My values define who I am... We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.

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By: Chris Pratt

Context:
Actor Chris Pratt addressed a controversy surrounding the Church that he attends, after calls to recast his Marvel character Star Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. According to reports, the issue arose over the Pratt's public displays of faith and targeted the actor's Church as being homophobic. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn defended Pratt on Twitter, saying Pratt would "never" be replaced over "utterly false beliefs."

source: www.foxnews.com,  

When people that you don't like, can say things that you don't like... then we have free speech!

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By: Elon Musk
Genres: Drama

Context:
Business man Elon Musk comments during an interview on his feelings on the direction of Twitter, a platform he had been seeking to take control of. At the time, Twitter and other popular social media platforms had been accused of suppressing the speech of conservative politicians and activists.

Well, look at the time. I’ll try to keep this brief. After 28 years of peacock logos on much of what I own, it is my choice now to jump without a net into the great unknown. As I do for the first time in my 62 years, my biggest worry is for my country. The truth is, I’m not a liberal or a conservative. I’m an institutionalist. I believe in is place. And in my love of my country, I yield to no one.

But the darkness on the edge of town has spread to the main roads and highways and neighborhoods. It’s now at the local bar, and the bowling alley, at the school board, and the grocery store. And it must be acknowledged and answered for. Grown men and women who swore an oath to our Constitution, elected by their constituents possessing the kinds of college degrees I could only dream of have decided to join the mob and become something they are not while hoping we somehow forget who they were.

They’ve decided to burn it all down – with us inside. That should scare you to no end as much as it scares an aging volunteer fireman.

To my coworkers, my love and thanks. And I say again, everyone I’ve worked with has made me better at what I do. To my family, love and thanks doesn’t begin to cover it. But now I have the time to better express it. My friends know who they are. No one’s been blessed with better friends. To the guests on this broadcast, as you heard the nice man say a few minutes ago, it’s always been about you. Otherwise, I’d be staring into the camera for an hour, five nights a week. And nobody wants to see that. You are The 11th Hour and will continue to be The 11th Hour. This is where I thank you, however, for being so great for explaining these last five years.

As a proud New Jersey native, this is where I get to say, regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention. What a ride it’s been. Where else, how else was a kid like me going to meet presidents and kings and the occasional rock star? These lovely testimonials that I can never truly repay make me hyperaware that it has been and remains a wonderful life. It’s as if I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning in Bedford Falls. The reality is though, I will wake up tomorrow in the America of the year 2021, a nation unrecognizable to those who came before us and fought to protect it, which is what you must do now. My colleagues will take it from here.

I will probably find it impossible to be silent and stay away from you and lights and cameras after I experiment with relaxation and find out what I’ve missed and what’s out there. Every weeknight for decades now, I’ve said some version of the same thing. Thank you for being here with us. “Us,” meaning the people who produced this broadcast for you. And you, well, without you, there’s no us.

I’ll show myself out. Until we meet again, that is our broadcast for this Thursday night. Thank you for being here with us. And for all my colleagues of the networks of NBC News, good night.

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By: Brian Williams
From: The 11th Hour

Context:
Brian Williams hosted his final episode of MSNBC’s The 11th Hour on Thursday, December 9th, 2021, giving this cryptic 3 minute monologue as a final sign-off to viewers. According to MediaIte, it was as much a warning of what lies ahead for America as it was an appreciation of those who made the show possible over the last five years.

source: www.mediaite.com,  

I decided it was time to make a movie where people felt better coming out of the theater than when they went in. It had become depressing to go to the movies.

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By: George Lucas
Genres: Drama

Context:
George Lucas said this as part of a speech at the time he made the film American Graffiti. Journalist Maureen Dowd used the quote as an example of how filmmakers of the 1970's and 80's rebelled against the heavy themes of movies made during the 1960's with lighter, grander cinema.

source: www.nytimes.com,  

I don’t have to leave the theater whistling, but would it kill you once in a while to make a movie that doesn’t make me want to take a bath with the toaster. Academy nominations used to say, 'Look what great movies we make.' Now they say, 'Look what good people we are.' It’s not about entertainment, it’s about suffering, specifically yours.

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By: Bill Maher
From: Real Time with Bill Maher
Genres: Comedy | Drama | Parody

Context:
Bill Maher made the point on his show Real Time with Bill Maher, that we could use more escapism in movies during this year of plague and tumult. The statement was discussed in an article about cultural shifts in the art of moviemaking and the shrinking audience of The Academy Awards by Maureen Dowd.

source: www.nytimes.com,  

Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life – and leads by example – with empathy and compassion. She teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced.

