2.23.2018

Jared Leto stars as a Japanese gangster in 'The Outsider'

Wait, what?



In the illustrious Hollywood tradition of movies about white dudes who are better at being Asian than actual Asians, here's your first look at the Yakuza period thriller The Outsider, in which Jared Leto becomes a Japanese gangster. Wait, whaaat? Yup. The Netflix original movie follows a white guy who works his way up the ranks to become a rare non-Japanese member of the fearsome Yakuza.

The official synopsis reads: "Set in post-WWII Japan, an imprisoned American soldier (Leto) is released with the help of his Yakuza cellmate. Now free, he sets out to earn their respect and repay his debt while navigating the dangerous criminal underworld." I assume this means that the white guy will do a lot of way crazier shit than any of the Japanese guys, to prove his worth. And romance some Japanese ladies along the way, of course.

Here's the trailer:

2.22.2018

Watch Chloe Kim photobomb unsuspecting tourists

Also: The snowboarding champ finds out she's on a box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes. (It's adorable.)



Chloe Kim is everywhere. Even on your cereal box. Fresh off her gold medal win at the PyeongChang winter games, the 17-year-old Olympic halfpipe snowboarder stopped by Wednesday night's episode of The Tonight Show Fallon Five, the five-minute Olympics broadcast version of Jimmy Fallon's late night talk show.

Now that she's America's snowboard sweetheart, Chloe took the opportunity to have some fun with her newfound fame. She and Fallon went down to NBC Studios to photobomb unsuspecting fans who were taking photos at 30 Rockefeller Center. While tourists posed on an Olympic-style mock medal podium, Kim and Fallon snuck up behind them to crash their pics with goofy poses. Surprise!

2.21.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 35: They Call Us PyeongChang

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.



What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

On this very special Olympics episode, we welcome Hannah -- Phil's sister - fresh off the plane from South Korea, where she attended the Winter Games in PyeongChang. From triple axels to twiddles to mctwists, we discuss the Olympic triumphs and trials of Team Asian America.

2.20.2018

Petition seeks full honors military burial for Florida shooting victim

15-year-old Peter Wang, a JROTC cadet, was shot repeatedly while holding a door open to let others escape.



From CNN: Peter Wang, a 15-year-old JROTC cadet, died in last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. According to his friends, he was shot repeatedly while holding a door open to let other people escape.

"He died a gentleman holding the door for other students," his classmate Kelsey Friend told CNN.

On Tuesday afternoon Wang will be laid to rest, and thousands of people have signed a White House petition asking for him to be buried with military honors.

"His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area. Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial," reads the petition. As of Monday afternoon, it had more than 25,000 signatures.

More here: People are calling for this Florida shooting victim to be buried with military honors

2.19.2018

New Jersey's first Sikh mayor is getting death threats

Hoboken mayor Ravi Bhalla says death threats have been made against him and his family.



From NJ.com: Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla is publicly acknowledging death threats that have made against him and his family.

In a statement issued Friday afternoon following a security breach at City Hall Thursday, Bhalla said he and his family have been threatened and that the city is working with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force to improve security at City Hall.

"This incident, along with death threats to me and my family, is an unfortunate reminder that we need to take security seriously," Bhalla said.

More here: Hoboken mayor says death threats have been made against him, family

2.18.2018

Read These Blogs


Chloe Kim Is Proof There's No Definable Way To Be Asian-American
"With her blond streaks and love of tteokbokki, she's resolved the messy confusion of being a hyphenate in part by choosing not to resolve it all." Everyone's favorite golden girl, Korean-American Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, has all at once become a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

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Kim Yo Jong, Chloe Kim, and the Shifting Images of Asian and Asian American Women at the Olympics
Gold medal winning snowboarding sweetheart Chloe Kim has shown us that we might be moving beyond some of the old, tired tropes about Asian American women.

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Inside the halfpipe finals with Chloe Kim's Korean family
Nearly a decade after Chloe Kim's dad quit his job to help get her to the Olympics, he finally got to see his "American dream" win the gold medal in the snowboarding halfpipe in PyeongChang.

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I'm Korean American, And I Can't Watch The Pyeongchang Olympics
R.O. Kwon wasn't prepared for how much it would hurt to see North and South Koreans competing, together, so close to the border that keeps them apart.

