Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2014/12 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en You Can Watch "The Interview" Right Now. Here's How. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/watch-the-interview-or-dont-whatever-how-is-your-holiday-going <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>The Interview </em>is live on YouTube right now. You can rent it for $5.99 or buy it for $14.99.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ed2kSuKqfz0?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Or you can not watch it at all. Or you can watch it later. Or never. Whatever. No pressure. It doesn't make you a bad person. You do you. America is about choice.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:21:39 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 267271 at http://www.motherjones.com You Can Go Watch "The Interview" On Christmas After All http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/sony-the-interview-christmas <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em><strong>Update, 12/23/2014:</strong></em> <em>Sony has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/sony-confirms-limited-theatrical-release-of-the-interview-citing-free-speech/" target="_blank">confirmed</a> the Christmas Day release of </em>The Interview.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">It looks like <em>The Interview</em>&nbsp;may actually be released on Christmas Day!</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Breaking news: Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Victory?src=hash">#Victory</a></p> &mdash; Tim League (@timalamo) <a href="https://twitter.com/timalamo/status/547435347882553344">December 23, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>12/26 to 1/1 times will come out tomorrow for THE INTERVIEW</p> &mdash; Plaza Atlanta (@PlazaAtlanta) <a href="https://twitter.com/PlazaAtlanta/status/547293017934409728">December 23, 2014</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>It's a great day in America. <a href="http://t.co/NKDet4uy0O">pic.twitter.com/NKDet4uy0O</a></p> &mdash; Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) <a href="https://twitter.com/ditzkoff/status/547443949624111104">December 23, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Independent theaters in Texas and Atlanta are saying that they've received the go-ahead to show the film Thursday.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://popcultureblog.dallasnews.com/2014/12/sources-sony-to-ask-theaters-if-they-want-to-open-the-interview-christmas-day-after-all.html/" target="_blank"><em>The Dallas Morning News</em></a> has more: "Sources familiar with this morning's conference call say Sony is also going to make the movie available to theaters at a reduced rental rate, as well as put it on a streaming service (not yet named) and video on demand by no later than Christmas."</p> <p>This is fantastic news for America and for freedom of expression and blah blah blah blah. However, on the downside, it does mean we may actually have to see this stupid movie now. &nbsp;Still, overall, fantastic news!</p> <p>God bless America. God bless George Washington. God bless all the Founding Fathers. God bless Thomas&nbsp;Edison <a href="http://www.nps.gov/edis/forkids/motion-pictures.htm" target="_blank">for</a> inventing the movie&nbsp;camera. God bless Seth Rogen and James Franco. God bless Kim Jong Un...wait, don't God bless Kim Jong Un.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:41:13 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 267211 at http://www.motherjones.com The Most Comprehensive Overview Yet of the Kinks' Glorious Youth http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/most-comprehensive-overview-of-the-kinks-glorious-youth <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VLs09J_x6-c?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The Kinks<br> The Anthology&mdash;1964-1971<br> Sanctuary/BMG</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Kinks-anthology-1024x1024.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>The Kinks' early years have been rehashed repeatedly over the last two decades, so don't expect any major revelations from yet another archival dig. However, <em>The Anthology&mdash;1964-1971</em> offers the most comprehensive overview yet of the London band's glorious youth. With five discs and 140 tracks, this massive set is hardly for the casual listener. It includes demos, rehearsal snippets, alternate takes, and obscure mixes in the service of luring hardcore fans who think they've already heard it all. It traces the Kinks' rapid evolution from a scrappy R&amp;B band playing Chuck Berry and Little Richard covers to purveyors of furious rockers like "You Really Got Me" (arguably an inspiration for heavy metal and punk) to Ray Davies' emergence as a singularly gifted writer who delivers wry social commentary on "A Well Respected Man," attains magical beauty with "Waterloo Sunset," and engages in subversive gender-bending in "Lola." At their most elegant, the lads still displayed a strong rock and roll streak, thanks to brother Dave Davies' wicked lead guitar and Mick Avory's thrashing drums. And while the Kinks continued making strong music into the '90, these amazing recordings are their best.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 267076 at http://www.motherjones.com Soundtrack for a Police-Brutality Protest http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/playlist-oakland-police-brutality-protest-millions-march <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The sun was setting as the Millions March began to disperse in downtown Oakland, California. Thousands of people had taken to the streets throughout the day to show solidarity and outrage over the slew of high-profile killings of unarmed African Americans by police. With coordinated marches held around the country, it had been a day of signs and banners, impassioned speeches, and pointed but peaceful demonstrations.</p> <p>As evening fell, a second march was about to begin. A young man in a black hoodie, his face hidden behind a red bandana, shouted "Fuck the police!" through a megaphone as hundreds filed into the intersection behind him&mdash;the tone of this march was markedly darker.</p> <p>In Oakland, anger over racism in the criminal justice system is always simmering beneath the surface. But the grand jury decisions to not indict the officers responsible for the deaths of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, had fueled continuing protests around the Bay Area. Graffiti scrawled across street signs and boarded-up businesses reflected the shouted sentiments that could be heard over sirens and helicopters, echoing through the streets each night.</p> <p>But something made this march stand apart. Among the marchers was a cart stacked with two PA speakers, an amplifier, an inverter, and a couple of deep-cycle batteries to power the setup. With nearly $4,000 worth of equipment, the music cart added a dimension missing from the previous protests. At dusk, people followed the sound to join the march, pausing to circle around the cart and dance to the rhythm booming through the speakers.</p> <p>Brian, the cart's owner, who asked that I not publish his last name, told me he started bringing his sound system to demonstrations as part of Occupy Oakland back in 2011<a href="#correction">*</a>. A student who works part time in sound production and theater design, Brian was happy to step up when march organizers asked him to. "I think music helps crowds stay together and it helps people feel more empowered. It's hard to describe," he said, with a pause. "You go on a march without music&mdash;there's a difference."</p> <p>Brian's selections, some of which were penned on these very streets, reflected the sentiments of the marchers. "I think in a lot of ways music enables protests to be something that is fun and joyous while still matching the angry mood," he told me. "That is balance that you have to strike." He emphasized that his role was strictly one of support. "I think it is super-important, as a white person in this movement, that I take a backseat. I am trying to be very careful not to lead the march with the sound system, and it is very important to play music that people are enjoying in the crowd."</p> <p>Police presence was felt throughout the night, but around 6:30 pm, following scattered acts of vandalism, an Oakland Police intercom boomed instructions to disperse, warning the hundreds of marchers that their assembly was unlawful. Anyone there, regardless of purpose, was subject to arrest, which could "result in personal injury," the police warned. The march continued even after police ran at the crowd, causing some protesters to scatter momentarily. But the music kept playing and people kept marching.