Entries in Julia Louis-Dreyfus (2)


Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Overseas Ad Pulled for Insulting Fat People

HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- Calling it, "...hurtful to a portion of the public," Israel's Second Authority for Television & Radio ordered a cable company to pull a spot starring Seinfeld alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus because it insulted overweight people.

The ad, for Israeli cable provider Yes, had the actress portraying an office worker who mistakes an overweight colleague's belly for a baby bump.  In an effort to apologize for the gaffe, Louis-Dreyfus' character makes another faux pas, insinuating the heavy colleague can't be pregnant because nobody would date her.

Israel’s Yedid Association for Community Empowerment kicked off the protest over the ad, by blasting it in a letter to Yes CEO Ron Ayalon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The group also lobbied the country's Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Council by saying of the spot, “There are a lot of weight-challenged individuals in Israel who are treated in an irreverent and hurtful manner.  There is no justification to illustrate a stigma which suggests a larger woman is either pregnant or simply too fat for anyone to consider going out with."

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HBO's 'Veep' Not So Funny, Says Real White House Staffer

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- A White House insider is not all that impressed with the humor in HBO’s satirical show, Veep, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show features Julia Louis-Dreyfus as fictional Vice President Selina Meyer, with the action set around her staffers.

The comedy was created by Armando Iannucci, who was behind the political movie In The Loop. But a real-life staffer for Vice President Joe Biden tells THR, “It would have been more water cooler conversation-inspiring if it had been funnier.” The insider’s review continued, “The show gets the D.C. personalities right, but it has what’s funny about the VP all wrong.”

The source also notes that the true comedy lies in the fact that the VP position has enormous power and yet no real power at all.

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