GQ Writer Regrets Tweet Calling for Covington Students to Be Doxxed

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A GQ writer says he regrets a now-deleted tweet in which he called for doxxing the Covington Catholic High School students involved in a confrontation with a Native American elder.

In a statement to TheWrap, GQ’s Nathaniel Friedman wrote:

It was an irresponsible and stupid tweet that happened in the heat of the moment because I was upset. It partly came from having been doxxed by MAGA people myself but that’s no excuse and no one should wish that on anybody else. It’s counterproductive to say anything along those lines and if you make yourself look like an irrational, mean idiot you’re playing right into their hands.

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Passions ran high on social media Saturday after video emerged of several students from Covington, many of whom were wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, surrounding a Native American elder who was in Washington, D.C. for the Indigenous Peoples’ March. Many viewers believed the teens were attempting to taunt the elder, Nathan Phillips.

On Sunday, additional video showed that Phillips had walked up to the teenagers. He said he was trying to defuse a confrontation between them and another group. One of the teens, Nick Sandmann, issued a statement saying he had not sought the confrontation and bore no ill will to Phillips.

When RealDailyWire senior editor Emily Zanotti tweeted Saturday to urge those upset with the students not to dox them by revealing their personal information, Friedman replied: “Doxx ‘em all.” His tweet is archived here.

He later said in another post to a separate Twitter user: “[You’ve] tried to get me doxxed for saying people should be doxxed, that’s not hypocritical at all.”

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Friedman is a frequent contributor GQ. His most recent piece for the site went up Monday. A rep for GQ’s parent company, Condé Nast, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

A Twitter representative told TheWrap that Friedman’s call to doxx was not a violation of the company’s terms of service and that only the action itself would be a violation — for the doxxer, not the person who called for doxxing.

“Posting a person’s private information without their express permission is a direct violation of the Twitter Rules,” the company told TheWrap.

Friedman is not the only writer at a major news outlet to issue a passionate response to the Covington Catholic students. At the height of the furor, Vulture contributor Erik Abriss tweeted out his wish to see all of the Covington teenagers and their parents die.

“I don’t know what it says about me but I’ve truly lost the ability to articulate the hysterical rage, nausea, and heartache this makes me feel. I just want these people to die. Simple as that. Every single one of them. And their parents,” Abriss said in a tweet on Saturday.

Representatives for Vulture declined to comment.

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Will Ferrell & Gus Van Sant Team Up For Amazon Studios’ ‘Prince Of Fashion’ Inspired By GQ Article

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EXCLUSIVE: Will Ferrell is attached to star and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gus Van Sant will adapt and direct Prince of Fashion for Amazon Studios.
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Trump Slams GQ Writer Who Says He ‘Radicalized’ More People Than ISIS: ‘Sick Woman’

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President Donald Trump struck back at Julia Ioffe on Monday after the GQ correspondent accused him “radicalizing” more people than ISIS.

“That must be some kind of a sick woman,” said Trump dismissing her in a wide-ranging interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. Trump then moved into a broader explanation of why he calls much of the media the “enemy of the people.”

Earlier that day, Ioffe precipitated a mini-media stir after making her remarks on CNN.

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“I think this president — one of the things he really launched his presidential run on is talking about Islamic radicalization, and this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did,” she said. “The ways he talks. The way that he winks and nods to these groups.”

Ioffe also raised eyebrows by suggesting the United States had become less safe for journalists than Russia — a nation that is now believed to be responsible for the murder of dozens in recent years.

“I have to say, I feel less safe as a journalist in America these days than I ever did in Russia. A lot less safe.” she said.

I have to say, I feel less safe as a journalist in America these days than I ever did in Russia. A lot less safe.

– Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) October 29, 2018

The comments about ISIS were swiftly denounced by the Republican National Committee on Twitter and by many of the other panelist on the CNN set. Even before she left the air, Ioffe offered an apology, which she later repeated on Twitter.

“I clarified and apologized on air, but I’ll say it again here,” she said. “This has been a very emotional and painful time, but I absolutely should not have gone with such hyperbole on the air. I apologize.”

I clarified and apologized on air, but I’ll say it again here. This has been a very emotional and painful time, but I absolutely should not have gone with such hyperbole on the air. I apologize.

– Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) October 29, 2018

A rep for GQ declined to comment on the imbroglio yesterday and did not immediately respond to request for comment on the Trump counterattack.

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GQ Reporter: Trump Has ‘Radicalized More People Than ISIS Ever Did’ (Video)

GQ Reporter: Trump Has ‘Radicalized More People Than ISIS Ever Did’ (Video)

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GQ reporter Julia Ioffe raised some eyebrows during an appearance with Jake Tapper on Monday, telling the CNN host in an interview that the President Trump has “radicalized” more people than has the Islamic State.

“I think this president — one of the things he really launched his presidential run on is talking about Islamic radicalization, and this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did,” said Ioffe. “The ways he talks. The way that he winks and nods to these groups.”

The moment received no pushback from Jake Tapper, but sparked outrage form pro-Trump panelist David Urban.

