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Category: Entertainment

The Weekend of Anger is here

The Weekend of Anger has come.

As we mentioned last week, AT&T and Dish Network pulled numerous local television stations in more than 135 markets in just over 24 hours over what is known as retransmission fees.

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Dish Network pulls all Nexstar TV stations, including WJBF NewsChannel 6, from its lineups

Englewood, Colo. — For the second time in as many days, a fee fight claims local stations.

This time, the Nexstar television stations have been removed from Dish Network.

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AT&T pulls TEGNA TV stations, including WLTX, from DIRECTV

Dallas — As of 7:00 pm EDT, the television stations owned by TEGNA, including WLTX News 19, are no longer available on DIRECTV.

This removal, due to yet another fee fight, greatly affects Orangeburg County customers as their primary media market is the Columbia market (Augusta-Aiken is the county’s secondary media market).

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AT&T removes Hearst owned channels for the second time in four years

Dallas — For the second time in four years, Hearst and DirecTV are engulfed in a fee fight.

That’s resulted in Hearst-owned stations – including many local TV stations – being pulled by AT&T right before the Bachelor season premiere is scheduled to air. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharon Stone temporarily blocked from Bumble after dating site claimed her account was fake

Los Angeles — Sharon Stone, the star of Basic Instinct, was blocked temporarily by a women’s dating site called Bumble.

The site accused her of creating fake accounts.

Clare O’Connor, an editorial director at Bumble, replied to Ms. Stone.

The site then unblocked Ms. Stone.

Bumble is a dating site for women and women make the first move conversation-wise on the site.

Cardi B. robbing men is a problem and we are not here for your defense of her

As most of you know, we were shocked and then angered when it was revealed that Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B. robbed men.

In a post five years ago (?), she admitted to robbing men who showed up at a club scene she worked at. Read the rest of this entry »

In completely boneheaded decision, Disney chooses woman who sexually harassed bodyguard

New York City – Executives at Disney announced that Mariah Carey would be the featured guest on ABC’s New Years Rockin’ Eve show.

Someone at the corporation famous for Mickey Mouse had to be tone deaf to make this decision.

In mid-October, about a week and a half after Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a sexual predator, Ms. Carey was the first woman outed as a sexual harasser.

Ms. Carey’s former bodyguard said that she called him racist and sexist slurs, and she was around him only in her lingerie or bikini and she engaged in other inappropriate behavior in humiliating him. This is eerily similar to the allegations women have made against a lot of the men who have been outed as harassers – that men would be around in Speedos, briefs, or even in the bathtub naked around the women victims.

Ms. Carey is among three women who have been accused of sexual harassment. LeeAnn Tweeden, who brought Al Franken down from the US Senate, sexually harassed the now late Robin Williams. And just on Saturday, Lynn Weidner resigned from the Miss America pageant after she along with two men were accused of sexually harassing pageant participants, some of whom actually were crowned Miss America.

Here’s to hoping Disney reconsiders this boneheaded decision.

WJCL 22 in the Savannah-Hinesville-Hilton Head DMA among nearly 50 channels blacked out in AT&T-involved fee fights


Dallas — When the ball dropped on the West Coast to bring in 2017, so did the channels on the AT&T-owned DirecTV.

At 3:00 EDT Sunday, AT&T blacked out nearly 50 channels in various markets due to fee fights they had against Cox Media and Hearst.

Among the casualties was Savannah’s ABC affiliate, WJCL.

Here’s the statement on WJCL’s page:

DirecTV and Hearst Television have reached an impasse in negotiating a renewal retransmission consent agreement for the carriage of Hearst Television’s broadcast stations on DirecTV’s systems. We have made significant investments to deliver top tier programming to our viewers and DirecTV is seeking the right to carry our stations at below market rates, which is neither fair nor reasonable.

We regret the inconvenience DirecTV’s demands have caused its subscribers, and we will keep you fully informed of developments.

To be clear, we have not “blacked out” our station. You may continue to receive our station for free, over the air, or by other satellite distribution, and, where available, from cable operators.

You can determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of our station at

To contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unreasonable demands call DirecTV customer service at 1-800-531-5000.

Since this will not be settled by sundown, people in Bulloch, Hampton, Jenkins and Screven counties who rely on DirecTV will not be able to watch the season premier of the Bachelor tonight. And if this becomes a knockdown-dragout fight, they can forget about the winter premier of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday in Statesboro, Hampton, Millen and Sylvania, too.

Hope this gets settled soon.


Clemson alumna responds to #TrumpTapes: “The conversation has got to change because everyone deserves respect”

Los Angeles — While everyone back at her college was watching updates on Hurricane Matthew, Clemson alumna Nancy O’Dell spent the day of October 7 disgusted after a 2005 tape of her, former co-host Billy Bush, and GOP nominee Donald Trump was leaked by the Washington (DC) Post.

Shortly after Matthew made landfall in South Carolina, the (Columbia) State, the second-largest newspaper statewide, contacted Mrs. O’Dell, who graduated Summa Cum Laude at Clemson.

