that the model for the “Xhilaration® Junior’s Midkini 2-Piece Swimsuit -Leopard Print” featured on Target’s website appeared to have a few anatomical discrepancies. (The link now appears to be broken.)
For one thing, the young woman’s arms is bizarrely thinned out and stretches longer than it should. Then there’s the fact that hip also appears to be missing a piece. But by far the most egregious use of the infamous airbrusher is in the woman’s crotch area, where a chunk of the suit is literally chopped out.
Besides being bad practice, the effect of this photoshopping is to give the model what amounts to an artificial “thigh gap.” This extremely problematic phenomenon first garnered media attention last year after eating disorder advocates noted teenage girls were striving for a body weight so low their thighs wouldn’t touch even when they were standing with their feet together.
At about the same time, Chipotle announced they were suing singer Frank Ocean for failing to return an advance payment after he backed out of an advertising deal. Ocean struck back, returning the money and adding a personal flourish with an all caps “FUCK OFF.” Now you know what to do with that “Notes” spot on your rent check.
The combined search operations are taking place between two sites: around the plane’s last recorded position, and at a possible location if the plane decided to turn around.
The search area comes in around 50 nautical miles, or 57.5 miles. If you want to get a sense of how big that is, look at the graph above with a map of the United States imposed on top
For her “First Kiss” video, filmmaker Tatia Pilieva asked 20 strangers to kiss on camera. While just a few minutes long, Pilieva’s project captures the range of emotions present in scenes where the first meeting immediately precipitates a first kiss.
Her subjects, men and women of unknown sexual orientation, all exhibit similar emotions when faced with the awkwardness of an artificial setting. Some try to talk away their nerves, others laugh or fidget, but ultimately they all end up surrendering to the concept of inevitable intimacy with a stranger.
The black-and-white video, powerful in its simplicity and candor, also gives credence to the idea of sexuality as an act, or an action. There is no difference between the nerves or intimacies of the men kissing women, the men kissing men or the women kissing other women.
Stolen passport users have been identified.
Authorities have identified the two passengers who used stolen passports to board the flight. They are both young Iranians, 19-year-old Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad and 29-year-old Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza. Malaysian police believe that one of the men was trying to emigrate to Germany in hopes of seeking asylum.
Terrorism seems unlikely, but hasn’t been ruled out yet.
While a terrorist organization called the Chinese Martyr’s Brigade has claimed responsibility for the missing flight, officials are skeptical about the claim.
In a press conference Tuesday, Malaysian police downplayed the likelihood of terrorism, though it remains a possibility.
Passengers’ phones are still ringing
In a haunting phenomenon, families and friends of those now missing aboard Flight MH370 report that when they dial passengers, their phones continue to ring. Experts say the ringing phones may just be due to how mobile networks operate. Just because the phone is ringing on the caller’s end, does not mean that the phone of the receiver is actually ringing, said wireless analyst Jeff Kagan to NBC News.