Cute animal of the day goes to Lefty and the poster his mom made to protest the NRA convention tomorrow:
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We are still reeling from Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde.
And here’s why there will be no bipartisan solution to our gun death epidemic anytime soon: it’s not just the money from the gun lobbies filling their pockets, it’s the messaging the Republicans have been running on for the past 40 years, the “slippery slope” theory. For decades, the Republicans, following the NRA’s lead, have been warning their voters that if they allow any gun regulation at all, if they allow background checks or laws requiring safe storage or smart guns, the next thing you know, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the entire Squad would all be at their door to collect their guns. They can’t back down from that messaging now just because another classroom of children is dead in a completely preventable act. All they can do is repeat “thoughts and prayers” and “mental illness” and “fewer doors” and “don’t politicize a tragedy” until the news cycle moves on to something else and we leave them alone.
However, though pro-gun conservatives are attempting to wait us out so they can change the conversation to something that doesn’t implicate them so obviously and directly, some people are speaking out.
Yesterday at a press conference in Uvalde that was being broadcast live on cable news channels, Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Senator Ted Cruz were confronted by gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke. It was difficult to hear what he was saying because he never screamed or yelled, but he told Governor Abbott that this massacre was “totally predictable” and criticized all the men on the stage for “doing nothing.” Other men on the stage with the Governor started yelling Beto down, one saying, “I can’t believe you’re a sick son of a bitch that would come to a deal like this to make a political issue.” Of course, all of this is a political issue, including the event itself.
"It's on you."
— The Recount (@therecount) May 25, 2022
Beto left the auditorium and proceeded to take questions from the media in Spanish and English outside:
It took Beto O’Rourke just 15 seconds to rattle off 4 common-sense gun reforms that have been stalled for years despite widespread popular support
I understand the position of those who feel like this was a tacky political stunt, but the thing is? This is a political issue no matter how many times people like Ted Cruz wistfully sigh that we shouldn’t “politicize” tragedy. Politicians are the only ones who can get us out of this mess, and so we need to get into their faces about it, and not let them wait us out once again. Being polite has changed exactly nothing.
From Beto O’Rourke: “This is the only time that we are all focused on what just happened. It’s the only time to call for the action that we need that is going to prevent this from happening again, and I know that there are a majority of us, of good conscience and of good will in the state of Texas, of all political parties, of all backgrounds, who want to do the right thing.”
Speaking of getting into their faces, look how fast Ted Cruz runs away when he doesn’t have an answer to this very simple question. (Well, he does have an answer, we all know what the answer is, he just can’t say it out loud.) Ask harder questions, journalists, and don’t let them weasel their way out of them:
Excellent, persistent interviewing from @Stone_SkyNews.
This is how it's done. pic.twitter.com/GHNwQZzVhR
— Barry Malone (@malonebarry) May 26, 2022
Meanwhile, over on Fox News, they’ve offered over 50 different “solutions,” none of which are gun control, obvs.
Our late night hosts have some ideas for solutions:
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: “While our leaders on the right – the ‘Americans’ in Congress and at Fox News and these other outlets – warn us not to politicize this. They immediately criticize our President for even speaking about doing something to stop it. Because they don’t want to speak about it. Because they know what they’ve done. And they know what they haven’t done. And they know that it’s indefensible. So they’d rather sweep this under the rug.
“And here’s the thing – I don’t believe Ted Cruz doesn’t care about children. I don’t. I refuse to believe he is unaffected by this. He’s a father. I bet he went to bed sick to his stomach last night. It’s easy to call someone a monster. But he’s not a monster – he is a human being. And some people might not like hearing me say that, but it’s true.
“So here’s the thing I would like to say to Ted Cruz, the human being, and Governor Abbot, and everyone: It’s OK to admit you made a mistake. In fact, it’s not just OK, it’s necessary to admit you made a mistake when your mistake is killing the children in your state.
“It takes a big person to do something like that. It takes a brave person to do something like that. And do I think these men are brave people? No, I don’t. I don’t.
“But man – I would love it if they surprised me.”
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: “There is a simple if extremely difficult solution: reduce the number of guns. We’ve done it before and it worked.”
Late Night with Seth Meyers: “Entrenched powerful forces have perpetrated a monumental, decades-long fraud in convincing large numbers of people that it is their constitutional right to own arsenals and military-grade weaponry. And they’ve invested large sums in convincing people that that made up right — a right five Republican justices essentially invented out of whole cloth not that long ago — is constantly under threat.”
The Late Late Show with James Corden: “When I drop my kids off at school in the morning and kiss them goodbye, it doesn’t cross your mind that that could ever be the last goodbye. The thought of that phone call — that your child is the victim of a mass shooting — is beyond comprehension as a human being.
“I’m so deeply sad for the families of these children, the trauma of the survivors and for the future, these kids will never see.”
