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Sacha Baron Cohen Pretends to be Disabled Veteran to Prank Sarah Palin

Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedian best known for playing Borat, pulled one over on former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin and her daughter. They flew to Washington D.C. to meet with a disabled military veteran for an interview for what they thought was going to be a documentary by Showtime about American Vets.

Instead, she later learned that after sitting through interviews “full of Hollywood disrespect and sarcasm”, that she’d been pranked by the comedian for his upcoming show on Showtime.

From her Facebook page:

 For my interview, my daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen (I presume) had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all. Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long “interview” full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm – but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin. The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.

Here is my challenge, shallow Sacha boy: go ahead – air the footage. Experience tells us it will be heavily edited, not pretty, and intended to humiliate.

The challenge is to Cohen, CBS and Showtime: donate all proceeds to a charitable group that actually respects and supports American Vets. Mock politicians and innocent public personalities all you want, if that lets you sleep at night, but HOW DARE YOU mock those who have fought and served our country.

Truly sick.

And as an aside, for further insight into the wealthy corporate enablers of this kind of “joke”, I’ll add that after great costs on our part in time and resources to contribute to their “documentary” the Cohen/CBS/Showtime production team purposefully dropped my daughter and me off at the wrong Washington, DC airport after the fake interview, knowing we’d miss all flights back home to Alaska. After refusing to take our calls to help get us out of the bind they’d put us in for three days, I wrote this off as yet another example of the sick nature that is media-slash-entertainment today.

She’s not the only one who has been duped recently, Dick Cheney also fell victim to the prankster, as did Howard Dean.

The series was announced this week and will begin airing on Sunday, July 15th.
Showtime had no comment on Palin’s statement.

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Amber Heard Accidentally Posts Racist Tweet While Trying to Warn People about ICE

Amber Heard’s Hollywood privilege is showing.

Early this morning, she posted a tweet warning people about an ICE checkpoint she discovered near her home. What she didn’t seem to realize was just how racist it sounded.

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I guess Amber thinks that immigrants can only be hired help serving in the Hollywood elite’s homes.

She eventually deleted the Tweet and posted this clarification instead.

Comedian Samantha Bee Calls Ivanka Trump Words Not Fit to Print

Samantha Bee is one of the most vile comedians out there and has said some pretty eyebrow raising things on her TBS show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Now, in the wake of Rosanne’s racist tweet which led to ABC canceling her show, Bee is facing backlash from conservatives after calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c***”.

Here’s the full quote, which was pretty gross without the profanity.

“Ivanka Trump, who works at the White House, chose to post the second most oblivious tweet we’ve seen this week,” Bee said. “You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c***!”
“He listens to you,” she added. “Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f***ing stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?”

You can also watch the segment below, but be advised, there is some VERY strong language/content and you should definitely NOT listen to this at work.

According to CNN, TBS has not commented or returned messages left for representatives of their network.

So here we are, yet again. Someone from the left says something abhorrent against someone on the right and the network doesn’t seem to care. Rosanne was rightly fired for that tweet and it would also be right of TBS to pull the plug on Bee’s show. But they probably won’t.

Freedom of speech doesn’t come without consequences – sure you have a right to say (or tweet) whatever you want but if it’s vile and damaging to other people, companies or networks also have the right to fire you for it since you are a representation of their brand.

And as Ben Shapiro points out, this was scripted and planned.

Bee’s producer even seemed excited that the phrase was trending on Twitter.

Not sure what imagine TBS is going for but this isn’t a very good one to align themselves with.

 

Ed Sheeran Unhappy His Song is Being Used by Pro-Life Groups

Ireland is about to go to the polls to vote on whether or not to legalize abortion. Pro-life groups have been campaigning hard to keep the 8th Amendment, which gives personhood status to the unborn, in their Constitution and have adopted UK singer Ed Sheeran’s song “Small Bump” as an anthem of sorts.

Here are the lyrics to the song, which Sheeran says he wrote for a friend who had a miscarriage.

