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- Pop Star Prostitutes Himself Because of ‘God’ in FX Anthologyby Elise Ehrhard on September 23, 2021 at 11:24 pm
A hip "Christian pastor" offers a parable about "opium dick," a pop star who "listens to God" offers sex to high schoolers as an academic prize, and a pretentious teen gives philosophical justifications for prostitution in FX on Hulu's latest episode of The Premise. The convoluted new episode of the anthology series, 'The Ballad of Jesse Wheeler,' premiered on Thursday, September 23. It began with pop star Jesse Wheeler returning to his high school alma mater to make a donation for a new library. When the students do not clap at the news of a library, he decides to add an additional "donation." He will have sex with whichever student wins valedictorian that year. Wheeler's right-hand man, Cooper (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) flips out at him after the impromptu announcement. "What if the winner is underage, Jesse?" he asks. "Then it's after they turn 18," Jesse replies. Throughout the episode, Jesse uses "God" to justify his decision to offer a one-night stand to a high school stranger as a prize. "I don't listen to people, I listen to God," he says. He goes to a church with a large Christian cross as its stained glass window. The supposedly hip-looking pastor gives Jesse a bizarre sexual "parable" to help him make his decision. Jesse: Listen, pastor. The voice I'm hearing is not telling me what other people tell me it should be saying. Pastor: For sure. I hear that. Jesse: Can you hit me with one of those parables? Pastor: For sure. There was this village... years ago. And in this village, there lived a chemist. Every day the chemist, he would wander the fields, picking flowers for his potions. One day, he picked this beautiful poppy, and he crushed it up and put into one of his potions. And do you know what poppies turn into? Jesse: Poppy juice? Pastor: Also known as opium. Now, the chemist, he put some of it on his lips to taste it. He felt totally amazing... and he rushes back to the village completely overcome with joy, and he asks this woman if he can kiss her. And then she too felt the surge. First on her lips, and then all through her body. Jesse: Fire. ( laughs ) Pastor: Now hand in hand, they lept together through the village back to the chemist's house where they laughed and they danced. Do you know what the chemist did then? Jesse: He put it on his dick. Pastor: That's exactly what he did. He put it on his dick. Word spread through the village and the chemist, you know, all of a sudden, he's got all these women lining up to lay with him. Jesse: Woof. That's a top story. Pastor: It's not over. Jesse: Fire. Pastor: Some people, they questioned if it was fair that the chemist had this opium dick. Did the women want him or his opium? Jesse: ( exhales ) It's all him because he made the opium. Pastor: Your talent Jesse... your fame, the light music that shines through you. Jesse: That's my opium dick. Pastor: And opium is powerful. You know, some say that opium is a religion of the masses. But even when it's your opium, it's still not totally yours, is it? Jesse: It's God's. The weird message of that scene takes Hollywood blasphemy to new lows. The senior destined to win the night with Jesse's "opium dick" is a slacker named Abbi (Kaitlyn Dever). She has skipped most of her high school classes for the last three years. How she can become valedictorian when her GPA is so low and she is on the verge of expulsion is never explained. She shows up for a class on "ethics and values" with her friend, Caleb (Brendan Scannell), and spouts off pseudo-intellectual Marxist claptrap that attacks orthodox religion, traditional sexual morality and "late stage capitalism." Abbi: There's a more fundamental issue at play here. The central challenge is that you're teaching a curriculum that centers on a tradition formed by thousands of years of religious worship, but you're teaching it in an era where we worship celebrity. Teacher: Oh, I like this, is everyone listening to Abbi? Abbi: And, celebrity worship is better. It's an evolution. Teacher: Okay, let's put a pin in evolution. Abbi: Pop culture is a religion, it has its own deities, hymns, rituals, mythologies, except it's not based on make-believe and it hasn't started any wars. By definition, popular culture means that the common populace gets to play a part in defining it and changing it in real-time. Caleb: Except that democratization doesn't mean it's superior. It can just