GOP Senator Says Voter Suppression Is A ‘Great Idea’
POLITICS 11/16/2018 08:10 am ET GOP Senator Says Voter Suppression Is A ‘Great Idea’ Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) said it should be harder for “liberal folks” to vote. By Willa Frej 4.7k Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) appeared to endorse voter suppression during a campaign stop this month, saying efforts to undermine voting among liberals at certain colleges would be a “great idea.”
“And then they remind me that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who maybe we don’t want to vote,” Hyde-Smith can be heard telling a small crowd of young people outside her campaign bus in a video taken Nov. 3 and posted on online Thursday. “Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that’s a great idea.”
Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to the Senate in April following the retirement of Thad Cochran, faces Democrat Mike Espy in a Nov. 27 runoff election. The Trump-backed Republican also came under fire last weekend for apparent racist remarks, joking with a crowd about attending a public hanging .
Campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan insisted Hyde-Smith was joking as she talked with students in Starkville, Mississippi, and claimed the video had been edited.
“It’s ok to still have a sense of humor in America isn’t it?” Hyde-Smith tweeted after the video circulated. “These students enjoyed a laugh with Cindy despite out of state social media posts trying to mislead Mississippians.”
Cindy Hyde-Smith on voter suppression: “And then they remind me, that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don’t want to vote. Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that’s a great idea.” Nov 2nd in Columbus, MS. pic.twitter.com/OxNY77XCft
— Lamar White, Jr. (@LamarWhiteJr) November 15, 2018 It’s unclear which “other schools” Hyde-Smith referred to in the video. There are several historically black colleges and universities in the state.
“For a state like Mississippi, where voting rights were obtained through sweat and blood, everyone should appreciate that this is not a laughing matter ,” Espy spokesman Danny Blanton said of Hyde-Smith’s remarks. “Mississippians deserve a senator who represents our best qualities, not a walking stereotype who embarrasses our state.”
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Monopoly for Millennials is not about real estate because ‘you can’t afford it anyway,’ Hasbro says – CNN
(CNN) “Adulting” is hard when you’re a millennial. Monopoly knows.
So it’s come up with a game to give young folks “a break from the rat race,” where it’s not all about the money. Hasbro, which manufactures the classic game, released its latest edition of Rich Uncle Pennybags’ adventures, Monopoly for Millennials — and yes, it includes avocados. The game is jam-packed with millennial stereotypes. Not only is Pennybags standing in front of a vegan restaurant, but he’s wearing blue Ray-Bans and earbuds, and carrying a coffee to-go cup. Of course, game tokens depict emojis, a camera, bike, hashtag and sunglasses. Read More “Well, avocado toast is our ‘fav,’ Ray-Bans are ‘on fleek,’ and cameras because, ‘pics or it didn’t happen!’ The struggle is real for Millennials, so we chose items that we felt were relatable, but would also make fans of all ages LOL,” the company told CNN in an email. The game’s $19.82 price tag appears to be a reference the first year of the millennial generation — though some contend it began in 1981. Missing the point altogether, third-party retailers are selling the Walmart-exclusive game for a much higher price. It’s not about the money Forget real estate, “you can’t afford it anyway,” the board game’s box reads. This time it’s all about collecting experience by “visiting the hottest destinations.” “From your friend’s couch to the vegan bistro to a week-long meditation retreat.” Players are encouraged to find new places to eat, shop and relax and to become involved in community interactions via the Chance and Community Chest cards. Cringeworthy? Perhaps. But Hasbro told CNN that’s what makes the new game so fun. “With many of us being Millennials ourselves, we understand the seemingly endless struggles and silly generalizations that young Millennials can face (and we can’t even!), so we created the game to provide fans with a lighthearted experience that allows Millennials to take a break from real life and laugh at the relatable experiences and labels that can sometimes be placed on them,” it said. Hasbro wants critics to chillax While the toy company says the game is just a lighthearted break from adulting, not everyone cares for the joke. James Knowlton, a 28-year-old millennial from Minnesota, took to Facebook to voice his disapproval. He told CNN the game is an insult and that it’s never “good to kick somebody while they’re down.” “This is one of the biggest game/toy companies in the world making the fact that property ownership is impossible for most people my age into a jeering tag line. It’s patronizing,” he said. “The whole thing feels out of touch with what my age group actually wants or likes.” Knowlton added, “I feel like something like this would have been more well-received coming from an independent publisher who was poking fun at Monopoly itself, but this is the successful rich Uncle Pennybags who owns everything, sticking his tongue out at you.” Asked about such criticism, Hasbro doubled down with a tongue-in-cheek response: “We think the game is ‘lit’ and didn’t intend for it to be ‘salty.’ Whether you hit up the artisanal coffee bar on the weekend, live in your parents’ basement, or just have a sense of humor, this game’s for you.”
