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Jake Gyllenhaal talks about the importance of male vulnerability & male friendships
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Jake Gyllenhaal talks about the importance of male vulnerability & male friendships
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Winona Ryder: A studio head once said I looked 'too Jewish' to play a blue-blood
Added 4 years agoSource: CeleBitchy
Winona Ryder: A studio head once said I looked 'too Jewish' to play a blue-blood
Winona Ryder has a newish interview in the Sunday Times and some of the stories she told are getting a lot of attention. What?s weird about the one story the thing about Mel Gibson being a rampant and casual anti-Semite is that I?m pretty positive she?s told the story several times in interviews over the years. I even looked it up to see if I had ever covered her talking about Gibson, and here we go in her 2010 GQ interview, she told the same story about Mel Gibson. Maybe this is her ?once a decade? reminder that Mel Gibson has always been a homophobic, racist, anti-Semitic pig. If she really plans that out for ?once every ten years, I?m going to remind people that Mel Gibson sucks,? then good for her. I love her even more. She also has a story about Francis Ford Coppola being an ahole, which I think is new! Some highlights:

On being Jewish in Hollywood and experiencing Antisemitism: ?I have? in interesting ways. There are times when people have said, ?Wait, you?re Jewish? But you?re so pretty!? There was a movie that I was up for a long time ago, it was a period piece, and the studio head, who was Jewish, said I looked ?too Jewish? to be in a blue-blooded family.?

The Mel Gibson story: ?We were at a crowded party with one of my good friends, and Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we?re all talking and he said to my friend, who?s gay, ?Oh wait, am I gonna get AIDS?? And then something came up about Jews, and he said, ?You?re not an oven dodger, are you?? She added that Gibson ?tried? to apologise at a later date.

She?s not religious but she identifies: ?Not religious, but I do identify. It?s a hard thing for me to talk about because I had family who died in the camps, so I?ve always been fascinated with that time.?

Filming Dracula: Ryder said that, during filming of a scene involving Gary Oldman?s Dracula transforming into a pile of rats, Coppola stood off camera repeatedly shouting ?You whore!? in order to get her to believably cry. Coppola also attempted to get the film?s male cast to join in, too. ?To put it in context I?m supposed to be crying. Literally, Richard E Grant, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu ? Francis was trying to get all of them to yell things that would make me cry. But Keanu wouldn?t, Anthony wouldn?t ? It just didn?t work. I was, like, really? It kind of did the opposite.? Ryder said that she and Coppola are ?good now?, but that the experience sparked a long-time friendship with Reeves.

Working with Keanu on 2018?s Destination Wedding. ?It got the worst reviews. That movie, for some reason, every reviewer was like, ?This is the worst movie in the world,? and it was really rough.?

[From The Independent & NME]

I really liked Destination Wedding! It was different than what I thought it would be and it was more dialogue-heavy and darker than I was expecting, but it wasn?t bad at all. As for her stories? Mel Gibson remains trash and I hope she continues to tell that awful story as often as she wants. Francis Ford Coppola and the men of Dracula? lord, what an awful story. At least Keanu was always lovely.

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Tina Fey got the '30 Rock' blackface episodes pulled from circulation
Added 4 years agoSource: CeleBitchy
Tina Fey got the '30 Rock' blackface episodes pulled from circulation
There is no nuance on the internet, and intention and context are often the enemies of cancel culture! I can?t believe I just wrote that, but here we are. I am an unapologetic 30 Rock stan. There are so many jokes on that show which hold up, and there are so many episodes and storylines which are still the funniest pieces of art ever on television. Was every episode, every storyline, every joke a home-run? Of course not. But it was a good show and, like, 80% of it holds up. In four episodes of 30 Rock, white characters are seen in blackface. Does it matter that the context for the?blackface? instances was the fact that blackface is and was extremely racist and inappropriate and horrible? Like, that was the joke that Jenna Maroney is tone-deaf and she thought it would be a good way to win an argument. Or that NBC is so racist, they would hire white actors to play black characters. Those were the context of the jokes they weren?t punching down, they were punching up on clueless white people and corporations.

Instead of waiting for a national Twitter movement to ?cancel? the show, Tina Fey has tried to get ahead of the issue and she?s asked those episodes to be removed from circulation:

?30 Rock? creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, along with the show?s owner NBCUniversal, have asked that four episodes of the series in which characters appear in blackface be removed from streaming and syndication. In a note obtained by Variety, Fey wrote to the platforms saying that the episodes are ?best taken out of circulation? and apologizing ?for pain they have caused.?

?As we strive to do the work and do better in regards to race in America, we believe that these episodes featuring actors in race-changing makeup are best taken out of circulation. I understand now that ?intent? is not a free pass for white people to use these images. I apologize for pain they have caused. Going forward, no comedy-loving kid needs to stumble on these tropes and be stung by their ugliness. I thank NBCUniversal for honoring this request,? Fey wrote.

All of the episodes will be removed by the end of this week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, while some have already been removed from Amazon and Hulu. The episodes will no longer air as reruns on television, and viewers will also no longer be able to purchase the episodes from on iTunes and Google Play.

The episodes in question are ?Believe In The Stars? (season 3, episode 2) and ?Christmas Attack Zone? (season 5, episode 10), both of which featured Jane Krakowski?s character Jenna in blackface, as well as ?Live from Studio 6H? (season 6, episode 19), which featured Jon Hamm in blackface as part of an ?Amos ?n? Andy? parody, and the East Coast version of ?The Live Show? (season 5, episode 4).

[From Variety]

I think this was a good call, in general. I think that even if the context of the comedy was punching up on white devils (as Tracy Jordan would say), it?s good to acknowledge that blackface is still a tremendously hurtful and gross thing, and that everyone can do better. Tina Fey has definitely had racial blindspots before, as have so many others (that being said, she wasn?t sitting in the 30 Rock writers? room all by herself).

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