Osbourne said she didn’t necessarily agree with Morgan’s comments, but defended his right to make them. She herself was accused of being less than respectful when she berated Underwood for appearing to get emotional and insisted that if anyone should be crying over the conversation, it should be Osbourne herself.
“光棍” franchise and its issues with race have long been discussed
From its lack of diversity to last year’s outrage over “单身女子” star Hannah Brown using a racial epithet while jamming to a song
, it’s safe to say the reality show has generated some headlines on matters of race
But things came to a head this season after the casting of the first Black “Bachelor,” Matt James
Longtime franchise host Chris Harrison has had to step aside from his duties after controversial comments he made during an interview with Rachel Lindsay, the first Black “单身女子,” who has been working for the TV show
During the chat, Harrison appeared to defend contestant Rachael Kirkconnell for being photographed at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal event in 2018.
, 和 詹姆士 ended up giving Kirkconnell the final rose but then broke up with her over the controversy
比利·艾利什（Billie Eilish）: This instance was not so much an apology aired but rather yet another time a White artist has felt compelled to acknowledge a Black artist when an institution — 在这种情况下, the Grammys — did not.
“You are so beautiful, you are so talented,” Eilish said. “I root for you always. You deserve it, honestly.”
If the moment felt familiar, it was because we had seen it happen before.
Adele tearfully gushed about Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” 专辑 deserving to win album of the year in
2017, instead of her album
Three years 之前, White rapper Macklemore apologized to rapper Kendrick Lamar for winning rap album of the year instead of the Black artist
Race and identity politics can be complicated, but what’s not hard to understand is that these incidents happen because disparities and a far-from-level playing field absolutely exist in this world and in Hollywood.
Until that changes, someone is going to end up feeling sorry for it, or at the very least need to acknowledge it publicly.
For your weekend
Three things to watch:
‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’
Calling all superhero geeks.
The time is now to finally see how the Justice League film fared in the hands of Zack Snyder
, thanks to the release of this extended director’s cut
. Joss Whedon had stepped in to complete the
2017 film after Snyder left the project due to personal tragedy
“The result of this fresh take
, strictly from a creative and filmmaking standpoint
, is fascinating
: How did two different directors
, who birthed the ‘Avengers
’ franchise on screen
; and Snyder
, who tackled adapting the famously unadaptable ‘Watchmen
’ — approach the same material
?” is how my CNN colleague Brian Lowry described the project
The movie premieres Thursday on HBO Max (which is owned by CNN’s parent company).
‘Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal’
Ripped from the headlines
, as they say
, this film uses re-enactments to tell the story of the college admissions scandal that landed several wealthy parents
— including celebs Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman
The story dominated the news for months, and now you can relive it all by heading over to Netflix, where it’s currently streaming.
现在 that the Oscar nominations are out
, you may want to check out some of the nominees
“Minari” is up for six categories, including best picture. The drama draws on director Lee Issac Chung’s childhood to tell the tale of a Korean American family trying to survive in rural Arkansas in the 1980s.
The film is currently available to stream on several services including Apple TV and Amazon Prime.
Two things to listen to:
贾斯汀比伯 recently told Billboard there is a message behind his new music
“I just want to be somebody who can say, ‘Look, I did some things that I’m not too proud of, but I took a look in the mirror and decided to make some changes, and you can too,” he told the publication. “There was a time where I really did have my identity wrapped up in my career, but I really do have an overflow of feeling like my purpose is to use my music to inspire.”
His sixth studio album, “Justice,” drops Friday and is Bieber’s second album release in 13 月. (“变化” came out on Valentine’s Day 2020.)
With marriage to model Hailey Bieber and more private time — thanks to quarantining and no cellphone to limit who can get a hold of him — the now 27-year-old former teen idol appears to be at a new stage in his life and career.
去年, Lana Del Rey announced she would be delaying her new album, “Chemtrails Over the Country Club,” for a few months.
现在, we get to see if it was worth the wait.
The studio album from the singer is the much-anticipated follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2019 collection, “Norman F**king Rockwell,” and expectations are high that she will continue to deliver her special brand of artistry when it drops Friday.
One thing to talk about:
It’s not breaking news that award shows and their voters appear to be out of step with the general public.
But this year’s best supporting actor category for the Oscars is even more confounding.
That’s because the two stars of
“Judas and the Black Messiah
,” Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya
, are both nominated in the category
Which begs the question: “Which one is the actual star of the film if neither scored a best actor nod?”
I reached out to the Academy about this and a rep declined to comment. So we’ll just have to be content with the fact that the two won’t have to compete with the late Chadwick Boseman, a best actor nominee who is favored by many for what is believed to be his final on-screen performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
Something to sip on
Looking for something to watch? We asked some of our friends around CNN what they binge-watch to decompress.
Fredricka Whitfield, CNN Newsroom anchor
Not at all uplifting
, nor did they help me decompress
, yet I indulged in
,” “The Undoing
” 还有一些 “Lovecraft Country
Michael Smerconish, Smerconish anchor
“Call My Agent!” Who’d have thought I’d get hooked on a French TV show with subtitles — but I love it.
Kate Bolduan, At This Hour anchor
How can I limit it to just one?! 现在, a year into Covid, here are some of the favorites that have gotten me through — “The Queen’s Gambit,” “Succession,” “Billions,” “The Spy,” “Kids Baking Championship (季节 1-9),” “The Men Who Built America” 和 “曼达洛人。”