Pop Culture News Link Round-Up 10.8.14

Who ya gonna call? Hilarious women?

It’s been confirmed.  Ghostbusters 3 will feature a team of women.

Katie Dippold, who wrote Paul Feig’s female buddy action comedy The Heat, is reteaming with the director for Sony’s new Ghostbusters movie.

After years of development as a sequel with the intent to bring back the original team (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis), script setbacks eventually led a path to focus on a new generation (think Jonah Hill). When Ramis died earlier this year and then original director Ivan Reitman left in March.

Feig came on board to rejuvenate the project in August. But he came with a twist: the Ghostbusters would now be a female team and the project would no longer be connected to the earlier movies but now launch a new series.

Feig is already seen as female-friendly in comic circles; he directed Bridesmaids (which gave Kristen Wigg andMelissa McCarthy career breakouts), and then The Heat, which starred McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.

Dippold’s hiring will buttress the female voice as the script is rehauled. She recently finished penning a sequel for The Heat and previously honed her comedic voice working on NBC’s Parks and Recreation as well as MadTV.

What’s that sound? The howls and wailing of internet misogynists and sexist assholes who cry and whinge and moan anytime news like this hits. They just cannot stand the idea of women infringing upon “their” fandom.  “Ghostbusters is supposed to be all guys. You can’t do this, because reasons!” If the cast were all African-American, or all Asian-American they’d be whining. If the cast were all LGBT they’d be whining. They whine if any changes are made to reflect the diversity of the population. They need to get the fuck over it. The world is composed of far more than heterosexual, white males. Hollywood is long overdue to reflect that reality.

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World’s richest man says 3-day work week is coming

Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecom tycoon worth over $80 billion, believes life would be better with a three-day work week.

“You should have more time for you during all of your life — not when you’re 65 and retired,” Slim told CNNMoney’s Christine Romans on Tuesday.

But if Slim had his way, people would also work longer days and much later in life. He suggested 11-hour shifts and pushing the retirement age to 75.

Slim raised eyebrows over the summer by calling for a three-day work week, but he doubled down on that proposal on Tuesday.

It’s nice to read a story about a mega rich person (actually THE mega richest person) not shitting on those less fortunate than him (which is like, the entire rest of the planet).  It’s especially nice to hear him say that he supports a 3-day work week so that people can enjoy life more. The only thing I ask is that he do more than mouth those nice sounding words. With the wealth and power he has, he can make that a reality for countless people.  He isn’t filling me with confidence when he says this though:

Slim declined to throw his weight behind recent calls for workers to get paid higher wages though.

Unlike you, the rest of us have bills that we need to pay on a regular basis. That means we need money for that. We should be making reasonable wages for the work that we do.  Most of us are not. The attitude that we don’t need higher wages is held by a great many wealthy people.  We’re not going to get to the point of a 3-day work week if you rich folk don’t completely turn around your way of thinking.

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Stop supporting GamerGate

If you’re a person who cares about video games and also happens to care about other people, you should denounce “Gamergate.” You might have heard that it’s a movement about ethics in video game journalism, but in practice it’s a months-long campaign of harassment against women and progressive voices that’s just the latest in a long history of online abuse amplified by extreme right-wing media trolls.

Gamergate is distinguished, like so many other things ending in -gate (or more recently, -ghazi), by its aggressive and desperate tone. Its supporters have largely attempted to scare anyone, but especially women, who have asked the same critical questions about the video game industry that are routinely posed in other communities. Critics of video games and Gamergate itself have been branded as liars, sluts, and co-conspirators.

The militants of Gamergate claim they are the vanguard of ethical games journalism in order to justify their harassment. They have established no credibility as such, but maintain the titillating promise to “expose” corrupt game journalists with memes, sock-puppet trolls, and the kind of internet detective work that caught the wrong Boston bomber.

It would be easy to mistake the angry members of Gamergate as mere fanboys; people who have incorporated objects of consumer culture so deeply in their personal identity that an inconvenient or embarrassing revelation about a product they like is an attack on the self. Or, as Matthew Burns described them, “consumer kings” who mistake the ritual of consumption for self-importance. But they’re not just fanboys; as Peter Frase wrote in Jacobin, there’s a extreme right-wing flavor to all of Gamergate’s desperate yelling. (Liz Ryerson was the first to thoroughly document this extremism.) “Some gamers would like it both ways: they want everyone to take their medium seriously, but they don’t want anyone to challenge their political assumptions or call into question the way gamers treat people who don’t look and think like them,” Frase wrote. “They hate and fear a world where games are truly made by and for everyone.”

Those who claim GamerGate is about ethics ignore the fact that the face of GamerGate has been decidedly sexist and misogynistic gamers lashing out at women.  This is not how you investigate journalistic ethics violations. This is how you attempt to silence women and drive them away.  Read more about GamerGate here, here, and here.

Pop Culture News Link Round-Up 10.8.14

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