From the New York Times:
Mary Tyler Moore, whose witty and graceful performances on two top-rated television shows in the 1960s and ’70s helped define a new vision of American womanhood, died on Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. She was 80.
Her family said her death, at Greenwich Hospital, was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia.
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WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!?!?!?
Debbie Reynolds, the Oscar-nominated singer-actress who was the mother of late actress Carrie Fisher, has died at Cedars-Sinai hospital. She was 84.
“She wanted to be with Carrie,” her son Todd Fisher told Variety.
She was taken to the hospital from Carrie Fisher’s Beverly Hills house Wednesday after suffering a stroke, the day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died.
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2016 is officially the year of death, especially for celebrities.
From Rolling Stone:
Carrie Fisher, the iconic actress who portrayed Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, died Tuesday following a massive heart attack last week. She was 60.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” Simon Halls, a spokesperson for Fisher’s family, said in a statement to People.
“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter,” Fisher’s mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, wrote on Facebook. “I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.”
Fisher suffered a heart attack last week aboard a Los Angeles-bound flight 15 minutes prior to landing. A medic onboard performed CPR on the actress until paramedics arrived to take her to UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator.
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From the New York Times:
Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Hungarian actress whose self-parodying glamour and revolving-door marriages to millionaires put a luster of American celebrity on a long but only modestly successful career in movies and television, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was probably 99.
The cause was heart failure, her longtime publicist Edward Lozzi said.
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From ABC News:
Alan Thicke, the actor best-known for his starring role in the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains,” died Tuesday at age 69.
Thicke’s publicist confirmed his death to ABC News. A publicist for Thicke’s son, Robin, said the actor suffered a heart attack in Los Angeles.
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The buzz about The Birth of a Nation, the movie about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion and actor Nate Parker’s project has been active for almost a year since news first broke out about it. People have anticipated a film about a revolt against slavery that was named after another much earlier film that depicted the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. The first movie was released in 1915 was popular among white movie goers showcasing racist stereotypes of African Americans. Despite that, it is still considered an important piece of film history to this day.
But just like the original film, it’s modern incarnation is not without controversy, especially surrounding the producer. Several weeks before its release, past sexual assault allegations have surfaced. Parker, along with his friend and co-author Jean McGianni Celestin while students at Penn State, went to trial for rape accusations, but was ultimately acquitted two years later. Sadly, in 2012 Parker’s accuser committed suicide. And despite news of her death reached Parker, he generally doesn’t seem fazed enough to apologize.
The resurfacing of Parker’s rape accusations has become a side-story whenever Birth of a Nation is discussed, usually praised. Movie fans and critics alike contend that it’s a must see film. For Black Americans, it’s a changing of the norm. There are no white saviors to step in and save black folks and even though it’s another film based on slavery, the slaves rise up against oppression. Why not see it?
Even though Parker’s moral character has come into questioning since news surfaced about his allegations from the past and his current reactions toward them, not all black people are on board with the movie hype. Some expressed anger towards his indifference and victimhood, disappointed that one of their brightest stars is sounding more and more like an unfeeling douche bag unwilling to do anything to tackle the issue responsibly.
But like anyone else, there are black people who blindly support such people, because their art and talents are more prominent than their misdeeds and crimes. Men like Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Mel Gibson, Robert Downy, Jr., Charlie Sheen, former-President Bill Clinton and Presidential-hopeful Donald Trump are still beloved, adored and praised among many people. Their great accomplishments have largely overshadowed their most heinous sins.
Black people are like anyone else. Some of us still show support for icons through thick and thin. We still love Bill Cosby, Mike Tyson, Afrikaa Bambataa, R. Kelly, Chris Brown and even O.J. Simpson. (Well, maybe not quite O.J. Simpson.) Part of that is due to the history, past and contemporary, of racial hoaxes which resulted in the lynching of scores of black men in the South. It’s made many of us suspicious of accusations of violence against black men, especially if the victim and accuser is white. Nate Parker’s victim was reportedly a white female. News about his rape accusation surfaced weeks before the release of the movie. So, many black folks theorize a racist conspiracy against a famous black man who produced an anti-slavery film to bring him down.
