U.K. Ad Highlighting Plight of Orangutans Is Deemed Too ‘Political’ to Air
The animated commercial for the food retailer Iceland, featuring a baby orangutan, noted that the palm oil industry contributed to the destruction of rain forests and habitats.
By Iliana Magra
(Nov. 14, 2018)
“There’s a Rang-tan in my bedroom, and I don’t know what to do,” the British actress Emma Thompson says, lending her voice to a young girl in an animated advertisement for Iceland, a food retailer in Britain.
It turns out the “Rang-tan” is a baby orangutan that has lost its mother and the rain forest it once called home, and that it no longer has a place to live.
The story line might seem harmless enough, but the commercial wasn’t cleared this week to air on British TV because it was deemed to violate laws against political advertising.
The decision ignited a firestorm on social media in Britain and led to a wildly popular petition demanding that it be overturned. And to many in the United States, where more than $3 billion was spent on political advertising for the recent midterm elections, the reaction was total bafflement.
Really, many wondered, can political advertising be banned?
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Fiercely Defends Black Female Journalists After Drumpf’s Outbursts
The CNN anchor stood up for White House reporters April Ryan, Abby Phillip and Yamiche Alcindor, and called for respect from the ‘so-called’ president.
The targets of ‘so-called’ President Trumpf’s worst outbursts this week were black female reporters, and CNN’s Brooke Baldwin has joined the numerous journalists eviscerating him for it.
On the air Friday, the CNN anchor defended the women the president berated.
They included White House correspondent April Ryan, whom Drumpf called “nasty” and “a loser”; Abby Phillip, who Drumpf said “asks a lot of stupid questions” after she asked him about the Russia investigation; and PBS News Hour’s Yamiche Alcindor, whom Drumpf called “racist” for asking him about nationalism.
The journalists later spoke out about being subjected to Drumpf’s insults.
Baldwin described the women as “consummate professionals.
“They can take these insults. They don’t need me sticking up for them,” Baldwin said. “But still, there is something so wrong with this. It is beyond disturbing. It is ugly, and I’m angry.”
Michael Bublé joined James Corden in the Carpool Karaoke lane to support a cause near and dear to his heart. First broadcast in the UK as part of a Stand Up to Cancer special, the Canadian crooner spoke to the Late Late Show host about his son Noah, who was previously diagnosed with cancer in 2016.
Bublé said that when they received the news about his son Noah’s cancer diagnosis in 2016, his “whole life ended.”
“It’s so hard to have to acknowledge it because it’s so painful to talk about,” he said.
Holding back tears, he talked about what his family went through and how all of them moved to California to get the best treatment for Noah, who has since been in remission.
“When this all started, I became the strength to somehow pull us and lift us and to be positive,” Buble told Corden.
“When they got the cancer out and the chemo was done and they said, ‘We did it, it’s good, he’s okay,’ I fell, I just fell. My wife picks me up now.”
Bublé encouraged viewers to contribute to Stand Up to Cancer before he and Corden ended the emotional Carpool Karaoke session with a stirring rendition of “Home.”
James Corden and Michael Bublé carpool through Los Angeles singing both Michael’s new music and his classic songs and have a emotional conversation about the devastation of a cancer diagnosis, and how you can help find a cure.
“I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don’t want virtue to exist anywhere.
I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.” ~George Orwell, 1984~
The entire White House press corps should walk out and stop indulging this bully By Jane Merrick
With the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, Drumpf gained a glimpse of what it’s like to lose some – albeit only some – power. And, when bullies think they’re losing control, they lash out in anger.
The President’s reaction to tough questions from CNN’s Jim Acosta about the Republican campaign and his immigration “invasion” rhetoric was classic bullying behavior: calling the chief White House correspondent a “rude, terrible person” shows how rattled Trump is about the results.
Just because the ‘so-called’ President’s outburst on Wednesday. November 6, was in keeping with his portrayal of the media as “enemies of the people” does not mean it should be tolerated.
~Drumpf slams CNN’s Jim Acosta in Explosive Press Briefing~
Watch the young woman and the placing of all hands!!
~~Published on Nov 8, 2018~~
Drumpf has banned a CNN reporter from the White House after a press conference clash, and accused him of “placing his hands” on a female intern. Tempers flared when the ‘so-called’ President refused to answer questions from CNN reporter Jim Acosta about the migrants heading for the US border .
