Stan Lee's Former Manager Charged With Elder Abuse

Photo: Jordan Strauss / Invision via LA Times

Photo: Jordan Strauss / Invision via LA Times

Before the death of the amazing Stan Lee, he suffered abuses that seemed to come out of left field after the death of his lovely wife. Now, his former manager is being accused of fostering that abuse.

The LA Times reports that Keya Morgan, 43, is facing federal charges for “theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult.” Morgan is also facing misdemeanor charges for elder abuse.

Morgan worked with Lee for ten years and becoming an intricate part in Lee’s private life in 2016. But in June 2018, Stan Lee’s daughter filed a restraining order against Morgan on behalf of her father, alleging that Morgan was manipulating Stan Lee and kept him away from family and friends. And in August 2018, Stan Lee and his daughter were granted a three-year restraining order that prevented Morgan from contacting Stan Lee or coming within 100 feet of him.

Stan Lee is the beloved co-creator of Marvel Comics’ mightiest heroes and villains. The Lee family’s bizarre tumble into legal battles began after the death of his wife of 70 years, Joan B. Lee, in 2017.

Photo: Ryan Pfluger for The New York Times

Photo: Ryan Pfluger for The New York Times

Attorneys for Lee’s estate allege that Keya Morgan took advantage of Lee’s deteriorating health. The details for the restraining order against Morgan mentioned that Morgan was under investigation for allegedly filing a false police report claiming that there were burglars in his house. The investigation concluded that there were no burglars, but a social worker and two detectives visited to conduct a welfare on Stan Lee. The LA Times also reported that when police interviewed Lee, he “acknowledged that Mr. Morgan had helped him, but would frequently forget his name when talking about him.”

Morgan maintains his innocence in the allegations of elder abuse and reached out to entertainment website Showbiz 411 and shared a document alleged written by Lee but definitely signed by Lee from April 2018 that exonerates Morgan, saying, “Keya Morgan has been my most loyal and supportive friend in the last several years.”

Morgan claimed that he was the one who first noticed suspicious financial transactions and began acting on Stan Lee’s behalf after the estate fired their financial advisers of over 20 years after Joan’s death.

Keya Morgan is a wealthy historian, memorabilia collector, producer, writer, director, and entrepreneur from New York. His celebrity friends’ list include Buzz Aldrin, Muhammad Ali, and President (former) Barack Obama.


Rebecca Sugar, You’re My Hero

To put it simply, I do not believe there is a better show in existence for young children in the current day and age as Steven Universe.

Steven Universe, Cartoon Network

Steven Universe, Cartoon Network

Simply by turning it on, and watching any of the numerous episodes, one can learn so much about how the world should work. Let’s start with the main cast. The focal point of the series is the adventures of Steven Quartz Universe and his three mentors/senior teammates, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. From the first moment, these three female leads are among some of the best.

All of their voices stand out, from the heavily accented Garnet, voiced by singer/songwriter/producer Estelle Fanta Swaray who traces her roots back to Grenada, to the Raspy and energetic voice of Amethyst, Michaela Dietz, a Korean-American singer and voice actress by trade, to the haughty and motherly voice of Pearl from Deedee Lynn Magno Hall, a Filipina-American voice actress who is best known as Princess Jasmine in the Aladdin Broadway production.

No two characters sound alike. Although relatives tend to have similar voices, all show an insane degree of personality. From the Pizza family, who are immigrants from the country of Ghana, the father, Kofi Pizza, and the grandmother Nanefua Pizza, to his daughters, Jenny and Kiki Pizza. The latter two were clearly raised in America. The entire show brings a realistic representation of life in America. If you lived in another country for years, you will have an accent. And then, in this show, that accent is never grounds for a joke. It’s merely a factor of these character’s lives and personality. Ethnicity is never a point of contention, neither is gender. Characters can be weak, strong, light-hearted, serious, but it’s all based around who they are, not what they are.

