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IMPORTANT RACHEL ZEGLER/OSCARS UPDATE: Disney managed to find her a ticket, and she’s going now. Well, that’s one crisis averted.
But speaking of Disney and self-induced headaches: Disney employees staged a walkout yesterday and plan to continue for a full week to protest Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and CEO Bob Chapek’s weak response to it. Though Chapek apologized for saying that corporate donations don’t really matter, and pledged to stop donating to all Florida politicians, employees felt it was too little, too late.
There were coordinated messages from their different divisions, including Marvel Studios:
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) March 15, 2022
We stand with our LGBTQIA+ colleagues, storytellers, families, friends, and fans who are targeted by laws that marginalize and diminish their identities and lives. We remain committed to telling inclusive stories that unite us and celebrate the diverse LGBTQIA+ community.
— Hulu (@hulu) March 22, 2022
— FX Networks (@FXNetworks) March 22, 2022
ESPN believes in inclusivity and denounces legislation and actions across the United States that infringe on any human rights. We stand with our LGBTQIA+ colleagues, friends, families, and fans.
— ESPN (@espn) March 22, 2022
Walt Disney World:
Last week, two ESPN Women’s Basketball broadcasters took a moment of silence to show their solidarity with their LGBTQI+ colleagues.
Today during the Women's NCAA Tournament, ESPN's Carolyn Peck and Courtney Lyle remained silent for two minutes in opposition of Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill.
"There are things bigger than basketball … Our LGBTQIA+ teammates at Disney asked for our solidarity and support." pic.twitter.com/d0xISZvNUh
— The Recount Alt (@therecountalt) March 18, 2022
This all comes on the heels of Disney employees urging the company to protect its LGBTQIA+ employees, including reversing a plan set into motion in 2020 to move all of their Imagineers to Florida.
In response to all the hullabaloo, Disney has paused a planned executive retreat to deal with the ongoing crisis.
And Pixar has restored a same-sex kiss in the upcoming film, Lightyear. It was revealed in the midst of the controversy that Pixar had a history of cutting any references to the LGBTQIA+ community in their films, including a simple rainbow sticker in a San Francisco storefront, deeming it “too distracting.” They also chose to not make a character in Luca queer, because they couldn’t figure out how to do so without creating a romantic relationship for her.
Just to cap a bad couple of weeks off, in the midst of all this mess, it was revealed that Disney included The Port Neches-Groves “Indianettes” High School drill team in a parade at Disney World. The drill team was not allowed to wear their headdresses, but they were allowed to do this …
Cuz a bunch of kids in fringe chanting “scalp ‘em Indians, scalp ‘em” is honor, right?
And any Natives who attend @pngisd should prolly just accept their classmates dehumanizing them cuz “tradition”, right?
Shame on @DisneyParks hosting this. Nostalgic racism is RACISM. pic.twitter.com/ELsJHRgJlw
— tara houska ᔖᐳᐌᑴ (@zhaabowekwe) March 18, 2022
Disney released a statement of regret: “The live performance in our park did not reflect our core values, and we regret it took place. It was not consistent with the audition tape the school provided and we have immediately put measures in place so this is not repeated.”
Somebody pour Disney a cocktail, they need one.
Jussie Smollett update: After the actor had an outburst at his sentencing, Cook County placed him in the jail’s psychiatric ward, to his family’s alarm. However, his detention was short-lived, as an appellate court ordered his release pending the appeal of his conviction. What a mess.
Anthony Mackie is opening a 20-acre studio in East New Orleans, which will be a huge boon to a community that could really use it.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is as confused as you are by the announcements of The Walking Dead spinoffs. Why spoil the ending of The Walking Dead by announcing which characters are going to be in the spinoffs ahead of the series finale? Why would you do that?
Here’s a story about two Real Housewives from different shows who are bickering because of Kanye West’s penis. The world we live in, folks.
We have our first glimpse of Stranger Things, season four.
Netflix might charge you extra for sharing your password soon. Sorta unrelated: someone I don’t know has my Netflix password, that, or my husband or sons have been binge-watching Emily in Paris, Raising Dion, and a whole bunch of anime — all of which they deny doing. 🤷🏻♀️
Two — TWO — Jeopardy! contestants thought that the 77-year-old Diana Ross was 95 years old and people were mad.
Last week, a Jeopardy contestant thought Aretha Franklin was in the Supremes. Tonight, two out of three contestants thought Diana Ross was the answer to: In 2021, what 95 year old singer released an album of new material?