be a shallow reflection of those same unjust structures. Case in point, a white savior figure coming into a majority-minority school and making a promise in which the prize itself escalates a value system that places himself firmly at the top of the social hierarchy. Teacher: Okay, let's move back towards ethics and values. Caleb: I'm sorry, does social justice not count under ethics & values? Teacher: Oh, no, no, that's not what I meant. Caleb: It's not a rhetorical question. It's about whether you see ethics and values through a societal lens or an individualistic one. Both valid but extremely different points of view. Abbi: And, I'll connect them for him. Every day around the world as a maladaptation of late-stage capitalism, countless sex workers survive by economizing their sexual value through the enjoyment of the rich and powerful. Today, notably, we see a person who is powerful and privileged acknowledge his body as something of sexual value to others. He offers this of his own free will as a systemic incentive for the collective benefit of the disenfranchised. In that way, it's an act of social justice with repercussions far beyond school. As a step towards destigmatizing sex work, revolutionizing the lives of millions of people and treating the aesthetic appeal of status as a collective resource belonging to the people who created it. The rest of the episode builds to more Marxist dialogue that reduces U.S. history and western civilization to the tired oppressor systems/oppressed dichotomy that is supposed to be a sign of student "intelligence." Caleb gets an A+ from his history teacher, Mr. Holmes (Ed Asner), for a presentation at the history fair that posits, "The story of the world is that chains of oppression, morph into chain links of progress. Everyone who has been disconnected from society and systems of power, has rebelled, intersectional progress." Abbi tosses in "sexual liberation" to her history project and also gets an A+. Through a VR presentation, she states, "sex... the force most capable of inspiring both infinite selfishness and infinite bonding is appropriated by all systems of power and must be liberated. If you want to matter to history, you must be as disloyal to its structures as you are loyal to its spirit. The world is watching, Mr. Holmes. Do you belong to history’s buildings, or the people who blow them up?" One of the more insipid aspects of the episode is that the audience is supposed to believe these students' ideas are phenomenal and fresh rather than the tired, washed-up jargon of communism. In the end, Abbi inexplicably gets the highest GPA in the class. Apparently, the writers know more about Engels than cumulative averages. She has sex with Wheeler at his mansion and announces, "I fucked him," at her valedictory speech at school. That is where the episode ends. The ending is as banal and boring as leftist ideas themselves. Last week, the premiere episode of The Premise took amusing digs at social justice. A second episode initially offered arguments for and against the second amendment before ultimately turning against gun owners. This new episode dispensed with any nuance all together and merely wasted a half hour on morally bankrupt losers. What a waste of an audience's time.
- Do Something Then? Cuomo, NBC Huff Media Not Covering Missing Minoritiesby Nicholas Fondacaro on September 23, 2021 at 10:54 pm
The search-turned-murder investigation of Gabby Patito was tragic, but it showed how people can come together to help solve a mystery. But it also provided an opportunity for those looking to divide to drive a wedge. That appeared to be the mission both CNN’s Chris Cuomo and NBC Nightly News were on Thursday when they complained that the media wasn’t giving enough airtime to cases where minorities had gone missing and asserted the public didn’t care enough. If only they had massive international platforms to be the change they wanted! Cuomo got off to an early start with his hallow analysis as he tweeted platitudes about how people needed to do better. He even tweeted out about other missing people and dared people to get involved as if they didn’t care otherwise. “Let's see if the attention on #gabbypetito and the concern about neglect of others who are missing can generate sustained interest in finding folks. Another family is desperate. Will you take up the cause,” he declared over an image of missing Native American Reatha May Finkbonner. “Talking about the problem is good. Doing something about it is better. Who in media will step up,” he posed in another. In