Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Stuntwoman Blasts “Gotham” for Using Blackface on White Actress

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Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Stuntwoman Blasts “Gotham” for Using Blackface on White Actress (Photo Credit: Gotham video screengrab)

Jada Pinkett-Smith’s stuntowman, Kelsee Devoreaux,  is putting “Gotham” on blast for using blackface on a white actress for an episode. I guess I would be pissed too, considering there are black stuntwomen out there that the show could have used.

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Eagerly anticipated FOX TV show Gotham debuted to strong ratings and critical acclaim earlier this fall. But now, RadarOnline.com has learned, the primetime drama is coming under heavy criticism — and even accusations of racism — after a white actress’ face was reportedly painted black so she could double for an African-American actress. On the heels of the scandal, Jada Pinkett Smith’s stuntwoman is speaking out exclusively to Radar about the sticky situation — and why she says it still has not been resolved.

Earlier this month, Deadline published an explosive article slamming the show for the cover-up, and the WB later apologized. “A mistake was made this week in casting a stunt woman for a guest star in a particular scene on the show,” the studio said in a statement. “The situation has been rectified, and we regret the error.”

Kelsee Devoreaux, longtime stuntwoman for Pinkett Smith, who plays the character Fish Mooney on Gotham, says the scandal was even more unnerving because she had been explicitly told there was no stunt work for Smith’s character.

Radar has learned that Devoreaux contacted the show’s stunt coordinator in March offering her services, and was told Smith’s character did not need any stunt doubles. According to Devoreaux’s IMDB page, she stood in for the star in Hawthorne, Terminator Salvation, Lincoln Heights, The Haunted Mansion, The Matrix Reloaded, and more, before being snubbed by the show.

“This did happen and it will not and should not ever be tolerated, especially in today’s age. This is 2014 and it is not acceptable,” she says.

What’s more, she claims, “Jada definitely knows about this,” although it is not certain that it was Pinkett Smith’s stunt person that was painted black by the stunt-coordinator for the show.

When Radar contacted SAG about the incident, they claim that “the circumstance has been resolved.”

However, Devoreax claims otherwise.

“This situation has not been resolved,” she tells Radar, adding, “The stunt-coordinator who may have been responsible for this is still working on the show!”

“If being resolved means the person responsible for this has not been fired, than nothing has been resolved,” she continues.

Deveroux also claims to know the stunt double whose face was painted black by Gotham’s stunt coordinator.

“She was so freaked out and uncomfortable by this situation, that she contacted SAG immediately,” Deveroux says.

Following the incident a spokesperson for the union also told Deadline, “Thus far, no one working on this production has brought this to our attention so we have no comment on this specific allegation.”

A SAG rep insisted to Radar, “With respect to this issue in general, the relevant SAG-AFTRA contract is clear: the practice known as “painting down” is presumptively improper. It further states that when the stunt performer doubles for a role which is identifiable as Black/African American and the race of the double is also identifiable, stunt coordinators shall endeavor to cast qualified persons of the same sex and/or race involved. In other words: the practice of “painting down” is unacceptable anywhere and particularly so in a production center like New York City with so many qualified stuntwomen of color trained for this type of work.”

Indeed, Devoreaux says she explicitly contacted the show for that reason.

“There is simply no excuse when all casting directors and stunt coordinators need to do is reach out to the union so we can help them identify people who can compete for these opportunities,” the SAG rep continued. “Each and every day we consult with industry professionals to ensure that they are able to access the pool of diverse talent around the country to meet their casting needs—from our own searchable database of union members to referrals to outside organizations to crafting an inclusive job notice to encourage appropriate candidates to apply.

“Django Unchained” Actress Daniele Watts, Partner Charged with Lewd Conduct

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“Django Unchained” Actress Daniele Watts, Partner Charged with Lewd Conduct 

Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas, were charged with one count of lewd conduct after they were detained by the LAPD in a Studio City neighborhood last month.

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office announced it had charged Watts and Lucas with the charges that carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000. They will be arraigned on Nov. 13.

 

Comedian Hannibal Buress Calls Bill Cosby a Rapist During Comedy Routine

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Comedian Hannibal Buress Calls Bill Cosby a Rapist During Comedy Routine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Comedian Hannibal Buress called Dr. Bill Cosby a rapist during a stand-up comedy routine at the Trocadero last Thursday. He was referring to the allegations of sexual assault made against Cosby by multiple women. Buress suggested that it was hypocritical of Bill Cosby to give younger men or “black people” advice because of this alleged history.

