Some 20-ish kid collided with a car on my commute home. I had ridden behind him for a bit thinking, “You ride like an asshole. You need brakes and you need to take out your earbuds if you’re going to pretend you’re in Premium Rush. If you can not do these things, maybe buy a helmet.” Don’t get me wrong. You gotta be bold on dem streets, but if this boy’s mother had seen how he was riding, she would have started crying and stopped paying for his apartment in the city. I was trying to catch up with him so I could give him the usual line I give to people who ride bikes like assholes, “what would you like me to tell your next of kin?” but I couldn’t catch up; he kept going through intersections in ways where I wasn’t going to follow. Sure enough, five blocks later he had a collision with a car. I did not see it, but I saw how he rode and guarantee you that shit was his fault. After I saw that he was fine, I shrugged and rode off. When will silly fixie crackers learn that they are not invincible?
“Let me tell you, if Elizabeth Taylor can be Cleopatra, I can be Nina — I’m sorry,” Saldana said, unapologetically, according to Allure. “It doesn’t matter how much backlash I will get for it. I will honor and respect my black community because that’s who I am.”
Being one person who really didn’t care if Saldana was portraying Simone, this analogy is just ridiculous. Believe me Zoe, if there was social media back in Elizabeth Taylor’s heyday the complaints would have been heard all over the world. Hell, my grandmother still complains after all of these years. -Clutch
I hate to do this, but as a former member of the Junior Classical League I can’t help myself. Cleopatra was not Egyptian. She was Greek. The Ptolemaic dynasty was founded by one of Alexander the Great’s generals, Ptolemy, who took Egypt when Alexander’s empire fragmented after his death. The members of this dynasty married their siblings (I mean, I’m sure there were some milk man babies but still). They were so Greek that most of them couldn’t speak Egyptian. It was notable that Cleopatra had bothered to learn the language of her people. As for the Zoe Saldana quote about playing Nina Simone. No, girl. Still no.
This is why I’ve become a jerk on the internet. When I see a friend of a friend of a friend say something about being more understanding about “listening to both sides” of the “debate about acceptance,” I tend to take a few steps back — so that I can take a running start to diving down their throats.