James Deen, porn’s so-called “boy next door,” has been accused of rape and sexual assault by several other actors in the last few days, including Stoya, Tori Lux, and Ashley Fires. Kink.com immediately dropped him as a performer, as did Evil Angel, and The Frisky canceled his advice column. Project Consent has also distanced itself from Deen, who presumably misspoke in an interview for the group when he said that “it’s not that hard to not be an asshole.” He has also stepped down from the board of the adult performer’s union APAC. So, after teaching the world what the internet is for and how to use it, the porn industry now appears to be putting on a clinic in how to listen to women and respond seriously to rape allegations against a high-profile star. Meanwhile, Deen’s “boy next door” image remains safe, since the actual boy next door is probably an abuser too.
Maybe tech stocks are back up again or maybe they’re marking them down as I write this, who even knows. The data breaches continue anyway, this time of 4.8 million parent accounts from toymaker VTech along with lots of personal information on their children including names, genders, photos, and chat logs. Snapchat is letting publishers deep-link into its previously inviolable walled garden, making it a sort of reverse AOL. The Gray Lady (“Word up!”) made another of its periodic hapless condemnations of the Way The Kids Speak Today, to which Kyle Chayka replied: “lol ded.” Here’s the most depressing Tumblr. And Facebook strictly limited the ads in Instant Articles, but then also prohibited publishers from selling them at a premium, so one or the other of those rules is probably not going to last much longer. Facebook also just unveiled its hideous Frank Gehry-designed new-economy sweatshop in this Washington Post press release.
Two good BuzzFeeds: Future novelist Doree Shafrir on Mitch Albom and Kashana Cauley on being a black woman at a gun show. Here’s a somewhat understated review of the Broadway hit “Hamilton.“ Sarah Jeong: “There’s nothing quaint or archaic about dragging out authority figures in flowy gowns to muck around with a magic rock… This is more or less how the law still works today.” Scientists, meddling with forces they cannot possibly understand, just discovered a new phase of carbon called Q-carbon, which is magnetic and harder than diamond. This innovation in materials science could lead to as much as 30 more years of awful superhero movies. And Jake Tapper finally said what we were all thinking to dimwitted Trump spokes-uncle Michael Cohen.
Orchard or hardly orcing
— Neil Cicierega (@neilyourself) November 24, 2015
Free from the first-day constraint of introducing himself, Intern José has some news for you from the world of music, an industry that unfortunately lags far behind porn in dealing with its abusers.
I don’t know, José! Maybe in the future Billboard chart position will come with prizes, like a month’s supply of Soylent. Drink up, buddy, only 30 days to go.
Today’s Pandering: Here’s Music For Cats which I know you gross cat people will love.
Today’s Song: Princess Chelsea, “The Cigarette Duet“
~Does spider have tabs~
Dep’t of Real Talk: Hey, so, yesterday after the intern tab, I made a joke about rewriting 90% of José and Bijan’s work. It was a bad joke, because the premise was basically me (~The White Man~) taking credit for the work of people of color. I don’t think anyone took it particularly seriously but nevertheless, it wasn’t up to standards and I’m sorry for making it. For the record: Bijan, José, and all the interns in Tabs were responsible for their own work, and they should be proud of it. Ok! Everyone is problematic sometimes. When I fuck up again, you’ll find it on Fast Company or I will email it directly to you if you subscribe.