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Ruth Bader Gins-Beer Is Here!

Raise an icy glass to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is lending her stout reputation to a beer, “When There Are Nine,” to be released by Sam Adams this week.

That’s right, you lived through the Ruth Bader Gins-bra, now you can take yours off and fill up your cup with yet another product that profits off the name of the legendary justice without, you know, giving her any of the profits. Feminism at work, friends!

The beer brand wrote of the Belgian Bruit IPA, “We are dedicating this brew to feminist icon Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and naming it When There Are Nine, inspired by her famous response to the question ‘When will there be enough women on the Supreme Court?’” The beer, which was apparently crafted by women, will be released on March 29 at the Sam Adams tap room in Boston.

A small portion of sales from the event will go to the Pink Boots Society, a non-profit for women brewers. But most of it will go to a beer company.

It’s your month, ladies! (And allies.) So get tipsy for Ruth Gins-B. Get boozy for Ruthie. Get stocious for The Notorious. Drink up, and then go do some work that will actually help bring the number of female Supreme Court justices to nine.

Jenny Singer is the deputy life/features editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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Majority Owners Of Krispy Kreme Will Donate Millions After Discovering Nazi Past

What if: you could have unlimited donuts and soup & salad combos but your family’s name was smeared by the legacy of Naziism?

Such is the situation of the Reimanns, one of Germany’s wealthiest families, who are the majority owners of major international eateries Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread and Pret A Manger. After an investigation spurred by the Reimanns themselves revealed Nazi ties and war crimes, the family, who also own majority shares in Keurig Green Mountain, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee Co., will give $11 million to a charity.

The AP reported on Sunday that Albert Reimann Sr. and Albert Reimann Jr. had a longtime connection to the Nazis, including donating to the SS and using prisoners of war as slaves in the company’s chemical factory. In 2000, German companies including Deutsche Bank, Daimler-Benz, Volkswagen, and AEG, paid reparations to surviving prisoners of war whom they had enslaved.

The Reimann family had been aware of a family connection to Naziism, but younger family members had clamored for a deeper investigation, resulting in an official study by a professor from the University of Munich. “It is all correct,” family spokesperson Peter Harf told German newspaper the Bild. “Reimann senior and Reimann junior were guilty…they belonged in jail.”

But neither Reimann was ever persecuted for their actions.

Today’s Reimann family has outspokenly identified their inheritance of slavery and support for Nazis. “We were all ashamed and turned as white as the wall,” Harf said on behalf of the family. “There is nothing to gloss over. These crimes are disgusting.”

The family plans to give $11 million to a yet undecided charity, and will release the entirety of the academic report on the family’s history to the public. “The whole truth must be put on the table,” Harf said.

No word yet if the company will be giving out any free donuts, or in the case of Pret A Manger, mayonnaise-themed sandwiches.

Jenny Singer is the deputy life/features editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

This story "Krispy Kreme Owners Learned Of Nazi Past, Will Donate" was written by Jenny Singer.

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Amy Schumer And Her Husband Are Open About His Autism — ‘It’s Totally Positive’

Don’t look now, but Amy Schumer is treating a marginalized and misunderstood group with total respect.

On Tuesday, the firebrand comic dropped her newest standup special, “Growing,” on Netflix. It contains risky material about how her husband Chris Fischer has an autism spectrum disorder. The choice to share his diagnosis was mutual, she says. And joyful. “We both wanted to talk about it because it’s been totally positive,” she said on “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”

Both Schumer and Fischer, who married in 2018, advocate for diagnosis and education when it comes to autism spectrum disorders. “I think a lot of people resist getting diagnosed and even some of their children because of the stigma that comes along with it,” she told Meyers.

The subject matter shouldn’t work, but it does — it seems to come from a wholly genuine, loving place. Having a husband with the disorder has resulted in “A lot of ‘huh!’ moments,” Schumer says in her special. Fischer, a successful chef, doesn’t respond to situations in a typical way, doesn’t lie (“Isn’t that the dream man? A guy who can’t lie?”) and doesn’t always interpret emotions correctly.

