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How does the market relate to the overall economy, demography and other similar markets? What forces will shape the market going forward? The Hematology Drugs market global report answers all these questions and many more.The report covers market characteristics, size and growth, segmentation, regional and country breakdowns, competitive landscape, market shares, trends and strategies for this market. It traces the market's historic and forecast market growth by geography. It places the market within the context of the wider hematology drugs market, and compares it with other markets. The market characteristics section of the report defines and explains the market.The market size section gives the market size ($b) covering both the historic growth of the market, the impact of the COVID-19 virus and forecasting its recovery.Market segmentations break down market into sub markets.The regional and country breakdowns section gives an analysis of the market in each geography and the size of the market by geography and compares their historic and forecast growth. It covers the impact and recovery trajectory of COVID-19 for all regions, key developed countries and major emerging markets.Competitive landscape gives a description of the competitive nature of the market, market shares, and a description of the leading companies. Key financial deals which have shaped the market in recent years are identified.The trends and strategies section analyses the shape of the market as it emerges from the crisis and suggests how companies can grow as the market recovers.The hematology drugs market section of the report gives context. It compares the hematology drugs market with other segments of the pharmaceutical drugs market by size and growth, historic and forecast. It analyses GDP proportion, expenditure per capita, hematology drugs indicators comparison. Major companies in the hematology drugs market include Novo Nordisk A/S; Shire Plc; Bayer AG; Daiichi Sankyo Company and Biogen Inc.The hematology drugs market consists of sales of hematology drugs and related services by entities (organizations, sole traders and partnerships) that produce hematology drugs to treat diseases such as genetic disorders, anemia, and other related diseases. This industry includes establishments that produce blood products such as red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and fresh frozen plasma. It also consists of establishments which produce of anemia and other blood disorder drugs to treat anemia, hemophilia and blood clots. The hematology drugs market is segmented into blood products; and anemia and other blood disorder drugs.Asia Pacific was the largest region in the global hematology drugs market, accounting for 36% of the market in 2020. North America was the second largest region accounting for 27% of the global hematology drugs market. Africa was the smallest region in the global hematology drugs market.Tranexamic acid is increasingly being used to prevent postpartum hemorrhage (blood loss of over 500 ml or 1,000 ml within 24 hours of childbirth) due to its low price and wide availability. Tranexamic acid is an antifibrinolytic drug that helps in reducing bleeding in surgical and trauma patients, including women with postpartum hemorrhage. According to the World Maternal Antifibrinolytic (WOMAN) trial conducted in April 2017, using tranexamic acid within three hours of childbirth lowered death from bleeding by 31% and reduced the need for laparotomy (emergency bleeding control surgery) by 36%. The trial included over 20,000 women from 193 hospitals in 21 countries.Regulatory agencies and federal governments adopted stringent regulations and took a tough stance on drug pricing by pharmaceutical companies during the historic period. Pharmaceutical companies faced criticism from politicians, patients and physicians over high pricing of some medicines and drugs. Moreover, companies had to sell drugs and medicines at subsidized rates to government hospitals, doctors and clinics, further effecting companies' revenues. This led to drug manufacturing companies operating on a reduced profit margin, which negatively impacted the attractiveness of the hematology drugs industry in the historic period.The hematology drugs market growth is aided by stable economic growth forecasted in many developed and developing countries. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that the global GDP growth will be 3.3% in 2020 and 3.4% in 2021. Recovering commodity prices, after a significant decline in the historic period is further expected to aid the market growth. Developed economies are also expected to register stable growth during the forecast period. Additionally, emerging markets are expected to continue to grow slightly faster than the developed markets in the forecast period. This is expected to increase spending on healthcare services, thereby driving the demand for hematology drugs.Key Topics Covered: 1. Executive Summary 2. Report Structure 3. Hematology Drugs Market Characteristics 3.1. Market Definition 3.2. Key Segmentations 4. Hematology Drugs Market Product Analysis 4.1. Leading Products/ Services 4.2. Key Features and Differentiators 4.3. Development Products 5. Hematology Drugs Market Supply Chain 5.1. Supply Chain 5.2. Distribution 5.3. End Customers 6. Hematology Drugs Market Customer Information 6.1. Customer Preferences 6.2. End Use Market Size and Growth 7. Hematology Drugs Market Trends and Strategies 8. Impact of COVID-19 on Hematology Drugs 9. Hematology Drugs Market Size and Growth 9.1. Market Size 9.2. Historic Market Growth, Value ($ Billion) 9.2.1. Drivers of the Market 9.2.2. Restraints on the Market 9.3. Forecast Market Growth, Value ($ Billion) 9.3.1. Drivers of the Market 9.3.2. Restraints on the Market 10. Hematology Drugs Market Regional Analysis 10.1. Global Hematology Drugs Market, 2020, by Region, Value ($ Billion) 10.2. Global Hematology Drugs Market, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Historic and Forecast, by Region 10.3. Global Hematology Drugs Market, Growth and Market Share Comparison, by Region 11. Hematology Drugs Market Segmentation11.1. Global Hematology Drugs Market, Segmentation by Type11.2. Global Hematology Drugs Market, Segmentation by Distribution Channel11.3. Global Hematology Drugs Market, Segmentation by Route of Administration11.4. Global Hematology Drugs Market, Segmentation by Drug Classification11.5. Global Hematology Drugs Market, Segmentation by Mode of Purchase 12. Hematology Drugs Market Metrics 12.1. Hematology Drugs Market Size, Percentage of GDP, 2015-2025, Global 12.2. Per Capita Average Hematology Drugs Market Expenditure, 2015-2025, Global 13. Asia-Pacific Hematology Drugs Market 14. Western Europe Hematology Drugs Market 15. Eastern Europe Hematology Drugs Market 16. North America Hematology Drugs Market 17. South America Hematology Drugs Market 18. Middle East Hematology Drugs Market 19. Africa Hematology Drugs Market 20. Hematology Drugs Market Competitive Landscape 20.1. Competitive Market Overview 20.2. Market Shares 20.3. Company Profiles 20.3.1. Novo Nordisk A/S 220.127.116.11. Company Overview 18.104.22.168. Products and Services 22.214.171.124. Strategy 126.96.36.199. Financial Performance 20.3.2. Shire Plc 188.8.131.52. Company Overview 184.108.40.206. Products and Services 220.127.116.11. Strategy 18.104.22.168. Financial Performance 20.3.3. Bayer AG 22.214.171.124. Company Overview 126.96.36.199. Products and Services 188.8.131.52. Strategy 184.108.40.206. Financial Performance 20.3.4. Daiichi Sankyo Company 220.127.116.11. Company Overview 18.104.22.168. Products and Services 22.214.171.124. Strategy 126.96.36.199. Financial Performance 20.3.5. Biogen Inc 188.8.131.52. Company Overview 184.108.40.206. Products and Services 220.127.116.11. Strategy 18.104.22.168. Financial Performance 21. Key Mergers and Acquisitions in the Hematology Drugs Market 22. Market Background: Pharmaceutical Drugs Market 22.1. Pharmaceutical Drugs Market Characteristics 22.2. Pharmaceutical Drugs Market Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F Growth, by Segment, Value ($ Billion), Global 22.3. Global Pharmaceutical Drugs Market, 2020, by Region, Value ($ Billion) 22.4. Global Pharmaceutical Drugs Market, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Historic and Forecast, by Region 22.5. Global Pharmaceutical Drugs Market, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Segmentation by Type, Value ($ Billion) 23. Recommendations 23.1. Global Hematology Drugs Market in 2025 - Growth Countries 23.2. Global Hematology Drugs Market in 2025 - Growth Segments 23.3. Global Hematology Drugs Market in 2025 - Growth Strategies 24. Appendix 24.1. NAICS Definitions of Industry Covered in This Report 24.2. Abbreviations 24.3. Currencies 24.4. Research Inquiries 24.5. About the Publisher 25. 