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American hero Michelle Kwan still gets emotional when she looks at how far figure skating has come
Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan looks at how far figure skating more than a decade after retiring.

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'Strong' Black Woman? 'Smart' Asian Man? The Downside To Positive Stereotypes:
"Why does it hurt to say something positive? Why wouldn't you want people to think you're good at math?" Because once you buy that there's a connection between race and ability, it's a slippery slope to the bad stuff

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'You've Hijacked My Heart': Valentines That Fight Islamophobia With Humor
In these trying and Islamophobic times, it's important to maintain a good sense of humor. Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed's punny, blush-worthy Muslim Valentine's Day cards do just that.

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The Spelling Bee
When Snap Judgment producer Davey Kim was in eighth grade, he went to the regional level spelling bee with his best friend...and took R-E-V-E-N-G-E.

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The Forgotten Zine of 1960s Asian-American Radicals
For a group of leftist Asian American students at UCLA, establishing an Asian American identity took more than meetings -- it took a magazine. A look back at Gidra.

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Stories From the Margins: An Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Nanfu Wang
Documentary filmmaker Nanfu Wang's I Am Another You challenges the audience to rethink social issues such as homelessness and mental illness, as well as what personal freedom feels and looks like.

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"Saturday Night Live" Has Never Had An Asian Woman Cast Member — And That Needs To Change
In its over 40 years on air, Saturday Night Live has never had an Asian woman cast member, despite some excellent rising stars in comedy.

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Actor Douglas Kim won $2.4 million playing poker. Now he's betting on himself.
In 2006, Douglas Kim, a newly minted Duke University economics graduate, became the youngest player at 22 to earn a spot at the final table at the World Series of Poker. He won $2.4 million. Now he's using his winnings to try to beat the odds in Hollywood.

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‘Fresh Off The Boat' Kid Stars Talk Lunar New Year, Immigrant Roots
"It's a time for reflection, for thanking those who came before or who may have helped us get to where we are today," Fresh Off The Boat star Forrest Wheeler says.


2.16.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Derek Nguyen

"I'm an optimist at heart and a cynic in the head."



Hey, everybody! It is time, once again, to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Derek Nguyen.

Another Parade: The Olympics and LGBTQ Asians and Pacific Islanders

Guest Post by Glenn D. Magpantay, Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance



Sports was never my thing. In high school gym class, I would always be the last person to be picked for a team. No one wanted me. I was too fat. Too slow. And I was uncomfortable in my body. The jocks called me queer for being effeminate.

But, today, I’m captivated by the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. They show us how we can be all of who we are—that we can live our lives authentically and achieve our fullest potential in whatever we do. They also remind me that the world is still a dangerous place to be LGBTQ.

Teacher protected students during Florida school shooting

When gunfire started, Parkland math teacher Shanthi Viswanathan kept a cool head.



From the Sun-Sentinel: "Mrs. V" knew something wasn't right when the second fire alarm of the day sounded shortly before classes were to end at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

Rather than let her Algebra II students out, Shanthi Viswanathan made them get on the floor in the corner of the room. But first she put paper over the window in the class door so no one could see in.

Her actions probably saved her students, said Dawn Jarboe, whose son Brian was in the class.

More here: Florida school shooting: Teacher protected her kids from chaos — and from cops

2.15.2018

Radio host fired for making lewd comments about Chloe Kim

Barstool Radio's Patrick Connor called the 17-year-old snowboarder "a little hot piece of ass."



From Yahoo! Sports: When you're a grown man and call a 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist "a little hot piece of ass," things likely won't end too well for you.

Patrick Connor has lost at least one of his jobs after making that comment about American snowboarder Chloe Kim on Tuesday, when he was on "Dialed In with Dallas Braden," a show on Barstool Radio's SiriusXM channel.

On Wednesday, San Francisco radio station KNBR, where Connor is known as "PCon," fired him.

KNBR program director Jeremiah Crowe told media outlets, "Be advised that Patrick Connor is no longer with Cumulus Media," which owns the station.

More here: Radio host fired after sexually suggestive comment about 17-year-old Chloe Kim

2.14.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 34: They Call Us Valentine's Day

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.



