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Joseph Fiennes Reckons He's Going To Get Punched For His Handmaid's Tale Character

"At least I’ve done my bit for society, I’ve illustrated the patheticness of misogyny."

I just started watching The Handmaid’s Tale (late to the party, I know) and each episode I find myself simultaneously yelling at the screen over the horrors these poor women are put through, and giving the evil eye to Joseph Fiennes’ truly devious character, Fred Waterford. This comes as no surprise to Fiennes, according to a recent interview. 

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Speaking to The Guardian about his character, Fiennes said, “really, Fred is pathetic. His voicelessness: that, for me, describes the man. There are brutal acts he didn’t command to happen, but he didn’t stand up.”

During the interview, the 49-year-old actor also equated the storyline of Handmaid’s Tale to the Trump administration. “So you look at those Republican leaders who are not standing up, and they are all Fred,” he said.

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In fact, Fiennes is so aware of the hatred Fred attracts, he’s certain it will have an impact on the roles he lands after the show finishes. “I’ll only get misogynist roles for ages. I’m waiting for someone to slap or punch me in the street. I’m waiting for someone to be really disturbed by Fred because I’m really disturbed by him.”

Mission, accomplished. I’m only halfway through Season Two of The Handmaid’s Tale and it’s safe to say: I’m disturbed.

Me, literally every episode. Credit: Giphy

Later in the interview, Fiennes speaks about the lasting impact of The Handmaid’s Tale. “…What I think about is those young folks dressing up as handmaids in Alabama, silenting protesting [against abortion legislation]; you feel as if you’re in something very important and very pertinent to people.”

“So it’s great. At least I’ve done my bit for society, I’ve illustrated the patheticness of misogyny,” he said.

Creepy. Credit: Giphy

You got that right, Joseph. The Handmaid’s Tale is no doubt brutal and triggering to watch, but it opens up a very important conversation about misogyny and the oppression of women that is still experienced by many today.

Seth Rogen Knows People Hate His New Show So He's Using Bad Reviews To Promote It

Any publicity is good publicity.

You know what they say: if you can’t beat them, join them. It’s a method that appears to be working for Seth Rogen, who is embracing the negativity and promoting his new TV show with the help of one-star reviews.

Earlier this week, Slate journalist Ashley Feinberg tweeted a bunch of negative reviews of Rogen’s show The Boys and in the caption suggested, “The Boys should really just use its one-star reviews as promo material.”

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The suggestion – and reviews – didn’t go unnoticed by Seth Rogen, who responded, “Advice taken! Check out The Boys on Amazon Prime!”

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The tweet already has 7.9K retweets and 60.5K likes, making it resounding success for the Seth Rogen, but a sucky moment for the people who shared the shaming reviews.

One slammed the show for “social manipulation and propaganda,” while another called it “Amazon’s efforts to vilify Christianity and America while promoting perversion and gore.” Yikes.

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The Boys is based on the comic book series of the same name and follows a group of vigilantes who head out on a heroic quest to expose the truth about the Seven and Vought, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages the superheroes and covers up their dirty secrets. 

While the show is obviously ruffling a few feathers, it’s racked up an 82% score on Rotten  Tomatoes and 9/10 on IMDb. Any publicity is good publicity, I guess?

Badass Women We Need More Of: Toni Morrison

Rest in Peace, Toni.

This week, we lost a hero. American novelist and professor Toni Morrison passed away on Monday at the age of 88 due to pneumonia complications.

Through storytelling, Morrison was able to not only shed light on and give voice to the racially oppressed, but become an inspiration to all women in spite of the critics. She was an icon, a leader and the kind of badass woman we need more of in the world today.

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Morrison was born in Ohio in 1931. When she was just two years old, her family home was set on fire by the landlord – while they were inside – because they couldn’t pay rent. “It was this hysterical, out-of-the-ordinary, bizarre form of evil,” she told The Washington Post. “For $4 a month somebody would just burn you to a crisp.” Instead of crying, Morrison’s family laughed. “That’s what laughter does. You take it back. You take your life back. Your take your integrity back.”

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Perhaps it was these early experiences that gave Morrison the strength to succeed later on. In 1949, she attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she encountered racial segregation and was told by her professor that writing a paper on the role of black people in Shakespeare was “low-class.”

Morrison went on to get married, divorced, and become to mother of two sons. She also became the first black woman senior editor in the fiction department at Random House where she helped bring black literature and African-American authors into the mainstream.

Morrison photographed with her sons Slade and Ford.
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In 1988, Morrison’s novel Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and ten years later was turned into a film starring Oprah Winfrey. In the early ‘90s, she became the first black woman of any nationality to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Five years later, she became the second female writer of fiction, and second black writer of fiction to appear on the cover of TIME magazine.

Credit: TIME Magazine – 1998

Another instance in which Morrison depicted her inner strength against adversity was during a 1998 interview with Jana Wendt for the program Toni Morrison: Uncensored. When Wendt asked Morrison when she would “incorporate white lives” into her books, the author had a powerful response.

“You can’t understand how powerfully racist that question is, can you?” she asked. “You could never ask a white author, ‘When are you going to write about Black people?’ Whether he did or not, or she did or not. Even the enquiry comes from a position of being in the centre.”

Morrison’s ability to stand strong in the face of racism, suffering and hardship, and continue to tell the stories that desperately need to be heard will continue to inspire women, and men, in the world today. Here’s hoping we can find some of her strength in the future.

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