Monthly Archives: February 2017

John Voight Accuses Shia LaBeouf and Miley Cyrus of ‘Teaching Treason’

Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight spoke to TMZ about the Women’s March that took place earlier this week.

 

Voight is an avid Trump supporter, and he made that abundantly clear in his comments on the march, saying “It’s been very serious and very destructive, this marching against the government and the president.”

 

The cameraman exercised his First Amendment rights to point out that this type of marching is protected under free speech, and Voight begrudgingly agreed. However, he also said “Young people are looking at them, and what are they teaching? They’re teaching treason,” referring specifically to public figures Shia LaBeouf and Miley Cyrus in his statement.

 

He also accuses them and public figures like them of teaching young people to not accept the will of the president and the government. He may be referring to LaBeouf’s video project “He Will Not Divide Us,” a livestream that started on inauguration day referring to now-President Donald Trump and his efforts to discriminate against certain communities such as women and Muslims. Cyrus was an outspoken participant in the Women’s March in Los Angeles, which was attended by more than 750,000 people and was held to stand up for womens’ rights.

 

Voight gave the opening speech at Trump’s inauguration in what couldn’t possibly be any more of an opposite event. LaBeouf and Cyrus have not yet responded to Voight’s comments.

Mahershala Ali Receives Oscar Nod

American Muslim actor Mahershala Ali has received an important Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film “Moonlight.”

 

This news brings a huge sigh of relief for much of the community after the absolute fiasco that was last year’s Oscars. For those who don’t remember, the domination of white actors nominated at last year’s Oscars spawned the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and drew a huge amount of backlash from the public. This year, they’ve responded by nominating the largest number of black actors in the history of the awards show.

 

Critics have responded to this by saying that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is merely trying to save face with this move and should be more concerned with the performances of the actors and not with the color of their skin. It is certainly true that there were some key snubs last year causing the trigger, but it is also possible that the Academy is trying to oversaturate the show with black nominations this year solely as an attempt to make up for last year.

 

Regardless of what’s going on behind the scenes, the nomination is a great one for both the black and Muslim communities, as he is the only Muslim American nominated this year.

 

In addition to his Oscar nomination, he was also nominated for an Emmy last year for his role in “House of Cards.” He also acted in “Hidden Figures,” a best picture nominee at this year’s Oscars.

 

The Oscars will be held on February 26.

 

Mary Tyler Moore Passes Away at Age 80

Classic TV icon Mary Tyler Moore has passed away on January 25 after being hospitalized in Connecticut.

 

It is unclear at this point what the exact cause of death is, but her rep stated she died in the company of her friends and husband of 33 years. Mary Tyler Moore had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 33 and became an outspoken advocate for those suffering with the illness. She has engaged in initiatives to research cures and even served as the chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She also appeared in several TV spots for the foundation over the years, effectively becoming the face of juvenile diabetes research.

 

Her disease seemed to get the better of her in recent years however. She had been suffering from near blindness up to the point of her death.

 

Moore got her start in the 1960s, rising to international stardom with her role in “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Her own sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” followed shortly after in the 1970s. The show received a lot of attention for being one of the first shows to feature an unmarried working girl as the title character. The show tackled a lot of women’s rights issues like equal pay for equal work and choosing to take birth control, issues that were even more controversial at that time.

 

Mary Tyler Moore is survived by her husband Robert Levine. Her son Richard passed away in 1980. She will be sorely missed.

 

Angela Merkel Publicly Admonishes Trump Administration’s “Alternative Facts”

In the precursor to a showdown that could be taking place daily on the world stage, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized U.S. president Donald Trump’s new administration’s loose grip on facts. In a recent speech to German lawmakers, she stated that people in the citizenry must be persuaded to a particular political cause by “facts and not fakes”. She went on to decry the current political mood in the world as a “crisis of reasoning” and stated unequivocally that she would not support the falsehoods being perpetuated by the members of the U.S. government.

 

Merkel, who stands at the helm of the strongest economy in Europe, is considered to be a very important counterweight in the western world to the rising power of Donald Trump. Germany, a country of 80 million that is currently struggling to lead Europe through the dual EU crises of national debts and immigration, has demonstrated that it will not bow so easily to the demands of President Trump. With its impressive manufacturing, banking and service base, the country stands as one of four or five in the world that can directly take on policies coming from the United States.

 

As the world figures out how to move forward in this new age of uncertainty, Merkel and her European brethren must present a united front — something they have often failed to do. If they cannot, it will be up to the powerful and forthright German Chancellor to lead her country and continent into the Trump age of global politics.