More from Philadelphia Mag on Hannibal Buress’ routine slamming Bill Cosby:

Thirteen? And it’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f*cking smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom. Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches. I don’t curse on stage. Well, yeah, you’re a rapist, so, I’ll take you sayin’ lots of motherfuckers on Bill Cosby: Himself if you weren’t a rapist.[…] I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns. […] I’ve done this bit on stage, and people don’t believe. People think I’m making it up. […]That sh*t is upsetting. If you didn’t know about it, trust me. You leave here and google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ It’s not funny. That shit has more results than Hannibal Buress.

Here’s the video:

DHS: Travelers from Ebola Hot Zones Must be Screened at 1 of 5 Airports

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DHS: Travelers from Ebola Hot Zones Must be Screened at 1 of 5 Airports

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a statement detailing travel restrictions for passengers coming from Ebola hot zones in West Africa. Travelers must transit through New York City’s JFK, Newark, Washington’s Dulles, Chicago or Atlanta, according to DHS

The statement reads, “Today, I am announcing that all passengers arriving in the United States whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to fly into one of the five airports that have the enhanced screening and additional resources in place.”

Johnson said,”We are working closely with the airlines to implement these restrictions with minimal travel disruption.” “If not already handled by the airlines, the few impacted travelers should contact the airlines for rebooking, as needed.” The restrictions will go into effect on Thursday.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Creates Ebola Response Team

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Creates Ebola Response Team

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Sunday that he will sign an executive order to create an Ebola response team, which will be tasked with assessing the state’s current health and emergency management procedures, as well as make recommendations to lessen any potential impact the deadly disease could have on the state.

Rest assured, Georgia is taking the threat of the Ebola virus seriously,” Deal said. “The creation of this team is an additional step in the state’s response to this disease and will further our efforts to ensure the safety and quality of life for our citizens. By combining the expertise of the health and research communities with our state agencies, Georgia will be uniquely positioned to combat the risks of Ebola should the need arise. Those that have been chosen to serve on the panel are leaders in their respective fields – specifically Emory University Hospital, which has remained at the forefront of our nation’s response to this infectious disease. We are taking every necessary precaution to alleviate fear within our communities and make certain Georgia stands prepared.”

The team will be comprised of representatives from the following: Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia National Guard, Emory University Hospital, University System of Georgia infectious disease experts, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, city of Atlanta and members of the nursing, rural hospital, EMT and education communities. Individuals on the response team will be named in the executive order tomorrow.

The team will convene this week and immediately begin issuing recommendations.

“Contagion” Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns: Reaction to Ebola Virus Frightens Him

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“Contagion” Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns: Reaction to Ebola Virus Frightens Him

Contagion” screenwriter Scott Z. Burns told The Wrap that the reaction to the Ebola virus is what frightens him. He said the Ebola crisis is the result of a “series of very big mistakes.”

Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns did extensive research into the spread of infectious diseases when he was writing the 2011 Steven Soderbergh film “Contagion,” and what he sees now with Ebola scares him.

But it’s not the virus itself that frightens Burns – it’s the reaction to it.

“We have the science to contain this,” Burns told TheWrap this week. “There are people in the world today who have stared down Ebola successfully in very difficult places – and I am optimistic that if we support those people and give them the resources they need, this can be contained.

“What scares me more than Ebola are the more mundane viruses of stupidity and fear and partisan politics.” Source: The Wrap

US Ebola Crisis: Where’s the President Obama Who Showed Up During Superstorm Sandy?

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US Ebola Crisis: Where’s the President Obama Who Showed Up During Superstorm Sandy? (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

US Ebola Crisis:  The New York Daily News issued a scathing rebuke of President Obama and the continuing fall-out from the handling of the Ebola cases rocking Texas, saying “America needs a better Ebola plan.” Too bad the President Obama who showed up in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy is M.I.A.  Don’t get me wrong, I want my president to succeed, but I am also not afraid to criticize him when needed. Let’s not give an “October Surprise” to the Republican Party in the upcoming midterm elections.

It’s also very ironic that former White House press secretary Jay Carney jabbed his former boss, saying that  “substantive actions” need to be taken in the Ebola fight, such as travel restrictions. He told CNN on Thursday, “I think substantive actions need to be taken, and they may involve flight restrictions, they may involve moving all patients to specific hospitals in the country that can handle Ebola, and I think those would be wise decisions to make.” Carney added, “I’m not an expert, but I think that would demonstrate a level of seriousness in response to this that is merited at this point.”

