MAGA Teenagers Show How White Supremacy And Misogyny Fuel Each Other

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The Covington Catholic students show that hate is intersectional too

On January 18, the day before the third Women's March and two days before the second anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America, Washington, D.C., played host to two other public rallies: the Indigenous Peoples' March and the anti-abortion-focused March for Life. That same day, a video was posted online which showed participants from both events, engaging in what appeared to be a confrontation; on one side was a mob of white teenage boys, many wearing Make America Great Again hats and other paraphernalia; on the other, a Native American drummer, much older than the scores of boys whom he faced, and stoic in the face of their frenzy.

The video soon went viral, with most people immediately expressing outrage at the way these teenagers taunted and mocked the drummer, who was soon identified as an Omaha elder and Vietnam veteran named Nathan Phillips. The teens were similarly identified as anti-abortion protestors, there for the March for Life, and students at Covington Catholic, an elite all-boys school in northern Kentucky, just outside Cincinnati, Ohio. One still from the video was particularly haunting: an image of a smirking white boy surrounded by his peers, standing face-to-face with a man who was his elder, but to whom he clearly accorded no respect. It visually encapsulated everything nauseating about white supremacy: its utter lack of respect for other people's humanity, its reliance on mob violence and intimidation tactics, its security in its own power, its knowledge that it still controls the system because it is the system.

But just as quickly as the video surfaced and the boys within it were condemned, so too did a defense emerge, with the smirking student at the center of the video—now identified as Nick Sandmann—even issuing a statement about his involvement in the day's events, denying that he was mocking Phillips, claiming that he was trying to defuse the situation. Immediately, people on Twitter started issuing apologies, saying that they hadn't realized the "full story" of what had happened; media organizations like Bustle and The Atlantic and HuffPost now made clear that they thought there were "different angles" to the recorded events. And once again it was proven that, in America, all too many people think it's a graver crime to call someone a racist than it is actually to be a racist.

Because let's make no mistake: By virtue of wearing MAGA hats, those teens are demonstrating that they embrace racist ideology. Furthermore, the video clearly shows them miming tomahawk chops and mimicking Phillips's chanting in a way that could only be construed as mockery. And then too, it seems that Covington Catholic High School has a documented history of racism, including, per the New York Daily News, condoning students wearing blackface at basketball games and shouting at and "verbally abusing" black players on opposing teams.

This video shows clearly what it looks like when white supremacy is wielded by a mob: It is ugly and brutish. But also, it is impossible not to consider what it was that those students were doing in Washington in the first place. They were not there to protest the presence of the indigenous people. Rather, they were there to protest women's right to have autonomy over their own bodies. Much in the same way that mass shooters almost always have a history of domestic violence, white supremacy and misogyny go hand in hand too.

A 2018 report by the ADL on the topic of white supremacy and misogyny said: "There is a robust symbiosis between misogyny and white supremacy; the two ideologies are powerfully intertwined. While not all misogynists are racists, and not every white supremacist is a misogynist, a deep-seated loathing of women acts as a connective tissue between many white supremacists, especially those in the alt right."

The values that Trump and his followers esteem are ones that espouse a white-led patriarchy, and emphasize the ultimate supremacy of the white man. There is a reason, then, that dozens of white boys from a Kentucky high school would pay a reported $130 to travel to the nation's capital: They wanted to assert their dominance over women, and make clear who it is that will have the final say over women's bodies—them.

And so the notable thing about this viral video isn't just that these smirking boys, wearing hats in a shade best described as "white supremacy red," can clearly be seen engaging in provocative, racist behavior, it is that they make clear that their hate is intersectional—it encompasses everyone who doesn't exist within their ideological parameters. Although the furor over this video has started to die down, aided by people falling all over themselves to apologize for believing what they saw with their own two eyes, it is important to stay furious over it, to stay aware. This isn't just about a single incident of abhorrent behavior by a horde of smirking MAGA trolls, this is about the culture in which they are raised and which they thrive. It is a culture that denies the humanity of anyone who isn't a white male, a culture that seeks to take away the rights of women, a culture that mocks the traditions of indigenous people, a culture that is so used to getting away with murder that its current leader has bragged about being able to do just that.

Growing up in a culture like that, it's no wonder that a teenager feels entitled to wear a smirk on his face while his friends jeer in the background. It's pathetic, really, and could be empathy-inducing, the fact that these young men are being raised so poorly. But it's not, because the stakes are too high, the number of people who are hurt by the system that these boys seek to perpetuate is too overwhelming. But they will learn someday, that their way, the way they've been taught, is doomed. They're dinosaurs. And when they find out, that's when the smirks will be wiped right off their faces. And not a moment too soon.

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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video)


This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.


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It premieres today, exclusively via NYLON

In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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This cameo has the Beyhive buzzing

I went to see Men In Black: International alone. Which would have been fine if it wasn't for the shock I received when I saw two specific characters on the screen. Unable to keep it to myself, I shared a curious look with the stranger next to me, who was obviously thinking the same thing as me. "Is that them...?" I whispered first. "I think… so," she replied. Then the two men in question started to dance, and we were both sure: "Yep, that's them."

It was Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins. Fans of Beyoncé will recognize the duo as the talented brothers who often accompany her on tour and in music videos. In Men In Black: International, the two of them play shapeshifting entities—they're more like energy forces than aliens—who pursue Tessa Thompson's and Chris Hemsworth's characters throughout the duration of the film. The twins' ability to manipulate their bodies in ways that are graceful and otherworldly really helps sell them as extraterrestrials and is fun to watch.

So if Thompson in a suit or Hemsworth shirtless weren't enough motivation, here's another reason to go see it. If you look close, you can see them in the trailer below.


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"I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter"

In a heart-warming Instagram photo, Serena Williams shares the history of hair braiding and the importance of the tradition. The tennis player shared a photo of herself braiding her daughter Olympia Ohanian's hair and spoke about how "honored" she was to be able to "add another generation" to the tradition of the practice.

The photo shows Williams attentively braiding her daughter's hair while Olympia smiles, obviously loving the experience. Williams noted that hair braiding was created by the Himba people in Namibia, Africa, and that "we have been braiding our hair for centuries." "In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe," she continued.

Williams pointed out that braiding is a bonding experience. "People would often take the time to socialize," she wrote. "It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world."

Williams closed her post with a sweet message about her daughter, saying that she's "honored to share this bonding experience" with her.

See the post, below.