Smash Mouth played in front of packed crowd over the weekend during the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. Normally, we’d only question the attendees’ choice of music, but considering that the United States is still very much in the middle of a deadly pandemic, the problems are far greater.And as you can see in the videos below, the heavy majority of the crowd was not abiding by the recommend six feet of separation nor were many attendees seen wearing face coverings. Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell can even be heard screaming: “We’re all here together tonight! F— that COVID s—!”Also Read: Antonio Banderas Celebrates 60th Birthday in Quarantine After Positive Coronavirus TestHere is a brighter video to see all the people (credit KOTATV) pic.twitter.com/P7XW46BLiS— Connor Matteson (@mattesontv) August 10, 2020The Strugis Rally, an annual gathering of motorcycle aficionados, was held this past weekend in South Dakota despite the pandemic, which has infected more than 5 million people in the U.S. alone and killed more than 160,000. The 10-day festival was expected to attract 250,000 people.According to the event’s website, attendees were encouraged (though clearly not obligated) to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s pandemic guidelines and promised that hand sanitizer would be available. The website also said that “Guests will be required to have a mask with them when they enter the amphitheater” and that masks would be available for purchase at entry points.Read original story Smash Mouth Frontman Steve Harwell Tells Mask-Free Sturgis Rally Crowd, ‘F– That COVID S–!’ At TheWrap
“Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho’s latest film “All Together Now” adapts Matthew Quick’s novel “Sorta Like a Rock Star” and is a heartwarming, young adult drama about a musically gifted teen who has to overcome poverty and family problems to live out her dreams.Brett Haley (“Hearts Beat Loud,” “All The Bright Places”) directs the film that’s dropping on Netflix on August 28, and this first trailer for the film really sings.“The pain that you’re feeling, channel it, put it into your song. That’s what an artist does, and you’re an artist,” Cravalho’s teacher, played by Fred Armisen, says in the trailer.Also Read: Netflix 'Away' Trailer Sends Hilary Swank on 3-Year Mission to Mars, but There's a Sacrifice (Video)“All Together Now” tells the story of Amber, who balances singing and acting in her school’s drama club and has aspirations to audition and attend Carnegie Mellon with working long hours at a donut shop to support her and her down-on-her-luck single mom, played by Justina Machado.EW had the first look at the trailer and the poster for “All Together Now,” and director Haley compared the film to other coming-of-age stories of people from humble roots like “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and “Good Will Hunting.”The film co-stars Rhenzy Feliz, Judy Reyes, Taylor Richardson, C.S. Lee, Anthony Jacques Jr. and Gerald Isaac Waters. Check out the first trailer above.Read original story ‘Moana’ Star Auli’i Cravalho Is All Grown Up in First Trailer for Netflix YA Drama ‘All Together Now’ (Video) At TheWrap
Hilary Swank is on a three-year mission to Mars in Netflix’s trailer for its upcoming space-travel drama series “Away.”Although Swank’s character has dreamed her entire life of being on the first mission to the red planet, the journey comes with a painful sacrifice — she has to leave her young daughter and husband behind and watch for years as they struggle without her.Created by Andrew Hinderaker and executive produced by Jason Katims and showrunner Jessica Goldberg, “Away” premieres on Sept. 4.Also Read: Get to Know Andy Forssell, the Maestro of HBO MaxHere is the synopsis:“‘Away’ is a thrilling, emotional drama on an epic scale that celebrates the incredible advancements humans can achieve and the personal sacrifices they must make along the way. As American astronaut Emma Green (Hilary Swank) prepares to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars, she must reconcile her decision to leave behind her husband (Josh Charles) and teenage daughter (Talitha Bateman) when they need her the most. As the crew’s journey into space intensifies, their personal dynamics and the effects of being away from their loved ones back on Earth become increasingly complex. ‘Away’ shows that sometimes to reach for the stars, we must leave home behind.”You can watch the “Away” trailer above and read Netflix’s character descriptions for the series below.Emma Green (Hilary Swank)Emma Green is an American astronaut and former Navy pilot. She is the commander of the first mission to Mars. She is a headstrong, empathetic and highly intelligent astronaut and leader. She is married to Matt Logan, a chief engineer at NASA. Emma and Matt have a 15-year-old daughter, Lex.Matt Logan (Josh Charles)Matt Logan is a NASA engineer whose wife Emma Green is commanding the first mission to Mars. He faces the already enormous challenges of dealing with the mission from home, while trying to raise their teenage daughter on his own.Alexis “Lex” Logan (Talitha Bateman)15-years-old Lex is the daughter of astronauts Emma Green and Matt Logan. Like her father, Lex is supportive and proud of her mother’s three-year mission. She struggles with coming of age while her mother is on the mission and her father faces his own struggles.Also Read: 'Trollhunters' Animated Movie From EP Guillermo Del Toro to Hit Netflix in 2021Misha Popov (Mark Ivanir)Misha Popov is a Russian cosmonaut and engineer on the mission to Mars alongside Emma Green. The most experienced member of the crew, Misha doesn’t lack for ego, but secretly struggles with the personal sacrifices he made to get to space.Dr. Kwesi Weisberg – Abban (Ato Essandoh)Kwesi Weisberg-Abban is a British citizen from Ghana. Kwesi (pronounced Kway-Si) is good-humored, modest, and a man of deep faith. He’s a world-renowned botanist and carries with him the hope of growing life on Mars.Ram Arya (Ray Panthaki)Ram Arya is an Air Force fighter pilot from India. While the other astronauts are forced to reckon with their attachments to earth and their families, Ram is quite alone in the world.Lu Wang (Vivian Wu)Lu Wang is a chemist and astronaut representing China. She is intelligent and pragmatic but below her focused exterior, she has a complex personal life. She is married with a young son.Melissa Ramirez (Monique Curnen)Melissa Ramirez is a former astronaut who is Emma’s Crew Support Astronaut. Her job is to be Emma’s Liaison To Earth. Melissa gave up her own career as an astronaut to support her special needs child, but she is there for Emma and her family. She takes care of Lex in Matt and Emma’s absence.Read original story Netflix ‘Away’ Trailer Sends Hilary Swank on 3-Year Mission to Mars, but There’s a Sacrifice (Video) At TheWrap
