Michael Che Plays a Liberal White Woman on ‘SNL’ and I’m Just Going to Leave This Right Here

We’ll have our full recap of SNL up in the morning, but I just want to break out this segment from «Weekend Update» real quick. In it, Michael Che plays a liberal white woman names Gretchen. Watch for yourselves.

People on Twitter love it.

But see, they love it right now. But I know how social media works. They’ll love it until someone finds something problematic with it, and by mid-morning on Sunday, Facebook will have turned against it and the backlash will set in.

I give it props to Che, though, for provoking what will probably be a dozen think pieces.

I will not be offering a take. I might be totally wrong, but I feel like this is one of those times where if I commit to an opinion tonight, it’s going to bite me in the ass tomorrow. So, I’m going to be like the boyfriend described in another Che joke tonight on «Weekend Update» who doesn’t get involved in the argument between his girlfriend’s parents. He just says, «Yeah. I hear that.»


Amber Heard Says J.K. Rowling’s Defense of Johnny Depp «Is Just Not Right»

Amber Heard wants to set the record straight. The Justice League actress took to Instagram to share her thoughts on J.K. Rowling’s defense of casting Johnny Depp in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. Johnny’s role has been questioned by fans who feel the actor should not star in the upcoming films due to his alleged history of domestic abuse.

According to Amber, J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. misrepresented the joint statement she and Johnny released back in 2016 following their split. «To pick and choose certain lines and quote them out of context, is just not right,» she wrote along with a photo of the full statement for fans to read for themselves. «Women, continue to stand up and stay strong. Love, Amber,» she concluded.

Amber and Johnny were first linked back in 2012 and tied the knot in a secret ceremony in February 2015. In May 2016, Amber filed for a divorce citing «irreconcilable differences». Shortly after the news broke of their separation, Amber filed a domestic violence restraining order against Johnny accompanied by graphic photos of her bruised face.

Johnny has denied Amber’s allegations of abuse and the former couple finalized their divorce in January 2017. In a joint statement, the two acknowledged their relationship was «at times volatile, but always bound by love». Amber also withdrew the restraining order request against her ex-husband.

Since opening up about her own experience with domestic violence, Amber has encouraged other women to find the courage to speak up. «When a woman comes forward to speak out about injustice or her suffering, instead of aid, respect and support, she will be met with hostility, skepticism and shame. Her motives will be questioned and her truth ignored,» she wrote in the December issue of Porter magazine in 2016. In her powerful essay, Amber also promised survivors of abuse that they are not alone in their suffering. «You may have suffered alone behind closed doors, but you are not alone. You need to know that.»

Read Amber’s response to J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. ahead.

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Ed Sheeran Just Received a Very Special Honor From Prince Charles

A trip to Buckingham Palace meant Ed Sheeran finally had to ditch his usual t-shirt and jeans for something a little more fitting. Ed is known for hitting even the most glamorous red carpet in casual threads, but for his investiture service on Thursday, he followed the strict dress code, sporting a sharp suit for his big moment. He officially became Ed Sheeran, MBE, as Prince Charles awarded him the honor for his services to music and charity.

The royal family gives out an MBE — a very prestigious award which stands for Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire — to an individual for some sort of outstanding service. Ed joins a whole host of famous faces who’ve been honored this year. Last month, Julie Walters became a dame and Helen McCrory received an OBE from the Queen, while Victoria Beckham picked up her OBE from Prince William back in April. Other stars honored in 2017 include Naomie Harris, Billy Connolly, and Anna Wintour.

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Jeffrey Tambor Hasn’t Quit “Transparent” Just Yet

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Two women who work on Transparent (Jeffrey Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes and actress Trace Lysette) recently came forward accusing him of being gross and inappropriate with them on set. Jeffrey has also since been accused by a makeup artist of sexually harassing her on a movie set back in 2001.

Jeffrey first released a statement denying any predatory behavior (he simply apologized for possibly being a difficult asshole on set), then released a second statement saying he didn’t see a way for him to return to such a “politicized” set. Everyone took that as Jeffrey’s way of announcing that Jill Soloway had told him to pack up and leave his wig and muumuus with security on his way out. As it turns out, Jeffrey hasn’t left the show yet.

