Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
ABC and The Academy's handling of the Kevin Hart debacle left them looking clueless
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Nothing that happened this week should have surprised anybody and yet it all played out in half-assed Instagram posts and stealthy late-night announcements," says Daniel Fienberg. "That's not how ABC and the Academy should be treating what is a crown jewel for both, nor how Kevin Hart should have treated what he called a life-long dream." Fienberg points out that it is especially mind-boggling that ABC, following its Roseanne Barr disaster six months ago, "would sign off on giving any high-profile or low-profile gig to any individual without knowing every word that person ever posted on Twitter and without a clear and immediate exit strategy in mind." It's even more shocking, he says, that ABC had no plan to deal with the controversy when it erupted on social media. As Fienberg notes, it doesn't take a publicist or crisis manager to figure out that a heartfelt apology, a donation to an LGBTQ organization and a sincere interview with a friendly media outlet would've gone a long way to putting this controversy to rest. "That's the thing," says Fienberg. "These tweets that people 'found' from Kevin Hart? Everybody knew they were there. Everybody. This was simply who Kevin Hart was both on Twitter and in his standup work less than a decade ago. He may be different now. Heaven knows that people are entitled to evolve; it's ideal. But he was still basically this same person when he first hosted the BET Awards and the first of several MTV-sponsored awards shows. Nobody takes those awards shows as seriously as people take the Oscars, nor should they, but the Academy and ABC couldn't possibly have been unaware that Hart is and was a figure with some objectionable stuff in his background — and Hart says he's apologized for this stuff in the past."
- Why wouldn't Kevin Hart just apologize before stepping down?: "Was he feeling that his core following would think he had sold out his beliefs for a job?" asks Mike Fleming Jr. "Does he still hold those beliefs against LGBTQs? Did he really believe that because he is also a stand-up comedian he is entitled to say insulting things to keep his standing as an edgy comic? Did he think, hell, these are just words? It is as hard to say as why he chose to actually apologize only after he stepped away from the job. In the hours preceding, he scoffed at people who didn’t think he had evolved as a 40-year-old man in the eight years since he issued those homophobic tweets. He certainly didn’t come off as contrite or sincere, mostly focused on those who cobbled together the social media missives that fueled his downfall. Hart’s unwillingness to be changeable was his undoing. What is sad is that his versatility and changeability has been one of his biggest assets. His career was built on being changeable."
- Kevin Hart is the "smarmiest, sleaziest, creepiest and unfunniest award show guest of the past decade": "The sheer jaw-dropping badness of this decision defies all logic," says Rob Sheffield. "Hosting the Academy Awards used to be one of the most prestigious, high-profile gigs in show business. How did it become a job they got so desperate to fill, they called Kevin Hart, knowing his shtick? It’s not like his sense of humor is some kind of guilty secret he kept hidden until this week." Sheffield adds: "Not a thing about this fiasco makes a lick of sense. Kevin Hart is a wildly successful movie star and comedian. He is a man of many talents. Award shows are not one of them. He is the smarmiest, sleaziest, creepiest and unfunniest award show guest of the past decade. He usually co-presents with a female movie star and slimes all over her sexually — like at the podium at the 2015 Golden Globes with Salma Hayek, when yes, he made a joke about her 'golden globes' (meaning her breasts) and she just cringed, as we all cringed for her. Salma Hayek was not anointed to host this year’s Oscars. Kevin Hart was."
- The Kevin Hart choice so discounted the Oscars’ gay viewership that it almost felt like a deliberate insult: "It’s an embarrassing tell for the Academy and ABC, an exposure of their baser motivations in this whole process," says Richard Lawson. "I don’t fault them for wanting to hire someone as popular as Kevin Hart is. I guess I do fault them, though, for not seeming to care much about who values the Oscars, who debates and predicts and live-tweets and roots and cheers along. I’m sure there are plenty of shitty straight guys, the kind who would laugh knowingly at Hart’s jokes about beating the gay out of his son, who enjoy the Oscars too. But why is that segment of the viewership so routinely favored over us?"
- Why we need to forgive Kevin Hart: "I fear we’re creating a disastrous precedent," says Susan Fowler. "In holding people accountable for their old views — even ones they realized were wrong and apologized for — we are setting standards that nobody can meet. We cannot expect to make progress if we do not allow people the chance to grow with us."
- Don't feel sorry for Kevin Hart: "Lying in bed in a sea of plush white linens, looking dejected, Hart filmed himself lamenting those who chose to focus on his words from long ago and who refused to let him evolve," says C. Nicole Mason, adding: "Hart’s solemn indignation is a trick meant to cause us to question our moral compass and to empathize with him, the person being called to account. It is straight out of a now-familiar playbook used by powerful wrongdoers to fashion themselves as the victim and to whip up public support and empathy."
- Snoop Dogg gives Kevin Hart a pep talk: “Hey Kev, don’t trip. It ain’t our kind of sh*t, no way
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 3:19PM EST
Kevin Hart is deleting old anti-gay tweets after being announced as Oscar host
Source: BuzzFeed News
The Guardian's Benjamin Lee, who wrote about Hart's history of homophobic jokes, took screenshots of old anti-gay Hart tweets. Some of the tweets have been deleted. As Buzzfeed News points out, "a quick search through his tweets showcases his flagrant use of the word 'f*g,' 'homo,' and 'gay.'" ALSO: Are Hart's old homophobic jokes a fireable offense?
