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Actress Constance Wu calls out racist whitewashing for Matt Damon’s ‘Great Wall’

If you’re a fan of “Fresh Off the Boat”—the hit ABC show that, despite the fact that we are living in the year 2016, is unique and groundbreaking because it happens to center on an Asian-American family—you may know Constance Wu as the mom character, Jessica Huang. What you should also know is that Wu is very much not feeling Hollywood’s white savior nonsense, erasure of people of color or indefensible racism. A couple of months ago, in an interview with Vulture, Wu basically took the entire film and television industry to task for the pathetic job it does with representation. Throughout the interview, she offers thoughts that are smart, insightful and totally on-point. Seriously, very worth a read.

More recently, Wu took to Twitter to discuss The Great Wall, a new movie that casts Matt Damon in the lead of a story that takes place during the Northern Song dynasty in China. It’s an absurd and insulting casting choice, and a stellar example of whitewashing. Wu pulled not a single punch in her takedown of the film and the thinking that allows it. It’s pure truth, and she is awesome for saying it.

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/actress-constance-wu-calls-out-racist-whitewashing-for-matt-damons-great-wall/

Unlike Donald Trump...

Mrs. Khan knows full well that quiet dignity speaks more positively about ones own character than spewing blustery nonsense.

Neuroscientist: Donald Trump's meteoric rise can be explained by 4 basic human instincts

'We have the same brain we had 100,000 years ago when we were living on the plains of Africa'

Ashley Lutz, Business Insider 2 hours ago

Donald Trump's ascent from wealthy political outsider to Republican presidential nominee has confounded many Americans, as well as the political establishment.

But a neuroscientist says Trump's popularity can be explained by how he triggers certain emotions — anger, fear, and aggression — in the “fear center,” which is part of the limbic system in people's brains.

“We have the same brain we had 100,000 years ago when we were living on the plains of Africa,” R. Douglas Fields, neuroscientist and author of “Why We Snap,” told Business Insider. “These defensive triggers exist for a good purpose but politicians are pushing on them to motivate people to do what they want.”

Widespread modern fears — of terrorism, war, and gun violence — as well as economic uncertainty make people even more responsive these triggers.

Fields says Trump uses four main human instincts to get people's attention:

1. Being part of a tribe

“Any social animal is dependent on its group and will defend the group,” Fields said. “We live only because we're part of a society.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/neuroscientist-donald-trumps-meteoric-rise-can-be-explained-by-4-basic-human-instincts-a7165001.html

#TrumpSacrifices is on FIRE on Twitter right now

‏@AndyBarovick 3m3 minutes ago
#TrumpSacrifices “I’ve worn male Spanx every day of my adult life just to try to look normal.Do you know how constricting those things are?"


‏@HerbertjeJames 7m7 minutes ago
#TrumpSacrifices had to share beautician.


@RegiBrittain 8m8 minutes ago
#TrumpSacrifices

In the winter of 1846-47, snowbound and starving, Trump was forced to eat his sixth child, Floyd.

#TheDonaldParty



https://twitter.com/hashtag/TrumpSacrifices?src=tren&data_id=tweet%3A759745123559182338

Walking on sunshine...

Donald Trump's skin is so thin, that it can slice atoms into nanometrically sized slivers

Donald Trump's skin is so thin, that he can only absorb light in the Cheeto spectrum.

Donald Trump's skin is so thin, that if you stick a pin in him, he'll pop like a ballon.

The ball is in your court, people.

The NY Times is keeping a tally on everyone that DT has insulted.

The 250 People, Places and Things Donald
Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List
By JASMINE C. LEE and KEVIN QUEALY UPDATED July 29, 2016 Related Article

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/28/upshot/donald-trump-twitter-insults.html?_r=0


This is insane.

OK, the other came from a fake account, this one did not...

There's not way on Gawd's green Earth that I want this lunatic to get his hands on the nuclear codes:

America With Democrats:



America with Republicans:



Any questions?

Let's not forget that the RNC sent Patricia Smith...

The mother of a Benghazi victim up to speak in front of a national audience.

And in her tearful presentation, she pretty much accused Hillary Clinton of murdering her son. Of course, her loss was just as heartbreaking as the loss of anyone else who has given their life for this country.

However, one key difference between Mrs. Smith's speech and that of Mr. Khizr Khan was that Mr. Khan's head wasn't full of thoroughly discredited partisan rhetoric, designed to smear a political candidate of the other party. Everything that Mr. Khan said was true and was about the basic core of America, about service to America and ultimately, about sacrifice, yet without the pettiness of partisan distortions attached to it.

Frankly, I have no idea which party Mr. Khan votes for in elections. I don't care. Whether, he's registered as a Democrat or a Republican, none of that matters to me, because his speech transcended mere politics.

The sincerity of his words and the truth to power that he spoke to touched the hearts of people in all political spectrums. You can't purchase that, you can't distort that and you can't coach that. With intelligence, grace and honor, you can only live that.

When I watched Mrs. Smith give her speech, the feeling that I had was sadness. Sadness at how this woman was being exploited for mere politics by the Republicans in her time of grief. Grief at her tragic loss. A loss that was being blamed on Hillary Clinton, where the Republicans knew full well, from the summaries of several investigations that they themselves conducted, had proved without a shadow of a doubt that Hillary Clinton did not murder Americans in Libya.

It was shameful, what the Republicans were doing to this poor woman, to say the least. And they showed absolutely no remorse. Even more, they compounded their own disgraceful behavior by presenting others who told the same horrible lies about that tragic night in Benghazi.

What was the point of this? What were the Republicans hoping to gain? After spending years and millions of taxpayer dollars to politicize an attack on American citizens and losing whatever advantage against Hillary Clinton that they had hoped to gain, they intentionally distorted a picture into what they themselves knew which was otherwise untrue. The Republicans, in all of their investigations, never held Hillary Clinton responsible for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi... But they filled this poor, grieving mother's head full of lies and propped her up in front of a national TV audience to unwittingly spread those lies.

Let's not forget that Donald Trump's hands were all over the RNC, not to mention the rest of the party. Republicans have sold their souls to Trump and, of course, they will reap the whirlwind of their folly in November and beyond.

Mr. Khan's plea to Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan will go unheeded, of course. They have crossed The Rubicon, as it were, and cannot absolve themselves of their own decision to support the utterly detestable Donald Trump. That's a real shame, because in his second plea to these two, Mr. Khan again sought to transcend politics and speak to a higher calling...

What is best for America, no matter what party you belong to.

This time it's not about Republican and Democrat... It's about basic right and wrong.
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