GLOW is a Netflix show that is about women’s wrestling. It stars American actress Alison Brie. And, of course, it’s political. “Women should be able to make that choice,” star Alison Brie tells THR. “And it doesn’t have to be the end of the world.”
Well, it is the end of the world for the unborn baby. But controlling your own body is beautiful…or something like that.
From Hollywood Reporter: In 2017, it’s still not common to see abortion normalized on TV. Add to that the fact that GLOW is set in 1985, and it seems the Netflix series might just be ahead of its time.
The female wrestling series took a break from the drama it had been following inside the ring to wrap up a personal arc that had also been brewing with Alison Brie’s leading character, Ruth Wilder, since the first episode. Ruth had a brief affair with her best friend’s (Betty Gilpin) husband and in the eighth episode (“Maybe It’s All the Disco”), after she had ended the relationship and the now-exposed secret still threatened the friendship at the center of the show, Ruth realizes that she might be pregnant.
The pregnancy test scene, set to Queen’s “Under Pressure,” sees Ruth pacing, trimming her bangs and cleaning her dirty hotel bathroom while anxiously waiting for the results of the prolonged ’80s home test. But the result is clear: She’s pregnant with her best friend’s husband’s baby.
After a quiet moment of reflection, Ruth’s next move is a thoughtful yet easy one. She decides to have an abortion. Ruth goes to the clinic, driven by wrestling coach-director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), and when he offers to stay, he asks without judgment if this is really what she wants. “Yea,” she answers. “It’s not the right time. Not the right baby.”
The episode ends with Ruth lying legs spread on the table, being asked similar questions by the doctor and answering just as surely. During the procedure, she focuses on the one ceiling tile directly above her that is painted like the bright blue sky. From there, the topic is never brought up again. “It made so much sense to me when I read the script,” Brie now tells The Hollywood Reporter of her character’s matter-of-fact and non-emotional choice. “I responded to it immediately. That’s how I would react if I were Ruth, and I didn’t question it at all.”
The episode came near the end of Ruth’s phoenix-like season-one journey. She officially rises from the ashes in the 10th and final episode when she and her fellow wrestlers film the pilot for the show that will go on to become the first-ever female wrestling TV series. GLOW co-creators Liz Flahvie and Carly Mensch — whose collective past writing credits include Orange Is the New Black, Nurse Jackie and Weeds — said Ruth’s decision wasn’t a brave one. Instead, it was realistic. “We didn’t have some macro-intention to expose this somewhere in the season, it just organically came up,” Mensch explained to THR of letting Ruth’s actions write the story. “We did have a lot of heated discussion in the writers room about whether we wanted to show the abortion. If we were telling honest stories about things that women go through, whether it be in the ‘80s or now, a bunch of us felt that was a very relatable and normal story for certain types of women and that we shouldn’t shy away from showing that if it’s an actual, real experience.” The storyline, airing during the current political climate, holds extra weight. While viewers are bingeing the series, a Senate health care plan threatens Planned Parenthood funding and abortion and women’s rights. “It’s really important, especially right now, to highlight that women should be able to make that choice and that it doesn’t have to be the end of the world,” says Brie. “What I especially love about that episode is that it’s a very easy choice for Ruth to make, whether or not the emotional repercussions will continue throughout her life. They might or they might not. This is a show about women’s bodies and about them taking control of their own bodies, and that’s highlighted beautifully in that episode.”
The episode also serves as a bonding one for Ruth and Sam, who up until then had often sparred over Sam’s authority and Ruth’s actress-y attitude. Though Sam drove her to the clinic, she didn’t expect him to stay. When Ruth checks in at the clinic, the woman on staff assumes Sam is Ruth’s boyfriend. Sam says he is her husband without skipping a beat. “It just wasn’t the right time for us. I could have pulled out, but I just got lazy. Lucky for us, we hate children,” he says, a sweet gesture of support.
Months after filming the scene, Maron said he still gets choked up over the moment. “That episode is emotionally heavy, but it’s played very straightforward,” he tells THR. “That is when the connection and relationship between the two of them changes. We could both feel the weight of it, just from my character showing up for her like that. That definitely sealed the deal.”
Even heavier now is the fact that these two broken friends, Ruth and Debbie Egan (Gilpin), have another secret between them. But even though their friendship is still fractured when the series ends, Gilpin doesn’t view the abortion secret as a threat.
