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A Leftist Reading of Ariana Grande's "Positions" Music Video

Ariana Grande isn't writing the "Communist Manifesto" with this one, but the video opens the door for a core tenet of leftist work: imagining alternative structures to create a different world.

Ariana Grande in "Positions"

Upon first listen, focused more on the visuals than the lyrics, I assumed Ariana Grande's "Positions" was about the professional multidimensionality of women.

This did not turn out to be the case. Interpret the actual lyrics however you will, the song is a certifiable banger; and, more importantly, the video Makes Some Points.

In the David Meyers-directed visual of the lead single and title track of her new album, Ariana Grande is President. She struts around the recognizable rooms of the White House in recognizable Jackie O-inspired outfits, but the world she is living in seems not to be ours. How can it be when she's surrounded almost exclusively by women and BIPOC?

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"The Ellen DeGeneres Show": Sexual Misconduct and Ellen's Full Apology

Ellen DeGeneres' apology comes as allegations of sexual misconduct are being leveled against the show's top executives.

Update 8/18/2020: In an announcement from Warner Bros. on Monday two more executives were said to have "parted ways" with the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

In addition to Ed Glavin, executive producer Kevin Leman has now been ousted as well as co-executive producer Jonathan Norman, who is accused of having "groomed" an employee by taking him to various concerts and events that were loosely work-related before attempting to perform oral sex on him.

Remaining on as the show's executives are veterans Andy Lassner, Mary Connelly, and Derek Westervelt, along with DeGeneres herself.

It seems that every week there's a new story that casts Ellen DeGeneres in an unflattering light.

It started with her problematic friendship with George W. Bush, and has more recently included reports of her cruelty toward strangers, the way her show's staff was left feeling abandoned during the lockdown, and the generally toxic work environment that current and former crew members have reported.

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The Toxic Work Environment of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

A new report details the experience of former and current employees.

A new report from Buzzfeed News details the experiences of several former and one current employee of The Ellen Degeneres Show, suggesting that the show is a toxic work environment.

While Buzzfeed found corroborating documentation and accounts for many of these stories, their sources preferred to remain anonymous so as to avoid retaliation from the show's management and others in the entertainment industry.

Among the complaints were claims that managers were not open to employees complaints or issues, that people had to fight for necessary time off, and were often fired shortly after. One former employee's position was eliminated (corporate doublespeak for being fired) immediately after coming back from a month of medical leave following a suicide attempt.

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