Netflix’s “Julie and the Phantoms” debuts in September, and Netflix dropped a music video for a cute acoustic track “Edge of Great” featuring the four stars Tuesday.Premiering Sept. 10, the series stars Madison Reyes as highschooler Julie, who meets a trio of three ghostly musicians Charlie Gillespie, Owen Patrick Joyner, Jeremy Shada who inspire her to start making music again.Here is the synopsis:High schooler Julie (Madison Reyes) lost her passion for music after her mom died last year. But when the ghosts of three dreamy musicians (Charlie Gillespie, Owen Patrick Joyner, Jeremy Shada) from 1995 suddenly appear in her mom’s old music studio, Julie feels her own inner spirit beginning to reawaken, and she’s inspired to start singing and writing songs again. As their friendship with Julie grows, the boys convince her to create a new band together: Julie and the Phantoms.Also Read: Sarah Paulson Starts Out as a Pleasant - but Peculiar - Nurse in Ryan Murphy's 'Ratched' Trailer (Video)Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical,” “Descendants”) serves as director and Paul Becker (“Descendants,” “Mirror Mirror”) serves as choreographer. Dan Cross and David Hoge (“The Thundermans,” “Pair of Kings”) serve as showrunners and executive producers, with executive producers George Salinas and Jaime Aymerich of Crossover Entertainment, as well as Michel Tikhomiroff and Fabio Danesi for Mixer Entertainment. The series is based on the original Brazilian series “Julie e os Fantasmas” written by Paula Knudsen, Tiago Mello and Fabio Danesi.Read original story ‘Julie and the Phantoms': Watch Madison Reyes Sing With Her Trio of Hunky Ghosts in Netflix Series’ First Music Video At TheWrap
“Happy Endings” fans got a bit of an epilogue to the ABC sitcom on Monday when the cast reunited for a coronavirus fundraiser.Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Casey Wilson met up in character via Zoom last night for new episode “And The Pandemmy Goes To…” The 28-minute performance doubled as a benefit for Color of Change and José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen supporting Black Lives Matter and COVID-19 relief efforts.In the virtual episode, Penny (Wilson) announces her engagement to a doctor, a relationship that lasts until she gets dumped midway through the meetup. By the end of their Zoom call, Penny not only has a new fiancé, she’s married. We’re just not so sure how legal the nuptials are.Also Read: '30 Rock' vs 'Parks and Rec' Reunion Ratings: Reunited, but Does NBC Feel So Good?Not to be a one-upper, but Alex (Cuthbert) reveals that she had a baby in April. The reunion’s much-teased surprise guest turns out to be Derrick (Stephen Guarino), her baby daddy. Drama!There are plenty of callbacks in the episode — including more meta ones — to the sitcom’s original run.Meanwhile, Jane (Eliza Coupe) and Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) have weird Zoom sex in front of the whole group, and Dave (Knighton) is oblivious to the entire pandemic and has planned the worst restaurant opening of all time.Watch the whole thing via the video above.Also Read: 'The Parent Trap' Reunion: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, More Stars Reminisce on Iconic Lines, Favorite MomentsAt the time of this writing, the “Happy Endings” reunion had raised just under $23,000 for World Central Kitchen, according to the YouTube fundraiser page.Here is the “Happy Endings” synopsis:Alex and Dave have been together for 10 years and are about to be married. But, in the middle of their perfect wedding, a helpless romantic rollerblades into the church and professes his love for Alex with a grand, overblown speech right out of the end of a bad romantic comedy. To Dave’s surprise, Alex runs out with the rollerblader leaving his life absolutely destroyed. Now Dave, Alex, and their mutual group of tight-knit old friends must figure out a way to stay together despite the fact that the rock-solid couple, that had always united them, has now shattered apart. This is the story of the other side of the happy ending.“Happy Endings” is a Sony Pictures Television series created by David Caspe. It ran from 2011 to 2013 on ABC.Read original story Watch the ‘Happy Endings’ Reunion Episode Here (Video) At TheWrap
Tamar Braxton, the star of WE tv’s “Braxton Family Values” and upcoming docuseries “Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life!” has been hospitalized after being found unresponsive at her residence in downtown Los Angeles Thursday night, according to multiple media reports.Both TMZ and The Blast reported that Braxton’s boyfriend David Adefeso told police that he believes Braxton was drinking and taking prescription pills, and may have overdosed.A spokesperson for Braxton provided the following statement to The Blast: “Tamar has had a very tough and emotional day — more information will be coming in the next few days. Please pray for her.”A WE tv spokesperson told TheWrap the following: “Tamar Braxton has been part of the WE tv family for nearly a decade. We are keeping her and her family in our thoughts and prayers and joining with her fans sending strength and healing at this difficult time.”Also Read: Tamar Braxton Exits 'Dancing With the Stars' Due to Health ProblemsLast night at approximately 9:45 p.m. PT, a 9-1-1 call generated from the 900 block of West Olympic St. in downtown Los Angeles, which is the Ritz-Carlton Residences, LAPD’s Officer Eisenman told TheWrap. The call was for a “medical emergency,” and the individual was transported to the hospital.The LAPD did not provide the individual’s name, age or gender, or the nature of the medical emergency.Braxton and Adefeso do a live YouTube show called “Coupled & Quarantined” together. Last night’s episode was canceled and replaced with the following statement: “Hello y’all. Unfortunately your girl Tamar is under the weather today and not feeling well so we need to postpone today’s show (don’t worry it’s not COVID). We’re sad because we had a great show lined up for you today, but next week’s show is going to be even bigger and better. So sorry for the inconvenience, we know many of you look forward to the show every week. We’ll make it up to you next week.”Also Read: Tamera Mowry to Leave 'The Real' After 7 YearsSee below.On Thursday, FerenComm, an outside company that handles some PR for WEtv, sent out the teaser for “Get Ya Life!” It included a July 30th premiere date.Watch the teaser below.Also Read: Amanda Seales to Exit 'The Real': 'I Cannot Speak to My People the Way They Need to Be Spoken To'Braxton, the sister of singer Toni Braxton, was one of the original co-hosts of “The Real” when it launched in 2013. She left the program in 2016.Tamar Braxton has also been a contestant on “Celebrity Big Brother” and “Dancing With the Stars.”Like her sister, Tamar is also a singer.Read original story Tamar Braxton Hospitalized After Being Found Unresponsive (Report) At TheWrap
