(March 2018) Survey Says: Politicized Sports, Entertainment Driving Viewers Away

(March 2018) Survey Says: Politicized Sports, Entertainment Driving Viewers Away

(March 2018) Survey Says: Politicized Sports, Entertainment Driving Viewers Away

By Matt Philbin | March 21, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

ESPN isn’t just dying the death of a thousand chord cuts. Ratings for the Oscars aren’t down simply because the Academy keeps nominating movies nobody has seen.

And it wasn’t just a disappointing U.S. medal haul or NBC’s amateurish broadcast that drove Winter Olympics viewership down 24% compared to Sochi among viewers aged 18-49.

 Sure, those all may be contributing factors in dismal ratings for once-thriving networks and broadcasts. But we have more evidence that the relentless politicization of entertainment media is alienating audiences.

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Women of SNL Issue Misguided, Harmful Statement in Support of Sen. Al Franken by Mattie Kahn

He may be a senator now, but for a number of years, Franken was an actor on the TV show ‘Saturday Night Live.’

Women of SNL Issue Misguided, Harmful Statement in Support of Sen. Al Franken

by Mattie Hahn

Thirty-six women who previously worked with Al Franken during his run on Saturday Night Live have issued a statement of support for the Minnesota senator, following accusations by two women that he kissed or groped them without their consent.

The letter, which was released on Twitter and published in the Boston Globe, summons all the worst ever cliches used to absolve men of despicable behavior and sequences them to horrendous effect.

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Sexual Harassment of Males In the Entertainment Industry

Sexual Harassment of Males In the Entertainment Industry

Since news about movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment of women broke, a number of male celebrities have stepped forward to say that when they were in their teens, 20s, or older, they have faced groping or unwanted sexual actions, and at that, usually from other men (i.e, men in the entertainment industry, such as movie directors, agents, and so forth).

Here are some of the news stories or Tweets about this that I’ve seen so far:

Why it’s also hard for Hollywood’s men to talk about being sexually assaulted

Excerpts:

Actor Todd Bridges talked about being assaulted by his publicist when he was just 11 years old. In the documentary movie An Open Secret, detailing rampant issues of pedophilia in Hollywood, Bridges talked about asking to be written out of an episode of Diff’rent Strokesthat dealt with the issue “because I had myself gone through that, and watching it happen on the show it was like reliving that all over again.”

And then there’s Corey Feldman, who blew the lid off the issue while doing press rounds for his memoir, Coreyography, back in 2013 — and was met with great resistance while doing so. Feldman spoke honestly about having been molested during his early years acting in Hollywood and said that his best friend, the late Corey Haim, had been raped by a Hollywood predator at age 11.

Feldman spoke about his and Haim’s issues with assault with the Hollywood Reporter in 2016.

“He had more direct abuse than I did,” Feldman said. “With me, there were some molestations, and it did come from several hands, so to speak, but with Corey, his was direct rape, whereas mine was not actual rape. And his also occurred when he was 11. My son is 11 now, and I can’t even begin to fathom the idea of something like that happening to him. It would destroy his whole being. As I look at my son, a sweet, innocent, 11-year-old boy and then try to put him in Corey Haim’s shoes, I go, ‘Oh, my God — well of course he was erratic and not well-behaved on sets and things like that.’ What more could we expect of him really? Everybody deals with things differently.”

As this dam slowly begins to break, it appears that more Hollywood men than we know have also suffered from sexual assault and harassment. So why haven’t we heard more about this? Why aren’t they talking about it, too?

“In terms of male sexual trauma, we’re a good generation behind in terms of public awareness, acknowledgement, and building support services,” says Rick Goodwin, a training consultant for 1in6, an organization focused on building programs and support for male victims of sexual assault.

ROB SCHNEIDER

Rob Schneider [actor] Says He Was Sexually Harassed by Director, Harvey Weinstein’s Not Only One

Rob Schneider wants to make one thing clear about Harvey Weinstein — the mogul is no lone wolf, and Rob knows it because he too was sexually harassed by a director.

…Rob says the director is now dead, but the incident has clearly stuck with him.

Rob Schneider SHAMES Hollywood over Harvey Weinstein, makes disturbing confession

JAMES VAN DER BEEK

James Van Der Beek Says He’s Been Sexually Harassed By “Older, Powerful Men” In Hollywood

The former Dawson’s Creek star tweeted his support of the women speaking their truths in light of the Weinstein allegations before launching into his own experience with sexual harassment.

The actor revealed he’d been touched inappropriately by “older, powerful men” when he was a lot younger.

…When asked for additional details, Van Der Beek’s publicist told BuzzFeed News that the actor did not have anything else to add at the moment about this specific revelation.

Van Der Beek’s comments come after Terry Crews and Rob Schneider have both shared their experiences earlier this week of being male victims of sexual misconduct by powerful men in Hollywood.

James Van Der Beek [actor] says he was sexually harassed by ‘older, powerful men’

Dawson’s Creek star says he was groped and the victim of inappropriate sexual conversations, as he voices support for women who have spoken out against Harvey Weinstein

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Numerous Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct by Democratic Party Backer Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein

Numerous Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct by Democratic Party Backer Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein

I have a difficult time taking liberals and Democrats seriously when they talk about things such as being against sexism, supporting women, inclusion, and tolerance, when I note most of them seldom speak out against sexism against women when it is committed by liberal or Democrat men, or any of their other favorite groups, as in this case.

