Courtney Love, Taylor Swift, Fiona Apple and the damning double standards of the music industry

Earlier this month, Courtney Love definitively ruled out a reunion of her band ‘Hole’; responsible for 1994’s classic ‘Live Through This’ and most recently, 2010’s ‘Nobody’s Daughter’. The collective response to the news seemed to be a shrug. In response to the announcement, Twitter users responded with remarks of “who cares”, gifs of shrugging and, sarcastic comments. It’s a simultaneously surprising response and a completely predictable one; music critic Amanda Petrusich wrote that, over the years, Love has become “less a saviour than a punchline”, adding that her “public persona has coloured her music for just about everyone”. …


Eric Adams likely victory in NYC is a setback for criminal justice advocates

As of writing, the winner of the New York City mayoral race has not been declared, and likely still won’t have been by time of publishing, as complete results are not expected until next month. It’s an unfortunate failing from the New York electoral board; considering how November’s Presidential election showcased how even a relatively small delay between an election and the full declaration of results can dangerously damage faith in democracy.

Unlike with the Presidential election though, where the small initial lead of Trump was slowly but surely whittled away by Biden, the current leader in the NYC race…


Perhaps, what makes modern-day celebrity especially insufferable is something, ironically, rather relatable…

It’s no secret that mainstream music has become darker and mellower in recent years; the most significant, and hugely popular, debut album of the 2010s — Billie Eilish’s ‘When We All Fall Asleep…’ — was filled with tales of toxic relationships, drug addiction, death and suicidal ideation. …


With it’s portrayal of violent white nationalism run amok, ‘The Forever Purge’ hits closer to home than any previous instalment of the film franchise

‘The Purge’ franchise — for as much as I have admittedly enjoyed it through the years — has never felt as profound as it purports to be. The films all revolve around an America ruled by the “New Founding Fathers” who have instituted an annual one-day holiday where all crimes (including murder) are allowed. The franchise, which began in 2013, was marketed as a dark dystopia that shined a light on the evils of mankind and how close society is at any given moment to becoming ruled in the name of our darkest desires and demons. …


Or ‘How Not To Be A Progressive’

So-called ‘identity politics’ — the oft-maligned, rarely clearly defined school of thought — once predominantly critiqued by conservatives, has increasingly drawn the ire of leftists in recent years. It’s understandable as to why; as important as representation is, it’s also true that establishment politicians can and do use the guise of identity politics to disguise the way their policies thwart progress:- presenting figures who want to largely maintain the status quo as ‘progressive’ because of their racial/sexual/gender identity.

In the Trump and, now, Biden era, an increasing number of leftists have condemned the identity-centric approach to politics; instead purporting to…


New York City risks taking a significant backwards step this Tuesday

source: Getty Images // Close-up picture of Andrew Yang standing outside

This time next week we will effectively know who the next mayor of New York City will be. The general election isn’t until November, but the winner of the Democratic Primary — which takes place on June 22nd — is all but guaranteed to win in November, given the heavy Democratic tilt of the city. Once seen as the next great hope for progressives to expand their power within the Democratic Party, the race has repeatedly dashed the hopes of leftists; as their attempts to coalesce around one candidate have become almost comically dysfunctional.

The race began as Andrew Yang’s…


Or Why I Defended Chrissy Teigen (But Don’t Anymore)

Even by Twitter standards - a site known for it’s near-constant feuds, Chrissy Teigen has been involved in a *lot* of Twitter fights; sometimes the agitator, other times, the rebutter. Having feuds with everyone ranging from New York Times food writers to the once-President of the United States, Teigen has become one of the most recognisable, and increasingly, one of the most infamous social media personalities.

I’ve always been reflexively defensive of Teigen; not because I was ever a particularly big fan, as such, but because the attacks against her felt so relentless and disproportionate to anything she’d actually done…


The fetishization of bi-partisanship is killing progress

The 2020 election was presented by Democrats as nothing less than a fight for the survival of democracy. Joe Biden ran on the slogan “battle for the soul of our nation”. Anything other than a decisive Democrat victory was presented as a fundamental threat to the very fabric of democracy. If Democrats weren’t already sure enough of this, the January 6th attempted insurrection should have changed that.

The 2020 election — and the 2021 Georgia run-offs — gave Democrats full control over the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. Though it’s easy, now, to take this for granted, it…


Performative displays of allyship are no substitute for substantive activism

Pride Month, at it’s core, is a commemoration of rebellion; a period to honour and remember the 1969 Stonewall riots; where predominantly POC members of the LGBT+ community rioted in response to the police raid of the Stonewall Inn. The riot was a turning point in LGBT+ activism, which beforehand had been predominantly non-confrontational and regrettably ineffectual. Stonewall ushered in an entirely new era of LGBT+ activism; one whose rewards the LGBT+ community are still reaping today — even if there’s still so much further to go.

It’s hard not to feel like, however, that Pride’s origin story has been…


Since Andrew Cuomo was accused of misconduct, numerous suspicious accounts have arisen to support him

CW: This post briefly talks about sexual misconduct allegations against Cuomo and the response to them

In December of last year, former Andrew Cuomo aide Lindsay Boylan came forward to accuse her old boss of sexual harassment. In the months since, several more women have come forward to make more accusations. At the same time, damning information has been coming out about the Cuomo administration’s attempted cover-up of nursing home COVID deaths. (I wrote about this, and the allegations, in detail here)

In the wake of the barrage of bad news about Cuomo, multiple politicians called for the Governor’s resignation…

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