Wednesday watch: Samantha Bee & John Oliver on facing reality of Trump

As we still grieve and process and prepare for action, a double recommendation this week on dealing with the wake of Trump’s victory. Watching these two comedians will be an important coping mechanism for four years of a Trump presidency.

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver spoke about the importance of treating this election as anything but normal (a stance I couldn’t agree with more).

Samantha Bee looks at the sore winners in the Trump camp, and urges people to send Paul Ryan reports of hate crimes since he doesn’t seem to be taking the problem very seriously.

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Wednesday watch: No Extremists Here

Many politicians, including those who stand up against blatant Islamophobia spouted by people like Donald Trump, still perpetuate harmful ideas of Muslim communities’ responsibility for stopping terrorism.

Watch Fusion producer Yasmin Nouh explain why this rhetoric is so harmful.

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Wednesday watch: Samantha Bee on Catholic hospitals

With reproductive rights under attack everywhere you turn, from Congress trying to defund Planned Parenthood to state legislatures mandating fetus funerals, there’s a stealth threat that hasn’t gotten as much attention but also poses a huge danger to women’s health. The ACLU reports that one in six hospitals beds in the US is now in a Catholic hospital that follows the church’s health directives, even when they threaten a woman’s life. Samantha Bee brings her perfect blend of humor and righteous indignation to the issue on this week’s episode of Full Frontal.

Wednesday watch: Against the Wall

Harry Belafonte teamed up with black artists and activists for this simple and powerful video about police brutality. It features Michael B. Jordan (who also stars in an essential film on police brutality, Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station), Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and more.

Wednesday watch: Maine’s personal Trump

Republican Governor Paul LePage has been an embarrassment to my home state of Maine, spouting racist, hateful rhetoric and demonstrating a temperament reminiscent of our most embarrassing presidential candidate. Samantha Bee did an extended segment on LePage as a warning about what happens when someone like Trump takes power.

Wednesday watch: Hidden Figures

Who doesn’t want to see Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae portray groundbreaking women who worked as mathematicians and engineers for NASA in the 1960s? Spencer told the New York Times, “This is a female-driven movie about contributions that women really made, to our world, not just our society.  That’s a big statement.” Check out the trailer below.

Wednesday watch: How do you know it was racism?

W. Kamau Bell is one of my favorite comedians because he combines smart takes on political issues and a passion for social justice with also just being very funny. In this video from his new album, he talks about frustrations with white people not believing people of color when they say something was racist.