April 19, 2021

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Meet Our Gentle Monster Grandpa
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This article is a sponsored collaboration between Gentle Monster and PAPERSuit and tie: Costume Studio, Shirt: Harvie & HudsonSunglasses: Gentle Monster (Leviadan 01) Photography: Mateusz Sitek Styling: Lily Bling Sunglasses: Gentle Monster (2021 Collection/ Nano Collection) Model: ****** ***** First styling assistant: Javiera Imbert Second styling assistant: Tobi Ogunniyi On-site production: Krystal Rodriguez
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The Problem With Lena Dunham’s Plus-Size Collection
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When plus-size luxury retailer 11 Honoré announced its first celebrity partnership last week, the choice left a lot of folks scratching their heads. Lena Dunham? Were Danielle Brooks, Amber Riley, Gabourey Sidibe, Dascha Polanco, and Octavia Spencer unavailable? What about my personal vote, Queen Latifah? Is Lizzo not right there?Surely, there were other contenders who would have been a better fit for the opportunity. Think of all the fat celebrities — predominantly Black women and women of color — who have paved a path in plus-size fashion, allowing so many of us fat folks to explore our personal style. The choice to collaborate for the first time with rich white Lena Duhnam, who flashes her privilege like it’s a joke — who, judging from things she’s said promoting this collection, does not even want to be in community with the folks who have afforded her the opportunity — speaks volumes. It’s a reminder that plus-size fashion is still an exclusive club intent on keeping authority and power rotating in the same circles, desperate to do anything but give fat Black women their flowers.
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The International DJ Who Wears Whatever She Wants
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After storming the fashion scene as a Tumblr- and Instagram-savvy model in the mid-2010s, Sita Abellán became known as one of the cool henchwoman in the music video for Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” and the girl with crazy style and colorful hair in street-style roundups everywhere. Nowadays, Abellán is a multi-multi-multi-hyphenate. The Spanish-born character works a model, DJ, designer, stylist to Colombian singer J. Balvin, and founder of the jewelry brand Lilith.Fashion and music, she told the Cut, are how she gets her ideas across. “I am not a powerful communicator with words, so all my life I have been trying to find ways to communicate and connect with people,” she said. “Fashion is in my blood. In the same way, I feel music is a part of me. It expresses my feelings, and what I play says a lot about me. I simply enjoy connecting people through music.”
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Tamir Rice's Family Asks to Reopen His Case
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Tamir Rice's family sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland Friday asking that he reopen the investigation into Tamir's 2014 murder, and to convene a grand jury to consider charges against the Cleveland police officers who killed him. Tamir was shot and killed outside a recreation center by Timothy Loehmann, a police officer who at that time said he mistook a toy airsoft gun for a real weapon. Tamir, just 12 years old at the time, has since become a figurehead of the Black Lives Matter movement.Related | Reopen Past Cases of Police Brutality and NegligenceIn December, former Attorney General William Barr announced that the Justice Department would not be pursuing criminal charges in Tamir's death, saying there wasn't enough evidence against the police officers involved.
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Lil Nas X Just Released 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)' Merch
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We're finally get more "Montero" merch, and it's wickedly good. By now, you've definitely seen Lil Nas X's iconic "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" music video, featuring unapologetically queer visuals, a lap dance with the Devil, and a new Satanic overlord. So naturally, it makes sense that the viral hitmaker is now releasing new shirts making fun of the conservative backlash that accompanied the video's release. Related | Nike Settles Suit Over Lil Nas X's 'Satan' ShoesCreated in collaboration with the streetwear meme lords over at Pizzaslime, the graphic tees cost $33 via LNX's website and come with one of two incredible designs, including one that says, "I watched the 'Montero' video by Lil Nas X and all I got was this lousy shirt and now I'm also gay and love Satan" (which is true).
