Please Don’t Have Sex with This Robot

This is Pepper the Japanese robot:


Pepper is a four-foot, sixty-pound, $1650 robot that can talk, dance, tell jokes, but one thing it shouldn’t do is have sex with you.

When Pepper went on sale in Japan this summer, it promptly sold-out, but apparently the concerns that some customers would use it as a sex robot were real enough that Pepper came with a warning from its manufacturer: “the policy owner must not perform any sexual act or other indecent behavior.”

I’m not sure how this rule would actually be enforced, but, well, if this turns you on to the point where you want to fuck it:

This Week in Internet Cuteness: 6-Year-Old Tells It Like It Is About Her Parents’ Divorce


I know this video has already been making the rounds of the internet, but not only is it too darn cute not to share, but the wisdom that 6-year-old Tiana lays out for her mom after witnessing her divorced parents argue may just hold the key to living a happy and meaningful life.

So try your best, don’t be a meanie, find balance, smile and make everything as good as possible—nothing else.

Hey Girl, Let Me Wipe Away Your Tears


If you’re a woman living in Japan and life has become too tragic to take, have no fear—the Ikemeso (a combination of the Japanese words for “handsome guy” and “crying”) is here. It’s a new service where for the low fee of 7900 yen ($65 U.S.), a handsome guy will come visit your workplace, play you a sad video and literally wipe away your tears.

And here are some of the dashing and sensitive men you can pick from:

Meet China’s #1 Barack Obama Impersonator

Meet Xiao Jiguo, possibly the #1 Barack Obama impersonator in China.


Xiao doesn’t really speak any English so he won’t be trading places with the President anytime soon, but his particular set of skills has gotten him work in various Chinese projects including his current one—playing a low-level gangster who resembles Obama in a Chinese film scheduled to be released next summer.

Now what does being a gangster who resembles the U.S. President have anything to do with anything? Who know? Who cares? He’s a Chinese dude who looks like Obama—sometimes when it comes to the internet, something that simple is more than enough.

Around the Horn: It’s Offensive but I Like It


This past week, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players were criticized for an upcoming production of THE MIKADO that utilized yellow face–in this case, white actors portraying Japanese. Due to the outrage, the production has been cancelled and replaced with THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (well, unless pirates protest it). It was interesting to see the range of comments from the community–while the consensus was that the yellow face was offensive and wrong, there seemed to be a split about THE MIKADO itself–with some arguing the musical is fine minus the yellow face while others argued that the musical itself is problematic and should not be performed at all.

That got me thinking, is there a work of art–be it a film, TV show, song, painting, etc…–that you know is offensive whether due to its racism, sexism, homophobia or other reasons, yet you still love?

Being White Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry


I don’t know if there’s something in the Evian water, but this has been a banner week for White people sticking their foot in their mouths when it comes to issues of race and their subsequent “apologies.”

We had actor Matt Damon interrupt African American filmmaker Effie Brown during the premiere episode of Project Greenlight to lecture her that “when we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show.” After the internet responded with outrage at his #Damonsplaining, Matt Damon apologized by saying, “I am sorry that (my comments) offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having.”