Hi! It’s Tuesday!
Meghan Markle and Oprah might not have taken down the palace (yet) but they have removed one racist institution. After storming off the set this morning when one of his Good Morning Britain co-stars, Alex Beresford, challenged him on his previous comments about Meghan Markle …
Piers Morgan just walked off the Good Morning Britain set (!!!) after co-presenter Alex Beresford defended Harry and Meghan and condemned Piers' treatment of them in yesterday's programming pic.twitter.com/mH75J8ND4O
— Chris Rickett (@chrisrickett) March 9, 2021
… ITV announced that blowhard Piers Morgan was leaving the morning program after almost six years.
BREAKING: Piers Morgan to leave Good Morning Britain ITV has announced ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/BHc1SbKP37
— David Farrell (@DavidJ_Farrell) March 9, 2021
So it’s unclear if he quit or was fired. That said, the network had announced earlier in the day that they were going to “hold talks” with Morgan after he said on-air that he didn’t believe Markle had suicidal thoughts. Because that’s his call to make. Christ, what an asshole.
By the way, the thing that seemed to trigger Morgan was when Beresford referenced a story Morgan himself told once on a late-night show in which he claims he had dinner with Markle the night she met Prince Harry, and never heard from her again:
For anybody wondering why Piers Morgan obsessively uses every waking moment of his huge platform to bash and shout about how horrible Meghan Markle is… she aired him. pic.twitter.com/I95MScwSoj
— Max Balegde MBE (@Balegde_) March 9, 2021
The entitlement and the fragility of the White Man must never ever ever be underestimated. BYE, ASSHOLE.
I almost killed myself a year ago because of Piers Morgan’s relentless campaign of lies and hatred against me last February. I’m glad I’m still alive today for many reasons. But watching him leave GMB today is right up there and has me feeling: pic.twitter.com/reygXIMhP9
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) March 9, 2021
Meghan Markle ghosted Piers Morgan after one dinner. Lived in his head rent free for years. And then got him fired without even trying. This is epic talent.
*deleted previous tweet that had "date."
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 9, 2021
Piers Morgan’s pronouns are was/were
— Jodie Harsh (@jodieharsh) March 9, 2021
The interview was watched by 11.3 folks in the U.K., which is a lot of folks, and, understandably the British press is losing their minds.
The Queen put out a brief, carefully crafted statement that neither denies nor confirms any of Meghan and Harry’s allegations:
BREAKING: Buckingham Palace releases statement on behalf of Queen Elizabeth following Prince Harry and Meghan's interview, saying, "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan." https://t.co/6k5NR1em41 pic.twitter.com/TCekWLqQau
— ABC News (@ABC) March 9, 2021
While Prince Charles made sure he was photographed with a bunch of Black health care workers, all but confessing he was the one who made the comment about Archie’s skin tone, lol.
Disney hit 100 million subscribers years before they projected. Thanks, COVID-19!
As for Disney’s decision to let Gina Carano go, it wasn’t about politics, it was always about the bottom line and not offending the most people (kinda like I said):
Disney CEO Bob Chapek defended the Gina Carano firing on Tuesday, insisting the company doesn’t characterize itself as “left-leaning or right-leaning.”
He added during the investor call that the company stands for universal values and that, “we seek to have not only how we operate, but the content we make, reflect the rich diversity of the world we live in.”
As for Peacock: 2020 was not a great year. THANKS, COVID-19.
Bob Odenkirk is sorry for being a dick while he was a writer on Saturday Night Live.
Awards season plows on. The Producers Guild Association and the Directors Guild of America announced their nominees and everyone loves Ted Lasso.
Ana Liss and Karen Hinton, two more former aides of Governor Andrew Cuomo, have accused him of unwelcome touching and inappropriate comments. And male staffers have accused Cuomo of using degrading language with them, calling them “pussies” and suggesting that they “have no balls.” Yeah, that checks out.