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“Jake, for you not to push back on that, that’s irresponsible,” he said. “For her to say the President of the United States has radicalized more people than ISIS is irresponsible. It’s not true.”

“ISIS has like 10,000 members,” Ioffe shot back. “I think the president has far more supporters who espouse an equally hateful ideology.”

Earlier Monday, Ioffe — an immigrant from the Soviet Union — earned looks from some online after saying she currently would feel safer as a journalist in Russia than in the United States.

“I have to say, I feel less safe as a journalist in America these days than I ever did in Russia. A lot less safe,” she said.

I have to say, I feel less safe as a journalist in America these days than I ever did in Russia. A lot less safe.

— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) October 29, 2018

In comments to her tweet and elsewhere, many reminded Ioffe that Russia under Vladimir Putin has presided over the death or disappearance of dozens of reporters over the years and largely destroyed independent media in the country.

A rep for Conde Nast — the parent company of GQ declined to comment.

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Ryan Gosling Explains His ‘Mild’ Concussion Shooting ‘First Man’ Action Scenes

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Dancing in “La La Land” clearly didn’t prepare Ryan Gosling for what he would have to do upon working with Damien Chazelle again for “First Man.”

In June, it was reported that Gosling had sustained a concussion while filming action scenes for the Neil Armstrong biopic, but in a new GQ cover story profile of the actor and Chazelle, Gosling said the injuries he sustained were only “mild.”

The piece describes Gosling shooting a sequence inside a “multi-axis trainer” made to simulate pitch, roll and yaw, causing the real gravitational effects you see on Gosling’s face in the film. It also said that in another moment, the on-set crew pushed the capsule Gosling was filming inside too far, causing it to shake so violently that in dailies for “First Man,” you can hear crew members audibly yelling “Stop!”

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“Yeah, I don’t remember much from that entire time,” Gosling said. “You start making sounds that no person should hear themselves make.”

Gosling filmed scenes strapped into several devices used by astronauts during training designed to simulate g-forces and space travel — and he did so all in the same week.

The article also addresses the American flag controversy that has dogged the film since even before its release, with Chazelle weighing in on the conspiracy theory that the moon landing might’ve actually been faked by Stanley Kubrick.

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“If it’s this hard to literally re-create, like, a five-minute version of this event 50 years later… To re-create a live stream, basically, of hours of this event in 1969? I’m of the mind-set it would’ve been harder to fake this than to actually do it,” Chazelle said. “At that point, you might as well send people off in a rocket.”

Gosling covers the November issue of GQ, which hits newsstands Oct. 23. “First Man” opens in theaters October 12. Read the full profile here.

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Amber Heard Slams GQ UK for Johnny Depp Profile: ‘Outrageous,’ ‘Entirely Untrue’

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Amber Heard is slamming the British GQ for an interview with her ex-husband Johnny Depp that ran earlier this week, in which he denies Heard’s claims that he assaulted her.

“It is outrageous that GQ never spoke to any of the multiple witnesses to Mr. Depp’s physical abuse of Ms. Heard prior to publishing its article,” Heard’s attorney said in a statement to TheWrap. “If GQ had done even a basic investigation into Mr. Depp’s claims, it would have quickly realized that his statements are entirely untrue. Mr. Depp has blatantly disregarded the parties’ confidentiality agreement and yet has refused to allow Ms. Heard to respond to his baseless allegations, despite repeated requests that she be allowed to do so.”

The statement continued: “Mr. Depp is shamefully continuing his psychological abuse of Ms. Heard, who has attempted to put a very painful part of her life firmly in her past. One need only look at the physical evidence to draw the proper conclusion.”

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Heard’s representatives and attorneys have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. TheWrap has also reached out to GQ UK for comment.

In response to Heard’s statement, Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman told TheWrap, “In his GQ interview, Mr. Depp is simply defending himself against Ms. Heard’s lingering false abuse accusations … Regarding the confidentiality agreement of which Ms. Heard’s counsel complains, Ms. Heard started violating it before the ink dried, first with a statement, and soon after with a domestic violence PSA asking ‘how is this happening to me?’ purporting to give advice to real victims. More breaches followed.

“The only ‘shameful psychological abuse’ stems from Ms. Heard’s continuing cynical manipulation of the important #MeToo movement and its real victims, that she has used to pursue her own ends,” Waldman said.

In the GQ article, Depp talked about his ex-wife and the abuse allegations against him, denying the alleged assault. Heard has accused Depp of domestic abuse, but the two have since settled out of court.

“To harm someone you love? As a kind of bully? No, it didn’t, it couldn’t even sound like me,” he said in the interview. “So, initially, I just kept my mouth shut, you know? I knew it was going to stick on me and it would get weirder. Keep going, you know? Go nuts. I ain’t going to get into a pissing contest with someone about it. Spit out what you need to spit out and, you know, my attorneys will take care of the rest. I never went out and spoke about the s–.”

He added that it was upsetting for him to know his kids were hearing of the abuse allegations as well.

