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Ron Faucheux: LaToya Cantrell and the knotty politics of recall | Opinions and Editorials
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Ron Faucheux: LaToya Cantrell and the knotty politics of recall | Opinions and Editorials

When Arnold Schwarzenegger made the science fiction film “Total Recall” in 1990, little did he know that 13 years later he would be part of a real-life recall, one that would make him governor of California.In 2003, California’s voters recalled Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and put the Republican bodybuilder and actor in his place. It was the second time a U.S. governor had ever been recalled. The first was in 1921 when Republican Gov. Lynn Joseph Frazier was removed in North Dakota.The current governor of California, Democrat Gavin Newsom, faced a recall last year that he handily defeated.Recalling Mayor LaToya Cantrell is now an issue in New Orleans. A commi...
Purple Hearts is a terrible film — but it gets America right | Entertainment
Entertainment

Purple Hearts is a terrible film — but it gets America right | Entertainment

Netflix’s recently released romance Purple Hearts has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum and starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, the film has been watched for more than 100 million hours on the platform and is on track to join the ranks of Netflix’s most viewed content. Yet, one has to wonder if this is because of the story or the controversies surrounding it. Purple Hearts has drawn criticism for propagating disturbing racist and misogynistic stereotypes. The film’s one redeeming quality? It reflects the angry, divided reality of America and its treatment of non-white, non-male people more accurately than the filmmakers perhaps intended. Set in Oceanside, California, the story revolves around Cassie (Carson), an aspiring singer w...