“Ruth had sex with him. It’s not her fault that she got pregnant,” the actress tells THR. “Liz and Carly intentionally wanted to treat the pregnancy and abortion with a lighter touch. There wasn’t dramatic, crazy, sobbing scene. It is one of the many, many things that women deal with in the privacy of their own homes that we have to stop pretending doesn’t happen every single day.” Both Brie and Gilpin, however, admit that the salaciousness of it all could add to soap opera-like storylines their rival wrestling characters could act out in the ring, if the show gets picked up for a second season. “I think it would be a total disaster if it got out — it terrifies me!” Brie says. “But I sort of forget about it because the show doesn’t overdramatize or harp on it for too long. No one is talking about it. We don’t hear about it again for the rest of the season, and that’s really refreshing.”
Where the heaviness of the secret instead comes from, says the actress, is the internal conflict it creates for Ruth. “Ruth has no doubt about the fact that she wants to get this abortion, but it’s really a moment for her to step back and take a look again at this thing that she did and where her life is and who she is,” Brie says of her struggling character. “It’s a really disgusting feeling of, ‘This is why I’m in this position.’ And that’s what’s upsetting to her.”
She adds, “In the ninth episode, there is a moment between Ruth and Debbie when they first start to speak to each other in an intimate way for the first time since the pilot, and they can’t quite do it. They’re not quite ready, and I think part of that does have to do with Ruth knowing about the full extent of the repercussions of her bad behavior.”
The ER team reacts to seeing their patient for the first time (Dr. Christopher Michos in middle)
While looking for a news video on YouTube, I accidentally discovered this hilarious video of an adulterer who was admitted into ER for priapism — penile erection of 4 hours or more which, if untreated, can result in blood-clotting, followed by gangrene and amputation.
By the way, Newt’s present wife, Callista, is his third wife. Callista said this about herself to the Christian Broadcasting Network this year: “I have always been a very spiritual person. I start each day with a prayer, and pray throughout the day, because I am grateful for the many blessings that God has bestowed upon us.” CallistaBisek, then a Congressional staffer, carried on a 6-year adulterous affair with Newt while he was still married to Wife No. 2. ~Eowyn
The headline on Drudge this morning says it’s ” All But Over” for Herman Cain’s campaign to be the GOP presidential nominee.
Yesterday, though still denying Kimberly White’s claim of a 13-year affair, Cain did admit that he’s repeatedly given money to White to help her “with month-to-month bills and expenses” without the knowledge of his wife of 42 years, Gloria.
How many married women among FotM’s readership think this is okay? I’d be really really upset if my husband were to do that — give our money, repeatedly, to another person, much less a female, without my knowledge or consent.
Gloria and Herman Cain
Even Cain’s denial of the affair is not believable. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos interviewed Kimberly White on “Good Morning America,” November 30, 2011. This is from the transcript of the interview:
WHITE: Well, to begin, our relationship was on and off for the last 13, 14 years. This was not a consistent love affair that went on every day for the last 14 years. So, he is correct when he made that statement. And as far as I can tell, or what I’m hearing, that is the only thing he has been correct in saying.
STEPHANOPOULOS: He also says he has helped you- Excuse me. He also said he has helped you financially over the past few years. Has he given you money?
WHITE: Yes, he has.
STEPHANOPOULOS: On what occasions?
WHITE: I’ve received gifts and money for the last two and a half years consistently.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Did he ask for anything in return for that money?
WHITE: No. This was nothing- this was not sex for cash.
STEPHANOPOULOS: One thing I’m struck by is that you’ve also shown phone records showing at least 61 phone calls over the last several months. Even after the physical relationship ended. And, and, and most strikingly, you just gave us earlier this morning, phone records from October and November, showing multiple texts, back and forth, between cain, just as these other stories about sexual harassment allegations are breaking in the press. He seems to be calling you in late October, on November 2nd. November 3rd. November 4th. November 5th, November 7th. November 8th, 13th, 14th and 18th. He’s texting you all month long, all this month!
WHITE: That’s correct. Our communication has, you know, just up until last week, when, you know, the leak- several leaks and media- the media was- they were calling my cell phone. They were calling family members. And just up until last week, that was my last contact with Mr. Cain. And you know, the thing is, I can’t imagine waking up one morning and deciding to come out with this, if this was not true. This has been a very difficult situation for myself, for my family. And it’s nothing that I am proud of. The truth of the matter is-
STEPHANOPOULOS: Go ahead.
