Politics

The U.S. Air Force’s ‘Sick’ Rape & Party Songbook

U.S. Air Force’s ‘Sick’ Party Songbook

U.S. Air Force’s ‘Sick’ Party Songbook

On Tuesday, Stars and Stripes reported on a new lawsuit against the Department of Defense involving a very NSFW (and very “unofficial”) songbook of the United States Air Force. The rowdy, graphic songs feature loads of sexual violence and depravit...

One new lawsuit has put a spotlight on an unofficial songbook that includes graphic songs featuring explicit acts of sexual violence.

Keep Reading
Two Suicides Rock Missouri Politics

Two Suicides Rock Missouri Politics

Two Suicides Rock Missouri Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Last Thursday, on the one-month anniversary of the suicide of his boss, Missouri’s Republican auditor and a candidate for governor, Spence Jackson took the day off.Tom Schweich’s suicide came amidst what had become a brutal c...

Spence Jackson, former spokesman for Missouri’s Republican auditor Todd Schweich, remained a loyal soldier weeks after his boss committed suicide in the wake a nasty campaign for gov...

Keep Reading
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses after remembering Ted Kennedy as "my friend" during his remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, in Boston March 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTR4VI2J

Rabbi Calls Obama a Mass Murderer

Rabbi Calls Obama a Mass Murderer

On the surface, it was an arcane Biblical reference—but beneath it, another sign of the sea change in Israel-American relations, and the evaporation of Israel’s moderate Right.Saturday night, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin said in a speech, “The president of...

Why would a respected rabbi make such an outrageous statement? Look at the company he keeps.

Keep Reading
The U.S. Air Force’s ‘Sick’ Rape & Party Songbook

U.S. Air Force’s ‘Sick’ Party Songbook

U.S. Air Force’s ‘Sick’ Party Songbook

On Tuesday, Stars and Stripes reported on a new lawsuit against the Department of Defense involving a very NSFW (and very “unofficial”) songbook of the United States Air Force. The rowdy, graphic songs feature loads of sexual violence and depravit...

One new lawsuit has put a spotlight on an unofficial songbook that includes graphic songs featuring explicit acts of sexual violence.

Keep Reading
Gov. Lester Maddox, leader of a faction try to represent Georgia at the Democratic National Convention conduct press conference in the Chicago hotel in Chicago, August 24, 1968 to give his version of the dispute. Maddox said a compromise offered by the credentials committee is unacceptable. (AP Photo)

The Ballad of Lester Maddox

The Ballad of Lester Maddox

Once upon a time, a restaurant owner refused to serve people who were different. He said he did so in the name of freedom, not discrimination.The time was 1964, the place was Georgia, and the man was Lester Maddox. He was the owner of The Pickrick...

As we've been reminded by the fight in Indiana, supporters of discrimination have always cloaked their views in appeals to personal liberty.

Keep Reading
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Pence has declared a public health emergency in response to the HIV epidemic in Scott County.  Seventy two cases of HIV have been confirmed in the southern Indiana county. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Mike Pence Still Isn’t Telling the Truth

Mike Pence Still Isn’t Telling the Truth

Why Indiana?With the backlash in full effect—with cancellations of gamer conventions, Wilco concerts, office expansions—even Indiana Governor Mike Pence backtracked today, saying that he will accept the kind of legislative “fix” that Republicans h...

Indiana’s governor announced today he’s finally fixing the state’s anti-gay law, but took the time to rail against ‘reckless reporting.’ The reporting is not the problem.

Keep Reading

Entertainment

Mulan live action coming soon!

Disney Embraces Diversity with ‘Mulan’

Disney Embraces Diversity with ‘Mulan’

Everybody’s favorite sword-wielding, cross-dressing Disney princess is getting the live-action treatment.On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Disney is developing a live-action version of the 1998 animated film Mulan. Based on the Chin...

Disney has officially entered the 21st Century following the news of a live-action Mulan movie. Now let’s hope the casting reflects the diverse subject matter.

Keep Reading

You Can’t Un-see ‘Game of Smurfs’ (NSFW)

You Can’t Un-see ‘Game of Smurfs’ (NSFW)

Since its first season became an instant success on HBO, there have been scores of Game of Thrones parodies filling the internet. With ‘Game of Smurfs,’ we have reached Peak Game of Thrones Spoof. Fox’s Animation Domination brings all the graphic ...

Smurf blood is red, you guys.

