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Why People Are Upset About Sam Rockwell's Oscar Win

Because he didn't win for his role in TMNT.

As most critics and artificial intelligence predicted, Sam Rockwell won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Rockwell was awarded for his portrayal of Officer Jason Dixon in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Despite his victory, Rockwell’s character has been polarizing among critics and movie lovers. While some have praised his portrayal of a deeply flawed, extremely racist cop as a paean to nuance, others have decried the character as an irresponsible depiction of important social issues. A common criticism was that in the film, Dixon’s problematic characteristics were eventually overlooked in service of giving him a redemption arc.

Rockwell tuning out the haters.

According to the detractors, it’s not wrong to have a racist cop in a movie, but the way the film redeemed his character without interrogating his history of racism and violence was a problem. Perhaps the best encapsulation of the criticism of Rockwell’s character comes from a satirical article in McSweeney’s that lists 17 more billboards that should have been included in the film. Number 8: “NOT SURE BRUTALLY RACIST COPS DESERVE REDEMPTIVE STORYLINES.”

To ameliorate their displeasure, some people on Twitter decided to reframe Rockwell’s victory by awarding him for one of his past roles. Turns out he was in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is just about the best fun fact one could ever learn about Sam Rockwell.

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Regardless of your opinion on Rockwell’s character, he’s an extremely prolific actor who was won over many fans during his career. Overall, it seems like Rockwell’s critics appreciate his acting, but not his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

And some, like Sean Fennessey at The Ringer, hope that now that the Oscar has been awarded, we can all go back to liking Rockwell without making any concurrent political statements. We’ll see.

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Here's When 'Avengers: Endgame' Tickets Will Probably Go on Sale

The most realistic window is actually very soon.

Avengers: Endgame is officially less than two months away, and anyone who wants to have prime seats for that Thursday night showing should start monitoring ticket sales immediately. There’s no official word just yet, but we can safely assume that Avengers: Endgame tickets will go on sale sometime within the next month or so.

The Stealth Razor Is Our New Favorite Slim Wallet

An excellent wallet for those looking to "Marie Kondo" their everyday carry. 

Maybe it’s Marie Kondo fever that drew me to the successful Indiegogo campaign by Airo Collective. Maybe it’s that I’ve been searching for the perfect slim front pocket wallet for a long time. I’ve never been a fan of the back-pocket wallet. I’ve found that some of the best wallets I’ve had claim to be slim but fall into one of two traps:

Goop's "Trusted Expert" Anthony William Dispenses Junk Science, Say Critics

How has the Florida-based huckster got away with it for so long?

In the spring of 2013, Kate Gallagher Leong called Anthony William. She was desperate for help. Forty-eight days later, her son, Gavin, was dead.

Prior to what would be their first — and last — phone call, Leong had opened up on her parenting blog about Gavin and his seemingly incurable illness. Gavin suffered from hearing and respiratory issues, in addition to other mysterious symptoms. Despite taking him to specialists, Leong’s search for a diagnosis turned up fruitless. When she got an email from a blog reader suggesting she reach out to a man named Anthony William, she didn’t hesitate.

The 50 Best Joe Biden Memes

The internet's favorite Vice President.

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Biden’s meme bona fides got a boost on Tuesday after saying that, as a young man, he would’ve fought President Donald Trump because of the way our current President has treated women. “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him,” Biden announced at a University of Miami rally.

The Best Apps for Finding a Threesome

Check out these online tools for some group fun.

Threesomes and group sex appear to be less taboo and more of a viable option to try out something new in the bedroom, yet trying to arrange a ménage à trois can still be difficult.

Indeed, a 2016 study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that 82 percent of men and 31 percent of women surveyed were interested in at least one kind of threesome; but only 24 percent of men and 8 percent of the women had participated in a threesome of some sort.