Cuomo is refusing to resign, but New York Attorney General Letitia James is moving forward with her investigation into the accusations and has appointed two attorneys to look into them. Tick tock, guv.
Pepe Le Pew has been canceled, and not a moment too soon for that gropey molester who never understood consent. In an opinion piece about the Suesstraversy, New York Times columnist Charles Blow pointed out that we are steeped at a young age in unhealthy messages: “Some of the first cartoons I can remember included Pepé Le Pew, who normalized rape culture; Speedy Gonzales, whose friends helped popularize the corrosive stereotype of the drunk and lethargic Mexicans; and Mammy Two Shoes, a heavyset Black maid who spoke in a heavy accent.”
And people were SO MAD. But he’s not wrong, y’all:
This helped teach boys that “no” didn’t really mean no, that it was a part of “the game”, the starting line of a power struggle. It taught overcoming a woman’s strenuous, even physical objections, was normal, adorable, funny. They didn’t even give the woman the ability to SPEAK.
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) March 6, 2021
And you know who else agreed with him? 2000’s Dave Chappelle:
Anyway, Pepe Le Pew has been cut from the upcoming Space Jam movie, despite having already filmed a scene in which LeBron James teaches him about consent (sorta).
And in a move that is certain to infuriate even more of the right wing, Lola the Rabbit has been desexified in the movie as well. “… we reworked a lot of things, not only her look, like making sure she had an appropriate length on her shorts and was feminine without being objectified, but gave her a real voice. For us, it was, let’s ground her athletic prowess, her leadership skills, and make her as full a character as the others.” GOOD. IS THAT SO HARD?
Dr. Ronny Jackson — now Congressman Dr. Ronny Jackson — the guy who used to be Former President Amphetamine’s White House doctor who claimed that Former President Morbidly Obese had “incredibly good genes” and could “live to 200” and who was nicknamed the “Candyman” because he handed out pills like they were M&Ms? That guy? Apparently, the Department of Defense did a review of his time as the White House doctor, and found that “he made ‘sexual and denigrating’ comments about a female underling, violated the government’s policy concerning drinking on a presidential trip, and took prescription-strength sleeping drugs that caused concern from his coworkers about his ability to do his job.”
One story had him drunkenly “pounding” on the hotel door of one of his female subordinates during a work trip, and when she opened, telling her “I need you,” and, “I need you to come to my room.” He also “commented about a female medical subordinate’s breasts and butt, saying she had ‘great tits’ and ‘what a nice ass,’ adding that he wanted to ‘see more of her tattoos.’” Gross.
Wasn’t it just like three weeks ago that we heard from Chris D’Elia claiming that he was never inappropriate with underage girls? Yeah, he was having sex with and soliciting nudes from a 17-year-old high school a few years ago according to a new lawsuit.
Britney Spears’ dad’s lawyer claims he’d love nothing more than for his daughter to not need a conservatorship
that he is in charge of. OK.
Also … and I’m VERY uncomfortable admitting this … but I agree with that broken Minecraft character Matt Gaetz and sex abuse enabler Jim Jordan about something? I need to go lie down.
B. Scott has become BET’s first trans non-binary star and executive producer of a program.
She They will be hosting Twenties the After Show.
Release your investigation into the Washington Football Team’s sexual abuse and harassment of employees, NFL.
Charisma Carpenter has written an essay explaining point-by-point how people can be good, productive allies in this #MeToo moment, and they are good, including:
Please don’t tell people to “rise above,” “just move on, it was a long time ago,” “get over it” and “forgive and forget” abusive experiences. This is dismissive and devoid of empathy. Justice for the abused is an integral part of the healing process. It’s hard for a traumatized person to move on when they watch the transgressors move up the ladder and gain power even as they repeat patterns of toxic behavior without answerability.
Believe others when they tell you they are hurt or traumatized by events that occurred in their life. It’s taken serious courage for them to identify their pain and be able to speak about it aloud.
