John Kelly called Frederica Wilson an ’empty barrel.’ Is that racist?

John Kelly called Frederica Wilson an ’empty barrel.’ Is that racist?
Washington (CNN)On Thursday afternoon in the White House, chief of staff John Kelly laid into Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson in harsh terms.A search through the Internet shows that the origin of the line is somewhat fuzzy -- although it is commonly credited to Plato in this form: "An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers." (One interesting thing: There is no citation of what work Plato wrote those

Harvey Weinstein stripped of BFI Fellowship

Harvey Weinstein stripped of BFI Fellowship
The BFI said the fellowship was "the highest honour we can bestow", adding "the serious and widespread allegations about Harvey Weinstein's appalling conduct are in direct opposition to the BFI's values".It said sexual harassment, abuse and bullying are "unacceptable under any circumstances" and that everyone working in the film industry or any other workplace "should be safe and respected"."We wholeheartedly support those brave enough to come forward and speak out. The film industry needs more women represented on every

Harvey Weinstein was kicked out of the Producers Guild of America for good

Harvey Weinstein was kicked out of the Producers Guild of America for good
Booted for good.Image: WireImageHarvey Weinstein was banned for life by the Producers Guild of America after a new round of sexual assault allegations. Following weeks of accusations against Weinstein, and his subsequent expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Guild's National Board of Directors "voted unanimously" to begin the process of terminating Weinstein's membership. SEE ALSO: Another actress describes in horrific detail alleged rape committed by Harvey Weinstein Now, the Guild has issued a lifetime

North Korean defector describes ‘life of hell’ for Christians

North Korean defector describes ‘life of hell’ for Christians
A North Korean prison policewoman stands guard behind fences at a jail on the banks of Yalu River near the Chongsong county of North Korea, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong. Many Christians in North Korea are sent to prison camps where they are tortured for their faith.  (REUTERS/Jacky Chen ) North Korea is officially an atheist state where – except for a “show church” in Pyongyang that tourists are shown -- public worship is forbidden. The country

Blue Planet beats Strictly and X Factor

Blue Planet beats Strictly and X Factor
The X Factor returns with ratings low 22 things you need to know about Blue Planet II The verdict on Strictly's new head judge Shirley Ballas This weekend marked the first two live shows of this series for The X Factor - but Simon Cowell was absent from both.The judge was injured after falling down a staircase in his west London home on Friday. Image copyright PA Image caption simon Rimmer became the sixth contestant to leave Strictly Come

Corrie star charged with sex assaults

Corrie star charged with sex assaults
In a statement on Sunday, Mr Langley confirmed he had left Coronation Street but denied any claims of wrongdoing.He said: "Sadly, I will no longer be working on Coronation Street. Acting on the show has been the fulfilment of a personal dream."I will make a further statement in due course, and when I am able to do so."The actor played Todd Grimshaw, the first openly gay character in the soap's 57-year history, after first joining the programme in 2001.

Laugh, cry and laugh some more with these audiobooks by funny women

Laugh, cry and laugh some more with these audiobooks by funny women
Women are funny, duh.Image: Flickr, Gage SkidmoreJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. From SNL to Veep to Broad City, funny women are dominating everywhere you look. In fact, "Wise Gals" is now a category under the humor section on Barnes & Noble's website. There are literally countless books written by hilarious women that will make you laugh, cry, and listen to "Run the World" on repeat.  SEE ALSO:

The secrets behind Blue Planet II

The secrets behind Blue Planet II
Image copyright BBC NHU Image caption Sir David Attenborough defends use of clips shot in labs One segment of Blue Planet II includes close-up lab footage of coral bleaching, which producers said could only be filmed with lights and specialised cameras. How much of Blue Planet II is filmed in studios or other artificial environments?The overwhelming majority of Blue Planet II has been filmed in the wild. Blue Planet II is a natural history series, led by the latest

Terror accused ‘squabbled over knife cost’

Terror accused ‘squabbled over knife cost’
But he complained it wasn't good enough because it was too hard to feel like skin. "I know the difference in feeling, the same way I like hitting u. It's fun," he told her via Whatsapp. 'It's just going to sit at home'By January 2017, Mirza announced he wanted to spend £300 on a real knife. The couple were expecting their first child and Ms Taheer said the weapon did not have to be "state of the art"."It's just

Amir Khan New Action Movie 2017 | Official Trailer | Upcoming Movie

Amir Khan New Action Movie 2017 | Official Trailer | Upcoming Movie
Bollywood's Amir Khan Meets Erdoğan in Ankara: Ruling star of Bollywood, Amir Khan, met the political goliath and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday. The Dangal-star is in Turkey with his family to advance his up and coming motion picture Mystery Hotshot. Subscribe My Channel : goo.gl/8Xvt5q Our Social Page : Twitter : Pinterest : Google+ : Facebook : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQX9UDO1_64

Cardiff street becomes LA for US TV show

Cardiff street becomes LA for US TV show
Speaking to BBC Radio Wales' Good Evening Wales programme, Mr Schaffer joked: "Sometimes a scene needs a special stock shot. "They showed us the Los Angeles stock shot and we said 'no', they showed us London and we said 'no', they showed us the Edinburgh stock shot and we said 'no'."And finally, we said 'bring us the Cardiff stock shot' and then you know only the Cardiff stock shot can start a scene this special."Related Topics Cardiff More From

Turning a nightmare into pop music

Turning a nightmare into pop music
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEverything Everything perform Can't Do at BBC Music Introducing Live 2017 "There's a tide and it's coming in now," sings Jonathan Higgs on Night Of The Long Knives, the latest single from Everything Everything.The title refers to Hitler's bloody purge of the Nazi party in 1934, drawing a parallel to the rise of the right-wing politics in the last two years.Only Higgs isn't convinced that fascism will sweep everything in its