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The Woman Who Can’t Stop Sexting Her New Military Boyfriend
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New York’s Sex Diaries series asks anonymous city dwellers to record a week in their sex lives — with comic, tragic, often sexy, and always revealing results. This week, a newly divorced woman who can’t stop sexting her lover in the military: 29, in a relationship, the South.DAY ONE4 a.m. I wake up to a call from Noah. He’s deployed but can’t tell me where. All I know is that he’s eight hours ahead of me. His voice comforts me even at these hours of the morning. He tells me he misses me, my touch, my lips, my skin. As soon as I hear him say that, my stomach drops and I feel like I’m in a haze.10 a.m. Even though I’m off today, I still have to be productive, otherwise I’ll feel guilty for not doing anything. I go to the gym, lift, run. There are so many good looking people at the gym — some married, some not.
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How a Sex-Toy Company CEO Gets It Done
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Successful women talk about managing their careers, and their lives. Lora Haddock DiCarlo believes in the power of sex toys — not merely as a means to an obvious end, but as a tool through which you can become “more confident in your identity through sexual exploration.” It’s among the guiding principles of her sex-toy company, Lora DiCarlo, which offers inclusive products, as well as a robust sexual-wellness coaching service. The company made quite the splash not long after arriving on the scene. In 2019, two years after DiCarlo founded the company, her Osé Robotic Massager took home an innovation award at the CES tech conference, only to have the organizers later rescind it after deeming the product “immoral” and “indecent.” In response, DiCarlo condemned the show for its “history of gender bias” in an open letter, and lobbied CES to allow sex toys in the show. Since then, DiCarlo’s profile and company have only grown. Last fall, Cara Delevingne joined as co-owner and creative adviser, and just this month, the company launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on the platform Republic, where users can invest in the company. DiCarlo currently lives in Bend, Oregon, with her Pomeranian, Enzo. Here’s how she gets it done.
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17 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Patagonia to Soludos
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You may have noticed some posts from our friends at the Strategist on the Cut. They’ll be dropping in every now and again, sharing their expertise on the basics you don’t have time to research and the weird and wonderful things you don’t yet know you need.This happens to be a big weekend for sales. Shopbop’s Style Event is ramping down, but Backcoutry’s Renew and Refresh sale is gearing up. There are also sales happening at Overstock and the Outnet, and if you want even deeper discounts, there are sales-on-sales at Nordstrom Rack and Anthropologie. It’s a lot to sort through, so we dug deep and pulled out the best of the sales bins (and, as always, if you want more sales coverage, sign up for our email newsletter).
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Paris Hilton Says Non-consensual Sex Tape Leak Gave Her PTSD
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Paris Hilton has shared that the leak of her 2004 sex tape by ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon left her with long-term trauma and PTSD. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hilton said the tape, which was released without Hilton’s consent and caused a media sensation, was “humiliating” and is “something that will hurt me for the rest of my life.” She continued: “It’s always there in the back of my mind. When it happened, people were so mean about it to me. The way that I was spoken about on nightly talk shows and the media, to see things with my family was just heartbreaking. I would be in tears every single day, I didn’t want to leave my house, I felt like my life was over.”Hilton went on to explain, “It was a private experience between two people. You love someone, you trust someone and to have your trust betrayed like that and for the whole world to be watching and laughing … It was even more hurtful to me to have these people think that I did this on purpose — that killed me.” She added, “It still gives me post-traumatic stress disorder to talk about it.” Following the leak of the tape in 2004, Hilton publicly stated that she did not approve of the tape’s release. Salomon subsequently sued Hilton for defamation, with Hilton then countersuing Salomon for the release of the tape. They settled out of court in 2005.
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Venus Williams Wants You to Learn From Her SPF Mistakes
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“A Beautiful Life” is a new column about the people who are shaping the world of beauty.Taking a tour of Venus William’s multifaceted career requires a good amount of math. The pro athlete and entrepreneur has four Olympic gold medals, 21 Grand Slam titles, one lifestyle brand called EleVen by Venus Williams, one interior-design firm, part ownership of one NFL team, and two best-selling mineral sunscreen products. Last month, four silky SPF lip balms got added to the equation.“If your worldview includes protecting your skin, you have to protect your lips as well. Lips don’t get enough love; they really don’t,” says Williams while discussing her second collaboration with clean beauty retailer Credo. “We wanted to give an opportunity for everyone to take care of all of their skin.” The end result is a quartet of Perfect Form Lip Balms, mineral-based, layer-able formulas that comfortably coat lips in a protective, softening sheen of berry (Game Day), pink (Power Player), red (Venus), or just straight-up shine (15 Love). The Cut caught up with Williams to talk self-doubt, ugly sunscreens, and apple pie.