“To take away future earnings that are for my kids, you know?” he said. “I do this s– for my kids, man. How could someone, anyone, come out with something like that against someone, when there’s no truth to it whatsoever? I’m sure it wasn’t easy for my 14-year-old boy to go to school, you know what I mean? With people going, ‘Hey, look at this magazine, man. What, your dad beats up chicks or something?’ Why did he have to go through that? Why did my daughter have to go through that?”

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He added, “She was at a party the next day. Her eye wasn’t closed. She had her hair over her eye, but you could see the eye wasn’t shut. Twenty-five feet away from her, how the f– am I going to hit her? Which, by the way, is the last thing I would’ve done. I might look stupid, but I ain’t f–ing stupid.”

He also said he believes there’s a bigger conspiracy about the troubles surrounding his finances and his marriage, and called the industry “this vile f–ing circus.”

“But did it stop all the power mongers in Hollywood who were interested in shutting me up?” he said. “Big money was being thrown about. People suing me at every opportunity. I mean, it’s all so obvious. Listen, I know I was never going to be Cinderella – I know this and accept it. But it felt like within a very, very short period of time that suddenly this version – for lack of a better word – of Cinderella had been immediately turned into the beast. He’s Quasimodo.”

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Johnny Depp Calls Hollywood ‘A Vile F—ing Circus’ and 5 Other Takeaways from GQ UK Profile

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Four months after Johnny Depp’s interview with Rolling Stone, GQ UK profiled the actor where he talked about his ex-wife Amber Heard, his financial troubles, and his alleged clashes with Disney.

In the profile, Depp also says he managed to sneak in a dirty reference into the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, and no one at Disney noticed until the film came out on DVD.

Depp has had a rough couple of years. He’s been in financial trouble and was accused of domestic abuse by Heard (Depp has denied all of the accusations). The accusations, in the #MeToo era, however, led to backlash over his starring role in an upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” movie.

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See below for six revelations from the GQ profile.

1. Tim Burton Is Currently Staying With Him at His Complex

As the journalist enters Depp’s French compound, he notes that he passes the famous director and his family, who are on their way to go on a boat trip. Apparently, Burton has been staying with Depp for the past few weeks.

2. He Snuck The Term ‘Dirty Sanchez’ Into the First ‘Pirates’ Film

Depp said he managed to sneak the term “Dirty Sanchez” into the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, and the reporter wrote that “it’s unfathomably gross and a term for an obscene sex act that couldn’t be less suitable for inclusion in a $300m Disney film about a pirate, itself based on a family-friendly theme park ride in Florida.”

“Yeah, I [said] it in ‘Pirates’ and they never caught it when it went out to the theatres,” Depp said. “They caught it when it went to DVD. I did it because I wanted to see who would be the one at Disney to find it…”

A spokesperson for Disney has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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3. In General, Depp Says He Had a Bad Relationship With Disney

“Disney hated me,” he said. “[They were] thinking of every way they could to get rid of me, to fire me. ‘Oh, we’re going to have to subtitle him.’ ‘We don’t understand Captain Jack Sparrow. What’s wrong with him?’ ‘What’s wrong with his arms?’ ‘Is he drunk?’ ‘Is he mentally f—ing stupefied?’ ‘Is he gay?’”

He added, “They asked me, ‘Is he gay?’ and I answered the question over the phone. It was a lady called Nina Jacobson from Disney at the time and she asked me a couple of questions and then said, ‘What is it, Johnny? Is he gay?’ My tendency, of course, is to be irreverent so I said, ‘Nina, didn’t you know all my characters are gay?’ That was a pretty abrupt end to the conversation. And I just continued shaping Jack the way I believed was best.”

A spokesperson for Jacobson has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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4. He Thinks Hollywood Is “This Vile F—ing Circus”

Depp said he believes there’s a bigger conspiracy about the troubles surrounding his finances and his marriage, and called the industry “this vile f—ing circus.”

After talking about The Management Group and his legal battle with his former business managers Joel and Robert Mandel, he said, “But did it stop all the power mongers in Hollywood who were interested in shutting me up? Big money was being thrown about. People suing me at every opportunity. I mean, it’s all so obvious. Listen, I know I was never going to be Cinderella – I know this and accept it. But it felt like within a very, very short period of time that suddenly this version – for lack of a better word – of Cinderella had been immediately turned into the beast. He’s Quasimodo.”

He added, “I could feel people look at me differently, because of the accusations towards you. And then people start putting things in magazines: ‘He’s insane. He needs to take a sanity test…’ You know, ludicrous stuff. But the only thing that I could do was know what I still know. Ultimately, the truth will come out in all of this and I will be standing on the right side of the roaring rapids.”

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5. He Denies Assaulting Amber Heard

In the profile, he talked about the tape TMZ released that showed Depp filling a glass with red wine and grabbing the phone of his now ex-wife, Amber Heard.

“The tape that came out, or the tape that someone made, that miraculously appeared on YouTube, taken from someone’s phone,” he said. “That was not Downtown [LA, where he lived with Amber Heard]. She [Heard] wanted to make like it was recent. It was an older video and [what happened in it] had to do with finding out that I had lost hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Heard has accused Depp of domestic abuse, but the two have since settled out of court.