But there’s another depressing side to this. Nate Parker was a rising icon among the black community. We saw him an innovator or revolutionary of sorts. Black people see the successes and failures of individual black people as successes and failures of the entire race. When some of us hear of Parker’s rape accusation, we felt disappointed. And his attitude towards it when being interviewed is rubbing salt into the wound. Watching a famous black leader of any kind fall slowly but surely is upsetting and even embarrassing. We fought so hard to smash racial stereotypes about us only to have someone, a famous someone, become that stereotype. And we fear that that individual will make things hard for the rest of us.
Nate Parker is becoming the stereotype we want to erase. His accusation of raping a white woman is bad enough. His responses to it are even worse. Will it be enough to affect the film’s status as a powerhouse or his reputation as a budding producer? Probably. Nevertheless, the culture of toxic masculinity must be addressed. If not, men will continue to get away with murder – in some cases literally – and more women will suffer for the sake of male power.
By Lavern Merriweather:
The backlash from some black artists against the Oscars for – yet again – ignoring the acting contributions of black performers has stirred up another debate about how “Hollywooden” likes to whitewash stories.
Recently, there was the $140 million dollar flop with Christian Bale, Ben Kingsley and John Turturro called “Exodus: Gods and Kings”. Ridley Scott of “Alien” and “Gladiator” fame tried in vain with the explanation he pulled out of his ass as to why he didn’t cast brown and black people. Mr. Scott seems to believe that Negroes and other folks of color aren’t big enough box office draws.
Okay Ridley, then why the fuck did your overblown, over-budgeted little epic fail miserably if that were the case? Plus, he obviously has short term memory loss as white males are completely full of shit.
Call me kooky, but I could have sworn that Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Samuel Jackson, Chris Tucker, Forrest Whittaker and one time powerhouse Eddie Murphy had NO problem getting butts in the seats. Hell, even upstart Chadwick Boseman, who was a stand-out in “42”, the movie about Jackie Robinson, brought in acceptable numbers. A shitload more than that Exodus shit did. And no, Ben as the token melanin man doesn’t qualify. He was there as pure window dressing for the sake of ‘Hollywhite’ to claim how liberal they are while at the same time justifying screwing over actors of color. God Bless America!
Technically, Bale and Scott are both from England. Yet, they have no issue continuing the very arrogant and racist mindset so prevalent in America, which is that white people are more qualified than everybody else at everything, including playing people assumed to be non-white.
Granted, we don’t really know what Moses looked like. However, he did come from a region that is known for dark haired, brown eyed olive to brown-skinned people. Still, Scott made a feeble attempt to defend his bullshit casting by saying that he does know Egyptian people who are blond hair and blue-eyed. Oh pray tell old Ridley boy, where the fuck might these phantom folks come from?
Funny how white people can make declarations like that without offering one shred of proof. Where are these so-called white Egyptians, because even Western media tells us most people from Egypt have darker skin than either you or Bale. Then again, that has become the new buzzword for full-of-it white folks. Hey I am part fill in the blank. Get your Rachel Dolezal having ass out of here! That is such crap as to rival the big pile of shit from the sick dinosaur in the first “Jurassic Park”!
To add more insult to injury, Bale, whom I used to like, whined that it was unfair he be denied – as he put it – an exceptional role, because his skin won’t tan. Hate to break it to you Christian, but ‘Hollyweed’ is notorious for overlooking better, more talented folks in the name of the bottom line.
I find it deliciously laughable at their hypocrisy considering the white people protecting their whites only legacy were singing a much different tune when Idris Elba played a Norse god in “Thor” or when his name was bandied about to play the next James Bond. Angry white bitches came out in droves to protest. You would have thought that the Apocalypse were on us the way they were acting. Never once were they taking into account that white folks use every chance they can to rationalize white folks portraying people of color, real or not.
I just found out that the lady very pale British actress Juliette Binoche played in the movie “33” based on the trapped Chilean miners was, you guessed it, Chilean. In addition to being overweight and having wrinkles, that woman also had skin so brown that she could get mistaken at my family reunion. Yet, that means zero to the ‘Hollywhite’ apologists.
In the picture“21” starring Kevin Spacey, the main protagonist of the story came from Korean born parents and looked extremely Asian. In fact ALL of the people the real tale was about were Asians. Still, the powers-that-be decided it would be smarter to cast pasty white male Jim Sturgess in the lead. It wasn’t. The movie tanked just like “Exodus” did the same way Jack Black playing a Mexican man in “Nacho Libre” or Mike Myers playing an Indian man in “The Love Guru”. They too were box office bombs.
