As promised, from Ava and C.I.'s "Media: The hatred of women runs deep -- even at NPR, even in print:"
Apparently, it's okay to take the American people's tax dollars and use them to foster sexism.
So many people foster it. Take Michelle Morgan.
She's an 'author' who wrote a book entitled THE GIRL: MARILYN MONROE, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, AND THE BIRTH OF AN UNLIKELY FEMINIST. We cringed when we read it. We thought about being nice. Then Rebecca's "michelle morgan's 'the girl'" and Marcia's "The Girl by Michelle Morgan" went up. They both found the book problematic but noted it covered some new ground so they recommend it.
We don't recommend the book.
give it a thumbs down because Michelle Morgan does cover new ground --
new ground as in ground she's made up. Or maybe she's just too stupid
to write a book on a topic she herself chose. In the midst of discussing
1954, and pondering whether Marilyn might have wanted to direct, Morgan
Should she have gone down that road eventually, Marilyn would likely have been taken eve less seriously than she was already. All searches for "female director" and "women film director" in film magazines and newspapers come up with only a handful of results and all were printed before 1943. Dorothy Arzner was the exception in the otherwise male-dominated industry. She started as a typist at the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation (later Paramount), but through hard work and determination had managed to become a director. By 1932, she was working independently, and in 1936 was said to be the only female director in Hollywood. In 1937, Arzner told the Los Angeles Times that as a lone female director, she must never raise her voice on set or act in what some might consider an unreasonable way. According to her, society still expected her to be feminine, and swearing was totally out of the question. By 1938, the Motion Picture Herald told readers that not one female director was under contract to any of the top fifteen producers, and by 1943, Arzner had directed her last movie.
In Great Britain, the situation was not better. The British Newspaper Archive shows no results for "female film producer" and only two listings for "female film director.'' Both articles are from the 1940s. Those women who dared to try their luck in the industry were met with sarcasm of disdain by the British Press. An article in the Dunee Evening Telegraph in 1940 bore the headline "They're Doing A Man's Job" and announced that Mrs. Culley Forde was the only woman associate producer in the entire British movie industry. She could not enjoy her success alone, of course. Instead, the newspaper made sure to mention that she was with wife of director Walter Forde.
in the Sketch from 1946 is even worse. Entitled "We Take Our Hat To
Miss Jill Craigie," the newspaper celebrated Craigie's stats as the only
female film director in England.
It's a name Michelle Morgan ignores or never learned of in her 'research.'
From 1945 to 1970, Betty Box produced (associate produced, executive produced, etc) over 50 films -- these films include the popular DOCTOR movie series. the popular 1959 remake of THE 39 STEPS, MIRANDA and the notorious bomb THE IRON PETTICOAT which teamed up Bob Hope with Katharine Hepburn.
Elinor Glyn would be another British
female producer (she produced three films). More to the point, listed
or not in the sources or 'sources' Morgan checked, Elinor Glyn directed
two films -- 1930's KNOWING MEN and 1930's THE PRICE OF THINGS.
And what's a producer? Mary Field, for example, was the executive producer for RANK's CHILDREN'S FILM DIVISION from 1944 to 1950. Or, back in the US, what about Joan Crawford? She didn't wait for films to come to her. She found Edna Sherry's novel SUDDEN FEAR and took it to Joseph Kaufman, she was executive producer (uncredited but that was her status, check IMDB), she hired Lenore Coffee to write the script, she hired Charles Lang for cinematography and Gloria Grahme for the second female lead and she auditioned many actors (and tried to audition Marlon Brando who turned her down via his agent stating that he wasn't interested in making any mother-and-son pictures). That was 1952. And Katharine Hepburn? She also didn't grab the credit but was a producer on the films PHILADELPHIA STORY and WOMAN OF THE YEAR. Bette Davis produced 1946's A STOLEN LIFE.
But if we're talking the year 1954 and an actress directing, where the hell is Ida Lupino's name? Ida did that. Her directing career began in 1949 when the director of NOT WANTED had a heart attack. She was already a producer on that film and a co-writer and she became the director. NEVER FEAR, also in 1949, was the first film she was credited onscreen for directing -- and she also co-produced and co-wrote. In 1950, she directed (and co-wrote and co-produced) OUTRAGE. Among her other films would be 1953's film noir classic THE HITCH-HIKER. In 1953, she directed THE BIGAMIST -- and she co-starred in the film (with Joan Fontaine) -- years before Warren Beatty, Barbra Streisand or Kevin Costner were directing themselves. Ida Lupino's film directing career would end on the career high note of THE TROUBLE WITH ANGLES -- a moneymaking classic that's still aired and streamed today. She also directed TV shows but Michelle Morgan avoids TV.
