Did you see this sweet story about a team who made special braces for a baby giraffe at the San Diego Zoo to help her walk and stand? I just learned yesterday that the husband of one of my middle school friends was on that team!
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It sounds like ABC is toying with the idea of Chris Rock hosting the Oscars next year. I mean, how can they possibly resist, right?
Jimmy Kimmel Live! will be heading back to Brooklyn for a week of shows this fall. He hasn’t been able to make the annual trip back home for the past two years because of COVID.
Samuel L. Jackson is NOT banned from Saturday Night Live. I repeat, he is not banned from SNL.
Dolly Parton presented the Peabody career achievement award to Dan Rather, and I love them both so much.
I didn’t address the horrific mass shooting in Buffalo over the weekend yesterday, in small part because I don’t know that I have anything profound to add to the conversation. White supremacy is a cancer; weapons of war have no place on our streets; these monsters are not “crazy” or “lone wolves,” they are part of a violent fascist movement who is increasingly gaining power in this country, and I am legitimately terrified. It’s awful, but literally none of this is new.
But that last point — that this is part of a violent fascist movement — that’s what we should talk about here for just a moment. The killer posted an online manifesto claiming that he had been radicalized online by white replacement theory — the conspiracy theory that Democrats (and the Jews — because always the Jews) are intentionally flooding the country with people of color to maintain power and eliminate the white population.
But the real horror is that this radical conspiracy theory isn’t just lurking in the darker corners of the internet: in recent years, it has found a cozy home on Fox News’ most popular show: Tucker Carlson Tonight. Carlson has mentioned demographic replacement more than 400 times since 2016 and has repeatedly called for his audience to take action.
The New York Times found Tucker Carlson pushed great replacement rhetoric on more than 400 episodes, totaling over 50 hours, since 2017. pic.twitter.com/VK8dugB0nM
— Madeline Peltz (@peltzmadeline) May 15, 2022
Tucker Carlson has spewed rhetoric that echoes replacement theory at least 400 times on his show since 2016.
This is a poison being spread by one of the largest news organizations in America, Fox News.
They need to stop spreading dangerous racist lies and conspiracy theories. pic.twitter.com/XVCWv98SRl
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 16, 2022
The same “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory that inspired the Buffalo massacre also influenced the terror attacks in Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, and El Paso.
But you may recognize it from somewhere else—Tucker Carlson's show, where it has been alluded to on 400+ episodes. pic.twitter.com/8mRE6zLAp4
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) May 17, 2022
So, all eyes were on Tucker Carlson last night, to see how he would respond to the shooting and the allegations that his show encourages violence. It went exactly how you thought it would: he called the shooter “mentally ill,” claimed that the only reason anyone paid attention to this shooting and not the others that took place this weekend was because the victims were Black, that Black people made white people racist, and then tried to claim that he and his viewers are — as they always are — the real victims here.
Tucker Carlson makes himself the victim amid Buffalo shooting: "What is hate speech? Well, it's speech that our leaders hate. So because a mentally ill teenager murdered strangers, you cannot be allowed to express your political views out loud. That's what they're telling you."
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 17, 2022
It is awful and hateful and racist and nothing is ever going to change. Carlson is down to eight advertisers, the last ones who have stuck with him this long and are unlikely to respond to threats of boycotting. Fox News will never fire him, and the GOP will not even make the slightest effort to condemn white replacement theory or Carlson because the GOP is Fox News.
I mean, if we weren’t going to do anything about guns after a madman killed 20 first-graders and if we weren’t going to do anything about Tucker Carlson spewing hate after a white supremacist murdered 23 people in an El Paso Walmart, what’s going to change now?
Andy Dick was arrested, again, for felony sexual assault that took place on a YouTube live stream.
Sam Asi, a BBC Arabic journalist and member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who was placed on probation by the HFPA after he was accused of sexual misconduct is now suing the HFPA, claiming that he was sexually and racially harassed by its members.
Andie MacDowell spoke about having a panic attack on set following the 2016 election, when she was realized she was the only woman in the room. She also noted that since the #MeToo movement, there are more women on sets. Good.
So, the funniest thing happening on Twitter today is that king of the incels, Jordan Peterson, got mad because Sports Illustrated deigned to feature American model and singer-songwriter Yumi Nu on one of its Swimsuit Issue covers. Yumi Nu is the first plus-sized Asian model to make the cover and girlfriend is gorgeous. But apparently, she’s not to Peterson’s liking, which, you know, whatever. Except this dickbox, he claimed that featuring her is the result of “authoritarian tolerance.”
