Community blackface

As protests supporting Black Lives Matter continue, Hollywood finds itself in the sometimes uncomfortable position of playing defense when it comes to race relations in the United States. That’s resulted in people like Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel apologizing for using blackface in the past, and shows like 30 RockScrubs, and the Netflix comedy sketch series With Bob and David wiping episodes featuring blackface from streaming platforms and syndication.

Now two more former NBC comedies, The Office and Community, have found themselves in the crosshairs regarding blackface concerns, and you can read about how the two different methods by which those concerns have been addressed below.
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gone with the wind amazon

As protests against racial injustice continue, the newly launched streaming service HBO Max decided to remove Gone With the Wind from its library due to racist depictions. HBO Max plans to add the movie back eventually, “with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions,” but in the wake of the heavy media coverage about the removal, Gone With the Wind is burning up the charts elsewhere. The 1939 movie is now at the top of the best-sellers sales chart for TV and movies, and at number 5 on Apple’s iTunes movie chart.

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jk rowling transgender comments

Following J.K. Rowling‘s anti-transgender tweets, and her 3,600-word manifesto in which the Harry Potter author dug her heels in even further, the stars of the Wizarding World films are coming out in support of the transgender community to condemn Rowling’s comments.

Emma Watson and Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne follow in the steps of Daniel Radcliffe, who penned a beautifully worded essay for the LGBTQ organization The Trevor Project earlier this week, by publicly speaking out in support of transgender rights and criticizing Rowling’s recent statements, which many have criticized as hawking dangerous rhetoric that distorts ideas of gender identity.

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Daniel Radcliffe transgender support

“Transgender women are women.” That’s the (correct) personal stance of former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who has written a brief essay responding to a series of tweets written this past weekend by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling which argue the contrary. Radcliffe’s support of the trans community prove once again that he’s a good dude, and in addition to that, his words about grappling with the stance of an auteur behind a popular piece of fiction are applicable in multiple cases across lots of different forms of media.  Read More »

trolls world tour bonuses

You thought Trolls World Tour was done making headlines? Think again, chumps. The animated sequel, which may end up as one of the most significant films in Hollywood history, is still generating some controversy – not from theater chains, this time, but from its own stars.

A new report says that Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, and the sequel’s other “top voice stars” were not told ahead of time that the movie would be skipping theaters and premiering straight on VOD, and now their representatives are trying to secure the actors the bonuses they would have received had the movie opened theatrically.
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Hunters Auschwitz

Being in a disagreement with the official Auschwitz Memorial is not an ideal position for anyone, but given the circumstances, Hunters creator and co-showrunner David Weil seems to be doing it about as respectfully and thoughtfully as possible.

Over the weekend, the official Auschwitz Memorial Twitter account criticized the new Amazon series, which stars Al Pacino as the leader of a group of Nazi hunters in the 1970s, for “inventing a fake game of human chess” for a concentration camp flashback, calling it “dangerous foolishness & caricature.” Now Weil has responded, explaining his decision in a way that comes off as level-headed instead of overly defensive. Read More »

The Banker release date

Apple has delayed the release of its upcoming movie The Banker because of sexual assault claims against Bernard Garrett, Jr., the son of one of the film’s main subjects, Bernard Garrett, Sr. This Wednesday, just one day before the film was set to premiere at this year’s AFI Festival in Hollywood, the movie was pulled from the festival’s schedule and replaced with Marriage Story instead because of the allegations. The Banker was originally going to hit theaters on December 6, but today Apple announced that they have delayed the release indefinitely as the company investigates the claims against Garrett Jr.
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Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island

The fight between diehard Marvel Studios fans and Martin Scorsese stans is starting to feel like if the climactic battle in Avengers: Endgame had lasted for months instead of minutes. At this point, both sides are tired and just waiting for something to end this once and for all, finally putting everyone out of their misery. Thankfully, Mark Ruffalo has a potential solution.
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South Park China

More than 20 years after its Comedy Central debut, South Park is still generating controversy.

The show’s most recent episode, “Band in China,” has apparently actually been banned in China because Chinese censors didn’t appreciate the episode’s depiction of the country’s authoritarian regime. Practically all signs of the show have been scrubbed from the Chinese internet, and now creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have issued an “official apology” in response. (Spoiler alert: it’s not a real apology.)

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michelle rodriguez justice for han

There’s more trouble brewing in the Fast and Furious family.

Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Letty, has voiced her displeasure with the way the franchise has treated its female characters in the past, though she seemed to resolve that dispute earlier this year. But now she’s taken to Twitter to dismiss the contributions of writer/producer Chris Morgan, who has been the architect of the Fast franchise since 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Specifically, Rodriguez says that Morgan has nothing to do with the “Justice for Han” narrative. Take a look at her comment below. Read More »