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Michael Moore, Seth Rogen Banned from Michigan Restaurant over ‘American Sniper’ Comments

Michael Moore, Seth Rogen Banned from Michigan Restaurant over ‘American Sniper’ Comments

A Michigan restaurateur banned Moore and Rogen from his restaurant after they made public comments about the film

Brann told a local news station that the ban was his own form of personal protest.

Tommy Brann, the owner of Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille in Wyoming, Mich., has explicitly banned documentary maker Michael Moore and actor Seth Rogen, for negative comments regarding the Clint Eastwood-directed film American Sniper, according to WoodTV 8, a local NBC affiliate.

The film is based on the life of Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal whose 160 confirmed kills qualify Kyle as the most lethal sniper in American military history.

Shortly after the film was released in theaters, Moore indirectly referenced the film when he wrote that his uncle had been killed by a sniper during World War II and that “snipers aren’t heroes.”

My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015

Rogen, meanwhile, took to Twitter to draw a comparison between American Sniper and a scene from Quentin Tarantino’s film, Inglorious Basterds, which quickly snowballed on social media to suggest that Rogen was comparing the film to Nazi propaganda.

American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 18, 2015

Both Moore and Rogen later clarified their points of view, with Moore publishing a Facebook post to remind readers that he had never been asked his opinion of the film, and Rogen tweeting that he enjoyed the film and that his comment had been blown entirely out of proportion.

Brann told the station that after reading the initial tweets, he decided to make his own statement in the form of the sign.

“For 43 years I’ve been a small business man because of the Chris Kyles of the world, and I have a right to not serve the Michael Moores and the Seth Rogens,” Brann said. “That guy is an American hero.”

The Left is Slowly Devouring Itself

If you’ve ever wondered “What the Hell Does ‘Politically Correct’ Mean?” and would like to hear the Marxist origins of the phrase, and how it mutated into one of the catchphrases of the 1990s until today, Jesse Walker has you covered at Reason. Everyone on the right knows what it’s like to argue with someone whose been infected by the PC virus, a “word fetish,” as novelist John C. Wright dubs it, in pungent terms. “What the Leftist does in debate is utter his idiot word fetishes and slogans with the sneering hauteur of a card player displaying his trump card, or a chessmaster a checkmate,” Wright notes. “And when his nonsense does not win the debate, or even address the debate, he realized you are the OTHER, and he blames you, and insults your character, your intelligence, your education, your moral stature, your maturity, et cetera”:

When you do not return the handshake, he knows you to be the dread and dreaded OTHER, those peoples of whom he has heard but dim rumor, the non-Leftists who use that horrible thing called reason, a lamp that he hates as dearly as Gollum hates the sun.

Leftists always resort to this shift because it is the only arrow in their quiver. They do not have any reasoning to give. If they could reason, they would not be Leftists.

The Leftist must attack you. Your very existence is an affront to him, proof positive that his worldview is wrong. He has nothing to say to support his position, and he cannot shut up.

Certainly we’re seeing that played out on a national scale this month, with the crude Vietnam-era attacks from Michael Moore, Seth Rogen, Howard Dean, Bill Maher and others on the far left on Chris Kyle’s legacy due to the blockbuster success of American Sniper. These double as thinly-veiled (often not-so-thinly veiled) slurs on the rest of Red State America as well, of course, with “soft America” seething at the resurgence of “hard America,” to use Michael Barone’s phraseology from his 2004 book. How angry is soft America these days? As John Nolte noted last night at Big Hollywood, the Onion’s otherwise often enjoyable A.V. Club film and TV Website took a nasty shot this week at the owner of a small restaurant chain in Michigan who symbolically “banned” Michael Moore and Seth Rogen after their submoronic anti-American remarks. “And how does the AV Club respond to this symbolic but righteous protest? By using no fewer than 7 paragraphs to relentlessly mock the Little Guy and his business,” Nolte writes, “the saddest piece of starf**king I’ve ever come across”:

Is anyone else old enough to remember when speaking truth to and defying power was the in-thing?

When the American Left reveals who they are really for and against, it is chilling.

Know your place and shut your mouth, little man.

In one post, The AV Club revealed itself to be nothing more than a bunch of elite snobbish frat boy starf**kers at the ready to protect the wealthy and powerful against … some guy in Michigan.

Palace Guarding: The New Edgy.

