Ms. McCarthy isn’t funny as Mr. Spicer because she’s a woman, she’s funny as Mr. Spicer because she’s made a career of playing aggressive characters who are often angry for no reason. As Megan, in “Bridesmaids,” she broke new ground as a tough, crude woman with bizarre ideas and no boundaries who nonetheless finds romantic fulfillment, and in subsequent films like “The Heat,” she’s established herself as a powerful physical comedian whose best weapon is her snarl. On “S.N.L,” as she lifts up her podium to attack the press corps, it’s clear she was born to play the mouthpiece of an administration already defined by outbursts of rage.
While her gender isn’t the center of her performance, it matters. There’s a bit of an extra bite in a woman lampooning the spokesperson of a president who once bragged about grabbing women’s genitals, and who was reportedly moved to rage last month when attendance at women’s protests around the world dwarfed attendance at his inauguration. Add to that the fact that President Trump reportedly wants his female staffers to “dress like women,” and Melissa McCarthy dressing like a man to play his press secretary feels like a particularly astute way to needle the White House.
Melissa McCarthy’s turn as Sean Spicer is a reminder that cross-gender casting can be a lot more interesting than just putting a man in a dress — and that when you’re trying to mock an administration that seems almost unmockable in its absurdity, it helps to pick the best woman for the job.
Enjolras: "You don’t just
give up. You don’t just let things happen, you make a stand! You say no! You
have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away!“
want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world! Arm
years of time and space and I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.”
all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?”
chances of survival are about one in a thousand. So here’s what you do. You
forget the thousand, and you concentrate on the one.”
Bossuet: “Do what
I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!”
run when a good man goes to war.”
do you know what you do with all that pain? Shall I tell you where you put it?
You hold it tight, ‘til it burns your hands. And you say this: no one else will
ever have to live like this. No one else will ever have to feel this pain. Not
on my watch.”
like loving the stars themselves. You don’t expect a sunset to admire you
am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes, the dreamer
of improbable deams.”
way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good
things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t
always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.”
Eponine: “The darkest
day, the blackest hour. Chin up, shoulders back. Let’s see what we’re made of,
you and I.”
give up. Not ever. Not for one single day. Be safe, if you can be. But always
a bank. Robbin’ a whole bank. Beat that for a date.”
Gavroche: “So who’s in charge now? I need to
know who to ignore.”
Not an ask, just a fun fact: The reason animals freak out when people smile is because, in the animal kingdom, you're basically showing off your best weapons since most animals use their teeth to fight with. In fact not only are animals freaked out, but in some countries it's considered rude/crazy to smile with your teeth showing. As one Swedish joke goes, "the only people who smile with their teeth out are crazy people and Americans." Kind of puts Dover's smiling into perspective, huh?
“The human race isn’t worth fighting for, only worth killing.”
”I ain’t going out without a fight.”
"What do you think about when you look at the sky at night, when theres no clouds out and you can see all the stars?“
“I want to burn the world.”
"Dead people are the best companions, other than weapons.”
— Dylan Klebold
“Oh just killing people.”
‘We will be free, to explore the vast wonders of the stars. To cascade down overlong waterfalls, & thru the warmest seas of pure happiness … no limits… no limits. Nothing will stop us.”
“I don’t fit in here & thinking of suicide gives me hope, that I’ll be in my place wherever I go after this life … that I’ll finally not be at war with myself, the world, the universe — my mind,body, everywhere, everything at PEACE in me — my soul (existence).”
"Fact: People are so unaware… well, Ignorance is bliss I guess… that would explain my depression.”
— Richard Ramirez
"I think most humans have in them the capacity to commit murder.”
“My anger and hate grow to a level that I cannot live comfortably with it.”
“We’ve all got the power in our hands to kill, but most people are afraid to use it. The ones who aren’t afraid, control life itself.”
— Alexander Pichushkin
“This first murder, is like first love; it’s unforgettable.”
— Barry Loukaitis
“Some people don’t deserve to live.”
— Adam Lanza
“Serial killers are lame. Everyone knows that mass murderers are the cool kids.”
"Eric shaved his hair because he was tired of women lustfully tearing it out while he was making love to them, and Dylan had long hair so that his fringe could shield him from the sorrows of the world.”
— Kip Kinkel
“If there was a God, he wouldn’t let me feel the way I do. There is no God, only hate.”
—Pekka Eric Auvinen
“I just can’t be happy in this society and reality, that I live in.”
— Ted Bundy
"You feel the last bit of breath leaving their body. You’re looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God.”
"I don’t feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt."
“I’m as cold a motherfucker as you’ve ever put your fucking eyes on. I don’t give a shit about those people.”
“Living is what scares me. Dying is easy.”
— Timothy Mcveigh
"A man with nothing left to lose is a very dangerous man.”
— Dylann Roof
“Niggers are stupid and violent. At the same time they have the capacity to be very slick. Black people view everything through a racial lense. Thats what racial awareness is, its viewing everything that happens through a racial lense. They are always thinking about the fact that they are black.”
— Alexander Bychkov
“It’s strange, but in this life, I have nothing to fear.”
I always appreciate when people try to learn more about lgbt+ topics, so i’m happy to explain and educate.
But this morning, i received four especially cute transphobic messages, all by the same person, who ended every single sentence with “lmao” because apparently insulting others is so very amusing (yes, this is sarcasm). My first instinct was to try and write an answer, trying to educate and explain why that’s hurtful - and then i realized that they are fully aware they’re being hurtful, they’re being hurtful on purpose.
I don’t want you to have to read through all their nonsense when most likely all attempts to educate them are fruitless because they’re in too deep in their hate - so i decided the best weapon is silence.
Some transphobes (especially the online troll kind of transphobes) just crave attention. And the very best thing we can do is to not give them what they crave.
We often have drilled into our heads that it’s our job to educate. That it is our job to stay calm and kind and explain again and again why it is mean to insult us. That somehow the hate we receive is our fault because we don’t educate enough.Those are lies.
People decide to be awful to us because they are awful. It’s their decision, not our fault. And it is our right to put up boundaries and say “You know what, you crossed a line. I’m not going to bother entertaining you.”