Movies & TV / Columns

The 411 Douchebag of the Week: Roger Ailes

July 25, 2016 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz

The 411mania Douchebag of the Week

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of The 411 Douchebag of the Week. I’m Bryan Kristopowitz.

WWEDraft

Was I the only pro wrestling nerd who watched the WWE Draft last Tuesday and wondered how both Raw and Smackdown were going to have viable women’s divisions? It would seem to me that, in order to have a real division a brand would need, at least, ten wrestlers. Does the WWE have twenty female wrestlers to split between both Raw and Smackdown? If the company takes people from NXT, then what happens to the NXT women’s division?

I’m also curious to see what happens with the world title situation. As far as I know the WWE hasn’t said if both brands will get its own world champion, but it would make sense to have a major champion for each brand. So, if that actually happens, will the WWE go back to the big gold belt and have a World Heavyweight Champion, or will it come up with some other world title? The same goes for the tag team titles.

I’m also confused about the reasons behind breaking up The Club and the Wyatts. Are Gallows and Anderson getting some sort of gimmick makeover? Will Braun Strowman become a Mark Henry type character without any sort of connection to the Wyatts?

I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Raw is tonight and Smackdown is tomorrow.

And now onto this week’s Douchebag of the Week.

Douchebag

RogerAiles1

This week, the 411 Douchebag of the Week goes to now former Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes, for sexually harassing multiple female employees at the channel and then being forced to resign. I didn’t think it would happen. I figured that Ailes, the man directly responsible for the rise of the mega profitable Fox News Channel, would somehow manage to escape the sexual harassment allegations made by former FNC personality Gretchen Carlson. It wasn’t like Ailes was some low level producer or something. Ailes was the man at the network. And it was only one accuser. The machine that is 21st Century Fox would somehow make the problem go away. Ailes was just too important to fire.

But then the investigators, hired by 21st Century Fox to perform an “internal look” into the matter, came back with more allegations. Apparently, Ailes had sexually harassed as many as twelve female employees over the years, including current Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly. And that was what the investigators found at the beginning of their probe. What the hell were the investigators going to find out the more they looked into the matter? So Ailes had to go.

Well, Ailes was allowed to resign from his position as head of the network (he was also the head of sister network the Fox Business Channel). He’s still going to exist within the company as a consultant of sorts to interim FNC head Rupert Murdoch, the full on leader of 21st Century Fox. I’m assuming that was done so network superstars Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity wouldn’t leave the network, but then, come on, where the hell were they going to leave for? At least Ailes wouldn’t be involved in the day-to-day of running the show.

So what else are the investigators going to find out? Who else did what Ailes apparently did? Will producers be forced to resign? Will any show hosts or personalities be thrown off the network? Carlson’s former Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy could be the first personality let go, as his name has popped up in various stories about the Carlson lawsuit (like here).

This whole story is just awful. And it’s probably only going to get worse as it progresses.

I do think it’s weird, and ironic, that Ailes was brought down by doing one of the things that former President Bill Clinton was accused of doing (when he wasn’t accused of being a rapist or murderer). That shit helped make FNC the brand that it is today.

It’s too bad that Ailes wasn’t fired outright. Maybe that will happen if and when more comes out. He’s still getting paid. That sucks.

And it’s disgraceful.

Truly disgraceful.

**

And now for this week’s honorable mentions…

-Actor/writer/director/celebrity of some sort, and last week’s Douchebag of the Week, Lena Dunham, for supporting the anti-Jason Bourne with a gun poster movement. Yes, because the best way to prevent rampant gun violence and make people think about gun control is to deface movie posters. Makes all of the sense in the world. What the fuck is wrong with people? Jesus Christ.

The Trump Campaign, for the way it handled the “Melania Trump plagiarized her speech” controversy. Instead of initially saying “No comment until we have all of the facts” or something like that, the campaign went into full on “the media hates us and is just trying to derail our campaign” mode, which never works out because, when it comes to plagiarism, you always get caught, even if you don’t know that you did it. But that “they’re attacking us” shit went on for days until the truth was obvious and there was no way to get out of it. And, really, the plagiarism was never really the big issue. It was the attempted cover-up. Isn’t that common knowledge by now? Don’t try to cover up shit!

-Actor Antonio Sabato, Jr., for claiming that President Obama is a “Muslim” and “for the bad guys”. Look, if Sabato, Jr. wants to support Donald Trump for the President, fine. And if he thinks that President Obama has done a bad job as president, that’s okay, too. But this “Obama is a Muslim and a bad guy and hates America” shit needs to stop. It’s ridiculous. And bullshit. Please, for the love of God, stop. Do more movies like The Chaos Factor instead.

-Douchebag Hall of Famer and Fox News Channel/talk radio personality Sean Hannity, for his unhinged attack on the “liberal” media over the “liberal” media’s analysis of Donald Trump’s RNC acceptance speech. I think it’s time that Sean takes a long vacation or something because the poor guy is going to eventually have a stroke. And, Sean, if Jon Stewart and Rachel Maddow are idiots and no one watches MSNBC, why are you so upset? If no one is around to hear what they all said, then who heard what they said, besides you?

**

Thanks for reading. Agree? Disagree? Sign up with disqus and comment. You know you want to, so just go do it.

Please “like” The Gratuitous B-Movie Column on Facebook!

Oh, and B-movies rule. Always remember that.