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Politicized Entertainment: Networks Launch TV Shows Inspired by Black Lives Matter

Politicized Entertainment: Networks Launch TV Shows Inspired by Black Lives Matter

“ITV has commissioned a series of four drama shorts, working titled Unsaid Stories…, which have been inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement”

If you’ve spent any time watching television in recent months, you have probably noticed countless advertisements from companies bending over backwards to ingratiate themselves to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Now this is making its way into TV shows as well.

Jake Kanter reports at Deadline:

ITV Orders Black Lives Matter-Inspired Drama Shorts; Features Stories From ‘Bulletproof’ & ‘Superhoe’ Writers

EXCLUSIVE: ITV has commissioned a series of four drama shorts, working titled Unsaid Stories…, which have been inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

In an anthology format not dissimilar to the Jeff Pope-produced Isolation Stories that ITV aired during the coronavirus lockdown, Greenacre Films — the producer behind Netflix’s Michaela Coel-fronted feature Been So Long — will make the 15-minute episodes to be broadcast next month.

Each episode has diverse talent at its heart and ITV head of drama Polly Hill said they are “unique, fresh and engaging” stories about “real people in completely real situations, confronting and exploring racism and prejudice.”

Jerome Bucchan-Nelson, a writer on Sky hit drama Bulletproof, will pen Generational. It explores the relationship between a Black father and his teenage daughter, when William catches Justina sneaking out to attend a Black Lives Matter demonstration. Alrick Riley (NCIS) is the director, while Barbara Emile (EastEnders) is producing.

If you have Netflix, you know they already have multiple offerings on the topic. Here’s a screencap:

Netflix launched this back in June.

Todd Spangler reported at Variety:

Netflix Launches ‘Black Lives Matter’ Collection of Movies, TV Shows and Documentaries

Netflix is promoting a new “Black Lives Matter” collection to U.S. subscribers, featuring over 45 titles about racial injustice and the experience of Black Americans.

Movies, TV shows and documentaries in the Black Lives Matter collection include Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” (releasing Friday, June 12); Ava DuVernay’s “13th” and “When They See Us”; “Mudbound”; “Orange Is the New Black”; “Dear White People”; and Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning “Moonlight.”

Netflix began displaying a popup screen (pictured above) featuring the Black Lives Matter collection Wednesday when users first logged in to the service on the web or connected-TV devices. The streamer also added the collection to users’ notifications.

I’m not saying this is related, but it seems worth mentioning that the Obamas and the Clintons are now major players at Netflix.

Tina Nguyen wrote at Vanity Fair back in May of 2019:

The Clinton Dynasty Sets its Sights on Obama’s Hollywood

With Netflix and other streaming video companies pouring millions of dollars into political content, perhaps it was inevitable that the Clintons might want a piece of the action. Bloomberg reports that Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, are forming a production company, and have already spoken to studios about financing a “pipeline” of film and television projects that emphasizes “stories by and about women.”

Of course, the real prize here is cultural, not financial, capital. In the first decade after Bill Clinton’s presidency, the family exercised soft power through its Clinton Foundation, which served as a clearinghouse of sorts for corporations, wealthy donors, and foreign governments seeking to transmute sometimes dirty money into philanthropic good works. But in the new-media economy, in which eyeballs are the only currency that really matters, there are more palatable ways to wield influence. Barack and Michelle Obama were the first ex-presidential couple to grasp the new paradigm, inking a likely eight- or nine-figure deal with Netflix to produce series and movies for the streaming service.

The left is determined to embed their message in everything. The news you consume, the TV shows and movies you watch, the lessons your children learn at school, and more.

The only escape is to turn it off.


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 23, 2020 at 3:25 pm

That’s a guarantee tax write off for a certainty.

2smartforlibs | July 23, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Reminds me of the song Dirty Laundry by Don Henley

Half of the franchises are overrun with woke SJW crap already.

That’s why they’re failing.

NOBODY wants to watch terrible writing coupled with ham-fisted lectures.

They’ll collect their praise from the ‘critics’ while no normal people watch it.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Olinser. | July 23, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    NOBODY wants to watch terrible writing coupled with ham-fisted lectures.

    There are exceptions to the rules: the success of the Law & Order franchise.

The Friendly Grizzly | July 23, 2020 at 3:57 pm

Another reason to not have cable.

Won’t watch but Blacks will… of course

Turn on any streaming like Netflix and everything promoted is “Black”… everyday everything… unless LBG but mostly then Black LBG

    PODKen in reply to gonzotx. | July 23, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Same thing for public TV now … it’s not all about Blacks but a greal deal of the programming is based on identity. So I hardly ever watch public TV these days.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to gonzotx. | July 23, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    I have collected a few thousand DVDs, in that I expect that streaming prices to increase one they dominate the market. The other thing is that every content producer seems to think that they can remove their content from the overall pool and collect as much for it was we had been paying for the whole thing.