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Nuria LagardeAlejandro Ruiz learned how to make memelas when he was just six years old. The handheld, oval-shaped “cornmeal cake,” which is usually topped with black bean paste, salsa and cheese, is a staple of his hometown La Raya de Zimatlán in Oaxaca, Mexico.“Memela is a traditional breakfast in Oaxaca in almost every single home,” says Ruiz, chef and owner of six restaurants, including Casa Oaxaca El Restaurante and Oaxacalifornia. “This is one of the dishes you will have at least once a week.”Bake These Sesame & Chocolate Chunk Cookies Right NowMake the Meatball Sliders That Conquered New YorkThough he says that the word memela is unique to Oaxaca, the dish is quite similar to those found in other parts of Mexico, including sopes and huaraches, and it showcases a few of the ingredients that are important to Mexican culture—namely beans, chiles and corn.“Corn is one of our basic ingredients in Oaxaca,” says Ruiz. “I was born and I was raised in a small village, and my parents were farmers. So we always had corn at home. And that is the basic [ingredient] for making a tortilla and, of course, a memela.” Nuria Lagarde Ruiz’s recipe for memelas was an obvious choice to include in his recently released cookbook, The Food of Oaxaca, which features a variety of recipes, from tamales to Mexican chocolate mousse. The collection of recipes only serves to strengthen his reputation as an ambassador of Oaxacan food, which he’s long served in his Oaxaca and Mexico City restaurants. “Our traditional food is based on corn, beans, pumpkins, herbs and chiles,” says Ruiz. “I think that [gives it] a big relevance in our culture.”The memelas, in particular, are a significant hallmark of Oaxacan flavor and history for Ruiz. It’s a recipe that he now also passes on to children who take his cooking workshops.The Food of Oaxaca features what he calls a “basic” recipe that builds on the quintessential masa base with pork asiento (unrefined lard), a refried bean paste made with the pungent Mexican herb epazote and avocado leaves, salsa made with a local chile pepper and deliciously tangy queso fresco.While Ruiz loves the rich flavor of his basic memela recipe, he says that it’s also incredibly versatile—think of it as an open-face tortilla. “More and more chefs from all over the world are trying to learn how to make a perfect tortilla and memela belongs to this group,” he says.Ready to try your hand at making memelas? Here are Ruiz’s best tips for making this Oaxacan classic.THE MASA BASEPreparing the corn meal base is the most important step in making memelas. Because they’re eaten without utensils, you’ll want to make sure they’re thick enough to hold together when picked up—at least twice as thick as a tortilla—and that you form a lip around the edge to hold in all the toppings. Ruiz uses only three ingredients for this: a quality corn flour or masa, like the Maseca brand, water and pork asiento (unrefined pork lard).The masa and water are mixed until the dough holds together and the flour no longer sticks to your fingers. Then, you form it into balls of about 20 grams each before shaping them into ovals with a tortilla press or rolling pin. If using a tortilla press, Ruiz recommends using two pieces of plastic wrap on each side of the ball of dough, so it’s easier to separate from the press (plastic baggies or clean, repurposed grocery bags work well).The masa ovals are then cooked for about 30 seconds on each side until they look dry, but aren’t yet cracking. Then, while it’s still warm, you’ll pinch a lip around the outside of the memela to hold in the toppings before spreading a bit of asiento on top for a touch of flavor and topping-holding power. “Asiento is the bottom of the lard after frying pork rinds or frying carnitas or frying ribs,” says Ruiz. “It is only used in Oaxaca. If you don’t put asiento on a memela it’s like when you kiss somebody without love.”However, Ruiz adds that if you don’t have asiento, you can use any lard or oil in its place: “Believe me, if you make an amazing black bean paste you don’t need lard.”THE BEAN PASTEA traditional memela topping, Ruiz’s black bean paste combines onion, garlic, salt, lard, chile, epazote (a strongly flavored herb) and avocado leaves. As Ruiz notes in his recipe, it can be made without the epazote and avocado leaves, but the ingredients do add a distinctive flavor, so try to source them if possible.One of the most important things to keep in mind is that, first and foremost, “it has to be black beans,” says Ruiz. “Secondly, they have to be cooked very well done and feel very soft, and when you mash them, they have to be mashed with the juice or the broth [from cooking].”Once the beans are cooked, you’ll flavor some lard by deeply caramelizing and even slightly burning onion, garlic and epazote. “What you’re going to do is blend those beans with a roasted or fried avocado leaf until very fine,” says Ruiz. “Then strain and fry [the paste] in lard or oil where you had previously burned the onion.”Of course, memelas, like sopes and huaraches, can be topped with just about anything, from pork to chicken to chapulines (grasshoppers) to huitlacoche (corn smut fungus traditional to Mexican cuisine). “The [recipe] that I have in the book is like the basic memela you can have, but you can do any topping,” he says. At Casa Oaxaca Reforma, “we have a memela and we are putting roasted suckling pig on top and that’s delicious.”THE CHEESE & SALSAWhile you could top your memela with any cheese and salsa you’d like, Ruiz recommends trying one ultra-traditional Oaxacan combination: queso fresco and chile de agua salsa. Nuria Lagarde “Chile de agua is an endemic chile of Oaxaca, and is a very important ingredient for our food in the city,” says Ruiz. “The flavor here is intense and spicy, and kind of lemony. Somehow it smells and tastes like lemongrass. It is very, very interesting and very, very good.”While it’s a simple recipe that only takes about 20 minutes to make, he does have a couple of tips to get the flavor just right, including roasting the chiles and tomatoes directly on a flame. “This is very important because one of the traditional techniques and flavors of Mexican traditional food is this smokiness in the flavor,” says Ruiz. Then, you’ll combine all the ingredients in a bowl or molcajete (mortar and pestle) and mash them, starting with the garlic and salt (“that way you get the garlic flavor in the whole sauce when you make it”) and following with the peppers and tomatoes.Ruiz also likes to add some raw onion, cilantro and avocado at the end. You can also try out other pepper and tomato combinations if you can’t find chile de agua. “There can be variations,” he says. “Usually, when you go to a memelas stand, they offer you two or three kinds of different salsas being