Trevor Noah: ‘Trump has put a photo opportunity above peace’

Late-night hosts dissect Trumps recent beefs, from a Twitter fight with Chrissy Teigen to secretly planned and cancelled talks with the Taliban Trevor Noah Trevor Noah unpacked a week of presidential news that was already full and bizarre by Monday nights Daily Show, starting with the presidents Twitter beef with the singer John Legend and his wife, the model Chrissy Teigen. Trump lashed out after viewing an MSNBC segment in which Legend and the host Lester Holt discussed criminal justice reform for which the president wanted credit. He tweeted: Legend and his filthy mouthed wife, are talking now about how great it is but I didnt see them around when we needed help getting it passed. Legend responded, in part: …

Racist African stereotypes are as prevalent as ever on TV | Afua Hirsch

Too many entertainment shows are still rooted firmly in the colonial past, says Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch I have an idea for a British TV series. It involves finding an African society with a history of regarding Europeans as a profoundly inferior race tricky, admittedly. Then find a small-town family, from County Durham, say, to perform stereotypically English culture to entertain them. Describe this as an exchange it sounds more equal but make sure the African characters are equipped with various gadgets and a familiar value system. Well follow their love lives, clothing preferences and personality quirks in minute detail on social media. By contrast, the County Durham people can just be lumped into one collective personality, a series of …

Dave Chappelle under fire for discrediting Michael Jackson accusers in Netflix special

Standup comedian also takes aim at callout culture that sees public figures held to account by audiences Dave Chappelle has come under fire for his latest Netflix special in which he claims he does not believe Michael Jackson sexually assaulted young boys, and makes jokes at the expense of Jacksons accusers. In a standup set that seemed designed to provoke precisely the backlash that it was critiquing, Chappelle took aim at a prevailing callout culture that sees celebrities being held to account by audiences and in the media for perceived or actual crimes and for the offensive things they say. He talked at length about the allegations of sexual assault against Jackson, who died in 2009, widely criticised for their …

Why cultures queerbaiting leaves me cold

From Taylor Swifts new video to M&S sandwiches everyone is capitalising on Pride. Is it cause for concern? When Taylor Swift released her video for news site the Onion that delivered the funniest and most poignant response: Taylor Swift Inspires Teen To Come Out As Straight Woman Needing To Be At Center Of Gay Rights Narrative. The video, directed by Drew Kirsch and Swift herself, was designed to make a statement: it sees the musician parade around a campsite with a bunch of celebrity LGBTQ+ friends. Theres a same-sex wedding, a drag pageant and a food fight a parade of out and proud behaviour provoking the videos redneck protesters who hold placards with slogans such as Adam and Eve not …

‘It’s ghost slavery’: the troubling world of pop holograms

Dead stars from Whitney Houston to Maria Callas are going on tour again. As Miley Cyrus explores the issue in a new Black Mirror, we uncover the greatest identity crisis in music today In the star-making Disney Channel switcheroo Hannah Montana,Miley Cyrus played a teenage girl who is able to metamorphose from regular eighth grader to pop icon, simply by donning a streaked blonde wig. Most of the show seems quaintly dated now, but one moment taps into a very 2019 pop anxiety. On foam-finger humper to The episodes trailer ends with Ashley Too acquiring potty-mouthed sentience, screaming for her owner to get this [USB] cable out of my ass! Holy Shit! Specifics are under wraps, but the episode seems …

Mindy Kaling: I was so embarrassed about being a diversity hire

The star of The Office and The Mindy Project has defied typecasting by writing her own roles and working very hard. She talks about Late Night, her new film with Emma Thompson, remaking Four Weddings, and her own real life rom-com Oh my God, I cant believe youre doing it again, youre insane! I love it! But youre insane! Mindy Kaling cackles when she spots me waiting for her in a central London hallway and points to my large pregnant stomach. Kaling and I first met when I Inside Out, and I was doing some interviews while pregnant. Whereas most celebrities have forgotten the face of the journalist who interviewed them before they have even left the room, let alone …

Busy Philipps speaks about her abortion and condemns Georgia’s six-week ban

Philipps reveals her own abortion at age 15 on her talkshow after Governor Brian Kemp signed highly restrictive law on Tuesday The actor Busy Philipps condemned View this post on Instagram Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on May 8, 2019 at 7:40am PDT Philipps was responding to the legislation, signed by Georgias Republican governor, Brian Kemp, on Tuesday, which would ban abortion at the detection of fetal cardiac activity as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. Similar bans often referred to as heartbeat bills, a term many gynecologists have called are being considered in several other states. The state laws directly challenge a womans right to an abortion as established by the 1973 supreme court decision in …

She was our Michelle Obama: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices but not before she had blazed a trail for women such as Tina Fey to follow There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd and others. Although she is comparatively little known today outside comedy circles, back then she was widely assumed to be the future megastar of that group. With her sharp parodies of celebrities and her skill at satirising her own femininity and neuroses, she set the mould for modern female comedians. Without …

The Act review true crime drama tells a staggeringly disturbing story

Patricia Arquette and Joey King give strong performances in an uncomfortable new series about a horrifying case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy At the conclusion of the first episode of The Act, Gypsy Rose Blanchard (Joey King) sits up in bed next to her mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). She slides her feet out from under the covers and skims the floor with her toes, which crack under her weight. Then she stands up and, without waking her mother, walks to the kitchen for a midnight snack. Gypsys furtive steps are revelatory, to a point Gypsy has spent the prior 50 or so minutes of screen time in a wheelchair, seemingly beset by illnesses that keep her head bald and …

Trevor Noah: ‘Rich kids should get into college the old-fashioned way: donating’

Late-night hosts weigh in on the celebrity college admissions scandal and Nancy Pelosis views on impeaching Trump Late-night hosts responded to the college admissions scandal and Nancy Pelosis on-the-record comments against impeaching Donald Trump. Trevor Noah The celebrity college admissions scandal dominated headlines yesterday, and late-night hosts offered their own hot takes on what Trevor Noah termed Bribegate Scandalgate. To recap, on Tuesday morning, federal prosecutors in Boston unveiled their criminal complaint against a wide-reaching college admissions fraud, in which parents including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin paid upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars to guarantee their kids a spot at schools such as Yale, the University of Texas and the University of Southern California. pic.twitter.com/ZJBWozpTaq Nancy Pelosis …

Saturday Night Live: Stillers Cohen crosses Haders Jordan

Trumps sad-sack ex-lawyer is rich territory and John Mulaney a fine host: this is the best of the season As expected, we open with Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) providing testimony to Congress, a turn of events that for any other president would be the most damning and humiliating moment of their lives, but for Trump its just Wednesday. Of all the guest stars the show has tapped to play Trumps cohorts and/or enemies, Stiller is the most consistently funny. Playing up the disgraced lawyers flop-sweat squirliness, hes actually managed to craft a real character, which is more than can be said of Robert DeNiros dull Robert Mueller or even Alec Balwdins hammy Trump. Stiller is able to present Cohen as …