For the first time in over a decade, only two films were nominated in the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category: “Moonlight” and “Star Trek Beyond.”
An ambiguous R&B superstar, a major Oscar player and a fan-favorite dystopian series lead the 2017 GLAAD Media Award nominees, released Thursday by the LGBTQ group.
Recognizing and honoring media for “their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives,” the 28th annual ceremony counts 156 nominees across categories in film, TV, talk shows, digital and print journalism and even comic books.
Franc Ocean, heralded for a 2012 revelation that his first love was a man, is nominated for Outstanding Music Artist in a category that also includes Lady Gaga, Sia, Ty Herndon and Elton John. His latest record “Blonde” caused a sensation upon release in 2016.
The television category is stacked with ten nominees in both comedy and drama fields — and streaming, cable and broadcast networks are all represented. Comedies include Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse, ABC’s “The Real O’Neals” and Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” The drama category features Netflix’s hit “The OA,” Freeform’s “Shadowhunters” and The CW’s “Supergirl.”
In a category honoring the best episodic television that does not normally feature a gay character, Netflix phenomenon “Black Mirror” was honored for its universally-beloved season three chapter “San Junipero” — a sci-fi tale of preparing for the afterlife that features a romance between Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
The film category, specifically for wide releases, is a ghost town — as only Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” and A24’s triumphant “Moonlight” earned nominations in a category that can accommodate eight other entries. GLAAD publishes an annual Studio Responsibility Index that should make a compelling read when published in May.
As far as limited release is concerned, yet another Netflix SVOD grab in Chris Kelly’s “Other People,” Strand Releasing’s gorgeous Andrew Ahn drama “Spa Night” and the Amazon-Magnolia partnership “The Handmaiden” from Park Chan-wook made the cut.
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 1 at The Beverly Hilton, and in New York on May 6 at the New York Hilton Midtown.
The full list of 2017 GLAAD nominees:
OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
“Star Trek Beyond” (Paramount Pictures)
OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
“The Handmaiden” (Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures)
“Naz & Maalik” (Wolfe Releasing)
“Other People” (Vertical Entertainment)
“Spa Night” (Strand Releasing)
“Those People” (Wolfe Releasing)
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW)
“Grace and Frankie” (Netflix)
“Modern Family (ABC)
“One Mississippi” (Amazon)
The Real O’Neals (ABC)
“Steven Universe” (Cartoon Network)
“Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)
“Take My Wife” (Seeso)
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
“The Fosters” (Freeform)
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“Hap and Leonard” (SundanceTV)
“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
“The OA” (Netflix)
“Orphan Black” (BBC America)
“Supergirl” (The CW)
“Wynonna Earp” (Syfy)
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE
(in a series without a regular LGBTQ character)
“Attention Deficit” The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
“Bar Fights” Drunk History (Comedy Central)
“Johnson & Johnson” Black-ish (ABC)
“San Junipero” Black Mirror (Netflix)
“Vegan Cinderella” Easy (Netflix)
OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
“Eyewitness” (USA Network)
“London Spy” (BBC America)
“Looking: The Movie” (HBO)
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” (FOX)
“Vicious: The Finale” (PBS)
“Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” (HBO)
“Out of Iraq” (Logo)
“The Same Difference” (Centric)
“Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four” (Investigation Discovery)
“The Trans List” (HBO)
OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
“I Am Cait” (E!)