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“To harm someone you love? As a kind of bully? No, it didn’t, it couldn’t even sound like me,” he said. “So, initially, I just kept my mouth shut, you know? I knew it was going to stick on me and it would get weirder. Keep going, you know? Go nuts. I ain’t going to get into a pissing contest with someone about it. Spit out what you need to spit out and, you know, my attorneys will take care of the rest. I never went out and spoke about the s—.”

He added that the way his kids heard of the accusations was probably the most troubling part.

“To take away future earnings that are for my kids, you know?” he said. “I do this s— for my kids, man. How could someone, anyone, come out with something like that against someone, when there’s no truth to it whatsoever? I’m sure it wasn’t easy for my 14-year-old boy to go to school, you know what I mean? With people going, ‘Hey, look at this magazine, man. What, your dad beats up chicks or something?’ Why did he have to go through that? Why did my daughter have to go through that?”

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He added, “She was at a party the next day. Her eye wasn’t closed. She had her hair over her eye, but you could see the eye wasn’t shut. Twenty-five feet away from her, how the f— am I going to hit her? Which, by the way, is the last thing I would’ve done. I might look stupid, but I ain’t f—ing stupid.”

6. He Had a Dark Childhood

Depp said he took up writing and has written 300 pages, with about 300 more pages to go.

“My childhood was dark,” he said. “My mum wouldn’t edit. There was no editing. She would say what she meant, what she felt, in that instant. No matter how wrong it might have been even, or how hideously evil it was in the moment, she didn’t edit. It came out: bleurgh! She was out of her mind, obviously, and she didn’t know what the f— she was doing. She got four kids and she hated the world. Was there f— loads of verbal abuse? Yeah, man. Was there f— loads of physical abuse? Yes. And never-ending, to the point that pain, physical pain, was just a given. But the last four, five years that I was involved, let’s say… Well, that was quite a dark time too.”

Read the entire profile here.

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GQ Mistakes MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart for Ford Foundation Head

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GQ suffered a case of mistaken identity on Monday confusing MSNBC contributor and Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart with Ford Foundation head Darren Walker.

The photo snafu for “The Great White House Reporter Glow-Up,” was swiftly corrected, but not before being flagged for posterity by eagle-eyed Twitter users.

GQ has updated the incorrect photo of Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) which previously featured @darrenwalker. Both are very dapper btw. https://t.co/5CJ9I8exd6 pic.twitter.com/1hzOixO10l

— Beatrice-Elizabeth Peterson (@MissBeaE) October 1, 2018

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A rep for GQ declined to comment and instead directed TheWrap to an update inserted at the bottom of the piece, which was added after TheWrap reached out.

“A previous version of this story misidentified the subject of a photo as Jonathan Capehart. We have replaced the image and regret the error,” it read.

Capehart himself didn’t appear to mind the mixup, laughing it off in a tweet.

“Ok, y’all! This is hilarious! @darrenwalker is one of my closest friends AND a style guru of mine,” he said. “I can’t think of a better person with whom to be confused. In fact, that photo is from a party he threw for me in 2005!”

Ok, y’all! This is hilarious! @darrenwalker is one of my closest friends AND a style guru of mine. I can’t think of a better person with whom to be confused. In fact, that photo is from a party he threw for me in 2005! https://t.co/88WGLgA7VK

— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) October 1, 2018

The piece broadly focused on how the age of Trump had turned “ink-stained wretches” into “tightly tailored professional pundits.” In addition to Capehart, the story spotlighted the Washington Post’s Robert Costa, who noticeably slimmed down as his media appearances increased.

“Newbie contributors can receive $30,000 to $50,000 a year from networks expecting exclusive access to their on-camera analysis, while the top tier of in-demand reporters with well-established personal brands and truly unique access to newsmakers can command as much as $250,000,” the piece reads.

Regular viewers of cable news, particularly Fox, CNN and MSNBC, have all stocked their bench with contributors and regular guests drawn from the White House press corps.

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Henry Cavill Apologizes for ‘Insensitive’ #MeToo Comments

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“Justice League” actor Henry Cavill has issued an apology for comments about the #MeToo movement he made to GQ Australia that have since sparked backlash.
“Never would I intend to disrespect in any way, shape or form. This experience …

Jordan Vogt-Roberts Details Attack At Vietnam Nightclub That Nearly Killed Him, And His Own Investigation Into The Culprits

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In a long piece for the July issue of GQ magazine, Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts detailed a harrowing 2017 assault at a nightclub in Vietnam that almost killed him, and the investigation he launched himself to find the assailants.
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Brendan Fraser Says Golden Globes Organization Admits Member ‘Inappropriately Touched’ Him in 2003

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the body responsible for putting on the Golden Globe Awards, has finished its internal investigation into claims made by actor Brendan Fraser that former HFPA President Philip Berk sexually assaulted him in 2003, the actor told GQ.

