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Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Terry Crews sued by his former social media manager for $1 million
Darwin Hall alleges he was paid a total of $28,479 for his work promoting the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star's Facebook page and personal website, when he should've been paid $55 per hour for 6,000 hours of work. He is also alleging Crews defamed him in a series of tweets.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 3:28PM EDT
Amy Poehler responds to the NRA using a GIF of Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope
Poehler made her first public comments over the GIF today after telling the NRA to "f*ck off," via Parks and Rec co-creator Michael Schur, when the gun-rights organization tweeted a GIF of Poehler's likeness in February. "That’s the thing about the internet, you don’t have control over who appropriates what, and why and how, but I think most times the character of Leslie is used for the power of good and that’s all we want her to be," Poehler said at the TV press tour. As for a Parks and Rec reunion, Poehler said: “I’m tech avail," adding: “God, I have no idea. Everybody has my number…we all have a text chain and talk to each other almost everyday. So I think everybody would be excited to do some version of it — hopefully on ice.”
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 4:11PM EDT
Dan Harmon leaves Twitter account after his 2009 video depicting the rape of a baby doll resuraces
The Rick and Morty co-creator's baby doll rape video was part of a five-minute comedy pilot called Daryl that Harmon made to spoof Showtime's Dexter. It was posted on Channel 101 in 2009, the same year he launched Community. The video resurfaced during Comic-Con, resulting in a backlash just days after Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired for old offensive tweets.
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:13PM EDT
Alyssa Milano defends Netflix's Insatiable amid fat-shaming backlash
Source: E! Online
The trailer for the Debby Ryan-led revenge comedy has sparked a social media outcry slamming its "fat-shaming narrative." There is even a petition calling on Netflix to cancel the series. Milano was especially taken to task for being the "face of the Women's Movement" while starring in a show that is perceived to be promoting the objectification of women's bodies. "We are not shaming Patty," Milano tweeted in response, referring to Ryan's character. "We are addressing (through comedy) the damage that occurs from fat shaming. I hope that clears it up."
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
Some men are complaining that Netflix's new She-Ra isn't sexy enough
Source: The Daily Dot
Male YouTubers and tweeters have been comparing the new She-Ra to a man. That has prompted a backlash to the backlash, with DuckTales storyboard artist Kristen Gish tweeting: "Dear men complaining about She-Ra, The animation industry has heard your complaints and we’re taking them into consideration. We promise the Care Bears reboot will have tons of boobs. You’re welcome."
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
Turner Classic Movies fans keep classic film discussion alive with the #TCMParty Twitter hashtag
TCM has been able to engage with its small community of devoted classic movie fans via Twitter hashtags like #TCMParty and #NoirAlley. According to one TCM fan, the commercial-free classic movie channel has counted 30,000 people participating in discussions with the #TCMParty hashtag.
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 1:11PM EDT
John Oliver is now censored in China after mocking Chinese censorship
Source: The New York Times
On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, Oliver spent 20 minutes delving into Chinese censorship, even bringing up the censorship of Winnie the Pooh because President Xi Jinping's critics have likened him to the cartoon character. Oliver even had kids sing about the resemblance, which Slate predicted "will surely be banned in China." According to the The New York Times, Oliver's name has been censored on the major social media platform Weibo. "Attempts to create posts containing the words 'John Oliver' on Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging platform, resulted in an error message on Thursday saying the post may violate 'rules and regulations,'" reports The Times' Tiffany May from Hong Kong "Quite a few posts mentioning Mr. Oliver were visible on the platform, but none referred to the China episode, and the most recent had been posted a few days before it aired."
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 6:07PM EDT
Instagram launches "IGTV" for long-form videos
The social media has kicked off its "YouTube era" as a new home for hour-long videos -- could original TV shows be next?
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Big Brother to unveil a "BB App Store" social media twist
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“America will get a chance to get the Houseguests trending, resulting in power apps or punishments that could crash their game," CBS says of the new twist for Season 30 that will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1. On the June 27 premiere, housemates will compete on three different challenges that CBS promises “will yield a game-changing power — and two unprecedented punishments.”
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 5:37PM EDT
Riverdale star Charles Melton apologizes for old fat-shaming tweets
Source: Us Weekly
“I’m truly sorry for making inconsiderate comments several years ago and apologize to anyone I hurt,” Melton said in a statement after his old tweets were recently revealed. “What I posted and said was immature, offensive and inappropriate. I am ashamed of how I acted and there is no excuse for that behavior. I’m striving to do better and will use this experience to grow, helping others to understand how these types of statements are completely unacceptable.”
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Big Brother unveils its Season 20 houseguests
This year's cast includes a former undercover cop and a Las Vegas entertainer. ALSO: Season 20 may include a social media twist.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown leaves Twitter after becoming an anti-gay meme
The 14-year-old actress is a GLAAD supporter, but social media users have created memes portraying her as anti-gay, which led her to deactivate her Twitter account. ALSO: A Stranger Things video game is in the works.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Why isn't The Bachelorette allowed to check out her contestants' social media profiles?
Source: The Ringer
"If social media stalking is a normal part of dating in 2018, why shouldn’t it be allowed on the show?" asks Alyssa Bereznak in the wake of the Instagram controversy involving frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen. She adds: "In any normal real-world scenario, this situation would’ve fixed itself. Elated after a nice first encounter with a handsome, eligible rando, Becca would’ve gone home and immediately Googled Yrigoyen, like any respectable millennial who has grown up stalking her crushes online." ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel picks Garrett to win The Bachelorette.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
Suits' Patrick J. Adams apologizes after posting a photo of a woman he accused of body-shaming him and his wife
Source: E! Online
Adams was at a London airport with wife/Pretty Little Liars alum Troian Bellisario, waiting to catch a flight home from co-star Meghan Markle's wedding, when he said a woman "did some casual body shaming of my wife and I." He posted a photo of the woman, but later took it down after he was accused of bullying.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
How SpongeBob SquarePants became TV's most "meme-able" show
Why didn't other Nickelodeon classic shows become classic memes? "I’d venture to say that SpongeBob is better greased to circulate widely because of its spectacular realism," says Lauren Michele Jackson, adding: "Watching SpongeBob now... I see how the sea-dwelling characters play back adulthood with all the damning comedy it deserves. Life is endlessly mundane, if you’re lucky, and ideally endured with a sense of humor. That type of humor is the lifeblood of so many jokes propagated online, so it makes sense that the internet would latch onto a show that embraces this sensibility. It’s still not quite nostalgia — teens, who weren’t yet born or verbal when the show was at its peak, love the memes. But if it’s memory in part that makes SpongeBob a worthy candidate for memes, it’s the show’s PG appreciation for life’s hilarious humorlessness that makes it adaptable to any and every situation."