</p> <p>Some volunteered to help push the cumbersome equipment&mdash;nearly 200 pounds of it&mdash;over grassy knolls, through stopped traffic, and away from police who attempted to corral protesters into <a href="http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/kettle" target="_blank">kettles</a>, a common crowd-control tactic. Others gave Brian song requests.</p> <p>He tried his best to match their moods, switching from heavier, more strident songs to upbeat classics like the Commodores' "Brick House" and Michael Jackson hits to calm the crowd during police confrontations. "At that point we had broken out of those kettles," he said, "and it is a little bit of a scary moment&mdash;a moment in which we won, which is great, but I think people were a little on edge." The music seemed to do the trick; marchers could be seen dancing past a growing number police vans and squad cars.</p> <p>The victory wouldn't last long, though. Around eight o'clock, the group around the sound system danced right into a police kettle and was quickly surrounded. The police silenced and confiscated Brian's gear and began arresting people. Officers from 11 different agencies made 45 arrests that night in Oakland, and Brian was among them. He was released quickly though, and he says people can expect to see him and his sound system out on the streets again soon.</p> <p>Here's a sampling of songs he played last week:<br><br><strong>"Lovelle Mixon"&mdash;Mistah F.A.B. feat. Magnolia Chop:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_BOKL6qkhvw?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>"Fuck Tha Police"&mdash;Lil Boosie:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-oYY1NGtdRE?rel=0" width="630"></iframe><br><br><strong>"We Ain&rsquo;t Listenin' (Remix)"&mdash;Beeda Weeda, J Stalin:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ehaGqlIQNnk?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>"N.E.W. Oakland"&mdash;Mistah F.A.B.</strong>:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QnEB8j1eqGM?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>"Hyphy"&mdash;Federation feat E-40:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_z2agnoAUpc?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>"Don&rsquo;t Snitch"&mdash;Mac Dre:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jfMqR24rQzU?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>"G Code"&mdash;Geto Boys:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GkG6Da3-AU8?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>"California Love"&mdash;2Pac feat. Dr. Dre:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5wBTdfAkqGU?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>"Fuck Tha Police"&mdash;N.W.A.:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9jOqOlETcRU?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>"Rock With You" &ndash; Michael Jackson:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5X-Mrc2l1d0?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><br><strong>"September"&mdash;Earth, Wind, and Fire:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Gs069dndIYk?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p id="correction"><em>Correction: The original version of this article misidentified the year the Occupy Oakland protests began.</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Race and Ethnicity Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:00:07 +0000 Gabrielle Canon 266686 at http://www.motherjones.com The Projectionists at One of LA's Most Famous Theaters Are Apparently Tired of Being Paid Like Crap http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/arclight-projectionists-happy-holidays-living-wage <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The ArcLight is one of the most famous theaters in Hollywood. (It looks like a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinerama_Dome" target="_blank">golf ball</a>. In my house it is known as the golf ball movie theater.) Every Friday night, arm-linked lovers bustle in to find new big flicks. Last night some <a href="https://twitter.com/slack2thefuture/status/546187402805387264" target="_blank">patrons also found the following Christmas card</a>:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="https://twitter.com/slack2thefuture/status/546187402805387264"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/B5Ryi-ICEAAH50I.jpg-large_1.jpeg"></a> <div class="caption"><a href="https://twitter.com/slack2thefuture/status/546187402805387264" target="_blank">David Slack</a></div> </div> <p>This comes from TV writer <a href="https://twitter.com/slack2thefuture" target="_blank">David Slack</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/slack2thefuture/status/546187402805387264" target="_blank">who added&nbsp;on Twitter</a>, "I love you, @ArcLightCinemas but I got this outside your theater. Don&rsquo;t be an a-hole. Pay your people better."</p> <p>It's <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/movies/2010/12/the_end.single.html" target="_blank">tough times for projectionists</a>. It's a high skilled job that for a long time made a reliable career, but over the last decade theaters have increasingly dropped their 35mm projectors in favor of digital setups that don't require the same technical proficiency&nbsp;to operate. ArcLight&nbsp;projectionists are having an especially difficult time. According to the <a href="http://www.ia33.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&amp;homeID=451243" target="_blank">Stage Technicians Unions</a>, which has been <a href="http://twitter.com/variety/status/510193980630663169" target="_blank">protesting</a> the theater for <a href="http://www.ia33.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&amp;homeID=450361" target="_blank">months</a>, they&nbsp;make less than half what projectionists at competing theaters in LA make.&nbsp;</p> <p>I reached out to Chris Forman and will update if he gets back to me.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:29:58 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 267086 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Stephen Colbert End Final Episode with an Epic Celebrity-Soaked Sing-Along http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/colbert-last-episode-singalong <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Stephen Colbert <a href="http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/964kg3/stephen---friends----we-ll-meet-again-" target="_blank">bid farewell </a>to "The Colbert Report" with a joyous sing-along of "We'll Meet Again," which saw cameos from nearly every friend of the show you could imagine, from Jon Stewart, James Franco, Samantha Power, Patrick Stewart, Bill de Blasio, George Lucas, Big&nbsp;Bird, and many more. The inimitable Randy Newman played piano.</p> <p>It was a spectacular moment that concluded with our beloved host riding off into the night in Santa's sleigh, a unicorned Abraham Lincoln and non-unicorned Alex Trebek in tow.</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:c6b8845a-8e69-4c38-bfa8-99084e0fb78a" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p>Earlier on, Colbert managed to actually cheat death by defeating the Grim Reaper in a rousing, violent game of chess. "I just killed death. I'm immortal!" Here's to hoping there's more to come from our favorite right-wing blowhard:</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:34c4f2b2-f6a7-4d2e-89f2-ebd314743550" width="630"></iframe></div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Video Media Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:11:01 +0000 Inae Oh 267006 at http://www.motherjones.com 10 Movies About Freedom of Expression Hollywood Should Rewatch ASAP http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/sony-the-interview <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Wednesday, the powers that be at Sony officially pulled the plug on <em>The Interview</em>, after hackers behind the company's unprecedented hacking scandal threatened to unleash a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/16/sony-hackers-911-the-interview_n_6335174.html" target="_blank">September 11th-like terrorism scheme</a> if the film was released as scheduled.</p> <p><em>The Interview</em> was supposed to be a dumb movie starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, in which the two conclude their adventures in North Korea by <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/north-korea-the-interview-2014-12" target="_blank">blowing up</a> the country's man-child leader, Kim Jong-Un. This was supposed to be a movie no one was particularly interested in discussing, because it frankly sounded terrible. It should have marched on to its dumb release on Christmas Day, but alas, Sony capitulated to what were&nbsp;most likely <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/dhs-no-credible-threat-to-sony-movie-launch-113618.html" target="_blank">empty</a> threats. Paramount went even further by barring theaters from showing <a href="https://deadline.com/2014/12/paramount-cancel-team-america-1201329597/" target="_blank">"Team America.