Do you ever find yourself saying this? In today’s world we have many of the WTF moments whether it’s in pop culture, politics or every day life. Tune in to see who or what is making us scratch our heads and say WTF.
Topic: Cultural Appropriation
Date: March 13, 2018
Suddenly this word is everywhere. Cultural Appropriation. WTF is it? The text book definition is the “adoption or use of one culture by another culture.” It has come up recently because a group of millennials decided Bruno Mars was guilty of this. Really? Never mind this man’s exceptional vocal range, lock him up!
I am a writer and one of my very first writer’s conferences I attended had this to say about the art of storytelling: Every great story has already been written – but not by you. When you add your take, your style, your voice, and your talent, that story becomes new again.
There are plenty of movies that are remade through time. Each time culture, gender and technological differences apply. Take Ghost Busters from the 1980’s. It was remade in 2016 will an all-female cast. Is that gender appropriation?
Here’s the thing, why you picking on Bruno? He’s part Filipino and part Puerto Rican. He’s not black enough because he’s not black. So what? Why can’t the music stand on it’s own merits? Is it because he won so many Grammy’s recently?
Elvis Presley was also accused of cultural appropriation by singing songs written by black songwriters and “borrowing” their style. My question is can this be reversed? For example, if Beyoncé were to sing a song by Karen Carpenter (not that this would ever happen) is that considered reverse cultural appropriation?
When it comes down to it we shouldn’t shame other artists for their art unless it’s a direct rip-off like Vanilla Ice’s, Ice, Ice, Baby, just because it’s not in line with what we think is culturally appropriate. You either like it or you don’t. And Bruno should just keep being Bruno.
Topic: The Bachelor Needs an Annulment
WTF! Is with the men who go on this show and can’t make a decision? They make me want to scream. Let’s be clear, Arie Luyendyk Jr. (37) is the most boring choice in Bachelor history, but the two-part finale was hyped as “the most dramatic” episode in Bachelor history. It wasn’t. He chose a girl then changed his mind. This isn’t a news flash. It’s happened before. So once again, our bachelor has humiliated not one, but two women for all the world to see. And I know what you’re going to say – the women (and men) who go on these shows are responsible for their own loss of integrity. They know (or should know) what they’ve signed up for. But shows like these are killing the fantasy with their unattainable fantasies.
Here’s what happened: Arie gave the final rose to Becca even though his parent’s preferred Lauren. When Lauren leaves rejected, she is stunned. She really thought the final rose was hers. After making his choice three hours earlier, Arie gets on one knee and proposes to Becca who happily accepts. A few weeks go by and Arie can’t stop thinking of Lauren. He feels he’s made a mistake so Arie invites Becca to what she thinks is a “happy couple weekend.” It’s wasn’t. It’s a show called, Girl, You’ve Been Blindsided! For the camera men to be there means Arie told Chris Harrison first. Becca said it best, “Are you fucking kidding me?” Tune in Monday night for the follow-up with Arie, Becca, and Lauren. I hope these women devour Arie like the mob in Mother! At the very least, I hope Lauren dumps him. WTF! Grow up, Arie.
Topic: In Defense of Heather Locklear
And Lord knows she needs a defense, but I cannot tell you how sad it makes me to see Heather Locklear struggling like she is. Even though she’s a Hollywood starlet, she always seemed fun and approachable, a sweet girl who had a penchant for bad boys. Heather was arrested Sunday night for domestic violence after allegedly beating up her boyfriend and then slapping a few police officers around.
If only she had tossed a glass of wine in somebody’s face instead of resorting to violence, being carted off to jail, and submitting herself to a really bad mug shot. Clearly she is in need of a hug. And I realize, getting arrested for domestic violence is not cool, but there are obviously mitigating factors in regards to her mental state of health because this is not the Heather Locklear I wanted to change lives with. But she’s in there somewhere.
Hollywood is the worst place to grow old, don’t you think? Heather should consider moving to a place where she would be appreciated. Like Dallas, for example. I don’t live in Dallas, but I think they’d treat her well and it’s classy in a relaxed kind of way – just like Heather. And if she were looking for something to do, maybe she could go on the Real Housewives of Dallas. Perhaps she could revise her role as Amanda Wood from Melrose Place and put those Dallas debutante’s in their places. Bonus scene! Heather and Countess Luann could film a RH crossover at a rehab facility. Think of the possibilities!
