#hollywood

7999 billboards ok in LA. One deemed distracting

Pathetic. ‘Hollywood’ has adorned the LA hillside for decades but somehow ‘Trump’ is deemed distracting for drivers. On the plus side, it is free advertising to further make the claim that intolerant liberals don’t believe in free speech.

Oscars to go “full woke” in 2024

If Hollywood wasn’t cringeworthy enough at the best of times, the Oscars will require films meet two out of four inclusivity and diversity standards to be eligible for Best Picture from 2024.

Never mind that it is an industry which infamously turned a blind eye to serial sexual assault offenders because it suited their careers to say nothing for decades. Now it will all be about telling us how we should look at their efforts to combat systemic liberal privilege. 

In order to be able to be selected for best picture category producers must prove diversity and equitable representation on screen and off, addressing gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability.

Will that mean that movie makers may have to select actors that are less than suitable for a role just to hit woke targets as opposed to ability? Is that what movie goers pay for? These social justice warriors should be careful for what they wish for. Here are some examples.

Political correctness seems to dominate Hollywood of late. Whether complaints that not enough actors of colour were represented in Dunkirk or JK Rowling copping flak from LGBT activists because Albus Dumbledore wasn’t openly gay enough in the Fantastic Beasts film. 

The ratings for the Oscars has plummeted over 40% over the last 5 years. The same goes for the Emmys and Golden Globes. People are tired of listening to the most out-of-touch people on the planet. 

Halle Berry came out with some ridiculous comment about rejecting a role on the basis of transgender appropriation. Isn’t the whole point of acting to pretend?

Erasing history is another game Hollywood frequently plays. American pride soared with the iconic planting of the flag on the moon. In ‘First Man’ that scene was omitted. Wasn’t that the point of the movie? To celebrate American excellence?

Comedy is a forte too. One of the Golden Globe MCs stated a few years back that, “The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.” We challenged Hollywood – would they dare say “The only black people that thank Mohammed are Democrats and ex-crackheads”? After all it’s just comedy, right? Of course they are the very racists they condemn.

Or crass. Sarah Oh said at the Golden Globes, “Break out the tissues because you’re going to want to masturbate to all of them” when referring to the upcoming nominees.

Only Ricky Gervais has ever said anything of value about celebrities in his monologue this year. 

At the Golden Globes, celebrities changed the menu to vegan to combat climate change as these same people arrived in individual limousines after returning from their lavish vacation islands on private jets. Joachim Phoenix promised us he would wear one tuxedo for the entire awards season. The selfless sacrifice! Who wouldn’t be inspired especially his speech which included, “We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. Then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.”

Many movies which have attempted to go woke have pretty much all flopped at the box office. Elizabeth Banks, producer of the remake of Charlie’s Angels, said,

Look, people have to buy tickets to this movie, too. This movie has to make money. If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”

In Hollywoke it is clearly the audience’s fault for not watching rather than the unappealing content. 

Cinema attendance in the domestic US market is back at 1993 levels. In the 1990s Hollywood made 400-500 films annually. It now pumps out more than 700. The average revenue per film continues to head south. The strategy seems to throw more at audiences and hope it sticks. Are the movies the industry rates itself on actually reflected in the box office?  Out of touch with the audience?

It is interesting that $100m box offices were a cert for an Oscar Best Picture award til 2004 after which it has been hit and miss since. 10 films in the last 15 Best Pictures have failed to breach $75mn.  

So instead of Hollywood being so preoccupied with espousing politics, perhaps it should look to the audience it ‘preaches’ to and starts ‘reaching’ them. We are quite sure that telling them they should accept a black lesbian as Hitler in a remake of The Bunker will draw them to the flicks. 

BLM asks Hollywood to strike over Jacob Blake

BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors has requested that Hollywood join the strikes surrounding the police shooting of Jacob Blake. She said,

I think it’s time for talent, writers, executives, the guild and SAG to show up for Black lives as well…Join this strike. Now is the time and our movement is really looking to unions to step in in a particular way and say ‘We’re going to hold back on allowing for the exploitation and the degradation of Black communities to continue under our watch.’ I think Hollywood can really show up in this moment.

