Melissa Mullins

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Melissa Mullins is a freelance writer and public relations professional living in the Washington, D.C. area. 

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The beloved British children’s television show Thomas The Tank Engine has jumped on the PC culture bandwagon by incorporating more gender-balanced characters with a multi-cultural flavor.

The new CBS reboot of Murphy Brown promises to be as focused on current events just as the show was over 20 years ago. "We've always been a political show with something to say, said the liberal comedy's creator, Diane English. 

Netflix has nixed a documentary on Louis Farrakhan, the controversial founder of Nation of Islam. “The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan: My Life’s Journey Through Music” was set to stream on August 1, even getting a shout-out (now deleted) video tweeted from Farrakhan himself.

It looks like Ben Brantley – co-chief theater critic of The New York Times – caused quite the stir last week with his recent review of the new Broadway show Head Over Heels, stuffed with songs from the Eighties girl group The Go-Gos. Brantley offended the "transgender and non-binary communities" and then abjectly apologized. 

Don’t ask Jay Leno if he misses his gig as the former late-night host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, he’s quite content playing with his cars on his CNBC show Jay Leno’s Garage, as he told The Hollywood Reporter. He praised all the current hosts, but finds the tone under Trump depressing."You don't really watch late-night TV to get away from reality anymore; now it's more in your face."

Well that didn’t take long.  Right after Vanity Fair released what seemed to be a lighthearted 63-second video mocking Hilary Clinton by suggesting a few New Year’s resolutions, the liberal Hillary backers had a complete meltdown, demanding the glossy magazine issue an apology to their favorite twice-failed presidential candidate.

The sexual-harassment floodgate has opened to not only include Hollywood men, but also notable male journalists – the biggest name so far being the Today show’s Matt Lauer – the latest casualty of their very own wandering hands. So the Columbia Journalism Review asked newsrooms and journalists to respond to a survey on sex harassment policies. Although many journalists took the time to answer the survey, not ONE of the 149 newsrooms that were contacted filled out the survey. 

In an interview, the feisty actress told The Guardian she’s “not attacked from the right at all,” instead, she’s attacked by the left for “not checking her white privilege, of throwing away her vote on a third-party candidate (the Green party nominee, Jill Stein) during the US presidential election, and of recklessly espousing a political cause that let Trump in through the backdoor.” But what really burns her detractors is that she won’t admit her error.

Across the pond in England, the BBC posted a job listing offering “an exceptional and unique opportunity to train as a broadcast journalist…” BUT the year-long paid internship is “only open to candidates from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background”. Yes. You read that correctly.  Whites need not apply.

Farhad Manjoo recently wrote for the New York Times calling for Twitter to forget the notion that its site is a free marketplace of ideas. Instead, Twitter commissars should police the site and encourage "positive behaviors" and enforce "reputational guidelines." It sounds a little like the "mainstream media," where the establishment is established and the "anti-social" rebels will see their access limited. 

Not only are anti-Trump reporters of the establishment media pouring out their disgust for Donald Trump in their reporting, even the photographers are lashing out by using unflattering photos of the president. Veteran New York Times photographer Doug Mills apparently sought "revenge" for being denied access on the Asia trip by picking the worst pictures. 

Speaking at his alma mater, George Washington University, actor and Trump-hater Alec Baldwin seemed to promote the bullying of President Trump by saying that people “can't be mean enough” to President Trump because, in his opinion, the president is squandering a “tremendous opportunity.” 

In an attempt to rival Washington D.C.’s Trump Hotel, Langham Hospitality Group is hoping to create a snowflake safe-haven for Democrats in the form of a “politically motivated” hotel called Eaton Workshop. Bloomberg promoted this idea under the headline "Coming Soon to Washington: An Anti-Trump Hotel for Liberals." And "Expect counter-cultural art, progressive fireside chats, and craft materials for your next great protest poster."

Former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur, co-founder of the ultra-left YouTube show “Young Turks,” launched into an attack on Muslim Reform Movement leader Zuhdi Jasser at the left-leaning Web summit in Lisbon, Portugal last week, blaming Christianity for the Holocaust. "Christianity was monstrous just 70 years ago, way worse than Islam has ever been!"

Paul Bond of The Hollywood Reporter writes that the political career of Donald Trump portends an easier path for celebrities into politics: “if a former reality TV star can win the presidency, then surely others in Hollywood (with less baggage, even) can get elected to office…”

It was a case of checking your Twitter time stamp, but in the midst of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wished singer and bigtime Hillary Clinton supporter Katy Perry a happy birthday by tweeting out a photo of Ellen gawking at Perry’s ample chest, writing “It’s time to bring out the big balloons!"

When most of us hear the name Mark Wahlberg, we may have the image of a famous movie star or director; a once up-and-coming rapper that went by the name “Marky Mark”; a model who famously posed in THAT Calvin Klein underwear ad. One image that probably doesn’t come to mind? Mark Wahlberg – the Catholic. In a discussion with Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Wahlberg suggested he wanted forgiveness for some "poor choices" in movie roles. He cited the movie Boogie Nights, where he played porn star Dirk Diggler.

A 17-year-old illegal alien in federal custody wants an abortion, and abortion advocates are railing against the federal government arguing against that "right to choose." A Politico reporter lamented the Trump team "have basically blocked all abortions for unaccompanied minors in federally funded shelters, and they have gone so far as the director of the Office of Refugee Settlement, which is the department that is responsible for these minors, has sent these girls instead to crisis pregnancy centers."

Scott Roxborough of The Hollywood Reporter writes that American television series are facing international backlash due to their “military themes for Trump voters,” calling it a trend for the Fall lineup and labeling it “Patriotic TV.”

"These shows are all really well made and the production values are great, but some of it is pretty jingoistic: lots of breast-beating and flag-flying," said an executive for a Swedish TV network.

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro hopes his new movie The Shape of Water – a love story “between a woman and a sea monster being held captive by the U.S. government” [??] --  will help repair a “broken political system” after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. “It’s like a cancer. We have a tumor now," he said. "That doesn’t mean the cancer started with that tumor. It was gestating for so long....The pendulum swung back 30 years in the last year and a half. It's very, very troublesome that so many horrible things can be manifest.”