I’m at a loss. I honestly don’t know what to do or say here. On the one hand, giving Donald Trump’s nasty personal attack tweets any attention at all is giving him exactly what he wants, because like a toddler he can not differentiate between positive and negative attention.
On the other hand, we as Americans need to look at this. We must reckon with the fact that the person who tweeted this hateful pair of tweets attacking a woman on her looks and her intellect is our president. We elected him. This is who we are as a nation.
Apparently, this most recent spew of garbage from our leader was inspired by Mika Brzezinski saying of one of Trump’s tweets, “that’s your president of the United States lying to you.” Or perhaps it was this comment:
Ultimately it doesn’t matter what it was that set him off, he’s the President of the United States. This brutal attack on a woman whose show he supposedly doesn’t even watch (but which he totally watches, obviously) is so far beneath the dignity of the office that you can not even see the office from whatever pit of hate and misogyny and dementia this came from. It’s a disgrace.
But it’s not surprising. This is a man who has so little respect for women that he bragged about sexually assaulting them to the press and has routinely referred to them as “pigs.” This is a man who has so little respect for the free press that he has called them the “enemy of the people,” “fake news,” has routinely tried to limit their access, and who tries to undermine the concept of truth at every turn. He was doing this before Election Day, and because our country is so broken and misogynistic we chose him to be our president anyway.
Meanwhile, the White House is actually defending this:
The GOP have put out a series of mealy-mouthed responses that you can read here.
A collection of media responses:
I’m disgusted that our president spends his time objectifying women and attacking members of the media who dare to report on the things he actually says and does rather than working to make our country better, but I am not surprised. This is just who Donald Trump is: he hates women and he hates the free press. Do not forget this. Do not ignore this. Do not look away.
In Other TV News
You pair several characters together this season. What are two characters — living, dead or a mix of the two — that you wish you could write a scene for?
Weiss: It would be fun to write a Tyrion/Drogo scene.
Benioff: Yeah, Drogo and Tyrion would be entertaining. I feel like they would eventually get to like each other. They’re from two different worlds but they would bond over their love of fermented yak milk or whatever and would eventually become good buddies.
And now I need a Khal Drogo/Tyrion buddy comedy.
Of the 15 photos HBO initially released from season 7, the one of Brienne and Tormund drew the most interest from our readers. Has fandom fascination in Tormund’s attraction taken you by surprise? And has that inspired you to play with that a bit more this year?
Benioff: That scene last season when Tormund was eating and lasciviously staring at Brienne was one of our favorites. Usually, when we really love something there are a few other people who like it as well. It’s great because there was no dialogue written for that, or major stage direction, there was just a line like, “He stares at Brienne because he’s never seen a woman like that before.” And then we let the actors do what they do.
Weiss: There was the episode where they’re all leaving Castle Black together and there’s a shot — it wasn’t scripted at all — of two of them on horseback and she looks at him and he smiles at her. It’s not something you could ever write. It’s just this moment where this guy is creeping out on her and he smiles in a way that makes her very uncomfortable and she just looks away. I saw it 150 times and every time it made me laugh; it’s purely the two of them.
Benioff: It inspires us because we need to kill one of them now because there can’t be a happy ending or any romantic connection on the show. But we’re not going to tell you which one.
KEEP YOUR FILTHY HANDS OFF OF BRIMUND.
You’re currently writing the show’s final season. How’s that going?
Benioff: It’s nearly completed. Well, I shouldn’t say “nearly.”
Weiss: I wouldn’t go that far. It’s exciting but there’s always pressure. You don’t ever want to drop the ball.
And the odds of it airing in 2019 instead of 2018?
Benioff: We honestly don’t know yet. There’s been a lot of back and forth about air dates. That’s a long way off from being settled.
Oh my God, if I have to wait until 2019 …
This is a very long and interesting piece about Game of Thrones in Time Magazine that is worth a read. And there might be some spoilers hidden in there too. For instance:
What’s currently before them seems like plenty. When I first met Clarke in Belfast, she was shooting on the back of a dragon. When I leave a week later, she’s still at it. “Thirty seconds of screen time and she’s been here for 16 days,” the episode’s director, Taylor, remarks at one point. Later on, I’d remember this moment of exhaustion when Weiss described seeing the buck for the first time. He went on to add, “It probably feels a bit less amazing to Emilia, who sits on it for eight hours a day, six weeks in a row, getting blasted with water and fake snow and whatever else they decide to chuck at her through the fans.” The table with the espresso machine—just beyond Clarke’s line of sight—is well trafficked.
Daenerys is “getting blasted with water and fake snow” on the back of her dragon? HMMM.
“During my visit, wolves described in the script as ‘skinny and mangy’ showed up to the shoot looking fluffy and lustrous.”
Wait, “wolves” as in plural? INTERESTING.
And if you live in the D.C. area, please go to this Game of Thrones pop-up bar, and then tell me all about it.
You’re the Worst returns on FXX September 6th and Better Things returns to FX on September 14th and that seems so far away, waaaaah.
I was going to point out that you could buy these cans of Dharma beer that were actual props on Lost, but they sold already. 🙁
This is a non-story about the producers and crew getting “close” to the cast of Bachelor in Paradise, which of course the camera crew is close to the cast, THEY ARE FILMING THEM, but there is a very small spoiler for this season of The Bachelorette tucked in here if you’re interested.
In other Bachelorette news, Millennials aren’t watching. Why aren’t you watching, Millennials?
- Netflix is working on a revival of Tales of the City with Laura Linney and Olivia Dukakis.
- Alan Moore’s Show Pieces will begin streaming on Shudder today.
- Disney XD is working on a Herbie series.
- Jaqen H’ghar is going to play a new mysterious character in the TNT drama The Deep Mad Dark.
- Alison Pill has joined the cast of American Horror Story.
- Melanie Lynskey is joining Castle Rock over at Hulu.
- Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes and Cole Hauser have all joined Paramount TV’s Yellowstone.
- YouTube Red’s Step Up: High Water has added Naya Rivera and Ne-Yo to the cast.
- Greg Grunberg and Kathy Baker are joining the cast of HBO’s Joe Paterno project.
- Jamie Comer (The White Princess, Thirteen) will star in Killing Eve, a BBC thriller written by the brilliant Phoebe Waller-Bridge of Fleabag which you need to go watch.
- Moon Bloodgood — which is an AMAZING name — joining the cast of Code Black.
- Cory Hardrict (American Sniper, Gran Torino) joins the cast of The Oath.
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