I wish I had grown up with this show. I really, truly do. Allow me to spoil an episode, known as “Alone Together”. Though Steven Universe has had many groundbreaking episodes, this, was the first. It introduced a character known as Stevonnie. A fusion of Steven, the main character, and Connie, his book-smart, sword wielding best friend. (Her full name, for the record, is Connie Maheswaran, she is of Indian descent) Stevonnie is created in a flash of pink light, and where two children stood, now stands a beautiful, no, a stunning figure. Tall, not lean, but just soft enough in the right places. Instantly, the first thing they do is stand up, and run around, laughing. Yes, I said they. Stevonnie is the first purely non binary character in the series. Not male or female. Non binary. They take themselves to Garnet, who tells them that, “Stevonnie, listen to me. You are not two people, and you are not one person. You, are an experience! Make sure you’re a good experience. Now, go have fun!” After another run on the beach, followed by a cliff dive into the ocean, they find themselves hungry, and head into a local donut shop for a snack.

Lars and Stevonnie, The Big Donut Shop

Lars and Stevonnie, The Big Donut Shop

Two recurring characters stand behind the counter. The tall, lanky, sometimes unthoughtful Lars, and the short, stocky, strong, sometimes hard headed and manipulative Sadie. At the sight of the attractive Stevonnie, both characters find themselves flustered. Stuttering. Unable to form cohesive thoughts, and end up giving away the food for free, to which Stevonnie actively flirts back over their shoulder, “But, just so you know, that isn’t a very sound business practice.”

Stevonnie sees the power their attractiveness wields, and decides to wield it in kind. But, like most swords, there is a double edge, which appears later, in the form of Kevin. Stevonnie, still reveling in their newfound power, decided to head to a local rave. As music plays and lights flash, they begin to dance--their beauty and acrobatics attracting the eyes of the entire venue. Does this flatter them even more? No, it, in fact, induces an extremely harsh anxiety attack, prompting them to run into the corner, lamenting the fact that if they were to split back into Steven and Connie, they would at least have each other. Instead, they’re alone, together. And that’s when Kevin arrives.

Kevin and Stevonnie

Kevin and Stevonnie

Now, most of us have met a Kevin at least once in our lives. Acts like they are a Greek statue given life. You’re lucky to know them. He’s the best thing that will ever happen to you. He approached, breaking through their personal space. Flirting, patronizing, calling them “baby” and “girl” clearly interested in only their body, and how having his pushed up against theirs will make him look. Stevonnie, ready for their night to be over, pulls Kevin onto the dance floor, seemingly broken down by his incessant bothering and not taking no for an answer, and proceeds to dance so hard, they fall apart. Literally. They split, reforming into the now laughing and weeping at the same time Connie and Steven. To his credit, he leaves with a simple, “That’s two kids! I’m out!” as Connie and Steven enjoy their dance--together.

One simple episode brings up so much. Identifying as non binary, using sexuality as a weapon and enjoying it, being pressured by someone into doing things you don’t want, especially in a sexual way, and fighting against it in order to be yourself. Even then, more episodes with more lessons spring to mind. “The Storm in the Room” has to do with not defining yourself by the actions and reputation of your parents. “Mindful Education” and the song “Here Comes a Thought” are about dealing with anxieties and not letting them consume you. “Pool Hopping” is about recognizing that you can never be totally in control, and at times just have to take things as they come.

Rebecca Sugar, you really are my hero. You’re a bisexual, non binary woman who creates incredible story lines, beautiful art, and unbelievable music every day. I want to be more like you. This article is my love letter to your series, Becky. I am thankful that you created it, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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Top 5 Hottest Cowboys in Video Games

Sexual attraction toward characters in video games is different for many. When men think of sexy, they tend to think of exposed body parts (breasts, booty, thighs). Hence, the outcry for the Mortal Kombat 9 female costumes to be put into Mortal Kombat 11.

They also think that exposing the digital chests of men in video games is a reverse form of objectification to satisfy women gamers. That is not true at all. Why? For many, if not most women gamers, sexual attraction has nothing to do with unrealistic, digital abs and big arms (that’s for men’s adoration and idea of what masculine should look like, not female sexual gratification). So, what’s sexy to femme gamers? Cowboys.

Here are the top 5 cowboys in video games who can get it.