An interesting note on Jimmy Kimmel’s comments: Dallas’s ABC affiliate WFAA interrupted his emotional monologue with commercials. Kimmel stopped short of accusing the station of doing it deliberately in a tweet, but they responded that it was a technical SNAFU.
To my friends in Dallas who are asking: I do not know whether our @ABCNetwork affiliate @wfaa cut away from my monologue tonight intentionally or inadvertently but I will find out. In the meantime, here's what you didn't get to see https://t.co/tqfHoBHMwN
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 26, 2022
We'd made the decision earlier in the day to extend our 10 o'clock news to include *extra* Uvalde coverage in our broadcast, it had nothing to do with your monlogue. We're on the same team. 🤝
— Pete Freedman (@PeteFreedman) May 26, 2022
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, CBS pulled their season finale of FBI, as it dealt with a school shooting. Lifetime has also pushed the release of The Bad Seed Returns in response to the tragedy.
And please, for the love of God, stop asking Quinta Brunson for a school shooting episode of Abbott Elementary, what is wrong with you people?
please use that energy to ask your elected official to get on Beto time and nothing less. I'm begging you.
— quinta brunson (@quintabrunson) May 25, 2022
Abbott elementary is show that greatly display black kids joy. Why would y’all want that show to include a school shooting episode? Why can’t black kids be happy?
— Anastasia Gracia (@agracia623) May 25, 2022
If you are a fan of The Godfather as my entire family is, I can not recommend The Offer on Paramount+ strongly enough. The portrayal of Robert Evans alone is genius. Also, I would love to know if Francis Ford Coppola is watching.
Apparently, there is a new animated series based on Better Call Sal and it’s not the only one? How am I just learning about this?
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- My Dream Car has been renewed for a second season on Fox Business.
- Welcome to Eden has been renewed for a second season on Netflix.
- A live-action Speed Racer series is in development at Apple TV+.
- Demimonde, J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi drama, is in danger of not going forward at HBO, and in fact, his entire deal with Warner Bros. is being reevaluated by the new bosses. I’m not saying this is worrisome for the creative output of HBO, except OH WAIT, YES I AM.
- The Big Breakfast is returning to Channel 4.
- Seth Green is replacing Jim Gaffigan as the voice of Thunderbolt on DC’s Stargirl on The CW.
Mark Your Calendars
- Man Vs Bee will premiere on Netflix on June 24.
- Snowflake Mountain will premiere on Netflix on June 22.
- Love & Anarchy will return on Netflix on June 16.
- The Barking Murders will debut on BritBox on June 6.
- Baby Fever will premiere on Netflix on June 8.
- Rhythm + Flow: France will premiere on Netflix on June 9.
- As the Crow Flies will premiere on Netflix on June 3.
- Martin: The Reunion will premiere on BET+ on June 16.
- Navalny will premiere on HBO Max today.
- Trying will return on Apple TV+ on July 22.
- Married at First Sight returns on Lifetime on June 6.
- B-Boy Blues will premiere on BET+ on June 9.
- CMA Fest will debut on ABC on August 3.
- Wednesday will be released on Netflix this fall.
Ray Liotta, Legendary actor most famous for Goodfellas, but also many other film and TV roles, including Hanna and Shades of Blue
I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray.
I can be anywhere in the world & people will come up & tell me their favorite movie is Goodfellas. Then they always ask what was the best part of making that movie. My response has always been the same…Ray Liotta. pic.twitter.com/3gNjJFTAne
— Lorraine Bracco (@Lorraine_Bracco) May 26, 2022
RIP Ray Liotta. I feel so lucky to have squared off against this legend in one of his final roles. The scenes we did together were among the all time highlights of my acting career. He was dangerous, unpredictable, hilarious, and generous with his praise for other actors.Too soon pic.twitter.com/FvsV2NNHkw
— Alessandro Nivola (@SandroNivola) May 26, 2022
I’m really sad to hear that Ray Liotta has passed away. He was an friend back in the day and it’s very sad. We had a lot of laughs Rest In Peace My friend.
— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) May 26, 2022
RIP Ray Liotta (1954-2022). pic.twitter.com/ALlMy2Saal
— Museum of the Moving Image (@MovingImageNYC) May 26, 2022
John Zderko, Actor in Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, 9-1-1: Lone Star and Bosch: Legacy
Lee Lawson, The Guiding Light actress
Morton “Mort” Janklow, Literary agent
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- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Machine Gun Kelly, Harry Kane
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jon Hamm, Julio Torres, a performance from the musical “Six”, Ulf Mickael Wahlgren
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Beto O’Rourke, Karl Urban
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Terry Crews, June Diane Raphael, Amos Lee
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rose Byrne, The Miz, Sebastián Yatra
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