Team USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich isn't always the most talkative when he's in the presence of the media, but he had plenty to say following the team's practice in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Popovich, who has shown support for Colin Kaepernick over the years, reiterated his stance when asked about the divisiveness in our country, and about showing patriotism.
"Patriotism means a lot of things to different people," Popovich said, according to ESPN. "There's people who are truly committed in that sense and people who are fake. The show of patriotism I think is a bit inappropriate and that is not something that I think we want to emulate. Because someone hugs a flag doesn't mean they're patriotic. Being a patriot is somebody that respects their country and understands that the best thing about our country is that we have the ability to fix things that have not come to fruition for a lot of people so far."
In speaking about patriotism, Popovich explained that calling for change in our country and criticizing the way things are run doesn't make someone a "non-patriot." He then specifically pointed to what Colin Kaepernick has done as being "very patriotic."
"All the promises in the beginning when the country was established is fantastic, but those goals have not been reached yet for a lot of people," Popovich continued. "So you can still be patriotic and understand that there still needs to be criticism and changes and more attention paid to those who do not have what other people do have, and that's where we've fallen short in a lot of different ways. Being a critic of those inequalities does not make you a non-patriot. It's what makes America great, that you can say those things and attack those things to make them better. That's what a lot of other countries don't have. You lose your freedom when you do that."
"To negate that part of what we're able to do is ignorant on anybody's part who tries to make those people look unpatriotic," Popovich said. "Like a Kaepernick. That was a very patriotic thing he did. He cared about his country enough to fix some things that were obvious, that everybody knows about but does nothing about."
Sarah Silverman Says She Got Fired From A Film Production Over "Blackface Sketch"
The comedienne felt obliged to sit in the consequences of her dismissal.
During a recent episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast, Sarah Silverman revealed that she was dismissed from a film project after the producer’s discovered her regrettable “blackface sketch” from 2007. Silverman admitted that hindsight is 20/20; had she known better, the segment would have never aired.
“I recently was going to do a movie, a sweet part,” she said, “then, at 11 pm the night before, they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode.”
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At the time, Silverman didn’t have it in her to plead for her role back, she was disheartened by her actions (in the past). When asked to comment on the controversial sketch by a GQ correspondent, Silverman could not do anything but rebuke her former self. “I’m horrified by it, and I can’t erase it. I can only be changed by it and move on,” she told GQ.
Although Silverman decided to conceal the name of the film production in question, she was, however, willing to touch on the subject of cancel culture, and how it has impacted her life/career. She even went as far as to label the social phenomenon, something she likens to “righteousness porn.” The sketch aired on The Sarah Silverman Program (2017-2010) on Comedy Central.
Whitney Cummings Thwarts Blackmail By Posting Topless Photo
Whitney Cummings takes the match with a backhanded volley.
Whitney Cummings wasn't born yesterday. When so-called "foolish dorks" attempted to blackmail her over a photo she had unintentionally shared on social media, she said to 'hell with it" and posted it anyway, in open view of her 1.3 million Twitter followers. The photo was initially uploaded to the platform by accident, then quickly deleted. Within that short spell, a couple of odious character hit her in the DMs brandishing a screencap of the image and demanding a fair sum of money. The rest is history.
“They all must think I’m way more famous than I am, but they also must think I’m way more easily intimidated than I am," she clamored in a subsequent Tweet explaining her motives. "If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it’s gonna be me. So here it all is, you foolish dorks."
In staying true to her values, the comedienne chose not to name the blackmail artists whom she'd thwarted. “I’m not posting the names of the people trying to extort me because some of them might be dumb kids. I wouldn’t want the stupid ideas I had when I was a teenager to follow me around forever," she explained. I gather this is as good a time as any to #freethenipple.
LGBTQ History Will Be Taught In Illinois Schools: Report
According to CNN, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has passed a law that guarantees the history and contributions of LGBTQ people are taught in the state's public schools. House Bill 246 was introduced by Rep. Anna Moeller to amend the school code to add a more inclusive history curriculum.
"In public schools only, the teaching of history shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State," states the bill.
Topics that will be added to public school's new curriculum include the nation's first gay rights organization, the Society for Human Rights, being formed in 1924 in Chicago, and Sally Ride, the first US woman in space, who was a lesbian. "One of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints," State Sen. Heather Steans, who also sponsored the bill, said in a statement. "An inclusive curriculum will not only teach an accurate version of history but also promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community."
This is a big win for the LGBTQ community, which has been steadily fighting, and winning, against oppressive systems. "It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment," Steans added. "LGBTQ children and teenagers will also be able to gain new role models who share life experiences with them."