Meryl Streep Is 70! Which of Her Characters Is Your Top (Sophie’s) Choice for Her Best Role Ever?

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Rosé All Day: Cheers to National Rosé Day & All the TV Characters Who Love the Pink Drink

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GLAAD Film Studio Survey: Trans Characters Shut Out in 2018, Consolidation Dangerous for Queer Stories

Not one mainstream Hollywood film released in 2018 included a trans character, a Thursday report from GLAAD media said. The watchdog’s Studio Responsibility Index, an annual look at wide film releases, grades the big studios on overall LGBTQ representation. The report also scores the integrity of content using GLAAD’s Vito Russo Test. Film’s statistics stand […]

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Your Favorite Toy Story Characters Assemble to Save the Day in New Sequel Trailer

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Resident Evil 2: How to Unlock Special Tofu Characters

See how to get weapons with unlimited ammo and play new special modes in Resident Evil 2 Remake.
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Julia Davis on awful characters and awkward sex scenes

What do Julia Davis’s comic creations say about Julia Davis? Hmmm. We could be here a while.
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How and Why Grey’s Anatomy Brought Back All Those Dead Characters

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This Is Us’ Big Change Between Two Fan-Favorite Characters

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Roseanne objects to manner of character’s spin-off exit

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We Happy Few’s Flawed Characters Are Its Mysterious Heart

Like many, the last time I put my hands on We Happy Few was when it was released in early access all those years ago. Back then I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Its weirdly wonderful retrofuturistic setting and mandatory drug consumption for the citizens therein creates an evocative space to explore, but outside that exploration, what is it?

It was apparent after first showing that many expected a traditional narrative, characters, and story to flesh out the world and tie it all together, so developer Compulsion Games set to make that a reality. And after spending an hour playing through chunks of story ahead of We Happy Few’s August 10 release, that effort is paying off.

As a refresher I replayed the opening of Arthur – the bumbling reluctant hero who works at the Wellington Well’s propaganda ministry – as he decides enough is enough and tosses his required dose of the psychedelic drug Joy. Much of the experience was the same, but what struck me this time was the polish and detail put into this section since the last time I’d seen it. The time spent retooling and refining We Happy Few certainly shows.

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‘Ban cartoon characters’ on unhealthy food, MPs say

Tony the Tiger and the Milky Bar Kid should no longer be used to promote items to children, MPs say.
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TV Characters Who’d Love National Wine Day as Much as We Do!

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'Detroit: Become Human' review: Strong characters make your choices matter

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Rainbow Six Siege: New Characters, Map, Tweaks Announced

Rainbow Six Siege is getting two new Defenders and a new map in the Year Three Season Two update, Operation Para Bellum.

Ubisoft describes the map as the “most competitive” to date, which will arrive alongside two new Italian Defenders. It seems likely that the new operators are the two characters allegedly leaked earlier this year.

Season Two will bring new gadget intel with it, as well as buffs to the Clubhouse map and Echo operator, and the new Pick & Ban system, in addition to a few other tweaks and fixes.

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Tracy Beaker and four other children’s book characters who grew up

Tracy Beaker is just the latest literary character to return as an adult.
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In Memoriam: A Tribute to the TV Shows and Characters We Lost in 2017

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In Memoriam: A Tribute to the TV Shows and Characters We Lost in 2017

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‘Mamma Mia 2’ Trailer Teases Meryl Streep’s Character’s Death

How can you resist the tailer for “Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again”? Universal Pictures debuted the first look at the highly-anticipated sequel to 2008’s “Mamma Mia!” on Thursday morning. The footage shows a pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) welcoming her mom’s best friends Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters) back to Greece to help […]

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13 Horror Movie Characters That Will Always Haunt Us

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How Will & Grace Paved the Way for Gay Characters on TV

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Game of Thrones Recap: Catch Up with All the Characters Before Season 7

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41 Surprising Celebrities Who’ve Voiced Characters on Kids Shows

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No, Authors Should Not Be Constrained By Gender Or Race In The Characters They Create

This was the BBC.com headline:

Spy Author Anthony Horowitz ‘Warned Off’ Creating Black Character:

Author Anthony Horowitz says he was “warned off” including a black character in his new book because it was “inappropriate” for a white writer. The creator of the Alex Rider teenage spy novels says an editor told him it could be considered “patronising” … Horowitz, who has written 10 novels featuring teenage spy Alex Rider, said there was a “chain of thought” in America that it was “inappropriate” for white writers to try to create black characters, something which he described as “dangerous territory”.