Later on Wednesday, after cancelling a congressional campaign trip to Connecticut, President Obama said that the U.S. would become more aggressive in coordinating the national response to Ebola, including sending a CDC team to any hospital with a confirmed Ebola case.

But, by stopping short of issuing mandatory protocols, the President again fell back on the catch-as-catch-can system that produced such disastrous results in Dallas. He did so at the peril of health-care providers and the public — because trust that individual hospitals here, there and everywhere would perform superbly is decidedly misplaced.

Frieden acknowledged that he erred badly in assuming that virtually any hospital could stop the spread of Ebola by following proper protocols. Cluelessness about those protocols appears to remain widespread.

Neither Obama nor Frieden had the sense to issue directives with the firm, clear quality of standards sought by National Nurses United, representing thousands of nurses across the country.

The group called on Obama to order hospitals to follow procedures used at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a leading infectious disease facility, as well as to set requirements for protective equipment, staffing levels and training. Source: NY Daily News

I can’t solely blame President Obama for this mess. It’s not his fault that incompetence reigns supreme in this crisis. The Centers for Disease Control, specifically Director Thomas Frieden, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are also culpable. It seems like a case of the blind leading the blind. I am amazed at how then-candidate Barack Obama ran a stellar presidential campaign, followed that up with a great reelection campaign, only to become a Waffler-in-Chief. Nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson were led like sheep to the slaughter following the shocking misdiagnosis of patient zero, Thomas Eric Duncan.  The level of incompetence at this hospital is worthy of a lawsuit, not only from the family of Mr. Duncan, but also one from all the nurses placed in harm’s way — optional training via webinar, nurses protecting their necks with tape, failure to isolate Thomas Eric Duncan, denying his family’s request for a blood transfusion early on, failing to send crucial medical tests through routine delivery systems, etc. The list goes on. We are supposed to be the superpower on all fronts. This is simply a disgrace. No. It’s bigger than a disgrace. It’s a travesty.

Texas Hospital Apologizes for Misdiagnosing 1st US Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan

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Texas Hospital Apologizes for Misdiagnosing 1st US Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan

Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, apologized for initially misdiagnosing Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the U.S.

In a testimony prepared for a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Varga admits mistakes were made during Duncan’s care when he first arrived at the hospital’s emergency room, NBC DFW reports.

“Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes,” Dr. Varga’s testimony says. “We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry.”

Varga also admits in his prepared testimony that the hospital didn’t provide accurate information after it was discovered they were caring for the nation’s first Ebola patient.

“Also, in our effort to communicate to the public quickly and transparently, we inadvertently provided some information that was inaccurate and had to be corrected. No doubt that was unsettling to a community that was already concerned and confused, and we have learned from that experience as well,” Varga’s testimony says.

Sounds like the hospital will be on the hook for misdiagnosing Thomas Eric Duncan and failing to adequately train and prepare the medical team that cared for him.  One person is dead and two others have contracted the disease. Seems to me like an apology is virtually meaningless.

St. Lucia Bans Visitors from Ebola-Stricken Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone

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St. Lucia Bans Visitors for Ebola-Stricken Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

St. Lucia has become the first Caribbean island to bar entry to travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola epidemics. Prime Minister Kenny Anthony said the ban will lessen the chances of the virus being introduced by an infected traveler.

Separately, the Colombian government also said it will bar anyone traveling to five African countries within the four preceding week from entering the country. The countries included in the travel ban are Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. The ban applies to any travelers requiring a visa who have visited the five countries.

St. Kitts and Nevis also issued a travel ban on nationals from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The Officer of the Prime Minister issued a statement on Wednesday saying the ban will also apply to travelers who have visited the three countries in the preceding 21 days.

 

 

“Rush Hour” Actress Elizabeth Pena Dies at Age 55

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“Rush Hour” Actress Elizabeth Pena Dies at Age 55 (Photo Credit: Cinema.de)

#RIP: Actress Elizabeth Pena, who appeared in “Rush Hour” and “The Incredibles,” dies at age 55. She died on Oct. 14 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a brief illness.

Her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles, shared the news in an obituary on the site. He said Pena died Oct. 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

In John SaylesLone Star (1996), Pena was memorable as the history teacher who rekindles a teenage love affair with Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper). She recently guest-starred in a pair of Modern Family episodes as the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character, Gloria. Source: Hollywood Reporter

Elizabeth Pena is survived by her husband Hans Rolla and their daughter Fiona and son Kaelan, as well as her mother and sister.