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Harvey Weinstein, Smooth Talker: Today in Tweets

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By David Futrelle

Another day, another batch of atrocities and embarrassments, from Donald Trump challenging his secretary of state to a public IQ-test bakeoff to the release of a vomit-inducing tape of Harvey Weinstein demonstrating his, er, pickup technique.

Let’s start with that one, huh, because it’s somehow even worse than it sounds — so much so that you may want to think twice before listening to it.

You can’t help but wonder how many dozens if not hundreds of times Weinstein has had similar, er, conversations with young, vulnerable women.

In other Harvey Weinstein news:

In non-Harvey Weinstein News That is Not Actually From The Onion, No Really, This is the World We Live in Today:

Still have not heard back from the White House on this one.

More news from the alternate reality we’re now stuck in: Melania Trump is feuding with Ivana Trump (yes, Ivana, not Ivanka) over who is the true First Lady.

https://twitter.com/BenjySarlin/status/917450380044390400

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https://twitter.com/pattymo/status/917583613918695424

https://twitter.com/lyssfame/status/917127717820153856

Now, cats:

https://twitter.com/MeetAnimals/status/917260879430811648

Ok, some dogs too:

https://twitter.com/awwcuteness/status/917244228836691969

Ok, bye.

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Eyes on the Right
3 years ago

Blurgledsvgpo4qwbwd.

Goddammit, stop guessing my password.

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

FYI, the womens’ stories re: Weinstein’s sexual assaults are truly awful. I don’t usually feel too sorry for the so-called “beautiful people” but my gosh, those poor women.

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

In honor of the kitties & dogs I’d like to share a LOLCAT thing I made recently. It’s silly, but I like it a lot and don’t have enough opportunities to share it.

No matter what my cat says, believe me, he has been fed.

http://i66.tinypic.com/34j4nt1.jpg

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Nothing lowers my opinion of someone’s intelligence more than when they brag about their high IQ.

Who would want to dress as Rick for Halloween anyway?

Scildfreja Unnyðnes
Scildfreja Unnyðnes
3 years ago

Hope you’re starting to feel a bit better, David! Glad to hear from you.

Anyone who brags about their IQ doesn’t understand what IQ is.

Hambeast, disorderly she-tornado and breaker of windows
Hambeast, disorderly she-tornado and breaker of windows
3 years ago

Because I spent yesterday being grossed out (while being engrossed) reading the Milo and Weinstein links, I will comment on the ‘cat being a tiny old man’ pic:

Catbeast is definitely a tiny (and fuzzy) old man; when he finishes one of his many meals, he gets up on the couch, settles himself in, and lets out a hearty belch. This must be because of his age and various illnesses, but it’s still pretty funny!

In other news, Gwen’s books is excellent! I heartily recommend it. Also, the luftwaffe dagger argument (from two threads ago) turns out to be moot because Husbeast’s father sold it shortly before he died. Bullet dodged.

Dormousing_it
Dormousing_it
3 years ago

@dreemr

Some cats are masters at appearing food-deprived, when it’s the last thing they are.

My cat Roscoe was indoor/outdoor, and I wonder how many people fed him, and how many names he had.

There have been rumblings about HW for years.

Z&T
Z&T
3 years ago

I have an IQ test for Trump:

Point to your head and say the two letter abbreviation for the state of Montana.

Gussie Jives
Gussie Jives
3 years ago

@WWTH

Nothing lowers my opinion of someone’s intelligence more than when they brag about their high IQ.

Who would want to dress as Rick for Halloween anyway?

As a non-watcher of that show, I was trying to figure out what the szechuan sauce bullshit was all about. One of the Twitter folks I follow distilled the issue quite well.

https://twitter.com/CaseyExplosion/status/915662035869949952

One show I did watch all episodes of was House. Being a huge Hugh Laurie fan, I had to give it a peek and House’s attitude and banter was entertaining enough, but I felt that as the series went on, they seemed to forget the germ of the character much in the same way Sherlock did. It’s almost as if Sherlock Holmes was the template of the “misunderstood asshole genius” trope despite the fact that Holmes cared about his clients. The Pilot episode had House revealing himself to the patient only when she lost the will to fight her illness. Early in House, the first few episodes of Season 1 had House risking his medical license to acquire a heart for a bulimic patient and chastising Foreman for not taking necessary risks for his patient:

You took a chance, you did something great. You were wrong, but it was still great. You should feel great that it was great. You should feel like crap that it was wrong. That’s the difference between him and me. He thinks you do your job, and what will be, will be. I think that what I do and what you do matters. He sleeps better at night. He shouldn’t.

