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Outrage over actor playing Disney’s first openly gay character

Serious question: People do understand that acting is, in fact, fake, right?

According to the latest outrage on social media, people may be having trouble with that notion of deciphering fantasy from reality.

Anyway, so here is what is causing all of the issue. Currently, Disney is filming Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt.  Jack Whitehall, a British actor, was recently cast as Emily Blunt’s character’s brother in the film.

Whitehall’s character is described as“hugely effete, very camp and very funny” and is also Disney’s first openly gay character. However, apparently, Whitehall is a heterosexual man and this has caused massive outrage…you know, cause he’s a straight man. This despite acting being a profession where pretend to be something that you are not.

Just look at some of these responses:

It’s absolutely crazy that a casting can cause this much turmoil. I wonder what would happen if people realize the following:

  • That Will Ferrell really wasn’t an elf in the film Elf
  • That Seth McFarlane is a real person and not, in fact, just the voice of a bear.
  • That Bruce Willis was never actually a cop even though he appeared in the Die Hard films.
  • David Hasselhoff is not really a lifeguard and doesn’t truly have the ability to talk to a car.
  • That the Avengers are not real.
  • Indiana Jones is not an archaeologist.
  • Star War’s “The Force” isn’t an actual thing.

Anyway, let’s hold off telling them all that truth, it may actually cause their heads to explode.

 

 

‘The Meg’ takes a huge bite out of box office, opens at #1

The Transporter, Dwight from “The Office” and a massive shark. What could go wrong?

Apparently, not much. “The Meg”surprisingly took the top spot at this weekend’s box office, gobbling up $44.5 million.

While not a perfect film by any means, “The Meg” really is a ton of fun. The writing is weak, supposedly intelligent characters make one stupid decision after another, but honestly, so what?

The film’s plot is completely absurd, but both the filmmakers and the actors revel in this fact. It’s a tad too long and the first 20 minutes or so is particularly slow, but there is plenty of campiness and near shark attacks that make for a thoroughly entertaining way to spend two hours.

Tom Cruise’s latest, “Mission Impossible: Fallout” continues to perform well, coming in at No. 2 with $20 million as the sweet and enjoyable “Christopher Robin” came in third in its second week of its release with $12.4 million.

This other weekend’s big releases: the horror flick “Slenderman” and Spike Lee’s “BlackkKlansman,” came in fourth and fifth.

 

Comedian T.J. Miller is dumb, to say the least

You may not be familiar with the name T. J. Miller, but it’s likely you’re familiar with some of his work.

He had a small role in the smash hit Deadpool and was up until recently, a central character on the HBO series, Silicon Valley. He also provided his voice to Ready Player One. Needless to say, the guy is on top of the world, at least career wise.

However, Miller, being the jokester as he apparently believes himself to be, called in a bomb threat in March. Miller relayed to a 911 dispatcher that a female passenger had a “bomb in her bag ” on an Amtrack train in New York.

It turned out to false and Miller was rightfully arrested on Tuesday. He’s since been released on $100,000 bond, but if convicted, faces five years in prison.

So, with everything Miller currently has going for him, it must be asked: Why do it? Why in the world would one of the biggest names in comedy put his entire career in jeopardy for  what appears to be a prank?

Is it boredom? Perhaps he was going to use it as a bit in his standup act? Or is the man really that stupid?

Whatever the reason, it’s always unbelievable and pretty sad to watch someone who seemingly has everything just throw it all away.

Some people just can’t handle fame, success and money and Miller appears to be another in a long line of destructive, talented performers.

Jim Carrey’s ‘art’ has people a bit upset

Whether or not you enjoy his type of comedy, Jim Carrey is a legend in the world of funny.

Dumb and Dumber.  Liar Liar. The Ace Ventura flicks. The Cable Guy and Me, Myself and Irene. These are just some of the funny films Carrey has produced during his career. However, his career seems to have hit an extended dry spell, not really doing much, let alone anything funny.

But like most celebrities whose careers dry up, Carrey has turned to the world of politics in an attempt to stay relevant. His most recent take on our current political situation has some people pretty upset.

Check out the funny man’s artwork.

This photo is obviously a caricature of Sarah Sanders, meant to portray her in a not so positive light.

Carrey then followed up that work with yet another one. This one is a take on President Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Yet, another celebrity doesn’t like President Trump. Big surprise, right?

Likely the biggest shock though is how people have reacted to Carrey’s artistic take on Sanders and Trump.

 

Trump to meet with video game execs to discuss school violence..yes, seriously

Donald Trump, The President of the United States, The Commander in Chief, is set to meet with video game executives about…school violence.  I’m not kidding.

The planned meeting – expected to happen sometime next week – was announced by Trump’s press secretary Thursday. Just like his “skip due process and just take the guns,” this meeting with video game execs seems to be another ridiculous, misguided attempt to lessen violence in schools.

Listen, children being brutally murdered in the classroom is an extremely serious issue. No children should ever go to school fearing for their life. But are we sure consulting the makers of Call of Duty is the right way to go about it?

Yes, video games are a billion-dollar industry, and those games often depict violence, at times graphically. But anyone who would feel compelled to commit horrific acts of violence after seeing Agent 47 gun down someone likely has bigger, probably mental health issues. That person is likely to exhibit warning signs, in which, if action is taken by the proper authorities, something could be done.

For instance, look at the institutional failure on essentially every level in the Florida shooting. The FBI knew about Nikolas Cruz, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department received call after call, – even from the shooter himself – about Cruz’s potential for violence. The school also knew about Cruz, but yet no one did anything….nothing.

One has to wonder why Trump hasn’t said a word about any of this? Yet, he goes after guns, the NRA, and now, apparently the entertainment industry.

Apparently, in a meeting last week with lawmakers, the President suggested a rating system for films and video, reportedly saying:

“I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts. And you go one further step and that’s the movies. … Maybe they have to put a rating system for that.”

Maybe he’s just not aware, but last time I checked, there was already a rating system in place for both movies and video games. Heck, television programs have had a rating system for something like the last 10-15 years.

Maybe, I’m wrong. Maybe going after video games and movies, legislating the content in our entertainment is the way to go. Maybe that’s the answer. Somehow though, I don’t think altering  Pac-Man, Mario or Lara Croft will do much.

-BZ

 

 

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