The Daily T LOunge for September 17, 2020

Posted on September 17, 2020

Luigi’s Bar and Restaurant – Ankara, Turkey


We needed a LOunge that really popped today, because our asses? They are dragging. We need all the stimulation we can get. Let’s go for EXTRA today, kittens!

Today is THURSDAY. Which explains the aforementioned ass-dragging.

The day outside is gloomy and the news is stressful, so if you don’t mind, we’re going to curl up on a banquette and take a nap. Possibly two. It’s just good common sense to cultivate a strong impulse for avoidance, don’t you find? So why not sample from our Smorgasbord of Distractions and settle in for a day of being totally irresponsible, yes? Yes.


How Sarah Jessica Parker Lent a Helping Hand to Her Neighbor Christian Siriano
A good neighbor is there to give you a cup of sugar should you need it. Or, in Christian Siriano’s case, luxury high heels from Italy by Sarah Jessica Parker. For Siriano’s spring 2021 show, which will be presented in a socially distanced format and livestreamed from Connecticut tomorrow, Parker lent shoes from her collection that fit in seamlessly with the colorful gowns Siriano has in store. Handily, Parker had just opened a store five doors down from Siriano’s boutique/atelier on 54th Street, just behind the Museum of Modern Art.



Lifetime Announced the Cast For Its First LGBTQ+ Holiday Movie — Including Fran Drescher
It’s almost time for the Lifetime Christmas and holiday movie slate.
The TV network has announced its first holiday movie centered around an LGBTQ+ couple, starring real-life couple Ben Lewis and Blake Lee. They will star in Lifetime’s The Christmas Set Up, joined by Fran Drescher and Ellen Wong.



The Layered Deceptions of Jessica Krug, the Black-Studies Professor Who Hid That She Is White
The historian Jessica A. Krug, then an associate professor at George Washington University, posted a confession on the publishing platform Medium, last Thursday, explaining that she is not who she’d been claiming to be. “To an escalating degree over my adult life,” she wrote, “I have eschewed my lived experience as a white Jewish child in suburban Kansas City under various assumed identities within a Blackness that I had no right to claim: first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness.” Her life and, by extension, her scholarly career—or is it the other way around?—had been based on a lie, she admitted, or rather a glut of them, feeding on good faith like, as Krug put it, “not a culture vulture” but “a culture leech.”


First-Ever 50-State Survey on Holocaust Knowledge of American Millennials and Gen Z Reveals Shocking Results
Nationally, there is a clear lack of awareness of key historical facts; 63 percent of all national survey respondents do not know that six million Jews were murdered and 36 percent thought that “two million or fewer Jews” were killed during the Holocaust. Additionally, although there were more than 40,000 camps and ghettos in Europe during the Holocaust, 48 percent of national survey respondents cannot name a single one.


Teachers Are TikToking Their Zoom Classrooms And It’s The Only Good Thing About Dystopia
Get ready to get super hype about the number four!
Not only are the nation’s seemingly indefatigable classroom teachers coming up with new innovations to keep their students engaged in the digital morass of a virtual learning environment, but some of them are finding the time and the ingenuity to create TikToks about their experience, which keep me, an adult human, engaged in the digital morass of everyday life. A win for everyone! When the future sentient robot who is writing the history of this moment asks me what 2020 was like, I look forward to waking myself from a cryogenic sleep and removing my mask from my floating brain long enough to declare, “Oh it was awful, but the content was nice!”


Stop Policing Women’s Bodies: Recording Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy Is Wrong
A new proposal being considered by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests that women could have their alcohol consumption recorded during pregnancy. One writer considers this a gross threat to women’s rights…
You begin to notice that people other than the tiny one in your uterus feel as though they have dominion over you physically. Hordes descend to rub your bulging stomach without permission – the sort of uninvited touching that would seem like a #MeToo moment if you weren’t a walking pizza oven. Comments on your breasts and size abound and everyone – literally, everyone – proffers unsolicited commandments about what you should and shouldn’t be doing with yourself.
So, news of a proposal by the National Institute of Health Care and Excellence (NICE) to record women’s alcohol consumption during pregnancy feels, sadly, unsurprising, but let’s be clear: a line is being crossed.


Princess Anne Starts What Could Be a New Royal Fashion Trend
At an event last week, the Princess Royal wore a simple mask that featured her personalized cypher.
After Britain’s lockdown first lifted in early July, the members of the royal family were slow to embrace mask wearing, as the rest of the U.K. was. But eventually Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate Middleton realized that they could be a great way to stay safe and accessorize, and both women were spotted wearing masks with distinctive Liberty of London floral prints.


This Avant-Garde Shoe Designer Is Cher’s New Twitter Obsession
It’s not unusual for an emerging designer to be taken by surprise when an A-lister posts a picture wearing one of their pieces, whether due to an unknown purchase by a celebrity stylist or a look pulled from a showroom without their knowledge. The game is changed somewhat, though, when the source of that attention is none other than Cher—and even more so when expressed through her social media platform of choice, Twitter.


Fall’s Almost Here. Can We Still Go Apple Picking?
Wandering through corn mazes, picking pumpkins and visits to wineries and haunted houses are still on the calendar, but social distancing and face masks are part of the plan.
Across much of the country, fall is the season of apple-picking, corn mazes, winery harvests and Halloween hauntings, luring day-trippers and weekenders to rural areas. But if summer is any guide, many fall festivities may require more planning this year to avoid the crowds.While visitors may still launch a pumpkin from a catapult, pandemic restrictions will touch everything: Hay rides will now be socially distanced, and masked clowns will be poised to scare haunted house visitors from six feet away.





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