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Lovecraft Country: What Ruby’s Hillary Davenport Transformation Means

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Ruby takes to her position with ease. She is comfortable in it, because she knows she deserves it. Even if she knows Hillary didn’t get it for that reason. Whiteness serves her in that body, so she forgives the harm it perpetuates. Hillary does not treat Tamara, the only other Black employee at Marshall Fields, with a modicum of kindness. And she doesn’t use her newfound power to make life easier for Tamara, or the next Black girl.

But being Hillary Davenport also gives Ruby a peak behind the curtain. When she’s kiki-ing with the white girls at work about Tamara, they make casual disparaging comments about all Black folks. Ruby is fine with the idea of making fun of Tamara, who she views as someone undeserving of her position (she only has a 7th grade education, after all) but is triggered when that same language is used to make blanket anti-Black statements. It’s maybe the first time Ruby fully realizes that to white folks, there are no “good ones.”

Those same women then express a desire to go to the southside, like an urban “safari” where they can gawk at coloreds in their natural habitat. After a particularly nasty blow up at Tamara, Hillary volunteers her to bring all of them, including their male boss Paul, to the southside. Paul eventually attempts to assault Tamara, which Ruby witnesses. Ruby is disillusioned, and she is furious.

White folks are able to occupy Black spaces in the Southside and participate in Black culture —food and music, particularly— then shrug it off when it no longer serves them. They can vacation to the Black part of town, but Black folks can’t do the same in theirs. They can trespass, and  transgress against Black bodies with no repercussion. Ruby allows the Hillary shell to slide off of her, perhaps fed up with the double alienation of being a white person in a Black space and a Black person in a White body.

The first time Ruby emerges from her white body, she is literally cut out of it by William. She’s both the newborn and the mutilated uterus that housed it, ripped, and ripped from. It should be noted here that William, who has likely been Christina for at least the time Ruby has known him, does not do this delicately. While the opposite is true about the shoggoth Christina delivers in Ardham, which she gently pulled from the cow’s womb.

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Donald Trump Reportedly Had To Be Talked Out Of Making Ivanka His VP Candidate

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In yet another example of their unorthodox relationship, Donald Trump reportedly tried to make Ivanka Trump his vice presidential candidate during the 2016 election. According to a new book from Rick Gates (via the Washington Post, the president’s former deputy campaign chair, Trump was adamant about selecting Ivanka to the point where he was non-receptive to other candidates, including Mike Pence.

“She’s bright, she’s smart, she’s beautiful, and the people would love her!” Trump reportedly told his team. The idea of putting Ivanka on the ticket advanced so far that the campaign even did polling until the president’s daughter stepped in and convinced her father to go another direction. Via CNN:

The presidential candidate was so keen to the idea of Ivanka as a vice presidential pick and “cool to other options, including his eventual selection of then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, that his team polled the idea twice,” The Washington Post reported. Ivanka told her father it was not a good idea and Trump chose Pence after the then-governor gave a “vicious and extended monologue” about former President Bill Clinton and Trump’s 2016 rival Hillary Clinton at a breakfast event.

The news of Trump allegedly trying to make Ivanka his running mate arrives at an inopportune time for the father-daughter team as the president’s finances face intense scrutiny. On Sunday, The New York Times published a damaging report on Trump’s tax records, which appear to show the president paying Ivanka “consulting fees” that he deducted as a business expense. What makes this unusual is that Ivanka worked for the Trump Organization, and yet she was paid a consultant fee for projects that were already her responsibility. “She appears to have been treated as a consultant on the same hotel deals that she helped manage as part of her job at her father’s business,” Times wrote. Not good!

(Via The Washington Post)

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‘The Great British Baking Show’s terrible cake busts made for good memes

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Another season of The Great British Baking Show has begun, bringing the U.K.’s ultimate comfort watch to our shores. But the arrival of the latest season on Channel 4 and Netflix also brought forth the stuff of nightmares.