Dangerous territory, indeed.

What are we to make of this? Is an author limited to only writing characters within their race? What about gender? Religion? Age? Ethnicity? Sexual orientation? Where do the boundaries stop?

The old adage, “write what you know,” is a thesis that implies a writer should limit their imagination to the parameters of their own life and experience. But does that maxim still hold true today? Certainly in these times of viral accessibility, contact, research, knowledge, and interaction with people, places, and things far outside our own proximity is as every-day as 24/7 updates from the farthest corners of the globe. Our ability, consequently, to gain perspective sufficient enough to write outside one’s own “house” is not only doable, but, perhaps, universal and insightful, presuming one does it well.

But is it “patronizing”? Are we, as writers, simply not allowed to write outside, say, our culture, regardless of how well we might do it? Has society become so compartmentalized, so hypersensitive, politically correct, and wary of triggering repercussion, resentment, or misinterpretation that reaching beyond our own skin ― literally and figuratively – has become verboten to us as creative artists?

Interesting questions, these; particularly when you consider that men have been writing about women since time immemorial without particular societal concern that they couldn’t possibly know, couldn’t authentically muster, the requisite experiential perspective. It was a given that they could get the job done; accepted without debate. Yet the specificity, the sensitive and unique nature of being female, could be considered as disparate from the male experience as being black is to a white person, but that hasn’t stopped male authors, from Vladimir Nabokov to Wally Lamb, from creating their women of note.

Which is fair. Because the explicit job of an author is to climb inside the experience of LIFE, real or imagined, to tell compelling stories that reflect the incalculable diversity of detail, nuance, thought, and emotion of any variety of people, places, and things. And the creative mind can find and translate authenticity whether writing about Martians, coquettish teens, dogs who play poker, or characters who exactly mirror the author‘s gender or race.

I’ve had my own experience with this interesting conundrum: my last novel, Hysterical Love, was told through the first-person point-of-view of a thirty-three-year-old man, and it goes without saying: I’m not one of those. Yet I felt completely capable of infusing my story with authenticity by relying on my skills of observation, as well as my experiential knowledge as the sister of five men, the mother of a son, the wife of a man; my years on the road with rock bands, and the immersive research of being a close friend to many, many men throughout my life. I’ve been told I pulled it off, even by the men who’ve read it, so my conviction proved out.

But is the divide between cultures, races, wider than that of gender diversity? Does a white writer delegitimize their prose by including black characters? Is the reverse true?

I don’t think so. I think it depends on the writer, the quality of their work; the depth and sensitivity of their depictions. Those are my initial responses. But I also understand the question:

About two years ago I had an article up at HuffPost titled, “No, White People Will Never Understand the Black Experience,” a piece that became a flashpoint for much conversation on the topic of race. It was written in response to events of the time, particularly the egregious injustice of Sandra Bland’s arrest and subsequent (and inexplicable) jailhouse death, and the cacophony that arose amongst, amidst, and between parties on both sides of the racial divide as a result. My own thesis, my perspective on the tangible limitations we each have in perceiving and assessing the realities of life outside ourselves, is made clear by the title alone. But while there’s obviously much more to that debate, here and now we’re discussing the issue as it relates to the job of being an author and I have some specific thoughts on that.

Inspired by the many responses and conversations that ensued after the aforementioned article, as well as others written on the topic of racial conflict, bias, and injustice, I took one of the stories referenced, about an interracial couple’s experiences with police profiling, and developed it into a character-driven novel called A NICE WHITE GIRL, a title that reflects commentary made within some of the conversations I had.

This “sociopolitical love story” is told through the intertwining points-of-view of a black man and white woman dealing not only with pushback to their new and evolving relationship, but the ratcheting impact of police profiling that ultimately leads to a life-altering arrest. It’s a story that’s human, gut-wrenching, and honest, built on the foundation of my own experiences in a long-term interracial relationship earlier in my life, as well as journalistic research and interviews, personal interactions, even friendships with members of the black community. Given a commitment to creating the characters outside my demographic as authentically and sensitively as I possibly could, without watering them down or pandering to political correctness, I believe I served both my story and its cultural demands well. Did I?