Who better to have join a cause than the world’s biggest hypocrites? The very people who turned a blind eye to the antics of Harvey Weinstein for the betterment of their own careers over decades. The same people who lectured mothers who drive their kids to sports practice in second-hand SUVs over climate change before they headed to their third homes via private jet. The same people who went vegan at the awards ceremony for sustainability.

The irony is that Cullors somehow believes that mainstream Americans will get chills down their spines if Hollywood makes threats to strike and cringeworthy videos from their gated 20 bedroom mansions. Has she not seen the audience figures or MLB, NBA, NFL, NLS etc?

Let’s not forget who Jacob Blake is. A man who had an outstanding arrest warrant for violating a restraining order stemming from an alleged sexual assault.

The Kenosha police union claimed that Blake was armed with a knife at the time of the shooting — and had put one cop in a headlock and shrugged off two Taser attempts while resisting arrest.

Prior to this warrant, Blake was charged with brandishing a firearm in a bar while drunk, concealed carry of a firearm in a public building, battery, assault and domestic violence.

No matter one’s view on the use of ‘excessive force’ or not, it is not hard to imagine that Blake wouldn’t have been shot or end up paralyzed if he’d obeyed the instructions of the police. Period.

Still it wouldn’t surprise us if Hollywood rushes to the defence of such an outstanding member of society. It would be utterly consistent with all of the other hypocrisy and out-of-touch actions that define so many of them.

As for BLM, the organization’s reprehensible double standards are self-evident. When children were being murdered in Chicago, Cullors was utterly silent.

Stench beneath her wings

All class. We welcome Better Midler’s free speech as it only amplifies her out-of-touch Hollywood elitist beliefs which pander to the mob.

Bette Midler is renowned for her Twitter bile.

She proudly made a reference to wishing the death of one of the surviving Koch brothers. It was so bad even the princess of faux outrage, Alyssa Milano, condemned her comments.

Midler also took a stab at law abiding NRA members saying “how many” had they killed today? To which someone called her out for her support of abortion.

So nice that she seeks to smear the First Lady who speaks 4 more languages than Midler. If she’s going to slap someone for whom English is a second language, maybe she should extend her bigotry toward picking on the pronunciation of the minority waitress at her local Hollywood cafe.

Bitter Midler.

Alyssa Milano is a gift that keeps giving

Actress Alyssa Milano can’t stop outdoing herself in the hypocrisy stakes.

This time she took to demanding the Washington Redskins ditch the name because of offence it causes Native communities.

Never mind that Milano lent her name to “Touch by Alyssa Milano” which includes photos of her wearing Washington Redskins shirts.

If only she knew that a in May 2016, the heavily left-leaning WaPo released a poll targeted at self-identified Native Americans which produced the same results as the Annenberg poll of 2004. That is over 90% of the respondents were “not bothered” by the Redskins name.

For more links to Milano’s hypocrisy, please see the following link.

Happy Friday.

You can’t make this stuff up

Really? Aren’t conservatives merely calling out left wing celebrities for their own blatant hypocrisy? Yet the media can’t help but cry that they are being victimized and targeted. Newsweek’s liberal tears about “weaponizing cancel culture” can be found here.

As conservative Charlie Kirk pointed out in a tweet,

“Has anyone noticed—everyone who has been caught in blackface is a leftist:

—Ralph Northam

—Jimmy Kimmel

—Jimmy Fallon

—Howard Stern

—Joy Behar

—Sarah Silverman

—Ted Danson

—Gigi Hadid

—Julianne Hough

—Billy Crystal

—Justin Trudeau

Maybe Republicans aren’t the problem here?”

That is the ultimate irony of the left. It is only too happy to cancel everyone else. Yet when it comes to their own side, somehow they are unfairly treated.

