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Does Rotten Apples Toss Out Some Good Ones, Too?

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More than two dozen men with ties to the entertainment industry have been fired, suspended, or otherwise censured in the 10 weeks since the New York Times published its initial exposé of producer Harvey Weinstein. If you’re having trouble keeping up with all the boldface names you should now refile under alleged scum, you’re not alone. In keeping with the rest of the news from this terrible year, the downfalls of accused creeps quickly became a torrent of stomach-churning but easily mix-up-able updates. For moviegoers who wish to avoid films made by or starring sexual malefactors, there should be an effortless way to find out how to watch responsibly.

That, anyway, is the thinking behind Rotten Apples, a searchable database that aims to inform users if a movie involves an actor, screenwriter, director, or producer facing allegations of sexual misbehavior. Enter a movie in the search window, and the site’s left half will deliver a verdict in stark red or green: Rotten Apples or Fresh Apples. “Rotten” results include a link to an article about the pertinent accusations.

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Less than a week old, the site is a viral hit, with nearly half a million searches in the first 50 or so hours, according to its creators, who are advertising professionals in Los Angeles unaffiliated with the film business. For those ready to dismiss Hollywood as a latter-day Babylon, more than three-quarters of searches at the time of interview have yielded a “Fresh” rating, though that may be due in part to the incompleteness of the site’s list of sexual harassers and assaulters. The database is notably less reliable when it comes to actors and directors of eras past. Alfred Hitchcock’s filmography took a day or two to switch from green to red, while the result for Gone With the Wind still says (at the time of writing) that there is “no known affiliation to [sic] anyone with allegations of sexual misconduct against them,” despite a recently unearthed charge of rape against Clark Gable by his one-time co-star Loretta Young. (Users are encouraged to report inaccuracies to the Rotten Apples team.)

All of which, for the conscientious moviegoer, raises a host of uncomfortable questions: As the flood of allegations forces us to reassess what feels like the entire cinematic canon, do we consign the works of apparent monsters to the dustbin? And if we’re fine with that, does that punish the other artists and professionals who worked on these films? Is it fair to sort movies into “Rotten” and “Fresh”? The creators of Rotten Apples, it turns out, are just as concerned about these questions.

As an example of the slipperiness of these issues, consider Frida. In a harrowing op-ed published on Wednesday about her experiences with Weinstein behind the scenes of the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic, Salma Hayek inadvertently pointed out the folly of tossing out the baby with the bath water, cinematically speaking. Hanging over Hayek a threat to shut down production, Weinstein forced the actress into a sex scene with full-frontal nudity—a demand so humiliating it gave Hayek a nervous breakdown on set. (Weinstein denies “pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female co-star.”) But Hayek also speaks of Frida as the pinnacle of her artistic career—a tarnished trophy, but the biggest one she’s got. It netted her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress—an accomplishment few actresses of color have achieved —and allowed the Mexico native to pay tribute to her mother country’s greatest female artist. Despite Weinstein’s grotesque behavior during the making of Frida—and his alleged attempts to pressure Hayek into sexual situations before shooting—my guess is that Hayek would still want fans and cinephiles to watch her most lauded film.

Which brings us to Rotten Apples’ good intentions and limited utility. Type Frida in the site’s search box, and you get a “Rotten” rating—but only for supporting actor Geoffrey Rush, who has been accused of “inappropriate behavior” during a 2015 production at the Sydney Theatre Company. Weinstein doesn’t show up in the Frida results since, according to IMDb, he isn’t a listed producer but received a “very special thanks” in the credits.

Rotten Apples’ four founders—Justice Erolin, Annie Johnston, Bekah Nutt, and Tal Wagman (two women and two men)—are fine with the site’s unipurpose. (The quartet work for the female-owned Zambezi ad agency, but Rotten Apples is unaffiliated with the firm.) The stark interface—a black backdrop with just the site name, the search box, a series of social media icons, and a badge for the About Us text—underscores the site’s minimalist objective. The group insisted that the black background color was grounded in aesthetic motivations (“it looked nice”) and was meant to evoke watching a movie in a theater—not to inject a forbidding sense to the proceedings. Though feedback has been “mostly positive,” the team has had to grapple with the question of whether it’s fair to condemn entire productions that have been tainted by the involvement of one individual. “Are we penalizing other people who worked on the project who are innocent bystanders?” Nutt asked rhetorically. She also described excluding allegations of domestic abuse and other criminal behavior as “hav[ing] to draw a line in the sand.” Right now, at least, the site only focuses on charges of sexual misconduct.

