Stephen Colbert took aim at both Gillette’s toxic masculinity ad that has gone viral and one of its right-leaning critics on Wednesday’s “The Late Show.”
“There’s controversy in the world of advertising, folks,” the CBS host began. “Gillette is drawing fire for a #MeToo-themed commercial that challenges ‘toxic masculinity.’ Wow, that sounds … cutting edge.”
The enlightened ad debuted earlier this week and recasts the razor company’s “The Best a Man Can Get” slogan, urging the next generation of men to oppose harassing and mistreating women, stop bullying one another and shave off their “toxic masculinity.” Watch it below.
The company’s short film drew both praise from women’s groups and a backlash from men. As Colbert notes, one such man was “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade, who said, “So let’s point out all the bad things you might say about men, put them into an ad, make men feel horrible, and then say, ‘Overpay for a razor.’”
“Wow, he really gets worked up about ads,” Colbert quipped, joking about what Kilmeade’s reaction might be to other directives. “‘Please drink responsibly? Oh, so now I’m not supposed to crash my car into a nursing home, stumble out and puke in the therapy pool? Thanks for the lecture, Mike’s Hard Lemonade!’”
Colbert said he was “sincerely moved” by the Gillette ad, particularly by the boys featured at the end, but still asked: “Are our public institutions so weak that we need to be taught moral lessons by razor companies? Because first it’s Gillette, and the next thing you know, every company is going to try to jump on the woke bandwagon.”
Cardi B slams Trump: ‘Our country is in a hellhole right now’
Rapper Cardi B had a simple message for her nearly 40 million Instagram followers on Wednesday afternoon.
The short version, minus the F-bombs: “Our country is in a hellhole right now, all for a … wall. And we really need to take this serious.”
The reason, according to Cardi? President Trump.
In a concise video op-ed full of cussed witticisms and striking turns-of-phrase, she railed against the government shutdown and the president’s role in federal employees having to work without pay.
Cardi B, who grew up in the Bronx, made the post after earlier opining on Instagram Live. In that four-minute clip, she called out those she dubbed “the racist rednecks” for wanting a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and blasted Trump’s fast-food menu for the NCAA football champs, the Clemson Tigers.
Her thoughts are too profanity-laden to quote, but her point is tough to deny: It’s disrespectful to host and serve seemingly tepid fast food to a team that worked all year to become champs. Cardi concluded that the move was “like spitting in a [person’s] face.”
Added the rapper, “If I was there, I would have … punched the wig [off] of Trump, bro.”
Wednesday’s Instagram post concludes with a warning that the colorful rapper’s enemies know to take seriously.
“I feel like we need to take some action,” she said. “I don’t really what type of action … because this is not what I do — but … I’m scared.”
Could a presidential exploratory committee be far behind?
‘SMILF’ showrunner Frankie Shaw addresses misconduct reports: ‘I was learning on the go’
“SMILF” star and creator Frankie Shaw on Wednesday again addressed the misconduct allegations levied against her by members of the Showtime series’ cast.
Last month, reports surfaced claiming that the showrunner received numerous complaints from staff regarding the mishandling of nude and intimate scenes. That prompted producer ABC to launch an investigation, which eventually concluded that Shaw did nothing wrong, according to the Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
Actress Samara Weaving, who accused Shaw of coercing her to do a nude scene despite a no-nudity clause in her contract, was released from the contract as requested.
On Wednesday, while promoting the Season 2 premiere of the series, Shaw seemed glad to address the flap.
“This is my first time doing this job and we moved fast, and I was learning on the go. And I’m just really grateful that I could take these lessons of being a more aware and attuned showrunner moving forward,” Shaw told “Today” show hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.
She also appeared willing to make future adjustments, while noting she remained proud of the Golden Globe-nominated show’s past achievements.
“And I will say I am really proud of a lot of the work we did, you know? We had approximately 50 percent female crew in Boston. We had almost all women directors … [including] Kerry Washington,” she said.
Actress Rosie O’Donnell, who plays the mother of Shaw’s character on the dark comedy, appeared alongside the actress/showrunner and vouched for her on the series, which is set in South Boston and revolves around the unconventional life of a young, single mother.
“It’s a beautiful set, I have to say. There is a family feel on the set and the great thing about Frankie is she addressed the stuff and the network did, and everybody’s OK and here we go,” O’Donnell said.
Kotb noted that “Today” reached out to ABC and Showtime, which said they’re reviewing claims in the matter.