Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Sesame Street is wrong to say Bert and Ernie can't have a sexual orientation because they're puppets
Sesame Workshop quickly refuted ex-Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman's apparent confirmation to Queerty that Bert and Ernie are gay, saying in a statement: “Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.” As Kathryn VanArendonk argues, "this is poppycock," pointing to the Sesame Street characters Mama, Papa, Baby and Curly Bear. "If Muppets don’t have sex, then how does reproduction work? Where would Baby and Curly Bear even come from?" she asks. "Sesame Street Muppets," she adds, "share a universe with Muppet Show Muppets: Kermit has appeared on Sesame Street, Big Bird makes a cameo in The Muppet Movie, and Rowlf appeared in the pilot pitch reel for the Sesame Street series. This makes their shared universe canon. And if the Muppets of Sesame Street cannot have a sexual orientation because they’re puppets, that same argument would have to go for the Muppets of The Muppet Show. Postulating that puppet-ness prevents beings like Elmo or Cookie Monster from having a sexual orientation is one thing. It feels nonthreatening. They’re so sweet and cuddly! But extending that same puppet-ness as a foundational argument for the absent sexuality of characters like Sam the Eagle? Miss Piggy? Pepe the King Prawn? Rowlf?! That borders on insanity."
- Sesame Street bungled the chance to say "Yep, Bert and Ernie are gay. So what?"
- Why are Bert and Ernie without sexual orientation when Miss Piggy is so lustfully sex-crazed for Kermit?
- Frank Oz, the voice of Bert, tweeted: "Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay?"
- Why Oz should realize that it does matter to question whether Bert and Ernie are gay: "When you’re the isolated gay kid in your own desert, why not look to the oasis of Bert and Ernie, not fitting in to the established order in their own way, and ask some questions of them and maybe yourself," says Tim Teeman. "Such questions can be liberating and nourishing."
- "Look: Saltzman affirming the idea of Bert and Ernie being lovers has nothing to do with their sex lives," says Charles Pulliam-Moore, "and everything to do with the fact that theirs is one of the most stable, healthy, and caring relationships in television history—on a show that’s meant for children, no less."
- Bert is still trending on Twitter above Ernie
Disney streaming service may enlist Marvel Cinematic Universe characters like Loki and Scarlet Witch for limited TV series
"These series will likely include shows centered on Loki and the Scarlet Witch, along with other beloved superheroes who have yet to appear in their own standalone movies," reports Variety's Justin Kroll, who was unable to get Disney and Marvel to comment. "There’s an important distinction from other Marvel small screen efforts, however," he adds. "The actors who portrayed these heroes and villains in the Avengers films and their spin-offs, such as Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, are expected to play them in the streaming shows. Moreover, though sources close to the production are staying mum on the cost of the programming, the budgets are expected to be hefty rivaling those of a major studio productions. Each series is expected to include six to eight episodes. Marvel Studios will produce the shows and Kevin Feige, the guru of all things MCU, is expected to take a hands-on role in their development."
Bravo reality TV alum arrested for allegedly drugging and raping two women
Source: Us Weekly
Grant William Robicheaux, a doctor who appeared on the short-lived 2014 Bravo reality show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, and his girlfriend were both charged with raping two women. He faces up to 40 years in state prison.
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards looked like the worst Emmys ever
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards 10 years ago featured the debacle of five reality TV hosts co-hosting, but this year's ceremony was much worse. "It was," says Tim Goodman, "the worst Emmys telecast I've ever seen. That's not hyperbole. (Maybe there was a telecast as bad when I was a teenager and wasn't paying attention?) It was lifeless, it was dull, it was poorly produced, terribly written and it had hosts who should not have been hosting (they aren't well-known enough and, last night, were not funny enough and not engaging enough). The pairing of presenters was ill-conceived. The material given them was pathetic. Nearly every 'bit' in the show imploded upon itself. The staging looked like it came from 1978. People looked like they didn't want to be there. The fact that the television industry, on a night when it is supposed to celebrate its own achievements, can't actually make a TV event that is interesting is really pathetic." Goodman blamed the Television Academy. "It needs more oversight," he says. "It can't just let Lorne Michaels and NBC take over the Emmys and bore the life out of the country.
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Amy Sherman-Palladino appears to be the first person to win the writing and directing Emmy in the same year
- ESPN boasts that Monday Night Football beat the Emmys -- even though MNF had its worst Week 2 ratings ever
- #OscarsSoWhite creator pushes for Emmys diversity: "How many non-Black people of color do you remember during @TheEmmys last night?"