“I Am Jazz” (TLC)
“The Prancing Elites Project” (Oxygen)
OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Against Me!, “Shape Shift With Me”
(Total Treble Music/Xtra Mile)
Blood Orange, “Freetown Sound” (Domino)
Brandy Clark, “Big Day in a Small Town” (Warner Bros. Records)
Tyler Glenn, “Excommunication” (Island Records)
Ty Herndon, “House on Fire” (BFD)
Elton John, “Wonderful Crazy Night” (Island Records)
Lady Gaga, “Joanne” (Interscope Records)
Frank Ocean, “Blonde” (Boys Don’t Cry)
Sia, “This is Acting” (RCA Records)
Tegan and Sara, “Love You to Death” (Warner Bros. Records)
OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK
All-New X-Men, written by Dennis Hopeless (Marvel Comics)
Black Panther, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Marvel Comics)
DC Comics Bombshells, written by Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics)
Kim & Kim, written by Magdalene Visaggio (Black Mask Studios)
Love is Love, anthology originated by Marc Andreyko (IDW Publishing, DC Comics)
Lumberjanes, written by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (BOOM! Studios)
Midnighter / Midnighter and Apollo, written by Steve Orlando (DC Comics)
Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!, written by Kate Leth (Marvel Comics)
Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan (Image Comics)
The Woods, written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)
OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA
The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
“Angelica Ross” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
“Cookie Johnson” Super Soul Sunday (OWN)
“North Carolina and Georgia Anti-LGBTQ Laws”
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
“Tony Marrero, Orlando Shooting Survivor”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
“Trey Pearson” The View (ABC)
OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE
OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE
“105 Trans Women On American TV: A History and Analysis” by Riese Bernard (Autostraddle.com)
“After the Orlando Shooting, the Changed Lives of Gay Latinos” by Daniel Wenger (NewYorker.com)
“The Methodist Church May Split Over LGBT Issues. Meet the Lesbian Bishop Caught in the Middle.” by Becca Andrews (MotherJones.com)
“These are the Queer Refugees Australia has Locked Up on a Remote Pacific Island” by J. Lester Feder (BuzzFeed.com)
“The Uncertain Olympic Future for Trans and Intersex Athletes” by Diana Tourjee (Broadly.Vice.com)
OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“Bingham” SC Featured (ESPN)
“Church and States” VICE News Tonight (HBO)
“Gavin Grimm’s Fight” VICE News Tonight (HBO)
“Life as Matt” E:60 (ESPN)
“Switching Teams” 60 Minutes (CBS)
OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“Gay Community in U.S. ‘Forged in Fire’”
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
“Interview with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
“Many in LGBT Community Fear Changes under Trump”
NBC Nightly News (NBC)
“Terror in Orlando” PBS NewsHour (PBS)
“Troop Turnaround: U.S. Military Transgender Ban Ended by Pentagon” CBS This Morning (CBS)
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
“An LGBT Hunger Crisis” by Roni Caryn Rabin
(The New York Times)
“Mid-South Couples Celebrate First Year of Marriage Equality, But Challenges Remain for LGBT Community” by Katie Fretland, Ron Maxey (The Commercial Appeal [Memphis, Tenn.])
“Nowhere to Go: LGBT Youth on the Move”
by Arielle Dreher (Jackson Free Press [Jackson, Miss.])
“Permission to Hate” by Elizabeth Leland
(The Charlotte Observer)
“Worthy of Survival” by Kathleen McGrory
(Tampa Bay Times)
OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE
“Battle of the Bathroom” by Michael Scherer (Time)
“HIV Mystery: Solved?” by Tim Murphy (The Nation)
“The Official Coming-Out Party” by Kevin Arnovitz
(ESPN The Magazine)
“On the Run” by Jacob Kushner (Vice Magazine)
“Rethinking Gender” by Robin Marantz Henig
OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM –
“Last Men Standing: AIDS Survivors Still Fighting for Their Lives” by Erin Allday (SFChronicle.com)
“New Deep South: Kayla” (TheFront.com)
“No Access: Young, Black & Positive” (Tonic.Vice.com)
“Unerased: Counting Transgender Lives” by Meredith Talusan (Mic.com)
“Willing and Able: Employment as a Transgender New Yorker” by Jordi Oliveres, Santiago García Muñoz
Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
I’m Still Josh (imstilljosh.com)
My Fabulous Disease (marksking.com)
President Donald Trump parroted chief White House strategist Steve Bannon on Monday by referring to the media as the “opposition party.”
Where was all the outrage from Democrats and the opposition party (the media) when our jobs were fleeing our country?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017
Last week, Bannon told the New York Times, “The media here is the opposition party,” adding, “They don’t understand this country.”
Bannon also said the “media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” when speaking to the Times during a telephone interview.
Tensions between Trump’s team and the media have intensified, with the president recently referring to CNN as “fake news” and BuzzFeed as a “failing pile of garbage.” Trump also fixated on news stories related to inauguration attendance.
Bannon, who ran right-wing organization Breitbart News until joining Trump’s team, is often credited for shaping Trump rhetoric — especially when things the president says get called into question by the mainstream media.
Trump and his team already have an established track record when it comes to devising nicknames and buzzwords that stick among the president’s supporters, including, “Crooked Hillary,” “Lying Ted” and “Little Marco.” Now, it appears, they are hoping the term “opposition party” takes root as a descriptor for the press.
