On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
Pope Benedict XVI claims that, thanks to a sixth-century monk’s mistake, the most commonly used calendar is off by several years; topless feminists disguised as nuns protest anti-gay marriage in Paris; meanwhile, mainstream media pile on the same cliches about Israel and Palestine we’ve been hearing for 40 years. These discoveries and more below.
Oliver Stone: America is an ‘outlaw nation’
Across a four-decade career in the movie business that has encompassed three Academy Awards, 18 narrative films and several documentaries as a director, and innumerable side projects as a writer and producer, Oliver Stone has been obsessed with one topic: America.
Topless ‘Nuns’ Clash With Anti-Gay Marriage Catholic Protesters
Dressed (somewhat) as nuns, today the Ukraine-based feminist group FEMEN staged a topless counter-protest of an anti-gay marriage march in Paris, where they were attacked by Catholic activists. The “nuns” sprayed the activists with powdered “sperm” while chanting slogans such as “In Gay We Trust.”