How I will be spending my retirement:
He wanted his snuggles. https://t.co/GJ0TJnuX0h
— The Dodo (@dodo) June 29, 2021
The Britney Spears conservatorship story came roaring back this past week with two huge stories: The New York Times uncovered documents that showed she has been asking for years for the conservatorship to be altered, and on Wednesday, when she spoke in a public court hearing, asserting that the conservatorship is “abusive.” And boy howdy, does it seem abusive.
According to her prepared statement, Spears claims she was forced to take mood-altering drugs, forced to go to rehab, had an IUD implanted in her that she is not allowed to remove even though she would like to have a third child, and forced to work and perform so as to support other people, including her father who runs the conservatorship, and lawyers that represent both her and her father. Look, if she’s well enough to go on worldwide tours, perform in Vegas, and record albums, by my estimation she’s well enough to make decisions ABOUT HER OWN DAMN BODY. This whole situation is infuriating and disgusting and infantilizing and profoundly misogynistic. Free Britney, indeed.
After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time.
Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right.
No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 24, 2021
We love you Britney!!! Stay strong ❤️❤️❤️
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) June 23, 2021
#WhoseGoingToEverBelieveHer ? #WeDo ! ☸️ #FreeBritney 🕊 Anyone who can, get to courthouse . The more humans show . The more guts she will have ! @The_A_Prentice @starksamantha https://t.co/Ji1y9DnMk3 pic.twitter.com/hFWvAkTEkH
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 23, 2021
Britney Spears has every right to be angry. How would you feel if your life was stolen, dissected, mocked? I pray she gets to live your life on her terms. STOP CONTROLLING WOMEN. #FreeBritney – The Hollywood Reporter https://t.co/qyV9oNnLQt
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) June 23, 2021
Bless Britney and I hope with my whole heart she is awarded freedom from this abusive system. She deserves it more than anything. I admire her courage speaking up for herself today.
— h (@halsey) June 23, 2021
Sending all my love and support to Britney Spears and her fans ♥️
— b r a n d y (@4everBrandy) June 23, 2021
To be silenced, ignored, bullied or denied support by those “close” to you is the most depleting, devastating and demeaning thing imaginable. The harmful mental and emotional damage this can take on a human spirit is nothing to be taken lightly.
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) June 29, 2021
While I am not behind the closed doors of this very layered & personal yet public conversation – all I can do is share from my heart on what I’ve heard, read and seen in the media.
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) June 29, 2021
To a woman who has worked under conditions and pressure unimaginable to most, I promise you she deserves all of the freedom possible to live her happiest life.
My heart goes out to Britney. She deserves all the TRUE love and support in the world. 🤍
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) June 29, 2021
Jamie Lynn Spears and Kevin Federline have also made statements, and Amber Tamblyn wrote a piece identifying with Britney’s role as “everyone’s ATM.”
This story fills me with blind rage. Here’s to hoping Britney finds some freedom soon.
Speaking of Britney, on a recent panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, Tina Fey discussed Girls5Eva and cancel culture, especially in terms of looking back on our past and reevaluating things that are now culturally unacceptable:
“We’re culturally looking back at stuff that we all took as totally normal, fun and just cool in the ’90s, whether it’s the way David Letterman dismantled Lindsey Lohan or an underage Britney Spears singing ‘Slave 4 U,’” Fey said. “We’re all looking back at those things now and being like, ‘Oh, we all cosigned that? Oh, that’s terrible.’”
Seth Rogen makes another interesting point about cancel culture. Speaking of: Busy Philipps has a theory on why Rogen has distanced himself from James Franco and it checks out: “I mean, I’m going to say something now, whatever—Seth is married to a very f**king smart woman.”
Hours after making a second apology to Courtney Stodden for being a bully, Chrissy Teigen was accused by former Project Runway contestant Michael Costello, of bullying him, too and trying to end his career, driving him to consider suicide. Except … maybe the evidence he produced was all faked? In any event, her team is not standing for it at all:
Fox News has been fined $1 million for “human rights violations,” tied to sexual misconduct and discrimination.
Harvey Weinstein will finally be extradited to California to face 11 sexual assault charges.
Gross men being gross:
Marilyn Manson will turn himself in for that assault case in New Hampshire.
Eddie Deezen is a fucking CREEP who comes into my work at least once a week, calls and asks other servers for my schedule, and if he comes in and i’m not wearing makeup HE LEAVES. And this grown ass old man has the balls to post this on facebook about me im losing my mind pic.twitter.com/FBFTLdp5Mx
— Kara (@KaraLashbaugh) June 22, 2021
Thelma and Louise turns 30 this year, and it’s well worth remembering the male FREAKOUT about the movie when it came out.
Being shocked that Kid Rock used a homophobic slur is like being shocked that water is wet.
The WGA West’s LGBTQ+ Writers Committee has urged Hollywood to employ more LGBTQ writers as a means to combat discrimination and add more representation.