Eminem went after bad cops, people who refuse to wear masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brews in his new (co-)single and first collaboration with Kid Cudi. The Slim Shady of “The Adventures Of Moon Man & Slim Shady” also sent “prayers” out to George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery in his lyrically excellent-as-always verse.We’ve posted Marshall Mathers’ relevant lyrics, which are courtesy of Genius.com, below. They’re in order of his flow.First, on Brees, who caught Em’s wrath for saying that NFL players kneeling during the pregame national anthem was “disrespecting the flag.” Brees has since apologized for taking that stance.I had hoop dreams, now I shoot threes (What?) Got a lil’ green (Yeah), but I don’t do weed (Nope) Purp nor lean (Nah), that’s Tunechi (Yeah) That’s New Orleans (What?), f— Drew Brees (Yeah)Also Read: Here's Why Eminem No-Showed the 2003 Oscars When He Won for 'Lose Yourself'On anti-maskers:Bunch of half-wits up in office (What?) Half of us walking around like a zombie apocalypse Other half are just pissed off and (Yeah) Don’t wanna wear a mask and they’re just scoffing And that’s how you end up catching the s— off ‘em I just used the same basket as you shopping Now I’m in a f—in’ casket from you coughin’ (Damn)If you didn’t catch that last line, it’s a double entendre for “coffin.”Also Read: Eminem Responds to Nick Cannon's Diss Song 'The Invitation'On Floyd, Arbery and bad cops:And it’s nonstop fury (Yeah) ‘Cause I ain’t holding ‘em up like an armed robbery (Nah) And God’s my jury, so when I die, I’m not worried (Nah) Prayers to George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery (Yeah) How the f— is it that so many cops are dirty? (Huh?) Stop, man, please, officer, I’m sorry But I can’t breathe when I got you on top of me Your goddamn knee’s on my carotid artery (F—)Those bars are a little more straightforward.Also Read: 50 Cent Says He Advised Eminem to Not Respond to Nick Cannon: 'You Can't Argue With a Fool'“The Adventures Of Moon Man & Slim Shady” from Kid Cudi featuring Eminem is a 2020 release from Republic Records, which is a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.Watch the music video above.(A few times, maybe, to catch all the punchlines.)Read original story Eminem Slays Anti-Maskers, ‘Dirty’ Cops in New Single With Kid Cudi – Plus: ‘F— Drew Brees’ (Video) At TheWrap
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Fox News’ Steve Doocy pushed Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on President Donald Trump’s refusal to publicly wear a face mask Tuesday, saying he couldn’t see “a downside” to the president being “a good example.”“It would make him look as if he’s taking it serious and is listening to the CDC because they’ve made it very clear — and I know he’s tested all the time — but the masks work,” Doocy said of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on how to slow the spread of the coronavirus.McDaniel, appearing on Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends,” insisted that Trump has, in fact, worn a mask and is responsible for “fast action” that slowed the spread.Also Read: MSNBC's Al Sharpton: Trump Retweeting Video of Supporter Saying 'White Power' Was 'Intentional' (Video)Trump, however, has refused to be seen in a mask on multiple occasions. In May, the president visited a factory in Michigan amid speculation over whether he would decline to publicly wear a mask, which he has done in the past in spite of recommendations from his own administration.He ultimately appeared at the plant with no mask, claiming he wore one “in the back area” but removed it because he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”The president declined to wear a mask at his Tulsa rally earlier in June. Many of the attendees also did not wear masks. He also appears at White House press conferences without wearing a mask.Doocy pushed back on McDaniel, “More states every day are mandating people, their citizens, to wear masks and I think that if the president wore one it would just set a good example. He’d be a role model. I don’t see any downside to the president wearing a mask in public.”McDaniel insisted “he has done that.”Watch below.Steve Doocy presses the RNC chair on Donald Trump's refusal to wear a mask in public: "If the president wore one, it would just set a good example. He'd be a good role model. I don't see any downside to the president wearing a mask in public." pic.twitter.com/HUlYDOimuq— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) June 30, 2020Read original story Fox News’ Doocy Pushes RNC Chair on Trump Not Wearing Mask: ‘I Don’t See Any Downside’ (Video) At TheWrap