Many women – both famous and not, ranging from staff members to movie stars – have come forward the past few days to say that they were raped, groped, or sexually harassed by movie producer Harvey Weinstein, in incidents that took place over a two decade or more time frame.

The news media colluded with Weistein to cover up the charges of sexual misconduct, and the New York Police and D.A. were too inept or unwilling to press criminal charges against Weinstein.

Since these stories about Weinstein broke, other actors and actresses are saying they were groped or sexually abused by other powerful people in the entertainment industry, such as this story.

I find it very obnoxious that a lot of these liberal celebrities or others affiliated with Hollywood like to sit around condemning rank and file, middle class Americans for our perceived shortcomings, or for being conservative or Republican, and they say we are all sexist, yet they themselves abuse women or cover-up sexism.

I’ll either keep updating this post to add new links as more aspects of this story come to light, or I may make a part 2 in the future.

Here are links to news stories about all this (and new headlines are being published every minute, making this a difficult story to keep up with):

Harvey Weinstein allegedly forced oral sex on aspiring actresses and raped employee

SAG-AFTRA Condemns “Disgraceful” Harvey Weinstein

SAG-AFTRA Blasts Harvey Weinstein’s Behavior as ‘Abhorrent’ 

Author and journo NUKES Hollywood on Weinstein: ‘All these leftist actresses expressing shock are LYING’

Report: Matt Damon, Russell Crowe Helped Kill Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Story in 2004

Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades – New York Times, October 5, 2017

Excerpts:

Update: The Weinstein Company’s board has fired Harvey Weinsteinafter reports of sexual harassment complaints against him. Find more coverage here.

…An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.

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Celebrities With Conservative Derangement Syndrome Fall 2017

Celebrities With Conservative Derangement Syndrome Fall 2017

Is it Fall 2017 already? I first started these Conservative Derangement / Trump Derangement Syndrome posts around January 2017.

In some cases, liberal celebrities don’t just bash Trump, they bash anyone who voted for Trump.

As fall melts into winter, I will edit this post to add any new anti-Trump or Conservative Derangement comments or behavior by celebrities.

Chrissy Tiegen | September 2017

All I know is that she is supposedly a celebrity, but I don’t know who she is. I’m not sure if she is an actress or a model or what.

Chrissy Tiegen makes it known that when she slams the president, she’s NOT just insulting Trump

Chrissy Teigen roasts Ivanka Trump on Twitter, calling out her misuse of the word ‘otherwise’

Robert Redford (movie actor) | September 2017

Robert Redford to Esquire: Trump Is ‘Our Fault,’ Worse ‘Than Nixon’

by C Weaver, Sept 13, 2017

Starring in movies about politics allegedly gives celebrities a political background. At least, that’s what Robert Redford thought in his latest interview.

The actor spoke with Esquire’s Michael Hainey in an interview published on September 13, where he talked about Nixon, Trump, and Mitch McConnell. …

On the subject of Donald Trump, Redford said, “I just think he is who he is. You can’t blame him for being who he is. He’s always been like that. He’s our fault — that’s how I see it.”

Since he starred in All the President’s Men, Redford decided that he had enough political credibility to be able to compare Nixon to Trump: “Whatever Nixon was, whatever his dark side, he was an accomplished politician … I think on the other side, there’s more ignorance.”

Danny Zucker (TV producer) | September 2017

WOW: Modern Family producer tweets ‘Dear Christians … f*ck you’ over DACA , deletes tweet

It seems like DACA has brought out the ugliest (and most hilarious) deleted tweets from our ‘friends’ on the Left. Suppose that’s what happens when your whole set of political ideals is based on emotion rather than fact or reality.

Like this winner from Danny Zuker, producer of Modern Family:

[Tweet said:]

@DunnyZucker

Dear Christians, if you support @realdonaldtrump’s decisin to end DACA your Christianity is bullshit. But on the other hand fuck you. 9/3/17, 10:13 PM

/// end Tweet

Guess Danny doesn’t think Christians watch his show? Or maybe he just doesn’t want them to.

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From Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert by Dennis Prager

From Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert by Dennis Prager

From Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert by Dennis Prager, May 9, 2017

Excerpts:

Whatever the Left dominates, it ruins.

….But more than anything, it [Stephen Colbert’s vulgar commentary on Trump on his late night TV show] exemplified a trend in American life that one could identify without any exaggeration as the unraveling of civil society.

To anyone, liberal or conservative, who grew up watching Johnny Carson on late night TV, the descent from Carson to Colbert is as breathtaking as it is heartbreaking.

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‘The Bachelor’ Star Chris Soules Is Not the Nice Guy ABC Sold Us by Brandy Zadronzy

‘The Bachelor’ Star Chris Soules Is Not the Nice Guy ABC Sold Us by Brandy Zadronzy

Shades of actor Chris O’Dowd, who I would have believed to be a nice guy in real life based on his performance in the ‘Bridesmaids’ movie, but who turned out to be condescending, kind of gross, and a little sexist in real life or via some of the movie roles he went on to accept (read more about that here).

It is always such a bummer to me when I see someone on TV or in a movie – whether it’s a reality program, or a person who is playing a character – who seems like they’d be a genuinely nice person in real life, but they turn out to be rude, arrogant, deviant, or obnoxious in real life.

‘The Bachelor’ Star Chris Soules Is Not the Nice Guy ABC Sold Us

Billed as the charming small town fella—and antidote to the gross Juan Pablo—Soules, who stands accused of leaving the scene of an accident that left a man dead, is anything but.

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