• Julia Louis-Dreyfus Looks Back on Her ‘Miserable’ Time at ‘SNL’ in the 1980s: ‘I Was Unbelievably Naive’
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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus Looks Back on Her ‘Miserable’ Time at ‘SNL’ in the 1980s: ‘I Was Unbelievably Naive’

    In a candid and frequently hilarious chat with Stephen Colbert on Saturday, Julia Louis-Dreyfus reflected on her “miserable” time as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member, and how the experience taught her to make sure she always enjoyed every future job.Speaking to Colbert as part of a benefit for Montclair Film at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Louis-Dreyfus explained how unprepared she was when she joined the show in the mid 1980s at the age of 21, not even finishing her studies at Northwestern University before heading off to New York.“I was unbelievably naive and I didn’t really understand how the dynamics of the place worked,” she told Colbert. “It was very sexist — very sexist. People were doing crazy drugs at the time. I was oblivious. I just thought, ‘Oh, wow! He’s got a lot of energy!'”Also Read: 'SNL': Will Ferrell's Gordon Sondland Shows Up to Ruin Things for Alec Baldwin's Trump (Video)She and Colbert then joked for a second that they couldn’t understand how anyone could ever perform inebriated, just before taking big sips from their cocktails.Louis-Dreyfus, who went on to decades-long TV success with shows like “Seinfeld,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Veep,” explained that her time on “SNL” led her to develop a system that helped her choose her future projects.“It was a pretty brutal time, but it was a very informative time for me,” she told Colbert. She said she realized then she wouldn’t do “anymore of this crap” unless “it was fun.”Also Read: 'SNL' Spoofs Democratic Debate With All-Star Lineup of Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Woody Harrelson and More (Video)“It is important and so basic, but I just felt like, ‘I don’t have to; I don’t have to do this, I don’t have to walk and crawl through this kind of nasty glass if it’s not ultimately going to be fulfilling,” she said. “And so that’s how I sort of moved forward from that moment and I sort of applied that kind of ‘fun meter’ to every job I’ve had since and it definitely has been very helpful.”There was another benefit to the actress’ time on “SNL”: She met and bonded with Larry David, who would eventually put her in “Seinfeld.”“Larry David and I had been on ‘SNL’ together my last year there because he was a writer, and we bonded because he was as miserable as I was,” she revealed, earning a laugh from the crowd.Representatives for NBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Read original story Julia Louis-Dreyfus Looks Back on Her ‘Miserable’ Time at ‘SNL’ in the 1980s: ‘I Was Unbelievably Naive’ At TheWrap

  • Sacha Baron Cohen Blasts Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook’s Inaction Against Holocaust Deniers Is ‘Simply Absurd’
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    Sacha Baron Cohen Blasts Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook’s Inaction Against Holocaust Deniers Is ‘Simply Absurd’

    Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen isn’t joking around when it comes to Facebook and its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Cohen, speaking Thursday at the Anti-Defamation League’s “Never Is Now” Summit in New York City, skewered Facebook for not doing enough to combat racism and anti-Semitism on its platform.Cohen said Zuckerberg’s stance that “people should decide what’s credible, not tech companies” — outlined during a speech last month at Georgetown University —  is “simply absurd.” Instead, it allows misinformation and bigotry to thrive, Cohen argued.“I believe it’s time for a fundamental rethink of social media and how it spreads hate, conspiracies and lies,” Cohen said, before listing a number of issues he has with Zuckerberg.Also Read: Elizabeth Warren Slams Secret Trump-Zuckerberg Dinner: 'This Is Corruption, Plain and Simple'“First, Zuckerberg tried to portray this whole issue as ‘choices…around free expression.’  That is ludicrous.  This is not about limiting anyone’s free speech.  This is about giving people, including some of the most reprehensible people on earth, the biggest platform in history to reach a third of the planet,” Cohen said, “Freedom of speech is not freedom of reach.”In particular, Cohen pointed to Zuckerberg’s comments from last year, where he said he finds Holocaust denial “deeply offensive,” but that he doesn’t believe Facebook “should take that down.” That is an irresponsible policy, Cohen said, when considering how ignorant American citizens — especially under the age of 35 — are of the Holocaust.“Zuckerberg says that ‘people should decide what is credible, not tech companies.’ But at a time when two-thirds of millennials say they haven’t even heard of Auschwitz, how are they supposed to know what’s ‘credible?’ How are they supposed to know that the lie is a lie?” Cohen said.“There is such a thing as objective truth.  Facts do exist,” he continued.  “And if these internet companies really want to make a difference, they should hire enough monitors to actually monitor, work closely with groups like the ADL, insist on facts and purge these lies and conspiracies from their platforms.”Also Read: Facebook Sponsors Federalist Society Event Featuring Brett KavanaughCohen’s comments add to a growing list of complaints from both the left and the right over Facebook’s content moderation policies.Earlier this year, Facebook removed a number of far-right individuals, including Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos, as well as Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, for violating its policies on “dangerous individuals and organizations.” The move was criticized by many free speech absolutists, arguing tech giants like Facebook should not be in the censorship business.Since then, Facebook has since been skewered by many on the left — including 2020 presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren — for its decision to not fact-check political ads.“I know many people disagree with us,” Zuckerberg said about Facebook’s policy last month.”But in general, I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy.”On free expression, Zuckerberg said he wants Facebook to take after the “American free speech tradition,” but said there were still some exceptions Facebook would make as a private company. “Hate speech” — even though it’s protected by the First Amendment, Zuckerberg noted – would not be tolerated, as well as pornography, child exploitation and calls to violence.  Saying “all Muslims are terrorists,” Zuckerberg said, could potentially “escalate” the situation and make matters worse.Also Read: Facebook Bans 'Any Mention' of Potential Trump Whistleblower's NameCohen, during his ADL speech, said it’s “madness” for Facebook and other tech companies to hide behind the First Amendment; companies, unlike the government, should make decisions on what is and isn’t said on their platforms, Cohen argued.“By now it’s pretty clear, they cannot be trusted to regulate themselves,” Cohen said of Silicon Valley. “As with the Industrial Revolution, it’s time for regulation and legislation to curb the greed of these high-tech robber barons.”Read original story Sacha Baron Cohen Blasts Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook’s Inaction Against Holocaust Deniers Is ‘Simply Absurd’ At TheWrap

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