Aziz Ansari accused of sexual misconduct, he responds

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Aziz Ansari issued a statement Sunday night following an anonymous report from Babe 24 hours earlier, where a woman accused Ansari of sexual misconduct during a date the two went on in September.

In a statement to Mashable, Ansari essentially agreed with the woman’s account of the evening, ending his note by stating that he “continue[s] to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

“Grace,” a 23-year-old photographer based in Brooklyn, told Babe that she and Ansari went to a restaurant and then to his home, where, very quickly, things started to escalate with a speed that made her uncomfortable. Read more…

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‘Milkshake Duck’ is a dictionary’s 2017 word of the year, and damn right

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Last year had a reappearing internet phenomena: The “Milkshake Duck.”

The term has been named 2017’s word of the year by Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary, as of Monday. “Milkshake Duck” comes to define internet idols who become dizzyingly viral, only to fall just as fast due to their unpleasant backstories.

SEE ALSO: Nobody has ever heard of Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year

Coined by cartoonist Pixelated Boat in a June 2016 tweet, the term comes from a tale about a duck who drinks milkshakes. The duck turns out to be racist.

The whole internet loves Milkshake Duck, a lovely duck that drinks milkshakes! *5 seconds later* We regret to inform you the duck is racist

— Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) June 12, 2016 Read more…

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Carrie Brownstein’s memoir ‘Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl’ inspires new Hulu series

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Carrie Brownstein’s best-selling memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, will form the basis of a new series for Hulu.

Confirmed to Mashable as in development, and first reported by Deadline, Hulu has ordered a pilot episode of Search and Destroy. It’s a new TV project from Portlandia co-creator, Sleater-Kinney guitarist and Peabody Award winner Brownstein, along with Annapurna Television.

SEE ALSO: Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein gave us a crash course in punk music

According to the publisher, Search and Destroy will be written, directed and executive produced by Brownstein, and will somewhat draw from her 2015 memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl Read more…

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Sorry, Trump: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ was saying MAGA before you

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In case anyone still doubted the prescience of The Handmaid’s Tale, this anecdote should clear things up.

At a Television Critics Association panel on Jan 14., show creator Bruce Miller revealed that the writers foresaw Trump’s MAGA campaign slogan before it became seared into our unwilling brains during the 2016 presidential campaign.

When asked about whether or not the show ever had to do rewrites because of the events in the news, Miller said: “We had a few things in Season 1. We said ‘Make America Great Again’ in a scene long before the primaries even started. So we had to change that line.” Read more…

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Elizabeth Moss says ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 will be ‘darker’ — somehow

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The Handmaid’s Tale feels unstoppable at every award show, and Season 2 appears to have no intention of slowing down — or letting us off the hook.

Over the weekend at the TV Critics Association press tour, Elizabeth Moss warned reporters: “It’s a dark season. I would say arguably it’s darker than Season 1 — if that’s possible.”

SEE ALSO: 2017 was the year women took back their own narratives

At the forefront of that darkness is the conflicting, traumatizing experience of being an expecting mother in Gilead. “[Show creator Bruce Miller] and I always talked about this impending birth of this child growing inside her like a ticking time bomb.” Read more…

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Eliza Dushku’s legal guardian confirms sexual assault allegations

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Actress Eliza Dushku accused the stunt coordinator for the film True Lies of sexual assault, and her legal guardian has now confirmed it.

“I was on the True Lies set for 3 weeks and reported Joel Kramer’s inappropriate sexual behavior towards 12-year-old Eliza to a person in authority,” Sue Booth Forbes said in a statement. “I was met with blank stares and had the sense that I wasn’t telling that person anything they didn’t already know.”

SEE ALSO: Eliza Dushku says she was ‘sexually molested’ at age 12 while working on ‘True Lies’

In a post to her official Facebook page on Saturday, Dushku detailed how Kramer ingratiated himself to her and her parents and allegedly lured her to a hotel room and assaulted her. While filming on True Lies continued and Kramer got wind that Dushku had told a friend about the assault, she ended up with broken ribs from a stunt injury “by no small coincidence,” she wrote. Read more…

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Chelsea Manning confirmed it: She’s running for Senate in 2018

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In a five-word Twitter statement on Sunday, Chelsea Manning formally announced her intention to run for a Senate seat in Maryland. Manning’s candidacy was the subject of much speculation on Saturday when a Federal Election Commission filing in her name surfaced.

SEE ALSO: Mitt Romney changed his location on Twitter, and that’s bad news for Donald Trump

The tweet included her brief confirmation, a handful of emojis, the #WeGotThis hashtag that appears frequently in Manning’s timeline, and a YouTube link to her first campaign ad.

yup, we’re running for senate 😎🌈💕 #WeGotThis https://t.co/ynFv6w32np

— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) January 14, 2018 Read more…

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PSA: ‘ER’ is now streaming for the very first time – yes, all 15 seasons of it

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If you’re looking for another excuse to avoid going outside, Hulu just dropped a great one right onto your screen.

The company has just brought ER to its streaming service (or any streaming service) for the first time ever – all 15 seasons of it. 

SEE ALSO: What’s coming to Hulu in January 2018

An impressive 331 episodes of the show aired between 1994 and 2009. At about 45 minutes each, that amounts to over 10 straight days of nonstop viewing. You may never have to go outside again.

I like Hulu a lot, as we all know, but their BEST news isn’t some new show they picked up but, rather, that they SECURED THE RIGHTS TO ER. ER IS COMING, BABY. ER. AMBULANCES. SIREN NOISES! GEORGE CLOONEY! ER! #tca18

— Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti) January 14, 2018 Read more…

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