From Daily Mail: Legendary actress Anjelica Huston has jumped to the defense of maligned Hollywood figures Woody Allen, Roman Polanski and Jeffrey Tambor – but she still thinks beloved comedian Bill Murray is a ‘s**t’.
In an outspoken and unabashed interview published in New York Magazine, the 67-year-old admitted she’d work with Allen again ‘in a second’ despite allegations reemerging that the filmmaker abused his daughter, Dylan O’Sullivan Farrow, when she was just seven.
‘Two states investigated him,’ Huston, who has worked on two films with Allen, noted. ‘And neither of them prosecuted him,’ she added – reaffirming that she’d jump at an opportunity to collaborate with him again.
Huston’s stance marks a stark contrast to other Hollywood stars, such as Greta Gerwig, Timothée Chalamet and Colin Firth, who have all recently voiced regret about working with Allen.
In the same vein of questioning, the Oscar-winner was also asked about director Roman Polanski’s 1977 sex abuse case, in which he raped a 13-year-old girl in the home of Jack Nicholson, who was Huston’s boyfriend at the time.
Present at the residence as the assault took place, Huston insisted Polanski’s actions were part of ‘a whole playboy movement’ and can’t be judged by today’s standards of sexual abuse because it was simply a different time.
‘It’s a story that could’ve happened in ten years before in England or France or Italy or Spain or Portugal, and no one would’ve heard anything about it,’ Huston said. She added that that approaching underage girls was simply ‘de rigueur for most of the guys like Roman who had grown up with the European sensibility.
‘That’s how these guys enjoy their time,’ she claimed.
From Daily Mail: The actress who kick-started the exposure of Hollywood moguls who allegedly exploited positions of power to abuse women has branded #MeToo campaigners against sex attackers ‘losers’.
Rose McGowan accused producer Harvey Weinstein of rape this time last year, sparking an avalanche of allegations in the entertainment industry and beyond.
As stars such as Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman were alleged to have assaulted or harassed performers, activists began using the hashtag to share their ordeals online.
But McGowan has slammed the movement as ‘bull****’ in today’s Sunday Times Magazine, which comes the day after Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice in the face of historic sexual assault allegations he denies.
After year of stars such as Salma Hayek and Gwyneth Paltrow claiming to be victims of harassment, McGowan has said she understands why Donald Trump supporters hate Hollywood, whose apparent liberalism she says is fake.
On the subject of #MeToo, she said: ‘I just think they’re douchebags. They’re not champions. I just think they’re losers. I don’t like them. How do I explain the fact that I got a GQ Man of the Year award and no women’s magazines and no women’s organisations have supported me?
‘It’s all bullshit. It’s a lie. It’s a Band-Aid lie to make them feel better. I know these people, I know they’re lily-livered, and as long as it looks good on the surface, to them, that’s enough.’
More from the story:
McGowan has also hit out at Meryl Streep, saying that it is ‘literally impossible’ the actress knew nothing of Weinstein’s sexual proclivities until last autumn. Streep has denied knowing about the producer’s alleged ehavior.
Though she says ‘women have a tight to be angry’, McGowan says #MeToo activists have ‘sold themselves a fiction’ rather than face up to the true nature of Hollywood.
The article continues:
In Brave, McGowan argues that feminism hasn’t reached Hollywood, where 96 per cent of directors are male. She says the industry’s male gaze has little interest in women beyond them being ‘f***able’.
She told the magazine that even watching the movies in question implicates the viewer in the mistreatment.
This is far from the first time McGowan has spoken out on the matter, with the actress being very vocal in her refusal to align herself with either the #MeToo or Time’s Up movements.
Back in January, she hit out at the A-listers who wore black to the Golden Globes to protest the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal by calling the idea nothing but ‘Hollywood fakery.
She tweeted: ‘And not one of those fancy people wearing black to honor our rapes would have lifted a finger had it not been so. I have no time for Hollywood fakery.
She later branded Time’s Up leadership of being ‘fakes’ after they partnered with CAA.
McGowan has claimed that agents at CAA are ‘guilty of human trafficking’ for sending actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow, to meet Harvey Weinstein in his hotel room. ‘Guess where they meet?’ she tweeted. ‘Who do you think is behind this “great” pr?
‘Why, it’s the company of pimps that sent so many into a the Monster’s Lair themselves. CAA. #TIMESUP fakes.’
McGowan also took issue with the fact that none of the women who first came forward were even asked to attend the Golden Globes ceremony.
Asia Argento stated that she had not been invited, while fellow sexual abuse and harassment accusers Corey Feldman and Rosanna Arquette said they too were ignored by the group.
