Hot Discoveries: Mark Ruffalo


The Fantastic ‘Lion Dog’ + other Weekly Discoveries

Do you know about Spare Rib?, a dog transformed into a lion, the best commercial we’ve ever seen, Mark Ruffalo on feminism, and more…


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The Fantastic ‘Lion Dog’ + other Weekly Discoveries

Spare Rib

One of the most important magazines ever is now searchable and free online. If you don’t know about this magazine, you should. [Read it all at The Guardian]

The Fantastic ‘Lion Dog’ + other Weekly Discoveries

Mark Ruffalo on Feminism

Mark Ruffalo expresses his views on the “I don’t need feminism” campaign. Sort of. [Read it on HelloGiggles]

When most corporations put a ‘pig’ in their TV ad — it’s to convince you to eat animals — or more specifically, their particular brand of artery-clogging bacon-laden fast food. Vodafone New Zealand did the complete opposite. This just might be our favorite commercial ever.
The Fantastic ‘Lion Dog’ + other Weekly Discoveries

Sheryl Sandberg Reflects

Sheryl shares what she’s learned since her husband tragically and unexpectedly died. A thoughtful message. [via the NY Times]

The Fantastic ‘Lion Dog’ + other Weekly Discoveries

A Homeless Dog Found In The Garbage Becomes The Lion He Deserves To Be

An absolutely heartwarming series of photographs. [via Design You Trust]

‘I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.’
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Reader Discussion: 35 Comments

  1. Rosie Barela

    The symbolism in the video is great. It made me think on a deeper level and put a smile on my face. In fact, everything about rescuing and protecting animals which are positive does that to me. :3

  2. Leslie Williams

    The ad is cute because she looks at the dude when they reach the free range pork farm and you think to yourself, awwww nooooo don’t send her back there…

  3. Issabell Symon

    Very Impressive article”Mark Ruffalo on feminism”. Great series of articles. These articles blow my mind. Thanks for sharing

  4. Shannon Bradley

    Love the Vodafone ad, but it’s not the original. It was originally done by Vodafone Ireland in the first place. 🙂

  5. Lulia Jan

    Amazing article! Such a lovely ad by “Vodafone”. All articles are amazing very useful information. I found Homeless Dog article very interesting. Lulia

  6. Pasty Clin

    Thanks for sharing about “Spare rib” . Spare rib was an active part of the emerging Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 20th century. I love this article.

  7. Camila Hilhorst

    I gotta say, I LOVE this man. Respect, it is all about respect. Thanks, Mark Ruffalo. And yes, Mark. They are ignorant , and they are “little”. 🙂

  8. Lana Urie

    MarK Ruffalo keeps on impressing the hell out of me! He’s a good guy to bring some history to the defense of feminism. but feminism shouldn’t really need any defense. The only reason it does is because so few people know anything about it.

  9. Merry Robinson

    Wow. The article about Sheryl and the homeless dog hit me so deep I teared up. Thank You!!

  10. Leah Helms

    I was already a fan of Mark Ruffalo but this seals the deal. I’ve seen examples of his activism in the past and respected him greatly for it, but this seals the deal for me – terrific words, and thanks for posting this. 🙂

  11. Doris Tate

    This is awesome!
    This is exactly what I needed to read. So powerful and full of meaning.

  12. Shelley Donalds

    Fantastic news that Spare Rib is available online. It’s heartbreaking to see how we’ve slipped further and further away from the goals the women fought for in the 70s, and a reminder that the price of freedom must be eternal vigilance. It’s incredible how some of the headlines are still issues women today are facing – I’m particularly intrigued by the “Take back the Night” idea. Will have to spend some time delving into these!

  13. Monika Smith

    Great! Series of articles. I really appreciate all articles .thanks for sharing information about “spare rib”.

  14. Shelley Donalds

    The adverts really nice. But if you want to see a tearjerker advert, check out Extra Gum’s the Story of Sarah and Juan. It’s an ad about chewing gum, but it’s all the feels.

    I recognise that guy-used to be in a show called How Low Can You Go. It was with Baz Ashmawy and some other guy. The beard put me off, but the voice is the same.

  15. Janet Roper

    What a heart-breaking situation. David Goldberg will always be remembered for his hard-work and achievements.

