Here’s the Nike commercial some white people are burning their shoes over because they are ignorant and sad. The commercial is stunningly beautiful and it will play during tonight’s NFL opener. Hells yeah.
Don’t worry, What Would You Do? is going to explore the whole Kaepernick thing in an upcoming episode because that’s what will bring us together.
By the by, somehow I managed to not mention yesterday that our Autocrat-in-Waiting thinks protesting should be illegal. I’m just going to leave this right here:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Speaking of President Constitution? What’s the Constitution?, I suspect y’all know all about the anonymous New York Times editorial from a “senior official” in the Trump administration in which “he” calls President Babyfist “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective,” says that “Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back,” claims that staffers are holding shit together–but just barely, and suggests that cabinet officials considered invoking the 25th amendment.
I have mixed feelings about the piece: on the one hand, if things are really that dangerous and out-of-control, maybe resign, come out publically with your concerns, go to Congress and tell them everything. Maybe sacrifice your tax cuts and regulation killing for the good of the country instead of just talking shit behind the President’s back? We all kinda knew this already from plenty of other off-the-record quotes and stories from staffers. What would be hella powerful, however, is if a Rex Tillerson or an H.R. McMaster came out and said this shit on Fox News, in front of a Senate committee, to the American people, in a way that Congress could no longer ignore it. Also: it’s hard not to see this as a mainstream conservative doing what he can to salvage the entire right-wing brand so that once this administration is over, it won’t die with Trump.
On the other normal-sized hand, our Constitution has determined that it is Congress’ responsibility to check the president, not his employees. They are the ones that should be looking into the President and investigating his behavior — and the fact that they are not doing so rightthisfuckingsecond suggests that they have no stomach for it. There’s also the possibility that if this whistleblower resigned and came forward, Devin Nunes along other Trump toadies — including Fox News — would do to him what they did to Comey and Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe and John McCain and Jeff Sessions and what they are trying to do to Robert Mueller and Bruce Ohr. And also, for all the author’s self-congratulatory grandstanding about being the one thing standing between us and a complete Trumptrastrphe …. maybe he is? Maybe he should stay in place and keep doing what he’s doing until some grownups can take over Congress and do THEIR DAMN JOBS?
And, too, just THINK how insane this is driving President 25th Amendment right this second! If only for that, this entire editorial is worth it.
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
But you know who might have committed treason, now that you mention it …
Yeah, that’s never going to happen. Good luck with … all of whatever this is … Fucko!
In non-Troof news
Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be celebrated by Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Jerry Seinfeld, among many other hilarious people for the Mark Twain Prize.
Small Sunny spoiler: Mac will have a love interest.
In Game of Thrones news: Loras Tyrell and I are on the same page with where we think Game of Thrones will be headed in the end.
And here’s a list of some 40 upcoming sci-fi and fantasy series and their current production status.
Apparently, DC Universe’s goal is to be the Netflix of superheroes. And I’m not the right person to answer this because I don’t give a single solitary shit about superheroes, but are there really that many people who want that much superhero in their lives, and if there are, do they really want to just limit themselves to DC? Wouldn’t they want a dash of Marvel here and there?
You can watch the pilot of Rel right now if you’re interested.
John Goodman says working on a bleak British drama about African genocide “rejuvenated him” because it was a job he looked forward to going to everyday. Unlike some jobs. And that’s how bad working on Roseanne was.
Here are a lot of words about post-comedy comedy if that is something you think is important to your life.
Roy Moore (wait, has he conceded to Doug Jones yet? can someone check on that for me?) is suing Sacha Baron Cohen for tricking him and being mean. Good luck with that, “Judge”! Discovery should be fun!
Bless her heart, this writer spends some 7,000 words trying to figure out “what happened to Tucker Carlson” in an attempt to understand how conservatism has gone off the rails, but the secret truth is Tucker Carlson has always been a dipshit.
Oh, Dawn Wells! Get well (and whole) soon.
REMINDER: The polls are still open. Currently Manifest is in the lead, but Dancing with the Stars Junior and God Friended Me are pulling up from behind. Go make my life miserable this fall.
The CBS board is in “deep” negotiations with Les Moonves to fire his ass — I’m sure with a diamond parachute.
Something to keep in mind when cases of sexual misconduct are not persued by district attorneys offices: “The reality of the judicial system is there are specific and sometimes rigid criteria that needs to be met before charges can be processed in a criminal court. Many of these fall outside of the statute of limitations, or lack forensic evidence. Does the inability to bring criminal charges forward mean that these men are innocent? Absolutely not.” — Blaise Godby Lipman, filmmaker who accused agent Tyler Grasham of assaulting him.
Asia Argento’s accuser, Jimmy Bennett, is reportedly going to file a police report against her.
Olivia Munn had a scene in an upcoming Predator movie cut because it featured an actor (who was friends with the director) who is a sex offender. Good for you, Olivia, but gross that he was in it at all, director guy.
- Designated Survivor has been renewed for a third season by Netflix.
- American Woman has been cancelled at Paramount. Condolences, Kyle Richards.
- BILLY ON THE STREET IS COMING BACK. I mean, sure, it’s not going to be on a network, it will be web-only, BUT WHO CARES.
- Younger is moving to Paramount Network.
- Wanda Sykes has set a stand-up special at Netflix.
- Emily in Paris has been ordered by Paramount Network.
- Basketball: A Love Story has been ordered by ESPN.
- The Dinners of Death and A Very Joe Bob Christmas have been ordered by Shudder.
- Museo starring Gael Garcia Bernal has been set by YouTube.
- Cornell Woolrich’s short stories are being adapted into a series.
- Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg have signed a deal with Universal Cable.
- Tomato Longing’s “Final Thoughts” segment is moving to one of Fox News’ web platforms, who cares.
- Patricia Arquette will star in The Act on Hulu.
- Timothy Dalton is your The Chief on Doom Patrol.
- Julia Sweeney is joining Shrill on Hulu.
- Ken Leung is joining The Blacklist.
- Here are your Survivor contestants. Mike White is one.
- Sofia Vassilieva will join Black Lightning.
- Olivia Vinall will star in Queens of Mystery on Acorn.
- Brett Butler and John Finn have joined the cast on The Walking Dead. (Wait, that Brett Butler??? YEP.)
Mark Your Calendars
- American Horror Story: Apocalypse has released the first real trailer. Hail Satan. September 12.
- The Impeachment of Bill Clinton will air on A&E on November 18.
- Van Helsing and Z Nation will both return on Syfy on October 5.
- Bravo’s Play by Play will debut on Bravo on September 24.
- Harrow will debut on Hulu on September 7.
- Vegas Rat Rods will return on Discovery Channel on October 1.
Christopher Lawford, Actor and Kennedy. I knew him best as “Charlie” on All My Children, but he had many roles over his acting career.
Flo Allen, Agent who brokered the first million-dollars-per-episode deal in television history
Jeb J. Rosebrook, Writer on The Waltons, among others
Save Me: Lennie James — also known as Morgan on The Walking Dead series — wrote, created and stars in this three-part series about a man who is looking for his missing daughter in South London. It airs over the next three days. 2a.m., Starz
NFL: Falcons at Eagles: Oh yay. Football season is officially here. 7 p.m., NBC
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kendall Jenner Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jennifer Garner, Stephanie Ruhle, Bebe Rexha The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Emma Thompson, Troye Sivan The Late Late Show with James Corden: Blake Griffin, Paul Feig, Demetri Martin Jimmy Kimmel Live: im Carrey, Andy Cohen, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats The Daily Show: Maggie Gyllenhaal Watch What Happens Live: Troye Sivan, Laura Linney
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