After losing out on the No. 1 spot in 2012, Oprah is once again sitting on top of the Celebrity 100 throne. In my dreams, Oprah is currently lip-synching and dancing along to Yeezy’s “I Am a God” in one of her massive mansions.
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Are the creators of History Channel’s The Bible trying to tell us something? Here’s a photo of actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan in “Hope,” one of two episodes that aired last night:
Get it? It’s a commentary on… something. And an indication that 25 years later, outrage manufacturer Glenn Beck is still feeling salty about Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ.” Also: he’s very well-hydrated. Update: Beck’s artwork has been removed from eBay, where he was attempting to auction it off for $25,000; the website said in a letter that it does not allow the sale of bodily waste or references to bodily fluids in listings.
Okay, some background: On Tuesday, Beck got wind of a painting hanging in a community college’s art gallery that depicts President Obama crucified on the presidential seal, wearing a suit, a tie, and a crown of thorns. Though artist Michael D’Antuono originally made the image — called “Truth” — years ago, it hasn’t been displayed until now due to “public outrage,” in Fox News’s words.
On his radio program, Beck said that he actually believes D’Antuono has the right to make and exhibit “Truth,” even though he doesn’t see anything Jesus-like in Obama: “I think it’s offensive,” Beck explained, not at all self-righteously. “I don’t think it’s close to reality, but whatever floats your boat… That document [the Constitution's First Amendment] says I can’t stop him, and the spirit of that document is that I shouldn’t try.”
Not sure what to give your crazy uncle this holiday season? Fret no more: Fearless patriot Glenn Beck has come to your rescue. While James Van Der Beek’s BJ-emblazoned “Beek Jeans” were a joke, Beck’s own denim line is very real — and every pair of pants comes imbued with its maker’s signature arch-conservative message.
As Time explains, Beck was inspired after seeing a Levi’s ad that coupled images of young protesters with a voiceover culled from a Charles Bukowski poem. He excoriated the denim company on his radio show in late September, saying that it was promoting a “European socialist” message — “Just for what? Because you just want to sell, because you want the controversy? I don’t think so. You believe it. You say you want your jeans to be the uniform of progress.”
Beck vowed never again to give a “dime” to Levi’s, a company founded by the American immigrant who invented blue jeans — and this week began selling his own patriotic jeans, which are made in North Carolina and Kentucky. READ FULL STORY
Since Glenn Beck and Fox News parted ways last year, you might be under the impression that his star has receded from the national political conversation — if only because Jon Stewart and his Daily Show writers no longer use him as a daily punching bag. But Beck’s morning radio show remains a force, with ratings up nearly 50 percent from five years ago, and routinely trails only Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in listeners.
Today, his company, Mercury Radio Arts, renewed its deal with Clear Channel’s Premium Networks for five more years. Financial details have not been disclosed, but a source close to the parties involved told the New York Times that the deal could be worth up to $100 million for Beck. READ FULL STORY
When most people say that during an introduction — especially on a reality show — best to keep your distance. But Frank Belcastro, the paterfamilias in Independence U.S.A., seems pretty sane for a guy who is determined to live “off the grid” to prepare his family to fend for itself should society falter. If it sounds familiar, it’s because Belcastro and his family have done this before, starring in the nearly identical Apocalypse, PA, the blink-and-you-missed-it reality show that aired on History Channel last year. Resurrected by GBTV, Glenn Beck’s live-streaming video network, the Belcastro’s might find a more attentive audience this time around.
“This show, for me, is a fun and sometimes funny way to get people to open their eyes and see what’s going on,” said Belcastro, in a statement. “Americans are so reliant on the infrastructure around them but when you can create something with your own hands and everybody works as a team, everybody does a part, you can focus on the positive of this. You can spend time with your family and your community.”
Take a look at the trailer: READ FULL STORY
Glenn Beck has long prided himself as a comedian, and his critics have often lampooned him as a cartoon. So I suppose it makes perfect sense that GBTV, his live streaming video network, is developing a new animated comedy series. GBTV and Icebox, which boasts writers who’ve worked on shows including The Simpsons, South Park, and King of the Hill, are currently discussing various concepts. “Many of our writers welcome the opportunity to create shows the whole family can watch,” Tal Vigderson, Icebox’s managing director, said in a statement. “This venture lets us take a little break from shocking and offending our audience.” READ FULL STORY
What caused Glenn Beck to cry on Today this morning? Did someone make Beck sit in a drum circle at the Occupy Wall Street movement? Or did someone buy him an Obama 2012 bumper sticker for his car? Nope, it’s neither of those things.
Rather, during a taped interview with Kathie Lee Gifford, the former Fox News commentator got emotional talking about the his own difficult childhood, which he drew inspiration from for his latest fiction book The Snow Angel. Among other things, Gifford and Beck discussed his mother’s death, a possible suicide, and why he and his family didn’t talk about it for a long time. “When you live in an alcoholic family or an abusive family, you tiptoe, you don’t want to step on any mines,” Beck said.
But when Beck tried to talk about the abuse (“My father told me abuse is generational”), the political pundit — who now runs his own pay-per online network GBTV — broke down and cried. “Now The Today Show is going to make fun of me again,” he said, wiping away tears. READ FULL STORY
Glenn Beck to solve the economic crisis with patriotic clothing line. Watch the video to fix America!
Let’s begin on a positive note: A small business that sustains a healthy working environment and creates jobs with fun things like, you know, benefits and living wages in this terrible economy is undoubtably a good thing. That being said, there is absolutely no reason why we can’t poke a little fun at Glenn Beck’s all-American clothing line. Beck may have left Fox News back in June, but don’t ever think that the puffy professor of paranoia would exit without a contingency plan in place for his “fix America one town at a time” project. First there was the online video network GBTV, and it looks like sartorial patriotism is the next stop on Beck’s express train to a better Amurika! READ FULL STORY
I have to admit, I got choked up watching Glenn Beck walk away from his blackboard for the last time today. As he signed off the Fox News Network with the final segment of The Glenn Beck Show, I couldn’t help but think back on so many misty water-colored memories. Like the time he called President Obama a “racist” who “hated white people.” Or the time he illustrated his opinion on U.S. energy policy by dousing a guest in gasoline and lighting a match. Or, just a few months ago, the time he predicted that the world was coming to an end. Turns out it wasn’t the world — just his TV show.
Obviously, I’m not all that sorry to see Beck go. But even so — let’s be honest here — Beck’s final episode was hardly up there with M*A*S*H in terms of historic TV finales. READ FULL STORY
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