‘Y was I ignored 2Nite? Do U C the hypocrisy here? Hollywood taking a stand in unity, when I wasn’t invited?’ Feldman asked Argento on Twitter, who replied ‘Don’t worry, I wasn’t invited either.’
She later added: ‘Not only I wasn’t invited to the #GoldenGlobes: nobody asked my opinion about #TIMESUP or to sign the letter. I support @TIMESUPNOW even though I was excluded from it. Guess I am not POWERFUL or HOLLYWOOD enough. Proud to work behind the scenes.’
Arquette, who accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, also tweeted ‘We weren’t invited. Annabella [Sciorra], Daryl [Hannah], Mira [Sorvino] … none of us were.’
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary and daughter of former Arkansas governor Republican Mike Huckabee, was thrown out of a Virginia restaurant Friday night (June 23) in an incident that sparked a social media storm. The reason? Sanders works for President Donald Trump.
An Associated Press report, first picked up by the Christian Broadcasting Network, and subsequently by other media, said Sanders was ordered out of The Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, by the owner Stephanie Wilkinson, even as the chef was cooking Sanders’ dinner. Sanders said the event said far more about the owner of the restaurant than it did about her.
In a tweet from her official account, Sanders said, “I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.” The tweet generated more than 22,000 replies in about an hour. The ensuing furor pitted both supporters and detractors of Sanders. Her father, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, even joined the conversation. “Bigotry.” He tweeted. “On the menu at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington VA. Or you can ask for the ‘Hate Plate.’ And appetizers are ‘small plates for small minds.”’
The incident mirrors an earlier incident in the week when Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen cut short a working dinner in a Mexican restaurant after protesters shouted, “Shame!” until she left.
In the ensuing social media dialogues, people from all across the country began to take sides. Some wanted to organize protests outside Red Hen restaurant, while others championed owner Wilkinson as a hero.
On Yelp, a Los Angeles-based restaurant reviewer chimed in, “Don’t eat here if you’re a Republican, wearing a MAGA hat, or are a patriot.”
Other Yelp commenters, however, supported the restaurant owner’s action. A responder from Commerce City, Colorado wrote, “Bonus: this place is run by management who stuck up for their beliefs and who are true Americans. THANK YOU!!!!”
Red Hen was trending toward the top of Twitter — 75,000 mentions within a couple hours of the first news stories.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Wilkinson explained her reasons for why she asked Sanders and her companions to leave.
“Several Red Hen employees were gay,” she said. “They knew Sanders had defended Trump’s desire to bar transgender people from the military. This month, they had all watched her evade questions and defend a Trump policy that caused migrant children to be separated from their parents.” Wilkinson said that the Sanders party already had been seated and their orders taken when she was informed by telephone who they were. It took her several minutes to drive from her home to the restaurant. She conferred with her employees.
“Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave,” Wilkinson told her staff. “They said yes.” Wilkerson then walked up to Sanders’ chair.
“I’m the owner,” she said. “I’d like you to come out to the patio with me for a word.”
She told Sanders about her feelings vis-sà-vis the president and recent events.
“I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation. I’d like to ask you to leave.”
She said that Sanders’ response was immediate: “That’s fine. I’ll go.”
As of Saturday afternoon, media personnel from broadcast stations and newspapers were camping out on the street next to the Red Hen. Wilkinson, however, remained steadfast in her belief that she was justified in throwing out the White House press secretary because she works for President Trump. She told the Washington Post, “Whatever happens, we will soldier on. Absolutely, yes, I would have done the same thing again.”
It must be noted that what the jackals of the Mainstream Media call “separation of families” is actually the Trump administration enacting a measure that flowed from the Clinton-era Flores vs. Reno Supreme Court decision allowing unaccompanied illegal border-crossing minors be held “in the least restrictive setting appropriate to the minor’s age and special needs.”
Below is a pic of Red Hen owner and her partner, Duncan Richter, wearing pink pussy hats (h/t FOTM‘s MCA).
According to TruthFinder, Wilkinson and Richter own and co-habit a home in Lexington, VA:
Stephanie Wilkinson, 55, has a Ph.D. in European and American Religious History from the University of Virginia. Her LinkedIn profile here.
Duncan Richter, 51, is a philosophy professor at Virginia Military Institute in Roanoke, VA. His LinkedIn profile here.
So much for higher education . . . .
Their lofty degrees evidently taught them nothing about classical or original liberalism — the political ideology that believes in the primacy of individual liberty; that while government is necessary to protect individuals from being harmed by others, government itself can pose a threat to liberty; and that no one or group has a monopoly on truth, and so we must tolerate our differences of opinion in the market place of ideas.
On behalf of my hometown of Lexington, I want to apologize for the rudeness of one liberal New York transplant (who also happens to be Meryl Streep’s cousin). We hope you will come back and enjoy our area’s true southern hospitality.
