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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 2:46PM EST
Andi Mack to tackle gun safety in special two-part episode
The Disney Channel tween series worked with experts in making the episode that touches on guns and peer pressure. “Our show is meant to entertain kids, yet we also want to help them make sense of a very complicated world, to make them feel safe and confident to talk to parents and trusted adults about gun safety," says creator Terri Minsky.
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 9:11PM EST
Tamera Mowry pays tribute to her 18-year-old niece who died in the Thousand Oaks shooting
“Alaina. My sweet, sweet Alaina. My heart breaks. I’m still in disbelief. It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us,” Tamera Mowry-Housley wrote on Instagram Thursday, in tribute to Alaina Housley, who was a freshman at Pepperdine University. “I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart. I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano. Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napa’s soccer game. I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel. My heart and prayers are with every victim of this tragedy.”
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 1:48PM EST
Tamera Mowry is searching for her niece in Thousand Oaks shooting
The Real star and Sister, Sister alum and her husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, are searching for Alaina Housley, an 18-year-old college freshman who was at Thousand Oaks' Borderline Bar & Grill when last night's shooting took place. A gunman killed 12 people were killed by a gunman, including a sheriff's sergeant during a college country dance night. UPDATE: Alaina Housley died in the shooting: “Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks,” Mowry-Housley and her husband said in a statement to People. “Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.”
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
This Is Us mourns synagogue shooting victims in tribute to "our television hometown of Pittsburgh"
Tuesday's episode featured an end card reading: "Our hearts are broken. We stand with our television hometown of Pittsburgh. To lean more about ending gun violence, visit everytown.org." While This Is Us is set in the Steel City, it is actually filmed in Hollywood.
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 5:21PM EDT
Heathers episodes pulled following Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The two episodes that were scheduled to air Sunday night involved active shooter training. But Paramount Network opted to pull the episodes after 11 people were shot and killed Saturday morning at a Pittsburgh synagogue. After initially pulling Heathers in February in wake of the Parkland school shooting, Paramount Network ultimately decided to burn off the entire season by airing two episodes a night from Thursday night through tonight. The series finale, which was edited to remove sensitive storylines, will air tonight as planned. ALSO: Paramount Network should just let the cursed Heathers reboot die.
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 5:21PM EDT
Andy Cohen speaks out passionately against hate after Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
“We cannot be defined by hateful, sick extremists,” he said on Watch What Happens Live. “And we cannot be silent. We have to be aware of what’s happening around us before it gets any worse. No matter our race or religion or place of birth or political beliefs, we are all stronger than this.” Saying "hated cannot win in this country," Cohen added: “But now it’s time to stamp this out before it gets any worse."
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Kellyanne Conway suggests "unfunny" late-night comedians helped lead to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
“The anti-religiosity in this country, that is somehow in vogue and funny to make fun of anyone of faith, to constantly be making fun of people who express religion, the late night comedians, the unfunny people on TV shows, it’s always anti-religious,” Conway, speaking for the White House, said on CNN. “And, remember, these people were gunned down in their place of worship, as were the people in South Carolina several years ago. And they were there because they are people of faith and it’s faith that needs to bring us together.” Conway didn't mention the specific names of any late-night comics.
Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 1:43PM EDT
South Park again proves it's at its best when addressing gun violence
Comedy Central long-running animated series is usually hit and miss, but not when it comes to gun violence. The 2015 Season 19 finale that satirized America's obsession with guns was one of South Park's best-ever episodes, says Matt Miller. Wednesday's "Dead Kids" Season 22 premiere also showed South Park at its best, tackling the wave of high school shootings. "Last night’s episode wasn’t about one school shooting at South Park elementary school—it was about a lot of school shootings," says Miller. "I lost count because they were constantly happening in the background of the episodes—the students and teachers and parents carrying on their lives as if nothing is happening. In a rather mature move, we never actually see a child open fire. We never see the gruesome deaths of South Park Elementary School students. Instead, it’s just something that’s happening—an annoying hum—as the boys are all more concerned with failing a math test."
