Wednesday, October 5, 2022

THE CW and Whoopi Goldberg (both disappoint)

Let's talk THE CW.  Outlets are reporting (if you attacked BROS, I'm not linking to your outlet) that THE CW plans to continue -- under the new owners -- to produce original programming.  But it will be cheaper.  "Cheaper programming" is often code for reality TV or game shows.  If that's all THE CW plans to offer, they should close shop.  We don't need that garbage and TNT and TBS are already giving us enough of it.

I wonder how long THE CW will have an audience?

They are 'old school.'  By that I mean, they do not appreciate women.  That's why they axed various shows.  They are not going to market to young females.  THE CW started as THE WB.  From its start as THE WB, it has strongly catered to young females: DAWSON'S CREEK, FELICITY, THE GILMORE GIRLS, CHARMED, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, RIVERDALE, etc.  Some of the shows broke beyond young females in terms of viewers.  But that is who the net-lette targeted and now it has no interest in them.  I don't see it being around for long without that core but maybe I'm wrong.

What is clear is that DIRECT TV was the worst possibility to merge with WARNER BROS and that quality is over, it's now a cheapo studio and it's one without vision.  

You'd think they'd be worried about the bad name that they have so quickly developed. 

I hope you already read Ruth's "Whoopi Goldberg cannot believe you noticed she was fat" because she is correct 100%.  If Whoopi doesn't want her appearance discussed, don't step in front of the camera.  If you do, too bad.  It's a visual medium and she is too large to play the part she played.  We get offended when a real life person who is large is played by a skinny person onscreen.  We should be offended that Whoopi played a thin person and played it with all of her current girth.  Whoopi's weight gain has nothing to do with last year's back pain.  Look at pictures of THE VIEW going back many, many years and you will see that she became a whale long before the pandemic.

It's not healthy and she needs to be called out.  She's diabetic.  She's going to lose a foot or a kidney if she doesn't get serious about her weight.  I say that as a diabetic.  And, no, it's no fun.  But if you're diabetic, you're diabetic and whining is not going to change anything or make it go away.  I don't know how she gets away with it.  She's on national TV telling the whole country what to do but no one's going to tell her to lose 100 pounds?

Maybe no one wants her around and they're fine with letting her die?  

Don't say I didn't warn her.



Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"


Wednesday, October 5, 2022.  We mainly focus on the backlash within the US in today's snapshot (and we'll continue on that topic tomorrow).

As we noted earlier this week, we are in a backlash period.  With that in mind, THE GRIO reports:

A religious school in Florida delivered a very direct message to students and their parents: Students will only be addressed according to the “gender on their birth certificates” and LGBTQ+ students are not to attend.

NBC News reported that Grace Christian School, in Valrico, used Bible verses in a June 6 email to parents to support its decisions. Students who identify as gay, transgender or gender nonconforming “would be asked to leave the school immediately,” according to the email from administrator Barry McKeen. 

That's shocking and disgusting.

But don't worry, Jonathan Turley will shortly tell us this is a 'free speech' issue.  (That was sarcasm.)

Let's deal with that before we go further.  Jonathan is one of our finest legal minds today.  He is not right 100%.  He is not even consistent 90% of the time.

He is dead wrong on a case that's about to go before the Court, for example.  And he's hiding behind 'free speech.'  Unlike, Jonathan, I actually support free speech.  By that I mean, I support it.  I'm not Jonathan having a freak out because someone leaked to the press a forthcoming opinion from the Court.  A free speech advocate doesn't grab the vapors over that.  

Jonathan would allow people to discriminate against LGBTQs and he would say it was their free speech right.  A baker, he insists, should be allowed to refuse service to a gay couple if the baker doesn't believe in marriage equality.  The baker, Jonathan will tell you, is an artist and has free speech rights.


Art, as Jennifer Jason Leigh observes in MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE, is not an elastic term.

A baker may make the most delicious cake in the world, the baker is still not an artist.

And Jonathan's idiotic and ahistorical approach here, if applied, would have allowed the Civil Rights Movement to have never progressed.  You can't sit at the counter, courts would have ordered, because you're interfering with the artist working there whose free speech rights allow the soda jerk to refuse you service because they're religious beliefs say you are not their equal.

There's a lot of homophobia going around and Jonathan apparently believes he can conceal his by claiming discrimination is allowed because a baker is an artist.  I wonder if a museum -- a gallery of art work -- could get away with refusing someone entry based on who they sleep with, the color of their skin, their gender or whatever?  Legally no -- unless you're using Jonathan Turley's 'logic.'

