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It's been a while since the prospect of new Jeezy was really, really exciting. Sure, "Seen it All" is still pretty good, but Jeezy is still the target of the best diss track of the past few years (and has yet to satisfactorily respond). Now, Janelle Monáe, fresh off her Star Wars-inspired looks for Cover Girl, has hopped on the hook for "Sweet Life" off Jeezy's upcoming Church in These Streets, released alongside an EP called Politically Correct. Check out "Sweet Life" below, then pretend it's the Frank Ocean "Sweet Life," or something. [via Complex]
Daywalkers were strongly advised to avoid Terminal 5 on Friday night, due to the thousands of “vampires” converging there for BBQ Films’ first-ever Blade Rave. The rave, which was held in conjunction with New York Comic Con and New York Super Week, was any Blade fan’s blood-soaked dream come true. The Crystal Method DJ-ed the entire event, which featured costumed actors recreating scenes, a sword fighting demo from Sword Class NYC, and vampire dancing from The Dance Cartel, as well as a screening of the actual movie.
BBQ Films also held a “blood raffle” for prizes like fake blood and Blade artwork from comic artist Tim Seeley -- with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
Just after 11 p.m., technicians with body-mounted sprayers lined up in the photo pit for the "blood" rain, inspired by the movie’s iconic vampire rave scene -- though instead of actual blood, Blade Rave attendees just got gallons of red corn syrup, much to the Health Department's relief.
To see pictures of the Blade Rave (and revisit a time when Twilight hadn’t yet ruined vampires for everyone), check out our photos below.
This week's installment of Hack into Broad City (check out other episodes here and here) is akin to the first, in that it focuses on a holiday a lot of people don't really understand and no one really wants to celebrate -- in this case, Columbus Day, a.k.a. a national holiday that celebrates genocide, white supremacy, and all sorts of other fun stuff by pretending that America was only "discovered" when some chill European bros landed their ships here to infect people with gross diseases. Abbi and Ilana try to navigate the complicated problem of working, or not working, on a holiday that most people don't even have off anyway. Watch it below.
Actress Amandla Stenberg made headlines recently for beefing with reality TV royalty Kylie Jenner, but the real scope of this 16-year-old's worldview eclipses any Hollywood dramz. She's kept busy since playing Rue in the first Hunger Games film, most recently appearing on the recently cancelled NBC sitcom Mr. Robinson. But as she publicly tears into race and gender via social media, Stenberg's out-spoken fearlessness is also becoming known. A video she made for school, titled "Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows," broke down the rampant co-opting of black culture by the white mainstream -- calling out Katy Perry, Macklemore and Miley Cyrus -- with whip-smart analysis and became a viral hit, anointing Stenberg as a powerful new voice of a generation along the way. "I was just sharing something that I believed in. Someone once told me that it's a small revolution in itself just to be a person of color and be a woman and be yourself," she says. "I've been learning that just by saying what I believe, it's causing a fuss." In addition to her acting career, she's also co-writing, along with Stranger Comics president Sebastian Jones, the comic-book series Niobe: She Is Life, which follows the adventures of a "half-wild-elf and half-human, and her destiny is to unite the wild elves and the humans," she says. "Not that my destiny is to unite the entire world, but it struck a chord." In this extended interview, Stenberg discusses applying to film school, her comic book career and doing her own thang.
So, let's talk about this comic book you announced recently, Niobe: She Is Life, which you're creating with your friend.
I met Sebastian Jones I guess about a year ago now. He creates all kinds of children's books and comic books. I was first drawn to him and his whole story because he has a series called I Am Mixed that was just a series for kids. I read it and I was like, "Man, I wish I had this when I was younger." It goes into what it's like to grow up having different parts of your identity and different racial backgrounds. We started talking and he introduced me to this series that he created called The Stranger Series. There's this character called Niobe and she's half-wild-elf and half-human, and her destiny is to unite the wild elves and the humans. She's the daughter of the human king and her mother was a beautiful, dynamic fairy elf. I guess when I heard that I thought, "That sounds really familiar, in a way." Because I have different parts of my identity from different backgrounds that are often battling each other. I feel like, in my everyday life, by talking about certain issues and thinking about race and identity -- and especially now when there's so much tension -- I feel like my role is somewhat to facilitate those conversations or at least build them up.