Keep Reading

Ron Burgundy: Justin Bieber Stays Classy

Ron Burgundy: Justin Bieber Stays Classy

After Justin Bieber had been ritually abused by a rapper, a home products saleswoman and everything in between, in stepped an unlikely contributor to this Comedy Central Roast: San Diego Channel 4 anchorman Ron Burgundy.The legendary newsman, who ...

The anchorman thinks the singing scoundrel needs to "turn up the heat."

Keep Reading

The Trans Movement Finally Hits Gaming

The Trans Movement Finally Hits Gaming

Earlier this year, the 20-year-old card game Magic: The Gathering introduced its first openly trans character. It was a groundbreaking moment in the storied gaming franchise, but one we must remember, on International Trans Visibility Day, was a l...

On International Trans Visibility Day, a celebration of Magic: the Gathering’s first trans character, a milestone in LGBTQ gaming.

Keep Reading

You Can’t Un-see ‘Game of Smurfs’ (NSFW)

You Can’t Un-see ‘Game of Smurfs’ (NSFW)

Since its first season became an instant success on HBO, there have been scores of Game of Thrones parodies filling the internet. With ‘Game of Smurfs,’ we have reached Peak Game of Thrones Spoof. Fox’s Animation Domination brings all the graphic ...

Smurf blood is red, you guys.

Keep Reading
Belgian singer Stromae stands next to  his figure at the Grevin wax museum during the presentation of his waxwork in Paris October 12, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY) - RTR49W4H

Who the Hell is Kanye's New Partner?

Who the Hell is Kanye's New Partner?

Who the hell is Stromae?You’re to be excused for wondering this, if you happen to live within the confines of the United States, at least for a little while longer. Take note, however. Paul Van Haver, AKA Stromae, the Belgian EDM/hip-hop phenomeno...

His name is Stromae and he's a European superstar who has worked with Kanye and Lorde, but you’ve never heard of him.

Keep Reading
Brandon Flowers is an American musician, best known as the frontman, vocalist, and keyboardist of the Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers. He announced his solo career on April 29, 2010 on The Killers official website.

© Jimmy Fontaine / eyevine

Contact eyevine for more information about using this image:
T: +44 (0) 20 8709 8709
E: info@eyevine.com 
http:///www.eyevine.com

Brandon Flowers Calls Out Mitt Romney

Brandon Flowers Calls Out Mitt Romney

Brandon Flowers is mid-rant. If you’ve had the distinct pleasure of meeting the placid, incredibly soft-spoken frontman of The Killers, it’s a rare sight. His publicist is desperate for him to stop, waving her hands in the air, but something has s...

The Killers frontman opens up about his upcoming solo LP The Desired Effect, his battle with alcohol, and how he feels Mitt Romney “wasn’t a great ambassador” for Mormonism.

Keep Reading
January Jones as Betty Francis, Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris, Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson and Jessica Pare as Megan Draper - Mad Men _ Season 7B, Gallery - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

She Makes ‘Mad Men’ Look So Good

She Makes ‘Mad Men’ Look So Good

For the past eight years, Mad Men fans have been watching to see when Don Draper’s shaky, alcohol-fueled facade would crumble, to see if Peggy will ever be taken as seriously as the boys, and to see what impeccable number Betty will button up next...

“Mad Men” returns Sunday, and as well as the complexities of Don, Peggy, and Betty’s destinies, is the small matter of how good they all look while they suffer and ponder.

Keep Reading
Belgian singer Stromae stands next to  his figure at the Grevin wax museum during the presentation of his waxwork in Paris October 12, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY) - RTR49W4H

Who the Hell is Kanye's New Partner?

Who the Hell is Kanye's New Partner?

Who the hell is Stromae?You’re to be excused for wondering this, if you happen to live within the confines of the United States, at least for a little while longer. Take note, however. Paul Van Haver, AKA Stromae, the Belgian EDM/hip-hop phenomeno...

His name is Stromae and he's a European superstar who has worked with Kanye and Lorde, but you’ve never heard of him.

Keep Reading

World News

ISIS Wants a Truce

ISIS Wants A Truce

ISIS Wants A Truce

After months of being targeted by U.S.-led airstrikes, losing ground in Iraq and suffering defeat in a weeks-long assault to capture the Syrian border town of Kobani, is the Islamic State flagging and putting out feelers to see if a truce might be...