Every author relies on, taps into; mines the wealth of thought, opinion, perspective, and acculturation of their own unique life experience. Certainly that’s true. But as artists, as observers and chroniclers of life by way of prose, we go beyond that pool of reference. We reach out, we expand; we explore plot lines and include characters that stretch our imagination, that dig deep into worlds, events and experiences, imagined or real, that can pull us onto less traveled roads that might demand the challenge of research, of specific observation, even outside consultation. We take these extra steps, even for fiction, because we want to infuse our work with inherent realness. Particularly when writing characters outside our culture. That was certainly the demand I faced when embarking upon this latest novel.

But I am a white woman who’s written a book with a black male character, inclusive of his mother, his sister, and various friends. I’ve depicted their family life, their interactions, relationships, thoughts and feelings. Do I not have the creative right to do that? Will I be seen as patronizing, insensitive, off base, and inappropriate? Will this make my book too controversial for representation, for publishing, for sale? Will it garner derision and disdain from members of the black community? Even members of the white community who may resent the harshness with which I depict some of the police?

I don’t know. Maybe. But it was a story I felt passionate about, compelled to write; that took the many debated aspects and elements discussed in my articles and put them into fictional form, with imagined characters who embodied and borrowed from people I knew, from conversations I’d had, from ideas, agendas, politics, and passions that had been conveyed to me by real people expressing essential and sometimes controversial perspectives. I was determined to honor them by candidly, honestly, and without apology, telling the story.

But perhaps, as Anthony Horowitz was told, I’m entering territory that is off-limits, that puts me at odds with those who might frame me as presumptuous and patronizing. “A nice white girl” who’s stepped outside of culturally acceptable boundaries.

I hope not, because I, like Mr. Horowitz, see that as “dangerous territory.”

Just as brilliant male authors have gorgeously written female protagonists; as female novelists have conjured male characters ringing with truth; as writers of one ethnicity have honestly depicted another; as fabulists have invented entire worlds of imagined wonders, authors must be limited byNOTHING. Not a thing. They must be free to create without fear of cultural naysaying, societal judgment, threat of reprisal, or the discomfort of crossing cultural boundaries.

The only mandate to which they’re obligated is GOOD WRITING. Writing with wit and clarity. Honesty. Authenticity. Sensitivity and depth. Engaging prose, compelling plots, and visceral emotion. And, if need be, if determined helpful, the use of “sensitivity readers” who can ascertain if the writer got the cultural references right.

But just as Idris Elba could certainly make magic as James Bond, as Anthony Horowitz could create an intriguing black spy for his books; as I can write characters both male and of a culture outside my own, so must every author of merit and worth be allowed to view the entire panoply of life as fuel for their imagination. Anything else is antithetical to the mission of art… and stymying art serves no one. Not the writer, not the reader, not the myriad members of our diverse world hungry for stories that reflect their lives. Art is imagining; creating, mirroring, and provoking… all of which can and must be achieved by artists free to explore without the limiting effect of creative and cultural boundaries.

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Twin Peaks, Then and Now, Kyle MacLachlanWelcome back to Twin Peaks.
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‘Star Wars’ Characters Singing Smash Mouth Is An ‘All Star’ Mashup

We needed this a long time ago in a galaxy not so far, far away.

Thankfully, in honor of May the 4th Be With You, “The Tonight Show” has gifted us with a mashup of “Star Wars” characters singing “All Star” by Smash Mouth. 

You don’t need to be the sharpest tool in the shed to see this is a perfect union. One’s called “Star Wars”; the other is called “All Star.” It practically writes itself! 

Plus, with the mashup style, it’s like everyone gets a “Solo.” (Not just you, Han.)

Even if you think this whole thing is kind of dumb, it’d never have a finger and a thumb in the shape of an L on its forehead. How can it when Yoda is singing songs from the ‘90s?

It’s like a welcome change to fuel you through the week. 

Yep. What a concept. We could use a little fuel ourselves and we could all use a little channnnggggeeeee!!!! 