These are surely signs of the apocalypse. #Jeopardy
— rick gamache (@rgamache1) March 22, 2022
Diana Ross, aged 77, watching the Final #Jeopardy answers today: pic.twitter.com/2adBPreQYe
— Nicole (@_nicolehuertas_) March 22, 2022
In Final Jeopardy tonight, TWO #Jeopardy contestants thought Diana Ross was 95 years old in 2021….
95. years. old.
I assume they went straight to jail?? pic.twitter.com/25wT8DRlP3
— RowerGirl (@rower_girl159) March 21, 2022
Diana Ross when she finds out why she's trending. #Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/HzQJ2F31a2
— Jay O'Brien (@Jay_OBrien) March 22, 2022
The contestants in question are terribly sorry:
Me too! I knew she was not nearly that old but better to write something than nothing. Just glad we’re in this together hahahaha
— Finn (@FinnJeopardy) March 22, 2022
Two weeks ago:
The number of cases and deaths continue to dip down, reaching the lowest they’ve been since the Delta surge began last summer. (Remember Delta? Yeah, good times.) There is some concern that we are seeing a surge of the BA.2 Omicron variant in Europe — we tend to follow close behind Europe in these trends, and some states are starting to see an uptick in cases. That said, the variant doesn’t seem to cause more extreme illness and is not evading the vaccine, so the CDC is remaining relatively calm. Just get that shot, dammit.
Meanwhile, over on Worldometer.com, we’re expected to surpass 1 million American deaths today, the same day that federal funding for treatment and testing for the uninsured runs out after Republicans blocked additional funding. Which just makes good sense because it’s not like this virus has had sudden mutations and surges that leave us flat-footed in terms of testing and treatment.
Coverage for vaccines will run out in about two weeks, so get them boosters now.
The virus is still ripping through political figures and celebrities:
Former President Obama tested positive recently.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed yesterday that she tested positive.
Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff tested positive.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed that she tested positive and will not be traveling to Europe with President Biden today.
Bridgerton actress Nicola Coughlan tested positive and missed the season two premiere event.
Succession‘s Sarah Snook tested positive and had to miss the Critics Choice Awards.
Kenneth Branagh and actor Ciarán Hinds both tested positive and had to miss the Producers Guild Awards. (You might note that all four of these actors are in the U.K. where BA.2 is going crazy.)
CBS News’ Tony Dokoupil has tested positive.
Desus Nice tested positive and Desus & Mero‘s taping had to be postponed.
Hailey Bieber suffered a “stroke-like” condition that might be related to COVID. She has recovered.
Jill Duggar and her husband both tested positive.
Meanwhile, some venues and spaces tick closer to being back to normal: the Tony Awards will be held in person at Radio City Music Hall in June; Los Angeles is allowing indoor “mega-events” as long as attendees are vaccinated or have proof of a recent negative test; The Oscars will not require attendees from other countries to quarantine; and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will return to its studio and a live audience on April 11.
PLEASE DO NOT DRINK THE COVID TESTING SOLUTION, OR PUT IT IN YOUR EYES OR NOSE. MY GOD.
- All American, The Flash, Kung Fu, Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Superman & Lois, and Walker have all been renewed at The CW.
- My Brilliant Friend has been renewed for a fourth and final season on HBO.
- The Tourist, The Responder, Vigil, and Time have all been renewed at BBC.
- 15 Candles, a reimagining of Sixteen Candles, is being made at Peacock.
- The Real Love Boat, a dating competition, has been ordered at CBS.
- A Lady’s Guide To Selling Out has been ordered at Netflix. Meg Ryan will direct.
- Harlan Coben’s Shelter has been ordered at Prime Video. It will star Jaden Michael.
- Bammas, a comedy written by and starring Opeyemi Olagbaju and Biniam Bizuneh, has been ordered at Hulu.
- Unthinkably Good Things, a film starring Karen Pittman, has been ordered at Hallmark.
- Shows inspired by One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; The Sneetches; Horton Hears A Who!; Wacky Wednesday, and Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose have been ordered at Netflix.
- Charlotte’s Web is being turned into a series at HBO Max.
- The Family, a documentary series about a French cult, is in the works.
- Legacy, a documentary about the environment, has been ordered at Prime Video.
- Richard Hammond’s Crazy Contraptions has been ordered at Channel 4.
- King Of Late Night, a film about Johnny Carson starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is in the works.
- ESPN has signed a four-year deal with Premier Lacrosse League.
- Antoine Fuqua has signed an overall deal with Paramount+.
- Misha Collins is joining Gotham Knights on The CW as Harvey Dent.
- Juliette Lewis has been cast in Immigrant on Hulu.
- Chris Sullivan will star in the ABC comedy pilot The Son-In-Law.
- Jimmy Smits will star in the CBS pilot East New York.
- Paul Wesley will star as Captain Kirk in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on Paramount+.
