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Eric Andre Says He Was Racially Profiled at Atlanta Airport

"They stopped me on the way down the bridge to the plane for a "random" search and asked [if] they could search me for drugs," the comedian wrote on Twitter.

Eric Andre said that he was racially profiled at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

The comedian and Bad Trip star detailed his experience on Twitter Wednesday morning, adding that he was looking to file a complaint. "I was just racially profiled by two plain clothes Atlanta PD police in @Delta terminal T3 at the Atlanta airport," Andre wrote in a tweet directed at the Atlanta Police Department.

"They stopped me on the way down the bridge to the plane for a 'random' search and asked [if] they could search me for drugs. I told them no. Be careful."

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The Most Awkward Interviews on "The Eric Andre Show"

The gonzo talk show returned with Season 5 last night on Adult Swim

The Eric Andre Show has finally returned.

The legendary gonzo talk show went silent for four long years, but last night the Adult Swim success finally returned. Five seasons in and Andre hasn't missed a beat in terms of his cringe interview style. While the new season will no doubt be full of uncomfortable moments, let's look back at some of Eric's crowning achievements over the years that have shocked and entertained the masses.

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13 Celebrities Who Are Feeling the Bern

These stars have publicized their support for Bernie Sanders.

Recently, Twitter was gifted with visual documentation of Ariana Grande's biggest smile ever.

It occurred when the ponytailed pop princess met Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who attended Grande's Atlanta show in a delightful cable knit sweater. "MY GUY," read Grande's caption, essentially solidifying her endorsement in the 2020 election.

This is only the most recent example on a long list of celebrities declaring their love for Senator Sanders. Below, we're sharing just a few well-known stars and Internet personalities who have declared that they're feeling the Bern.

Weyes Blood

The musician Weyes Blood—whose incredible album Titanic Rising we named one of last year's best—started 2020 by meeting her candidate of choice. The singer-songwriter, real name Natalie Mering, shared a photo of herself and Sanders, publicizing her decision for the 2020 race.



Cardi B

"I been reading about Bernie Sanders and I'm really sad how we let him down in 2016," the "Bodak Yellow" rapper tweeted over the summer, emphasizing that improving the country has been a proven passion of his and "not a new front for a campaign." In August, the unlikely friends appeared in a campaign video together, in which Cardi interviewed Sanders about social issues especially relevant to his platform, including police brutality, DACA, and the student debt crisis—from a nail salon, naturally.

John Mulaney

Though Mulaney once subtly compared Donald Trump in the White House to a horse in a hospital, the Big Mouth comedian keeps his political opinions separate from his jokes. It might be surprising, then, to know that Mulaney donated at least $1,250 to Sanders' 2016 campaign. "I have a problem with 'Comedians are really brave and we need them now more than ever,'" he told Esquire this year. "It's like, we're not congressmen. We're court jesters." In that case, Mulaney's the most generous court jester we know.

Shailene Woodley

Woodley made headlines in 2016 after being arrested while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, but it didn't put a damper on her political activism. "I'm ready for the political revolution and all in it for Bernie Sanders," the Fault In Our Stars actress tweeted in June.

Mark Ruffalo

On a Late Show With Stephen Colbert appearance this month, Ruffalo explained that he's been feeling the Bern since the 2016 election. "The rest of the United States is just finally caught up to what [Sanders] has been doing his entire career. And you know that when he gets into office, he's going to be fighting for us," the Avengers: Endgame actor said.

Jaboukie Young-White

As a comedian and "actual young person" on The Daily Show, Twitter has become a major outlet for Young-White, so it makes sense that that's where he'd declare his endorsement. He kept it simple in the caption of a mirror selfie, in which he's wearing a Bernie t-shirt: "im a bernie bro."

Anthony Fantano

On his YouTube channel theneedledrop, Anthony Fantano has made a name for himself divulging his divisive opinions on music. But he has firm opinions on politics, too: "[Joe Biden's] brain is MELTING, and winning the primary will only lead to an inevitable implosion," the Internet personality tweeted after a Democratic debate in September. "Stop messing around with this fool and support other candidates—preferably Bernie."

Ezra Koenig

Koenig also supported Sanders in 2016, and said his band Vampire Weekend would like to "help out" the candidate in the 2020 election, too. But it's hard to match the energy of Sanders' first run: "I like to believe he's less of a sociopath than a lot of people who want to be president, but it's hard to be as excited as I was in 2016," Koenig told The Times. "That was the first time I felt deeply about a candidate."

Noname

Noname is no stranger to supporting a good cause—she started her own book club this year—and publicizing her endorsement of Sanders is only the latest on her to-do list of deeds. She simply tweeted the candidate's name with a green check mark emoji.

Miley Cyrus

Cyrus can also add activist to her resume, having founded the Happy Hippie Foundation to help trans and LGBTQ+ youth. It's no surprise that her views are in line with Sanders. When the senator shared Cardi B's tweet, he shared it on Instagram, to which the edgy pop star replied "True!"