prepared in a molcajete. You can use morita chiles and tomatillo or you can use chile de agua—any kind of salsa, you know?”Memelas*This recipe makes 35 memelasINGREDIENTS2 pounds Corn masa.75 cup Pork asiento (you may substitute lard, although the flavor will be a little different)1 cup Refried bean paste* .75 cup Queso fresco or feta cheese, crumbledChile de agua salsa**DIRECTIONSPreheat a comal, griddle, or a well-seasoned cast iron skillet over medium heat. You will also need a tortilla press (or a rolling pin) and two pieces of plastic wrap cut into squares or circles that are large enough to extend at least two inches beyond the diameter of the press. Take enough masa to roll into a small ball, approximately one-and-a-half inches in diameter, then reshape the masa into a log about five inches long, with the ends slightly tapered.To form the memela, place the log between the two plastic sheets, and put it in the press. Close the press, and flatten the masa to about an eighth-of-an-inch. In order to give the memelas an even thickness, turn the plastic sheets around 180° and exert pressure again. You should end up with a five-and-a-half inch by three inch oval.Place the memela on the comal or pan, and cook for about 30 seconds. Turn it over, and cook for another 20 seconds. Flip the memela over once more and cook for another 15 seconds. The memela is done when the masa looks dry but still plump, not cracked.Remove it from the comal or pan, and while still hot, use your thumb and index finger to pinch around the border of the memela, forming a lip.Once all the memelas are formed, spread onto each one a teaspoon of pork asiento and a good amount of refried bean paste. Sprinkle with the cheese, and return the memelas to the comal or pan to lightly toast the bottoms. Serve warm with while de agua salsa or any other salsa of your choice.Bean Paste*INGREDIENTS1 Onion, chopped into wedges2 Garlic cloves, smashed1 Epazote stem, whole.25 cup Lard1 Chile de árbol, slightly charred3 Hojas de aguacate, slightly charredSalt, as desiredDIRECTIONSTo make the bean paste, cook 2 pounds of dried black beans and reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid. Then, fry the onion, garlic and epazote in a pan with the lard. Once the ingredients begin to caramelize and burn slightly at the edges, remove from the heat and discard all but the flavored lard, reserving it in the pan.Transfer the beans to a blender and puree with their liquid, the chile de árbol and the hojas de aguacate. Add water as needed in order to blend completely and arrive at a smooth paste.Fry the black bean puree in the pan with the flavored lard, stirring occasionally to avoid burning. The water will slowly evaporate and the beans will dry into a paste. You will know it’s done when a spoon dragged across the bottom of the pan leaves a trail. Taste for salt and adjust as desired.Chile de Agua Salsa**INGREDIENTS1 Chile de agua, stemmed2 Tomatoes1 small Garlic clove or half a medium-sized clove.5 Tbsp SaltDIRECTIONSSet a comal, pan or cast-iron skillet over high heat. Roast the chiles and the tomatoes, turning them over occasionally until their skin is partly charred and they are soft to the touch. The chile will be done first. It’ll take about 5 to 10 minutes for the tomatoes.Rub the garlic along the walls of a molcajete, discarding the rest. If you are using a mortar and pestle, pound only half the raw garlic clove into a paste. Then add the chile, pound some more, and follow with the tomatoes. You don’t want to completely disintegrate the chile and tomatoes, you are looking for a chunky consistency. Add the salt and mix well.Excerpted from THE FOOD OF OAXACA: Recipes and Stories from Mexico’s Culinary Capital by Alejandro Ruiz and Carla Altesor. English Translation Copyright © 2020 by Alfred A. Knopf. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Yesterday, police said the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, outside Minneapolis Sunday appeared to have accidentally pulled out her gun instead of a Taser.Wright was shot and killed during a traffic stop about 10 miles from where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last year.Plus, tensions between Israel and Iran put pressure on the US. And, how one failed union vote against Amazon will shape big tech companies.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free Guests: Axios' Torey Van Oot, Barak Ravid and Ina Fried.Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Justin Kaufmann, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, Amy Pedulla, Naomi Shavin, and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at email@example.com.Go deeper:Police: Officer who shot Daunte Wright accidentally pulled gun instead of TaserScoop: U.S. and Israel to hold strategic Iran talks on TuesdayWhat Amazon's win over union organizers means for techMore from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free
(Bloomberg) -- Sign up for the Bloomberg Green newsletter, your guide to the latest in climate news, zero-emission tech and green finance.The U.S. found itself alone backing Japan’s plan to release radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, with American partners South Korea and Taiwan joining China in criticizing the move.The three Asian governments, all with coastlines nearby, swiftly criticized Japan’s announcement Tuesday that it would conduct controlled releases that are expected to last for several decades. South Korea said the move posed a risk to the marine environment and the safety of neighboring countries, while China said it reserved the right to take further action.“Despite doubts and opposition from home and abroad, Japan has unilaterally decided to release the Fukushima nuclear wastewater into the sea before exhausting all safe ways of disposal and without fully consulting with neighboring countries and the international community,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing. “This is highly irresponsible.”The U.S., on the other hand, said the approach appeared to be in line with global standards while the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said the global body would help ensure the plan is carried out “without an adverse impact on human health and the environment.”“Disposing of the treated water is an unavoidable issue for decommissioning the Fukushima nuclear power plant,” Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.The decision ends years of debate over how to dispose of the water, which is enough to fill more than 500 Olympic-sized swimming pools. It has been leaking into the reactors that suffered core meltdowns after an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.The U.S. backing comes as Suga prepares to become the first foreign leader to hold an in-person summit with President Joe Biden in Washington ahead of a climate conference, where Japan may announce new 2030 emissions reduction targets. To meet its vow to be carbon neutral by 2050, some government officials contend Japan will need to restart almost every nuclear reactor it shuttered in the aftermath of the 2011 meltdowns, and then build more.“We thank Japan for its transparent efforts in its decision to dispose of the treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi site,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Twitter.Discharges are common practice in the industry, and Japan has said the releases will meet global guidelines. A panel within Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry recommended last year the water be released into the ocean or evaporated. The proposal stipulated that any water released into the environment must be re-purified and diluted to meet standards, and that the discharges take place over decades, according to a December 2019 report from METI.While Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. cycles in water to keep fuel and debris cool at the Fukushima site, fresh groundwater flows in daily and becomes contaminated. That water is pumped out and cleaned in a process that removes most of the radioactive elements except for tritium. Then it’s stored in one of roughly 1,000 tanks at the site, which are forecast to be full by mid-2022.Greenpeace criticized Japan’s plan to release the treated Fukushima water into the ocean and said there are other options that should be considered.