Fast forward to Season 7 House crashing his car through Cuddy’s home, either attempting to kill his ex or at best recklessly endangering her life and that of her family. Between those two points, it was like the writing staff fell so in love with abrasive genius House that the critical part of him that actually cared enough for his patients to risk his medical license just evaporated, particularly as the cases seemed to retreat into subplots in lieu of “Huddy”. Especially in those last two seasons, it felt like I was watching character assassination by the show’s own creators.

Then seeing dudebros throwing tantrums at McDonald’s over a condiment… if that’s not what end-stage capitalism looks like, I don’t know what does.

Tovius
Tovius
3 years ago

@Dormousing_it

Our neighbor used to have a cat like that. He’d take food from everybody.

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

@Gussie Jives

Thanks for that link, it is a pretty good explanation of the Rick character.

I enjoy the show, although I think the animation is only so-so. I do not get some peoples’ (dudebros mostly) insistence that one must be some kind of genius to “get” the humor. No, what you need is just a decent pop-culture familiarity and maaaaybe some idea of philosophy/general literature, etc. It’s honestly not any more complicated than “Family Guy” just with better writing and voice acting. Rick isn’t real, and non-geniuses are writing his character, people.

The humor is dark, and Rick is NOT supposed to be a hero. He’s as anti-hero as an anti-hero can BE. These are the same guys who lauded Walter White as a hero, too, when he was specifically written to be an anti-hero.

Hey, I enjoy anti-heroes! I like watching self-absorbed characters that DGAF like Daffy Duck or the cast of “Arrested Development”. I absolutely do not require any redeeming qualities in some of the characters I enjoy watching.

But the fandom of R&M is just…sigh.

ETA: Also, your friend is right – “Adventure Bros” and “Bojack Horesman” ARE both “better” shows than R&M. But they’re all pretty good.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Some all cats are masters at appearing food-deprived, when it’s the last thing they are.

Ftfy.

Gussie Jives,

I was actually referring to those Rick from the Walking Dead and “sassy” female Rick from the Walking Dead costumes. He’s not a good enough to be a hero, not interesting enough to be a charismatic antihero and not bad enough to be a villain. I’m sure the character has his fans somewhere out there but most people who watch TWD don’t seem to love him too much. Darryl, Michonne and Glenn are way more popular. I’m just wondering where the market even is for a season 1 Rick costume.

On the Rick & Morty Szechuan sauce thing, it seems to me to be people acting like sheep. I’ve never seen any nostalgia for this sauce online and I’ve never heard it in person. As far as I know it was only briefly available as a promotional tie in with Mulan. It gets mentioned in the show and suddenly everyone has to have it? It sets my eyeballs rolling. I’m supposed to have long since grown out of my college aged phase where have contempt for people I perceive to be jumping on a pop culture band wagon, but this one is really testing my limits.

I’ve only seen a couple episodes of the show. It was okay, but not my cup of tea I guess. With cartoons for adults, I find they’re often good for a time but wear thin quickly. There’s usually little to no character development in cartoons. At least the ones I’ve seen. One exception to that is Daria.

PeeVee the (Tired of the Militant Plasticfaced) Sarcastic
PeeVee the (Tired of the Militant Plasticfaced) Sarcastic
3 years ago

I said this elsewhere online: Harvey Weinstein’s photos elicit a visceral, revulsed reaction in me. He makes me want to vomit. Just so hideous, inside and out.

PeeVee the (Tired of the Militant Plasticfaced) Sarcastic
PeeVee the (Tired of the Militant Plasticfaced) Sarcastic
3 years ago

Shartheheretic,

They’re so goddamn stupid. And so blatantly transparent.

History Nerd
History Nerd
3 years ago

@Scildfreja

Yes. IQ is just a measure of how good you are at taking a specific type of multiple choice test compared with a sample of people who’ve taken a similar test.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

Some all cats are masters at appearing food-deprived, when it’s the last thing they are.