What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

On this Valentine's Day-themed episode, we welcome Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed -- activist, storyteller, and co-host of the #GoodMuslimBadlimPodcast. We talk about romantic comedies, Muslim Valentine's Day Cards, and that time Taz brought a fake date to an ex's wedding.

New York Times Editor Thinks American-Born Mirai Nagasu Is An Immigrant

By Jenn Fang. Cross-Posted from Reappropriate.



Perpetual Foreigner stereotype alert: shortly after US figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel in an Olympic competition, New York Times Opinion section editor Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) tweeted "Immigrants: they get the job done," a line from Hamilton.

The implication from Weiss' tweet was obvious: Nagasu should be celebrated as an American immigrant. One problem, though: Nagasu was born in Montebello, California. And yet, for Weiss, the place of Nagasu's birth doesn't seem to matter: instead, the colour of her skin appears to have marked Nagasu as foreign.

Why is it that American media personalities commenting on the Winter Olympics can never seem to remember that Asian Americans are American, too? Let's not forget the infamous headline: in 1998, MSNBC published a headline declaring that "American Beats Out Kwan," implying that US figure skater Michelle Kwan wasn't an American. Now again, a mainstream media commentator can't seem to figure out that Mirai Nagasu isn't an immigrant.

Seventeen Angry Years

Happy Angryversary.



Greetings, good readers of this website. Today is Valentine's Day, and I hope you observe or ignore it in whatever way you see fit. I just wanted to note that today, by complete coincidence, also happens to officially mark the 17th anniversary of Angry Asian Man. Seventeen! Pretty sure I did the math right.

On this day, seventeen years ago, I cranked the knob that launched the very first iteration of this blog, in all its rough, rudimentary splendor. I had no idea that it would become a "thing." I had no idea where it would take me. And I had no idea it would become my professional and personal calling. But here we are.

I do this little commemoration every year, and every year, I still shake my head and ask myself, how did I get here? The answer is you, the awesome circle of friends and followers that have rallied around this little blog, encouraged by passion and fueled this little project, day by day and post by post over the last seventeen years. This hustle is not easy, dear readers, but you've kept it going, and I'm grateful.

2.13.2018

Welcome to The Chloe Kim Show

17-year-old snowboarder wins gold in the Olympic women's halfpipe.



As was foretold in the ancient texts, Chloe Kim fulfilled her destiny as snowboarding's golden girl, wowing the world, 1080ing into our hearts and snatching a gold medal from the sky. Everyone expected it, but still, nobody was ready. On Tuesday morning in PyeongChang, the 17-year-old snowboarder from Southern California, all smiles, won gold in the women's halfpipe. And she made it look easy.

Her first run set an extremely high bar, landing a backside air, frontside 1080, cab 720, frontside 900, McTwist and frontside inverted 720. (I have no idea what exactly these terms mean -- I just know they variously allude to awesome high-flying flippy things.) That run earned her a top score of 93.75, giving her a huge lead over the rest of the field... and eventually, the gold medal -- we just didn't quite know it yet.

2.12.2018

Her name is Mirai Nagasu and this is her triple axel

She is the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics.



See that face? That's the fierce, fiery "fuck yeah!" you get to proclaim, right there in the middle of ice, when you make history. On Sunday, figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, helping the U.S. secure the bronze medal in team figure skating.

Nagasu, who landed the notoriously difficult jump in the first minute of her routine, joins Midori Ito and Mao Asada as the only women to ever complete the triple axel in Olympic competition. The judges rewarded her with a personal-best and season-best score of 137.53.

2.11.2018

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NBC apologizes to Koreans for Olympics coverage that praised Japan’s brutal occupation
One analyst's "incorrect and insensitive" comments on Korea and Japan during the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics has people wondering how the hell this guy got hired as an "expert."

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One Giant Leap
Nathan Chen, the Quad King, has figure skating's most daring move down cold. Will he take the sport to new heights at the Olympics?

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Michelle Kwan reflects on 1998 Olympics 20 years later
Michelle Kwan captured the silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Twenty years later, she reflects on her memories from Nagano.

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Kid Fearless
For snowboard star Chloe Kim, dropping into the halfpipe is far less daunting than grasping how to be American and Korean at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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72 Percent Of Asian-American Elders, Their Families Targeted By Fraud: Report
Limited English proficiency could be one reason why aging aging Asian American and Pacific Islanders are susceptible to fradulent offers and scams.