Since Bannon used the term “opposition party,” which is now being echoed by the president, many journalists and observers alike have criticized it, saying it is designed to both discredit the media and label press members as the enemy:
In case “opposition party” quote no longer being blind didn’t make it clear, Bannon says he wanted media out of WH https://t.co/AQGwWCEVhs
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 30, 2017
— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) January 29, 2017
As journalists vow not to “shut up,” did Trump and Bannon score points by calling the media the opposition party? https://t.co/tpVK50HehC
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) January 30, 2017
Trump’s war on the free press has gone from calling them biased to fake to the opposition party – the next step is to call them The Enemy.
— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) January 30, 2017
Dear @realDonaldTrump: When you call the media the “opposition party”, it gives the impression that you’re a wannabe dictator. Just Saying
— The Oncoming Storm (@ShomahKhoobi) January 30, 2017
Donald: The media is not the opposition party. By attacking the entities which inform voters, you undermine our democracy.
— America Resurgent (@ProgressOutlook) January 30, 2017
From among this morning’s ravings of a madman, this is the most troubling. The media now being labeled as “the opposition party.” Beware. https://t.co/lZSAiJWe3D
We all should be concerned with labeling the press “the opposition party.”
The free press reports truth, and truth is his greatest enemy. https://t.co/5cmyQSZR2T
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) January 30, 2017
The fact that Trump is referring to the press as “the opposition party” should terrify everyone.
— Dianna E Anderson (@diannaeanderson) January 30, 2017
Oh, Jesus. @realDonaldTrump just called the media “the opposition party”. In public. On Twitter.
This. Can. Not. Continue. https://t.co/ODD09IYr2M
— Evan O’Connell ❄️ (@evanoconnell) January 30, 2017
Notice how bannon has told trump to refer to the media as “the opposition party” in his tweets now. They’re trying to make that title stick.
— Alyssa!!! Cole (@AlyssaColeLit) January 30, 2017
President Donald Trump broke a longstanding tradition on Thursday when he boarded Air Force One for the first time by not turning and waving as he entered the plane.
Trump was taking his new plane to Philadelphia to deliver a speech to GOP leaders when he failed to waive goodbye, as presidents have historically done in what is essentially a photo op.
— CNN (@CNN) January 26, 2017
Fox News’ Chris Wallace joked during an appearance on “Good Day New York” that is was a windy day and Trump probably didn’t want to turn around and mess up his hair before the big speech.
Trump probably simply forgot or wasn’t aware of the tradition, but POTUS watchdogs were quick to point it out on Twitter.
Trump boards Air Force One for the first time as POTUS for flight to Republican summit in Philadelphia – no wave pic.twitter.com/SNVvCiVTRk
— Simon Carswell (@SiCarswell) January 26, 2017
Pres Trump boards Air Force One, but doesn’t turn around to wave – as presidents have done for decades. pic.twitter.com/pUOPtB0V0w
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 26, 2017
President Trump doesn’t waive to the press and it pisses them off: https://t.co/fp7PRdfIii
— Tony Gargano (@Tony_Gargano) January 27, 2017
Trump breaks tradition before first flight on Air Force One. He couldn’t even waive? Bye President asshole! ????????https://t.co/YPdwOJSLHf
— Heisenfurr (@Heisenfurr) January 27, 2017
Donald Trump goes up to 11 in a new parody that replaces his voice with that of Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel.
In a remix by BuzzFeed’s Jesse McLaren, Trump’s voice is replaced with that of Christopher Guest, who played the self-absorbed musician at the center of Rob Reiner’s classic 1984 mockumentary, “This Is Spinal Tap.” (As the video gained online traction Thursday, McLaren tweeted to Reiner, “I am so so so sorry.”
If you’re not a Spinal Tap fan, this whole thing will probably make more sense to you if you start by watching the original scene from the 1984 film, above.
Are you back? Pretty good scene, right? Now watch this clip from Trump’s interview Wednesday with ABC News’ David Muir, in which Trump fudges some numbers just a bit, with the “Spinal Tap” audio added:
Spinal Tap audio under Trump is ???????????? pic.twitter.com/zXgKNMxWbd
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) January 26, 2017
The video comes after a weekend in which Trump reportedly pressured the National Park Service to play along with his attempt to amplify the size of the crowd at his inauguration.
Trump’s team also had a little fun with social media Thursday: White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted out the baffling message “n9y25ah7,” sparking a lot of speculation about whether it was some kind of secret code … or he just left the Twitter app open when he put his phone in his pocket.
President Trump’s chief White House strategist Steve Bannon said the “media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” during an interview on Wednesday with the New York Times.