You’re just a small bump unborn, in four months you’re brought to life
You might be left with my hair, but you’ll have your mother’s eyes
I’ll hold your body in my hands, be as gentle as I can
But for now you’re scan of my unmade plans,
A small bump in four months you’re brought to life
A small bump in four months you’ll open your eyes
I’ll whisper quietly, I’ll give you nothing but truth
I’ll hold you tightly, I’ll give you nothing but truth
If you’re not inside me, I’ll put my future in you
You are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight
Oh, you are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight
And you’ll be alright
Oh, you’re just a small bump unknown, you’ll grow into your skin
With a smile like hers and a dimple beneath your chin
Finger nails the size of a half grain of rice
And eyelids closed to be soon opened wide
A small bump, in four months you’ll open your eyes
And I’ll hold you tightly, I’ll tell you nothing but truth
And I’ll hold you tightly, I’ll give you nothing but truth
If you’re not inside me, I’ll put my future in you
You are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight
Oh, you are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight
And you’ll be alright
And you can lie with me
With your tiny feet
When you’re half asleep
I’ll leave you be
Right in front of me
For a couple weeks
So I can keep you safe
‘Cause you are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight
You are my one and only
You can wrap your fingers round my thumb and hold me tight
And you’ll be alright
‘Cause you were just a small bump unborn for four months then torn from life
Maybe you were needed up there but we’re still unaware as why.
Sounds pretty life affirming, right?

However, Sheeran isn’t very happy that pro-life groups are using his song and said in an Instagram post that he did not approve of the groups using the song and “Little Bump” is not sending a pro-life message.

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While Sheeran doesn’t explicitly say he supports abortion rights, it’s likely that this statement reflects that. Otherwise, he’d have no issues with pro-life groups using his song.

Other Irish celebrities have also come out in favor of repealing the 8th including Liam Neeson, Saoirse Ronan, Liam Cunningham, Cillian Murphy, Aisling Bea and more.

Ireland votes on May 25.

Opinion: NRA Member’s “Feud” with Alyssa Milano is Petty

The NRA annual convention wrapped up this week in Dallas and a record breaking 87,154 attendees traveled to the Lone Star State to check out the speakers, entertainers, appearances by the President and Vice President, and the latest firearms.

As expected, there were a fair share of protests from gun control advocates, including actress Alyssa Milano, who was there representing the NoRA organization. At the protest, she was approached by NRA member Will Haraway, who accused Milano of being a hypocrite because it appeared her security detail were carrying. During their converstation, Milano was escorted away by security and Haraway was asked to leave.

Here’s the unedited video from that exchange which Ben Howe from RedState posted on Twitter.

Milano states that the security hired for the protest was not her personal security detail and that she has no issues with law abiding NRA members.

Several pictures popped up online that show what might be the outline of a firearm under her guards’ clothing.

Do I agree with Alyssa Milano’s stance on gun control? Absolutely not. Like all “common sense gun reform,” it’s based on the idea that criminals will suddenly follow new laws when they already aren’t following current laws. Banning weapons isn’t going to change anything and may I remind her that the last time we had an assault weapons ban, Columbine happened right smack dab in the middle of it.

I do believe in her right to free speech and protest as she sees fit.

My problem with this whole exchange is that these kinds of things are only done so that the videos will go viral. Nothing has been gained on either side and it’s led to name calling and mudslinging from both sides. And since it was instigated by an NRA member, it really makes their side look like trouble-makers.

Milano says she has no problem with law abiding gun owners and her security detail is just that. We have no idea what they were carrying – could it have been a semi-automatic “assault weapon” that Milano wants to ban? Possibly.

Is she a hypocrite if that’s the case? Yes.

But this petty bickering really needs to stop. It would help the 2A cause more if we talk sensibly with people and present facts, rather than showing up at anti-gun protests to heckle people back.

Milano needs some educating, that’s for sure – she’s shared incorrect information from Mom’s Demand founder Shannon Watts multiple times but running up to her to shout “hypocrite” at her isn’t really going to change her position on anything. And unless she’s talking about Planned Parenthood, she’s wrong to blame an organization made up of millions of law abiding gun owners for deaths of innocents.

One thing the NRA could learn from these types of exchanges is that the way they present themselves in marketing campaigns and to the media could use some softening. Kimberly Ross at RedState wrote a great piece on this earlier this year. From that piece:

If we are to be the level-headed side, disagreeing with others but not pushing an emotional narrative, then the NRA needs to tone down its rhetoric. It is not helping the cause.

“…their fate will be failure and they will perish in the political flames of their own fires. We are the National Rifle Association of America, and we are freedom’s safest place.”

We are not engaged in a civil war, though some would certainly wish that to be the case. We hold differing opinions than our fellow Americans, some who don’t own guns, don’t want guns, and don’t understand why others might. You certainly don’t have to share their anti-gun views, but you should respect them.

