THURSDAY MAY 25, 2017
 
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ANG LEE / BRANDON STANTON
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TORO has been covering the beautiful and talented women of the world for years. For all the guys who feel left out, we celebrate all that can be done by the stronger, dumber sex.

Brandon Stanton, Street Photographer

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In 2010, New York blogger and photographer Brandon Stanton (of Humans of New York) was approached by fashion label DKNY seeking to licence his photographs for wall displays across their stores. They offered him a relatively paltry sum of $50 per photo, and after some negotiation, Stanton ultimately decided to back out.

In what the company called an inadvertent error, one DKNY store in Bangkok ultimately did use many of Stanton’s photos in their wall design. Upon discovering the situation Stanton, incredibly, rejected the idea of direct financial compensation, and instead called upon followers to pressure DKNY into donating $100,000 to a Brooklyn YMCA.

Even after the company forked over only a quarter of Stanton’s proposed sum, he called the matter over and done with, and said he would “take them at their word that it was a "mistake.” A classy way to settle with a company that twice tried to screw you over.


Ang Lee, Oscar Upset


Taiwanese director Ang Lee has now won two Best Director Oscars. In both cases, for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Life of Pi (2012), neither film took home a Best Picture award.

What’s the deal? Is Lee directing the shit out of movies that otherwise aren’t that great?

Both Brokeback and Pi are about lonely people finding small consolation. Oscar tends to favour movies about teams or groups triumphing over adversity. That is the thrilling undercurrent of Argo, whose director Ben Affleck is having the opposite of Lee’s Oscar experience. His films Gone Baby Gone (2007), The Town (2010) and Argo (2012) have received Academy noms and awards aplenty but none for the one-time Gigli star himself.

Our takeaway from this year’s Oscars are thus: it is possible to do a tremendous, award-worthy job directing a movie that is just pretty good, and you can end up in sixth place on the ballot for your life’s masterpiece. Film students, you have a long and confounding road ahead of you.

Lil’ Poopy, Grade School Rapper

When Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis became the first nine-year-old to be nominated for a major Oscar, another child of her age was infiltrating grown-up entertainment. Luie “Lil Poopy” Rivera Jr., nine years old, is also a professional rapper. And kind of a real one, too, going by his level of street cred.

He raps about coke, slaps women’s butts, and earns upwards of $7,500 per show. He (or more accurately, his legal guardian father) is also being investigated by police, who may consider Lil’ Poopy’s  performance in sexualized hip-hop videos tantamount to child abuse. Expecting your child to carry on with the nickname Lil’ Poopy certainly skirts around abuse, at the very least.

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