Welcome to this week’s edition of What’s Going On? — a completely biased take on the week’s biggest pop-culture stories, told through numbers, odds, and props because this is Vegas after all. Here I’ll fill you in on (my version of) the best and worst from all of your (my) favorite celebrities, musicians, and even politicians, plus a few stories that are just begging to be shared. This is the stuff the group chat will thank you for. Or, at the very least, not kick you out for.
The news is heavy these days, you guys. Even our “Best” pick of the week springs out of last week’s “Worst.” I mean, it really is worth being in the “Best” spot, don’t get me wrong; it’s just that it would be wonderful to read through my entertainment feeds and see things that carried a little less weight with them. The news elsewhere is heavy enough these days; I thought entertainment was where we came to escape? Anyways, this stuff is big and it is important, so we’re going to talk about it as long as it needs talking about — escapism is only good for a limited time, it seems.
Speaking of escapism, despite how I just made it sound, there is some good, old-fashioned celeb gossip in here, too! We’ve got Twitter trends, engagements, and TV shows to look out for. The sweet stuff, amirite?
The latest engagement Pres. Trump had the pleasure of speaking at was the Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club Meeting on Oct. 17th.
I should note here that I spent about five minutes trying to find a different word than “pleasure.” Unfortunately “pleasure” might actually be the most accurate way to describe Trump’s feelings about this one. When the President addressed the FRC summit earlier this month, he stated that he was “honored and thrilled…to address…so many friends,” pledging that “in a Trump administration, our heritage would be cherished, protected and defended like you have never seen before.” It is safe to assume his thoughts and feelings towards the Heritage Foundation are similar, if not exactly the same.
They — the Heritage Foundation — are aggressively anti-LGBTQ rights, lobbying against protections for LGBTQ workers and equal marriage. They have also been instrumental in providing the Trump administration with “sound policy and experts who now serve in key government positions.” Not exactly the greatest surprise of 2017, hey?
Unfortunately, we all knew President Trump’s connections, affiliations and leanings before he was ever elected, and, well, he was still elected. It should be an unacceptable distinction, to be the first sitting president to keynote a hate group’s rally, but somehow it is not. Like many aspects of the current presidency, it leaves one feeling baffled, saddened and as though a fire is burning deep within one’s belly.
It should also leave one feeling determined and ready to fight.
Odds President Trump is impeached by the end of his first term (2020): 5/4
It. Just. Keeps. Coming. We are so past permissible at this point, it’s easy to wonder why the impeachment process isn’t already on the go. It wouldn’t be easy, as it would take a majority in the House of Representatives first, and then a two-thirds majority in the Senate. However, his approval ratings keep slipping, and the Republican party is not going to want to go down with this ship.
Odds President Trump speaks at an “Alt-Right” convention next: 5/1
Let me be clear that when I say “Alt-Right” what I mean to say is white supremacists, and the chances are not nill.
Odds President Trump keynotes a Westboro Baptist Church rally: 20/1
Oddly enough, the Westboro Baptist Church actually protested at President Trump’s inauguration. It seems that one of the most vocal opponents-of-everything-under-the-sun groups in America doesn’t even really agree with POTUS.
The Academy’s expulsion of Weinstein came with a statement from the board, explaining that they “do so not simply to separate [themselves] from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues, but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity is sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in [their] industry is over.”
Which is exactly the right kind of message they should be sending out in light of this situation, and any even remotely like it. That being said, what about the other allegations against the other actors, producers, set workers, etcetera that have not been dealt with appropriately? If the Academy truly wants to end the past era of wilful blindness and complicit behavior it will have to take proactive measures, or else the statement will just read as a well-worn script.
I’m still calling this the best, however, in hopes that it sets a new precedent for how stories are heard, and allegations are dealt with — i.e. hopefully this is the pivot moment for an industry steeped in sexism and shamed silence. Weinstein may be one of many, but his expulsion from the Academy (and his very own company) should scare the others; a line is being drawn in the sand, and it reads “Enough.”
