Eleanor on the Good Place

Things We Saw Today: NBC Stars (and Everyone Else) Call Out Their Network for Promoting Trump

Recommended Videos

NBC is in extremely hot water today for making the bizarre choice to air a COVID superspreader town hall event with a talking evil pumpkin that calls journalists the enemy of the people. Their excuse is something about fairness since Joe Biden has an event over on ABC. Never mind that neither of these events would be happening if Trump wasn’t a big giant baby who wouldn’t play fair, so he took his corona ball and went home instead of participating in the actual presidential debate that was scheduled for tonight.

In light of their network’s terrible decision, over 100 NBC employees and actors, from Alec Baldwin and Aaron Sorkin to Sterling K. Brown and Richard Shiff, along with other high-profile names like Ava DuVernay, JJ Abrams, Joss Whedon, and Greg Berlanti, have sent an open letter to their network, decrying the choice to give this fascist free advertising. The letter reads in part:

By agreeing to air his town hall as counterprogramming opposite Vice President Biden’s town hall on ABC, you are enabling the President’s bad behavior while undercutting the Presidential Debate Commission and doing a disservice to the American public.

We believe this kind of indifference to the norms and rules of our democracy are what have brought our country to this perilous state,” the letter read. Rather than push to completely cancel the Trump town hall, the signees requested it shift time slots. “We are simply asking that NBC air the President’s town hall either before or after Vice President Biden’s so that American voters can have the opportunity to watch both

We understand the necessities of business, especially in this difficult time. But we believe there are larger issues of civic responsibility at stake here.

This letter isn’t the only thing that’s made #NBCBlackout a top trending topic on Twitter all day.

NBC for their part have brushed off the critiques, claiming it’s about fairness. No one’s buying it.

But what’s the worst part? (And yes this can get worse!) Trump spent the afternoon mocking NBC.

Congrats, NBC, you played yourselves. As for tonight … I’ll be watching Supernatural.

(image: NBC, via: Vanity Fair)

Here are a few other things we saw today …

What did you see today?

Want more stories like this? Become a subscriber and support the site!

The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—


The Mary Sue is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Tom Hiddleston’s Celebrity Lookalike Is Hilarious
Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Loki season 2 episode 4
Read Article You’ll Never Guess How Old Penelope From ‘Bridgerton’ Is
Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton looking longingly at one another in Bridgerton season 3
Read Article ‘X-Men ’97’ Has Perfectly Set Up a Fan Favorite Ship That Needs To Sail NOW
The X-Men stand in a doorway, ready for battle, wearing basketball uniforms.
Read Article Raquel Lee Bolleau Slams ‘Quiet on Set’ for Lack of Transparency and Sensitivity
Racquel Lee Bolleau attends the red carpet event for Proud Family: Louder and Prouder
Read Article This Summer, ‘Love Is Blind’ Is Finally Heading to the U.K.
The pods from above in Love Is Blind U.K.
Related Content
Read Article Tom Hiddleston’s Celebrity Lookalike Is Hilarious
Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Loki season 2 episode 4
Read Article You’ll Never Guess How Old Penelope From ‘Bridgerton’ Is
Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton looking longingly at one another in Bridgerton season 3
Read Article ‘X-Men ’97’ Has Perfectly Set Up a Fan Favorite Ship That Needs To Sail NOW
The X-Men stand in a doorway, ready for battle, wearing basketball uniforms.
Read Article Raquel Lee Bolleau Slams ‘Quiet on Set’ for Lack of Transparency and Sensitivity
Racquel Lee Bolleau attends the red carpet event for Proud Family: Louder and Prouder
Read Article This Summer, ‘Love Is Blind’ Is Finally Heading to the U.K.
The pods from above in Love Is Blind U.K.
Author
Jessica Mason
Jessica Mason (she/her) is a writer based in Portland, Oregon with a focus on fandom, queer representation, and amazing women in film and television. She's a trained lawyer and opera singer as well as a mom and author.