Fraser said the HFPA had concluded its investigation and found that Berk did in fact assault him, but the organization said it was meant to be taken in jest.

The incident, which Berk himself recounted in his memoir that was reported by TheWrap founder and CEO Sharon Waxman — who at the time worked for The New York Times — gained traction after a February profile of Fraser in GQ.

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In that article Fraser said: “His left hand reaches around, grabs my a- cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around.” When he was finally able to remove Berk’s hand, he added, “I felt ill. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.”

Berk has said he pinched Fraser as a joke, in reference to what he heard about “The Mummy” actor doing the same to someone else.

A representative for the HFPA did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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After GQ’s February article the HFPA issued a statement condemning sexual harassment and assault.

“The HFPA stands firmly against sexual harassment and the type of behavior described in this article,” the HFPA said in a statement at the time. “Over the years we’ve continued a positive working relationship with Brendan, which includes announcing Golden Globe nominees, attending the ceremony and participating in press conferences. This report includes alleged information that the HFPA was previously unaware of and at this time we are investigating further details surrounding the incident.”

Fraser most recently told GQ that the HFPA apologized to him and offered to issue a joint statement, on which he declined to sign-off. “Although it was concluded that Mr. Berk inappropriately touched Mr. Fraser, the evidence supports that it was intended to be taken as a joke and not as a sexual advance,” the statement read, according to Fraser.

The HFPA, Fraser said, also refused to share the results of the investigation with him.

“I don’t get the joke,” he told the magazine.

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GQ Trolls Vanity Fair PhotoShop Cover Disaster: ‘Best Comedy Issue Ever’

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GQ decided to go in for a ferocious bit of trolling in its new recent comedy issue, releasing a cover that lampoons the much-maligned cover of Vanity Fair’s January Hollywood issue.

The GQ cover features comedians gown-wearing Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae and Sarah Silverman in a mangled mess of obviously PhotoShopped limbs — and bears a striking similarity to the Vanity Fair mashup of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman earlier this year that seemed to show an extra leg.

“We deeply regret what happened to the 2018 #GQComedyIssue cover,” said the magazine in a devilish tweet.

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We deeply regret what happened to the 2018 #GQComedyIssue cover https://t.co/BsysaNGbc9 pic.twitter.com/OGpN4jUYMo

— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) May 17, 2018

The accompanying article by the magazine drove the point home.

“GQ would like to apologize to Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman for the egregious mistakes made in the process of creating the cover for our 2018 comedy issue,” wrote the editors. “We deeply regret that the results violated GQ’s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature.”

“To you, our respected readers, we know that GQ must work doubly hard to earn back your trust. Until then, we’ll be ignoring our mentions,” they added.

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In the photo used for the Vanity Fair cover, Witherspoon’s legs are crossed to one side, but the lighting and color of her dress led some to believe that the magazine composited two shots and forgot to remove a visible extra leg. The magazine, however, insisted the flesh-toned portion of the photo is simply the back of her dress.

More damning, however, was a behind-the-scenes photo of Winfrey and Witherspoon on set in which Winfrey appears to have one hand on her hip, one in her lap, as well as a surprise third hand around Witherspoon’s waist.

Needless to say the internet had a field day with the GQ cover, as wags, pundits and blue checks all tried to get in on the fun.

“We deeply regret that the results violated GQ’s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature.” https://t.co/wrKYxbeDkW

— Zach Baron (@zachbaron) May 17, 2018

Who says times are tough in publishing? This shoot must’ve cost @GQMagazine an arm and a leg. And an arm. And a leg. https://t.co/7B4qdQN9Hp

— EJ Samson (@ejsamson) May 17, 2018

Strong troll game from @GQMagazine pic.twitter.com/TQ5iTb3mT5

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) May 17, 2018

“To demonstrate our commitment to transparency, we will release the results of the review, quietly, in 17 months, on Medium.” https://t.co/BiyyVUNjWh

— Ben Walsh (@BenDWalsh) May 17, 2018

HANDS DOWN Our Best Comedy Issue Ever! ???????? https://t.co/BFabro5KnO

— Luke Leifeste (@lukeleifeste) May 17, 2018

This is just perfect. https://t.co/o9Usi5dFii

— Taffy Brodesser-Akner (@taffyakner) May 17, 2018

GQ, trolling @VanityFair so hard.

(via @lukeleifeste) https://t.co/cVb5VodXZs

— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) May 17, 2018

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Keith Olbermann Announces Final Episode of GQ Series ‘The Resistance’ (Video)

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Keith Olbermann thinks Donald Trump is finished, and with that, so is his show “The Resistance.”

Olbermann announced in Monday’s episode of his GQ commentary series “The Resistance” that it would be the last episode, and that he would be retiring from political commentary in any outlet.

“No illness, no scandal, no firing, just I’ve said what I have to say,” Olbermann said. “I am retiring from political commentary in all media venues.”

