Welcome to the February 4, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's daily rundown of everything folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story? “Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy has some concerns about Disney's “Frozen.”
Look out, men: the Mouse House is out to destroy your confidence. “Are movies like the Disney smash hit about an ice queen and her sister empowering girls by turning our men into fools and villains?” Doocy asked on the Fox News morning program. Oh, boy. “It would be nice for Hollywood to have more male figures in those kinds of movies.”
Added guest Penny Young Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America (!): “Hollywood in general has often sent the message that men are superfluous, that they're stupid, that they're in the way, and if they contribute anything to family it's a paycheck.”
Head just exploded.
Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles.
Outraged: Andy Cohen
Target: “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast members Kyle Richards and Lisa Rinna
Why: After playing a cringe-y montage of the pair characterizing their gay friends as fun accessories (“Everyone in town has four or five gays,” says Richards in one clip), the “Watch What Happens Live” host took a moment to “impart some wisdom” to the reality stars: “Even though some of your friends might be gay, which is great, they”re not yours. You do not own them. We are not cattle. We are not purses,” he said. And furthermore: “The next time you feel like saying, ‘My gays,” replace it with, ‘My blacks,” and see how that turns out.” Does this mean I should stop saying “my Bravolebrities” when I'm hanging with Lisa Vanderpump?
Outraged: Jon Stewart
Targets: Anti-vaccine types
Why: The “Daily Show” host took both “science-denying, affluent California liberals” and conservative politicians Rand Paul and Chris Christie to task on last night's show in a segment about the measles outbreak in California: “Vaccine ignorance seems to have created some strange hospital bedfellows, uniting the fringe of left and right,” said Stewart. “Y'know, it makes me realize, there”s no red America, there”s no blue America. There”s just a needlessly sick America.” Holly Robinson Peete, meanwhile, is still pissed that Jenny McCarthy got most of the anti-vaxx publicity.
Outraged: A number of conservative news outlets
Target: Jon Stewart
Why: Tables turned! In light of Stewart's above-mentioned rant, right-leaning websites including the National Review and Twitchy have called out the “Daily Show” host for his 2005 interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who spoke for a full seven minutes about his anti-vaccine views on the show with very little pushback. Granted, this was ten years ago, but as the Daily Caller notes, “The autism-vaccine link was just as discredited in 2005 as it is today.” Hypocrites, the lot of us.
Outraged: Eva Longoria
Target: The Hollywood Reporter
Why: The actress has expressed her anger with the trade publication for a recent expose that accuses Global Gift Galas, a charity for which the “Desperate Housewives” star serves as co-chair, of misappropriating funds. “My first thought is that as a philanthropist I believe in total transparency when it comes to charities,” Longoria told The Wrap. “My second thought is that the article is inaccurate. The philanthropic space is very complicated. …To reduce the generosities of any persons who have the intention of doing good in the world is shameful.” You know what else is shameful? Felicity Huffman gets nominated for an Oscar and still can't land a decent movie role.
Outraged: Country singer Larry Gatlin
Target: Florida Congressman Alcee L. Hastings
Why: In response to the Democratic lawmaker's characterization of Texas as a “crazy state” during a House Rules Committee hearing about Obamacare on Monday, the “Broken Lady” crooner threatened to “open up a cowboy bootshop in [Hasting's] behind” on — where else! — Fox News. Yes, he did it in song.