Sorry. Not beautiful. And no amount of authoritarian tolerance is going to change that. https://t.co/rOASeeQvee
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) May 16, 2022
Then when people pushed back on his nonsense, Peterson announced he was quitting Twitter. That’s right: he insulted a stranger on Twitter for no good Goddamned reason, and then when other strangers insulted him, he got his fee-fees hurt and is running away. Christ, what an asshole.
you’ll never guess what jordan peterson is calling authoritian https://t.co/joaLCmEATB
— transgender marx (@JUNlPER) May 16, 2022
*literally anything happens*
Jordan Peterson: pic.twitter.com/bvnZUwrnPS
— Merkin Muffley (@MerkinMuffley5) May 16, 2022
jordan peterson called a sports illustrated model ugly on here and then a bunch of people made fun of him and then he posted like a hundred times about how twitter is toxic and said he was quitting twitter and instead kept posting. so basically to me he's like socrates,
— leon (@leyawn) May 17, 2022
I’m mostly sick of seeing Jordan Peterson stuff but the post everyone is talking about today is funny because it seems like he tried jacking off to the cover photo and failed and tried to make it a political issue
— The Baller of the First Sin (@ByYourLogic) May 16, 2022
Anyway, for no particular reason, this is what this Peterson guy looks like:
jordan peterson looks like his job is stealing blood from hospitals for dracula pic.twitter.com/RDBvuEiJeP
— Miss Gender (@girldrawsghosts) May 17, 2022
- 9-1-1 and The Resident were renewed for a sixth season on Fox.
- Dateline NBC has been renewed for a 31st season on NBC.
- Home has been renewed for a second season on Apple TV+.
- The Lost Kitchen; Restoration Road With Clint Harp; and Zoë Bakes have all been renewed for a third season on Magnolia Network.
- Disney+ is developing a Star Wars series by Spider-Man director Jon Watts.
- A multi-cam family comedy from Mike O’Malley starring Jon Cryer is close to being given a pilot at NBC.
- Cindy Snow, a meteorologist comedy, is reportedly close to being ordered at Fox.
- The Daria spinoff, Jodie, is now going to be a film, not a series. It’s being determined which Paramount network it will debut on. The cast is crazy.
- Greatest Roasts of All Time, a roast of Tom Brady, is coming to Netflix.
- The Shrinking Of Treehorn, Ron Howard’s first animated feature, has been bought by Netflix.
- How To Screw It All Up has been ordered at HBO Max.
- Dance the World With Derek Hough; Restaurants at the End of the World; Farming is Life; Extraordinary Birder; and Science Fair: The Series have all been ordered at National Geographic.
- Silos Baking Competition; Fixer Upper: Welcome Home – The Castle; The Home Team with Britt and Annie; and Recipe Lost and Found have been ordered at Magnolia Network.
- Yasmin Finney is set to be the new Rose on Doctor Who.
- Charles Dance, Meta Golding, Enid Graham, Jason Butler Harner, and Walt Klink have been added to the cast of Rabbit Hole on Paramount+.
Mark Your Calendars
- Prey will premiere on Hulu on August 5.
- Irma Vep will premiere on HBO and HBO Max on June 6.
- The Old Man will debut on FX on June 16.
- Jerry & Marge Go Large will premiere on Paramount+ on June 17.
- Spiderhead will premiere on Netflix on June 17.
- Flatbush Misdemeanors returns on Showtime on June 17.
- Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders will premiere on Hulu on May 24.
- For the Love of Jason will return on ALLBLK on June 2.
- Hulu announced summer dates for movies and shows.
- The Real Housewives of Dubai debuts on Bravo on June 1.
- Southern Charm will return on Bravo on June 23.
- Echo will debut on Disney+ in 2023.
- Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai will debut on HBO Max sometime later this year.
- Quest for the Stanley Cup will return on ESPN+ on May 27.
Maggie Peterson, Andy Griffith Show actress
Kay Mellor, British TV writer and producer
Black Gold: This documentary exposes the cover-up of the century, in which Exxon learned more than 40 years ago that their industry was accelerating climate change and deployed black ops to hide the evidence. Premiere. Paramount+
The Resident: Devon is offered an opportunity out of state. Season finale. 7 p.m., Fox
Mr. Mayor: Arpi and Neil head to the debate stage in the series finale. 7:30 p.m., NBC
Lovestruck High: A bunch of UK singles is brought to an American High School setting where they will “be fulfilling their teenage fantasies by entering the nostalgic picture-perfect world of an American High School,” and try to find love? And Lindsey Lohan narrates? What the actual hell? Premiere. Prime Video
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Nick Jonas, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Ella Mai
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Chelsea Handler, Martha Stewart, Allegra Hyde
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Ricky Gervais, Trombone Shorty
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Hannah Einbinder, Lennon Parham, a performance by the cast of “Hadestown”
- Watch What Happens Live: Joe Gorga, Joe Benigno, Evan Goldschneider, Bill Aydin, Louie Ruelas, Frank Catania
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