In the new edition of its magazine, ISIS floats the idea of a truce. Is the group flagging—or is this just another tactic?

Keep Reading
Fort Meade, Maryland, United States: Aerial footage shows damaged vehicles and debris at the gate to Fort Meade, where the National Security Agency has its headquarters. Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the NSA, prompting police to open fire. One of the men died, the other was injured and a police officer also was taken to a hospital.

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and as...

A picture is emerging of the troubled young person killed at the NSA. She seemingly had no intention of ending up in the line of fire at America’s largest intelligence agency.

Keep Reading
Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr reacts during a news conference in Cologne-Bonn airport March 26, 2015. The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings jet into the French Alps last week told the Lufthansa flight training school about a previous period of depression, Lufthansa said on March 31, 2015.    REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay - RTR4VMVB

Lufthansa’s Deadly Confession

Lufthansa’s Deadly Confession

Andreas Lubitz did not conceal his “episode of severe depression” from his airline as had been previously reported. In fact, Lufthansa now admits he disclosed it.This shocking revelation from Lufthansa shifts the responsibility away from the 27-ye...

A week after saying Andreas Lubitz was “100 percent fit to fly,” the airline admits he told them of a serious depressive episode while training.

Keep Reading

Weinstein Accuser Sued Dirty Old Men

Weinstein Accuser Sued Dirty Old Men

ROME, Italy — A young Italian model finds herself the victim of alleged sexual abuse by a powerful older man—for the third time.When 22-year-old Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, an Italian of Philippine descent now working on her modeling career in New ...

In her native Italy, this young model took two alleged lechers to court for sexual improprieties. Now she’s told police that one of Hollywood’s biggest moguls groped her, too.

Keep Reading
Fort Meade, Maryland, United States: Aerial footage shows damaged vehicles and debris at the gate to Fort Meade, where the National Security Agency has its headquarters. Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the NSA, prompting police to open fire. One of the men died, the other was injured and a police officer also was taken to a hospital.

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and as...

A picture is emerging of the troubled young person killed at the NSA. She seemingly had no intention of ending up in the line of fire at America’s largest intelligence agency.

Keep Reading
In this Monday July 2, 2014 photo made available Sunday July 6, 2014, Oppido Mamertina mayor Domenico Giannetta, center , wearing a sash with Italian flag's colors, flanked at left by Italian Carabinieri officer Andrea Marino walk during a religious procession in Oppido Mamertina, Calabria region, Southern Italy. In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, the church procession has detoured from its route to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest.  Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Sunday denounced the tribute in Oppido Mamertina, a Calabrian town and ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate stronghold, as ‘’deplorable and disgusting.’’ He praised three Carabinieri policemen who abandoned the procession in disapproval. (AP Photo/Toni Condello)

Pope: No More Mafia Worship at Easter

Pope: No More Mafia Worship at Easter

ROME — Last July, when the Catholic parishioners of Oppido Mamertina in Calabria dusted off the giant gilded statue of the Madonna delle Grazie for a saint’s day procession through the village streets, they did what they had done for years. They s...

Easter processions in southern Italy are used to pausing the statues of the saints to honor local Mafiosi holed up in their houses. No more, says Pope Francis.

Keep Reading
Russia's President Vladimir Putin  chairs a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 7, 2014.  Putin told yesteday rebels in Ukraine to halt plans for independence votes and said his troops have pulled back from the border, but his apparent change of heart received short shrift from Kiev and Washington.

Putin Bootlickers Assemble in D.C.

Putin Bootlickers Assemble in D.C.

Andrei Sakharov must be rolling in his grave.The late Russian nuclear physicist was the most prominent dissident in the Soviet Union. For his warnings against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and in defense of basic civil rights, the Kremlin t...

The World Russia Forum was once a respectable affair. Now it’s just a nest of Putin apologists and has-beens and both. Dead Souls indeed.

Keep Reading
Omar Trevino Morales, known as "Z-42" and leader of the Zetas drug cartel, is escorted by soldiers during a media conference about his arrest in Mexico City March 4, 2015. Mexican security forces have captured Morales, leader of the bloody Zetas drug cartel and one of the country's most wanted men, security officials said on Wednesday. The brother of captured former Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was arrested in the city of Monterrey in the early hours of Wednesday, a senior government official said. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (MEXICO - Tags: CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4S4FP

Mexico’s Disastrous Drug War ‘Success’

Mexico’s Disastrous Drug War ‘Success’

MEXICO CITY — Back in December 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderón decided to launch an unprecedented attack against the drug cartels that had taken over parts of Mexico, the government’s strategy consisted mostly of reckless improvisatio...

