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Owning People Online Really Is the Left's Path to Victory

Progressive candidates need to meet their people where they live: on the web.<p>Joe Crowley, the incumbent congressman in New York’s 14th District, had $3 million, much of it from corporate interests, in his reelection war chest. He had key endorsements from Senator Kristen Gillibrand and New York …

Social Media

Jean-Claude Van Damme Was 'Coked Out of His Mind' During 'Street Fighter,' Director Says

Director Steven de Souza described filming the 90s action flick as a total shit show.<p>The 90s live-action <i>Street Fighter</i> movie is a cliched, cringeworthy masterpiece. The action movie, based on the video game, is sustained almost entirely by fight scenes and one-liners, and it's one of those films …

Movies

This Artist Recreates Iconic Images Out of Trash, Toys, and Chocolate Syrup

Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz wants people to see the world differently.<p>Brazilian artist Vik Muniz isn't like most photographers, who aim to capture extraordinary moments as they appear in real life. He's known for making iconic images out of wacky materials, like the <i>Mona Lisa</i> rendered in peanut …

Art

‘Pose’ Is the Most Important Show on TV Right Now

The new FX show, with its diverse cast of trans actors, feels like an act of revolution.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada</i>.<p>Family is a bizarrely subjective thing.<p>For some, it is equal parts rigid and uncompromising, holistically defined through a tidy ordering of blood and ancestry, of …

Sex and the City

Armie Hammer Is Getting Bombarded by Peach-Wielding Fans

"I get handed at least a peach or two almost every stage door."<p>Armie Hammer has stayed busy since <i>Call Me by Your Name,</i> going on to star as a maniacal telemarketing CEO in <i>Sorry to Bother You</i> and making his Broadway debut in <i>Straight White Men</i>. But for whatever reason—blame his incredible dance moves, …

Stephen Colbert

Sorry Cops, You Don't Get to Be Funny Online

Even if the "pug mug" is cute.<p>On Sunday, July 15, in a seaside city in one of the most southern parts of New Jersey, a pug named Bean escaped from her home. How she broke free is unknown, but as most dogs do on the loose, she wandered, leashless and alone, trespassing on lawns that were not her …

Track Down

'Tripleting,' Today's Comic by Seo Kim

Seo freaks out after coming across two girls dressed just like her.<p><i>Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of VICE delivered to your inbox daily.</i><p><i>Check out more of Seo Kim's art on Instagram, Tumblr, and her store.</i>

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You Can Make Trump Say Whatever You Want with These Fake 'Signed' Portraits

An online shop sells knock-off presidential portraits with custom messages in Trump's handwriting, and will apparently let you write obscene ones.<p>As the president continues his international tour of treason or whatever, I discovered something of grave import—there's an online store where you can …

Presidential Debate

Happy Birthday, Salad Fingers

In honor of the 14-year anniversary of one of Britain's bleakest cartoons, we spoke to David Firth, the show's creator.<p><i>This article originally appeared on</i> <i>VICE UK</i>.<p>The July 14, is a very special date. It has witnessed the births of such notable individuals as David Mitchell (comedian), Ingmar …

Love Island

I Recreated the 20-Mile Walk from 'Falling Down' Minus the Murders

I followed in Michael Douglas' footsteps to see if walking across town in the heat would turn me into a murderous racist.<p>Released in 1993, with the embers of the riots still smoldering, the Joel Schumacher film <i>Falling Down</i> picked at the scab of the city's fresh wounds with a novel subversion of the …

McDonald's

Showtime Says Sarah Palin Is Dead Wrong About Sacha Baron Cohen

The network claims the comedian never pretended to be a "disabled vet."<p>Sacha Baron Cohen has been racking up some free publicity for his new series, <i>Who Is America</i><i>?</i>, thanks to a ton of pissed-off conservatives he pranked for the show. Roy Moore threatened to sue, Joe Arpaio went on a rant about hand …

Disability

'Big Head, Little Body' Is the Perfect Meme for Humiliating Smug People

Everybody has a friend like this guy.<p>The art world has provided us with a beautiful new meme for a world wide web afflicted with a constant state of bigheadedness.<p>Belgian artist Thomas Lerooy’s surreal bronze monument <i>Not enough brains to survive</i> (2009) is popping off on Reddit as a …

Mark Zuckerberg

MGM Resorts Is Suing Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting to Avoid Liability

In a move one lawyer called "outrageous."<p>MGM is taking legal steps to ensure it's not held liable for the Las Vegas massacre that left 58 dead and 851 injured after a gunman open fired on a country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. The resort's parent company, MGM Resorts …

Las Vegas

Can a Comedown Kill You?

