Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRC TechWatch
Corinne Weaver is a staff writer for MRC TechWatch. Follow her on Twitter at @descarteslover.
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As the Academy prepares to celebrate the “best” in Hollywood, stars are already preparing their political speeches.
The star of Get Out, Daniel Kaluuya, gave an interview with W magazine on January 23, where he spoke about racism in America and in Great Britain. The Oscar-nominated Kaluuya told Lynn Hirschberg, “I think racism is more pronounced in America.”
In the past year of rape and assault allegations from Hollywood, the last thing the film industry needs is more graphic, disturbing pornography.
And yet the 2018 Sundance film festival has decided to give the world just that. According to Marlow Stern of the Daily Beast, Piercing can apparently be classified as “Sundance’s Kinkiest Movie.” With its “carnival of perversions,” the film focuses on a man whose greatest desire is to “pierce the female flesh.”
The media loves to slobber over The Post.
In the recently released list of 2018 Oscar nominations, The Post (Steven Spielberg’s attempt to address Trump through film) was recognized twice. The film, which was cobbled together after Trump was elected president as some form of cinematic resistance, somehow managed to be nominated for best film and for best actress.
Sometimes, a proposed solution becomes part of the problem.
Pedophilia and rape are evil. But making a graphic film about a young girl who is raped by a 40 year old man adds more to the problem. At the Sundance Film festival in Utah, the movie The Tale premiered and caused much of the audience to walk out, according to the Daily Beast, because of the “purposeful, unflinching detail” of a young girl’s rape on screen.
Ask any celeb in Hollywood and they will tell you: Trump as President might as well be the end of the world. Female rapper Cardi B, best known for her 2017 chart-topper “Bodak Yellow,” recently made it clear where she stood in the political Hollywood spectrum. On her Instagram account, the pop star shared a screenshot of a tweet that wished the President was dead.
Democrats in the legislative branch of the government have decided to broaden their horizons. A lot. While Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) may have gotten a Grammy nomination this year, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has decided to take an extra step. She will guest judge in the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, in what E! calls her “reality show debut.”
Apparently a miniseries based on true crime can be a political statement of the resistance.
Ryan Murphy believes his American Crime Story second season is something that will be relevant, thanks to none other than President Trump. According to Entertainment Weekly, the installment, titled The Assassination of Gianni Versace, is “a chance to discuss sexuality and homophobia in the 1990s.” Murphy told EW: “This is a bracing cold slap against the policies that the current government has.”
The entertainment world has readied the battlefield for the resistance with scripted and unscripted shows.
Divergent actress Shailene Woodley, in a gushy paragraph written on her Instagram account, about what the Golden Globes and the Time’s Up movement meant to her. Among other things, she wrote that “it meant that we are slowly learning to remove labels and stand united no matter what cloak we wear. It meant that we are slowly but surely ushering in sacred matriarchy.”
Jimmy Kimmel is “sensible and decent.” That’s the conclusion Michael Paterniti of GQ had in an article following Kimmel as he made the decision to use his infant son as a political weapon on his show. Paterniti raved, “In doing so, he’s emerged as something like the most sane and rational voice in an increasingly insane and irrational America.”
Feminists and activists are always eager to build a victim narrative. So it should come as no surprise that the feminists behind the trends “Times Up” and “#MeToo” have decided to re-define terminology in order to better fit their narrative. Activists Tarana Burke, Ai-Jen Poo, and Monica Ramirez wrote, in a guest-column for the Hollywood Reporter.
American journalists have decided to take a page out of a Russian troll’s book, in order to build their own narrative. Jezebel contributor and purported comedian Sara Benincasa tweeted out on January 13 that she would offer $300 to “the journalist who very seriously asks Trump his opinion on our nation’s relations with Wakanda and gets the question and answer recorded live on video.”
Hollywood will use any chance it gets to spew liberal talking points on air.
In an interview with Jon Snow of Channel 4 News, a British outlet, director Steven Spielberg tried to draw parallels between the present administration and the Nixon administration as portrayed in his film, The Post. Spielberg defended former president Richard Nixon, blamed President Trump for fake news, and, of course, gave a speech about why he thought Oprah should run for president.
The entertainment industry has become obsessed with its offensive speculations on First Lady Melania Trump.
In a new video for comedy site Funny or Die, actress Nina Dobrev played a character called Karolina Petersburg, a “wife coach” for Melania Trump. Throughout the video, Dobrev resorted to harsh humor, with her character even mentioning a “new wife” for the president.
Leave it to Hollywood to offer some less than valuable commentary on breaking stories.
Actually, leave it to Meathead. When Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released the testimony from Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS (the company commissioned to make the Trump/Steele dossier), the actor and director weighed in with what he thought was a reasonable statement.
Just what the country needed: another overpaid, Hollywood has-been preaching from the pulpit of yet another awards show about politics.
The Golden Globes were hailed by the media as a “night of solidarity and kickass acceptance speeches,” according to Glamour. However, the media failed to see the hypocrisy of it all.
In a search in the browser Google Chrome, 6 of the top 20 conservative sites had “reviewed claims” showcased in the summary. By contrast, none of the top 20 liberal sites had “reviewed claims.” Instead, three of them -- The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker -- had “awards” displayed where “reviewed claims” would have been.
In the past year or so, journalists and activists have discovered that history is not as woke as they want it to be. Accepting the apparently non-PC sins of the past is very hard for Peter Marks of the Washington Post. In his piece, “Out of Step Musicals,” he writes that the sexism found in “My Fair Lady,” the “Fantasticks,” “The Pajama Game,” and “Carousel” might have influenced the culture of sex harassment and assault.
We know rank and file liberals aren’t happy to have a reality show host as their president. But we don’t know yet how they feel about their betters in the media anointing the Doyenne of Daytime TV as President Oprah.