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What is the web-o-sphere angry about this week? A washed up celeb’s #MeToo opinion, a queer superhero casting that isn’t queer enough and a Michael Bay produced teenage Dora film. Here’s everything you need to know.

Lindsay Lohan says the #MeToo movement makes women look “weak”

THE STORY: In an interview with British newspaper The Times, Lindsay Lohan suggested that in holding off on police reports, victims of sexual abuse and harassment are “taking away from the fact that it happened”.

“If it happens at that moment,” she said,  “you discuss it at that moment. You make it a real thing by making it a police report. I’m going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women.”

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Girl, please stop. After she defended Harvey Weinstein — and attacked his estranged wife for not “being there for him” — it’s surprising that anyone is asking Lohan for her thoughts on the Me Too movement. Hers is a voice that does not need to be amplified at this time.

If anything, Lohan’s comments are proof of how damaging the patriarchy can be: she admits to hating herself before tearing down a community she identifies within. What does that say about Lohan? This goes without saying, but the Me Too movement doesn’t make women weak — speaking out about personal trauma is the very embodiment of courage.

Ruby Rose is cast as Batwoman

THE STORY: Ruby Rose, the beloved Orange is the New Black star who identifies as genderfluid, will portray the CW Network’s first lesbian superhero in a upcoming Arrowverse crossover event. There is also a Batwoman series reportedly in development with Rose attached, with the official logline for the potential show reading:

“Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

Rose celebrated her new role in an Instagram post, writing: “The bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored…. This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different.”

THE REACTION:

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: So you think Ruby Rose shouldn’t be cast as Batwoman because she’s a bad actor? Fine, that’s valid. But if you’re opposing this casting choice because you don’t think Rose is the right kind of lesbian, than you should probably log off of the Internet now. Hollywood cast a queer actress for a major queer role in mainstream pop culture. We should be celebrating , not questioning her sexuality or the audience she appeals to.

Fans got a first look at the new Dora the Explorer

THE STORY: Apparently, Dora is going to high school — and it’s being captured for the big screen. It was announced this week that the live-action film, produced by Michael Bay’s production company, stars 17-year-old Isabela Moner as the famed Spanish-teaching character.

THE REACTION: 

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RAGE: Okay I feel…weird about this. In case you don’t have every IMDB page memorized, here’s a refresher on Michael Bay: he’s the dude who directed Pearl Harbor, Armageddon and all those Transformers movies. Based on the first look — and the production company attached — it seems like this teenage live-action Dora film is going to be some kind of Tombraider-esque adaptation. Which, I’m sorry, is just something I don’t need. Seriously, why does every good thing need an edgy live-action reboot? And also, how are they planning to create a live-action Boots?!

But hey, at least they didn’t whitewash the role! No hate to teenage Dora, because she looks beautiful.

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