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2023-03-21 05:09:15

Is Tumblrs latest update its first step towards bringing back porn?

Don't get too excited, but Tumblr may be taking steps to open the platform up to explicit content again. After a 2018 ban led to a notoriously devastating exodus from the microblogging site, users were tickled to notice a few interesting turns of phrase in a platform update.

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A post from Tumblr's staff blog(Opens in a new tab) on Sept. 26 introduced a new feature called "Community Labels," which they hope will allow "everyone on Tumblr to be able to fully express themselves while also having control over what they encounter on their dashboards."

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Bloggers can label themes of a post as falling under any of three buckets: drug and alcohol addiction, violence, and what Tumblr is calling "sexual themes," which is content that "contains sexually suggestive subject matter, such as erotic writing or imagery." in a new tab)

The announcement gave two examples of content that should be labeled as having sexual themes: "Fanart of your favorite ship engaging with each other in...a very private moment" and "A graphic 50 Shades of Grey edit."

Once labeled, content will either be hidden, blurred, or displayed normally according to each user’s preferences.

The end goal, says the platform, is "to create a more open Tumblr... a richer, more nuanced Tumblr experience" and that these updates are their "first step in that direction."

The announcement noted that "porn bots are still not welcome" and pointedly explained that it was imperative for the app to "abide by App Store rules... to make sure that mature content is only accessible to people who are old enough and have opted in to view that type of content."

But users on Tumblr are already heralding the return of the Tumblr of yore:

Still, others are cautioning against getting too hopeful:

It's true that celebration may be premature, since there is a huge gap between "erotic imagery" and full-blown porn. But the Community Labels update does seem like a positive indication that Tumblr may be finding a middle-ground that serves both their community and their business.

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    Jennifer Lawrence to Oprah: Harvey Weinstein could be a brute


    When news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct broke, Jennifer Lawrence was having lunch with Oprah Winfrey — and they talked about everything but the producer. A few weeks later, The Hollywood Reporter(opens in a new tab) brought the two together again so Winfrey could interview Lawrence, and they finally had the Weinstein conversation.

    "We do have a responsibility to say something; we've all worked with him, but everybody needed a moment," Lawrence said. "Just speaking for myself, I had known him since I was 20, and he had only ever been nice to me — except for the moments that he wasn't, and then I called him an asshole, and we moved on. He was paternal to me. So I needed a moment to process everything because I thought I knew this guy, and then he's being accused of rape."

    SEE ALSO: How Harvey Weinstein allegations went from inside joke to national scandal: A timeline

    "We all knew he was a dog, we knew that he was ... a brute, a tough guy to negotiate with," Lawrence elaborated. "I didn't know that he was a rapist. And it's so widespread, the abuse, from so many different people — it's directors, it's producers — that I think everybody needed to [process it]. Everybody needs to deal with this in their own way; everybody needs to heal."

    Lawrence said the stories coming out about women's experiences with abuse in Hollywood are "horrible," and that she was particularly scarred by the audio recording(opens in a new tab) of Weinstein trying to coerce Ambra Battilana Gutierrez.

    "I don't know a woman who hasn't been touched by some sort of abuse," Lawrence told Oprah. "I'm sad by the women's stories, but I'm excited by the change that's going to come from it. The rule book is being rewritten right now. People are terrified. I mean, specifically, men using their power to abuse women."

    Lawrence briefly discussed some of the abuse she experienced firsthand, such as being called "fuckable" and having to stand in a nude lineup with other women for physical comparison. She first opened up about it in October, right after the Weinstein news broke.

    "People at the beginning of their careers don't want to rock the boat because if you rock the boat, you'll be called difficult," Lawrence said. "How can there be rules in place where there are certain ways that you just cannot treat people? Or a commission, somebody that they can call? If every A-list actor decides to join this commission, we know everybody in the industry. I know every studio head in town. If I'm on this commission, and [if] I get an email about somebody being treated badly on a set, I can send an email. We have to all put our heads together and figure out how to not let this moment go, not just be like, 'Oh, well, that was crazy.' Something has to really get done."


    The key to getting it done, according to Lawrence (and others), is social change.

    "Men need more social awareness. But this comes down to equality, and until all women in every job are paid equally for the same amount of work, how are we ever going to be thought of as equals?" she said. "As long as there is one group of humans that is overruling another one, there's going to be abuse, [and] why would we be thought of as equals?"

    Speaking of socially aware men: Lawrence hasn't met Donald Trump, but she says she'd like to.

    "I've got a pretty good speech. And it ends with a martini to the face," she told Oprah. "I have something to say for all of them. I watch different characters on the news, and I'm like, 'You just wait.'"

