Category Archives: Television

Netflix’s Baby — Teenage Prostitution Drama

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Christmas is in less than two weeks and I have been brushing up on the latest holiday specials on television.  Now is the time to re-watch all of those series that we keep shelved for the month of December.  But even with the Christmas specials rolling out on television, I still make time for the latest Netflix series.

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Netflix has been launching its own Christmas series and movies for their digital library.  Hidden within the digital library lies a popular TV series about that centers around two wealth teens in the underworld of Rome.  This is Baby.

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Baby revolves around teen friends Chiara and Ludovica in the posh city of Parioli, Rome.  They plunge into an exciting, yet dangerous world of teenage prostitution.  Throughout the series, Ludovica and Chiara start leading double lives as prostitutes to earn money for their own personal obligations.

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After the release of the series, Baby gained nationwide controversy for its portrayal of teenage prostitution.  The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) even condemned the series for promoting sex trafficking.  What made things more interesting was that fifty-five sex-trafficking victims joined the organization to send a letter to Netflix about their concerns on the show.  Even with all of the backlash, Baby still remains in Netflix’s digital library today.

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But what’s even more disturbing about Baby is the true story behind the series.  Baby is loosely based on a real prostitution scandal that occurred at Parioli, Rome in 2014.  Two Roman high schoolers, under the pseudonyms Lalla and Jenny, went into prostitution after googling “easy money”.  They found their two pimps — Nunzio Pizzacalla and Mirko Ienia.  The girls were fourteen and sixteen at the time the news was published.  Even more disturbing is that the 14-year-old’s mother allegedly told her daughter to get into prostitution to help pay the bills.

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A shocking teenage drama that is loosely based on a disturbing case that happened four years ago.  Prostitution is considered legal in Italy, but underage or organized prostitution is against the law.

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With that, Baby was definitely an interesting teenage drama to check out.  Its background story is much more provocative than the actual content of the series.  The series bears similar reference to Elite, but it revolves around its story around teenage prostitution.

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If you’re looking for another creepy foreign high school drama series, Baby is worth binge-watching on Netflix.  Just remember to let it sink in that it was based on a REAL teenage prostitution case that happened four years ago.



Kevin Hart’s Academy Awards PR Nightmare

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Within the past few years, Hollywood award shows have been spurring up lots of controversy these days.  The Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, and many other award series featured some form of mishap or shocking message that dragged many names in the mud.  One event featured a crazy blunder with the name flop during the 2017 Oscars (read more on that here).  It just goes to show that any PR nightmare during the award shows will spread for quite a while.

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But one PR nightmare has already sparked on social media before the 2019 Academy Awards even started.  Famed comedian Kevin Hart has stepped down from hosting the Academy Awards after controversial jokes resurfaced from his past.  He announced as the Oscars host on December 4th, but was soon booted from his title.  Hart later apologized, confirming that he will not be hosting this year.

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After that, Nick Cannon showed support for Hart and went on various Twitter rants re-posting old tweets from other comics.  Such comics he name-dropped include Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, and Chelsea Handler.  Cannon would be just one of many figures supporting Kevin Hart.

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Nick Cannon wasn’t the only celebrity in this social media feud.  Comedian Michael Che utilized the news for his ‘Weekly Update’ segment Saturday Night Live.  Rather than tearing Hart down, Che defended him for his actions.

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Michael Che and Nick Cannon were just a few of many celebrities backing behind Kevin Hart.  Others include Kevin Kline, D.L. Hughley, Michael Blackson, and Andrew Schulz.  Billy Eichner was even another member taking to Twitter on this controversy as well.

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At this point, everything has become one big circus.  One shocking tweet from the past resurfaced and a bomb went off all around social media.  The real victim of this nightmare is Kevin Hart and these comments from the peanut gallery are only propelling this train wreck even further.  For the record, this circus act will continue as we see who will become the next host of the 2019 Academy Awards.

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One thing’s for certain – Kevin Hart will not be hosting award shows anytime soon.  His PR nightmare will blow over eventually.  It just takes one hidden tweet from the past to completely remove Hart from hosting the Academy Awards.

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In the world of social media, nothing stays hidden forever.  There’s that one tweet, one picture, one idea that could put a serious damper on things.  If only Kevin Hart knew of that fact before he were to suffer in the hands of his own PR nightmare.

Kareem Hunt’s NFL PR Nightmare

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PR nightmares come in many forms.  Some nightmares happen after a bold moment with a certain character or a tragic mishap from a big company.  Nevertheless, any PR nightmare is the worst kind of thing to deal with.  People can recover after the damage happened, but it may last longer than they think.

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In some cases, PR nightmares share similar stories but with different characters.  They become part of this ever-growing horrific theme that comes out of the end of each story.  Many of them come with unexpected consequences, but some may come with a beacon of hope at the end; that is, IF they settle the score the right way.