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 3:53PM EDT
South Park's season premiere to address the normalcy of school shootings
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Wednesday's Season 22 premiere is titled "Dead Kids."
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
Why The Bold Type devoted an episode to guns
“It’s not easy to tell a story about guns, especially right now,” showrunner Amanda Lasher said of Tuesday's episode. Lasher, a member of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said she and her writers wanted to take the gun debate from the political realm into the personal. “When we first started talking about it, literally every single person in the writers’ room and with the Freeform executives I talked to and NBCUniversal — everyone had a story about, ‘Oh yeah, I found out when I was dating my boyfriend that he had a gun and I won’t let him keep it in the house,'” says Lasher, adding: “We felt really strongly about normalizing those conversations about gun ownership and taking it out of the political so we could make progress on this issue. And as long as we stuck with our guiding light by doing it through the lens of the friendship and the girls’ experience, we thought we would be OK.”
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Who Is America? gun-rights activist Philip Van Cleave wrote in February he feared that Michael Moore or Sacha Baron Cohen had pranked him
Source: The Daily Beast
Van Cleave, arguably the star of Cohen's "Kill or Be Killed" segment, posted on his group's Facebook page on Feb. 20 that “EXTREMELY WELL FUNDED PROFESSIONALS” had “laid out the red carpet, by providing luxury accommodations, limousine service, and providing a generous monetary allowance to cover meals and other expenses for two days...They use psychological manipulation, as well as lies and tricks to put their victim into comedic situations that subject them to public shame, embarrassment, and ridicule. I believe the intent is to destroy reputations and even lives.” He added: "Because of this and various other odd things I noticed during the interview, I was now convinced that something wasn’t right. This wasn’t real and probably some sort of a set up. I could only think of Hollywood’s threat. At a minimum, it could be a comedy which would play only in Israel, but it could be a more damaging attempt to make a ‘mocumentary,’ by someone like Michael Moore, or, even worse, a Sacha Baron Cohen-esq ‘Borat’-type of shock comedy meant to be devastatingly embarrassing and humiliating to the victim in the crosshairs.”
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen's "Kinder-Guardians" segment was horrible and skin-crawling, but it likely won't have an impact
Who Is America?'s segment on preschoolers using guns was unquestionably distinct from the rest of the episode, says Kathryn VanArendonk. At that moment, she says, "the show suddenly feels barbed and bracing in a stomach-twisting way. It taps into an undercurrent of not just idiocy, but indictment. Not just shock, but real threat. It almost feels like a protest. Except it also raises the same questions as every other comedy that gets lauded for 'destroying' or 'eviscerating' or 'crushing' its target. If Baron Cohen’s goal with the Kinder-Guardians segment is portraying a specific, harmful, outrageous stupidity, then … so what? We already live in a world where the idea of giving guns to preschool teachers is apparently debatable. Is giving the gun to the kids actually absurd enough to shake up popular opinion? Does Baron Cohen’s comedic reach have more cultural sway than John Oliver or Jimmy Kimmel? Is that even the intent? Whatever else Who Is America? may be doing, it’s also proving a potentially inadvertent point: The distance between Baron Cohen’s shock comedy and the world we live in has gotten much smaller since the last time he put on a mustache and traipsed around the country."
- Art gallery owner thinks Cohen's fecal artwork was real because it stunk, adding: "I thought he was a psychological time bomb. I was like, this guy could blow up, so I should just be as respectful as I can."
- The Israeli Weapons Guy is the best comedy character since Chappelle's Show's Blind Black Klansman
- Who Is America? doesn't feel like a completed project: "It feels like the first phase of a big, weird experiment about how this country will react to a show like Who is America?"
- Israeli newspaper Haaretz: "Israel Does Not Actually Arm Preschoolers"
- Trump defender Jeffrey Lord didn't mind being set up by Cohen, saying it will ultimately benefit the president
- Controversial former Inside Amy Schumer writer Kurt Metzger is among Cohen's writers
- Who Is America? reveals that we are a culture that is puts a premium on attention
- Sarah Palin should learn from her Who Is America? experience what real "fake news" is
- A conservative street artist put up an L.A. billboard accusing Cohen of "a touch of stolen valor"
- Who has the most damning appearance on Who Is America?'s first episode?
