Trevor Noah: ‘Trump has put a photo opportunity above peace’

Late-night hosts dissect Trumps recent beefs, from a Twitter fight with Chrissy Teigen to secretly planned and cancelled talks with the Taliban Trevor Noah Trevor Noah unpacked a week of presidential news that was already full and bizarre by Monday nights Daily Show, starting with the presidents Twitter beef with the singer John Legend and his wife, the model Chrissy Teigen. Trump lashed out after viewing an MSNBC segment in which Legend and the host Lester Holt discussed criminal justice reform for which the president wanted credit. He tweeted: Legend and his filthy mouthed wife, are talking now about how great it is but I didnt see them around when we needed help getting it passed. Legend responded, in part: …

Chrissy Teigen ridicules Donald Trump after president’s late-night Twitter attack

Trump complained he was not getting enough credit for criminal justice reform and hit out at boring John Legend and his filthy-mouthed wife Donald Trumps social media behaviour took another surreal turn with a public attack on model Chrissy Teigen and her musician husband John Legend over the issue of criminal justice reform. The president, it seems, was reacting to a perceived slight in this instance not getting enough credit for signing a fulminated in a late-night tweet: I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, and Republicans deserve much credit. Trump complained that people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise. The president went on: Guys like boring musician John Legend and his …

Chrissy Teigen ridicules Trump after president’s late-night Twitter attack

Trump complained he was not getting enough credit for criminal justice reform and hit out at boring John Legend and his filthy-mouthed wife Donald Trumps social media behaviour took another surreal turn with a public attack on model Chrissy Teigen and her musician husband John Legend over the issue of criminal justice reform. The president, it seems, was reacting to a perceived slight in this instance not getting enough credit for signing a fulminated in a late-night tweet: I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, and Republicans deserve much credit. Trump complained that people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise. The president went on: Guys like boring musician John Legend and his …

Sontag: Her Life by Benjamin Moser review heavyweight study of a critical colossus

Susan Sontags rise from gawky swot to opinion leader is incisively charted Art, Susan Sontag declared in 1965, is the supreme game which the will plays with itself. Sontag, supremely wilful, played the game with herself: she began as a critic of art, but turned into what she called an art object endowed with this quality of assurance, authority that she viewed as the barbed, bristling armature of style. At first, what mattered was the sparky contents of Sontags head; by the end she was best known for the way she wore her hair that saturnine battle helmet of dyed black, with a single stripe left white at the temple like a Frankensteinian lighting bolt of intellect. As much as …

Racist African stereotypes are as prevalent as ever on TV | Afua Hirsch

Too many entertainment shows are still rooted firmly in the colonial past, says Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch I have an idea for a British TV series. It involves finding an African society with a history of regarding Europeans as a profoundly inferior race tricky, admittedly. Then find a small-town family, from County Durham, say, to perform stereotypically English culture to entertain them. Describe this as an exchange it sounds more equal but make sure the African characters are equipped with various gadgets and a familiar value system. Well follow their love lives, clothing preferences and personality quirks in minute detail on social media. By contrast, the County Durham people can just be lumped into one collective personality, a series of …

Dave Chappelle under fire for discrediting Michael Jackson accusers in Netflix special

Standup comedian also takes aim at callout culture that sees public figures held to account by audiences Dave Chappelle has come under fire for his latest Netflix special in which he claims he does not believe Michael Jackson sexually assaulted young boys, and makes jokes at the expense of Jacksons accusers. In a standup set that seemed designed to provoke precisely the backlash that it was critiquing, Chappelle took aim at a prevailing callout culture that sees celebrities being held to account by audiences and in the media for perceived or actual crimes and for the offensive things they say. He talked at length about the allegations of sexual assault against Jackson, who died in 2009, widely criticised for their …

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

Henry the sex robot is the “mind” of a “woman” trapped in the “body” of a “man.” When you talk to Henry, you’re really talking to the artificial intelligence database Realbotix developed for its female predecessor, Harmony. To masculinize Henry, Realbotix founder and CEO Matt McMullen and five other “robot heads” sit with Henry doing R&D, which amounts to chatting Henry up. “Henry, how was your day?” McMullen asks. “Just fine, baby,” Henry says. “But when are you going to take me out to dinner?” The humans all look at each other. “That didn’t sound quite right,” McMullen says, and the others agree. The language database they’re developing for Henry shouldn’t include soliciting nights out on the town. “Sometimes Henry …

Taylor Swift: Lover review a return to past glories

Taylor Swifts latest album revisits the catchy pop and romantic concerns that made her name Taylor Swift is more of a lover than a fighter. The singer-songwriter doesnt say it out loud on her seventh album the successor to 2017s 1989 via the confessionals of Jack Antonoff, producer of Lordes 2017 album ME! a duet with You Need to Calm Down, a fabulously pitched takedown of haters, bigots and internet trolls, have exuded playfulness, tunefulness and wit in equal measure. An album so long is bound to be a mixed bag. Strong opener I Forgot That You Existed is a breezy kiss-off to an old flame or, perhaps the whole Kimye era: Lived in the shade you were throwing till …