“I want you to quote this,” Bannon said, according to the Times. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”
Bannon, who ran right-wing organization Breitbart News until joining Trump’s team, said during the phone interview that news organizations have been “humiliated.”
Tension between the media and Trump’s team has been tense, with the president recently referring to CNN as “fake news,” BuzzFeed as a “failing pile of garbage” and constantly pointing stories related to inauguration attendance that doesn’t coincide with Trump’s talking points.
Bannon rarely grants interviews and was seldom heard from during the campaign, although his tone is clear in a lot of Trump’s rhetoric. Bannon granted the interview with the Times to discuss Press Secretary Sean Spicer, but used the call as an opportunity to bash the mainstream media.
“The elite media got it dead wrong, 100 percent dead wrong,” Bannon told the Times of the election. “The mainstream media has not fired or terminated anyone associated with following our campaign… Look at the Twitter feeds of those people: they were outright activists of the Clinton campaign.”
“That’s why you have no power,” Bannon told the Times, referring to the media. “You were humiliated.”
Bannon is a former Goldman Sachs investment banker known for his conservative views. When he was named CEO of Trump’s campaign in August, social media immediately went wild, accusing him of being racist and anti-Semitic.
Bannon’s ex-wife said in a 2007 divorce filing that he made anti-Semitic comments and didn’t want to send their daughters to a private Los Angeles girls school with Jews (which Bannon denied).
Bannon is also a former Naval officer and was special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon who holds an MBA from Harvard.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning to slam “ungrateful TRAITOR” Chelsea Manning minutes after Fox News anchor Abby Huntsman reported on Manning with the exact phrase on the network’s chyron.
Manning had her sentence commuted by Barack Obama in his final days in the White House. And on Wednesday, Manning published an op-ed in The Guardian that argued Obama had “few permanent accomplishments.”
At 5:50 a.m. ET, Huntsman reported on the op-ed with the following comment: “Chelsea Manning is sounding less than grateful to President Obama for cutting nearly twenty-five years off of her sentence for leaking unclassified information.”
Fourteen minutes later, Trump fired off the following tweet:
Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
The tweet and Huntsman’s report are obviously quite similar and Axios recently reported that the president consumes a ton of news, specifically mentioning Fox News morning show “Fox & Friends.”
“Aides talk of giving him ‘better choices’ or jamming his schedule with meetings to keep him away from reading about or watching himself on TV,” Axios’ Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei wrote when detailing Trump’s media diet.
Media watchdogs were quick to point out the similarities:
14 minutes apart: Fox says “ungrateful traitor,” Trump says “ungrateful traitor,” Fox says “weak leader,” Trump says “weak leader.” pic.twitter.com/f7urTOUG1L
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 26, 2017
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) January 26, 2017
Trump went after Chelsea Manning minutes after Fox News did a segment about her: https://t.co/3D9IytSUsS
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 26, 2017
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) January 26, 2017
It appears that, in her mission to accelerate the dumbing down of America—it’s going to happen with or without her help, let’s be honest—know-nothing billionaire Betsy DeVos is fighting on more than one front. There’s the whole Secretary of Education thing, of course, but she’s also got a less conventional weapon up her sleeve: Gary Busey.
You see, BuzzFeed News published a story this morning detailing DeVos’ financial holdings, and among suspiciously citified investments like Whole Foods and Core Power Yoga is an item for a $50,000-$100,000 investment in a faith-based film called Camp Manna. Named after a real-life Christian summer camp in North Carolina but filmed in DeVos’ home state of Michigan, the film stars Busey as Jack “Cujo” Parrish, a born-again camp counselor the film’s official website describes thusly:
Spiritually reborn in the blood soaked jungles of Vietnam …
President Donald Trump’s interview with ABC News was the top-rated program on broadcast Wednesday night and that is no alternative fact.
Airing at 10 p.m., Trump’s first broadcast interview averaged a 1.7 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 7.5 million viewers. That puts it head and shoulders above its nearest competition like “Lethal Weapon” on Fox and “Hunted” on CBS.
In the interview, Trump repeated the unfounded claim that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election. “When you look at the people who are registered, dead, illegal, and two states … We have a lot to look into,” Trump told David Muir.
ABC tied for first in the key demo with a 1.3 rating overall but finished second in total viewers with 5.4 million, airing only repeats until the Trump interview at 10.