</a>"</p> <p>If movies have&nbsp;taught us anything over the years, it is that when someone tells you not to express yourself creatively, you tell them to fuck off, and dance your little heart out. Standing up to the forces of artistic oppression and censorship&nbsp;is the main lesson of literally every single film Hollywood has ever made.</p> <p>With that in mind, here are 10 movies Hollywood should rewatch:</p> <p><strong><em>1. Footloose</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Threat</strong>: Don't dance.</p> <p><strong>Resolution</strong>: Fuck 'em. Dance.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/giphy.gif" style="height: 354px; width: 636px;"></div> <p><strong style="line-height: 2em;"><em>2. Pleasantville</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Threat</strong>: Don't paint.</p> <p><strong>Resolution</strong>: Fuck 'em. Paint.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/200.gif" style="height: 391px; width: 630px;"></div> <p><em style="line-height: 2em;"><strong>3. Hamlet 2</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Threat</strong>: Don&rsquo;t do an awful play.</p> <p><strong>Resolution</strong>: Fuck 'em. Do your awful play in an old abandoned warehouse.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/anigif_enhanced-buzz-15382-1395076434-8.gif" style="height: 328px; width: 630px;"></div> <p><em style="line-height: 2em;"><strong>4. Shakespeare In Love</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Threat</strong>: Don't let a girl act.</p> <p><strong>Resolution</strong>: Fuck Colin Firth. Let Gwyneth act.&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/giphy_0.gif" style="height: 540px; width: 630px;"></div> <p><em style="line-height: 2em;"><strong>5. Mr. Holland's Opus</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Threat</strong>: Don't play rock &amp; roll.</p> <p><strong>Resolution</strong>: Sit on it, William H. Macy. Rock out.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/opus.gif" style="height: 239px; width: 630px;"></div> <p><em><strong>6. The People versus Larry Flynt </strong></em></p> <p><strong>Threat</strong>: Don't sell pornography and joke about Reverend Jerry Falwell having sex with his mother.</p> <p><strong>Resolution</strong>: Make as much pornography as you want. Joke extra hard about Reverend Jerry Falwell having sex with his mother.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/tumblr_mnifuj5Aua1qk8jpko5_250.gif" style="width: 600px;"></div> <p><em style="line-height: 2em;"><strong>7. Pump up the Volume&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Threat</strong>: Don't do a radio show where you tell truth to power.</p> <p><strong>Resolution</strong>: Pump up the volume.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/tumblr_mvc506dTYr1r0k2r8o5_250.gif" style="height: 411px; width: 630px;"></div> <p><em><strong>8. Pirate Radio </strong></em></p> <p><strong>Threat</strong>: Don't play dirty rock &amp; roll on the radio.</p> <p><strong>Resolution</strong>: Who's going to stop us? You? You and what Navy? Oh, the Royal Navy, I see.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/tumblr_m457igKW7y1qavb8jo1_500.gif" style="height: 263px; width: 630px;"></div> <p><em><strong>9. Cradle Will Rock</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Threat:</strong> Don't put on a leftist musical.</p> <p><strong>Resolution:</strong> Find another theater. Put on your leftist musical.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AMmGSItJTJI" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>10. Dirty Dancing </em></strong></p> <p><strong>Threat</strong>: Don't dance in a sensual way with the guests.</p> <p><strong>Resolution:</strong> Fuck 'em. Cue Patrick Swayze: "Sorry about the disruption, folks, but I always do the last dance of the season. This year somebody told me not to. So I'm gonna do my kind of dancin' with a great partner, who's not only a terrific dancer. Somebody who's taught me that there are people willing to stand up for other people no matter what it costs them. Somebody who's taught me about the kind of person I wanna be. Miss Frances Houseman."&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/giphy%20%281%29_0.gif" style="height: 284px; width: 630px;"></div> <p>Stop putting baby in a corner, Hollywood.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Film and TV Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:00:08 +0000 Inae Oh and Ben Dreyfuss 266961 at http://www.motherjones.com Listen to the Real Stephen Colbert Explain How He Maintained His Flawless Character for 9 Years http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/stephen-colbert-character-podcast-artist-farewell <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/172480519&amp;color=ff5500" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>The curtain comes down on <em>The Colbert Report</em> Thursday night after a spectacular nine-year run on Comedy Central. But a big question remains: How on Earth did Colbert stay in character for so long?</p> <p>"Stephen Colbert," the character, is indisputably a brilliant creation. I watched every week because "Stephen Colbert" attacked right-wing media by embodying its most outlandish traits; the more sincere he was, the more searing and audacious the satire. He was sophisticated and simple at the same time. He gave viewers an amazing gift: temporary relief from the political divide by skewering idiocy at its source. (My colleague Inae Oh has compiled some of his best segments <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/colbert-goodbye" target="_blank">today</a>).</p> <p>It was a wildly impressive formula, in part for the stamina it required from Stephen Colbert, the comic. As fellow performer Jimmy Fallon <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/17/business/media/stephen-colbert-prepares-final-colbert-report.html?_r=0" target="_blank">told</a> the<em> New York Times</em> this week: "I was one of those who said, 'He'll do it for six months and then he'll move on.'&hellip;It's gets old. But not this. He's a genius."</p> <p>That's what makes the above podcast, <em>Working, With David Plotz</em>, so fascinating: It's Colbert, in his own words, out of character, describing his daily routine of getting into character; a real craftsman. It also reveals the vulnerable human performer within; a real artist.</p> <p>Broadcaster and media critic Brooke Gladstone <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/story/letterman-colbert-america/transcript/" target="_blank">said back in April</a> that Colbert "seems to be a modest man, too modest perhaps, to see that by lightly shedding the cap of his creation, he's depriving us all of a national treasure."</p> <p>Long live Colbert.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Podcasts Media Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:03:51 +0000 James West 266911 at http://www.motherjones.com Bid Farewell to "The Colbert Report" with Some of the Show's Most Genius Moments http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/colbert-goodbye <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Tonight, Stephen Colbert will close the curtain on the&nbsp;ludicrous, yet wholly enjoyable persona he created as the conservative host of "The Colbert Report."&nbsp;</p> <p>As the nation prepares to say goodbye, <em>Mother Jones</em>&nbsp;pays tribute to everyone's favorite right-wing blowhard&nbsp;with a round-up of&nbsp;some of our favorite&nbsp;moments from the show's stellar nine year run.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1. In which Colbert takes on Mitt Romney's infamous 47 percent video by throwing shrimp at poor people:&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">"We job creators know there is no such thing as a free lunch. Lunch is $50,000 a plate!"</span></p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:604ed25e-7cfb-4e64-b2f4-e6a68fc317f7" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p><strong style="line-height: 2em;">2. In which Colbert becomes a migrant worker for a day:&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">"</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">Are there any beans that are in the shade?"