Category Archives: Television

Annie Lennox ‘disturbed and dismayed’ by ‘overtly sexualised’ pop performances

Telegraph

The former Eurythmics singer’s attack comes as the row into the role of women in pop grows following a series of risque performances by stars such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna.

“I have to say that I’m disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos,” Lennox wrote on her Facebook page.

“You know the ones I’m talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment.

“As if the tidal wave of sexualised imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough.”

Lennox continued to say she believed in freedom of speech and expression, but complained that market forces “don’t give a toss” about the notion of boundaries.

Mark Wahlberg earns high school diploma at age 42

Giving back to society, too…

Over the past year, as Mark Wahlberg’s movies — including “24 Guns” and “Pain & Gain” — were earning millions of dollars at the box office, the actor had a side project going. At age 42, he was working to get his high school diploma.

And now, he’s succeeded, as he discussed in a column for the Huffington Post on Monday.

“I never made it past the ninth grade,” he wrote, noting that the “circumstances” of his younger days (growing up in the working-class Boston neighborhood of Dorchester) meant he could understand what it was like for teens to “struggle to stay on the right path without positive influences.”

“Most high school dropouts don’t end up with successful careers in Hollywood,” he noted, pointing out that each day 7,000 students drop out of high school. Over their lifetimes, they will earn $200,000 less than high school graduates.

Wahlberg wrote that he decided to finish his high school years after finding a course he could take online. “For almost a year, I’ve been taking classes and studying any chance I could get — on the set, traveling for work and at home. It has been both humbling and challenging, but I’m happy to report that I am officially a high school graduate, having received my diploma this summer.”

He had discussed his plans on the “Late Show” in June 2012, telling host David Letterman that he was “going to make it happen.”

And he’s already giving back to help other teens avoid missing out on getting their sheepskins. Wahlberg explained that his Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation has partnered with other organizations to provide resources to young people who commit to finishing high school. “Resources I wish I had access to as a teen,” he wrote.

“I was able to do it because I knew I wasn’t alone,” he wrote, “that other teens and adults were going through the same thing I was in balancing work and family in order to better themselves. To those students struggling every day and — most importantly — to those who are looking for a second chance, I have a message for you: Never give up. Keep believing in yourselves and don’t make small plans.

Thank You, Colion Noir…

For giving voice to what millions of us think…

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up…

BARNEY FRANK THINKS HOUSE OF CARDS IS UNREALISTIC.

H/T Instapundit:

A reader emails: “Hey, how about a plot line where an obese, snarky congressman who always has to be the smartest guy in the room gets in trouble because his hustler boyfriend is running a gay brothel out of his apartment? Added twist, he convinces the nation that his housing bubble pop was the other party’s fault. Then there’s the time another boyfriend is busted for pot cultivation, and the world’s smartest congressman/pot legalization advocate, present when the cops show up, claims he doesn’t even know what pot looks like … Nah, no one would believe it. Memo to HOC, write in Barney, please.” Heh.

Why Is the Golden Age of Television So Dark?

Bloomberg

We are in a golden age of television, I am told, where television shows are taking the risks, doing the interesting things that are no longer possible in movies that need so many tens of millions of dollars to cover the cost of production and marketing. I largely agree with this assessment. So what does it say about modern society that it considers shows about meth cookers, crack dealers and gangsters to be the finest mass market entertainment we can produce?

Study: Children’s Poor Motor, Social Skills Linked To Too Much Television Watching

CBSNews

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend children aged two and older watch no more than two hours of television per day. They also recommend that children under two watch no television at all.

According to a new study, even one hour more a day can diminish a preschooler’s vocabulary and math skills as well as classroom attention.

“Every hourly increase in daily television watching from two and a half years old is also associated with bullying by classmates, and physical prowess at kindergarten,” Professor Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte-Justine children’s hospital said in the study.

At that young age, a child’s brain is wired to play. “These kids are watching too much television at a time when they should be out there in the environment exploring and interacting, especially with other humans,” Pagani added in the study.

Watching television does not teach a child social or motor skills. “If you don’t learn those skills, you get to kindergarten and cry every time someone takes your toy,” Pagani said in the study.

The study involved 991 girls and 1,006 boys in Quebec. Their parents reported their television viewing behavior as part of the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development.

How Did The Trayvon Martin Case Become A Media Sensation?

With help from the Justice Department. “Through their requests for documents from local, state and federal authorities, Judicial Watch researchers were able to obtain hundreds of documents and emails pertaining to the case. This information helped Judicial Watch prove that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Community Relations Service (CRS), was deployed to Sanford following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.”

Frankly, for the government to help organize and manage rallies and protests against an individual charged with a crime looks like a civil rights violation to me. I hope Zimmerman’s lawyers go ahead and sue, as they’ve indicated. The discovery process will be fascinating. – H/T Instapundit

The Attempted Extortion of Paula Deen

I would so slap a lawsuit on Ms. Jackson for defamation of character and earnings lost.

But for the record, the specific instance in which Ms. Deen admitted to using that specific word was in the privacy of her own home, used to describe a robber who had pointed a gun at her head. The mainstream media also doesn’t seem to care that Ms. Deen could easily have lied about that specific incident, yet chose to tell the truth under oath.

Apparently there’s a zero tolerance policy when certain people use the forbidden N-word.

Never mind that the epithet was uttered in privacy, after Ms. Deen had suffered considerable duress of being robbed at gunpoint.

That the usage became public knowledge only when Jackson’s attorney began conducting a smear campaign intended to inflict irreparable harm on Ms. Deen’s businesses also seems to be irrelevant information to the drive-by media.

The motive for the lawsuit has been made abundantly clear. Plaintiff Lisa T. Jackson wanted $1.25 million dollars that didn’t belong to her, so she decided to sue Paula Deen and her brother.

Attorney Wesley Woolf left no doubt about the real motive of the plaintiff in January, when he sent a letter to Deen’s attorneys demanding a $1.25 million dollar settlement. Woolf threatened to conduct the negative publicity campaign currently underway, making clear the consequences if their extortion demand was refused when he wrote (emphasis added):

…[the] economic losses they [Ms. Deen and Mr. Hiers] will experience if we are caused to bring this matter to a public forum. … Exposure of the racist and sexist culture of her corporate and personal life is going to permanently and irreparably damage the value of her brand.

In her deposition, Ms. Jackson was forced to admit that she never heard Paula Deen utter a racial epithet, never knew her to discriminate against an employee based on gender, and never knew Paula Deen to sexually harass anyone.

Both plaintiff and defendant are white, making racial discrimination against Jackson an impossible charge to prove.

That would seem to make the accusations put forth in the lawsuit against Ms. Deen frivolous.

It has not been widely reported outside the local press that Jackson sent Deen and her brother a letter praising and thanking them both, only a few short months before filing suit.

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