WHITE: The truth of the matter is, when I entered into this inappropriate relationship with Mr. Cain, I was single. I was not married. Mr. Cain has been married throughout the entire relationship. And, you know, it’s unfortunate. As far as any proof, which has- you know, I was watching several media shows just last night. When you enter into a private relationship that you really do not care to share with the public, you really don’t enter into something like that holding on to receipts. Holding on to gifts or if there were any notes or anything like that, to come out eventually and say, “Yeah, this is what happened and here is my proof.” That’s absolutely something that —
STEPHANOPOULOS: What was the relationship, exactly? Was it an affair? Was it fun? Was it just sex? Tell us about it.
WHITE: It was a very casual affair. Am I proud to admit to that? No, I’m not. It was a very casual affair that Herman flew me to- on several trips. I went on several trips with Herman. We- one particular trip was the Mike Tyson/Holyfield fight in Las Vegas. You know. I can’t make this stuff up. And frankly speaking, I wouldn’t want to make this up.
H/t Media Research Center
Has anyone noticed that throughout all of Cain’s “bimbo eruptions,” his wife Gloria never once came forth to say she believes in and supports him?
Cain says he’ll make up his mind whether he’ll continue with his campaign after meeting with his wife today.
I’d sure like to be a fly on the wall at that meeting…. ~Eowyn
In the shock poll of the day, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has pulled into a statistical tie with Mitt Romney in the former Massachusetts governor’s backyard, New Hampshire.
Jonathan Weisman of the Wall St. Journal reports, Nov. 18, 2011, that the poll of likely Republican primary voters by Magellan Strategies for the online New Hampshire Journal shows Romney with 29% support, Gingrich 27%, Ron Paul 16%, and Herman Cain at 10%.
This is the same Newt Gingrich whose campaign was falling apart in June, because of the mass resignations of his senior staff.
While Newt is undoubtedly knowledgeable and articulate, I find him worrisome for a number of reasons:
1. Newt Gingrich is not a conservative
2. Newt Gingrich is a New World Order man, part of the Council on Foreign Relations/occultic Bohemian Grove/Freemasonry power nexus.
But he denies he’s one.
In February 2010, at a speech Newt was giving before Claremont Colleges in Southern California, he was directly asked by Martin Hill (of the LA County Libertarian Examiner) about his involvement in those organizations. Here’s Hill’s account:
He replied emphatically by stating that, although his words were controversial among some in his office, our rights as Americans come from a Creator and that ‘there is no world government’. This view, though correct, is odd and seemingly disingenuous coming from Gingrich, an admitted member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a group whose known goal is the establishment of a world government. […]
At the end of the event after approximately one hundred people had lined up for a book signing, Gingrich’s previous remarks regarding world government served as a perfect transition for questions about the “new world order”. After he signed the program at my request with the words “To Martin: No World Government – Your Friend, Newt”, I took the rare opportunity to question an off-guard Gingrich […]:
Q. “You were asked about world government and you said ‘there is no world government’. What is your role in groups like the bohemian club, freemasonry, and that sort of thing, Council on Foreign Relations?
Gingrich: “I don’t belong to the Bohemian Club, I have no role in freemasonry. And my primary activity in Council on Foreign Relations was on figuring out how to fight terrorism”
Q. “So you don’t think there’s gonna be a ‘new world order’ so to speak?”
Gingrich: “No. No” […]
Gingrich, who became visibly defensive and blinked rapidly while replying to the questions, started to walk away during my questioning with the aide of the small entourage of faculty and assistants who accompanied him.
He has a history of adulterous behavior.
Gingrich had an adulterous affair with Marianne Ginther, while he was married to wife no. 1, Jackie Battley. After he divorced Battley, Newt married Marianne.
In the mid-1990s, while he was Speaker of the House, Newt had an adulterous affair with a 23-years-younger House of Representatives stafer named Callista Bisek. In 2000, Newt married Callista shortly after divorcing Marianne who claimed that she was in her hospital bed recovering from surgery when Newt said he wanted a divorce. [Source: wiki]
I do not believe, as liberals so facilely do, in the wall of separation of the personal from the public. In whatever domain, we are who we are — the same person. I believe that a man (or woman) who betrays his marital vows will also betray his other commitments — to friends, colleagues, political party, fellow citizens, and country. Here’s a good summary of Newt Gingrich, posted by a blogger who got kicked off a conservative site for posting this (h/t beloved fellow Tina). I’ve added a last point.
