Hollywood

Profiles in Liberal Condescension

Featured image Ironically, once upon a time liberals loved Winston Churchill, while many conservatives didn’t much care for him. Go back to the 1950s and you’ll see encomia to Churchill from Arthur Schlesinger and Isaiah Berlin (among others), and let’s not forget how much John F. Kennedy loved Churchill, and was disappointed he couldn’t lure Churchill to the White House on Churchill’s last visit to the U.S. in 1961. Meanwhile, many conservatives »

Today in Sexual Harassment

Featured image I didn’t think the morning news that Melissa Gilbert has accused Oliver Stone of sexual harassment way back in 1991 (I’d kinda forgotten who Melissa Gilbert is, and Oliver Stone is best forgotten on general principle), but then I saw the news that came out later that Pixar’s major creative force, John Lasseter, is “taking a leave” from the animation powerhouse because of the usual problem: John Lasseter, the head »

The Liberal Cult in Action

Featured image No sooner do I note yesterday that GQ magazine has consistently disgraced itself with its choice of cover honorees (culminating in naming Colin Kaepernick its “Citizen of the Year”) than Marie Claire decided to say “Hold my beer” and offer up this tweet: Now, I do not follow Taylor Swift at all, and couldn’t pick one of her tunes out of a police lineup. But I know that she is »

Kevin Spacey: A modest proposal

Featured image Kevin Spacey will be excised from the movie All the Money in the World. The film, in which Spacey was to play J.Paul Getty, has already been shot. But due to multiple allegations of sexual assault against him, Spacey’s scenes, of which there surely are plenty, will be reshot with Christopher Plummer in the Getty role. I understand the decison, but does it go far enough? I think Hollywood should »

Tomorrow in Liberal Sexual Harassment?

Featured image Oh no! Now it is reported that actor Jeffrey Tambor is being investigated for sexual harassment. Say it ain’t so! Tambor is one of my favorite comic actors. This comes on top of more news about a number of lesser Hollywood producers and directors, like Jimmy Toback (whom I’ve never heard of), who are suddenly under a cloud. Will there be anyone left to attend the Academy Awards next spring? There »

Today in Liberal Sexual Harassment

Featured image I suppose it was inevitable that the Great Liberal Sexual Harassment Purge would snare the Very Rev. Jesse Jackson: After Jackson’s riveting and inspiring speech about the responsibility of black journalists, we all lined up to take a photo with him. One by one, we stepped up, shared a few words and thank-yous with Jackson, snapped photos and went back to our desks. Simple enough, right? I walked toward Jackson, »

America’s Cultural Divide in One Sentence

Featured image The Los Angeles Times has an article today about the damage feminist attorney Lisa Bloom (Gloria Allred’s daughter) has inflicted upon herself by representing Harvey Weinstein until it became impossible to do so. Not necessary to read the whole thing, but in the middle there appears the most perfect sentence ever to convey the cultural divide in America: Yet even as Bloom was still coming to terms with the events »

What, No Harvey Weinstein?!

Featured image We have made it through the entire day without a post relating to the Harvey Weinstein/Hollywood/Democratic Party scandal. That is much too long. So let’s lead off with a Michael Ramirez cartoon. Click to enlarge: We should never lose sight of how tightly connected Weinstein is to the Democratic Party, not only through his contributions but on account of the liberal bent of the industry that he dominated. Nor should »

Harvey Weinstein: two narratives

Featured image The Harvey Weinstein scandal has given rise to two main narratives. One is favored by conservative, one by liberals. Conservatives say the scandal shows that Hollywood is morally corrupt and in no position to preach to America. This is a big deal for conservatives because Hollywood is major player not just in the resistance to President Trump, but in the demonizing of conservatives generally and even center-right Republicans. It’s easy »

Harvey Time at the Oscars

Featured image The good people at Quartz have put together this wonderful montage of Hollywood falling all over themselves to slobber over Harvey Weinstein at the Oscars over the years, though I do have to say that Holly Hunter’s curious remark about Weinstein’s “uncensored passion”—and the expression on her face—perhaps betray that she is among the people who knew, and perhaps is another of Weinstein’s victims. I doubt Hollywood can escape taking »

Is There Anyone Who Didn’t Know?

Featured image Back in 2015 when Wikileaks revealed the contents of the Sony email hack (apparently performed by the North Koreans?), there was a minor scandal about that fact that the producers of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” had edited out the fact that Ben Affleck had lobbied to have removed from the documentary that he is descended from slaveowners. Ironic now that Affleck is being swept up in the back »

Initial thoughts on the Weinstein employment contract

Featured image Earlier today, Scott wrote about Harvey Weinstein’s employment contract. Reportedly, it provides that if Weinstein “treated someone improperly in violation of the company’s Code of Conduct,” he must reimburse the company for settlements or judgments. Additionally, “[Weinstein] will pay the company liquidated damages of $250,000 for the first such instance, $500,000 for the second such instance, $750,000 for the third such instance, and $1,000,000 for each additional instance.” The contract »

The Weinstein contract

Featured image I can’t get enough of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Speaking of intersectionality, which I never have, we find ourselves at a particularly bloody crossroads of Hollywood, media, crime, sex, law, culture and Democratic politics. And it’s not over yet. New story lines open up daily. Good grief! Get with Mr. and Mrs. Ammo Grrlll and tune in if you haven’t done so yet. Now TMZ reports on the unusual contractual »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll lets her mind wander to SEX STUFF: MEN AND WOMEN MAY BE DIFFERENT! She writes: As even casual readers of this column know, Mr. AG and I have been married for a very, very, extremely very long time. Because Mr. AG knows me so well, he does feel that he can correct me if I have something terribly wrong. You know, for my own good. So I don’t »

AP: Weinstein Once Did Business With a Republican!

Featured image The Associated Press runs interference for the Democratic Party every day. At the moment, the Harvey Weinstein scandal is hurting the Democrats badly. Weinstein was a major force in the party, as he was in Hollywood. As an important donor to, and ostensible close friend of, Democratic politicians including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the revelation that his adult life has been one long crime spree was, for the Democrats, »

Hitler Learns About Harvey Weinstein

Featured image I know, I’ve been trying to swear off this overdone genre, but really, how can you resist applying it to the collective meltdown of Harvey Weinstein and Democratic Hollywood? »

Love Me, I’m a Liberal, Harvey Weinstein Edition

Featured image Harvey Weinstein’s pledge to attack the NRA and champion women’s rights in the aftermath of his scandal is such a transparent appeal to ideological partisanship that even liberal ideological partisans are embarrassed (and not buying it). Weinstein might be better off doing a remake of the old Phil Ochs tune, “Love Me, I’m a Liberal.” Here are my suggested lyrics for Harvey: I cried when they shot Pretty Woman Tears »