These Students At SUNY Purchase Found A Shrine To Danny DeVito In A Bathroom
This week, Twitter user @slackerdook and other students at SUNY Purchase revealed possibly the weirdest thing found in a college bathroom (and that’s saying something). snootosphere (not responding to dms about shrine) @slackerdook the best thing about my school is the danny devito shrine hidden behind the paper towel dispenser in one of the bathrooms https://t.co/3jFe0V9eK6
07:23 PM – 13 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite It’s a shrine to Danny DeVito behind a paper towel dispenser. Kait @terreeslavie @DannyDeVito yo. My college has a secret room that worships you. Come visit SUNY Purchase come through -me and my friends https://t.co/6HMqr85HQx
05:28 AM – 10 Oct 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Here’s a video of how you enter the shrine. FREE PANERA @pisslorde Hole in a school bathroom that leads to a cavernous shrine to Danny devito
05:22 PM – 11 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite The photos and videos of the shrine soon went viral, because why wouldn’t they? mia sophia 🌹 @buddyevergreens What in the fuck, this is some horror movie shit…. who tf discovered that little space?? I have so many questions 😂😂 https://t.co/Je1GPT9GAs
08:55 PM – 13 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite And many students went to go look for themselves. katie rough @kathIeenann another perspective of the Danny Devito shrine @ SUNY purchase
07:01 PM – 15 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Even some drag queens showed up for a photoshoot, according to one person on Twitter. emma💐🍓 @emfriedchicken y’all ever remove the paper towel dispenser from the wall, walk through the wall, which then leads to a danny devito shrine and after a few minutes of being in there a bunch of drag queens come in to do a photoshoot.
03:35 AM – 10 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Unfortunately, the shrine’s viral fame led to its demise. Betsy Aldredge, a spokesperson for SUNY Purchase, told BuzzFeed News it has since been sealed “for safety reasons.” anarackz @basedana R.I.P. Danny devito shrine
08:43 PM – 15 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite However, the school has invited DeVito to campus to meet his “super fans.” PurchaseCollege SUNY @SUNY_Purchase We’d like to say we’re surprised, but our students are well known for their creativity and sense of humor. @DannyDeVito we’d love to welcome you on campus to meet your super fans. https://t.co/DqHoN9lCSu
02:46 PM – 14 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite In a follow-up tweet, the school said it hopes the shrine can be installed somewhere else.
So who created the shrine? Aldredge said the school has been told it is the work of a student from the School of Art and Design. CutiePi3 @HeyCutiePi3 I got to visit the Danny Devito Shrine before it got closed because of people posting it online. HE WILL RISE #DannyDevito #DannyDevitoShrine #SUNYPurchase @DannyDeVito this is why we can’t have nice things https://t.co/pgsBU3lU9Q
03:12 PM – 15 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite One student, Phillip HoSang, identified himself to Vice as the creator of the shrine. However, Aldredge didn’t immediately verify his identity to BuzzFeed News.
Many people online are now mourning the demise of the DeVito shrine, which remains in all of our hearts. Red T Raccoon @RedTRaccoon When you find a hidden shrine to Danny DeVito, don’t plaster it’s location all over social media. This is what ends up happening. Some things are best left secret. https://t.co/SKeD21zLVc
09:54 PM – 15 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite LONG LIVE THE SHRINE. sofia @soapboxxx Fuck everyone who exposed the dungeon/danny devito shrine 😡 now it’s sealed why post things on the internet WHEN YOU CAN JUST EXPERIENCE THEM FUCK YOUR CLOUT! https://t.co/xwBB4iHnwX
05:31 AM – 15 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite UPDATE: Danny Devito has responded! Danny DeVito @DannyDeVito Your shrine honors me. My heart is filled with love and garbage.Tomorrow, as you may know, is my name day. Do something that makes you feel good. Above all be kind to each other. Pick up trash, recycle, and be aware of plastics in the ocean. https://t.co/UER6uZY886
06:13 PM – 16 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite “Your shrine honors me,” he wrote. “My heart is filled with love and garbage. Tomorrow, as you may know, is my name day. Do something that makes you feel good. Above all be kind to each other. Pick up trash, recycle, and be aware of plastics in the ocean.”