Mexican authorities keep capturing drug lords, but violence is spreading in new, dangerous ways.

Keep Reading
In this Monday July 2, 2014 photo made available Sunday July 6, 2014, Oppido Mamertina mayor Domenico Giannetta, center , wearing a sash with Italian flag's colors, flanked at left by Italian Carabinieri officer Andrea Marino walk during a religious procession in Oppido Mamertina, Calabria region, Southern Italy. In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, the church procession has detoured from its route to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest.  Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Sunday denounced the tribute in Oppido Mamertina, a Calabrian town and ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate stronghold, as ‘’deplorable and disgusting.’’ He praised three Carabinieri policemen who abandoned the procession in disapproval. (AP Photo/Toni Condello)

Pope: No More Mafia Worship at Easter

Pope: No More Mafia Worship at Easter

ROME — Last July, when the Catholic parishioners of Oppido Mamertina in Calabria dusted off the giant gilded statue of the Madonna delle Grazie for a saint’s day procession through the village streets, they did what they had done for years. They s...

Easter processions in southern Italy are used to pausing the statues of the saints to honor local Mafiosi holed up in their houses. No more, says Pope Francis.

Keep Reading

U.S. News

Fort Meade, Maryland, United States: Aerial footage shows damaged vehicles and debris at the gate to Fort Meade, where the National Security Agency has its headquarters. Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the NSA, prompting police to open fire. One of the men died, the other was injured and a police officer also was taken to a hospital.

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and as...

A picture is emerging of the troubled young person killed at the NSA. She seemingly had no intention of ending up in the line of fire at America’s largest intelligence agency.

Keep Reading
Gov. Lester Maddox, leader of a faction try to represent Georgia at the Democratic National Convention conduct press conference in the Chicago hotel in Chicago, August 24, 1968 to give his version of the dispute. Maddox said a compromise offered by the credentials committee is unacceptable. (AP Photo)

The Ballad of Lester Maddox

The Ballad of Lester Maddox

Once upon a time, a restaurant owner refused to serve people who were different. He said he did so in the name of freedom, not discrimination.The time was 1964, the place was Georgia, and the man was Lester Maddox. He was the owner of The Pickrick...

As we've been reminded by the fight in Indiana, supporters of discrimination have always cloaked their views in appeals to personal liberty.

Keep Reading

Weinstein Accuser Sued Dirty Old Men

Weinstein Accuser Sued Dirty Old Men

ROME, Italy — A young Italian model finds herself the victim of alleged sexual abuse by a powerful older man—for the third time.When 22-year-old Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, an Italian of Philippine descent now working on her modeling career in New ...

In her native Italy, this young model took two alleged lechers to court for sexual improprieties. Now she’s told police that one of Hollywood’s biggest moguls groped her, too.

Keep Reading
Fort Meade, Maryland, United States: Aerial footage shows damaged vehicles and debris at the gate to Fort Meade, where the National Security Agency has its headquarters. Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the NSA, prompting police to open fire. One of the men died, the other was injured and a police officer also was taken to a hospital.

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and as...

A picture is emerging of the troubled young person killed at the NSA. She seemingly had no intention of ending up in the line of fire at America’s largest intelligence agency.

Keep Reading
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Pence has declared a public health emergency in response to the HIV epidemic in Scott County.  Seventy two cases of HIV have been confirmed in the southern Indiana county. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Mike Pence Still Isn’t Telling the Truth

Mike Pence Still Isn’t Telling the Truth

Why Indiana?With the backlash in full effect—with cancellations of gamer conventions, Wilco concerts, office expansions—even Indiana Governor Mike Pence backtracked today, saying that he will accept the kind of legislative “fix” that Republicans h...

Indiana’s governor announced today he’s finally fixing the state’s anti-gay law, but took the time to rail against ‘reckless reporting.’ The reporting is not the problem.

Keep Reading
Lose Your Faith, Get Expelled At BYU

Lose Your Faith, Get Expelled at BYU

Lose Your Faith, Get Expelled at BYU

Kathy and her husband, Zach, take care to hide their coffee machine when friends come over. The Brigham Young University students have a vacuum cleaner that squirts Febreze to hide the scent, because if anyone outside of a select few finds out the...