Like the Bechdel test (and the website that determines whether a film passes it), Rotten Apples is designed as a blunt instrument. Perhaps the site’s chief value lies in reflecting our confusion about how to grapple with the projects that sexually abusive artists have produced. It’s simple enough to boycott a Woody Allen movie if you believe Dylan Farrow’s allegations of child molestation (as I do), since the auteur habitually writes and directs his own projects. It’s harder to argue that audiences should shun Wonder Woman, a landmark of female superheroism on screen with links to the producer Brett Ratner, or Coco, the relatively rare diverse animated film, because of Disney animation exec John Lasseter’s misdeeds. Films are a collaborative medium, frequently involving hundreds, if not thousands, of contributors. And yet, continuing to employ, say, a Johnny Depp in a family film like the next Fantastic Beasts installment implies, especially to impressionable young viewers, that domestic abuse allegations aren’t serious or that women lie about being battered by their husbands.

Rotten Apples says that it wants to “help make ethical media consumption easier” but, at least to me, it mostly serves to emphasize the fact that we have very little idea what “ethical media consumption” looks like. The site leaves it up to users to decide what to do with the information it provides, as it should. But what’s sorely missing are guidelines about how to determine if watching or supporting a certain film is morally justifiable, not to mention weighing an artist’s ethical shortcomings against their works’ artistic or historical value. The Rotten Apple founders themselves seem torn about how the site should be used. Johnston hopes that the light that the site shines on the problems in the film industry will lower the rate of abuse in the future, but she also thinks about “how the women or the cast and the crew persevered to make [a film], not just the men who have the allegations against them.” Her co-founder Wagman is far less equivocal: “We’re into taking down statues, and statues have to be taken down.”

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New Actress Joins Line-Up at ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’

A beloved Harry Potter character known for her bubble-gum pink hair and quirky sense of humour is joining this year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” event at Universal Orlando Resort.

Natalia Tena, who plays Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter films, will be joining a star-studded line-up of Harry Potter actors and actresses, including Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).

Tena joined the Harry Potter cast in 2007 when she appeared in the fifth movie, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” She also appeared in “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2.”

According to a press release, “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is the “ultimate fan event” that allows guests to attend Q&A sessions with selected Harry Potter film stars, participate in interactive events and activities and experience special panels and demonstrations.

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For better or worse, we’re all related

Eric Weiner is the author, most recently, of “The Geography of Genius: Lessons From the World’s Most Creative Places.”

Few things in life yield such a bountiful harvest of joy and heartache as family. Family is fraught and has been ever since the first cave dwellers bickered over who got the “good rock,” next to the fire. Over the years, many authors have weighed in on the mixed bag that is family, but few have done so with the keen eye, sharp tongue and big heart of A.J. Jacobs.

His timing is good. Thanks to advances in DNA testing, we’re living in a golden age of genealogy. That is, he acknowledges, a bit like saying that “we’re in the sexiest era of professional bowling.” In Jacobs’s hands, though, this potentially parched subject comes alive. He makes terms like “mitochondrial DNA” not only comprehensible but fun.

Jacobs concedes from the outset of “It’s All Relative” that he has an agenda: world peace. The way to accomplish this, he believes, is through a kind of genetic sleight of hand. Studies find that we treat people better if we know they’re family, so why not hijack this tendency to favor kin over strangers by tricking our brains into believing that everyone is kin?

“It’s All Relative,” by A. J. Jacobs (Simon & Schuster)

Only it’s not a trick. As Jacobs demonstrates convincingly, we are all family. (“Whether we like it or not,” quips Henry Louis Gates, in a cameo.) Go back far enough, and we all share a common ancestry.

