It’s the Safe Spaces Podcast! Switching servers and saving lives, we’re back to help sort the rabble from the rousing. Speaking of rabble rousing, Representative Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House and second in succession line for Presidency, would like to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! In February! Who said miracles can’t happen?
Did you know Disney is planning to remake their 1992 animated classic Aladdin? Did you know it’s going to star Will “Fresh Prince” Smith as the blue-tinged, wish-granting genie, the role originally made famous by the late Robin Williams? And did you know the movie is supposed to hit theaters in just a few months (May!), and we’ve barely seen any footage from the Guy Ritchie-directed redo? There’s probably a good reason…
From this potential smurftacular disaster our hosts switch focus to the one story that’s been topping the headlines for the past month, and that’s the tragic tale of actor, singer, activist…and possible hate-crime faker Jussie Smollett. Yes, we’ve briefly touched on the increasingly impossible claims by the Empire star that he was attacked during the wee hours of the coldest night in one of the least Trump-friendly places in Chicago by two MAGA-chanting troublemakers before, but it seems an update is desperately needed.
Reports now have the Chicago PD investigating Smollett’s alleged attacks as a hate-crime hoax, possibly orchestrated by Smollett himself with the help of two Nigerian bodybuilders who worked on the Empire show as extras and were friendly with the actor. We’ll have to wait and see how this drama finally plays out, but critical lessons within the celebrity and journalistic communities seem not to have stuck. That’s double-true for the possible 2020 Presidential candidates as well.
Our final topic concerns Amazon’s now-aborted public plans to build their next series of headquarters, potentially transforming those communities with an influx of new jobs and infrastructure building. For this honor, nearly two-dozen finalists around North America launched their very public bids to attract the company that Jeff Bezos built, with the grand prizes going to Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia and within Long Island City in Queens, New York.
After months of protests and negative press, however, the online giant had enough, and ditched plans for the New York expansion completely. Naturally, this move was greeted with cheers by the scores of activists and politicians who thought NYC’s controversial tax abatement plans would disadvantage the locals. Among them was freshly-inaugurated Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, taking a premature victory lap as tens of thousands of new jobs spearheaded for New Yorkers disappeared in a flash, now set for some other, more grateful, American city. Congratulations, socialists, you really showed Amazon who the boss is. Way to go…right down the drain.
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