</span></p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:30e4a5f6-ed01-11e0-aca6-0026b9414f30" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p><strong>3. In which Colbert cites our study on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-in-america-chart-graph" target="_blank">income disparity</a>&nbsp;to propose the rich starting their own country, America&nbsp;Plus:&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">"We already live in gated communities, I say we just connect them all with really long driveways. To visit, you just need a green card!"</span></p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:3a693038-ed01-11e0-aca6-0026b9414f30" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;"><strong>4. In which Colbert repeatedly&nbsp;stabs his Karl Rove substitute,&nbsp;"Ham Rove,"&nbsp;with a large knife,&nbsp;a segment that prompted the political operative to&nbsp;question Colbert's mental state:</strong> "Ham Rove, my salted and trusted advisor."</span></p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:7f6cb860-9e53-44f1-9a95-be1a245acff2" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p><strong>5. In which Colbert and Buddy Cole take on Russia's anti-gay laws through the lens of the U.S. speed skating team:</strong> "Is speed skating a choice or were you born a speed skater?"</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:51cb8eab-fe3b-4b75-8ba8-647dad584a3c" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p><strong>6. In which Colbert hypnotically dances with Bryan Cranston, Jeff Bridges, and even Henry Kissinger to "Get Lucky": "</strong>This is Colbchella goddammit!"</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:comedycentral.com:e15c030e-791e-4341-a1fc-557e839dd668" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p><strong>7. In which Colbert breaks character to pay a moving tribute to his mother, Lorna Colbert:</strong> "If you also like me, that's because of my mom."&nbsp;</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:fea45535-3609-477f-a3bf-e85a5a891a33" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Media Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:17:05 +0000 Inae Oh 266791 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is the Best C-SPAN Call of All-Time http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/best-c-span-call-all-time <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The brothers Woodhouse sit staunchly on opposite ends of the political spectrum. They regularly take to C-SPAN to publicly squabble over their ideological differences. Their mother, Joy Woodhouse, has finally had enough:</p> <p>"Oh god it's mom," a slightly panicked Dallas Woodhouse mumbles upon realizing the&nbsp;next caller is their mother.</p> <p>Watch below as Mrs. Woodhouse awesomely takes down her sons' political bickering:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Q15xhG6pVUw" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/12/16/hero-mom-calls-into-cspan-to-berate-her-arguing-pundit-sons/" target="_blank">(h/t Washington Post)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Media Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:46:27 +0000 Inae Oh 266731 at http://www.motherjones.com This Video Reveals Just How Degrading Professional Cheerleading Really Is http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/crazy-cheerleading-video-dallas-cowboys <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CAsgGLPer1w?start=868&amp;end=1040" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Earlier today I published a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/12/cheerleader-history-timeline" target="_blank">timeline</a> that chronicles the history of cheerleading, featuring everything from the debut of the Washington Redskinettes to Robin Williams' cameo as a Denver Broncos cheerleader. But for all the confounding moments in the hundred-plus years of cheerleading, this clip of a reality TV show called<em> Making the Team</em> might take the cake.</p> <p>Now in its ninth season on Country Music Television, the show follows candidates as they try out for the famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. In the clip above, from August, team director Kelli Finglass performs "uniform checks," which she punctuates with choice comments like, "Today, we had a little bit of thigh and butt running together, so we're calling it a 'thutt.' Megan had a little bit of a thutt. We can cover cankles with boots, but we can't cover thutts."</p> <p>Keep in mind: Finglass <a href="http://www.dallascowboyscheerleaders.com/dcc-history/" target="_blank">has said</a> that she wants her cheerleaders to be "role models" who are a "cross section of the American woman." Also, it's 2014.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Sex and Gender Sports Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:08:40 +0000 Julia Lurie 266636 at http://www.motherjones.com #IllRideWithYou Tweeters Lend Support to Muslims as Sydney Siege Comes to an End http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/sydney-siege-muslims-illridewithyou <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Tweeters offering to escort Australian Muslims who fear racially or religiously motivated attacks in response to a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/breaking-sydney-lockdown-hostage-situation-unfolds" target="_blank">hostage situation</a> in Sydney have adopted the hashtag #illridewithyou, which has quickly spread across social media. This support for Australian Muslims comes after a black flag with Arabic writing on it was seen displayed on the cafe window where the siege continues to unfold.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>If you reg take the #373 bus b/w Coogee/MartinPl, wear religious attire, &amp; don&rsquo;t feel safe alone: I&rsquo;ll ride with you. @ me for schedule.</p> &mdash; Sir Tessa (@sirtessa) <a href="https://twitter.com/sirtessa/status/544363242655449088">December 15, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Maybe start a hashtag? What&rsquo;s in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/illridewithyou?src=hash">#illridewithyou</a>?</p> &mdash; Sir Tessa (@sirtessa) <a href="https://twitter.com/sirtessa/status/544363674505199616">December 15, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><em>The Guardian</em> reports that <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/dec/15/illridewithyou-hashtag-offers-solidarity-to-sydneys-muslims-after-cafe-siege?view=mobile" target="_blank">Tessa Kum</a> started the hashtag after she saw this story on Twitter:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>This, this is what good people do. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sydneyseige?src=hash">#sydneyseige</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MartinPlace?src=hash">#MartinPlace</a> <a href="http://t.co/zxbHLWzxEp">pic.twitter.com/zxbHLWzxEp</a></p> &mdash; Michael James (@MichaelJames_TV) <a href="https://twitter.com/MichaelJames_TV/status/544339713394368512">December 15, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The idea quickly caught on, and Sydney residents have been using #illridewithyou to publicly reach out to anyone who may want a partner to travel with as authorities work to put an end to the standoff:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>I&rsquo;m a semi regular commuter on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mandurah?src=hash">#mandurah</a> line. If you see me <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/illridewithyou?src=hash">#illridewithyou</a>. I&rsquo;ll be wearing this scarf. <a href="http://t.co/sWSpbDcOsd">pic.twitter.com/sWSpbDcOsd</a></p> &mdash; Terri (@KaelaJael) <a href="https://twitter.com/KaelaJael/status/544424942792482816">December 15, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Practical thing: I've made a temporary sticker for my bag so people who need me can spot me <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/illridewithyou?src=hash">#illridewithyou</a> <a href="http://t.co/aVldEn9wVU">pic.twitter.com/aVldEn9wVU</a></p> &mdash; Kristen Boschma (@Kristen_Boschma) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kristen_Boschma/status/544434345520279552">December 15, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Thanks for protecting my sisters <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/illridewithyou?src=hash">#illridewithyou</a> <a href="http://t.co/Qy9l0lN1qB">pic.twitter.com/Qy9l0lN1qB</a></p> &mdash; Angger Prawitasari (@anggerwitasari) <a href="https://twitter.com/anggerwitasari/status/544454734812176384">December 15, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>As of 9:05 AM EST, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/breaking-sydney-lockdown-hostage-situation-unfolds" target="_blank">five hostages</a> have either escaped or been released. Muslim leaders, who condemned the "criminal act," are urging residents <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-15/sydney-cafe-siege-sparks-muslim-call-for-calm-amid-backlash-fear.html" target="_blank">stay calm</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media International Religion Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:45:46 +0000 Inae Oh 266581 at http://www.motherjones.com The 10 Best Albums of 2014 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/our-music-critics-top-ten-albums <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Each year, <em>Mother Jones</em> music critic Jon Young browses through hundreds of new albums and pulls out 75 to 100 to review for the magazine and website. Some of those make the final cut, but there are some wildcards, too. Below, in no particular order, are Jon's super-duper-abbreviated write-ups of his cream of the crop&mdash;the Top 10 albums of 2014. Feel free to tell us your own Top 10 in the comments.