A few days ago, the Supreme Court ruled that Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, could not refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis continued to refuse, despite the ruling. Then today she was called before a judge in contempt of court. In the hearing before Judge David Bunning, Davis argued that she should not have to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples since it goes against her religious beliefs. Judge Bunning disagreed and ordered her to be jailed. He said Davis will be released once she agrees to issue the licenses. The decision sparked an uproar about the rule of law and religious liberties. Some argued that as a public official, Davis is obligated to follow orders issued by the courts. But others saw the ruling as a threat to religious freedom. Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul told CNN that it’s “absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberties.” Discuss
In the promotional push that comes with taking over The Late Show throne, it seems like Stephen Colbert is everywhere these days. Including ... your car? Yup, the Colbert Report/Daily Show alum has lent his voice to navigational system Waze, for a limited period of time. In addition to his dulcet tones guiding your car’s every move, you’ll get classic quips like “Ugh, traffic, my least favorite kind of jam.”
Check out the promotional video below. Like everything the comedian does, he may drive you crazy—but at least you always know who’s behind the wheel.
Netflix might have lost a slate of movies when Epix moved their catalogue to Hulu, but there’s still a mountain of interesting movies and television shows headed to the streaming behemoth. Among them? Coming of age film Moonrise Kingdom, travel tragi-comedy Up in the Air, and everyone’s favorite pack of zombie survivors, The Walking Dead. Netflix and chill? Yes please. Below are some of the highlights. You can check out the full list of forthcoming titles here.
Photos of the body of a Syrian toddler who drowned alongside his mother and five-year-old brother have gone viral, as the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe continues to grow. Artists from around the world have begun creating their own tributes to 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who is one of thousands of Syrian refugees who have died attempting to escape violence from the Syrian civil war and ISIS.
You can see the photos here, but warning: They are graphic. The boys’ father told the AP, “My kids were the most beautiful children in the world, wonderful. They wake me up every morning to play with them.” Fighting in Syria has displaced millions in the country, and there are currently tens of thousands attempting to escape to Europe. You can go here to see a list of organizations assisting Syrian refugee families.
Justin Bieber visited The Tonight Show this week, and for the second time, went one-on-one with Questlove in a drum battle. As far as drum-offs go, this one is pretty darn impressive. Maybe Quest was just being nice to the show guest, but Biebs seems to have handily won this round. Discuss
With their powers combined, The National's Matt Berninger and Menomena/Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf became EL VY. The band’s first act of heroism? Proving that hanging out with your friends is every bit as cool as you think it is. They do just that in the video for “I’m The Man to Be,” goofing off in Venice Beach and Santa Monica.
“There’s this great Schoolboy Q song ‘There He Go’ which samples Menomena’s ‘Wet and Rusting.'” Says Berninger of the track. “I thought it would be funny to re-sample the same sample and do it from the perspective of a pathetic self-aggrandizing rocker alone in a hotel room. Something I know a lot about. That’s how it started but then Brent took the sample out and we wrote an entirely new song.”
Check out the clip below. Their debut album Return to the Moon is due out October 30.