Opening up Instagram to this photo while arriving at the Women’s March on Chicago was easily one of the best parts of my weekend. Melissa Benoist plays Kara Zor-El a.k.a. Supergirl on The CW series, and it’s really cool to see her modeling the show’s female-empowerment message in real life too.
As a bonus: Ian McKellen’s sign was also just about perfect:
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This image by photographer Kevin Mazur is one of the most stunning photos to emerge from the Women’s March on Washington. Mark Hamill had this to say about his space sister's image being used at so many marches:
You can see more of Mazur’s work on his website.
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Photos have already emerged documenting just how many more people attended Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration than Donald Trump’s 2017 one, but this gif from CNN proves the Women’s March on Washington crowd totally dominated Trump's too:
The two photos were both taken in the same place at 12:15 p.m. EST one day apart. The difference is yuge. And, yes, both images feature the infamous white plastic White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed makes crowds look smaller. Vox is reporting the Women's March on Washington was about twice as big as Trump's inauguration, with a crowd of around 500,000 attending the Women's March. Meanwhile The New York Times—which has a lower estimate of Trump's crowd size—believes the Washington Women’s March was actually three times larger than the inauguration.
USA Today is reporting that in total Women's Marches around the world had a turn out of around 2.6 million people at 673 marches in all 50 states and 32 countries. Read the rest
For The West Wing Weekly podcast, co-host Hrishikesh Hirway created an extended remix of the podcast’s theme song then had West Wing superfan Lin-Manuel Miranda write and record an ode to the Aaron Sorkin series. I'll be listening to this on a non-stop loop for the next four years. You can download both a clean or explicit version of the song right here. Read the rest
This is a Photoshop edit rather than an actual church sign, but either way, it hits the nail on the head. Read the rest
Equal parts defiant and celebratory, activists chose to protest incoming Vice President Mike Pence by throwing a queer dance party outside his rented D.C. house. The protest was organized by Werk For Peace, a grassroots organization created in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Founder Firas Nasr told Mic: “The work that we do is about taking our bodies out of the private into the public, using the street as our dance floor to claim space, occupy space to assert we are here and we will dance.” Pence is infamous for his anti-LGBTQ agenda but rather than merely attack him for his bigotry, the protest joyfully celebrated the queer community instead.
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This entry in Reza Farazmand’s ongoing Trash Bird series explains the secret to happiness. You can read more Trash Bird comics on Webtoon. Read the rest
In this video for Mic, former Congressman Steve Israel explains the best way to get your representatives’ attention. Calling is good, but talking to them in person is better. Read the rest
Boing Boing previously posted about YouTube user William Forsche, who had the forethought to bring a tape recorder to the movie theater back when he was a kid in order to capture the audience’s reaction to the original Star Wars. Well, YouTuber user Homer Thompson took that raw audio and put it alongside the visuals from the Star Wars climax, which provides a much better sense of what the audience is responding to. Han’s appearance gets the most applause, although the audience is pretty jazzed about the Death Star’s destruction too. The whole thing is a reminder of just how mindblowing the original Star Wars was when it first came out. Read the rest
The gif was created from a 2012 project called Asobi by Japanese art student Yasutoki Kariya of Musashino Art University.
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In this new Vlogbrothers video, John Green tries to put human history into perspective. Read the rest
Sick of people whitewashing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, artist Daniel Rarela created this series featuring quotes from King's “Letter From A Birmingham Jail.” The accompanying images are both historical and contemporary. As Rarela told Mic: “As a graphic designer, I wanted to shatter this false image of a Martin Luther King who everyone loved, never got arrested, was universally popular and made zero privileged people feel uncomfortable or angry enough to want to kill him.”
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Palestinian-American Muslim activist Linda Sarsour is one of the co-chairs of the massive Women’s March On Washington D.C. on January 21. And Vox shared this profile of one of her biggest achievements: Getting New York public schools to recognize Muslim holidays. Read the rest