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Posted Saturday 1/19/19 at 6:13AM EST
The L Word turns 15
The groundbreaking drama about a group of lesbians, which Showtime plans to reboot, struck a chord in the LGBTQ community when it premiered in January 2004.
Posted Friday 1/18/19 at 2:14PM EST
Here's your first look at Supergirl's Nicole Maines as TV's first transgender superhero
Baines' character will officially don the Dreamer suit on Supergirl's Feb. 17 episode.
Posted Friday 1/18/19 at 7:23AM EST
John Oliver's Marlon Bundo book sent to anti-LGBTQ school where Karen Pence teaches
It was revealed earlier this week that the second lady got a new job teaching art at a private Christian school that could refuse refuse admission or discontinue enrollment if a student or parent's behavior supports or condones "homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity. In response, The Trevor Project sent 100 copies of Last Week Tonight's A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. The copies of the book, about a gay bunny, came with a "heartfelt note" urging the school to change its student and employee policies.
Posted Tuesday 1/15/19 at 4:41PM EST
Why did it take until 2019 for Family Guy producers to say they'll stop making gay jokes?
"It's strange to watch legacy shows be so slow to adapt to change," says Matt Miller, pointing out that Family Guy was making gay jokes in the recent past. "Like The Simpsons, for example, which refuses to respond to the show's Apu problem. These cartoons, which position themselves as progressive legacy comedy brands, refuse to stop old, offensive practices—displaying the same ideological stubbornness as the Trump supporters they consistently mock. Yes, Family Guy is 'just a cartoon,' but it's also a show that averages 2.5 million viewers a week, and teaches adults and children alike what humor is deemed acceptable. In a lot of ways, this show is more influential than a Kevin Hart tweet or stand-up joke from 2010. What's bizarre is that the show seems so proud to point out that it is so late to the game to have common decency. So, to say they're going to 'phase out' gay jokes is not a progressive win or a brave thing to do. Maybe just stop. It's something that the show should have done a long time ago (or better yet, never done at all)."
Posted Tuesday 1/15/19 at 5:58AM EST
Family Guy is phasing out gay jokes
Executive producer Rich Appel tells TVLine it's not that they were pressured to change when it comes to gay jokes -- it's that "we’ve changed too. The climate is different, the culture is different and our views are different. They’ve been shaped by the reality around us, so I think the show has to shift and evolve in a lot of different ways.” Fellow executive producer Alec Sulkin says: “If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they’re going to have a few differences. Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable.”
Posted Friday 1/11/19 at 1:19PM EST
Olivia Wilde reflects on how TV's LGBTQ representation has changed since she playing a bisexual character on The O.C.
In a Throwback Thursday Instagram post, Wilde put up a photo of her character, Alex Kelly, who dated both Seth Cohen and Marissa Cooper, and wrote: "For real though I’m so happy to see how far we’ve come as a society when I think about how sensational it was to play a queer woman on TV back then and now it seems almost quaint and young people are rejecting labels altogether and that is why they shall rule the earth and save us all."
Posted Thursday 1/10/19 at 6:47PM EST
Netflix won't film a TV show in North Carolina due to its anti-LGBTQ law
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Instead, the North Carolina-set coming-of-age drama OBX will be filmed in South Carolina due to the North Carolina bill known as "the bathroom bill." "This tiny law is costing this town 70 good, clean, pension-paying jobs and also sending a message to those people who can bring these jobs and more that North Carolina still doesn’t get it," Jonas Pete, OBX's creator and a North Carolina native, told a local newspaper.
Posted Thursday 1/10/19 at 1:34PM EST
Stephen Colbert attempted to discuss with Kevin Hart his homophobic joke controversy
Source: The A.V. Club
Hart reiterated on The Late Show that he was done apologizing for his past homophobic jokes that led to him stepping down as Oscar host, while Colbert said in response: “I found that it’s over when the audience is over it, and not when I’m over it.” Hart shot back: “Not really—it depends on the level of entertainer that you are.”
Posted Thursday 1/10/19 at 1:34PM EST
Terry Crews calls out Kevin Hart: "The truth is, Kevin, you're not being attacked"
Source: BuzzFeed News
"He feels like he's being attacked," the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star said on BuzzFeed News' Twitter morning show AM to DM. "But the truth is, he's not." He added: "The truth is, Kevin, you're not being attacked. The truth is you have to just acknowledge what went on and acknowledge the pain of other people. That’s all anybody's asking for. That's it."
