Reed Hastings Discusses Glass Onion, Dave Chapelle, and More

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings discussed Glass Onion, Dave Chappelle, and more during an appearance at the New York Times DealBook conference. On the Glass Onion box office, Hastings said the following (via Deadline): “It’s a promotional tactic for the streaming service. We are not trying to build a theatrical business.” The CEO also admitted to Netflix leaving money on the table. Talk to anyone and they’ll tell that this film would have made north of…

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Jon Stewart Calls Out Transphobic Attorney General

Jon Stewart returned to classic form in the second season premiere of The Problem With Jon Stewart by calling out Leslie Rutledge. The season 2 premiere takes a look at “The War Over Gender.” I did not ask, want, or choose to be transgender but at the end of the day, all I want to do is just live my life! As Stewart takes at look at what’s happening among conservatives, he uses the moment…

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Something You Said Last Night – Toronto 2022

Writer-director Luis De Filippis marks her feature directorial debut with a different kind of trans-led film, Something You Said Last Night. The film marks the on-screen debut for Carmen Madonia. She worked with an acting coach for a year and a half heading into production. Her work paid off because you could never tell that this was her first feature role. The mid-twentysomething Ren (Carmen Madonia) joins her family on vacation to a beach resort…

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Taika Waititi: Transphobic Tweets Resurface From 2013

Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi is in hot water this week after nine-year-old transphobic tweets resurfaced from 2013. I’m not sure how the tweets first resurfaced this week but the tweets went viral as the Thor: Love and Thunder filmmaker was ratioed on Twitter. In the first tweet, the Jojo Rabbit filmmaker writes: “No disrespect to men who want to be/dress as woman. I should have just said their makeup looks manly. Also no disrespect to…

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Batgirl, Racism, and Transphobia

In the days following the cancellation of Batgirl, it became more than apparent that racism and transphobia played a role. Prior to logging offline for Shabbos, I started seeing social media leaking the film’s plot and test screening reviews. As a transgender woman let alone film/TV critic, I couldn’t be more surprised by what I saw. The fact of the matter is I don’t like that my gut instinct was right: racism and transphobia were…

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The Orville: New Horizons Has A Moving Trans Storyline

After the initial backlash to The Orville, Seth MacFarlane responds with its strongest trans episodes yet in The Orville: New Horizons. There are two episodes in particular that follow Topa, a Moclan born female but being raised as male. The first episode is the third season’s fifth episode, “A Tale of Two Topas.” The second episode in this storyline is the season’s eighth episode, “Midnight Blue.” While two episodes remain in the third season, there’s…

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Ted Sarandos Wants Comedians to “Cross the Line”

Ted Sarandos continues to make it harder for Netflix’s LGBTQ employees customers by continuing to justify hate speech as comedy. The Netflix executive never seems to miss an opportunity to defend the likes of Dave Chappelle or Ricky Gervais. This time, his comments come during a “Future of Entertainment” panel at the Cannes Lion advertising conference. “Part of the art form is to cross the line, and part of the art form means you only…

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Ted Sarandos Defends Transphobic Hate Speech

Once again, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos has dug himself into a deeper hole by tripling down in his defense of transphobic hate speech. Or maybe it is quadrupling down. To be honest, I’ve lost count. This doesn’t even begin to include my own encounter with the Netflix executive back in March. You can bet that words were exchanged between the two of us. I made my feelings known as an open and visible transgender woman.…

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Ricky Gervais Is Transphobic in New Netflix Special

To the surprise of absolutely no one, stand-up comedian Ricky Gervais is at it again by getting transphobic in his new Netflix special. The new Gervais special, SuperNature, just launched on the streaming service. Perhaps what is surprising is how we rarely heard a word of Gervais getting transphobic during comedy shows. These specials aren’t just taped for Netflix but they come after fine-tuning the show during the comedy tour. There are no shortage of…

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Bill Maher Gets Transphobic On Real Time Again

It would not be an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher unless the comedian got openly transphobic at some point during the broadcast. While I came back online to the news about John Mulaney, I didn’t see anything in the entertainment trades about Bill Maher. I probably didn’t scroll back far enough. Oh, well. This doesn’t change the fact that Warner Bros. Discovery doesn’t just have a J.K. Rowling problem. They have a Bill…

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