Welcome to the March 9, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: Leave Lily James' body alone.
“On one hand it's upsetting, on the other hand it's just boring,” James told The Huffington Post about those who have questioned whether her tiny waist in Disney's “Cinderella” was altered in post-production to appear smaller. “Why do women always get pointed at for their bodies? And why is this whole thing happening and I'm constantly having to justify myself? International Women's Day has just gone, and it just feels just a bit sad that it's still happening. You know, I'm very healthy and I always have been.”
Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles.
Outraged: The Maryknoll sisters
Target: Bill O'Reilly
Why: The Roman Catholic nuns have released a statement condemning the Fox News host for lying about witnessing the murder of members of their order in El Salvador in the 1980s. The statement reads in part: “Maryknoll Sisters were deeply saddened when our Sisters were killed in El Salvador, and shocked when we learned of Mr. O'Reilly's statement inferring he witnessed their murder…This is, of course, untrue and we hope Mr. O'Reilly will take greater care in the public statements he makes in the future.”
Oh, he's definitely going to Hell.
Outraged: Pretty much everybody
Target: Daylight savings time
Why: On the latest edition of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver's” “How Is This Still A Thing?” segment, the HBO show attempts to explain the continued Daylight Savings Time tradition and discovers it was not, in fact, put in place to benefit farmers or…basically anything else that's still relevant. “So if it doesn't benefit our energy bill, our health or our stupid, stupid cows, it has to make you wonder, 'Daylight Savings Time: how is this still a thing?'” Searing.
Outraged: Ben Stein
Target: The New York Times
Why: The conservative actor and pundit has slammed the Grey Lady for allegedly cropping President George W. Bush out of a photo from Saturday's 50th anniversary march commemorating Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, telling Fox News' “Outnumbered”: “I think it”s clear liberal bias…Why else cut him out? I mean, he was a great guy. He was civil rights leader, an impressive guy in that whole area. Why cut him out except for pure bias?”
George W. Bush: Civil Rights Leader. Let that one sit for a minute.
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Outraged: John Oliver
Target: Guilty parties in the Ferguson police department and/or court system
Why: After quoting a racist email allegedly sent by a member of the Ferguson P.D. that compares African-Americans to dogs, the “Last Week Tonight” host summed up his feelings with the following: “Fuck those fucking assholes!” Oh, don't hold back, John.
Outraged: Conservative talk show host Larry Elder
Target: D.L. Hughley
Why: Elder responded with anger after the comedian and left-leaning political pundit tweeted that “Ben Carson is just Herman Cain who can hold a scalpel instead of a pizza cutter,” but things heated up even more when the conservative talk show host took issue with Hughley's claim that Elder had only 12,000 listeners on his former KABC talk show.
“Hughley said I had 'only 12,000 listeners.' Must be common core math,” Elder snarked. He then hit back by pointing out the cancellation of Hughley's short-lived CNN talk show back in 2009, along with a graph showing the ratings for his show his last full week on the air:
– Larry Elder (@larryelder) March 7, 2015
Trying really hard to care about this.