NEW VIDEO: The last episode of #TheResistanceGQ. The good news: I’m finishing it because I think – especially after “Pocahontas” – Trump is unavoidably, inevitably, and in every possible path open to him, FINISHED pic.twitter.com/NzguN6uvL3

— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 27, 2017

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In his final episode, Olbermann laid out seven “roots” that he thinks can all lead to Trump being impeached, including the Russia scandal, the sexual allegations and increasing pressure from Republican leaders in his own party to avoid losing their seats in the next election.

“This ball game is over, and I don’t think it’s going to last another 13 months,” Olbermann said, referencing how long the Richard Nixon and Watergate scandal was drawn out.

Olbermann has produced 187 episodes of “The Resistance” in all, with 147 of those shared to GQ’s YouTube channel dating back to last November just after Trump was elected. He says in the video it started as “a two-month project by someone who had given up politics.”

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“I am proud of it, and I repudiate none of it. It has been my privilege to do it,” Olbermann said. “But frankly, I have not enjoyed one minute of it. As I’m certain it has also been for you, for me, it has been unadulterated pain, revulsion and horror. The process has become nearly 24/7, and I’ve said so much that I can and have recycled old commentaries from months ago, and they have been fully applicable to breaking news.”

Olbermann closed his statement with some jabs at the media in their attempt to continue to attract Trump voters, and was less than optimistic about the future of America’s democracy, saying that when he believes Trump is inevitably removed, that will not cure his supporters and the legacy Trump has left. But he’s still hanging it up and attempting to put politics behind him.

“I am confident now, even more so than I have been throughout the last year, that this nightmare of a presidency of Donald John Trump will end prematurely and end soon, and I am thus also confident that this is the correct moment to end this series of commentaries,” Olbermann said.

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Colin Kaepernick Is GQ’s Citizen of the Year, Twitter Erupts: ‘Sacrificed His Career’

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When Colin Kaepernick chose last year to kneel during the National Anthem at NFL games, he probably didn’t expect it to land him on the cover of GQ magazine, after the entire country — including the president — weighed in on his protest against police brutality imposed on the black community.

GQ’s December Men of the Year issue was released Monday, and also features “Bad Hombre of the Year” Stephen Colbert, “Champion of the Year” Kevin Durant and “Wonder Woman of the Year” Gal Gadot. Kaepernick is honored as “Citizen of the Year,” a decoration that now has his name trending on Twitter.

Celebs from J. Cole to Ava Duvernay wrote about Kaepernick’s influence over the past year for the issue.

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J. Cole said Kaepernick “sacrificed his dream” to stand up for what he believed was right.

“Suddenly something that he’s been doing blindly for his whole life–standing for the national anthem–now feels uncomfortable,” the rapper wrote. “Why? Because now it feels phony! It feels like, ‘Man, how can I stand for this thing when this country is not holding itself true to the principles it says it stands for? I feel like we’re lying.’”

DuVernay wrote that she sees Kaepernick’s actions as “art.”

“I believe that art is seeing the world that doesn’t exist,” the filmmaker said. “Civil rights activists are artists. Athletes are artists. People who imagine something that is not there. I think some folks see his protests, his resistance, as not his work. Not intentional. Not strategic. Not as progressive action. As if this was just a moment that he got caught up in. This was work. This is work that he’s doing.”

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The GQ honor comes after Sports Illustrated came under fire for not including Kaepernick in their “Sports United” cover back in September, when the NFL/Anthem protests were in full swing, dominating the country’s collective conversation. SI’s executive editor Stephen Cannella said at the time that the former 49ers quarterback was left out because they wanted the piece to focus on “new voices” that emerged in the debate.

Granted, not everyone is excited about Kaepernick’s new designation, and some conservatives online are calling for a GQ boycott. But the fact that the magazine can lean left is nothing new — special correspondent Keith Olbermann even hosts a web series called “The Resistance.”

Yet, the reactions (at least on weathervane Twitter) have been mostly positive:

I’m honored to be recognized by @GQMagazine as Citizen of the Year. https://t.co/s6wBZTa6tH

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2017

AMAZING! @GQMagazine has named Colin Kaepernick the “Citizen of the Year” for his courageous protest against injustice + his work in the community. Much love to my brother Colin! https://t.co/6WnKyBiIiw pic.twitter.com/DqspzbfuXF

— COMMON (@common) November 13, 2017

Folks so mad at Colin Kaepernick on GQ. It’s almost like helping inner city children, donating money & fighting for Black lives is actually offensive to them. If you don’t hate yourself, they hate you. It’s laughable.

— Nina Parker (@MzGossipGirl) November 13, 2017

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Nobody is more deserving of Citizen of the Year than Colin Kaepernick, a true American hero who sacrificed his career to fight white supremacy. https://t.co/iRIbhlAaaz

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) November 13, 2017

That GQ named Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year reminds us that his movement is not just about football. It’s about racial justice and equity for all of us. ✊????✊????✊???? pic.twitter.com/Wk4ONM0InW

— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) November 13, 2017

If you are upset that Colin Kaepernick was named GQ Citizen of the Year, then most likely, you are probably a white supremacist. And I dance in racist tears like…. pic.twitter.com/BYSixRjFEi

— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) November 13, 2017

GQ mag did the right thing by making Colin Kaepernick “Citizen of the Year”. Let’s continue to shine a spotlight on how law enforcement has been infiltrated by white supremacists (according to the FBI)

— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) November 13, 2017

As a proud military veteran, I could not agree more with @GQMagazine in honoring Colin Kaepernick as “Citizen of the Year”.