Mormons who stop practicing their religion while at BYU are expelled or forced to live in secrecy for years. Others are temporarily blackballed for living in sin.

Keep Reading

Tech + Health

Kanye West and Jay Z attend the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Roc Nation)

Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Business, Man

Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Business, Man

On Monday, hip-hop mogul Jay Z and a parade of superstars announced the official launch of the rebranded music streaming service Tidal in New York City. Alongside the rapper were other pop icons and shareholders in the service: Alicia Keys, Kanye ...

Yes, the launch event for the new artist-owned streaming service Tidal was over-the-top. But we shouldn’t fault Jay Z and other A-list artists for demanding a place at the table.

Keep Reading

Simple DNA Editing Is Here: Now What?

Simple DNA Editing Is Here: Now What?

“We have within our grasp the technology to change evolution. This could change the course of biological life.” — Paul Berg, Nobel Laureate and a pioneer of genetic engineeringIn 2012, scientists in the U.S. and Sweden invented a technology as p...

We have the earth-shattering technology in our hands—but even its inventors worry about its awesome power to alter our genetic future.

Keep Reading

When Panorama Pics Go Bad

When Panorama Pics Go Bad

One of the many magical technological advancements our omnipresent smart phones have literally put in the palm of our hands is the ability to take ultra-wide panoramic photographs. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon? No problem. Hold ’er ste...

Our smartphones are smart…but not that smart. Here are a few of our favorite #panoramafails.

Keep Reading
Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this September 13, 2009 file photo.  The co-pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed Germanwings plane carrying 149 passengers into the French Alps received psychiatric treatment for a "serious depressive episode" six years ago, German tabloid Bild reported on March 27, 2015. Prosecutors in France, after listening to the cockpit voice recorders, offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would take the controls of the Airbus A320, lock the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately set it veering down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet per minute. REUTERS/Foto-Team-Mueller   - RTR4V3TT

What Did Andreas Lubitz's Doctor Know?

What Did Andreas Lubitz's Doctor Know?

As the world grapples with the horrific news about the crash of a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, and its shift from unexplained tragedy to terrible crime, focus has tightened on the background and condition of Andreas Lubitz, cop...

Depression doesn’t cause mass murder. Something more was at play in the Germanwings co-pilot’s mind—and the only person that was told Lubitz was unfit to fly was Lubitz himself.

Keep Reading

Simple DNA Editing Is Here: Now What?

Simple DNA Editing Is Here: Now What?

“We have within our grasp the technology to change evolution. This could change the course of biological life.” — Paul Berg, Nobel Laureate and a pioneer of genetic engineeringIn 2012, scientists in the U.S. and Sweden invented a technology as p...

We have the earth-shattering technology in our hands—but even its inventors worry about its awesome power to alter our genetic future.

Keep Reading

How Our Brains Get Over Bad Breakups

How Our Brains Get Over Bad Breakups

Ever worried about the toll your disastrous love life is taking on your mental health? Now you can officially put those fears to bed as it turns out we’re much better at dealing with heartbreak than we might have thought.A new research review has ...

Great news for the lovelorn: Our neurons are hardwired to help us move on from romantic rejection.

Keep Reading

Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances?

Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances?

Men don’t touch each other anymore, at least not very often or without excuse. For the average straight American man, physical contact is most often gruff—a pat on the back, a punch on the arm, or, most warmly, a firm handshake—and the only social...

Physical intimacy in male friendships is virtually non-existent these days—but it wasn’t always that way.

Keep Reading
Two women looking at a pregnancy test, studio shot

The Sex Toy That Knocks You Up

The Sex Toy That Knocks You Up

There are a plethora of sex toys designed to bring you to orgasm, but precious few devised to get you pregnant. Until now.  Trying to make a baby should be one of the more enjoyable experiences of a couple’s life. Casual sex is fine and all, but s...

Having trouble conceiving? The Semenette, a strap-on dildo designed to eject donor semen into your partner, may be for you.

Keep Reading

How Our Brains Get Over Bad Breakups

How Our Brains Get Over Bad Breakups

Ever worried about the toll your disastrous love life is taking on your mental health? Now you can officially put those fears to bed as it turns out we’re much better at dealing with heartbreak than we might have thought.A new research review has ...

Great news for the lovelorn: Our neurons are hardwired to help us move on from romantic rejection.