I’ve been trying to find the Fat Freddy’s Cat cartoon where he manages to elicit food out of various sympathetic people until he gives the game away by burping.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Dogs are pretty good at feigning starvation too. It’s ten minutes till the usual critter dinner time and Bailey is staring at me with furrowed brows and whining softly.

Shadowplay
Shadowplay
3 years ago

@ Alan – pretty sure that one was in “A Year Passes Like Nothing”

Edit: No, it was in Grass Roots. My bad.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

These are the same guys who lauded Walter White as a hero, too, when he was specifically written to be an anti-hero.

And the same people who think Skylar was a [insert gendered slur here] for reacting like any human would. Ugh.

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

@wwth -d’oh! Rick Grimes I didn’t even connect. I’m a fan of the show (although Neegan’s one-note characterization has diminished my enjoyment a lot) but Rick is just, eh. He’s Rick. He’s ok? I don’t hate him.

I might be just too tired of the show. I certainly can’t see dressing up as him for Halloween, and indeed I doubt anyone would realize it’s anything but a standard Sheriff costume (or “sassy Sheriff” I guess).

Re: Weinstein, after reading the accusations it sounds like his go-to move was asking women for massages (?!!?!?). When is this ever considered okay? Good grief. It’s just so gross and seedy.

Nequam
Nequam
3 years ago

The orange cat makes me think of the strange little comic Manfried the Man, which is a sort of species flip of cat ownership.

https://www.instagram.com/manfriedtheman/ (possibly NSFW for little naked cartoon men)

eibhear
eibhear
3 years ago

Just heard the H.W. recording on Newsnight. Wish I hadn’t (shudder!).

.

@David Futrelle,
My favourite foods are lobster and globe artichoke. Which Instagram cat am I?

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

That recording is chilling. Definitely be warned about listening to it because it is SO textbook bullying/manipulative. I mean those poor women.

Iseult The Idle
Iseult The Idle
3 years ago

@dreemr, I love the meme! Glad you warned me, otherwise a bag of the good stuff would be on its way to that poor, hungry kitty.

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

@Iseult 😊 That made me laugh, thank you!

Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary
3 years ago

Holy shit, I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

Steampunked
Steampunked
3 years ago

On the cat topic, because my ancient old Birman is a better man than most of those mentioned above…

When we moved, it turned out he had three – THREE – households who regularly fed his fat ass and thought he was theirs. I had been wondering why he was not losing weight…

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

he had three – THREE – households who regularly fed his fat ass

Well they’re just so piteous you can’t help but feel for the poor, suffering dears.

I mean if I didn’t feed my fat cat MYSELF every day, I’d think he hadn’t eaten in DAYS from the way he acts.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Since we’re on the subject of pets, does anyone have good advice for helping and comforting a dog that’s missing her human? My dad is out of town for about a week and a half. Bailey is very attached to him. He’s only been gone since this afternoon and she’s already a bit upset because he’s not here in the evening like he’s supposed to be. I have a good relationship with and she likes me plenty but I’m not him. He’s her absolute favorite person.

My plan so far is to give her lots of love. Stick to her normal routine as much as possible. Sleep with my bedroom door open so she can lay down next to the bed if she wants. When the weather permits, take her down to the creek for long walks to wear her out and distract her. Anything else?

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
3 years ago

My cats are kept at home, but no doubt if they roamed they’d beg for food everywhere. We have a local tomcat who drops in every day, and acts like he’s dying of starvation. He lives next door and is very well looked after.
Speaking of animals visiting for food – last night the brushtail possum mum & baby came by as usual and I got to pat the baby while it ate its banana ohmygod.

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(this pic isn’t of them, but looks exactly like)

And for no real reason, here is Shiro posing with an azalea that I haven’t managed to kill yet, amazingly.

http://78.media.tumblr.com/34ea71a62018098d7ed521c21078bba6/tumblr_oxmz5ivYgE1tp4oe0o1_1280.jpg

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

@wwth – those are all very good ideas, she’s lucky she has you looking after her.

I have the same issue with our dog when my son (HER BOY) is gone to his father’s. She likes me fine, but I’m not HIM. He is sometimes gone for a week at a time and she is pretty miserable the entire time. I do all the things you’re doing, just trying to give her extra love and attention. She usually has a t-shirt of his (unwashed) that she’ll lay on, and she continues to sleep on his bed even though I leave my door open in case.