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Barry stars won because Emmy voters love shows about show business
- Hannah Gadsby's brief appearance was a welcome detour from the pre-chewed and inoffensive banter of SNL
- Black-ish's Jenifer Lewis wore Nike on the red carpet to show her support for Colin Kaepernick
- Pre-taped categories robbed viewers of hearing celebrities mispronounce nominee names
- Angela Bassett responded to The New York Times mistaking her with Omarosa with an Olivia Pope GIF
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ESPN, NBC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Monday Night Football, Saturday Night Live, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Angela Bassett, Hannah Gadsby, Jenifer Lewis, Award Shows, NFL, Ratings
Emmys ad featuring Anthony Bourdain didn't go over well with some viewers
The late Parts Unknown host appeared in an ad for Scotch maker Balvenie an hour after he was shown in the Emmys' In Memoriam segment. "Super don’t agree with @BalvenieUS using Anthony Bourdain to sell more whiskey," wrote one Twitter user."Really bad choice. Almost unethical."
Is the red carpet show dying?
Source: The Atlantic
E! Live From the Red Carpet seemed to be unsure how to cover this year's Emmys red carpet. It tried to engage fans by having celebrities draw fan questions from a jar, but that didn't work. As Megan Garber notes, "it is perhaps an apt metaphor for this moment—in awards shows, in entertainment, in American culture—that red carpets don’t seem to be sure what they are anymore, or what they should be. A platform for serious conversation? An opportunity to talk about social issues? A place of communion between celebrities and audiences? A lighthearted presentation of clothes? It might be all of the above—or it might be none."
T.J. Miller was reportedly denied a chance to perform at an open mic night in Denver
Byron Graham writes that he and his fellow co-host of Denver's longest-running comedy open mic discussed whether to bar the former Silicon Valley star from performing after recently spotting him in the audience. Graham writes that they "promptly agreed that allowing an alleged perpetrator of sexual and physical violence on the stage of our beloved dive bar sanctuary ran contrary to the spirit of the scuzzy, yet safe performance space we endeavor to cultivate week after week. So we couldn't let Miller perform in good conscience, but we also couldn't figure out how to make him leave without causing an unwelcome scene." So they opted to say things on stage that would make him uncomfortable while ignoring him. He eventually left.
Netflix's Afflicted accused of televising prejudice against the chronically ill
Source: Los Angeles Times
The docuseries that follows seven people with "bizarre" health problems wrongly portrays them as "being freaks utterly unlike normal healthy people," says Julie Rehmeyer. She adds: "Whatever the series’ professed intent, Afflicted is a compendium of scientific and ethical flaws. The narrative that emerges is clear: These people are causing their own problems through their bad choices, and they are not like you. 'You' are good and normal; 'they' are bad and strange."
Jodie Whittaker on being the first female Doctor Who: "I know I got the role on the merits. I didn’t get handed it. I don’t play a gender"
Source: The New York Times
"If the fact that I’m a woman is an issue, that’s their issue," she tells The New York Times. "I can’t even begin to debate that.”
Renée Zellwegger's What/If adds Westworld's Louis Herthum and Dave Annable
The Netflix social thriller from Revenge creator Mike Kelley has cast Herthum as Zellwegger's driver and right-hand man, while Annable will will play a doctor.
Recently dumped SNL alum Luke Null: "I did technically WIN an Emmy," but wasn't "invited" to the Emmys
"I wasn’t technically 'invited' to the Emmy’s, but I did technically WIN an Emmy," Null, who was dropped from the show after his first year, tweeted an hour after Saturday Night Live took home the award for best variety sketch series. It's unclear what Null is saying since, according to IMDb, none of the cast members took home an Emmy Monday night.
Chevy Chase isn't a fan of how "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night" is delivered on SNL nowadays
"I mean it just gets so bad, and it seems like some guys are out there just to be the guy who says, 'Live from New York,' and then does it poorly," Chase says on Norm Macdonald Has a Show, according to Cinema Blend. "Anyway, that's not nice of me to say, but...f*ck 'em."
Grown-ish promotes three
Real-life sisters Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey and Luka Sabbat will become series regulars on Season 2 of the Freeform series.
Watch the trailer for Queen Elizabeth II documentary Queen of the World, featuring Meghan Markle's first interview as a Royal
HBO will show the ITV documentary on Oct. 1.
The Deuce used “period-appropriate” garbage to transform Coney Island back to its 1978 filth
Source: AM New York
The HBO drama spent weeks researching this week's episode set in the Staten Island of 1978, and was fully prepared with binges of garbage, detachable graffiti and vintage signs to tack onto newer storefronts. “The big thing for us was that Coney Island was much dirtier back in 1978,” says production designer Scott Dougan. “It’s winter; it’s deserted, plus the aging. We have two weapons at our arsenal: trash and post-production design.”
Did Kristin Davis take a swipe at Kim Cattrall with throwback Sex and City Emmy photo?
Source: ET Canada
Davis posted an Emmys throwback photo of her, Cynthia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker, prompting her followers to wonder why she left out "Samantha."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus speaks about "a corrupt, self-obsessed, inept moron" in a get-out-the-vote PSA
“A corrupt, self-obsessed, inept moron who somehow becomes president of the United States? That’s the character that I play on HBO’s Veep,” she says in the PSA. “But when I’m off of TV, I’m not a politician, I’m not an expert, I’m a citizen. And I know that the midterm election on Nov. 6 is beyond important. It is vital.”