Fox tied for first in the key demo with a 1.3 rating but came in third in total viewers with 5.1 million viewers. “Lethal Weapon” stayed solid at 8 with a 1.4 rating and 6.3 million viewers. “Star” followed at 9 with a 1.2 rating and 3.9 million viewers.
CBS finished third in the demo with a 1.2 rating but first in total viewers with 5.5 million. Two new episodes of “Hunted” aired at 8 and 9. The first episode drew a 1.3 rating and 5.5 million viewers. The second got a 1.4 rating and 5.4 million viewers. “Code Black” closed out at 10 with 0.9 rating and 5.6 million viewers.
NBC finished fourth overall with a 0.9 rating and 4.6 million viewers, airing only repeats.
Univision finished fifth with a 0.7 rating and 2 million viewers.
Telemundo finished sixth with 0.6 rating and 1.5 million viewers.
The CW came in seventh with a 0.4 rating and 1.3 million viewers. “Arrow” managed a 0.6 rating and 1.7 million viewers at 8. The season finale of “Frequency” ticked up slightly to a 0.3 rating and 825,000 viewers.
At least one good thing has come from Donald Trump’s administration so far: a “Bad Lip Reading” of his inauguration.
The latest video from the popular YouTube channel not only puts an array of outlandish words into President Trump’s mouth, but also lampoons Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.
Highlights include footage of Trump anxiously waiting to take the stage, turning to the camera to say, “Help. I’m gonna barf,” and former first lady Michelle asking President Bush, “Are you wearing a big boy shirt?”
“You crushed it,” President Obama tells Mike Pence after he was sworn in as the new vice president. “No, I’m teasing you. You looked depressed.”
In a more awkward moment, the comedic montage takes away all of the music during Trump’s first dance with Melania as Commander in Chief.
Watch the video above.
BuzzFeed News reports that noted author and feminist Roxane Gay has pulled her upcoming book from Simon & Schuster in response to the six-figure deal the publisher offered Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Gay told BuzzFeed News that she couldn’t “in good conscience” move forward with publishing How To Be Heard through S&S imprint TED Books, not when Yiannopoulos is being given a significant platform for his hateful alt-right preaching via S&S’s Threshold Editions.
Yiannopoulos landed the $250,000 deal with Simon & Schuster in the wake of being booted from Twitter for instigating the online harassment of Leslie Jones, whose website was also hacked. Jones, of course, criticized Simon & Schuster for the decision, and she wasn’t alone. Now the actress-comedian has been joined by Gay, author of such acclaimed works as Bad Feminist and An Untamed State. Gay tweeted that she’s putting her money where …
President Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday night to blast CNN as “fake news” and to praise Fox News for finishing No. 1 in inauguration-day ratings.
During Friday’s inauguration coverage from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, Fox News averaged 8.76 million viewers to beat CNN, MSNBC, HLN, FBN and CNBC combined.
Fox News also beat broadcast inauguration coverage, with NBC’s 5.79 million viewers finishing second. But those statistics were released on Saturday, so Trump presumably noticed he didn’t like on CNN before firing off the tweet.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
CNN quickly responded.
Trump also scolded CNN during his first press conference as president-elect, apparently because he doesn’t like the way the network handled coverage of a controversial Russia dossier that was eventually published by BuzzFeed. CNN reporter Jim Acosta attempted to ask a question, but Trump refused to call on him and called CNN “fake news.”
Acosta has since been called on by Press Secretary Sean Spicer during White House briefings. CNN released a statement earlier this month responding to Trump’s allegation that CNN is “fake news.”
“CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than BuzzFeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos,” the network said. “The Trump team knows this. They are using BuzzFeed’s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied speculation that he might prepare a run for president, telling BuzzFeed that he was instead “focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.” Speculation about a possible run for office was fanned in part by Zuckerberg’s own statements. Earlier this year, he wrote that he planned to “meet… Read more »
If the “indefinite suspension” of writer Katie Rich becomes permanent, what we’ve understood to be true about “SNL” for years may no longer be the case.
Donald Trump’s inauguration made quite a splash with the pubic. Or at least with users of porn site RedTube.
RedTube released its traffic data for Friday — when Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States — on Monday, revealing some intriguing patterns.
For Friday, RedTube reported, searches on the site for “golden showers” were up by 50 percent.
If you’re looking for an explanation but coming up dry, allow us to back up and let fly: Earlier this month, BuzzFeed reported that a dossier containing “explosive — but unverified” allegations had been making the rounds.