Starz has released the first full trailer for “P-Valley” ahead of its July 12th premiere date.The all-women directed series follows the goings-on of a small-town strip-club in the deep south.Based on the play “Pussy Valley” by Katori Hall (“Tina Turner: The Musical”), who serves as creator, showrunner and executive producer, “P-Valley” stars Brandee Evans (“The Bobby Brown Story”) as Mercedes, Nicco Annan (“This is Us”) as Uncle Clifford, Shannon Thornton (“Power”) as Miss Mississippi, Elarica Johnson (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”) as Autumn Night, Skyler Joy (“Ma”) as Gidget, J. Alphonse Nicholson (“Chicago P.D.”) as Lil’ Murda, Parker Sawyers (“Southside With You”) as Andre, Harriett D. Foy (“Elementary”) as Pastor Woodbine, Tyler Lepley (“The Haves and the Have Nots”) as Diamond, and Dan J. Johnson (“Underemployed”) as Corbin.Also Read: Debra Messing to Star in, Executive Produce Starz Comedy About White House's East WingHere is the network’s official description:Down deep in the Mississippi Delta lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. This southern-fried, hour-long drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors–the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful, and the damned. Trap music meets film noir in this lyrical and atmospheric series that dares to ask what happens when small-town folk dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly Wiggly and the pawnshop.The series premiere will follow the season finale of “Hightown” at 9 p.m. and then move to its regular 8 p.m. slot starting July 19th on Starz. Chernin Entertainment is also an executive producer.“P-Valley” premieres July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.Read original story Starz’s ‘P-Valley’ Trailer Finds Glitz, Glamour and Grit in a Mississippi Delta Strip Club (Video) At TheWrap
Bill Maher is looking for a savior to give the economy a swift kick in the pants, and he thinks millennials are up for the challenge… even if it means putting vulnerable seniors at risk.On this week’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” on HBO, the comedian saluted the tens of thousands of millennials who volunteered to be injected with the coronavirus to expedite a vaccine. “What a great way to fight that generation’s reputation for being safety-obsessed scaredy cats,” he joked, adding that their protesting in the streets in solidarity for Black Lives Matter is proof that they’ll turn out in force for an important cause.“We need someone to lead us back to a life not dominated by fear, and millennials, you have just the immune systems to do it,” he said. “You know, the Greatest Generation wasn’t great before World War II. The war made them great because they rose to the challenge. This is your challenge. And I’m not asking you to storm the beaches at Normandy. Just storm the beaches. And the stores.”Also Read: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 17 Scrapped Due to CoronavirusMaher acknowledged that, yes, they can become infected with the virus and they should “wear the masks and do the precautions, but live.”“This is your opportunity to conquer your big nemesis — anxiety — and show the world you’re not scaredy cats. And you shouldn’t be,” Maher said.Although he said otherwise “invincible” millennials who are around senior citizens or who are not healthy should stay home, he agreed with remarks recently made by London journalist Janet Daley, who advised younger people to not give up freedoms and opportunities for others’ sake.Also Read: CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Calls Dr. Fauci's Low Profile a 'Loss for the Country' (Video)“I think she’s pretty right,” Maher said of Daley’s comments. “Millennials should say to the vulnerable, ‘We love you and we’ll help protect you, but this is our time. You had yours. This is our time to set up our lives, make our mark in the world, get our careers going. I got people to do and things to see and fun to have. And if this a 103-year-old lady from Boston can beat it, and this 103-year-old from Italy, and this 113-year-old from Spain, I’ll take the odds. I’m here, no fear, get used to it.”He went on: “Safety is a virtue, but if it was the only one, nothing would ever get done. When JFK ran for president in 1960, his slogan was ‘Let’s get the country moving again.’ No one knew what it meant, but he was young and cool so we were like, ‘F— yeah, let’s go to the moon! Let’s get the country moving again!'”Watch Maher’s “New Rules” segment in the clip at the top.Read original story Bill Maher Says Millennials Need to Save the Economy From Coronavirus – Even at Grandparents’ Expense (Video) At TheWrap
Freestyle Releasing, a division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studio, has acquired the rights to the indie romance “2 Hearts,” which stars “Euphoria” and “The Kissing Booth” actor Jacob Elordi and “Riverdale” actor Tiera Skovbye in an inspiring love story.The film directed by Lance Hool will open in theaters on Sept. 11, and it follows two couples who are connected across two different decades and in other parts of the world but are brought together after they both suffer from a rare illness and discover that miracles can still happen.“I believe that connections are everywhere,” Elordi says in the first trailer for “2 Hearts,” which you can watch above. “The kindness of a stranger, the first heartbeat of a baby, the love of your family, and I believe each one of us has a purpose, even if we can’t see it. Do you?”Elordi and Skovbye play one of the two couples and star alongside Adan Canto and Radha Mitchell.Also Read: 'Riverdale' Creator Teases Season 5 Time Jump to Archie and the Gang's Post-College Future“2 Hearts” is written by Robin U. Russin and Veronica Hool and is produced by Conrad Hool and Lance Hool. Executive producers are Shawn Williamson, Aaron Au and Veronica Hool, and the film is from Silver Lions Films, distributed by Freestyle Releasing.“We believe ‘2 Hearts’ is the kind of heartwarming and uplifting love story that audiences need right now and will want to experience,” Freestyle’s head of acquisitions Chris Charalambous said in a statement. “Director Lance Hool and his team have created a beautiful, memorable movie about romance and the pure power of connection based on real events that is not only heartfelt, but the perfect film for this moment. For all of us who are fans of love stories, ‘2 Hearts’ is cast with rising stars in unforgettable roles.”“‘2 Hearts’ is the movie medicine we all need right now. When my brother and I met the real Jorge and Leslie and heard their amazing story, I was awestruck. Their love and their journey touched me deeply and I had to share this story because this is fundamentally about connection, love and destiny,” Hool said in a statement.Check out the inspiring tearjerker of a trailer for “2 Hearts above.Read original story ‘Euphoria’ Star Jacob Elordi Overcomes Illness to Find Love in Trailer for Romance ‘2 Hearts’ (Video) At TheWrap
Director Jeff Nichols has never had an easier time titling a movie. The filmmaker’s latest project, Loving, follows the real-life couple (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga) whose union led the Supreme Court to strike down laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple’s last name — which all you law students already know — was, amazingly, Loving.
