Rhian Sasseen at Salon on the troubling relationship between celebrity and feminism. “The cycle by now is familiar: Every few months, an interview with a female celebrity goes viral, on the basis of the celebrity’s disavowal of the word ‘feminist’ or conservative approach to gender. Sometimes a pop star is involved, while other times, it’s an actress — Shailene Woodley, now, and Kirsten Dunst and Susan Sarandon before her,” Sasseen writes. “What’s missing from this equation are the women who don’t star in Hollywood blockbusters or go on world tours following their album release — the women that have, historically, been the focus of feminism. To pretend that the fate of feminism hinges on a single actress or pop star publicly calling herself a feminist, while continuing to profit off of an industry that rewards women for commodifying their bodies and souls for the pleasures of men, is lip service, not activism.” Ricky Camilleri at the Huffington Post tweets, “Always wondered why famous people are just expected to be smart. Fame doesn't = intelligence. Usually opposite.”
Dana Milbank at The Washington Post on conservatives blaming Hillary for Nigeria’s kidnappings. “Conservatives have reached the firm conclusion that Hillary Clinton is to blame for those Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, 14 months after she left office. On Fox News last week, Elisabeth Hasselbeck attributed the attack to Clinton’s failure to put the group on a list of foreign terrorist organizations when she was secretary of state. That ‘perhaps could have saved these girls earlier,’ Hasselbeck declared. Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show, suggested that Clinton didn’t designate the group as terrorist because its members are black,” Milbank writes.“But while the rest of humanity reacts with revulsion, American conservatives have searched for ways to blame the kidnappings on the favorite for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.” Byron York at The Washington Examiner tweets, “The point is to ridicule conservatives, without proving, or even trying to make the case, that they're wrong”.