For a group of entertainment producers who kill to come off as condescendingly woke, ‘SNL’ showrunners look super inept for hiring an apparent racist as one of their new cast members. One of the sketch comedy’s new talents has been labeled a racist by CNN journalists for making fun of Chinese people in 2018. SNL is in an even deeper pickle because another new cast member for the upcoming season is actually Chinese.
Hulu’s horror anthology series Into the Dark finally completed its twelve month, twelve episode season with its September 6 episode “Pure.” Each episode ordinarily revolves around a holiday or notable day in the month it airs, so why did the show pick the obscure “Daughters’ Day” over the much more obvious Labor Day for September? Apparently, it’s so the series can force its feminist, anti-Christian message.
The AMC series Preacher is finally drawing to a close with only a handful of episodes left to go. Sadly, they still won't lay off on mocking God, Jesus, or religion. This time, the show insults all three along with the people who believe in God. It’s a busy hour.
Imagine being so deluded that a hellish, child-eating, serial killer clown is one of your icons because his make-up is fabulous and his theatricality hints at what you hope is a homosexual orientation. Now imagine being disappointed the horrific harlequin isn’t gay.
New York Times publishing-industry reporter Alexandra Alter interviewed novelist Margaret Atwood about The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, which has been repurposed as a hit streaming show and a source of feminist memes and protests against the Trump administration. The Times can’t shake the fantasy that the United States has transformed into some dystopian society under President Trump: "Some elements have become even more aligned with current events, with the erosion of reproductive rights, separation of parents from their children at the border and the targeting of minorities by white supremacists."
In Saturday's Washington Post, pop music critic Chris Richards penned an essay throbbing with dissatisfaction that today's protest music is inadequate for the Trump era. He began: "These are wild and anxious times for our wild and anxious planet. So why do the most visible protest songs of the Trump era feel so inert?... contemporary protest pop feels increasingly prominent, deeply unimaginative and embarrassingly insufficient."
The “fall’s most hotly-anticipated” movie (according to host Michael Strahan and his Good Morning America co-hosts) is supposedly Hustlers, the new flick about strippers who intoxicate and steal from arrogant, rich Wall Street bros because feminism, baby.
Traditional sexual and gender norms have no relevance in pop culture anymore. We’re past the point where the rebellious phases of youth are seen as just that, and now they’re lauded as some sort of standard that older folks need to adhere to, lest they be called fascists. Though is it really that convincing that since Miley Cyrus and Kristin Stewart can’t stay with a man, “heterosexuality is just not working?”
Variety really, really wants Taylor Swift to be an anti-Trump troubadour. The chorus of Cracker’s raucous “Teens Angst” might not be the greatest line in rock n’ roll history, but it’s up there. And it has the advantage of being timeless. As in 1992, the world needs a lot of things, but the political musings of musicians and poptarts aren’t among them.
VMA host Sebastian Maniscalco took some heat from Hollywood outlets on Tuesday for making mild jokes during the high profile music award show at the expense of “sensitive” teens in need of “safe spaces.” Of course this “triggered” someone, and Hollywood website Variety published a finger-wagging letter to the comedian for the “callous” jokes.
Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, the controversial teen drama before Euphoria made it cool, returned with a third season on August 23. Considering the awfulness of the previous season and the fact that the first season had to be edited following complaints about its graphic depiction of suicide, one hoped we'd finally hit rock bottom. Unfortunately, with more teen sex, drug use, prostitution, and abortion, 13 Reasons Why delivers more reasons why it should be avoided by all ages.
CW’s Pandora premiere season has barely left a mark on television, yet it still has to play by the same liberal rules. After promoting protests against free speech, the series has now graduated to both climate change and anti-Trump propaganda. The August 27 episode “Time Out of Mind” sees Jax (Priscilla Quintana) diving into a past life when she keeps having flashes of unfamiliar memories.