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McCree

Overwatch

When an enemy McCree stuns me and says, “Whoa there,” I don’t know whether to be angry or turned on. No seriously, McCree or, as some Overwatch players refer to him, Daddy, exudes that old West charm and grit often seen in old Western films.

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Sadie Adler

Red Dead Redemption 2

Look up badassery in the dictionary and you’ll see Sadie Adler’s beautiful face right there. RDR2 players didn’t just fall in love with her super cute freckles, kinda messy hair and voice, but with her triumphant storyline. We discovered her story by playing through the game. From widow to bad ass outlaw, Sadie we can’t stop crushing on Sadie.

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Erron Black

Mortal Kombat

The only thing we trust about Erron Black is that he was definitely a cutie pie at least 150 years ago when he worked for Shang Tsung. He’s a mercenary actually from the old West, but this dog has learned many new tricks.

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John Marston

Red Dead Redemption

He’s the quintessential cowboy Robin Hood—ex-criminal with a heart of gold. Sure, he left the life of crime to be a family man, but that’s the bad boy turned good trope that makes gamers swoon.

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Ashe

Overwatch

Gorgeous. Rich. Deadly. Overwatch’s Ashe leads the Deadlock Gang that operates out of Arizona. With her BoB (Big Omnic Butler) by her side, she steals anything she wants. Including our hearts.

Which cowboys in video games do you think we missed? Join the conversation on Facebook.

Mortal Kombat 11's Costumes for Female Kombatants Are An Improvement

Unlockable costumes in Mortal  Kombat 11.

Unlockable costumes in Mortal Kombat 11.

We are loving the new Mortal Kombat 11. From the storyline to the difficult as f*ck Tower. There’s just one thing some players are not all that crazy about—the female costumes that don’t show excessive cleavage.

There are a lot of complaints about the new MK costumes not showing as much fictional breasts and jiggle as they did in previous MK games. While some of costumes are pretty bland, most of them are cute, modern and shows an evolution of the game.

We don’t need to have overly sexualized female costumes to be considered sexy do we? For the dudes complaining, yeah. But the same guys who are complaining about the lack of “sexy babes” are the same ones crying about Jax’s alternate ending.

While many femme gamers who play Mortal Kombat don’t quite mind the super sexualized versions of female costumes, they expressed relief and applauded MK art director, Steve Beran for desexualizing the female Kombatants. Many male gamers, however, are super agitated about the female characters being covered up.

One guy, Brian Hughes, even started an online petition to change the skins back to, the “iconic skins” that fans of the games had come to know and love. In his petition he asks the question, “Why do the male characters in Mortal Kombat 11 run around shirtless and even half-naked while female characters are decked out head-to-toe?” obviously not understanding that male bodies are not sexualized in MK and are not geared toward female players. It’s been proven that advertisements displaying the male body as muscular and masculine are based on men’s ideals of physical masculinity and not female sexual gratification.

Hughes goes on to say,

The reason we are petitioning for this is not for gratification, but because many of us are beginning to feel that NetherRealm studios has caved in to political correctness and the neutering of the Mortal Kombat franchise …”

And after saying it’s not about gratification says, “bring back the babes in thongs to MK11 .” People complaining about the lack of thongs and titties jumping don’t understand that Mortal Kombat, its characters have evolved. They’ve grown. And so, too, has their costumes.

That fact that Hughes used the phrase “neutering the Mortal Kombat franchise” suggests that he feels his masculinity is being threatened because of the more covered up costumes, which is pretty sad.

Then Hughes closes his plea to NetherRealms Studios by asking “Will MK continue to be hollowed out content-wise and become a shell of it's former self?” As if the amazing storyline was somehow rendered nonexistent because he couldn’t see tits. Did he even play through? How could anyone who has played MK 11 think that the content was hollow?

People are defending their need for jiggly tits and thongs by trying to invoke the “women want to be oppressed with these outfits” and “women don’t know how to handle their freedoms” as if freedom equates showing tits and ass. It doesn’t. We can if we WANT, but it’s not a requisite for equality. Choice, nerds. That’s what feminism is about—choice, not this or that.

But maturity does not mean that the costumes have to be bland. And bland many of these costumes are. While I do like the new costumes better than the old, the old costumes should be unlockable in the Krypt or through the Tower.