Hey now, it’s “Star Wars,” get the vid on, press play.

 

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Ewan McGregor Spills on "Fargo" Characters and Accent

The actor, who plays brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy on the hit FX series, explains the premise of the show. Find out if it was hard for McGregor to nail the accent!
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Bob Odenkirk Says More ‘Breaking Bad’ Characters Are Coming To ‘Better Call Saul’

It’s Saul good for “Breaking Bad” fans in Season 3 of “Better Call Saul.”

After theorists discovered the episode titles for Season 2 spelled out “FRINGS BACK,” the show has been all about teasing upcoming return of Giancarlo Esposito, the actor who played Los Pollos Hermanos founder Gus Fring in the original AMC series. Check him out in the new promos and photos for “Saul.”

But that might be just the beginning.

Bob Odenkirk tells The Huffington Post that even more “Breaking Bad” characters are on the way.

“Giancarlo is an incredibly sweet, generous actor, and incredibly gifted, amazing actor, so it’s wonderful to have him around, and it’s wonderful to get the story closer to the world of ‘Breaking Bad,’ and it’s not just Giancarlo. There are other characters from that show that are starting to appear, so that is super exciting, and it raises our stakes, and it raises our game at ‘Saul,’” said Odenkirk. 

The actor says fans are in for a surprise.

“It’s just awesome, and I just envy the fans for the surprises that are coming this season. I guess as it comes closer to ‘Breaking Bad,’ it’s gonna happen more and more,” he said.

Just what are these surprises and who are these other characters? Could it be Hank? Jesse? Perhaps even … (ominous knocks on door) … gasp … (never mind, it’s just the Chinese food) … perhaps even … the one who knocks, aka Walter White?

In a previous interview for Season 2 of “Better Call Saul,” Odernkirk told HuffPost that he wanted fans to stop hoping for a Walter White cameo and that “Saul” (much like David. S. Pumpkins) was its own thang:

Stop referencing “Breaking Bad” … it hasn’t happened yet … this show is THIS show, and it’s full and complex and the stakes are different and it’s a helluva unique and rich experience.

Now things are breaking differently.

The actor is embracing the idea of the two shows blending together. With his previous response in mind, we asked if the show would continued to have its own tone or trend towards “Breaking Bad.”

“The unique tone that Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould established and sort of the unique area that ‘Saul’ is in, we stay in that world through the third season. But I think your question is a good one, and it could be more relevant in Season 4 and 5, if there is one. It could actually become a little more like the balance ‘Breaking Bad’ was, the balance of violence and higher stakes.”

And for everyone wondering when Jimmy McGill will finally become Saul Goodman, Odenkirk had some reassuring words.

“It’s gonna happen, not the way you expect it to,” he said.

Odenkirk said the difference between Jimmy and Saul is that Saul is more “emotionally callous,” and Jimmy still has “soft spots in his heart and a lot of hope.”

He added, “But trust me, the story will beat the hope out of him.”

In that case, we have a piece of advice for Jimmy McGill.

“Better Call Saul” Season 3 premieres April 10 on AMC.

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Evangelist Franklin Graham Calls For Disney Boycott Over Gay Characters

Not even Disney can escape the ire of Franklin Graham. 

After news that the family-friendly film giant had included a same-sex kiss in a cartoon and will feature a gay character in its upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” remake, the evangelical pastor called on his followers to “say no to Disney.” 

In a Facebook post shared this week, Graham wrote that the company is “trying to push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of your children — watch out!” Then, acknowledging that “Disney has the right to make their cartoons” because “it’s a free country,” the evangelist went on to state, “as Christians we also have the right not to support their company. I hope Christians everywhere will say no to Disney.” 

The same-sex cartoon kiss appeared on “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” this week when an array of couples were shown kissing, including two men. Meanwhile, “Beauty and the Beast” director Bill Condon also revealed that Gaston’s buddy LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will be shown questioning his feelings for his friend, played by Luke Evans. 

The decision prompted one Alabama theater to scrap plans to screen the upcoming remake, which stars Emma Watson as Belle.

“It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie,” Condon told the UK’s Attitude magazine. Gad told USA Today that he was proud to have “expanded” on the original animated version of LeFou, “giving him dimension, making him human.”