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/leebains-dereconstructed-1425px.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p><strong>Lee Bains III &amp; The Glory Fires</strong><br><strong><em>Dereconstructed</em></strong><br><strong>Sub Pop</strong></p> <p>Blazing, populist old-school rock and roll with a chip on its shoulder.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/81bz0nJgvvL._SL1500_.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p><strong>The "5" Royales<br><em>Soul &amp; Swagger: The Complete "5" Royales 1951-1967</em></strong><br><strong>Rockbeat</strong></p> <p>Raucous, timeless R&amp;B powered by Lowman Pauling's blistering guitar licks.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/thumb_325_tmp_2F1409684864351-gnvb4va8inh1if6r-dba79448b269dec5ea8c93ebecc089f3_2FSly%2BAlbum%2Bcover.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p><strong>Various Artists<br><em>I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70</em></strong><br><strong>Light in the Attic</strong></p> <p>Mind-blowing funky archaeology, this collection of little-known Sly productions from his golden era, many previously unreleased.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/v600_SpeedyOrtizEPCVR900.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p><strong>Speedy Ortiz<br><em>Real Hair</em></strong><br><strong>Carpark</strong></p> <p>Four lyrically dense, guitar-heavy songs from Sadie DuPuis and company.<br><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none;">(</span><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/02/speedy-ortiz-real-hair-ep-review" target="_blank"><u style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Full review here</u></a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none;"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/02/speedy-ortiz-real-hair-ep-review" target="_blank">.</a>)</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/homepage_large.753d433e.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p><strong>White Lung<br><em>Deep Fantasy</em></strong><br><strong>Domino</strong></p> <p>Singer Mish Way's furious punk-rock update is guaranteed to sear.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/kr115-Beverly-Careers.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p><strong>Beverly<br><em>Careers</em></strong><br><strong>Kanine</strong></p> <p>Dream pop gets a jolt of energy, with thrilling results.<br><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none;">(</span><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/fast-tracks-beverlys-all-things-careers" target="_blank"><u style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Full review here</u></a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none;"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/02/speedy-ortiz-real-hair-ep-review" target="_blank">.</a>)</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/homepage_large.ca5e1651.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p><strong>Survival Knife<br><em>Loose Power</em></strong><br><strong>Glacial Pace</strong></p> <p>Unwound alum Brandt Sandeno forges a two-fisted fusion of punk, metal, and hard rock.<br><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/05/survival-knifes-loose-power-review" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none;">(</span></a><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/05/survival-knifes-loose-power-review" target="_blank"><u style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Full review here</u></a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none;"><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/02/speedy-ortiz-real-hair-ep-review" target="_blank">.</a>)</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/ScrapsElectricOcean300_0.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p><strong>Scraps<br><em>Electric Ocean</em></strong><br><strong>Fire</strong></p> <p>Moving thrift-shop electronica, courtesy of Australia's Laura Hill.<br><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/03/scraps-electric-ocean-review" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none;">(</span></a><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/03/scraps-electric-ocean-review" target="_blank"><u style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Full review here</u></a><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/03/scraps-electric-ocean-review" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none;">.)</span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202014-12-14%20at%204.37.59%20PM.png" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p><strong>Joan as Police Woman<br><em>The Classic</em></strong><br><strong>Play It Again Sam</strong></p> <p>Brooding gives way to hope, with old-fashioned soul and doo-wop grooves setting the pace.<br><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/03/music-review-classic-joan-as-police-woman-classic" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none;">(</span></a><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/03/music-review-classic-joan-as-police-woman-classic" target="_blank"><u style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Full review here</u></a><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/03/music-review-classic-joan-as-police-woman-classic" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none;">.)</span></a><br> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/homepage_large.2592e138.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p><strong>Sharon Van Etten<br><em>Are We There</em></strong><br><strong>Jagjaguar</strong></p> <p>A good artist reaches greatness with starkly devastating songs.<br><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/05/music-review-sharon-van-etten-i-know" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none;">(</span></a><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/05/music-review-sharon-van-etten-i-know" target="_blank"><u style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Full review here</u></a><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/05/music-review-sharon-van-etten-i-know" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.4444446563721px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; display: inline !important; float: none;">.)</span></a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Top Stories Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:00:08 +0000 Jon Young 266561 at http://www.motherjones.com The Notorious Princeton Mom Thinks It's Only Rape If the Attacker Uses a Gun or a Knife http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/princeton-mom-rape-learning-experience <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Author Susan Patton, aka the "Princeton Mom," is jumping into the national discussion about campus sexual assault, telling CNN's Carol Costello that the current definition of rape has been warped into nebulous exaggeration.</p> <p>"[It] is no longer when a woman is violated at the point of a gun or a knife," Patton <a href="http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/232401/princeton-mom-calls-date-rape-clumsy-hook-up-melodrama/" target="_blank">explained.</a> "We're now identifying as rape what really is a clumsy hookup melodrama or a fumbled attempt at a kiss or caress."</p> <p>Patton's comments were prompted by a new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics showing that only one in ten sexual assault assailments use weapons and <a href="http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&amp;iid=5176" target="_blank">80 percent of victims</a> are familiar with their attackers. She basically depicts these situations as inebriated, bad choices between two friends, and nothing more.