You can write a review of The Red Hen Restaurant at Yelp, here.
December is when Hollywood trots out its Academy Award-bait movies.
So it is with director Steven Spielberg’s new movie, The Post, starring Meryl “snake tongue” Streep as the heroic Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, and Tom “sexy baby” Hanks as the equally, if not more, heroic Washington Post executive editor Benjamin Bradlee.
The Post is supposedly a “historical” political thriller movie set in the 1970s, about how heroic Graham gave the green light to her heroic editor Ben Bradlee to report on the Pentagon Papers — a Department of Defense history of U.S. political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967, which shows the Johnson Administration had systematically lied to the public and to Congress.
Think of The Post as Spielberg’s effort to revive the reputation of the now overtly-partisan fake-news Washington Post by hearkening back to the good old days of the 1970s. See what WaPo has become:
President Lyndon Johnson was a Democrat, but don’t let that fool you into thinking The Post is actually about Johnson, Democrats, or the Pentagon Papers.
The movie is actually about President Donald Trump, a Republican!
In an interviewwith Stephen Galloway of The Hollywood Reporter, in response to Galloway’s question, “This film came together on very short notice. Why?,” this is what Spielberg said:
“I read the script [of The Post] without any intention of telling the story myself or of committing to a production . . . . When I finished Liz’s script, I thought this was an idea that felt more like 2017 than 1971 — I could not believe the similarities between today and what happened with the Nixon administration against their avowed enemies The New York Times and The Washington Post. I realized this was the only year to make this film. […]
My first reaction [reading it] was I got scared — which is good for me because fear is my fuel. The more frightened I become of something, the more I have to work through it. This was a topic that was scaring everybody I know on my side of the [political] street — and quite rightly.“
Galloway asks, “What are they scared of”. Spielberg replies:
“That we’ve lost the majority of good listeners, that our conversations have turned into skirmishes. We live in an area where we don’t know a lot of red-state voters. Well, I know a lot because I have friends and family in other parts of this country, and so at dinner-table conversations outside of California, I’m completely mute or I get into these huge rows. The gray and the blue have become the blue and the red. And it is as vast a chasm as our nation faced before the Civil War. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
There you have it — by his own admission, Steven Spielberg’s new movie The Post is actually not about Democrat Lyndon Johnson, or about the Pentagon Papers, or about the Vietnam War. The movie is really about how Donald Trump is evil like Richard Nixon, and how Spielberg and people “on his side of the political street” are “scared of” Trump.
By the way, neither Steven Spielberg nor Tom Hanks nor Meryl Streep has any moral authority to lecture and manipulate us with political propaganda in the guise of “entertainment” movies.
(1) Meryl Streep
At the 2003 Academy Awards, Streep leapt to her feet in a standing ovation for director Roman Polanski, a convicted pedophile. (Daily Wire)
Although Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct is well known in Hollywood for decades, in her 2012 Golden Globe “best actress” acceptance speech, Streep profusely thanked Weinstein and called him her “God, Harvey Weinstein”. (Breitbart)
What follows about Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks is strictly the stuff of rumors and gossip. Fellowship of the Minds is simply reporting those rumors.
(2) Steven Spielberg
Through the years, there have been rumors of Steven Spielberg being a pedophile, such as here and especially here.
The latest rumor is in the form of a blind item, “Long Time Coming,” on the Hollywood gossip site Crazy Days and Nights, written by Ent Lawyer (Ent=Entertainment), who is described by The Daily Beast as:
“he has been calling out many of Hollywood’s now-ostracized sexually misbehaving elite, sometimes years in advance of the mainstream media.
‘If you had been reading @entylawyer, you’d have known about Matt Lauer. And Harvey. And Kevin Spacey. Just saying,’ tweeted New York professional Sara Zucker. Or as investigative journalist Mark Ebner (one of only 20 people who knows the blogger’s real-life identity) observes, ‘Enty Lawyer is like the anti-Perez Hilton. In my opinion, that’s what makes him so impressive, is that no one knows who he is, and he’s being proven right again and again. That’s like legendary shit.'”
When I started putting out feelers to former child actors who had worked on his movies, I was surprised how many people wanted to tell their stories about working for this permanent A+ list director. They come from all different backgrounds and sexes. Most have never worked as adults as actors, but a couple continue to make an effort and a couple have succeeded.
I started reaching out to them through an old friend. A friend who once had a large role in a hit movie for the director. A friend who until recently, never told me about the dark side to filming a movie with the legend. One thing he said resonated with me and I asked each of the others the same question. Most responded in the affirmative. Some said they wished they could remember but it had been x number of years or others said they really didn’t want to think about it too much because it triggered them.