  • For one beautiful night, #fartgate actually united all of Twitter

    For one beautiful night, #fartgate actually united all of Twitter

    There is so much that divides us. Science has somehow become partisan; truth itself is up for debate; America is split down the middle when it comes to deciding whether or not literally asking a foreign leader to interfere in an election is an impeachable offense.


    But there is one thing we can all agree on: Farts are funny.

    And on Monday night, Twitter users from every point on the political spectrum were delighted to find themselves engrossed in #fartgate(Opens in a new tab).

    During a live cross on MSNBC's Hardball, where host Chris Matthews was discussing the latest impeachment hearing developments with Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democratic congressman and briefly a presidential candidate who made so little impact on the race that I typed his name as Tim even though I've been watching this video of him for the last 45 minutes.

    As Swalwell was mid-sentence, there was a noise.

    That kind of noise is usually followed by someone saying "Excuse me" or "That was the chair" or "Nice, bro" or "Babe, did you buy the wet food again? You know what the vet said."

    Yes, it sounded very much like a fart.

    The response to the above video was nearly instantaneous. Within an hour #fartgate trended #1 on Twitter, with people at first assuming it was Swalwell, but then pivoting to pointing the (pulled) finger at Matthews.

    The Hardball social media team had a weird night — at first reportedly tweeting, then deleting, the perfect response:

    And then offering an official explanation (and merch) that absolutely nobody was buying:

    Whether Swalwell heard it or dealt it or neither, he barely missed a beat, but there certainly seemed to some like there was a distinct beat.

    A journalist from BuzzFeed, who has no doubt been nominated for several Pulitzers already, slid into Swalwell's DM to ask for comment, and was richly rewarded.

    "It was not me!!!!!" Salwell wrote(Opens in a new tab) back. "And I didn't hear it when I was speaking."

    The camera was off Matthews, so we don't have his reaction — but there are those who are firmly in the Matthews camp.

    Truly, this is the Yanny/Laurel of televised flatulence.

    And of course, there are the party poopers who insisted no cheese was cut at all:

    But in a way, it matters not at all who actually dealt it, or if it was dealt at all. Because the jokes are good either way.

    It is as simple as this: If it's a fart, it's a really great fart. Fat, noisy, satisfying; it sounds like it took a bit of effort, but only enough to make the final product all the more satisfying.

    The beauty of #fartgate is in the perfectly bipartisan way the internet leapt and grabbed this moment with both hands. It's something everyone could enjoy in a week, month, year, administration, of division and sniping. It is as pure as it is puerile.

    I mean, what else could get Ben Shapiro and Alyssa Milano on the same page?

    Like the impeachment hearings themselves, we may never uncover the full truth — all we know is there is left, right, and a noisy asshole at the center of it all.

  • Matt Damon has more to say about sexual harassment and, oh boy …

    Matt Damon has more to say about sexual harassment and, oh boy …


    Matt Damon needs to stop talking about sexual harassment until he actually gets it.

    After a whole week of being lambasted by folks like Alyssa Milano following his unfathomably misinformed ABC News interview, the Hollywood star has more to add. More!

    SEE ALSO: Matt Damon attempts to speak about sexual harassment and shows he STILL doesn't get it

    In fact, Damon thinks we should be talking more about the men in Hollywood who aren't sexually assaulting people. In an interview with Business Insider(opens in a new tab), promoting his new film, Downsizing, Damon said he thinks men "who don't do this kind of thing" should be given a pat on the back.

    “We’re in this watershed moment, and it’s great, but I think one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole s—load of guys — the preponderance of men I’ve worked with — who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected.”

    Look, Damon appears to be coming from a good place, but dude, this moment in history is not about men who "don't do this."

    Damon goes on to congratulate himself on being one such non-harasser, and refers to an ambiguous "sexual harassment thing" that he would totally sign, guys.

    "If I have to sign a sexual-harassment thing, I don’t care, I’ll sign it. I would have signed it before. I don’t do that, and most of the people I know don’t do that.”


    It may surprise you, but the reaction to Damon's comments has been less than positive.

    Look, we get it Damon, you're trying to be supportive of your workmates who haven't assaulted anyone, that you know of.

    But perhaps, given the circumstances surrounding your ol' pal Harvey Weinstein, who is facing sexual assault and harassment accusations from over 100 women, it'd be the perfect moment to lend support to victims, acknowledge Hollywood's systemic sexual harassment problem, and shut the hell up.

  • Garbage plates: The great American dish


    Garbage plates: The great American dish

    What is the quintessential American food?

    The answer is hard to pin down. This is a vast country made up of an astounding array of people and as a nation we have yet to really establish a satisfying answer for what our emblematic meal is. I have a contender I'd like to put forward on this, the birthday of the United States of America: the garbage plate.