Among the allegations: That Trump, while on a visit to Russia, rented “the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) in front of him.”
Trump denied the claims, but apparently he wasn’t able to completely wash his hands of them, the RedTube data suggests.
Among other search terms that RedTube saw a spike for on inauguration day: Searches for newly minted First Lady Melania Trump surged by 970 percent, while searches for The Donald’s daughters, Ivanka and Tiffany, jumped 390 and 379 percent, respectively.
As the new Leader of the Free World might say, “Yuuge.”
Throughout inauguration day, RedTube said, traffic dropped off by 13 percent, compared to a relatively meager 9 percent during the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama.
The first episode of the Netflix-backed third season of “Black Mirror,” “Nosedive,” imagines a world where everyone rates everyone, for everything.
Every single interaction you might have with another person is ranked and reviewed, as if you’re a walking restaurant on Yelp or a driver for Uber. You say hello to a coworker in the morning? Five stars. You’re polite when buying a bagel? Five stars. Everyone is constantly evaluating everyone else, and at the start of the episode, the world is bright, sunny, and above all, cheerful. At least on the surface.
The point, as it is in all episodes of “Black Mirror,” is that this is no world in which you would actually want to live. The technology that allows you to instantly know how anyone in the world “ranks,” and to rank them yourself, makes everyone a slave. Every interaction with another person becomes a performance, one angled at receiving the highest marks.
As Bryce Dallas Howard upends her life in the episode in an attempt to attend a swank wedding to increase her rating, we learn that above all, we lose the ability to speak our minds in this world. No one can say what they think. Everything is sanitized. It’s exactly the extreme world right-wingers decry when they rail against the boogeymen of “political correctness,” “safe spaces” and “thought police.”
Like all of “Black Mirror,” it’s a reflection of our world, but worse — technology, but too much. But when “Black Mirror” creator Charlie Brooker dreamed up the story for the episode, he probably didn’t expect it to drop on Netflix near the end of Donald Trump’s insult-laden presidential campaign.
Revisiting “Black Mirror” this week ahead of Trump’s inauguration, most of “Nosedive” actually sounds pretty nice.
At Least There are No Nazis
In the 10 days before the inauguration, the on-going saga of “I didn’t think he could get any worse” that is Donald Trump covered some ridiculous ground. First, Buzzfeed published an unverified memo documenting ways in which Russia had compromised Trump and his campaign. Trump responded by insulting Buzzfeed (as well as CNN, which also published a report on the memo) on Twitter and refusing to take their questions during his press conference.
It seemed like Trump had someone new to attack on Twitter every day of the week, including United States Rep. John Lewis, a Civil Rights leader Trump just happened to criticize during the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
And then there are the Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other garden-variety racists who’ve been emboldened by Trump’s election win. The Ku Klux Klan spent the month after the election planning a rally in North Carolina. The so-called “Alt-Right” has held rallies supporting Trump and resurrecting Nazi-era salutes and phrases. There’s not a lot of digging required on social networks like Twitter to expose anti-Semitism and racism against just about any group. Plenty of it is espoused in the name of Trump and the great America he promises. Look how totally excited former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke was on Friday during the inauguration.
We did it! Congratulation Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America!
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) January 20, 2017
President Trump’s speech declared war on the corrupt elite, neocons, neolibs and Jewish globalism designed to destroy White ppl and America.
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) January 20, 2017
White America stands ready to work with President Trump and our government to rebuild America and return dignity to the White working class.
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) January 20, 2017
The Mirror’s Not Black Enough
The world of “Nosedive” does, admittedly, suck. It’s that slippery slope of all the worst-case scenarios when societal rules run rampant — all the things the First Amendment hoped to prevent from coming to pass.
But it’s hard not to kind of like it, on the surface, given the last few months here in reality. Everyone in “Nosedive” judges you by your rating, and your rating is (at least at first) determined by how you treat other people. Maybe everyone’s forced to be nice in the episode, but that doesn’t change the fact they’re still nice. They don’t troll people online because it’s funny, or hack and spread personal documents of people they don’t agree with. Everyone’s on eggshells because of the risk of being judged a “bad person.” Everyone’s energy is spent on being polite and projecting positivity and being seen as good.
We live in a world where Democratic lawmakers are skipping the inauguration of the president because of how he has treated women, minorities, a Civil Rights hero, a Gold Star family, the media, protesters and his own party. One where everyone works really hard to be nice to each other doesn’t seem like a burgeoning hellscape. It seems like a refreshing change.