Graham has previously made his thoughts on other non– straight, white, Christian groups clear with comments about President Trump’s ban on Syrian immigrants (”not a Bible issue”), Islam (”evil”) and Black Lives Matter (”all lives matter”).

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Fiction: Death and Disaster Stalk the Characters in Margaret Drabble’s New Novel

Margaret Drabble’s “The Dark Flood Rises” is a fictional road trip through various forms of “senior living” in Britain.
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Top 10 Playable Resident Evil Characters

Begin a sentence with the phrase “iconic horror series,” and tradition dictates that the words “Resident” and “Evil” must follow shortly after.

Having coined the term ‘survival horror’ during its original Japanese 1996 release, the Resident Evil franchise has spent the years since spawning a slew of games packed with characters who have defined the genre. But out of all of those you can play throughout the main games, mini games and DLC, who are IGN’s favourites from the series? Here are our Top 10 Playable Resident Evil Characters.

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Dave Chappelle Reprises ‘Chappelle’s Show’ Characters For ‘Walking Dead’ Spoof On ‘SNL’

Chappelle’s Show” is back. Well, kind of.

Dave Chappelle reprised some of his hilarious comedy sketch show characters, including Tyrone Biggums and Chuck Taylor, to spoof “The Walking Dead” on “Saturday Night Live.”

Chappelle said people had asked whether he’d be bringing any of the characters back, ever since he was confirmed as the guest host of “SNL.”

At first I wasn’t going to,” he told the audience, but revealed he changed his mind after seeing the episode in which Glenn is killed.

“I know, it was devastating. I love that show and Glenn was like one of my favorite characters. so I was like crushed,” Chappelle added. “So, in that spirit and with that in mind, I hope you enjoy this.”

Check it out in the clip above.

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The Ultimate Disney Dubsmash Has All Your Favorite Characters

Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Pluto and the Little Mermaid are just some of the beloved characters featured in this awesome Disney Dubsmash.

The compilation, which is going viral on Facebook, shows clips of a man named Dustin Hayes using the Dubsmash app so it appears as if he’s singing to the costumed characters at Walt Disney World.

He sings Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” to Queen Elsa from “Frozen,” mimics Ariel’s vocal gymnastics in front of the Little Mermaid herself, smolders for Rapunzel and does The Village People’s “In The Navy” with Duffy, the bear known for his sailor attire… just to name a few.

But what makes the clip work so well is how the characters all gamely play along. 

Check it out in the clip above.  

The clip was uploaded to YouTube earlier this month, but has been going viral since it was posted on Facebook over the weekend by a North Carolina radio station.

“It’s still blowing my mind that everybody loves this video, I cannot believe that I have a viral video now,” Hayes wrote in the comments. “Thanks for all the love everybody!”

Hayes, who according to his Facebook page works at Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park, has also posted a few other Disney Dubsmash videos on YouTube,  which you can see right here. He also has an Instagram page full of Disney photos, including some unique character shots. 

 

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The Ultimate Disney Dubsmash Has All Your Favorite Characters

Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Pluto and the Little Mermaid are just some of the beloved characters featured in this awesome Disney Dubsmash.

The compilation, which is going viral on Facebook, shows clips of a man named Dustin Hayes using the Dubsmash app so it appears as if he’s singing to the costumed characters at Walt Disney World.

He sings Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” to Queen Elsa from “Frozen,” mimics Ariel’s vocal gymnastics in front of the Little Mermaid herself, smolders for Rapunzel and does The Village People’s “In The Navy” with Duffy, the bear known for his sailor attire… just to name a few.

But what makes the clip work so well is how the characters all gamely play along. 

Check it out in the clip above.  

The clip was uploaded to YouTube earlier this month, but has been going viral since it was posted on Facebook over the weekend by a North Carolina radio station.

“It’s still blowing my mind that everybody loves this video, I cannot believe that I have a viral video now,” Hayes wrote in the comments. “Thanks for all the love everybody!”

Hayes, who according to his Facebook page works at Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park, has also posted a few other Disney Dubsmash videos on YouTube,  which you can see right here. He also has an Instagram page full of Disney photos, including some unique character shots. 

