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Reporter booted out of Madison Cawthorn party describes 'stunning and sudden desertion of his closest allies'
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) lost his primary election Tuesday night after months of infuriating his Republican colleagues.
Independent reporter John Bowden, who was there to cover Cawthorn's election night party, says he was asked to leave by the Hendersonville, North Carolina police who were on hand. The event was in a small auto detailer and tire shop where Cawthorn operated his campaign.
The crowd fled once it became clear that Cawthorn lost, and Bowden writes that he "witnessed a stunning and sudden desertion of Cawthorn’s closest supporters and allies as it became clear that he’d lost."
Bowden noted that while Cawthorn was suffering a defeat, Sen. Chuck Edwards' campaign was still partying. He was shaking hands and taking photos. Cawthorn's lights were out — in more ways than one.
"It wasn’t explicitly mentioned, but my unceremonious ejection from the party appeared to be at the behest of campaign staffers for the youngest member of Congress," wrote Bowden. At one point he took photos of the vacating cars and walked across the street to take pics of the near-empty parking lot.
“Streets are for vehicles,” one "kindly advised me," as Bowden walked across the empty street to take a photo.
Cawthorn then delivered his own election night rant, blaming the GOP for his downfall, although he did give a "polite" call to Edwards, conceding to the candidate.
Newly-reelected state Rep. Jake Johnson "was overheard before he left joking with another Edwards supporter about a steady leak of sexually explicit images and videos of Cawthorn spearheaded by an anti-Cawthorn super PAC over the past few months," Boden wrote.
“I guess it was one video too many,” Johnson said, laughing at Cawthorn.
“Who knows what other videos are out there?" the person he was speaking to quipped back.
Cawthorn was not only the youngest person ever elected to Congress he was also the youngest person ever to be kicked out of Congress. In North Carolina, if the election had been close, the two men would have been sent to a runoff. But Cawthorn lost by so much that it wouldn't be in the cards.
In wake of the humiliating loss, he was ridiculed by "The View" for his claim that Trump is loyal and would back him until the end.
The 18-year-old accused of killing 10 people at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, was indicted for murder by a grand jury during a brief court appearance on Thursday. Payton Gendron, who is white, specifically targeted Black people in a predominantly Black neighborhood, according to material he allegedly posted online. “Payton, you’re a coward!” someone yelled from the courtroom gallery. Gendron is being held in jail without bail. His next court appearance will be on June 19. Gendron allegedly drove hours from Conklin, New York, to the Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo Saturday aftern...
Streaming services have cracked open a door for communities long shut out of Hollywood, Oscar winner Viola Davis told the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, but more imagination is still needed around black roles.
Davis, 56, currently starring as Michelle Obama in the television series "The First Lady", admitted even her groundbreaking show "How to Get Away With Murder" had produced only fragile momentum for black women in entertainment.
"I know that when I left 'How to Get Away With Murder' -- I don't see a lot of dark-skinned women in big roles in TV, not even in streaming services," she said of the show that made her the first black lead actress to win an Emmy.
Even with a trophy case full of awards, she said she was still held back by the industry's limited imagination of who can play daring roles.
"If I wanted to play a mother whose son... was a gang member who died in drive-by shooting, I can get that made," Davis said.
"If I play the woman who was looking to recreate herself by flying to Nice and sleeping with five men at the age of 56 looking like me, I'm going to have a hard time pushing that one even as Viola Davis because people can't reconcile the blackness with spiritual awakening and sexuality -- it's too much."
'You have to fight'
Netflix, long hailed as a champion of more diverse entertainment and performers, recently reported a loss in subscribers for the first time in more than a decade.
The gloomy news sparked a round of layoffs and spending cuts.
A 2021 study of Netflix content showed that 52 percent of its series and movies had women in starring roles and more than one in three featured underrepresented groups -- far higher than entertainment released in cinemas.
Davis won an Academy Award in 2017 for Best Supporting Actress for "Fences" opposite Denzel Washington and received three more nominations including as best actress in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", which ran on Netflix after a brief theatrical release.
"I see that there is quantity -- there's more out there because there are 400 shows and streaming services," Davis told a Kering Women in Motion talk at the world's top film festival.
"But in terms of storytelling that is as expansive as one's imagination, that's not happening yet... You have to really fight for those stories."
Davis on Wednesday attended the Cannes screening of the Tom Cruise flick "Top Gun: Maverick", the sequel to the 1986 blockbuster, joined by her husband, actor Julius Tennon.
The couple have a film and television production company, JuVee, which she said they founded in response to her anger over sexism, racism and colorism -- discrimination due to darker skin -- despite her now decades of success in Hollywood.
"It hurts when people reject you," she said.
"When people said that I was not pretty enough for a role -- it really gets on my damn nerves, it breaks my heart, and it makes me angry."
She said a director she had known for a decade had once repeatedly called her Louise on set which she learned was his maid's name.
With her own company, "I can do exactly what I want to do. That was my response to all of that rejection."