Jacobs’s ancestral journey begins the way all great genetic spelunking begins these days: by spitting into a tube. His DNA results are, at first blush, remarkably boring. Jacobs is a plain-vanilla Ashkenazi Jew, with a smattering of “other.” Thankfully, he isn’t deterred. He digs and digs. He tracks down relatives, distant and really distant. He scours old newspaper clippings. He mines a massive database of tombstones called Find a Grave. (“Genealogists love a good graveyard.”) Soon, he unearths a family history “drenched with booze” and replete with tales of courage and cowardice, virtue and pettiness. Love, too.

At the same time, he explores the nooks and crannies of “the geeky world of family history.” He attends a twins convention; tracks down a real McCoy, of the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud; and discovers that he, like nearly all of us, is part Neanderthal. He makes predictable but rewarding pilgrimages to Ellis Island and Salt Lake City, home of the Mormons, those “genealogy rock stars,” who believe that families are reunited in the afterlife — so studying ancestry is important for strengthening relationships both now and for eternity. Jacobs also considers the controversial question of close-cousin marriage (conclusion: “love trumps ickiness”).

Along the way, he manages to prove Tolstoy wrong. All happy families are not alike. They come in more flavors than ever. Today, we don’t so much inherit family as create it. “You no longer need to share chromosomes to call yourself kin,” concludes Jacobs. (As an adoptive father myself, I consider this a full-on blessing.)

Nestled within “It’s All Relative” is a project, and an ambitious one at that. Jacobs wants to hold the world’s largest family reunion. The Global Family Reunion, he calls it. The plan is to gather a few thousand of his relatives and celebrate not only their kinship but the very notion of kinship. Is it a gimmick? Sure. But it’s a good gimmick, a noble one, and that makes all the difference.

Jacobs is the Zelig of genealogy. There he is doing the warm-up act for Donny Osmond. Now he’s hanging with his very famous, very distant cousins, from Daniel Radcliffe to George H.W. Bush to Ricky Gervais. Jacobs defends this sort of celebrity genealogy — epitomized by such TV shows as “Who Do You Think You Are?” — on the grounds that “they inspire people to trace their own pasts.” Perhaps. Or maybe it’s just a sophisticated way of justifying our voyeurism.

Jacobs, thankfully, tempers his Kumbaya tendencies with some hard-nosed questions. Does knowing your ancestry expand your circle of compassion or shrink it? The jury is out. An anti-Semite discovers he is part Jewish and reforms his ways. White supremacists hold online contests to see who has the highest percentage of European descendants. Genealogy, too, is fraught.

Jacobs doesn’t shy away from this fact, exploring the dark side of genealogy: not only relatives with checkered pasts (one of his in-laws served time in Sing Sing prison for murder) but privacy concerns and the very real danger that all of this DNA testing may render us more tribal, not less.

“It’s All Relative” is a whirlwind of a book, as Jacobs zip-lines from one branch of the global family tree to another. At times, it feels like a blur of great-great-grandfathers and seventh cousins once removed. So determined is Jacobs to leave no branch unexamined that he sometimes loses sight of the forest. I would have liked less time on the twigs and deeper dives into the roots.

Jacobs treats the reader like family. He shares a lot and without asking permission. In particular, he shares his every neurotic twitch surrounding the Global Family Reunion, from the catering requirements (potato salad for 3,000) to the sponsors (fickle) to the deliciously ironic dispute among Sister Sledge (slated to perform their ode to kinship, “We Are Family”). Despite his ineptness, or perhaps because of it, I found myself rooting for him and his quixotic project. Did I believe that Jacobs’s gathering of a few thousand cousins on a soggy Queens field would change the world? Not for a second, but it was fun and uplifting to watch him try.

Perhaps the only thing more fraught than family is humor. Jacobs, courageously, attempts to combine the two. He pulls it off, mostly. I laughed when he described ancestry sites as “Facebook for dead people” or his father, a legal scholar, as “the Wayne Gretzky of footnotes.” I grimaced when he gratuitously deployed the term “cousin humper.”

