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With the New York primaries coming up in two weeks, noted political analysis journal The Hollywood Reporter brings us this sit-down with two favorite sons of Brooklyn, Spike Lee and Bernie Sanders, both of whom can be summed up by a line from the character Ruth Ann in Northern Exposure: "He has so much energy. Of course, he gets a little preachy, but he'll probably grow out of that." That was 1991, and we're not sure either ever did. Still, he and Bernie have a fun little chat that actually goes beyond two celebrities sitting around talking about the old neighborhood.

Of course, they have to start with that, as Lee reads off a list of all the famous people from the borough (Bernie's sure it's because of Brooklyn's vibrant diversity and excellent public schools), and Bernie gets his turn to play Ringo Starr:

Lee: How do you go from Brooklyn to Vermont?

Sanders: By car... About a seven-hour trip north.

Then they get to the political stuff: Spike asks why Bernie is doing fine with younger black people, but older African Americans are solidly with Hillary. Bernie recognizes the problem:

We're doing phenomenally well with all of the young people — white, black, Latino, you name it, Asian-American. And we're getting killed, frankly, not just with older African-Americans but also older whites, older Latinos. It's the weirdest thing in the world. And what really bothers me is I spent half my life in Congress helping to lead the effort for senior citizens: We led the effort against cuts to Social Security — we want to expand Social Security; we took on the drug companies who are doing terrible things to elderly people. You know seniors are cutting their prescription drugs in half. So we have a lot of work to do in terms of reaching out to seniors, not just African-Americans, but seniors all across the board.

He doesn't quite say how he's going to do that, but Lee suggests maybe there's little to be done, given generational differences, what with Bill Clinton having played the sax on the Arsenio Hall show, and Toni Morrison proclaiming him "the first black president" -- a bit of sourcing that Sanders seems unaware of. Does Lee pass on the opportunity to ask Sanders a sharp question about that muffed debate question where Sanders suggested white privilege means not knowing what it's like to live in a "ghetto"? Sadly, he does. Missed opportunity, Mr. Lee.

Sanders praises Barack Obama, saying he'll "go down in history as one of the smartest presidents we've ever had. Brilliant mind ... also incredibly disciplined and focused." Noting that with all the media focus on catching politicians saying dumb things, which anyone is likely to do now and then, "He does it very, very rarely."

Much of the interview is standard Bernie talking points, with the usual stuff about Wall Street and campaign finance, but Lee does get Bernie to hit some new variations on familiar themes. On the proliferation of guns, Sanders repeats his position that guns for hunting, like in Vermont, are a fine upstanding tradition, but "I do know that guns mean something very different around urban America. And what we have got to do is get a handle on this horrific gun violence. There's no question about that." He touts his D-minus rating from the National Rifle Association, and notes again that he lost his first bid for Congress in 1988 thanks to negative ads from the NRA. He calls for strengthening instant background checks and closing the gun-show loophole, but carefully sidesteps a more radical suggestion from Lee: "A dear friend of mine, Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, he wants to say guns should be titled like cars." Bernie's not quite willing to go that far, so instead calls for increasing funding for mental health, to address the suicide rate, which constitutes 60 percent of gun deaths. It's a sidestep, but hey, a sidestep to another important part of the gun problem.

After a quick shout-out to Black Lives Matter, Lee moves on to Donald Trump; ever the movie animal, he wants to know if Trump reminds Sanders of Andy Griffith's character Lonesome Rhodes in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd. Why yes, yes he does:

He is an entertainer by and large. He did very well on television; he knows the media very, very well. Don't underestimate him. And God knows who he is really, but we see what he personifies on TV every night. He knows how to manipulate the media very effectively, he knows how to do what he does with people. But let me just reassure you: Donald Trump is not going to become president of the United States. That I can say.

Sanders says that, empty though Trump is, the biggest thing he has going for him is Americans' frustration with politics as usual:

[When] he says, "Look, I'm not them," they say, "OK, that's good enough for me." You know? "That's all that I need." [...]

Trump comes along and says, "I got the solution, we're going to scapegoat Mexicans and we're going to build a wall a mile high." People are angry, what do you do? You don't get to the real issues as to why people are hurting, you scapegoat. You scapegoat blacks, Latinos, gays, anybody, Jews, Muslims, any minority out there, that's what you do. That is nothing new. That's what demagogues have always done, and that's what Trump is doing.

Also touched on: free public universities (Spike Lee is "proud to be a tenured professor" at NYU but notes that "if you're born in the wrong ZIP code, you're behind from the jump," and Bernie says "You're giving my speech here"); prison reform (privatized prisons, mandatory minimums, and disparate sentencing BAD); and finally, the New York primary, where Bernie has high hopes, but expects a close, tough fight.

If the whole 17-minute interview is more than you can avoid work to watch, you may want to skip to the very end, if only to hear Bernie Sanders look forward to his South Bronx rally Thursday night and call it, prompted by Lee, "The boogie down." Sanders also tells Lee, "I've seen and enjoyed almost all your movies," which ought to spark some intense speculation about which ones he skipped. We're betting School Daze and Bamboozled, because come on, nobody even streams those on the Netflix for purposes of relaxing before partaking in sex.

[Hollywood Reporter via Political Wire]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.

Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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