‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’ Called Out For Transphobia And Homophobia

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“Just because you’ve got a hard time fitting in doesn’t mean being a straight up dick is fine”

Netflix's Sierra Burgess Is A Loser is facing some backlash thanks to a series of problematic plot points.

While the actors themselves—most notably Shannon Purser and Noah Centineo—have been on the receiving end of a lot of positive attention, many people are calling out the film's catfishing premise and a part in which Sierra kisses the object of her affections without his consent. 

Deaf model-activist Nyle DiMarco also criticized a moment where Sierra pretends to be deaf, slamming the film for using the deafness as part of "a terrible joke." 

As if that wasn't enough, people are also calling in question a scene in which another character bullies Sierra in class, by "joking" that she can make her assignment, about her "trans experience, super topical." And though the joke isn't depicted in a positive way, many are saying it was unnecessary to use transphobia to make a point about someone's nasty character. 

Not only that, but people are also taking issue with the problematic quips Sierra makes throughout the film about being thought of as a lesbian. 

In the wake of the backlash, another writer posted a direct message conversation they had with screenwriter Lindsey Beer, in which they questioned why she hadn't issued a public apology and why being called "trans" or a "lesbian" were the worst insults she could come up with.

Netflix and Beer have yet to publicly respond.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.