However, as the PC virus spreads and metastasizes, it’s begun to devour those who carry the disease within them as well. Or as Charles Cooke writes at NRO, “The Left Realizes Too Late that Political Correctness Is a Virus, and now it’s eating their movement from within”:

Once upon a time, “political correctness” was little more than a benign left-wing version of old-church-lady tut-tutting. Today, by contrast, the designation is used to describe what has become a sprawling, unhinged, and invariably unfalsifiable conspiracy theory that can be used to dismiss anybody who violates this morning’s edition of the progressive catechism. “Gosh,” one can almost hear DeBoer and Chait asking themselves, “have we unleashed a brigade of poorly educated, parodically self-indulgent, and chronically illiberal morons into our movement, the better to destroy it from within? And, if we have, will we ever be able to rid ourselves of them?”

The answer to the latter question, one suspects, may well be “No,” for as Hollywood has taught us repeatedly over the years, it does not pay to unleash unpredictable viruses into the ecosystem — even if one gains temporarily by doing so. And make no mistake, “political correctness” is a virus — a nasty, cynical, destructive sickness that is akin in both theory and in practice to the sort of irritating malware that pushes endless streams of nonsensical dialogue windows onto your grandmother’s computer and prevents her from e-mailing her friends.

This efforts by the left to remove all who are “not of the body” as they say on Star Trek have been going on for a while — recall the intramural struggles in 2006 when the Kos Kidz tossed earnest liberal Joe Lieberman from the Democrat Party, and the equally nasty scrum in 2007 and 2008 in which the Obama supporters accused everyone of racism — starting with Hillary and Bill Clinton and their supporters. But as John Madden used to say whenever a long-struggling NFL team temporarily thrilled its fan base and finally made it to the Super Bowl, “winning is the best deodorant.” Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 papered over a lot of the cracks in the century-old coalition of self-described “Progressives.”

But once Obama revealed himself to be the tyro politician that all of his critics from Bill and Hillary on the left to John McCain and Sarah Palin on the right warned that he was in 2008, and once it was obvious that Socialist Utopia wasn’t going to be immediately reached, the left resumed its slow crack-up. 2011 saw the rise of Occupy Wall Street, which was largely a far left versus center left battle. As Cooke notes in his article, this week saw Jonathan Chait of New York magazine finally noticing that the PC movement has gotten out of hand, when it began to devour him, and he’s been as loyal a foot soldier in the attack on the rest of America as can be imagined.

As James Antle of the Daily Caller writes regarding Chait’s dilemma, “Political correctness is to empathy, mutual respect and human decency as Marxism is to compassion. Both transform noble impulses into joyless acts of ideological coercion.”

And speaking of Marx, how crazy has today’s left gotten? Take it away Jonah Goldberg, whose latest G-File is titled “China Syndrome Liberalism”:

I am kind of excited, or at least entertained, by the spectacle of watching the Left eat itself. It’s like a terrible virus escaped from a lab at Brown University and is now spreading across the country, island hopping from campus to campus and beyond (I don’t merely mix metaphors, I put them in a salad spinner). My buddy James Lileks writes about how left-wing students at Berkeley (sort of redundant, I know) are starting to turn on Marx, not because of his potted theories of the dialectic, his crude reductionism of man to homo economicus, or even the fact that he set the foundation for turning the 20th century into an abattoir. No, Marx is bad because he’s just another dead white guy. The students write in the school paper:

We are calling for an occupation of syllabi in the social sciences and humanities. This call to action was instigated by our experience last semester as students in an upper-division course on classical social theory. Grades were based primarily on multiple-choice quizzes on assigned readings. The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that began with Plato and Aristotle, then jumped to modern philosophers: Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault, all of whom are white men. The syllabus did not include a single woman or person of color.

First let me interject by noting that the moment anyone says to you “We are calling for an occupation of syllabi,” you can put your headphones back on and finish watching the latest episode of Gotham, because nothing that follows will be worth your time.

Anyway, they go on to gripe that Marx worked from the assumption that there are — or were — differences between men and women. The madman! The professor’s statement in defense of Marx, that “women give birth while men do not,” was enough to make some students flee the room, no doubt in search of a gender-neutral fainting couch. (“Don’t look at me! I’m all man” — The Couch).

This is like watching Godzilla stomp across Tokyo and your only complaint is he’s not wearing pants.

This is followed in Jonah’s G-File by the story of Mount Holyoke College cancelling their showing of Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues” because “it is demeaning to ‘women’ who have penises,” as National Review on Dead Tree (accurately) deadpans. Meanwhile Reason spots even more campus PC madness as, “CUNY Tells Profs Not to Say ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’ Because That’s Offensive and Illegal-ish (It’s Not).”