There is no political pandering here. Like it or not, this is 2019 and the game has evolved. And let’s not pretend that the costumes for the female kombatants in Mortal Kombat 9 were actually fantastic and creative. Most of costumes were the same, just different colors. That was one of the main reasons I wanted to unlock all of the skins—to change it up!

Look, it’s okay to have a preference for the outfits that show tits. But that’s not what the game is about.

How are you liking the new MK costumes? Join the conversation on Facebook.

Former Overwatch Pro Has Sexist Meltdown While Streaming Apex Legends

His behavior is nothing new, especially among “pros” but it was kinda hilariously sad.

Matt 'Dellor' Vaughn is under fire for his sexist tirade while playing Apex Legends live on Twitch. When a level two player took armor Dellor had sat down, he asked for the armor back a few times to no response. He seemed to already be agitated but grew angry with his pleas being repeatedly ignored.

When he cried, “Can I have the armor or I’m going to leave!,” his teammate finally responded with, “Leave, I don’t give a fuck.” Which seems to have pushed him over the edge.

Then he erupted, “Fucking trash, go cook a fucking sandwich, you fucking bitch.” He really said “go COOK a fucking sandwich.”

This isn’t the first time Dellor has come under fire for toxic raging. The former Toronto Overwatch player’s esports career was cut short when he went on a racist rant while streaming on Twitch. His rant lasted for about 30 seconds, repeatedly shouting the N-word. Of course he apologized, simply saying he “fucked up.”

Here’s the problem with that so-called apology. If, in a moment of anger, your go-to is racial epithets and sexist stereotypes, then you didn’t fuck—it’s something ingrained in you and THAT is what you need to work on. Part of the reason people get away with racist and sexist tirades as having simply made a mistake is that we have a community that continues to brush it off while telling women and Black gamers to just “suck it up” and “just ignore it.” Unfortunately, this includes the little slaps on the wrist that Twitch gives them.

Now, here he is again, on Twitch in a misogyny-filled rant. This begs the question, why does Twitch keep giving chances to racists and misogynists? Is profitability more important than fighting the toxicity that plagues the gaming community?

If I had to guess, Twitch will give Dellor a 30-day ban and he’ll be right back to streaming and this will happen again, and again. And thus, the cycle will continue.



Green Man Gaming Has a Great Deal on Mortal Kombat 11 for PC

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Netherealm Studios

What’s better than one of the best game franchises releasing one of the best games of 2019?

Getting that game on sale, of course! Green Man Gaming has MK 11 for 25% off on PC.

Game of Thrones Fans Are Weirded Out By Arya's Scene With Gendry

Game of Thrones Fans Are Weirded Out By Arya's Scene With Gendry

Arya is a fan favorite on Game of Thrones. We’re emotionally invested in her story. And during season one of GoT, we even ‘shipped her with Gendry, the late King Robert Baratheon’s eldest bastard son. Their back and forth banter was just so adorable.

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Autism Acceptance Month - Representation and Acceptance of Autism in Gaming

In the spirit of Autism Acceptance Month, your local aspie is coming to you to talk about (the lack of) autistic representation in video games.

First, let’s cover what autism is and why we’re calling it Autism Acceptance Month instead of the traditional “Autism Awareness Month”. Then we’ll get into the meat and bones of who our canonically autistic characters are and why we should have more representation.

Amy from  Amy

Amy from Amy

What is Autism?

Autism is a neurological condition in which social interaction, communication, and even motor skills are affected. Autistic people may also have need rituals and routines, have special interests, sensory issues, trouble expressing feelings, difficulty forming and maintaining relationships and perhaps engaging in repetitive and compulsive behaviors (often referred to as “stimming”). Autism is hyper-individualized and presents itself differently from autistic person to autistic person. People are born with or without autism and it is generally diagnosed in childhood. Though some autistic people slip through the cracks and don’t get diagnosed until adulthood. Boys are more likely to receive a diagnosis of autism than girls, as the way it manifests from boys to girls is often different. Girls tend to copy and mimic behavior around them, often camouflaging their autism to a point that it can be missed by a professional not aware of how autism presents in girls and women. While boys do not generally do not do this mimicking of behavior.  