So, you really connected with this character?
Yeah, and so Sebastian and I decided to start writing a kind of a spin-off, which is called Niobe: She Is Life. It's all about Niobe and her journey as she's a teenager and she's trying to find herself. She's running from her past and trying to delve into who she is and who her family is. She ends up basically studying under a monk and she's the only girl in this class of boys. So, she ends up learning to assert herself. I guess there's some feminist things there!
You've already managed to do some directing (the short The Yellow Wallpaper) already but it sounds like you're interested in applying to film school to be a director?
I haven't applied yet. I'm in the process.
No rush! Take your time.
[Laughs] Yeah, but I do want to direct.
Do you want that to be your primary focus, or would you have multiple plates spinning?
In an ideal world, my dream and goal is to create my own projects that I direct and act in and create music for. My biggest inspiration is Spike Lee, so I try to follow in that trajectory. I just want to create projects because I get tired of seeing the same projects made over and over and over again with the same kinds of people, the same franchises. There's nothing different about them and there's no space for any other kinds of people. I feel like projects don't exist for people of color, especially black girls, in the way that they should.
And it feels like that's a huge part of what's gone on for you -- giving yourself this public voice of late. How has that felt to interact with your fans as much as you do, and in such a truthful way?
I always separated my public persona from my personal passions. Social justice is definitely a personal passion of mine and I was always wary of sharing those views on a public platform, because it's really difficult to be an activist in any way. Even in the most subtle way, you receive backlash. It was kind of accidental, because I made this video or school about cultural appropriation and I posted it on Tumblr thinking it might get like 10 reblogs or something, and then everyone reblogged it. Then someone posted it on YouTube, and then all of a sudden, people were having debates about it on TV and I couldn't walk down the street without hearing people talking about it. I remember walking down Crenshaw Boulevard and I was walking by this hair salon and I heard these women talking about cultural appropriation. They were like, "Well did you see that video?" and I was like, "Whoa!" It was such a mind trip for me.
It was just bizarre to think that I could have an impact at all on the conversations that we're having. I was in no way thinking, "I'm gonna start a revolution! I'm gonna change everyone's perception! I'm gonna cause a lot of fuss!" I was just sharing something that I made for school that I believed in. Someone told me that it's a small revolution in itself just to be a person of color and be a woman and be yourself. That, in itself, is somewhat revolutionary: to have a voice as a person of color, as a woman. So, I've been learning that just by saying what I believe, it's causing a fuss. My intention is not to create drama or anything, but I have to be the most genuine me because that's how I connect to other people; that's how I connect to fans.
It must be so interesting to be in the business that you're in and see people who don't express themselves or who have that trepidation. There must be a huge sense of fulfillment and freedom in getting to be your truest self publicly.
Yeah! When there's a divide between the concept of how people think of you and the person you actually are, it can feel really unhealthy and gross. It's hard to perpetuate a certain image so... I guess I've kind of given up on that! [Laughs] I'm just like, "Here I am, doin' my thang! If you don't like it, sorry!"
This feels like a moment where your voice and opinions are dovetailing with a huge social and political moment.
That's what's so exciting about it. I ended up creating a community of really awesome young people -- and old people -- where we all have similar ideas. Through Tumblr I've found a community of people who recognize that something's happening. [They] recognize that, at the center of this current movement, there needs to be art and creativity. And there needs to be the destruction of certain stereotypes that young people of color face, because we're the new wave. We're shaping the future.
Do you feel like people your age are as engaged and passionate as you?
