The flow of hypocrisy and sheer nonsense out of the entertainment elites in this country never seems to stop. It’s gotten worse, in fact, the closer Donald J. Trump gets to taking office as our 45th president. While it’s hard to keep up with liberal entertainers’ craziness — we’re doing it for you.
From shrill political preaching to the way these people cheapen the culture, these folks don’t quit. Welcome to LifeZette’s sixth roundup of Hollywood ridiculousness.
Rappers T.I. and Snoop Dogg have a problem with black public figures who work with Trump.
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T.I. and Snoop Dogg have a serious problem with black public figures who are daring to work with Donald Trump. “I’m gonna tell all you celebrities — black, minority, all of you, athletes — there’s a strategic plan that people are trying to make you a part of. So do not accept any invitation to have any meeting no matter how positive you think the outcome may be,” rapper T.I. said in a series of videos posted to his Instagram account Tuesday.
So there’s some super-secret “strategic plan” at work here? Who does that plan benefit? Does it benefit struggling inner cities and communities — or self-serving celebrities?
T.I. even called out people by name — in case certain celebrities were wondering who “they” were. “Kanye [West], what the f*** you doing?” he said. “Steve [Harvey], you know way better than that. Jim Brown, really? Martin Luther King [III], it’s your g**damn daddy’s birthday, bro.”
In a message laced with unintended irony, Snoop Dogg also piled on the black artists who dared to agree to perform for the president-elect. “Which one of you jigaboo-a** n***** gonna be the first one to do it?” he said on a video posted online. There was more — but it’s far too vulgar and distasteful to be noted here.
Television host Steve Harvey, who had a meeting with Trump about helping inner cities, said on his radio show Monday that the backlash over his meeting and other meetings between black public figures and Trump was misguided. “Change can only happen when we sit at the table. If we sit at the table, then we can have a say as to what’s to be eaten on the menu,” said Harvey. “I have an obligation to take a seat at the table when invited.”
Chelsea Handler wrote in a Tuesday guest column for The Hollywood Reporter that Donald Trump was a “predator-in-chief.” Handler, who promised to flee the country if Trump won and then recanted when he actually won, wrote, “Let’s teach our Predator-In-Chief a lesson that he can’t do anything he wants, and that he can’t trample all over the rights of America’s 162 million women and girls.”
Handler is taking part in a women’s protest march in D.C., which will occur the day after the inauguration. “Women are under a right-wing political assault, and I intend to fight back with all my might against a Republican president, a Republican Congress, and the radical, religious right who are drooling to defund Planned Parenthood health services nationwide,” she wrote.
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While passion is always an admirable quality, Handler — like many of her liberal celebrity friends — has completely lost credibility at this point. In an interview this week with Variety, the comedian claimed it was OK that President Obama was never taken to task or held accountable for his eight years in office by comedians because “there was nothing to make fun of because he was so responsible and such a leader.” She also dared to claim the media were unfair to Hillary Clinton and that the blatantly corrupt politician was the most qualified person running in the election.
Handler has also shamed women who dared not to vote for Clinton. “Women have a problem supporting women,” Handler wrote shortly after the election on Thrive Global.
Lady Gaga now enters the picture. A source close to the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show told Entertainment Tonight that the performer has been told to not bring up politics — and especially Trump —in any way during her performance. Gaga was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton during the presidential race.
The NFL denied the rumor about barring any political-speak, but it would be no surprise if it were true. Is this the point we have reached — a point where celebrities will need it written into their contracts to not whine and scream about Trump and politics?
Joseph Gordon Levitt, Judd Apatow, and Jane Fonda (always reasonable) are now in the news. Why? Because while plenty of Trump protests are being headlined by celebrities, the strangest will be a “Love-a-Thon” event hosted on Facebook Live and meant to serve as counter-programming to Friday’s inauguration. It includes these four and others.
The fundraiser is for the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Earthjustice, an environmental group. A press release for the event said the fundraising was necessary because the next four years will bring “significant challenges” to the organizations. Fear-mongering a Trump presidency is nothing new for celebrities, but using it as a platform to beg for money is certainly.
Ryan Reynolds, the “Deadpool” actor and producer, hit a far more modest tone, at least compared to other stars, when talking about the president-elect in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. It was posted Tuesday.
“I am mildly terrified like a lot of people, but also equally mildly hopeful like a lot of people,” said Reynolds about Trump’s upcoming presidency. Reynolds is a Canadian, but lives in the U.S. He added, “He [Trump] doesn’t reflect my specific ideologies, but, you know, time will tell.” While hardly a ringing endorsement, it’s at least a more level-headed response to Trump’s presidency than we’ve seen from other left-leaning celebrities.
And now, to end things on a more positive note ...
Sam Moore, of the soul and R&B duo Sam & Dave, was announced as a performer at the Jan. 19 “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” inaugural event — and the singer shared some very positive words about the future of the country and the importance in working with a president, even when there are disagreements.
“We all as Americans need to unite behind our new president and give him a chance,” Moore said in a press release. “I was a participant in the civil rights movement and have seen many positive changes and advancement in my 81 years of living in this wonderful country, but I know we must all join hands and work together with our new president,” the Grammy-winning singer said.
T.I. and Snoop Dogg probably won’t be happy about the black musician’s involvement and performance, but Moore does not let anything from the Hollywood elite deter his hope for the future. “I am not going to let them, the left side, intimidate me from doing what I feel is the right thing to do for the country and that [presidential] seal,” the singer said, according to The Associated Press.
Hitting a positive tone that is entirely lacking in public words from celebrities and anti-Trump commentators, Moore said of the country: “The best is yet to come.”