“The news director of a Michigan NBC affiliate ordered her reporters to ease up on coverage of LGBT-focused stories during Pride Month, saying the news pieces were upsetting some of the station’s conservative viewers.
“We know that West Michigan is a Conservative area in many ways. We need to recognize that some stories related to LGBTQ issues are going to be controversial and polarizing in our community. While you personally may not agree with a certain position, people are entitled to their opinions, and they are our viewers.f the memo was first reported early Monday morning by media columnist Scott Jones at his website FTV Live, who noted that WOOD-TV had covered numerous St. Patrick’s Day events without any apparent pushback or consideration for station resources.
The memo, penned by WOOD-TV (Channel 8) Assistant News Director Amy Fox, followed several reports that focused on a celebration hosted in the city of Grand Rapids after officials there approved a permit for an inaugural Pride Month parade.
The memo was a rare instance of a news executive encouraging reporters to sideline stories based on the political affiliations of its viewers. Fox did not respond to an email from The Desk seeking comment, nor did the station’s news director, Stanton Tang.”
The memo was first reported early Monday morning by media columnist Scott Jones at his website FTV Live, who noted that WOOD-TV had covered numerous St. Patrick’s Day events without any apparent pushback or consideration for station resources.
WOOD-TV is owned by WaystarNexstar Media Group, which is the largest owner of local broadcast television stations in the country. On its website, Nexstar says the company “strive[s] to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion, so all of our employees feel respected, and no one feels discriminated against.”
PBS has not tweeted from its main Twitter handle since April 8, following Elon Musk’s decision to label the outlet “government-funded news.” PBS joins NPR, another major editorially independent outlet that receives some government funding, in halting its Twitter activity in light of the new label. Twitter added a “government-funded” label to PBS’ main Twitter account last weekend, a spokesperson confirmed. “We did stop tweeting at that point as soon as we discovered it,” a PBS spokesperson confirmed. “We have no plans to resume tweeting.”
Now that PBS has stated they won’t tweet, Elon Musk and Marjorie Taylor Greene has called for a halt to all their Federal funding.
Hey turnabout is fair play. And as you can see these tweets just prove what we all know. Elon Mush is a sophomoric, greedy, lying, anti-lgbt idiot who probably has a borderline personality and should be heavily medicated.
Recently, the entertainment industry was shocked when long-time Marvel Studios executive Victoria Alonso (pictured above) was abruptly fired from her high-level position after 17 years.
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) has reported that Marvel Studios removed gay imagery from Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania for its release in Kuwait and that a disagreement over this eventually led to Alonso’s removal from Marvel.
In a past statement from Alonso’s attorney, Patty Glaser, she stated that Alonso was “terminated” when she “critize[d] Disney” and “refused to do something she believed was reprehensible.”
THR states that insiders believe this “reprehensible” act was a request by Kuwait to censor gay Pride references in Quantumania.
In January when Marvel executives went to an editor to blur out a storefront window that featured the word “Pride” and rainbow decorations on a San Francisco street. Victoria, a gay Latina refused to have her team make the edit. Marvel then went to an outside film editor to have the changes done.
Florida Governor and Anti-Christ. Ron DeSatan DeSantis argued on Tuesday that DirecTV was guilty of “intellectual discrimination” because it dropped Newsmax, a conservative propaganda “news” station
DeSantis was asked if DirecTV should be investigated at the state level over the cancellation after accusing Direct TV of using an “ideological litmus test” to oust Newsmax..
Via Raw Story:. “They have so much other content that is very lightly viewed and yet they keep that on,” he said, “and it seems it’s the One America News and the Newsmax who are being targeted. So, I think it does warrant investigation.”
DeSantis went on to say that it should even be investigated by Congress: I think they need to ensure that there is not intellectual discrimination going on when it comes to what people are able to view.”
Newsmax is currently facing a lawsuit from voting machine company Smartmatic, which has also gone after OANN and Fox, while one of its hosts comes under fire for claiming COVID vaccines make recipients bioluminescent.
Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed a slate of changes to Florida’s university system on Tuesday that could shake up diversity, equity and inclusion programs as well as faculty tenure at campuses across the state. https://t.co/j3XYwkgbK3
For weeks now for better or worse this website has been posting recaps of AHS-NYC (which is easier said than done.) Well imagine my surprise when I finally finished eps 7 & 8 and I posted to my personal Will Kohler Facebook/META (whatever) account and get a warning that the AHS NYC graphic being “pornography”. I contested and won and my post was replaced and my account was fine. So I go to my Back2Stonewall Facebook account and post the recap. Same thing! A warning about the AHS NYC graphic being “pornography”. Well I contest the decision on this account. ON THIS ACCOUNT IT IS PORNOGRAPHIC AND THEY RESTRICTED ME FOR 6 DAYS.
