Bill Maher blasts Halloween costume outrage: ‘Not everything is … racist or cultural appropriation’
Comedian Bill Maher ribbed “woke” people for taking offense to Halloween costumes in Friday night’s “New Rule” segment of “Real Time.” What did he say?
Maher kicked off the segment pointing to what he calls a liberal “trap” when it comes to Halloween.
“Now, I personally don’t care if you go trick or treating dressed as .01 percent of Elizabeth Warren,” Maher joked, pointing to Warren’s recent DNA test. “But the office of Scolding Social Justice Warriors has decreed no hula girls, no Indian chiefs, no southern belles, no Daniel Boone, no geishas, ninjas, gypsies, mobsters, terrorists.”
He continued, “No Cleopatra. Pirates offend one-eyed people. You can’t dress as a hobo because it makes light of the homeless, [and] you can’t dress as Quasimodo because it offends hunchbacks. You can’t dress as an escaped mental patient, because it offends Kanye [West].”
The comedian and late-night show host pointed to outrage over the recent “ sexy ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ ” costume that costume vendors and retailers yanked from shelves because people were outraged by “the ironic take of a character that doesn’t exist, from a fictional world that never happened.”
“Not everything that merely alludes to another culture is racist or cultural appropriation,” Maher insisted. “Halloween was always fun because it wasn’t [politically correct]. Not being PC was almost the whole point of the holiday, but now everything has to be turned into a federal case of snowflakes versus humor.”
Maher went on to point to a recent study that revealed 80 percent of Americans were completely turned off by PC culture.
“The majority of America is with the Democrats on the issues, they just find the woke people irritating as hell,” Maher said. “Nobody likes you, including the so-called ‘marginalized groups’ whose feelings you decide need protecting … When did liberals become the fun police? Does anybody remember when conservatives were the ones with sticks up their a****? We went from ‘Yes We Can!’ to ‘Oh, No You Didn’t!’”
Meet the Inspiring Woman Who Keeps Farm Sanctuary Running (VIDEO)
Natasha Brooks October 25, 2018
With such a high degree of animal cruelty occurring every moment all around the globe, it can be easy to lose sight of those who are doing all they can to save and protect these abused and exploited animals. Here is where the Unbound Project has stepped in. The Unbound Project describes themselves as “a multimedia and book project that celebrates the inspiring women who have been at the forefront of animal advocacy around the globe.” Among the women highlighted by the project is Susie Coston , Farm Sanctuary’s National Shelter Director.
This video featuring Coston premiered at the Animal Law Conference in Chicago last week where she was a guest speaker sharing the importance of animal sanctuaries. In the video, Coston is full of life and love for all of the animals in the sanctuary’s care, treating each of them as individuals with compassion, respect, and a healthy dose of humor. She credits the animals to essentially saving her life, as she entered the field of animal advocacy during a time of depression and despair. To show her gratitude and appreciation for the animals, she has dedicated her life to taking care of them, noting that the work to end animal cruelty is never over.
Thank you, Susie Coston and Farm Sanctuary for working so tirelessly on behalf of abandoned farmed animals and being an inspiration to us all, and thank you, Unbound Project for using media to highlight everyday heroes and share the positive message that individuals do in fact have the power to create a brighter world for today and tomorrow.
As the first and largest sanctuary for farmed animals in the U.S., Farm Sanctuary has a goal of educating the public on the realities of factory farming while introducing people to farm animals with the hope they will see the animals as unique individuals with their own personalities and stories. If you would like to learn more about Farm Sanctuary and see how you can arrange for a visit, go to their website here .
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Netflix’s The Night Comes For Us Review
New to Netflix for October 2018 Movie Review / 26 Oct 2018 3:54 PM PDT Netflix’s The Night Comes For Us Review Share. One of the most original, brutal, and brilliant films of recent years. By Rosie Knight
In a month where Netflix released 52 original films and series–including massive flagship series like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Daredevil –it’s not surprising that you might’ve missed some of the new offerings from the streaming service. But hidden amongst the Halloween tie-ins and superhero serials is one of the most searing, brutal, and great action films of recent years. Timo Tjahjanto’s The Night Comes For Us is a martial arts movie wrapped in a horror film dipped in some serious action pedigree with the violence and gore turned up to 11.