Murphy Brown's season premiere will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin
Franklin’s music was a huge part of the original Murphy Brown, which used "Respect" in the pilot episode.
The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 will be more "outwardly rebellious" than Seasons 1 and 2
Source: TV Guide
"I think June's taken a lot, and I think it's time for her to give back some," says showrunner Bruce Miller.
Grey's Anatomy boss: Meredith's challenge of finding love is "something that somehow we’ve never really seen in 15 seasons of this show"
“It’s hard,” says showrunner Krista Vernoff with a laugh, “and everybody has to do it, so it’s very human and very relatable. I was really interested in seeing someone as beautiful and smart and funny and complex as Meredith actually have to put herself out there." ALSO: Check out Grey's Anatomy's "15 seasons of feels" key art.
Titans star Brenton Thwaites defends "F*ck Batman" line
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Thwaites said producers wanted "something that would kind of set the tone for the whole show," adding: “It’s a show that isn’t about Batman, and I think it’s important for people to know that and maybe not be disappointed that they’re not going to see Batman jumping from the ceiling and beating up a hundred guys, because it’s not Batman, it’s a story about the Titans, essentially. I feel like ‘F*ck Batman’ says that in two words.”
Joe Manganiello is coming to One Day at a Time
He'll guest as the brother of Ed Quinn's Max.
Law & Order: SVU alum Diane Neal's name will appear in a race for a New York Congressional ballet
New York's Supreme Court ruled in her favor to appear as an independent on the ballot representing a congressional district in upstate New York.
Young Spock almost appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation
As Star Trek: Discovery prepares to welcome Young Spock, the Twitter account Trek Docs has uncovered a four-page outline for bringing Young Spock on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1988.
SNL alum Taran Killam has essentially emerged the No. 1 superfan of the Los Angeles Rams
The star of ABC's Single Parents, who recently visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! in a Rams blazer, spent $60,000 on two seat licenses for the Rams' new stadium. He's also interviewed the team's brass for a pre-draft party. Killam isn't a longtime Rams fan. He just decided that he'd devotedly follow the first NFL team to return to Los Angeles.
Tom Arnold's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes is an infuriating unwatchable disaster designed to bring him back to the spotlight
Arnold is among the many "opportunists" who've used the Trump presidency to reinvent themselves as a kind of anti-Trump activist, says Scott Meslow. Viceland's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, he says, "purports to chronicle Arnold’s earnest effort to uncover audio or video evidence that could sink the Trump presidency. In reality, the whole thing is an elaborate vanity project designed to bring Tom Arnold back into the spotlight. By that measure, Trump Tapes has already been a success—leading to a lengthy Rolling Stone profile and a splashy celebrity feud (with Mark Burnett) and, yes, an article like this one, which is surely the first time in my career I have felt moved to write about Tom Arnold. The flaws of Trump Tapes begin with the show’s premise, which posits that an embarrassing video tape could derail the Trump presidency despite some extremely credible evidence to the contrary. But let’s play Arnold’s game and imagine (1) that there is a an as-yet uncovered video—a video that contains, say, Trump ordering some Russian prostitutes to pee on a bed meant for the Obama family—and (2) that the video could actually take Trump down. If that’s the mission Trump Tapes is setting for itself, it fails miserably."
- Is The Hunt for the Trump Tapes real or a put-on?: "I legitimately can't tell you if it is Arnold's attempt to do a Michael Moore-style exposé about Trump," says Daniel Fienberg, "or if it's a Curb Your Enthusiasm-style comedy about Arnold attempting to do a Moore-style exposé about Trump or if it's some uncomfortable and not truly successful hybrid in the middle in which the series wants to be both explosive and also hilarious when it's neither. So it's more Finding Bigfoot With Tom Arnold than Tom Arnold's The Jinx."
- It's repellent, captivating and one of the most honest portrayals of 2018 America
- Much of the series is dedicated to resurfacing stories that, while certainly outrageous, are, sadly, no longer remarkable
- Arnold excels at fighting narcissism with narcissism and spectacle with spectacle: "Like the bro-tastic Jimmy Kimmel, Arnold’s a better ambassador for anti-Trump sentiment than the likes of the smug Seth Meyers and the professorial Elizabeth Warren for the kinds of people who are attracted to volume and chest-thumping confidence," says Inkoo Kang. "Arnold’s can’t-stop-getting-into-political-arguments-with-strangers-on-Facebook energy goes a long way in The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, particularly when he injects some self-aware humor about his status as a has-been."
- Arnold tweeted then deleted that "LAPD is having a very hard time locating Mark Burnett"
- Sesame Street is wrong to say Bert and Ernie can't have a sexual orientation because they're puppets