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Watch Solange’s Incredible Multi-Song Tonight Show Performance

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Solange-on-FallonIf you've ever seen Solange live, you know that her performances -- in theaters, at festivals, wherever -- are intricately staged, tremendously moving spectacles. She knows how to make these things special. Solange is a great singer, and she's got great songs, but there are a lot of great singers with great songs. Solange turns … More »
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Complaints at Broadway building part of pushback over adding ‘smart lock’ and home automation tech to apartments

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By Harley Rose

Complaints filed with the city against developers of a Broadway apartment building illustrate a growing tension for Capitol Hill renters, landlords, and tenants across Seattle over new “smart lock” and home automation technology.

Patent 523 tenants say in June Essex Property Trust  informed them by email that a SmartRent system was to be implemented at the Broadway apartment complex.

SmartRent is a home automation company that develops software and hardware for home owners, property managers and renters.. The application system acts as a control on smart home functions from a centralized application, including but not limited to heating, rent payment, and key code entry to a house or apartment. 

Tenants who want a year long lease renewal said they were informed that the code entry system would be necessary for the renewal. Notification of the installation of this application was posted in late October with a choice to opt out of the system by renewing on a shorter term lease.

The state requires a 48 hour notice before any landlord or property owners can enter an apartment in a non-emergency setting.

Two tenants who filed complaints and say they chose to opt out by signing a shorter term lease, tell CHS they had an event of entry without the required notification.

According to these tenants, on November 4, the installation day, “the SmartRent installers knocked on our door, waited a few seconds, then unlocked it and tried to enter. Thankfully my roommate was home and kicked them out.“ One renter describes the events as “definitely an unlawful entry since we received no notice and didn’t consent.”

CHS is not identifying the renters out of concerns over possible retaliation.

In September, The Stranger reported on the growth of the SmartRent industry in Seattle which can include smart locks, water sensors, touchscreen thermostats, smart plugs, and a wireless hubs. In addition to individual privacy and security concerns, the trend represents another challenge and expense for area tenants already dealing with high rents and limited housing choices.

One tenant CHS heard from said they are a security consultant and are frustrated with the process after not receiving a  response from management about their concerns, which lie mostly in the security of the building.

According to the tenants, they spoke with SmartRent to express that “no matter how good their product might be, we didn’t ask for it and it adds unnecessary complexity that puts our security and privacy at risk.”

Several complaints have been filed regarding this change, and according to a city representative, the complaints “haven’t been assigned or investigated yet.”

The official added that the “Prohibited Acts Ordinance echoes state law by requiring landlords to provide two days of notice before entering units to do necessary if agreed repairs. If they fail to do so, City of Seattle will start by educating the owners on the requirements and warning them. If violations persist, we could issue a Notice of Violation.” Since talking to the official, two of the statuses on the complaint page have been updated to “Under Investigation.”

Both Essex Property Trust and SmartRent declined to comment when asked about the issues.


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The Hater’s Guide to Mayor Pete

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Pete Buttigieg has campaigned on a pledge to build unity. That’s just a pledge to do nothing.

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Watch Lana Del Rey Cover “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” With Ben Gibbard

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Lana Del Rey's Norman Fucking Rockwell! tour rolled through Denver, CO last night at the Bellco Theatre and Del Rey had a couple special guests on-hand. Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard played a solo set before Del Rey's show, and then she brought him out during her set so that they could … More »
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Culture? Cancelled! Introducing the Wussy Guillotine

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Good news, WUSSY readers! After years of publishing cultural critiques, putting out print magazines, and throwing the best damn parties this side of the Mason-Dixon line, we’ve finally earned enough money to move on to phase two of the Wussy plan! That’s right: we’ve completed the guillotine we’re going to use to execute our comments section!

It seems like just yesterday that we decided to start a fake publishing entity just so we could create a database of people who disagreed with us politically on Facebook but here we are! It’s such a relief to know that all these years of hard work are finally paying off.

