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Michelle Obama’s Tribute To Chance The Rapper Literally Moved Him To Tears

It’s one (rather humbling) thing to be honored with BET’s Humanitarian Award ― it’s another to be praised by Michelle Obama and to have her call you a friend. But leave it to Chance The Rapper to accomplish both by the age of 24.

In addition to taking home the award for Best New Artist during the 2017 BET Awards, which aired Sunday, the rapper and activist became the youngest person to receive its Humanitarian Award.

Chance donated $1 million to public schools in his hometown of Chicago in March, led campaigns to give outerwear to Chicago’s homeless and even led a march to Chicago voting polls on Election Day 2016.

His list of social deeds can go on for days, which is probably why he was able to get a shoutout from our favorite first lady.

“We are so incredibly proud of you, Chance,” the former FLOTUS began. “We have known Chance and his family since he was a wee little baby rapper and it has been a thrill watching him come into his own in so many ways.”

“In addition to making some really amazing music, Chance has been taking that big bright spotlight that follows him around and shining it on our hometown of Chicago,” she continued. “Chance is showing our young people that they matter, they have something inside of them that is worthy of being expressed.”

After the first lady’s touching words, cameras caught Chance with tears in his eyes.

His acceptance speech, which he said was impromptu because he wanted to “speak from the heart,” proved his accolades from Mrs. Obama were well deserved.

After declaring a love for black people, Chance went into a spiel about how this country can start making things right.

“I had plans originally to try to tell the world and everybody watching how to make it a better place,” he said.

“To tell everybody in this government that y’all need to let everybody out of jail for selling weed before y’all start making it legal for people to sell it and make capital off it,” he continued, making pointed eye contact with the camera.

“I was going to tell the Chicago public school system not to take out a loan from Chase Bank when they know that our schools are planning on failing in our district,” he said to increasing applause.

Before ending his speech, Chance declared that he also wants to work on himself and become a better father, cousin, etc.

He then had the nerve to say he doesn’t yet feel the award is deserved. Let the humbleness take a seat for one night, Chano.

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Jimmy Kimmel Pleads With Senator To Put Trumpcare To Kind ‘Kimmel Test’

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is pleading with a Republican senator to put the latest version of Trumpcare to the “Kimmel test” before voting for it.

Kimmel, whose baby son Billy required surgery shortly after birth to repair a congenital heart problem, tweeted to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) Sunday: “No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can’t afford it.”

Reminder for Sen @BillCassidy: Kimmel test is “No family should be denied medical care, emerg or otherwise, because they can’t afford it”

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) June 25, 2017

Cassidy himself first coined what he called the “Jimmy Kimmel test” in early May during a CNN interview when asked about caps on insurance coverage in Trumpcare.

“I ask, ‘Does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test?’” said the senator, who is also a doctor. “Would the child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in that first year of life, even if they go over a certain amount? I want to make sure folks get the care they need.”

Cassidy said in his latest interview Sunday on CBS that he hasn’t yet decided how he will vote on the Senate’s version of Trumpcare, which will eject some 23 million people from health insurance and will carve $800 billion out of Medicaid.

Right now I am undecided,” Cassidy said on “Face The Nation.” There “are things in this bill that adversely affect my state, that are peculiar to my state. A couple of the things I am concerned about, but if those can be addressed I will [vote for the bill]. And if they can’t be addressed, I won’t.”

On Friday, Cassidy said in response to a question from a Washington Post reporter that the Senate bill “begins to address the Jimmy Kimmel test.”

Just days before Cassidy’s CNN interview in May, Kimmel had tearfully recounted the story of his newborn son’s open-heart surgery on his program in April. It was the “longest three hours of my life,” said Kimmel, who reassured the audience that the story had a “happy ending” for baby Billy.

Kimmel used his own horrifying ordeal to make a plea for access to health care for every American. He said his son’s situation was a classic case of a “pre-existing condition” because it happened at birth.

“If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make … whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?” he asked to wild audience applause. Politicians need to “understand that very clearly,” he added.

“Let’s stop with the nonsense. This isn’t football. There are no teams. We are the team. It’s the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants.”

