— animals going goblin mode (@mischiefanimals) July 26, 2022
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My head hurts: Hulu doesn’t want to run political ads from Democrats on issues like abortion or gun control — you know, two of the BIGGEST ISSUES WE ARE DEALING WITH AT THE MOMENT ahead of the midterm elections in November. No one tell Hulu that they are the home of The Handmaid’s Tale for fuck’s sake.
.@Hulu’s censorship of the truth is outrageous and offensive. Voters have the right to know the facts about MAGA Republicans’ extreme agenda on abortion – Hulu is doing a huge disservice to the American people.https://t.co/Bh2dOnoynm
— DCCC (@dccc) July 25, 2022
This is obviously a free speech issue: Hulu absolutely has the right to choose to not run any ad for any reason. But not having a written policy outlining exactly what they find “sensitive” creates situations like this that smell like they have a particular political agenda:
Suraj Patel, a Democratic candidate for Congress in New York City, posted a letter of protest, first reported by Jezebel, to Disney CEO Bob Chapek and Hulu President Joe Earley complaining that a Hulu representative told his campaign there was an “unwritten Hulu policy” that deemed the topics in one of his ads too “sensitive” for the platform. The ad in question mentioned Republican successes around abortion, climate change, and gun violence, while also showing footage of the violence from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“To not discuss these topics in my campaign ad is to not address the most important issues facing the United States,” Patel wrote. “Your ban on mobilization messaging has a perverse effect on Democracy.”
Patel said in an interview Sunday that the ad was allowed to run after he edited it, replacing the word “climate change” with “democracy” and replacing the footage of violence at the U.S. Capitol with footage of former president Donald Trump. He has not received a response from Chapek or Earley, he said.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Governors Association tried to purchase joint ads on abortion and guns with Hulu on July 15, along with identical placements on a Disney-affiliated ABC affiliate in Philadelphia and the company’s cable sports channel ESPN. The Hulu ads never ran, while the others did.
The blocked ads do not use violent or jarring imagery. One spot lists statistics about the harm of gun violence and criticizes Republican efforts to block more gun regulation. The other warns that Republicans are trying to “rip away” access to abortion without exceptions for rape, incest or the lives of those who are pregnant.
Here are the two ads in question:
RETWEET to help spread this far and wide: @Hulu is banning our ads that tell the truth about how Republicans are more devoted to the gun lobby than to keeping Americans safe, so we need your help to get the message out. pic.twitter.com/IQS8E6bYyV
— Senate Democrats (@dscc) July 25, 2022
Only watch this video in which Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn discuss fan theories about Better Call Saul if you are fully caught up. All of the spoiler alerts.
Bob Odenkirk also opened up about just how serious his heart attack on the set of Better Call Saul was. If it wasn’t for a REALLY lucky coincidence that a crew member happened to have a defibrillator in her car — a defibrillator that she had borrowed, and was trying to return, but her friend hadn’t been home to receive it — he might not be with us today.
The Stranger Things guys edited a scene in the first season to make Johnathan’s behavior less skeevy. In the second episode, Johnathan, while out in the woods looking for Will, takes photos of Nancy while she’s getting undressed in Steve’s bedroom. Now it’s been edited to show him see her in Steve’s room, but he doesn’t take pictures of her.
Speaking of Nancy, THE AUDACITY OF THIS WOMAN.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis agreed to do That ’90s Show, because they recognized that That ’70s Show made them. That’s some refreshing gratitude.
That gunfight that disrupted the set of Justified: City Primeval last week also shot up the set of Chicago Med. Everyone is fine, but freaked out.
The “House of the Dragon: DracARys augmented reality app is now live, so go raise a dragon.
The NFL launched its own streaming service, NFL+, but I don’t understand why? Who is this for? Why wouldn’t you just watch the games for free on TV?
Vince McMahon has officially retired from WWE following revelations that he paid multiple women millions of dollars to stay quiet about affairs and misbehavior.
Mike Shouhed of Shahs of Sunset was arrested in March and charged with 13 criminal charges including domestic violence and battery against his fiancé. (Previously, there had been no confirmation that his arrest was for domestic violence. The series was abruptly canceled by Bravo after his arrest.)
Ricky Martin’s nephew withdrew his harassment claims against him, and the restraining order has been dropped. Martin says the entire mess has been “painful and devastating” but wishes his nephew the best, and hopes he finds the help he needs.
Scientology wants the Supreme Court to force Danny Masterson’s accusers back under a religious arbitration agreement preventing them from being able to sue him and the church. According to the state of California, the women had left the church and were no longer bound by the agreement, but according to Scientology, they’re being discriminated against.