“Rather than using the best available technology to minimize radiation hazards by storing and processing the water over the long term, they have opted for the cheapest option, dumping the water into the Pacific Ocean,” the group said.The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report in April 2020 that METI’s recommendations were “based on a sufficiently comprehensive analysis and on a sound scientific and technical basis.”Taiwan’s Atomic Energy Council expressed regret about the decision, saying it had expressed opposition to the plan earlier. The body in Taipei said it set up 33 monitoring spots in waters nearby Taiwan to assess any impact of radioactivity.Hu Xijin, an editor at the Communist Party-backed Global Times newspaper, said the U.S. approved of the plan “to cement Japan’s loyalty.”“The U.S. thinks it’s far from Japan and has the least risk,” he wrote on Twitter. “But ocean currents mean it will face the same risk in future.”(Updates with China comment)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyKeith and Kenny Lucas spent nine years developing, pitching, and ultimately co-writing Judas and the Black Messiah. It was all worth it when they landed a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for their work.On this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast, the identical twins talk about dropping out of two separate law schools to become a stand-up comedy team and why they have more or less disowned their 2017 Netflix special On Drugs. They try to get to the bottom of how the two actors who play the title characters in their film—Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield—both ended up getting nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category and also dig deep on the “codependency” that has defined their lifelong relationship, which once included sharing a therapist.“What’s crazy is that, despite being known as a twin and being in such a seemingly codependent relationship, I do feel like I do have a lot of individuality,” Keith says. “I think that when you do get to know us you realize, ‘Oh yeah, that’s Keith and that’s Kenny.’ You’ve just got to spend time with us and you’ll notice that there are some differences between us and that we do have our own individual tastes and we have our own individual lives. I mean, we do a lot of things together, but I think now there is a healthy space between us and that we’re not as codependent as we used to be.”Why Daniel Kaluuya Should Win the Oscar for ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’“You say that, and I’m literally right above you,” Kenny adds with a laugh, revealing that they do still share an apartment even if they now sleep on separate floors.“We do live together,” Keith confirms, “but we have separate rooms and separate bathrooms.”Listen to the episode now and subscribe to ‘The Last Laugh’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, Amazon Music, or wherever you get your podcasts and be the first to hear new episodes when they are released every Tuesday.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Bill Clark/GettyEach night at precisely 8 p.m., in the Mule Mountains of Arizona and the quirky town of Bisbee, a joyful fracas echoes across the steep walls of Tombstone Canyon. Some howl, some bark, some yip, like scattered coyotes caterwauling in the desert night.At the start of the pandemic, this ritual was like many across the country, fashioned as a vocal appreciation of frontline health-care workers risking their lives to care for the tens of thousands of people battling COVID-19 in health clinics and hospitals.Now, it feels like something else. A release. A clearing of the cobwebs that have for the past year cluttered the imaginations and inclinations of shut-ins everywhere. A roaring call to reawaken the lively spirit that courses through the veins of this old mining town, back to bustling outdoor dining and racing up and down the staircases that snake from one funky little tucked in house to the next, back to packed bars and roof-shaking rowdy live music. The spirit of these nightly calls, now, is “We’re back.” Or maybe, “We’re still here.”Thanks in part to a prevalent laissez-faire attitude from citizens and government officials alike, Arizona has been rocked by the pandemic, often finding itself in the dubious category of states with the highest rate of transmission, cases per capita, and deaths. In mid-January, the state led the world in average new confirmed COVID-19 cases per capita.When I flew into Phoenix in early November for a quick stay at the charming Hermosa Inn, it was with plenty of trepidation, despite the consistency of mask-wearing and careful restaurant and hotel policies I saw throughout Maricopa County. When I returned for a road trip across the state this month, the vibe had clearly shifted, the tension I could once read in the eyes of masked service workers markedly softer.I barreled straight through Las Vegas and into Phoenix, stopping for a few nights at dispersed camping spots near mountain bike trailheads before heading on for a few nights in hip Tucson and then south to Bisbee, near the Mexican border. As a glimpse at the near-term future of post-pandemic travel, Arizona is a fascinating petri dish, a state with ample Trump supporters and COVID deniers but newly outnumbered by progressive city dwellers who helped flip the state from red to blue in the 2020 election. While travelers were far less likely to don masks in small towns like Bisbee and far more likely to do so in the capital the tone throughout has clearly morphed, from wariness to a refreshing brand of ease.Small towns were consistently the most relaxed, both in the fall and on this trip. Maybe half the travelers I saw strolling the shops of Bisbee were maskless, a number much lower than in Phoenix and Tucson, where even as new case counts dropped from a seven-day average in January that soared above 10,000 to just 630 at the beginning of April, most travelers and nearly all service workers were vigilant.Last fall, restaurant servers and hotel clerks had unmistakeable looks on their faces as they served tapas and tacos on outdoor patios, looks that said “I get to either risk my life to serve people food or lose my job.” On this trip, the cheeriness had returned, even as the masks remained.I stayed at several hotels across the state, both in November and March. In November, the Hermosa Inn, nestled into the Camelback Mountains north of Phoenix, was at maybe half its peak occupancy, by the looks of it. Now, the hotel is selling out night after night, says Director of Guest Experience Pam Swartz, with guests arriving from across the country.On my first night in Bisbee, I had dinner at Contessa’s Cantina, but only after a 20-minute wait. At gas stations throughout the state, patrons and clerks alike milled about maskless, a circumstance that would have driven me straight out of the store last year but that induced little more than an eye roll this spring. On hiking trails, where I’ve regularly seen people wear masks throughout the pandemic, trekkers were far more likely to breathe free, and I caught no glares for blazing by on a mountain bike with my own face unsheathed.At other hotels, people wore masks at all of them and shared elevators at none of them, but pools were open, mask-free, and packed. My girlfriend recounted walking into a bathroom at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale to discover a woman at the sink, whose mask had fallen beneath her nose. She apologized, adding “clearly, my body is done with this,” meaning the mask, or the pandemic, or all of it.A couple nights later, a curious bellhop at the Omni Montelucia, his mask unapologetically below his nose, nearly climbed into my newly built camper van and peppered me with questions about what it was like to live in it, petting my exuberant pup before giving us a ride in a golf cart to the room. We were outside, so I didn’t mind the protocol slip. Masks had begun to feel obligatory and unnecessary, even though I know they’re not actually either. But this is how the new normal is playing out: we’re abiding by the rules, but less because we’re terrified and more because we’ve become accustomed to them, because we know the social order demands it, and because it’s the right thing to do.The last time I entered a public sauna was back in my hometown of Portland in March. The pandemic was new and real and scary but the yoga studio and spa I’d bought a monthlong membership to had enacted careful disinfecting protocols and I felt if I entered the space, I’d be alone and safe. What I wasn’t was welcome. The front desk clerk was clearly confused and probably terrified that I was selfish enough to visit a spa at the onset of a viral outbreak we didn’t know much about at the time, other than it was killing people at a rapid pace.Her concern wasn’t lost on me, and though I did go on a few short trips mostly by road and mostly by myself in the coming year, I did so as carefully as I could, and with people risking their lives to serve me in mind. I secured a COVID test and traveled to Hawaii in November, following to the letter the protocols outlined by local and state lawmakers to safely but cautiously reopen tourism, even as across the country covid counts were surging and traveling around the holidays was roundly shamed. My logic for the trip to Hawaii was that I’d arrive with a negative test result in hand, I’d be moving about in a state with the lowest case count in the nation, and I’d be supporting businesses that desperately needed my money.I felt welcomed in Hawaii, but nervously. No one really knew then whether even the most careful reopening of a state (that took the pandemic more seriously than any other) would be a sound idea. I was part of an experiment, and the tension I felt as a traveler was palpable.Now, I don’t feel that tension at all. That’s not to say travel is safe, even now that I’m halfway vaccinated. Cases in several states across the U.S. are surging, driven largely by a COVID variant my vaccine might or might not protect against. The CDC has issued confusing maxims in recent days about whether it’s OK to travel once you have a vaccine, and there are plenty of reasons to stay home, or at least stay off of airplanes.Barring another significant surge in cases that leads to overwhelmed hospitals and overwhelming deaths, that’s unlikely. Hotels across the country saw their highest occupancy rates since the start of the pandemic, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts CEO Geoff Ballotti said on CNBC. Spring break in Arizona was officially canceled at most colleges and universities, to avoid the mayhem that took place in locales like Miami. Events, like baseball spring training and festivals that typically lure visitors to the state, aren’t happening. But still, says Swartz, people are coming in droves. “They’re golfing, dining out, the restaurants in town are booming,” she said. Swartz went to dinner at a Scottsdale restaurant, Grassroots, for her birthday on Tuesday. Every table was full.Mandy Heflin’s fresh seafood business, Chula Seafood, survived the pandemic in part because the restaurant’s counter-service model made the transition to take-out only seamless. Now, her challenge isn’t finding customers; it’s finding employees willing to work. “There’s just no one coming in,” she said. “We’re putting ads out that normally would lead to five or 10 applicants per ad. Now it’s nothing.”Arizona is in its high season now, pleasantly warm and not yet searing to its infamous 115-degree summer temperatures. If, as officials are now predicting, a fourth surge in COVID cases is coming, that might coincide with the natural slowdown in summer tourist traffic, as the lah-dee-dah feeling I experienced last month melts away in the heat.If nothing else, I hope the nightly howls of Bisbee don’t abate anytime soon.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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NetflixAfter four decades, can a romantic relationship still be alive, fulfilling, and dynamic? If so, what would that even look like? That’s the question Netflix takes on in its new docuseries My Love: Six Stories of True Love.Inspired by the 2013 hit Korean documentary My Love, Don’t Cross That River by director Jin Mo-young, the tearjerker of a series, premiering April 13, follows six elderly couples from all over the globe for a year to showcase what their partnership looks like as they enter into their final chapter together.For one husband and wife, it’s getting their affairs in order so they don’t burden their children. A same-sex couple hopes to escape their cramped home and retire out in the countryside, while others come to terms with health issues. But no matter what obstacles they face, all act out of compassion, patience, and fondness, oftentimes with a laugh.Making the Iconic ‘Josie and the Pussycats’ Outfits That Gen Z Is Rocking TodayIt was no easy feat finding these examples of pure, everlasting love, the docuseries’ showrunner Xan Aranda tells The Daily Beast. It wasn’t enough for the partners to have been together for more than 40 years—their relationships needed to be vibrant and the love between them tangible after all that time.“Nothing of this scale has ever been done before,” Aranda, who was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Transparent: This Is Me, says. “Netflix is a bold mofo for taking it on and so is [production company] Boardwalk.”“It’s one thing for a relationship to be decades old, but is it alive now?” Aranda says of the criteria. “Does it have glory in its telling, but how is it lived in the present? To do a year in the life you have to look at a lot of really particular factors beyond their personalities.”It was a tall order, but they eventually found six thriving relationships in Ginger and David, from Vermont; Nati and Augusto, from Spain; Kinuko and Haruhei, from Japan; Saengja and Yeongsam, from South Korea; Nicinha and Jurema, from Brazil; and Satyabhama and Satva, from India.“None of them would have sought this out,” Aranda maintains. “If we put out a casting call for this long list of desires, none of these people who we found, who I think were perfect for the series, none of them would have responded. Every single one was like, ‘Who, us? Why?’”Beyond the careful consideration of the couples, the choosing of each episode’s director to tell these stories was just as intentional. “It was also so incredibly important to Netflix, the Korean team, myself and Boardwalk that we hire directors in their own country to tell a story from their own country,” Aranda explains. “We were really mindful of the responsibility that we had in telling one story from one country, especially for massive countries.”The result is a powerful look into these couple’s lives, and viewers can’t help but fall in love with their stories. Each relationship operates uniquely—their love manifesting in different ways, depending on personalities and cultural differences. The audience is brought into their homes, shares in their celebrations, and feels their heartbreaks right along with them.A particularly moving moment comes from pragmatic Ginger as she explains why she’ll have her ashes spread where her parents are buried, while David chose for his to be spread back at their family farm. “When the north wind blows, David’s ashes will come up where he can visit me,” she says. “When the wind blows the opposite way, then I’ll come down and see him.”In another heart-wrenching moment, Augusto is unable to get his license renewed due to his failing eyesight and reflexes, but by the next scene it’s nearly forgotten as he flirts with and jibes Nati after securing a ride back to their rural village.