Lil Yachty

Sanders fans were thrilled when the senator announced he was running for president again in February, and Lil Yachty was one of them. The red-dreadlocked rapper retweeted Sanders' campaign video with a straight-to-the-point "Let's gooooo" in solidarity.

Eric Andre

Sanders has long been vocal about legalizing marijuana, evidently a selling point for Eric Andre. "Can we please give this guy the keys to the whitehouse already?" the comedian implored on Instagram, captioning a photo promoting Sanders' plan for legalization.

Kim Gordon

Gordon, founding member of the iconic rock band Sonic Youth, used an adorable photo of her dog to share her endorsement: "Go Bernie!" she captioned an Instagram photo of her dog pawing a Bernie pin.

By now, we've all heard "Spirit." We've all basked in the track's vast cathartic greatness. The song is majestic in a way only Beyoncé could be.

As the song swells, it carries with it a heavy-handed mix of euphoria and nostalgia, and, according to film critics' reactions to the upcoming The Lion King, the anthem conveys only a fraction of the glory that the movie will offer. "Oh man The Lion King delivers," wrote The Wrap. "It's a visual masterpiece…" BuzzFeed News said the film "[is] going to change the way we look at films forever."

As for "Spirit" itself, there is no way to describe it. The lyrics could only be given justice by Beyoncé. "Your destiny is comin' close," she bellows as a chorus sings in the background. "Stand up and fight." We can't exactly picture Taylor Swift giving the words the same emphasis. In closing, "Spirit" is a level of perfection that can only be reached by Queen Bey. As cliche as it is, the song literally sucked the spirit and breath out of my f**king body.

The single is part of a new album Beyoncé has curated titled The Lion King: The Gift. The "gift" is obviously a new Beyoncé album. "This is sonic cinema," Beyonce said in a statement. "This is a new experience of storytelling." Chance The Rapper was even brought in as a f**king "nostalgia consultant" just to make sure audiences would leave the theater emotionally exhausted. No words can prepare us for what's to come on July 19.

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'Everything's Fine' Perfectly Captures What It Feels Like To Be Alive

'Everything's Fine' will make you feel so happy and so confused to be alive...and that's a good thing.

Photo by: Mindy Tucker

It's a comical journey through the small intimacies of life, all the ironic ways our freedoms are sacrificed for survival...

On the Everything's Fine album cover, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris stare ahead like wax figures, their expressions painfully forced as if someone's standing nearby with a taser. This type of sedated emotion is explored throughout the entire album, an exhaustive cycle of acknowledging our most human capacities—the ability to love and the ability to fear our own mortality—and the mind tricks we play to pacify those feelings. A blend of soul and funk, the album is a satirical wonderland jam-packed with nuanced observations of our current political bewilderment.

Known for her indie rap presence and soloist project with collaborator and friend 9th Wonder, Jean Grae returns with some of her most methodical and succinct bars since Jeanius. Quelle Chris, a longtime jokester in rap (Being You Is Great, I wish I Could Be You More Often), bounces off of Grae's precise flow with spacey, mischievous rhymes. On "My Contributions to This Scam," Chris and Grae ponder all of the contradictions of rap culture, parodying Instagram baddies and white fans who desperately want to say the N-word: "Been hip-hop since Kriss Kross was turnin' pants 'round / Er'body wanna be a brand, I follow the barcode, I write bars for / the scam."

The very genre of hip-hop is scrutinized, its cornerstone in black culture and the routine ways it speaks to black men and women, almost haphazardly motivating contemporary complacency. Is everything fine when you're sedated every day? Going broke over your shoes? Displaying sociopathic behavioral patterns? Is everything fine when you can't keep track of the latest shooting of an unarmed black man? The question is never answered in the duration of the album, but Everything's Fine studies how we all collectively choose to cope: customizing our closets, rolling blunts, going to our office jobs—zombified—barely listening to our mothers on the phone…when we do finally call them. It's a comical journey through the small intimacies of life, all the ironic ways our freedoms are sacrificed for survival, a whimsical rap inversion of the Matrix with real-world bodies that can't dodge bullets. And Everything's Fine is the type of album that reminds you of those bullets and fallen bodies—but with a gleaming smile.

There are comedy sketches—one idly performed by comedian Hannibal Buress on "OhSh," and others that embody the pristine aesthetic of 1950s infomercials—simultaneously encouraging and refuting social and political inactivity. These contradictory statements are amplified on "Everything's Still Fine," where Nick Offerman (The Office) instructs listeners to abandon any feelings that may lead them to question their wellbeing: "You don't have to do anything about issues that don't affect you / Why would you?" It's one of the more hilarious and unnerving moments of the album, deadpan cynicism at its finest. It's the comedic timing and emotional resonance that both play such a large role in this album, intermixing the acute awareness of our current time with the elusive contradictions and pleasures of life itself. The entire album feels like a quasi-metaphysical exam, something you'd take to make sure you're still comfortable enough to be compliant.

