Around 1:00 AM in downtown New York City, police cornered protesters who have been camping in tents in Zuccotti Park (AKA “Liberty Park”) for the last two months as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Police, acting on an order from Mayor Bloomberg—the legality of which was specious—gave protesters only minutes to pack up and move, promising that the demonstrators would be able to return once police had “cleaned up” the area.
Then, for the next several hours, NYPD loaded protesters’ tents, food, equipment, and medical supplies into garbage trucks, confiscating as many as 5000 books that had been donated to the #OWS movement. Maybe more chillingly, all press was penned a safe distance away (and in the meantime, airspace above Zuccotti Park was also closed, so that even CNN’s helicopters couldn’t see in from overhead) in what was seemingly a concerted effort to squelch mainstream news coverage. City councilman Ydanis Rodriguez was supposedly beaten before his arrest, other reporters were arrested (with New York Times contributor Jared Malsin first among them), and still others had their press credentials taken away by police. But without the mainstream press present to either report or confirm, other stories—really damning, real-time reports and photos of police using tear gas and “sound bombing” to control the displaced crowds—had, by morning, become the stuff of speculation.
Meanwhile, celebrities on Twitter joined the outcry:
Photo: ows peaceful gathering downtown. Police blocking our way. http://tmblr.co/ZfxHVyByoR3d
#OWS moved out of Liberty Park “because they’re blocking 1st responders”- here’s my 1st response “that’s bullsh—t.”
A real life horror movie is unfolding in NYC as police tear apart #OWS camp. Watch here: http://www.livestream.com/occupynyc Stay safe NYC
This post is supposed to be about giving the gents some fashion love after three articles of women’s Oscar fashion, but I’m distracted right now by the fact that Jeff Bridges just won an Oscar. I think his win may be the only time I’ve ever actually cheered out loud for one of these awards ceremonies like I was watching a sporting event.
On to the fashion crap.
Pretty much every man ever wears the same thing to the Oscars- black tuxedo with some variation of tie and shoes. There’s not a lot to see there. Robert Downey Jr. took a slight break from the standard by pairing his with sneakers, a blue bowtie and some shades. Eli Roth had smugness for an accessory that translated into some hilarious red carpet photographs, and George Clooney’s best accessory was the gorgeous brunette whom he joked couldn’t speak English.
But who really cares about all that? Jeff Bridges is a freakin Academy Award winner! Less than one minute after the win, someone has already updated his Wikipedia entry. Since I can’t do that, here are some celebratory tweets by clever people:
@Squirrellqueen : That Oscar will really tie the room together.
@thats_so_april : If Jeff Bridges doesn’t remind you of your dad just a little bit then, well, sorry about your dad.
@leolaporte : Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes you win an Oscar.
@rilaws : When Jeff Bridges opens his mouth, po’ boys and jars of beer come tumbling out.
Last night were the People’s Choice Awards and Hollywood came out to accept their trophies. Some huge names were on the red carpet for the decidedly dressed-down event, including Mariah Carey, Ashton Kutcher and Taylor Swift. I have old people taste and I live under a rock made up of 90s sitcoms and 10,000 Maniac songs, so I’m never quite sure who these “people” are that are making the “choices”, but this looks about right. This looks like all the people the kids are talking about. Are you satisfied with the winners, and if not, who would you have liked to see win?
Eli Roth was just trying to be a rich handsome guy in a kayak off the coast of Careyes in Mexico last week when a sea urchin rolled up on his ass and stung him nearly to death. The star took to his Twitter yesterday and completely broke the 140-character limit by telling his story over about 20 Tweets.
Apparently Eli was in an urchin infested part of the ocean but keeping clear of them by climbing over rocks until he was engulfed by a wave and accidentally found his footing on top of the urchin. When he screamed for help, a doctor came to his aid, but no pain medication was available, so Eli was awake while over 200 pins were being removed from his feet and palms. Perhaps the best part of this horrible story is that while the doctor was working away on removing the pins, a man came up to Eli and asked if he would meet his son. Despite the fact that he’d just had a near death experience, Eli obliged and entertained the man’s drunk 20-year old kid. Ugh.
A couple things to say about this: 1) Celebrities should really only Twitter this much if they have an amazing story like this one to tell or they are Courtney Love. 2) If you see a celebrity washed up on the beach with over 200 pins sticking out of their hands and feet, maybe wait until they are removed to ask for an autograph, huh?