Burn It All Down: A Sexist Hollywood Roundup

To say it’s hard for a woman to break through behind the scenes in Hollywood is an understatement. Of course, it’s also hard for women to succeed in Silicon Valley. Or the White House. Look, sometimes it just sucks to be a woman in general.

But especially in Hollywood, ok. A point that has become abundantly clear this week, thanks to two stories that have been making the rounds. Ready for your Friday afternoon rage-read? Sexism, take it awayyyyy!

First up: fuck The Simpsons. Ok, maybe not the show as an entire entity. Don’t have a cow, etc. etc. But fuck some of the behind-the-scenes garbage that occurred, particularly during the early seasons. Cartoonist Mimi Pond recently spoke to Jezebel about her upcoming graphic novel, and the conversation circled around to her time writing for the long-running cartoon. To be clear — she wrote only one episode. It turned out to be the very first episode, thanks to a fluke with the scheduling, but in a way she helped launch the show that would go on to become a singular cultural phenomenon. And then she was never invited to join the staff or contribute in any additional way.

You may be wondering why. And so was she. But she did eventually discover the reason — her gender. Let’s hear her explain it, shall we?

And it wasn’t until years later that I found out that Sam Simon, who was the showrunner, didn’t want any women around because he was going through a divorce. It had remained a boys’ club for a good long time. I feel like I was just as qualified as anyone else who came along and got hired on the show, and it was just because I was a woman that I was, you know, not allowed entry into that club.

Gosh, emotional men being emotional! Say it ain’t so! Clearly not being around women in the workplace is the answer. We should really respect the guy for prioritizing his own mental health above the career advancement of qualified artists, amirite?

But, you know, that happened almost 3 decades ago (related: I’m feeling old now). Surely things have gotten better, right?

Well, not if you’re an assistant who wanted to observe A Day Without a Woman on March 8th without your talent manager boss getting huffy. Rosette Laursen recently shared some disturbing emails she inadvertently received from her former boss, Michael Einfeld (who meant to share his thoughts with two of her male coworkers but instead sent them to the entire team — Laursen included). His response, with spelling errors fixed, went thusly: «Are you f—ing kidding me. At the end of pilot season. Someone should sew her vagina shut. I’m never hiring a girl ever again.»

Oh but wait! There’s more, thanks to an additional email! «No bonus for anyone that strikes or leaves early in pilot season. No one is striking in show business we are all against Trump. And women are considered diverse and being shoved in as writer and directors. Zach who is a Jewish male is being pushed out. Uppity Selfish C-t. Heather went to work. I’m sure anyone at a casting office or agency would be fired.»

Please remember, this was all in response to a subordinate staff member requesting the option of observing International Women’s Day. Kinda proves the point of the whole event, don’t it?

To be fair, Einfeld did quickly realize just how fucked up that was… but he didn’t make things better. He texted an apology to Laursen when he realized, you know, that his own assistant saw him recommend her vagina get sewn shut. But the apology somehow managed to be kind of MORE offensive? You decide: «I apologize for venting like a misogynistic faggot,» he said. «I was letting off steam I didn’t mean to hit reply all. I’m an a-hole. If you come back we can play Nazi death camp. You can beat me and put me in the oven. Or feed me cabbage and lock me in the shower. I am truly sorry.»

Yeah, so Laursen quit. Obviously. And decided to pursue legal action. But when Einfeld didn’t respond to her lawyers, she took her case to the court of public opinion by posting her receipts on Facebook. Which certainly got her old boss to pay attention! Along with, you know, the media.

Last night, Einfeld emailed a response to the controversy to his clients, friends, and colleagues. As far as mea culpas go, it’s pretty good. But it isn’t clear if he’s tried to say any of this to Laursen herself.

«Let me say without reservation — I am sorry. I used language that was tasteless, humorless and completely inexcusable. I believe deeply in workplace diversity regardless of race, gender, creed or sexual orientation, and I am mortified that the things I have said have worked against my commitment to inclusion. As I’ve searched for a response to all this, what I’ve discovered is that words fall woefully short of my extreme remorse — I am so sorry,» Einfeld wrote. «I will be undertaking some obviously needed introspection, and want to thank those of you who have expressed a willingness to standby me. To those that feel they need space from me — I am heartbroken but understand. If it were possible, I wouldn’t mind space from myself right now. Again, to everyone — I am sorry. If this is something you are willing to hear from me in person please call, or send me a note and I’ll call you. I am devastated, and hope in time you will consider giving me the chance to earn your forgiveness.»