This past week, we are dealing with a shocking PR nightmare that shares a familiar background story with other characters.  It’s a nightmare that features an NFL’s violent altercation with a woman at a Cleveland hotel.

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A video resurfaced from February 2018 featuring former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt.  Hunt was engaging in a verbal altercation with a woman at a hotel in Cleveland.  He was seen fighting with the woman, shoving her away from him.  It got even worse as he was even seen kicking her while she was on the ground.

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Just for the record, doesn’t this PR nightmare sound too familiar?  It should.  NFL fans would remember the infamous Roy Rice beating back in September 2014.  A video resurfaced of Rice beating her former fiance Janay Palmer in an elevator.  Rice got in major trouble with the NFL, causing quite a stir throughout the year.  This became one of many PR nightmares that ignited the conversation about domestic violence.

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Here we are four years later – same PR nightmare, different characters.  Hunt’s video is just as disturbing as Roy’s candid scandal.  He has already been spreading his apologies all around the media.  Even still, Hunt is still facing a six-game suspension this year.  It hasn’t been a week and the PR nightmare has already been blowing up in his face.

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With that, Kareem Hunt’s shocking video created another PR nightmare for the sports community.  This act will send shock waves among Hunt, the Kansas City Chief, and even the NFL as well.  Who knows what strategies the NFL will unfold to salvage themselves from this mess.  Social media is only making it easier for horrific videos of Kareem Hunt or Roy Rice to surface onto the internet.

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Kareem Hunt becomes another character in the ever-growing PR nightmare clouding around the NFL.

AHS: White House Christmas

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Happy Monday folks!  December is here, which means the Christmas season is upon us.  Many people are out grabbing their Christmas trees and gathering their decorations.  Advertisements for shopping deals on Christmas presents are on full blast for this month.  It’s just like the tagline of Games of Thrones goes – Winter is Coming.

While many are excited about putting up their own decorations, there are some that are quite shocked at what the White House has on display this year.  Melania Trump, the first Lady of the United States, decided to spread the Christmas cheer with a rather… DARKER sort of decor.

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During a recent video showcasing a tour of the White House, Melania Trump walks through a hallway of blood red Christmas trees.  These trees line up side by side, leading up to a huge lit Christmas tree on the front.  The room is lit with white-orange lighting hanging from the ceiling.

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Throughout the video, we see many Christmas tress all around the offices.  The lighting becomes a dark orange glow, spreading all across the hallways.  In one room, a model version of the White House and other Washington monuments sits on a marble table.  A bouquet of flowers is put within the middle between two highly decorated Christmas trees.  There is even a Christmas wreath decorated with pencils labeled with the term ‘Be Best’, showcasing the first lady’s anti-bullying initiative.

Melania went decked out the White House in the spirit of the patriotic theme “American Treasures”, which looks to recognize America’s “unique heritage”.  The color red is seen all around the hallways, playing a significant role for the theme.

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Probably one of the creepiest aspects of the decorations are the blood red trees in the hallways.  It certainly presents a type of… EERIE mood if you will.

These decorations are too amazing that even MakeSandcastlesNotWar had a few things to say about the idea:

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  • Looks like Melania Trump stole Dandy Mott’s dark red lighting idea from American Horror Story: Freak Show!

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  • I guess we can now say that Netflix’s House of Cards is really being played out right now.

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  • Speaking of American Horror Story: Freak Show, Gloria Mott must’ve had some influence in the Christmas tree decorations.

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  • Those aren’t blood red Christmas trees – those are the costume props for The Handmaid’s Tale

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  • If you look close enough, the twins from The Shining should come out any minute
  • This year at the White House… There Will Be Blood.

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  • The red Yips Yips have gotten a lot bigger since I last saw Sesame Street.

In the end, these decorations are just simply brilliant.  There are so many zany references that people are finding from these peculiar photos.  These past Christmas seasons have been cheerful with the Obamas, but the Trumps took an interesting turn for their seasonal decor.  It truly is an actual American Horror Story being played out in our eyes.

      Let us celebrate the beauty of this chilling Christmas decorative theme here at the White House.

AHS Apocalypse Crossovers Recap

Alrighty folks, we have just a few days left until the last month of the year.  November is ending soon, which is still quite a shock being that I’m still reeling in from the hearty Thanksgiving dinner.  The one thing that has still been lingering around my mind was the season finale of American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse quickly became my favorite season after the first few episodes.  The 8th chapter featured intriguing characters, horrific tragedies, and one warped Antichrist known as Michael Langdon.  But what really got me hooked on the latest season was the range of crossover events that happened in many episodes.  Various plots from different season intertwined into one complex story line, spinning different characters into the same AHS universe.

These twisted crossover events truly made the show that much more entertaining.  Each character, both new and old, played their part in the battle against Michael Langdon.

