Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRC Culture.
Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRCCulture. Follow her on Twitter at @descarteslover.
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With all of the media panicking over Trump’s message to North Korea, maybe it’s not such a good idea to be considering Kim Jong-un as a potential guest on a talk show. However, David Letterman is apparently willing to take the hit for the rest of America, in a Netflix series set to premiere next year.
When a celebrity’s raison d’être is the approval of the media and the transgender community, expect a lot of spineless behavior. Example: Caitlyn (nee Bruce) Jenner and the Make American Great Again baseball cap.
Conservatives are given few things to look forward to in the entertainment industry, specifically when it comes to network television. In the words of C.S. Lewis, “Ours is a high and lonely destiny.” So when ABC cancelled the conservative sitcom Last Man Standing, naturally the outcry was massive. Now, some 3 months after the cancellation, ABC’s Entertainment Chief Channing Dungey has decided to defend the axing of the popular show, stating at a Television Critics Association event that “Politics had absolutely nothing to do with it.”
Being in jail must be really empowering. At least, actor James Cromwell, best known for his role in Babe, has been inspired to be the messenger for political activism in Hollywood after his 7-day stint in prison. (Spoiler alert: He wants there to be more activism).
The actor gave an 8-minute speech to the Daily Mail and gave his thoughts on prison, justice, climate change, and the President of the United States. He spoke out to his own Hollywood community, “This community’s got to get more political. Our survival as an industry … is at stake.”
The Kennedy Center Honors are packed with traditions that involve the President of the United States. This year, at least four liberal honorees will be forced to associate in some way, shape, or form, with their favorite Republican of all time: President Donald Trump.
Republicans are just plain evil. If you listen to Dan Savage, “they want sex to be dangerous and consequential so as to scare people out of having it.”
LGBTQ activist Dan Savage recently sat down with Vox’s Alexander Bisley to talk about sex education during the Trump era. The conversation was relevant, according to Bisley, because “the administration appears to be heading toward the 1950’s social conservatism preferred by Vice President Pence.” The horror.
Whenever liberal snowflakes get upset, you can be sure that Lena Dunham is somehow involved. In her activism for political correctness, she criticized an entire company -- to her 5.5 million followers -- for allowing their employees the privilege of conversation. The new cast member of American Horror Story boarded American Airlines on August 3 and was triggered, not by the delays or the wrinkled boarding pass, but by the “transphobic talk” she overheard from two flight attendants. (It’s easier to hear things up in First Class). This must have been a truly horrible experience since not only did she send in her complaint to American Airlines via text, but she also posted her grievances on Twitter. Hearing the supposed hate speech was, for her, “the worst part of the night.”
Activists enjoy painting a brutal (and somewhat fictitious) picture of the supposed police state we live in. Rarely is fiction stranger than truth, but in this case, it might be.The novel, The Hate U Give, is being adapted into a movie of the same title. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the book (and supposedly the movie) tells the story of a 16-year old girl, who “witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend” and then struggles to “speak her truth.”
Fandoms do crazy things on a regular basis. Some of them are ill-advised, while others are pretty great. But whoever thought of turning Barbie dolls into drag queens was crazy. Cosmopolitan’s Lilian Min reported on Mark Jonathan, an artist who “pays tribute to these fabulous performers” by taking regular Barbie dolls and re-painting them to turn them into drag queens.
Why on earth do celebrities think perpetuating rumors will give them political credit? In singer Sheryl Crow’s latest song, the lyrics are pointedly and grotesquely political. And while for her, the first cut may be the deepest, her endorsement of fake news is nothing but self-destructive. Written as a response to a tweet that asked if she was “rolling in her grave,” the song, titled “Dude I’m Still Alive,” has lyrics that addresses Kid Rock’s controversial flirtation with a Senate run, fake news, and the “pole in the Lincoln bedroom.”
Since the 1960s, politics has always been the musician’s friend. Cheap shots about the President of the United States will always ensure relevance (and publicity). Beatles music legend Paul McCartney shared with the students of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) that he had just composed a song about Donald Trump. His reasoning? “Sometimes the situation in the world is so crazy, that you’ve got to address it.
When you are starting to lose cultural relevance, what do you do? If you happen to be MTV, the answer is: make sure your trophy is non-conforming to gender stereotypes.
The new president of MTV, Chris McCarthy, has decided to change everything related to gender in the annual Video Music Awards. Part of that includes changing the gender of the trophy, the traditional “Moonman.” It’s just the name, though: the winners will walk away with the awkwardly named ‘Moon Person,’ not a ‘Moonman.’
Ah, Jezebel. In a society where children don’t sing on the streets for their dinner, the phrase “neo-Dickensian” doesn’t really apply. However, contributor Sarah Seltzer found it relevant in light of the Republican attempt to overturn Obamacare. After all, in her opinion, these times are “bloated by economic and social inequality.”
In her Jezebel article, “We’ve Stopped Even Pretending to Care About Children,” published Friday, Seltzer stated that, “This year, my first year as a mother, my first in Trump’s America, I realized that as a culture, we’ve given up even the pretense that we give a shit about children.”
Liberal celebrities love to hide behind what makes them look good. Especially if it’s fake news.
As of July 31, the author of the Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling is still accusing Trump of ignoring a disabled child and calling the POTUS “stunning and horrible.”
When a senator has to weigh in on an issue, it must be serious.
On July 31, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) penned a letter to James Goldston, the president of ABC News, rebuking the network for calling the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) an “anti-LGBTQ hate group.” On July 12, ABC reporters used the phrase again and again when referring to the religious freedom group, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as their source for the smear.
Following the overreactions on July 26 to President Trump’s twitter announcement, host of The Late Late Show James Corden decided to express his anger in a more musical fashion. Sung to the tune of the 1964 classic “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole, Corden made several swipes at Trump. “POTUS thinks it’s unsavory/Patriots who know real bravery/Trump’s got hate for me and you,” he crooned.
0.01% looks like a small percentage, but $69,000,000 is an enormous number. That’s how much the military would spend on healthcare in 2018 for its 250 transgender members currently in transition, according to NBC’s online article. But instead of focusing on numbers like that, the network news shows touted “outrage” against Trump and interviewed experts claiming the president’s tweets “harm national security.”
During their evening news shows July 26, the three broadcast networks expressed anger, while some ignored critical numbers. NBC Nightly News’ White House Correspondent Kristen Welker reported that, “The latest report shows medical costs for transgender troops represent a small fraction of the overall defense budget.” According to NBC, there are 250 active transgender military members currently in the medical process of “transitioning.”
Liberals are not above kicking people when they are down, especially if it’s a Republican politician. Even Senator John McCain, recently diagnosed with glioblastoma, is no exception to the rule. The outpouring of sympathy for John McCain turned sour yesterday when the senator cast the deciding vote to allow debate for repealing the Affordable Care Act. Liberal journalists who had formerly tweeted out their sympathy for McCain retracted their well wishes very quickly. HuffPost contributor Peter Dreier went all out, writing in an article that McCain will have a different legacy than that of Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy, who passed away in 2009.
You won’t believe what Trump just did! Celebrities like Levar Burton and media personalities like Joy Reid are “disgusted,” “horrified” and “disturbed.” They even accused the President of the United States of “abuse of children.” The uproar came after the president gave a speech at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia on July 24, 2017.
What’s more important: a historic memorial, or a statue of a deceased manatee?
USA Today reported on a local Florida man’s petition to remove a Confederate veterans memorial and replace it with a statue of “beloved” Snooty, a manatee who according to the site, “died in a tragic accident at the weekend only days after celebrating his 69th birthday.”