04/02/1987 – He cosponsored the 1987 Fairness Doctrine.
10/22/1991 – He voted for an amendment that would create a National Police Corps.
03/–/1993 – He Voted for sending $1.6 Billion in foreign aid to Russia.
11/19/1993 – He voted for the NAFTA Implementation Act.
11/27/1994 – He supported the GATT Treaty giving sovereignty to the U.N.
08/27/1995 – He suggests that drug smuggling should carry a death sentence.
04/25/1996 – Voted for the single largest increase on Federal education spending ($3.5 Billion).
04/10/1995 – He supported Federal taxdollars being spent on abortions.
06/01/1996 – He helped a Democrat switch parties in an attempt to defeat constitutionalist Ron Paul in the 1996 election.
09/25/1996 – Introduced H.R. 4170, demanded life-sentence or execution for someone bringing 2 ounces of marijuana across the border.
01/22/1997 – Congress gave him a record-setting $300,000 fine for ethical wrongdoing.
11/29/2006 – He said that free speech should be curtailed in order to fight terrorism. Wants to stop terrorists from using the internet. Called for a “serious debate about the 1st Amendment.”
11/29/2006 – He called for a “Geneva Convention for terrorists” so it would be clear who the Constitution need not apply to.
02/15/2007 – He supported Bush’s proposal for mandatory carbon caps.
09/28/2008 – Says if he were in office, he would have reluctantly voted for the $700B TARP bailout.
10/01/2008 – Says in an article that TARP was a “workout, not a bailout.”
12/08/2008 – He was paid $300,000 by Freddie Mac to halt Congress from bringing necessary reform.
03/31/2009 – Says we should have Singapore-style drug tests for Americans.
07/30/2010 – Says that Iraq was just step one in defeating the “Axis of Evil”.
08/03/2010 – Advocates attacks on Iran & North Korea.
08/16/2010 – Opposes property rights of the mosque owner in NYC.
11/15/2010 – He defended Romneycare, on which Obama modeled his Obamacare.
12/05/2010 – He said that a website owner should be considered an enemy combatant, hunted down and executed, for publishing leaked government memos.
01/30/2011 – He lobbied for ethanol subsidies.
01/30/2011 – He suggested that flex-fuel vehicles be mandated for Americans.
02/13/2011 – He criticized Obama for sending less U.S. taxdollars to Egypt.
02/15/2011 – His book said that he believes man-made climate-change and advocated creating “a new endowment for conservation and the environment.”
03/09/2011 – He blames his infidelity to multiple wives on his passion for the country.
03/15/2011 – Says that NAFTA worked because it created jobs in Mexico.
03/19/2011 – He has no regrets about supporting Medicare drug coverage, which is now a $7.2T unfunded liability.
03/23/2011 – He completely flip-flopped on Libyan intervention in 16 days.
03/25/2011 – He plans to sign as many as 200 executive orders on his first day as president.
04/25/2011 – He’s a paid lobbyist for Federal ethanol subsidies.
05/12/2011 – He was more supportive of individual health-care mandates than Mitt Romney.
06/09/2011 – His own campaign staff resigned en masse.
07/15/2011 – His poorly managed campaign is over $1 Million in debt.
08/01/2011 – He hired a company to create fake Twitter to appear as if he had a following.
10/07/2011 – He said he’d ignore the Supreme Court if need be.
11/16/2011 – Was revealed he actually received 1.6 million from Freddie Mac, vs. his previously stated $300,000.
Gingrich voted for an increase in the debt ceiling in 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1984.
Gingrich voted to permit the Federal Reserve to purchase Treasury Debt.
Bailed out savings and loan institutions in 1991. $40B Bank bailout.
Gingrich voted to strengthen the federal home loan agencies with the cutsey names Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Gingrich voted for increased powers to the FDIC to bail out struggling savings and loans through reorganization, purchase of bad assets, or recapitalization.
Gingrich voted in favor of the Chrysler Bailout in 1979.
Gingrich voted for an oil windfall profits tax in 1979, which was signed by Jimmy Carter.
Urged the House to repeal the War Powers Act and give the Presidency more power.
Urged Clinton to expand military presence in Bosnia.
Gingrich voted against a provision requiring congressional approval prior to deployment of U.S. troops into Central America in 1983.
Gingrich voted to increase CIA secrecy and against any requirement that the President report covert activity to congress before it is initiated.