The query was whether the “back story” of the character they were playing had molested. Their answer was yes.
One actress who responded yes, said . . . She was only in first grade when she made the movie. It had a lot of young kids in the movie, although they were older than her.
She remembers a cast “bonding” experience. All of the young actors and actresses were loaded on to a tour bus. Everyone was impressed because each seat on the bus had a DVD player waiting for them as a gift to take home. Back then, those things were expensive. The trip took about two hours from LA and they were served all kinds of kids food on the bus. She remembers the all you could eat candy.
So, they get off the bus and arrived at this huge ranch. Who was there to greet them with the director? This permanent A+ list singer. There were also other men there who she remembers hearing were studio executives. She doesn’t know if they were.
She does remember walking around this carnival as she put it and seeing the executives pairing off with a couple of the actors or one on one. She says they later told her that most were molested or groped. For her part, she says she was just repeatedly groped.There was a carousel ride and one man insisted on putting her on a different horse each time and would lift her and grope her each time. She says she freaks out whenever she hears carousel music.
My friend from so long ago says his experience differed slightly. There was no tour bus. There was just him and a studio tour. He was older than our actress above. He was in that sweet spot our director loved.The director kept telling him his back story and talked about being molested and wondered if my friend had been molested. The director then started touching our actor and did so throughout the entirety of the movie like it was perfectly normal.
Another actress who was a teenager when she made a huge movie for the director says that she wasn’t given a ride on a tour bus, but instead, was given a ride on a helicopter with her younger actor co-star. They ended up flying to that same ranch north of Los Angeles. When the helicopter landed, that permanent A+ lister was waiting there with the director. Also there was another actor from the movie who is probably B list today. The actor was sent off with a group of men to the carnival while she was followed by this B list actor who asked sexual questions one after the other and excused himself multiple times. She assumes now he was going off somewhere to pleasure himself and then come back after. It was hot that day and she remembers him drenched in sweat and just a pig in so many ways.
She said she has talked to actors who didn’t even get to act in a movie directed by the director but were still hired to help develop the back story of the adult actors because they might use some flashback shots. All these actors added to the totals molested by the director and his friends. Every movie seemed to have any kind of reason they could to find teens boys and girls that could be molested under the guise of developing their character.
Steven Spielberg is a “permanent A+ list director” whom Empire magazine in 2005 rated the greatest film director of all time. Many of his movies feature children, e.g., E.T., Poltergeist, The Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Hook, Jurassic Park, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, War of the Worlds, Monster House. Neverland Ranch, the home of the late “permanent A+ list singer” Michael Jackson, contains a carousel. Neverland is in Olivos, Santa Barbara County — 118 miles north of Hollywood and 2½ hours by car.
(3) Tom Hanks
After the McMartin preschool trial in the 1980s, the MSM said the whole notion of satanic ritual abuse — the physical and sexual abuse of people, especially children, as part of a Satanic or occult ritual — has been debunked.
But a study by psychologist Randy Nesbitt found that 93% of the psychologists who had worked with at least one patient alleging ritual abuse, believe that the harm had actually occurred.
Nesbitt is Professor and Director of the Clinical Doctoral Program of California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Los Angeles. He presented his findings at the 40th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Fort Worth, Texas, March 18, 1998. He published a revised version of his conference paper in a monograph, Accessing Dissociated Mental States, and on the website Ritual Abuse Pages.
In atweet on December 4, 2017, Sarah Ruth Ashcraft, a self-described “survivor of ritual abuse, mind control, child porn, and sex trafficking,” risks committing libel in claiming she was sexually abused by Tom Hanks when she was about 13 years old.
In response to other tweeters’ comments, Ashcraft followed her tweet with these:
“I had to be at least 13. This memory isn’t very clear yet so I wasn’t going to talk about it. But I’m not going to stay silent if he’s going to start running his mouth about @realDonaldTrump. He’s just as guilty as the rest.”
“I know many won’t want to see this about him. He’s one of America’s sweethearts. I hesitated even to name him because I figured people would react angrily. I’m surprised to see so many corroborating things are already out there online. I had no idea.”
“I have nothing to say for profit. I am only here to speak my truth and help the world understand what goes on in families like mine. I’m not interested in money or selling the sordid details of my life long abuse.”
According to Wikipedia, Tom Hanks “has donated to many Democratic politicians,” endorsed Barack Obama for President in 2008 and 2012, and endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Hanks was outspoken about his opposition to the 2008 Proposition 8, an amendment to the California constitution that defined marriage as a union only between a man and a woman. Hanks and others raised over US$44 million to campaign against the proposition, in contrast to the supporters’ $39 million, and called supporters of Proposition 8 “un-American”.