Jia Tolentino: I like to write about instincts that are in some way good and in some way dangerous’

Hailed as the Joan Didion of our times informed, funny and fearless the New Yorkers Jia Tolentino is making sense of the world one essay at a time Until recently, one of New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentinos best-kept secrets was that she spent the summer of her 16th year filming a reality show called Girls v Boys: Puerto Rico. A cheerleader then, she got permission from her school, which was situated in the middle of a Texan megachurch so large they called it the Repentagon, by telling them shed be a light for Jesus, but on television. An essayist who explores what its like to live right now, no now, remains, at 30, rebellious and contradictory in ticklish ways. …

‘A brutal dinner’: celebrities talk about meeting Donald Trump

Woody Harrelson is the latest person to share his embarrassing story of meeting the reality TV star before he became president If you think its bad enough just sharing a planet with Donald Trump, spare a thought for poor Woody Harrelson. Because according to the man himself, Harrelson once shared a dinner table with the president, and it went just as well as you would expect. In recalled in 2016. When the jeweller took a look, she recoiled and said: In their finest moment, they were cheap pewter and bad zirconia. They had Trump stamped on them. I think that says a lot about the man. Daniel Radcliffe was just 11 years old when he met Trump, before an appearance …

The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour review escape from dystopia

Twitter, texts, email the psychological needs driving todays vast and risky digital writing experiment The notoriety of postmodernism has waxed and waned over the past 40 years. While a frequent reference point in the identity politics and the chaos of Steven Pinker and a cluster of neoconservatives associated with the online magazine Quillette, the postmodern left has injected relativism and self-pity into liberal democracies, with all of the results we see around us today. Few appear to have any clue what ever referred to, nor any desire to find out. As Paul Klee painting, depicting mechanical birds whose song is manufactured to lure victims towards a pit. Superficially speaking, the book is a critique of digital platforms, screens, algorithms and …

Mark Mawstons best photograph: Yoko Ono’s electrifying power

She came on stage with a black silk bag over her head and walked straight into the mic stand. It didnt ruin anything though. The crowd were in raptures I took this shot of Yoko Ono 14 years ago, in 2005 at bagism a practice she and Lennon engaged in as a way to deindividualise speakers and emphasise their message by wearing a nondescript bag over their heads. So she came out with this black silk bag obscuring her vision, and walked straight into the mic stand. It didnt ruin anything though. The crowd were in raptures. In a split second when I managed to take my eyes off her, I realised that Sean Lennon, her and Johns son, was …

How ’30-50 Feral Hogs’ Became the New ‘Thoughts and Prayers’

Thirty to 50 unkillable feral hogs may or may not be terrorizing one Arkansas man's backyard, but they've definitely infiltrated Twitter. They've invaded the lyrics of songs from "Do Re Mi" to "Milkshake." They've reminded people of their dating histories and of bizarre medieval paintings. They've inspired strange hypothetical chat rooms and porcine updates to classic pieces of writing. (My favorite: "For sale/30-50 feral hogs/Never shot.") The feral hogs, all 30 to 50 of them, are just the kind of meme Twitterati are wont to latch onto—one so absurd that it's hilarious, and so hilarious that you'll almost forget it's macabre as hell. Emma Grey Ellis Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift Emma Grey Ellis The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme Adam …

A$AP Rocky assault trial: prosecutor calls for six-month sentence

US rapper has been in detention since 3 July over incident in Swedish capital A Swedish prosecutor has demanded that A$AP Rocky serve six months in prison for assault causing actual bodily harm in a case that that has outraged the US rappers fans and inflamed transatlantic relations. The prosecutor, Daniel Suneson, told the court in Stockholm the musician, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, should serve a longer sentence than two members of his crew who are also accused of attacking the alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari, in a street brawl in the centre of the Swedish capital publicly demand Mayers release. The prosecution alleges that after a violent altercation over a pair of headphones, Mayers, 30, threw Jafari, 19, …

Petula Clark: Elvis angled for a threesome he was raring to go

From child star to superstar, the singer is still performing at 86. She talks about being consoled by John Lennon, her friendship with Karen Carpenter and her close encounter with the King Petula Clark does not like to look back. She does not celebrate birthdays hates nostalgia. So spending several hours in a studio, listening to her early records as she was recently forced to do, for a compilation of songs from her seven-decade career was kind of torture, she says. She affects a groan, eyes rolling beneath their spidery lashes. Clark is among the bestselling British female artists of all time, with one of the largest chart spans of any artist in history. She has been on Desert Island …

Fortnite World Cup: the $30m tournament shows esports’ future is already here

The question is not whether esports is the future of sports entertainment, but whether theres any possible scenario where its not Nearly all established sports are going through some degree of hand-wringing over attracting younger fans as their older core ages out. The death of monoculture and explosion of entertainment options, many accessible without leaving ones bedroom, have seen attendance drops across the board. MLB and NFL teams have fallen over themselves installing the addition of skateboarding, surfing and three-on-three basketball to next years Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The demographic theyre so thirsty for could be found in droves over the weekend at New Yorks Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where three days of sold-out crowds turned out for …