Eurovision warned British Queen of Pop Madonna to keep politics out of her performance

Eurovision warned British Queen of Pop Madonna to keep politics out of her performance

Madonna has sparked controversy with her Eurovision Song Contest performance after her backing dancers displayed Iraeli and Palestinian flags was not an approved part of the act, organisers said.

The pop star, 60, defied calls from pro-Palestinian activists to cancel her gig in Tel Aviv, saying beforehand she wanted to create “a new path toward peace”.

During her performance at the final, Madonna’s backing dancers were seen wearing Israel and Palestine flags on their backs.

Eurovision has now confirmed they were not an approved part of the show and Madonna has “been made aware” the event is supposed to be “non-political”.

Eurovision said: “In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits. Continue reading Eurovision warned British Queen of Pop Madonna to keep politics out of her performance

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British viewers missed Jeremy Kyle Show Monday, ITV programme suspended after guest dies shortly after filming

British viewers missed Jeremy Kyle Show Monday, ITV programme suspended after guest dies shortly after filming

When you look back at Jerry Springer, which was awful enough at the time, Kyle made Springer look classy and caring by comparison. Dreadful show that pollutes the minds of the demographic most likely to be watching ITV at that time of day.
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No, Ukraine’s New President Zelenksiy Is Not Putin’s Puppet; Kenneth Rapoza Senior Contributor – Forbes

No, Ukraine’s New President Zelenksiy Is Not Putin’s Puppet; Kenneth Rapoza Senior Contributor – Forbes


Russian Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov called Zelenskiy “the obvious choice“, adding that it was premature for Putin to call and congratulate the new president. Peskov also complained that the roughly three million Ukrainians living in Russia were not allowed to vote.  It is unclear if he meant those living in Crimea, a peninsula annexed by the Russians in 2014. Even if Peskov’s three million Ukrainians voted for Poroshenko in the second round he would have had half the votes of Zelenskiy.



Zelenskiy also had two times the votes of his challengers in the first last month, which included Yulia Tymoshenko, a constant fixture in Ukrainian politics; a veritable Evita Peron.


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Spike Lee On The Buzz Surrounding ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Spike Lee On The Buzz Surrounding ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Lee’s vibrant docudrama BlacKkKlansman, which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival earlier this year, is one of the director’s stronger films and—perhaps not coincidentally—one of his most focused. The narrative sticks to a just a couple of plotlines (a police investigation, a romance), and Lee manages to unify his various thematic concerns (subterfuge and sabotage, representations of blackness and whiteness in media, the political victory of Donald Trump), something he’s rarely done since Do the Right Thing (1989).

Like that earlier film, BlacKkKlansman is organized around feelings of anger. The dialogue abounds with bigoted sentiments, both heroes and villains are defined by what they hate, and the story crescendoes with an act of violence. And then there’s Lee’s rage at America’s political situation following Trump’s election, which influences the film’s conversations on race relations and prejudice. Even though the action takes place in the early 1970s, the director makes it clear that his characters are talking about the present when these sensitive subjects come up; he also concludes the film with news footage of white supremacists marching on Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, and violently attacking counterdemonstrators. Yet BlacKkKlansman never feels overwhelmed by its anger—it’s exciting, astute, and even funny at times. Continue reading Spike Lee On The Buzz Surrounding ‘BlacKkKlansman’

TRUMP’S Partial Government SHUTDOWN: Television Is Telling The President What To Do

TRUMP’S Partial Government SHUTDOWN: Television Is Telling The President What To Do

LAST year, Real Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen noticed Donald Trump using so many pot-stirring tactics from the Bravo franchise that he began cataloguing them on Twitter. When the president used social media to cancel a White House invitation that N.B.A. champion Stephen Curry had not yet officially rejected, Cohen tweeted, “HOUSEWIVES PLAYBOOK: rescind invitations liberally! (See: Bethenny re LuAnn, Mexico; Bethenny & Ramona, Mexico).” Trump’s post-election digs about Hillary? “Keep bringing up fights from last season.” Trump’s excuse for not immediately calling Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto following an earthquake? “Blame cell-phone reception.” Trump’s suggestion that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign colluded with the Russians? Tossing out bogus statements in desperate pleas “to stay on the show,” Cohen wrote. Continue reading TRUMP’S Partial Government SHUTDOWN: Television Is Telling The President What To Do