Liu Jingyao, a University of Minnesota student who accused the Chinese billionaire Richard Liu of rape, in Minneapolis, Aug. 4, 2019. China's elites face little scrutiny over widespread claims of sexual harassment and assault; victims can face shaming on an astonishing scale. Liu has been called a slut, a whore, a liar and worse on online posts viewed by hundreds of millions. (Caroline Yang/The New York Times) less Liu Jingyao, a University of Minnesota student who accused the Chinese billionaire Richard Liu of rape, in Minneapolis, Aug. 4, 2019. China's elites face little scrutiny over widespread claims of sexual ... more Photo: Caroline Yang, NYT Photo: Caroline Yang, NYT Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 Liu Jingyao, a University of Minnesota student who accused the Chinese … [Read more...] about She accused a tech billionaire of rape. The Chinese internet turned against her.
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Get Out. Photo: Sundance Film Festival The Main StoryThis weekend, Jordan Peele’s Get Out — a movie that cost all of $4.5 million to make — grossed $21 million, bringing its domestic total to $111 million so far. Peele’s directorial debut has been remarkably consistent, dropping only 25 percent in its third weekend of wide release after declining a mere 15 percent in its second, a sign that the movie’s great word of mouth could conceivably keep it going strong for weeks to come. If so, what’s already been a stellar year for horror should get even better. Not even halfway through March, Get Out has already become the second horror movie of 2017 to cross the century mark in terms of domestic gross, following M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, which currently stands at just under $135 million. (Both films hail from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse, which should buy all of us a drink.) Last year, only one movie, The Conjuring 2, managed to make $100 … [Read more...] about 2017 Is Horror’s Best Year at the Box Office in a Long Time
Photo: Universal Pictures Hot diggity, it’s a new low-budget Zeitgeist horror picture, a dandy one, cunningly tailored to the pleasure, pain, and subterranean dread of teens and young adults who spend their evenings keeping tabs on one another on Skype, Facebook, and other social media tools — with public shaming always just a mouse-click away. Unfriended kicks off with a YouTube video of onetime high-school queen bee Laura Barnes (played by an actress named Heather, which seems right) blowing her brains out for reasons we don’t know but feel pretty sure we’ll discover eventually. This is, in any case, the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, and if horror films have taught us anything, it’s that vengeful ghosts pay super-close attention to the calendar. Unfriended — originally titled Cybernatural (ugh) — consists of one long, beautifully faked shot of a girl’s computer screen. Within that screen, though, there are so very many … [Read more...] about Turns Everything Teens Love Against Them
The Global Populism Database is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and reliable repository of populist discourse in the world. It was commissioned by the Guardian and built by Team Populism, a global network of scholars dedicated to the scientific study of the causes and consequences of populism. The database provides insight into the extent of populist rhetoric in the speeches of government leaders across the world over the past two decades. It is based upon populism “scores” given to 728 speeches by the presidents, prime ministers and chancellors of 40 countries. The grades were derived using textual analysis of speeches, one of the more reliable, valid and precise techniques used by political scientists to gauge levels of populism. Kirk Hawkins, an associate professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) who has pioneered the use of textual analysis in populism studies, oversaw the project. In collaboration with the Guardian, Hawkins and his team trained, instructed and … [Read more...] about How we combed leaders’ speeches to gauge populist rise
“Haunted Elevator” is a Saturday Night Live sketch about confused people trying to figure out what this guy named David S. Pumpkins’s deal is. The now-classic sketch (more commonly referred to as “David Pumpkins”), starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Pumpkins, was written by similarly confused people trying to figure out what his deal is. The character — his signature wardrobe, orange hair-streak, hand motions, voice, name — became clearer with each step in the SNL process. Exactly one year from the debut of “Haunted Elevator,” and a week away from a new David Pumpkins Halloween special, this is the story of how it came together, told by those who wrote it — Bobby Moynihan, Mikey Day, and Streeter Seidell. Monday On Monday nights, the writers meet with the host in Lorne Michaels’s office and pitch ideas. Streeter Seidell: Last season was electrifying from the get-go with all the political stuff. All of a sudden, there were so … [Read more...] about An Oral History of ‘David Pumpkins’
Labour's "red wall" across the Midlands and the north of England - the bedrock of the party's support for generations - has crumbled as the Conservatives claim key marginal seats.Leave-voting former mining towns like Workington, which was seen as representative of the voters parties needed to win over, backed the Tories.Tony Blair's former constituency of Sedgefield went blue.As did West Bromwich East, vacated by former Labour deputy leader Tom Watson.The Conservatives carved a path from Greater Manchester to Lincolnshire, Birmingham to Northumberland, as once Labour strongholds fell.Redcar, a seat in the north-east of England that had never before voted in a Conservative, picked Jacob Young over Labour's Anna Turley by 3,527 votes.Some of these seats have not had a Tory MP in decades - and in the case of Burnley it had been more than a century.Can't see the map? Click hereThe Conservatives took Bassetlaw, long seen as a Labour heartland, by a majority of more than 14,000. And Bolsover … [Read more...] about General election 2019: How Labour’s ‘red wall’ turned blue