In 2012, on the late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hanks made a creepy, 6½-minute skit called “Toddlers and Tiaras”. In the skit, a child actress pretended to be Hanks’ 6-year-old daughter Sophie. Hanks said he had groomed Sophie to be “sexy” since she was 3 months old to compete in the “Sexy Baby – Nevada” beauty pageant.
In September 2016, long before the New York Times‘ exposé of Harvey Weinstein broke the dam on outing Hollywood perverts, Radar Online published a “blind” item on an “A-list superstar” with a “family-man façade” and “children of his own,” who is “an evil monster who has led an extraordinarily twisted double-life,” and is the “kingpin” of a child sex ring that ensnared Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.
Radar claims to have “multiple sources” in “a gut-wrenching, four-year investigation” and that the depraved “A-list superstar” — a household name and revered by millions around the globe — had systematically abused Haim as a young boy, both on-and-off set, in their trailers and at parties attended by “other A-List actors.”
It is interesting that many of the readers’ comments on the blog Jezebel about the Radar blind item named Tom Hanks as the “A-list superstar”. A sample:
“Please don’t let it be Tom Hanks, which was the name that sprung to my mind. I’d die inside.”
“1st thing came to mind.”
“Yep, Tom Hanks was the first person that popped into my mind, as well. I hope it isn’t him.”
“If it is Hanks, I’m going to build a rocket to shoot myself into outer space because I wouldn’t want to be on this world anymore.”
“I had the same exact thought. I would literally be devastated. He is America’s Dad!”
“Good lord, that’s the first name that came to my mind, too! I wonder why he’s setting off so many of our radars. I hope it’s just that he seems the least likely.”
From Daily Mail: Five more women have come forward to accuse Roman Polanski of molesting them when they were children. They women described how the convicted child rapist, now 84, sexually assaulted them in the late 1960s and 70s before he went on the run for the statutory rape of another underage girl. The five new anonymous victims revealed their stories to imetpolanski.com, a new website set up in the wake of multiplying sexual assault accusations against Hollywood figures.
Its founder Matan Uziel shared details of their allegations with The Sun on Tuesday. Among them is one woman who claims Polanski molested her in 1972 or 1973 when she was nine years old. He was around 39. Another claims he ‘squeezed and rubbed’ her genitals in 1976 when she was 15 and he was 43 as they sat a dinner table with her parents and actors Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston in the Alpine Swiss town of Gstaad. ‘Polanski sat on my left side, put his hand on my leg. He then proceeded to touch my genitals and tried to squeeze and rub it with his hand, all that under the table in front of my father’s face,’ she said. It was at Nicholson’s Hollywood home where the director drugged and raped Samantha Geimer in 1977 when he was 13. She added that Gstaad, where Polanski was pictured last month, was a safe haven for pedophiles. ‘Gstaad is a corrupt place. Beautiful but rotten from within.
‘It was and is a sanctuary for well known pedophiles and perverts who want to molest children, far away from any danger, far away from the press. ‘When you pay high taxes and throw your money, they turn a blind eye,’ she said. The new accusations bring the total number of women who have accused Polanski of assault to 10.
Of the new accusers, two say they were attacked by him in 1969, the same year in which his first wife Sharon Tate was murdered by members of the Charles Manson family. It is not clear whether the alleged attacks happened before or after her slaying. The other alleged attack happened in 1976 when the woman was 12. Four other women previously described how Polanski abused them.
They include Marianne Barnard, an artist who says he photographed her nude and then molested her on a beach in Malibu, California, when she was just 10. Her mother arranged the meeting, she said.
German actress Renate Langer claimed on October 3 that she was attacked by him in Gstaad in 1972. Swiss police are investigating her accusation.
She revealed how he attacked her in an interview with The New York Times, admitting that she was too afraid to tell her parents about it at the time.
In August, a woman who identified herself only as Robin M. claimed at a press conference that she was attacked by Polanski when she was 16 in 1973. She said the incident happened in southern California but would not go into further detail. She is not suing him but offered to testify against him to stop his 1978 arrest warrant from being dropped.
Charlotte Lewis, a British actress, also claims to have been assaulted by Polanski. She said he forced himself on her as she auditioned for a role in one of his films in Paris in 1983. By this time, Polanski was already on the run for having raped Geimer six years earlier.
She reported her accusations to police in Los Angeles but not in Paris where the alleged attack took place.
Polanski remains on the run after fleeing the US following his 1977 attack on Geimer. He has been pleading for years to have the 1978 arrest warrant thrown out so that he can return to America.
He fled to France days before he was due to go to court over the attack. At the time, Polanski had reached a deal with prosecutors which meant he would serve a shorter sentence.
