Hi, friends! For this week’s podcast I asked my very kind, informed friend to join me as we discussed some of today’s most relevant topics.
Listen below for our take on the Lea Michele controversy, that Drew Brees apology, Vanderpump Rules’ cast members Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute dangerously calling the police on fellow black cast member Faith Stowers, Alicia Silverstone’s latest antics, and more!
The hits just keep on coming for former Glee star Lea Michele. In response to a Michele’s tweet in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Michele’s former costar Samantha Marie Ware said:
LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “SHIT IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD… https://t.co/RkcaMBmtDA
And in case you were going to chalk this up to two people who just don’t get along, other costars quickly doubled down on Michele’s bad behavior. Since there are now so many individual stories, I’ve compiled them in a list for ease of read.
Spring Awakening‘s Gerard Canonico: “You were nothing but a nightmare to me and fellow understudy cast members. You made us feel like we didn’t belong there. I tried for years to be nice to you to no avail. Maybe actually apologize instead of placing the blame on how others ‘perceive’ you. You’ll probably just delete this though.”
Glee actor Dabier Snell: “GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE ‘I DIDNT BELONG THERE’ F— YOU LEA.”
Glee actor Jeanté Godlock: “did somebody say cockroaches? because that’s what she used to refer to the background as on the set of glee. but we grow up and we don’t stay background forever sooooo…”
There is a great joy in holding others accountable, especially when their misbehavior has gone unchecked for so long. It should be noted that Lea Michele issued an apology, but it felt as if it was written by her publicist and not Lea herself. Furthermore, she used the objectionable word “perceived,” saying, “Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused. We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”
Is it possible that this will be the wake-up call that Lea Michele needs? Can people who have a history of treating others like crap with zero accountability, ownership, or responsibility actually change? I don’t have the answer to those aforementioned questions — but I do know one thing — if you’re going to be a disrespectful hypocrite that has made the lives of others “a living hell,” then you’re going to have to do better than that halfhearted apology.
If you’re not watching The Bachelor this season, allow me to explain the title of this post. There’s a girl on the show whose fiance died in an airplane crash just days before she found out she was pregnant. Her fiance was a NASCAR driver, and on next week’s episode, Brad Womack takes her to a race track. Can you guess why? Well, because the producers want good television, and they know that if they capitalize on this poor girl’s back-story, she’ll probably cry for the entire date. And tears are ratings gold! It isn’t shocking that the producers would pull such a trick, especially considering the many former cast members that have complained. When Jerry O’Connell’s brother (Charlie O’Connell) was on the show, the producers tried to get his parents drunk and kept yelling at them for being “boring.” Chris Harrison has consistently defended the producers of his cash-cow-show, and this date is no exception. When asked about it, he said it was “therapeutic.” Yeah, I’m sure that’s why you guys did it . . . for therapy.
I’ve learned a couple of things about Tony Curtis since his recent death. First, I learned he’s Jamie Lee Curtis’ father (which I am embarrassed to admit I never knew). Second, I learned that he bears a striking resemblance to Ray Liotta. Sure I’m bad at the look-alike game, but I’ve Googled this one and at least three people on the internet agree. That counts for something! If you have never seen a Tony Curtis movie, I would encourage you to rent Some Like it Hot.
UPDATE: Roger Ebert wrote a very beautiful tribute to Tony Curtis on his website. Here’s my favorite line: “The thing about Curtis was, here was a truly great star, a legend, who had a big libido but not a big ego.”
Who knew the folks over at South Park were so ahead of their time? Actually, I think everyone knew that. Back in 2004, shortly after Passion of the Christ, South Park dedicated an episode to Mel Gibson’s insanity. With Radar Online’s release of the Mel Gibson tapes, it’s only fitting to play a clip from South Park so that they get a little credit. Watch below.
I’m not sure which magazine you will buy this weekend, considering they are exactly the same! I realize that all of the tabloids are covering Sandra Bullock, but Us Magazine and People Magazine pretty much have the exact same cover, right down to the picture of Sandra Bullock. How is it possible that out of all the Sandra Bullock pictures out there, the two leading magazines picked the same one? Someone is guilty, and I want to know who it is. Even the color choices are the same! Click on the links below and judge for yourself. As an aside, this issue was addressed in the film ’13 Going on 30′ once, and the magazine names were changed for the film. Fast forward to the 3:30 mark in the clip below to see what I am talking about.
If you watched the Oscars, you might have noticed a very odd woman’s acceptance speech for Best Documentary Short. Here’s the story: ‘Music By Prudence’ is a documentary directed by Roger Ross Williams. Elinor Burkett was originally a producer on the film, but she was sacked due to “creative differences.” Because she had already done some work on the film prior to being sacked, the Academy had to give her a producer credit. At the time of the Oscars, she and Roger Ross Williams were no longer speaking. Technically, only one person was supposed to give an acceptance speech for the film. It’s not clear if it was decided in advance by the Academy that Williams would give the speech. However, Williams sprinted to the stage first and began his speech. He was then ambushed by Burkett. Burkett claims that Williams’ mother tried to trip her with a cane so that she could not reach the stage. Insane. Watch the moment ensue below.