Jun 20, 2021 • 58M


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Jesse Singal
Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
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After Jesse offers a mass amnesty to the individuals he wrongly (?) blocked, Katie, in a surprising move, comes out in favor of murdering adorable innocent puppies with big watery eyes. Then, as part of the podcast's seemingly bottomless obsession with drama surrounding Nigerian novelists, the hosts discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's viral essay about how horrible Online is and debate whether it's okay to attack her with machetes.

(UPDATE: This essay provides a lot of background on Akwaeke Emezi and I'm annoyed we missed it while prepping this episode. We'll talk about it one way or another, either by updating this episode or in the next one. The short version is that Akwaeke had their uterus removed because they believed themself to be possessed by an evil spirit: https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/writer-and-artist-akwaeke-emezi-gender-transition-and-ogbanje.html -Jesse )

Show notes/Links:

Slate article on behavioral euthanasia: https://slate.com/human-interest/2021/06/dog-bite-training-behavioral-euthanasia.html

Glenn is being mean: https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1404194591117557763 

CNA says trans women are trans women: https://www.channel4.com/news/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-on-feminism 

CNA's sorta-apology: https://www.facebook.com/chimamandaadichie/photos/a.469824145943.278768.40389960943/10154893542340944/?type=3&theater

Transracialism: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/05/transracialism-article-controversy.html 

MACHETES: https://twitter.com/azemezi/status/1346268453221658624 

CNA's viral essay: https://www.chimamanda.com/

Oh God a Vox take on it: https://www.vox.com/identities/2017/3/15/14910900/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-transgender-women-comments-apology

What literally even is a woman anyway: https://twitter.com/graceelavery/status/1405661319903289344 

Akwaeke Emezi's creepy response: https://twitter.com/ItsLithaAfter9/status/1405030628978999299