a spat of tweets responding to people calling out how neither he nor CNN had given airtime to these missing person cases, Cuomo lashed out at viewers by blaming them for not showing an interest: Let's see if the attention on #gabbypetito and the concern about neglect of others who are missing can generate sustained interest in finding folks. Another family is desperate. Will you take up the cause? pic.twitter.com/12XEys0wDq — Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) September 23, 2021 Will you be as interested? Let's watch tonight and see. There are other families desperate for answers. We hate with gusto on here...can we help as well? https://t.co/ueBRa8j0dz — Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) September 23, 2021 Just heard about it. There is no question there are many people missing, many families desperate for answers. Let's see if #Petito case is a catalyst to interest in others. https://t.co/DrLtMiCZwj — Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) September 23, 2021 There were a few ridiculous points in Cuomo’s argument. On one hand, he tacitly admitted that CNN was chasing ratings and wasn’t going to cover the stuff he said mattered. On the other hand, CNN’s ratings were in the toilet which meant they weren’t actually covering what interested people anyway, so maybe they should start covering more of those cases. And that’s all driven by the fact that THEY (the media) control what they talk about on their shows and networks, and what shows up on their networks can drive what interests the public. Now, Cuomo did speak with David Robinson on his show later that night to shed light on the mysterious disappearance of his son Daniel, so only time will tell if he would continue to report on missing minorities. CNN did publish an article on their website continuing this effort to inject race into the search for missing people, and essentially hinted that Patito benefited from white privilege (Click “expand”): Robinson said he sympathizes with the family of Gabby Petito, whose remains were recovered Sunday after she disappeared while exploring parks in Wyoming prompting a highly publicized search. Still, Robinson said it's "hurtful" to see a young White woman's case met with more urgency and national attention than his son, who is Black. (…) Robinson is among the Black and brown families whose loved ones remain missing and say they have struggled to get fair attention on their cases. Some say they have grown frustrated with watching the search for missing White women like Petito be in the spotlight, while police appear to allow their cases to go cold or classify their loved one as a "runaway." “Some experts say the nation faces ‘Missing White Women Syndrome,’ which is defined by the heavier media attention White women and girls receive when they go missing compared to anyone outside of those demographics,” they added. It was a similar narrative on NBC, where anchor Lester Holt lamented: “The intense and heavily followed effort to find Gabby Petito invites a sharp contrast. The families of so many of those missing in this country, many people of color feel forgotten.” “As Gabby Petito's case grips the nation, families of color with missing loved ones remind the nation they're hurting too,” suggested NBC correspondent Antonia Hylton. “In 2020, more than 500,000 people were reported missing. Nearly 40 percent of them, people of color.” That’s a massive number of missing people and NBC only reported a fraction of a fraction of them. Perhaps they can start with themselves. This gross injection of race into the murder case of Gabby Patito was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from UPS on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time and Ensure on NBC. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund. The relevant portion of the transcript is below, click "expand" to read: NBC Nightly News September 23, 2021 7:15:08 p.m. Eastern LESTER HOLT: The intense and heavily followed effort to find Gabby Petito invites a sharp contrast. The families of so many of those missing in this country, many people of color feel forgotten. Antonia Hylton has that story. [Cuts to video] ANTONIA HYLTON: As Gabby Petito's case grips the nation, families of color with missing loved ones remind the nation they're hurting too. DAVID ROBINSON II: The first 24 to 48 hours is the most important and is critical. HYLTON: David Robinson's son Daniel is a 24-year-old geologist who disappeared after work one day this past July in Buckeye, Arizona. Police found his car in