Every drag brunch you’ve ever attended! Every piece of merch you’ve ever bought! All of that cash went straight into the guillotine fund. That’s right! Every dime you’ve ever given to WUSSY has been leading up to this moment: our full ascension to an authoritarian queer regime that silences our critics in an orgiastic cataclysm of cultural Marxism!

And we have no one to thank but you!

That’s right! We’re going full judge, jury, and sexecutioner… but also just regular executioner! Cancelled! Cancelled! You’re all cancelled... to death. The crime? Being too problematic to agree with our groupthink, you capitalist/pig/capitalist pig!

I know what you’re thinking: “I’m just an upper middle-class white realtor who thinks cops are good and gentrification is also good and gay marriage and rainbow crosswalks mean there’s no more discrimination and also trans people need to wait their turn for rights. What have I ever done wrong!?” Well, if reading five years of our poorly-informed Bolshevik critiques of literally everything you’ve ever enjoyed in your brief, shallow life hasn’t clued you in yet, it’s not worth trying to convince you now! We’re not interested in discourse. We’re interested in disgorg...ing the vital fluids from your body when we slice off your heads!

The guillotine is thirsty!

There’s a million guillotinable offenses and we’ve already judged you guilty of all of them! Ever been friends with someone who’s eaten at Chick-Fil-A? That’s a guillotining! Ever rooted for a white person to win Drag Race? That’s a guillotining! Ever tapped your toe to a Katy Perry song? Swish swish, bitch, here comes dat guillotine! 

Aw, I’m sorry, did you think that just because we threw fun parties with famous drag queens that we were just your standard neoliberal gay website? Surely you must, since you’ve been getting your Andrew Christians in a bunch over every single critical thing we post! Newsflash: we’re communists! The scary kind! Boo! Perhaps we should put on our little Rachel Maddow glasses and cry on TV while reporting the news? Maybe then you would take us seriously.

“We shouldn’t even be concerned about this when there are real crimes going on in Uganda!” you protest as you are dragged out to the public square while the crowd pelts you with empty poppers bottles. Not a strong argument to make, considering you’ve never done anything to help a person in Uganda and you only bring it up when you read something you don’t like online. Besides, once you’ve felt the guillotine’s icy sting, you won’t be concerned about Uganda or any of the other countries in Africa you can name, which is probably none of them! 

Now, now. There’s no reason to get mad at us for this. After all, if Ellen can make time in her busy schedule of being a piece of shit to every production assistant she’s ever had to make friends with cuddly war criminal George W. Bush, maybe you can try to see eye-to-eye with us… before your head tumbles into the guillotine basket that is. Heck, even if we only executed 5 dissidents a day for the next 100 years, we still wouldn’t be responsible for as many deaths as George W. Bush… and that’s just counting innocent civilians! So maybe take a page from Ellen’s playbook and try to be a little more open minded! It’s important to be friends with people you don’t agree with!

And in case you’re worried, we’re going to slap a coat of rainbow paint on the guillotine. Heck, we’ll even call it a gay-otine! That should be the base level of pandering you need to be okay with something! If you’re going to go out, go out with pride!

So the next time you get pissy at something online, just remember: that organization is probably run by a shadow coalition of maniacs whose thirst for social justice can only be quenched by your fascist blood! Alright readers, we have a lot of work to do going through every comment ever posted on one of our articles and deciding which list you get put on. But be sure to buy tickets to our Shalloween party... or else! We look forward to reading your well-reasoned comments on Facebook! 



Julian Modugno is a writer and humorist based out of Chicago, IL. He hates everything you love and won't be happy until it's destroyed and you're left with nothing. You can follow him on instagram @historysgreatestmonster and on Twitter at @juliocentric



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Why did a gay bar call the police on a drag queen during Atlanta Pride?

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During Pride weekend, the bouncer at TEN Atlanta, apparently incapable of managing RuPaul’s Drag Race icon Tatianna, referred the belligerent Tatianna to their cop-for-hire, who arrested her.

