Is Milo Yiannopoulos finished?

Rising alt-right star Milo Yiannopoulos had an Icarus-esque fall this week. After video of Milo seemingly promoting pedophilia surfaced, he lost a $250,000 book deal with Simon & Schuster, a keynote speaking gig at CPAC, and his job at Breitbart News. Many targets from Milo's past (women, Black people, trans people and more) think his career is finished. Others say those setbacks will just strengt…

Are the Oscars still too white?

Broadway Black editor April Reign launched the online campaign #OscarsSoWhite to advocate for more diversity in Academy Award nominations back in January 2015. Since then, the Oscars have responded with initiatives like adding more diverse members into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As a result, seven actors of color and diverse films were nominated in 2017. Yet, critics still po…

Is it time to get the fuck off Earth?

NASA found seven Earth-like planets 40 light years away from our own planet. Some people are excited at the idea of leaving all the bullshit on Earth behind to start fresh. Others think all of the resources spent colonizing space would be better spent fixing Earth's countless problems. What do you think? 🚀…

Margaritas: Frozen or on the rocks?

To celebrate National Margarita Day, we want to know—do you take your margarita frozen or on the rocks? Purists usually scorn the frozen variety, and argue you get much more tequila and citrus flavor in a margarita on the rocks. But others say there's nothing better on a hot summer day than a super slushy margarita with a fruit puree, and if loving the ultimate sorority girl drink is wrong, they d…

Should women who visit Muslim-majority countries wear headscarves?

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen just canceled a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric over her refusal to wear a headscarf. "I will not cover myself up," Le Pen said. Some say Le Pen's choice was disrespectful—less about women's rights than about publicly scorning Islamic tradition and stoking Islamophobia. Others applauded her decision and want more Western leaders…

Are we living in a simulation?

Neil DeGrasse Tyson thinks it's "very likely" that we are all living in a simulation. The theory is that if we're able to figure out the laws of the universe (y'know, physics stuff), then we can simulate it. Humans are not quite there, but it's easy to imagine that maybe some other sufficiently advanced being beyond our imagination has already done it—and we're living in it. Critics say it's just…

Is Uber doing enough to address sexism?

Uber is under fire, again, after engineer Susan J. Fowler wrote a scathing account of Uber's indifference to her sexual harassment while working there. Fowler's story highlights a larger system problem with sexism and diversity in the tech industry. In response, Uber has hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to lead an independent investigation into sexual harassment at Uber. Critics question…

Are you scared of Sweden?

At a rally in Florida, President Trump made a strange reference implying Sweden had just suffered an act of terrorism. But your odds of being killed by IKEA furniture are higher than being a victim of a terror attack in Sweden. Trump later explained that he was referring to a Fox News segment that blamed refugees in Sweden for an increase in crime. Thousands of Swedes retaliated by posting terrify…

Has social media made the world worse?

Social media has become an integral part of human life, dominating the most mundane things in life to the highest office in the land. Proponents of social media say humans have never been more connected. People are building new communities and finding ways to make the world a better place through social media platforms. Critics say social media has a dark side that outweighs the good; people are s…

Do restaurants need child-free sections?

Although some people like the idea of child-free spaces in restaurants, no one wants to be accused of being a kid-hater. Let's be honest, sometimes it sucks eating near kids. But some parents say kids have a right to public spaces just like adults do, and not everyone can afford a sitter. What do you think?…

Do violent video games lead to violence in real life?

After the 1999 Columbine shootings, the victims' families sued video game manufacturers, saying the the teen gunmen were desensitized to violence by playing violent video games. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association warn against violent media, as some studies show it can increase aggression in kids. But despite decades of research, science hasn't found…

Do racists have a right to free speech?

Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher had alt-right hero Milo Yiannopoulos as a guest on his show "Real Time with Bill Maher," and people are not happy about it. Journalist Jeremy Scahill canceled his appearance rather than appear with Milo, saying "there is no value in 'debating' him" and arguing giving him a platform could “incite violence." Maher fired back, saying “Liberals will contin…

Which animals are cuter: Lemurs or sloths?

Sloths, famed for their sleepy slowness and beloved by the Internet, dwell in the rain forests of Central and South America. From their perpetually-stoned facial expressions to their hammock-like bodies, they're pretty freaking adorable (just ask the Sloth Appreciation Society). But back the truck up, have you seen a lemur? These tiny primates have a constant frazzled gaze and are found only on Ma…

Would you trust a self-driving car?

According to Deloitte, three in four Americans would not trust a self-driving car. Driving purists say they'll never set foot in a self driving car—they trust themselves more than some software. However, self-driving car enthusiasts are quick to point out most accidents are from human error. Self driving cars will save lives in the big picture. Where do you stand? 🚦 🚗…

Do you still trust the media?

Trust in the media has sunk to an all-time low. The president and the press corps are feuding over "fake news," which has already become a cliché on cable news. Academics often argue that a strong, robust media is vital for a thriving democracy. But critics say many mainstream journalists are biased, politically motivated and are part and parcel of an elite class that reinforces echo chambers. Wha…