Posted Wednesday 1/09/19 at 9:56AM EST
Kevin Hart makes it clear he's not hosting the Oscars: "I'm over it"
Source: Good Morning America
Hart appeared this morning on ABC, the Oscars network, to confirm on Good Morning America that he won't return as host of the 91st Academy Awards after telling Ellen DeGeneres last week that he'd reconsider his decision to step down. "There's no more conversation about it ... I'm over that, I'm over the moment," Hart said in an interview with Michael Strahan. Hart said it's already too late to prepare to host the Oscars. "It's hard to predict what can happen. I don't want people to think there's a thing about me and the Academy," he added. Hart, who apologized again Monday for his past homophobic comments in a SiriusXM radio interview, also said he's done apologizing for his past homophobic comments, adding that he has "said everything I can possibly say." "I'm not giving no more explanation of who I am," he said. "I'm just done."
Posted Tuesday 1/08/19 at 7:34AM EST
Don Lemon reveals he spoke at length to Kevin Hart over the weekend
The CNN anchor said near the end of his show Monday night that he had a “mostly off the record conversation” with Hart following his emotional plea to Hart on Friday. Lemon then played clips of Hart apologizing again on Monday for his past homophobic jokes during an interview on SiriusXM. “I don’t like the forcing," Hart said in the clip. "Don Lemon goes on CNN you can fix this become an ally. That’s not my life dream. Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBT community. I apologize. I’m not moving on from the apology and I hope that it’s accepted. If it’s not accepted than I can’t do anything about that… you can’t get what you want without accepting change.” Lemon responded: “He is sorry, he said, but it is not his dream to be an ally for the LGBT community. Now, you can take that however want. You can be upset by it. However you want to feel. But that is his right. Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right… he can do that and you can feel about it however you want.” Lemon added: “We can and should hold people with large megaphones to account,” Lemon continued. “But if we don’t want to be bullied, we can’t be bullies. You don’t want to turn into what you’re fighting against. So hold to account, call them out, but you don’t want to bully people. I might get a lot of blowback for that, but I’m just being honest."
Posted Saturday 1/05/19 at 3:04AM EST
Don Lemon gets emotional on CNN while discussing Kevin Hart's Ellen interview
“For many in the gay community, especially in the black community, the Twitter apologies on Ellen have fallen flat,” Lemon said on his CNN show, pointing out reactions calling the talk show moment “insincere” and that Hart “somehow turns himself into a victim instead of acknowledging the real victims of violent and sometimes deadly homophobia.” Lemon added: “Someone like Kevin Hart, with one of the biggest megaphones in the entire world, he can be a leader … he can help change homophobia in the black community, something Kevin’s old Twitter jokes addressed but in the wrong way."
- Ellen's decision to offer Hart absolution was "sickening": "When the most famous and beloved gay person in America congratulates an equally famous and wealthy person on ignoring queer people hurt by his violent and homophobic rhetoric, she is abdicating her responsibility to the people she claims to care so much about—the 'kids (who) are killed for being gay or beaten up every day,' as she described them in Friday’s episode," says Christina Cauterucci. "DeGeneres could have used the interview to help Hart engage in a deep, complicated reckoning with his biases and his aversion to taking accountability for them. Instead, she echoed his repeated claims that the criticism of his homophobia was a 'malicious attack' on his person and his career, as if there weren’t good reason to be disturbed by the remarks the 'haters' brought up."
- GLAAD issues a terse response to Hart's Ellen appearance: "From when this news first broke, GLAAD said Kevin Hart should not step down from the Oscars, he should step up and send an unequivocal message of acceptance to LGBTQ youth that matches the force and impact of his initial anti-LGBTQ remarks"
- Ellen's treatment of Hart was an embarrassing instance of clueless celebrity overreach — and sent a toxic message to the black LGBTQ community
- It was shocking to see Ellen throw her weight behind Hart's self-victimization
- Their conversation wasn't between a gay comedian and a straight one: "It's between one insulated celebrity and another, bonding over what they have in common"
- Who died and made Ellen gay pope?: "Really, no single person is qualified to offer the forgiveness of all of queer America," says Drew Goins. "But a white cisgender woman who is widely beloved and obscenely wealthy to boot is particularly ill-suited to try to muster such papal authority. For DeGeneres to think herself licensed to dispense this pass to Hart suggests that the only real indulgence here is her own."