Any time I bring this argument to certain white people, it – of course – falls on deaf ears. It’s perfectly okay if they don’t like Rue from “The Hunger Games” being played by a girl of color or the new Doctor Who possibly being a black male. But if we don’t like them being cast in roles rightfully reserved for a non-white person, well then that is our tough luck.
They are always, and only, the true stars of the planet Earth, and damn if a bunch of inferior, runner-ups will tell them otherwise. Even when their being hired is not only stupid and ludicrous, it is no gateway to guaranteed riches. I could somewhat understand and probably even agree with their point if all the films they condone are unstoppable money making machines. The truth is though that they are often times not. The failure of many of these whitewashed movies prove that their mentality about white actors being an automatic bigger attraction is wrong, not to mention unfair and hypocritical.
There aren’t going to be many black actors stealing parts from Bale. So his complaint makes him sound like a self-absorbed, entitled brat. His slice of the pie is huge compared to everyone else’s, but he wants to bitch because there is a slight chance he won’t recieve a cut of the latest one. How selfish and arrogant of a prick can you be? As big as many of the white entertainers and their fans I suppose.
By Lavern Merriweather:
As much as I can’t stand Tina Fey, I really should be thanking her. She has once again proven my point as to why I have an issue with white folks that cry ‘freedom of speech’ while denouncing political correctness. They are the most hypocritical and two-faced assholes on planet Earth.
Tina recently boasted that this nation has become too apologetic. So she plans to opt out of it. She says that, because she took a lot of heat for an episode of a Netflix TV show which she writes and produces. In the show Jane Krakowski, who is a white woman, decides to forgo her Native American heritage at the urging of friends and family. As one can imagine, many Native groups are up in arms about this. Yet Tina feels that her entitled privilege shields her from such criticism. She would rather be a stuck-up arrogant asshole than a real human being.
Funny considering she is the very SAME woman that almost got black comedian Tracy Morgan fired from her other show “30 Rock”. Seems little Miss Tina didn’t like the comments Tracy made about what he would do if he found out that his son were gay. Although what Tracy said was disturbing and somewhat creepy, that still doesn’t give her the right to attack him for his comments when she doesn’t have to play by her own rules. She demanded that he apologize. But once someone is insulted by what she puts out there, they can kiss her snotty white behind.
On top of her hypocrisy is her hypocrisy drenched in racism. Tina stayed silent when fellow co-star of Rock Alec Baldwin also made an exceedingly bigoted and offensive comment about a gay entertainment writer. I understand and agree that Alec had a right to be pissed, because the guy went after his wife with a story that was completely fabricated. However, the same white folk brigade defending gay folks from Negroes is forever quiet when the vitriol comes from the mouth of a famous white male. Tina didn’t utter a damn peep about Alec needing to say sorry to gay folks, nor did she write an open letter about how important a resource the gay people on staff were. That diatribe was reserved solely for the black man as is much of the vilifying from white people in the media who supposedly love gays so much only to continue to affirm that what they truly love is being racist rotten asswipes. Which is exactly what Tina is,
It’s no surprise that the Fake Noise types on Laura Ingraham’s Facebook page were cheering on phony Fey. They were saying ‘good for her’, oblivious to the fact that she cried foul when she didn’t appreciate what was stated by Tracy Morgan, just more evidence that many white folks like to preach one thing while they practice another. What they really mean by ‘freedom of speech’ is anything spoken that doesn’t offend my bigoted, selective, huckster ass. Fey like that other insufferable, woefully unfunny heffa Amy Poehler love to bemoan sexism and homophobia all while happily enjoying their lily colored privilege.
Author Neil Gaiman, who is a favorite of mine and wrote the hit best-seller “Coraline” which became a hit movie, said something great and profound. He stated, and I agree, that if you replace the words political correctness with respecting people then that conversation would change drastically. I tried it myself and he’s absolutely right, particularly when it comes to those folks who praise the notion that everyone’s feelings but theirs are fair game, especially Fey, who really had nothing more propelling her career than her Sarah Palin shtick which has gotten old and tiresome.
If those who bitch about freedom of speech want to have distinctions that benefit them alone, then they should say that from Jump Street, instead of falsely implying that they are speaking on behalf of everyone. The worst part of their selective ideas about freedom of speech are the Negroes that never hold their feet to the carpet regardless of how blatant white people have been allowed for decades to get away with being so absolutely full of shit. While in the meantime POC’s, are expected to just shrug their shoulders and mutter “the ways of white folks” as if this were still 1922, and the world was one big never-ending live action minstrel show.