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His 2020 Campaign Message: The Robots Are Coming
Andrew Yang, a well-connected New York businessman, is mounting a longer-than-long-shot bid for the White House in 2020. He is likely the only candidate who will be focusing on the coming robot apocalypse.

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#DesiWallofShame Targets the Trump Faithful
South Asian Americans are well-represented in the Trump administration, and that infuriates some members of the community, which overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton. And so the Desi Wall of Shame was born.

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Why The "Glass Skin" Trend Feels Problematic To Me As A Tan Asian Woman
"For centuries, skin tone preferences have been linked to and used to identify social class across Asia."

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When Your Mom Is the Longtime Manager of Wu-Tang Members and Your Dad Is a Shaolin Monk
Jian Hong Shi must have had some interesting "bring your kids to work" days with her parents.

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What to Expect from Altered Carbon's "Asian Man in a White Body" Storyline
For those concerned about the new Netflix sci-fi series Altered Carbon and how they handle the conceit of an Asian man in a white man's body, here's a thorough explanation to help you figure out how you feel about it.

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What Fresh Off the Boat does with its Mandarin speaker that The Cloverfield Paradox couldn’t
First-generation grandma vs. an international space professional.

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Rachael Yamagata Talks About Showcasing Songs and Stories on Intimate Solo Tour
Singer Rachael Yamagata is out on an intimate, stripped down tour that puts audiences in her living room.

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This New Super-Man & The JLC exclusive kicks off a bold new direction
Gene Luen Yang's New Super-Man is being re-branded as New Super-Man And The Justice League Of China.

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Michelle Yeoh discusses her accent and the role of women in Star Trek: Discovery
Michelle Yeoh speaks about her role as Philippa Georgiou in Star Terk: Discovery and the importance of representation on our television screens.

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SungWon Cho used to make goofy voices for fun. Now he's got millions of fans
"There have been plenty of unique celebrity origin stories, but it's unlikely that anyone else got their start by singing songs in the voice of the Disney character Goofy and posting them to Tumblr and YouTube."

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5 Questions With Randall Park of ABC's 'Fresh Off the Boat'
Randall Park is silly.


2.09.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Yvonne Hana Yi

"But at Starbucks, I'm Evan."



Hello, internet friends. Gather 'round, because it is time, once again, to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Yvonne Hana Yi.

Awesome amateur sketch helps police identify theft suspect

Hung Phuoc Nguyen is wanted on two counts of theft by unlawful taking.



An amateur hand-drawn sketch helped investigators identify a suspect accused of theft at a Pennsylvania farmers market. Take a good look at that sketch, then look at the suspect's mug shot. I know. Awesome.

According to police, Hung Phuoc Nguyen pretended to be an employee at a stand inside Central Market in Lancaster. When an actual employee stepped away, Nguyen took cash from a customer then ran off.

A witness provided a rough sketch -- really rough sketch -- of the suspect to officers. The drawing, along with the physical description, somehow helped remind investigators of a potential suspect.

The 14 Asian Americans Competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Representing Team Asian America in PyeongChang.



The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea kick off on Friday. Of the 244 athletes representing Team USA in 15 disciplines across seven sports, 14 are Asian American, competing in figure skating, snowboarding and speed skating. And some are serious contenders for gold. (Did we mention the fact that half of the U.S. figure skating team is Asian American?) Here they are, representing Team Asian America. [UPDATE: Team Asian America's athlete count in PyeongChang has been bumped up to include long track speed skater Jerica Tandiman and Chris Kinney of the men's bobsled team.]

2.07.2018

Superman is going to smash the Klan

Gene Luen Yang joins the roster of DC Comics' new imprints aimed at young readers.



Battling racists? This is a job for Superman! DC Comics recently announced two new youth-oriented original graphic novel imprints, DC Ink, which will focus on young adult readers, and DC Zoom, which will focus on middle grade readers. Both imprints will feature work by an acclaimed, all-star roster of talent, but one title in particular caught our attention: Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang.

