Resurfaced recordings that feature presidential hopeful Donald Trump making misogynistic remarks about women have rubbed many the wrong way—including President Obama. While campaigning in North Carolina on Tuesday, he addressed the sexist comments. “You don’t have to be a husband or a father to hear what we heard just a few days ago and say that’s not right. You just have to be a decent human being to say that’s not right. If it makes you mad, then you say that’s not somebody I want representing the United States of America. You can do something about it, North Carolina,” he said. He also denounced Republicans who continue to show support for the nominee even after the recordings were released: “You can’t have it both ways here. You can’t repeatedly denounce what is said by someone and then say but I’m still going to endorse him to be the most powerful person on the planet and to put them in charge.” Read more.
Gabrielle Union Files Lawsuit Against BET Over Being Mary Jane
Actress Gabrielle Union is taking legal action against BET over issues related to her hit show Being Mary Jane. Union filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the network as well as Breakdown Productions, which produces the series, for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation. Union claims she had an agreement with the network to produce a maximum of 13 episodes per season, but BET is trying to pack filming for two seasons into one. Union’s lawsuit also notes that the network is trying to shoot both seasons at the same time so executives wouldn’t have to give her a pay increase. “Although BET represented and assured Ms. Union before she agreed to perform in Being Mary Jane that it would never produce more than thirteen (13) episodes per season of the series, BET now wants to shoot twenty (20) episodes of the series back-to-back and cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract, with no additional consideration, and to deprive Ms. Union of her agreed-upon compensation for the next two seasons of Being Mary Jane. It is outrageous that BET would treat one of its biggest stars in this manner after all she has done to support the network and contribute to its success,” the lawsuit reads. BET has not responded to the suit. Read more.
San Antonio Police Officers To Be Reprimanded For Sporting Trump Caps
A group of San Antonio, Texas, police officers landed in hot water after video footage surfaced of them donning Trump campaign caps emblazoned with “Make America Great Again” while in uniform as they greeted the Republican presidential nominee. According to the city’s police chief William McManus, law enforcement officials are banned from involving themselves in any political activity. McManus stated that the officers in the video will be reprimanded. “The officers wearing the campaign hats while in uniform violated SAPD policy and will be disciplined appropriately,” said McManus. “SAPD officers are charged with protecting the entire community. The officers displayed poor judgment. I expect them to know better than to give the appearance of endorsing a candidate while on duty and in uniform, regardless of the political campaign or the candidate.” San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor took to Facebook to express her disappointment surrounding the incident. “SAPD officers are charged with protecting the entire community. The officers displayed poor judgment. I expect them to know better than to give the appearance of endorsing a candidate while on duty and in uniform, regardless of the political campaign or the candidate,” she said. Read more.
Billy Bush Suspended from NBC After Trump Tape Scandal
Trump isn’t the only person who came under fire for the unaired Access Hollywood footage from 2005. For Billy Bush, a former host of the show and current correspondent on NBC’s Today, his involvement in the tape scandal may cost him his job. The footage features Bush laughing and egging Trump on as he made vulgar remarks about women. Bush apologized after the tape made headlines, claiming that he was “embarrassed and ashamed.” Initially, he was to appear on the Today show on Monday to address the issue, but the network decided to change their plans. NBC suspended Bush on Sunday and expressed their frustration with his involvement in the scandal. The network and Bush are reportedly negotiating an exit plan for the reporter. “Let me be clear: There is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape,” wrote Today show producer Noah Oppenheim in a note to staff members. “NBC has decided to suspend Billy pending further review of this matter.” Read more.
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