[W]hen you think about it, the really funny part is that we’re still hearing how we conservatives need to get control of our nutjobs and extremists before average Americans will take us seriously. I’ll tell you what: “What.” I’ll also tell you that the typical Joe on the street will find gun rights and the Tenth Amendment reasonable and mainstream long before he gets his head around the idea that The Vagina Monologues is sexist because it lacks wangs in the cast — and I don’t mean Asians.

Recently, Robert Tracinski asked at the Federalist, “Have We Already Reached Peak Leftism?” Certainly its efforts to consume itself are one sign of that, as is the recent implosion of the New Republic and the Andrew Sullivan’s self-imposed timeout announcement this week. And somewhat related to all of the above, there’s an understandable level of exhaustion among several of the left’s key components after having to defend the Obama administration’s insanities over the past six years (seven or eight actually, counting the time that Democrat operatives with bylines like Sullivan began to actively cheerlead for him.)

What I mean to suggest is not that reversion to the mean is inevitable, but that this is an opportunity. The Left’s very strength, its nearly exclusive control of key cultural institutions, is also a weakness. Holding the line on a 95 percent groupthink in academia and the arts might end up being a lot harder than disrupting the leftist orthodoxy.

That disruption can happen only if a lot of people put forth a lot of effort to make it happen. But we have a powerful factor on our side: reversion to the mean.

I hope he’s right, but I fear the left’s century-long efforts bunkering deep into the media, academia and (of course) bureaucracies from the federal down to local governments throughout America means that it will be quite sometime before it’s even temporarily morning in America again, to coin a phrase.

American Sniper

American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.

&mdash Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 18, 2015

January 19, 2015

I just said something "kinda reminded" me of something else. I actually liked American Sniper. It just reminded me of the Tarantino scene.

&mdash Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 19, 2015

I wasn't comparing the two. Big difference between comparing and reminding. Apples remind me of oranges. Can't compare them, though.

&mdash Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 19, 2015

But if you were having a slow news day, you're welcome for me giving you the opportunity to blow something completely out of proportion.

&mdash Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 19, 2015

No Such Thing as Bad Publicity

As the saying goes, there's "no such thing as bad publicity". The reasoning is that even if people are trying to raise a big stink about how some work is immoral, incorrect, offensive, or corrupting the youth of the world, they're just giving it attention, increasing how well-known it is, arousing people's natural curiosity as to why this thing's so offensive, and making the work into Forbidden Fruit.

In real life, there is always such a thing as bad publicity: For example, if it turns out a car model or another product has a flaw that endangers the lives of everyone who uses them, and this is highly publicized, the amount of people buying it is going to steeply drop. A little Never Live It Down can devastate anyone's life forever. This trope refers to something that gains popularity because Moral Guardians draw attention to it. Strangely, the Moral Guardians never seem to learn from the fact that they're doing a good job of making their objects of hate more popular, thus, free advertising. On the Internet, it is usually those bad aspects of a product which the producer can never live down that undergo discussion and Memetic Mutation, and thus extra advertising, notoriety and more misconceptions spreading around.

Whether or not the author of the work purposely made it controversial in order to invoke this phenomenon is debatable. Edgy content always has a market, for example, pornography existed in the Victorian era but crossing the streams, i.e. bringing subversive elements into the mainstream was a huge taboo. Works are Rated M for Money when they target their expected audience and don't cross the line. However, this can backfire if you step on too many toes and often it doesn't mean that the work has more to recommend than the scandal. Sure offending some Moral Guardians draws attention to a work but thanks to Society Marches On and "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny, expect later people to scratch their heads and wonder what the fuss was about. Even Moral Guardians will eventually get bored attacking the same thing over and over. "Oh, look, [insert creator here] has released another extremely offensive and totally controversial [insert media type here]. How shocking." This trope isn't just limited to Moral Guardians. Hatedoms have had this happen. As mentioned with the Control Alt Delete theorem later on the page, because people can be so obsessed with works they claim to hate, people often find out about it from the hatedom and either experience Critical Backlash or even if they don't like it. still gave it sales or views. Similar to how people find out about something from the Fandom.