So far, in queer media, this seems to merely be a tabloid headline. But I am bothered.

You might be wondering, why would I care about TEN Atlanta? It’s a bar I pass on the way to another bar. TEN Atlanta is another failed attempt at bringing back mid-century architectural brutalism, and Tatianna was probably booked into a more aesthetically pleasing venue, with better music and fewer cokeheads.

Certainly, it could be ignored as just another TMZ headline.

But I am bothered.

So I have to ask a question, a question I can’t get out of my head:

WHY THE FUCK DID A QUEER BAR CALL THE POLICE ON A DRAG QUEEN DURING PRIDE?

Perhaps you think I’m asking how this happened. Perhaps you want to quibble about the minor details, like how they didn’t technically phone the police, but rather, a bouncer called over a police officer to handle it. That’s not what I’m asking. I’ll ask it again:

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WHY THE FUCK DID A QUEER BAR CALL THE POLICE ON A DRAG QUEEN DURING PRIDE?

Am I instead asking what did Tatianna do to get arrested? Am I asking about the narrative of what led to this? The details? 

No. Because this question:

WHY THE FUCK DID A QUEER BAR CALL THE POLICE ON A DRAG QUEEN DURING PRIDE?

…is not actually a question at all. It’s a rhetorical question. It’s an argument. It’s a statement of outrage. Because, in our lost times of He Who Shall Not Be Named (Trump), and racist comments that cratered a queer bar not that long ago (Burkhart’s), our threshold for what is offensive and outrageous disappeared. Concentration camps are yesterday’s news thanks to today’s news of ethnic cleansing. How does one get upset about anything?

Except somehow, I’m angry. Because: I expect that through this waking nightmare, our queer venues will be the brief moment in which we’re awake, the night of the week and the weekend of the year in which we treat each other with empathy and respect our history, and that we do this through community.

So again, I ask:

WHY THE FUCK DID A QUEER BAR CALL THE POLICE ON A DRAG QUEEN DURING PRIDE?

Now, there are a series of answers to this question which I will state now that I am perfectly willing to accept. Because I am about forgiveness. If the answer is: 

“This was a moment of terrible judgment which we made because the hour was late and people were tired, and we’ll examine our policies to make sure this does not happen again,” then I will be the first to say: Good. Thank you. I appreciate the effort. 

Perhaps they might say:

“In a time of mass gun violence, we hired police to protect the event, but they clearly misinterpreted their role, massively overstepped, and terribly embarrassed us.” This would be acceptable.

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But they’re not giving that response and no one has publicly confronted them with the question. It needs to be asked.

They don’t just owe Tatianna an apology. They owe the community an apology. Throwing a visibly queer person into a jail cell is innately dangerous for that visibly queer person. A drag queen is going to be booked into a sex segregated cell with men in a full drag look. They may have to spend the night. Or several days. They are exposed to a unique risk of harassment and sexual assault. This, and the prospect of this, is terrifying. The idea that a queer bar might do this to one of us for drunken misbehavior is terrifying.

They will spend the rest of their lives with an arrest record. They will be exposed to job discrimination permanently. They will have to describe the event in every background check forever. They may have to pay attorneys fees. They may have to take time off work, or get fired, to show up to court, because a bouncer brought in the police instead of pulling them from the club. So again, I ask:

WHY THE FUCK DID A QUEER BAR CALL THE POLICE ON A DRAG QUEEN DURING PRIDE?

“But Tatianna should have behaved herself.”

“But Tatianna broke the law.”

“I never would have done that.”

I know. 

You wouldn’t have thrown the first brick at Stonewall. You wouldn’t have formed a line of queers and forced the cops into a bar and set the bar on fire (history lesson: this happened). That was a lot of law breaking that I’m very much convinced you would not have participated in, and you wouldn’t have the opportunity to march in a sanitized corporate float in the parade that commemorates that whole multi-day riot-against-police thing.