Mrs. O’Dell said in a statement she was “saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all,” adding “it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women.”

“The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling,” she said.

“Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender,” added Mrs. O’Dell. “As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better.”

On Monday on-air of Entertainment Tonight, the show she hosts, Mrs. O’Dell released a longer statement:

“Welcome, everybody. Well, before we get going tonight, I feel it’s very important that I address you all directly. As a journalist for 26 years now, it is my job to bring you news about others, rather than turning the focus on myself. But by now, I’m sure that most of you have heard the audio tape which became national news and part of the presidential race. My name was mentioned and, unfortunately, the release of it has thrown me into the middle of the political arena of which I didn’t ask to be a part.”

“I released a statement on Saturday and I truly mean what I said. There is no room for objectification of women, or anyone for that matter, not even in the ’locker room.’ The conversation has got to change because everybody deserves respect, no matter the gender or setting. And as a mom, I have to add that our kids, especially our young girls, need to know that their hard work, their achievements, their intelligence, their heart are most important, and those things will not go unnoticed.”

“I also want to take this time now to thank you, the viewers, who so graciously open your homes to Entertainment Tonight every night. I’ve been flooded with your messages from around the world, and I so appreciate all of your kind words. I have been reading as many as I can and they are completely renewing my faith that we all want a better and more inclusive society. So, once again, I thank you all for your support.”


Also, Planned Parenthood executive director of public affairs Vicki Ringer, of Lexington, reminded Trump supporters around the state of who Mrs. O’Dell is.


The State

Microsoft’s Deals Hub has a music deal with women artists only


Redmond, Wash. — If you are among those in the majority who stuck with Windows 10 Mobile, you may have noticed an awesome treat if you want to discover women musicians and make your music collection a little more Bechdel friendly.

For $6.99 each, which is the price of a ten-piece chicken at Kentucky Fried Chicken, you can purchase these following titles in the Windows Store from women musicians:

  • Beyoncé Knowles’s self-titled fifth album
  • M!ssundaztood by P!nk
  • This is What the Truth Feels Like by Gwen Stefani
  • Laundry Service by Shakira
  • The Emancipation of Mimi by Mariah Carey
  • In the Zone by Britney Spears
  • J. Lo by Jennifer Lopez
  • Confessions on a Dance Floor by Madonna
  • Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
  • Goodies by Ciara

So, if you lack women musicians on your Windows 10 Mobile phone, or on your IPad, IPod, Mac, MacBook, or Android tablet – get spending now!

You can download the Deals Hub on your Windows 10 Mobile phone here:

Deals Hub – Windows Apps on Microsoft Store

Joss Whedon #StandWithPP, but is still a SWERF


LOS ANGELES — Joss Whedon proclaimed his support for Planned Parenthood, and it’s something all of his true fans are proud of.

For me, that’s good that he Stands With Planned Parenthood, but that’s nowhere near good enough.

For starters, Mr. Whedon is a SWERF, or a sex work exclusionary radical feminist. That’s the main reason why I do not hold him in very high regard.

Next, the fact that he hasn’t been that enthusiastic of a trans ally.

That’s plenty of reason for me to continue to pass his work over and not watch.

But instead getting offended over his anti-sex work views, ignorant terrorist-sympathizing bigots who support the terrorists at the Center for Medical Progress – all of whom never were true fans of his work are offended that he opposes right-wing terrorism against Planned Parenthood.

These people who oppose Planned Parenthood need to get put in a cell.

Cosby interrupted by hecklers after sexual assault allegations

77-year-old predator called out during Atlanta show

ATLANTA — Bill Cosby’s Far From Finished tour may be over.

But, he’s far, far from finished with the sexual assault allegations.

“It beats me how you treat — the way you treat women!” screamed a woman at Mr. Cosby 40 minutes into his performance in Atlanta on Saturday.

Just over 24 hours earlier, two new women, one of which starred as a guest on his self-titled sitcom, the Cosby Show, accused the 77-year-old disgraced comedian of sexually assaulting them.

Kaya Thompson, who was among those protesting his appearance, talked to local media and to the Atlanta cable media.

She met Mr. Cosby in 1988, when she was an underaged model, she said.  He had been mentoring Ms. Thompson since 1987. In 1989, an unwanted sexual encounter with Mr. Cosby occurred at his New York City home, she said.  The age of consent in New York is 17, which is why Mr. Cosby is not being investigated for child rape.

“Even at 17, it was then very clear what was expected of me,” said Ms. Thompson, now nearly 43.  “I made a lot of excuses to get out of the house as quickly as I could, and I cried the whole way home.”

Ms. Thompson, whose account has previously been widely reported, was joined by her parents.

“We’re here primarily because Bill Cosby is a serial predator,” said her mother, Judy Thompson. “However, our tolerance of rape culture in this country is a bigger story.”

While Ms. Thompson was speaking to CNN, people who had attended the show shouted profane-laced obscenities at the protesters, telling them to go home. Read the rest of this entry »

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