</p> <p>Patton goes on to describe most assaults as "learning experiences" and wonders, "why do you not just get up and leave? Or why do you not, as a woman, tell a man who&rsquo;s making advances that, &lsquo;You know what? Stop, leave.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>It's sad to say, but Patton's views are <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/how-not-to-talk-about-the-culture-of-sexual-assault/359845/" target="_blank">nothing</a> out of the ordinary, despite the fact <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/how-not-to-talk-about-the-culture-of-sexual-assault/359845/" target="_blank">one in five undergraduate </a>women experience sexual assault in college. But in light of the recent controversy ignited by <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/college-campus-rape-sexual-assault-stats-rolling-stone-uva" target="_blank"><em>Rolling Stone's</em> UVA story </a>and mounting rape allegations against Bill Cosby, Patton's opinions are especially obnoxious.</p> <p>Watch and behold a perfect example of how not to talk about rape:</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://www.cnn.com/video/api/embed.html#/video/us/2014/12/11/nr-princeton-mom-on-sexual-assault-rape.cnn" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Film and TV Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:01:19 +0000 Inae Oh 266491 at http://www.motherjones.com Study Confirms What Your Mother Always Says About Your Father http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/will-this-blog-post-make-you-proud-of-me-richard-dreyfuss-please-i-just-want-your-approval-lets-play-catch <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>One day he's going to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11288874/Men-really-are-more-stupid-than-women-research-shows.html" target="_blank">die doing something stupid</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>A 20 year study of the Darwin Awards, an annual review of the most foolish ways people have died, found almost 90 per cent were 'won' by males.</p> <p>Of the 318 valid cases remaining, 282 (88.7 per cent) were awarded to males and just 36 to females, a gender difference entirely consistent with male idiot theory (MIT) that states men are idiots and idiots do stupid things.</p> <p>Writing in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal, the researchers say it is puzzling that men are willing to take such unnecessary risks - simply as a rite of passage, in pursuit of male social esteem or solely in exchange for "bragging rights".</p> </blockquote> <p>The study is tongue in cheek but to be honest it's not even really surprising. We're awful. I'm a man. I come from a long line of men. (My father was a man. His father was a man...) Some of my best friends are men! But men are awful. Women are awful, too, but, you know, less awful.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:10:07 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 266481 at http://www.motherjones.com Jon Stewart Can't Believe the Right Wing Defense of the CIA Torture Report Either http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/jon-stewart-cia-torture-report <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>From rectal feeding to threats aimed at children, the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/cia-torture-report-abuses-rectal-feeding" target="_blank">horrific practices</a> outlined by the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report have provoked widespread condemnation of the CIA. As if these torture methods weren't enough to swallow in one news cycle, a number of talking heads were quick to applaud the torturers. Andrea Tantaros of&mdash;surpriser!&mdash;Fox News and her unbelievable <a href="https://news.yahoo.com/fox-news-host-torture-report-235001597.html" target="_blank">"America is awesome"</a> rant is just one example.</p> <p>Last night, Jon Stewart <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/h3d8hb/america-s-got-torture" target="_blank">showed</a> he's just as disgusted with these responses as the rest of us. <strong>Watch below:</strong></p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:6ad0e4cf-49bb-4dca-a4aa-eff42f30dcc2" width="630"></iframe></div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Video International Media Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:13 +0000 Inae Oh 266396 at http://www.motherjones.com The MPAA Says Teens Can't See a Film About Edward Snowden. This Theater Is Going to Let Them in Anyway. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/citizenfour-ifc-snowden <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/laura-poitras-director-edward-snowden-greenwald" target="_blank">"Citizenfour,"</a> a documentary about Edward Snowden, was given an R rating by members of the Motion Picture Association of America. Their rationale for doing so was apparently due to the occasional <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/movies/citizenfour-a-documentary-about-edward-j-snowden.html?_r=0" target="_blank">swearing</a> that takes place in the hotel room where Snowden, director Laura Poitras, and journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill conduct their conversation.</p> <p>For all teenagers who think they can handle a bit of naughty cuss words and are interested in learning more about shocking global surveillance practices carried out by their government, head over to the IFC theater in New York City, where they're overriding the MPAA's suggested rating. Their rationale? "Not only do we feel the film is suitable for teens, we feel it is essential viewing for anyone who may vote in the next election."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Notice posted outside the NYC theater where I just saw <a href="https://twitter.com/citizenfour">@citizenfour</a>. Cc <a href="https://twitter.com/ioerror">@ioerror</a>. <a href="http://t.co/i4hvabjTe3">pic.twitter.com/i4hvabjTe3</a></p> &mdash; Tommy Collison (@tommycollison) <a href="https://twitter.com/tommycollison/status/541787027315101696">December 8, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><a href="http://http://boingboing.net/2014/12/09/nyc-theater-overrules-mpaa-rat.html" target="_blank"><em>(h/t Boing Boing)</em></a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:26:23 +0000 Inae Oh 266301 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is the Predictably Awful Way Fox News Reacted to the CIA Torture Report http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/fox-news-cia-torture <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Tuesday the Senate released a long-awaited, scathing report condemning CIA torture methods during the George W. Bush administration. The report outlines horrible abuses including <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/cia-torture-report-abuses-rectal-feeding" target="_blank">"rectal feeding" and "ice-water baths,"</a> but only the geniuses over at Fox News could see what it was truly about: Obamacare.</p> <p>The hosts of Fox News' <em>Outnumbered</em> were convinced the report was made public in order to distract from <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/09/politics/gruber-hearing/" target="_blank">Jonathan Gruber's</a> testimony on Obamacare this morning. <a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/12/09/fox-hosts-torture-report-was-released-to-distra/201811" target="_blank">Jesse Watters</a>, who says he would have rather remained in the dark, because after all people do "nasty things in the dark" all the time, said he found the timing of the report's release "ironic," which it is not.</p> <p>Watters then went on to compare the torture report to <em>Rolling Stone's </em>botched sexual assault reporting at the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/12/what-rolling-stone-owes-readers-jackie-and-victims-everywhere" target="_blank">University of Virginia</a>, because why the hell not?</p> <p>"They didn't even interview any of the CIA interrogators who do the report," Watters explained. "It's kind of like how Rolling Stone does their stories&mdash;they only get one side. And to say this is about transparency at the CIA, the Democrats didn't care about transparency when they were destroying hard drives at the IRS."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="video-embed" frameborder="0" height="420" scrolling="no" src="http://mediamatters.org/embed/201811" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/12/09/fox-hosts-torture-report-was-released-to-distra/201811" target="_blank">(h/t Media Matters)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Media Tue, 09 Dec 2014 23:26:57 +0000 Inae Oh 266261 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch "Emperor" Obama Take Over Hosting Duties for Colbert http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/obama-colbert-host <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>"You've taken plenty of shots at my job. I'm going to take a shot at yours."