The New York Times says that while Amazon is investigating the claims made against Jeffrey Tambor, nobody really knows what is happening with the show. Deadline says that Amazon still hasn’t picked up Jeffrey’s contract option for the fifth season. Although options for his co-stars Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, Judith Light, and Amy Landecker have reportedly been picked up. A rep for Jeffrey says that no final decision has been reached by Amazon, and that he has no plans on quitting the show.

Amazon’s decision is also delayed due to a switch-up in investigators. They reportedly got a new investigator after losing their original one, but due to scheduling conflicts, they couldn’t continue until after Thanksgiving.

Deadline seems to think that one possible outcome is that Jeffrey’s character Maura Pfefferman might make a minor appearance in the fifth season. But they also believe there’s a slim chance of that happening.

When Jeffrey talked about how the set had become “politicized,” what he might have meant was that the happy family dynamic on set had been compromised. The Times says that cast and crew on Transparent sometimes referred to the set as a “wonderful cult.” Well that’s a bummer. I thought that there were still some good cults out there. And yet, apparently even the most wonderful cults aren’t immune to a charismatic male leader who eventually gets busted for repeatedly creeping on women.

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Outlander Just Made a Huge Change From the Books — but Why?

There are a couple aspects of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander book series that have confused readers a bit over the years. One such example is the «Fraser Prophecy,» which is quite different in the books than it is on the show, as viewers found out during the latest episode. Light spoilers ahead!

In the books, Reverend Campbell tells Claire that there is a prophecy made by the Brahan Seer about Simon Fraser of Lovat, Jamie’s grandfather, nicknamed «The Old Fox,» whom we meet in season two when Jamie is looking for more troops to fight for the uprising. But the book version of the prophecy states that a new ruler of Scotland will spring from Lovat’s lineage. It will come to pass after «the king of the white rose» is eclipsed, which the reverend tells Claire is a clear reference to the Papist Stuarts (Bonnie Prince Charlie was a Stuart).

The prophecy is why Geillis takes such an interest in Brianna when she learns that Jamie has a daughter. Apparently Lord Lovat’s line had originally died out in the 1800s, but now that Jamie has a daughter, the line has not actually gone extinct. What makes things a bit confusing to readers, though, is that Jamie’s sister Jenny has many children, so why would Lovat’s line be considered extinct?

The short answer is because female heirs generally do not count. If a man has a son who takes on his title but then has no male heirs of his own, the line becomes «extinct,» even if the man has daughters who end up having male heirs. But then that raises the question of even if Jamie is a legitimate heir, wouldn’t Brianna «not count» because she’s female? Wouldn’t the line become extinct there if you don’t know about William’s existence, which Geillis does not?

The prophecy comes up again in book eight, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, in the form of Brianna finding a letter Frank hid for her warning her that some conspiracy theorists may be quite interested in her because she fits the prophecy. However, William fits the prophecy too. It has all been left up in the air in the books and hopefully it will be resolved by the end of the series, because it’s quite confusing at this point. But the show has chosen to significantly change the prophecy in order to more specifically target Brianna and also change who is supposed to rule Scotland.

On the show, Geillis, Reverend Campbell, and the reverend’s sister, Margaret, have a conversation about the three sapphires in Dougal’s treasure that had been passed down from father to son for generations. The show decides to make the Brahan Seer’s prophecy more of a direction than a prophecy: a seer must hold all three sapphires at once and then that person will know when the new Scottish king will rise.

When Margaret, a seer, holds the sapphires at the governor’s ball, she has a vision and says, «When twice 1,200 moons have coursed, ‘tween man’s attack and woman’s curse, and when the issue is cut down, then will a Scotsman wear a crown.»

Geillis and the reverend then have a conversation discussing Margaret’s vision, so as to plainly lay out for viewers what that all means. Basically, it means that a child who is born 200 years after he or she was conceived must be «cut down» and then a new Scottish king will rise.

So Brianna is not the ruler; Brianna is the child who must be «cut down,» because 200 years passed between when Claire and Jamie conceived her and when she was actually born. Interestingly, the show’s version of the prophecy now means that anyone could be king. There is no mention of the king having to spring from Lord Lovat’s lineage.