Also, remember always that controversy can and does have consequences. No matter what your intentions were when you made a work, poor reception and bad publicity affect the context in which people see it, and your work will not be seen how you intend it but instead become a political or topical football. It can directly affect sales via smear campaign, boycotts and distributors not exhibiting your work because of Guilt by Association. In worst cases, controversy has killed careers by making it impossible for you to find people to see your next work, making you unemployable and so on. Also, don't expect critics to stand by you, they may see you as self-indulgent and arrogant and pan it, and the people who spend money on it are going to let others know that it's not worth it. Books, DVDs, or video games can still be returned, ticket refunds can still be given partway through a movie or show, radios can still be turned off, etc. Whether it's Worth It or not, depends on how much you believe Viewers Are Geniuses and your faith in Doing It for the Art.

Compare Attention Whore, Controversy-Proof Image, Fame Through Infamy, Forbidden Fruit, Rated M for Money, Sex Sells, Overshadowed by Controversy, The Man Is Sticking It to the Man. Content Warnings can be both a cause and effect of this. For when this happens but without the Moral Guardians, see Streisand Effect. See Bile Fascination for when the same thing happens due to rumors of the bad quality of a work. When there is an ostensible moral against something that looks appealing anyway, then it's Do Not Do This Cool Thing. When you have someone that thrives off this trope and act like they are better because of it, you got Small Name, Big Ego. Contrast with Audience-Alienating Premise.

A form of Insult Backfire. In some cases, it may also be a Sleeper Hit. Springtime for Hitler is when someone is trying to be hurt by bad publicity but fails for this reason.

Wikipedia has an article on this philosophy, going by the French phrase succès de scandale (success from scandal).

  • Samples of the coronavirus were tested against three concentrations of iodine solution antiseptic
  • After 15 seconds, the solution completely inactivated the virus, even at the lowest concentration of 0.5%
  • Researchers say washing the nose out with iodine could prevent the virus transmission and decrease the viral load that travels to the lungs

Published: 16:06 BST, 17 September 2020 | Updated: 18:43 BST, 17 September 2020

Washing your nose and mouth with an iodine solution could prevent you from being infected with the novel coronavirus, a new study suggests.

In a laboratory, researchers poured solutions of the antiseptic povidone-iodine (PVP-I) at three different concentrations on a sample of the virus.

They found that even a concentration of just 0.5 percent completely inactivated SARS-CoV-2 in as little as 15 seconds.

The team, from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, says the rinses could prevent person-to-person spread of the virus and prevent a severe cases by decreasing the amount of virus that travels to the lungs.

A new study from the University of Connecticut found that, after 15 seconds, a solution of iodine completely inactivated a sample of coronavirus, even at the lowest concentration (file image)

It is well-known that the nose contains high levels of the receptor ACE-2, which the virus uses to enter and infect human cells.

Therefore, several clinical trials have focused on nasal irrigations and washes as a way to curb the pandemic, which has killed nearly 200,000 Americans.

Previous research has found that PVP-I has been effective at inactivating pathogens related to the new virus including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

For the study, published in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, the team tested samples of the virus against solutions in which PVP-I was the sole active ingredient.

The solution was diluted at three different concentrations, 0.5 percent, 1.25 percent, and 2.5 percent.

I am inviting several vaccinated friends to my house for a spring dinner party, in two weeks. Here is the menu I'm considering but welcome any ideas from all of you.

7:30: Cocktails with Smoked Salmon Canapes and Gougeres

I. Seared Loin of Cod atop House-made Creamed Farmers Market Corn with Sliced Baby Fingerlings and Pancetta, Sautéed Asparagus Tips, and Veal Demi-Glace

II. Salad with Aged-Sherry Vinaigrette served with a platter of three cheeses (cow, sheep, goat), and Baguette

Mignardises, Candied Ginger, Chocolate served following dinner with coffee, brandy, port, and Madeira

One cast member did all her own stunts

Natalie Schafer may have been in her 60s when the show was filmed, but that didn&rsquot stop her from getting down and dirty by doing her own stunts. Yes, that means Schafer would jump into the lagoon or fake quicksand without a stunt double. In 1965, she told &ldquoLet&rsquos Be Beautiful&rdquo columnist Arlene Dahl that she stayed in shape by swimming and by following her special &ldquoice cream diet.&rdquo

Image by Gladysya Productions, United Artists Television, CBS Television Network

This diet consisted of eating nothing but a quart of ice cream a day. She lost three pounds in five days with this particular diet. Oh, and when she swam in her backyard pool? She made a point of saying that she did so in her birthday suit.

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Instagram Live Death Threat Prompts Skai Jackson To File Restraining Order Against Bhad Bhabie — Whoa!