So we have AHS-NYC RECAP: Episodes 7 (“THE SENTINEL”) and 8 (“‘FIRE ISLAND’”) SPOILER ALERT! up and viewable at my Will Kohler’s FB page, and banned and restricted on the Back2Stonewall.com FB page and I can’t post at all for 6 days. The only difference between the two pages is one is personal and Back2tonewall is a dedicated gay FB news webpage. I’m not saying homophobia has anything to do with it but it might. Or it just could be FB has really bad employees’ who don’t do their job properly or perhaps let personal feelings into their decisions. But whatever it is Facebook/META has gotten just as bad as Twitter and the LGBT community needs it’s own viable social media platform.
This has gotten entirely out of hand.
I should sue or send Big Daddy after them.
See you in 5 days on Facebook just in time for the AHS-NYC Finale Recap and then probably banning!~
“The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Sam Raimi’s sequel “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will not be released in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, or Qatar due to a new character being gay. Homosexuality is officially illegal across the Gulf, and films that feature LGBTQ+ themes or characters are often censored.. The “Doctor Strange 2” character in question is America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), who is a lesbian in the film and the Marvel comics.“
Marvel’s “Eternals” was previously banned across the Gulf nations in November 2021 after showcasing Marvel’s first gay superhero and including a same-sex couple. Disney’s “West Side Story” was dropped from release in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait in January over the character Anybodys, written as transgender in the film and played by nonbinary actor Iris Menas.
And Marvel/Disney is not alone. Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.” recently underwent editing for it’s distribution in China. The scene included two lines of dialogue between Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) confirming their past relationship and citing when they “fell in love” years prior. But expect calls from the Middle East in the near future for the same.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore again looks at the early life of the Harry Potter character, Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law). The lines of dialogue axed from China run for six seconds, according to Variety. They allude to a previous relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald (played by Mads Mikkelsen). (Honestly if you blink you miss it.)
The specific lines are “because I was in love with you” and “the summer Gellert and I fell in love”. The cuts were made at the request of authorities in China. and WB quickly obliged and has defended the edit.
“As a studio, we’re committed to safeguarding the integrity of every film we release, and that extends to circumstances that necessitate making nuanced cuts in order to respond sensitively to a variety of in-market factors. Our hope is to release our features worldwide as released by their creators but historically we have faced small edits made in local markets. In the case of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,’ a six-second cut was requested and Warner Bros. accepted those changes to comply with local requirements but the spirit of the film remains intact. We want audiences everywhere in the world to see and enjoy this film, and it’s important to us that Chinese audiences have the opportunity to experience it as well, even with these minor edits.”
The movie will not get a release in Russia because of the war in Ukraine. But expect similar cuts as those made in China to also be wielded for many parts of the Middle East.
So, now this begs the bigger question: If your representation was so paper-thin that all it took was cutting six seconds to make the text back into subtext, is that representation?
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender YouTube content creators who said the company violated their First Amendment rights by “censoring” their clips.
In a decision issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Magistrate Virginia DeMarchi in San Jose ruled that Google and YouTube are “private entities,” as opposed to government officials, and therefore are not bound by the First Amendment’s prohibition against restricting speech. “Plaintiffs do not state a claim … for violation of the First Amendment because defendants are not state actors,” – Judge Virginia DeMarchi
The lawsuit brought by the Divino Group — which distributes GNews! via YouTube — and other LGBT content creators. claimed that YouTube “censored” them by preventing ads from running in some of their videos, placing age restrictions on clips, and tagging other clips with a “restricted mode” aka “mature” audiences designation.
Judge DeMarchi dismissed the claim that Google violated the users’ free speech rights with prejudice — meaning that Divino and the others can’t redraft their complaint and bring that claim again citing a ruling that a federal appellate court sided with Google last year, in a similar lawsuit brought by the anti-LGBT Prager University.
Recently God’s Own Country a 2017 movie about a relationship between a gay British farmer and a migrant worker has been available on Amazon Prime, but it was discovered that the sex scenes between the main characters, both men had been cut from the version being shown.
On Tuesday, GOC Director Francis Lee tweeted that he had been made aware that Amazon Prime’s streamed version of the film had been “censored.”
“It is not the film I intended or made,” he wrote.
On Wednesday, Lee said that he discovered who was responsible and that it was Samuel Goldwyn Films – the company that distributes independent and foreign films in the U.S. – that cut the gay scenes and “butchered the streaming version without consultation to get more ‘revenue.’”
A source at Amazon said that distributors directly upload films for the Prime Video Direct streaming service. The source said that sex scenes would have triggered an age restriction, so the distributor might have cut those scenes so that more people could watch it and so that they would get more revenue from it.
God’s Own Country was the 2017 British Independent Film Award winner for Best British Independent Film and the entire basis of the movie is two men, from different backgrounds falling in love. Had it been a heterosexual sex scene depicting the love between a man and a woman, it would not have been cut.
Samuel Goldwyn Films should be ashamed and apologize not only to director Francis Lee but also to the entire LGBT community.