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Jodie Sweetin Releases Statement After Getting Pushed By Officers at Pro-Choice Protest: “This Will Not Deter Us”



“Love everyone out there in the streets fighting for what’s right,” she wrote on Instagram.

Actress Pushed at Protest

After viral footage showed Jodie Sweetin getting pushed to the ground by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department while attending a pro-choice protest, the “Full House” actress said demonstraters “will continue fighting” for their rights. 

Sweetin was attending a protest off the 101 freeway on Saturday following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Photojournalist Mike Ade, who captured the video, said the actress was “trying to lead a group of peaceful protestors away from the freeway” when officers pushed her. Sweetin was standing on a curb when she was pushed and fell down on the cement road. Ade wrote that she was “fortunately…okay.”

Ade shared a handful of other videos depicting officers using similar tactics on other protesters. As these videos started circulating online, many became outraged by the LAPD’s response to the protests.

Sweetin Addresses Incident

Following the incident, Sweetin released a statement where she said the fight against the court’s decision is not over. 

“I’m extremely proud of the hundreds of people who showed up yesterday to exercise their First Amendment rights and take immediate action to peacefully protest the giant injustices that have been delivered from our Supreme Court,” Sweetin said. “Our activism will continue until our voices are heard and action is taken. This will not deter us, we will continue fighting for our rights. We are not free until ALL of us are free.”

Sweetin also shared footage of the incident and other clips of officers clashing with protesters on her Instagram story. She cheered protesters in a comment on a video of the push shared by a social justice group called The Progressivists.

“Love everyone out there in the streets fighting for what’s right,” she wrote.

According to a statement obtained by Deadline, the LAPD is looking into the matter. 

“The LAPD is aware of a video clip of a woman being pushed to the ground by officers not allowing the group to enter on foot and overtake the 101 freeway,” the statement said. “The force used will be evaluated against the LAPD’s policy and procedure.”

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Minneapolis Venue Cancels Chapelle Performance At Last-Minute, Show Moves to New Theater



The club issued an apology to its staff and supporters, promising to hold itself to a higher standard.

Chappelle Dropped From First Avenue

A famed performance venue in Minneapolis canceled a scheduled show from Dave Chappelle just hours before it began on Wednesday after facing backlash for booking the comedian.

First Avenue posted a statement to its social media accounts announcing that Chapelle would instead be performing at Varsity Theater, which was already set to host him Thursday and Friday. The switch up came as Chappelle has repeatedly faced backlash for making jokes aimed at the transgender community.

“To staff, artists, and our community, we hear you and we are sorry,” First Avenue said. “We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls.” 

The club went on to note that its staff and supporters have worked hard to make the venue a safe space.

“We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but in honoring that, we lost sight of the impact this would have,” the statement continued. “We know there are some who will not agree with this decision; you are welcome to send feedback.”

Protests at Varsity Theater

Varsity Theater followed up by confirming that it would honor First Avenue ticketholders at its doors. 

The last-minute decision prompted swift confusion on Twitter from people who wondered why First Avenue waited so long to drop Chappelle. Some speculated that staffers at the venue refused to work the gig, while others pointed to a petition that said Chappelle is “dangerous to trans people” and argued First Avenue has “a duty to protect the community.”

That petition only collected 126 signatures, but regardless of where the backlash came from, it was severe enough for First Avenue to make the abrupt decision. 

According to the Star Tribune, frustrations were significant enough that critics eventually directed their attention to Varsity Theater after it agreed to book Chappelle on Wednesday. Around 40 protesters stood outside the theater before the show started shouting “trans lives matter.”

So far, Chappelle has not released a statement about the theater switch. He has defended himself against accusations of transphobia, and his special “The Closer” — which first prompted the swell of criticism — has since become Emmy-nominated.

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Netflix Loses One Million Subscribers, Less Than Half of Its Anticipated Loss 



In a letter to shareholders, the company said it had a variety of plans to boost its revenue, including password sharing crackdowns and a new ad-supported tier. 

Netflix’s Subscriber Count  

Netflix revealed in a Tuesday earnings report that it lost 970,000 subscribers in the second quarter of the year. That substantial loss, however, was seen as a victory for the streaming service.

After losing 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, Netflix had initially predicted it would lose two million in the second. The figures revealed Tuesday mark a loss not even half as severe as anticipated, giving the company an unexpected win.