“Every month, I would receive footage from six countries and inevitably something would make me sob, whether or not it made it,” Aranda says. “But any moment of tenderness we live for. Two people who've been together for so long and still offer each other tenderness is massive.For Aranda, an especially poignant scene is when Yeongsam realizes just how serious of a condition Saengja’s physical state is in after decades of hard labor. “He is such a confident dude, has such a hearty voice, booming voice,” she says. “There’s that moment of crushing tenderness when he learns scientifically how much his wife has been bearing down and working and that she cannot hear. I think that really shook him.”Another important element was illustrating how intricate these relationships could be. Satyabhama and Satva are in an arranged marriage but are as in love as any of the other twosomes. Same-sex couple Nicinha and Jurema explain how their large, loving family was born out of small arguments, with Nicinha going out to blow off some steam only to later realize she was pregnant. Nicinha and Jurema in My Love Netflix “We left arguments in all of the films, squabbles, friction, whatever,” offers Aranda. “I like that part of the history of how Nicinha and Jurema’s love endured over time, they kept coming back to each other, even after they would have their outbursts. Now they’re just together. I think it’s encouraging to anyone looking for or struggling with love to know that you don’t have to fall into a perfect relationship for it to last for so long. You just have to keep trying, and keep listening, and keep loving each other.”At the end of each couple’s story, there’s no update provided about how they are doing. In a way, there’s no need since the story of their love has already been told. No matter what happens, it will remain constant.“We wanted it to be a snapshot in time,” Aranda explains. “We wanted it to have a timeless quality to it in some ways. A lot of people say that it’s one thing to eat, it’s another thing to be sated. I was very okay with people having to Google stuff later. To be in the moment with them, I think it’s a really rare and delicious thing. We wanted you to be sated by what we thought was good nutrition because it’s really tasty, tasty love and a delicious cry.”Filming wrapped at the start of 2020, just months before the world was gripped by a pandemic. For the team, Aranda says they wanted to make sure everyone was healthy, and thankfully all the couples managed to survive the year. But still, some of the couples believe that 2019 could be the last normal year they ever have, as many lost loved ones.It makes the docuseries extra special to Aranda, who describes it as “an honor of a lifetime.”“I think there was a lot of acrimony in the world, a lot of fear and a lot of pain,” she says. “I truly believed it would be good for the planet when it came out and I think it’s never been more true, that it’s good for the planet. On a very general, basic level, I think there’s nothing better in this world than to love and be loved.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Courtesy Dark Star FilmsWhat’s the worst fate that could befall a vegan? You can guess what a horror movie might surmise, although Honeydew charts a course that’s disorienting enough to mask its true, gruesome destination. The feature debut of writer/director Devereux Milburn, it’s a thriller that has an appetite for the grisly, not to mention a thing or two to say about venturing into the middle of nowhere—and taking a bite out of morsels that come from unknown origins.Premiering on VOD on April 13, Honeydew begins with a bevy of bewildering sights and sounds, including a veiled older woman at a rural-field funeral, a heavyset man in a balaclava catching and skinning a wild animal, and narration in which a woman recites a wacko religious prayer: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the holy spirit? Who is in you. Who you have received from God. You are not your own. You were bought at a price.” Dark Star Pictures What this all means is far from initially clear, and Milburn continues stoking confusion once his attention turns to graduate student Riley (Malin Barr) reading in her car about sordico, a poisonous spore that infected crops of New England wheat, eventually driving the animals that consumed it mad before killing them altogether. At the same time, her actor boyfriend Sam (Sawyer Spielberg) is in a bathroom rehearsing lines from a script—an introductory sequence that Milburn dramatizes through hectic cross-cutting, split-screens, and multiple dialogue sources that destabilize as much as they clarify. The ‘Bride of Christ’ Cult That Commanded a Woman to KillSpielberg is the son of the legendary director, and his harrowing circumstances will eventually echo those of a famed archaeologist in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Still, Honeydew’s true inspirations are more along the lines of backwoods nightmares like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Wrong Turn.Riley is a vegan who’s convinced Sam to eat likewise and they’re on a camping trip that, after a run-in with a strange mute bicyclist (Joshua Patrick Dudley), leads them to a remote field. Following some satisfying sex, they’re visited by a white-bearded gentleman named Eulis (Stephen D’Ambrose) who informs them that they’re on a patch of his 500-acre estate and must promptly relocate. This turn of events is as jarring for Riley and Sam as it is for us, and Barr and Spielberg capture the bickering prickliness of people who have just exited the honeymoon phase of their relationship, and are now comfortable sniping at and prodding each other. To make matters worse, the pair discover that their car battery is dead, forcing them to trek through the dark with only their phone flashlights as a guide.Milburn bifurcates his screen in slashing lines, employs whiplash camera movements, and embellishes his unexpected cuts with unsettling noises, all of which creates an air of upheaval, as if the film itself were infected by a strange mental affliction. Honeydew generates suspense through schizoid formal means, startling via an array of editorial tricks and a soundscape that combines hushed chanting, cow bell-like clanging, and xylophone Christmas songs—the last of which become ever-present once Riley and Sam make their way past a forest bear trap (beneath a buzzing treetop lightbulb) and to the home of Karen (Barbara Kingsley). The kind old lady’s smile is so weird as to immediately mark her as dangerous, but given their desperate straits, the couple have no choice but to accept her aid.Karen’s abode is a quaint farmhouse decorated with furniture and appliances from an earlier era, and her beaming disposition manages to convince Sam and Riley that they should heed her advice and, instead of calling AAA, wait for car assistance from Karen’s nearby neighbor. In the meantime, Karen insists that they stay for dinner, which it turns out will also be attended by Gunni (Jamie Bradley), a young portly man with a bandage wrapped around his head (and on his cheek), who sits at Karen’s kitchen table watching old black-and-white Popeye cartoons while sucking on lemon slices dipped in sugar, sipping juice through long straws, and gurgling like someone suffering from severe head trauma. Gunni is an unnerving presence (to say the least), and so too for Riley