Skai Jackson and Bhad Bhabie have been feuding on social media for some time now, apparently, but the two teens’ taunts have become so serious in recent days that now, authorities are involved. And from the looks of it, things were taken way too far by an off-hand comment that sure sounded like a violent threat. Uh-oh.

According to E! News, who confirmed the court filing, 17-year-old Jackson went to court on Thursday to get a restraining order against the controversial 16-year-old rapper. The protective order itself came about due to a specific incident that happened on Instagram Live on Wednesday when Bhabie — born Danielle Bregoli — accused Skai of trying to “get up” with her boyfriend on social media.

While talking about the actress and her alleged “finsta” activities online, Bhabie let loose with a pretty distinct threat, allegedly saying on the live video (below):

“I will literally kill you. She’s moving sneaky. Don’t go post on your fake page.”

Wow. Yeah, so, “I will literally kill you” is probably not the best thing to say online about someone? Just our two cents…

In addition to the clip itself, Skai notes in the court docs that there is a trail of Instagram direct messages between the pair, as well. In one alleged message, Bhabie apparently wrote “I’ll dog you,” to which Jackson responded:

“What is the issue now? I haven’t even said nothing about you. Don’t need any drama in my life. I’m good. If you heard/seen something it’s old. Ain’t nobody said anything.”

And to that, court docs indicate Bhad Bhabie responded with what’s now being construed as another violent threat when she allegedly wrote:

“Shut your scary ass up… Imma get to you… Hide… That’s all Imma tell you… HIDE.”

Hmmm… Not great! This is kind of low, even for the Cash Me Ousside girl.

And yet, she doesn’t seem to care, either…

In a separate Instagram Live video shared on Thursday, Bregoli addressed the restraining order controversy with new comments, saying:

“Y’all can play around on your finstas but I’ll always say what’s on my mind cause that’s who I am. Go get your restraining order, I’mma go get checks.”

As if this couldn’t devolve any further, both girls’ moms got involved in the feud, too!

Barbara Bregoli shared screenshots of the conversation she had with Skai’s mom, Kiya Cole, on her (now private) IG page, in which Kiya addressed Bhad Bhabie by allegedly writing:

“Let me tell you something little girl! I’m definitely not the one to be played with! Don’t come on my damn page with your trashy negativity! How about you just put your address or phone number in my DM and I will gladly have this conversation with your mother! I’m not having it.”

And Barbara apparently wasn’t having it, either!

The rapper’s mom shot right back, responding with this little gem:

“Oh listen to you preach. Tell your daughter to stop speaking on mine and you think you are calling my daughter Ratchet? Remember I come from New York too.”

Well then! Nothing quite like a good old social media feud that leads to, um, death threats and a restraining order? Crazy. What do U think of all this drama, Perezcious readers?! Sound OFF with your opinion and more down in the comments (below).


Celebrities are entertainers well known in the mainstream ranging from actors, producers, directors, singers, songwriters, commentators, pundits, journalists and athletes. However, many of them have been known to do morally-questionable deeds, acts of sheer stupidity, or both. Since the mid-to-late 2010s, however, many of them have become increasingly SJW, overly preachy, annoying or bash Donald Trump and/or other Republicans so much that even some Trump haters are getting annoyed by it. Or, if they are conservative, they act no better than said celebrities.  However in some cases, there are still some celebrities with common sense, intelligence, and know their job is to entertain, not preach, as well as those who know to do the right thing. They can range from liberals (Harrison Ford) to conservatives (Pat Sajak) to helpers (Benedict Cumberbatch) to apolitical people (Peter Steele). Down below are some examples.

Remember, simply supporting Trump, criticizing liberal figures, polarizing or not, such as Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, criticizing extremely controversial groups like PETA, being apolitical, and/or being conservative doesn't necessarily mean a person can qualify for the list in fact, some Trump supporters and conservatives are in the Celebtards list. In addition, soldiers, executives, political activists or politicians are not allowed due to not being actual celebrities (unless they have been involved in the professions listed in the first paragraph). Mentions by celebrities don't necessarily make them actual celebrities. Any term such as "Their work goes against political correctness" or a variant thereof is banned due to being too vague. Defending Michael Jackson or Vic Mignogna counts as being a Celebsmart, though this can still be vetoed if said celebrity has done stupid things. Finally, you must add sources for every example (page examples notwithstanding) if you fail to provide one, said person will be removed from the list.

Watch the video: Seth Rogen: American Sniper Reminds of Nazi Propaganda Film In Inglourious Basterds (January 2022).