Like early writers for the first person industrial complex, reality personalities can gain notoriety most easily through personal exposure. (This applies for hosts and judges as well; remember the long-running speculation regarding whether Paula Abdul had ever dated her American Idol colleague Simon Cowell?) And even that fame comes without all the institutional support that mainstream fame can grant. … [Read more...] about Could ‘Love Island’ Host Caroline Flack’s Death Urge a Reality TV Reckoning?
The day after the election I went in and met with Dolores and Sonia. I’d been crying and crying, and Dolores asked me, “Why are you so sad?” I told her, well, the election. And Dolores said, “Oh, this is the first time your country has broken your heart.” She told me, “I’ve been through this before. You’ll be fine.” Now, a lot of us felt that sadness, but when she put it in perspective like that, I realized, my god, she’s lived through this. She’s been an advocate for over 60 years. This is her life. And she started telling me amazing stories. She was standing next to Bobby Kennedy when he was assassinated. She was like, “He was supposed to be our president. I was there. In the photo, I’m there.” She said, “Trust me, you’ll be fine. You know what you do now? You cry for a minute and then you wake up and you organize people and you fight it. That’s what you do.” That moment … [Read more...] about How Mexican-American Comedian Cristela Alonzo Is Resisting Trump’s America
Malaysian investigators publicly gave Captain Shah the all-clear, and were searching areas they believed a “ghost plane” – which continues flying without anyone able to control it – could have reached before running out of fuel and falling back to earth. … [Read more...] about Ex-Aussie PM Tony Abbott: Malaysian Leaders Suspected Pilot Murder-Suicide in MH370 Loss