1984 (Boycotted) Olympic Champion, Mary Lou Retton, tried to stop gymnastics sex abuse bill

October 14, 2017
Dominique Moceanu, a member of the 1996 "Magnificent 7" that won gold the first US team gold in Atlanta, made many tweets calling out people affiliated with USA Gymnastics for thier handling of sexual abuse. Over 140 gymnasts have sued Larry Nassar, a team doctor who was with USA Gymnastics for over 20 years and is currently in jail for child pornography, for sexual assault under the guise of treatment. USA Gymnastics was criticized for not reporting Nassar's behavior to authorities and conducting their own investigation instead. California Senator, Dianne Feinstein, and Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, created the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017, which would criminalize organizations like USA Gymnastics for failing to report sexual abuse to the authorities. It was revealed in the New York Times that Mary Lou Retton, the 1984 Olympic All Around Champion who only won because the best gymnastics team in the world, the Soviet Union, boycotted, went with the now ex-president of USA Gymnastics, Steve Penny, to Feinstein's office to stop the bill. Moceanu confirmed this happened and called Retton out for caring more about protecting USA Gymnastics and the Karoylis (their coaches who are accused of creating the atmosphere that allowed Nassar to take advantage of and abuse the gymnasts) then the safety of athletes.

Moceanu also said that NBC tried to bury the news in her 2012 book, Off Balance, about how the Karoylis were abusive towards her. NBC owns the rights to gymnastics coverage in the US and has made documentaries like "The Ranch" glorifying the Karoylis. They are also currently under fire for refusing to air Ronan Farrow's Harvey Weinstein expose.

Source: Twitter, New York Times

Jimmy Kimmel on the new Graham-Cassidy “Healthcare” bill not passing the Jimmy Kimmel Test

September 20, 2017

Jimmy shares his thoughts on Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham’s new health “care” bill including why it doesn’t pass Cassidy’s “Jimmy Kimmel Test.”

Last time the GOP was trying to get a wealthcare bill passed, Jimmy shared that his newborn son Bill had a heart problem. Jimmy plead with Republicans not to take the ACA away from the families that can’t afford to keep their babies alive without it. Now senators Cassidy and Graham are trying to pass a new horrible bill.

-People who aren’t among the 32 million who lose insurance will see a 20% increase in premiums in the first year.
-States can make people with pre-existing conditions pay even more, by the tens of thousands of dollars.
-They already have 49 votes and need one more.
-Call your Republican senators!

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Bill Skarsgard Is Extremely Hot, and We Are Not Clowning Around

September 13, 2017

Whether or not your nightmares have been invaded by the new remake of Stephen King’s It, you’ve probably heard about the clown at the center of all the horrifying madness: Pennywise. But before you run away from this post in fear, I am here to tell you that you can take a deep breath, because Bill Skarsgard, the guy behind all that terrifying makeup, is actually super hot in real life.

The actor is the furthest thing from his onscreen character with hauntingly beautiful eyes and perfect lips. It also doesn’t hurt that he comes from a long line of famous and handsome men (his dad is actor Stellan Skarsgard and his brother is actor Alexander Skarsgard). Bill is slowly but surely blowing up on the Hollywood scene, and we have a feeling he’s going to shift from our nightmares to our daydreams in no time.

Meet Bill Skarsgard, the Guy About to Terrorize You as Pennywise

September 9, 2017

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Bill Skarsgard is the hot man behind the horrifying face of clown makeup in the remake of Stephen King’s It, and we don’t even feel weird about being attracted to him. Sure, he’s playing one of the most iconic supernatural villains of all time, but Bill IRL seems kind of great. While you may have noticed him as Matthew in the Divergent film Allegiant, he’s popped up all over the place. With the release of It finally upon us, get the scoop on what you need to know about the up-and-coming actor.

  1. He’s Swedish, in case you couldn’t tell. Bill was born in Vällingby, a suburban area outside of Stockholm, Sweden.
  2. He comes from a famous brood. Those icy looks run in the family; Bill is the younger brother of Alexander Skarsgard, famous for True Blood and Big Little Lies. Their father is Stellan Skarsgard, a longtime actor who you may recognize from Good Will Hunting, Thor, and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Alexander was initially worried about Bill coming to LA in pursuit of being an actor, but Bill ended up booking a major role in a month and a half.
  3. In fact, there are more Skarsgards than you think. Bill has five full siblings (Alexander, Gustaf, Sam, Eija, and Valter) and two half-brothers, Ossian and Kolbjörn. That’s a lot of Christmas gifts to buy.
  4. He’s been in creepy stuff before. Though his performance as Pennywise will undoubtedly haunt us forever and ever, It isn’t Bill’s first foray into horror. He starred on all three seasons of Netflix’s Hemlock Grove as Roman Godfrey. He knows his way around the supernatural. Then again, that show never had a killer clown.

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  1. His breakthrough role was playing a man with Asperger’s syndrome. Bill starred in the 2010 Swedish film Simple Simon as a young man with the developmental disorder. He was nominated for a Guldbagge Award, which is basically the equivalent of a Swedish Oscar.
  2. Bill had big dreams of traveling the Trans-Siberian railroad. In an interview with his father, Stellan inquired about why Bill chose to act after graduation rather than stick with his initial plan of traveling. “The main reason why I didn’t really pursue acting early was because I thought people would say, ‘Yeah OK, here comes another one, he’s been fed on a silver plate of course he’s an actor,'” Bill said. “You know as well as anybody else you don’t just ‘get to’ play parts, you need to prove yourself.”
  3. He got his driver’s license at 26 years old. It wasn’t until Bill had been in Canada and America for a few years that he thought to get a license.

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