There is a certain amount trial-and-error in GBBS. After all, all of the competitors are amateur bakers and one of the show’s three weekly challenges is a technical challenge where everyone is given the same ingredients and a scaled-down recipe and asked to perfectly recreate it. The season 11 premiere (which is referred to as Collection 8 on Netflix) of GBBS blew that out of the park with its showstopper, which is usually the last chance for a contestant to go big or go home.

The task, as GBBS co-host Matt Lucas put it, was to “make a cake bust depicting your personal celebrity hero”—a task that the bakers had four hours to complete.

“Your 3-D cake bust must have a head,” co-host Noel Fielding explained. “And it must be made…mainly from cake. Although you can use some other edible details.”

Four hours and a certain amount of frustration (paired off with a nearly toppled bust) later, the contestants finished their tasks. And, well, almost none of their celebrity cake busts went as well as they planned; for a little bit, it felt like GBBS went straight into Nailed It! territory. GBBS debuted last Tuesday, but the cakes resurged once U.S. viewers got to watch it on Netflix Friday.

There are a couple of reasons for the mere shock factor of just how badly nearly all of the busts were. For one, as each baker explained what they planned to make, we’re shown GBBS’s trademark illustration indicating the most idealized version of that bake. Those original depictions that set our expectations, which are drawn by Tom Hovey, are to “illustrate what the bakers planned to create, not what they actually baked in the tent,” he told Vulture in 2018.

Despite the showstopping cake busts striking out, some of the results turned out better than others. For instance, Rowan’s depiction of Queen Marie Antoinette looked fairly decent (although he wasn’t able to include choux buns for the queen’s hair). Peter’s bust of Scottish race car driver Sir Christopher Hoy is overwhelmed by the bottom half to the point where the head looks comically small. (It helped him get Star Baker for the week, so there is that!) And Laura’s Freddie Mercury bust looks more like a chibi Freddie Mercury, but it’s undeniably him.

David’s bust of Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge is a prime example of how a concept can go wrong. His finished product is a mix of a Simpsons character and the “How do you do, fellow kids” meme—which would be great if that had been what he was going for.

Even DeLonge managed to have a go of it.

Sura, who already won fans over after her intro package showed her walking a majestic black cat on a leash in London and her horror after accidentally knocking over David’s pineapple upside-down cakes, created a bust of Sir David Attenborough. But her bust was unevenly balanced, which almost led to her own floor disaster, and the more realistic eyes gave an unintended eeriness to the cake.

Marc arguably had the most iconic rendering to recreate: Ziggy Stardust. But that meant that Marc had the furthest to fall if his cake bust failed. Even the official Twitter account for GBBS (which is called the Great British Bake Off in the U.K.) couldn’t help but make fun of the bust. At least he nailed the lightning bolt!

Hermine tried to recreate Lupita Nyong’o, but the execution went so off-course that she even included a note of “guess who” alongside her bust.

Fortunately, just about everyone made it out of cake week in one piece (apart from Loriea, who was sent home). But the disaster that was GBBS’s celebrity cake bust showstopper challenge does have a silver lining: If that’s what it looks like when you’re made of cake, we have some great news for anyone who might think they’re cake right now.

*First Published: Sep 28, 2020, 11:01 am

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and TV/film critic at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF, and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She is based in Brooklyn.

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You Can Order A Custom Mosaic In Front Of Your House In Brussels And Many People Are Choosing Their Cats (78 Photos)

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Turns out, one simple idea and a group of enthusiastic people can transform the whole town and turn it into a beautiful piece of art. That sort of what’s happened with the neighborhood of Schaerbeek which is located in the city of Brussels. It all started a few months ago when a Belgian artist named Ingrid Schreyers decided to decorate the sidewalk in front of her house with a mosaic. After seeing it, many locals fell in love with this idea and wanted to get their own personalized artworks installed in front of their houses. The government of Schaerbeek took the matters into their own hands and now they are installing personalized mosaics in the neighborhood free of charge. People are choosing all kinds of mosaics, though most of them seem to be decorating streets with portraits of their cats!

Bored Panda invites you to look through some of the cutest mosaics gracing the streets of Schaerbeek neigborhood.

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