Actor, James Woods tweeted about Kimmel’s apology with,

I have long been reluctant to address this, as I knew doing so would be celebrated as a victory by those who equate apologies with weakness.” // So another leftist essentially uses his “apology” as an attack on others. Just own it, you unabashed racist.

Now Tina Fey wants episodes of “30 Rock” where she starred with black face to be removed.

Don’t we all love to get sanctimonious lectures from hypocrites?

Media Hijacks the #GeorgeFloyd Protests to Fan the Flames of Sedition

No one should be seeking to exploit the loss of George Floyd at the hands of inexcusable police brutality. Sadly, the #GeorgeFloyd demonstrations have been brazenly hijacked by a growing number of anarchists assisted by willing accomplices in the media to fan the flames of sedition. As Hillary Clinton said, “never let a good crisis go to waste!

Let’s not forget that the majority of Americans were united against what transpired. Yet the first thing the press seized on was to promote the idea of division.

Yes, in certain pockets of society systemic racism exists in America. It shouldn’t but it does. No amount of kneeling or social media virtue signaling can convince those who have hate in their hearts to change. Burning down buildings only hardens their beliefs.

We found a curious documentary several years ago about Daryl Davis, a black man who befriended the KKK. Davis found that listening to them was all that was required. He has caused many to hand in their robes. There is reason why god gave us two ears and one mouth – so we listen more and talk less. We encourage you to watch the full episode. It is eye opening.

Unfortunately, as we pointed out a few days ago, the statistics simply do not bear a deepening rift in race relations to be the case.

We also note the benevolent actions of so many citizens during the crisis who have flatly rejected the doctored sentiment preached by the journalistic corps. Armed militia have felt compelled to guard stores across the country to prevent more livelihoods succumbing to senseless acts of sponsored depravity in their neighbourhoods. Desiree Barnes tore strips off looters in New York for the damage done to her community by those who haven’t the first clue what impact their actions have had. 

We see these as more accurate representations of the mood of the majority of average Americans than mindless clickbait journalists and Twitterati deliberately try to ignore.

Economist and social theorist, Thomas Sowell once said,

Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.”

We posted a video of Washington DC resident Nestride Yumga who took on hundreds of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors for rank hypocrisy because they don’t attempt to raise awareness for the 191 homicides in Chicago so far this year.

We noted that BLM have been silent over the death of  77yo African American David Dorn, a retired Louisville Police captain, was killed by a rioter defending a pawnshop over a TV.

David McAtee was a 53-year-old African American man known for providing free meals to police officers who stopped by his restaurant was killed in a shoot out he was not a part of. Where was BLM?

Yet BLM activists have been happy to target white liberals putting black squares on their social media avatars.

FNF Media is no fan of slacktivism, the idea that moral preening on social media is enough to make one worthy. In the end, the cause ends up all about themselves – upping evidence of keyboard commitment to ensure acceptance. Still BLM focused anger at the overuse of their hashtag, not the actual problems of people dying in cold blood.

Many more police officers of all races have been injured, shot and several killed during the violence. Americans are appalled. Violence IS the problem.

Almost everything in the mainstream media (MSM) has become sensationalism writ large. When clickbait driven advertising revenues are at stake and an opportunity to knock off the very head that fuels their derangement, objectivity be damned.

Peaceful demonstrations to raise awareness about corrupt cops and the problems created by centuries of systemic racism are enshrined in the constitution. Trump openly stated he wants to protect 1A. Yet CNN’s Don Lemon had the nerve to call Trump’s actions the path to a “dictatorship.” His colleagues on the scene spoke of “mostly peaceful protests” as one stood in front of a building which was engulfed in 40ft high flames and another dodging bottles hurled at him.

The MSM went out of its way to talk about peaceful demonstrators being brutally suppressed by vindictive law enforcement officers. Innocent protestors have become unfortunate collateral damage in too many cases, mostly due to the proximity of the rioters to them.