So, that happened. But lest you think it’s all doom and gloom for ladies trying to get ahead behind the camera, this week also brought a rather delightful bit of news. At the TCAs, FX hosted a panel of seven female directors who have gotten a leg up in the industry thanks to Ryan Murphy’s Half foundation. Launched just last year, Half aims to have women, people of color, and members of the LGBT community account for 50 percent of all director positions, in addition to outreach efforts and mentorships to promote diversity.

Many of the women on the panel, including Rachel Goldberg, Alexis Ostrander, and Liza Johnson, have gotten their biggest opportunities by directing episodes of Murphy shows or other FX properties. And a big topic was the catch-22 that occurs when you’re looking for your big break. Studios won’t let you helm a film without at least a TV episode on your resume, but you can’t direct a TV episode without showing feature film experience. Basically, no one wants to be the first to take a risk and give a new voice a chance, which is why having a foundation like Half is so important to help open up opportunities.

Regarding having Murphy as an ally, Goldberg said: «He told me, ’50 year-old white men make chances, and I’m now a 50 year-old white man, so I’ll make changes.’ And he did. He shows you can give these women opportunities, and they won’t fuck it up. It’s ok to take the risk.»

Dudes in Hollywood — that’s how it’s done.


Father’s Day Instagram Roundup

Did you somehow miss all the Instagram Father’s Day posts from the sports world today? No worries, we gathered them all up for a nice holiday gallery. Dwyane Wade’s family holding a fashion shoot, Matt Barnes and his boys, family man Tom Brady in the park, and Antonio Cromartie’s football team are a few of the notable highlights.

Sidenote: This isn’t a competition, but Marcus Stroman’s dad is still the best.

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A Dramatic Roundup of Everything Katy Perry Has Said About Taylor Swift’s «Bad Blood»

Like death, taxes, and the fact 2017 is a raging trashfire, there’s something else we can always rely on: Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s feud will never die. As we’re all painfully aware at this point, the drama began when in Taylor’s infamous 2014 Rolling Stone interview, she claimed another female artist (who literally everyone quickly deduced was Katy) had stolen backup dancers away from her and therefore deliberately sabotaged her upcoming tour, and then wrote her diss track, «Bad Blood,» about said artist. The two have shared a few not-so-subtle barbs back and forth ever since, but it’s safe to say it’s all out on the table now thanks to Katy’s publicity tour for her upcoming album, Witness. See everything she’s said about the situation over the past few months below.

«Don’t come for me.»

In early May, Katy sat down with Entertainment Weekly for a discussion about Witness, which inevitably led to a question about what she thinks of «Bad Blood» and if she believes it’s about her. «Well, that’s not my question to answer — if it’s about me,» she replied. «I think [my new album] is a very empowered record. There is no one thing that’s calling out any one person.» She also made it clear that nobody should mistake that silence for not saying anything at all. «One thing to note is: you can’t mistake kindness for weakness and don’t come for me. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone,» she explained. «And that’s not to any one person and don’t quote me that it is, because it’s not. It’s not about that. Honestly, when women come together and they decide to unite, this world is going to be a better place. Period, end of story. But let me say this: everything has a reaction or a consequence, so don’t forget about that, OK, honey . . . If people want to connect and be healed and feel vulnerable and feel empowered and strong, God bless and here it is.»

Although she denied she had any diss tracks of her own in the works, she released «Swish, Swish» not long after her interview, which sure sounds like it’s a shot at Taylor.

«She started it, and it’s time for her to finish it.»

The «Chained to the Rhythm» singer was completely candid about why she and «the Regina George in sheep’s clothing» have beef during her Carpool Karaoke video with James Corden in May. Katy fully admitted that «There’s a situation. [Taylor] started it, and it’s time for her to finish it.» She added that she never «stole» backup dancers from Taylor and then opened up about her reaction to «Bad Blood.» «I do the right thing any time that it feels like a fumble. It was a full shutdown, and then she writes a song about me,» she said. «And I’m like, ‘OK, cool, cool, cool. That’s how you want to deal with it? Karma!'» She also made sure to note that she’s «ready for that BS to be done.»

