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Category Archives: Pop Culture
America’s most famous gay couple share a rap about how they met and became “roommates” to the melody of Will Smith’s theme song The Prince of Bel Air. It was too cute not to share for all of you fans of Sesame Street.
What is old is new again; first it was announced that Will & Grace would return to NBC then ABC said it was bringing back its popular show Roseanne. Now Netflix has revived the Bravo TV series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but this time with a new cast and in a new city.
Moving from the more politically progressive northeast this new cast will be based in Atlanta and roam Dixie. The new Fab Five includes Bobby Berk as the show’s design expert; Karamo Brown will be the cast’s cultural attache (so to speak); Antoni Porowski will manage all things related to food and wine; Jonathan Van Ness is responsible for personal grooming; and Tan France will lead the charge in the fashion department.
The Netflix teaser that dropped earlier this week opens with the lines, “The original show was fighting for tolerance. Our fight is for acceptance.” I’m not sure I really agree with that but you get the gist of this light-hearted formulaic series that will try to make America a little more accepting (and hopefully more polite) – one makeover at a time.
Check’em out on Netflix here: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Against the backdrop of allegations from women ranging from Hollywood to the US Congress and virtually everywhere in between, sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace in particular has galvanized women (and men) to speak up this year in a way I’ve not seen since the Clarence Thomas hearings in the early 1990s.
Harvey Weinstein, US Rep John Conyers, US Sen Al Franken, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, President Trump and more have all been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment as have many others, and TIME’s decision to talk about this is genius. By shining the spotlight on a topic that is more often whispered about, I hope this encourages more people to step forward, and share their story.
Let me put this year’s TIME Person of the Year cover in perspective….
“I moved on her like a bitch… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” — Donald J. Trump
Who knows. Perhaps TIME Magazine really did reach out (as Donald Trump claimed last week) about an interview for this year’s Person of the Year cover. He’s an excellent example of why / how sexual harassment exists and is excused.
You can read the full article on TIME at The Silence Breakers.
According to last week’s report from Media Matters, advertising revenue from September 2017 plummeted at Fox News. While a certain drop off is to be expected when you consider that last fall the country was embroiled in a very divisive national election, the numbers shared are still jaw-dropping – especially in relation to what Fox News competitors (CNN and MSNBC) show.
Media Matters speculates that this is in large part attributable to Hannity’s growing advertiser losses since his problems with advertisers leaving his show has been well documented. As companies become more focused on digital advertising and more protective of their brand, strongly partisan shows that play into conspiracy theories become less appealing. Ultimately it is bad for business.
Sean Hannity’s problems with advertisers mirrors Fox News
However, it is important to note (this wasn’t part of the Media Matters article) that Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity regularly have the highest ratings among the cable news networks so for those who would like to see these shows pulled it isn’t likely anytime soon.
Ultimately, I’d like to see all the cable networks stop being so slanted and move away from having panels with people shouting over each other but that’s probably never going to happen so I’ll just have to gloat be content with declining advertising revenues for the Murdoch family.