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One of the Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor Got a Book Deal
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Over a year after plainclothes officers broke down Breonna Taylor’s door and opened fire in her South Louisville apartment, where she was struck by six bullets and left to die on her hallway floor, none of the officers involved in the no-knock raid have been charged in connection with her death. One just got a book deal, though.The Courier Journal reported this week that a book by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the cops who shot Taylor, will be published byTennessee-based Post Hill Press. The publisher, which is distributed by Simon & Schuster, focuses on “Christian and conservative political books,” and boasts embattled representative Matt Gaetz and far-right provocateur Laura Loomer among its most high-profile authors. While Mattingly is still “in the process of writing” the book, he told the outlet, he offered up its working title, The Fight For Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy.
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Harry and William Spotted Chatting at Prince Philip’s Funeral
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Ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday, coverage of Britain’s royal family largely focused on the rumored rift between Princes Harry and William; namely, on what might happen when these two beefing brothers locked eyes for the first time in a (singularly rocky) year. Nothing untoward, as it turns out: It appears that William and Harry sat respectfully through their grandfather’s service and were even “seen chatting,” yes chatting, together after it concluded.This is probably not very surprising given the circumstances of William and Harry’s reunion, the palace’s preference for polite appearances at all times, and its stated refusal to bow to any “perceptions of drama” in this particular moment. But still, tensions have reportedly been running high since Harry announced his departure from royal duties early last year and only escalated after the interview he and his wife, Meghan Markle, gave Oprah in March. During that exchange, Meghan recalled feeling utterly neglected by Harry’s family in the face of “almost unsurvivable” media harassment. She also said certain in-laws has raised “concerns about how dark [Archie’s] skin would be” before he was born, prompting William to go on the offensive about how the royals are extremely not racist and, allegedly, to accuse Harry of “putting fame over family.”
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Zoë Kravitz, Please Say More
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It looks as though we may — may! — have a Hot New Couple Alert coming down the pipe, although I feel it is my duty to hedge this with a disclaimer: There is still so much we simply do not know. However! It has come to my attention via Jezebel that something appears to be brewing between actors Zoë Kravitz and Taylour Paige. Friendship? Flirtation? Romance? Some combo thereof? Before you get your hopes all the way up, I would like to emphasize that the information we have so far is vague. Speculative, even. But also potentially promising? Let us assess.On Saturday, Kravitz posted a selfie of her and Paige — a star of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the much-anticipated Zola — with their faces mashed together, absolutely beaming. “So…this is a thing,” Kravitz captioned the photo, tagging Paige and adding a heart-eye emoji for emphasis. Hm!
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Tessa Violet Recreates an Iconic 'Twilight' Scene for 'Games'
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While their 2020 tour was cancelled due to COVID restrictions, Tessa Violet and indie-rock outfit lovelytheband still found a way to work together on their new single, "Games" — a collaborative rework of a track from Violet's 2019 album, Bad Ideas. "Being cheated on is crazy making," Violet says of the song about a lover playing "games" with her. "You're suspicious but then your suspicion is dismissed and you start to question your own sense of reality. 'Games' for me is about the tension of suspecting something is up but being paralyzed because it doesn't feel good to call someone a liar."The "Games" music video, premiering today on PAPER, is an homage to the Twilight saga, featuring actor Peter Facinelli who played Carlisle Cullen in the book's film adaptation. In their visual, Violet and lovelytheband recreate that iconic thunderstorm baseball scene in Twilight's same blue tint.
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The Perfect Shoe for Your Perpetually Cold Feet
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It’s a boot! It’s a sandal! It’s a boot! It’s a sandal! Ugg has teamed up with London-based brand Feng Chen Wang on a hybrid shoe that can be worn in all kinds of weather.The high-concept shoe features two modular elements: a buckle-adjusted sandal and a sheepskin boot liner, which can be worn together or separately. It was created for Ugg by Feng Chen Wang, a menswear designer, but it’s meant to be unisex.Wang is known for her experimental approach to fashion. The designer describes her brand’s vision as “future-modern” and says she deconstructed Ugg’s timeless boot design to create a shoe that expresses harmonious contradiction.“The clash of cultures, background and origins of both brands is exactly what makes this partnership interesting and meaningful. We’re excited to see the combination of how our signature functionality and deconstructed design language can play with such an iconic footwear as UGG in a fresh new way,” designer Feng Chen Wang said.
