Jerry Springer Show May Be Finished

21 Jun 2018

‘Jerry Springer’ Future Uncertain as Production Halts After 27 Years – The Hollywood Reporter, 2018/06/14

The Jerry Springer Show, the tabloid talker that all but defined “guilty pleasure” at its peak in late 1990s, is currently in limbo, with no new episodes planned for the foreseeable future.

A starring vehicle for the former politician and one-time mayor of Cincinnati, Springer’s show premiered in 1991 as a serious-minded talker with a focus on issues and politics. By its second year, after a move to Chicago, the subject matter and bookings quickly turned to the salacious to boost ratings. Guests admitted to adultery and incest, revealed pregnancies and threw chairs at one another. It was often too outlandish to believe.

And the more Springer leaned into the absurd, the more popular he became. Chants of “Jer-ry, Jer-ry!” would begin whenever he took the stage. Springer played himself in more than a dozen film and TV projects, shilled a nudity-filled spinoff (Too Hot for TV) on VHS and starred in a feature film parody (Ringmaster). The show’s popularity seemed to reach its apex in 1998 when Springer briefly topped Oprah Winfrey’s ratings with a daily audience of nearly 10 million viewers.

Other than finding the article, I probably would not have noticed its departure.


Miss America Contest Removes Swimsuit Competition #2

5 Jun 2018

Wish I had read this earlier, I would have added it to the original post on this…

Miss America scraps SWIMSUIT competition and says women no longer have to wear evening gowns as chairwoman Gretchen Carlson promises contestants won’t be judged on their physical appearance – UK Daily Mail, 2018/06/05

The decision comes months after internal emails revealed former CEO Sam Haskell and board members frequently demeaned the physical appearance, intellect, and personal lives of former pageant winners, including Carlson.

Carlson, 51, was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization just days after Haskell resigned in January.

Haskell was initially suspended from his role. At the time he denounced the Huffington Post expose and called the internal emails ‘unkind and untrue.’

‘Much of what was reported is dishonest, deceptive, and despicable,’ he said in a statement in December.

‘The story is so unkind and untrue, and hurts me, my family, and the stewardship of this nonprofit. Those who know my heart know that this is not indicative of my character, nor is it indicative of my business acumen.’


The Miss America Emails: How The Pageant’s CEO Really Talks About The Winners – Huffington Post, 2017/12/22

Miss USA Contest Removes Swimsuit Competition

5 Jun 2018

Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition, will no longer judge based on physical appearance – ABC News, 2018/06/05

“We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said on “GMA.” “We are a competition.”

In place of the swimsuit portion of the competition, Miss America contestants will now take part in a live interactive session with the judges, according to the organization.

“We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore,” Carlson said. “Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul.”

She continued, “That’s what we’re judging them on now.”

Based on where American culture is right now, this is not surprising.

And the interactive session will be a contest to see who can best articulate elite liberal talking points. I know that’s not specified, but I thought I would fill that in as well.

California Law Protecting Child Actors from Sexual Predators is Ignored and Not Enforced

5 May 2018

Hollywood Child Protection Act Ignored; Here’s Why It Is ImportantDeadline, 2018/04/30

One of the key California laws designed to protect child actors from sexual predators has gone largely ignored and unenforced since it was enacted five years ago. The law requires publicists, managers, acting coaches and headshot photographers who work with child actors to be fingerprinted and pass an FBI background check to screen out registered sex offenders.

A Deadline investigation, however, has found that not a single Hollywood publicist who represents child actors has obtained a permit.

The law, AB 1660, prohibits registered sex offenders from “representing or providing specified services to artists or performers under 18 years of age.” Fingerprints and FBI background checks are required to ensure that registered sex offenders don’t skirt the law by working under assumed names.

The bill had wide support. It was backed by the MPAA and by the Association of Talent Agents. SAG and AFTRA, pre-merger, were both behind it, too, and so were the Talent Managers Association and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, among many other groups. The only opposition came from an organization called California Reform Sex Offender Laws – now the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws – which lobbies for the rights of convicted sex offenders.

Hollywood’s publicists, however, haven’t gotten the message. A database maintained by the state’s Department of Industrial Relations lists 292 valid permit-holders who are legally allowed to work with child actors. It’s intended as a guide to parents, but a Deadline review of every permit-holder reveals that not a single publicist holds a Child Performer Services Permit.

From interviews, it’s clear many publicists don’t even know about the law, while others mistakenly think it doesn’t apply to them.

The law was put into play so that people convicted of abuse would not be allowed to work with kids. The article goes into past cases where people have used fake names to work with kids after they had been convicted of child sex crimes.

20 Songs from the Past… Rendered as Politically Incorrect Today

17 Apr 2018

20 politically incorrect songs that’d be wildly controversial today – USA Today, 2018/04/12

There’s nothing like hearing a song come on the radio or flicker across a Spotify playlist that you haven’t encountered in a while, and realizing, “Was this song always this offensive?”

The answer: Yes, it probably was. Standards have changed quite a bit in terms of what references the culture at large deems offensive in its hit songs, from casual homophobia in pop songs from Katy Perry and Taylor Swift to the jaw-dropping lyrical content of some Rolling Stones classics.

Go to the link for the list… but one entry was interesting.

Song:Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, 1982

Choice lyric: “Ebony and ivory / Live together in perfect harmony / Side by side on my piano keyboard / Oh lord, why don’t we?”

Why it wouldn’t fly today: McCartney and Wonder meant well with their hyper-literal interpretation of race relations. But their message of “people are the same, there’s good and bad in everyone, so let’s just get along” would be interpreted as hilariously naïve by the more woke factions of today’s cultural discourse.

Really? Is it too much to ask, for different people who are citizens of the same country, to look past differences and get along? If I am choosing between one or the another… give me Stevie and Paul.

Mindy Not Offended by Mork from Ork

22 Mar 2018

Mork & Mindy’ star says Robin Williams ‘flashed, humped, bumped, grabbed’ her on set

Robin Williams’ “Mork & Mindy” co-star Pam Dawber said the late actor would behave inappropriately toward her on the set of the 1970s sitcom, but she was never offended.

“I had the grossest things done to me by him,” Dawber has written in a soon-to-be-published biography of Williams, quotes from which were published by the Daily Mail. “I never took offense. I mean I was flashed, humped, bumped, grabbed. I think he probably did it to a lot of people … but it was so much fun.”

“He would take all his clothes off, he would be standing there totally naked and she was trying to act. His aim in life was to make Pam Dawber blush,” added Marshall.

Dawber, who starred as Williams’ wife on the sitcom for four seasons, said she was unfazed by his actions, describing them as “playful.”


Interesting… she wasn’t offended, but is writing a book about it. #followthemoney…

Going on a Cruise? … Beware

8 Mar 2018

More cruise ships than ever are flunking health inspections – NY post, 2018/03/07

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that 15 ships out of 250 failed crucial health checks.

This is a steep rise on 2016 when just four ships failed checks and amounts to six percent of cruise ships.

The body’s public health inspections check the cleanliness of each ship’s water, the preparation of food, pest control, the health and hygiene of employees, and the measures to stop disease breaking out on board.

Ships failed tests for several reasons, such as crew members working with contagious bugs like gastroenteritis.

Five of Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships failed checked – their liners sail to destinations like the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Mexico.