I feel like a lot of them are definitely as engaged as me. A lot of times, I'm just a conduit for their ideas. I learn from them and I'm lucky enough to have this platform to share the ideas that we collectively have.
And obviously social media plays a huge part, like you said, with Tumblr and such.
Yeah, I was talking to my friend about how we feel like there's a modern-day, almost Harlem Renaissance for young teens and people of color and it's really exciting. The catalyst of police brutality and everything has led to this drive to create art and to connect and to spread ideas and to be dynamic. I feel like I have so many friends who are so engaged in the world and they're creating so many things, whether it be music or art or writing or poetry or all of those things. Those are the people of the future.
Styling by Tiff Horn / Makeup by Kristene Bernard / Photo Assistant: Alex Grey / Location Mama Shelter Los Angeles
With such a wide world of social media available to us, one of the joys of Twitter or Instagram is finding new ways to express yourself -- particularly if you're a famous person tied to an official outlet, who also happens to have a really adorable pet. We rounded up a handful of celebrities who have created robust online accounts for their fuzzy friends, whether they're just posting adorable pics or creating a whole animal alter-ego. While we weren't able to completely confirm that their celeb owners are ghost-writing their pets' tweets, these accounts seem legit.
What's Cara Delevingne's best asset? You're probably thinking "eyebrows" but you're wrong -- it's her adorable bunny rabbit, Cecil, who she discovered on a shoot for Topshop. Cara fell for the furball, elevating him from photoshoot prop to supermodel sidekick. The model-turned-actress star appears frequently with her favorite bun on his personal account, hanging out together at fashion shoots, getting make-up done, or chilling in wildly expensive purses.
Photo via @missasiakinney
Lady Gaga's adorable black French bulldog has popped up in her social media since she got her last year, but this spring, Asia (alias: Batpig) got her own Instagram account. Now Miss Asia Kinney has her own career to tend to, rocking pearls and fine leather goods in Coach's latest campaign, alongside the pups of Miranda Kerr and Ariana Grande.
Choupette Lagerfeld is the OG of celebrity pets on social media. Since the adorable Birman was adopted/"stolen" by Karl Lagerfeld in 2012, she has risen to worldwide fame, reportedly raking in over $4 million in 2014 for her gigs shilling German cars and her own Shu Uemura line of makeup. That's more than enough scratch to maintain the staff that keeps her snow-white fur pristine, not to mention manage her Twitter and Instagram feeds, with some left-over for designer catnip.
Miley Cyrus keeps a full-on menagerie of pets -- including one adorable pig, Bubba Sue, who shared our cover with her -- but her latest addition is the first with her own Instagram account (which Cyrus herself maintains). Tiny fluffball Shanti Om joined the social media universe back in May, and has since garnered 139k followers, many of whom create fanciful photoshops of her in the hopes of getting regrammed.
It's well known that Mean Girls star Amanda Seyfried is obsessed with her dog, an adorable Australian shepherd named Finn. As she told Vogue this spring, "I just don't want to leave him anymore. Maybe it's because I'm subconsciously aware of his mortality. I try not to think about it, but somewhere inside of me, I'm like, He's going to die way sooner than all the rest of the people I know!" She's making good use of the time they do have together, giving Finn his own Twitter account to share his doggy-thoughts with the world.
Anyone who's listened to Ed Sheeran's music knows he's a sensitive soul, so it's no surprise that he was moved to adopt a kitten that was in danger of being put down. Sheeran saved the adorable Graham from the shelter, and promptly got him online, tweeting to fans and taking selfies with his red-headed owner. He even had a short-lived stint as an advice columnist on sugarscape.com.