This allows her to ignore Paula Weinstein's mother. Paula produces films today (A DRY WHITE SEASON, ANALYZE THIS, MONSTER-IN-LAW, etc). Her mother Hannah Weinstein created and produced THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, a TV series that ran from 1955 to 1959. Before 1960 dawned, she had produced four other TV shows.
TV was in its golden age and its infancy -- maybe that's why Morgan ignored it. But why did she ignore the theater? The book's all about Marilyn's move to New York, her studying at The Actors Studio, her preparing scenes, her marriage to playwright Arthur Miller. Why is the the theater not a place to discuss women behind the scenes?
Cheryl Crawford co-founded The Actors Studio. In 1951, she directed NIGHT MUSIC on Broadway. In 1938, she got her first Broadway producer's credit and the plays she produced included PORGY AND BESS, ONE TOUCH OF VENUS, BRIGADOON, THE ROSE TATTOO, PAINT YOUR WAGON, SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH . . .
Or what of Irene Selznick? In 1954, Marilyn went east, leaving Hollywood. Irene, the daughter of MGM boss Louis B. Mayer and the wife of film producer David O. Selznick, left that life behind to go east in 1947 where she would become a Broadway producer (credits include A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE as well THE CHALK GARDEN which garnered Irene a Tony nomination).
Theresa Hellburn's another name that should have appeared in the book. She directed on Broadway, she produced on Broadway. Her credits include MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, WITHOUT LOVE, OKLAHOMA!, OTHELLO, CAROUSEL, THE ICEMAN COMETH, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, AS YOU LIKE IT, COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA, SAINT JOAN, THE MILLIONAIRESS, PICNIC, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL . . .
Again, we could go on and on.
But we're not writing a book. Michelle Morgan thought she was writing a book so why did she render all these women -- and many more we don't have the time to list -- invisible?
More to the point, Morgan wants to make the argument that Monroe was a feminist not on Marilyn's many trailblazing accomplishments but on this or that confidence Marilyn shared with a woman. Why this British actress defended Marilyn and that one did this and . . .
British actress? It only reminded us that Joan Collins isn't in the book. She should be. Why?
That interview appeared on TV, watched by millions. The video later posted online and has over three million views. That's not the first time Joan Collins has shared the story of being new in Hollywood, attending a party at Gene Kelly's home and encountering Marilyn Monroe, already a star, who warned her about the men who would harass women and try to destroy their careers.
You're writing a book arguing that Marilyn Monroe is a feminist and you don't even include that monumental moment? That's sisterhood. How do you ignore it?
don't like women, that's how. You either know about it but you don't
really care and that equals you don't like women. Or you don't know
about it because you don't think women are important enough -- certainly
not women who existed before you were born -- to actually do the
research required to write the book you described -- described but never
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Human Rights Watch calls out the targeting of Iraqi activists, Turkey bombs to death two Iraqi civilians and we take a look at the RNC and at a very xenophobic response to one speech.
The Republican convention continues this week. Last night Malania Trump spoke.
We are noting the speech because there are things I do not tolerate. Those things would include attacking someone because they have an accent.
Malania's English is fine, possibly perfect. She has subject-verb down, for example. This is not her native tongue. So great job learning English -- one of many languages that she speaks.
If she didn't speak English well, it would be understandable and nothing to mock, but she speaks English very well.
I've not dealt with Malania here and I've only really noted her in a piece Ava and I did in 2016 about a comedy show -- one we had been looking forward to -- thought the way to represent Malania Trump was to mock her accent. This was done by a woman of color, a woman who herself had been mocked, a woman we know. And we were grossly disappointed in that woman.
Last night, Bette Midler chose to mock Malania.
I don't like Bette, I never have. I will give her credit when she does something right (she was excellent in season two of THE CANDIDATE, for example) but she's always been too rough and too much of a liar. I have always spoken out for LGBTQ so it amazed me, for example, when Bette's career was resurrected by DISNEY, Bette pretended not to know any gay people. She didn't know what went on in those baths she was performing in, for example. There's a VANITY FAIR cover story of Bette that resulted in everyone laughing at her and hastening the end of her film career as a leading lady. It was so many lies.
Bette's hard and she's rough and she's street and she's tacky. And she demonstrated it last night with her Tweet. She should be ashamed of herself.
The United States is a nation of many immigrants. Bette spat on every one last night. What Malania had to say didn't matter to Bette. She just wanted to mock Malania.
Bette looks hard, tough and mean-spirited. It's a look she's known for in the industry.
There was no need for it. Elaine noted Jonathan Turley on two adults terrorizing a small child because he had a MAGA hat.
Where is Joe Biden?
These are his supporters.