I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us. We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism. The mental health consequences and systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal.

I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect.

Keep in your memory the fruitage of the spirt is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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By: Serena Williams

Context:
Serena Williams took to Twitter to show support for Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, who, along with her husband Prince Harry, participated in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The revealing interview unveiled deep turmoil in the royal family. The interview, dubbed "Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special," aired on Sunday, March 7th, 2021.

source: twitter.com,  twitter.com,  www.foxnews.com,  

It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that.

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By: Ed Skrein
Genres: Action | Adventure | Comic Based | Crime | Fantasy | Remakes | Science Fiction

Context:
Skrein responded to backlash against his casting in the Hellboy franchise reboot by relinquishing the role he had been cast in. The 34-year-old British actor has earlier tweeted that he would be playing Major Ben Daimio, a character that was Asian American in Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy” comics. The news was met with complaints that Hollywood was once again “whitewashing” an Asian character.

source: www.washingtonpost.com,  

That white box, where you rotate shows every six, seven weeks: It’s so deeply ingrained into culture and the art world.

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By: Sasha Wolf

Context:
Said by art dealer Sasha Wolf during a panel discussion on the future of retailing fine art and photography. Like other retailers, art galleries have been affected by online shopping and the changing habits of consumers. Wolf made the decision to close her physical exhibition space in December of 2016, after more than 10 years, choosing instead to work online and through pop-up shows.

source: www.pdnonline.com,  

Yesterday, a Minnesota woman named Diamond Reynolds went live on Facebook immediately after her fiancé, Philando Castile, had been shot by police in his car. Philando later died from his wounds. In the video, Diamond's 4-year-old daughter is watching from the back seat.

My heart goes out to the Castile family and all the other families who have experienced this kind of tragedy. My thoughts are also with all members of the Facebook community who are deeply troubled by these events.

The images we've seen this week are graphic and heartbreaking, and they shine a light on the fear that millions of members of our community live with every day. While I hope we never have to see another video like Diamond's, it reminds us why coming together to build a more open and connected world is so important -- and how far we still have to go.

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By: Mark Zuckerberg

Context:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg comments on a Facebook Live Stream of the aftermath of a police-involved shooting in Minnesota. The shooting took the life of Philando Castile, who was shot in front of his fiancé, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter.

source: www.facebook.com,  

There are nerds, and then there are "Nerdists." A "Nerdist" is, more specifically, an artful nerd. He or she doesn't just consume, he or she creates and innovates.

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By: Chris Hardwick

Context:
Chris Hardwick is an actor, host and comedian who founded Nerdist Industries, a digital media empire that has spawned numerous offshoots, including an improv school and live performance theater in Los Angeles, dozens of pop culture-related podcasts, an entertainment news website, among other entities.

source: nerdist.com,  

I don’t come to sit and be a part of a caucus where we talk and do nothing. . . I leave you with this: it is time to wake up, get up, step up, or shut up.

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By: Geneva Reed-Veal

Context:
Statement made during a speech by the mother of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old African-American woman who died in a Texas jail cell last summer. The suspicious death as later ruled a suicide by investigators. Reed-Veal was speaking at the Library of Congress, part of the first symposium of the newly formed Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls.

source: fusion.net,  

To your know knowledge Ms. Landau, has the U.S. Government ever ordered a shredding company to reassemble paper that a [professional] shredding company has shredded?

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By: Darrell Issa

Context:
Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, asked the question to Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Susan Landau, during her testimony in front of Congress regarding encryption. She and Apple lead attorney Bruce Sewell testified about an FBI request made to the company to access the phone of a terror suspect.

I'm TOTALLY on board with Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson IF AND ONLY IF Angela Bassett is cast as Elizabeth Taylor.

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By: Orlando Jones

Context:
Actor Orlando Jones reacting on Twitter to Joseph Fiennes being cast as Michael Jackson for a U.K. made-for-TV drama to appear on the British channel Sky Arts. The TV movie centers around a fabled road trip where Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando attempted to get home to Los Angeles from New York City after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

source: twitter.com,  www.cnn.com,  

I applaud their attempts to do something about it, which is great. But again, this is dealing with the symptom and not starting at the root cause - how we even get to results like this - which has to do with inclusion and access, including the ability for people of color, women, minorities having opportunities to get entry level positions where you can become someone who can green light a movie.

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By: Don Cheadle

Context:
Don Cheadle commenting on the 2016 Academy Awards diversity controversy where every major acting award nomination went to caucasians, excluding people of color as well as all other minorities. In the video, Danny DeVito also comments on the issue, saying "We're a bunch of racists."