Newsletter for Wednesday, Jan. 6
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
‘Rocky’ photos are cliche, unless you’re a kid. Then they’re adorable (Instagram via @sammysleeps).
MAYOR KENNEY OUTRAGED AT MUMMERS, WANTS CHANGE
Days after the Mummers Parade featured brownface, gay slurs and the alleged assault of a gay man, Jim Kenney has asked his staffers to bring about major changes. Possible changes being considered include prescreening for the Mummers’ skits, stricter rules and sensitivity training. Nellie Fitzpatrick, Kenney’s director of LGBT affairs, told the Inquirer, “If this were just funny, it wouldn’t be making national headlines for how hurtful and outrageous it was.”
HEY PENNSYLVANIA: LIKE OREGON, WE’VE GOT MILITIAS TOO
Think what’s happening in Oregon couldn’t happen here? Think again. All it takes is a quick scan of the internet to find more than a dozen Pennsylvania militias and their beliefs. Most of them are in Northeast, Central or Western Pennsylvania. The Southeast Pennsylvania State Militia has a closed Facebook group but describes itself as “a peaceful group that realizes that things are going down hill fast. We are here to set up communication with each other, prepare for worst case scenario and protect ourselves at all costs.” We rounded up some examples.
What goes best with ice skating? Cheap drinks is one possible answer, and the Center City District is making the combo easy by bringing its summertime Wednesday night deals to Dilworth Park throughout the month of January.
Where: Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park at 1 S. 15th St. 19102
When: January 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
BILLY PENN LIKES
A BRIEF HISTORY OF MUMMERS BEHAVING BADLY
Yes, Philadelphia, the Mummers really do provide at least one WTF moment every year. Actions taken this year by Mummers — brownface-wearing children in sombreros, “Fruit Loops” and Caitlyn Jenner signs — fall somewhere between questionable, insensitive and downright racist and homophobic. And again, we’re talking after the fact about how to clean up the party. It’s a conversation we’ve had many, many times before.
INSIDE JIM KENNEY’S INAUGURAL BLOCK PARTY
Mascots gave high-fives at the front door. There was the Villanova Wildcat, Penn’s Quaker and the La Salle Explorer. And that was one way you could tell Jim Kenney’s inauguration party would be a little different than most. “No black ties,” Kenney said when he took the stage of the Pennsylvania Center. “We’re all from the neighborhoods.” It still wasn’t the typical block party, of course. Here’s what you missed, if you couldn’t make it.