“And once he was diagnosed, it dawned on me how funny it was, because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he’s on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him,” Schumer says in the special. “That’s the truth. He says whatever is on his mind. He keeps it so real.”

Schumer, typically a lightning rod for controversy, has been lauded by the autism community for sharing a publicly positive attitude towards the deeply misunderstood disorder.”[Schumer] saying there are adults with autism who are successful really might get more people to understand,” Molly Ola Pinney, founder and CEO of the Global Autism Project, told USA Today. Others praised Schumer for not treating autism or autism-spectrum as something that makes a person undesirable or unworthy.

Schumer, who was heavily pregnant during the filming of the special, still found time to talk about vomit, periods, and congressmen who seek to legislate women’s bodies, like the well-known “Lindsay Mammogram.” But her words about her husband were a highlight — when she asks if her outfit looks bad, she says, he sometimes responds, “Yeah, you have a lot of other clothes. Why don’t you wear those?”

Thanks for keepin’ it real, Chris and Amy.

Jenny Singer is the deputy life/features editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

This story "Amy Schumer And Husband Open Up About His Autism" was written by Jenny Singer.

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Jewish, Asian, Trans, Deaf Actor Chella Man Will Star As DC Action Hero

Yes, Chella Man’s full identity is complicated — he even says so himself.

“There is an extreme lack of representation for young, Deaf, queer, Jewish, Asian, transgender artists — sorry, that is a mouthful!” he told Teen Vogue in October 2018. “I decided to be my own representation.”

And so he has. The 20-year-old actor, model, and social media sensation has been cast as Jericho in season 2 of “Titans,” a superhero show from the DC universe made for the web. It’s historic, and as much a coup for DC as it is for Chella, who is perfect for the role of Jericho, an intense and emotionally complicated hero (and sometimes villain) who communicates via sign language.

CBR.com writes about Jericho:

“Jericho made his DC Comics debut in 1984’s Tales of the Teen Titans #43 (after making a cameo appearance in Issue #42), by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, and has the power to possess anyone upon making eye contact with them. The character has always used sign language to communicate with his teammates, as he was rendered mute early in his life by kidnappers who were attempting to blackmail his father.”

The actor is ecstatic to be taking on the role. “As a trans, Deaf, Jewish POC, I have always reminded myself of the power in my differences,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s a dream come true as I will now be able to showcase this power on the Titans.”

Mazal tov, Chella Man! We can’t wait to see you go from strength to strength with “Titans.”

Jenny Singer is the deputy life/features editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

This story "Trans, Deaf Actor Chella Man Will Star As DC TV Hero" was written by Jenny Singer.

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Auschwitz Museum To Visitors: Stop Using Train Tracks For Instagram Photo Opps

A new niche trend has arisen: pensive photos of teens balancing on the cattle car train tracks that lead into the Auschwitz memorial. Makes you nostalgic for the innocent days of concentration camp selfies and innocent games of Swastika beer pong, doesn’t it?

The Auschwitz Memorial Museum has posted a frustrating plea on social media for young visitors to stop using the rails on the train tracks at Auschwitz as a “balance beam.”

“When you come to @AuschwitzMuseum remember you are at the site where over 1 million people were killed,” a representative for the museum wrote on the site’s official Twitter page on Wednesday morning. “Respect their memory. There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolizes deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths.”

Accompanying the tweet is a series of pictures of young people tripping coltishly down the thin steel rails just beyond the infamous gates of the death camp.

This is not the first, second, or third time that keepers of a Holocaust memorial have put out a frustrated plea for visitors to use more restraint, especially as it pertains to social media. The trend of concentration camp selfies caused a stir earlier in the decade, concurrent with the even more mystifying trend of gay men taking sexual photos at camps and memorials and posting them to dating profiles.

It’s true that the train tracks are iconic and an exciting opportunity for on-the-go exercise. But hey — if Aly Raisman can do two back flips off an actual balance beam and land on her feet, maybe the rest of us can find a narrow object to balance on that didn’t usher innocent people to their deaths.

Jenny Singer is the deputy life/features editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

This story "Auschwitz Museum: Train Tracks Aren’t For Photo Opps" was written by Jenny Singer.

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