- Mckenna Grace will star in A Friend of the Family on Peacock.
- Matt Bomer is likely to star in Maestro on Netflix.
- Demore Barnes is returning to Law & Order: SVU on NBC.
- Frankie Faison has joined The Rookie spinoff on ABC.
- Madeline Wise, and Inga Schlingmann have joined the CBS Geena Davis pilot.
- Kimee Balmilero, Tess Paras, and Jason Rogel are joining the ABC pilot Josep.
- Camille Kostek will host Dancing with Myself on NBC.
- Stephen Schneider has joined Players on Paramount+.
- Karina Bonnefil, Catfish Jean, Courtney Taylor, and Ana Bowen have joined Send Help on AllBlk.
- John Clarence Stewart, Shamika Cotton, and Miracle Watts have been added to the cast of P-Valley on Starz.
- Heather Graham, Brandy Norwood, Jason Biggs, and Matt Cedeño will star in Best. Christmas. Ever. on Netflix.
- Nida Khurshid, and JoJo Fleites have been added to the cast of The Winchesters on The CW.
- Kyle Gallner, and Johnny Berchtold will star in The Passenger on Epix.
- Al Michaels will call Thursday Night Football games on Prime Video.
- Mike Tirico is joining NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
- Nicole Muñoz, Praneet Akilla, Jesse Stanley, and Mark Hildreth are joining GenZeroes, an NFT series. I have no idea what that means.
Mark Your Calendars
- Candy will debut on Hulu on May 9.
- The Pentaverate will debut on Netflix on May 5.
- The Offer will premiere on Paramount+ on April 28.
- A Very British Scandal premieres on Prime Video on April 22.
- A Black Lady Sketch Show returns on HBO on April 8.
- Derry Girls returns on Netflix soon.
- Woke returns on Hulu on April 8.
- One Perfect Shot will premiere on March 24 on HBO Max.
- Sketchbook premieres on Disney+ on April 27.
- Heartstopper premieres on Netflix on April 22.
- Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is coming to Peacock soon.
- Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star will premiere on Netflix on April 7.
- Smother returns on Peacock on April 28.
- Detective Conan: Zero’s Tea Time debuts on Netflix in July.
- Clark premieres on Netflix on May 5.
Bill Skarsgård stars in Clark, a new series directed by Jonas Åkerlund about Clark Olofsson — the notorious Swedish bank robber whose actions inspired the expression “Stockholm Syndrome." Premieres May 5 pic.twitter.com/zuJcmLJ6r7
— Netflix (@netflix) March 16, 2022
- Sex & Murder returns on HLN on April 24.
Double lives. Stunning greed. Deadly rampages. Season 3 of the @HLNTV Original Series #SexAndMurder returns with a two-hour season premiere Sunday, April 24 at 10pm ET/PT. https://t.co/D0ymNERyeh pic.twitter.com/XxuVi6isir
— HLN Public Relations (@HLNPR) March 22, 2022
- Better Call Saul‘s fifth season will begin streaming on Netflix on April 4.
Better Call Saul is back! Season 5 arrives April 4 on Netflix pic.twitter.com/LxhivKeEuH
— Netflix (@netflix) March 22, 2022
- Grace and Frankie returns on Netflix on April 29.
- Selling Sunset returns on Netflix on April 22.
- Have You Seen This Man? will debut on Hulu on March 24.
- Whitney, a Look Back will air on CBS on April 2.
- Nothing Personal will premiere on Netflix on April 26.
- The Ellen DeGeneres Show ends on May 26.
- Reelz has announced 12 new original titles for April.
Lawrence Dane, Actor who appeared in Mod Squad, Bonanza, and The F.B.I., among others
Barbara Maier Gustern, Broadway singing coach
Steven Knauss, Directors Guild of America Associate Western Executive Director
Timmy Thomas, Singer and songwriter
Clive Davis: Most Iconic Performances: The legendary producer takes viewers through some of his favorite performances over the decades. Premiere. Paramount+
Parallels: In this French series, a group of four friends are split in time and space during a mysterious event in this new series. Premiere. Disney+
Harvey: Elwood P. Dowd has an invisible friend. 7 p.m., TCM
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Joe Jonas, Gabriel Iglesias, Wolf Alice
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Chris Laker
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Lisa Kudrow, Michael Chiklis, Allison Russell
- Watch What Happens Live: Dr. Jen Armstrong, Gina Kirschenheiter
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2 thoughts on “Disney and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad few weeks”
My sister in law once logged out my families netflix account at my house and logged in her own to finish a show. She then forgot to log hers out. Since she didn’t ask first I filled her list with anime, Korean soap operas and Thomas the Train before logging her out.