  16. Brenda Nelson

    Great ad, pigs are supposedly very good pets. 🙂 If a pig and a human where drowning in the sea,I wouldn’t even have to think twice about saving the pig first. But I’d still come back for the human once I dried off the pig with a towel and made sure it was alright. 😉 haha

  17. Charleen Washington

    I love Sheryl Sandberg. She’s a very inspirational leader and an excellent role model. Yes, she’s a 1%er, but she got there from her own hard work and it wasn’t handed to her.

    Honestly, if she ran for President, I’d probably vote for her–politics aside. From a purely female perspective–not that I’m into identity politics at all–she’s eminently more qualified than Pelosi, Feinstein, Harris, Sanchez, and most certainly more qualified than Hillary.

  18. Lauren Gilson

    Spare Rib made a difference. But it was just one element in the grass roots political activity in the 70s and 80s struggling to creat a fairer and more just society.

  19. Ariana Rhyder

    What a lovely ad by Vodafone! Very sweet story. Sure, in the real world the ending will be much less happy. But at least here, at the end of Act 1, we get a glimpse of what the true, best relationship between human animals and nonhuman animals should be like.

  20. Elin Hanks

    Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of the most primal human experiences. It is probably a sign of our time that we pay so little attention to it (in the media, arts, public discussions, etc.). Talking about it here is great but why in the news section? Is the grieving of famous rich people more important than the grieving of millions who are not? Or is the media surprised that rich and famous people can have basic human emotions?
    What I say above is not to take anything from the horrendous pain Sheryl Sandberg must be feeling.

  21. Sonja Fallow

    If I could I’d thank Sheryl Sandberg for this beautiful speech from her life experience. I cried it touched my heart. A speech well done, and on point. Thank you for sharing with us.

  22. Debbie Jones

    Sympathies with the grieving aside, would it be wrong to ask why does Obama feel the need to comment on this mans death? Has he not got better things to do?

  23. oh my god want that cute adorable dog, had a bad day at work but he defo brought a smile to my face thank you. 🙂

  24. Sheryl Sandberg wrote an eloquent and personal piece about grief, one that will resonate with many. It moved me. This kind of heart-on-sleeve candour is rare from CEOs of billion-dollar corporations.

  25. Mark Ruffalo did not write that post, Libby Anne Bruce did. Mark Ruffalo’s name shouldn’t be in the title, Libby Anne Bruce’s name should be in the title. So Mark Ruffalo is marked as a feminist icon for sharing a link while Libby Anne Bruce wrote a wonderfully worded essay. I know, Mark Ruffalo is responsible for making is resurface but honestly….

    • Daisy Clarke

      I agree. I kind of really like that actor for being pro-feminism…but hey, I was quite confused at the beginning thinking he wrote that response…..and then I realized….Yeah.

  26. Thanks for sharing info about “Spare Rib.” I found lots of inspiring articles!

  27. Fantastic roundup! I love that you touched on various subjects. That homeless dog reminded me of “Lion, Witch and Wardrobe” movie!

  28. Libby Anne Bruce was the writer of this article! Not Mark Ruffalo! What is so impressive about hitting a reblog button? Libby Anne Bruce WROTE AN ENTIRE ARTICLE that tore this anti-feminist shit apart and all you can think to say is, “Omg! I’m so proud of Mark Ruffalo! Can you believe a MAN supports Feminism?!” Libby Anne Bruce deserves more than this; the entire feminist movement deserves more than this.

    • I’ve never heard of Libby before now. I googled her name, only articles about Ruffalo. He’s famous, she’s not. He thought what she said is important and reblogged, now Libby’s message is reaching WAY more people. He’s not taking credit, Buzzfeed isn’t giving credit. He only used his fame to spread the word.

  29. That article by Sheryl Sandberg left an impact. I personally find her courageous to discuss her grief. To me, REAL role models are supposed to openly describe thoughts and experiences no matter how negative they might be for younger generations to learn from them and make things better.

  30. That pig commercial is absolutely adorable 😀 I think my heart sank when he went to the area that says “free range” pork. Thanks for sharing!:D

  31. OMG I LOVEEEE that pig commercial!! I don’t think I’ll ever eat another slice of bacon after seeing that one. Helps you realize how cute/innocent these animals are. Hope to see more commercial’s like this going forward. I’ll need to invest in some more tissues too!

  32. Spare Rib is quite fascinating – thanks for turning me on to it!

  33. That commercial is possibly the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen, and yet 100% what I would expect any person with a heart to do. I wish more people had an open heart and didn’t need the first-hand experience with an animal in order to want to protect them. I hope vodafone gets tons of new customers because of that ad and more companies start making ones like it.

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