a ravine, but three months have passed. No sign of him or his body. Why do you they that is? That cases like your son's go unheard. ROBINSON: As much as I really hate to say this, sometimes I think race is a factor. [Transition] They may think that it is not an urgency for us. HYLTON: David had to hire his own private investigator. ROBINSON: He's my son. He's a person. HYLTON: In 2020, more than 500,000 people were reported missing. Nearly 40 percent of them, people of color. KAYE WISE WHITEHEAD (professor, Loyola University Maryland) Hundreds of black and brown families, who are waiting to get word of their loved ones, waiting for a news story, who are waiting for a moment to step into the spotlight and shine some light on their stories. (…)
- Peter Doocy Ticks Off Jen Psaki After Grilling Her on Biden’s Border Crisisby Curtis Houck on September 23, 2021 at 10:45 pm
Thursday’s White House press briefing was a barnburner about the border crisis as, at one end, Fox News’s Peter Doocy pushed a perturbed Press Secretary Jen Psaki for answers on Team Biden’s erroneous math about Haitian illegal immigrants, their lax COVID policies, and how women are being allowed to stay as long as they claim they’re pregnant (which led Psaki to imply Doocy was a sexist). And at the other end of the spectrum, PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor was incensed about how images of border officials using horses had “traumatiz[ed] Haitian Americans” and demanded President Biden use “his bully pulpit” to stand up for Haitians (as opposed to Americans living in border towns). Doocy began by going back to some statistical inconsistencies Psaki had offered minutes earlier: “So, there are 15,000 migrants under the Del Rio bridge Saturday. If you add up the ones that you say were expelled or released it's less than 5,000. Say there's 5,000 that are still left. Where’s everybody else?” After Psaki dismissed Doocy’s fact-check by saying she’d be “happy to get you a more fruitful rundown,” he pointed out the fact that “when you talk about how some of these people are being placed in removal proceedings, that does not mean removed.” Psaki’s response all but conceded Doocy’s point as she said it “means they're in the process of going through removal proceedings,” which, for those playing along, means absolutely nothing. Doocy then moved to COVID, wanting to know “how is” the Biden administration’s policies “helping” to “stop the spread” when “most of these people that are going into removal proceedings are being put on either buses from Del Rio to El Paso and Laredo or being flown to Tucson, with no Covid tested — testing unless they show symptoms.” Unsurprisingly, Psaki said with a straight face that “we have a protocol and process in place as it relates to...testing and quarantining.” Of course, Psaki also clung to the insistence that the government collects “biometric data and other data” that ensures they can be tracked within the country “if [they] cannot be expelled under Title 42.” Though Psaki threw a larger word salad in Doocy’s direction, he fired off this piercing follow-up: “But why should somebody, say, in Laredo, Texas, or El Paso or Tucson, Arizona have to have their chance of catching Covid go up because hundreds of miles away, there’s an open border?” Giving what was perhaps the most asinine statement of the briefing, Psaki said “there certainly is not an open border” as the government’s “continuing to employ our immigration proceedings and process and restrictions.” After the briefing, Fox correspondent Bill Melugin again did a full fact-check on America Reports of Psaki’s claims, including that laughable statement that those kept in the U.S. won’t disappear. And before moving on, Doocy triggered Psaki by talking about the fact that not only are families being released en masse, the same goes for those with any woman who claims to be pregnant, regardless of their veracity (click “expand”): DOOCY: And just a final follow-up, you say the border is not open, but we're told by our teams on the ground you guys are releasing pretty much all family units, couples where the woman says that she is pregnant or single women who say that they are pregnant and that nobody actually has to take a pregnancy test unless they want to. So, how — PSAKI: Are you suggesting you don't believe when women say they're pregnant. Is that a big issue, we think, at the border? DOOCY: I am not in charge of keeping the border secured. You guys are. PSAKI: You think pregnant women are posing a big threat to the border? DOOCY: You tell