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    Sadly Jay-Z and Beyoncé couldn't help her take Florida, PA, or MI...


    Nov. 9, 2016, 9:15 a.m.

    The day after: Clinton's biggest celebrity supporters respond to Trump victory

    Dave Lewis ltf

    Lady Gaga sits in her car after staging a protest against Donald Trump outside Trump Tower. (Dominick Reuter / AFP/Getty Images)
    Lady Gaga sits in her car after staging a protest against Donald Trump outside Trump Tower. (Dominick Reuter / AFP/Getty Images)

    They were the most vocal of Hillary Clinton's celebrity supporters, but on the morning after Trump triumphed at the polls, stars such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Madonna and others have to face the music.

    With the election coming down to the wire over the past few days, the Democratic nominee had assembled a dream team of celebrities who backed her in a final push that included musical performances, live appearances and a flurry of social media posts.

    Today, many of them returned to social media with a much different message. After some initial shock and sadness, some saw it as a reason to rise up, illustrated by Gaga's impromptu late-night protest outside Trump Tower in New York.

    Others, including Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé and Jay Z have so far kept silent. Meanwhile, "Girls" star Lena Dunham's last message was still hopeful, but she has yet to respond to the final results.

    We believe

    A video posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Nov 8, 2016 at 7:55pm PST


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    Nov. 13, 2016, 9:18 p.m.

    Jackie Chan, Anne V. Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman are awarded honorary Oscars

    Josh Rottenberg
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    Actor Jackie Chan accepts his Oscar during the Governors Awards. (Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images)
    Actor Jackie Chan accepts his Oscar during the Governors Awards. (Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images)

    Months after weathering the tumultuous #OscarsSoWhite controversy — and just days after an earth-shaking and deeply divisive presidential election — Hollywood insiders largely set aside politics Saturday evening at the motion picture academy’s eighth Governors Awards to pay tribute to four very different talents: editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman and action-comedy star Jackie Chan.

    A chance to honor filmmaking luminaries for their lifetime contributions to the art form and a key early stop on the awards-season campaign circuit, the ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in the Hollywood & Highland Center brought together many of the industry’s biggest power players as well as actors and filmmakers looking to gain traction in this year’s Oscar race.

    Despite controversies that have roiled the industry and the country at large over the last year and red-carpet questions about Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency, the mood at the nontelevised ceremony was generally relaxed and upbeat.

    After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, breaking so many bones, finally this is mine.

    — Jackie Chan

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    Nov. 13, 2016, 6:04 p.m.

    Trump supporters target 'Silicon Valley' actors in a Silver Lake bar

    Jevon Phillips
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    Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch in a scene from "Silicon Valley." (Jaimie Trueblood / HBO)
    Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch in a scene from "Silicon Valley." (Jaimie Trueblood / HBO)

    Actors Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch, both of HBO's "Silicon Valley," were confronted by a few emboldened supporters of President-elect Donald Trump while hanging out in a local bar.

    The group does seem to be asserting themselves more, even amidst national and local protests, and even in a generally liberal area like L.A's gentrified Silver Lake area.

    Nanjiani chronicled the event through a series of tweets, with some compiled below.

    Dave Chappelle Defends Trump, Rips Clinton: ‘She’s Not Right and We All Know It’

    Comedian shocks NY crowd at surprise gig by devoting much of his show to slamming the Democratic presidential nominee

    By Jackie Danicki • 11/05/16 11:36am

    Dave Chappelle speaks on stage as RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Art For Life sponsored by Bombay Sapphire Gin at Fairview Farms on July 18, 2015 in Water Mill, New York.
    Dave Chappelle. Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images

    Comedian Dave Chappelle has been prepping for his November 12 hosting slot on Saturday Night Live with a series of surprise shows at The Cutting Room in New York. On Friday night, he shocked the crowd with a 60-minute set largely devoted to slamming Hillary Clinton.

