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Hillary Clinton Ignored Warnings of Harvey Weinstein’s Misdeeds

Hillary Clinton knew about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct when she accepted his donations to her campaign. Lena Dunham, Tina Brown, and Linda Bloodworth-Thompson all warned the Clinton campaign about associating with Weinstein.

Lena Dunham recalls telling Hillary’s deputy communications director, “I just want you to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist and this is going to come out at some point. I think it’s a really bad idea for him to host fund-raisers and be involved because it’s an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault.”

In addition, Hollywood insider Linda Bloodworth-Thompson warned 3 top Democrats not to let Weinstein affiliate with the campaign. Bloodworth-Thompson has been friends with the Clintons since the 1980s. Bloodworth-Thompson even helped Bill Clinton write his public apology for lying about the Lewinsky scandal. She knows, perhaps better than anyone, the deeply damaging ramifications of a powerful man’s sexual misconduct.

Despite the warnings, the Clinton campaign embraced Weinstein. He hosted two fundraisers for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election cycle. The second event, held in June, raised $1.8 million for the campaign. Weinstein also donated to the Clinton Foundation. Tax filings report that he donated somewhere between $100,000 and $250,000 to the organization.

Clintonian Hypocrisy

While Hillary took Weinstein’s campaign cash, she campaigned on being an advocate for women. On November 22nd, 2015, she tweeted, “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.”

This begs the question, what about Harvey Weinstein’s victims? Do they not count as survivors of sexual assault? The Clinton Foundation announced it would not return the donation from Weinstein. Hillary personally stated that she would donate the campaign money to charity at the end of the year.

 

 

Jimmy Kimmel and Roy Moore Face Off in Spat

The Twitter war between Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is reaching the level of ridiculous, as both men are taking turns insulting and poking each other, with Kimmel finally saying “If you’re challenging me to a fight…I accept.”

It all started last week when Kimmel sent a writer from his late night show to a church in Alabama, where Moore was giving a speech. As a protestor tried to heckle the judge, Kimmel’s writer, pretending to be a supporter, stood up and yelled statements like “That’s a man’s man! Does that look like the face of someone who hits on teenage girls?” The comedic writer was escorted out, and Moore took to Twitter to respond to the heckling.

“If you want to mock our Christian values,” Moore tweeted to Kimmel, “come down here to Alabama and do it man to man.”

Kimmel wasted no time in responding. “Sounds great, Roy,” Kimmel wrote, “let me know when you get some Christian values and I’ll be there!” The host added another answer a bit later, telling Moore he would be “leaving my daughters at home” and telling the judge to “wear that cute little leather vest.”

It only escalated from there, with Kimmel frequently using his show’s opening monologue to ridicule and mock the Alabama judge. Moore responded with invitations for Kimmel to attend his church in the southern state, saying he would save the host a seat “on the front pew.”

Finally, Kimmel’s mocking reached epic proportions when he announced to Moore that if the judge’s invitation included a fistfight, Kimmel was fine with participating.

“The bottom line is this,” said the host. “I accept the invitation. I will come down there.”

Melania Trump Unveils White House Christmas Decorations

All images in this post are credited to SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images.

First Lady Melania Trump has debuted the 2017 White House Christmas decorations. Over the past few weeks, staff and volunteers have transformed 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue into a Winter Wonderland. Melania selected this year’s theme, “Time-Honored Traditions,” to celebrate the season with classic style.

Decorators brought in 53 Christmas trees to the White House this year, and stationed many of them in the Grand Foyer. They’re draped in “faux snow” and lights. Decorating the trees takes time and patience. The White House used over 18,000 lights to create this year’s display.

At the unveiling of the Christmas decorations, ballerinas performed scenes from The Nutcracker.

This White House is really a gingerbread house! Bakers created this showpiece with great attention to detail. They molded everything – including the intricate lower windows and top railing – to match the real building exactly. The house weighs 350 pounds and is on display in the State Dining Room.

 

A group of lucky kids from local schools were invited to the White House to enjoy the decorations, while adding their own special touches. Here, Melania greets children and helps them craft a garland.

When she entered the room, the kids reacted adorably. One asked “Are you the First Lady?” Another told a friend, “She looks like an angel!”

Additional decorations include intricate nativity scenes, and a major hallway in the East Wing made to look like a winter forest. 

 

In contrast to the bright white trees, the China Room stands apart for its poinsettia theme. The red and gold place settings contribute to the room’s rich colors.

Even the entrances to the White House got spruced up for the season. Over 3,100 yards of garland were used to decorate the nation’s most famous house.

What do you think of the 2017 Christmas White House?