I see him as a courageous voice, someone who stands up for Constitutional values, no matter the opposition. That, to me, is true patriotism.

— Charles Clymér????️‍???? (@cmclymer) November 13, 2017

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Fashion Photographer Terry Richardson Blacklisted From Condé Nast International (Report)

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Fashion photographer Terry Richardson has been blacklisted from Condé Nast International, which will no longer publish his work on media properties like British Vogue and GQ, London’s Telegraph reported Monday.

The move follows Anna Wintour’s U.S. edition of Vogue, which previously stopped employing the photographer over charges of sexual harassment.

“The last assignment Terry Richardson had for U.S. Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future,” a spokesman for Vogue told TheWrap in 2014. (On Tuesday, a spokesman confirmed that Richardson still was on the magazine’s do-not-hire list.)

Media representatives for Condé Nast International did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday. Richardson’s agent also did not respond to an email for comment.

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News of Richardson’s fall from grace circulated in an email around the company, the Telegraph wrote, adding that any of his work already submitted but not yet published  must now be withdrawn or replaced with other material.

Richardson, whose images often push the envelope in terms of provocative sexuality, has long been dogged by allegations that he exploits and harasses young models, a charge that he has denied.

 

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Brad Pitt on Life Pre-Divorce: ‘I Was Boozing Too Much’

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Brad Pitt has given his first interview since his split from Angelina Jolie, talking about his struggle with alcohol, his life post-divorce, and the strain the event has had on his six children.

In the interview with GQ, the actor recalled a “few spots along the road where I’ve become absolutely tired of myself,” which includes the time where he “was boozing too much.”

“I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something,” he told the men’s magazine. “And you realize that a lot of it is, um–cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I’m running from feelings. I’m really, really happy to be done with all of that. I mean I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family. But even this last year, you know — things I wasn’t dealing with. I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem. And I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”

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He added, “We have a winery. I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good.”

Since his split from Jolie in September after two years of marriage and 12 years of partnership, Pitt has replaced alcohol with “cranberry juice and fizzy water” simply because he doesn’t “want to live that way anymore,” and has been going to therapy.

“You know, I just started therapy. I love it, I love it. I went through two therapists to get to the right one,” he said.

Pitt currently lives in the same house in the Hollywood Hills that he’s lived in since 1994. Children’s bikes line the rack outside and a floatie bobs on the pool, but Pitt and Jolie (whose name he only mentions once — in relation to her upcoming Cambodia movie, “First They Killed My Father”) are currently working on who has the kids when.

“I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called. And you know, after that, we’ve been able to work together to sort this out,” he said. “We’re both doing our best. I heard one lawyer say, ‘No one wins in court–it’s just a matter of who gets hurt worse.’ And it seems to be true, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you’re right and why they’re wrong, and it’s just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees. It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.”

He said that shortly after the divorce, it was too sad to live at the house by himself, so he went to stay at a friend’s house instead.

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“It was too sad to be here at first, so I went and stayed on a friend’s floor, a little bungalow in Santa Monica. I crashed over here a little bit, my friend [David] Fincher lives right here,” he said. “I stayed at my friend’s house on the floor for a month and a half–until I was out there one morning, 5:30, and this surveillance van pulls up. They don’t know that I’m up behind a wall, and they pull up–and it’s a long story–but it was something more than TMZ, because they got into my friend’s computer. The stuff they can do these days…. So I got a little paranoid being there. I decided I had to pick up and come here.”

How are Pitt and Jolie’s six kids handling the very public separation?

“Well, there’s a lot to tell them because there’s understanding the future, there’s understanding the immediate moment and why we’re at this point, and then it brings up a lot of issues from the past that we haven’t talked about. So our focus is that everyone comes out stronger and better people–there is no other outcome,” Pitt explained.

“Family first. People on their deathbeds don’t talk about what they obtained or were awarded. They talk about their loved ones or their regrets–that seems to be the menu. I say that as someone who’s let the work take me away,” Pitt continued. “Kids are so delicate. They absorb everything. They need to have their hand held and things explained. They need to be listened to. When I get in that busy work mode, I’m not hearing. I want to be better at that.”

Read the entire GQ interview here.

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Inside GQ’s Video Playbook: How Keith Olbermann, 2 Chainz Tripled Viewers

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Teach a man to fish, the saying goes — but if you’re GQ, you teach a man to consume video content at record rates and thrive in the cutthroat digital space.

This year has been a banner one for the iconic Conde Nast men’s magazine, especially in cross-platform video, a category that is increasingly existential for publishers.

Last week, GQ’s YouTube channel crossed the one-million-subscribers mark, the first Conde Nast title to do so in a storied media house that includes Vogue, Vanity Fair, Bon Apetit and Wired.