As a whole, Chris and Grae are focused on what it means to be free, what it looks like during a presidency that outwardly encourages racist, homophobic, and divisive rhetoric. These same sentiments are beautifully rendered in "Gold Purple Orange," a jazzy, hypnotic track where Chris and Grae trade everyday contradictions, the latter rapping, "'Cause you can be the things they say to be and get killed." The line hits home and exemplifies the importance and urgency of #BlackLivesMatter. The entire project feels so large and yet, its rendering of everyday life is exquisite and fine-tuned. And even if we're all wax figures in dimly lit cubicles, in the moments where Everything's Fine actually allows us to smile, the feeling is so good, you can't help but be happy to be alive.


Shaun Harris is a poet, freelance writer, and editor published in avant-garde, feminist journals. Lover of warm-toned makeup palettes, psych-rock, and Hilton Als. Her work has allowed her to copyedit and curate content for various poetry organizations in the NYC area.


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When you google Eric Andre, one of the first results is his name next to his current girlfriend, Rosario Dawson, and a plethora of articles asking how such a weird man could lock down such a beautiful woman. Those familiar with The Eric Andre Show are not surprised by his manic comedy, sometimes so absurd and nauseating it's hard to watch, but that's the point: a talk show so unwatchable that you end up watching it anyway. So while Andre's love interests are shocking—giving hope to all the goofy men worldwide—his comedy is even more startling, a chaotic mix of absurdism, shock humor, pranks, celebrity interviews, and lots of public vomiting. And in an even weirder turn of events, Eric Andre has garnered a cult following and his show, one of the worst shows on television, is lauded amongst household names in comedy like Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Rock, and Seth Rogen to name a few.

On The Surface

Home to the stoner-esque late night programming of Adult Swim (someone cue a Flying Lotus music bump), The Eric Andre Show is an absurdist talk show modeled after public-access programs on cable. The show is intentionally filmed to appear low-budget and often uses scrap pieces from drywall to build the set, most notably, Andre's desk that he breaks on most—if not every—ten minute episodes. Hour-long interviews with noticeably uncomfortable A-list and B-list celebrities are condensed into two to three minutes of mayhem, packed with awkward and inappropriate commentary from Andre and his co-host Hannibal Buress (who's the perfect stoned foil to Andre's lunacy). For bigger names, Andre enlists unknown actors (who appear to be chosen from an open call) for clumsy, if not, excruciating, celebrity impersonations: an Asian man who impersonates Jay-Z, a Black man who impersonates Reese Witherspoon, a malnourished and slurring Russel Brand, and a George Clooney impersonator that slightly passes for a relative of the Clooney family if you squint your eyes. The objective is to be as insane, loud, and aggressive as possible—trying to make sense of any given episode is not the point. If Andre isn't physically tormenting his guests by filling their seats with rotten clams, heating lamps, or dripping water on them from the ceiling, he's psychologically tormenting them and pushing their personal boundaries.

Deeper Meanings

Analyzing The Eric Andre Show is probably the funniest thing a person could do, but the show itself deserves recognition for its destruction and perversion of everything normal and comfortable in traditional TV. A modern deconstruction of the late night talk show, The Eric Andre Show is the antithesis to polished, family-friendly shows like The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Conan. As an anti-talk show, Andre is able to parody talk show conventions and strip celebrities down to their normal, everyday selves. Nothing is more cathartic than watching T.I. or Steve Schirripa attempt to stave off Andre's advances until finally succumbing to all-American rage. (Who can forget watching The Hill's Lauren Conrad walk off set due to Andre's one-to-many body fluids?) And there's Eric Andre's brand of absurdism that's always a result of some type of mental break or existential crisis relating to death—and anyone familiar with the streets of NYC knows this type of performative madness is something you see on the way to work while buying your eight dollar coffee at Starbucks. Existentialism is a big part of The Eric Andre Show, a companion to Andre's opening monologues and street sketches (filmed in NYC and Los Angeles), there's never a dull moment—because really, how does a man this crazy live in society?—and credit must be given to Andre's physical comedy and unrelenting stamina. The experience can be hellish, with viewers never fully aware of what's staged and authentic (particularly the guest reactions), and each episode feels like an unnerving fever dream. The 1980's studio vibe enhances the psychedelic and feverish experience of the show, almost like a weird instructional video on how not to make a TV program.

Classroom Takeaways

Are you looking to ranch it up or find a Sprite sponsorship? Do you have a penchant for Kat Williams slicked, straightened hair, or untamed afros? Do you enjoy watching Hannibal Buress eat weird foods behind celebrities, while Eric Andre applies lipstick? If you answered yes, then The Eric Andre Show is your guilty pleasure, a home to your wildest inclinations and TV viewing pleasures, and maybe even an in-house Questlove.

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Shaun Harris is a poet, freelance writer, and editor published in avant-garde, feminist journals. Lover of warm-toned makeup palettes, psych-rock, and Hilton Als. Her work has allowed her to copyedit and curate content for various poetry organizations in the NYC area.


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