And just so you know that nobody’s perfect, Heather’s boyfriend – someone she’s supposedly known since high school – was arrested under the suspicion of DUI, a mere three hours later that same night. WTF! I’d like to think he was on his way to rescue Heather from jail, but sounds like he needs rescuing too, so maybe not. Not sure how much alcohol is to blame here, people can have a bad night from time to time, but perhaps their relationship with beer/wine/liquor/each other needs to be reexamined.
In the meantime, it would be so much fun to see Heather working again, even if the acting gig is a major step down. Remember there are no small roles, only actors who should keep busy. Get well soon, Heather Locklear, you got this!
Topic: How you doin’ Wendy Williams?
Date: February 20, 2018
Ever since fainting on national TV in her Statue of Liberty costume, Wendy Williams has been on the defense. She reassured her audience the jaw-dropping collapse was due to heat and dehydration. Sounds plausible, but there were some who said the “Hot Topics” host really suffered a stroke. But time went on and Williams resumed course.
Until last week. Williams took three days off without warning and attributed it to “flu-like symptoms.” I say, Hey, give her a break! This year’s flu season has reached near-pandemic proportions. People are dying, people. Let the woman take a few days off. But here’s the thing, when Williams returned to the airwaves on Monday, she wasn’t herself. Her speech was slowed and filled with uncomfortable pauses. Also a huge change was Williams’ shoes. Normally Wendy wears very high heels, but because she’s unsteady on her feet, she’s wearing sparkly flats. So what’s going on?
If you turn to social media to find answers there are two strong conspiracy theories. One group thinks the culprit is Williams’ (very!) large breast implants that are leaking. We know this wreaks havoc on a woman’s body and well-being. And Wendy’s boobs are so big, it’s amazing she doesn’t faint more often. The smart thing to do would be to hire a guest host for a few weeks – mix it up so nobody gets too comfortable – and Williams can check into the Mayo Clinic. She’s a work horse and doesn’t like to give up control, but she’s no good to anyone dead.
Speaking of dead, that’s the second idea floating in Twitterland. People are suggesting that her husband is trying to poison her. For a woman who’s known to cover other people’s gossip, Wendy has been reluctant to discuss her own. Here’s the hot tea: allegedly (because we must say that) Williams’ husband has been cheating on her for some time now with his massage therapist (how cliché) who is now pregnant with his child. This would cause me to throw up and fake flu symptoms, too. But is Wendy being poisoned? Maybe. On Tuesday’s show Williams eluded to that very possibility. She was upset that her mug of tea, which is always by her side during the Hot Topics segment, was too close to the flowers, which she called, Hemlock. Wendy then said she was watching – though she didn’t say exactly whom she was watching.
WTF Wendy! No man or show is worth decimating your health. Period. Please take more time off for yourself and get the proof you need to get well soon! Know what I’m sayin?
Topic: Peter Rabbit Controversy
Date: February 13, 2018
WTF kind of world am I living in when poor Peter Rabbit comes under the gun? The new Peter Rabbit movie with James Corden opened this weekend and controversy is now attached to it. Sometimes controversy can propel a movie, but most of the time it tanks them. Remember A Dog’s Purpose? I read the book, cried like a baby, but the movie mishandled a german shepherd in a wave machine. Word got out and nobody saw the movie. In Peter’s movie the controversy involves food allergies – blackberries to be specific – something Peter and his friends use against their human nemesis. In one scene the guy hast to use an Epi pen to save his life.
Allergy groups feel the seriousness of food allergies is being trivialized. It’s not. It’s a comedic plot device often used in stories/scripts to move the story forward and humanize the perceived bad guy. And the Epi pen is relatable from their negative press for spiking prices. The seriousness of the disease is not being undermined simply because we laugh. It’s impossible to write a good book or script and not offend someone – not in today’s PC world. If you don’t want to watch it, don’t. If you want to get the word out against them, fine. But don’t start creating stories that appease everyone. We don’t want that. Breaking Bad would have never been made.