me. PSAKI; To the border communities? DOOCY: You tell me. PSAKI: That’s a big issue? DOOCY: You tell me. PSAKI: I'm not aware of pregnant women being a big issue of concern to people at the border. What I will note for you, Peter, is that as I said earlier, there is a process if people cannot be expelled under Title 42 for a range of reasons. Some of that is because countries they came from or other countries, including Mexico, may not be accepting families with children under the age of seven. They are placed in removal proceedings. Those removal proceedings require them to either go to a detention facility or require them to go get a notice to appear and — including providing their biometric data and otherwise so that they can be — we can ensure we know where they are, and we can ensure we know when they're going to come back. So, that's what the process is. If there's a big outrage about pregnant women — DOOCY: No, the issue is not about — PSAKI: — I'm not tracking it. DOOCY: The issue is not about pregnant women. The issue is: Is the border open or is the border closed because my understanding is that a lot of this is happening on this side of the border? PSAKI: I think you know the answer to that question and I just conveyed clearly that we are implementing our border restrictions, including Title 42, including making clear that people who are coming through irregular migration that this is not the time to come and they will be placed in removal proceedings. A few minutes before Doocy, Alcindor had her go and made clear that, despite working for taxpayer-funded PBS, she would be putting Haiti first: “[T]he President has often used his bully pulpit during the most important times in his administration. Why is he not using that bully pulpit to speak out forcefully himself on the treatment of Haitians?” Psaki ran through her talking points about how the administration was upset about said horse incident (if one could even call it that), but Alcindor wasn’t satisfied and demanded Biden do more because Haitian Americans are “traumatiz[ed]” that their fellow Haitians weren’t being treated “respectfully and with humanity.” The press secretary went back to her talking points, so Alcindor turned to the resignation of Special Envoy Daniel Foote. Very quickly, it became clear that even Psaki had enough of her advocacy (click “expand”): ALCINDOR: Daniel Foote also said in his letter — he called the U.S. policy inhumane, deeply flawed. Does the President believe anything in this letter that Daniel Foote is saying rings true, has some sort of point that he that he believes it's true? PSAKI: Which aspect? ALCINDOR: He called the — the — he called the — the policy toward Haiti inhumane. He said that — PSAKI: He wasn't specific in his letter. What I noted earlier before — ALCINDOR: — he was quite specific. PSAKI: — what I noted early — let me finish, Yamiche. What I noted earlier before is that we have taken very specific actions as it relates to the horrific photos that we would that are not. We're not going to stand for in this administration. I don't know if he was referring to that or something else. That's why I asked, raised the point. His purview — ALCINDOR: [INAUDIBLE] PSAKI: — let me finish, Yamiche. His purview was not about migration. He didn't raise his concerns about migration privately. We respect his point of view, respect his ability to bring forward concerns, to raise ideas ,to raise proposals. That's certainly something the President welcomes from everybody on his team and something that he had the opportunity to do in a range of meetings. We also have to make decisions here, based on what we feel are going to help promote democracy in Haiti, including, uh, Haitian-led, uh, reforms, Haitian-led steps on the ground to make changes in the country. ALCINDOR: I’ve talked to a number of people who say that he did raise concerns over the deportation of Haitians and the treatment of Haitians. Are you saying then that Daniel Foote is not telling the truth in this letter? PSAKI: I would point you to the State Department who have conveyed clearly in their statement, what I just said. ALCINDOR: And one last question, I promise. PSAKI: Yep. Eventually, Alcindor capped off her round by demanding Biden “be listening to Haitian civil society” for how Haiti should move forward (and ostensibly it’s immigration or lack thereof). To see the relevant transcript from September 23's briefing (including more questions and substantive ones from Bloomberg’s Jennifer Epstein and Canadian reporter Richard Latendresse), click here.