These people take themselves way too seriously, as if they are relevant or something.
From Hollywood Reporter: It’s no secret that Hollywood’s not a fan of Donald Trump.
From outspoken condemnations such as Meryl Streep’s infamous Golden Globes speech — in which she criticized Trump’s remarks about a disabled reporter during the 2016 campaign — to director Judd Apatow’s consistent lambasting tweets, criticisms of the president are widespread among the leaders of the entertainment industry.
When asked how his presidency has affected their work and life, those who made the cut for the THR 100 — The Hollywood Reporter’s second annual ranking of the most powerful people in entertainment — had a variety of responses.
Some stayed mum, including Disney CEO Bob Iger (No. 1 on the THR 100), though he notably resigned from Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum June 1 in the wake of Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord signed by nearly every other country. Fox TV Group chairman and co-CEO Dana Walden (No. 16) also skirted the subject of Trump. “I’m not talking about him right now,” she said. “Too depressing.”
Others were much more forthcoming, such as Feud and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy (No. 28). “At least the first hour of every day is dedicated to talking about the writers’ and staffers’ anxieties about the world, vis a vis the Trump administration, and then how are we going to put those anxieties into art,” said the four-time Emmy winner of the atmosphere in his writers room. “That’s new.”
FX Networks CEO John Landgraf (No. 24) didn’t pull any punches as he noted the stress of the last several months. “Trump has made me way more anxious, almost every day. It’s not about politics,” Landgraf said. “It’s about integrity. Judging by his behavior, he is completely amoral, does not believe in the democratic separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution, and recognizes no truth beyond himself — beyond what he needs to be the truth for his own emotional comfort in any given moment. It is scary to me that I have fellow citizens who still think he should be our president.” Some acknowledged the president’s role in revitalizing their work — and deepening its meaning. “Trump is good for the business of escapism,” said Get Out director Jordan Peele (No. 93), while Wonder Woman helmer Patty Jenkins (No. 94) shared a similar, yet slightly more earnest, sentiment: “I think he has put the messages and discussions that I want to have more in focus and pertinent than ever.” Actor/producer Tyler Perry (No. 67) says Trump “reinvigorated my resolve to bring light and laughter and healing to this world,” while Selma and 13th director Ava DuVernay (No. 70) admitted the president has “devastated me in many ways, but each of those ways has made me more determined than before.” Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer (No. 95) has been similarly influenced. “I make a lot of Horatio Alger underdog stories,” said the Imagine Entertainment partner. “So his presence in the White House affects how I do that.”
Nancy Dubuc (No. 44), president and CEO of A+E Networks, took a more measured view: “Our allegiance is to our audience,” she said, adding, “We’re careful to listen and represent diverse points of view and bring forward tough issues through the power of storytelling, when warranted.”
For recently appointed Sony Pictures and Entertainment CEO and chairman Tony Vinciquerra (No. 26), the controversy around Trump has had a positive impact. “Political discourse is at an all-time high everywhere I look,” he said. “Given voter apathy, as evidenced by L.A.’s recent 11 percent mayoral voter turnout, hopefully this political discourse will increase citizen engagement.”
Kevin Beggs (No. 91), chairman of Lionsgate TV Group, echoed Vinciquerra’s respect for open political discourse and public engagement. “What is unfolding in the White House is a powerful reminder that politics matter,” Beggs said. “Complacency is the enemy of democracy and it feels like, after decades of relative disinterest or disgust with the political process, people across the socioeconomic spectrum are paying attention. The surge in news readership and viewership is truly inspiring.”
A few THR 100 honorees had a lighter take on Trump, including NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt (No. 27). “We have one less reality show on our schedule,” the studio exec said, referencing the president’s not-so-distant past as Apprentice host. And Greenblatt wasn’t the only one to bring up the president’s history as a star of the small screen. “I finally watch reality TV full-time when I get home: the news,” said Supergirl and Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti (No. 52).
UTA CEO and managing director Jeremy Zimmer (No. 33) admits that Trump has bolstered his reputation at home. Quipped the top agent, “He has made my kids think that I am highly moral and incredibly smart.”
Tonight is the 89th Academy Awards Show, the penultimate narcissistic display of Hollyweirdos.
Viewership of Hollywood’s annual love fest has been steadily declining. The ratings for last year’s (2016) 88th Academy Award show were the lowest in 8 years — a decrease of 6% from the year before (2015), which had decreased 16% from the year before (2014). (Source: The Daily Lion)
This year, the show promises to be even more unwatchable because participants such as snake-tongue Meryl Streep already said they will misuse the occasion to speak out against Donald Trump, the duly-elected President of the no longer United States of America. So make sure you boycott the show.
