Karen Townsend

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Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards was a guest on Netflix’s Chelsea in the episode titled “Changing the Climate” which aired on June 1, 2017. Following liberal activist comedienne Sarah Silverman - who talked of raising money for women to get transportation to appointments at Planned Parenthood facilities in Texas - both women exaggerated their arguments in support of government funding for the abortion provider.


The third season of Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt took a turn into the world of politics by incorporating random snarky political one-liners into almost all of the thirteen half-hour episodes. With Hillary Clinton supporter and SNL alum Tina Fey as a co-creator of this internet series, it should be no surprise that the 2016 presidential election worked its way into dialogue.


In a refreshing change of pace from most television shows written by and for liberals, the May 28th episode of HBO’s Veep titled “Blurb,” the narrative that gender is fluid was shot down. The message was gender is simple.


On the May 26 episode of Netflix’s Chelsea titled “Beauty Pageants, Black-ish and Going Broke”, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) declared, “Democracy is on the ropes.” The rest of the interview was just as dramatically nonsensical. 


The most recent episode of Netflix’s Chelsea titled “Scientologists and Pirates and Aliens, Oh My!” aired on Friday, May 19th. Expanding on the usual bashing of President Trump, this show featured a vicious attack on Ivanka Trump.


I don't know how it's possible but the May 15 episode of ABC’s Quantico, titled "Resistance," was even more transparent in its attempts to be a dark allegory for the Trump era. Just as the creator and showrunner indicated in a recent interview, this show is meant to resemble the current political landscape. Because of Trump, they say the idea of another Constitutional Convention is "not outside the realm of possibility anymore, which is so scary."


House Intelligence Committee ranking member, California Rep. Adam Schiff, was the political guest on the May 12 episode of Netflix’s Chelsea, titled “Answer Me This.” Schiff serves as the House Select Intelligence Committee co-chair in the investigation of President Trump’s possible ties to Russia. While discussing the reasons given for the dismissal of F.B.I. Director James Comey, Schiff said, “It just doesn’t pass the smell test.”


Wasting no time to ask a question that would potentially turn President Trump into the punch line, the May 14 episode of ABC’s Match Game began with this prompt from liberal host Alec Baldwin: "By popular request, Axe Body Spray has released a cologne inspired by Vladimir Putin. The scent is strong and unapologetic, and it comes in a bottle shaped like a 'BLANK.”


The showrunner of ABC’s Quantico said they would be “substituting Trump for terrorism” but in the May 5 episode, titled “RAINBOW,” they manage to combine both. A character with a name almost identical to real life President Trump supporter and tech mogul Peter Thiel is used in a terror plot to hijack airplanes using a money sharing app.


The May 5 episode of Netflix’s Chelsea was a change of pace. The episode was of a dinner party at her home, a format she occasionally used in season one, and the celebrity guests around her dinner table were Jim Parsons, Rashida Jones, Gaby Hoffman, and Mary McCormack. The subject of conversation was celebrating teachers who have impacted their lives for Teacher Appreciation Week, but it quickly turned into a an attack on America.


In the May 7 episode of HBO’s Veep titled “Justice,” former President Selina Meyers (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) attends the funeral for fictitious Supreme Court Justice Tenny and takes a swipe at a Supreme Court decision. The episode also perfectly illustrates how a cable news station (in this case CNN) can run with a rumor whether it is based in truth or not, aka fake news.


The 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards televised on May 7th was hosted by comedian Adam DeVine and spotlighted some changes from past years. This year was all about embracing gender neutral acting and genre neutral media by including men and women in the same category and television shows and movies in the same category. Apparently nothing matters enough anymore to honor distinctly female or male performances so lumping everything and everyone together is cool.


The controversial Netflix series Dear White People was finally released on Friday, April 28, and let me tell you, the "dear" in the title is NOT a term of endearment. In fact, to quote one of the show's writers, F*** White People would probably have been more appropriate, with cops and Republicans being singled out for particular hatred.


The hot button topic of illegal immigration reared its ugly head in Monday night’s episode of the CW’s Jane the Virgin. The episode, titled “Chapter Sixty-One” tried to convince the viewer that “ICE agents are showing up everywhere.” If only that was the truth.


Chelsea Handler should just change the name of her Netflix show from Chelsea to Trump, because that's pretty much all her show is about this season. During a segment in the episode titled “Ladies and the Trump” on Friday, April 28th, she declared that even though it doesn’t feel great, rooting for President Trump’s failure in office is “the right thing to do.” Hmm, I seem to remember a time in the not-so-distant past when hoping the president fails was considered "arguably treasonous" to the left.


The April 21 episode of Netflix’s Chelsea titled “Women That Are Strong Are Fun” brought another Trump bash-a-thon which included a trip to Paris to bash Trump with some French voters. But Chelsea Handler seemed especially deranged about Trump advisor Steve Bannon.


Based in a city that’s the murder capital of the country with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, it was only a matter of time before NBC’s new spin-off show Chicago Justice dealt with the issue of guns. But the surprise was how they handled it. Star Assistant State’s Attorney Peter Stone (Philip Winchester) is the only adult who defends gun rights in a story that sheds a light on what conservative students face on liberal campuses.


The sixth season premiere of HBO’s Veep aired Sunday, April 16th and, as much as the liberal critics want us to think it is a brilliant and timely show, it felt like all the other seasons. In the episode “Omaha,” former President (for a year) Selena Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has spent a year recovering from a losing presidential campaign and is now hot on the trail for paid speaking gigs. Sound familiar?


ABC’s new Match Game has gotten quite raunchy and crude, unlike last week’s show, which was tame in comparison. The celebrity panelists on that aired on April 16th were Horatio Sanz, Niecy Nash, Mario Cantone, Casey Wilson, Lamorne Morris and Martha Stewart. The tone was set when, during the introductions at the beginning of the show when the celebs hold up a card in greeting, Mario Cantone’s card read “Slut.” 


Season Two of Netflix’s Chelsea began on April 14th with the first installation titled “I Had No Backup Plan Whatsoever.” As publicized in earlier interviews, she started the season off with an hour of Trump bashing. She wants to be a “loud voice of opposition” and that is exactly what she is, in a very crude, NSFW way. She even claims President Trump suffers from the effects of contracting syphilis in the 1980s.