I say damn that. Neither Fey nor any other white person can think that the very guidelines they set forth should be diverted for their one edification. And no Tina, being a second class citizen yourself doesn’t absolve you of your involvement in degrading of non-white folks. If anything, she of all people should understand why those at the bottom feel so insulted. However, she obviously prefers to let her skin advantage do all the talking.
The bullying “do as I say not as I do” mindset of racist white people, even hipster racists, should no longer be tolerated. Since they don’t like us people of color defending ourselves, stop saying disrespectful shit to make us angry. Either stand by what you say and be consistent, or shut the fuck up and leave us alone.
By Lavern Merriweather:
David Spade is not one of my favorite people. His smarmy, bratty, jealous, annoying banter coupled with a ‘too cool for school’ attitude makes me find him thoroughly unlikable, as does his being yet another hopelessly hipster racist asswipe.
In his new memoir titled “Almost Interesting” (more like “Almost Semi-Famous For Being a Complete Douche), he whines like a 6 year-old about his supposed feud with fellow SNL alum Eddie Murphy. In the book, Spade talks of making a rather snide joke at Eddie’s expense and him being angry about it. The joke was Spade showing a picture of Eddie, then saying “look kids, a falling star. Make a wish”. Afterwards, he said that Eddie left a profanity laced message telling him what’s what, that he was a major component of the show once upon a time and that he didn’t appreciate them allowing him to be fodder.
I have to agree 100% with Eddie. He basically saved that horrible piece of humongous cow dung, and this is the thanks he gets? The powers that be on SNL treated Eddie like crap when he first joined the show, yet had the nerve of nerve to use reruns for two years of him on the show when he had already left. Spade claimed that he wanted to call Murphy to smooth things over, because he felt bad for upsetting Eddie like that.
Spade says that he then got so-called friend and cast member Chris Rock involved. I guess his go-to black liaison or something. In any case, what the hell! So because this snot-nosed, woefully unfunny little prick gets Eddie pissed off, it’s up to Chris to do some black-speak damage control? Not only does that sound like Spade is a complete punkass but a pathetic racist dickbag to boot. If he wanted to say something to Eddie man to man, then be a MAN and step to him on your own, instead of recreating some cheesy, insulting, ridiculous ripoff of the “Airplane” movie scene. (The one where former “Beaver” mom Barbara Billingsley informs the white female stewardess that she speaks jive so she can translate to the black male passenger who is sick what is being said.) As offensive as some folks found that part, it was still just a film not real life.
Apparently that asshole Spade truly believes that he needs a ‘Negro dialect coach’ to do all his talking for him. I just don’t get why he felt the incessant need to get Chris Rock on board. I mean seriously, it’s your mess David. Clean it up on your own. Or perhaps he actually believed house nigger Rock when he joked that it might not be very safe to confront Murphy face to face because they were going to be an the same event at the same time. Oh hardy, har, har. Goofy-ass Rock really needs to sit his stupid, tired, worthless ass down somewhere! Honestly, between the two, I don’t know who the bigger cuntbag is in this situation. My money is on Spade, who has since used his promotion of the book tour as a chance to squeal in agony about how terrified he was of the big scary black male.
While Eddie has probably long since moved on from this, Spade wants to rehash old mess to make himself relevant and hopefully get book sales. He obviously can’t do it without whining like a little bitch about Eddie, otherwise he wouldn’t keep mentioning it. There were several wiseasses on a website criticizing Eddie for having too big an ego and saying he has made some clunkers. So he has no reason to be mad. That may very well be the case, but those people should remember that Spade is the one who starred in such gems as “Joe Dirt”, “Dickie Roberts: Child Star”, “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep”. Not exactly Oscar worthy caliber films. Hell, I wouldn’t even rent any of that shit for 50 cents on Netflix.
Bottom line, Spade is not one to talk about the failings of somebody else’s movie career, especially someone that singlehandedly brought his old TV show from the brink of cancellation. However, what strikes me is the way Spade is expecting sympathy, because some overly arrogant Negro didn’t roll over and beg when he took a cheap shot at him. Eddie was wrong when he exclaimed in his 80’s hit “48 Hours” that a n*gger with a badge was a white guy’s worst nightmare. It seems that being a Negro with more talent, money and prestige really is.