Your dog friend probably won’t eat as much as usual, and probably will mope around. Keeping her tired and occupied is good. I will fill a hollow femur with peanut butter and freeze it, for a treat after a good long walk and time throwing the tennis ball.

Even with all that, this is how she spends all her time in the house – watching for her boy to come home.

http://i63.tinypic.com/vobvrt.jpg

ETA: OMG @Mish, those possum are soo cute! Lucky you! And Shiro is gorgeously fluffy.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
3 years ago

@WWTH – sounds to me like you’re doing everything right for Bailey already. Hope she’s ok.

CleverForAGirl - microprostitute
CleverForAGirl - microprostitute
3 years ago

Holy shit those possums are adorable, we only get the o-possums.

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I mean, we feed them ’cause they eat ticks and don’t hurt anything, but they’ll cut ya.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

Aww, so many cute animals!

In further Weinstein news:

Harvey Weinstein’s Wife Announces She Is Leaving Him
By Madeleine Aggeler

Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman has announced

she plans to leave her husband Harvey Weinstein amid a rapidly growing number of sexual assault allegations against the powerful Hollywood producer. In a statement to People on Tuesday, Chapman said:

My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.

Last week, after the New York Times published a report on Weinstein’s history of alleged sexual misconduct, the producer told the New York Postthat Chapman fully supported him.

“She stands 100 percent behind me. Georgina and I have talked about this at length,” he said, adding “Georgina will be with Lisa [Bloom, Weinstein’s former advisor] and others kicking my ass to be a better human being and to apologize to people for my bad behavior, to say I’m sorry, and to absolutely mean it.”

Chapman and Weinstein married in 2007, and share two children, 7-year-old India Pearl, and 4-year-old Dashiell Max Robert.

http://www.vulture.com/2017/10/harvey-weinsteins-wife-announces-she-is-leaving-him.html

calmdown
calmdown
3 years ago

^Nice.

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

“Georgina and I have talked about this at length,” he said, adding “Georgina will be with Lisa [Bloom, Weinstein’s former advisor] and others kicking my ass to be a better human being and to apologize to people for my bad behavior, to say I’m sorry, and to absolutely mean it.”

Yeah, because not only is it not your fault that you sexually assaulted so many vulnerable women, but it’s the responsibility of the women in your life to make you do better. Got it.

Just gross. What a fellow. Glad she’s ditching him.

Did everyone see the e-mail he sent out just before he was officially fired? BEGGING and groveling for support and to give him another chance. Kind of satisfying, actually, and I’m very glad it didn’t seem to work.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Ooh. I might try that peanut butter thing. Bailey loves bones and carries them around, bats them around and chews on them even after the meat and marrow are long gone so there’s always hollow bones lying around.

As of just a couple of days ago, Georgina Chapman was sticking by Weinstein. I’m cynical enough to suspect that the change of heart has more to do with pressure from the Project Runway producers or concerns over Marchesa sales. Maybe she just got shaken out of her denial though.

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

Whoops, I missed the edit window. The e-mail text:

“My board is thinking of firing me. All I’m asking is let me take a leave of absence and get into heavy therapy and counseling whether it be in a facility or somewhere else. Allow me to resurrect myself with a second chance. A lot of the allegations are false, as you know, but given therapy and counseling as other people have done, I think I’d be able to get there. If you can, I need you to send a letter to my private Gmail. The letter would only go to the board and no one else. What the board is trying to do is not only wrong but might be illegal and would destroy the company. If you could write this letter backing me getting me the help and time away I need and also stating your opposition to the board firing me, It would help me a lot. I am desperate for your help. Just give me the time to get therapy. Do not let me get fired. If the industry supports me, that is all I need. With all due respect, I need the letter today.”

The article I used (but there are several).

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
3 years ago

@ CleverForAGirl

RosieLa
RosieLa
3 years ago

What the FUCK HW. With your demands of therapy and what not.

All I’m asking is let me take a leave of absence and get into heavy therapy and counseling whether it be in a facility or somewhere else. Allow me to resurrect myself with a second chance.

NO!