It often feels like it can, but can it really?<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i>.<p>My worst comedown hit me after three long days of drinking and ecstasy use at a festival in 2015. Upon returning to reality, my sleep became a grisly vortex of sweating, brain zaps, and night terrors, which …

Mental Health

Anthony Bourdain Thought Bill Clinton Was a 'Gropey' 'Piece of Shit'

The late author and chef continued to defend women in one of his final interviews.<p>One of the last interviews Anthony Bourdain gave before his suicide last month was published over the weekend, a sprawling conversation touching on politics, travel, work, and the cause he took up devoutly before he …

Bill Clinton

The New Hot Social Media Trend Is Actually Interacting with People

Instagram's AMA and a few viral Tweets show there's still hope in hell.<p>Here are two things that happened this month: On Friday, the creator of /r/kotakuinaction, the hub of Gamer Gate on Reddit, had something of a <i>Network</i> moment. Calling the forum “one of the many cancerous growths that have …

Social Media

Photos Show Links Between NRA Leaders and Alleged Russian Spy Maria Butina

The arrest of Butina is the most dramatic development yet in the government’s investigation of the NRA's relationship with Russia.<p><i>This story was published in partnership with the Trace.</i><p>Maria Butina, a Russian national who launched that country’s version of the National Rifle Association—and hosted …

Guns

Inside the Most Important Battle in Congress You Aren't Paying Attention To

The Farm Bill will have profound consequences for the country, especially poor people and rural areas. Negotiations over it have completely stalled.<p>At this point in an election year, Congress is usually functionally checked out. With midterm races to worry about, legislators have neither the …

Republicans

Don't Buy Republicans' Self-Serving Attacks on Trump Over Russia

They knew about Trump's pro-Putin stance back in 2016, and literally laughed about it.<p>On Monday, in the wake of Donald Trump's bizarre press conference with Vladimir Putin where the US president indicated he believed the Russian autocrat over American intelligence agencies when it came to election …

Donald Trump

I Was Tortured into Giving a False Confession to Chicago Police

"I never knew about cops setting people up until it happened to me."<p>"Dazed and numb," Ronald Kitchen recalls, "I descended the stairs leading from Area 3 Violent Crimes—the hellhole where I had been tortured and kept prisoner during the previous 24 hours.... That first night, in the lockup across …

Death Row

Get Ready for a Potentially Creepy Live-Action CGI 'Rugrats' Movie

The beloved kids' show is one of many classic Nickelodeon franchises being raised from the dead.<p>Nineties kids rejoice—Paramount Players is reviving Nickelodeon classic <i>Rugrats</i>, everyone's favorite cartoon about toddlers with disturbingly large faces. “Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated …

Animation

A Definitive List of the Emojis That Need to Die Right Now

Why are there so many clocks????<p>Apple is announcing yet another set of new emojis. The 70 symbols coming to iOS12 this fall include superheroes, a cupcake, a kangaroo, a mooncake, redheads, and folks with gray hair, among others. These new emojis get chosen annually by the Unicode Consortium, a …

Language

This Guy Spent a Week Inside Italian Catacombs Taking Photos of Corpses

More than 8,000 mummies line the walls of Sicily's ancient, eerie Capuchin Catacombs.<p>In 1597, the Capuchin friars of Palermo, Sicily, had a problem: The crypts they'd been using to bury their deceased brethren were overflowing. To have more space, the brothers excavated a huge underground cemetery, …

Italy

We Ranked 11 of Tom Cruise’s Best Mission Impossible Stunts

Here are the best stunts from Tom Cruise’s midlife crisis franchise.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada</i>.<p>It seems like for my entire adult life Tom Cruise has been going through a midlife crisis. Just the other day, I sat watching this guy during an early screening of <i>Mission: Impossible</i> …

Movies

Five Obscure Urban Legends That Turned Out to Be True-ish

The Green Man of Pittsburgh isn't just a joke from 'Always Sunny'...<p>I loved urban legends as a kid because that was the only time in my life I believed they were real. If you grew up on the internet, I'm sure you were the same way: the late-night copy-pasted soliloquies about organ harvesters, and …

Urban Legends

A Long Lost Stanley Kubrick Script Was Just Discovered

An expert says it may have been "too risqué" for Hollywood.<p>Hollywood could churn out a brand new Stanley Kubrick film, despite the professional “mind-fucker's” death nearly two decades ago, thanks to a newly unearthed script he is said to have written in 1956.<p>Bangor University professor and Kubrick …

Stanley Kubrick

Even by Trump Standards His Press Conference with Putin Was Bizarre

Trump loves to say "America first," but apparently believes Russia over his own intelligence agencies.<p>No one expected Donald Trump, who has been praising Vladimir Putin for years, to suddenly turn into a Russia hawk at their unprecedented summit in Helsinki Monday. But at a press conference …

Donald Trump

'Something Close' to the Pee Tape Is Out There, US Senator Says

"It's a standard strategy of Russia," Democratic senator Jeff Merkley said.<p>While President Trump met with Russian president Vladimir Putin Monday—culminating in a bizarre press conference where Trump said he didn't believe Russia meddled in the 2016 election—Democratic senator Jeff Merkley went on …

Russia

Joel McHale Told Us How His Netflix Show Mines the Internet for Comedy Gold

'The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale' is a wackier version of 'The Soup,' and six new episodes just dropped on Netflix.<p>Seconds into our phone call, it’s clear that Joel McHale is relaxed. In fact, before I know it, the LA-based entertainer is interviewing me: “Where are you calling from? Chicago? …

Comedy

'Star Wars 90210: Bikini Contest,' Today's Comic by Ross Murray

Swimsuit Competition