In the least surprising news of the day, Melania Trump is a gender traitor

Melania “I REALLY DON’T CARE DO U?” Trump gave an interview to ABC News which will air tomorrow night in which she said the following:

“I support the women and they need to be heard,” Melania Trump said of the movement in general. “We need to support them. And also men, not just women.“

“We need to have really hard evidence if you accuse of something; show the evidence,” the First Lady said.

“I do stand with women but we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody ‘I was sexually assaulted,’ or ‘you did that to me’. Because sometimes the media goes too far and the way they portray some stories [that are] not correct. It’s not right,” she added.



Accusing someone of sexual assault is a very serious thing that absolutely will impact the accused’s life in many negative ways. However, accusing someone of sexual assault is not the same thing as convicting someone of sexual assault. No one, not Rose McGowan, not Alyssa Milano, no radical feminist, no pussy hat-wearing member of the #MeToo movement is suggesting that Harvey Weinstein or any other person accused of rape or sexual assault should be thrown into prison without an investigation and fair trial.

What the movement is about is taking women’s and victim’s accounts seriously, not dismissing them out of hand and not dismissing them because there’s no “hard evidence.” Very often in sexual assault cases there is no hard evidence. Take Dr. Ford’s case, for example. Even if it happened last week as opposed to 36 years ago, there would be no rape kit because no rape occurred. But a terrifying, violent sexual assault did take  place. All we would have would be her word against his. And the sad part is, even in our current hyper-aware environment, it probably still wouldn’t be enough to convict him because distrust of women is baked into our culture. THAT’S what #MeToo is trying to change: allowing the testimony of sexual assault survivors to be taken as seriously as the testimony of mugging victims or any other crime in which it is one person’s word against another’s and in which there may be no “hard evidence.”

So, Melania, you can fuck right off with this idea that, “You cannot just say to somebody ‘I was sexually assaulted,’or ‘you did that to me’.” because, YES. YES YOU CAN. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU CAN DO. AND GUESS WHAT, LADY: SURVIVORS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO SO DESPITE YOUR BEST EFFORTS TO SILENCE THEM. YOU MONSTER.

~deep breath~

Well, at least I don’t ever again have to wrestle with whether or not to feel a shred of pity for her. She and everyone else named Trump can go scratch. And if that’s me bullying her, I’M FINE WITH IT. Just click it.

Tarana Burke, Amanda de Cadenet, Glennon Doyle, Tracee Ellis Ross, and America Ferrera wrote “a love letter” to Dr. Ford thanking her for her courage, and assuring her that her coming forward was not in vain. You can sign it, too.

Meanwhile, America Ferrera has contemplated running for office.

“I think women in particular are afraid to say that because women who have sought power as elected officials have not been treated very well and been called some really ugly names,” Ferrera said. “So we think, if we say we want to run for office, that is going to make us seem like a power-hungry shrew or something.

“So I will say, for the first time, in front of a public audience, sure, I’ve asked myself the question of whether I should be running for office,” she said. “And I think you should be asking yourself that question, too.”

Indeed, America.


The rules of being an ambitious woman in conservative circles (hammered into my brain as a college activist) rest on several unpleasant axioms. First: many men need rules, either dictated by society, religion, or ethics, to constrain them from behaving rudely sexist at best to monstrously piggish at worst—but they can’t or won’t always follow them. Second: it falls on the woman to enforce these rules, predicting male misbehavior to ensure she does not become prey. Third—and this is the point at which conservatives truly break from their liberal sisters: the best way to address misogyny is to ignore it. To sneer at male animalism, to reject self-pity, and above all else, to resist hysteria. Victimhood, according to this logic, is a liberal complex, and rising above it means rejecting such nonsense. Watching Kellyanne Conway reveal in an interview last week that she, too, had been sexually assaulted, and that she sympathizes with other women who shared that pain, I could not help but observe the pride she seemed to take in having moved on. For many conservative women, this principle is a superior vision of female empowerment. (Republican congressman Kevin Cramer, who is running for Senate in North Dakota, recently expressed a variant of this sentiment when he told The New York Times that his mother and mother-in-law “cannot understand this movement toward victimization” because they are “pioneers of the prairie” and “tough people whose grandparents were tough and great-grandparents were tough.”)

