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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Satire has its limits. When it comes to dealing with national tragedies, it should respectfully stay out of it. Weekly French magazine Charlie Hebdo published its latest issue on August 29 and on the cover was a cartoon which depicted Nazi flags and the bodies of saluting Nazis drowning in a flood.
While celebrities have most recently placed charitable donations towards hurricane relief, some have stayed true to another agenda: troll conservatives regardless of the cost. On Sunday, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill joined the attempt to take down President Trump, by supporting a crowd-funded initiative to purchase “a stake in Twitter and ban Trump from the social media service.” According to Entertainment Weekly, the fundraiser has a goal of raising one billion dollars, but has fallen short, with only $85,000 raised in the past two weeks.
Public service announcements are supposed to benefit the public. But when wealthy Hollywood celebrities create them, it’s to push their left-wing agenda -- everything from attacking President Donald Trump to promoting an anti-Christian anti-conservative hate group. The latest PSA features celebrities urging viewers to donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). It aired on CBS August 26, and starred 7 celebrities from sports, movies and TV. This video was the 19th celebrity PSA made in the past 14 months.
Rappers are usually pretty political. But at the same time, they don’t always drag their audience into their political vortex with them. On August 26, rapper Eminem led his concert audience in Reading, England, in a rousing “Fuck Trump” chant. In an attempt to gain publicity, most likely, he randomly burst into a tirade on stage.
There is some good in this world yet. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, some celebrities offered their prayers, anonymous donations, and links to fundraisers. However, others have used their fame and wealth to raise awareness for the victims of the storm. Roughly $1,888,977 has been donated to independent fundraisers created by actors, singers, and football players.
Kathy Griffin is done apologizing for the photo of her holding Trump’s head. Now she’s ready to make money again with her new show, “Laugh Your Head Off.”
It was the scandal of the summer when Kathy Griffin released a photo of herself holding what appeared to be President Donald Trump’s severed, bleeding head. In the commotion afterwards, while both liberals and conservatives criticized her, Griffin lawyered up and called herself a victim, saying Trump “broke” her.
The summer of 2017, Hollywood ticket sales were down, but the product included films like Wonder Woman and Dunkirk. Audiences were treated to compelling and surprisingly apolitical plots and characters. According to AP, that’s all allegedly scheduled to change this fall. In its story, headlined “Fall Movie Preview: Hollywood Confronts the Trump era,” Jake Coyle reported that the run for the Oscar nominations, and the competition for owning the box office, will in fact be secondary to a bigger story. “One of the fall’s most captivating dramas might be between Hollywood and the White House,” he argued.
Regardless of how childish something might be, the left will praise any action if it appears to be in agreement with their ideals. For example, take the Patriot Prayer Freedom Rally, scheduled to happen over August 26 and 27. After Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi decided it was a “white supremacist rally,” the people of San Francisco swallowed the lie and decided to protest--by leaving dog feces on Crissy Field before the rally. And Bustle reported the protest as “genius.” Apparently, no one saw that transexuals and minorities would be speaking at the rally.
It must be really hard for some people when they don’t like their job. Take Alec Baldwin. He’s “mortified” that he has to impersonate Donald Trump. (After all, he absolutely has to!) On August 23, the actor who impersonates Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live sat down in an interview with radical-left Pacifica Radio host Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! They discussed the rumor that Rosie O’Donnell was going to play former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on the show, they discussed environmental issues, and Baldwin mentioned that he “certainly has considered” running for public office.
ESPN isn’t really a sports channel anymore, according to MRC’s Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor.
ESPN has “shifted from sports to become the Extra Stupid Progressive Network,” Gainor said. He told Intelligence Report anchor Trish Regan that the sports network “does not live in the real world.”
It’s the creme de la creme of the famous activist dream. To run for public office (and theoretically, to win) would give any budding wannabe a certain amount of public validation. So it should come as no surprise that actress Shailene Woodley told the New York Times that she wouldn’t “rule out” the thought of “maybe I’ll run for Congress in a couple of years.”
Whenever President Trump says anything, you can bet that somewhere, some #resisting celebrity is screaming. So it should come as no surprise that some of the bigger names in Hollywood threw an extensive collective temper tantrum to their millions of followers on Twitter and Instagram, directed at Trump and Trump voters.
The term “genocide” conjures images of World War II concentration camps, Soviet Gulags, gulags, the violence and rioting in 1994 Rwanda or the ISIS purging of Syrian and Iraqi Christians. But Salon contributors Max Pensky and Nadia Rubaii believe “genocidal violence can happen in the U.S. It has happened.” So what should individuals do? Look to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for guidance, of course!
Joss Whedon is a feminist. The director is a paragon of exquisitely progressive feminist sensibilities. He’s a right-thinking social justice warrior who values women as human beings, who believes in pay equality and probably likes to have a good cry.
That’s according to his fawning fans in the media, and Whedon himself, of course. To hear them tell it, the only thing that stands between Whedon and total feminist perfection is biology (and a sense of humor). Surprise! His ex-wife tells of a very different Joss Whedon.
Just when you thought the media couldn’t get any more profane or irreverent in bashing the patriotic, it got worse. Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story trailer was just released on August 21 on Twitter, and it’s horrific. As promised, the new season, to be aired on FX, called “Cult,” addressed the political tensions between Trump and Hillary. The preview showed clowns putting on masks made in the likeness of Trump and Clinton, with Clinton wagging her finger at the screen. But of course, the anti-patriotic America-hating climax of it all was the blood that was poured profusely on the American flag.
Its funny how the media will never actually practice what they preach. Consider the minimum wage argument. The liberal media has repeatedly endorsed raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour or more. However, in the case of the Huffington Post, at least, theory doesn’t apply to reality.
On August 17, CNN published a story with the headline: “Here Are All The Active Hate Groups Where You Live.” Was it a concise list of Nazi groups? No. It was the SPLC “hate map” and the “917 hate groups” that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) designated as dangerous. The post was just SPLC’s regurgitated map and list, given without comment, context or qualification.
There seems to be no bar to the crazy this week in the aftermath of Charlottesville. While critics are screaming at Trump’s suggestion that, after the Confederate monuments the left may go after the Founding Fathers, the fine people over at Newsweek are actually considering it. Not insane enough? Vice wants to “Blow Up Mount Rushmore.”
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, when the term “hate group” is used, images of the KKK and neo-nazis immediately come to mind.
However, according to CNN, the real hate groups to watch out for are the conservative organizations, specifically Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the Family Research Council (FRC), American Family Association and ACT for America.
Money walks, talks, and screams. At a protest, naturally, it should scream louder. So it should come as no surprise that some of Donald Trump’s famous (and wealthy) opponents went on a loud chanting protest in front of the Trump Tower on August 15, led by everyone’s favorite wealthy protester, director Michael Moore.