No, it’s probably not ever worth getting exercised over the Emmy nominations. But three things: That horrendous House of Cards season deserved zero nominees, not 13, especially not for a certain performer who was bumped off in the first hour of the season. It’s sad to see The Americans get virtually no recognition. And why 14 noms for a mediocre, transitional season of Saturday Night Live?
On the bright side, good to see the awards love for Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and especially Fargo (Deadline)
Did you read about the Britney Spears Autotune thing on every website on the world yesterday? Our Jenni Lada was on that thing over a week ago (Entertainmenttell)
How do you write a profile of someone who turned viciously against you in the middle of the reporting, yet still make it fair, readable and even somewhat sympathetic? Elizabeth Spiers’ piece about Silicon Valley feminist publisher Shanley Kane threads the needle perfectly (Medium)
This piece about racism in professional wrestling is provocative and in many ways right, but it’s sort of undercut with the assertion that “WWE has never chosen a black wrestler to hold its world championship.” Does Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (African-American father, Samoan mother) not count as a “black wrestler”? He’s a many-time champion, probably the biggest wrestling star of the past 20 years, as well as the biggest crossover star ever to emerge from wrestling. For some reason, he’s not even mentioned in the piece. Also, I guess the article is counting the “WWE championship” but not the “World heavyweight championship” as the actual world championship (The Atlantic.)
The anti-Zionist journalist Max Blumenthal gets a lot of flak from a lot of people for a lot of reasons, but I’m going to hit him for something else- he totally stole that “I do hate myself, but it has nothing to do with being Jewish” line from Larry David (Blumenthal; David)
Quarles (played by Neal McDonaugh), the villain from the third season of Justified, may return in the show’s final season. McDonaugh’s Justified character was a murderer, criminal and sexual sadist, but lately he’s been appearing in car commercials as someone arguably even more loathsome. (Warming Glow)
Rosie O’Donnell is very close to the top of the list of my least-favorite celebrities of all time. And she’s still a thousandfold improvement over the disgusting anti-vax conspirator she’s replacing on The View (Variety)
A SlatePitch: Why LeBron James should do a sequel to The Decision (ThinkProgress)
If letters to the UN can be believed, it turns out that North Korea-mad-at-the-Seth-Rogen thing is legit after all (Reuters)
The serial theft of images by the gutter Twitter account @menshumor is called out by Time magazine (Time)
And finally, happy birthday Nikola Tesla, born on this day in 1856. Take it away, namesake band:
Has there ever been a better album title in history than “Psychotic Supper“?