Gingrich voted for Jimmy Carter’s “Energy Mobilization Board.”
Gingrich voted for an increase in taxes on coal producers in 1981.
Gingrich voted for a 5-cent increase in the gas tax to fund highway and other mass-transit projects.
Gingrich was one of the few who voted against the 1984 bill requiring the President and Congress to submit a balanced budget.
Gingrich voted for a congressional pay raise.
Gingrich voted against a bipartisan 1% cut to the Department of Defense budget for 1983.
He was a draft-dodger during the Vietnam War, yet pushed aggressive foreign interventionism his entire political career, and did say that Vietnam was the “right battlefield at the right time.”
The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.” – Newt Gingrich.
In 1995, a 49-year-old married man and a 22-year-old single woman began a sexual affair in the most powerful room in the world.
The affair was tawdry, involving fellatio, cigar-penetration, anal sex (a little-publicized and little-known fact that is gleaned only if you’ve read the entirety of the Ken Starr Report because that little detail is buried in a footnote), but no vaginal intercourse. You see, the man, being trained in legalistic language-parsing and a narcissist to boot, is skilled in self- and other-deception, rationalizing that the absence of vaginal intercourse meant there was no “sex”.
16 years later, now a silver-maned 65-year-old, the man is still married, his reputation completely recovered, and is lionized as an elder statesman and globe-trotting speaker. He is active in public life, giving speeches, fundraising, and founding charitable organizations, and has spoken at the last six Democratic National Conventions.
The young woman in that scandal of so many years ago never married or even had a long-term love relationship, is now middle-aged and socially shunned.
Photo: Splash News Online
The man, of course, is former President Bill Clinton, and the woman is Monica Lewinsky.
Sarah Cordes reports, Sept. 9, 2011, for the National Enquirer — the tabloid that was nominated for a Pulitzer because it alone uncovered former Democrat senator and VP candidate John Edwards’ adultery and “love child” — that Lewinsky is living the sad, lonely life of a near-recluse as she struggles to make ends meet, bouncing from New York to Los Angeles, crashing with family and desperately trying to live down her scandalous past.
An “insider” told the Enquirer, “Monica’s self-esteem is at an all-time low. She’s given up her own place, and her handbag line crashed. Now she drifts between the two coasts and toys with ‘projects’ that probably will never get off the ground. She’s alone most of the time and is pretty much a social pariah. She’s given up on ever finding love – and doesn’t even have friends. Monica still feels like she’s the punch line to a dirty joke.”
In late June, the former White House intern made a rare outing as part of a small dinner partyat Lucy’s El Adobe Cafe in Hollywood – where gawkers at other tables let fly with wisecracks.
Let this be a cautionary tale for young women tempted to commit adultery with a married man. It will cost you way more than it’ll cost him. The world is a cruel place where gender and power rule. ~Eowyn
Pretty boy John Edwards — former Democratic senator, John Kerry’s vice presidential running-mate, and a 2008 Dem presidential candidate — has just been indicted by a federal grand jury for misuse of campaign funds on his mistress with whom he carried on an adulterous affair while his wife, Elizabeth, was sick with terminal breast cancer. The Associated Press reports, June 3, 2011:
RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two-time presidential candidate John Edwards over massive sums of money spent to keep his mistress in hiding during the peak of his 2008 campaign for the White House.
The case of USA v. Johnny Reid Edwards contains six counts, including
conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements. The indictment was returned in the Middle District of North Carolina Friday. An Edwards spokeswoman said she wasn’t aware of the filing and declined immediate comment.
The indictment is the culmination of a federal investigation that lasted more
than two years and scoured through virtually every corner of Edwards’ political career.
Edwards’ attorney Greg Craig was traveling to meet with prosecutors in North Carolina, an indication that the former presidential candidate will likely be charged, either in a grand jury indictment or in a negotiated charge to which he would plead guilty. A person with knowledge of the investigation said Craig, a Washington lawyer who was President Barack Obama’s first White House counsel, planned to be in his client’s home state Friday, where prosecutors were prepared to file charges. The source insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the private negotiations.
Rielle Hunter poses for GQ, April 2010
Meanwhile, The National Enquirer — the supermarket tabloid disdained by the MSM, which doggedly pursued the Edwards scandal and broke the story of his “love child” conceived by mistress Rielle Hunter — is reporting that Hunter has dumped Edwards, the man whom she called her “soul mate” and love of her life.