Stories

Debbie Does Drama

Debbie Reynolds was many things in her lifetime – a film star, a dancer, a musician, an entrepreneur, a casino operator, a humanitarian – and she was widely applauded for all of them. But the most important work she did? The stuff that she went most unrecognised for. Sorting out all of your dumb shit problems.

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Trump Tracking

Look. We get it. It’s tedious to have to hear about Donald Trump and his various batshit activities 24/7. But now that a reality TV star is the Leader of the Free World and is waging war on the sorts of media outlets that report on prostitute piss scandals, he’s landed pretty squarely on our territory. So, quick as we can, let’s look at his ongoing attacks on the free press.

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Pop Goes The Tinsel

It’s a question that has plagued mankind since 1994. Is East 17’s Stay Another Day a Christmas song? Or just a song that gets played and played and played at Christmas? What about The Power Of Love? What about 2 Become 1? We knuckled down into the musical theory of festive pop to figure everything out once and for all.

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The Great De-Pressing

We’ve never underestimated the power that celebrity and pop culture holds over us, but now that the delicate egos of the A-List are working their way into the actual corridors of power, the media is about to experience an unprecedented assault on its freedom – and from every possible direction.

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Part I: The Newsworthy Penis

Few expected Gawker to win its case against Hulk Hogan at the start of 2016 after they published clips from his sex tape, but nobody expected them to get obliterated. Gawker’s bankruptcy started a worrisome chain reaction for press freedom in the States – one which now goes right the way to the top…

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Part II: Return Of The Gag

The standout legal case in the British courts this year was PJS v News Group Newspapers. Olive oil sex parties were all that anyone could talk about back in April – but now that all the hubbub surrounding it has died down, the ruling in that case is casting a rather large shadow. One that is getting darker and darker…

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Part III: Battle Royal

The British Press and the Royal Family have enjoyed a rather fractious relationship over the years. While they seem to broadly respect the Queen and the heirs apparent, the rest of the Royal hangers-on seem to get a fairly rum deal. That could be about to change rather dramatically though…

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Pressing On

So where do we go from here? How do we escape from this corner that we have apparently painted ourselves into? There’s too much at stake for us all to finally cede defeat to the celebrities and fall in line with whatever they want. Isn’t there?

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