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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.

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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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