Keep Reading

BeastStyle

The Ridiculous Trevor Noah Backlash

The Trevor Noah Backlash Is Ridiculous

The Trevor Noah Backlash Is Ridiculous

Who’s allowed to tell jokes? Who’s allowed to laugh at jokes? Should certain jokes never be said? Can certain comics say things, and others not?In the space of twenty four hours, Trevor Noah has been announced as the new host of The Daily Show, ha...

In just 24 hours, Trevor Noah has gone from sudden superstar to accused of sexism and anti-Semitism. Every comedian today treads the same perilous path.

Keep Reading
How Trevor Noah Got The Daily Show

How Trevor Noah Won ‘The Daily Show’

How Trevor Noah Won ‘The Daily Show’

Trevor who?There was a fair amount of media head-scratching Monday morning when Comedy Central announced the choice of a South African comedian named Trevor Noah—a virtual unknown to American television audiences—as the next “fake news” anchor who...

He might be a relatively unknown name, but observers say the South African comedian has just the right chops to replace Jon Stewart.

Keep Reading

The World’s Hottest Math Teacher

The World’s Hottest Math Teacher

Pietro Boselli, the “hottest math teacher in the world,” was not responding to requests for interviews  Monday, but neither was he retreating from the world.Instead, the math lecturer was letting pictures do the talking, posting to Instagram a sex...

When Pietro Boselli isn’t instilling the finer points of math into his class of university students, he’s showcasing his ripped body as a model.

Keep Reading

Online Dating Is Killing Your Anonymity

Online Dating Is Killing Your Anonymity

“In a city of 8 million people, you’re bound to run into your ex-wife,” Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) says in 1989’s When Harry Met Sally. The remark was facetious, but 25 years later, where social media allows you to connect—in any number of above-...

When it began, it seemed so quick, simple, and discreet. But, given the myriad ways we connect and know one another, online dating isn't so anonymous after all. And, it seems, pe...

Keep Reading
How Trevor Noah Got The Daily Show

How Trevor Noah Won ‘The Daily Show’

How Trevor Noah Won ‘The Daily Show’

Trevor who?There was a fair amount of media head-scratching Monday morning when Comedy Central announced the choice of a South African comedian named Trevor Noah—a virtual unknown to American television audiences—as the next “fake news” anchor who...

He might be a relatively unknown name, but observers say the South African comedian has just the right chops to replace Jon Stewart.

Keep Reading
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1957:  Jazz singer Billie Holiday rehearses for her performance on the TV show 'The Seven Lively Arts: The Sound Of Jazz' that aired on December 8 1957 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Words become pitiful tools when we use them to describe music. Most commonly even the best writers fall back on analogies. He’s like the Beatles. She sounds like Patsy Cline. The idea here is to come up with someone you have heard as a means of in...

Her tragically short life was a mess, but she banished misfortune every time she opened her mouth to sing. No artist is perfect, but she came close.

Keep Reading

Castro's Chef, Cuba's Hottest Man, & Me

Castro's Chef, Cuba's Hottest Man, & Me

There is no age restriction for Saturday night debauchery in Santa Clara, Cuba’s wildest town. Toddlers get their kicks on a goat-pulled cart that clops in dizzying circles around the Parque Vidal, the main plaza, pushing through a crowd gathered ...

Every visitor to the Cuban town of Santa Clara is greeted by a statue to Che Guevara, the town's adopted hero. The LGBT scene is pretty special too, not to mention supper with Fi...

Keep Reading

Craft Beer Gives the Best Hangover

Craft Beer Gives the Best Hangover

I couldn’t put my finger on what I was drinking. Carton Brewing’s Cosmonaut was labeled a Russian imperial stout and had many of the standard flavors of the style, but something was a little...odd.It was roasty and chocolate-y as expected, but als...

At the 12th annual Extreme Beer Fest a fantastic merry-go-round of craft beers, flavored with the likes of smoked pineapple and white truffle, got our correspondent deliciously drunk.

Keep Reading
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1957:  Jazz singer Billie Holiday rehearses for her performance on the TV show 'The Seven Lively Arts: The Sound Of Jazz' that aired on December 8 1957 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Words become pitiful tools when we use them to describe music. Most commonly even the best writers fall back on analogies. He’s like the Beatles. She sounds like Patsy Cline. The idea here is to come up with someone you have heard as a means of in...

Her tragically short life was a mess, but she banished misfortune every time she opened her mouth to sing. No artist is perfect, but she came close.