 

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“Mom, I think that person has autism,” says my 10-year-old son Noah. And because his brother Evan is on the spectrum, he has developed an intuitive ability to detect even the most subtle signs of autism.

Sometimes Noah notices an inability to decipher social cues. Sometimes it’s an unusual speech pattern or a repetitive behavior. Once it was something as simple as a mother holding the hand of her young teenage boy.

Noah’s A-dar* got me thinking about which cartoon characters might have an autism diagnosis if such a thing existed in the world of animation. But then, like every responsible attorney, realized I probably should include some sort of disclaimer.

Caution: This post is intended for people who have an appreciation for sarcasm and humor.Yes, I know that autism is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by deficits in social interaction and communication, a limited range of activities and interests and often the presence of repetitive behaviors. And I know that if a person exhibits one or even some of these traits, it does not necessarily mean he/she has autism. But, for the fun of it, I have diagnosed seven cartoon characters who meet at least one of the criteria for autism. Just remember; sarcasm and humor – or at least one mom’s attempt at it.

1. Cookie Monster Not only does this Sesame Street character exhibit a significant preoccupation with cookies, but his expressive language is significantly delayed when compared to his monster peers. Like many on the spectrum, if he had his way and the writers didn’t cave in to pressures to make him eat healthier, Cookie Monster would happily live on a self-restricted diet consisting of only his preferred food.

2. Schroeder, the object of Lucy’s unrequited affection, is a precocious piano playing prodigy. His savant skills are perfect, and his knowledge of all things Beethoven are nothing less than impressive. Typically, Schroeder is content to play his music and engages in very little on-going dialogue. He can, however, become easily agitated if either his piano playing or his idol Beethoven are criticized.

3. One of the 101 Dalmatians. The prevalence of autism is 1 in 68. Statistically speaking, if you have 101 Dalmatians, chances are at least one of them will fall somewhere on the spectrum.

4. Tigger clearly has issues with attention and focus. With all his bouncing around, we can also speculate that his sensory-seeking behaviors are indicative of an autism diagnosis.

5. Elmer Fudd Forget about the fact that he really needs a good speech pathologist, the guy is obsessed with killing a rabbit. Does he even talk about anything else, ever?

6. Brainy Smurf is a know-it-all intellectual who isn’t afraid to impart his wisdom upon the entire Smurf clan Do they want it? Mostly they don’t, so it’s not unusual for Brainy to be kicked outside the village or smacked over the head with a mallet. Despite the abuse, he remains oblivious to the fact that his fellow Smurfs have no interest in his “wisdom.”

7. SpongeBob wins the award for having the most characteristics of autism. Although hyperactive, he is extremely focused and determined and will do whatever it takes to accomplish a goal. Often, he is oblivious to impending danger, and his lack of awareness tends to put him and others at risk for harm. He has a hard time detecting lies, and his kind-hearted and innocent nature means he is nice to everyone, notably those who are not always kind to him. SpongeBob also has anxiety. He is especially anxious about clowns and the dark.

*A-dar is a made-up term used to refer to someone with an intuitive ability to identify an individual on the autism spectrum.

Which cartoon characters would you add to this list?

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Counting Down the Best Characters in Orange is the New Black

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Culturalist.com is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. Want to join the conversation? You can make your own list of the Top 10 Best Characters in Orange is the New Black by selecting your favorites, ranking them in order, and publishing on Culturalist.

Furlough’s over: it’s time to go back inside. With this weekend’s premiere of season three of Orange is the New Black, we’re counting down some of the larger-than-life residents of Litchfield Penitentiary. You can weigh in by making your own list of the Top 10 Best Characters in Orange is the New Black now!

Here are the current rankings, according to Culturalist’s list makers…#1 might surprise you!

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Sometimes there’s just that person in your life that you know is trouble…amazing, delicious, unavoidable trouble. That’s what Alex brings to the table, and what got her on so many of our lists. Where is she on yours?

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Perhaps more than any other character, Piper has evolved over the course of the first two seasons…and we can’t wait to see where she goes next. She’s transformed herself from a woman lost within her own choices to a force to be reckoned with…but even that wasn’t enough to get her to the top spot on the list.

Who are your favorites? See the current #1 and join the conversation by making your own list of the Top 10 Best Characters in Orange is the New Black now!

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