Florida sheriff Grady Judd, who represents a county in the path of the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, offered a stark warning for anyone thinking about going to a local shelter: If there’s a warrant out for your arrest, you could wait out the hurricane in jail. (source)
PLEASE do not be fooled by the disingenuous lie that he *really* meant to scare pedophiles away—who often do not have outstanding arrest warrants, and who may have innocent children who (surprise) also need shelter from hurricane Irma—if that’s what he meant, he could have said that originally. Sheriff Judd absolutely meant to scare undocumented immigrants away. From seeking shelter. From perhaps the biggest hurricane in history.
What a piece of shit.
And not so incidentally, statistically speaking, undocumented immigrants tend to commit fewer crimes than U.S. citizens, specifically *because* they don’t want to be deported by racist, overzealous police officers like Joe Arpaio and Grady Judd. (source)
Another Day, Another Fuckery: FTP Edition (9/6/17): As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma, the human shit stain known as Sheriff Grady Judd has warned Polk County residents that if they try to use a shelter and have outstanding warrants, his officers will “gladly escort them to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County jail.” Judd has claimed to be doing this to protect youth from predators, despite the fact that most warrants are not issued for violent crimes like sexual assault, and instead for minor offenses like missing court dates and not paying fines. Further, he has stated that they will be ID’ing people for entry into shelters, meaning undocumented individuals are at risk of being detained if they do not produce documentation. Ultimately, it will likely deter people in the most desperate need of help to avoid seeking out shelter, for fear of a jail cell. With Central Florida in the path of Irma, how many lives will this wannabe-Joe Arpaio cost us? Tell Grady Judd to focus on protecting lives rather than threatening them during this moment of crisis.
It sounds like something dreamed up by a team of romantic comedy writers: A Pakistani-American comic falls in love with an American graduate student, but because of cultural pressures from his family, he is forced to keep his relationship a secret. It’s only when she becomes mysteriously ill and is put into a medically induced coma that he decides to tell his family about the woman he loves.
That’s the plot of the new film The Big Sick, but it’s also how the film’s co-writers, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon met and fell in love in real life.
Nanjiani, who plays himself in the film, says the days Gordon spent in a coma were pivotal to their relationship. “This sounds like a movie moment, but it really, really isn’t. I remember seeing her laying there in the coma for the first time and I remember having the thought, If she comes out of this, I’m going to marry her.”
Gordon did come out of the coma, and she and Nanjiani married three months later. Though their story ended happily, Gordon (played in the film by Zoe Kazan) says both she and Nanjiani were careful about “not writing anything that felt disrespectful or off-base or off-color” for the screen adaptation of their story.
“Because we had been through it … we knew the emotional truth of what happened,” she says. “And we knew that we didn’t want to disrespect what actually happened and the seriousness of being in a medically induced coma.”