Drumpf called him a “rude, terrible person” before Acosta was seen refusing to give his mic to a young woman.
Oprah Winfrey has lent her star power to Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat aiming to become America’s first black female governor in the midterm elections next week.
“I am here today because Stacey Abrams cares about the things that matter,” Winfrey told a cheering crowd at a Cobb County town hall, citing Abrams’ stance on environmental protection, healthcare and gun control.
Winfrey, who said she is a registered independent, has long championed Democratic Party causes and some fans earlier this year tried to encourage her to run against Drumpf in 2020.
She has said she does not want to run.
“I’m here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed and oppressed … I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain,” she told the audience, to cheers.
Abrams’ Republican rival, Brian Kemp, serves as Georgia secretary of state, a role in which he oversees state elections. Earlier this month, a coalition of state civil rights groups sued Kemp, accusing him of trying to depress minority voter turnout to improve his chances of winning.
She came to Georgia because she chose to, not because anyone paid her
She doesn’t plan on running for president
Voting is extremely important to her
‘For anybody here who has an ancestor who didn’t have the right to vote and you are choosing not to vote, wherever you are in this state, in this country, you are dishonoring your family, you are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy, their suffering and their dreams when you don’t vote,” Winfrey said, adding that the right to vote is like “the crown that we all get to wear.”
Oprah Winfrey speaks to a crowd during a town hall conversation for gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at the Cobb Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta, Ga., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Winfrey visited Georgia on Thursday to canvass neighborhoods in Metro Atlanta and show her support for gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. (Alyssa Pointer /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
MARIETTA, GA – NOVEMBER 01: Oprah Winfrey talks to an audience about the importance of voting and her support of Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams during a town hall style event at the Cobb Civic Center on November 1, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
~~Why Oprah votes … and Wants You To~~
~~Published on Nov 1, 2018~~
Oprah Winfrey campaigns with Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in Marietta, Georgia.
Streisand revealed that she’d failed her written driver’s test three times while attempting to get her license renewed
“I was so nervous, a little bit like I am now because I have you in the car,” she told Corden. She also said that she hasn’t been driving a lot lately because her mind “is twirling” and she recently found herself driving the wrong way on the highway. “This is not what I need to hear right now,” her fellow passenger jokes.
“I thought, ‘That’s it, I’m not driving anymore,'” she said, adding, “But you’re lucky.”
“If this is how I go out, I’ll take it,” Corden jokes. “Corden died at the hands of Barbra Streisand. ‘Is she OK?’ She’s fine, thank god.”
When asked about the current political climate and how she’s coping, Streisand explained that that’s why she created the album, which is fittingly titled Walls.
In a bind, James Corden calls on Barbra Streisand for a ride to work. In addition to singing her classics and music from her new album, “Walls,” Barbra demonstrates how she failed her driving test three times, and how she was able to get Apple’s Siri to pronounce her name correctly.
Ricky Martin shocked the audience with an unexpected visit to Ellen, and talked to her about JetBlue’s Check in For Good contest, what it’s like being married, and being nominated for an Emmy for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story“.
Plus, Ellen and her friends at Shutterfly also had a big surprise for Ricky so he can continue his efforts to help rebuild Puerto Rico.
~~Ricky Martin Makes a Surprise Visit ‘For Good’~~
~~Published on Oct 24, 2018~~
Ricky Martin shocked the audience with an unexpected visit to Ellen.
Michael Dameski is one of the four finalists competing to be crowned the season 2 winner of World of Dance. The 22-year-old Australian native has been a frontrunner from the start and continues to wow us all week after week.
So, who is Michael?
Here are the key facts you need to know about the World of Dance finalist!
1. Michael’s won So You Think You Can Dance! – Australian version 2014
2. He starred on Broadway! Michael’s breakthrough role was the title role of Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical.
3. Yes, he can sing, too! He showed off his vocals on Broadway for Billy Elliot the Musical.
4. Michael danced to an Ed Sheeran song in the finale! Michael has come up with an incredible concept. He dances to Ed’s “Dive”.
5. He entered his first dancing competition at just 6 years old. Without any formal dance training, young Michael played in the top 10 of the 2001 Australian Dance Idol program.