Don’t play devil’s advocate for an abuser, make excuses for them or imply that victims have somehow misunderstood their trauma. If they are speaking about it publicly, they have likely done hard work in regards to their trauma and gotten help to process their experience clearly.
The whole piece is worth your time.
Hilarie Burton Morgan out here, calling for One Tree Hill to be remade through a female lens.
Embarrassed by this.
Teen girl sexuality was a cornerstone of #oth, so its gross to me that there were no women in positions of power there. No one we could turn to to advocate for us.
Men telling the stories of girl sexuality is a red flag.
I want a do-over with a girl boss. https://t.co/dNChoypcC1
— Hilarie Burton Morgan (@HilarieBurton) March 4, 2021
As long as there are men like this:
Pastor Stewart Allen-Clark: “I’m not saying every woman can be the epic trophy wife of all time like Melania Trump…”
Does he own a mirror?pic.twitter.com/7AmOTv6xZq
— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) March 7, 2021
… we’ve got a long way to go.
We have lost over 525,000 Americans as of today, but the numbers continue to tick downwards. If we can continue vaccinating people quickly and beat the spread of the variants, we have a chance for a normal fall. Keep wearing your masks, Texas.
One year in quarantine got me like… #MrBiden #BringMyVaccine 🎶💉🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/QKYaEhhtay
— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) March 9, 2021
This Fox News contributor back in October thought it was impossible that we’d have 500,000 dead by this spring. So you should probably ignore his vaccine skepticism now since he’s clearly a fucking idiot.
just no repercussions in conservative media for being this spectacularly wrong…this guy was on fox last night casting doubt on the vaccine https://t.co/rQZNWSPCKd
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) March 9, 2021
In a civilized society, this man would go live in a cave in the woods and have dung thrown at him by children when he ventured too close to the village. But we live in a fallen age. https://t.co/7ik6YJcMy0
— John Rogers (@jonrog1) March 9, 2021
One valuable lesson from the congressional fight to pass the COVID relief bill is that the fact that not a single Republican Senator voted for it might have finally killed the myth of bipartisanship for those few gullible Democrats who actually still believed in it. It’s a nice fairy tale — one that Mitch McConnell single-handedly strangled to death in 2006 when he became Senate Minority Leader and then stomped to dust when he because Majority Leader in 2015.
Here in Texas, our schools did not close this school year — even though teachers were not eligible for the vaccine until President Biden made it so last week. But in Los Angeles and New York City, schools are looking to reopen this spring.
Pray for Hollywood:
LA has generally been a hellhole this year but today I learned that the moderna vaccine makes face filler swell up and, well, I am very excited for springtime in Los Angeles
— Lauren Bans (@LaurenBans) January 20, 2021
Nurse: *ready to give Covid vaccine* Have you had any Botox or filler in the past 6 months?
Me: You do know this is Los Angeles, right? *tries to raise eyebrow*
— April Wheeler (@LABeachmom) March 3, 2021
Hope you weren’t planning on attending the Tokyo Olympics in person like our very own Whitney.
Hey, remember that book Governor Cuomo wrote about what an awesome job he did handling the COVID crisis? Yeah, about that …
Michael Sheen and his baby daughter Lydia are recovering from COVID-19.
The Late Show is hosting a COVID anniversary episode on Friday, one year after the last in-studio episode. Dr. Fauci will be Stephen Colbert’s guest. Hopefully, we can see a studio audience by the fall.
Home & Family on Hallmark will resume production after a COVID-related production hiatus. It returns on TV on April 5.
- The Equalizer has been renewed for a second season at CBS.
- Down to Earth with Zac Efron has been renewed for a second season at Netflix.
- The upcoming fifth season of Queen of the South on USA will be the last.
- Kim’s Convenience will end with the fifth season on CBC.
- This Beast, a horror-drama from Kurt Sutter, is in the works at Netflix.