</p> <p>And with that, President Obama seized control of a <a href="http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/full-episodes/9pryj4/december-8--2014---barack-obama" target="_blank">special D.C. edition</a> of "The Colbert Report" last night, leading off by taking over hosting duties for the latest installment of "The Word," or as the president promptly renamed, "The Decree."</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:683edc2a-e024-4168-be61-5a66dfaf23d2" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p>Later on, the two sat down and discussed everything from the midterm elections to the nuclear launch codes. Regarding immigration reform, Colbert asked his guest, "You realize you're an emperor now...Why did you burn the Constitution and become an emperor?"</p> <p>Colbert, who will be replacing David Letterman over at the "Late Show" soon, concluded the special appearance with a suggestion that melded both immigration legislation and Keystone into one bizarre policy proposal. The president declined: "Stephen, that sounds like a ridiculous idea. But that's why you're where you are, and I'm where I am."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Media Obama Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:10:41 +0000 Inae Oh 266196 at http://www.motherjones.com She & Him & M. Ward http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/m-ward-zooey-deschanel-she-him-classics-transistor-radio-reissue <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Og8Etcjt8Y8?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>She &amp; Him<br><em>Classics</em><br> Columbia</strong></p> <p><strong>M. Ward<br><em>Transistor Radio</em><br> Merge</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp;</div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/1_0.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Behold the two sides of M. Ward (Matt to his friends), the gifted troubadour who makes nice pop records with actress Zooey Deschanel as She &amp; Him and crafts darker folk-rock fare on his own. <em>Classics</em> finds She &amp; Him covering 13 chestnuts in engaging fashion, with Deschanel taking most of the lead vocals, as usual.</p> <p>Though she lacks the booming voice of a Dusty Springfield, whose "Stay Awhile" gets a welcome reboot here, Deschanel is a charming singer who sells a lyric with understated grace. See the downcast soul standard "Oh No, Not My Baby" or the enthralling and dreamy "Unchained Melody" for proof. If their sleepy reading of "Stars Fell on Alabama" won't make anybody forget the timeless Ella Fitzgerald-Louis Armstrong duet, it's still lovely.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/10_404_404_260_m.ward_transistor_2500px.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Ward's stellar 2005 album Transistor Radio, just reissued on vinyl with a CD containing four bonus tracks, has aged extremely well. Without straining for effect, his whispery rasp brilliantly conveys all the simmering desperation and mordant humor of haunting songs such as "Four Hours in Washington" ("It's 4:00 in the morning and I'm turning in my bed/I wish I had a dream or a nightmare in my head") and "One Life Away," recounting a visit to a sweetheart's grave. Ward can spook a person like few others when he's in the mood.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 266026 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch This Dog React to Its Favorite Song Coming On http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/bark-bark-bark-bark-bark <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Here is a video of a dog sleeping in the back of a car while the driver plays Charli XCX's wonderful "Boom Clap." Then the driver switches to <em>Frozen</em>'s "Let It Go" and the dog wakes up and starts singing along. Then Charlie XCX comes back on and it goes back to sleep.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ezz2NqvlORY" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>This dog has terrible taste in music. Charli XCX is objectively better than <em>Frozen</em>. If this dog were a music critic, I'd fire it. But it's not a music critic. It's a dog. And all things considered, this is a spirited performance for a dog.</p> <p>(via <em><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/maycie/a-sleeping-puppies-favorite-song-comes-on-and-he-wakes-up-an" target="_blank">BuzzFeed</a></em>)</p></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Sun, 07 Dec 2014 21:15:16 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 266096 at http://www.motherjones.com Film Review: "We Are the Giant" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/film-review-we-are-giant <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/q1-5zbBqU8E" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>We Are the Giant</strong></p> <p>MOTTO PICTURES</p> <p>Bahraini sisters and activists <a href="https://twitter.com/MARYAMALKHAWAJA" target="_blank">Maryam</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/angryarabiya" target="_blank">Zainab al-Khawaja</a> are the heart of this devastating look at the lives behind three Arab Spring uprisings. The film's interviews are interspersed with grainy, often violent footage&mdash;one heart-wrenching clip of a little girl singing at a peaceful protest is cut short by a nearby explosion; another expresses the profound remorse of a Syrian protest leader whose peaceful rallies were met by fatal attacks on his people. By the end, some of the film's main characters are questioning their faith in nonviolent resistance, but their resilience in the face of injustice is this excellent film's common thread.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Human Rights International Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:30:06 +0000 Katie Rose Quandt 261461 at http://www.motherjones.com President Obama to Appear on "The Colbert Report" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/president-obama-appear-colbert-report <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>President Obama will have the distinct honor of <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-12-05/president-obama-heads-to-colbert" target="_blank">appearing</a> on one of the handful of episodes that remain before the nation must bid a sorrowful adieu to the institution that is "The Colbert Report."</p> <p>Host Stephen Colbert, who is replacing <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/04/stephen-colbert-best-worst-political-moments-replacing-letterman-cbs-late-show" target="_blank">David Letterman</a> over at the "Late Show," announced the booking last night, summing it up as a great privilege to "be sitting down with the man who sat down with Bill O'Reilly."</p> <p>The interview will take place Monday, December 8th and be broadcasted from George Washington University for a special D.C. edition. So pumped, we are.</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:03d40cf6-c58e-451b-9261-c984166549e3" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Media Obama Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:29:27 +0000 Inae Oh 266041 at http://www.motherjones.com Jon Stewart Explains What Is "So Utterly Depressing" About the Eric Garner Grand Jury http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/jon-stewart-eric-garner <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Last night, Jon Stewart began <em>the Daily Show</em> by dropping the comedy and expressing in very human terms the frustration and disbelief <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/garner" target="_blank">everyone</a> (or (well, not <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/some-fair-and-balanced-race-baiting-fox-news" target="_blank"><em>everyone)</em></a> is feeling after a Staten Island grand jury's failure to indict the NYPD officer who put Eric Garner in a lethal chokehold on film."If comedy is tragedy plus time I need more fucking time&mdash;but I would settle for less fucking tragedy, to be honest with you. What is so utterly depressing is that none of the ambiguities that existed in the Ferguson case exist in the Staten Island case. And yet the outcome is exactly the same." Stewart says. "We are definitely not living in a post-racial society and I can imagine there are a lot of people out there wondering how much of a society we're living in at all." Pretty much.