Couldn’t agree more.

Next year, the convention moves to our hometown of Indianapolis and I’m planning to attend and cover the convention for our site. Doubtful either side of the gun issue will have come to any sort of agreement on anything, but maybe they’ll both be a little less petty when it comes to crashing each other’s events and protests.

Tim Allen hints at ‘Last Man Standing’ return

Tim Allen and his popular sitcom is nearing a return to television, according to Page Six. This would be a huge win for conservatives and fans of Allen’s humor and everyman persona.

The show was unexpectedly cancelled in 2016, despite decent ratings. Needless to say, at the time when the show was canned, conservatives cried liberal censorship.

For those unfamiliar with ‘Last Man Standing,’ Allen plays Mike Baxter, a wealthy owner of a chain of outdoor sporting goods stores, who routinely mocks liberal sacred cows of the day.  This despite him living in a house full of women, most of whom regularly espouse liberal views.

In addition, the family as a whole regularly attends church and they truly seem to love one another.

Allen hinted at the show’s return on Twitter:

In stead of ABC, the show would be on FOX for its 7th season and is slated for their 2018-2019 season.

This comes on the massive ratings success that has been Roseanne, another show that routinely mocks all things liberal.

ICYMI: Female Superheroes Always Wear Their Hair Down and it’s Sexist

Avengers: Infinity War just passed the $800 million mark in global box office sales, breaking records previously set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However one writer is not focused on plot lines or the fates of some of our favorite characters – instead, she’s paying attention to the female superheroes’ hair.

More specifically, how they always wear their hair down. And she thinks it’s sexist.

Rebecca Jennings wrote an article for Racked, an online blog that’s a part of Vox Media, where she claims the reason we never see Wonder Woman or Black Widow with their hair tied back is because “comics are a visual medium, and a bunch of long, flowing hair swirling around during an already epic fight scene looks pretty cool.”

She interviews Christina Dokou, an assistant professor of American literature and culture at the University of Athens who says the ” ‘boys’ club’ legacy of comic books, in which female characters were stuck with sexist stereotypes, still endures. Even today, the physical attributes and feminine beauty of superheroines are exaggerated to make them look like, well, frankly, porn stars at worst, and sexy female athletes at best.”

Even their hair color plays a role in sexism.

Red or black hair is usually reserved for the strongest superheroine around, or the one with the most flamboyant personality — see, for example, Phoenix, Red Sonja, or Wonder Woman — while blondes are still mostly treated as glorified bimbos, regardless of their powers,” she explains, pointing to Supergirl and Smallville as examples of the latter.

Meanwhile, a shaved head often indicates a godlike mental ability — think Deadpool’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead or Stranger Things’ Eleven — but can also double as a signifier of sexual preferences. Dokou points to Moondragon, a ’70s-era telepathic martial arts superhero with a shaved head, who was eventually revealed to be bisexual after dating the pixie-cut alien Phylla-Vell. Then there’s the anarcho-punk outlaw Tank Girl, known for her mostly shaved head, who inspired weekly lesbian “Tank Girl nights” in London.

“To put it in a nutshell, the shorter the hair, the more precarious a character’s relationship with traditional femininity,” Dokou says.

She notes the only movie that seems to have any kind of “hair diversity” is Black Panther because the costume and make-up artists styled them to reflect different tribes in Africa.

This is today’s feminism and it’s ridiculous. Instead of enjoying superheroes and celebrating the strong female characters portrayed on the big screen, Jennings is reducing them to their looks.

Does anyone even pay attention to their hair? Most likely not and even if they did, these are fictional characters – WHO CARES IF THEY ALWAYS HAVE PERFECT HAIR? I doubt many little girls are sitting around crying because their hair isn’t perfectly blowing in the wind like Supergirl’s. And I’m pretty sure that Kara Danvers wears her hair up or pulled back most of the time when she’s not saving people.

Also, Harley Quinn wears her hair in pigtails but that’s probably to convey a  sexualized image, so I guess she doesn’t count.

There are plenty of male superheroes who wear their hair down too – Thor, Loki, or Bucky anyone? No mention of that in her hit piece on comic book movies. What does that say about masculinity? Oh, the horrors!

Why must third wave feminists try to ruin everything? Stop taking everything so literal and just enjoy watching these leading ladies kick butt and look fabulous while doing it!

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