“The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert suggested ending the right to self-defense during his Monday monologue, reacting to the verdict in the case of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two men and injured a third when he was attacked last year. “The big news on Friday was that after being accused of crossing state lines, killing two people and wounding another last year during a Black Lives Matter protest, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts,” the host said, according to Fox News. “Cards on the table, I am not a legal expert so I can’t tell you whether or not Kyle Rittenhouse broke the law,” Colbert continued. “But I can tell you this, if he didn’t break the law we should change the law.” As highlighted by Fox News, “Wisconsin law allows someone to use deadly force only if ‘necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm,’ which the jury found to be true in Rittenhouse’s case.” Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacted to Colbert’s monologue via social media on Tuesday, posting, “Rich Democrats believe you have no right to defend yourself from an angry mob.” “He was being violently attacked by three dangerous felons; a jury of his peers found that Kyle Rittenhouse acted in self-defense,” Cruz said.
Arts & Entertainment
British actress Helen Mirren, 76, is under fire on social media, as internet trolls attack her for portraying former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in a new film. “How sick (sic) making a biopic on criminal Golda Meir and yes no surprise Helen Mirren the racist is happy to portray the pure distorted version of a disgusting individual,” a tweet by a profile that described themselves as “Palestinian and proud” read. Another user wrote that “Helen Mirren doing a film about the first female prime minister of Israel is a slap in the face to all the people of Palestine, they are literally celebrating taking over Palestine and taking families out of their homes, murdering children, families! Tasteless film!” “Ugly zionists and Helen Mirren should lose her damehood for this. The double standards they say they stand for equality but don’t give a sh*t when it comes to human rights of Palestinians,” another profile tweeted. The British actress, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of another leading female figure, Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, and was awarded Damehood in 2003, is starring in a biopic about Israel’s only female Prime Minister, who served from 1969-1974. The first photos of her as Golda Meir were released last Wednesday.
We are often inclined to think the problems we face today are modern in origin. We believe that, within the last five to ten years, something drastic began to change. In many ways, that’s indeed true, for it’s evident that many aspects of American culture and traditional Western culture have begun to erode ever more rapidly in recent years. However, many of the social issues we are facing today have been rising incrementally for decades. Over two decades ago, in February 1999, the then-president of the National Rifle Association, famed actor Charlton Heston, gave a speech at the Harvard Law School Forum. His speech focused on the culture war within America and the entirety of the Western world. […] What is most interesting is how accurate and, indeed, prophetic Heston was as he spoke of America’s amoral slide. He addressed issues that still have currency: attacks on the traditional family, the promotion of homosexual rights, the birth of the transgender movement, the challenges to the Second Amendment, the war on the police, pop culture’s degradation, and the political left’s constant attack on the foundations of the American system of governance.
Climate-related content geared toward kids is on the rise. Big Blue is one case of kids programming gone green, as broadcasters around the world seek out children’s content that entertains while informing them — and their parents — about climate change. Fart jokes and climate consciousness are equally important parts of the package. “I thought kind of filling the space of hope was a fun, interesting way to approach the climate conversation,” Gariba said, as an antidote to what he calls “doom and gloom” coverage of the climate crisis. The intention of this kind of programming, experts say, is to keep the content age-appropriate without keeping kids in the dark. On the tails of the global climate conference COP26, where world leaders have been meeting to discuss rising emissions, environmental conservation and a united approach to fighting climate change, it’s no wonder kids are feeling the heat. A study conducted by Cartoon Network last summer found that 91 per cent of 4,000 children surveyed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa are worried about climate change.
As Hollywood considers new safety measures following the fatal shooting during filming of Western movie “Rust,” actor Alec Baldwin said on Monday he believed film and TV productions should hire police officers to monitor weapons on sets. Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Oct. 21 after being told the gun he was rehearsing with on the “Rust” set in New Mexico was “cold,” or safe to use, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities are trying to determine how a real bullet would wind up in the gun handed to Baldwin. Attorneys for the “Rust” armorer, who oversaw weapons on the set, said she believed she had loaded it with dummy rounds that were incapable of firing. Since the incident, producers and crew members have been weighing whether new steps should be taken to prevent a similar tragedy in the future. Baldwin said he believed productions should hire police to make sure guns used in filming are safe. “Every film/TV set that uses guns, fake or otherwise, should have a police officer on set, hired by the production, to specifically monitor weapons safety,” Baldwin posted on Twitter.
One of the film’s characters is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 1st openly gay superhero. Marvel Studios has just released Eternals, the first film in the company’s superhero franchise to feature a gay hero — and you’re forgiven if you’re feeling any déjà vu. Previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have featured “gay moments,” like Avengers: Endgame’s brief scene in which a non-superhero character, portrayed by director Joe Russo, describes a same-sex date. In other cases, characters are canonically LGBTQ+ in the comics (including Asgardian warrior Valkyrie) or in other Marvel properties outside of the realm of films (like Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, who hinted at his bisexuality in the eponymous Disney+ television series). In 2016, Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool winked and nudged at the character’s pansexuality — but that’s where it stopped. Marvel Studios has often shied away from portraying explicitly LGBTQ relationships in its cinematic universe, and its attempts at representation have often been criticized by fans as talking the talk without walking the walk. CBC News talked to three experts, who discussed whether Eternals signals a turning point for the mega-franchise and other superhero-focused companies.