Keep Reading

Books

How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

About the only good to come from the horrific attack on the French satiric newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January is that it got everybody talking about free speech. That event, combined with the more recent shooting at a free speech event in Copenhag...

The willingness of the French to prosecute anyone supporting terror in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders sadly echoes the Sedition Act in the U.S.

Keep Reading
  • In this May 1, 2014 photo, irrigation water runs along the dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif. A federal agency said Friday it will not release water for most Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

    How Big Ag Gamed California’s Drought

    How Big Ag Gamed California’s Drought

    “I’ve been smiling all the way to the bank,” said pistachio farmer John Dean at a conference hosted this month by Paramount Farms, the mega-operation owned by Stewart Resnick, a Beverly Hills billionaire known for his sprawling agricultural holdin...

    Consuming 80 percent of California’s developed water but accounting for only 2 percent of the state’s GDP, agriculture thrives while everyone else is parched.

    Keep Reading

Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

All hail the almighty cow.Products of and by the cow are in our medicines, our sports equipment, cleaning supplies, snacks, books, magazines, and the materials that make our homes. It’s the animal that gave us the cowboy—symbol of the American ...

Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and his wife want America to stop eating so much meat—but their new book may only be preaching to the converted.

Keep Reading
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1957: Jazz singer Billie Holiday rehearses for her performance on the TV show 'The Seven Lively Arts: The Sound Of Jazz' that aired on December 8 1957 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Words become pitiful tools when we use them to describe music. Most commonly even the best writers fall back on analogies. He’s like the Beatles. She sounds like Patsy Cline. The idea here is to come up with someone you have heard as a means of in...

Her tragically short life was a mess, but she banished misfortune every time she opened her mouth to sing. No artist is perfect, but she came close.

Keep Reading

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

Fixed MenuBy Kevin Pang, Lucky PeachKevin Pang visits an Indiana prison for a look at the reality and morality of how we feed our inmate population in America.The Shut-In EconomyBy Lauren Smiley, MediumSomething to read this weekend between Amazon...

Prison menus, the war criminal next door and a college basketball player who drives for Uber—it’s all happening in The Daily Beast’s picks for the best journalism from around the web...

Keep Reading

Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

All hail the almighty cow.Products of and by the cow are in our medicines, our sports equipment, cleaning supplies, snacks, books, magazines, and the materials that make our homes. It’s the animal that gave us the cowboy—symbol of the American ...

Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and his wife want America to stop eating so much meat—but their new book may only be preaching to the converted.

Keep Reading
MARILYN MONROE GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953)

How Joyce and Faulkner Fell For a Blonde

How Joyce and Faulkner Fell For a Blonde

A Philadelphia copywriter named Frances Gerety is credited with coining the phrase, “A Diamond Is Forever” for De Beers in 1947. But a similar phrase served as a punchline more than twenty years earlier, in Anita Loos’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “...

The 1925 novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was a massive hit—everybody from the Prince of Wales to William Faulkner loved it—and personifies the Jazz Age.

Keep Reading
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1547 1616 Spanish writer

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

MADRID — An important forensic investigation in Spain recently confirmed that bones buried in Madrid’s Trinitarian Convent belong to the author of Don Quixote, who died poor and forgotten almost 400 years ago.One wouldn’t want to spoil a good head...

You may not have noticed amid all the hoopla about Richard III’s cadaver, but Spain has dug up a national hero as well.

Keep Reading
National Geographic Channel's Killing Jesus.

(photo credit:  National Geographic Channels/Kent Eanes)

Bill O'Reilly Kills Jesus All Over Again

Bill O'Reilly Kills Jesus All Over Again

The film version of Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus begins this weekend on the National Geographical Channel, the third of his books to be adapted for television. This production represents the continuation of a book franchise that includes Killing ...

Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus may have been a best-seller, but the film version of it somehow manages to make the story of Jesus Christ uninteresting.

Keep Reading
MARILYN MONROE GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953)

How Joyce and Faulkner Fell For a Blonde

How Joyce and Faulkner Fell For a Blonde

A Philadelphia copywriter named Frances Gerety is credited with coining the phrase, “A Diamond Is Forever” for De Beers in 1947. But a similar phrase served as a punchline more than twenty years earlier, in Anita Loos’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “...

The 1925 novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was a massive hit—everybody from the Prince of Wales to William Faulkner loved it—and personifies the Jazz Age.

Keep Reading