It’s Wednesday, and I need you to see my friend’s dog:
We took a walk
👁 👅 👁 pic.twitter.com/Km9cQl6J1r
— Nate thanks (@natehankz) April 17, 2021
Black Lives Matter
Yesterday, former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis last year in a case that sparked outrage, protests, and a reckoning across the country and around the world. After deliberating for 10 hours, the jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. It is astonishingly rare for police officers to be held accountable for the violence they commit on the job, and many people were convinced this case would be no exception. The nation let out a sigh of relief yesterday afternoon when the verdict was read, grateful that a jury trusted their own eyes and believed the truth in front of them.
And much love to Darnella Frazier, the brave young woman whose video forced us all to see the truth.
#DarnellaFrazier was 17 yrs old when she took that video…and racked with guilt that she did not, in her words “do more.” To me: the real #activism is: #BearingWitness. Anybody can march in a crowd.
Few of us can be alone.
Doing what needs to be done. https://t.co/nGynGNzQh4
— Bonnie Greer (@Bonn1eGreer) April 20, 2021
— Will Packer (@willpowerpacker) April 20, 2021
A guilty #verdict. But this fight for justice is not over. We have a lot of work to do. There is more fight ahead of us. But RIGHT NOW please take CARE of yourself. And let’s take care of each other. Prayers and love to the family of #GeorgeFloyd.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) April 20, 2021
This verdict does not bring back Mr Floyd. But justice is truth.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) April 20, 2021
And this isn’t even a celebration. #GeorgeFloyd was still murdered before our eyes. He’s gone. His family will never be made whole.
And how many #DerekChauvin’s are there in the world & on the police force. There’s more than ONE bad apple.
But this enough for this moment. ❤️
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) April 20, 2021
Guilty Guilty Guilty… No one wins.. George Floyd is still gone..and finally someone was responsible… Derek Chauvin
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) April 20, 2021
All we know now is that the frontier for sadistic brutality by a police officer and the cost of overpolicing people of color exists somewhere around the eight-minute-mark of a knee to a man's neck. That's horrifying and doesn't address most of what matters. But we could be worse.
— David Simon (@AoDespair) April 20, 2021
Derek Chauvin: guilty on all 3 counts
Now let’s do the entire system of policing in this country.
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) April 20, 2021
However, Chauvin is just one cop in a very broken system. As President Biden pointed out, “It was a murder in full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see. For so many, it feels like it took all of that for the judicial system to deliver just basic accountability.”
Kamala Harris: "Black Americans, & black men in particular, have been treated throughout the course of our country as less than human. Black men are fathers & brothers & sons… their lives must be valued… We're all a part of George Floyd's legacy & our job now is to honor it." pic.twitter.com/x38UxWAMmS
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 20, 2021
We have to make systemic changes so that Chauvin’s conviction is not an astonishingly rare occurrence. We can begin by getting rid of qualified immunity which protects cops from being held liable for egregious violence and brutality. We can also look at reforming police unions and reallocating resources to other agencies that can handle problems, like mental health crises, but qualified immunity is the place where we really need to begin.
JUST IN: Attorney General Merrick Garland: "The Justice Department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing." https://t.co/Os1KFA0kQP pic.twitter.com/GWlccR1buE
— ABC News (@ABC) April 21, 2021
Of course, not everyone believes justice was served: Tucker Carlson claimed that the only reason the jury came to their decision was that they were scared (and not because, you know, they watched a video of a man kneeling on the neck of another man for more than 9 minutes, refusing to offer aid) and had a predictable meltdown when one of his guests, a former corrections officer, criticized Chauvin; and Glenn Beck wants you to keep Chauvin’s family in your thoughts. Maybe Chauvin should have kept his family in his thoughts before he murdered a man.
Also, this is the fucking richest of rich fucking takes:
McEnany lectures Biden: 'It's the role of the president of the United States to stay back, to not inflame' https://t.co/TSSLiVhvt8
— Raw Story (@RawStory) April 20, 2021
Tragically, the violence against brown and black people continues: even in the very moment Chauvin’s verdict was read, Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl in Columbus, Ohio was shot and killed by officers when they responded to a call SHE made to them after being threatened by some older kids. And in Chicago last week, the police were forced to release footage of the police murder of a 13-year-old boy, Adam Toledo, who they claimed was armed at the time. He wasn’t. (Toledo also wasn’t a “13-year-old man,” Sean Hannity.)
But you know who was armed and who had killed two people when he was arrested but was somehow taken in alive?
For anyone defending the cop that shot a teenage girl with a knife four times, please keep in mind that Kyle Rittenhouse – who actually shot & killed 2 people – was taken alive. pic.twitter.com/XjEWRreaPU
— Lisa Guerrero 💃🏽 (@4lisaguerrero) April 21, 2021
You know who the police arrested alive and took to Burger King after he murdered nine Black people while they were worshipping in their church?
Dylann Roof was 21 years old when we walked out of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after murdering 9 Black people. He walked out unharmed. Knife in hand or not, Makhia Bryant was a CHILD. She was murdered after calling the police because she was protecting herself.
— Bella Goth (@HoodSocialism) April 21, 2021
We have so much more work to do. SO MAYBE LET’S BEGIN BY NOT GIVING BOOK DEALS TO COPS ACCUSED OF MURDERING INNOCENT PEOPLE.