- Nets Skip Hunter Trying to 'Shakedown' Libyan Gov. for Millionsby Nicholas Fondacaro on September 23, 2021 at 8:39 pm
According to a Thursday report from Business Insider, they obtained e-mail evidence that Hunter Biden had tried to “shakedown” the government of Libya for millions of dollars as they tried to get him to help release money frozen when his dad was vice president. It was yet another scandal in recent weeks set to rock the Joe Biden administration, but instead of trying to baselessly claim it was “Russian” “disinformation” (as they did with the Hunter laptop story) the broadcast networks simply ignored it. Of course, Fox News Channel’s Special Report was not beholden to nor did they have an interest in protecting the Biden administration from any scandal. And ahead of their panel discussion on the story, anchor Bret Baier quipped it was “another Hunter Biden scandal, this one may actually get covered beyond Fox News and The New York Post.” But his humor was for naught as ABC’s World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News all chose to mill about and chat about the weather forecast instead. “We are learning new information tonight about a report alleging President Biden's son Hunter attempted to shake down the Libyan government for millions of dollars,” Baier announced in contrast at the top of the segment. Speaking on the individuals Hunter was conspiring with, chief Washington correspondent Mike Emanuel said: “They were reportedly seeking to help recover billions in Libyan assets frozen by the Obama administration when Joe Biden was vice president.” This alleged plot began coming together in 2015 and was carried over into 2016, as they made references to Joe Biden pondering a run for president: Jauhari lays out Hunter's demands in a January 28, 2015 email, writing, “per phone conversation, I met with number two son. He wants $2 million per year retainer plus success fees. He wants to hire his own people. It can be close circle of people for confidentiality. His dad is deciding to run or not.” A second email dated February 26, 2016, Jauhari and Al-Rahbani receive an update from attorney John Sandweg, who had reportedly reached out to Hunter's team about the Libya deal: “I spoke with HB's team yesterday. They are interested in the project but emphasized for them to get involved, the team (lobbyists, lawyers, and PR) would need to be a small group of folks they have a tight relationship with. They do not want a large group involved and they only want people with whom they have a close relationship with due to the sensitivity surrounding their involvement.” “At the end of today's White House briefing, a reporter fired a question at Press Secretary Jen Psaki about Hunter Biden,” Emanuel noted. “She ignored the question. A White House spokesman later responded ‘no comment’ when reached by Fox.” He also noted that “It's unclear if any laws were broken.” Although, it was further evidence of the pattern of Hunter trying to get richer off his family name and the access he could give people to his father. And if this story was about President Trump and his children, the networks would be all over it. This bias by omission to protect President Biden from his dubious son was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Ensure on ABC, SimpliSafe on CBS, and Ford Motor Company on NBC. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: Fox News Channel’s Special Report September 23, 2021 6:19:09 p.m. Eastern BRET BAIER: We are learning new information tonight about a report alleging President Biden's son Hunter attempted to shake down the Libyan government for millions of dollars. Chief Washington correspondent Mike Emanuel tells us what he’s hearing tonight. Good evening, Mike. MIKE EMANUEL: Bret, good evening. These emails were obtained from Business Insider. The first email from January 28, 2015, a Democratic donor named Sam Jauhari to Sheikh Mohammed Al-Rahbani, an Obama campaign donor. They were reportedly seeking to help recover billions in Libyan assets frozen by the Obama administration when Joe Biden was vice president. Jauhari lays out Hunter's demands in a January 28, 2015 email, writing, “per phone conversation, I met with number two son. He wants $2 million per year retainer plus success fees. He wants to hire his own people. It can be close circle of people for confidentiality. His dad is deciding to run or not.” A second email dated February 26, 2016, Jauhari and Al-Rahbani receive an update from attorney John Sandweg, who had reportedly reached out to Hunter's team about the Libya deal: “I spoke with HB's team yesterday. They are interested in the project but emphasized for them to get involved, the team (lobbyists, lawyers, and PR) would need to be a small group of folks they have a tight relationship with. They do not want a large group involved and they only want people with whom they have a close relationship with due to the sensitivity surrounding their involvement.” At the end of today's White House briefing, a reporter fired a question at Press Secretary Jen Psaki about Hunter Biden. She ignored the question. A White House spokesman later responded “no comment” when reached by Fox. Today, the top Republican on House oversight called these latest revelations troubling. REP. JAMES COMER (R-KY): Hunter Biden has a pattern of abuse, a pattern of trying to sell influence to his family. So, I think this just vindicates a lot of people like myself and a lot of my colleagues in Congress, who have always said Hunter Biden is someone we should be suspicious of and someone who we should be having access for oversight. EMANUEL: This is not related to the emails from Hunter's purported laptop. Fox has reached out to Hunter Biden but no response so far. It's unclear if any laws were broken. Bret? BAIER: Okay. Mike.
