Welcome to the March 16, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: why are fans of HBO's “The Jinx” slamming the New York Times?
SPOILERS TO FOLLOW
After the Grey Lady sent a “push notification” to subscribers of their smartphone app reporting that the subject of the HBO documentary series had seemingly confessed to three separate murders on the show's finale, viewers tweeted their outrage at having the episode “spoiled” by the newspaper.
As a West coast fan of The Jinx, I'd like to make a formal complaint against the New York Times app push notifications.
– Liz Meriwether (@lizmeriwether) March 16, 2015
– Eric Borgman (@ericborgman) March 16, 2015
Love The Jinx. Love The New York Times. Don't love being spoiled by push notifications, GUYS
– Kyle McCormick (@Kyle_McCormick) March 16, 2015
Well I WANTED to watch The Jinx at some point but I think The New York Times just completely ruined the ending
– Emily Ward (@omgitsemilyward) March 16, 2015
.@nytimes wth New York Times your breaking news alerts today have totally ruined the final episode of the jinx for me! Really crappy >:(
– killian (@ghstfacekillian) March 16, 2015
Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles.
Outraged: Elton John
Target: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana
Why: The pop superstar blasted the fashion designers on Instagram Saturday after the pair — who dated for 23 years before breaking up in 2005 — told Italy's Panorama magazine that they oppose gay adoption as well as in vitro fertilization (IVF}: “The only family is the traditional one,” they are quoted as saying. “No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.” Added Dolce: “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children.”
John, whose two children with husband David Furnish were conceived via IVF, subsequently lashed out at the pair, saying: “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic'” before calling for a boycott of the pair's billion-dollar brand.
How dare you refer to my beautiful children as “synthetic”. And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana
Outraged: “Twitchy Staff”
Target: Elton John
Why: The conservative Twitter aggregator has taken aim at John's Dolce and Gabbana boycott (see above) with a post calling him out for what they deem his hypocrisy (he performed at conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's 2010 nuptials for a reported $1 million fee) and “intolerance”:
“Imagine the screams of 'bigotry' if someone suggested boycotting Elton John”s music because of his stance on this issue,” writes an anonymous contributor on the site. “Yet, Elton wants to damage someone else”s business because they hold an opinion with which he disagrees.”
Even garbage opinions?
Outraged: “X Factor New Zealand” judge Willy Moon and wife/guest judge Natalia Kills
Target: “X Factor New Zealand” contestant Joe Irvine
Why: In perhaps the most brutal reality competition takedown in history, the husband and wife duo bashed Irvine for allegedly copying the look of Moon, a singer popular in his native New Zealand. “Ladies and gentleman, I'm just going to state the obvious – we have a doppelgänger in our midst,” said Kills when asked to weigh in on Irvine's performance. “As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property, I am disgusted with how much you have copied my husband. From the hair, to the suit, do you not have any value or respect for originality? You're a laughing stock, it's cheesy, it's disgusting, I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious.”
Moon's critique? “It's like Norman Bates dressing up in his mother's clothing. It's just a little bit creepy. I feel like you're going to stitch someone's skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience.”
The pair was subsequently fired from the show. God bless.
Outraged: Jon Voight
Target: President Obama
Why: “President Obama does not love Israel,” said the Oscar-winning actor in a video uploaded to YouTube over the weekend. “His whole agenda is to control Israel, and this way he can be friends with all of israel's enemies. …America has not been the same since his presidency, I beg everyone, all of you, to understand the truth.” From what I gather, the truth is…Jon Voight is an alarmist.
Outraged: Arkansas Razorbacks fans
Target: Ashley Judd
Why: After tweeting “@ArkRazorbacks dirty play can kiss my team's free throw making a–” Sunday during a game between the team and her own favorite Kentucky Wildcats, the actress received a slew of threatening comments including: “Go suck on Cal's two inch dick ye Bitch whore” (in reference to Kentucky coach John Calipari). Judd subsequently deleted the tweet before offering the following explanation: “When I express a stout opinion during #MarchMadness I am called a whore, c—, threatened with sexual violence. Not okay.”
I think we've all learned an important lesson today.
Outraged: Brody Jenner
Target: Kanye West
Why: In a clip from the season premiere of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the reality star and son of Bruce Jenner made his feelings about the “Yeezus” rapper known during a discussion about the extravagant Kimye wedding last year, which the younger Jenner skipped in favor of a Chicago DJing gig after his girlfriend Kaitlynn failed to score an invite. “Nobody really gave a f— if Kaitlynn or I went,” he said in explaining his absence. After Bruce pointed out that he did attend Kim's wedding to NFL star Reggie Bush, Brody responded: “Of course! Why wouldn't I? I love Reggie. Put Kanye and Reggie together in a burning building, guess who I'm saving? Reggie all the way.”
Kanye is having a good yawn over this.