Prachi Gupta

The 15 Most Hated Bands of the Last 30 Years

In order for something to be hated, it must first be loved; that love is what gives the hatred its roots. There will always be those unfathomably popular bands and singers that get an inordinate amount of airtime, and are loved by obsessed, cultish fans, only intensifying the hatred of those who realize one objective truth: that when you get down to it, the music isn’t even good. In fact, it downright sucks.

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The Toxic Marriage That Killed Comedy Legend Phil Hartmann

If you grew up watching “SNL” or “The Simpsons,” you surely have many fond memories of Phil Hartman, the versatile character actor who played the Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer and Bill Clinton, and voiced Troy McClure in the 1980s and 1990s. What makes every memory so bittersweet is knowing that Phil died tragically young at 49, in one of the worst ways imaginable: at the hands of his wife, Brynn, in a gruesome murder-suicide.

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Darren Wilson’s Former Police Force Was Disbanded for Excessive Force and Corruption

While news outlets and commentators have attempted to analyze every action of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri two weeks ago, we seem to know very little about his shooter, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson, who just months ago won a commendation in a Town Council ceremony, now remains under police protection and hasn’t spoken publically about the incident.

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Why John Oliver Is Edgier Than Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

Just ahead of the sixth episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” comedian John Oliver admitted on “CBS This Morning” that he and his crew are “still trying to work out what this is.” But Oliver seems to know what “Last Week” isn’t: “The Daily Show.”

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Angelina Jolie: Shame the Rapist Not the Victim (VIDEO)

At a time when rape denialism in America feels stronger than ever, and overseas, girls in Nigeria are being kidnapped by the hundreds and girls in India are being gang-raped, the world’s first Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict could not come sooner. On Tuesday, actress and envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie kicked off the four-day conference in London with a speech that urged the 1,200 attendees to stop seeing rape as an inevitable byproduct of war and blame the rapists, not the victims.

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Gabourey Sidibe: Don't Ask Me Why I'm Confident - Ask Rihanna

Hundreds of activists and media elite gathered at the palatial 42nd Street Cipriani on Thursday night for a very special edition of the annual Gloria Awards, which doubled as the 80th birthday bash for feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Hosted by the Ms. Foundation for Women, the night’s impressive lineup included a performance by Sophie B. Hawkins, a video address from the Obamas and Hillary Clinton, and speeches from comedians Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer and actress Gabourey Sidibe.

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6 of the Most Offensive Jokes of 2013

The jokes that ignited the most outrage on Twitter or fierce debate on network TV are overwhelmingly misogynistic, homophobic or racist, showing that many pockets in America have a long way to go in embracing diversity — and why a joke is never “just a joke.” Here are the six worst jokes of 2013:

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9 Most Absurd Right-Wing Delusions About the "War on Christmas"

As Daniel Denvir explains in Politico, the War on Christmas has a rich history rooted in right-wing America. But it was Fox News that, residing atop what Jon Stewart often refers to as Bullshit Mountain, began the media circus over the so-called attack on the Christian holiday in 2004 (Media Matters has nearly 100 posts tagged with “War on Christmas” since then). Over the years, Fox has come up with a host of bizarre evidence of this so-called attack on Christians — here are a few of the most ridiculous ones:

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"I Could Have the Perfect Toned Body -- But I'd Rather Live My Life"

Thirty five-year-old Taryn Brumfitt, on a global “quest to redefine and rewrite the ideals of beauty,” has been getting a lot of attention for her response to a viral photo that asked mothers “What’s your excuse?” for not being toned after childbirth.

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“Who Gets to Be White Hasn’t Always Been the Same”

Naima Lowe’s “Thirty-Nine Questions for White People,” a book born from observations about her class of predominantly white students, has been generating buzz for the potentially uncomfortable questions it forces its viewers to consider. The project presents 39 simple questions — questions that are all-too-relatable for anyone who identifies as a racial minority — but flips the perspective from the minority back to the majority. Questions like “How do you know you’re white?” and “Do you notice when the last white person leaves the room?” become surprising and almost jarring, forcing white people to think more critically about the experience (and inherent privilege) of being white.

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