Which brings us back to BROS.

BROS is a romantic comedy that opened at theaters last Friday.  Billy Eichner co-wrote the screenplay and he stars in the film with Luke Macfarlane.  

The filming budget was around $22 million dollars.  It made almost $5 million over the weekend.  So it's made approximately, during the weekend only, 1/4 of its shooting budget.  That's not a bomb.  

Nor was it "a meager opening" -- as the liar Sardine puts it at a publication.

It'll make back its budget and then some, turn a big profit, once it goes into home video and everyone knew that going in.

I have no idea why it was hyped to make $10 million in its opening week.  

I have no idea why everyone IGNORES the reality that theaters outside the cities it did well were taking actions to hurt the film.  If you're showing SMILE two or three times at night but you're only showing BROS once at night and you're the same theater and you're making BROS the last show, you're harming its chances to sell an equal number of tickets.  The showings around the country meant BROS was never going to make ten million its opening weekend.  And I said that before it opened.  

I've had this discussion with THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER and they know this.  They choose to ignore it because they're a homophobic outlet.  They've always been crap, they were part of McCarthyism.  

Richard Newby writes a stupid article for them where he wants you to know how offsides Billy is for Tweeting that "straight people didn't show up."  This is different, Richard insists, from Viola Davis instructing people to show up for THE WARRIOR KING to support African-American female led films.  (No, it's not.)  And the marketing, he wants to insist, is different from MARVEL marking BLACK PANTHER as the first Black superhero film.  


I'm a friend of Wesley Snipes.  Is that why I'm the only one, who for years now, keeps pointing out that BLADE is the first big budget film based on a comic book with an African-American lead?

I'm just so f-ing tired of all the nonsense.

Billy took part in a great movie and he made it happen and he has every right to be upset right now.  Just as an artist -- Jonathan Turley, look over at Billy, that's an artist -- he has every right to be upset. 

BROS is hilarious and it's a great film and it's one of the year's finest.  

I want to address the blaming of Billy for a moment.

'If only it were Channing Tatum, it needed someone who looks like Chan.'


I sat through the awful FORGET PARIS because Debra Winger's a friend and, sorry, but Billy Crystal is not remotely good looking. 

As for the cast of BROS, please check out Guy Branum's Twitter thread.  

'If only it had stars.'

Let's go to Billy Crystal again.  He wasn't a film star when he made WHEN HARRY MET SALLY  . . .  Nor was Meg Ryan at that time a star.

People are trying to explain why the film didn't meet the over expectations at the box office and some are blaming Billy.  That's stupid and it shouldn't be taking place.  (I don't know Billy, by the way, I've never met him.  I do know Luke Macfarlane.)  He made something really important happen and the last thing people need to be doing is blaming him.

But there's blame going on.  Again: The blame goes to the theaters -- and to UNIVERSAL for not grasping what was happening -- with how they showed the film.  When you bury it in the evenings by only showing it once and at your last showing, you're sending a message the same way ABC did when they slapped a warning in front of every episode of ELLEN during the show's final season.  You're also making it very hard for people to see it.  "Let's go see a movie after dinner.  I wanna see BROS.  Oh, it's not showing until ten.  Hmm.  Want to see SMILE instead?  It's on at seven, eight-thirty and ten."

Alastair and Zachary Patton-Garcia discuss BROS on their latest COFFEE AND TEQUILA.

They have an honest conversation worth streaming.  Which doesn't mean I agree 100%.  I'm on record about the nonsense of casting and selling LOVE SIMON and LOVE VICTOR.  (And since my friend's no longer married to horse face, I no longer have to try to be nice to her.)

But it's an honest discussion and it brings up many issues that are being ignored.  

An issue that they don't bring up is at play currently in industry publications.  There is a move to slaughter BROS.

That's only surprising if you're unaware of the entrenched homophobia in the film industry.

William Haines is rightly celebrated by some as a strong person who bucked the system.  The Tom Cruise of his day,, he made one successful silent film after another, audiences loved him.  William was gay.  MGM gave him the ultimatum of dump your lover and marry a woman or we dump you.  He refused to comply and they dumped him.  He and his lover Jimmie Shields went on to have a long relationship that lasted until Haines' death and they also started a successful business that's still alive today.

William was presented with the ultimatum for only one reason: He was a star.  He was a money maker. 

The same homophobia didn't render 'nelly' supporting actors invisible.  

Why was that?

Why were they, in fact, supported?

Hollywood went out of its way to establish that image.  