I wouldn’t want “Nosedive” to become our world. I wouldn’t want social media to consume us more than it has, and losing the ability to express ourselves for fear of instant shaming and reprisals does nobody any good. Brooker’s “political correctness run amok” vision is objectively one worth avoiding. But in that “Black Mirror” world, the incentive rests on being nice to one another. As Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, it’d be nice if our world had some expectation of being nice, too.
Twitter user @dril is commonly associated with what some call “Weird Twitter,” a phrase used to classify the characters who’ve found a unique comedic voice through the medium. None are more prevalent (or revered) than dril, however, whose crude, meandering musings are simultaneously stupid, subtle, and satiric.
For nearly a decade now, the mystery man behind the account has made magic with 140 characters. Now, he’s ready to expand into ”video, illustration, and long-form writing,” the likes of which will no doubt be hilariously mortifying. He’s started a Patreon (”dril is creating Hell,” it reads) where you can support his endeavors and get a glimpse at some of his artwork. Here’s what it says:
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The biggest event of Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, is sure to be the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America, and you can take it all in on any number of TV networks and livestreams, including PBS NewsHour’s
There definitely won’t be any shortage of coverage at noon EST, when Trump’s presidency officially starts. But if you can’t park in front of a TV all day and want to tune in, you’ll need an Internet livestream.
There are plenty of online options offered by news channels and cable networks. PBS News Hour is going one step further by broadcasting its coverage live through Twitter. Integration with the social network means you can watch PBS’ stream and see tweets about the inauguration at the same time, and even send a few of your own.
If for some reason you aren’t interested in watching on Twitter, you can expect PBS NewsHour to also stream its coverage live on its YouTube channel as well.
There will likely be plenty to talk about on Twitter during the inauguration. There has been no shortage of controversy following the President-elect since he won the election against Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8. Democrat senators have opposed Trump’s Cabinet appointees during confirmation hearings this week. Trump also took to Twitter in response to reports of Russian interference in the election, and possibly a connection with his campaign and transition team. On Twitter, he also called CNN and Buzzfeed “fake news,” and criticized actress Meryl Streep after she mentioned his behavior during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.
The inauguration itself has been fraught in its planning. Several musical artists reportedly turned down offers to play the event. Others, including country singer Garth Brooks, tenor Andrea Bocelli, and Broadway star Jennifer Holliday, backed out after fan backlash and other issues. Those artists still slated to perform include country star Toby Keith, Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Some 62 Democratic lawmakers have announced they’ll boycott the inauguration to protest Trump. Announcements picked up after Trump made remarks on Twitter about Civil Rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis that many found inappropriate. Lewis said on “Meet the Press” he didn’t consider Trump’s presidency to be a legitimate, and he planned to boycott the inauguration as a result.
At noon EST on Jan. 20, 2017, the second term of President Barack Obama officially ends, and the first term of President Donald Trump officially begins. A variety of news sites and cable networks will offer coverage of the inauguration, with streams available all over the Internet. But if you’re looking to watch the Fox News stream on the network’s Fox News Go platform, you’ll need a cable TV subscription. There’s one way to get around that: Watch the live coverage stream on Fox’s YouTube channel.
Click here to watch Fox News’ live inauguration coverage on YouTube. Fox News is not allowing its stream to be embedded, so you’ll have to click through to see it.
The run-up to the inauguration of Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America has certainly been a tumultuous one.
Controversy has flared up to follow the President-elect wherever he goes. His Cabinet appointments have been met with derision as they go through confirmation hearings before the Senate. He’s taken to Twitter to attack CNN and Buzzfeed, actress Meryl Streep, and even Indiana Union Boss Chuck Jones. And reports of Russian interference in the election, and possibly a connection with his campaign and transition team, have dogged him for months.
What’s more, numerous musical artists have reportedly turned down offers to play at the inauguration, including country singer Garth Brooks, tenor Andrea Bocelli, Broadway star Jennifer Holliday and British singer Rebecca Ferguson. Artists slated to perform at the event include country star Toby Keith, Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
At last count, 62 Democrat lawmakers were boycotting the inauguration in protest of Trump’s behavior. The exodus of Democrats was primarily triggered by remarks Trump leveled on Twitter at Civil Rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis, after Lewis said on Meet the Press he would boycott the inauguration, and didn’t consider Trump to be a legitimate president.
With everything that’s happened since Trump was elected on Nov. 8, the inauguration is already a noteworthy one. It’s sure to become more so.
