Dina's Dirt For June 4, 2020

Thursday, June 4th

Dina’s Dirt at 6:40

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter made a video for the graduating seniors at San Dimas High School in California since their characters were past students at the high school for "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" in 1991. Alex said, "We know that it's a tough time right now and you're having to do this virtual graduation. We want to wish you the best of luck moving forward. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020. Well done." He also added, "San Dimas High School football does rule, but most importantly, we wanted to tell you to be excellent to each other," while Keanu said, "And party on!" Reminder, the third Bill and Ted movie, “Bill & Ted Face the Music," is scheduled for release later this year. Read more with AceShowbiz.
Also, “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin surprised the 2020 graduates of Hunter College’s theater program during their virtual graduation, according to Page Six. Alec is a friend of the program’s director Greg Mosher, so he popped up online during the virtual commencement to congratulate the students and give some inspiring words. He told the students, “Congratulations, you made it. You made it through a bizarre finish line in these bizarre times. People have always needed the arts, particularly the performing arts, but they are going to need it now more than ever during these weird, weird and painful times we are in.”

Vanessa Morgan, the only black actress with a regular role on “Riverdale,” has opened up about her experiences on the show. She tweeted that Riverdale only has a few black characters that ever appear on the show, and she also said she’s the lowest-paid regular on the show. Vanessa said, “Tired of how black people are portrayed in Media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry people. Tired of us also being used as side kick non dimensional characters to our white leads. Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show. It starts with the media. I’m not being quiet anymore.” Read more at dlisted.com.
Similarly, Amanda Seales has decided to talk about her bad experience on her show, “The Real,” which she is leaving after six months. She said, “My contract is up at ‘The Real’ and I didn't renew it." It sounds like she didn’t quite enjoy being a part of the show as she said, “It doesn't feel good to my soul to be at a place where I cannot speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to, and where the people that are speaking to me in despairing ways are not being handled.” She added, “I'm not at a space where, as a full Black woman, I can have my voice and my co-workers also have their voices, and where the people at the top are not respecting the necessity for Black voices to be at the top, too.” She denied any issues with her co-hosts Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, and Adrienne Houghton.

As we previously told you, back in February, Amy Grant revealed that she had been diagnosed with a heart condition that she has had since birth. Now, she is preparing to undergo surgery to fix the problem. Thankfully, she has been asymptomatic and is expected to recover just fine.

“Sesame Street” and CNN are holding a second town hall called “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism.” It will air this Saturday at 10am. The show’s characters will talk to kids about the protests happening across the country, embracing diversity and being more understanding. You can watch the town hall on CNN, and it will also stream live on CNN’s website and apps. If you want to send in your own question to potentially be answered during the special, you just need to fill out a form on CNN’s site. Read more with PopSugar.com.

Dina’s Dirt at 7:40

John Boyega thinks he is risking his career, but it couldn’t be for a better reason. John, who plays Finn in “Star Wars,” gave a speech at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in London on Wednesday. John teared up talking about George Floyd and others who have died because of police brutality. He said, "We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence." He also shared, "I'm speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don't know if I'm going to have a career after this, but f*** that. Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process, we don't know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don't know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we're going to make sure that won't be an alien thought to our young ones. Every black person in here remembered when another person reminded you that you were black. " Read more with AceShowbiz.

The 2020 Tony Awards were scheduled for a virtual ceremony on Sunday, but the event is being postponed in light of the ongoing unrest surrounding the murder of George Floyd. They said in a statement, "We are collectively saddened and angered by the senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and disheartened by the ongoing racism and injustices that continue to permeate our society. We at Broadway On Demand do not tolerate hate, racism, injustice or bigotry of any kind. The continued violence against Black Americans is inexcusable. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. This is a pivotal moment in our nation's history and our priorities at this time are to listen, to engage in meaningful dialogue and to do our best to enact real change in our industry and in our nation.”

“Riverdale” star Lili Reinhart has come out as bisexual, just as the news has come out on the breakup between her and co-star Cole Sprouse. She said on Instagram, "Although I've never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman.” She decided Pride Month would be a great time to share the news with her fans. Read more with AceShowbiz.

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain should know better to get all the facts before you report. She recently commented on the state of her New York City neighborhood in the wake of the George Floyd protests, and she got called out for it. She said, “My neighborhood in Manhattan is eviscerated and looks like a war zone. [Mayor Bill] DeBlasio and [Governor Andrew] Cuomo are an utter disgrace. This is not America. Our leaders have abandoned us and continue to let great American cities burn to the ground and be destroyed. I never could have fathomed this.” However, one of Meghan’s neighbors – “Saturday Night Live” writer Kristen Bartlett – shut her down with, “Meghan, we live in the same building, and I just walked outside. It’s fine.” Afterwards, admitted that she wasn’t even in New York and was just responding to what she’d seen on the news. That’s a big oops.

Dina’s Dirt at 8:40

Yesterday, we told you how Lea Michele’s co-stars on “Glee” backed Samantha Ware’s comments about how Lea mistreated her on set, saying they experienced the same. Now that Lea is feeling the backlash, she has issued an apology through People, saying, “When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbors and communities of color during this really difficult time… but the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them.” She added, “While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement, and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point. What matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.” He only explanation is, “Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused. We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.” She ended by saying, “I am a couple of months from becoming a mother and I know I need to keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions, so that I can be a real role model for my child and so I can pass along my lessons and mistakes, so that they can learn from me,” she concludes. “I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience.”
Samantha Ware, the one who outed Lea on her behavior, responded to Lea's apology, according to AceShowbiz. Reacting to Lea’s use of the word perceived, she wrote, "Perceived? Purcieved? Purse? Open your purse??????????????," possibly suggesting Lea make a donation. In the meantime, Heather Morris, who played Brittney S. Pierce on the show, also responded to Lea's apology, saying, "Was she unpleasant to work with? Very much so. For Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out." But she did say that doesn’t mean she’s a racist. She’s just mean.

Nicole Byer, the host of Netflix’s amateur baking show “Nailed It,” said if you don’t know how to have a talk with your kids about racism, she’s got you covered. In an Instagram post, Nicole said that because a lot of kids watch her show, she wanted to give white parents a script they could read verbatim, using herself and “Nailed It” to get the conversation going. She tweeted, “I did the work now you do some,” and provided the script, which you can read at hellogiggles.com. Of course, her script is laden with some choice words, which she said you can replace for the “soft kids.”

The streaming service Quibi isn’t doing so well, so Quibi has laid off some of its lower level employees and cut overtime for others, according to Page Six. Meanwhile, Reese Witherspoon, who narrated one of the shows that hardly anyone is watching got paid $6 million for that job. How, you ask? Could be a fine example of nepotism. Quibi is partly run by Jim Toth, who is Reese’s husband. And now you know.