is the meal served by Karen: big cuts of meat sizzled on the stove, and freshly made cupcakes for dessert.Unwilling to be rude to their hospitable host, Riley and Sam dig into this food, and then—since auto repairs aren’t quickly forthcoming—are shown a thoroughly eerie basement room (previously inhabited by Gunni) where they can stay the night. Honeydew’s characters would seem more foolish, and its plot more pedestrian, if not for the way in which Milburn constantly jangles the nerves through sudden aesthetic jolts and perspective changes, which become even more persistent once digestion takes place and Riley and Sam start falling into a semi-hallucinatory fugue. Whether it’s the bread baking in the oven (presumably with wheat culled from formerly toxic fields) or something more sinister is almost irrelevant at a certain point, as the two soon find themselves at the mercy of forces with demented ideas about nourishment and holiness—and, also about continuing on their legacy.Honeydew may have flesh on its mind, but it’s never overly gory; Milburn keeps his nastiest elements off-screen, the better to disturb through suggestion. Whereas the film’s first half maintains tension through raucous style, its latter passages take a more slow-burn approach, with each new horror allowed to settle in—for maximum icky potency—before a subsequent one is trotted out to further up the ante. That’s most true in the material’s coda, during which the director’s chief bombshells are teased to their breaking point, and then play out with excruciating deliberateness. Even when it’s obvious what’s around the corner, there’s a queasy edginess to the filmmaker’s orchestration of his creeping-death revelations.When Sam calls 911 and informs the police that he requires help at a house located “between Pleasant Street and Trouble Street,” Honeydew lets slip its playfully deranged sense of humor. For the most part, though, the real sick joke of Milburn’s film boils down to the idea that you are what you eat—or, at least, that what you devour often has the capacity to drive you out of your ever-loving mind.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo via GettyFor Greg Gutfeld, the transition from irreverent satirist to true believer has been lucrative, to be sure, but also—like much of the vast reshaping of the conservative media landscape over the past four years—defined by Donald Trump.During the eight years Gutfeld presided over Red Eye—the freewheeling, absurdist, often uproarious show that attracted fans like legendary Saturday Night Live writer Jim Downey and aired between the witching hour and dawn—Gutfeld, along with his former friends Bill Schulz and Andy Levy (who both declined to comment for this story), pioneered a transgressive sort of television that could only have occurred while most aging Fox News viewers along with Roger Ailes and other top executives were fast asleep.“It wasn’t like anything else on TV,” Downey told The Daily Beast, adding that he began watching Red Eye in its early days, around 2007 or 2008, during 3 a.m. bouts of insomnia. “I was impressed by the originality of the whole operation, and I thought it was a nice mix with those three [Gutfeld, Schulz and Levy]. It was sophomoric, and I mean that as a compliment.” Schulz, who made no secret on the air of his fondness for adult beverages, was fired from the show in 2013.These days the 56-year-old Gutfeld, whose eponymous 11 p.m. weeknight program Gutfeld! debuted on Fox News last week to largely hostile reviews but robust ratings, has, by some appraisals, morphed from zany rebel to company man, and from rule-breaking joker to handsomely compensated ideologue (at a rumored $4 million a year).The second Fox News offering with his name in the title—the first aired on Saturday nights for six years starting in 2015—Gutfeld’s latest show thus far has largely consisted of crude parodies of rival personalities on other networks, sneering attacks on Joe and Hunter Biden, repeated warnings about the lying mainstream media, and an amen corner of familiar Fox News panelists, including new hire and former Trump mouthpiece Kayleigh McEnany, attempting variations on owning the libs.All of which has been enough for Gutfeld! to hammer not only MSNBC’s Brian Williams and CNN’s Don Lemon in the Nielsens (an average of 1.57 million total viewers to Williams’ 1.323 million and Lemon’s 668,000), but also every late-night comic with the exception of CBS’ Stephen Colbert.He has also managed to hold much of The Ingraham Angle’s audience (although namesake Laura Ingraham was off last week), and improve significantly on the ratings of his predecessor in the time slot, news anchor Shannon Bream.Gutfeld, not surprisingly, has a reputation among some Fox News employees as demanding, remote, and difficult to work with, although possessed of nowhere near the megalomania that characterizes what a current staffer called “anchorzillas.”“He just doesn’t come off as approachable,” said a current Fox News staffer. “So many anchors like Dana Perino and Harris Faulkner are lovely in the elevator and in the lobby, even if they don’t know you. Greg doesn’t even make eye contact. Judge Jeanine, who people would peg as intimidating, is way more friendly and takes time to talk to you. Greg, I feel like, is the person who you could meet 15 times and he still wouldn’t remember your name.”“The more he started succeeding, the less he started talking, the less he started socializing,” said a former Red Eye guest who frequently attended the raucous post-show wrap parties at a nearby bar. “I never thought it was originally intentional and then it seemed or appeared that it was. Ultimately, it was intentional.”This person added: “No ifs ands or buts, Gutfeld had no appreciation for Bill and Andy, nor did the network. It was the three of them that made Red Eye a success…When you’re talking about friends and colleagues, loyalty is a human thing, it’s not a Fox News thing.”On his premiere, Gutfeld was hardly burdened by humility.“As for those late-night shows we’re supposed to compete against, why bother?” he crowed to his viewers during his opening monologue. “Who do they offend? The only time Stephen Colbert ruffles feathers is in a pillow fight. The definition of risk to Kimmel is dehydration from crying too much. Fallon, that guy fawns more than a herd of deer. And I heard Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah ran off to be obscure together.”“Red Eye was funny,” former Fox News anchor Juliet Huddy, an erstwhile regular in Red Eye’s “leg chair,” told The Daily Beast. “This is not funny.”A second “leg chair” veteran from Gutfeld’s Red Eye days, who asked not to be further identified, described his metamorphosis with a pop-music analogy: “He’s gone from being Eric Clapton to Pat Boone.”Another frequent Red Eye guest, Reason magazine editor-at-large and libertarian Nick Gillespie, told The Daily Beast: “I do think he’s more conservative than he used to be”—for instance, continuing to favor the legalization of controlled substances but becoming increasingly disapproving of the folks who abuse them, Gillespie said. “He still delights in making fun of sanctimonious media and culture and political figures.”A fourth Red Eye alum told The Daily Beast: “He’s gotten meaner. Greg always had a kind of a dark side when he was coming up and hungry, but now he’s meaner and smugger. I can’t tell if it comes out in his television commentary, but it certainly comes out in his personal interactions.”Former Fox News digital journalist Diana Falzone, a co-author of this story, also appeared on Red Eye from time to time and left the network in 2018. Gutfeld and Fox News declined to comment.An ex-Fox News employee described Gutfeld’s rise this way: “I think he’s talented and an insanely good writer, although his delivery is a little too angry for my taste. But I think he’s a