Category Archives: Pop Culture

TIME Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers

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.

Men in kilts

colin farrellColin Farrell shows us all how to curtsy while wearing a kilt.

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Fox News ad revenue nose-dive

In full disclosure the information below comes from Media Matters, a progressive media watchdog so be mindful the source I’m quoting.

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. Fox News advertising revenue

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.

Will & Grace

Must See TV, megan mullally, gays rule, will and grace, will & grace, karen walkerGuess what I’ll be watching tonight at 9PM ET on NBC?

Michelle Obama to appear on Will & Grace

pinkInTouch Weekly is reporting that former First Lady Michelle Obama will guest star in the reboot of NBC’s Will & Grace, set to premiere this fall. They write:

“Former first lady Michelle Obama will appear on the show,” the insider reveals. “The details are still being worked out, but supposedly Michelle is up for anything, as long as it doesn’t cross the line too much.”

To that I have to say, cross the line Michelle, cross the line. You will certainly be a welcome site for me. If you want to learn more you can read the original report on InTouch Weekly’s website here.

Will Silver Foxes be the new Golden Girls

Silver FoxesRumors continue to swirl about updating the popular 1980s television sitcom, The Golden Girls, making it about four gay men living together in Palm Springs, CA. The concept even has a name, Silver Foxes, and according to news reports recently had a table reading at Stan Zimmerman’s house (who was one of the show’s writers back in 1985-1986), which was photographed and posted on Instagram earlier this summer (see below).

As much as I love the idea  there remain a lot of barriers to this becoming a reality, but I do love thinking about this. Who would you cast in these new roles? Here’s my thoughts:

Dorothy  —–> Ian McKellan
Blanche —–> George Takei
Rose —–> Nathan Lane
Sophia —–> David Hyde Pierce

 You can read more about this here.

Amy Schumer filming in South End on Monday

filming in the south endThose movie tax credits continue to pay dividends locally. Starting Monday, August 7th, Amy Schumer is set to start filming in the South End for her upcoming comedy, “I Feel Pretty”.  Residents have already received notices that the movie shoot will take over Tremont Street between Union Park and West Brookline Street (so if you’re driving avoid that section of Tremont). The production will also return to Boston on August 18th to film additional scenes at a store located on Union Park Street. My guess would be the new Walden Local Butcher shop that is yet to open and currently an empty space – ideal for a shoot (but that is only a guess).

“I Feel Pretty” is about a woman who starts acting extremely confident after suffering a head injury. Model Emily Ratajkowski and actress Michelle Williams, join Schumer in the movie that is expected to be released next summer.