Dave Chapelle Saga: Hannah Gadsby Slams Netflix Boss Ted Sarandos – Variety

“Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn’t drag my name into your mess,” Gadsby wrote. “Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial word view.”

“You didn’t pay me nearly enough to deal with the real world consequences of the hate speech dog whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted. F**k you and your amoral algorithm cult… I do sh*ts with more back bone than you. That’s just a joke! I definitely didn’t cross a line because there isn’t one.”
— Read on variety.com/2021/streaming/global/dave-chappelle-hannah-gadsby-ted-sarandos-1235090023/

I’m with her.

Dean Cain Slams Superman Coming Out as Bisexual – The Hollywood Reporter

Former Superman actor Dean Cain criticized DC Comics storyline following Clark Kent’s son who has come out as bisexual.
— Read on www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/dean-cain-superman-bisexual-1235030248/

Someone tell Dean Cain to sit down before he hurts himself? He’s not the keep of the Superman legacy. Art should reflect the times and DC Comics is not “bandwagoning,” rather, it reflects its true readership. It is not in the business of appearing C-listers clamoring for air time.

After the Facebook outage this week, experts recommend more social media breaks – CNN

The world experienced a forced break from Facebook’s social networking tools on Monday, and many people felt liberated from their devices. Experts say we should liberate ourselves and do it more often.
— Read on www.cnn.com/2021/10/08/health/facebook-outage-social-media-break-wellness/index.html

Time to seek a better means of connecting to our communities. No one entity should have this much control over our personal lives, content, and especially, brains.

#takeabreak #disconnect #engagesocially

Tommy Kirk Dead: Child Star Of ‘Old Yeller’, ‘The Shaggy Dog’ Was 79 – Deadline

Tommy Kirk, one of Disney’s major young stars of the 1950s and early ’60s, died at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada yesterday. He was 79.
— Read on deadline.com/2021/09/tommy-kirk-dead-child-star-old-yeller-the-shaggy-dog-was-79-1234846897/

In the cold light of day, the entertainment industry remains a merciless meat grinder. Yet, the late Tommy Kirk’s artistic legacy despite the homophobia that still causes havoc on so many talented people, remains an indelible achievement.

I look at the gains made in recent years in terms of tolerance and gender identity as being a result of people like Tommy Kirk pioneering the way forward.

Rest In Power and Peace, TK.

Lori Loughlin Sets Acting Return in ‘When Hope Calls’ at GAC Family – Varietyw

Lori Loughlin is set to return to acting with a guest starring role in Season 2 of “When Hope Calls” at GAC Family. 
— Read on variety.com/2021/tv/news/lori-loughlin-acting-return-when-hope-calls-gac-family-1235075960/

Proving yet again crime does pay if you’re white and privileged.

Mom and influencer daughter Olivia both have TV gigs and are amassing attention while earning money again comfortably.

Oh, the shame(less).

Moulin Rouge! Tops the List at 74th Annual Tony Awards | Playbill

The show took home Best Musical and nine other categories at the September 26 ceremony.
— Read on www.playbill.com/article/tonyawards2021

Playwright Matthew López made Tony Award history when his epic work The Inheritance was announced as Best Play., becoming the first Latino to ever win this fabled prize.

It fills me with cultural pride to see this happen at long last. More, it validates the importance of encouraging other Latinos to pursue careers in the arts, in all disciplines. Our stories account for much of the nation’s identity, that we are little seen on stage or screen is beyond a shame. We can do it. The industry needs to do better. We all need to do better in seizing opportunities, too.

Si se puede.

Kristen Stewart’s ‘Spencer’ Debuts Full-Length Trailer – Variety

Watch Kristen Stewart’s take on Princess Diana in the full-length trailer for ‘Spencer.’
— Read on variety.com/2021/film/news/spencer-trailer-princess-diana-kristen-stewart-1235072400/

As if we were all DYING to know whether La Stewart could dare to master the accent of the iconic princess. Like her actual performance hardly mattered!

The click baiting syndrome is epidemic in mainstream media, too.

‘SNL’: Owen Wilson, Kim Kardashian West, Rami Malek & Jason Sudeikis Set As Season 47 Opening Hosts – Deadline

Saturday Night Live returns on October 2 with four consecutive shows on NBC. While we don’t yet know who is returning to the cast or which fresh new faces are being given a chance, we now know who will be fronnting these shows.
— Read on deadline.com/2021/09/snl-owen-wilson-kim-kardashian-west-rami-malek-jason-sudeikis-season-47-hosts-1234842367/

Which upcoming SNL guest host is not like the others?

I’ll hold.

Sigh.

Emmys So White: People of Color Shut Out Acting Categories – Variety

No people of color won any major acting categories at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, despite a record number of nominees.
— Read on variety.com/2021/awards/news/no-poc-win-acting-emmys-diversity-mj-rodriguez-michael-k-williams-1235068182/

We need to ask ourselves as POC whether or not we exist in the Hollywood community to win prizes or get our work seen by a larger audience? Last year was an extraordinary year for television. The diversity of narratives was truly inspiring and empowering. The conversation cannot be mired into a bog of hashtags because a voting board chose to honor the safest and most marketable shows to win more subscribers or network viewers. It speaks more to their lack of courage, conviction, and vision of that group.

The worlds of Lovecraft Country, WandaVision, Pose, and I May Destroy You have been opened up a landscape for a new generation of viewer. They will champion these artists and, hopefully, want to become one. The awards voting groups will either die on their sword or evolve as more POC become part of that process. Same for the industry executive suites. For real diversity to exist, we need to be making those creative and business decisions, too. Until then, keep on writing, directing, designing, crewing, and performing what feels right and true. The stories of us must continue!