From the NBA Finals and the Women’s World Cup to the death of Kalief Browder and the outing of Rachel Dolezal, it has been a roller-coaster week. Oh, and Gawker Media—you know, the company that owns this very website—is, according to Jonathan Mahler and the New York Times, undergoing a “moment of truth.” You don’t say?
“Kalief Browder, 1993-2015” by Jennifer Gonnerman
That evening, in a room packed with family members, Prestia said, “This case is bigger than Michael Brown!” In that case, in which a police officer shot Brown, an unarmed teen-ager, in Ferguson, Missouri, Prestia recalled that there were conflicting stories about what happened. And the incident took, he said, “one minute in time.” In the case of Kalief Browder, he said, “When you go over the three years that he spent [in jail] and all the horrific details he endured, it’s unbelievable that this could happen to a teen-ager in New York City. He didn’t get tortured in some prison camp in another country. It was right here!”
“Wow. Clickhole” by Dan Kois
If you’re an avid Internet reader, you may not recall the moment when you first noticed ClickHole, but you definitely remember the moment your jaw first dropped at ClickHole. For me, it was the article “7 Classic ’90s Toys That Weren’t Fun Anymore After 9/11,” a tour de force mocking the generation-pandering I constantly saw on my Facebook feed. (“When those towers went down, something in you died forever and now Furby is nothing more than some fluff and plastic.”) I loved its audacity; I hated the reminder that online media, which I both make and consume avidly, panders so grossly to readers’ generational identities and employs such banal emotional shorthand for real-life tragic events. That is to say, when I read it, I simultaneously laughed and felt bad. It turns out this is the platonic ideal of a response to a ClickHole story.
“The People vs. Nan-Hui Jo: Domestic Violence Victim Becomes Criminal” by Alyssa Jeong Perry
Nan-Hui Jo’s story looks different ways as the light changes. In the eyes of the state, she’s a child abductor, an undocumented immigrant facing deportation; in the eyes of her friends and supporters, she’s a domestic violence victim who lost her immigration status because of one abusive partner, who may lose her daughter because of another. Jo’s relationship to Charlton and the subsequent child abduction case has been described as a “cross-cultural love story gone wrong,” but her supporters took to Twitter to call it a horror story—a tale of a woman victimized by two men as well as the immigration and criminal justice systems.
“What Is Code?” By Paul Ford
“Why Did a Black Baltimore Grandfather Die in Police Custody” by Collier Meyerson
Tyrone West died in custody before police-involved deaths were prominently covered by media outlets and before before the rallying cry of “black lives matter” entered into our collective conscience. If he died in the same circumstances today, his story would make headlines across the country. Two years ago, his death barely registered beyond local media.
“Tyrone was the first child in the family. He was the glue to my family. He kept everybody laughing and was involved in church and believed in God,” Tawanda Jones remembered of her brother — a father and grandfather — as she choked back tears during an interview.
“There was nothing I didn’t enjoy about my brother,” she said. “And for them to try and paint him like he was a monster and deserved what he got is more disgusting and more heinous than the crime.”
“15 Important Questions About Baron Davis’s New Jheri Curl” by Rembert Browne
Before getting to the degree of wetness, it’s important to note his head looks like it’s covered with 5,000 eyelashes. An assortment of loose parentheses. Urban silly string, if you will. As for the wetness, it’s absolutely not wet enough. Baron’s forehead looks dry, which is a Jheri curl sin. At proper wetness, the wearer should always look as if they’re fresh out the steam room, en route to the sauna.