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
Sarah Hyland takes social media break after receiving "horrible, negative" comments after over her 14-year-old cousin's death
Source: Just Jared
The Modern Family star tweeted that her announcing that her 14-year-old cousin was killed by a drunk driver has been met with a slew of online hate. "You guys finally did it, she tweeted. "Your horrible negative ignorant words have broken me. Happy? Staying offline for a while. I have a special announcement and video releasing on Wednesday I believe. So. There’s that.”
Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 2:46PM EST
Fox News hasn't tweeted since Thursday in protest of Twitter
The protest stems from Fox News thinking that Twitter played a role in the protests outside of Tucker Carlson's house. An email sent to Fox News staffers urged them not to tweet its content on their personal accounts, though not everybody has complied.
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 1:48PM EST
Travon Free, Camping producer and former Full Frontal writer, apologizes for old tweets about Jews and Hitler
The former Daily Show writer, who is also a producer on Showtime's Black Monday, apologized after the offensive tweets were recently resurfaced: “Nine years ago I tweeted some stupid and really offensive jokes that were intended to be that, jokes," he wrote. "My poor attempts at humor quite understandably have offended and disappointed many people, including some very close to me, and for that I offer my sincerest apologies,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 3:01PM EDT
HBO denounces Trump's Game of Thrones tweet: "How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
President Trump tweeted "Sanctions are Coming" in a warning to Iran using a Game of Thrones meme that incorporated HBO drama's famous marketing tagline and poster font. HBO quickly distanced itself from the tweet, which was also denounced by the show's stars. “We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes," HBO said in a statement, while its Twitter account tweeted: "How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?" Meanwhile George R.R. Martin "liked" a tweet telling him, "yo @GRRMspeaking this new book sucks" while retweeting Trump's tweet. Sophie Turner responded with "Ew" and Maisie Williams tweeted in response to Trump: "Not today." UPDATE: George R. R. Martin responds to Trump while urging his followers to vote: "Fear cuts deeper than swords."
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 1:26PM EDT
CNN president Jeff Zucker announces all mail will be screened at off-site locations, slams Twitter for doing a "terrible job" with harassment
“Twitter is terrible with this. ... They do a terrible job with this,” Zucker told his staff today, adding: “We have had this conversation with Twitter, and they suck.“ Zucker also said that following Wednesday's bomb scare at CNN's New York City headquarters, all mail going to CNN bureaus in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta will be screened off-site.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 3:17PM EDT
Shadowhunters fans hijack Jimmy Fallon's hashtag game
On Tuesday, Fallon introduced his weekly hashtag game themed around the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot, using the hashtag #IfIWonTheLottery. Shadowhunters fans quickly glommed on to the hashtag, saying they would use the money to revive the canceled Freeform series.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 3:29AM EDT
Key & Peele's "Obama Meet & Greet" sketch has found new life as a meme
The 2014 sketch, featuring Jordan Peele as President Obama going around a room and politely shaking hands, has been used to send up everything from Marvel movies to Harry Styles songs.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 11:40PM EDT
Riverdale casts Riley Keough after she lobbied for a role on Twitter
"I just want to be cast in Riverdale," the former star of The Girlfriend Experience tweeted on March 6. Well, The CW decided to give her a guest role. According to Vulture, she'll play a mysterious woman named Laurie Lake. ALSO: 13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford auditioned to play Riverdale's Betty.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 3:53PM EDT
Twitter is welcoming the fall TV season with event pages for individual episodes
Source: Ad Week
With the 2018-19 season kicking off today, Twitter is making it easier to see tweets about episodes while they are airing. “For example," says a Twitter spokesperson, "instead of just following along with the hashtag #TheBachelor, this page will pull in tweets relating to things like #TheBachelor, #Bachelor, Chris Harrison, #GroceryStoreJoe, etc. For Game of Thrones, you no longer have to worry about refreshing #GameofThrones or #GoT—these pages will pull tweets around both.”
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 10:05AM EDT
Last Man Standing has posted its first Fox episode on Twitter
The resurrected Tim Allen comedy tweeted on Sunday "we want to say thank you to ALL of our loyal fans by releasing the premiere episode of #LastManStanding EARLY!" The episode will be broadcast on Fox this Friday.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 11:54PM EDT
David Simon resumes his feud with Twitter with a lengthy rant against "f*ckbonnet" CEO Jack Dorsey
"I thought, Mr. Dorsey, that we had an understanding," The Deuce creator, who quit Twitter, wrote on his blog. "I would not ever concede that telling you or anyone else they ought to die of boils was unjustifiable after their own rhetoric lapsed into abject slander, dishonesty or dishonor, and you — pretending that I had somehow threatened the actual well-being of another human, or that my words were measurably more cruel than telling someone to, say, take a long walk off a short pier or grow like an onion with his head in the ground — would continue to bar me from the demagogue-encrusted, Nazi-profiteering national agora that you call a social-media platform."
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 2:16PM EDT
CBS to drop God Friended Me pilot one month early on social media and CBS' digital platforms
The Brandon Micheal Hall-starring drama will be available on Friday on Facebook, Twitter, CBS.com, CBS All Access, the CBS app and Instagram. God Friended Me makes its formal debut on Sunday, Sept. 30. ALSO: Empire vet Malik Yoba to recur on God Friended Me.
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 7:08PM EDT
Riverdale stars Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's Twitter accounts were hacked
Hackers broke into Sprouse's account on Monday night and tweeted explicit jokes, according to Buzzfeed. Reinhart responded: "Cole’s Twitter has been hacked BTW. F*ck people who do that, seriously." By Wednesday afternoon, Reinhart's own account was hacked, possibly by the same hacker(s). “Shouldn't have talked sh*t about us, here's to lili fans found this masterpiece in iCloud," the hacker wrote, with a link to a fake nude photo of her.