Don’t Troll Taylor Swift Because She Had a Good Year

Donald Trump has a way of making things weird. Well, this isn’t exactly Trump’s fault, but instead a side-effect of the hysteria around his election. Suddenly, the most uncontroversial statements have a way of making headlines. Case in point: pop star Taylor Swift reflecting on 2017 and saying, “I could not have had a better … Continued


Moral Preening in the World of Philanthropy

In a recent interview with the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, explained that many of of the nonprofit leaders receiving money from his foundation “feel muzzled… Many feel they can’t or shouldn’t speak up.” Oliphant says that foundation leaders and philanthropists need to set an example: “Our grantees are watching … Continued


The NFL is Playing – Right into Trump’s Hands

This past weekend, Americans tuning in to watch football were met with even more politicization of their sport than last year. In response to tweets from the President, about kneeling or locking arms during the anthem, If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see … Continued


The Emmys are a Symptom of a Dying Common Culture

Donald Trump was the star of Sunday Night’s Emmy Awards. The Apprentice wasn’t nominated for anything this year and he wasn’t physically at the theater, but the people who were there couldn’t stop protesting him, poking fun at him, even singing about him. Alec Baldwin won an award for portraying him on Saturday Night Live—and … Continued


Why Sean Spicer Fit Right in at the Emmys

Sean Spicer thinks everyone needs to calm down. “People are reading too much” into his appearance at the Emmy Awards, the former White House spokesman told the Associated Press on Monday. In case you missed it (and you wouldn’t be the only one since the Emmys had record low ratings), Spicer popped up during Stephen … Continued


Politics Trumps Sex at the MTV Video Music Awards

Sex isn’t as cool as it used to be. At least that’s one message one might glean from Sunday night’s surprisingly restrained MTV Video Music Awards. Miley Cyrus wasn’t twerking all over a teddy bear and Britney Spears wasn’t there to slither around half-naked with a snake or make out with Madonna as in previous … Continued


We Need ‘Confederate’ to Remind Us that Not Everything Bad is Slavery

“Because, for some, the Confederacy isn’t alt-history. It’s right now.” That’s how an activist who goes by the Twitter handle @ReignofApril explained her reason for organizing a protest against a new HBO series. The show, which is called Confederate, takes as its premise an alternative history in which the South seceded from the Union and … Continued


The Media’s Hypocritical ‘Concern’ for Trump’s Health

It’s sweet, really. USA Today’s healthcare policy reporter Jayne O’Donnell is very concerned about President Donald Trump’s wellbeing. In an article entitled, “Will Trump’s Exercise and Eating Habits Catch Up to Him as Stress Mounts,” she writes: He’s 71, holds down an incredibly stressful job, and is overweight. He doesn’t exercise. His eating habits are … Continued