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Helen McCrory, Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter Actor, Has Died at 52
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British actor Helen McCrory, best known for playing Polly Gray in Peaky Blindersand Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potterfranchise, has died from cancer at the age of 52, her husband, Damian Lewis, announced on Friday. “I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family,” Lewis wrote. “She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you.”pic.twitter.com/gSx8ib9PY9In addition to her roles on Peaky Blinders and in the Harry Potter films,McCrory also played Tony Blair’s wife, Cherie Blair, in both The Queen (2006)and The Special Relationship (2010). She also had a prolific stage career, appearing in over 25 productions since 1990, including Macbeth, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Medea, for which she won a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award in 2015. Tributes to McCrory poured in on social media following the announcement of her death. The official Harry Potter franchise account, Wizarding World, wrote, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Helen McCrory, who played Narcissa Malfoy with such depth and brilliance in the Harry Potter film series. She was a wonderful actor and a very dear friend; Harry Potter fans will miss her very much.”
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What Do We Do With Bad Clothing Memories?
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Now more than ever, people are experiencing fashion through their phones. In “Screen Time,” fashion writer Emilia Petrarca shares all the screenshots, double taps, and swipes she made this week.My phone keeps reminding me what happened “on this day” a year ago, or telling me: “You have a new memory.” Mostly, it’s resurfaced some surprisingly good outfits, and the memories I associate with them. Like that time I wore a tiger-print dress to go meet a friend for drinks in June and the sky broke open in one of those classic New York summer downpours. We grabbed our wineglasses and cheese plate and ran inside the bar, and then suddenly we were inside a bar for the first time in months, and I was happy to be wearing a tiger-print dress.
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8 Killed in Shooting at FedEx Warehouse in Indianapolis
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A gunman killed eight people and wounded several others, then killed himself at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late Thursday.At an early morning press conference, Officer Genae Cook of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said that at least five other people had been hospitalized with injuries, including one in critical condition. Two other people were treated at the scene and released.IMPD says 8 people have died and multiple others were injured in the mass shooting at the FedEx facility in Indy. pic.twitter.com/CwVCqEhmynCook said officers arrived at the scene just after 11 p.m., following reports that shots had been fired, and encountered an “active-shooter incident.” No law-enforcement officers were injured.
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‘This Is the Week People Are Getting Back in Shape’
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“Hot Bod” is a weekly exploration of fitness culture and its adjacent oddities.I am a fair-weather cyclist through and through. This makes me proud, because I love to have high standards, but it also means that from about November to April, I don’t really bike except to get around. Then the trees bloom again, and I get a craving to really bike on a ride that requires commitment. Something that goes for at least 30 miles and past good views. Recently, on my first super hilly ride in four months, I felt the distinct, lung-clearing lurch of getting back into shape. It felt like my heart was both trying to exit straight through my breastbone and also out through the throat. This sensation is familiar. In general, I’d say my life is always a cycle of getting into shape, falling out of shape, and then getting back into shape. And I wonder: What does my body think of this? 
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The 17 Best Butt Plugs You Can Buy Online
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A year in lockdown has inspired all sorts of creative outlets for horniness: People are having more phone sex, snapping artful nudes, and investing in vibrators. So if you’ve always been curious about butt plugs, it’s never too late to explore new horizons. Experts agree that a butt plug can enhance your sex life solo or with a partner, as long as you’re patient and prepare properly.The most important rule is to go slowly. “It’s important to start small and use a lot of water-basedlube (silicone can degrade your toys) so you’re not damaging anything,” says Gigi Engle, certified sexologist and author of All the F*cking Mistakes: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life.“People think that because they can handle a big penis or dildo in other parts of their bodies that they can handle anything, but that’s not true.”
