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Netflix has been defending itself for the brand new present from Dave Chappelle, The Closer, wherein the comic added transgender dialogue that induced an uproar among the many LGBTQ group. In protest, a whole lot of activists gathered outdoors the Los Angeles, CA Netflix places of work to help a digital walkout in help of transgender workers.
Netflix’s chief content material officer, Ted Sarandos, agreed that he “screwed up” by sending out memos in protection of Chappelle’s comedy present, however continues to be resisting the calls for made by the protest organizers, which embrace both including a disclaimer to the present and even taking it down altogether. Also on the record was an official firm assertion that acknowledges the “harm” induced to the transgender group and that Netflix take away all references to the comic, together with murals and posters, from the office. The organizers additionally need prime roles given to trans individuals.
As Liberty Nation reported, there have been rumors that three workers had been suspended for talking out towards the comic. However, it turned out that these workers had pushed themselves inside a top-level assembly that they had not been invited to attend. One worker who was thought of one of the leaders of the “trans employee resource group” was fired, although – however not only for being anti-Chappelle.
According to the corporate, the worker was dismissed over suspicion of leaking confidential data, together with the quantity paid to Chappelle to supply the present: a whopping $24.1 million. “We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company,” a Netflix spokesperson mentioned.
Paris Hilton’s Horrific Abuse and “Troubled Teen” Bill
Reality star Paris Hilton spoke of the abuse she skilled in care amenities as a youngster throughout a press convention on Capitol Hill:
“I was strangled, slapped across the face, watched in the shower by male staff, called vulgar names, forced to take medication without a proper diagnosis, not given a proper education, thrown into solitary confinement in a room covered in scratch marks and smeared in blood, and so much more.”
Next to her had been Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Representatives Ro Khanna (D-CA), and Adam Schiff (D-CA), who’re introducing the “Accountability for Congregate Care Act of 2021.” If handed, it will present federal oversight for the care of troubled teenagers. Hilton, who launched herself as a survivor, defined her struggling: “For 20 years I couldn’t sleep at night, with memories of physical violence, the feeling of loneliness, the loss of peers, rush through my mind. It was not just insomnia. It was trauma.”
The star then spoke of an incident that occurred on the age of 16, when she had been taken from her mattress within the center of the night time by two males who requested if she needed to go “the easy way or the hard way.” She continued:
“Thinking I was being kidnapped I screamed for my parents. And as I was being physically dragged out of my house, I just saw them crying in the hallway.
They didn’t come to my rescue that night. This was my introduction to the troubled teen industry.”
Hilton mentioned her dad and mom had been promised that she could be fastened by way of robust love. In only a two-year interval, she had been in 4 completely different amenities. At Provo Canyon School in Utah, she was not generally known as Paris, however quantity 127. She claims she was compelled to remain contained in the constructing for 11 months as a result of daylight and contemporary air had been thought of privileges.
“The multi-billion-dollar troubled teen industry has been able to mislead parents, school districts, child welfare agencies, and juvenile justice systems for decades,” Hilton defined. The Accountability for Congregate Care Act of 2021 would codify a invoice of rights for younger individuals in care establishments, together with boarding faculties and foster care amenities. It would additionally create a Department of Justice fee to authorize grants to implement enhancements.
Cheers And Jeers
Sometimes, HollyWeird gamers make headlines for foolish or weird happenings, so here’s a assortment of newsworthy doings — honorable and dishonorable — by the tenants of Tinseltown.
Alyssa Milano Arrested
Actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano was arrested throughout a protest on the White House on Oct. 19. Most recognized for her roles within the tv reveals Who’s the Boss and Charmed, she has a reputation for herself together with her progressive views and has even talked about working for Congress in 2024. Pictures from the occasion present Milano main a march and demanding President Biden shield voting rights.
Milano mentioned, “States across the country are trying to take it [voting rights] away from so many people in a cynical power grab. We can’t let them. We need federal law right now to protect voting rights for all Americans, no matter which state they happen to live in. It’s a cause worth getting arrested for.” She was detained on a Washington, D.C. misdemeanor regulation that prohibits crowding or obstructing streets and sidewalks.
Capt. Kirk, Prince William, and Sulu
Captain Kirk, Lieutenant Sulu, and Prince William: What do these three have in frequent? Well, apparently, it didn’t sit effectively with the opposite two that the captain – William Shatner – was given a experience to area by Blue Origin. “It really is quite crucial to be focusing on this [planet] rather than giving up and heading out into space to try and think of solutions for the future,” the royal mentioned. “We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.”
Shatner responded with: “He’s a lovely Englishman. He’s going to be king of England one day. He’s a lovely, gentle, educated man, but he’s got the wrong idea.” He continued: “The prince is missing the point. The point is these are the baby steps to show people [that] it’s very practical. You can send somebody like me up into space.”
The rivalry between Shatner and former co-star George Takei, who performed Sulu within the tv sequence Star Trek, was a bit extra private. Takei mentioned, “He’s boldly gone where other people have gone before.” And then, when requested concerning the accomplishment for the 90-year-old actor, being the oldest individual in area, Takei, 84, quipped: “He’s a guinea pig, 90 years old and it’s important to find out what happens. So 90 years old is going to show a great deal more on the wear and tear of the human body, so he’ll be a good specimen to study. Although, he’s not the fittest specimen of 90 years old, so he’ll be a specimen that’s unfit!”
Celebrities say the darndest issues …
Speaking of Captain Kirk, when he came upon his area journey was going to be televised, he tweeted out: “Are you interrupting the soaps? People aren’t going to like that.”
After all of the hoopla with Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy present, Dr. Jordan Peterson took to Twitter to say, “Courage and comedy are not different. An old friend said to me once ‘you can say anything you want as long as it’s true or funny.’ Never forgot that. Anyone who attacks a comedian is a tyrant-in-waiting.”
And lastly, Mr. Hercules himself. First, Kevin Sorbo had this gem relating to the issues plaguing Southwest Airlines: “Southwest Airlines Offering Free Flights To All Passengers Who Are Vaccinated And Can Fly A Plane!” And then the actor quipped concerning the coronavirus: “I could tell you a joke, but 99.9% of you wouldn’t get it.”
Tune in subsequent week to see what else Tinseltown has deliberate.
~ Read extra from Kelli Ballard.