As someone who was raised in a Catholic family by staunchly conservatively-voting parents, I can confirm all of this. I remember when I was a young teenager I was explicitly told by my father that “men are pigs.” His intention was not to make me anti-men, but to anticipate and tolerate bad behavior by men. I choose to reject such an underestimation of men in general and hope I am raising my boys grow up to be nothing of the sort.

One of the counts against Harvey Weinstein has been dropped.

Maggie Gyllenhaal thinks that shutting down The Deuce because of the allegations against James Franco would be “the opposite of the right thing to do.” OK, but how about firing Franco?

Hollywood still has a ways to go in diversifying TV directors.


In other TV News

MEATBALL GIUDICE IS GOING TO BE DEPORTED TO ITALY, OH NOOOOO. So Teresa Giudice’s husband may have been in the United States illegally his entire life, having been brought here by his parents when he was young. He’s a Dreamer! Except … he’s also an incompetent fraudster and a goddamned idiot, and he got himself arrested MULTIPLE TIMES for just the very dumbest crimes. He’s currently in prison for wire and bankruptcy fraud, and the feds had warned that they intended to have him deported as soon as he was done with his sentence. And as it turns out, it’s a bad time to be an undocumented immigrant who is fond of committing dumb crimes in America. Teresa tried to petition her old boss Donald Trump before he was elected to write a letter on behalf of Meatball, but his office declined.

And it sounds like Teresa won’t be moving her four daughters to Italy to be with Meatball, which isn’t what she said back in January.

Taran Killam appeared on Matt Gourley’s Earwolf podcast I Was There Too, where he claimed after Trump declared his candidacy, Lorne Michaels instructed the writers to leave Trump alone and make him “likable,” because he was trying to land him as a host — which he did that November. OH, LORNE.

Speaking of Taran Killam, his reaction to Cardi B’s performance won all of the prizes at the AMAs the other night.

The Conners will NOT be doing any of the “Trump stuff” which is a double-edged sword for them, honestly.

Meanwhile, it looks like Veep will be doing the Jonah stuff:

Y’all really like the Rick & Morty.

Speaking of animated series, South Park took a shot at The Simpson’s Apu controversy, and fans are arguing what it all meant. Knowing who the South Park guys are, put me down on the side that thinks they were trolling the people upset by Apu and not actually calling for The Simpsons to be canceled over it.

There’s been another showrunner shakeup over at FBI on CBS.

Do not purchase any Pauly Perrette skin care products on Facebook. Or, more accurately, do not allow your grandma to purchase any Pauly Perrette skin care products on Facebook.

PETA is SO MAD at Yellowstone over dead cows.

As long as reporters are going to insist on going out into hurricanes, the very least we can do is dance behind them in bear suits.

Netflix released 676 hours of original programming last year. That’s more than double from last year.

Sounds like the Fox/Disney deal will close on January 1.



In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Haunted debuts on Netflix on October 19, and looks like a better Paranormal Witness (which I really liked and miss).
  • The Christmas Chronicles will debut on Netflix on November 22, and I do not know how I feel about sexy Santa.
  • Real Country will debut on USA on November 13.
  • Patriot will return on Amazon on November 9.
  • The Night Comes for Us debuts on Netflix on October 19.
  • Seth Meyers hosts SNL this week.




Supernatural: Sam searches for Dean, who could be anywhere in the season premiere. 7 p.m., The CW

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Samin Nosrat’s new cooking show will make you hungry and fill you with wanderlust. Series premiere. Netflix

Mulholland Drive: David Lynch’s masterpiece. Although I’m still not sure what happens in it. 7 p.m., Epix

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jonah Hill, Charles Barkley, Bazzi Jimmy Kimmel Live: Dakota Johnson, Ike Barinholtz, Tom Morello with Portugal. The Man & Whethan The Daily Show: Nicole Chung Watch What Happens Live: Reza Farahan, Destiney Rose

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ABC Grey’s Anatomy
Station 19
How to Get Away with Murder
CBS The Big Bang Theory
Young Sheldon
Murphy Brown
CW Supernatural
All American
FOX Thursday Night Football: Eagles at Giants
NBC Superstore
The Good Place
Will & Grace
I Feel Bad
Law & Order: SVU

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