You might know director Tjahjanto from his brutal V/H/S 2 entry Safe Haven, a shockingly effective found footage short about a group of young filmmakers entering a secretive cult on a very important day. That statement of intent was co-directed by The Raid’s Gareth Evans, and the connections with that cult Silat smash don’t end there, with the star of Evans’ groundbreaking film, Iko Uwais, a major part of Tjahjanto’s martial arts melee madhouse. He’s not the only Raid alum though, as Joe Taslim leads The Night Comes For Us, getting to truly showcase his skills as Ito, a gangland enforcer stuck between his past violent life serving the Triad and trying to do what he believes is right after saving a young girl from an untimely death.
Though it may sound like a rather routine premise, there’s nothing remotely normal about Tjahjanto’s hyperreal flair and execution. Working alongside cinematographer Gunnar Nimpuno, the director of The Night Comes For Us quickly establishes a set of rules that work outside of what we know to be real. Although the crime families of the Triad are something we all recognize, the idea of a group of elite and dangerous delegates allowed to work outside of the organization to commit the most brutal of crimes and deal with the biggest problems elevates The Night Comes For Us to an almost alt-universe version of an action movie. Tjahjanto’s invigorating direction and the brilliant uber-stylized fight choreography–coordinated by Iko Uwais–only add to the feeling that you’re always watching something that’s pushing the boundaries of realism in all the right ways. The Night Comes For Us 10+ IMAGES The Night Comes For Us. (Photo credit: Eriekn Juragan/Netflix) 01 OF 11 The Night Comes For Us. (Photo credit: Eriekn Juragan/Netflix) The Night Comes For Us Download Image Captions ESC
If you’ve seen the director’s other work, his use of blood, gore, and humor will probably come as no surprise, and this film is a natural evolution for the man who brought us Safe Haven and 2016’s relentless action bloodbath Headshot. Another star vehicle for the brilliant martial artist Uwais, we’re more used to seeing the young Silat star as the hero, but in The Night Comes For Us he turns that on its head, playing antagonist to Taslim’s rogue Triad member. If The Raid’s main appeal was its stark simplicity, The Night Comes For Us luxuriates in its over-the-top ridiculousness. An early standout scene sees Taslim fight a group of men in a meat locker, utilizing a circular saw, pig’s trotter, and meat hooks as weapons in a sequence with as much blood as your average Evil Dead film.
As a massive fan of both horror and martial arts films, it’s pretty incredible to see how Tjahjanto has melded both, with some scenes feeling like they’d be more suited to a slasher movie than an action vehicle. But The Night Comes For Us never feels unbalanced, more like a vibrant exploration of two genres that share so much but have rarely been combined in the way that Tjahjanto makes seem so natural. As Ito battles his way across the city attempting to collect enough money to start a fresh life with his girlfriend, the young child he saves he comes up against more and more unbelievable threats, from taser-toting corrupt cops to numerous outlandishly weaponed henchmen (and women), making The Night Comes For Us relentless in the best possible way. Exit Theatre Mode
However, it’s not just the gore that makes Tjahjanto’s film stand out, as the fight choreography is incredible. It’s always a joy to watch Iko Uwais fight, and there’s something especially satisfying about the Mortal Kombat-esque joint manipulation and severity that his role as fight coordinator brings to these sequences. It’s a different style from the fluid and realistic brutality of The Raid, almost robotic and devastatingly effective here. Atmospheric and unendingly interesting, The Night Comes For Us is nothing short of brilliant. It’s wonderful that so many people will get to see it due to Netflix’s reach, but it’s so bloody good that it’s true a shame that none of us will ever get to see it on the big screen. The Verdict
Uniquely violent, stylish, and engaging, The Night Comes For Us is an exciting prospect that delivers on all fronts. With this film, Tjahjanto has established himself as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to creating gore-soaked action films unlike anything we’ve seen before. IN THIS ARTICLE on-demand Amazing The Night Comes For Us is one of the most original, brutal, and brilliant films of the last few years. 26 Oct 2018 Buying Guide Powered by IGN Deals IGN Recommends