None of which stopped people from claiming that the movie is softcore porn (it isn’t), and that Netflix’s marketing scheme was an absolutely boneheaded, wrong-footed, self-defeating move (guilty as charged). Petitions were circulated, right-wing pundits weighed in, Ted Sarandos issued a mea culpa and Doucouré received death threats. Suddenly, a sensitive coming-of-age movie became a culture-war target. And anyone who caught Cuties at a festival, or who bothers to stream it on Netflix starting today, can attest to the supreme irony here. It’s a portrait of girls that decries how sexuality is force-fed to them and/or viewed as the only way to foster self-esteem at far too young an age. It is the polar opposite of what it’s accused of being. … [Read more...] about ‘Cuties’ Review: A Coming-of-Age Movie Caught in the Culture Wars
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The president also was pointing to examples where protesters or, in some cases, mere social media voices, have pulled down or suggested removing statutes of certain figures. His 2020 rival, Joe Biden, is more nuanced. He has said that while Confederate monuments should not be displayed publicly, those to other figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson should be preserved. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump, In Mount Rushmore Speech, Tries To Set Off New Fireworks In Divisive Culture Wars
Made from high-density polyethylene — a byproduct of oil and natural gas — the single-use shopping bag was invented by a Swedish company in the mid-Sixties and brought to the U.S. by ExxonMobil. Introduced to grocery-store checkout lines in 1976, the “T-shirt bag,” as it is known in the industry, can now be found literally everywhere on the planet, from the bottom of the ocean to the peaks of Mount Everest. The bags are durable, waterproof, cheaper to produce than paper bags and able to carry 1,000 times their own weight. They are also a nightmare to recycle: The flimsy bags, many thinner than a strand of human hair, gum up the sorting equipment used by most recycling facilities. “Plastic bags and other thin-film plastic is the number-one enemy of the equipment we use,” says Jeff Murray, vice president of Far West Fibers, the largest recycler in Oregon. “More than 300,000 plastic bags are removed from our machines every day — and … [Read more...] about The Plastic Bag Wars
A new web docuseries, The Truth About Cannabis, scheduled to be released this summer, is the culmination of his decade-long quest to understand the true history, medical uses and current scientific knowledge of the cannabis plant. “I wanted to substantiate my own – and I think the general public’s – growing curiosity and acceptance of cannabis with facts,” Ward says. “I knew if I really wanted to do that, I had to go to the actual sources of information on both sides and speak with them face to face.” Along the way, Ward met multiple people with inspiring stories of healing, pain relief and improved quality of life through marijuana use that he felt compelled to share as well. The more he heard and saw, the more he wanted to know about the plant. “Ten years on and I’m still learning new things about the plant and meeting all these people with incredible stories about how it helps them,” he says. … [Read more...] about ‘The Truth About Cannabis’: Inside New Pro-Pot Web Doc
Since McNutt’s death, the footage has gone viral, with users posting it on multiple platforms including Twitter and TikTok. Steen says that his wife saw it embedded in a video that opened with puppies, with parents complaining that their children were similarly tricked into watching it. Because TikTok’s #foryou page automatically plays footage, many users did not even realize what they were watching until it was too late, prompting many to warn others about the video or even to stay off the app. … [Read more...] about Why Did Facebook Keep a Man’s Livestreamed Suicide Up for Hours?