Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale is becoming more bizarre by the episode, but this week is probably the peak of silliness this season. After child brides, whipping women, and denouncing campus speakers, season two now proudly presents us with voice of the Resistance, Oprah Winfrey. Houston, I think we’ve jumped the shark.
Bruce Springsteen has had a busy week. After vacationing with Oprah, the Obamas and other celebrity guests aboard billionaire David Geffen’s yacht, the man of the people released a protest song calling Donald Trump a “conman.”
Monday, musician Bruce Springsteen expressed his paranoia over the future of an America under Donald Trump on liberal comedian Marc Maron’s podcast. The longtime liberal told Maron that he feared America would become “unrecognizable” because of a rise in hate crimes and other “un-American” activities.
During a recent weekday episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show, the lesbian host used her opening monologue to criticize Mississippi's new Religious Freedom Law as “something wrong” she felt the need to talk about because she claims it allows people to discriminate against members of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community.
Degeneres stated that the law “might sound good because the word 'freedom' is in it,” but it really means that for religious reasons, “you can deny gay people marriage, adoption and foster care services, fire or refuse to employ them and decline to rent or sell them property,” which she called “the definition of discrimination.”
On Sunday and Monday, all three network shows hailed rocker Bruce Springsteen’s decision to cancel a concert in North Carolina as further evidence of the “firestorm” and “growing backlash” against religious freedom laws recently passed there and in other states.
In case you missed it (lucky you), MTV held its 25th Annual MTV Movie Awards hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Chris Ro-- I mean, Kevin Hart. This dynamic duo managed to throw down no less than 18 curse words in the opening 9 minutes of the show. Johnson and Hart were so foul-mouthed even Amy Poehler joked that she would keep her acceptance speech clean in order to get more airtime.
On Wednesday's CBS Evening News, Jan Crawford hyped the latest "dust-up between the musician and the politician," and underlined that "rare is the Republican candidate who isn't told to stop the music – even if...they paid licensing fees." She asked a GOP strategist, "Why is it it's always Republicans who are getting slammed by the musicians for using their songs?"
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame Thursday night and received an introduction from rock star Bruce Springsteen, who proclaimed: "To paraphrase a friend of mine, if Walter Cronkite and Jon Stewart had had a baby, and if due to the ongoing controversy over same-sex marriage they had to abandon that baby on the New Jersey Turnpike, and it grew up to be a news anchor, its name would be Brian Douglas Williams."
Tuesday was Veteran’s Day, and what better way for liberal D.C. to celebrate and honor veterans, then by bringing in a slew of uber-liberal celebrities to co-opt the family-friendly holiday in a concert filled with anti-war and profanity-ridden songs?
Well that’s exactly what happened at HBO’s “Concert for Valor” last night on the National Mall, where Obama favorites like Bruce Springsteen, David Grohl (“Foo Fighters”), Rihanna and Eminem led the show.
What would you call an angry heckler who hurls insults at a Republican? According to the hosts of CBS This Morning, the answer is "a reporter." The journalists on Wednesday played footage of a protester sparring with Chris Christie over his use of Bruce Springsteen music at rallies. New Jersey resident Sandra Booket yelled, "I thought I heard that Bruce asked that none of his music was played at your events because he didn't believe in your politics."
Christie retorted, "No, you're wrong in, fact, I saw Bruce just a week and a half ago." He added, "If you're going to be cute, we should get the story right." The woman so impressed co-host Vinita Nair that she marveled, "[Booket] sounded like a reporter didn't she? She just kept going." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
What music comes to mind when you think of America and Independence Day? “The Battle Hymn of the Republic?” A John Phillip Souza march? Glenn Miller or the Andrews Sisters?
Outside of country, there isn’t much music being made about America anymore. Oh, pop music is still filled with references. America’s favorite problem child, Miley Cyrus, turns up in nearly every 4th of July playlist with “Party In The U.S.A.” and Katy Perry’s “Firework” has also become an Independence Day party anthem. But Cyrus’ song mentions nothing American, except the “fame excess” of Hollywood. “Firework” just uses the 4th of July as a reference in the music video that features fireworks shooting from Perry’s breasts (which, one suspects, was the point of the song from its inception).
Chris Christie watchers know that the Governor of New Jersey is a HUGE Bruce Springsteen fan.
It therefore makes one wonder how the embattled governor felt about his hero doing a version of the legendary “Born to Run” with NBC’s Jimmy Fallon Tuesday evening wherein the couple lampooned the current Bridgegate scandal with one verse accusing him of "killing the working man” (video follows with transcript and commentary):