Stop Calling Trump Gay

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It’s not an insult unless you’re homophobic

American President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press conference at the Helsinki Summit this past Monday has left people feeling both worried and betrayed by the commander-in-chief. Twitter users have taken to referring to the conferences as the #TreasonSummit after Trump offered a slew of statements which ranged from undermining American intelligence forces to once again bringing up Hillary Clinton and the electoral college.

When asked if he believes his own intelligence forces over the word of Putin regarding allegations surrounding Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, Trump defended Putin by saying, "President Putin says it's not Russia. I don't see any reason why it would be.”

His internationally broadcasted defense of Russia over the United States was a shock, and sparked outrage in a number of politicians and public servants—including those from the Republican party. 

There is extensive evidence suggesting that Russia did, in fact, play a role in the election of Trump. Just this past week there were indictments against 12 Russian nationals by the Justice Department under special counsel Robert Muller’s investigation. The FBI insists that Russians played a heavy hand in the election. Putin literally said during the Helsinki press conference that he wanted Trump to win.

Regardless, Trump refuses to acknowledge the threat Russia poses to our democracy. This, unfortunately, is old news. The president’s uncomfortably close political devotion to Putin is cause for concern for all Americans, and it ought to be closely monitored and reported on by the press, but not in the way which has shown increasing popularity over the past year: By inferring that Trump and Putin have a sexual relationship with one another.

Stop calling the President gay. Do not do what The New York Times did and create a story line in which a gay relationship between Trump and Putin is the punch line of a very serious situation. 

In addition to completely glossing over the importance of U.S.-Russia relations, painting Trump and Putin as gay lovers diminishes and ignores their laundry list of civil rights violations against their LGBTQ+ identifying citizens. Both administrations have a gross history of targeting the LGBTQ+ community, from military bans to propaganda enforcement. 

The whole narrative uses queerness as a means of teasing and degrading, which is blatantly homophobic


Also? It’s just painfully lacking in creativity. Oh, cool, a gay joke. How creative. How progressive. How ha-ha funny. What's next, rape jokes? Great.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.