To celebrate this clever type of storyline, it’s time to look back on the best crossover events that happened during season eight.  What’s interesting to note is that some of these crossovers intertwined with more than one season as well.

Here’s the recap of the major crossover events that happened during American Horror Story: Apocalypse:

Episode 1 – The End

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Our first crossover event kicks off none other than the main man himself, Michael Langdon.  Michael Langdon was born from Tate and Vivien back in American Horror Story: Murder House.  Little Michael is all grown up and created the Apocalypse that happened during the episode.

Episode 2 – The Morning After

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Other than Michael Langdon, The Rubber Man is another significant enemy that returned from season one.  The Rubber Man first made his appearance in the first episode, reappearing every now and then in the Murder House.  He returned to season eight, haunting more victims in Outpost 3.

Episode 3 – Forbidden Fruit

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Myrtle Snow, Cordelia, and Madison Montgomery all made their return after everyone consumed the poisoned apple.  You may remember these powerful witches from American Horror Story: Coven.  This would be the start of the infamous Murder House/Coven crossover that would occur throughout the season.

Episode 4 – Could it Be… Satan?

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We see more crossovers with American Horror Story: Coven as we enter Miss Robichaux’s Academy, the witch’s coven.  Queenie makes her return as we learned she was still trapped in the Hotel Cortez.  This scene marks a triple crossover event of American Horror Story: Murder House, American Horror Story: Coven, and American Horror Story: Hotel.  Three crossovers woven under one united storyline.  It was certainly an ingenious event to behold.

The other one takes place near the end when Michael Langdon fetches Madison Montgomery from her personal hell.  Montgomery was placed there at the end of American Horror Story: Coven.  Langdon fetches both Queenie and Madison from their hells, driving more former characters into the new season.

Episode 5 – Boy Wonder

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Episode five takes us to a familiar test known as the Seven Wonders.  Four witches (Madison, Queenie, Misty, Zoe) performed this test back in American Horror Story: Apocalypse to see who would become the next Supreme.  Michael Langdon performs the test, acing every aspect each time.

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One of his tasks during the Seven Wonders was to retrieve Misty Day from her personal hell.  Misty Day was the infamous witch who used natural ingredients to bring things back to life.  She was sent to her personal hell by the end of the third season, dissecting frogs all day.

By the end, we get a preview of one of the biggest crossover events of the century – the return of The Murder House.

Episode 6 – Return to Murder House

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This was one of the BIGGEST crossover events ever – Return to the Murder House.  It was here where the AHS universe all started, the haunted house where multiple murders happened throughout the decades.  We got every one of our favorite former characters back into the story – Ben and Vivien Harmon, Tate, Violet, Moira O’Hara.  But the best cameo of all was the return of Constance Langdon aka Jessica Lange.  Lange returned to her role as Constance, the mother of Michael Langdon.  Each character discussed Michael’s colorful history with Madison and Behold, showcasing an even darker side of him.

Returning to the Murder House helped us gather many clues about how Michael Langdon was truly born.

Episode 7 – Traitor

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Voodoo queen Dinah Stevens helped to summon Papa Legba for Cordelia.  Papa Legba was the ghoulish voodoo character that took Marie Laveau’s soul back in American Horror Story: Coven.  He also still owns Nan’s soul since the third season as well.

Episode 8 – Sojourn

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Things get interesting when we see Ms. Venable working for Mutt and Jeff’s corporation three years before the nuclear blast.  She was already introduced back in episode one, making this a crossover within its own season.  Not only do we learn more of Ms. Venable’s past, but we also see how Mead was recreated as an android.  Two new characters crossing over within their own seasons on this episode.

Episode 9 – Fire and Reign

Seasons one and three merge again as the coven witches continue to figure out how to defeat Michael Langdon.  Many of the main witches have been destroyed by him, creating a battle between various characters from the past seasons.

Episode 10 – Apocalypse Then

Last, but not least, we move towards the final episode.  This is where most of the loose ends start tying up.  Mallory and Coco were hidden in Outpost Three and given new identities.  The three remaining witches hid in the swamp mud to survive the nuclear blast.  They all enter Outpost Three to face Michael Langdon.

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Marie Laveau resurfaces onto the scene after seeing Dinah pledge her allegiance for the antichrist.  Laveau was spending her time in her own personal hell back in American Horror Story: Coven.  She tries to fend off from Michael Langdon, but is only killed in the process.

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Mallory casts her time travel spell to return to the Murder House back in 2015.  It is then that we return to the time where Constance kicks Michael out of the house after seeing a dead priest lying beside him.  Langdon steps out, only to be run over by Mallory.  This is the last time we return back to the Murder House during the season.

And thus, ends our recap of the crossover events of American Horror Story: Apocalypse.  This was quite a season filled with many twists and turns throughout.  These crossovers truly made for an incredible story.