I'm not sure where to start. The former Harry Potter actress, and avowed feminist, decided to go bra-less in a white, ropy Burberry top that revealed much of her breasts. The picture was for the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Anyone that reads that particular magazine should be well accustomed to softcore porn. My first instinct is to say "so what?", and brush it off as another piece of silliness from the crazies of Hollywood. It's a good thing I've learned to trust my instincts.
Of course there has been some backlash from angry women that have denounced Watson's decision, using very shrill sounding rhetoric. Perhaps they have a point. A good portion of modern feminists angrily decry the "sexualization" of women by leering, lecherous, and creepy males. I like Watson's response to the naysayers "They were saying that I couldn't be a feminist and have boobs", she later continued "Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It's about freedom. It's about liberation. It's about equality. It's not -- I really don't know what my t*ts have to do with it....... The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. ... For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities."
Naturally, someone had to dig up Gloria Steinem (I hope they didn't have to dig too deep). Her response, coming from the grandmother of all feminists, is unique and filled with all the extravagance everyone expects from a 1960's free-love and rock and roll feminist. "Feminists can wear anything they f****** want," Steinem told TMZ. "They should be able to walk down the street nude and be safe." I still think this story belongs in the "so what?" part of the news.
This next issue is of Russia discussing a possible ban of the remake of "Beauty and the Beast".
The reasoning is that one of the characters is openly gay and this is seen as immoral Western propaganda by cynical and socially conservative Russians. I've never been a believer in censorship of any kind; anyone that wants to watch the film will eventually watch it. I've seen the trailers, and that was enough to convince me of the fact that this is not my type of movie. It's a remake, and remakes have a tendency to disappoint everyone. Perhaps the producers and directors put in some genuine TLC and have made a genuinely good movie. If they have, please let me know and I'll go judge for my self.
Our last bit of news comes from the Trump White House, and I get the feeling this will be a constant source of good comedic material.
Trump is undoubtedly the most unique person to take up residence in the White House in a very long time, perhaps of all time. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, the issue of who spoke to which Russian ambassador, when, and why, seems to be a rather dubious attempt by the Washington media to create some kind of story. However, I could be wrong; there's no way to tell at this point. Then Trump made the accusation that the Obama administration had wiretapped his offices and was spying on him. Huh? Why would anyone want to spy on Trump? His life has been an open book for decades, all of his secrets and personal habits have been well covered by the tabloids for the past thirty years, there's nothing new to be learned. Is there something we didn't know about the man that he wishes to keep secret? He is an older man, the oldest to ever get elected president, perhaps his brain is starting to go soft. That would be something to keep secret. Perhaps he's been cheating on his wife. He's rich, has lots of nice toys, has been married three times, and is a very powerful man, its not inconceivable that he's getting some on the side, if he can ever comb his hair. If he is cheating at his advanced age he may need to use a bit of Viagra or something like that, and that is something any guy would want to keep secret. I think Trump is just making the whole thing up to distract everyone from what's really happening, and whatever that may be, it has escaped my notice.