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'13 Reasons Why' Calls to 'Burn It Down' in Final Season

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June 9th, 2020 7:00 AM

Netflix’s infamously controversial series 13 Reasons Why has finally come to an end. In the era of coronavirus, stifling shutdowns, and terrible rioting, it’s nice that we can put at least one awful thing behind us. Sadly, the last ten episodes of the season keep pulling us back to these issues.

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Sick 'Billions' Show Lobbies for 'Sex Worker,' Touts Prostitution

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June 8th, 2020 12:20 AM

Non-traditional sexuality has been embraced by Billions throughout its tenure on Showtime. It did it again with this week’s implied threesome between New York State Attorney General Chuck Rhoades, Jr., his new girlfriend Cat Bryant and a woman who appears to be a prostitute. Cat is a sociology professor who favors decriminalization of prostitution, which she insists must be called “sex work,”…

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Hulu Show 'Ramy' Calls Trump 'Piece of Sh**,' 'F**k-Man'

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June 2nd, 2020 7:00 AM

On May 29, Hulu premiered its second season of Ramy, a show about a Muslim-American man living in New Jersey. While the first season tried to showcase the complexities of an Egyptian-American immigrant family, the second season went full raging leftist, calling the U.S. army “the world’s most corrupt army” and the United States a “country that enslaves people in jails and puts them in…

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Attorneys Plan Jewelry Heist to Stop Axe’s Banking Plans on 'Billions'

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May 31st, 2020 11:52 PM

Attorney General Chuck Rhoades, Jr. will stop at nothing to stop his enemy Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, including committing robbery.

This week Chuck and his assistant Kate Sacker try to convince banking official Leah Calder to stall and then deny Axe a state banking charter. She is initially resistant, until they offer to help get back an heirloom engagement ring from her son’s ex-fiancee.…

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'Mrs. America' Finale Exposes Its Modern E.R.A. Ratification Agenda

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May 27th, 2020 9:49 PM
FX on Hulu’s historical revisionism of Phyllis Schlafly and the battle over the Equal Rights Amendment is finally over. After Mrs. America portrayed her as cold, cruel, calculating, insincere, tolerant of racism, and supported by the KKK, it added “abusive” to friends and supporters to its litany of attacks. In addition to the parting shots at Schlafly, the finale exposed the…
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AG Pushes Business Titan to Fight Dirty to Defeat Rival on 'Billions'

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May 24th, 2020 11:33 PM
Like Hatfields and McCoys, the feud between New York Attorney General Chuck Rhoades, Jr., and hedge fund manager Bobby “Axe” Axelrod is the never ending battle fueling the drama on Showtime’s Billions. Both are corrupt, ruthless and willing to fight dirty. This week it was the AG's turn to roll around in the mud. Rhoades tried and failed to enlist rival billionaire Mike…
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Post-Apocalyptic Show 'Snowpiercer' Rallies People to 'Eat the Rich'

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May 24th, 2020 10:54 PM
It should surprise no one that TNT’s post-apocalyptic series Snowpiercer is about as subtle as the 1001-car train the show follows. A class warfare story surrounding the survivors of climate change is about as blunt as one can get. Apparently, however, it can get worse. Now we’ve come to the “eat the rich” portion of our propaganda.
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‘Mrs. America’ Imagines Conservative Defections from STOP ERA Cause

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May 21st, 2020 12:15 AM
As the inevitable, real-life defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment nears, Mrs. America focused on the made-up defection of a devoted conservative woman. It also used a host of negative characterizations against the same woman (Alice). The next to last episode, “Houston,” focused on the Women’s Convention that took place in 1977, but focused almost entirely on how the convention…
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Not-So-Great: Hulu Debuts Raunchy Royal Series With Trump 'Parallels'

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May 20th, 2020 7:00 AM
Billed as “an occasionally true story,” Hulu’s The Great loosely follows the rise of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) as she marries the depraved Russian emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult) and soon plots her inevitable coup of the ruler. Although the series takes place in 1761, it gives a contemporary look at Catherine’s story, especially as her progressive ideals clash with…
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Capitalism Redefined as ‘Subjugate and Conquer’ on ‘Billions'

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May 18th, 2020 12:01 AM
Fictional hedge fund manager Bobby “Axe” Axelrod delivered his own variation of Gordon Gekko’s famous “greed is good” monologue on this week’s Billions. In so doing, it revealed more than just Axe’s ruthlessness. It proved that his idea of what capitalism is, is not the same capitalist theory of economics supported by Adam Smith or Milton Friedman and…
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'Snowpiercer': Climate Change 'Deniers' 'Doomed Us with Their Lies'

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May 17th, 2020 11:50 PM
These days, the last thing we want to think about is being cooped inside for what seems like forever. Unfortunately for us, that happens to be the plot of TNT’s Snowpiercer which premiered May 17. Based on the 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige as well as the 2013 movie Snowpiercer, we follow a post-apocalyptic society that doesn’t forget to remind us about the true horror:…

'Mrs. America' Doubles Down on Ku Klux Klan Collusion Claims

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May 13th, 2020 11:55 PM
Throughout the 1970s, people from the women’s liberation movement hurled many accusations of racism and even collusion with the Ku Klux Klan at conservative opponent Phyllis Schlafly. The latest episode of Mrs. America from FX on Hulu, made those claims again in “Bella,” with one characters saying Schlafly was “in bed” with the Klan. However, the show fails to…
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‘Billions:’ You Must Be a ‘Monster’ to Become a Billionaire

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May 11th, 2020 12:21 AM
Are capitalists monsters? Does making a lot of money require a person act like a “monster” to get there? Showtime’s Billions answered that question with a resounding, expletive-laden “yes” on May 10, in “The Chris Rock Test.” As hedge fund manager Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) faces off with billionaire rival Michael Prince (Corey Stoll…
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Sexual Harassment Takes Back Seat to Abortion on 'Mrs. America'

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May 6th, 2020 11:04 PM
Week after week Mrs. America spins the life and likeness of conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly. But there is one subject the FX on Hulu show is surprisingly honest about: the depiction of liberals prioritizing abortion over almost any other issue. Liberal determination to enshrine a “right” to kill unborn babies appeared in multiple episodes including Wednesday’s episode…