Don Lemon reacted Friday morning to being called out by Dave Chappelle in the comedian’s surprise George Floyd special, released by Netflix at midnight.“What I will say is that I actually agree with Dave Chappelle. I agree that I think the establishment has been a bit behind and some of what we created — and I consider myself part of the establishment because I am over 40 years old — I think that the young people who are out there in the streets don’t really care what we have to say,” Lemon said on CNN’s “New Day.”The newsman went on, “They think that part of the world that we created and what we did, maybe we didn’t move fast enough and we weren’t strong enough and so they are out there fighting. They said, ‘Listen, we are tired of what’s happening. We tried to do it nice and we tried to do it peacefully. We tried to do all these things and you rejected it.’ And so I think they’re not only speaking to the white people in this country, but also to all of us in the establishment.”Also Read: Watch Dave Chappelle Respond to George Floyd's Death in Surprise Netflix Special '8:46' (Video)Still, he went on, the national conversation about systemic racism is “not a moment for modesty”: “I think it’s a moment we should all be using our platform to do whatever we can.”In his Netflix special “8:46,” Chappelle reacted to Lemon’s call for celebrities to speak out on the Memorial Day death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. “Don Lemon, that hotbed of reality. He says, ‘Where are all these celebrities? Why aren’t you talking?’ This n–a said everybody. I was screaming at the TV, ‘I dare you to say me, n-a. I dare you.'”“Has anyone ever listened to me do comedy? Have I not ever said anything about these things before?” Chappelle demanded, saying he felt Lemon was calling for him and other celebrities to “step in front of the streets and talk over the work these people are doing.”The comedian continued, “This is the streets talking for themselves! They don’t need me right now. I kept my mouth shut and I’ll still keep my mouth shut but don’t think my silence is complicit.”Read original story CNN’s Don Lemon Responds to Dave Chappelle Calling Him Out in George Floyd Special (Video) At TheWrap
The lawyer for Thomas Lane disputed what is clear in the video of George Floyd’s death and even tried shifting blame for his death to the bystanders.
Former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay threatened that if “The Bachelor” franchise doesn’t address its racial diversity issues, she’s walking away from it all, she told AfterBuzz on Friday.“If we’re going around talking about Black Lives Matter and what’s important and how we need systemic change … well then let’s talk about systemic change when it comes to ‘The Bachelor.’ We got to change some things there, too,” Lindsay said.Calling the long-running franchise’s output “whitewashed,” the first — and only — black lead in the “Bachelor” universe said, “I think that they have to, at this point, give us a black ‘Bachelor’ for Season 25. You have to. I don’t know how you don’t. And it’s been asked of me, will I continue in this franchise if it continues in this way? I can’t,” she answered. “I have to see some type of change. It’s ridiculous. It’s embarrassing. At this point, it’s embarrassing to be affiliated with it.”Also Read: 'Bachelor' Creator Mike Fleiss Finds Dip in Ratings for Rachel Lindsay's Season 'Incredibly Disturbing'Lindsay wondered out loud how anyone could be a part of “The Bachelor” franchise and watch the treatment of people of color in the country without having a moment to “self-reflect that you’ve been part of the problem” by perpetuating “this type of behavior…putting out something that is very white-washed and doesn’t have any type of color in it, and you’re not trying to be effective and change that.”This isn’t the first time Lindsay has faced — and spoken out about — diversity issues within the franchise. When “Bachelor” alum Leah Block tweeted that her roommate joked that Lindsay’s season was less “Bachelorette” and more “Love and Hip Hop,” Lindsay immediately responded, “Let me know if she wants to meet Lee … they sound like they would have a lot in common ihavetimetoday.”Also Read: 'The Bachelorette' Racism Flap Exposes Need to 'Strengthen Our Process of Vetting,' ABC SaysThat was an apparent reference to “Bachelorette” contestant Lee Garrett, who’s been accused of firing off a racially-charged tweet or two of his own. Block subsequently apologized.Representatives for the “Bachelor” franchise did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.Watch the interview below:Read original story Former ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay Threatens to Quit ‘Whitewashed’ Franchise Unless Diversity Improves (Video) At TheWrap
Bill Maher returned with a new episode of “Real Time” on HBO Friday night, and he largely dealt with the same topic that just about everyone in the country has focused on all week: the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, and the resulting nationwide protests against police violence.In the “New Rules” segment that ends the show, the comedian focused on how police forces around the country really need to police themselves. “I mean, forever we’ve been talking about bad cops, you know, bad apples. And then the vast majority of cops — good cops. But the real new rule is you can’t anymore get away with, ‘This is a bad cop, and any cops who aren’t actually committing the crime are good.’ The ones who watch and do crowd control for atrocities, they’re not good either,” Maher said. “That has to be the new standard. And it goes for all out-of-line behavior. If your partner is doing something horrendous, you can’t just watch and do nothing like the husband in a cuck video.Also Read: Seth Meyers: Republicans 'Want to Be Ruled by a Dictator so Badly' (Video)“There’s a meme that says, ‘Nobody hates bad cops worse than good cops.’ OK, if you hate them so much, turn them in. Because let’s be real. If there wasn’t video of that murder, how do you think those other cops would have described that encounter? It would be, ‘We found Mr. Floyd unresponsive so we administered CPR…’ blah blah blah lie lie lie. ‘If you see something, say something’ has to apply to police too. You can’t get away with crimes on account of being the people who are supposed to stop crimes. “Maher also found it interesting that cops allowed so much looting during the protests, considering how ever-present and confrontational they were with protesters.“And speaking of stopping crimes, we were a little slow to get to that in L.A. this week. I mean, sometimes I feel like we’re getting the worst of both worlds: the abusive part of policing but without the law-and-order part,” he quipped. “I’ve said many times in discussing the police, civilization is a mile wide and an inch deep. So when people say, ‘Cops are all that stands between civilization and chaos,’ absolutely, I agree. Cops are the badasses who deal with the dregs in an ugly business. But if cops want us to give them a little extra room to be tough because they’ve got a bad, dangerous job, then they got to do the bad, dangerous job. Which they have also done plenty of this week, to be fair. This is tough stuff now.”Then he noted the irony of regular people having to defend businesses because the cops didn’t help.Also Read: Seth Meyers Says Our 'Worst-Case Scenario' With Trump is Here: 'This Is a Horrifying Moment' (Video)“But it was frustrating watching it on TV last Sunday. Car 54, where were you? It looked like Black Friday, but without cash registers. I did see a guy in Santa Monica turning away looters but it wasn’t a cop. Just a guy invoking a citizen doorman,” Maher said, as a couple videos played showing regular folks having to defend business without a cop in sight — including one particular young woman.“One thing America does not lack for is police forces. Local cops, state, county, highway, sheriff’s department, federal marshalls, ATF, DEA, FBI, TSA, we got cops. But this lady had to step up,” he went on. “I try to understand as much as I can without being a cop. But it’s not like the jobs most people have, and it’s not. When a voice on the radio says, ‘Man with machete on 15th and Main,’ you have to go to 15th and Main. And I’m guessing cops rarely get called out to a redneck’s front porch because the guy wants to tell you how well the marriage is going.Also Read: Bill Maher Says Jeff Bezos and Amazon Are 'Anti-Capitalist': 'What Is Wrong With This Man?' (Video)After making the allowance that, sure, police officers have a tough job, he said the issue here is just as much that they’re letting all the wrong people become cops.“It’s a dangerous job, yeah, but I think we lose our battle with police misconduct when before a bad cop hits the streets because there’s not enough vetting about who becomes a cop in the first place. I swear to God, I think the root of the problem with bad cops isn’t always racism — it’s high school,” Maher said, echoing a common refrain seen on social media.“‘How much of high school did you spend inside a locker?’ should be question number one on the psych evaluation. I’ve known quite a few cops in my day, and others I’ve met for briefer encounters on the side of the road. And they are mostly not that guy. But that guy is who we have to weed out. Instead of LAPD making the psych eval the last step in joining the force, make it the first. So meatheads with a chip on their shoulder aren’t given the license to perform urban executions.“Tough guys have to do tough things. Right now it’s easy to spot the toughest police officers — they’re the ones telling their fellow cops, ‘You gotta stop this s—.’ A crack has been made in the blue wall of silence. Please, let it break down even further, altogether, or else we’re going to be in the streets again and again all the time. And in LA, that doesn’t work because, you know, we’re not really a walking town.”Read original story Bill Maher: America Gets the ‘Abusive Part of Policing but Without the Law-and-Order Part’ (Video) At TheWrap
Former president Barack Obama will give an address Wednesday in the wake of the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd and the unrest and protests that have followed in the nine days since.The town hall, titled “Reimagining Policing in the Wake of Continued Police Violence,” will stream on Obama.org, where a banner currently invites viewers to tune in at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET.The event will also stream live on the Obama Foundation’s YouTube channel. That video is embedded above and will begin playing at 5 p.m. ET.Also Read: Rush Limbaugh Decries 'Senselessness' of George Floyd's Death on 'The Breakfast Club': 'It Sickens Me'Joining Obama to discuss reimagining policing will be a number of panelists. The panel includes activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Minneapolis city council representative Phillipe Cunningham, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance youth leader Playon Patrick, former attorney general Eric Holder and Color of Change president Rashad Robinson.The event is hosted by the MBK Alliance, which was started by Obama in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012.“Over 1,000 people are killed by police every year in America, and Black people are three times more likely to be killed than White people,” says the landing page for the town hall. “We can take steps and make reforms to combat police violence and systemic racism within law enforcement.”You can watch the live stream above this afternoon.Read original story Obama to Speak on George Floyd Killing and Unrest — Here’s How to Watch At TheWrap
