This New Year’s Eve, celebrate in style with themed cocktails based on some of 2013′s most memorable pop-culture moments. Once we pop the cork on our cultural cocktails below, it’ll be likely “We Can’t Stop.” In fact, if you “Take Back the Night” with these themed libations, you’ll be having less than a 20/20 Experience… you’ll probably be seeing “Blurred Lines” (hey hey hey!). READ FULL STORY
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If Fox News ever enters the original movie game, I’ve got the perfect premise for its first film: Sarah Palin and Free Speech: A Love Story.
The former Alaska governor just can’t stop bringing up her favorite constitutional amendment — especially when complaining about all the folks using their right to free speech to criticize conservatives for exercising their right to free speech. Or something. (She uses “free speech” and “First Amendment rights” pretty interchangeably, so I’m going to as well. That’s my right as an American.)
Take yesterday, for example, when she wrote a blistering defense of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson — who was suspended by A&E after making anti-gay comments in a new GQ interview. “Free speech is an endangered species,” Palin wrote on Facebook beneath a photo of her posing with the Duck Dynasty gang. “Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”
And this, of course, is far from the only time Palin’s gone to that same “free speech” well. Her affair with the First Amendment has been long, torrid, and undoubtedly frustrating for constitutional scholars. Come, let’s take a walk down memory lane:
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With thousands of Ukrainians demonstrating against the government in the streets of Kiev, George Clooney is lending the movement his star-power with a video message. “You cannot have a democracy when you arrest and harm its peaceful protesters,” he said into a smart-phone camera. “You certainly cannot have a true democracy if you take political prisoners like [former Prime Minister Yulia] Tymoshenko, simply because you disagree with the way they want to govern. So let me just say this to all of you in the square in Kiev, or all around Ukraine: when you look to the West, know that we are looking back at you with great admiration.”
The video was posted by Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, the famous boxing brothers. Vitali is a member of the Ukrainian parliament and has presidential ambitions. Wladimir is the heavyweight champion and also had a cameo in Clooney’s 2001 movie, Ocean’s Eleven.
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This year, the White House decided to spice up the annual ceremony pardoning a select turkey and naming it the National Thanksgiving Turkey. While the ceremony is on Wednesday, you can vote via Twitter and Facebook to choose which turkey should be granted the pardon. Voters can choose between Little Monster Caramel and “proud strutter” Popcorn. While the White House most likely intended to merely augment social media engagement, the campaign more resembles how a Capitol resident would enjoy watching tributes fight to the death in The Hunger Games.
The results for the victor are not as dramatic as it seems — both turkeys will be pardoned. Nevertheless, the implications of choosing which turkey should “win” brings questions on what would happen if a turkey should “lose.” Many Americans will eat turkey for Thanksgiving, but it’s not like we want to choose which turkey to save and which one to slaughter, especially via social media. The White House’s intense campaign is at once hilarious, bizarre, and horrifying. Effie Trinket would be proud.
Check out the new Arena below:
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Toronto mayor Rob Ford must be in a drunken stupor to still be using his “drunken stupor” excuse.
In a Today show interview that aired Tuesday morning, Matt Lauer crossed the border to speak with the embattled politician, who was joined by his councilman brother, Doug Ford. But the Toronto mayor, red-faced and whiny, spun a familiar tale of drunken reasoning and utter refusal to admit that his drug and alcohol issues make him grossly unfit to serve his city.
“You have brought disgrace to this office, and you know that’s true,” Lauer said.
“I’m embarrassed,” Ford admitted. “Not just myself, my family, my friends, my supporters, the whole city. I take full responsibility for that. We’ve all made mistakes, Matt. I’m not perfect. Maybe you are, maybe other people are. I’ve made mistakes. I admitted to my mistakes.” But admission to Ford apparently is repeating the same “drunken stupor” excuse for smoking crack cocaine. Lauer called it “a game of semantics.”
“The best excuse I heard you give for using that crack cocaine,” Lauer said, “was ‘I was in a drunken stupor.’ And I’m wondering, is that supposed to make anybody feel better?”
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Ah, the glamor and dignity of the 24-hour news cycle!
Some background: On Nov. 9, Sarah Palin compared the national debt to human slavery at a big fundraiser. Naturally, her remarks provoked quite a bit of outrage — particularly from Martin Bashir, who called Palin a “world class idiot” on his MSNBC show Friday.
But Bashir didn’t stop there. “It’s hardly surprising that [Palin] should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history,” he continued. “So here’s an example.” He went on to quote a first-person account written by plantation overseer Thomas Thistlewood in 1756, which reports that upon being caught eating sugarcane, a slave named Darby was “well flogged and picked.”
Oh, and after that, the overseer “made Hector, another slave, sh– in his mouth.”
If there’s one thing I enjoy more than listening to crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford talk about recently purchasing illegal drugs or that time he didn’t tell a female staffer he wanted to have oral sex with her, it’s thinking who I will one day hear saying this stuff when the inevitable movie about his time in office gets made. (My pitch? “It’s Bob Roberts on crack — literally.”)
The name that first popped into my head was that of ex-Mad TV cast member Will Sasso, partly because he is himself Canadian and partly because I happen to believe he is an underrated comic actor, but mostly because he’s bald. Of course, there are many other options.
Who do you think would make for a good Rob Ford? Please do vote below. The good news: Whoever you vote for, you won’t end up with a crack-smoking mayor. (Unless, of course, you live in Toronto. Sorry, Toronto!)
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Presidents, politicians, journalists, and... Taylor Swift team up for the ultimate Gettysburg Address -- VIDEO
November 19 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s iconic Gettysburg Address, largely considered one of the most poignant, stirring, and important speeches in American history. And naturally, Civil War buff documentarian Ken Burns wouldn’t let an occasion like this pass by without some sort of commemoration.
Though his 90-minute documentary The Address won’t premiere on PBS until the spring of 2014, Burns has already set up a website called Learn the Address, which encourages “everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech.”
Scads of famous Americans have already taken Burns up on his challenge — including every living president, Lincoln director Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, and slightly less predictable participants like Alyssa Milano. Which of them best exemplifies Honest Abe’s signature mix of dignity, intelligence, and humanity? Decide for yourself after checking out this handy mashup video. (Hint: It’s not Taylor Swift.)
In a world… where copy/paste functionality has made plagiarism easier than ever… one woman… will discover that plagiarism… and gleefully point it out on national TV, making a senator from Kentucky look awfully silly.
Ladies and gentlemen, that world… is our world. The senator: Rand Paul, who recently delivered a speech about abortion rights and eugenics that uses the 1997 movie Gattaca as an example of the dark direction he believes our country could be headed. The woman: Rachel Maddow, who revealed Monday night that large swaths of the speech had been lifted directly from Gattaca‘s Wikipedia page.
“In the movie Gattaca — in the not too distant future – eugenics is common,” Paul said in his speech. “And DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class.”
It’s copied nearly word-for-word from the first sentence of Wikipedia’s Gattaca plot summary: “In the not-too-distant future, liberal eugenics is common and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class.”
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There’s nothing new about using social media to make a political statement — but that doesn’t mean celebs have stopped having fun with it.
The latest trend on Instagram has celebrities posing while holding up the phrase #GetCovered to support the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare. Vampire Diaries leading lady Nina Dobrev, however, decided to take the whole political selfie thing one step further. This yoga-lover (who’s no stranger to showing off her ridiculous figure on Twitter) shows her support for coverage by stripping down. It’s a topless political statement — which is the best kind, really.