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“From one social media onslaught to another: The news that Kevin Hart had withdrawn from hosting the 2019 Oscars prompted a whole new wave of social media backlash — from people complaining about the first wave of backlash that caused him to step down.
Hart’s announcement last week that he would host the 91st Academy Awards in February prompted a wave of outrage as the queer community surfaced a history of comedy routines and tweets in which Hart had repeatedly joked about trying to prevent his son from becoming gay.
Initially defiant, Hart ultimately issued an abrupt about-face, tweeting an apology to the queer community at large and noting that he was stepping down from the gig so that he wouldn’t “be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.”
In the aftermath of Hart’s decision, many were quick to criticize what they perceived as an overly politically correct culture that was punishing Hart for sins of the past. Comedians like Nick Cannon and Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che came to Hart’s defense, calling out the Academy, the comedic establishment, and the public for allowing similar expressions of homophobia and other problematic stances by white entertainers — including Mel Gibson — to pass without similar waves of backlash.”
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"A team of researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology attempted to answer some questions about voting with the help of artificial intelligence (AI)."
"The experts I spoke with all said that the internet had changed the way conspiracies spread, but conspiracies, both dangerous and petty, have always been with us."
"Pop culture today is obsessed with the battle between good and evil. Traditional folktales never were. What changed?"
"Trustful parents allow their children as much freedom as reasonably possible to make their own decisions. They trust their children’s instincts, judgments, and ability to learn from mistakes."
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"Ted Cruz replaces the Democrats’ muddled manifesto with a clear and unequivocal exploration of the hatred of Jews and its particular evils."