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Why Elijah McClain's Death Makes "All Lives Matter" People So Much More Uncomfortable

How do you fall back on your "Well they shouldn't commit crimes!" argument now?

Elijah McClain

It was recently announced that the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died in 2019 while in police custody, will be reexamined by Colorado Officials.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis personally announced that his administration will reexamine the case. The governor wrote on Twitter, "a fair and objective process free from real or perceived bias for investigating officer-involved killings is critical." Polis added that he is having lawyers "examine what the state can do and we are assessing next steps."

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Megan Fox, Michael Bay, Jimmy Kimmel

It's no secret that underage girls have long been subject to sexualization in Hollywood.

While cases of abuse like those of Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen, and Roman Polanski come quickly to mind, there are plenty of examples of premature sexualization of young girls that happened right on screen.

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In Defense of "Lolita:" Madison Beer Was Right

Vladimir Nabokov intended to invoke outrage and confusion in his readers by romanticizing pedophilia.

Madison Beer beside Sue Lyon as Lolita in 1962

While social media has the power to make the world a more interconnected place, it also tends to foster misunderstanding born from too little explanation.

A recent example of this unfortunate effect is the case of Madison Beer, a TikTok star and singer. In an Instagram Live Q&A session, Beer told viewers that her favorite book was Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. She went on to emphasize that she "definitely" romanticizes the 1955 novel. Though the video is no longer available from Beer's account, it's been shared widely across social media.

Trigger Warning for child abuse, sexual abuse and assault.

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