YOU SHOULD BE MADE TO SUFFER! Because you know who aren’t able to access therapy? Fucking victims of rape and sexual assault and monsters like you!!! WE get priority. NOT YOU. So until you can take your head out of your fucking entitled ass, you do NOT get to access services that are denied those of us who did nothing wrong.

Sorry for the caps, all. I’m angry, and I’m tired, and I’m hurting.

Also, those white critters are not dogs. They are floofs with little legs and cute noses. But not dogs.

Mistyful
Mistyful
3 years ago

Damn, if you’re going to be talking therapy, you should offer therapy to people like, ya know, your victims. This scrabbling around to find an out is just kind of transparent and pathetic.

CleverForAGirl - microprostitute
CleverForAGirl - microprostitute
3 years ago

@PoM, I once heard movement in the storage shed and went out there to make sure there weren’t any trapped ferals. The shed is super dark so I walked in and made my way to the lightswitch, flipped it on and about a foot away was a hissing opossum and her babies. I just turned out the light and backed out real slow while apologizing to Mrs. Opossum as prettily as I could. (They’re not usually agressive, but I’m not one to mess with a pissed off mama-anything, like a 20 pounds o’ demons in a 5 pound sack.)

Also left the door cracked so they could get out.

Otrame
Otrame
3 years ago

@WWTH

Make sure the dog has access to things that smell like your dad. During a time when my dad travelled a lot, my mom said their dog would go into his closet, stick her nose in his clothes and take deep breaths, and then wag her tail.

But you also need to remember that dogs don’t have the same kind of memory we do. For them it is very much out of sight (or more likely, out of smell) out of mind. I’m sure the dog misses him badly now, but in a day or so, the missing will ease up. That doesn’t mean she’s forgotten him, it’s just that the memory just isn’t as immediate. Though, when your dad gets home be prepared for a deleriously happy greeting. My son is often away for more than a year at a time, but my dog, who is very much MY dog, gets down right hysterical when my son walks in the door. They’ve been friends a long time and Jack is always so happy to see him that my son has to sit on the floor with Jack in his lap to calm him down.

Zaunfink
Zaunfink
3 years ago

As horrible as it sounds to say, I’m glad Jolie and such are on the victim list this time. It makes me hope that people will fucking listen this time because they’re “important”. Maybe this will change things faster (because they are, in fact, changing. Just unbearably slowly.).

I did laugh out loud at trumps secretary of state calling him a moron. And he goes off showing his insecurity again. Oh dear.

On the topic of dogs missing humans – there really isn’t more to do than giving them extra care and attention, keeping them tired and close to things from their favourite human. I’m the favourite human for my dog and she’s heartbroken whenever my mom takes her because of exams, but at least in her case it’s something she’s getting used to. But yeah, more snuggles. All the snuggles!

Msexceptiontotherule
Msexceptiontotherule
3 years ago

It’s like he thinks that saying “a lot of the allegations are false, as you know” and then expects a leave of absence for counseling so he can return and go back to the sexual harassment and sexual assault routine he’s been doing while enjoying a resurrection in his entertainment industry high powered career…is not showing the world how little actual concern for the effects his actions have had on others he truly has?

The Weinstein Company still has one Weinstein, a partial not-people-who-have-also-been-fired board remains, and firing Harvey is the right decision, he also shouldn’t get to come back and work in an outside or any capacity. If the revelations about him cost the company so much that it folds once it issues all the settlement payments and such, that won’t be a terrible thing either.

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
3 years ago

Rose McGowan’s ‘did I fuckin stutter?’ look in that header pic is killer. 1 down, who know’s how many to go

lurker
lurker
3 years ago

According to people who use IQ as an argument, I should always use my work computer (processor clock speed 3.4Ghz, 4 cores) to run my mortgage spreadsheet, because my home computer only has a processor with 2.9Ghz and 2 cores and it’s probably a lot less likely to give me accurate results.

Not quite an accurate analogy to IQ…but illustrative enough.

(Also I notice a lot of people citing their IQ seem to not truly understand that, for example, 2 in 100 people have an IQ of 130, which is…quite a lot of other people around you, especially in the Internet age)

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
3 years ago

Unrelated hilarity: This is it. I’ve finally found it. The dumbest tweet – nay, the dumbest thing – ever posted on the Internet.
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Bask in its ludicrous glory.

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