Voice Of Reason Seth Meyers Hammers Donald Trump Over His Biggest Lie Yet


“You don’t get to peddle racist rhetoric for five years and decide when it’s over.”

While much of the media has gotten flack for letting Donald Trump get away with an endless stream of outrageous statements, racist rhetoric, and flat-out lies, Seth Meyers has remained an exception. The Late Night host has made it his personal mission to call out Trump on a nightly basis, particularly in his segment “A Closer Look,” which sees Meyers adopt a Daily Show-style format to pick apart Trump’s lies. So when Trump told perhaps his biggest lie of the campaign so far—that Hillary Clinton started the so-called “birther” movement and that he finished it—you knew Meyers would go in.

“‘Obama was born in the United States, period’?” Meyers said, repeating Trump’s statement. “Fuck you, exclamation point! You don’t get to peddle racist rhetoric for five years and decide when it’s over. We decide when it’s over. And it’s certainly not over after a 30-second statement in the middle of a hotel commercial.”

Meyers was one of the first people to publicly ridicule Trump for peddling the racist conspiracy theory, when he roasted him as host of the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2011, and it was almost like he couldn’t believe he was revisiting the subject five years later. Meyers also took aim at "cartoon gangster" Governor Chris Christie, who went on national television recently and backed up Trump's claim that he dropped his birther claims in 2011. But his real ire was saved for Trump. “By the way, I’m not sure the guy who holds fake press conferences, has a fake university, has fake foundation, fake hair, and a fake tan should be the one in charge of deciding what’s real,” a fired up Meyers said.

The entire segment is well worth watching, especially if you, like us, are searching for a voice of reason amidst all of this madness. 

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."