Prince Hilton, Princess Paris Jr., and Peter Pan Hilton
It should come as no surprise that Paris Hilton's got a passel of pups with their own social media accounts. After all, with her chihuahua Tinkerbell, Hilton pioneered the celebrity-pets-as-accessories trend back in the dark, pre-Insta days of the early aughts. Though Tinkerbell went to the great oversized-Vuitton bag in the sky this spring, Hilton's other dogs are still going strong. Her two pomeranians, Prince Hilton and Princess Paris Jr., are joined by another chihuahua, Peter Pan.
Raury is late to his own party. It's a Thursday night and a crowd has gathered in a Lower East Side gallery for an exhibition centered on the teenage musician featuring tour photos along with paintings from the Atlanta-based artist Sage Guillory. The bright, colorful R. Crumb-esque line drawings depict scenes of anthropomorphized animals and trees dancing amidst a loose narrative about the life of a little black boy wearing Raury's signature straw hat. One painting places the child in the womb of a tree, another has him sitting among a group of doughface kids and in one of the last images, he's flying alone in the sky as others reach out from the clouds towards him. As the night wears on, it's clear that Raury's not going to be able to make it.
We link up the next day and he apologizes for having been m.i.a. the night before. He lost track of time in the studio with Jaden Smith, but it turns out that what held up him was another teenager -- or, rather, two: Tavi Gevinson had invited him to go see the 18-year-old Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai. A couple teenage music stars got a message from another teen star to go hear a teenage activist. The significance is not lost on him.
It's an auspicious moment for the young artist, whose debut album, All We Need, comes out this Friday, October 16th. The gallery show and the Malala talk came at the end of a whirlwind two weeks that also included listening parties for his record, a performance on Late Night With Stephen Colbert (more on that later) and appearances at shows and parties during New York Fashion Week.
This accelerated bustle of city life is not Raury's usual speed. A native of Stone Mountain Georgia, a small suburb within Atlanta's metro area, the 19-year-old spent many summers attending Coca-Cola-sponsored camps across the country where he was able to bike, raft and be among nature. "I got back home and I saw how perfect all the buildings and concrete looked [and] I felt like a caveman that was warped into the future," he says remembering the adjustment back to life in the Atlanta area. "I've always missed [nature] and I still miss it today," he says. "I always hold on to that -- it's part of me."
That small-town, back-to-nature ethos is evident in everything from Raury's guitar-driven folk-tinged hip-hop/R&B to his preferred accessory -- a straw hat. Of the former, his music journey began when Raury taught himself how to play the guitar eight years ago and continued with the release of his debut mixtape last year, Indigo Child. Speaking of that experience he says that when they were making the video for the tape's single, "God's Whisper," he and his team "used the last of our money and my manager, Justice, was about to sell his damn car. We scraped it together because people believed in us."
The hustle was worth it because there was instant buzz among the music industry and media over the tape. But some of it unfortunately turned sour when a few industry commentators and fans began to question all of the attention that Raury was receiving after it was revealed that he'd signed with a major label, Columbia Records, before Indigo Child was even released. He received the tag of "industry plant," as onlookers tried to explain away his success without even getting to know his story. "I gotta fuck with it," he says with a laugh, when asked about that experience. He took the meme a step further when he wore a shirt that simply read "industry plant" on the cover of XXL for their Freshman 2015 issue.
Even if Raury isn't fazed by the light trolling, he still expresses annoyance at the experience when the subject of his Columbia deal comes up during our conversation. "Nobody has written my songs for me; nobody calculated this outfit -- I just walked in here," he says with an exasperated tone. "But I did take a deal though. I'm broke and I need to be able to record."
At the listening event for All We Need, guests were not treated to the typical experience of hearing loud music blasted over speakers while editors, record label execs and other music industry folks clutch cocktails and trade music gossip. Instead, guests were told to grab a pair of headphones and experience the album off in their own world. That insular but communal vibe was one that fit the album, which runs the gambit of rap, R&B, folk and whatever else can be made by providing a creative black kid a guitar, a studio and the time to imagine a better world.