Joe and his campaign are at war. I was asked about that hat incident. I said get Joe in front of the camera, have him speak to the fact that it was wrong, have him say it's wonderful when any child in America knows who the president is and that we can support who we want in this country. None of that would have been hard for him or out of character for him. They attempted to talk him into doing it. At one point, he was going to and then he decided no, he wouldn't. It's a shame. It would have made him seem a lot more caring. Americans would have applauded it because, outside of the Bette Midlers, who's going to be so low as to support adults terrorizing a child. (I hope both women are sent to prison, that's what should happen. They are old enough to know better and they have no excuse for what they did.)
Joe claims he would restore the tone if he were president. Taking on that incident, calling it out, would go a long way towards backing up that claim. He probably won't call out Bette Midler's nonsense either.
What she did was hideous. Not criminal, but it was hideous. She made a lot of people question themselves -- "Do people think that about me when I speak?"
There is nothing wrong with an accent.
And anyone that has come to the US speaking another language and has learned English needs to be applauded because they learned a foreign language. Many born in the US know only one language.
There is no excuse for the bias and hatred aimed at immigrants and it's appalling whether it comes from someone on the right or someone on the left.
In an overt appeal to racism, his wife declared, “They’re not satisfied with spreading the violence and chaos into our communities, they want to abolish the suburbs altogether, by ending single-family home zoning. This forced rezoning would bring crime, lawlessness and low-quality apartments into now thriving suburban neighborhoods… So, make no mistake, no matter where you live, your family will not be safe in the radical Democrats’ America.”
Whether you agree with his analysis or not, please note that Barry took on the speech itself, he did not attack an immigrant for having an accent.
What Bette did was vile.
No immigrant deserved that. It's amazing the xenophobia and racism that Bette and so many others have gotten away with.
I hope I'm making it clear how offensive that was. In case I'm not, this is from Ava and my "TV: MAYA & MARTY" from June of 2016 and we're referring to Lorne Michaels in the first sentence below:
Maybe a non-elderly man who wasn't cloistered in Manhattan would've realized last week's skit mocking Melania Trump was crossing a line?
Melania Trump, for those who do not know, is the latest woman unfortunate enough to be married to Donald Trump.
For some reason, she was mocked by Maya Rudolph in a skit whose 'humor' revolved around the fact that Melania has an accent because she was born in Slovenia.
That's progressive humor?
Mocking someone because of their accent?
Turning them into "the other"?
It's amazing how often, on the left, we drop our beliefs if we think it will help us. It's why so many will quickly traffic in racism (hello, David Brock) or sexism (Keith Olbermann, you are never forgotten) to attempt a takedown 'from the left.'
It was a disgusting moment.
It was also a puzzling one.
If you needed to do political -- and we honestly do not believe a summer variety show needs to -- skit, last week it would have made more sense to do a skit about Hillary Clinton's e-mails since all of her public statements were rebuked by the report from the State Department's Inspector General.
So a skit on that would have at least passed for timely.
Even stranger still, the skit featured Kate McKinnon.
That would be the same McKinnon whose been getting laughs this year and last on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE for her impersonation of candidate Hillary Clinton.
But McKinnon didn't play Hillary.
She just participated in a tasteless skit making fun of the fact that a foreign-born person had an accent.
It was offensive and it wasn't funny -- not even in a so-crudely-offensive-you-laugh-in-shock manner.
Four years later and we're still putting up with this nonsense?
Better days are coming but not fast enough. As Cass sang, "There's a new world coming."
May we all live to see that new world.
Although Turkey’s military incursions targeting Kurds in Iraq are not new, Baghdad’s response to its latest round of hostilities is unprecedented. Iraq’s newly instated prime minister, Kadhimi, has pledged to reexamine some of Baghdad’s regional relationships. Kadhimi’s political platform centers on the prioritization of Iraq’s sovereignty and condemnation of foreign intervention in the country. He has consistently denounced Iran’s interference in Iraq’s political sphere, as well as the scope of US military presence on the ground.
Although Kadhimi views Turkey’s military presence in Northern Iraq as a threat to its sovereignty, he will likely stop at diplomatic measures to counter Ankara’s violations. Kadhimi is currently grappling with escalating US-Iranian conflict on Iraqi soil, economic collapse, the spread of coronavirus and rebuilding his citizens trust in government. The prime minister cannot afford to completely cut off ties or to wage military action against its neighbor amid this uncertainty. Ankara’s surge in military action in the Iraq’s northern districts is likely intended to test the prime minister’s resolve in countering foreign presence. In fact, Turkey’s foreign ministry announced it would sustain its cross-border operations against Kurds in northern Iraq as long as Baghdad continues to “overlook the militants’ presence in the region.”
Does the prime minister have the strength to defend Iraq's national sovereignty? He doesn't appear to have the strength to defend Iraqi activists at present. This morning, Human Rights Watch's Belkis Wille Tweets:
Among the activists killed was Dr. Reham Yacoub.
Anas Bakhash devotes an episode of his program AB TALKS to Iraqi women (there is closed captioning in English).
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