Besides, Jacobs is at his most endearing when he drops the comedy armor and gets real. With the Global Family Reunion approaching rapidly, he writes: “I’ve never been in charge of a cause that people actually believe in. It’s terrifying. About half the time I feel like a fraud.”

By the end of “It’s All Relative,” Jacobs feels like, well, family. Mostly endearing, occasionally annoying but always well-intentioned and, in the final analysis, indispensable. Now if only he’d call more often.

It’s All Relative
Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree

By A.J. Jacobs

Simon & Schuster. 336 pp. $27

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Botnik’s Predictive Keyboards Write Brilliant New ‘Harry Potter’ Chapter!

It’s not canon, but it’s so ironically perfect that maybe it should be! Reading like the most incredible Harry Potter-themed MadLib ever, a new chapter in the iconic story was composed by predictive keyboards from Botnik after analyzing the content and patterns of all seven J.K. Rowling epics.

The new chapter, dubbed “The Handsome One,” falls in the larger fiction of the hilariously-titled Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash. It is outrageous genius and a must read–like something from the minds of the Weasley twins only, somehow, better. There are loads of genuine laugh-out-loud moments, and by the end you’ll be flabbergasted by the notion that a computer could get our favorite characters SO RIGHT.

Featuring our beloved trio, every line of the chapter is a gem. As Botnik boasts, the results of its experiment are “spell-binding!”

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One of the most memorable Ron Weasley descriptors is “Ron’s Ron shirt was just as bad as Ron himself,” followed closely by the excerpt, “Ron was going to be spiders. He just was. He wasn’t proud of that…” There’s also this personal favorite: “Ron threw a wand at Voldemort and everyone applauded.”

(What can you expect, really, when our heroes are back to battling their old nemesis, Voldemort, and his unusually-polite cohorts, and they’ve got to protect the castle like always!? As the aphorism says, it’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it…)

And the story definitely takes a few gritty, dirty turns–literally!

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After Hermione’s family is unceremoniously eaten, by Ron no less (that probably puts a damper on their relationship), she leads the charge in true Hermione-fashion: “Look,” Hermione said, “Obviously there are loads of Death Eaters in the castle. Let’s listen in on their meetings.”

Not the daring route Harry would take, perhaps, but Hermione is usually the cautious voice of reason in the group. That doesn’t mean she isn’t as brave as the rest when the need arises, however, and this Hermione is plenty feisty. Enjoy this hilarious snippet:

‘Voldemort, you’re a very bad and mean wizard,’ Harry savagely said. Hermione nodded encouragingly. The tall Death Eater was wearing a shirt that said ‘Hermione Has Forgotten How to Dance,’ so Hermione dipped his face in mud.

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And now, about the Boy Who Lived, this exchange sums up everything:

Harry could tell that Voldemort was standing right behind him. He felt a great overreaction. Harry tore his eyes from his head and threw them into the forest. Voldemort raised his eyebrows at Harry, who could not see anything at the moment.

Read the entire chapter from Botnik Studios Predictive Writer project here. It’s a truly innovative technological application, and we’re just excited to be on the receiving end of it! Mashable reported that Botnik CEO and co-founder Jamie Brew said of the scheme:

“The idea of Botnik is that humans and machines working together can come up with things that neither would be able to on their own.”

That would seem to be the case, but we wonder what J.K. Rowling would say? We have no doubt her incomparable imagination could produce something equally unique–and without the assistance of a computer. But we’ll enjoy it anyway, because it’s brilliant. Christmas has come to the fandom early–the more Potter, the better!

As one of the concluding sentences says, “‘We’re the only people who matter. He’s never going to get rid of us,’ Harry, Hermione, and Ron said in a chorus.

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Off-the-wall Harry Potter chapter created using predictive text

The Harry Potter series has an unusual new chapter and J.K. Rowling didn’t write it, machines did.

