CULTURE

E. Jean Carroll Says She Was Fired from ELLE Because of Donald Trump

Women need to support women, but we have to keep our eyes on the prize.

In 2019, E. Jean Carroll published an op-ed in New York Magazine accusing Donald Trump of raping her in a dressing room in New York.

This week, Carroll said that ELLE Magazine—where she worked as an advice columnist for over 30 years—fired her because of the insults she had received from Donald Trump.

"Because Trump ridiculed my reputation, laughed at my looks, & dragged me through the mud, after 26 years, ELLE fired me," she Tweeted. "I don't blame Elle. It was the great honor of my life writing 'Ask E. Jean.'"

Carroll is currently embroiled in a lawsuit against Trump. In the 2019 op-ed, she said that Trump assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room. The essay was an excerpt from her book, What Do We Need Men For?

Trump denied the allegations, stating, "She's not my type."

Carroll sued the president for defamation after he accused her of lying last year. Since then, the trial has stalled as Trump's lawyers have insisted that before it can proceed, New York's Court of Appeals must decide if a sitting president can be sued. Carroll's lawyer is attempting to counter the delay, which could extend the case past the presidential election in November.

If Trump's lawyers fail to win their client further exemptions due to his position as president, Trump may be forced to submit a DNA sample. Samples from the black dress which Carroll was wearing during the alleged assault have been linked to an unidentified male.

"Our client filed this lawsuit to prove that Donald Trump lied about sexually assaulting her and to restore her credibility and reputation. From the very beginning, Trump has tried every tactic lawyers can think of to halt this case in its tracks and keep the truth from coming out," said Carroll's lawyer, Roberta Kaplan. "His latest effort—a motion to stay our client's case until the New York Court of Appeals decides the Summer Zervos case likely after November 2020—is yet another obvious delay tactic that is not grounded in the law and, like his previous attempts to stall this case, will be rejected by the court."

Regardless of the truth about any of this, what's happening is clear. E. Jean Carroll accused a man of rape, and she lost her job, at a women's magazine, no less, while he not only kept his position—he also maintained credibility with over half of the country, and he may well be re-elected. This indicates a much deeper problem with the way that the nation views rape, assault, and women's voices, even in this supposedly post-#MeToo time period.

While much has been written about the damaging effects that sexual abuse allegations can have on men, it turns out that an abuse allegation often fails to significantly damage men's careers, while it can destroy women's lives. What can be done about this? Women need to support other women, yes—but we have to keep our eyes on the prize: electing a non-blatant misogynist in November.

ELLE Magazine has not yet commented on the events.

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Dear White People: AAVE Is an Actual Dialect, Not Your "Stan Culture"

Using a Black dialect isn't a meme—it's cultural appropriation.

As Black Lives Matter protests have rightfully taken the world by storm over the past couple of months, we're long overdue for thorough evaluations of just how often aspects of Black heritage have been co-opted by white audiences.

It should be obvious that much of fashion and music as we know it today was invented by Black people. We (hopefully) all know by now that we can no longer accept Blackface and use of the n-word by non-Black people as the norm—and Internet users have tried "canceling" offenders in the public eye, with varying degrees of success.

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CULTURE

10 Failed Launches More Embarrassing Than the Iowa Caucus App

Primary season is off to a rocky start, but the Democrats have a lot of competition for awful launches

Political junkies went to bed Monday night with reports of delayed results out of the Iowa caucuses, expecting that the mess would be cleared up by morning.

Those expectations were sadly mistaken, and Tuesday morning came and went with no sign of an official delegate count forthcoming. Most sources are pointing to a faulty app developed for the Iowa Democratic Party by a shadowy organization known as...Shadow Inc, because our reality has been undergoing a writer's strike since 2016. Shadow Inc. is run by some alums from Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign—because we are never allowed to forget Hillary Clinton—and associated with the non-profit organization ACRONYM, which doesn't stand for anything (again, writers strike) but is committed to "building tech infrastructure for the progressive movement."

Intended to make result tabulation fast and simple, replacing the traditional phone-in system, the app was developed in just the past few months. The quick development time was apparently streamlined by just skipping over the debugging step to have it "ready" in time for its dramatic premier. As a result, the caucus process was soon overwhelmed by technical issues as party officials struggled with crashes and inconsistencies that left them with no choice but to rely on the old-fashioned tallying and the paper trail kept as a backup.

Meanwhile, multiple campaigns are already reporting their internal results—with Sanders in the lead and Buttigieg not far behind—and the world is largely moving on from the mess with little real consequence beyond the renewed and unifying awareness of the incompetent management within the Democratic Party—even President Trump came through with one of his rare correct takes.

But it's worth keeping in mind that the Democrats are not alone in this. The history of disastrous failed launches is long and glorious, and these are but a few highlights.

Healthcare.gov

healthcare.gov

Okay, the Democrats aren't alone, but this also isn't their first foray into launch failure. When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, contractors were brought on to develop the website based on obsolete criteria and with little oversight, resulting in code that was full of placeholder text and a system that crashed almost immediately. Only six people were able to use the system to actually select an insurance plan on Healthcare.gov's first day. After two months of cleanup, the website was largely usable, but the trash-fire of the launch still resulted in the resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and a congressional investigation into the whole mess.

Trump Steaks

trump steaks

Just to be fair, it's worth taking a look across the aisle at probably the only time in Donald Trump's life when he made a bad business decision. Trump Steaks was a branded effort to sell middling quality steaks at a steep mark-up using the image of a man who like his meat served well-done with a heavy dose of ketchup. Billed as "The World's Greatest Steaks," Trump Steaks were sold on QVC and through the Sharper Image Catalog in 2007. Strangely, consumers didn't seem excited to buy overpriced beef from the same services that sell commemorative coins and dog waste vacuums. Both companies stopped featuring the steaks within a few months, and the trademark expired in 2014. Of course, that's just one failure. Probably a fluke.

Windows Vista

Windows Vista

After five years of Windows XP, the numerous vulnerabilities in Microsoft's operating system were causing frequent issues with viruses and malware, and people were excited for an upgrade. Windows Vista was not that. Released in 2006, the clunky user interface, compatibility issues, and frustrating security measures led to hardware companies reverting back to XP. Nonetheless, hundreds of millions of windows users ended up stuck with Vista until Microsoft rushed to release Windows 7 three years later.

GoTrump.com

gotrump.com

Oh, hey, looks like Trump may have made another slight miscalculation here, trying to establish his own branded travel-booking site. The site launched in 2006, promising to lend Donald Trump's famed deal-making skills to your travel booking, with the tagline "The art of the travel deal." Trump predicted that the website would be a "tremendous success." It ceased operation in 2007. Oops. Still, two mistakes ins't bad. Definitely not a pattern.

LaserDisc

laserdisc

LaserDiscs were basically giant CDs with movies on them. Introduced in 1978, they delivered higher quality images than VHS before the invention of DVDs, but they were also about the size of a vinyl record but much more delicate and they weighed about half a pound. The discs could only hold about an hour of video on each side, so they had to be flipped over halfway through a feature film, and the huge, expensive players also produced a lot of noise getting the discs up to speed. Needless to say, the promise of high-quality video at home was not quite worth the numerous downsides, and Laserdiscs never really caught on.

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