- Would I Lie To You? and Killer Camp, two British reality competition series, are being adapted for the U.S. at The CW.
- Kindred, the sci-fi novel by Octavia E. Butler, has been given a pilot order at FX.
- Slam! a graphic novel about women’s roller derby, is being adapted into an animated series at HBO Max.
- Women Of the Year, a TV adaptation of the Time 100 Women of the Year project, is being developed at Amazon.
- A series about the beginnings of IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) is being developed at Amazon.
- Fuel, an action film starring Jurnee Smollett, is about to be set at Amazon.
- The Buck Schatz mystery series is being adapted for television.
- Angela Robinson has signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.
- Brandy and Nadine Velazquez have been set to star in the ABC pilot Queens.
- Mark Pellegrino has joined the cast of Rust on Showtime.
- Jonathan Groff, Mary J. Blige, Tim Blake Nelson, Gina Rodriguez , Jake Johnson, and Kesler Talbot have been cast in Lost Ollie on Netflix.
- Connor Swindells, Jack O’Connell, Alfie Allen, Sofia Boutella, and Dominic West have been cast in BBC’s SAS: Rogue Heroes.
- Tom Mison is joining See on Apple TV+.
Mark Your Calendars
- Kung Fu will debut on The CW on April 7.
- Manifest returns on NBC on April 1. Wait — are they suggesting that it’s all a big prank with this April Fool’s Day premiere? BECAUSE IT WOULD EXPLAIN A LOT.
What happened to Flight 828? Don't miss the season premiere of #Manifest, April 1 on @NBC. ✈️ pic.twitter.com/oLlNiq9zIb
— Manifest (@NBCManifest) March 8, 2021
- Them will debut on Amazon on April 9.
- Family Reunion is returning on Netflix on April 5.
- Queen of the South returns on USA on April 7.
- Top Gear returns to BBC America and AMC+ on April 25.
- Cold Courage will premiere on AMC+ on March 11.
- Night in Paradise will debut on Netflix on April 9.
- Just Say Yes will premiere on Netflix on April 2.
- Deliciousness returns on MTV on March 22.
- LFG will premiere on HBO soon.
- My Lottery Dream Home International will debut on HGTV on April 2.
- Seeking Sister Wife will return on TLC on March 22.
- Yasuke will premiere on Netflix on April 29.
- WWE Network will launch on Peacock on March 18.
Trevor Peacock, U.K. actor best know for his role in The Vicar Of Dibley
Mark Wilson, 60s TV magician known for Magic Land of Allakazam
Leon Gast, Oscar-winning director of When We Were Kings
Norton Juster, Author of The Phantom Tollbooth and other books
Frank Thorne, Comic book artist known for Red Sonja
Covid Diaries NYC: Five young filmmakers in New York City document the strain the virus took on them and their families during the spring outbreak last year. Premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
Delilah: In this new series, a single mother leaves a fancy white-shoe law firm to fight for the disadvantaged. Series premiere. 8 p.m., OWN
Juan of the Dead: If you’re a fan of Dawn of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead, I can not recommend enough this Cuban spoof that makes wonderful use of the zombie genre to level wry political commentary. 7:33 p.m., StarzEncore Espanol
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Chrissy Teigen, Rory McIlroy, Pink Sweat$ featuring Kehlani
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Don Johnson, Christina Hendricks, Chloé Zhao, Josh Herndon
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Riz Ahmed, Janelle Monáe
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Tracy Morgan, Kings of Leon
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Vanessa Kirby; Niko Moon
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Ron Funches
- Watch What Happens Live: D’Andra Simmons, Kary Brittingham
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Kathryn Hahn
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One thought on “Meghan Markle, 1. Piers Morgan’s fragile male ego, 0.”
Siiiiiigh. I had already decided I wasn’t going to Tokyo this summer, but it’s still sad to see that I’m OFFICIALLY not going to Tokyo this summer.