Kwaczala may finally be getting the attention he’s been hungering for, but it’s not for the lack of trying. Earlier this year, when he turned 31, he decided to release 31 comedy videos in a single day, Vulture reported: ‘Every 15 minutes, Kwaczala released a new video, and even more impressively, he produced all of the videos with no budget. It’s got a little bit of everything: footage from live shows, a unique take on NBC’s 2015 miniseries The Slap, an Oliver Platt–themed ASMR video, a retro MTV bumper, a terrible podcast featuring stand-up Beth Stelling, an expired jar of salsa voiced by Tim Robinson, a very serious show about stand-up comedians, a Pittsburgh translation of Call Me by Your Name, and tons more.’
TIME PERSON OF THE YEAR. The Guardians and The War on Truth. ‘The story of this assault on truth is, somewhat paradoxically, one of the hardest to tell. “We all learned in our schools that journalists shouldn’t be the story ourselves, but this is, again, not our choice,” says Can Dündar, who, after being charged with revealing state secrets and nearly assassinated as a newspaper editor in Turkey, fled to Germany, where he set up a news site. “This is the world of the strong leaders who hate the free press and truth.”
NICK AYERS. A signal to Trump that the rats are abandoning ship? ‘Journalists weren’t the only ones surprised by the Ayers development. It took many people in the White House unawares, including the President, it seems. The Times’ Maggie Haberman reported that “two people close to Mr. Trump said a news release announcing Mr. Ayers’s appointment had been drafted, and that the president had wanted to announce it as soon as possible.” Instead of showcasing as his new majordomo a blond, thirty-six-year-old Republican operative who has spent the past two years helping keep Pence out of any serious scrapes—quite a feat in the Trump White House—Trump was forced to engage in some Sunday-evening damage control.
BETO 2020?Speaking to prominent African-Americans: “In the last two weeks, the soon-to-be-former Texas congressmen met with former President Barack Obama at his Washington office, a source familiar with the meeting confirmed to NBC News, and spoke by phone with the Rev. Al Sharpton and fellow 2018 progressive darling Andrew Gillum. The O’Rourke-Obama meeting was first reported by The Washington Post.”
MOREHOUSE COLLEGE. Student accuses gay professor of sexual harassment: ‘Peterson continued to sexually harass the student and other Morehouse students throughout the trip, the lawsuit said. This included sending explicit text messages and making frequent comments about sex. One of the text messages Peterson allegedly sent to students had a picture of a man’s penis, which Peterson referred to as a “shrimp salad/dinner.” He also repeatedly asked them “if they wanted a shrimp dinner,” the lawsuit said…Peterson “vehemently denied” the allegations and insisted that “the students were saying these things about him because they didn’t like the fact that he is gay,” according to the results of the investigation included in a court filing.’
MEL REID. Pro golfer comes out as gay: “I fell in love with a girl and I was excited about it, so I told my sister who was completely cool about it, and then my brother. My parents are older than most, but they couldn’t have been better about everything. They just assured me that as long as I love a good person, it doesn’t matter what race, gender or background they come from.”
Four transgender men are seeking funding for a reality web series about navigating their lives through their band and their music. Cole Hayes, Xander Idris, Ethan Remillard, and Rowan Seitz have launched a Seed & Spark campaign for Born Stars.
Said Remillard: “We took our inspiration for the show directly from Entourage and Making The Band and actually a little big of Big Brother too because what we want is [for] all of us to be together all the time.”
Added Idris: “We’re hoping with this show to show people that we’re someone’s son or someone’s brother or someone’s grandson, boyfriend, we’re humans with dreams just lie everybody else.”
“Hayes and Remillard are gay and transgender,” wrote the Born Stars team. “They often discussed how rare cis and gay male relationships are to the point that they are nearly invisible and it occurred to them that this is something no one has seen normalized in popular culture.”