Meanwhile, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association found itself in trouble again. Former President of HFPA and at the time member, Phil Berk, sent an email to the other members of the organization “quoting an article that called the Black Lives Matter organization a ‘racist hate movement’ and singled out its co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, as a ‘self-proclaimed trained Marxist.’” This, as you might imagine, did not go over well in a moment when the organization is under fire for being exclusionary and racist. (Also, Berk is the individual Brendan Fraser accused of sexually assaulting him back in 2003 … SO HOW WAS HE STILL A MEMBER OF HFPA AS OF TUESDAY?)
Two of the diversity and inclusion advisers HFPA had hired to help them navigate the mess they were already in resigned after Berk’s email became public. And a third PR company that works with HFPA is considering its options.
All Other TV News
Days of Our Lives has stopped production as it awaits NBC’s decision as to whether it will be renewed for a 57th season. I am not a Days viewer, but my fingers are crossed for the show as we have so few soaps left.
Netflix gained 4 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2021, short of the 6 million they had projected, which sure sounds like the other streamers are starting to pull some of their market away.
WHAT?!?! I am freaking out!!!!!! This tweet was sent to me on my @bridgerton group chat! Can I please come to a fitting?!?! It would make my whole life!!!!!! I love you Lady W!!! https://t.co/KVnCi6UZRT
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 20, 2021
Music rights issues are making the shows you remember sound very different from how they originally aired. YOU CANNOT HAVE THE X-FILES EPISODE “BEYOND THE SEA” WITHOUT THE SONG “BEYOND THE SEA.”
Looks like House of the Dragon is gearing up for production in south England.
Former Real Housewives of New York cast member Dorinda Medley is leading an aerobics class for charity. If you pay extra, will she scream at you?
Dr. Fauci and other health officials no longer believe we will reach herd immunity, at least not through the vaccine. From The New York Times:
White House officials say they take it as a good sign that nearly 51 percent of American adults have turned out for a first dose — “a major milestone,” said Dr. Bechara Choucair, the White House vaccinations coordinator, and an indication that “there are tens of millions of people who are still eager to get vaccinated.”
But he is well aware that there will come a time when Americans are no longer fighting for vaccine slots, and when supply will exceed demand.
In some parts of the country, that point may be here. In Mississippi, which opened vaccinations to all adults a month ago, 21 percent of the population is fully inoculated. In Alabama, the figure is just 19 percent. In Georgia, home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just 20 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.
“There are states where they feel they have hit the wall,” said Mike Fraser, the executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. “The folks that wanted it have found it. The folks that don’t want it are not bothering to find it.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, doesn’t want to talk about herd immunity anymore.
“Rather than concentrating on an elusive number, let’s get as many people vaccinated as quickly as we possibly can,” he said at a White House briefing last week, a sentiment he’s since repeated.
What Fauci doesn’t explicitly state, but others do, is that with about a quarter of Americans saying they might not want to be immunized, herd immunity is simply not an attainable goal.
“It’s theoretically possible but we as a society have rejected that,” said Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. “There is no eradication at this point, it’s off the table. The only thing we can talk about is control.”
Not reaching herd immunity is a scary possibility: people are going to continue to die unnecessarily from this disease, we will continue to see outbreaks in certain communities with the same surges and pressures on our hospitals, and it increases the chance that the virus can mutate into a vaccine-resistant form. One way you can help is if you have received the vaccine is to talk about it: post about it on social media, tell your friends and family. As more people see folks in their communities receive the vaccine, the less hesitant they become about receiving it themselves. Who knows who you might convince to get the shot.
- After School Special is being developed at Peacock.
- Kiara Barnes and John Gabriel Rodriguez have joined the cast of Fantasy Island on Fox.
- Nathalie Kelley, Colin Donnell, and Patti Murin will star in To Catch a Spy on Hallmark Channel.
- Vice President Kamala Harris will appear in Action Planet: Meeting the Climate Challenge on Discovery+, OWN, Discovery, and Science.
- Shaunette Renée Wilson is leaving The Resident on Fox.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Cube will premiere on TBS on June 10.
- Oxygen will debut on Netflix on May 12.
- Black Love returns on OWN on May 14.
- Sardar Ka Grandson will premiere on Netflix on May 18.
- It looks like You and The Witcher will be released on Netflix sometime this fall. And Finn Wolfhard hints that Stranger Things won’t be back until 2022.
- Ragnarok will return on Netflix on May 27.
- It’s Not Too Late: Earth Day Special will stream on Hulu on April 22.
- Between Black and Blue will stream on AMC+ on May 25.
- Survivor’s Remorse will air on BET beginning tonight.
Monte Hellman, Director
Zero: A teenager with the power of invisibility is dragged into a small-time criminal’s plans in this new series. Netflix
Married At First Sight: Unmatchables: 16 applicants from previous seasons are given a new chance of love in this new Married at First Sight spinoff. Premiere. 9 p.m., Lifetime
The Price is Right at Night: Late-night host Lily Sing comes on down for a primetime special episode. 7 p.m., CBS
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Elisabeth Moss, James Cameron, Carlos Vives, Ricky Martin
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Christine Baranski, Melissa Villaseñor, Emmanuelle Caplette
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Ed Helms, Susan Page
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Cher, Jackson Wang
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: George W. Bush, Maroon 5
- Watch What Happens Live: Brad Goreski, Jackie Goldschneider
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Teddy Swims
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