Crying again, Kimmel talked about other families at his son’s hospital. “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life,” he said. “It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”

Kimmel also retweeted a message Sunday from Child Health USA saying that the Senate’s Trumpcare bill doesn’t pass the Jimmy Kimmel test, “not even close.”

Sen. @BillCassidy: Healthcare Bill Passes ‘Jimmy Kimmel Test’ https://t.co/SuyBjIJ1PZ

Sadly, it doesn’t. Not for kids. Not even close. pic.twitter.com/RxTdGV5iIr

— Child Health USA (@ChildHealthUSA) June 25, 2017

In addition, Kimmel retweeted a Jake Tapper tweet about a CNN interview Sunday with Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, who refused to say if his taxes would be cut with Trumpcare.

Kimmel had Cassidy on his program on May 8 via satellite to discuss the House version of Trumpcare, and Cassidy talked then about how the Senate would address some of the holes in that bill. That’s when Kimmel clarified the “Jimmy Kimmel test” that he repeated in his tweet Sunday to Cassidy. “Hey, man, you’re on the right track,” Cassidy said on the program.

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‘Transformers 5’ Endures Franchise Low As Indies Perform Well At The Box Office

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – It seems the “Transformers” franchise is rusty.

As of Sunday morning, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment directed by Michael Bay, looks to bring in $69.1 million from 4,069 domestic locations during its five-day opening weekend. That’s a franchise low for the sequel from Paramount and Hasbro, behind the first in the modern series, which earned $70.5 million in 2007. “The Last Knight” carries an estimated $217 million production budget.

This makes “Transformers: The Last Knight” the latest summer blockbuster to bank on overseas ticket sales to have a shot at turning a profit. In China, the big-budget action sequel made $41 million in its opening day alone. The projected international come through Sunday is $196.2 million, powered by $123.4 million in China.

“The Last Knight” comes at a time when Paramount could have used an all-around hit, following recent misses “Baywatch” and “Ghost in the Shell.” While the latest “Transformers” movie has been advertised as “the final chapter” and Bay’s last go-around, the franchise will continue ― Paramount has at least two more movies slated, including a spinoff that could star Hailee Steinfeld. The franchise has historically been massively profitable and seen solid multiples for the studio. Together, the first four earned over $1.3 billion domestically and well over $3.5 billion worldwide.

The latest take on the series centers on an alliance between Bumblebee, Cade Yeager ― who Mark Wahlberg also played in 2014′s “Age of Extinction” ― and roles played by franchise newcomers Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock. Together, the team works together to save the world. Audiences have earned the film a B+ CinemaScore, while critics have mostly dismissed it ― it currently holds a 15% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The Last Knight” was uncontested at the box office this weekend, but a few indie releases showed traction. Sofia Coppola‘s “The Beguiled” remake from Focus Features played at four theaters this weekend, and should gross $240,545 with a strong per screen average before it expands to over 500 locations next weekend.

“We’re thrilled by this opening,” said Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features’ distribution president. “This is Focus’ third collaboration with Sofia and she’s created an entertaining, atmospheric thriller featuring strong female representation in front of and behind the camera.”

And Kumail Nanjiani’s critically adored romantic comedy “The Big Sick” should earn $435,000 during its opening weekend in five locations ― that would give the Lionsgate and Amazon Studios release the highest per screen average of any film that has opened this year so far.

“Kumail and Emily’s true story provided audiences of all ages a much-needed alternative to the summer blockbusters,” said Bob Berney, Amazon Studios’ distribution chief.

Otherwise, “Wonder Woman” continues to post impressive numbers, and holds onto second place during its fourth weekend in theaters. This weekend, it should earn an additional $25.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $318.4 million. Earlier this week, the film became the highest-grossing live-action movie to be directed by a woman ― a major distinction for Patty Jenkins.

Disney and Pixar’s “Cars 3” also looks to earn $25.2 million domestically during its second weekend. Some estimates have the film slightly lower, just below $25 million. The family film, which won last weekend’s box office, is expected to pass the $100 million mark in North America by Monday.

“Transformers: The Last Knight’s” performance is a tough break for the summer box office’s bottom line domestically. For the past two years, this weekend has seen monster grosses for “Jurassic World” and “Finding Dory.” Now, attention is turned toward a trio of releases next weekend, as the box office hopes for a shot in the arm from “Despicable Me 3,” “Baby Driver,” and “The House.”

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Netflix Cancels ‘Girlboss’ After One Season

After not-so-great reviews and fan critique, Netflix has decided to cancel “Girlboss” ― the show “loosely” based on the life of Nasty Gal founder and #Girlboss writer Sophia Amoruso. The series ran for one 13-episode season.

According to Variety, Amoruso took to her Instagram story on Saturday to share the news, writing:

So that Netflix series about my life got canceled. While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out. It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months. Yes, I can be difficult. No, I’m not a dick. No, someone named Shane never cheated on me. It will be nice to someday tell the story of what’s happened in the last few years. Ppl read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned.

Once she posted the statement, many assumed she was “throwing shade” at the show for misrepresenting her life and personality. Amoruso headed to Instagram again to silence the haters.

“Jesus Christ. I absolutely loved the show and am so sad it’s over. I am grateful for it all,” she wrote on her Instagram story. “But how a website can conflate ‘throwing shade’ with saying that a woman is excited to own her narrative after bankruptcy headlines, false lawsuits, and a dramatized series is created (which I will repeat: I loved and am proud of) is bonkers. I’m sorry if I hurt anyone. Being me usually means hurting someone at any given time. Maybe I am a dick after all.”

Thank you @charlizeafrica for choosing to play and produce flawed female characters. Proud to be one.

A post shared by sophia amoruso (@sophiaamoruso) on Apr 18, 2017 at 5:09pm PDT

Amoruso’s fashion retailer Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy last year just as the show was gearing up to be released. It debuted on Netflix on April 21, but seemingly failed to secure a committed following. “Girlboss” received a 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, as sites like The New York Times and The Guardian said the on-screen Sophia (Britt Robertson) “isn’t particularly interesting” and is “a walking selfie, whining about having to work for a living.”

“Pitch Perfect” screenwriter Kay Cannon served as executive producer and showrunner of the series, with Charlize Theron also executive producing alongside Laverne McKinnon, Beth Kono, Christian Ditter and Amoruso.

“Girlboss” joins other canceled Netflix series, such as “The Get Down” and “Sense8.”

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Erin Andrews Marries Jarret Stoll In Intimate Sunset Ceremony

A big congratulations goes out to Erin Andrews!

The “Dancing with the Stars” co-host and sportscaster, 39, married former NHL player Jarret Stoll in a romantic, intimate ceremony in Montana on Saturday (his 35th birthday!), her rep confirmed to People. The couple reportedly said their “I dos” at sunset, with Andrews wearing a gorgeous white, off-the-shoulder gown with her hair pulled back. Stoll looked dapper in a black tuxedo.

A small group of family and friends celebrated at a reception, designed by celebrity wedding planner Yifat Oren.

Andrews took to Instagram earlier in the week to share a photo of a Montana sunset, simply writing, “Stop.”

Stop

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Andrews and Stoll got engaged last December after dating for three years. They’ve supported each other through many ups and downs, most recently Andrews’ cervical cancer diagnosis in September 2016, which she kept secret until this year.

“I’m somebody who never misses a doctor’s appointment,” she told HuffPost of the surprise diagnosis. “That’s why I think my situation was so scary and so unbelievable. I hadn’t missed an annual with my gynecologist. This came up over a year and it really took us by shock.”

Andrews said the entire situation made her relationship with Stoll stronger than ever, as she saw that he would stand by her side through the toughest of times.

“We hadn’t even been discussing marriage. We hadn’t discussed babies! It really puts things on the fast track for you — because you have an oncologist saying to you, ‘We highly recommend that you guys do your embryos right now, freeze them,’” she told Health magazine. “I’m like, ‘Hi, hon. I love you. I hope we’re spending our lives together.’ And he was amazing.”

Cheers to the happy couple!

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Friend Of Late ‘Toy Story’ Writer Reveals Andy’s Heartbreaking Backstory

Two days after the friend of a late “Toy Story” writer revealed a previously untold and devastating story about Andy’s dad, another Pixar writer has lashed out on Twitter calling it “utterly” false.

Let’s back up. This week, YouTuber Jonathan Carlin of Super Carlin Brothers published his video interview with Mike Mozart, a toy designer who was friends with Joe Ranft, the Pixar head writer who co-wrote “Toy Story.”

According to Carlin’s interview, which went viral this week, Mozart said that Ranft had revealed to him why Andy’s dad was suspiciously absent from the film over lunch. Mozart told HuffPost that he had met Ranft through his work in toy design, adding that their conversation about Andy’s backstory took place over a decade ago, before Ranft died in a car crash in 2005.

Andrew Stanton, who was on the writing staff of the “Toy Story” series, debunked the alleged backstory with a simple hashtag that claimed ”#Iwasthere.”

Complete and utter fake news. Everyone go back to your homes. Nothing to see here, folks. #Iwasthere https://t.co/06j37YKKt2

— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 24, 2017

Ranft’s story, as Mozart recalled to Carlin, goes like this: Andy’s father is also named Andy and he was the original owner of the Woody doll. As a kid, Andy Sr. was poor, bullied and a huge fan of the TV show “Woody’s Roundup.” He was also the only kid in the world who had Woody, because the doll was the sole prototype from a marketing gimmick that had been cut short after the TV show was cancelled. (This theory would explain why Woody was considered so rare in the sequel.)

Andy Sr. had contracted polio as a kid and nearly all of his toys ― except for Woody, Slinky and Mr. Potato Head ― were burned as a result. He recovered from the disease, grew up, got married and had a son who he named after himself. Then, Andy Sr. was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome. On his deathbed, Andy Sr. asked his son to retrieve a chest from the attic. By the time Andy Jr. returned with the chest, his father had already died.

Andy Jr. opened the chest with a key left to him by his father after the funeral. Inside was Mr. Potato Head, Slink and, of course, Woody.

My Toy Story Interview is the Top Trending on Twitter!! From an interview I gave a few days ago pic.twitter.com/qp2oWekUTx

— Mike Mozart (@JeepersMedia) June 24, 2017

The video of Mozart and Carlin went viral and eventually caught the attention of Andrew Stanton, who co-wrote the first two “Toy Story” films with Ranft.

Stanton on Saturday refuted Mozart’s claim that Ranft had a secret backstory for Andy and Andy’s father by tweeting a news article about Mozart’s interview and calling it, “Complete and utter fake news.” However, Stanton’s tweet did not specify what was fake about the interview. Representatives for Stanton and Pixar did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for clarification.

Mozart, for his part, stands by the retelling of his conversation with Ranft.

“It’s not a theory,” Mozart told HuffPost. “The story is as told to me by Joe Ranft about 12 to 14 years ago over lunch.”

When asked if he was upset by the tweet, Mozart said no, adding that Stanton “never said it was a lie.”

And while Ranft is unfortunately unable to back up Mozart’s claim, one thing is certain: That backstory for Andy is heartbreaking.

Watch Carlin’s full video with Mozart below.

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Dan Harmon Finally Reveals Reason Behind ‘Rick And Morty’ Delays

It’s been roughly an eternity since the last season of “Rick and Morty” (or more accurately, roughly under two years).

The delay for the third season has gone on so long that co-creator Dan Harmon is now worried that fans are speculating the Adult Swim’s animated show won’t be coming back at all. “Rick and Morty” debuted the season three premiere on April Fool’s, but since then there’s essentially been radio silence on the subsequent episodes.

So to quell online rumors that he’s been fighting with co-creator Justin Roiland or that the show is doomed, Harmon wrote a statement truncated into tweets this morning. This apparently isn’t like the 2012 situation with Harmon’s former show, “Community,” when the NBC network and Sony ousted him, leaving a carcass of the television program to decay through a horrid Harmon-less season.

Harmon and Roiland are just taking forever to perfect this thing.

“But the truth in this case is so very boring,” wrote Harmon. “I will put it to you as objectively as I can … The reason S3 took long is because it took long to write, because it was S3 of a show that we were scared to make worse than S2 or S1.”

Fair enough. It’s still entirely unclear when this wonderful show is coming back though.

Below is Harmon’s long, “hungover thread” on Twitter:

A hungover thread where I address Rick and Morty devotees because I feel bad for any fan worrying about any show-threatening issue:

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

Justin and I are very regretful about the season taking way too long. I want to explain “what happened” because it’s way less dramatic

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

Than you might ever imagine. Post internet TV audiences are so used to finding out there’s an intriguing/confusing/intense reason 4 delays

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

And Christ knows if you’ve ever seen MY name on the internet I’ve only got myself to blame for an association with intrigue/confusion/drama

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

But the truth in this case is so very boring. I will put it to you as objectively as I can, though we aren’t talking about an auto plant

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

The reason S3 took long is because it took long to write, because it was S3 of a show that we were scared to make worse than S2 or S1.

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

It’s a common yet odd phenomenon. Tail-chasing, perfectionism, overthinking? One prob is that any description you pick for it

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

Is going to have a falseness. If I say “we overthought” someone else could say “well, no, we thought the right amount,” it’s like talking

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

About religion or something. It feels I think, to writers, sacreligious and ineffective to open the creative process and poke and label.

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

But don’t worry about the content, because, the reason overthought slows you down is, you just do way more versions of stuff than needed.

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

You usually end up back where you started. So as far as I can tell, although I’m too close to it, it’s just another good season of RAM

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

That took way too fucking long to write because it just seems like the same stuff that took way less time to write. That’s it. Boring answer

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

As I speak, more articles are coming out about me and Justin fighting. Because it’s a less boring reason for a season to take long,

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

And because I’m Dan Harmon, so it’s a smart fucking first guess, it just happens to be hilariously not true even in the slightest.

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

If you do know of me at all you know that if Justin and I HAD ever fought, not only wouldn’t we be able to keep it secret,

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

We’d be all too eager to share it with you.

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

Also, that’s not what would make the show slow down! Fighting probably would have been a good idea, it might have sped us up.

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

So that’s it. I shouldn’t have started a thread when i need to pack for airport, but that’s it. We took too long writing. Totes regrets.

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

And we look back and we talk to each other about how we can avoid it happening again and I’m pretty sure the reason it won’t is cuz

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

It happened. That’s how it works. You do something you don’t know you’re doing and then you’re like oh I did that and then you do otherwise

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

I don’t know if any danger to the show itself that comes from you believing justin and I are fighting and the show is gone forever, BUT

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

Like I said it breaks my heart to think of some kid reading one of these clickbait pieces after all the energy that kid has put into fandom.

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

The show by my metric, which is people seeing my tee shirts and saying “I love that show” has like the craziest reach of anything I’ve been

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

A part of. So..it makes sense that when you take something that loved and delay it this long and let the internet simmer, you get this stuff

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

And we’re flattered by it and thankful to you and can’t wait for you to see S3 and also JUSTIN IS A PIECE OF SHIT I’M GOING TO FIST FIGHT

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

End of threaddddddd so hungover

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017

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Real Frustrated Lawyers Tell A Fake Trump They Won’t Save Him

Throughout the last month, President Donald Trump and his team keep confirming and then denying that he is under investigation by the Department of Justice.

Besides Trump confirming an investigation on Twitter, the most notable instance was his lawyer, Jay Sekulow, claiming that Trump was under investigation and then that he wasn’t under investigation during the same “Fox News Sunday” interview.

It remains unclear whether Trump truly is under a high-level investigation, but that didn’t stop Comedy Central’s “The President Show” from constructing an entire segment to parody the president’s dire/maybe-not-dire situation.

You’ve defended con-artists, foreign agents and mobsters, but have you ever done all three at once?
Parody of Donald Trump

The parody Trump addresses this confusion by saying, “I realized this week that I need to build a tremendous legal team to help me with this investigation that I’m totally not under ― wink!” Of course, he didn’t really wink towards the camera because his eyes were already in an uncomfortable-looking squint.

The parody Trump, played by Anthony Atamanuik, then auditioned real lawyers to join his legal team.

“You’ve defended con-artists, foreign agents and mobsters, but have you ever done all three at once?” the parody Trump asked one of these lawyers while pointing to himself.

It quickly became clear, though, that the underlying premise for this sketch was for lawyers to vent their overwhelming frustration with Trump to this stand-in for the president.

One of the recruited lawyers is Gloria Allred, a civil rights lawyer who has filed a lawsuit against Trump in New York. She is representing women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

Trump isn’t getting away from facing his problems this time. Even if it’s sadly just a parody.

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Diva Devotee Seth Sikes Honors Pride With A Celebratory New Show

Few performers are as perfectly suited for Pride weekend as Seth Sikes.

The 33-year-old cabaret star has been thrilling audiences with his tribute concerts to Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli for nearly three years. On June 24, however, he’ll go all out with a no-holds-barred show at New York’s Feinstein’s/54 Below featuring songs made famous by the aforementioned divas, as well as Bernadette Peters and Barbra Streisand. (Catch a sneak peek of Sikes performing a tune from the musical “Gypsy” above.)

“Usually my goal is to keep the songbook alive and celebrate the ladies,” Sikes told HuffPost. “But this time, the goal is to get people in a happy, happy mood to go out dancing afterward… what celebrates Pride more than a bunch of diva songs?”

What began as a “one-night-only stunt” in 2014 has taken Sikes across the country, and even internationally, since then. Most recently, he celebrated what would have been Garland’s 95th birthday with a performance in London ― a particularly fitting tribute, as the “Wizard of Oz” star capped off her unparalleled career with a string of shows in England’s capital.

Of course, Sikes is aware that his Pride weekend show comes at a time when many LGBTQ people are still reeling from the election of President Donald Trump, who ran on an explicitly anti-queer platform. The performer, who has not shied away from politics on social media, won’t mention Trump during his performance, but rather “have some fun” while reminding people that the LGBTQ community is “mighty and not going away.”

“I talked a little bit about Trump in my last show,” he said. “But frankly, at this point, I’m so sick of hearing about him and talking about him, I probably won’t bring it up at all this time. Let’s forget the asshole for a moment!”

For now, Sikes couldn’t be happier to be honoring Pride with a brand-new show. “I think Pride is about family and community and a celebration of our unique culture. We have a lot of that to celebrate right now ― including our lady icons ― and we have a lot to be grateful for, including marriage equality,” he said. “But we can’t take any of it for granted.”

Seth Sikes performs at New York’s Feinstein’s/54 Below June 24. Next up, he’ll visit the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown, Massachusetts on July 8 and Aug. 7.

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Bill Maher On GOP Health Care Bill: ‘Behold, A Turd!’

Bill Maher was an equal opportunity political offender during Friday night’s monologue on “Real Time.” Between the Republicans’ secret health care bill and the “losing” Democrats, no one was safe from his savage burns.

Maher dug right in to “lame” Democrats first in an attempt to understand how Jon Ossoff lost the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District even after the party poured so much money into his campaign.

“He came so close,” Maher quipped. “Party leaders are calling it a terrifying brush with success.”

The comedian begged Democrats to stop losing elections because “the wrong people are in power.” Then, he turned his attention to the so-called “wrong people” by tearing apart the release of the Senate Republican’s secretive health care bill.

“Everybody is saying it was unveiled — unveiled is not the right term,” Maher said. “You unveil a sculpture. Nobody goes, ‘Behold, a turd!’”

The comedian highlighted the darkest items on the bill, which he called “a manifesto from the Zodiac Killer.”

It makes deep cuts to Medicaid, it allows states to drop protections established by Obamacare for people with pre-existing conditions and, Maher explained, “just for spite, it defunds Planned Parenthood.”

“No more gynecological exams,” he added. “Although Trump says he’s still available to grab pussies.”

Maher ended his rant on the health care bill with a grim warning: “Do not kid yourself. This will pass. Republicans get shit done.”

Find out the GOP’s strategy for pushing their bill along in the full segment above.

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