The Problem With Jon Stewart, Bill Maher

Jon Stewart and Bill Maher are among the latest comedians to wade into the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s transphobic special. Stewart’s comments came in an interview with TMZ while appearing on Capitol Hill. Maher’s comments came during his HBO series, Real Time with Bill Maher. The comments from Maher are no surprise since he blamed transgender rights for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton falling to Trump in November 2016. Stewart on Chappelle: “I know…

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Ted Sarandos Doubles Down And I Have Words

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos has doubled down in response to the backlash claiming that it won’t “translate to real-world harm.” Here’s an excerpt from his staff memo: With The Closer, we understand that the concern is not about offensive-to-some content but titles which could increase real world harm (such as further marginalizing already marginalized groups, hate, violence etc.) Last year, we heard similar concerns about 365 Days and violence against women. While some employees disagree,…

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Netflix: An Open Letter From A Transgender Critic

It gives me great pain to write this open letter to Netflix but not even stand-up comedy is an excuse to defend transphobia on the platform. I should be writing my review of Dune following this afternoon’s press screening. Instead, I turned on my phone and have been incensed with Netflix since shortly after the screening. Upon checking one friend’s Twitter, I learned from The Verge that a transgender employee was suspended for tweeting. If…

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Dave Chappelle And His Transphobic And Antisemitic Comedy

Netflix keeps supporting not-funny transphobic comedy by way of releasing a new Dave Chappelle special every so often and it’s exhausting. Enough is enough. I’m so tired of having the same conversation every fricking time that a new special gets released. Netflix can say they are an LGBTQ ally–it’s great that they acquired Disclosure–the allyship feels performative when they keep releasing Chappelle specials KNOWING he’s a transphobic bigot. In the newest special, which I did…

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You’ve Got Mail: Hanks and Ryan Do It Again

You’ve Got Mail manages to reunite writer-director Nora Ephron with both Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan for another romantic comedy. Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) is a member of the family that runs mega bookstore chain Fox Books.  Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) runs a small independent bookstore, The Shop Around The Corner.  They develop an online relationship after meeting in a chatroom but don’t know that they live in the same Upper West Side neighborhood.  He…

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A Star Is Born Now On Digital and Blu-ray

Bradley Cooper’s feature directorial debut, A Star Is Born, knocks it out of the park thanks to a stellar performance from Lady Gaga.  Bring it home today! Following a performance, country rock star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) hits up whatever establishment he can find for alcohol.  It just so happens that he lands up one bar’s drag performance night.  A former employee, Ally (Lady Gaga) just happens to grace the stage that night.  When Jackson…

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A Star Is Born: A Home Run

Bradley Cooper’s feature directorial debut, A Star Is Born, knocks it out of the park thanks to a stellar performance from Lady Gaga. Following a performance, country rock star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) hits up whatever establishment he can find for alcohol.  It just so happens that he lands up one bar’s drag performance night.  A former employee, Ally (Lady Gaga) just happens to grace the stage that night.  When Jackson sees her perform, he…

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TIFF 2018: A Star Is Born – A Home Run

Bradley Cooper’s feature directorial debut, A Star Is Born, knocks it out of the park thanks to a stellar performance from Lady Gaga. Following a performance, country rock star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) hits up whatever establishment he can find for alcohol.  It just so happens that he lands up one bar’s drag performance night.  A former employee, Ally (Lady Gaga) just happens to grace the stage that night.  When Jackson sees her perform, he…

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Dave Chappelle’s Transgender Jokes are Transphobic, Not Funny

It has been reported by that comedian Dave Chappelle is still making transphobic jokes at the expense of the transgender community–and he’s still missing the point. It’s not funny and if you think it is, you’re dead wrong. If you are cisgender, let me remind you that cis people don’t get to choose what’s transphobic nor do they get to tell transgender people what is or isn’t transphobic.  If a trans person tells you something…

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