Latest from Matt Philbin
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!

February 3, 2017, 8:39 AM EST

Who’s responsible for perpetuating the Culture Wars? A good bet is it’s the one who casts the first Taliban/Al Qaeda/Sharia Law stone. So today, that would be Catherine Rampell, with a droolingly stupid smear of American Christians in the Feb. 3 Washington Post. 

February 2, 2017, 11:20 AM EST

Just a couple of weeks into his administration, President Trump has used the G-word – something his predecessor did only reluctantly and the media continue to refuse to do. At the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, Trump mentioned the threat to religious minorities (Christians) under ISIS and in other Muslim majority nations, calling what’s happening “genocide.” 

 

January 30, 2017, 10:11 AM EST

The media freak-out this weekend was the funniest thing on TV (as last night’s SAG awards proved). It was the latest episode in the Trump-says-something-slapstick-ensues series that’s enthralled comedy fans since the election. Trump puts a temporary hold on immigration from a handful of really messed up countries that may or may not care who they’re shipping here and journalists turn every international airport in the country into Marx Brothers Stateroom Scene in A Night at the Opera.

January 26, 2017, 8:14 AM EST

Next time Meryl Streep or some other Hollywood culture maven decides to look down her nose at mixed martial arts (“which are not the arts,” Streep huffed during her obnoxious Golden Globes rant), she may want to consider that she has at least one high-profile political ally in the octagon.

January 24, 2017, 10:47 AM EST

In Hollywood, there are unforgivable crimes – performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration, for one. Making a serious movie about Christ’s passion and death, for another. But a powerful and celebrated 43-year-old director raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old? Not so much. 

January 20, 2017, 9:26 AM EST

If we know anything about Hollywood celebrities, it’s that their understanding of constitutional law is matched only by their stalwart vigilance against subversion and treachery.

January 18, 2017, 11:40 AM EST

Comrades! We must get to Havana before the counter-revolutionary Yanqui influence corrupts the Workers’ Paradise! So says far-left moonbat mag The Nation (though in not so many words) in an email inviting readers to join it in Havana this spring.

January 18, 2017, 9:01 AM EST

Phew! That was close. It looked for a moment that Americans might be denied the trenchant political observations of Lady Gaga during the Super Bowl halftime show. The Huffington Post had reported that the NFL ordered Gaga to shut up and sing.

January 17, 2017, 2:51 PM EST

Here’s a question nobody is asking – at least, no sane person: “When straight men kiss, is it good for LGBT equality or a step back?” That’s the actual title of a Washington Post article Jan. 17. Apparently, actors Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield kissed during the Golden Globes. Why? Who knows? But it upset The Post’s David Oliver, and not in the way it would upset most guys.

January 16, 2017, 9:40 AM EST

We're not in Sunnydale anymore, Buffy. Joss Whedon, big shot director turned big-time deranged progressive hack, probably speaks for his Hollywood peers when pounding his highchair over the election. He just does it more creatively and crudely than most. 

January 13, 2017, 10:32 AM EST

Well, it can’t be as embarrassing as the “I Pledge” video, can it? You may remember the creepy, statist statement of fealty to the Dear Leader celebrities put out at the beginning of the Obama administration. Well, now A-listers are putting out a video to mark the start of the Trump era and, in its way, it’s as gobsmackingly stupid and un-American as “I Pledge.”