    He was particularly agitated about what he believes was Clinton’s role in leaking a surreptitiously recorded conversation between Republican nominee Donald J. Trump and TV personality Billy Bush. “What I heard on that tape was gross,” Chappelle said. “But the way I got to hear it was even more gross. You know that came directly from Hillary.” He stated this had put him off a candidate he had already known was “not right.” He likened voting for her to a hypothetical situation of actress Halle Berry breaking wind in his face during sexual relations. “I’m still going to go for it,” he said. “But I wish she hadn’t done that thing.”

    Chappelle further shocked the New York crowd by defending Trump. He took issue with the media stating as fact that Trump had admitted committing sexual assault in the recorded conversation. “Sexual assault? It wasn’t. He said, ‘And when you’re a star, they let you do it.’ That phrase implies consent. I just don’t like the way the media twisted that whole thing. Nobody questioned it.”

    The comedian stated that Trump’s resilience in the face of the leak had impressed him. Comparing Trump to The Terminator, Chappelle said, “That would have devastated anybody else.” Chappelle added that Trump’s handling of the debate immediately following the controversy had won him over. Referring to Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz’s hostile questioning, he said, “Something about this was backward. A gay white man and a white woman asking a multi-billionaire how he knows the system is rigged and insisting it’s not. Does that sound right to you? It didn’t seem right to me. And here’s how you know Trump is the most gangsta candidate ever. They asked him how he knows the system is rigged and he said, ‘Because I take advantage of it.’ He may as well have flashed his membership card for the Illuminati right then.”

    Noting that he voted early in rural Yellow Springs, Ohio before heading to New York, Chappelle said he “didn’t feel good” about voting for Clinton. “She’s going to be on a coin someday. And her behavior has not been coin-worthy,” he said. “She’s not right and we all know she’s not right.”

    Chappelle noted that he’d been present at a late October going-away party at the White House, sponsored by BET. “Everyone there was black – everyone except Bradley Cooper,” he said. Chappelle listed attendees including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer, singer Usher, DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile, and DJ D-Nice, who performed at the hush-hush soiree. He claimed that, at the end of the night, he grabbed the mic and waxed lyrical about Frederick Douglass, concluding that even though the current election has been “gross,” he still loves the United States of America.

    The comedian wasn’t feeling so much love for women’s rights, gay rights, and transgender rights activists, saying, “They should not be having that conversation in front of black people. You go ahead and feel something about your rights. But if you’re putting sexism and homophobia and transphobia in front of racism, you should be ashamed of yourself.” Chappelle still slammed North Carolina legislation stating that transgender people must use the public restroom that aligns with the sex stated on their respective birth certificates. “If you need to show your birth certificate to take a dump at a Wal-Mart in North Carolina, that’s insane.” Chappelle noted he would rather not have “a woman with a dick” stand next to him at a urinal. He also said he wasn’t happy about rumors that Caitlyn Jenner would pose nude for Sports Illustrated. “Sometimes I just want to read some stats.”

    Chappelle is slated to host SNL on November 12, but said, “You know there’s a pool going on whether or not I show up. I got $100,000 that says I won’t.”
    To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway

  • #2
    And boring late night hosts didn't see this coming

    John Oliver: Donald Trump “Is Not Normal”

    by Lisa de Moraes

    November 14, 2016 5:44am


    UPDATED with video: John Oliver devoted the entirety of his final Last Week Tonight of 2016 to the just-concluded presidential election.


    Donald Trump

    “Turns out instead of showing our daughters that they could some day be president, America proved that no grandpa is too racist to become leader of the free world,” Oliver noted.

    Among the things Oliver suggested we be horrified about:
    •Donald Trump will soon have access to the nuclear codes.
    •Our future president was supported by a Grand Wizard of the Klan and 60 million people voted for him despite that.
    •“Oh shit, the Supreme Court”
    •He’s advocated bombing civilians, looting oil, waterboarding, and will be in charge of the military

    Donald Trump will be president, and respecting democracy means accepting that, Oliver acknowledged. But some journalists have been taking that sentiment “a little too far,” he warned, queuing up clips of Don Lemon and others saying we need to give Trump a chance to govern because if he succeeds we all succeed.

