After the Washington Nationals won the 2019 World Series they were presented with an opportunity to visit the White House and receive congratulations from the president. Historically, these visits haven’t been the lightening rods they have become in the era of Trump. But then again, almost everything is different in the era of Trump.
During the visit, Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki donned a red MAGA hat and then received a hug from behind by Trump — as if he were an American flag, or anyone that ever encountered Joe Biden.
Well, of course this pissed some people off and made other people very happy. Wild guess who fell on which side. It put a political damper on an otherwise non-event for the team that hadn’t won a World Series in over 90 years. …
by Ryan M. Leach
I understand the world is burning down around us because of Trumps, but I need to talk about this “Cats” trailer.
This hot mess.
Yall, where do I begin?
Problem 1: They are trying to make these actors look like literal cats except for the one thing that is essential to cat costumes — human noses. …
By Ryan M.Leach
When the news broke that actor Jussie Smollett had been attacked by two men in Chicago, I was shocked. Reports shared that the attackers jumped Smollett around 2 a.m. near a Subway, where he had gone to get a late night bite. The two men beat him, doused him with bleach and left him with a noose around his neck. Then, according to the Smollett, said without irony in Obama’s hometown, “This is MAGA country!”
To quote President Trump, I thought to myself: “ It’s horrible. Doesn’t get worse .” Also without irony.
As an American I was saddened. As a gay man in America I was terrified. This scenario has played out thousands of times in my community and in communities of color. Smollett, an out, black man lives precariously at the intersection of two communities familiar with hatred and violence. You might say he is twice as likely, in spite of his celebrity, to fall victim to violence born out of hate. Perhaps less likely than of course a black, trans woman — but vulnerable nonetheless. …