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    You may not be familiar with garbage plates but that's OK. Someday every American will know the inimitable joy of this hodge-podge dish that combines the finest fares that this country has to offer. It's not a simple food to explain, and that's possibly what makes it such a perfect fit for this place so many people call home.

    SEE ALSO: Costco food court items, ranked

    We just need to spread it far and wide from its humble beginnings in Rochester, New York.

    The plate

    The garbage plate has multiple parts, all of it usually contained inside a styrofoam, or hopefully more recyclable container, with steep enough walls so as not to let any of the food fall out while shoveling it in your mouth.

    First there's the base. At the bottom of any garbage plate there should be a healthy serving of few different foods: french fries (or, as the locals call their shorter, fatter variant: home fries), macaroni salad, or baked beans. Usually you pick one or two of these, the most common and acceptable choice being the home fries/mac salad combo.

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    Next there's the protein. On top of the base you can put hot dogs, hamburger patties, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, veggie burgers, a grilled cheese, sausages, or a fish fry. It can be whatever your heart desires as long as you can cut it up pretty easily and it's something you personally find tasty.

    Finally there's the toppings. Ketchup, mustard, and onions are all optional, but there's one essential ingredient that ties everything together: hot sauce. The traditional garbage plate uses a flavorful, meaty hot sauce that you can easily make with onions, garlic, beef, tomato sauce, vinegar and a handful of spices including cayenne and chili powder, although you can sub out the beef if you're not into that kind of thing.

    Once the three layers are assembled, it's encouraged to mix all of it thoroughly so that you get a little piece of everything in every single bite. And don't forget the side of bread and butter, just because.

    Thus we have the garbage plate.

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    The origins

    The garbage plate is a local feat of ingenuity that stems from the greater Rochester area of upstate New York, located about 70 miles east of Buffalo and situated upon the winding Genesee River amidst rolling farmland and suburb-spackled swampland.

    Known as the birthplace of Kodak, Xerox, and Susan B. Anthony, Rochester has a rich history that stretches back hundreds of years, rising up out of Lake Ontario's shadow as America's first boomtown toward the tail end of the 18th century. As a town with a lot to offer to folks looking for a new start in the western hemisphere, Rochester was a natural magnet for all different kinds of people.

    In the second half of the 19th century and leading into the turn of the 20th, a large influx of Greek immigrants came to the states(opens in a new tab), some of who ended up in Rochester. One of those immigrants, Alexander Tahou (pronounced like Tahoe), opened up a restaurant just west of the Genesee River on West Main Street in 1918.

    It was called West Main Texas Hots, the "hots" part referring to Rochester's distinct hot dogs(opens in a new tab) that come in both red and white varieties, the former being pretty much your standard hot dog and the latter being a pork-, beef-, and veal-based, unsmoked hot dog similar to Germany's weisswurst. To the residents of Rochester and whoever passed through, West Main Texas Hots offered a hots and potatoes dish that served as the building blocks for what later became a western New York institution.

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    Alexander's son Nick took over in the '40s and changed the name of the joint to Nick Tahou Hots, which remains to this day. Over the decades, the restaurant stayed true to its nature as it catered to Rochestarians with its carb- and protein-covered plates.

    Legend has it, according to (opens in a new tab)Eater(opens in a new tab), that college students in the '80s asked for "that plate with all the garbage on it," and thus the garbage plate received its official name, sealed with a trademark in 1992.

    Since then the garbage plate, also known simply as "the plate" has flourished throughout the area, with an uncountable number of restaurants offering their own takes on the plate. Some stick to the traditional setup of varying qualities while others offer their own spin on it with inspirations from various countries and regions.

    Garbage plates have sprung up here and there all around the country, slowly injecting themselves into the lifeblood of the U.S.A. and becoming more and more popular.

    This is the garbage plate's time to shine.

    American fare

    So what is the quintessential American food? Is it the hamburger? The hot dog? Perhaps it's pizza, the chicken wing, barbecue, or even the burrito?

    No, I say it's the garbage plate.

    The garbage plate is a dish brought to the states by an immigrant. The garbage plate got many people through the Great Depression and the second World War. The garbage plate is able to be personalized to fit any person's tastes.

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    When most people think about American food, fried and grilled food often come to mind, and perhaps the word "abundance" or maybe "large helpings."

    The garbage plate checks all of these boxes. It's an amazing mix of food that can work as a hearty meal out at a table service restaurant or late-night take out grub for possibly intoxicated individuals that need to satisfy their junky food cravings.