- Netflix's Crude 'Chicago Party Aunt' Dishes Lame Jokes About Abortion, White Peopleby Elise Ehrhard on September 23, 2021 at 7:42 pm
Continuing its tradition of garbage original programming, Netflix premiered the lame adult cartoon Chicago Party Aunt on Friday, September 17. "Inspired" by a Twitter account portraying a degenerate middle-aged Chicago woman, the parody account was actually created by a male Netflix writer, not an aging aunt in Chicago. The vulgar show slogs along with predictable jokes from the hard-partying Diane (Lauren Ash). It is the sort of show where characters use crude words like "queef" and slang like "BD" for "bar dick" - "Low-quality, you're not sure what you're putting up there, but it gets the job done," Diane explains. In the series, Diane's respectable suburban sister, Bonnie (Jill Talley), decides to sell the city condo that she rents to the delinquent Diane. She gives Diane one week's notice to get out. "Oh, that's plenty of time. I've gotten pregnant and un-pregnant in one week," Diane says. Yes, this show is so low it makes an abortion joke. Diane's nephew Daniel (Rory O'Malley), openly homosexual, is a nerdy high school senior who gets excited about attending a video installation by the feminist and communist artist Hannah Black. After Daniel graduates high school, he decides to take a gap year before attending college and convinces his mom to let Diane stay in the condo with him as her roommate. Shortly after the newly adult Daniel moves in, Diane decides to help him loosen up. For example, she gives him advice on how to make-out with strangers at a gay club for Halloween: Diane: You gotta work on your game, my friend. You sound like Mitt Romney. Daniel: Okay, instead of calling me hurtful names, can you give me some tips. Daniel works at a hip, lefty juice bar. The owner of the bar tries to follow the new woke gender rules about saying "man" and "woman." But when both a man and a woman have the same name on an order, the owner is left with no choice but to whisper biological truths: Nephew: I have a kale grail for...Zale? Male Zale: I'm Zale. Female Zale: Oh, hey, wait. I'm Zale too. Nephew: Was it a male Zale or a female Zale? Owner: Daniel, hmmm, gender is a construct and you are legally not allowed to ask that question. [whispers] It was the guy. The few black characters in this Netflix version of Chicago are primarily used just to insult Diane or white women in general. Diane's gay black boss, Gideon (RuPaul), makes comments about her race in relation to her irresponsibility. When Gideon lets Diane pass a corporate exam she did not actually complete so she can keep her job, he says, "Fine, she passes. Mm...mm...mm. To be a white woman in America." After Diane accidentally outs him to his mother, Gideon rages at Diane about how she confused two black singers, Thelma Huston and Tina Turner. "It was Thelma Huston you dumb, white asshole," he yells at her. Gideon has to kick Diane out of the corporate Christmas party when she breaks the rules and pops champagne. Diane's black co-worker, Tina, adds a race-based comment as Diane leaves. Gideon: Diane, that's strike number two. You're out. Diane: It's three strikes and you're out. Gideon: It's two strikes in corporate America Tina: And one if you're black. As the above dialogue shows, this cartoon about a human train wreck is not particularly funny, just embarrassing. While it is is also not all that political, it includes one clear conservative in the series. He is a nasty, long-forgotten ex of Diane's. She visits him in the hospital in the final episode, 'Emergency Contact.' His character is so awful that he steals money from sick children. When Diane wishes him Merry Christmas, he yells, "You're damn right it's Merry Christmas. We're taking it back from the lamestream media libtards!" The series continues Netflix's inexorable decline into the sewer with unfunny shows filled with hackneyed, nasty characters who leave you rolling your eyes and turning off the screen.