Tuesday Update: Aaron Rodgers Slammed For Hugging Sideline Reporter Maskless, TikTok Accused Of Pushing Trans Agenda On Kids, Joe Rogan Predicts Michelle Obama Would Beat Trump In 2024 Presidential Race

First Lady Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres participate in a water balloon game with Stephan Curry during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Burbank, California, Sept. 12, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

We’re tracking the conservative culture clash with woke Hollywood hypocrites to keep you up to date on who’s winning and who we hate. 

 Here’s what happened today:

 

Pandemic Hug

After conducting a socially distanced interview with Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews following Green Bay’s Saturday night win over Cleveland, quarterback Aaron Rodgers received online criticism for giving her a maskless hug.  

“Erin Andrews hugging Aaron Rodgers at the end of a socially distanced interview is the TV equivalent of wearing your mask on the way to the table and then taking it off for the rest of the meal,” wrote sports editor Alex Reimer. 

“Erin Andrews stood like 10 feet from Aaron Rodgers on camera. Interview ends. Erin Andrews hugs Aaron Rodgers. All on national TV. And we wonder why the country is confused as hell,” panned radio host Colin Dunlap.

Watch the clip: 

 

Trans TikTok

Chinese social media app TikTok, which is more popular than Instagram and Snapchat with American youth, has parents concerned that their children are being “brainwashed” to believe that transitioning genders is “cool.” The hashtag #Trans has been viewed more than 26 billion times on the platform.  

“Our major concern is that millions of impressionable children are watching these online influencers,” said LGB Alliance’s Kate Harris. “It’s no coincidence that the growth of TikTok coincides exactly with the exponential growth of children presenting with gender dysphoria.”

Transgender TikTok influencer, Bella Fitzpatrick, earned $20,000 in three months on the platform to fund her gender-reassignment surgery, while documenting the process. As did influencer Jaison Jowett, who posted the video “Heal with me after top surgery!”

“What these videos would lead a generation of children to believe is that it is easy to change sex and that it is the answer to all of your problems,” Harris said, adding that they often contain the message “Don’t involve your parents.”

 

Punching Bag

“The View” co-hosts are reportedly tired of the revolving door of conservative guest hosts that have rotated in after Megan McCain’s exit in August, but the show can’t find a Republican who will both take their liberal bullying and meet a specific set of criteria.

The show allegedly will not consider an election denier, or Capitol riot supporter. The new co-host must be willing to fight with the rest of the table, “but not too hard, because they don’t want it to be ugly and bickering,” and needs to appeal to Trump supporters, but can’t be too close to MAGA Republicans.

“Husband with history of beating past 8 wives struggles to find 9th,” a social media commenter criticized. 

Warm Welcome

Former president George W. Bush congratulated Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter Freedom for becoming a U.S. citizen, and the NBA player posted the letter on Twitter.  

“Congratulations on becoming a United States citizen,” Bush wrote. “I appreciate your commitment to the founding ideals of Our Nation.”

“America is a great land of freedom and opportunity. We are blessed by the diversity of our citizens, and I encourage you to embrace this chance to add to our country’s proud heritage. Laura and I send our best wishes. May God bless you, and may God bless America,” the former president concluded.

Kanter tweeted that he was “proud” to be a citizen of the U.S., and would “never take for granted the freedoms” he now has.  

 

Prediction

Podcast host Joe Rogan believes former first lady Michelle Obama would beat Donald Trump in 2024 if they both run for president.

“I really believe if Michelle Obama runs, she wins,” he said. “She’s great, she’s intelligent, she’s articulate, she’s the wife of the best president that we have had in our lifetime in terms of like a representative of intelligent articulate people.”

“The only thing that would stop her is if she bought into some of these policies that are destroying businesses in America that are making people scared,” Rogan noted. “If she somehow or another supported or showed any support for lockdowns and mandates and all this craziness that’s going on.”

 

Boycott

An asian media watchdog organization, Media Action Network for Asian Americans, wants Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest flick, “Licorice Pizza” boycotted during Hollywood’s awards season over “casual racism” scenes when a white character uses a mock Asian accent while addressing his Japanese wife. 

“To shower it with nominations and awards would normalize more egregious mocking of Asians in this country, sending the message that it’s OK to make fun of them, even during a time when Asian Americans are afraid to go out on the streets because of the unprecedented levels of violence from fellow Americans blaming them for COVID-19,” MANAA said in a statement.

They claimed the “cringeworthy scenes” reinforce the notion that “Asian Americans are ‘less than’” and only exist to provide “comic relief” in the film, which is set in 1973.

“I think it would be a mistake to tell a period film through the eyes of 2021. You can’t have a crystal ball, you have to be honest to that time,” Anderson said in response to criticism of the movie. 

MANAA Founding President Guy Aoki countered that Anderson wouldn’t have shot similar scenes if the characters were black. 

“Would he even have dared to include a similar stereotypical scene that insulted African Americans and encouraged the audience to laugh?” He said. “Absolutely not, because the blowback would have been swift, harsh, fierce, and his film would have been shut down.”

RIP

Director Jean-Marc Vallée, who helmed the HBO hits “Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects,” died of a heart attack at his cabin in Canada on Christmas, as he was preparing it to host guests over the weekend. 

“My heart is broken,” “Big Little Lies” star Reese Witherspoon wrote on Instagram. “My friend. I love you.”

“The world has lost one of our great and purest artists and dreamers. And we lost our beloved friend. Our hearts are broken,” said co-star Laura Dern. 

“With a gentle hand and heart Jean-Marc was a true receiver— he didn’t romanticize life so much as he saw life romantic—from the struggle to the pain to the wink and the whisper, love stories were everywhere in his eye,” Matthew McConaughey, who he directed in “Dallas Buyers Club,” posted.

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