If you love this game, you are welcome here. Football is for all. Football is for everyone.
The NFL stands by the LGBTQ+ community today and every day.
— NFL (@NFL) June 28, 2021
There has been some (mild) pushback on Nassib coming out from gay men who are irritated by the praise he’s received for doing so, pointing out that effeminate men who came out — in much more dangerous times — paved the way for men like Nassib. And that’s true! And it should be acknowledged! But I’m happy when any man is willing to upend the status quo of what it means to be “masculine” and to challenge people in more traditional communities on what they believe it means to be gay or straight, or pockets of culture that they believe strictly belongs to heterosexuality, like the military, sports or religion.
Which is why it is equally great that American Idol alum David Archuleta, who is a practicing Mormon, came out as being queer, and urged people of faith to try to understand LGBTQ community members who are, like him, also wrestling with their religious beliefs.
And be sure to check out the comments for all the support and love he’s getting.
Meanwhile, Anthony Mackie wants it to be very clear that Sam and Bucky’s relationship in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is not like that. I understand the point he’s trying to make: that it’s important to show that straight men can also have deep friendships and be sensitive without it being sexual, but it kinda comes off a little defensive, especially in the same interview where he discusses the importance of representation.
I might be biased but straight dudes should be HONORED to have their friendships mistaken for Gay Shit — it means you're doing it right my babies
— Jason Adams (@JAMNPP) June 17, 2021
And on a lighter note, while I was gone there was a whole story about how Justin Halpern, the co-creator of Harley Quinn, revealed that the DC honchos would not allow them to depict Batman going down on Catwoman because, and I quote, “Heroes don’t do that.” The internet, predictably, went wild.
Of course Batman eats pussy, why tf else would he cut his mask like that
— Iggy (@Internet_Ghoul) June 15, 2021
And to answer the Batman question: pic.twitter.com/IbW0j925Lv
— Thor’s Cabbage Rolls (@kungfucornelius) June 15, 2021
Sorry I was traveling yesterday and completely missed the debate but I always assumed Batman refused to go down on girls because that way nobody would realize he was actually famed cunnilinguist Bruce Wayne
— Myles Hewette (@MyleswithaY) June 15, 2021
my contribution to the batman discourse pic.twitter.com/6csLmuaHPu
— Dangus Paul (@MonkeyKingPaul) June 15, 2021
So uhhhh watch Harley Quinn on HBO Max?
— Justin Halpern (@justin_halpern) June 15, 2021
All Other TV News
Emilia Clarke understands why you’re so angry about the Game of Thrones finale (and she agrees with you even if she can’t say it out loud).’
Stranger Things is going to start wrapping things up with this season, but it remains to be seen how many seasons will be after that.
Some Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants applied for and were awarded $20,000+ PPP loans, which is fucking infuriating.
I thought we already established that it was up in the air whether Pete Davidson was returning to SNL? So, he’s still not sure? How is this a story?
Congratulations to Cady McClain, who made Daytime Emmy history this weekend.
TV writers are fighting for their assistants to get a living wage under the new contracts being currently negotiated.
- Good Omens has been renewed for a second season on Amazon.
- The Talk has been renewed for a 12th season on CBS.
- Growing Belushi has been renewed for a second season on Discovery.
- Beauty and the Best, a Beauty and the Beast prequel starring Luke Evans and Josh Gad, and Briana Middleton, has been greenlit at Disney+.
- Perfect Strangers is being rebooted at HBO Max, starring Robin Thede and London Hughes.
- Lopez V. Lopez, a family comedy starring George Lopez and daughter Mayan Lopez, has been given a pilot commitment at NBC.
- Queenpins, a comedy film starring Kristin Bell has been bought by Paramount+ and Showtime.
- Slo Pitch, a mockumentary comedy, has been picked up at IFC.
- Ke Nui Road has been ordered to pilot at HBO Max.
- Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes has been greenlit at HBO.
- Jerry and Marge Go Large, a comedy film starring Bryan Cranston and Annette Benning, has been ordered at Paramount+.
- Red One, an action film starring Dwayne Johnson, has been bought by Amazon.
- Breaking Hillsong has been ordered at Discovery+.
- Marsai Martin will host a new renovation series at Discovery+.
- The story of the rise and fall of the European Super League is being turned into a docuseries at Sky.
- The 22 Murders of Madison May is being adapted into a TV series.
- Fresh Water for Flowers is being adapted into a TV series.
- Sacred Hunger is being developed into a TV series.
- A new Inspector Maigret drama series is in the works.
- Childrens’ animation series, A Tale Dark & Grimm; Dogs In Space; and Super Giant Robot Brothers, have been ordered at Netflix.
- Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot are in the works at Apple TV+.
- Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale will star in The Watcher on Netflix. (If you haven’t already, I strongly suggest you read The Cut piece about this truly terrifying story. It is so good and so scary.)