The celebration of America’s peaceful transition of power kicks off on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT with “Make America Great Again” pre-inauguration festivities.
The concert will be broadcast live from the Lincoln Memorial and is scheduled to include remarks from President-elect Donald Trump and performances by Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, various military bands and a variety of other performers.
The celebration is also scheduled to feature Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, The Piano Guys, Lee Greenwood, RaviDrums and a fireworks show by Gucci at the conclusion.
Earlier on Thursday, a “Voices of the People” concert featured several other group’s, including the Washington D.C. Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums and the American Tap Company.
“Soul Man” singer Sam Moore is also scheduled to perform, and recently explained that a lot of performers have backed out the inauguration events due to public pressure to not sing for Trump.
“I swear, out of the 61 years I was in the business — and I’m 81 now, I’ll be 82 this year — I have never in my life thought I would see something like this. This is mind-boggling,” Moore told Tucker Carlson on Fox News on Tuesday. “You don’t know the man. The man hasn’t taken office. He hasn’t said his name yet to say, ‘Yes, I’ll be president.’”
Watch the concert above.
ABC’s excellent new hit drama “Designated Survivor” has shined a light on a position that rarely received much attention in the past: that of the member of the presidential line of succession who is hidden away when a huge number of government officials are all in the same place.
In most cases, its use makes perfect sense — but in the case of a presidential transition, the choice of designated survivor, and the validity of the position, becomes far more complicated than it is during the annual State of the Union address.
In the show, Kiefer Sutherland plays Housing and Urban Development Secretary Tom Kirkman, who is sequestered during the State of the Union. He ascends to the presidency when the Capitol building is bombed during the address. For more on the particulars of the designated survivor tradition, read this.
The practice of using a designated survivor dates back to the middle of the Cold War, though of course we’ve never actually needed it in real life. Though the designated survivor is typically associated with the State of the Union address, it’s also standard practice for a designated survivor to be in place during presidential inaugurations. For more on the designated survivor tradition, read this.
When there is a presidential transition, the designated survivor is chosen by the outgoing administration because an incoming administration won’t have a confirmed cabinet that can make up the standard line of succession. An exception came back at the 2009 inauguration, when President Obama took over from George W Bush. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was the designated survivor — an easy choice, since Gates served in that role continuously under both Bush and Obama.
There’s no such easy choice this year, as there isn’t anyone from the Obama administration who will serve under Trump. Obviously, everyone hopes this will never be more than an abstract question, spawned by a fascinating TV show.
It’s unlikely that we’ll even find out who Friday’s designated survivor is, until, at the earliest, shortly before the inauguration festivities begin on Friday. The identity of the designated survivor is kept secret beforehand because everybody knowing who it is would defeat the purpose of having the position. In 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was absent from President Obama’s State of the Union, but she wasn’t the designated survivor because everyone knew she was in London for a conference and wouldn’t be at the SOTU. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan was the designated survivor that year.
Of course, the constitutionality of the designated survivor in this sort of situation is pretty messy because the 20th Amendment, which details what should happen if the president-elect dies between the meeting of the Electoral College and the inauguration, doesn’t set any provision for a line of succession if both the president-elect and vice president-elect both die, except to say that Congress could pass legislation that would set a succession plan for that situation.
Congress has not, however, ever done that. It’s unlikely that one of Trump’s unconfirmed cabinet picks would be eligible for the line of succession, either before or after he’s sworn in, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate President pro tempore Orrin Hatch will both be at the inauguration. If the designated survivor is a member of Obama’s outgoing cabinet, he or she would only fit inside the presidential line of succession before Trump is sworn in, and it’s not likely they would be president for very long.
Constitutionally, that would be the cleanest scenario. Any other would be far murkier and messier, and if a “Designated Survivor”-type event were to occur at the inauguration, it would probably, constitutionally, fall to Congress to choose a new president. There are, notably, a lot of congresspeople skipping the inauguration. But there will be many more present.
On the show, special congressional elections were held to fill seats, after only two members of Congress survived the terrorist attack that kicks off the series. In the real world, vacancies in the House of Representatives can only be filled by election, but in many states the governor is allowed to appoint Senate replacements — though some states require that their Senate vacancies be filled by special election.
Really, though, there’s just no legitimate constitutional provision for a situation in which everyone at the inauguration of a new president is killed, and so trying to predict what would happen next would be foolhardy. It’s entirely possible we just wouldn’t have a president for a while.