</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:3a30b27b-12bd-43b8-9996-1711491385dd" width="630"></iframe></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:38:35 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 266001 at http://www.motherjones.com 5 Times the Supreme Court Tried to Understand Pop Culture http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/supreme-court-pop-culture-elonis <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's fans might refer to her as <a href="http://notoriousrbg.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">The Notorious RBG</a>, but when it comes to understanding rap culture, the Supreme Court has some catching up to do. That was clear on Monday, when the justices heard arguments in <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/13-983_bq7d.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Elonis v. United States</em></a>, a case about whether gory, rap-style rhymes posted on Facebook by&nbsp;a Pennsylvania man constituted a real threat to his estranged wife.</p> <p>Lawyers for Anthony Elonis asserted that his posts should be read as creative self-expression. (Some sample lyrics: "There's one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I'm not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts.") Justice Samuel Alito didn't seem convinced that these lines weren't menacing. "This sounds like a road map for threatening a spouse and getting away with it," <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/13-983_bq7d.pdf" target="_blank">he said</a>. "So you put it in a rhyme&hellip;and you say, 'I'm an aspiring rap artist,' and so then you are free from prosecution." Those comments are consistent with how judges and jurors tend to think about rap lyrics&mdash;they're likely to see them as <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/arts/music/using-rap-lyrics-as-damning-evidence-stirs-legal-debate.html?smid=tw-share&amp;_r=1" target="_blank">autobiographical and literally true</a>, even though many rappers assume <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/1591284/rick-ross-reaffirms-gangster-past-in-new-freestyle-despite-report-that-he-worked-as-prison-guard/" target="_blank">fictional</a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJO5HU_7_1w" target="_blank">personas</a>.</p> <p>The Elonis case isn't the first time the Supreme Court has grappled with what constitutes legitimate artistic expression. From declaring that movies can be broadly censored because they could be "used for evil" to deciding that G-strings don't limit nude dancers' freedom of expression, the past results have been decidedly mixed. Here's are the justices' most offbeat efforts to play art critic:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1. <em>Mutual Film Corporation v. Industrial Commission of Ohio</em></strong>,<strong> </strong><strong>1915</strong></p> <p><u>The</u><u> facts:</u> An Ohio law required anyone who wanted to show a film to get permission from a board of censors, who charged for approval. Mutual Film Corporation, a motion picture company best known for producing Charlie Chaplin comedies, didn't want to pay. It argued that its movies were protected by the First Amendment because of their power to enlighten and entertain.</p> <p><u>The outcome:</u> The justices unanimously sided with the state on the grounds that movies were a business, not an art form&mdash;and that they could corrupt the hearts and minds of innocent children. "They, indeed, may be mediums of thought, but so are many things," <a href="http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&amp;vol=236&amp;invol=230" target="_blank">wrote Justice Joseph McKenna</a>. "They may be used for evil, and against that possibility the statute was enacted. Their power[s] of amusement&hellip;make them the more insidious." It took until 1952 for the court to <a href="https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/343/495/case.html" target="_blank">decide</a> that film had proved itself "a significant medium for the communication of ideas."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2. <em>United States v. Thirty-seven Photographs</em>, 1971</strong></p> <p><u>The facts:</u> Customs agents at the Los Angeles airport stopped Milton Luros on his way home from Europe and confiscated 37 photos of couples having sex, based on a 1930 law banning the importation of obscene material. Luros claimed that the photos, which he'd planned to use to illustrate a copy of the <em>Kama Sutra</em>, shouldn't have been confiscated because they were for private use.</p> <p><u>The outcome:</u> The court <a href="https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/402/363/" target="_blank">concluded</a> that Luros' right to privately possess obscene material didn't extend to the airport. "A port of entry is not a traveler's home," Justice Byron White wrote. But Justice Hugo Black, a First Amendment absolutist, penned a scathing dissent. "I can imagine no more distasteful, useless, and time-consuming task for the members of this Court than perusing this material to determine whether it has 'redeeming social value,'" he seethed.</p> <p>(What's with the weird name: Cases in which a federal court seizes property are traditionally named after the item seized, not the item's owner&mdash;hence the <a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/10/13/teodorin_obiang_hold_that_car?page=full" target="_blank">epic-sounding</a> 2011 case <em>U.S. v. One White Crystal-Covered &lsquo;Bad Tour' Glove and other Michael Jackson Memorabilia.</em>)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3. <em>Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc.</em>, 1991</strong></p> <p><u>The facts:</u> Two exotic dance clubs in South Bend, Indiana, wanted to add completely naked dancers to their lineup. State law required that the dancers wear at least pasties and a G-string. The clubs sued, arguing that the law infringed on the dancers' freedom of expression.</p> <p><u>The outcome:</u> No redress for the would-be strippers. The fact that the nakedness would have been consensual didn't matter to Justice Antonin Scalia, <a href="http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&amp;vol=501&amp;invol=560" target="_blank">who wrote</a>, "The purpose of Indiana's nudity law would be violated, I think, if 60,000 fully consenting adults crowded into the Hoosierdome to display their genitals to one another, even if there were not an offended innocent in the crowd."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4. <em>National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley</em>, 1998</strong></p> <p><u>The facts:</u> After a scandal over artists receiving federal funding&mdash;including Andres Serrano, whose 1987 photo <em>Piss Christ</em> depicted a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine&mdash;Congress added "taking into consideration general standards of decency" to the NEA's grant requirements. Performance artist Karen Finley, whose work involved <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Finley" target="_blank">covering her naked body with chocolate</a>, sued the government after her grant application was denied. She argued that the new grant requirements suppressed unorthodox ideas.</p> <p><u>The outcome:</u> Congress wasn't regulating speech, just setting funding priorities, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor <a href="https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/524/569/case.html" target="_blank">wrote</a> for the majority. She noted that the amendment didn't preclude "indecent" art from receiving grants; it "simply adds 'considerations' to the grant-making process."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>5.<em> Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association</em>, 2011</strong></p> <p><u>The facts:</u> EMA, a trade association for the home entertainment industry, challenged California's ban on the sale of violent video games to minors. Before the justices heard the case, they had copies of <em>Medal of Honor</em> and <em>Resident Evil 4</em> <a href="http://kotaku.com/supreme-court-played-video-games-before-making-historic-1178285814" target="_blank">delivered to the court</a> so they could figure out what playing a video game was like.</p> <p><u>The outcome:</u> The gaming experience must have won the justices<strong> </strong>over. They ruled that video games deserved First Amendment protection, overturning California's law. "Like the protected books, plays and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas&mdash;and even social messages&mdash;through many familiar literary devices... and through features distinctive to the medium," Scalia wrote in his pro-gamer majority opinion.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Media Supreme Court Wed, 03 Dec 2014 22:20:25 +0000 Rebecca Cohen 265731 at http://www.motherjones.com