Tune your TV to another channel. Surf the net. Read a book. Go out for a walk. Gaze at your navel. Do anything but watch this display of pompous, grossly-overpaid, preening peacocks who pretend for a living, who think they know better and talk down to us — those whom Katie Couric called “the great unwashed”.
If you need a reminder of just how little we have in common with the Hollyweirdos, see these previous FOTM posts:
And if you need a reminder of how intolerant the Left are —
Yesterday, a day before the Academy Awards show, dozens of Trump supporters rallied on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, to defend the president, protect his star on the Walk of Fame, and show their support for the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border. Demonstrators carried signs such as “Mexicans for Trump,” “California for Trump” and “Women for Trump.”
The rally was also, in the words of organizer Matthew Woods, to boycott “many actors and film directors who have an anti-America agenda.”
But the peaceful rally was disrupted by fisticuffs from anti-Trumpers. One anti-Trumper — a woman with heavy makeup and dyed blonde hair — snatched a placard from a Trump supporter and broke it in two. Thankfully, police immediately arrested her.
[wpvideo 3fHKBoDe] FOTM reader Josh is right when he wrote:
“look at what their drones are doing since they lost overt power, the riots, town hall meeting protests, all sorts of idiocy. Now imagine them back in power. If they get back into power after Trump, a police state beyond what Hitler managed is likely as far as I’m concerned.”
Via NY Times: Meryl Streep,in a fiery speech criticizing President Trump on Saturday night, pledged to stand up against “brownshirts and bots” at a time when she and others are increasingly denouncing his administration’s policies and the president himself.
Ms. Streep, in New York City accepting an award from the Human Rights Campaign, referred to the backlash she received after the Golden Globes in January, when she gave a speech denouncing Mr. Trump.
“It’s terrifying to put the target on your forehead, and it sets you up for all sorts of attacks and armies of brownshirts and bots and worse, and the only way you can do it is to feel you have to,” Ms. Streep said. “You have to. You don’t have an option. You have to.” It was not immediately clear to whom Ms. Streep was referring in using the loaded term “brownshirts,” which was originally applied to a paramilitary group that assisted the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.
The speech was an even more stinging rebuke of Mr. Trump than her Golden Globes speech. She seemed to relish a new type of role: Trump provocateur. Although this time, Ms. Streep was without a national television audience. She took a moment to respond directly to Mr. Trump, who called her “overrated” in the midst of a barrage of posts on Twitter the morning after the Golden Globes.
“I am the most overrated, overdecorated and, currently, overberated actress, who likes football, of my generation,” Ms. Streep said. The crowd applauded wildly.
Ms. Streep was receiving the National Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Near the beginning of her acceptance speech, she addressed, initially in a lighthearted way, one of the most controversial parts of her Golden Globes speech.
“I do like football,” Ms. Streep said, to a roar of laughter from the crowd at the Waldorf Astoria. At the Golden Globes, Ms. Streep said, “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. If you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
She received a torrent of criticism, particularly from conservatives, for disparaging the two sports, something she acknowledged in her speech and attempted to clarify what she meant. “It isn’t helpful to make it us versus them,” Ms. Streep said.
Referring to the film producer and director Mike Nichols, she continued, “I was making a joke, and Mike Nichols told me, ‘If you have to explain the joke, Meryl, you’re doomed.’”
Later in the speech, she returned to criticizing Mr. Trump. “If his catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn’t lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank this president for,” Ms. Streep said. “Because he will have woken us up to how fragile freedom really is.”
At one point, Ms. Streep referred to Mr. Trump as a “self-dealer,” and said, “The whip of the executive can through a Twitter feed lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and imagined enemies with spasmodic irregularity and easily provoked predictability.”
Mark Walberg is that rare actor who knows his place.
In an interview with Task & Purpose magazine after the historic 2016 Election, he criticized his fellow actors for speaking out on politics as if they are uniquely qualified and their political opinions are important. He said:
“A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t. You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway. They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills. A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family.”
That got me thinking about why we regard actors as “celebrities”.
The dictionary defines “celebrity” as:
Onewho is widelyknownand of greatpopularinterest.
Fame or popular renown.
Definitions #1 and #2 both pertain to fame, i.e., of being widely known, but definition #2 also includes “popular renown”. The word “renown” means not just fame, but having a widespread reputation of a good kind; being acclaimed or well-regarded.
Therein lies the problem. Actors, many of whom are highly narcissistic, confuse “fame” — being widely known — with “renown”. And so, in their preening narcissism, they imagine themselves to be special people whose opinions, no matter how uneducated or uninformed, merit the public’s special attention and consideration.
In fact, as Wikipedia explains, traditionally, actors were held in low regard and had low status in society. In the Early Middle Ages, actors were often viewed with distrust as immoral, pagan, and dangerous.