    So, when there are a dozen companies tryingstrean their content alone, I will prop all the SOBs, and stream from my own server.

I vote on programming like that with my remote. Or sometimes I go fishing.

“The only escape is to turn it off.” And that’s exactly what I do. Haven’t watched a minute of NFL football since the kneeling started; never ever watched basketball. Now, I understand they are kneeling at baseball, so that’s going to be un-watchable. I NEVER watch Network TV, never watch the talking heads on cable tv either. No Facebook, thank you. I have Netflix and Amazon Prime but watch only what interests me, not what is hyped. I get my sense of the news from Legal Insurrection, Breitbart, Ace of Spades, Judicial Watch, OAN and a few other select blogs.
I am happy and well informed. I support our Military, our President, the Police, my God and my Country. I do NOT believe I am unique nor alone with my likes and dislikes!

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to olafauer. | July 23, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    You and I are similar. I am sure there are more of us out here than the networks realize.

“Now this is making its way into TV shows as well”


I don’t watch news, sports (and I was a sports fanatic, played adult soccer 12 years 3x week ), newspapers, magazines, only blogs I can trust, and some radio and podcasts

There is a reason it is called television “programming”. You are no longer allowed to think for yourself.

What improvements were made during the presidency of Black American, Barak Obama, who was elected to his office by a majority of so called White Suprematists and aided by Joe Biden, Valerie Jarrett and Eric Holder?

Just another make work project for felons. Truly woke will demand documented criminals, no honest folks culturally appropriating jobs.

To address youth unemployment the NBA will be expanded to 25,000 teams.

Vote with your feet and your pocketbook.

If you subscribe to Netlfix, you enrich the Communists.

This looks like a great opportunity to resurrect a pastime that has been falling out of vogue the last couple of decades: Reading.

    henrybowman in reply to DSHornet. | July 23, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Just not White Fragility.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to DSHornet. | July 23, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Reading, talking with family and friends, listening to or playing music, helping kids with their homework, learning who your neighbors are and maybe befriending them…

More power to ’em. I haven’t turned on a television in over twenty years.

amatuerwrangler | July 23, 2020 at 8:58 pm

The shop. I will finally approach (as a limit) competence with the Stanley 45 combo-plane; maybe even dovetail joints. I tore down the old table saw, cleaned it, aligned everything and put it back together earlier this week. Yes, it works, why do you ask.

You can do a lot of useful, even fun things with the TV off.

This isn’t exactly news.

“Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV Paperback – June 26, 2012
by Ben Shapiro (Author)”

Full disclosure: I didn’t buy the book. I cancelled my cable in 2005 and haven’t looked back. I kept the TV simply as a large screen display for my DVD collection but now I just use my laptop. And I only got cable after moving back to the US in 1997 so my now ex-wife could watch Japanese programming.

But I did read it because, frankly, it’s a funny book. These Hollywood leftists thought Shapiro was one of them. They hear a Jewish last name and they immediately think “liberal.” If I recall correctly he wore a baseball cap to conceal the fact he’s an orthodox Jew. He didn’t lie to them; he just let them believe what they were predisposed to believe about the vast majority of secular Jews (which are the vast majority of Jews in the U.S. including nominally religious reform/conservative Jews who are analogous to liberal post-Christ, post-scriptural Christian sects that want the world to know they don’t believe any of that Bible nonsense). Since they thought Shapiro was “on the team” they couldn’t help but brag about how much they despised conservatives.

I never watched an episode of “Friends” or “Sex in the City” back when they were going concerns. I still haven’t seen a full episode of either. But I didn’t need Marta Kauffman (who is the secular Jew she assumed Shapiro was also) to explain it to me. As Shapiro notes in his book, this propagandizing has been going on for sixty years with all the subtlety of a leftist protester hitting a police horse across the head with a flagpole (Philadelphia 2018).

As far as pro-sports go, Football season, what’s that? That’s duck and pheasant season. MLB? Rifle season in the California’s no-draw A zone used to open in July (not that it matters to me anymore as I moved to Texas but now it opens in August w/bow season opening earlier).

It’s an oven that time of year with a low probability of success. But at least I never had to put up with lectures from entitled, self-absorbed, overpaid illiterates. Plus when I got back to camp and cracked that first beer I knew I earned it unlike the couch potatoes swilling beer since the time they got up at the crack of noon while watching other people engage in physical activity.

henrybowman | July 24, 2020 at 5:26 pm

They can air ’em… but they can’t make you watch them.


Come next ratings time, lots of Hollywood faces are going to resemble the faces of quarantine-cheering mayors and governors at next tax bill time.