Botnick Studios, a “human-machine creative collective” which describes itself as “a community of writers, artists and developers collaborating with machines to create strange new things,” created a predictive keyboard that later penned the unauthorized chapter. By “training” the keyboard on all seven Harry Potter titles, machines were able to write this humorous new work.

Harry Potter and the Portrait of what Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash is the fabricated book’s title and the faux chapter is called, “The Handsome One.”

Here’s a few quotes from its ghostwritten pages:

“Magic: it was something that Harry Potter thought was very good.”

“Ron’s shirt was just as bad as Ron himself.”

“The pig of Hufflepuff pulsed like a large bullfrog. Dumbledore smiled at it, and placed his hand on its head: ‘You are Hagrid now.'”

“‘The password was BEEF WOMEN,’ Hermione cried.”

Read the entire chapter here. Be sure to take a look at Botnick’s other work, like this predictive text Thanksgiving dinner video.

(“BEEF WOMEN” will now be my new password.)

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De acuerdo con Pornhub, ellas son las pornstars más destacadas de 2017

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El sitio más famoso de contenido para adultos, lanzó un listado para consentir a sus usuarios
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Pornhub es el sitio de pornografía más grande del mundo, quien lanzó un listado de las pornstars más destacadas en 2017.

La empresa pretende consentir a sus usuarios, quienes han contribuido a catapultar a estas bellas mujeres a la fama.

Aquí está la lista de las mujeres más deseadas y cotizadas en la industria prono:

August Ames

August Ames de 23 años, falleció el pasado 5 de diciembre a causa por un posible suicidio.

Mia Khalifa

La ex actriz porno y celebridad libanesa, de acuerdo con Pornhub, sus videos siguen siendo unos de los más vistos.

Riley Reid

Antes de dedicarse al cine porno, trabajó como striper. Comenzó su carrera como actriz pornográfica a los 19 años en el 2011, utilizando inicialmente el nombre artístico de Paige Riley. A la fecha, ha participado en más de 570 películas.

Moriah Mills

Mills es alguien que puede robarte la mirada. Si la sigues en Instagram, seguramente te volverás loco con sus videos haciendo twerking.

Nicole Aniston

Actriz porno y modelo estadounidense quien inició en 2010 y desde entonces ha aparecido en 715 videos realizados en Pornhub.

Brandi Love

Actriz porno, modelo erótica y empresaria estadounidense, debutó en el 2006 a los 33 años de edad. Como dato curioso de esta hermosa mujer, antes de dedicarse a la industria pornográfica, uno de sus múltiples trabajos fue ser camarera en un restaurante de Burger King.

Lisa Ann

La productora, directora y actriz retirada del cine pornográfico, catalogada como una de las mejores del mundo. Con 2,379 videos se corona como la #6.

Alexis Texas

Actriz porno que inició en la industria pornográfica en el 2006, con 21 años de edad. Actualmente, es una de las más reconocidas del mundo con 1,661 videos en PornHub.

Madison Ivy

Actriz porno alemana, quien se aumentó de busto de copa B a D para lucir una figura sexy. Asimismo, desde el 2009 ha sido galardonada con varios premios de la misma industria.

Lana Rhoades

Actriz porno de ascendencia checoslovaca, que antes de dedicarse a la industria pornográfica a los 20 años de edad, fue camarera en la cadena de restaurantes The Tilted Kilt. Nominada a varios premios y ganadora en el 2017 del ‘Premio Stella Cox’s Favorite Stalker’ y ‘World’s Hottest ‘Would Be’ Lesbian’.

Kimmy Granger

Todo lo que sabe lo aprendió de su madre, que fue en su juventud stripper y modelo erótica en revistas para adulto. A los 20 años de edad, empezó a debutar en cine porno. El apellido de su nombre artístico es un homenaje al personaje de Hermione Granger de la saga de Harry Potter.

Dillion Harper

Conocida por ser “La Yuya” de la pornografía por su parecido y popularidad, comenzó en la industria porno en el 2012 a los 18 años de edad. Además es modelo de lencería.

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Can we all agree that 2017 was the year JK Rowling was cancelled?