«There are three sides of every story: one, two, and the truth.»

In an interview with NME (which doesn’t fully drop until June 9), Katy tried to explain why she brought up the feud at all with James Corden. «Well, [Late Late Show host] James Corden makes me and the whole world feel very safe,» she said. «No one has asked me about my side of the story, and there are three sides of every story: one, two, and the truth.» The 32-year-old also wanted to reiterate her previous assertion that no one should «come for» her. «I mean, I’m not Buddha — things irritate me. I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know? Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls [her fans]. That’s so messed up!»

Another layer to the «Bad Blood» drama was that Taylor hired Katy’s longtime collaborator Max Martin to help write the song, which Katy had yet to address until her chat with NME. «I can’t speak for [Max], but he didn’t know [who «Bad Blood» was about],» she said. «I’m not supposed to tell him what he can and can’t do. I’m very fair; I’m super-duper fair, and I’m not one of those people who’s like, ‘You can’t do that because I don’t like that person’. Just, like, you do you, make your own choices . . . I’m not his mother.»

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Mother’s Day Instagram Roundup

Pretty much everyone from the sports world took to social media to celebrate their moms for Mother’s Day, so we decided to compile them all for a nice holiday gallery. Giselle on a horse, baby JJ Watt, Russell Wilson claiming Future’s kids, and Dwyane Wade’s ridiculous fashion are just a few of the notable highlights.

Sidenote: Enjoy this today, because we’re back to our usual WAGfest tomorrow.

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Here’s The Final Roundup Of #BBN Signs Before Kentucky Plays UCLA

I just want to give Kentucky fans and all of the #BBN a standing ovation for their performance this week. I’m not sure we’ve ever seen a stronger week of frat house banners since they became popular on the internet. That includes Saturdays in the fall where they really ramp up. I’ve been doing my research all day and I keep seeing new ones. It’s unbelievably impressive and if any fan base deserves a Sweet Sixteen win tonight it’s them.

So here’s the final roundup of banners we’ve seen the last few days before Kentucky plays UCLA. If we see any more new ones before tip-off they will be added here, and if you see any that aren’t posted here you can send them to @bustedcoverage or @bustedcollege on Twitter. Some of the new banners are in the gallery above and others are right here below.

From earlier this week:

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Kevin Durant’s OKC Return Fan Sign Roundup

Getting a “College Gameday” type of vibe at an NBA game is pretty rare, but that’s what we were gifted Saturday night for Kevin Durant’s big return game.

Sure, it wasn’t nearly as awkward (or aggressive) as LeBron James’ first return to Cleveland, but Thunder fans didn’t disappoint with their cupcake-politically charged Durant fan signs. Oklahomans are straight pissed, and will probably continue to hold this disdain for KD unless he randomly decides to return down the line.

Check out the most petty OKC fan signs in the gallery above.

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Patriots Super Bowl Parade Sign Roundup

The Patriots winning the Super Bowl may be a total bummer for 99 percent of the country, but at least we’re getting one good thing out of it — relentless Roger Goodell roasting.

After unloading a chorus of boos on the commissioner during the trophy presentation, Pats fans dug in one more time today by coming up with a plethora of anti-Goodell posters. Pretty much all of them are rated R, except for one guy who’s worried about the price of guacamole.

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Super Bowl 51 Meme Roundup

If you were hoping to see some memes at the expense of the New England Patriots, I’m sorry to inform you that I had to delete my original draft and switch gears quickly after THE GOAT messed around and ripped the heart out of the Atlanta Falcons. (Seriously, there are SO many good Brady ones that are currently being deleted by people who jumped the gun.) Absolutely crazy.

Shoutout to the Internet (specifically @NotSportscenter, @NFL_Memes, @CryingJordan) for having no allegiance to any of these teams and coming up with photoshops of Matt Ryan, Roger Goodell, and the Falcons bandwagon.

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Here Is Your Ronda Rousey-Amanda Nunes Meme Roundup

By now you’ve heard and saw the highlights from UFC 207 last night. Ronda Rousey made her triumphant return after over a year of not fighting and 48 seconds later, her career is most likely over. Amanda Nunes showed up with a purse 30 times less than Rousey and blasted her faced into oblivion.

As always after these big fights or a big knockouts the memes are abundant, so this is a collection of some of the best ones I saw. Even Nunes got into the action herself:


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