- Ellen telling Hart "don't let those people win" was a diss of the LGBTQ community: "In one breath she went from articulating the legitimate gripes of gay folks to dismissing all of them as haters and losers," says Spencer Kornhaber. "This is how discourse short-circuits, how reasonable calls to show some empathy get hijacked into tribal warfare and incoherent rhetoric about “mob mentality.” It’s simply true that real people, not amorphous axe-grinding masses, are hurt by attitudes like the ones Hart expressed in his jokes."
Posted Saturday 1/05/19 at 3:04AM EST
Double Dare features a family with a same-sex couple for the first time
A recent episode included "Team Double Dads."
Posted Friday 1/04/19 at 6:29PM EST
Did Kevin Hart really apologize for his homophobic jokes years ago, as he claimed on Ellen?
Splitsider's Megh Wright investigated Hart's claim on Ellen that "I've apologized for" his homophobic jokes in the past, and couldn't find any evidence of any kind of apology. "To be clear, Hart has addressed, or at least acknowledged, the criticism about his homophobic material — or his thoughts on homophobic material in general — a handful of times over the past five years or so," says Wright. "Even taking into account his tweet from a month ago, it’s simply inaccurate to say that Hart has apologized for or sincerely reckoned with it in a meaningful way until his Ellen interview, when he acknowledged publicly that it was 'wrong.' But for Hart to couch his statements with insistence that his apologies already happened long ago in some easily Googled article or clip — and more, for DeGeneres to perpetuate that claim — shows that Hart has no intention of truly owning up to, and evolving from, his past mistakes."
Posted Friday 1/04/19 at 1:41PM EST
Kevin Hart's apology for his past homophobic jokes got lost in baseless conspiracy theorizing, egged on by Ellen DeGeneres
"Hart’s apology at the top of the interview is, despite his protests otherwise, the first of its kind," says Caroline Framke of Hart's interview on Ellen in which she urged him to reconsider returning as Oscars host. "Had the interview been left there, it might have made some sense," says Framke. "But DeGeneres then opened the door to the idea that Hart’s critics were en masse nothing but 'haters' who were picking on Hart simply because they could....For someone who wasn’t paying close attention to the backlash, this maybe sounds reasonable. The internet is absolutely prone to stumbling into snowballing arguments, often overwhelming reason with sheer volume of passion. But with Hart, that was categorically not the case. Hart got blowback from the LGBTQ community and beyond because he had made violent homophobic 'jokes' and had thus far failed to meaningfully reckon with them. He got more heat when he insisted that he had already apologized, when in fact he had only ever acknowledged the jokes in passing." It wasn't a conspiracy that the old homophobic jokes re-emerged after he was picked to host the Oscars. "It came back into focus because hosting the Oscars is one of the most prominent jobs in entertainment, and he was therefore bound to be under a sharper microscope than ever before," says Framke. "(Hart also seems to misunderstand Twitter on a basic level: no one needs to comb through his 40,000 tweets to find insensitivity when they can just use the search bar for '@KevinHart4Real + [a slur].)" Framke adds: "If he gets the job back, it won’t be because he’s convinced his detractors that he actually cares about gay people. It’ll be because he spun a story about vicious trolls going after him for no good reason. It might be a compelling enough angle to convince DeGeneres and her audience, but even if it manages to sway the Academy, it still won’t actually be true."
- Ellen avoided a necessary, meaningful conversation with Hart: "Both DeGeneres and Hart, in this conversation, were in positions of power to create a tangible change in our culture about responsibility, liability, humor, acceptance, and harm," says Kevin Fallon. "...It should have been the teaching moment so many were waiting for. How is it possible then that they both made the situation worse?"
- Ellen can't accept an apology on behalf of an entire community
- Ellen should've at least challenged Hart a little bit
- Ellen seemingly responds to the backlash, tweeting: "However you feel about this, the only positive way through it is to talk about it. Thank you for being here, @KevinHart4real."y
- Celebrities have mostly been quiet in reaction to Ellen's support of Hart