- Wanda Sykes has joined The Good Fight on Paramount+.
- Kelly Bishop, Kayli Carter, Jackie Hoffman, and Allison Guinn have been added to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.
- Glenn Close is joining Tehran on Apple TV+.
- Jessica Raine and Peter Capaldi will star in The Devil’s Hour on Amazon.
- Renee Elise Goldsberry and Ryan Eggold will host the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC. Blake Shelton, the Jonas Brothers, Reba McEntire, Coldplay, Black Pumas, and OneRepublic will perform.
- Judith Light has joined the cast of Julia on HBO Max.
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jamie Ward, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Simon Harrison, and Chipo Chung, and Amber Fitzgerald-Woolfe have joined the cast of His Dark Materials on HBO.
- Jerry O’Connell will host the game show Pictionary on select Fox stations.
- Lizzy Caplan, Christian Slater, and Clark Duke have joined the adult animated series Inside Job at Netflix.
- Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph, Aidy Bryant, Randall Park, Keke Palmer, David Thewlis, and Brandon Kyle Goodman will star in Human Resources, a spinoff of Big Mouth on Netflix.
- Joel Marsh Garland has joined Joe Exotic on Peacock.
- Jessica Henwick has joined the cast of Knives Out 2 on Netflix.
- Remi Adeleke has joined The Terminal List at Amazon.
- Jeff Wilbusch is joining Breathe on Netflix.
- Katrina Law has joined NCIS on CBS.
- Dascha Polanco will co-star in the Dangerous Moms pilot on NBC.
- Lauren Alaina will star in Roadhouse Romance on Hallmark Family.
- Rosalind Chao, Michael Potts, and Donna Lynne Champlin have been added to the Showtime series The First Lady.
- Veronica Falcón and Ali Stroker are joining Ozark on Netflix.
- Andre Royo is joining With Love on Amazon.
- Antonio Banderas will star in the Italian series The Monster of Florence: A True Story.
- Megan Boone has left The Blacklist on NBC.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Many Saints of Newark will debut in theaters and on HBO Max on October 1.
- Dr. Death will debut on Peacock on July 15.
- I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson will return on Netflix on July 6.
- Fantasy Island will premiere on Fox on August 10.
- Dexter will return on Showtime this fall.
— Dexter on Showtime (@SHO_Dexter) June 20, 2021
- Ghost Adventures will return on Discovery+ on July 22.
— Zak Bagans 🧛🏻♂️ (@Zak_Bagans) June 14, 2021
- grown-ish will return on Freeform on July 8.
- Annette will open in theaters on July 6 and on Amazon on July 20.
- Karen will debut on BET soon.
- Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump will debut on HBO on August 2.
- Blood Red Sky will premiere on Netflix on July 23.
- Smother will premiere on Peacock on July 1.
- Luxe Listings Sydney will premiere on Amazon on July 9.
- Agua Donkeys will premiere on Roku on June 25.
- This Way Up will premiere on Hulu on July 9.
- Beastars will debut on Netflix on July 15.
- Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans will debut on July 21.
- Brat Loves Judy will premiere on WE tv on August 5.
- Entre Nos Presents: Frankie Quinones: Superhomies will debut on HBO Max on July 9.
- Succession will return on HBO in the fall.
- The Demi Lovato Show will premiere on Roku on July 30.
- Magnolia Network is premiering a bunch of new titles on July 15. They will also stream on Discovery+.
- Hallmark and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries have announced a bunch of new films.
- Motherland will return on Sundance Now on July 8.
- Charmed to Death will premiere on Oxygen on July 18.
- The North Water will premiere on AMC+ on July 15.
- Too Hot to Handle Brazil will stream on Netflix beginning on July 21.
- Ultra City Smiths will premiere on AMC+ on July 22.
- The Nevers will return on HBO in 2022.
- Super Heists will premiere on CNBC on August 9.
- Recipe for Change will debut on YouTube on June 30.
Ray MacDonnell, Actor who played Dr. Joe Martin on All My Children for more than 40 years
Norman S. Powell, Producer, director, and television executive who worked on everything from The New Dick Van Dyke Show to 24
Joanne Linville, Actress who played a Romulan commander on the original Star Trek
Cynthia Hargrave, Movie producer who made Wes Anderson’s first film, Bottle Rocket, happen
Menelik Shabazz, British filmmaker
Lisa Banes, Actress in film and Broadway
Karla Burns, Broadway actress
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America’s Top Dog: All dogs are America’s top dog, Brent. Season premiere. 7 p.m., A&E
The Legend of the Underground: This documentary follows the LGBTQ activists in Nigeria and their courageous defiance in the face of a violently hostile society. Premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
Frontline: Germany’s Neo-Nazis & the Far Right: What could go wrong? 9 p.m., PBS
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