Let’s Talk Turkey: 12 Facts You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

From all of us at StandUnited, we wish you a joyful Thanksgiving holiday with much to be thankful for! Here are some interesting facts about the holiday:

  1. Who’s hungry? Americans eat 535 million pounds of turkey each Thanksgiving.
  2. Sarah Josepha Hale, a prominent writer and editor, wrote to Abraham Lincoln to ask him to declare a holiday of Thanksgiving. Hale’s other contribution to America? Writing the nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
  3. If you’re traveling (or hosting travelers) for the holiday, here’s a fact for you: The average Thanksgiving traveler will go 214 miles from home base to saying grace.
  4. The Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions always play on Thanksgiving Day.
  5. George Washington first declared a Thanksgiving holiday, but he never made it part of the annual calendar; the president would have to re-declare Thanksgiving each year. Thomas Jefferson refused to do so during his presidency.
  6. A dedicated team of designers work on every balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. These year-round balloon designers call themselves “balloonatics.”
  7. Tryptophan slowing you down? Not so fast. Turkey actually contains less tryptophan than chicken. Post-meal sluggishness on Thanksgiving is usually caused by the size of the meal!
  8. The tradition of the president pardoning a turkey is thought to have started with Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s son, Tad, asked his father to let his pet turkey live. Lincoln obliged, and the incident became part of national lore. George H.W. Bush was the first president to officially pardon a turkey.
  9. The first Thanksgiving involved shellfish, berries, squash, and venison…very different from the meal we know today. The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans also probably dined on duck, goose, peas, and lobster. Their celebration lasted three days.
  10. Two states are home to towns named “Turkey.” Hello to the residents of Turkey, Texas, and Turkey, North Carolina!
  11. An American territory celebrates Thanksgiving twice in some years. The U.S. Virgin Islands celebrates American Thanksgiving, plus an extra Hurricane Thanksgiving Day on October 19th. However, islanders only celebrate Hurricane Thanksgiving on years where there have been no damaging hurricanes in the Caribbean.
  12. A balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade doesn’t come cheap. A brand new balloon will cost the sponsoring company $190,000 to create, and then $90,000 every year after that. Parade planners test the balloons in indoor and outdoor conditions to make sure they can withstand the elements.

Weinstein, Spacey…Alan and Polanski? High Profile Creeps Rattle Hollywood

When several women exposed Harvey Weinstein as a serial harasser and assault perpetrator, they shed light on Hollywood’s dark secret. Many of Tinseltown’s most famous and powerful men used their status to facilitate a string of sexual harassment and abuse. The Weinstein accusations burst open a dam, and terrible reports of sexual assault by the rich and famous are now spilling out en masse.

While many of these crimes happened too long ago to prosecute, the situation underlines an inconvenient truth about Hollywood. Many actors, directors, and film industry titans have created a culture where harassment and assault are considered the price of fame.

The Academy Takes Note

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently revoked Weinstein’s membership, citing his sexual abuse as reason. It has only ever revoked one other person’s membership, on the grounds that he shared movie reels with a film pirate. Their action against Weinstein may hint at more membership revocations to come. If the Academy punishes only Weinstein, their stand against sexual assault will look flimsy. As accusations emerge, many wonder if the Academy might also kick out Hollywood’s other known creeps.

Hollywood’s Serial Abusers

Kevin Spacey offered a non-apology to an actor who says Spacey almost raped him when he was 14. A day later, Netflix cancelled Spacey’s hit show “House of Cards.” Two more men have now come forward to say Spacey assaulted them, too.

Director Roman Polanski continues to direct films even though he fled the country in 1977. Polanski fled in fear after admitting, via plea bargain, that he abused a 13 year old girl.He likely preyed on more than one child. This year alone, two more women have claimed Polanski assaulted them as children.

Actor and filmmaker Woody Allen has a long history of sexual abuse allegations as well. Esquire even published an article showing an extensive list of references to molestation and child sexual abuse in his movies. Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan, has spoken extensively about the abuse she suffered at his hands. Though a court never convicted Allen, many suspect that he

It’s time that Hollywood starts cleaning house. It’s time to get rid of the pedophiles and sex offenders in the entertainment industry.

Formerly Anti-Trump Celeb Now Backs The President

Bryan Cranston has harsh words for anyone who wants to see Trump fail. Now that Trump’s first term has begun, the Breaking Bad star is rallying behind the President.

While some people want to see the Trump presidency crumble, Cranston realizes that any failed presidency is bad for America. Earlier this week, he shared his views with The Hollywood Reporter.

Cranston says, “I want [Trump] to succeed…I honestly do.” He continued, “If [Trump] fails, the country is in jeopardy. It would be egotistical for anyone to say, “I hope he fails.” To that person I would say, f*** you. Why would you want that? So you can be right?”

Changing Tune

This marks quite a change of tune for the Hollywood star, who opposed Trump during the election. In 2016, Cranston joked about moving to Alaska should Trump win the presidency. The legendary actor maintains that he never wanted Trump to become President.

Now that Trump is President, Cranston thinks not in terms of political parties, but of solutions for our nation’s challenges. He says, “If you’ve got a good idea that helps the country, oh man, I’m gonna support you. I don’t care if you’re a Republican and I’m a Democrat or whatever, I don’t care. A good idea’s a good idea.”

In such a famously liberal industry as Hollywood, this actor stands out as someone who rises above partisanship. Cranston is now promoting his new film about Vietnam War veterans, titled Last Flag Flying. 

Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood Producer and Democrat Mega-Donor, Accused of Sexual Harassment

Harvey Weinstein paid settlements to 8 women who he sexually harassed, according to a bombshell report. The New York Times published evidence that Weinstein made unwelcome advances to actresses hoping to land big roles and female subordinates at his company. Weinstein once invited a young Ashley Judd for a breakfast meeting, which she was shocked to discover was not at the hotel’s restaurant, but in his private suite.

Hollywood Liaisons

Weinstein would lure these women with promises of advancing their careers. (Six of his films have won Best Picture at the Oscars.) Instead of working with them professionally, he would attempt to trade professional favors for sexual ones. Women who worked at Miramax or the Weinstein Company were expected to visit Weinstein in his hotel rooms. Some former employees report that Weinstein may have been using them to scout for young actresses who would be vulnerable to his advances.

Political Ties

Throughout his decades in Hollywood, Weinstein donated to the campaigns of 48 Democrats. He held high-dollar fundraisers for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He even made time during this year’s Sundance Film Festival to attend Park Slope’s Women’s March.

Several current members of Congress have benefited from Weinstein’s donations. Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Corey Booker, and Dianne Feinstein have all received campaign dollars from the movie mogul.

We are looking for a StandUnited user, or “Standvocate,” to petition these members of Congress to return Weinstein’s donations. If you want to be the first to take a stand and make an impact, click here to start your petition. We’ll update this post with a link to the petition after you create it!

Celebrity Chef Says He’d Poison President Trump

They say “revenge is a dish best served cold,” but celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain said he might cook up something special for President Trump. Bourdain hosts “Parts Unknown,” a popular food and travel show on CNN.

TMZ asked the legendary chef what he might serve if asked to cater a meeting between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Bourdain replied, “hemlock.”

Ancient Poison

Hemlock is a poisonous plant. Its leaves can be lethal when ingested, even in small quantities. Past societies have used hemlock as a method of execution. The Greek philosopher Socrates died by drinking hemlock tea.

Bourdain’s dish of choice, hemlock, has no known antidote. After the video emerged, some onlookers defended Bourdain. He jokes often on his show, and has a wry sense of humor. Such a political joke, however, raised eyebrows even among his fans.

Bourdain Continues

When Fox News asked Bourdain about his comment, he joked that he meant to say “kale.” The chef’s sense of “humor” might land him in the hot seat. Bourdain is a lifelong New Yorker who has criticized Trump in the past. Bourdain, an outspoken Democrat, lamented Trump’s rise to power.

He blamed liberal elites during his book tour in late 2016:

“I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America. There are a hell of a lot of nice people out there, who are doing what everyone else in this world is trying to do: the best they can to get by, and take care of themselves and the people they love. When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good.”

In commenting about poisoning the President, Bourdain seems to have forgotten his own advice.

 

Pop of Culture: Robert Lee Swapped from ESPN Broadcast

ESPN commentator Robert Lee won’t be calling the University of Virginia football game this weekend. The network reassigned him to cover another game, citing concerns over his name’s similarity to Robert E. Lee.

The game will take place in Charlottesville, Virginia, not far from the site of the rally where a neo-Nazi murdered an innocent counter-protester earlier this month.

No one would confuse Robert Lee, young adult Asian-American, with Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general who would now be 210 years old. However, the sports network made the change to prevent any viewers from taking offense. ESPN claims that it worked with Lee on this issue, and that they arrived at the decision together.

The channel may have been weighing the risks of offending college students. If there is one sport that undergraduates love more than football, it might be hunting…for things to be offended about.

What, exactly, would be offending them? That “Robert” is a common first name, and “Lee” is a common last name, and occasionally they are combined in one full name? Sports fans are now questioning the network’s judgement. While we will never know what the fallout would have been had Lee called the game in Charlottesville, we are now seeing push-back from a country tired of political correctness.

ESPN accomplished one good thing for their Robert Lee. By pulling him from the game for political correctness, they made this junior sportscaster famous.

Pop of Culture: Lana Del Rey Slams Trump

American Singer Lana Del Rey used to weave American flag imagery through her concerts and music videos. Now, she’s ditching the red, white, and blue. In an interview with Pitchfork, the 32-year-old performer expressed concern with using the American flag now that Donald Trump is President. Ms. Del Rey indicated she feels uncomfortable and embarrassed to show the flag at her concerts because of how President Trump is viewed around the world.

“I definitely changed my videos on my tour videos. I’m not going to have the American Flag waving while I’m singing ‘Born to Die’. It’s not going to happen. I would rather have static.” She said. “I think it would be inappropriate to be in France with an American flag. It would feel weird to me now- it didn’t feel weird in 2013.”

She finishes off her interview by saying, “It’s more appropriate now than under the Obama Administration, where at least everyone I knew felt safe. We were on the up-and-up. Women started to feel unsafe under this administration instantly.”

Artistic Choice

The singer never elaborated on why she feels unsafe. Regardless, perhaps someone ought to tell her that the flag symbolizes our country – not the President. Her loathing of this President has tarnished her perception of our nation’s most cherished symbol.

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