Okay, I found time to finally search on the James Franco issue and I’m just now realizing it was Casey Affleck. L
I was so proud of myself. Well let me note the Franco article anyway. From THE LOS ANGELES TIMES:
Tither-Kaplan is one of five women who, in interviews with The Times, accused Franco, 39, of behavior they found to be inappropriate or sexually exploitative. Four were his students, and another said he was her mentor.
In some cases, they said they believed Franco could offer them career advancement, and acquiesced to his wishes even when they were uncomfortable.
“I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable,” said Tither-Kaplan, who was one of many women who took to Twitter on Sunday night to vent anger over Franco’s win and his support of Time’s Up, the initiative combating sexual misconduct in Hollywood.
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Her feelings shifted after being selected to appear, with a handful of other female students, in what she thought was one of Franco’s “art films.” Natalie Chmiel, the other student, said she was told the footage would be used in a 7 For All Mankind jeans commercial.
Both women described what they considered to be an unprofessional and hostile shoot at a strip club.
Midway through filming, Dusome said Franco approached the actresses — who wore masks and lingerie — and asked, "So, who wants to take your shirt off?"
When no actresses volunteered, Franco stormed off, Dusome recalled.
When no actresses volunteered, Franco stormed off, Dusome recalled.
"I felt like I was selected for something based on my hard work and my merit, and when I realized it was because I have nice [breasts], it was pretty clear that was not the case," Dusome said. "I don't think he started teaching with bad intentions, but he went down a bad path and damaged a lot of people in the process."
Okay, that’s where I have trouble.
You weren’t abused.
You were invited to do a jeans commercial. “Something based on my hard work and my merit . . . I realized it was because I had nice breasts”
A jeans commercial?
And you thought you were asked to do it for anything besides your looks?
Some of this is just being a titty baby. Call me Germaine Greer or Chrissie Hynde but some of us need to take a little responsibility.
I remember studying photography and I remember the gals who used their boobs and other traits to get ahead. I didn’t. I was about the work and had a don’t mess with me attitude.
So some cutie has a class taught by a famous actor and thought she was going to be a big star. She did a jeans commercial (I think it was actually a movie) and he asked them to go topless. They said no and he was in a huff. Sounds like a lot of photo shoots. Don’t see anything out of the normal. Not the best moment but not abuse.
We may not like to say “no” – men or women – but we need to learn to.
“No” is our power.
That’s with everything. Someone asks a favor, you have to be willing to say “no” if you don’t want to do it.
Someone pushes their work off on you, you have to be willing to say “no.”
I’m sorry that it made her uncomfortable but we have to be willing to be.
Our inability to handle discomfort sometimes leads to us being paid less because many men will say flat out “No, that’s not good enough.” We’ll try to be the good girl and just say yes to whatever is offered.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Again, I agree with him. But it's not something I think about a great deal because MSNBC's a joke to me. But reading the Tweet, it's not just that Donahue was run off from MSNBC (ahead of the start of the Iraq War), it's that in all the time since, they've only once given a show to someone who publicly questioned the war before it started: Alec Baldwin.
Danny Glover, Janeane Garofalo, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Laura Flanders, Mike Malloy, Randi Rhodes, Gillian Anderson, Jessica Lange, Samuel L. Jackson, Rosario Dawson, Harry Belafonte, Steve Earle, Diahann Carroll, Cynthia McKinney, Tom Morello, Margaret Kimberley, Glen Ford, Bruce A. Dixon, Dennis Kucinich, . . .
Has a single prominent politician or pundit ever apologized for advocating for an Iraq War that was waged on false WMD pretenses and that killed hundreds of thousands of people? Or did most of them just smile at the camera and get re-hired for their jobs?
I think it's just John Edwards who penned a column for THE WASHINGTON POST when he was preparing for his run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
Hillary Clinton certainly didn't talk about false pretenses or the death of people. She said it was a mistake, her vote was a mistake. And then it evolved into, it was a mistake to trust Bully Boy Bush to do the war right.
But that's craven Hillary for you.
In terms of pundits, MOTHER JONES has certainly found employment for a lot of Iraq War supporters including Kevin Drum but then the promotion of Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery meant the death of that magazine.
I have not changed my opinion of #GeorgeWBush. He killed one million people in Iraq. I can’t forget about that.
Those are sentiments that would never be expressed by MOTHER JONES today. They're so watered down they need adult diapers.
This week BLACK AGENDA RADIO shared a speech by Margaret Kimberley discussing the permanent war and the lack of resistance to war from the so-called 'Resistance.'
Let's dive into Iraq.
Yesterday afternoon REUTERS published an embarrassing article. It opens:
Iraqi authorities on Thursday took into custody a former trade minister convicted in absentia for corruption cases, following his extradition from Lebanon, Iraq’s corruption watchdog said in a statement.
Yes, that is the story we covered yesterday morning -- before REUTERS.
We didn't have to wait for 'authorities' to issue 'a statement.'
Don't know when that became necessary to report on something.
They also fail to note that this ex-Minister of Trade September apprehension is unusual in that he's only released to Iraq in time for Hayder al-Abadi to use it as election propaganda.
They re-wrote a government release.
Somehow that passed for reporting.
They didn't even get his history correct.
At least they can say they covered it. That's more than any other western outlet has done.
Mina Aldroubi (THE NATIONAL) does a better job covering the story.
In terms of analyzing the planned elections in May (they're supposed to take place in May), NIQASH remains one of the few outlets offering analysis. Mustafa Habib notes today:
News out of Iraq today includes by the Turkish government pounding war drums.
Turkish president vows to expand Ankara's operation in Syrian Kurdish enclave eastward, toward the frontier with Iraq.
Turkey's Erdogan vows to fight Kurdish forces as far as Iraq
Turkish operations on Syrian border to extend as far as Iraq, Erdogan says reut.rs/2DCiSxG
As BBC NEWS notes:
More danger for US troops who shouldn't even be in Iraq today. Will the government ever end the Iraq War?
That question wasn't raised at yesterday's State Dept policy briefing spokesperson Heather Nauert handled but Turkey's actions did come up.
The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley and PACIFICA EVENING NEWS -- updated: