I had some drinks with friends on New Year’s Eve, came home and watched the ball drop, and turned on Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special. It was late so I fell asleep before I finished it, but I assumed I’d wake up to find that Chappelle had caught hell for defending jokes he made at the expense of transgender folks (not a particularly good defense, by the way). I was wrong. He’s catching hell for sh*tting on Louis CK’s accusers.
Show business is just harder than that. Them women sounded like, I hate to say it, they sounded weak…One of these ladies was like, ‘Louis C.K. was masturbating while I was on the phone with him.’ Bitch, you don’t know how to hang up the phone? How the hell are you going to survive in show business if this is an actual obstacle to your dreams? I know Louis is wrong, I’m just saying, I’m held to a higher standard of accountability than these women are.”
Dave. No. Another line — “At the same time, Jesus Christ, they took everything from Louis. It might be disproportionate, I can’t tell” — didn’t do him any favors, either. Yikes, dude. Yikes. (Uproxx)
The New York Times, America’s newspaper of record, is not exactly in the good graces of social media early in 2018. After giving President Trump an unchecked interview last week, the newspaper has become the subject of a lot of second guessing.
Iranian authorities have clamped down on Tehran after demonstrators across the country ignored calls for calm https://t.co/M9G7x8lvAT— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 1, 2018
Let me rewrite this headline: "Iran's brutal dictatorship yet again killed & arrested brave Iranian citizens demanding greater freedoms." https://t.co/iq2n5ykA5f— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) January 1, 2018
Last night the "POTUS" made millions by selling access to the rich people he just gave massive tax cuts, and this is how the "Paper of record" covers it. https://t.co/t1MgwlpLz9— BWD 🤢 You People Replaced Obama With This (@IrisRimon) January 1, 2018
For Trump, a Glittering Gala Ends a Winter Vacation Rooted in Routine https://t.co/8PHKoQDW9L— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 1, 2018
Some days, does it feel like Trump has everyone in their pocket? Or is my political bias speaking?
Speaking of that ritzy affair, the images comes out of the New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago give the impression that Trump would have given anything to just be able to sit in his easy chair and tweet-slam Andy Cohen’s (dreadful) ball drop coverage. I really was missing Kathy Griffin last night. (Jezebel)
But I gotta say: Barron’s face is all of us: Shell-shocked, a little scared, and decidedly looking like he’d rather be anywhere else.
May his father’s invariable indictment and walk of shame out of the White House humble that poor kid before it’s too late.
Robin Wright is dating a guy much younger than her, and French, and good for f—king her! (Celebitchy)
Courtney and Co. have crowned the Shero of 2017. Hint: It’s a female character from one of the three highest grossing films of the year, all of which were led by women. (SyFy)
We missed this last week, but Vulture has a great interview with Ridley Scott, who was gossipy as hell, e.g., here he is on Blade Runner 2049: ” I have to be careful what I say. I have to be careful what I say. It was f—king way too long. F—k me! And most of that script’s mine.” (Vulture)
For those who don’t keep up with such things on their own, the annual NFL coaching bloodbath began last night and continued into today. The Colts, Raiders, Lions, Bears all kicked their coaches to the curb. The Arizona Cardinals’ Bruce Arians — a genuinely good guy — retired, and Marvin Lewis is ditching the Bengals after 15 goddamn years of futility. NFL fans: Talk amongst yourselves.
Finally, I leave you with Jodie Foster on superhero movies and the state of cinema. As an old f—k whose first choice of movie is not of the superhero variety, I still find this quote needlessly cynical and terribly misguided:
“Going to the movies has become like a theme park … Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking — you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth.” Then in a final jab she said, “It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world.” Agree to disagree. (Deadline)