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Mary Tyler Moore accepts the Ground Breaking Show award for her series 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' at the second annual TV Land Awards in 2004. (REUTERS/Fred Prouser)


The Week in Women: The legacy of Mary Tyler Moore, a publishing spat, and a black woman’s historic Oscar nod

January 27, 2017

Oscar nominations dropped this week, so we thought it would be only fitting to devote our news roundup to entertainment stories that have been making waves of late. (And, to be honest, we wanted to give ourselves some respite from talking about a certain newly-inaugurated president.) Let’s take a look back, shall we?

Joi McMillon, an editor of the acclaimed film Moonlight, has become the first black woman to earn an Oscar nomination for film editing. The Academy, which has been criticized for overlooking the accomplishments of actors of color, also nominated six black actors this year—a record number. This is great. The fact that the Academy also gave a best actor nod to a performer who has been accused of repeated sexual harassment? Not-so-great.

Roxane Gay, the best-selling author of Bad Feminist and Difficult Women, has announced that she pulled her book from Simon & Schuster because the publishing house has offered a book deal to Breitbart editor and all-around terrible human Milo Yiannopolous. Gay’s How to be Heard was slated to be published by TED Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. “I kept thinking about how egregious it is to give someone like Milo a platform for his blunt, inelegant hate and provocation,” Gay said in a statement. “I just couldn’t bring myself to turn the book in.” Whose book would you rather read—that of a celebrated feminist thinker, or a professional troll who is currently in the midst of a speaking tour titled “Dangerous Faggots”? It’s a tough choice, we know.

Mary Tyler Moore, legendary star of the beloved Mary Tyler Moore Show, died on Wednesday in Greenwich, Connecticut. The sitcom, which Moore created with her second husband, subverted prevailing notions of womanhood in the 1960s and ’70s. Moore’s character was a single woman who lived alone and navigated a male-dominated working environment with humor and determination. In a 1972 episode, the show even tackled the gender pay gap. According to Moore’s family, her death was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest after a recent bout with pneumonia. She was 80 years old.

Taylor Swift has managed to upset everyone again by trying to be a feminist. The pop star tipped her hat to protestors at the Women’s March on Washington, tweeting “So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched. I’m proud to be a woman today, and every day.” But Swift faced backlash for only sending out the tweet at 4 p.m. on Saturday, when the march was winding down, and for not attending the protest. This seems like rather petty criticism, and publicly tearing down a woman strikes us as being contrary to the spirit of the march. But we’re sure that in a mansion filled with whipped cream fountains and cotton candy bedspreads, Katy Perry is laughing about this.