It's this longing for positive change that may have prompted Raury's recent wardrobe choice when he appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Though his overall performance was praised, many websites pounced on the closing seconds of it, when you could see him wearing a Mexican soccer jersey with Donald Trump's name crossed out with a red X. He didn't say anything when he performed his single "Devil's Whisper" and instead let the message on his back speak for itself. When our conversation turns to his moment, he puts the decision within the context of where he grew up in Stone Mountain.
"Stone Mountain, Georgia is one of the major hubs and birthplaces of the Ku Klux Klan," he says. "There are still people that live there and fly the confederate flag and have it all over their cars." For Raury, there is no political irony to the type of fearmongering that Trump has spouted on the campaign trail this year. The xenophobic and outright racist declarations are the thoughts of people right where he grew up. "The people that live there are still with the confederate side and southern pride and many are counter-protesting in the most aggressive way possible," he says of people speaking out against the removal of the Confederate generals carved into Stone Mountain. "They're going up to their places with the confederate flag and got 15-year-olds holding assault rifles and shit."
But while the idea of 15-year-olds carrying assault rifles and getting indoctrinated with racist ideology is a terrifying thought, Raury still seems to be optimistic for what the future might bring -- particularly at the hands of a very different group of teens. Returning to his recent night spent with Jaden Smith and Tavi listening to Malala, he says, "I love attracting those people in my life." He continues, "And I can't wait to see what in the world we're gonna do when we're 25 because we are all literally linking up and finding each other. It's gonna be dope."
All We Need is out via Columbia Records on October 16th. Pre-order a copy HERE and catch him live during his Crystal Express Tour, the dates of which can be found HERE.
Photos by Ira Chernova / Styled by Julie Matos
The two letters FC can mean a lot of things. In the coffee world it means "full city," a term used to describe the level of a beans' roast, usually a sweeter, more full-bodied one at that. In the world of football -- sorry, soccer -- the letters FC bookend team names to signify that they are a "Football Club." In Chinatown, specifically at 100 Forsyth, where the newly-opened coffee shop/boutique Football Cafe resides, the letters mean all of these things and more.
On the outside, Football Cafe looks like a relic from a scrapped Wes Anderson flick. A retro sign reading "Tourist Agency" is perched above the cozy shop. Inside, modern furniture lines the store's all-white interior and a trophy case stocked with Nowhere FC's two consecutive Bowery League trophies sits adjacent to the window. The shop opened last month directly across from Lion's Gate field, where the Bowery League holds its weekly soccer matches. I met the shop's owner Simonez Wolf, who some New Yorkers might know for his part in the now defunct club Madame Wong's (or as the doorman at Beatrice Inn), in a studio adjacent to the cafe. Originally from Paris, Wolf is also team manager of Nowhere FC and, in our conversation, I learned how his newly opened spot is about much more than coffee, serving unique juices, fruit dishes and a drink called "Mes Que Café.
How did Football Cafe get started?
During last year's World Cup we did a pop-up at this location with custom jerseys and we made the theme a sort of '70s tourist agency and people could come and get uniquely designed jerseys and watch specific games. After the World Cup the landlord came to us and asked if we wanted to keep the space, so we came up with this idea of having a sport kitchen to serve the players on the field. We noticed everyone on the field drinking plastic bottles of gatorade and we thought we'd offer a sustainable, healthy option. We're also keeping the original idea intact -- soon we'll have jerseys and patches for sale designed by Diego Moscoso.
Was the location intentional?
All of the owners and the players in the league have lived in this neighborhood for a long time and we've always seen the potential in the area around the field. I like to say that I think Forsyth is going to become the next Crosby Street.
What's the story behind the soccer team, Nowhere FC?
About 5 years ago Diego Moscoso, who was a designer at Marc Jacobs at the time, came to me about putting a soccer team in the Adidas Fanatics tournament. That didn't really work out but we ended up taking the team over for ourselves. Diego has a design background so we had a great opportunity to do jerseys that would look unique on the field. The name Nowhere comes from the fact that we're all from somewhere but also sort of from nowhere. If you split the word apart it becomes "Now Here," so all of our players who come from everywhere in the world are now here.
