After public uproar about CeeLo Green’s comments on rape this weekend, TBS has decided to cancel his reality show, “CeeLo Green’s The Good Life.” According to a press release released by UltraViolet, an online women’s rights organization, within three hours of setting up a petition against Green, TBS announced that it was canceling the “Crazy” singers show.
“Today, less than three hours after a campaign was launched to call on Time Warner and TBS to cancel CeeLo Green’s reality show The Good Life, in the wake of his controversial tweets claiming that an unconscious drugged woman cannot be raped if she doesn’t remember, UltraViolet has received word that the show has been cancelled. More than 30,000 UltraViolet members signed onto the short campaign in less than three hours,” UltraViolet stated.
This cancelation comes just days after the singer pled no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman. According to reports, CeeLo slipped ecstasy into a woman’s drink during a date back in 2012 and she woke up in his bed. Green has been sentenced to three years of probation and 45 days of community service and took his case to social media this weekend.
“If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously,” he tweeted, according to Buzzfeed, “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” He later added, “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH implies consent.”
“This is a huge victory for women and survivors of rape and sexual assault … No matter how famous you are, rape is never ok. CeeLo Green publicized views that rape isn’t rape if a woman doesn’t remember–a false and dangerous claim. We urge CeeLo Green, Time Warner, and TBS to take this moment to donate to an organization helping survivors of rape, and are looking into whether any next steps are appropriate” Shaunna Thomas the co-founder of UltraViolet stated.
It must also be noted that CeeLo’s show was not doing to well in the first place. It had a brief six-episode run over the summer on TBS and the Hollywood Reporter reports that it had mediocre ratings, only clocking in 677,000 viewers after DVR usage. Petition or not, this is not a good look for Mr. Green.
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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