    “Optimism is nice if you can swing it, but you’ve got to be careful, because it can feed into the normalization of Donald Trump, and he’s not normal,” Oliver warned. “He’s abnormal. He’s a human What Is Wrong With This Picture… So giving him a chance, in the sense of not speaking out immediately against policies he has proposed, is dangerous. Because some of them are alarming.

    Oliver ticked off some of his campaign vows, calling it “the To Do list on Satan’s refrigerator.”

    “Some argue he might not have meant all those things,” the late night host said. “That leaves us with two bad options: Either we just elected a president who didn’t mean a single word he said, or we elected one who did.”

    Problem is, it’s impossible to know which one is true, Oliver said, citing Trump’s 60 Minutes interview that had run earlier same evening, in which he walked back several of his campaign promises that had played well with his supporters. Among them, his vow to kill Obamacare, and to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton with a view toward tossing her into the hoosegow.

    “Don’t get complacent…He might change his mind on that again,” Oliver cautioned “Trump is like a Magic 8 Ball; every time you shake him gives you a different answer.

    Trump’s election begs the question how the media, which is “supposed to catch a serial liar, failed,” Oliver said.

    Some blame lies with the mainstream media, who waited far too long to take Trump seriously, giving him billions of dollars worth of free media, the late night host said, running that clip of CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker admitting his cable news net aired too many of Trump’s campaign rallies in their entirety.

    More problematic: many Americans now get information from micro-targeted media, where fake facts circulate. This “cesspool of nonsense would be a problem anyway, were it not that one of the people in thrall to it is our future president,” Oliver said. The real estate magnate turned reality-TV star is the first major political candidate “to harness and fully legitimize weird conspiracy bullshit clickbait.” Ted Cruz got it right, Oliver said, when he called Trump “a pathological liar who doesn’t know the difference between the truth and lies.”

    Keep reminding yourself this is not normal, Oliver said. Clarifying, he continued: “a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll will deliver the next State of the Union Address, and that is not normal.”

    Oliver ended his final show of the year with a look at how “uncommonly shitty” was 2016, including contributions from Amy Schumer, Larry Wilmore, Kathy Griffin, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Larry David, Billy Eichner, and Jeffrey Tambor, among others.

    And then, Oliver blew up the year.

    Need to ban those fake facts.

    Samantha Bee: Donald Trump Win Not Motherlode For Late Night Comedy

    by Lisa de Moraes

    November 10, 2016 7:34am

    “Don’t even think of writing something stupid like ‘What a lucky break a Trump presidency is for comedians, the jokes just write themselves’,” Samantha Bee warned journalists and bloggers on Full Frontal’s special post-Election Night show. (Too late – though, to be fair, some of her late-night colleagues already had suggested same during the race, back when that seemed funny.)

    “This isn’t good for anyone. Our democracy just hoiked up a marmalade hairball with the whole world watching,” Bee blasted. “What we did was the democratic equivalent of installing an above ground pool. Even if we’re lucky and it doesn’t seep into our foundation, our neighbors will never look at us the same way again.”

    “Once you dust for fingerprints it’s pretty clear who ruined America,” she said, fingering white voters. “I guess ruining Brooklyn was just a dry run.”

    “Caucasian Nation showed up in droves to vote for Trump…White people this is the worst thing we’ve ever done..and don’t try to distance yourself from the bad apples and say it’s not my fault I didn’t vote for him #notallwhitepeople. If Muslims have to take responsibility for every member of their community, so do we.”

    A reported 63% of white men said, “if I can’t be in charge burn it down, which surprised exactly no one,” Bee observed. “And a majority of white women faced with the historic choice between the first female president and a vial of weapon-ized testosterone said, ‘I’ll take option B; I just don’t like her’.”

    “I’d also like to congratulate the patriot in a pickup truck who escorted one of my staffers on his way to work this morning shouting, ‘Payback for Obama time! No more socialist Muslim!’”
    Last edited by troung; 14 Nov 16,, 15:24.
    To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway