Wild Wild Country, a new six-part docuseries streaming on Netflix, chronicles a forgotten—yet utterly astonishing—moment in American history.
In the 1970s, a bearded guru by the name of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh established an ashram (and foundation) in Pune, India. Preaching the unity of opposites, conquering the ego to achieve enlightenment, Dynamic Meditation, and sexual openness, all with a pinch of rascally humor, he attracted some 30,000 acolytes—called sannyasins—to his ashram, who paid him handily for his spiritual services.
With the humid climate weighing on his health and a $5 million unpaid tax bill to the Indian government (and subsequent expulsion) looming, in 1981, Bhagwan, with the help of his “secretary” and top lieutenant, Ma Anand Sheela, resettled on the outskirts of the tiny town of Antelope (population 40) in Wasco County, Oregon. There, on a 64,000-acre property called the Big Muddy Ranch, his followers began erecting a sprawling city that could house at least 10,000 people, replete with restaurants, rows of townhouses, a school, and even a shopping mall. They called it: Rajneeshpuram.
But tensions soon escalated with the people of Antelope, whose nearby town was being taken over by thousands of red-clothed, free-loving sannyasins, many of whom engaged in loud orgies. So they attempted to thwart the expansion of Rajneeshpuram, and the extension of its influence in local government and politics, at every turn.
Kanye’s Red Pill Wave Among Celebrities Is Scaring Leftists
If there’s one thing that scares the establishment more than pop culture figures like Kanye becoming outspoken supporters of Trump and free expression in general, it’s that trend catching on to other pop culture figures. There’s one thing Trump couldn’t by himself and that was to get the mainstream entertainment & music industry on his side, considering many of their allegiances are with the Democratic party. Kanye West’s no apologetic approach is not only inspiring to those being attacked for “freedom of speech / thought” but also is getting him publicity, good & bad, depending on your perspective.
Observer Reports: As corporate progressivism vies against Trumpian nationalism for the future of America’s Empire, celebrities are inciting their own upheaval within Hollywood.
American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis warned for years of an impending shift against progressive values in a town long touted as a bastion of liberalism. Following Kanye West’s controversial break with liberalism over Twitter and TMZ, Ellis is seeing his premonition unfold.
“I don’t know if Kanye was red pilled exactly,” said Ellis, referencing how individuals are converted to conservatism online similar to Neo’s awakening in the Matrix. “Kanye does not do this in a systematic or literal way: it’s sweeping, metaphorical and inchoate and in the age of digital literal-mindedness.”
In the age of digital literal-mindedness, Ellis and West, who were reported to be collaborating on a film together during the Obama years, became contrarian thinkers of the entertainment industry by flirting on the edges of the Overton window—the range of topics and viewpoints widely viewed as socially acceptable.
Roseanne Renewed For Season 2
Roseanne is back and here to stay. On the heels of its massive premiere, ABC has announced that it will renew the sitcom for an 11th season. “We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes. The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the Roseanne team has in store for next year,” ABC Entertainment president Cheryl Dungey said in a press release Friday.
The revival, which premiered on Tuesday night after two decades off the air, was an immediate ratings hit, drawing 18.4 million live viewers. (President Donald Trump even phoned Roseanne Barr, an outspoken Trump supporter, to congratulate her.) The revival stars the original show’s stars — Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and Sara Gilbert — plus newcomers including Ames McNamara, Emma Kenney, and Jayden Rey. In Vulture’s review, TV columnist Jen Chaney praised the revival for holding up: “Roseanne hasn’t changed at all. It is still funny in the same ways it was always funny, using classic sitcom jokes and story lines to highlight issues of class.”
Hollywood Sinking: Oscars Organization’s Elected Leader Lawyers Up Over Harassment Claims
Film Academy president John Bailey is arming himself with top legal firepower to defend him over harassment claims, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Attorney David Schindler, a Los Angeles-based partner at Latham & Watkins who formerly co-chaired the firm’s white collar defense and civil litigation practice, has been enlisted by Bailey as the Academy reviews allegations leveled last week at the executive. Schindler declined to comment.
An Academy subcommittee led by casting director David Rubin began a review on March 14 of harassment claims against Bailey, the Oscars organization’s elected leader. No details were disclosed about the nature of the allegations, and Bailey has not spoken publicly about the claims as the investigation unfolds.
The Academy also has declined to detail the nature of the claims beyond a statement. “The Academy treats any complaints confidentially to protect all parties,” the organization said March 16 in response to reports by THR and other media outlets on the investigation. “The Membership Committee reviews all complaints brought against Academy members according to our Standards of Conduct process, and after completing reviews, reports to the Board of Governors. We will not comment further on such matters until the full review is completed.”
Bailey, 75, was elected by the Academy on Aug. 8 of last year, succeeding Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Previously he had represented the cinematographers branch of the organization for more than a decade. As a cinematographer, his credits include Ordinary People (1980) and The Big Chill (1983), among many other titles. His wife, Oscar-nominated film editor Carol Littleton, is on the Academy’s Board of Governors, representing the editors branch.
This year’s Oscars telecast on March 4 carved out a segment called “New Voices,” where Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek and Annabella Sciorra spoke onstage addressing the wave of claims that have swept across Hollywood since October, when Harvey Weinstein was first accused of harassment and assault. (Weinstein was ousted from the Film Academy on Oct. 14.)