Odds of the Academy outlining and enforcing specific codes of conduct for its members: 2/5
They have to, don’t they? They are setting their own precedent by kicking Weinstein out, and making statements aimed to assure us that they are changing. Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm and a member of the Academy’s board of governors, has called on her fellow governors to form a commission tasked with “developing new, industry-wide protections against sexual harassment and abuse.”
Odds Bill Cosby is kicked out of the Academy: 4/1
There’s no reason he shouldn’t be, when the number of accusers against him rivals that of Harvey Weinstein. In fact, I believe they outnumber Weinstein at this point in time. You can expect that more will be demanded of the Academy in days to come, and Cosby is one of the most obvious offenders who has never really been dealt with.
This is not the first campaign of its kind. In 2007, Tarana Burke, a youth activist, started a “Me Too” campaign to let other survivors know they were not alone. In 2014, the #YesAllWomen hashtag was tweeted 1.2 million times in just four days, as women shared their experiences with sexual harassment and sexism.
According to Milano, the most important impact of her tweet was “shift[ing] the conversation away from the predator and to the victim.” Her hope is that people will really, truly start to recognize the magnitude of this societal norm, and the sheer ubiquity of people who have, at some point in time, been victimized, abused, assaulted, or preyed upon.
Considering the stats and odds are already out there, and the serious nature of this story, we will not be posting our own props. Instead, here are some resources to help if you, or someone you love, needs it. Remember, you are not alone.
The Jonas brother and Game of Thrones star are engaged, following a roughly year-long romance. Cue the hundreds of inevitable Red Wedding, Joffrey, and Ramsay Bolton jokes. We get it, people — Sansa doesn’t have very good luck (understatement), but Sansa is also not real. Sophie Turner, however, seems pretty darn happy with her newly-betrothed.
The couple were first spotted together last fall and quickly became inseparable. They revealed their engagement Sunday evening, sharing the same photo which showed their hands and a diamond engagement ring. Joe’s Instagram post read simply, “She said yes.” while Sophie’s stated a similar sentiment: “I said yes.”
Sources say that while Jonas and Turner are madly in love, they aren’t in any rush to the altar.
Odds that Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner actually get married: 3/2
Joe is 28. Sophie is only 21. They’ve been dating just over a year — we assume — which isn’t very long, though it may seem an eternity to you kids out there. Doesn’t Joe remember how different he was at 21 than he is now at 28? Not to mention the one thing we have seen play out time and again, which is The Hollywood Effect. It’s just not an easy town in which to make a relationship work. That being said, the couple did just adopt a Husky, so…maybe they really are in it for the long-run.
Odds of Maisie Williams being Maid of Honor: 1/10
The Stark sisters are much, much closer than they appear to be on the show. Mophie, as the duo have been dubbed, are #BestiesForTheResties and, following Turner’s own announcement on Instagram, Williams posted her own photo with the sweetest of captions: “Congratulations to my beautiful girlfriend on her engagement. This is just one of MANY life milestones we’ll share. Love you both <3 #mophie #jophie #holymoly”
Odds that Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner hold a Game of Thrones-themed wedding: 50/1
I think that, by now, Sophie has been involved in enough GoT weddings to last her a lifetime.
If good quality TV is something that you value, chances are you are already keenly aware that season two of Stranger Things becomes available for streaming on Oct. 27th. If, for some reason, you are still on the fence about welcoming perfect programming into your life then perhaps you need to go ahead and watch the trailer that was just released this week for Stranger Things 2. And, then perhaps you need to go binge-watch season one, because what have you been doing for an entire year?!
I’m not hyping this up too much, I swear! Season one was arguably the best show Netflix has ever produced. The Duffer Brothers, the beautiful geniuses behind it all, birthed an absolute phenomenon last year. They combined our societal love of nostalgia with a Wes Anderson-eye for detail, and the result was truly addictive.
The final trailer for season two, released on Friday the 13th no less, has us (me) entirely convinced that next season is going to have no problem filling the big shoes left behind.
Odds that Stranger Things has a third season: 1/100
Yas, girl, yas. This is going to happen. In fact, the talk about town is that the series will “definitely” go to a fourth season, and perhaps even a fifth.
Feature Image: Sophie Turner at the San Diego Comic Convention, 2016 (Gage Skidmore (flickr) [CC License])
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