But it does mean that Brianna’s life may be in danger, from Geillis or someone else who finds out about Brianna’s existence, because Scotland will not gain independence until Brianna dies, according to the prophecy.

It’s an interesting change. It makes the immediate stakes a little more clear and also perhaps allows the show to never mention the prophecy again, which we can get into after the season three finale next week (no spoilers here as to what may or may not happen).

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Outlander: A Very Important Meeting Just Took Place, but Not How We Anticipated

Outlander has introduced a pivotal character to the entire series in season three: Lord John Grey. He starts out as an adversary, but quickly becomes one of Jamie’s closest friends and even the de facto father to Jamie’s son, William. However, the third season has had to do some major paring down of the book Voyager, and one of the things that has been significantly changed and condensed is Lord John meeting Claire on the Porpoise and the subsequent meeting between all three of them at the governor’s ball.

In the book, Lord John is a special passenger on the Porpoise and meets Claire while she is there tending to the sick men — though neither one of them realizes who the other person is. Then later at the governor’s ball, Jamie and Lord John have a heartfelt reunion, which completely blindsides Claire, both because she realizes Lord John is in love with her husband, but also because this is where she learns about Willie, whom she didn’t know existed at this point. As all of this comes out, Claire and Lord John have some quite testy conversations with each other (sans Jamie) and grudgingly admit that they liked each other when they met on the Porpoise (the unspoken part being that they no longer do).

On the show, I actually prefer the way they handle this whole storyline now that I’ve seen the governor’s ball. It lets Jamie and Lord John still have their heartfelt reunion, with the most astonished-then-joyful expressions and also some rather longing looks on John’s part. But with Claire already knowing about Willie and therefore being aware of Lord John (at least in part), she keeps her wits about her a little better here and that feels more «Claire» to me.

Caitriona Balfe does a masterful job conveying Claire figuring out the nature of Jamie and John’s relationship with merely a couple of glances. It doesn’t mean she isn’t just a tad bit jealous of this man who obviously means so much to her husband. The thoughts are streaming across her face, particularly when she learns that Jamie gave John a sapphire and John now wears it as an ornament on his vest as a way of «remembering their friendship.»

Mmmm hmmm, Claire seems to be thinking. Jamie explains that he didn’t so much «give» John a sapphire as he did «surrender» it to the warden of his prison, but Claire still knows which way the wind is blowing as far as this relationship goes.

Warning: spoilers from the books ahead, so stop reading if you don’t want to be spoiled.

The whole interaction between the three of them actually makes me really excited to get to the point in the books where John and Claire think Jamie has been lost at sea and marry each other (as a way for Lord John to protect Claire from being arrested as a spy). David Berry and Balfe have a nice chemistry together, as do Berry and Sam Heughan, so that should be a lot of fun for us viewers if the show gets that far, especially when Jamie returns and learns that John and Claire are married (and have been intimate), which he has a hard time accepting.

So, well done to Outlander this season on all the Lord John events. It’s handled it very well, especially considering how much overall material it had to fit into 13 episodes.

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We Have a Theory About Why Outlander Just Veered From the Books

At the end of Outlander‘s most recent episode, titled «The Bakra,» there’s an interesting change made from the books in regards to Jamie. We have an idea of why it was made, so read on to see if you agree with our theory. Book and TV show spoilers follow!

After Jamie and Claire figure out that Geillis Duncan is the «bruja» who has been kidnapping young boys, they flee the governor’s mansion both to rescue young Ian and to get away from Captain Leonard, the officer from the Porpoise who was told about Jamie being a smuggler and publisher of seditious material. The captain and his men give chase, coming upon Jamie and Claire’s carriage after it stops to set free the man they purchased at a slave auction (they were trying to save him, not trying to buy a slave).

Anyway, despite Claire’s protests about how neither Captain Leonard nor any of his men would be alive if it weren’t for her, the captain hauls Jamie away to answer for his crimes of murder of Exciseman Barton (whom Claire has actually killed) and high treason for the seditious pamphlets. Before he is taken into custody, Jamie hastily shoves the photographs of Brianna and Willie into Claire’s hands, and then he is taken away.