Harry Potter has been one of my favourite books for as long as I can remember. It introduced me to the world of magic and wonder, where good triumphed over bad, where a girl uses book-smarts to save the world. More than that, it transformed an entire generation. That the seven-book series has changed lives is indisputable.

More than that, the series author J.K. Rowling served as an inspiration to many as well. Her rags-to-riches story and the struggles she faced while writing the books made her work even more meaningful. And as Donald Trump rose, Rowling seemed to grow in importance. Using Twitter as her platform, she often went after Trump for his terrible tweets and even worse policies.

But then came 2017, when the #MeToo movement gained traction and powerful men were finally being held to account for sexual abuse. One person who spoke out about the abuse she experienced at the hands of a man was Amber Heard. In May, Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, who she claims physically abused her during their relationship. Later evidence emerged that people surrounding the couple, including Depp’s management team knew all about Depp’s abusive behaviour.

Depp has been cast in the Fantastic Beasts movie series as the wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Fantastic Beasts is a spinoff of the Harry Potter franchise, and Rowling is a writer of the screenplay.

Rowling’s silence on the casting of a known abuser was deafening. A number of people tweeted at Rowling and the movie’s production company, Warner Brothers to ask why Depp was not being removed from the movie when many other accused men in Hollywood were being stripped of the jobs and roles they were acting in. Instead of responding to the tweets, Rowling blocked many of her critics. For all Rowling’s dedication to social justice and fighting the good fight, she was quiet when it counted.

But finally, when she spoke up about why she and Warner Brothers, had decided to not fire Depp, her response was worse than her silence.

Rowling chose to focus on certain aspects of a joint statement that Depp and Heard had released instead of looking at all the facts of the story. She said she would respect the privacy of the two parties and that she and the company would not only be sticking with Depp in the role but were also genuinely happy that he was going to be in the movie.

Seriously? She ended off her statement saying that she believes we must all do what we think is right. It was literally confirmed by both Depp and Heard that he was an abusive man. She’s basically taking the abuser’s side in all this. Doesn’t sound right to me at all.

Heard later responded to the statement saying Rowling had misread the joint statement. She tweeted the entire joint statement, saying that it was wrong for pick and choose certain things from the statement. She even ended her tweet saying “Women, stay strong.” Clearly a dig at Rowling backing a man instead of the victim of his abuse.

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In response to Heard’s tweet, Rowling has been silent. Where’s her activism now?

We should also talk about the cultural appropriation Rowling employs in her four-part History of Magic in North America. Rowling included a section on Native American magic where she basically took an entire complex and rich history of the many different tribe nations across the continent and came up with vague stereotypes about Native magic. Yes, we know magic is made up but have some respect for actual traditions and beliefs, please.

Many Native American readers, writers and scholars were not happy with her work, with one writer even saying: “This is colonialism. Simply put, it’s cultural theft and these are not her stories to tell.”

Many have criticised Rowling for the overwhelming whiteness of the Harry Potter books, and yet, Rowling’s attempt to diversify the Harry Potter world was well and truly a fail. If you want to write about a culture that is unknown to you, why not do your research properly?

And then most recently, Rowling tweeted this after Roy Moore was defeated in the Alabama senate race. She said Roy Moore was right about God being in control, and that God was a black woman.

People dragged her – rightfully so. They said she should be the last person to talk about a black woman God especially because she is a proud liberal, has so few black characters in her books, and once more the Depp thing came up as well. Additionally, instead of tweeting things to appeal to “woke” liberals, why didn’t Rowling ask her fellow white women in the USA why they messed up?

It’s all well and good to be a social justice warrior on Twitter but if you can’t back it up IRL, you should just sit down. And it’s disingenuous to say that Rowling’s books and what they stand for should be separated from who she is and her politics. Rowling’s books are about standing up for justice and all that’s good in this world, but if she doesn’t do that and actually encourages victim-blaming and cultural appropriation, then how can it mean anything? I love the Harry Potter books and probably always will but unfortunately J.K. Rowling has lost my respect.

