The big news on the internet this week is the Kelly Ripa/Michael Strahan rift. Reportedly, Strahan's new deal with Good Morning America will earn him a $20MM salary, more than double his pay as co-host of ABC's morning show, Live with Kelly and Michael. Ripa allegedly learned of Strahan's new assignment via Disney's press release, the same way her viewers did, and is said to be fuming. She was a no-show on the set this week, preferring to “act out”, as pampered celebrities often do, and fly off on an impromptu vacation. Facebook is replete with contrasting reactions. While some viewers support Ripa's boycott of the show and feel she should have been informed prior to Disney's media announcement, others regard Ripa's “strike” as unprofessional and petty. Me? I get a kick out of the whiny protestations of over-rated celebrities who don't have the talent to back up their price tags. (Sorry, folks, but nobody is worth millions when there are people who can't afford the basic necessities.) I'm not a Kelly Ripa fan. I find her annoying – can't even stand her toothpaste commercials. Live with Kelly and Michael is not on my must-see-tv list. From a professional standpoint, if I didn't show up for work in protest of office politics (and that's what this boils down to), I'd be fired. Business is business. If Kelly Ripa doesn't want to sit in her co-host chair, Disney should find someone who does. The likable Michael Strahan will do very well at GMA. How Kelly Ripa fares going forward will depend upon who inherits Strahan's chair beside her. Good luck, Strahan. Ripa, put on your expensive big girl panties, check your ego, and get back to work.
More big news: On April 19, 2016, Target announced a new chain-wide policy allowing transgender customers to use the bathroom of their choice. Talk about controversy!
“We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity,” the retailer said, as quoted by CNN earlier this week. “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong.”
Customers are divided on the issue. Some applaud Target for initiating inclusivity; others are outraged and plan to boycott the store. My reaction? Initially, I was appalled. Reason then prevailed. A trans-woman poses no threat to me, so why do I care which bathroom she chooses? I mean, really...when you gotta go, you gotta go! That's all I have to say about it.
And last but not least: the internet reports today the untimely death of music superstar, Prince, at the tender age of 57. Intensely private, Prince was well known for his music and his eccenticity. My reaction? The world is diminished by his passing. There is less music now, less individuality, less humility. His death is a sad reminder of life's fragility and time's fleeting nature. Rest in peace, Prince, and thanks for the tunes.