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Mazie Hirono Isn’t Afraid of Conflict
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“I am a regular person, so, sure, I’d like to be liked,” Mazie Hirono, the 73-year-old senator from Hawaii, says with a smile. “But it doesn’t bother me that there are people I trigger to really dislike me. That doesn’t stop me from saying what I want to say.”Heart of Fire, Hirono’s forthcoming memoir, lays out the stories of three generations of women. There’s her grandmother, a “picture bride” sent from Japan to Hawaii in the 1920s to marry a migrant sugarcane farmworker; she returns to Japan just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Hirono’s mother, Chieko “Laura” Sato Hirono, marries a chronic drinker and gambler whose family brands her with a hot iron when her breast milk dries up. She escapes that marriage by returning to Hawaii in 1955, bringing 7-year-old Mazie and her older brother, Roy, with her but temporarily leaving a younger son, Wayne, behind.
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‘I’m So Jealous of My Hot Friend’
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This column first ran in John Paul Brammer’s Hola Papi newsletter, which you can subscribe to on Substack. This has plagued my self-esteem for the past year or so. I have this best friend. We do everything together, and he’s truly the best kind of company: He’s hilarious, makes me feel energized, and, like, we can be our goofy selves together. Thing is, whenever we’re together, all eyes land on my friend, who we’ll call Scott.Scott’s not my type sexually, but I definitely consider him attractive, with his icy blue eyes, square jaw, and glorious brown hair. I don’t consider myself sexy by any means. I’m probably a 7 on a good day. It’s hard for me to be around Scott and have all the boys gravitate to him immediately. He gets hit on all the time while men act like I don’t exist.
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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 19
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On Monday, the sun and the communication planet Mercury both leave impulsive Aries and enter stubborn, earthy Taurus. This is a time for deliberation: It’s better to act purposefully than quickly, better to say what you really mean, even if that takes some time. Your life won’t change magically overnight, but that doesn’t mean it won’t change at all. The world is slowly changing all the time, and with the sun in Taurus, you can find real pleasure in this slow but steady motion. On Friday, action planet Mars enters quiet Cancer, where it will stay until June. While Mars is here, it can be difficult to take decisive action or feel a sense of forward momentum in your life. This may sound hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Your life isn’t meant to be linear. Sometimes, only by retracing your steps does forward motion become possible again.
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Madonna Wants a 'New Vaccination'
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Madonna is calling for gun control, and she wants it now. On Saturday, the singer posted a video on Instagram of herself going around the city, putting up posters with the hashtags #GUNCONTROLNOW and #WAKEUPAMERICA, with her song "God Control" playing in the background. She even wore a blue ski mask for the occasion, sort of mimicking Pussy Riot's signature pink ones. Related | Emma González Criticizes Madonna's 'God Control' VideoMadonna captioned the video, "There's a new Vaccination!! It's called GUN CONTROL! Should be mandatory. It will SAVE LIVES!" She then urged fans to support and get involved with anti-gun violence nonprofit organization, Everytown For Gun Safety. Her post comes after several mass shootings in the past few months, as well as the killings of 20-year-old Daunte Wright and 13-year-old Adam Toledo at the hands of police. Madge posted more photos from her night out, saying, "The Officers who killed them are only being charged with manslaughter. This is insanity. Horrific. And yet it has become normalized in our society."
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Carrie’s Best Boyfriend Is Coming Back for the SATC Reboot
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Aidan hive, assemble: John Corbett, known to Sex and the City fans as “the one that got away” or, simply, Aidan, has revealed in an interview with “Page Six” that not only will he appear in the SATC reboot, which will be titled And Just Like That, he may be in “quite a few” episodes.So what does this mean for the show’s mysterious plotline? So far, we know that Samantha, played by Kim Cattrall, absolutely will not be involved. We also know that Mr. Big, played by Chris Noth, is unlikely to have a large role; in February, “Page Six” reported that he wouldn’t be returning, though Noth subsequently logged on to insert some ambiguity, responding to fans with comments like “Everything changes — including announcements in the rags” and “Well if page six says it … it must be true” with a winky-face emoji. We also know that the reboot has unfortunately decided to address COVID. (Whether it will address the racism, transphobia, and gender essentialism that marred the original series remains to be seen.)
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