After two consecutive quarters of loss, Netflix has a more optimistic outlook for the rest of the year, expecting to add one million subscribers in the next three months. 

In a letter to shareholders, the company said that its slowed growth was tied to connected TV adoption, account sharing, competition, the impacts of the war in Ukraine, and larger economic issues.

We’ve now had more time to understand these issues, as well as how best to address them,” Netflix said. 

Going forward, the streaming giant vowed to “focus on better monetizing usage” of its service through its plans to offer an ad-supported tier and crack down on password sharing.

Ad Tier and Password Crackdowns

The proposed ad-supported option would come at a lower cost than current subscription plans, which would remain ad-free. With a goal of launching in early 2023, Microsoft has already been announced as Netflix’s technology and sales partner.

Netflix said it would first introduce this tier in a handful of markets with high advertising spending, then do a larger rollout as it learns about how to improve the offering. 

Advertising business in a few years will likely look quite different than what it looks like on day one,” the letter said. 

Larger details regarding the ad tier remain unknown, but Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said during an earnings video that not all of the platform’s content will be immediately available to those who chose the option.

The company’s plans to restrict the ability to share passwords with out-of-household users will likely prove to be more controversial. Trials for this are already underway, and according to several reports, users in certain test countries are being charged a $2.99 fee to add a home to their accounts. 

It is unclear exactly what a larger rollout of this feature will look like. Netflix told shareholders that it is still in the “early stages of working to monetize the 100m+ households” that use the streaming service without directly paying for it. 

“We know this will be a change for our members,” the company said. “As such, we have launched two different approaches in Latin America to learn more. Our goal is to find an easy-to-use paid sharing offering that we believe works for our members and our business that we can roll out in 2023.”

The crackdown has been met with frustration and criticism online from those who feel this model would not work for families who do not all live in one house together. Whether or not Netflix will cater to these concerns is unclear, as it has repeatedly maintained that password sharing has played a major part in its recent struggles. 

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ABC and Quinta Brunson Sued Over Alleged “Abbott Elementary” Copyright Infringement



Brunson’s hit sitcom was recently nominated for seven Emmy awards.

“Abbott Elementary” Sued

Quinta Brunson, the creator and star of “Abbott Elementary,” is facing a copyright lawsuit over allegations that she and ABC stole the hit sitcom from another writer’s script. 

According to The Wrap, writer and actress Christine Davis hit Brunson and the network with the suit last week. Davis claims the premise of the Emmy-nominated comedy was taken from a show she wrote called “This School Year.”

The Wrap, which obtained a copy of the suit, reported Davis claims both shows are “striking and substantially similar,” including the way they capture an inner-city school in mockumentary style, as well as in the “unique plot synopsis, set design, and unique characters.”

The suit pointed to a handful of characters in “Abbott Elementary” it claims are “nearly identical” to ones in “This School Year, including a young main teacher and older main characters. It also alleged that both opening episodes involved a principal taking a main character’s rug. 

“Abbott Elementary” follows a group of teachers at a public school in Philadelphia. Led by Brunson’s overly eager Janine Teagues, the educators work tirelessly to help their students despite their lack of funding and resources. 

Davis reportedly wrote her script in 2018 and registered it with the copyright office in 2020. “Abbott Elementary” hit screens in the winter of 2021. 

Davis claims she contacted two producers at Blue Parks Productions in the summer of 2020 and took several meetings regarding the show. During this time, she learned that Hulu and ABC were interested in Black, female-led comedies. 

According to the A.V. Club, neither of the producers named in the suit appear to have anything to do with “Abbott Elementary.”

The Success of “Abbott Elementary”

Davis is seeking a jury trial and for Brunson and ABC to “turn over all the profits they made from the show.”

Neither Brunson nor ABC has responded to the lawsuit. 

Deadline first reported that Brunson landed a pilot commitment at ABC for a “teacher comedy” in September 2020. The report did not say when the initial writing or development of the show started. 

Since its debut, “Abbott Elementary” has been hailed as a heartwarming success by critics and audiences alike. It delivered historic ratings for ABC and was nominated for seven Emmy Awards last week, including outstanding comedy series. 

In addition to that nod, Brunson picked up two other nominations for best actress in a comedy series and outstanding writing for comedy. With those three slots, she became the first Black woman to get three nominations for the same comedy show in a single year. 

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