Video viewership is up a staggering 218 percent year-over-year as of November, up 165 percent in minutes spent per video viewing and a larger GQ.com unique visitor boost of 9.2 million uniques for the month of September, according to the publication.

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Recently-hired Digital General Manager Rob Dechiaro (former EVP of StyleHaul) and GQ‘s Digital Director Mike Hofman point to both new and old methodology as a reason for the growth.

GQ.com made a very good bet on longtime anchor Keith Olbermann covering politics via his web series “The Closer,” which helped solidify the record numbers (roughly 18 million for the series since its September launch). There’s also a renewed leveraging of GQ‘s native content — like Ryan Reynolds’ hit viral interview with himself that came from a cover story, and the absurdly fun lifestyle series “Most Expensiveist Shit with 2 Chainz” — that sees GQ drilling down into the tenets of its brand.

“The Closer” host Keith Olbermann

“In broad strokes, we’re programming GQ as its own network, identifying our user viewing habits and having a smart conversation about how to window our content,” Dechiaro told TheWrap.

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Even with fashion coverage, GQ has avoided longer premium offerings (the stock-in-trade of its publisher’s video unit Conde Nast Entertainment, headed by Dawn Ostroff), instead taking its style game to Snapchat and Instagram Stories (the team relies heavily on the millennials in its Midtown Manhattan bullpen, which includes budding social fashion star Jake Wolff, Dechiaro and Hofman said).

The current GQ user skews 75 percent male, in the 18-34 age range, the digital executives said, with programming like Olbermann’s slotting higher in that age range.

Borrowing a term used widely in film distribution, the “window” as it applies to GQ is a matter of “finding multiple lives” for its content. Stories on Kanye West’s fashion collection, the best pair of boots for the office or “covering Trump as an example of how men behave in the world” are being shaped into short-form video in the 20-to-90-seconds range.

The brand also counts recent adaptations in “Granite Mountain ” — which stars Josh Brolin and Miles Teller, lists Ostroff as an executive producer and was based on the magazine’s profile of the 2013 fire — and the Netflix docuseries “Last Chance U.”

“We’re going to see continued growth as we round out our portfolio,” Dechario concluded.

Just last week in Los Angeles, the magazine toasted its annual Men of the Year covers — a military-secured Chateau Marmont gathering that included Reynolds, Riz Ahmed, Donald Glover, Annette Bening, Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Hart, Armie Hammer, Tom Holland, Wiz Khalifa and Aaron Taylor Johnson.

The party had a barely-detectable Midsummer Night’s Dream theme, and came with the generous dim lighting that most LA parties have when they’re done correctly. Except, of course, at the evening’s climax when the hotel patio was so thick with guests that many feared falling into the famed Chateau pool.

That’s when the GQ video crew blasted its lights, got a 360 shot of the crowd and quickly retreated to let the Men of the Year go about their business.

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Patton Oswalt Writes Heartbreaking Letter About Being a Single Dad After the Death of his Wife

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Patton Oswalt has penned a heartbreaking letter about his life as a single dad after his wife’s sudden death in April at the age of 46.

“I was looking forward to spending my life with the single most original mind I’d ever encountered. And now? Gone. All gone,” he wrote in a letter for GQ. “It feels like a walk-on character is being asked to carry an epic film after the star has been wiped from the screen.”

When his wife, Michelle McNamara, died suddenly in her sleep, he was left to parent their 7-year-old daughter Alice alone.

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“I can’t do it. I can’t do it. I can’t do it,” he added. “I want to tune out the world and hide under the covers and never leave my house again and send our daughter, Alice, off to live with her cousins in Chicago, because they won’t screw her up the way I know I will. Somebody help me! I can’t. I can’t. I can’t.”

However, Oswalt thought back to when he first became a father, when that overwhelming fear made him long “for the same retreat.” Yet, he and his wife figured it out and “eventually got the hang of it.” And even before then, he wrote, he felt “the same terror” when he found Michelle, writing that he had “somehow landed a woman far above my pay grade, my looks and intelligence and personality.”

“This is my first time being a single father,” he wrote. “I’ve missed forms for school. I’ve forgotten to stock the fridge with food she likes. I’ve run out of socks for her. I’ve run out of socks for me. It sucked and it was a hassle every time, but the world kept turning. I said, ‘Whoops, my bad,’ and fixed it and kept stumbling forward. Now I know where to buy the socks she likes … If I can persuade a comedy club full of indifferent drunks to like me, I can have my daughter ready for soccer on a Saturday morning.”

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And seeing a lot of his wife in his daughter, Alice, Oswalt promised to continue moving forward and trying his best to be a great single dad to Alice.

“I’m moving forward — clumsily, stupidly, blindly — because of the kind of person Alice is,” he wrote. “She’s got so much of Michelle in her. And Michelle was living her life moving forward. And she took me forward with her. Just like I know Alice will. So I’m going to keep moving forward. So I can be there with you if you need me, Alice. Because I’ll need you. I can do it. I can do it. I can do it. Because of you, Alice.”

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