There's not a lot to go on yet, outside of DC's press release, but the title alone instantly conjures up imagery of the Man of Steel punching out white hooded assholes. And that's kind of fun. Story-wise, it might be the kind of thing that gives you pause -- racism is real; will these themes be handles with some sensitivity?

Then you see that Gene Luen Yang is writing it, and it's allllll good. That's all I need to know.

"If anyone can make a bold statement with Superman, it is Gene Yang," Michele Wells, the vice president for content strategy at DC, told The New York Times.

2.05.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 33: They Call Us Third Waiter From The Left

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.



What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

On this very special episode, recorded live last month at the David Henry Hwang Theater, we join playwright Alice Tuan and actress Amy Hill for a panel discussion, "Asian American Representation: The Politics of Casting," presented by Center Theatre Group and East West Players.

2.04.2018

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Making Fun of How South Asians Talk: A History: Donald Trump's reported mockery of Narendra Modi's accent is a disturbing reminder of the long tradition of using "brown voice" for caricature.

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It Takes More than Grit: Reframing Asian American Academic Achievement: Sociologist Jennifer Lee calls for the disaggregation of the category of “Asian" to explore how class and geographic differences can both end the model minority myth and help affect meaningful policy change for many groups.

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The Forgotten Asian Refugees Fed Into The U.S. Prison System: The U.S. took in Asian refugees after the Vietnam War, only to put many on a deportation path. A record number could be fed into this system in 2018.

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If You Get The Asian Glow, Alcohol Could Be Way Worse For Your Bo: Many of us may have already guessed this, but... a new study suggests that people who get an alcohol-induced red flush may see more DNA damage than those who don't.

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Q&A: Thi Bui: Thi Bui's graphic memoir The Best We Could Do is a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award in autobiography. For this Reading Women podcast, Bui talks about her writing process and the importance of reading stories from refugees.

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How Krista Suh Turned the 'Pussyhat' Into a Symbol of Female Empowerment: Pussyhat Project creator Krista Suh reveals how she got the idea for a cat-eared hat that became a political symbol one year ago at the first Women's March.

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John Cho & Vivian Bang Get REAL About "Unconscious Bias" Against Asian-Americans In Hollywood: Both John Cho and Vivian Bang acted in films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival -- finding roles to break free from the limiting tropes often written for Asian characters in film.

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What makes Hasan Minhaj America's sharpest voice: Comedian Hasan Minhaj talks to GQ India about his craft and being a brown comedian in Trump's America.

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Manny Jacinto Is No Dummy - He Just Plays One on The Good Place: In The Good Place, Jason Mendoza is the show's sweetest (and funniest and dumbest) character. In real life, for Manny Jacinto, it turns out playing an idiot means taking your role very seriously.

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Brandon Lee Turned Down Role to Play His Father in 'Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story': The late Brandon Lee, who would have turned 53 on February 1, was once offered the chance to play his father, the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, on film -- but the young actor felt it would have been wrong.

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Meet Chloe Kim, the 17-year-old snowboarder poised to rule the PyeongChang Olympics: "Chloe Kim’s appeal is easy to understand. With a snowboard strapped to her feet, she can twirl and flip and generally send eyeballs rattling in sockets better than any teenage girl who ever has set foot on snow."


2.02.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: David Magdael

"I am always on the lookout for stories that we have not heard about or are still in the margins."



Hello, good people of the internet! It is time, once again, to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is David Magdael.

May your daughters grow up to be badass snowboarders

Super Bowl commercial pays tribute to the sacrifices of snowboarder Chloe Kim's dad.



Behind so many great athletes, there's a parent who made a thousand sacrifices. In the case of 17-year-old champion snowboarder Chloe Kim, it was her dad Jong-Jin Kim, whose love and dedication to his Olympic-bound daughter are highlighted in this moving Super Bowl commercial for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

And whooo, it tugs at the heartstrings.

In the 60-second spot, set to Ray Charles' rendition of "America the Beautiful," we see Mr. Kim arriving late to pick up Chloe for snowboarding practice. We later seen him leave his job in order to support his daughter's snowboarding career full time. After that, he's there every step of the way, from practice to rides to competition.

The commercial closes with Chloe driving home from a competition, with her father happily asleep in the passenger seat, holding her trophy. Damn, I'm getting a little choked up while just writing about it.

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