In the books, Captain Leonard never catches up with Jamie and Claire. After they rescue Ian, they escape in a little schooner procured from the governor (who is Lord John, remember). The Porpoise spots them and gives chase, but the two ships sail straight into a hurricane’s path and a massive wave sinks the Porpoise and all the men aboard.

Jamie, Claire, Ian, and their companions manage to weather the hurricane and end up coming ashore in the American colony of Georgia.

But between the governor’s party and the end of the book, quite a lot happens. I think the show writers have had to condense a lot of that into the party and the ensuing rescue of Ian. A lot of what happens during Ian’s rescue doesn’t involve Jamie, so I think this was the show’s way of getting him off screen for a bit. Now Claire is going to Rose Hall to confront Geillis and the Campbells. They may get into the voodoo ceremony involving Margaret, but the show may also choose to omit that — it’s hard to say. But I think Claire will track Geillis to the cave, save Ian, and then the two of them will have to go rescue Jamie.

They’ll probably enlist Lord John to help them and that’s how everyone (minus Lord John) will end up fleeing on Lord John’s boat. Perhaps the Porpoise will not even be chasing them at this point, since filming a hurricane with one small boat is probably hard enough, let alone filming one with a British Man o’ War.

I could be wrong about the order of events. Perhaps Claire will try to rescue Jamie before they go get young Ian, or perhaps while Claire is rescuing young Ian, Captain Leonard will take Jamie to the governor, not knowing they’re friends, and then Lord John will give Jamie the boat and help him get back to Claire and Ian at Rose Hall.

Either way, Jamie’s arrest seems to be a quick way to pare down a fairly lengthy section of book and also provide a way for Lord John to help them all escape into the open sea in order to meet the hurricane that sweeps them away to America.

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Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni’s SVU Reunion Might Just Be the Only Bright Spot in 2017

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Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay played detectives on Law & Order: SVU for 12 seasons, and it warms our hearts to see that they’re still as tight as ever. On Thursday, the pals reunited at a bar in NYC to celebrate Chris’s new Syfy show, Happy!. Both Chris and Mariska shared cute photos of the pair on Instagram, and Mariska captioned hers, «‘Tis the season . . . ran into this #HAPPY man.» Of course, this isn’t the first time the duo has hung out since Chris left the show in 2011. Chris and Mariska actually reunited for a post-Valentine’s Day smooch and for Chris’s birthday earlier this year. Dun, dun.

»Tis the season… ran into this #HAPPY man

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Can He Bellow «TAFT! WAKE UP YOU WALRUS!» Just Once?

The Flash on The CW at 8:00pm ET.

This Is Us on NBC at 9:00pm ET. Second season fall finale.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox at 9:30pm ET.

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on CBS at 10:00pm ET. One-hour presentation. I’m still surprised this is considered any kind of prime-time entertainment, but I know I’ve lost that particular culture war. Next up: Can we discuss if any of this is actually sexy? Not necessarily the weird angel wings and whatever, but while some of their regular underwear works for me, their lingerie tends to strike me as both too obvious and weirdly puritanical in nature. And, frankly, anything you can wear parading down a catwalk on CBS is probably not particularly sexy or daring for both censorship and logistical reasons. If your lingerie stays firmly covering all your bits as you stomp your way across a stage in four-inch stilettos, I’m a little impressed with the fit, but it doesn’t really scream «debauched night of passion.»

Drunk History on Comedy Central at 10:00pm ET. Christmas special! We have Ken Marino playing Teddy Roosevelt, which sounds delightful, but I wish they’d gotten Mallory Ortberg to write the script. While it wouldn’t be the most historically accurate version of Roosevelt it would be BY FAR the most entertaining. And Ken Marino would just kill it.


In Just 20 Minutes, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Cure Your Cynicism, Help You Believe in Love

No matter how cold and frozen your heart may be — you haven’t cuffed this season yet; another Bumble match ghosted on you; your ex just got married — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first official interview after getting engaged on Monday will help you believe in love again. If you have 20 minutes today, you need to watch their sit-down with BBC, during which the newly betrothed couple hold hands, giggle, stare lovingly into each other’s eyes, and drop adorable quote after adorable quote about each other. Seriously, after about a minute and a half, you’ll be able to feel the brick wall around your heart crumble, and after five, your cynicism about love will be cured. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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