Is design a big part of the team?
We try to push the boundaries a little bit compared to a more conventional soccer team. We care what we look like and how we're represented, it's not just a t-shirt with a patch on it. We want to be the opposite and create a movement around the club.
What's your favorite soccer club?
Do you watch American soccer?
I like it, I think it's funny. Like, the lingo they use is funny -- why call it a head shot, it's a header? I do like watching soccer in local communities more, though. I think it shows more of the communities that exists and brings out a good team spirit between different types of people. It's very American, that way.
Tell us about the Mes Que Cafe drink -- what is it?
We named this drink "mes que" because in Catalan "mes que" means "more than" and it's the slogan on Barcelona's jerseys meaning "More than a club." So here it's more than a coffee. We add grass fed butter with coconut oil whipped with the coffee. The idea is that it's natural fat that dissolves in the body for a longer-lasting effect with the caffeine.
Photos courtesy of Nowhere Football Club
Hungry? thirsty? when do u ever get to have Annie brings u the best tacos and margaritas to your table! #Repost @kkdubya with @repostapp. ・・・ Dallas people, go to @residenttaqueria this weekend and let waitress extraordinaire @st_vincent serve you delicious tacos y margaritas! Seriously, the food is amazing. #shortribtacos #palomastoo
Ladyfag's Holy Mountain party celebrated its one-year anniversary last night with a throwdown at Slake that featured its signature themed rooms (the "Obsidian Room,""the Ruby Room," the "Jade Room," and the "Saphire Room"), a slew of turnt-out looks from club kids like Sussi Suss and a performance by Narcissister. Take a look at photos by Rebecca Smeyne, below.
Model Hanne Gaby who was also celebrating her birthday
One of the most endearing qualities about Keeping Up With the Kardashians is the deep emotional connection and openness the family has for another. This is perhaps felt the most in Kim's frequent crying, most recently seen on the season premiere of the show's current season (Kardashian wipes away steady tears as she listens to her mother weep on the phone over Caitlyn Jenner's unflattering comments to Vanity Fair). Other, more notable Kim crying jags have simply had fear, panic and anger at their root -- just like yours and mine! There was the time she lost a pair of 175K diamond earrings while swimming in the ocean, and her then-fiancee Kris Humphries half-heartedly assured her they'd find them if they just looked carefully. There was also a memorable scene in which she cried to a reaction-less Kourtney about the shame she felt over the disintegration of her marriage to Humphries.
Later, in a heart breaking moment that same season, she wept over the death of her father Robert while her stepdad consoled her. Then, in a classic KUTWK scene, she sobbed at the release of her W Magazine cover, which she felt was a gross violation of her body and looked like "porn." (A scene revisited over and over again by the media when our Break the Internet issue came out.) Kardashian is in touch with her emotions and shows no shame in wearing her heart on her sleeve. So, cry on, criers of the universe. Kim K feels you.
What You'll Need: Missing earrings, a bathrobe, tears.Bandage Kim
stupid things my paycheck goes toward pt. ii pic.twitter.com/76ywvLoIuf-- sandra song (@sndrsng) October 4, 2015
I mean, look at this incredible cover:
When did you start drawing?
Roughly a little less then a year ago. I was newly sober and had just settled back into home life after treatment and found myself desiring isolation above anything else. It started as something to release a bit of the swirling plethora of emotions that were rapidly speeding through my mind on a daily basis. Through those first few sketches I found my first generation of creatures. I wanted to make the friends that could cure my current lonely insides. I found a sense of calm taking two-dimensional lines on paper and injecting energy and life into them. They became extensions of me as well as harboring unique and individual personalities of their own.
