Winner and loser of the week in pop culture
Leslie Jones. The Saturday Night Live star is no stranger to online hate. Last month, she publicly shared a number of racist, sexist and even violent comments hurled at her by Twitter trolls, and received an outpouring of love and support. This week, Jones paid it forward by rallying support around Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, who reportedly was spotted crying after an interview that touched on controversies over why she hadn't held her hand over her heart during the national anthem and other stuff that had nothing to do with her athletic performance. Jones sent out this tweet.
The response was huge, with thousands of people sharing the #LOVE4GABBYUSA tag, including stars like Shonda Rimes, Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington. Also, if you're asking me, Jones was the best part of that ho-hum Ghostbusters reboot.
Comedy Central and late night TV viewers. The cable network this week announced that it is canceling Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show, which never "resonated" after it was chosen to replace Steven Colbert's long-running Colbert Report last year, according to Comedy Central's president said. The news of Wilmore's exit means that, at least for now, one of television's most fearless and unapologetic voices on race and politics is silenced. Watching The Nightly Show was always slightly uncomfortable. It forced viewers to think about "race, gender or class -- the type of stuff you're not supposed to bring up to a tired audience that wants a few chuckles" before bed, as Variety put it. The show's signature segment, "Keep it 100," in which Wilmore would ask panelists extremely uncomfortable hypothetical questions, then immediately critique, to their face, whether they'd "kept it 100" by answering honestly, kept it 100 more often than anything else on TV.