Televangelist Pat Robertson publicly scolded President Donald Trump during “The 700 Club” Tuesday, saying that his response to the unrest after George Floyd’s death “isn’t cool.”Robertson — who has defended Trump vigorously in the past and even suggested the deadliest mass shooting in American history was partly caused by the “disrespect” for the reality TV host-turned-president — had this to say after reading reports of how Trump spoke on a call with the country’s governors:There’s a purpose of everything under Heaven, we read in the Bible, and there is a time and it seems like now is the time to say, “I understand your pain. I want to comfort you. I think it’s time we love each other.” But the president took a different course: He said, “I am the president of law and order.” And he issued a heads-up. He said, “I am ready to send in military troops if the nation’s governors don’t act to quell the violence that has rocked American cities.” As a matter of fact, he spoke of them as being “jerks.”Also Read: CNN Disputes Trump's Chris Cuomo Jab: 'Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings'The preacher concluded fiercely, “You just don’t do that, Mr. President! It isn’t cool!”In a Monday call with the country’s governors about the ongoing protests against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, Trump advocated for “retribution” against protesters, calling them “terrorists,” “anarchists” and “radicals.”“These are terrorists. They’re looking to do bad things to our country,” Trump said of the protesters, according to a recording of the call obtained by the New York Times. “You have to dominate. If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”The president also urged governors to not be “too careful” and arrest protesters and put them in jail for “10 years.”Pat Robertson tells Trump that his response to the George Floyd protests "isn't cool." pic.twitter.com/vDBYxxUp10— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) June 2, 2020Read original story Pat Robertson Blasts Trump for Lack of ‘Love’ in Response to Protests At TheWrap
During a live broadcast on Friday night, a news crew covering protests in Louisville, Kentucky, was fired upon by a police officer who used guns that shot pepper balls.The crew, reporter Kaitlin Rust and two camera operators for NBC affiliate WAVE in Louisville, were broadcasting from the scene of a protest inspired by Breonna Taylor, a Louisville EMT who in March was killed in her own home by police who went to the wrong address while executing a warrant, and George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who was killed by a police officer on Memorial Day.In the clip, Rust is wearing a bright safety vest and is clearly identified as a journalist. As she explains to the news anchors what she’s seeing on the ground, the camera turns away from Rust and toward a line of police officers, at which point Rust can be heard screaming in pain just off camera. “I’m getting shot, I’m getting…” Rust says, still off camera.Also Read: CNN Headquarters in Atlanta Vandalized During Protests Over Police Killings“Katie, Katie, are you OK?” the anchor asks, at which point Rust hastily adds “rubber bullets, rubber bullets, it’s OK. It’s those pepper bullets.” As she’s speaking, the camera turns to an officer who appears to aim his gun directly into the camera. Watch the whole clip below:This just happened on live tv. Wow, what a douche bag. pic.twitter.com/dQKheEcCvb— Christopher Bishop (@ChrisBishopL1C4) May 30, 2020According to WAVE, Louisville police confirmed they use pepper balls and not rubber bullets. Police did not explain why their officers targeted media, or aimed weapons directly at live cameras.“I want to apologize,” a Louisville Metro Police spokesperson told the Louisville Courier-Journal, promising an investigation into the matter. “It’s not something that should have occurred if she was singled out as a reporter, and that is what the video looks like occurred.”The incident came hours after Minneapolis police arrested a CNN reporter and camera crew while they were live on air reporting on protests in that city. The three journalists were later released.The protests in Louisville were just one of many sweeping the country Friday inspired by people killed by police. Among them, in Atlanta earlier Friday, protesters vandalized CNN headquarters, while in Los Angeles on Friday night, protesters and police clashed in downtown.Read original story Louisville Cop Fires Pepper Balls at News Crew Covering Protests on Live TV (Video) At TheWrap
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Christian Cooper, who took a video of a white woman appearing to call the cops on him in Central Park, appeared on “The View” Thursday to discuss the reaction to his video, saying he’s been “uncomfortable” with some of the fallout. Amy Cooper has lost her job and her dog and has been receiving death threats.“First of all, about the death threats: I’ve been unequivocal about that ever since I found out she was getting them. It’s abhorrent and it’s contrary. If you think what she did was wrong — that she was trying to bring death by cop down on my head — then there is absolutely no way you can justify then turning around and putting a death threat on her head. So that’s got to stop. That’s not acceptable. Everything else that’s happened to her — I don’t — I’m uncomfortable with defining someone by a couple of seconds of what they’ve done,” Cooper said.He went on to call it a “stressful situation” and “moment of very poor judgement,” though he pointed out “there is no excusing that it was a racist act.”Also Read: Trump Retweets Video of Supporter Saying 'The Only Good Democrat is a Dead Democrat'The clip was posted on Twitter Monday by Cooper’s sister, who also appeared on “The View.” She wrote in the post, “Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash.”In the clip, the woman is seen threatening to call the cops on Cooper while holding her dog by the collar. She places a phone call and repeatedly identifies Cooper, a Harvard graduate and NYC Audubon Society board member, as “African American.” The dog rescue from which she got her dog posted an update Monday saying she voluntarily surrendered the animal after the “concerned public” reached out to the organization. On Tuesday, her employer, Franklin Templeton, announced she had been fired from her position as a head of insurance portfolio management. She subsequently issued a public apology.“Does that define her entire life? I don’t know. Only she can tell us if that defines her entire life by what she does going forward and what she’s done in the past,” Cooper told “The View” Thursday. “I can’t answer that so the frenzy makes me uncomfortable.”Central Park birdwatcher Christian Cooper tells us even though the viral incident “was a racist act,” he’s “uncomfortable with defining someone by a couple of seconds of what they’ve done” and condemns the death threats made against her. https://t.co/6kPvPIdBL9 pic.twitter.com/vkrajmTHrn— The View (@TheView) May 28, 2020Read original story Christian Cooper ‘Uncomfortable’ That White Woman Who Called the Cops on Him Lost Her Job At TheWrap