Autism Awareness vs Autism Acceptance

The word awareness comes to mind when we talk about cancer, rare diseases, and negative things. We want people to be aware of those things, typically, so they can better protect themselves against it or money can be gathered for a cure. Therefore, Autism Awareness suggests that we are a problem waiting to be fixed. Awareness also works based off of stereotypes and often casts autistic people in a negative light. People in the world are aware of autism, but typically have a very hyperbolic and misguided view of autistic people.

Autism Acceptance, on the other hand, is all about taking in autistic people as they are. It is accepting our stimming and being okay with the fact that eye contact just might not be our thing.  Awareness highlights us as Other. Acceptance looks at the commonalities we share while celebrating our differences. Please make sure that the organizations that you support this month and throughout the year are run by autistics themselves. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a great place to start if you’re looking to learn about Autism and everything to do with it from actually autistic folks. As the saying in the autistic community goes: nothing about us without us.

Autism in Gaming

The lack of autistic representation in AAA games is honestly saddening, but not surprising. In fact, there wasn’t even an autistic character in a Triple-A game until 2001 in Twisted Metal Black, and that character didn’t even have a name. Autistic video game characters include these twelve: Cassandra from Rage of the Dragons, Jade (The Indigo Child) from Fahrenheit,  Dr. Brigid Tenenbaum from the Bioshock franchise, Simone Cole from Clive Barker’s Jericho, David Archer from Mass Effect 2 DLC, River Wyles from To The Moon, Amy from Amy, Patricia Tannis from Borderlands 2, Symmetra from Overwatch, Josh Sauchak from Watch Dogs 2, Rell from Warframe, and Shana from I Don’t Have A Clue.

A lot of the autistic representation in gaming isn’t great, either.

Most of the characters mentioned reinforce the “savant” style of autism where an autistic person is only worth having around if they have a special ability or are exceedingly talented at one specific thing (their special interest). You can see that in the case of Brigid Tenenbaum who was only saved because of her love of science and was blinded to the atrocities she was committing in the process. Amy tasks the player with taking care of Amy, an autistic child, who can heal the player and is immune from the zombie infection the game is set in (think The Last of Us).

“In a Better World” - Blizzard Entertainment

Symmetra is one of the few, well-done pieces of autistic representation in games. The average player might not even notice the autistic traits that Symmetra has, but it stood out to me the second I heard her interact with the other heroes. “Do not deviate from the plan, and victory will be ours.” is more than a quip about winning. Most autistic individuals, myself included, struggle with changing the plan or routine. As characters run around the map making jokes back and forth, Symmetra misses most of the ones thrown her way or takes them extremely literally which is another subtle nod to her autism. In the Overwatch comic “A Better World” there are more subtle nods to the fact that Symmetra is autistic before she comes right out with it and we see her thoughts.

Sanjay has always said I was… different. Everyone has. Asking where I fit on the spectrum. It used to bother me because I knew it was true. It doesn’t bother me anymore. Because I can do things no one else can do.

I love how we see that Symmetra has struggled with her autism but she’s come to accept and embrace it. It makes her strong in a different way. It empowers her.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the article and feel more knowledgeable about autism and autism acceptance as a whole. I hope to see a more positive representation of autism in the gaming industry as well as television and other media in the future. Comments? Suggestions? Things we missed or that you disagree with? Drop them in the comments below or hit us up on our Facebook Fan page or @ us on Twitter!

After Only One Episode of Season 8 of Game of Thrones the Memes Are Lit

While some people thought the first episode of Game of Thrones season 8 was a bit slow, others thought the episode was amazing.

It’s true that the first episode of each new season of Game of Thrones is usually extremely dry and a bit difficult to get through. But Season 8 started off as basically one big meme factory. And we’re here for it.

Memes have truly become a necessary part of pop culture and can even be like a companion guide or accessory to a movie or TV show. That’s why we love these GoT memes. And most of the memes that sprouted from this episode are either about that infamous Bran/Jamie near reunion or Daenarys and Jon Snow. Either way, the memes and commentary are EVERYTHING. So, here’s are some of our favorites. With no context. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have.