Ryan Lochte Shows The World What White Male Privilege Looks Like

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When news first broke last Sunday that U.S. gold medal-winning swimmer Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates (Gunnar Bentz, Jimmy Feigen, and Jack Conger) had been robbed at gunpoint in Rio, media outlets reported on the incident in earnest, referencing other troubling allegedly crime-related events, like the shattered windows of a press bus and the stray bullets found in the equestrian venue. Considering the fact that Rio's high crime rate was one of the most buzzed about stories pre-Olympics, with much media attention given to the fact that “Rio [deployed] about 85,000 soldiers and police to secure the games, twice as many as London did four years ago," it was not hard to believe that, in fact, Lochte and his teammates had been senselessly robbed. Lochte's mother even spoke to the press, relaying the news that “they just took their wallets and basically that was it. I think they’re all shaken up."

But things started to seem off with the story almost immediately: First, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) denied that the robbery had taken place, although they changed their position after the U.S. Olympic Committee spoke out in favor of Lochte and his fellow athletes. But then, it was revealed that Lochte's account of what happened—which included him saying "whatever" to a man who had a cocked gun at his forehead—differed dramatically not only from those of his teammates but also from himself; the swimmer could just not seem to keep his story straight. By the time it was revealed that Lochte had unexpectedly and quietly decided to fly back to America before the Olympics were over, and that Brazilian police were seeking Lochte and his teammates for questioning, it became pretty clear that something was definitely fishy.

And as of this morning, Bentz, Feigen, and Conger have all been detained by the Brazilian police for questioning, and it has been revealed that there is a videotape of one of the swimmers "breaking down the door to the bathroom at [a] gas station and fighting with a security guard" on the night of the almost definitely fabricated robbery. The video also seems to demonstrate that the swimmers paid for the damage, though potentially not before urinating all over the bathroom floor.  

While the ultimate legal—or even diplomatic—outcome of this situation is unclear at this time, social media has definitely spoken on #LochteGate, and the verdict is clear: "Whatever." Well, not "whatever," exactly; more like, to use another, older Lochte catchphrase: “Jeah!"

Twitter, at least, has embraced this opportunity to make many a Lochte meme, including admittedly hilarious ones referencing Zoolander, a movie which Lochte undoubtedly thinks is a documentary.

Beyond that, Lochte is being hailed as something of a bro hero. He's bumbling and hapless, sure; he's also a maybe pathological liar. But isn't he handsome? He sure is.

And perhaps this wouldn't be anything more than a fun time to make memes and coin hashtags (#LochMess is a good one) if it weren't for the fact that, over the course of this Olympics, we've witnessed Gabby Douglas being viciously dragged through the court of public opinion for doing nothing more than standing to attention during the U.S. national anthem with her hands at her sides rather than over her heart. We also happen to live in a society wherein women are mercilessly grilled about the minutiae of any accusations they level at men, where women are warned again and again that they could be ruining men's lives, where women are tacitly implored to keep silent rather than speak out, lest their stories of having their lives permanently altered, disrupt a man's life.

Yet here is Ryan Lochte, who traded in on the not slightly xenophobic fears of crime in Rio, to paint himself as a victim of an armed robbery rather than admit the truth: He and his jock friends (who have since told police that Lochte made the whole robbery story up) got drunk, destructive, and caught, and had to pay up. And here we are, making jokes and laughing at his actions, rather than seriously thinking about what it means that a privileged white male American can literally piss wherever he wants, lie about it, and fly away from his problems, when other people, who aren't white and aren't men, can be shamed, ostracized, and harshly censured for not smiling enough while "The Star Spangled Banner" plays.

This is white male privilege at its worst, and no matter how winning a smile it possesses, it's one of the ugliest things we've seen during these Olympic games, and beyond.

Update: Police in Rio have now officially said that the swimmers were not victims of any crime, but were instead vandals of a gas station.

We also see Margot Robbie take on Sharon Tate

The new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gives a look at the Manson Family. In the previous clip, we saw Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at their funniest. Now, we get to see Margot Robbie take on actress Sharon Tate, Lena Dunham become a cult member, and how the fictional and real-life story lines will intersect in the film.

Per a press release, the film—that follows a fictional story set around the time of the real-life Manson murders—"visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore."

In this clip, after being introduced to Dalton and Booth, viewers get to see how the latter ends up mingling with the Manson Family. As Booth picks up a girl (Margaret Qualley) on the side of the road, he unknowingly welcomes a Manson family member into his life and begins to visit their ranch. The fiction and real-life stories intersect when we find out that Dalton lives next store to Tate, who was murdered by the members of Charles Manson's cult in 1969.

Watch the new trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ahead of its July 26 theatrical release, below.


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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.

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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.