During a Memorial Day live shot in Wisconsin on MSNBC, reporter Cal Perry got some instant feedback when he pointed out that seemingly no one around him at Lake Geneva was wearing a protective face mask.“Including the cameraman,” said a man who was walking by. He added that no one in Perry’s crew seemed to be wearing one.The sassy retort from the mask-less lake-goer took place while Perry spoke live to anchor Katy Tur and soon got pickup around Twitter. Donald Trump Jr. even retweeted a clip of the moment published by the Daily Caller, shown below.An MSNBC spokesperson acknowledged that the camera operator’s mask was slipped down around his neck at the time the interaction took place. The crew and Perry have been traveling the country in a set of RVs, socially distancing and avoiding airplanes and hotels while reporting on coronavirus precautions and businesses re-opening in various states. Perry elaborated on Twitter that numerous people traveled from Illinois for the long weekend specifically because masks are required in Illinois, but not Wisconsin.Also Read: Anderson Cooper: Donald Trump Jr. Attacks CNN Because He 'Wants His Dad to Love Him' (Video)Trump Jr. is no stranger to tweeting out pictures and clips that don’t show national news outlets in the best light. Earlier in May, he responded to criticism from CNN’s Anderson Cooper by posting a picture of the journalist in waist-high floodwater while his camera crew filmed from a higher, less flooded area. The president’s son added two emojis — a clown and a banana — to his tweet.Trump Jr. has tweeted the photo of Cooper before. In 2018, Cooper responded on his show at the time, “I’ve covered hurricanes for about 14 years and it really does make me sad to think that anyone would believe that I would try to fake something or overly-dramatize a disaster.”Watch Perry’s MSNBC moment below.REPORTER: "You can see here, nobody's wearing [masks]."GUY ON STREET: "Including the Cameraman."pic.twitter.com/yMikEFrJMQ— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 26, 2020Read original story MSNBC’s Cal Perry Called Out People on Air for Not Wearing Masks — and It Didn’t Go Well At TheWrap
Chris Wallace was back to challenging the Trump administration on “Fox News Sunday” this week, criticizing Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for impugning the faith of reporters who questioned the president’s push to reopen places of worship.On Friday, Trump threatened to “override” the authority of governors if they did not reopen religious buildings that have been closed in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. When reporters told McEnany that the president had no legal authority to do so, she responded by saying she found it “interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to seem to see these churches and houses of worship stay closed.”McEnany then told the White House press corps what questions they should be asking, specifically, about Mike Flynn.Watch the video clip above.Also Read: Fox News' Jedediah Bila Defends Chris Wallace Against Trump Attack: 'Just Stop'“I spent six years in the White House briefing room covering Ronald Reagan,” Wallace began on his Sunday broadcast. “I have to say, I never — and in the years since too — I never saw a White House press secretary act like that. I have to say that if Kayleigh McEnany had told Sam Donaldson and me what questions we should ask, that would not have gone well.”He went on: “Kayleigh McEnany isn’t acting like she’s working for the public. She acts like she is what she used to be, which is a spokesperson for the Trump campaign.”Wallace also questioned Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the lead members of Trump’s coronavirus task force, about the White House’s push to reopen the economy. All 50 U.S. states have reopened to various degrees as of this weekend, leading some COVID-19 models to predict the U.S. death toll to rise from around 100,000 today to 150,000 by the end of August.Also Read: Fox News' Chris Wallace Challenges Surgeon General for Downplaying Coronavirus Compared to Smoking, Opioid Deaths“A month ago, you are saying we were going to come down below the low end of the model, which is 100- to 240,000, to 60,000,” Wallace said. “So, I guess my question is, in this last month, did you underestimate the strength of the virus? Did we reopen too soon? Did we reopen without sufficient restrictions?”Birx responded by saying that the White House task force has used different models to understand how the virus is impacting both the U.S. and other countries.“We understand that our mortality rates are less than those three countries, and that’s really due to the incredible work of our front-line hospital workers,” she said. “But we understand that these number of infections has led to this level of mortality, and our job now going forward is to do everything we can to prevent additional hospitalizations and additional mortality.”Wallace has become a regular critic of Trump throughout his term, accusing him last year of “direct sustained assault on the freedom of the press.” Trump has struck back at Wallace via Twitter, calling him a “Mike Wallace wannabe” last month and saying he was “worse” than MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd.Read original story Chris Wallace Condemns Kayleigh McEnany for Questioning White House Reporters’ Faith At TheWrap