Topic: White House, Big Brother House, Dog House, Nut House
February 9, 2018
How the mighty fall! That was my first thought when I heard Omarosa Manigault Newman had agreed to go on Celebrity Big Brother. I’m sure she’s the highest paid one there, but what a gigantic step downward. Whether she resigned or was fired by the White House, it doesn’t matter, that’s her thing. Create chaos and leave. She was fired from The Apprentice all three times she appeared Trump’s shows. And for the record, Omarosa was a Hilary supporter early on, but switched teams after a deal was made her good friend Donald Trump announced his candidacy.
Bye, Felicia! After Omaraos was fired and/or let go from the White House, she made an appearance on Good Morning America with Michael Strahan. As you’ve probably heard by now, Bye, Felicia, was the infamous retort from Robin Roberts. She saw right through her evasive and leading answers as her pathetic attempt to snag a book deal. So how’d that work out for Omarosa? Apparently not very well. She agreed to go on Big Brother where she will be filmed 24/7, even during showers. So I tuned in to see this thirstiness.
The first night was mildly interesting, however the pace is much slower than Survivor and Amazing Race. Everything Omarosa does is pre-planned. When she arrived, wearing a ball gown, she stayed somewhat under the radar, at least with the men. First item on her agenda was to pit the women against the men. They outnumber them, so why not, and it’s the year of the woman, hear us roar. But the white house needs of no worry about Omarosa, be concerned. They’ve got so much bad PR right now, they don’t need Omarosa saying thing like she told Ross the Intern when he asked if everything was going to be okay. for the nation.
“No, it’s not going to be okay. It’s not. It’s so bad.”
On the one hand, I don’t need Omarosa to tell me that. I can figure that out on my own. But if you’re not going to give specifics or offer solutions, STFU. But she won’t because to her this is one long infomercial, and she’s selling herself. Buyers be warned she does not come with a soul, that was previously sold.
Basically it’s a race right now to see who gets to Omarosa first. The White House or the Publishers? Washington or New York? My advice to the other Big Brother house guests is don’t turn your back on her. Remember the girl in Million Dollar Baby who turned her back on the other boxer? This is a similar situation, but something tells me every single celebrity in that house already knows that she’s a snake in a ball gown.
Topic: Lorde’s Exclusion at the Grammy’s
January 29, 2018
The past six months have been a very empowering time for women. The #metoo and #timesup movements have dominated the news, and for a while you couldn’t turn on your television without hearing the name of the latest famous man to be added to the list of sexual predators. So after learning about Lorde’s exclusion at last night’s Grammy’s, on a night that was supposed to embrace women’s empowerment, I have to say, WTF!
If you haven’t heard, Lorde was one of five nominees for the Best Album category – the only woman nominated for this category. All four men were asked to perform a song from their album, but Lorde was only offered a spot to perform with others in a tribute to Tom Petty. And don’t get me wrong, I love Tom Petty, but come on! She had a good year, let her shine.
Lorde declined and held out for her own spot, as she should, but was ultimately excluded from the night’s performances due to time constraints. Just a sidenote: There was enough time to include Sting so he could sing a song that is 30 years old. And don’t get me wrong, I love Sting, but come on! The producers made the executive decision to exclude the only female in this top honor category. How obvious a slight is that?
The current president of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, when confronted with the fact that it was a night of #GrammysSoMale, said that women need to “step up” if they want to “be part of the industry.” Are you kidding me? Excuse me you jerk, but some people hit brick walls in “the industry” which is exactly what happened to Lorde on Sunday night.
This gender imbalance isn’t as noticeable at the Oscars or Goldens because there are designated Male/Female categories. However both award shows have had their issues with inequality – #OscarsSoWhite and #NoFemaleDirectors – despite the talent to suggest otherwise. Both groups have been accused of being old and out of touch, so my question is, when are these award groups going to step up?
January 23, 2018
Topic: Megyn Kelly You Aren’t Doing Yourself any Favors
At first I didn’t care for NBC’s new morning show, Megyn Kelly Today. I watched her first show when she announced the show would be a politics-free zone, and I thought, WTF? That’s like Dr. Oz announcing his show would be a medical-free zone. If it’s what you know, why aren’t you capitalizing on your strength?