I think my style is heavily based around exaggerated proportions. Humongous eyes with teeny noses, eggplant shaped torsos with potbellies and thin tree-toed appendages sprouting off. It's really important to me to convey a specific feeling plainly in the face or body language of each creature. I hope to achieve this through sparse but thoughtful bold lines in lieu of shading or too much detailing.
The creatures began with a heartier range of accessories -- some with a nod to a more alien goddess motif, with alchemical symbols on their heads, some pulling inspiration from deeper within the animal kingdom. After getting frustrated because I couldn't accurately recreate a salamander's body type with the precision I deemed necessary, I realized I had to let go and stop trying to make them perfect. After that I put pen to paper and allowed each of my new friends to grow and take form without placing judgement. Of course in the end some would need an extra nipple here or there, or some lines rooted from a corner of the eyes to show exhaustion or pensiveness. But really I feel like I am just the vessel to introduce these guys to the rest of the world.
After everything indigenous people have endured we are still standing strong & take immense pride in our identity. #IndigenousPeoplesDay-- Ashley (@AshCallingbull) October 12, 2015
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day to all the Indigenous peoples on Mother Earth-- Frank Waln (@FrankWaln) October 12, 2015
Today, Albuquerque and Portland will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day as a city for the first time. Seattle, St. Paul, and Minneapolis are among the other nine cities standing in solidarity with indigenous peoples.
Indigenous Peoples Day is both an inclusive celebration of indigenous resistance and effort to recognize the marginalization of these communities. (Not to mention an effort to highlight the colonization of land and the genocide of its Native peoples.) It's also a day to reflect on the achievements and resilience of Native peoples who stand strong despite the institutionalized odds pitted against them.
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day, my relatives. Today, we celebrate indigenous resilience.-- Simon Moya-Smith (@SimonMoyaSmith) October 12, 2015
Radar Online is reporting that Taylor Swift has apparently broken up with her kind of annoying boyfriend Calvin Harris because he went to a Thai massage parlor and got a happy ending, which would, probably, be grounds for the end of a normal relationship, or something. But Harris denies the story, and has some choice words for the people circulating it.
It's not going to be a 'happy ending' for everyone I sue for defamation of character for all these bullshit stories bye bye-- Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) October 12, 2015
Always the bad ass, Rose McGowan has made many a headline over the past few months, most notably for the outspoken stands she's taken on Hollywood's rampant misogyny and sexism. A more notable instance involved her tweeting about a casting call that required actresses to wear a push-up bra for a, surprise, Adam Sandler flick. This may have resulted in McGowan's agent dropping her, but it also resulted in many apt 'Rose-McGowan-fucking-rocks' think pieces.
Sunday night she made herself heard in much more than 140 characters at a bipartisan political gala in New Hampshire. As the gala for the group No Labels wrapped up for the evening series of speakers spoke to a "very, very white room," including Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Lindsey Graham, McGowan decided to go rogue and take the mic. "I'm going to annihilate in 3-2-1...,"she tweeted before standing up to tell the stunned crowd of lawmakers why they don't represent "her America" and never will as long as they vote down equal pay for women and wage war on female bodies. "I would say to you, one, get out of my body," McGowan said, listing off reasons why none of the speakers in the room are in touch with modern issues or voters. "Two, equal pay for women; Three, integrate. You cannot make laws for America without knowing it."
Posting the video of the speech on her Facebook, McGowan wrote, "I knew I had to act. So I stepped the fuck up. After years of volunteering for candidates, and stumping for those who aren't standing for me... I took back my power. My power is my voice. Tonight I used my voice. My heart was racing, but I did it anyway. And I walked out with my fist held high."
We reached out to McGowan herself about the experience, and she thankfully wasn't finished spilling her truth tea. "I just wanted these men to know what they're doing is not okay" McGowan told PAPER. "Times have changed and these men haven't. I'm an outlier. I do what I want, when I want. These politicians seem to bend the rules for themselves, so I figured I'd bend them, too."
Watch the clip below.