Weekend reading

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The Golden Globes show why people of color need to be behind the camera, not just in front

Referring to abortion bans like Ohio’s as “heartbeat” bills supports anti-choice propaganda

45 brilliant things Samantha Bee said this year

North Carolina just gave Donald Trump a strategy for undermining democracy

My president was black: a history of the first African American White House–and what came next

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Samantha Bee will be the Jon Stewart of the Trump years

The electoral college is an instrument of white supremacy and sexism

The importance of being an angry woman 

What to say to the women in your life after the election of Donald Trump

It’s time to diversify the Democratic Party leadership

My husband’s unconscious racism nearly destroyed our marriage”

Wednesday watch: Samantha Bee & John Oliver on facing reality of Trump

As we still grieve and process and prepare for action, a double recommendation this week on dealing with the wake of Trump’s victory. Watching these two comedians will be an important coping mechanism for four years of a Trump presidency.

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver spoke about the importance of treating this election as anything but normal (a stance I couldn’t agree with more).

Samantha Bee looks at the sore winners in the Trump camp, and urges people to send Paul Ryan reports of hate crimes since he doesn’t seem to be taking the problem very seriously.

Wednesday watch: Maine’s personal Trump

Republican Governor Paul LePage has been an embarrassment to my home state of Maine, spouting racist, hateful rhetoric and demonstrating a temperament reminiscent of our most embarrassing presidential candidate. Samantha Bee did an extended segment on LePage as a warning about what happens when someone like Trump takes power.

Wednesday watch: Why aren’t men funny?

This week’s pick is a nice break from the rampant casual sexism that has engulfed the Olympics coverage. People brought together Tracee Ellis Ross, Samantha Bee and other highly talented women to poke fun at the idea that women aren’t funny by turning around the tired old tropes on men. Watch and enjoy.

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Wednesday watch: Samantha Bee on the Orlando massacre

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There have been many heartfelt and moving words written and said about the horrifying, hateful massacre in Orlando last weekend. On Full Frontal, Samantha Bee gave voice to the righteous anger many Americans feel as politicians refuse to take action on gun control.

Wednesday watch: it’s harder for Samantha Bee to get a costume than a gun

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Last week, I had the immense pleasure of attending a live taping of Samantha Bee’s fantastic new show Full Frontal. Not only is Bee hilarious, but she’s a pro; she managed to deliver every bit smoothly in one take. During the taping, I also realized that there were so many women doing jobs that probably are held by men on most other shows–the stage manager, the warm-up comic, the camera operator. I’m so thrilled that her show has been picked up for more episodes and her much-needed voice will continue to be on late night.

One of the segments from that episode is a prime example of just how smart and cutting her comedy can be. It chronicles how she came up against onerous regulations the NRA has for buying or renting their mascots costume, far more onerous than anything they would ever allow for gun purchases. Her approach perfectly captures the absurdity and is a must-watch.

Wednesday watch: Samantha Bee takes on the rape kit backlog

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In the short time that it’s been on the air, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has proven to be an invaluable addition to the late night lineup, especially in an election year where a dose of smart, cutting humor is sorely needed. In the most recent episode, Bee takes on the rape kit backlog–piles of evidence that could identify and convict rapists going untested. It’s as funny and devastating as you would expect from Bee.

 

 

Why I’m excited for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”

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Next week, Samantha Bee is charging into the male-dominated late night scene just like the centaur she photoshopped into Vanity Fair’s tone deaf photo spread. The most basic reason I’m excited for this new show is that Bee is hilarious. Her record at The Daily Show is full of smart, incisive, funny pieces. A new profile of Bee by Rebecca Traister gives me even more reason to eagerly anticipate her new project.  Continue reading “Why I’m excited for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee””

Weekend reading

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Enjoy these lego versions of the 4 women who have served on the Supreme Court.

Michael Hughes is using #wejustneedtopee to show the potential repercussions of discriminatory laws preventing transgender people from choosing which bathroom they use.

The Refuge Restrooms app helps transgender and gender non-conforming people find safe places to use the restroom.

Artist Makeda Lewis has a new afro-feminist coloring book.

Steve Buscemi is producing a documentary about Check It, the first known gay and transgender gang. The filmmakers are raising funds on Indiegogo to complete the project.

As she gets ready to leave The Daily Show, some of Samantha Bee’s best moments.

A crisis pregnancy center told a woman her IUD was her baby (disclosure: it’s part of this same project I’m involved in).

Remembering Claudette Colvin, the woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus before Rosa Parks.