Perhaps keyboard warriors might propose what the police should do in order to maintain order? Should law enforcement ask each protestor if they intend to commit acts of theft, violence or assault? It is just not an option when rioters are exacerbating the protestors’ suffering in the same areas. The rioters couldn’t give a damn about George Floyd. That is self-evident.

Think through the logic of those who have spent a lifetime building a business. If Trump says he wants to overwhelm vandals who have no qualms destroying their innocent livelihoods with a bigger show of force where do you think the public sympathy will lie? The promise to follow up with harsh sentencing via the brainless uploading of their crimes to social media feeds will only win more support,

Then we had sanctimonious celebrities spewing hypocrisy behind gated mansions with armed rent-a-cops who would shoot rioters on a whim if they were threatened. Hollywood only proved Ricky Gervais 100% correct.

The Left has demanded Trump reason with the rioters. How would appeasement tactics work with a group who utterly despise him? Had he played defence it would have given the mob a free license to push the crisis into overdrive which is exactly what they crave. After all, the ends justify the means. 

The media relished the chance to tag Trump as a coward, claiming he had fled to his bunker. Such calls are made solely at the discretion of the Secret Service, the people paid to protect him. This is exactly why he staged the walk across Lafayette Square ahead of his security team and pose in front of St. Johns Church to debunk that narrative.

Yet journalists devoted more outrage over this action to clear a path to the house of worship than the very acts of the rioters who unsuccessfully tried to burn it to the ground a day earlier. Priorities.

The media repeatedly pushed lies about tear gas being used on those peaceful protestors outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Never mind that the US Park Police went on record to deny that accusations and state they had been attacked with projectiles “including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids” and “found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats and metal poles hidden along the street.” Must be the same peaceful protestors CNN has talked about.

Trump has only one real option – play offense. Which he is doing. Most Americans want an end to seeing footage of police in Buffalo being callously run down by speeding rioters or other cops being shot and filmed as they bleed out. They want law and order restored and the longer it goes the more angry they will get at authorities sitting doing nothing when they were only too happy to issue citations for violating stay at home orders.

Yet it doesn’t matter what Trump does. Even if he delivered the very script the MSM wrote for him, they’d find fault.

We could go on and on.

We should all condemn all violence and vigorously defend the right to free speech. What we are seeing is activists pushing for more of the former and less of the latter. That should tell us much.

We think these riots have solidified Trump’s chances for re-election. Fewer Americans want to be associated with groups that openly embrace thuggery and looting as fair game.

Lived experience through the past two weeks of violence and the past three months of lockdown are enough evidence to prove that Americans are growing tired of anarchy and totalitarianism. There is only one candidate who openly stands against it – Trump.

Two other things we’ve learnt.

The picture at the top depicts yet more sanctimonious hijacking of the George Floyd tragedy by protestors in Sydney (and many other countries). Despite facts borne out of a Royal Commission that aboriginal deaths in custody were no different to any other demographic, woke mobs think killing cops is something to boast about.

The only other thing we’ve learnt is that ignoring social distancing doesn’t seem to be a problem either.

Let’s hope this senseless violence is quelled and cooler heads prevail.

Joe Biden is Joe Biden

Nancy Pelosi unsurprisingly endorsed Joe Biden and was only too pleased to show her happiness. How quick the Democrats were to run with the “believe all women” argument during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. All of a sudden, due process matters. Believe all women? Only when it serves one’s political interests.

Joe Biden is Joe Biden.” What else matters?

Babylon Bee decided to pre-empt Pelosi’s little presser by publishing the following parody.

Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden was cleared in federal court today of charges that some claimed were based upon credible allegations of sexual assault when the judge quickly realized that Joe Biden was not a Republican.

“Well, this looks pretty serious… let’s see who is on—wait a minute. He’s a Democrat! I can find no fault with him,” declared a fourth circuit federal judge hearing preliminary claims.