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 7:14AM EDT
On Who Is America?, Sacha Baron Cohen's characters feel right at home amid 2018 absurdities
Source: The Ringer
Cohen's new Showtime series had a tough task in 2018 America because the ridiculous and absurd have become mainstream. "Given the tone of American politics these days, getting audiences to laugh at their eccentricities is a tough ask," says Alison Herman. "Merely sharing Cohen’s disgust may not be enough for character comedy to play in 2018, when the average internet user is subjected to a torrent of equally outrageous, disturbingly non-satirical figures every time they open their browsers." Yet Who Is America? manages to work, she says, especially when it's not funny, like in the first episode's segment advocating that kids carry guns. "To ask whether what follows is 'funny' feels almost besides the point," says Herman. "I can’t blame anyone who decides that a nauseating illustration of America’s psychosis is not what they want out of their Sunday night entertainment. Those who stick around, however, are treated to proof positive that the world has finally caught up with Cohen’s oeuvre. The twist is that Cohen’s guises no longer feel hilariously out of place when inserted into everyday life. They feel right at home, baring what ails this country better than any anthropological trend piece about Trump supporters. Just don’t expect a barrel of laughs."
- When Who Is America? is on point like in the "Kill or Be Killed" segment, it's a reminder that some of our emperors have no clothes
- Cohen was the ultimate George W. Bush-era comedy star, so it's a pleasant surprise that Who Is America? is "urgently resonant with our own era"
- Shame was the secret ingredient on Da Ali G Show, but shame is missing on Who Is America?: "It's the difference between shocking and not shocking, between hilarious and simply fleetingly funny"
- Cohen's antics are out of place in 2018 America because "we’re fresh out of shame in this country right now"
- Cohen's political provocations are exhausting and dangerous
- Cohen's Da Ali G Show characters were innocent, but his Who Is America? characters are biased and aggressive with a fierce partisan agenda
- Only the Erran Morad segment worked, and it wasn't shocking because the people interviewed have already said insane things in public
- Who Is America? "exposes toxicity of accommodating what is wrong, or foolish, or weird, or totally insane, because there’s a camera there"
- The opening credits showed Trump mocking a disabled reporter -- perhaps a rebuttal to Sarah Palin saying Cohen "mocked disabled Americans"
- Former GOP congressman Joe Walsh tells CNN how he was tricked: “He’s a funny guy because he gets people to say stupid things. He gets people to say stupid things because he lies to them"
- Reed College didn't know it would be associated with Cohen's fictional Professor Dr. Nira Cain-N’Degeocello
- Ranking Cohen's new characters: Dr. Nira Cain-N’Degeocello is a pastiche of everyone ever on Portlandia
- Nathan for You's Nathan Fielder is listed as a Who Is America? consulting producer
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 10:16PM EDT
David Simon lashes out at President Trump while tweeting that two friends are "unaccounted for" in Capital Gazette newspaper shooting
The Wire creator was a reporter at The Baltimore Sun prior to working in television. The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were shot and killed today, is owned by the The Sun. In response to the shooting, Simon lashed out at Trump for calling the press the "enemy of the people." Simon told one Twitter user who urged him to stop blaming Trump, "Two of my friends are still unaccounted for because they were working in that newsroom as 'enemies of the people' according to this US president." One of those friends was assistant editor Rob Hiaasen, whom Simon later learned died in today's shooting. Simon tweeted of Hiaasen: "Husband, father of three, careful reporter and editor. Committed, lifelong newspaperman and journalist. Fine, wonderful soul." ALSO: CNN decided not to censor the F-word in Anderson Cooper's pre-taped interview with a shooting witness.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
David and Lauren Hogg recall the Parkland school shooting on The Tonight Show
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The siblings visited Jimmy Fallon two weeks after he delivered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School commencement speech to promote their new book #NeverAgain, described as a manifesto of their movement to change gun laws. They said all proceeds of their book will go to charity and taxes.