Articles by Variety Oct 27, 2021

Malaysian singer Namewee banned in China after music video mocks online nationalists

The latest furor follows the release of his “Fragile,” a Mandarin-language song featuring Australian Chinese singer Kimberley Chen. Controversial Malaysian singer "Namewee" sings "It might break your pinky heart" with Australia's Kimberly Chen. Am I insulting myself?” said Namewee (real name Wee Men . . .

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Peter Scolari, 'Newhart' and 'Bosom Buddies' actor, dies at 66

Peter Scolari, who rose to stardom on the brilliant-but-canceled “Bosom Buddies” alongside Tom Hanks, died Friday morning at age 66 of cancer, after a two-year illness. Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari in "Bosom Buddies." Walt Disney Television Photo Archives / ABCScolari was a prolific actor, both on te . . .

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As trans Netflix employees protest, Dave Chappelle’s fans pack his London show

According to multiple attendees, Chappelle indicated that he would visit 10 cities across the U.S. to screen the show. Controversy around “The Closer” has snowballed since its release on Oct. 5, with Netflix employees and artists accusing Chappelle of transphobia and homophobia regarding comments an . . .

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'I screwed up': Netflix's Ted Sarandos addresses Dave Chappelle fallout

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos is speaking out over continued criticism of the Dave Chappelle comedy special "The Closer." Ted Sarandos: Obviously, I screwed up that internal communication. Meaning, I had a group of employees who were definitely feeling pain and hurt from a decision we made. And I thin . . .

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Netflix talent to support employee protest of Dave Chappelle

Last week, Netflix faced widespread backlash as co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended Dave Chappelle's special "The Closer," which has been come under fire for what critics say contains transphobic and homophobic content. In a memo to staff, Sarandos wrote: "While some employees disagree, we have a strong be . . .

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Superman changes motto to 'Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow,' says DC chief

Superman is officially moving on from "the American Way." Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher of DC, announced on Saturday during the virtual fan event DC Fandome that the Man of Steel's motto will be "evolving" from the well-known mantra that he fights for "Truth, Justice and the American . . .

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Netflix trans employees and allies plan walkout in protest of Dave Chappelle special

LOS ANGELES - Trans employees and allies at Netflix are planning a walkout on Wednesday, Oct. 20, in protest of co-CEO Ted Sarandos' comments regarding Dave Chappelle's new special, "The Closer," Variety has confirmed. As reported by The Verge, a leader of the streamer's trans employee resource grou . . .

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Netflix CEO doubles down on Dave Chappelle defense

LOS ANGELES — Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos sent a lengthy missive to the entire company following the mounting controversy around a new original special from comic Dave Chappelle. "We know that a number of you have been left angry, disappointed and hurt by our decision to put Dave Chappelle's latest . . .

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Comedian Ricarlo Flanagan dies from Covid-19 complications at 40

Ricarlo Flanagan, an actor, rapper and stand-up comedian who was a semifinalist on “Last Comic Standing,” died over the weekend of Covid-19 complications, his talent representative confirmed to Variety. Ricarlo will be greatly missed,” his agent Stu Golfman told Variety. Ricarlo Flanagan was a lovin . . .

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Julianna Margulies on playing a lesbian on 'The Morning Show'

Playing a lesbian on the second season of Apple TV's "The Morning Show" isn't the first time that Julianna Margulies has taken on a gay role. During an appearance on this week's episode of the "Just for Variety" podcast, Margulies was asked if she had any reservations about playing gay on "The Morni . . .

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