All that began to change in 1660 with the performance of Restoration comedies in England, which were notorious for their sexual explicitness. This period saw the introduction of the first professional actresses, and the rise of the first celebrity actors. By the 19th century, the negative reputation of actors was largely reversed, and acting became an honored, popular profession and art. That trend greatly accelerated with the introduction of the first motion picture in 1895 and the subsequent rise of Hollywood in the early 20th century, which transformed and continues to make actors into “stars” and “matinee idols”.
The plain fact is that actors are simply people who make a living by portraying a character in a performance, whether in a theater, film, radio or television. In others words, actors are people who are paid to lie — to pretend they are somebody who they are not. That does not make them specially intelligent or specially knowledgeable on anything beyond acting.
But it must be said that actors who imagine their opinions are important, do so with our complicity.
A recent example is the public’s purchase of Cameron Diaz‘s undoubtedly ghost-written book, The Body Book, in which the actress, too stupid to distinguish her vagina — a sex organ inside a woman’s body — from her pubic mound or mons veneris, advises her female readers to leave their vaginas in their natural hairy state. (See “Stupid Hollyweirdo: Cameron Diaz has a hairy vagina“)
Even worse is when Congress brown-nose “celebrities” by inviting them to testify.
As an example, in 1989, on the basis of her having played a farmer in a movie and despite her lack of any scientific credentials, Meryl Streep was invited to testify before a Senate Labor and Human Resources subcommittee against the alleged carcinogen Alar — a chemical sprayed on Washington red apples to keep them red and firm for storage.
Within weeks of Streep testifying before Congress, Uniroyal, the company that manufactured Alar, withdrew the chemical from the U.S. market, followed by the EPA ordering a ban on the chemical’s sale, distribution and use.
While Alar has been verified as a human carcinogen, lab tests found that for it to be dangerous to human health, one would have to ingest an amount that is the equivalent of drinking over 5,000 gallons of apple juice per day. But by then, the Alar scare had cost Washington apple growers $100 million in lost sales.
You should read actor Jason Isaccs’ vicious tweets after Hillary Clinton, whom he supports, lost the election. Here’s an example: ~Eowyn
It must be their narcissism.
Not known for their formal education or IQ, many Hollyweirdos confuse their acting pretending to be someone else with being well informed and intelligent, and regularly spout off as experts on this subject or another, especially politics.
As examples, Cher — who dropped out of high school at age 16 – called former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer “dumb.”
In 1989, despite her lack of any scientific credentials, Meryl Streep was invited to testify before a Senate Labor and Human Resources subcommittee against the alleged carcinogen Alar — a chemical sprayed on Washington red apples to keep them red and firm for storage.
Within weeks of Streep testifying before Congress, Uniroyal, the company that manufactured Alar, withdrew the chemical from the U.S. market, followed by the EPA ordering a ban on the chemical’s sale, distribution and use. While Alar has been verified as a human carcinogen, lab tests found that for it to be dangerous to human health, one would have to ingest an amount that is the equivalent of drinking over 5,000 gallons of apple juice per day. But by then, the Alar scare had cost Washington apple growers $100 million in lost sales.
Here’s the latest example of a Hollywood airhead.
41-year-old actress Cameron Diaz has a book out, no doubt ghostwritten, titled The Body Book, in which she dispenses beauty and health advice. Here’s an excerpt from the section on “In Praise of Pubes” (as in “pubic”):
I hear that there’s a big fad these days of young women undergoing laser hair removal on all of their lady bits [.…] Personally, I think permanent laser hair removal sounds like a crazy idea. Forever? I know you may think you’ll be wearing the same style of shoes forever and the same style of jeans forever, but you won’t. The idea that vaginas are preferable in a hairless state is a pretty recent phenomenon, and all fads change, people.
Pubes keep the goods private, which can entice a lover to come and take a closer look at what you have to offer. Also, let’s be honest: just like every other part of your body, your labia major is not immune to gravity. Do you really want a hairless vagina for the rest of your life?
It’s a personal decision, but I’m just putting it out there: Consider leaving your vagina fully dressed, ladies. Twenty years from now, you will still want to be presenting it to someone special, and it would be nice to let him or her unwrap it like the gift that it is.
Earth to Cameron Diaz!
Vaginas are hairless!
There’s no hair growing on women’s vaginas, unless you’re some kind of mutant.
What you meant is mons venerisor the pubic mound.
The vagina is a sex organ inside a woman’s body — a fibromuscular elastic tubular tract leading from the opening of the vulva to the cervix, the entrance to the uterus or womb.
Only in Hollywood would you find a 41-year-old woman who thinks her vagina is her pubic mound. ~Eowyn