Woods tweeted: “Please join me in using proper grammar, syntax, and spelling. The correct pronoun usage in the English language is “he” for a singular male and “she” for a singular female. “They” is used for the plural of either males, females, or both. Don’t be bullied by hare-brained liberals.”

Dictionary.com tweeted: “They has been in use as a singular pronoun since the 1300s. Among its best known users in history: Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Jane Austen.”

Scoop’s notes:

Woods is just being a prick, and dictionary.com’s post, while factually correct and vaguely amusing, is totally irrelevant to Woods’ point.

1. Dictionaries and grammar books serve separate purposes. A dictionary is descriptive, and a grammar book or style manual is prescriptive. The fact that a usage exists does not mean that it is proper, even if Shakespeare himself used it. For example, Shakespeare used terms like “more corrupter” and “most poorest.” Does that mean it is correct to use those constructions today?

2. The editors at dictionary.com must have used up too many credits on library science to fit any logic classes into their academic schedules. Ever if we were to assume that ol’ Billy Shakespeare and his hifalutin literary pals always used words correctly, a usage of any kind that was correct for them is not necessarily correct today, nor should it be, because languages are fluid. There is simply no logical connection between dictionary.com’s point and Woods’. If we adopt Chaucer’s usage as our standard, then we will only use “gay” to mean “lighthearted and carefree” and we should correctly refer to male homosexuals as “geldings” or “mares.” (NOTE: Chaucer did not distinguish between homosexuals and eunuchs, for reasons he is too dead to explain.)

3. I can also be a prick. There is a grammatical error in dictionary.com’s tweet. The word “they” should be in quote marks to indicate referring to a word as that word, just as I did earlier in this sentence. Without the quote marks, the sentence begins “They was,” as in “They wuz just about to filch the roscoe when the coppers showed their ugly mugs and told ’em to scram.” (Caveat: It is possible that dictionary.com did this on purpose to demonstrate a whimsical singular use of they, as kind of a literary joke consistent with their point. Maybe. But like Lou Grant, I hate whimsy.)

Having noted that dictionary.com is full of manure, let me point out that Woods is as well. No matter what the grammar books say, using the singular “they” is sometimes the only way to avoid either confusing declarations or the dreaded “his or her” construction.

For example:

A teacher addresses the co-ed class, “Everyone should create his own solution.” Yup. That’s perfect grammar, and perfectly confusing, since it binds the boys, but implies that the girls in the class may use another student’s solution. To get around the problem, the teacher must change the directive to “his or her,” or “their.” While “their” is, in theory, grammatically incorrect, it is the solution I prefer.

I would certainly support the use of the singular “they,” and there is no reason not to accept it because, as noted earlier in bold, languages are fluid.

Here is her full-frontal scene in Z: The Beginning of Everything

This was among the top ten in our Best Nude Scenes of 2017.

Christina has been the most consistent performer in our annual polls. She is the only actress to finish in the top ten four times, and she is one of only three women to win twice. (Anne Hathaway and Heather Graham are the other two-time winners, but Christina is the only one to win twice outright in the live polling era. One of Heather’s wins was a retro poll two decades after the fact, and one of Hathaway’s was a tie for first.)

Her other top finishes:

First for Prozac Nation in the Top Nude Scenes of 2003

First for Black Snake Moan in the Top Nude Scenes of 2007

Ninth for After Life in the Top Nude Scenes of 2010

Her first winner, Prozac Nation, was actually filmed in in the summer of 2000, when Ricci was only 20. Her most recent winner was the TV production Z, in which her nudity was filmed when she was in her mid 30s.

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Nearly six years after it was filmed, London Fields has now been released in a home video format.

I have not watched it, and don’t intend to, but the general response has been terrible, which goes a long way to explain why it has been bottled up for more than five years. It’s rated 4.6 at IMDb and scores a perfect ZERO on Rotten Tomatoes.

Anyway, here’s Amber’s booty as it was six years ago.

And here’s a .gif of the scene.

In the additional images it is apparent that she’s topless, but no fun stuff is really visible.

One thing that these images accomplish is to demonstrate that it is Poehler, beyond the shadow of a doubt. In addition to picturing her with her then-husband, Will Arnett, the article shows the exact date and location when the pictures were obtained.

The survey was done over a two-week period almost entirely BEFORE the Northam blackface scandal was first reported.

Only 37% of Republicans thought blackface was unacceptable.

66% of black people feel that blackface is not acceptable, with an additional 16% in the “not sure / don’t know” group.

And yet …

The majority of Republicans are calling for Northam to resign, and the vast majority of black people believe he should not. I reckon our ethical standards are highly fluid.

It would be interesting and useful to take the exact same poll again now, which would allow the pollsters to establish an hypocrisy index.

Interestingly, white Democrats have not been hypocritical as a group. They said that blackface was unacceptable, declaring so in almost the same percentage as black people, and they have also broadly called for Northam to step down.