Here’s Your First Look At The Dragons In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7

It appears Dany will no longer be asking, ?Where are my dragons?? Because you can?t miss them.

In a new photo from ?Game of Thrones? Season 7, courtesy of HBO and Entertainment Weekly, we see Drogon doing his thing. And dude is big. Director Matt Shakman previously told EW that ?the dragons this year are the size of 747s.? He wasn?t lying.

It seems Emilia Clarke?s Daenerys Targaryen is in the middle of her conquest for Westeros and Drogon is just on a path of destruction ? as it should be.

Of course, in the image we only see Dany riding one dragon. Where are the other two?

Yes, this photo?s purpose could just be to hype up the size of the dragons, but the absence of Viserion and Rhaegal may be intentional. There are theories out there that others, including Mr. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) or even Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), could become dragon riders. Perhaps they?re hanging out with the other two while Dany is raining down fire with Drogon? Or maybe they?re all just making s?mores off screen? Either way, that?s something HBO probably wouldn?t want to spoil in a press pic.

It?s looking more and more likely that other dragon riders may appear, though.

Regardless, the new picture of Drogon is fire.

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Turkey Blames U.S. For Violence It Helped Spark At D.C. Protest

The blame-game continues for the fight between protesters opposing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish security forces last week in Washington, with Turkey faulting ?the inability of U.S. authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official program.?

John Bass, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, was summoned to the country?s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday in Ankara and given ?written and verbal protest? that blamed the altercation on ?aggressive and unprofessional actions taken, contrary to diplomatic rules and practices, by U.S. personnel,? according to a statement by the Turkish government.

?It has been formally requested that the U.S. authorities conduct a full investigation of this diplomatic incident and provide the necessary explanation? of the violence that occurred outside the Turkish embassy in Washington last Tuesday, the statement said. 

Armenian, Kurdish, Greek and Yazidi groups were protesting Erdogan?s meeting at the White House earlier in the day with President Donald Trump when men in suits began kicking and beating protesters. Video shows D.C. police officiers unable to quickly get the situation under control.

The State Department confirmed last Wednesday that Turkish security personnel were involved. Turkey?s ambassador to the U.S., Serdar Kilic, was summoned to the State Department last week and a department official termed the conduct of Turkish security personnel ?deeply disturbing,? according to CNN.

Several members of Congress pushed more forceful action against members of the Turkish security detail. And Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) called for the Turkish ambassador to be sent home.

Two people who live in the U.S. were arrested in the clash and at least 12 people, including a police officer, were injured.

 The U.S.-Turkish alliance has been rocky ever since a failed coup last summer was blamed on Turkish cleric Fetullah Gulen, who is exiled in the U.S. Plus, Turkey blames Washington for propping up the YPG, an armed Kurdish group in Syria, as a means of battling the Islamic State .

Erdogan has jailed 47,000 people since last summer and has eliminated about 130,000 government jobs in a post-coup crackdown. 

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Progressives Can Be Sexual Predators, Too

A member of queer punk rock duo PWR BTTM was recently accused of sexual assault, news that has taken the music industry by surprise. On May 11 a person claiming to be part of Chicago?s DIY scene and queer community wrote on Facebook that musician Ben Hopkins is a ?known sexual predator? and ?perpetrator of multiple assaults.? A band that was booked to tour with PWR BTTM tweeted they had been forewarned about Hopkins? predatory behavior and Jezebel posted an anonymous interview with a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by the rock star.

The fallout was swift: PWR BTTM, which has recently garnered critical acclaim from The New York Times and just released a sophomore album, was dropped by their management as well as their label, which pulled the band?s music from all streaming services.

The allegations have shocked fans, many of whom idolize PWR BTTM for being one of the few gender fluid role models in a heteronormative music industry. The band is part of the ?queercore? movement, a small subculture of punk that eschews aggressive masculinity, and writes songs such as ?I Wanna Boi,? and ?Sissy.? The gender-neutral Hopkins, who wears thrift store dresses onstage and a face smeared with glittery makeup, has become a queer icon and the band?s shows are known as safe spaces ? the musicians demand every venue have gender-neutral bathrooms, and in November gave audience members access to a back entrance when homophobic protestors showed up outside a concert.

But given the complexity of many sexual assault cases, these allegations should not be surprising. They should instead serve as an important reminder that abusers can also come in progressive packages.

There?s a societal tendency to think sexual violence predators fit one, misogynistic mold. That they are the type of people who anchor right-wing talk shows, leer at women on the street or brag about grabbing genitals. This limited definition makes the threat of sexual assault feel contained rather than omnipresent. The reality is that progressive politics don?t preclude non-consensual sex.

When a queer person with enlightened gender values is accused of sexual assault it creates cognitive dissonance. Nobody expects a musician who champions safe spaces ? especially one who isn?t a heterosexual man ? to face allegations of sexual assault. But you know what else we didn?t expect? That America?s dad?s favorite pastime was allegedly drugging and raping women. There is no one-size-fits-all model of an abuser.

There are countless examples of people whose liberal values or artistic jobs have helped distract from their alleged criminal behavior. Bill Clinton, who signed the Violence Against Women Act, secured family leave, and lobbied for sexual orientation to be included in hate crime law, has been accused by three women of sexual misconduct and has infamously used his power to get sexual favors. Canada?s Jian Ghomeshi used his high-profile status as a progressive radio host and renaissance man to allegedly sexually abuse 15 women (the court acquitted him of four charges). And let?s not forget the long list of celebrities, including Casey Affleck, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen and Nate Parker, whose artistic work is at seemingly odds with the accusations or charges of sexual violence against them. (To be fair, the problem isn?t only with men. The female self-proclaimed feminist founder of Thinx underwear was recently accused of sexual harassment by current and former employees.)

We all likely know someone who waxes poetic about gender equality during the day and becomes a total creeper in dark bars. In the worst cases, perpetrators explicitly use their liberal ideals as bait. The term ?macktivistm? refers to men who espouse progressive politics to lure in female victims. A Jezebel article describes one man who was ?fluent with women?s issues such as body-image politics, female silencing and, most chillingly, consent,? whom 20 women have accused of sexual assault and harassment.

Liberal values can also become a shield to help perpetrators defend themselves against allegations. Hopkins, who goes by the gender-neutral pronoun ?they,? used progressive gender ideals to bolster their innocence in a statement released Thursday. Though they denied the allegations, they wrote: ?I am firmly committed to consent, to communication, and to mutual expression of sexual interest…I believe it is my responsibility to be accountable to this individual?s perspective and to honor it accordingly.? While there?s no doubt PWR BTTM?s values have improved the lives of many queer fans, these enlightened politics come across as hollow and manipulative when used to deny accusations of sexual assault.

While the PWR BTTM allegations will likely never be tried in court, they follow a well-known pattern: There?s a prominent figure within a community whose sexual abuse certain members claim is well-known. Eventually someone posts a blog or a tweet about the person?s behavior, which seemingly permits others to share corroborative experiences. This phenomenon recently occurred with an editor who ended his public writing career after a woman?s blog post about his behavior led to multiple sexual assault accusations and with a music publicist who resigned after a woman tweeted an allegation of sexual harassment that prompted many other similar stories. 

While these accusations are incredibly painful for PWR BTTM fans, they are a good reminder that sexual assault perpetrators don?t fit into neat categories. Sometimes, they are the aggressive men who grab women at bars and yell sexist slurs. But they can also be queer role models who sing about progressive gender messages while covered in sparkles.

 

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