Latest from Matt Philbin
April 26, 2017, 8:45 AM EDT

That whirring sound you hear is Walt Disney spinning in his grave, or his cryogenic vault, or whatever his final resting place really is. According to Jezebel, actors “Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen have signed on to voice gay lovers Timon and Pumbaa (respectively) in Disney’s upcoming ‘live action’ remake of The Lion King, according to an exclusive report from The Wrap.”

April 19, 2017, 10:15 AM EDT

To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To a resentful, dishonest race baiter, everything looks like bigotry. Writing in the New York Daily News on April, professional victim Shaun King noticed something about how conservatives respond to the golfing enthusiasms of presidents: when Obama golfed, we didn’t like it. When Trump golfs, they’re silent. 

April 7, 2017, 11:36 AM EDT

With a lock on the media, the reflexive agreement of the elites, and a mammoth tax-eating government to play with, liberals tend to be insulated from the consequences of their ideas. But in the free market, when reality bites back, it bites back hard.

March 31, 2017, 9:11 AM EDT

BREAKING: Younger people are more susceptible to stupid trendiness. That’s if you believe a new study from Harris Polling and GLAAD, the speech police for all things gay. The online survey of 2,037 purports to show that one in five millennials swims in the LGBTQ (and sometimes Y) alphabet soup.  Even more exciting, according to Logo’s Dan Avery, more of this generation is comfortable identifying outside traditional binaries such as “gay/straight” and “man/woman.”

March 23, 2017, 11:46 AM EDT

Could Jim Leyland be any different from Colin Kaepernick?

Last night, Team USA dominated Puerto Rico 8-0 to win the World Baseball Championship for the first time. Leyland, 72, the Hall of Fame-bound manager and baseball lifer who came out of retirement to manage the U.S. team got emotional in a post-game interview.

March 21, 2017, 12:22 PM EDT

USA Today’s Andrea Mandell’s email account must be burning up with panicky press releases from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting – each reminding her of all the “great cultural works” those agencies have brought us.

March 20, 2017, 3:03 PM EDT

A photo of a bullwhip in a guy’s butt? You paid for that. The movie about 12-year-olds having lesbian sex? Ditto. Oh, and did you ever get a thank you card for the $12K you gave that experimental theatre company to create a play about the “stigma” of abortion?

March 9, 2017, 10:30 AM EST

Disney chief Bob Iger says there’s no bias at ESPN and ABC News is “extremely fair,” and apparently says it with a straight face. He may even believe it. As the head of a company that believes it appropriate for characters in children’s movies to “explore their sexuality,” Iger’s bound to have a pretty warped perception of things.

March 7, 2017, 11:06 AM EST

Ok, try this: Repeat the Washington Post’s new motto, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” without guffawing at the sophomoric self-importance. You can’t, can you? Think about that vapid aphorism perched above every thinly sourced Post hit-piece on Donald Trump, every dishonest “fact-check” and every repurposed DNC press release masquerading as “news analysis,” and try not to chuckle at the desperate plea to be taken seriously.

March 6, 2017, 10:13 AM EST

Is the media’s long “gay moment” finally over? Last week when Disney breathlessly let it be known the new live action Beauty and the Beast had a “gay moment,” the reaction came more in the form of resigned sighs than outrage or applause. Could it be that after a decade of gays being constantly feted in the media, wildly overrepresented on TV and in movies, and their agenda pushed into even kids’ cartoons, America finally has reached LGBT (and sometimes Y) fatigue?

March 1, 2017, 10:06 AM EST

And now back to our regularly scheduled cultural suicide.

According to The Telegraph, Disney’s new live action Beauty and the Beast “will star a manservant exploring his sexuality.” Super. 

February 27, 2017, 9:31 AM EST

It was the most promising start to a report on the Oscars ceremony that I’ve read: “Our culture is too frazzled and fried and exhausted for this kind of nonsense!” Had Washington Post TV Critic Hank Stuever stopped there, in sort of a mic-drop for taste and commonsense, he’d be a legend. But it turns out he was concerned with the specific nonsense of some award confusion, not the overall nonsense of the entire embarrassing Oscars spectacle.

February 24, 2017, 10:40 AM EST

Just how degraded is the language we use in public discourse? Consider: an anchor on a major news network didn’t bat an eye Friday when a guest claimed it is a “civil rights issue” when a fraction of a percent of students don’t want to pee the way nature intended. 

February 20, 2017, 3:04 PM EST

Well, if it ain’t “fake news,” it’s news so vanishingly inconsequential as to be close. But, hey, “This is CNN.” The third place cable news network has an article up on CNN Money hyping “sanctuary restaurants.” 

February 15, 2017, 10:38 AM EST

Sadly, Lady Gaga wasn’t signaling that she’d sworn off politics when she just shut up and sang in Super Bowl performance. She’s now messing with Texas over Texas refusing to mess with biology. She, Jennifer Lawrence and some 140 other lefty celebrities, signed an open letter against proposed legislation making it illegal for any government within the state to mandate public bathroom arrangements based on sex. 

February 14, 2017, 11:06 AM EST

In the wake of the November election, you’d think at least some media outlets would recognize the need to consider the natives of the country’s dark interior. The strange tribes that dwell far from the coasts made it known that they have a very different perspective, what with their sky god and their sex-segregated bathrooms and ancient views on things like marriage. It might behoove media types to explore that mysterious terrain and, you know, maybe try to pick up a few customers there.

February 10, 2017, 1:01 PM EST

A show called Dear White People (debuting next week on Netflix) must aim to foster racial understanding and focus on what unites Americans, rather than what divides them. Right? After all it's based on a movie about black students at a prdominently white elite college. Sure it aims to point out the misunderstandings and gently lampoon attitudes from all races that keep us from achieving harmony. 

February 9, 2017, 2:45 PM EST

Dissent may be the highest form of patriotism (when the GOP has power, anyway) but passing nasty drawings of political opponents has to be the lowest form of dissent. And that’s what the left’s giant temper tantrum has come down to.  

February 9, 2017, 10:27 AM EST

Just when you thought you’d escaped the world’s most overexposed and sycophantically fawned-over woman, here she comes again. All will worship her sculpted arms, and despair.

 

February 8, 2017, 9:23 AM EST

CBS has ordered a new pilot called Living Koranically. It’s about a “modern-day man who, at a crossroads in his life, decides to live life according to” the Koran. The comedy will revolve around the main character’s bumbling attempts at honor killings and conversions by the sword even as he tries to get his mother and sister to don burqas and convinces himself that Jewish acquaintances are apes. One running gag will focus on his unsuccessfully trying to lure a gay neighbor to the roof of their apartment building so he can hurl him off. The jokes just write themselves!