“It is well established in this court that Republicans are the ones who want to silence women and control their bodies. Haven’t you seen The Handmaid’s Tale?” the judge further added before banging down the gavel.”

“This is a victory for the judicial standard in our country of assuming the accused are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,” stated Alyssa Milano. “We always need to maintain this standard of maintaining silence and withholding judgment on such cases when it is convenient and maintains our narratives.”

Yesterday, Alyssa Milano actually wrote a piece where she said that she supported Joe Biden despite believing in the allegations, mixed in with a dig at the white patriarchy. She wrote,

It falls upon women to navigate within the system of men’s design to make pragmatic choices that we hope will lead us to a more equal future. I still support Joe Biden because I believe that’s the best choice for that future, and again it is not up to women to absolve perpetrators. How do progressive women choose between the pussy grabber in chief who has done so much damage to our country and a man who has allegations made against him?…

…The allegations against Joe Biden concern me, deeply. He’s a man I know, respect, and admire, and who I can’t picture doing any of the things of which he’s accused. But I’ve thought that before, and been wrong. And sexual assault is always wrong.

So much for the #METOO movement she led. How happy she was to sit with a face of thunder during the Kavanaugh hearings. Then again hypocrisy and Hollywood go hand in hand.

Who could forget when Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star was vandalized and then removed?

“The resolution on which the West Hollywood City Council voted urged the removal of Mr. Trump’s star “due to his disturbing treatment of women and other actions that do not meet the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state, and country.

Yet the response of Hollywood to now convicted rapist Bill Cosby was,

“In response, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce released a statement politely asking fans not to deface anyone’s stars, no matter how many rapes they may be accused of: “When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways. 

Except if they are Republicans.

Ricky Gervais’ thoughts on The Oscars

Ricky Oscar

Ricky Gervais true to form in forecasting the hypocrisy that will emanate from the 2020 Oscars.

Hollywood has really lurched towards the “woke” genre. Sadly, audiences have little appetite.

Some notable flops in 2019 were:

“What Men Want”

The gender-swap comedy scored $54 million at the U.S. box office. Taraji Henson replaced  Mel Gibson, playing a character who can read what men think. The “What Women Want” comedy of 19 years ago racked up $182 million at the domestic box office.

“Book Smart”

Arguably the most progressive comedy ever made – looking at empowerment, virtue signalling and feminism. It only managed a $22 million haul.

“Long Shot”

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron mock Republicans and embrace social justice. Audiences avoided it –  $30 million.

“Charlie’s Angels”

Elizabeth Banks, an actress-turned-director told reporters her movie would strike a blow against the patriarchy. Banks said, “Look, people have to buy tickets to this movie, too. This movie has to make money. If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”

Tanked with an opening of $8.6 million in the US.

“Late Night”

The movie feminizes the already left-leaning Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” – $15 million box office.

“Terminator: Dark Fate”

Box office grosses for the franchise have been in free fall as it goes down the woke route. Arnie is no longer there to rattle off corny one-liners.

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It should appear to Hollywood that movies about real-life stories are the ones that seem to resonate most with audiences – Titanic, The King’s Speech, Argo and A Beautiful Mind. These 4 films grossed $1.04 billion at the box office. It has been 12 years since Hollywood has had a fictional film it chose for itself beat the worst of the 4 movies based off real stories in ticket sales. It has been 15 years since having a proper blockbuster like Lord of the Rings which is arguably pure fantasy and extends to child audiences.

Films are of course subjective. One film one person may enjoy, others may not share the same view. It is interesting though that $100m box offices were a cert for an Oscar Best Picture award til 2004 after which it has been hit and miss since. 9 films in the last 13 have failed to breach $75mn. So instead of Hollywood being so preoccupied with espousing politics, perhaps it should look to the audience it ‘preaches’ to and starts ‘reaching’ them instead.

Liberals apologise to Iran

Brittany M Hughes unloads both barrels on liberal celebrities who apologized to Iran on behalf of America over the assassination of Qassem Soleimani.