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I’ve found myself wondering this week how long it will be before Olympic coverage won’t be sexist, racist, and problematic. If you’ve wondered about that too, then you’ll appreciate a few of these stories we didn’t write about, but that you might want to comment on. If you’ve been wondering which award-winning actors have come out against Donald Trump this week, whatever happened to the Stanford rape case judge, or what Snapchat filters you should avoid at all costs, there’s something here for you, too.
Here’s a list of colors other than blue that the Olympic diving pool in Rio has been lately, including “Viridian Green” and “Corduroy." [Deadspin]
Snapchat’s latest filter is called “anime-inspired,” but many are saying that “yellowface” would be more apt. [The Atlantic]
The Stanford rape case wasn’t Judge Aaron Persky’s first light-sentencing decision. In 2015, he sentenced a man found guilty of possessing child pornography to four days in jail. [The Daily Beast]
Critics are defending their right to comment on Renée Zellweger’s alleged plastic surgery. [HuffPo]
While promoting Suicide Squad in Dubai, Will Smith described listening to Donald Trump speak as “painful” and “embarrassing” but good because “we get to know who people are and now we get to cleanse it out of our country.” [Celebitchy]
The Daily Beast has apologized for publishing an article that outed numerous gay Olympic athletes. [BBC]
The average American checks their phone every six and a half minutes. [CNN]
Multiple news organizations have failed to mention or inaccurately identified Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel’s historic win in Rio. Perhaps the worst offender is this tweet that refers to Manuel, the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming, simply as “African-American." [Jezebel]
Some sports commentators seem incapable of describing the prowess of female Olympic athletes without mentioning Michael Phelps. [Mic]
Robert De Niro said that Donald Trump is similar to Travis Bickle, the mentally ill character he played in 1976’s legendary Taxi Driver. [NYT]
Are you surprised by this week’s Olympics coverage and latest Donald Trump disasters, or have you reached the point where nothing surprises you anymore? Talk about the numbness or #TeamUSA spirit spreading through your soul or any other reactions you had to these stories this week. This thread is all yours. Go wild.