And I know, Tatianna wasn’t fighting decades of police oppression by trying to get into the back room and yelling about it.

If I were cynical, I’d wonder if cashing in on zillion-dollar wristbands while farming your crowd management out to the police could be seen by some of us oversensitive snowflakes as a betrayal of what Pride is commemorating, which, I thought, is safety of vulnerable queers from the police state. But what do I know?

Enough about that.

I have other questions: 

  • If a bouncer does not bounce, are they still a bouncer? 

  • Is this bouncer subcontracting other bouncing duties, like checking ID’s, to a call center in Wisconsin? 

  • Is there more to bouncing than bouncing? 

  • When I see bouncers at the Drunken Unicorn carry a large belligerent man away, are they not bouncers? 

  • Am I confused about what bouncing is? 

  • When manager Becky at Starbucks calls the police on homeless people using the bathroom, is she not, as I heretofore thought, a barista, but rather a bouncer? 

  • Is manager Becky a bouncer who also makes coffee and that’s why she doesn’t know how to use the espresso machine because making coffee is her second job? 

  • Is bouncing just calling the police when patrons don’t follow your orders?

Surprise! Those aren’t really questions either! Gotcha again!

“What about the bouncer’s safety?”

Good question!

Just kidding, it’s not.

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What do you think the cops do in this situation? Is it somehow different than what a bouncer does? Do they not also carry away the belligerent person who refuses to leave? Are we wary of putting our LGBT bouncers in danger from the claws of a wayward Tatianna, and it’s best to let the police shoulder the risk?

Transferring crowd management to the police just transfers the safety hazard to a different person, piles a much larger safety hazard on Tatianna, and terrorizes a community into thinking that they (or a drunken friend) could be thrown in jail in a dress and heels and makeup by a queer bar during Pride just for being rowdy. Transferring crowd management to the police transfers our safety into the hands of an entity we already know isn’t capable of preserving our safety. 

In these times, deserved shame feels irrelevant. Toxic, victim-blaming arguments play in a loop until they’re accepted as normal in the American psyche. Arresting a drag queen for being belligerent during Pride doesn’t trigger a wave of shock and articles with condemnations about Stonewall or how irony is dead. 

It is simply a cute article on TMZ.

It is in these times of unreality, when morality feels optional, that we must grip to the confidence of our own reality ever tighter. It is the only way that we stave off the unconscionable new reality that is being imposed upon us.

And in my reality, queer lives have value, queer lives deserve empathy, queer lives deserve grace, and queer bar patrons deserve venues that hire cops to protect queer lives, not endanger them. Also, my reality will probably include a ban from TEN. If that means I won’t be forced by friends to listen to bad Taylor Swift remixes while surrounded by the acoustic and aesthetic nightmare of mirrors and concrete and roid-heads on too much coke to stick it in me after escaping or being arrested, so be it.

ADDENDUM: TEN Atlanta owner James Nelson wrote, “We did not call the police, I had APD on staff the entire weekend and she was very confrontational with the officer and resisted his plea, it was his decision to arrest him not ours. And lastly, be very cautious what you defaming content you write, my attorney is a phone call away.”

The original article states, “Perhaps you want to quibble about the minor details, like how they didn’t technically phone the police, but rather, a bouncer called over a police officer to handle it.” The article also refers to a possible apology that would say, “we hired police to protect the event”, and the article refers to the dangers of “farming your crowd management out to the police”. The piece’s references to having hired cops is why the piece is in part a critique of having police on staff at a queer bar, and the statement about “quibbling details” is an argument that the distinction about whether they’re hired or called *is* a quibbling detail, because a bouncer getting the attention of your hired cop, and phoning the police, both lead to obviously similar results.

There is no better finale to this criticism than the owner’s response of bullying via financial power: “My attorney is a phone call away” to threaten action against a local queer rag using the incredible power of the judicial system proves that irony is in fact dead.



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