London Has Fallen: An abhorrent movie, fueled by American exceptionalism, testosterone, and xenophobia

I’ll admit, most terrorism/spy/war/national defense movies of the past decade anger me for a dozen or so different reasons, not the least of which is because they frequently draw on Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism, fear-mongering, misogyny, etc. to advance their messages (that sounds rather like a certain political candidate we know, doesn’t it?). But London Has…

Muslim women say: “Trump, can you hear us now?

When Khizr and Ghazala Khan took the DNC by storm, calling out Donald Trump’s imbecilic Islamophobic comments, the Donald struck back… with more imbecility. And Muslim women weren’t having it. To recap, the Khans are a Gold Star family whose son, Humayun, died in service to the country, and who spoke at the DNC to…

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The complexities of being an ally

It seems like recently the entire Democratic Party platform has been framed around the concept of allyship– being an ally for the poor, racial minorities, religious minorities, immigrants, women, the LGBT community, etc. You name the group the GOP is callously attacking (everyone except straight, cis, old, Christian, rich, American, White men, really), the Democratic…

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