First of all, Joe Rogan attacking Jordan Peterson for dead naming Elliot Page is … unexpected. But second, can we discuss Zachary Levi calling Peterson one of the “deepest thinkers” and someone with “integrity”? What the fuck, dude?
So. Disney changed the name of the employees who dressed children as princesses and knights from “Fairy Godmothers in Training” to “Fairy Godmothers’ Assistants” because some of the employees are men and they are being more inclusive. You will be shocked to discover that people are SO ANGRY about this.
Disney has officially changed the names of their 'Fairy Godmothers' to 'Fairy Godmother's Apprentices' in an effort to be more inclusive.
If you aren't already boycotting Disney, now is the time to start.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) July 21, 2022
Since Disney changed fairy-godmother” to the “gender-neutral apprentice” and we have “same sex marriage” but over the 100 genders and cannot define a woman.
I’m a inauthentic indiscernible human and therefore am incapable of paying Taxes.
— Charlie DiLorenzo (@C__DiLorenzo) July 24, 2022
Disney has changed the title of “fairy-godmother” to the gender-neutral “apprentice.”
Until women start making a bonafide uproar about this sort of thing, it’s not going to stop.
They’ve got you all up in arms about abortion, but this has become acceptable.
— Zeek “1/8 Taco” Arkham (@ZeekArkham) July 23, 2022
If you want something to actually be outraged about, here are a few:
Matt Gaetz, accused sex trafficker of teens, made this insightful comment this weekend:
Gaetz: “Why is it that the women with the least likelihood of getting pregnant are the ones most worried about having abortions? Nobody wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb.” pic.twitter.com/0qqvun3Pf8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 23, 2022
Tucker gives advice to young men: “Having sex with strangers is never that fun .. and you’re too drunk anyway .. First of all, it’s super easy, because feminism has convinced women they have to be like men, so they have to sleep with you .. it’s all so unbelievably f*cked up.” pic.twitter.com/BY0Z4YmkiD
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) July 24, 2022
Reported first by VICE: Ohio GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance said last September that parents separating from "even violent" marriages made it "easier for people to shift spouses like they change their underwear" and that "didn't really work out for the kids of those marriages." pic.twitter.com/CY81Ru0waJ
— Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) July 25, 2022
- The Con has been renewed for a second season on ABC.
- Ugliest House in America has been renewed at HGTV.
- A live-action adaptation of Eragon is being developed at Disney+.
- A sequel and a spinoff of The Gray Man have been ordered at Netflix.
- Those About to Die, a gladiator series from Roland Emmerich, has been ordered at Peacock.
- All the Way Home will be adapted into a half-hour comedy series.
- An Ash vs. Evil Dead animated series is apparently in discussions.
- Alyssa Farah is your new Meghan McCain.
- Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik are going to continue co-hosting Jeopardy! for the upcoming season.
- Adelaide Kane is joining the cast of Grey’s Anatomy on ABC.
Mark Your Calendars
- A League of Their Own will debut on Prime Video on August 12.
- Reginald the Vampire will premiere on Syfy on August 5.
- LEGO Masters returns on Fox on September 21.
- LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation will debut on Disney+ on August 5.
- The Undeclared War will premiere on Peacock on August 18.
- Queer for Fear will debut on Shudder on September 29.
- Broad Peak will debut on Netflix in September.
- The Next 365 Days will debut on Netflix on August 19.
- Sweet Life: Los Angeles will return on HBO Max on August 4.
- Darlings will premiere on Netflix on August 5.
- Power Book III: Raising Kanan will return on August 14 on Starz.
- Black Girl Stuff will premiere on Revolt TV on August 2.
- Percy Jackson & The Olympians will not debut until sometime in 2024, according to Rick Riordan.
Tony Dow, Actor known for playing Wally on Leave it to Beaver
Aaron Latham, Screenwriter and journalist whose story inspired Urban Cowboy, and husband of 60 Minutes journalist Leslie Stahl
Yoko Shimada, Emmy-nominated actress in Shōgun
Pig vs. Shark: I’m pretty sure I know who wins this one. 9 p.m., Discovery
Street Food USA: We could have had taco trucks on every corner … Series premiere. Netflix
Snake in the Grass: Four players are dropped into the wilderness with a chance to win $100,000, but one of them is a saboteur. So, basically, NBC has reinvented The Mole. Premiere — will move to USA. 9 p.m., NBC
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: John Krasinski, Regé-Jean Page, Maggie Rogers
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ethan Hawke, Joel Kim Booster, Iman Vellani, Art Cruz
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Charlamagne tha God, Brett Gelman, St. Vincent
- The Daily Show: Molly Burke, Brian Cox
- Watch What Happens Live: Jeff Lewis, Cynthia Bailey
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|CW||Superman & Lois
|FOX||Crime Scene Kitchen
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