The Hollywood Reporter
On June 19, The Hollywood Reporter fashioned a list of the top 40 “most powerful people in comedy” for 2019. It’s a predictable gaggle of reliable lefties and reads more like a Wanted poster for the gang that murdered comedy. The first big-name entry was Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame. Though since the 2006 blockbuster hit, the liberal Cohen has struggled to reclaim his “glory” days.
CBS This Morning co-hosts on Wednesday read aloud the glowing praise for fellow liberal co-host Gayle King. Tony Dokoupil held up the style section of the Washington Post and quoted the gushing praise about the “soothing voice of reason.” King listened along as Dokoupil cheered, “I thought I might talk about a little article I found today.” Not exactly showcasing his colleague’s modesty, he told viewers: “Not only does she have a Washington Post cover but a Hollywood Reporter cover. You’re our cover girl this morning. And a choice quote from the Washington Post article which I think sums you up well here.”
From Flavor of Love to Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, there have been some pretty crazy dating shows during the reality TV era. Some of them have included LGBTQ contestants but never before has the entire cast been “sexually fluid." MTV to the rescue!
Disney CEO Bob Iger has weighed in on Georgia’s “Heartbeat Bill,” threatening to pull the company’s film productions from the state if Governor Kemp’s Bill goes into law. It just goes to show that no matter how many theme parks Disney creates or beloved childhood franchises it churns out, its true calling is maximizing stock price, innocent babies be damned. Oh, the irony!
A pro-Trump play set to take the stage in June in the nation’s capital is homeless, following the theater’s decision to back out. The Hollywood Reporter said on May 29, that the Mead Theater (part of Studio Theater) cancelled journalist and conservative filmmaker Phelim McAleer’s production FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers. Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson planned to star in the “verbatim theater” production based on actual text messages between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and former FBI agent Peter Strzok.
How dark are things in Trump’s America? So bad that left-wing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen told Variety, “[W]e are past that point” where politics is no longer funny and “there is a danger” to not taking things seriously. “I think you need people to remain repulsed,” he said, urging them to keep up “their passion, and bring it to the voting booth.”
Hollywood’s hot new trend is to boycott the entire state of Georgia because Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill making it harder to kill unborn babies. Following her threatened boycott in March, one-time actress and full-time shrew Alyssa Milano had already convinced David Simon, creator of The Wire, to join the fad. Now there are few other big celebs getting in on the action.
Basketball legend-turned-activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is calling for abortion supporters to inflict economic pain on the states affirming human life with new laws. Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, the former Lakers' "showtime" star now says it's "boycott time." Abdul-Jabbar accuses President Donald Trump and white Christians of reducing women to "baby incubators."
Taking a play out of Kathy Griffin’s playbook, the latest Cannes Film Festival entry is all about insane feminism; feminism for whom true power lies only in decapitating President Donald Trump and holding his bloody head aloft. Geez, we get it. They hate Trump. But even the Hollyweirdos need to admit that this trope is a little tired.
You know how celebrity lefty big-mouths like Barbara Streisand or Miley Cyrus are always threatening to leave the country if Americans don’t vote correctly? And then, no matter how many times you offer to help them move, they don’t? Turns out there really are lefties who don’t just voice their disdain for normal Americans; they show it with their feet. After Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed the state’s new “heartbeat bill,” three production companies decided to put their money where the mouths are and pull out all production from the Georgia film industry.
Both DC and Marvel are hellbent on a new diversity initiative, looking to capture the hearts of a “global” audience. Maybe the comic book giants figure they’ve wrung as much money as they can from the straight, mostly white heros of DC’s Arrow and Marvel’s Avengers. A lesbian “Batwoman” is on the way from DC, and Marvel has confirmed that soon we will get our first gay crimefighter.
The beauty of establishing three million plus politically correct rules to defend your weird fringe diversity interests is that you’ll never have a shortage of things to be angry about. Hollywood Reporter published an insipid collection of anecdotes from anonymous minority individuals complaining about fellow Hollywood staffers’ idiosyncrasies, and spun it as “10 pieces of advice to avoid missteps and marginalization on set and in meetings.”