A video of Spice Girl Mel B being groped has resurfaced. It's earning rightful outrage.

In 2014, Mel B was groped on live television.

During an interview for "The Xtra Factor" (a companion show to "The X Factor," which the former Spice Girl hosted), judge Louis Walsh reached behind Mel B, put his hand on her butt, and then proceeded to pat her casually while she grew more and more upset.

When exasperated breathing and eye rolls weren't a clear enough message (she shouldn't have even had to do that), Mel B. stopped the proceedings to call him out.


"Why are you grabbing my butt?" She asked angrily, moving away as far as she could. There was no answer or apology. The other judges and the host made some awkward jokes, and then the clip was buried away and forgotten.

The clip resurfaced this year. The righteous anger it has inspired is a clear sign of how much times have changed.

When the clip started making the rounds of Twitter in July, Walsh's behavior was swiftly condemned. Just watch:

The fact that Walsh touched Mel B without her consent is outrageous. It's emblematic not only of how pervasive workplace harassment is but also why the #MeToo movement is so necessary.

Walsh's behavior is wildly inappropriate and demeaning. The fact that he believed he could get away with it (on live TV no less) shows how badly it needs to be called out — not just by the person being harassed but by those who are present as well.

The clip is a reminder of how much work still needs to be done.

While it feels wrong to suggest that someone's discomfort be used as a "teachable moment," this video is exactly that. Our society has a history of keeping sexual harassment, assault, and battery in the dark and blaming victims when it's brought to light.

We can and must do better.

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Biases, stereotypes, prejudices—these byproducts of the human brain's natural tendency to generalize and categorize have been a root cause of most of humanity's problems for, well, pretty much ever. None of us is immune to those tendencies, and since they can easily slip in unnoticed, we all have to be aware of where, when, and how they impact our own beliefs and actions.

It also helps when someone upends a stereotype by saying or doing something unexpected.

Fair or not, certain parts of the U.S. are associated with certain cultural assumptions, perhaps none more pinholed than the rural south. When we hear Appalachia, a certain stereotype probably pops up in our minds—probably white, probably not well educated, probably racist. Even if there is some basis to a stereotype, we must always remember that human beings can never be painted with such broad strokes.

Enter Tyler Childers, a rising country music star whose old-school country fiddling has endeared him to a broad audience, but his new album may have a different kind of reach. "Long Violent History" was released Friday, along with a video message to his white rural fans explaining the culminating track by the same name. Watch it here:

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The legality of abortion is one of the most polarized debates in America—but it doesn’t have to be.

People have big feelings about abortion, which is understandable. On one hand, you have people who feel that abortion is a fundamental women’s rights issue, that our bodily autonomy is not something you can legislate, and that those who oppose abortion rights are trying to control women through oppressive legislation. On the other, you have folks who believe that a fetus is a human individual first and foremost, that no one has the right to terminate a human life, and that those who support abortion rights are heartless murderers.

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Father Schrenk was making his nightly walk of the church grounds to make sure everything was fine before retiring to the rectory, when he found a car parked by itself in front of the school.

Curious, he looked inside the car and saw a note that made his "blood run cold" attached to the steering wheel. "Look in trunk!" the note read. What made it extra creepy was that the two Os in "look" had smiley faces.

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