Skimm'd while getting excited about 2018

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JANUARY 08, 2018


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Skimm'd while getting excited about 2018


"I am absolutely furious" – Ashley Wagner, who placed fourth in the US Figure Skating Championships. And juuust missed making the Olympic team. She can still skate better than you.


The Story

The Golden Globes had a new vibe this year.


Because the Globes are usually Oscar's weirder drunk cousin. But this year was about something bigger. Everyone put on their LBDs in solidarity with people who have been victims of sexual abuse. And to toast Time's Up – Hollywood's new initiative to get victims of sexual harassment in low-income jobs legal help, and push anti-harassment legislation. Then, Oprah showed up.

I'm listening...

She was on stage to accept the Cecil B DeMille Award (aka lifetime achievement). Her speech had everyone wondering if they were watching a preview of Oprah 2020. As the first black woman to take home the award, she honored the past – like the late civil rights hero Recy Taylor. And made us hopeful for the future – when no one has to say #MeToo. She got a standing O.

What am I adding to my watch list?

On the big screen, "Lady Bird" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." On the little screen, "Big Little Lies," "The Handmaid's Tale," and "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel." If you didn't have Hulu or Amazon, now you do.

Anything else?

Sterling K Brown is the first black man to win best actor in a TV drama for "This Is Us." Natalie Portman and Barbra Streisand directed shade. James Franco was a mic hog. Frances McDormand had swagger. People said 'hi, Tonya.' And Mariah's still looking for her tea.


This was the first, major awards show since the national reckoning over sexual harassment. And while last night was a glitzy celebration, it was also a call to action to never let this happen again.


What to say when you hear the Cleveland Browns held a parade for their losing season

Not a winless weekend for other NFL teams. The Tennessee Titans are still in the playoffs after upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs with a comeback (and a crazy touchdown) in the second half of the game. The Atlanta Falcons are closer to another chance at the Super Bowl after beating the Los Angeles Rams. The Jacksonville Jaguars won against the Buffalo Bills – who haven't been in a playoffs game since the '90s – after being tied up in the first half. And the New Orleans Saints had their prayers answered after the Carolina Panthers fell short in a nail-biting last quarter. If this weekend's games weren't enough football for you, 'Bama and Georgia are facing off in the College Football Playoff National Championship game tonight. Use it as an excuse to pretend you're still in college.

PS: We Skimm'd the College Football Playoff for you here.

What to say when you figure out the crossword…

I'm a genius. President Trump says he's one too. Last week, a book dropped about the Trump White House, and Trump didn't come off too well. The author said "100 percent of the people around" the prez questioned whether he was fit for office. Trump clapped back, saying the author is a "total loser" who "made up stories." And then called himself a "stable genius." In the book, former White House official and current Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon is quoted describing a meeting Donald Trump Jr and others had with Russians as "treasonous." Now, he's saying 'is it too late now to say sorry?' Meanwhile, White House aide Stephen Miller defended Trump's honor in a TV interview that got very intense.

What people are talking about…

Myanmar. Yesterday, a Rohingya rebel group claimed responsibility for an attack last week on government forces. Rohingya: a Muslim minority group that's been discriminated against in Myanmar for years. Last year, the same Rohingya militant group pushed back with an attack on gov forces. The government responded by violently cracking down on the Rohingya. More than 600,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape the violence. Now, the militant group is pushing back again, saying it had to defend the Rohingya against "state-sponsored terrorism."

What to say when your friend starts drama on the group chat…

Banned. This weekend, Iran said it's banning teaching English in elementary schools. Because learning English too early could lead to a "cultural invasion." Reminder: Iranian officials aren't exactly big fans of the US. And during the country's recent protests, its Supreme Leader accused foreign "enemies" of stirring up trouble. Some Iranian officials pointed fingers at countries like the US and Britain in particular. English is usually taught in middle schools in Iran, but apparently the gov now thinks it's too much for the kids.

What to say to your friend who likes siggi's yogurt…

But do you 'aime' siggi's?


Raw water

The newest Silicon Valley trend for people that want to go au naturel. Aka drink water that hasn't been filtered or treated. Only problem, it's also a pretty good way to get E. coli. So, there's that.



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