They telegraphed this is what gay is.  (Ava and I have covered this at length. If you're late to the party, probably start with our first piece on HAPPY ENDINGS.)

It was about money.  It's always been about money.

Rock Hudson can make money, keep him in the closet.  You can help him stay a money maker by elevating stereotypical portraits of gays so that people know that's what a gay person acts like and, therefore,  there's no way a Rock Hudson could be gay.

MGM continued to employ gay people after William Haines.  It wasn't anti-gay in that way.  But it wanted to protect its own profits and you either played the game or you were out.

Billy has cast a film with LGBTQ actors and that's an uncomfortable reality for some.  Those whining about the marketing campaign,  should grasp that UNIVERSAL could have went with, "Not since Nazimova . . ."  And cited Nancy Regan's godmother (Naimova's SALOME is supposed to be an all gay cast.)  Billy  also presented a hugely diverse canvas of what LGBTQ can be and that's uncomfortable for some.

We live in a world where a no-talent can, and did, smear a dead woman who told her the truth about her gay father.  The no-talent can then say Oh, it doesn't matter.  And in this world no one's going to point out that the entire industry says no-talent is a lesbian and that her marriage to a gay man is a sham and that no-talent, in the 80s, went on a talk show acting as part of a lesbian thruple.

We live in a world where actors and actresses are still told, "Don't come out, it will kill your career."

That doesn't mean the studio doesn't know that Mr. X is gay.  That does mean that they need him to continue to play straight in public.

There is a huge homophobia built into the system and it goes back to the start of the industry.

BROS transgressed and now certain elements of the industry are moving in to attack.

That's appalling.  They're doing it for profit motive.  They're doing it to keep certain things hidden, realities of life.  The closet has proven to be very profitable for the industry.  

Billy made a great film.  He should be proud of himself.  People should see the film.  It's hilarious.   If you doubt it, read some of the community coverage:

  • We are in a backlash period and we will continue to cover BROS tomorrow.  

    Turning to Iraq . . . 

    Alda Mussad (THE NATIONAL) notes:

    The UN's special representative for Iraq has urged the country to address a growing lack of faith among Iraqis it its political system.

    Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert urged Iraq to form a government and get moving on critical reforms at the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

    “Public disillusion is running sky-high,” Ms Hennis-Plasschaert told the council.

    “Too many Iraqis have lost faith in the ability of the political class to act in the interest of the country and its people. A continued failure to address this loss of faith, will only exacerbate Iraq’s problems.”

    She stressed "the importance of maintaining calm, of maintaining dialogue, constitutional compliance, respect for democratic principles, the unimpeded working of state institutions, and a functioning government to effectively address the legitimate demands for better public services, jobs, security, an end to corruption, and justice and accountability. 

    Running sky high, is it?  Hmm.  Well maybe because today is October 5th and on October 10, 2021, Iraq held elections.  Yet there's still no president, there's still no prime minister, there's still no cabinet.  Five days from a year later.  I think the public is correct to be disillusioned.  And ticked off.

    Lastly, a friend at IAVA asked me to include this:

                   IAVA Joins Military and Veteran Leaders to Call on Congress to Pass Landmark Veterans Homelessness Legislation

    More than 50 VSOs Ask House and Senate Leadership to Pass Bipartisan Bill into Law

    September 28, 2022

    New York, NY Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and more than 50 other organizations representing America’s veterans, service members, and their families, recently sent a joint letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, calling on them to expeditiously pass the bipartisan Building Solutions for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Act of 2021 (S. 2172).

    “This critical legislation will send an important message that we can no longer continue to allow those who have served our nation in uniform to live without a roof over their heads,” said Tom Porter, EVP of Government Affairs for IAVA. “IAVA is proud to join so many of our nation’s advocacy organizations to call on Congress to make this a priority to pass this year.”

    The bill would preserve and enhance proven effective COVID-19-related program improvements from both the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act (P.L. 116-136) and the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-315), and would strengthen programs that emphasize permanent solutions to housing instability and homelessness experienced by veterans across the country.

    IAVA is the voice for the post-9/11 veteran generation. With over 425,000 veterans and allies nationwide, IAVA is the leader in non-partisan veteran advocacy and public awareness. We drive historic impacts for veterans and IAVA’s programs are second to none. Any veteran or family member in need can reach out to IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force at or 855-91RAPID (855-917-2743) to be connected promptly with a veteran care manager who will assist. IAVA’s The Vote Hub is a free tool to register to vote and find polling information. IAVA’s membership is always growing. Join the movement at


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