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Fashion brand BlackMilk launch Harry Potter activewear line

Australian fashion label BlackMilk has launched an entire activewear line inspired by Harry Potter, and you’re going to want it all.

Ever since J.K. Rowling published the first instalment of the fantasy novel back in 1997, it has found critical acclaim and won the allegiance of millions of self-confessed Potterheads.

But, while it might have been ten years since fans slammed their books shut on the final chapter of the wizard epic, its magic lives on with the launch of a Hogwarts-inspired activewear line. 

That’s right, you can now quite literally wear your favourite Hogwarts house on your sleeve.

Available from BlackMilk at 7am (AET) from 19th December – that’s 9pm (GMT) 18th December here in the UK – the 16-piece range promises to inject a little magic into your boring Muggle lives.

From Hufflepuff and Raveclaw to Gryffindor and Slytherin, each Hogwarts house is represented in the line-up with pieces proudly displaying the signature crests and yellow, red, blue and green that have come to define each one.

You can sort yourself into your Hogwarts house of choice by picking up everything from stylish tunics, checkered jerseys, sports bras, sweatshirts and leggings that even come with a nifty wand pocket – perfect for your next Quidditch try-out. 

Even better, the range promises not to completely empty your Gringotts vault with prices ranging from A$70-120 (£40-68).

While this might be the first lot of activewear from the Australia-based clothing brand, they’ve actually dabbled in Harry Potter-themed get-up before.

Earlier this year, BlackMilk released another collection featuring maxi skirts, skater dresses, and even leggings emblazoned with prints of the Marauder’s Map. 

They’ve also released lines for Star Wars, Batman, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones in the past. 

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JK Rowling, ‘Harry Potter’ fame: God is a black woman

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J.K. Rowling, the author of the “Harry Potter” series that was made into several movies, weighed in on the Alabama Senate election to say Roy Moore, who spoke of how God was in control during his explanation to supporters about his refusal to concede, was indeed correct — that God was definitely in control.

It was her next statement that was the eyebrow raiser.

Rowling, in a tweet, added, as Breitbart noted: “What [Moore] didn’t realise was, She’s black.”

God is a black woman?

This is Rowling’s full tweet, which linked to a CNN Twitter post of Moore’s speech on why he wasn’t conceding: “Narrator’s voice: Roy was right. God was in control. What he didn’t realise was, She’s black.”

Rowling’s reference was no doubt likely to the fact that blacks voted for Democrat Doug Jones with a 96 percent voice — and of that, 98 percent were black women.

But blasphemy, anyone?

Rowling’s previously used her Twitter account to make politically charged comments about President Donald Trump. Case-in-point: In 2015, Trump, angered by radical Islamic terror attacks, called for the barring of Muslims from the United States.

Rowlingresponded with this tweet: “How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad.”

Voldemort, of course, is one of Rowling’s fictional villains in the “Harry Potter” series.

And that’s the world Rowling should perhaps stick with — fictional.

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Look out for Harry Potter, Usain Bolt in the night sky

British astronomers have come up with a new set of such as Harry Potter and Usain Bolt in an attempt to teach children about the layout of the universe.

The eight new constellations in the “Look Up to The Stars” project are the brainchild of The Big Bang Fair, a science education event for young people and astronomers at the University of Birmingham.

The proposals include Harry Potter’s glasses, a tennis racket for Serena Williams, a spaceship for astronaut Tim Peak, a blue whale for naturalist David Attenborough and a book in honour of Nobel-winner Malala Yousafzai.

Making space exciting

The eight constellations invented are a bid “to get more young people interested in the universe,” The Big Bang Fair said in a statement.

Existing constellations are based on the zodiac and figures from ancient Greek and Roman mythology which “aren’t necessarily proving successful in enticing children today to look up at the stars,” it said.

A survey quoted by The Big Bang Fair found 29% of seven to 19-year-olds admitted they would not be able to recognise a single classical constellation. The survey also found 72% of children admitted they had never looked for a constellation at night.

“We really hope these new creations will help people of all ages develop their interest in space and astronomy,” said Emma Willett, who led the University of Birmingham research team.

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