hypocrite because he tried to always play himself off as anti-establishment—‘I’m not one of them’—and then ratings came and his name on a show came, and now he’s staying within the script. He’ll be successful because anything you put up at 11 o’clock on Fox is gonna work.”This person added: “He was pretty nasty and mean when it came to Trump early on, but when he realized pro-Trump worked, he flipped to pro-Trump and he got his audience… Leading up to the 2016 election, he was wrecking Trump nightly on The Five. A little while into it he realized that that’s not what the audience wanted to hear. So he softened his tone and assumed a pseudo pro-Trump stance.”Former Democratic Party operative Bob Beckel, a designated liberal on The Five until he went on leave to address substance abuse problems in 2016 and then was fired in 2017 (allegedly for making a racially insensitive quip to a Black computer technician), told The Daily Beast: “The Trump thing was a real switch for Greg. He has always been very ambitious, but he’s earned his jobs. What changed him in terms of his politics on Trump? I’ve got to think that to be against Trump in that building was not a very safe place to be. Self-preservation kicks in at some point.”Indeed, there was a time when Fox News’ resident comedian was one of Trump’s harshest critics instead of what he later became during the reality-show billionaire’s divisive presidency—an often-obsequious cheerleader who once claimed that Trump had purposely exposed himself to COVID-19 as an act of courage, heroism, and patriotism.Six weeks after the election that the 45th president lost decisively to Joe Biden, Gutfeld rationalized the violent and lethal Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol by explaining that “what we’re seeing here is a lot of people with no hope” and “you have millions of people who do not trust their institutions, and you know what? They are justified. You can’t trust the media, because they lie to you. You can’t trust the elections, because there is fraud!” (Former colleagues of Gutfeld’s are often quick to note that he was a huge early booster of Gavin McInnes, a Vice co-founder and Red Eye regular who went on to create the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group that played a key role in January’s violence.)Fox News Host Greg Gutfeld: Trump ‘Put Himself on the Line’ and Got COVID ‘For Us’That was a far cry from Gutfeld’s drumbeat of disapproval during the 2016 campaign, when he accused Trump’s media acolytes, especially Fox News colleagues like Eric Bolling, of “Trumpsplaining” away the Republican frontrunner’s “making fun of a disability, making fun of John McCain, making fun of women, a woman’s face…Because it never ends. No one will ever stop defending the crass stuff he says…I’m sick of hearing people defend this stuff."In his Dec. 23, 2015 appearance on The Five, Gutfeld even bit the hand that feeds him: “But somehow we’re gonna have him [Trump] on our network all the time…When you are surrounded by toadies that cheer you on, you’re like a comedian and you like the laughter…Instead of thinking about what he says, he’s impulsive and it makes you wonder, do you want an impulsive leader or do want a leader that thinks?”Keenly aware of how his whiplash-inducing conversion would inevitably be perceived, Gutfeld tried to frame his previous fear and loathing, during an August 2018 onstage interview at the Commonwealth Club of California, as an unwarranted obsession with the words that came out of Trump’s mouth—basically arguing that the statements of a top-tier candidate for president should count for nothing.“I was hypercritical of him, he was driving me crazy,” Gutfeld confided to his interviewer, Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams. “I was, like, more obsessed with his words, because there were no deeds yet because he wasn’t president. But I had become—arrgh—emotionally invested in his behavior, which was kind of a waste of time… I look back now and I go, I got tied up in his language. Once he became president, I could get tied up on his deeds… When you look at his deeds, there’s not a lot to complain about.”Gutfeld likes to call himself a former liberal who switched brands while in college after his fellow lefties at the University of California at Berkeley annoyed him with what he perceived as their sanctimony and hypocrisy—unattractive traits he had previously ascribed to right-wingers.“Greg was a Berkeley kid,” said a frequent Red Eye guest. “He went to a super-liberal school and his being conservative was a response to that… He’s a Gen X conservative, so he thinks ‘punk rock.’ They misinterpret what punk was, conservative men in their mid to late forties and early fifties. They think it’s shit-talking hippies. Punk rock was a reaction to conservative politics and it’s ridiculous for those men like Greg to compare themselves. Greg has more in common with Margaret Thatcher than with the Sex Pistols.”Occasional Red Eye guest and Gutfeld pal Buzz Osborne, founder and lead guitarist of the grunge and sludge metal band The Melvins, begged to differ.“I don’t think this person understands anything about what punk rock is,” said Osborne, adding that he never watches cable or broadcast television, much less Fox News. “It’s not against conservative politics. It’s against all politics. Of any kind. It’s a reaction to normalism, whatever that may be. I also think that it celebrates the individual.”Greg Gutfeld Proves, Yet Again, That Conservative Comedy’s Just Stuff Your Drunk Aunt Yells at a WeddingAs for Gutfeld, “I think people underestimate him, and I think it’s a mistake,” Osborne told The Daily Beast. “There’s a lot to be said for guys like him, if people will just have an open mind and listen to him. I think Greg’s extremely funny, and that’s lost on a lot of people.”Gutfeld joined Fox News in 2007 after a checkered career writing for and editing magazines such as Rodale Press’s Prevention and Men’s Health, and two of the late Felix Dennis’ lad mags, Stuff and Maxim U.K.He managed to get fired from all three magazines. The 5-foot-5 Gutfeld—whose repertoire of short jokes is not as prolific as it used to be—lost the Stuff editorship in 2003 after hiring three dwarves to disrupt an American Society of Magazine Editors seminar on “What Gives a Magazine Buzz.” The dwarf-actors were ejected from the seminar for chomping noisily on fistfuls of potato chips and engaging in ear-splitting conversations after letting their cellphones ring and ring.“Greg was let go from virtually every high-profile job he ever had prior to Fox, so when he got to Fox News he did whatever it took to stay in [Fox News Media CEO] Suzanne Scott’s good graces,” said a former insider at the network. “He doesn’t care what colleagues or friends he steps on as long it protects his own position.”Bob Beckel, who had been friendly with his former The Five co-host, said that instinct might have been behind Gutfeld’s decision to flame him on Twitter in October 2019 after Beckel characterized his Fox News firing as a Trump-inspired “setup.”“Shepard Smith is leaving Fox News,” Beckel had tweeted. “I worked at Fox for six years. Shep was a REAL reporter. I attacked Trump daily. My firing was a setup up by people inside & outside Fox. With Shep gone Fox Is no longer a News network. It’s run by Trump. Sadly it will go down with him.”Taking on the role of corporate flack, Gutfeld retorted: “Bob, trump had nothing to do with your firing. In fact Fnc blessed you with many second chances. Using Shep’s classy exit to take this dishonest swipe at a bunch of good hardworking people is disappointing.”“I was really surprised,” Beckel said about Gutfeld’s slam.—With additional reporting by Justin Baragona.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Despite the improvement, exports still remain below 2020 levels, the UK statistics body says.