    If you love hot dogs, put hot dogs on your plate. If you love fries, put fries on your plate. If you want to make a Mexican-style garbage plate with chorizo, refried beans, or some guacamole, do it.

    The garbage plate represents everyone and the thing that everyone wants: lots of food. It is the quintessential American dish.

  • Kid delivers perfect scowl on picture day

    Kid delivers perfect scowl on picture day


    UPDATE: Nov. 19, 2018, 4:05 p.m. EST Facebook user LaShunta Arnold(opens in a new tab) has claimed that the photos that have gone viral of the boy were of her son, and taken last year. "There are a lot of posts/memes going around about him, and I must admit, some are hilarious. But it still doesn't sit well with me that he's being posted world wide," she wrote. We have removed the photos from this post as well as social images. We have reached out to Arnold for comment.

    Our original post follows:

    Some kids really know how to hold a grudge.

    Allow us to introduce you to one such child. His father has the nerve to eat his Pop-Tart, so this hardcore kid carried his beef all the way to school picture day -- and the results are stunning.

    "Y’all pray for my son, nothing wrong with him but I ate his pop tart before his class picture and he said he never smiling again," EL Prive(opens in a new tab) said on Facebook, sharing photos of his son.


    In each photo, this little guy sports a scowl previously only seen on middle-aged men irritated by abnormally high gas prices or thermostats that have been tampered with. Naturally, these works of art have caught a lot of people's attention.

    People just can't get over this little kid's intensity and his love of Pop-Tarts.

    "I feel him though I would be mad if someone ate my last one too," wrote one commenter.

    "Why does he look like a disapproving father though?" asked another.

    Hopefully, one day this little guy will overcome this great deception and be able to smile again. At the very least, someone should give him some more Pop-Tarts.


  • Animal shelter uses Area 51 meme in textbook display of chaotic good

    Animal shelter uses Area 51 meme in textbook display of chaotic good


    The internet's collective plan to storm Area 51 in September may or may not pan out — but the viral moment has already done some good, helping 22 dogs find their forever homes at an animal shelter in Oklahoma.

    On Friday, Oklahoma City Animal Welfare events coordinator Natalie Winfree dressed up three of the shelter's most photogenic (and cooperative) pups in tinfoil hats in hopes of raising awareness for the organization's cause.

    "Come storm our shelter," read Winfree's now-viral post on the shelter's Facebook page(Opens in a new tab). "We have great animals ready to protect you from the Area 51 aliens. Adoption isn't that far out of this world! #Stormtheshelter"

    The adorable photos were soon shared over 8,400 times on Facebook, before crossing over to Reddit and Twitter where they gained even more positive support. Now, news outlets across the country, including CNN(Opens in a new tab) and CBS News(Opens in a new tab), are sharing the local story.

    Winfree, who spoke with Mashable on the phone from a weekend adoption event on Saturday, says she always tries to latch onto viral moments to help out her furry friends, but has never had a post do this well.

    "I feel really humble, and I feel like I've actually done some good," says Winfree. "We had 22 adoptions yesterday, which is fairly high for a week day. Adoptions start everyday at noon, so I haven't seen today's results yet, but it does seem to have helped a little bit."


    Of the animals featured in the #Stormtheshelter photos, Winfree says only two have been adopted thus far: Sam, the tin foil-hatted puppy, and an unnamed kitten, who sported a tinfoil collar for the shoot.

    The other two extraterrestrial enthusiasts, Piper (a three-year-old Pointer and Boxer mix) and Lady (a three-year-old Lab and Shepherd mix), are still up for adoption at Oklahoma City Animal Welfare.

    Credit: courtesy of oklahoma city animal welfare

    Winfree says folks in the area can help out her cause by stopping by the shelter, but hopes internet dwellers all over will be newly inspired by her post to support their local shelters.


    "I had no idea it was going to be this popular," notes Winfree. "This has got to be my best one. Now, I'm just hoping I can keep up with what's trending."

  • Very good dog stars in very own trailer for a faux action movie

    Very good dog stars in very own trailer for a faux action movie


    Move over Dwayne Johnson – there's a new action star on the rise. His name is Dougie and he is a very good boy.

    SEE ALSO: People are celebrating Lunar New Year by dressing up their dogs

    And because he is such a good boy, Dougie's human Kirsty Capes(opens in a new tab) shared a video her boyfriend made imagining Dougie as the star of his own action movie, aptly titled Dougie The Movie.

    The faux movie trailer repeatedly asks variations on the age-old question, "Who's a good boy?" between shots of Dougie being an all-around great pup.

    We've long known that all dogs are superheroes, and it's about time that one of them gets the well-deserved Hollywood treatment. Where's the petition to make Dougie The Movie an actual thing? He's the hero we need and the hero we deserve.