Melissa McCarthy and Discouraging Comments – Re: Bridesmaids Movie

In most interviews I’ve seen of her, Melissa McCarthy comes across as being a nice person.

McCarthy played the character “Megan” in the 2011 film ‘Bridesmaids,’ which I didn’t see until 2015, when I saw it on TV.

Melissa McCarthy as Megan – screen cap of image via IMDB

Before I explain why I am a little upset with McCarthy, I wanted to say several things up front so you can see where I am coming from.

One of my favorite scenes from this film is when Megan gives a pep talk of sorts to the character Annie (who is played by Kristen Wiig).

At the time of filming this movie, I believe Wiig was 38 years old – which may be a somewhat pertinent fact  for some of the things I say below.

A summary of things from the movie: The character of Annie has fallen on hard times, has no self esteem, and is very down on herself.

(I have a lot in common with the Annie character, which I’ll explain more below.)

Annie is broke, lost her job, her last boyfriend dumped her when her business, (a bakery), was a financial failure, and she feels as though she’s losing her best friend, Lillian, as Lillian is engaged and about to be married.

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Celebrities Who Are Not What They Seem – Including Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby seemed like a clean-cut, nice guy on his “Cosby Show” sit com back in the 1980s. On that show, he was the married guy who was also a father.

Cobsy also used to appear in JELL-O commercials and appeared likable and very friendly.

It’s disconcerting to discover that a guy who seemed so trustworthy and genial is alleged to have drugged and sexually assaulted 50 or more women.

Here are links about Cosby and other celebrities who maybe you considered nice – based on their public work – but in private, they’re actually jerks or perverts:

From Wikipedia: Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations

An excerpt:

American entertainer Bill Cosby has been the subject of publicized sexual assault allegations. With the earliest alleged incidents taking place in the mid-1960s, Cosby has been accused by over 60 women of either rape, drug facilitated sexual assault,sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and/or sexual misconduct.

Earlier sexual assault allegations against Cosby became more public after an October 2014 comedy routine by comedian Hannibal Buress alluding to Cosby’s covert sexual misbehavior went viral, and many additional claims were made after that date.

The dates of the alleged incidents span from 1965 to 2008 across 10 U.S. states and one Canadian province.

Prosecutors Say Bill Cosby Used Fame and Fortune to Hide His Crimes

October 2016

“He [Cosby] is an individual who has used his fame and fortune for decades to conceal his crimes and hide his true nature,” District Attorney Kevin Steele wrote, noting Cosby fought repeated efforts by the Associated Press to unseal documents from the civil case file.

I Re-Watched ‘The Cosby Show’ And It Was Brutal 

by Zeba Blay

My decision not to watch the show (which, before the scandal erupted I had marathoned every year), wasn’t wholly moralistic. It didn’t feel “right,” but not just because of the nature of the allegations against the 78-year-old comedian. To be perfectly honest, I was afraid I would no longer be able to enjoy my favorite black sitcom or, worse, I would actually enjoy it and then I’d feel guilty.

By refusing to watch something I had once loved, I was protecting my own nostalgia. Nostalgia is a powerful thing. It shapes identity, distorts memory, and sits precariously at the intersection of the bitter and the sweet. Re-watching “The Cosby Show,” in light of Cosby’s recent arraignment, was the very definition of bittersweet.

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Entertainers Who Won’t Keep Their Obnoxious Political or Religious Views Private – or Who Are Jerks About It

Entertainers Who Won’t Keep Their Obnoxious Political or Religious Views Private or Who Are Jerks About It

I may append this post in the future if I find more links about this subject.

For years, I have found it annoying when celebrities spout off in public about their political or religious views. It may not even bother me so much if they only mention their views in passing and keep it polite, but no, many of them don’t go this route.

Celebrities, like anyone else, are entitled to their opinions, but I find it loathsome that they use their platforms – whether on social media, in interviews or on awards shows, to preach to the rest of us. They should just keep their opinions private, and share them with close friends and family and not broadcast them on Twitter or in magazines.

Most of the celebrities who are vocal about their political or religious views are sometimes very rude or arrogant about them. And they can’t simply just say what they believe, but find it necessary to also run down and bad-mouth anyone who holds an opposing view to theirs.

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