Megyn Kelly Today got off to a slow start and the best thing to happen to her was the Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, and Matt Lauer scandals. Megan had stumbled onto her new platform. And not a moment too soon. Did you see the botched interview with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford? Megyn tried to make the interview about Jane’s plastic surgeries, and Jane wasn’t having it. If only Megyn had done something interesting like ask Robert Redford why he’s decided not to give into the pressures of Hollywood perfection (like Jane has) and that would have been a unique spin on the same old question. But she didn’t, and like I said, Megyn eventually found her grove with the #metoo movement, even though Gretchen Carlson is more of hero in that arena than she is.
Flash forward to yesterday’s show and I’m ready to quit her. For some reason, Megyn Kelly decided to fire back at Jane Fonda for being “offended” by her questions about plastic surgery. Here’s the thing, Jane gets to decide what offends her, not you Megyn. Just like actresses no longer willing to be asked “who they are wearing” on the red carpet. It’s boring and tells us nothing about who they are and what about that role appealed to them.
But Megyn crossed a line yesterday, and that offended me. With the camera pointed at her, she went after Hanoi Jane. Believe me, I think what Jane Fonda during the Vietnam War was treasonous, but Fonda has apologized for this and said it’s is her single, greatest mistake in her life so far. (Going on Megyn Kelly Today comes in second.) But for Megyn to compare her right to ask about plastic surgery to the Vietnam War was disproportionately out of line.
I suspect Megyn Kelly lost a lot of viewers after Monday’s show. But as often happens, people come will forget and some may come back. In the event that Megyn Kelly doesn’t get cancelled, I would really appreciate if she would just take the high road from now on. The #metoo and #timesup movements should be about women supporting women. Not about going after women who embarrass you because you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. You can do better than this, Megyn. Report the story, don’t make the story about yourself.
January 9, 2018
Topic: Roseanne Barr for President?
As if politics aren’t crazy enough right now, Roseanne Barr is declaring she would make a better president than Oprah Winfrey. But the outspoken comic didn’t stop there, she also said she’d make a better president than Trump. WTF! So how did this come about? After receiving the Cecil B. DeMill award, and giving the speech heard round the world, everyone (at least in Hollywood) is on the “Oprah for President” bandwagon. Flash forward one day to Barr’s first major press conference prior to the reboot of the show Roseanne where she told reporters “I think I would be a better president than Oprah or Susan Sarandon, possibly even President Trump.”
Whatever you think of Trump, whatever you think of Oprah, and I’m not even going to bring Susan Sarandon into this, but when America finally has our first female president, you’ve got to be smoking crack to think it will be the uncouth, foul-mouthed spitting after mangling the American anthem, Roseanne Barr. But I get it. I can take a joke because that’s exactly what this is – a joke. She’s a comedian and Barr knows how to shake things up and create attention for her show that returns on March 27 on ABC. The show premiered back in 1988 and was a mega hit during a time when Americans became sick of watching rich people shows like Dynasty and Dallas. Time will tell if this time around the show will be a success, plus they have a major hurdle to overcome – explaining how Dan Conner played by the great, John Goodman, has been resurrected from the dead. (Please don’t make it a dream.) And for the record, Oprah has said she won’t run, though remember what they say about a woman’s prerogative.
January 5, 2018
Topic: From Never Hot to Always Not
This week’s WTF moment came when I was perusing the upcoming new reality shows. Mama June has got herself another show. WTF? From Not to Hot was renewed for a second season, but this time she’s documenting her journey in the adult world of pageants. Woman – don’t nobody want to see you in a beauty pageant. And as for dieting secrets – she claims not to have any. Woman – we all know you paid over $50K for that new body, face, and horse teeth. There’s no secret there.
Another not so well kept secret is this season Mama June is officially off the market. Oh darn!, said no one at all. His identity is being kept a secret for now, but fingers crossed he’s not another child molesting predator. Of the 300 pounds Mama June “lost” she says she’s only gained back 10 pounds. WTF? The new show starts on January 12 on WEtv, like anyone cares, but if you want to check in with Honey BooBoo, she’ll be there, too, bless her heart. With so many other great shows to watch right now, I’m betting this will not be a ratings magnet.
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