TV Star slammed the show that made her famous for one eye-rolling reason


Hollywood “wokeness” has become box office cancer.

Yet people within the industry are still trying to be as politically correct as possible.

Now one television star slammed the show that made her famous for one eye-rolling reason.

The French Revolution, the Maoist Cultural Revolution, and other leftist mass psychoses are defined by their erasure of the past.

Everything that was “wrong” must be destroyed.

That’s why “woke” leftists of today routinely comb through history in search of things that offend them.

And liberal television shows from the 1990s and early aughts do not pass the social justice litmus test.

Friends has particularly faced scrutiny for being “racist” and “transphobic” among other offenses.

And Lisa Kudrow, who played new-age ditz Phoebe, seems to agree in part with the Gen Z slander aimed at the show.

During an interview with The Daily Beast, Kudrow was asked, “I know [Friends co-creator] Marta [Kauffman] recently made the news for donating $4 million to try to make up for the lack of diversity on the show. But how do you feel about the diversity on Friends?”

Kudrow responded, “Well, I feel like it was a show created by two people who went to Brandeis and wrote about their lives after college. And for shows especially, when it’s going to be a comedy that’s character-driven, you write what you know. They have no business writing stories about the experiences of being a person of color. I think at that time, the big problem that I was seeing was, ‘Where’s the apprenticeship?’”

Kudrow gave a reasonable answer, then at the end tagged the show for not having apprenticeships for diverse writers.

Perhaps the strangest aspect of the diversity, inclusivity, and equity cult is that every television show must be everything to everyone.

A sitcom about white yuppies in Manhattan is not going to be replete with storylines about race or other hot-button political issues.

Kauffman also bent the knee to the mob and apologized for alleged transphobia.

She explained, “We kept referring to [Helena] as ‘Chandler’s father,’ even though Chandler’s father was trans… Pronouns were not yet something that I understood, so we didn’t refer to that character as ‘she.’ That was a mistake.”

No show or movie will ever be “woke” enough for the cancel mob.

The radicals of tomorrow will find the most left-wing shows of today morally repugnant.

Count on it.

Culture Watch News will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

A “humiliating perp walk” went down in Florida that will leave you furious


Leftists are bound and determined to claim total power.

The FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago was sickening.

And a “humiliating perp walk” went down in Florida that will leave you furious.

The culture war is continuing to rage in Florida after a school blows off Governor Ron DeSantis.

And you won’t believe what happened to one father.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has worked hard over the past few years to shore up parents’ rights in his state.

But now there’s fresh proof leftists will go to any length — even openly violating the law — to indoctrinate our children.

Florida mom Rebecca Yuengling started butting heads with her local school when they persisted in giving her 14-year-old daughter inappropriate surveys to complete.

“The reason I was so vocal was because they were having my kid fill out surveys that were sexual in nature and then telling them to keep it a secret,” she said.

Teachers in the school were also pushing the gender confusion agenda and Critical Race Theory.

After Yuengling complained, her daughter’s history teacher retaliated by giving the class a survey on gender ideology and informing students that it would count toward their grade.

When the mom reminded the school that Ron DeSantis signed a law prohibiting teachers from “enticing or coercing students to keep information from their parents” the county school superintendent had the gall to kick the teen out of her school.

Additionally, the parents were informed their younger son also won’t be allowed to attend his local public high school.

A federal lawsuit filed by the girl’s parents says the girl was sobbing and “visibly upset” during a “humiliating perp walk” when she was escorted off school grounds in front of her friends.

The conservative Christian family told The Epoch Times things only got worse after they filed the lawsuit.

Richard Yuengling, the girl’s father, soon found himself at the center of an “internal affairs investigation” at the courthouse where he works as a bailiff.

According to court documents he’s in all kinds of trouble for filing the lawsuit in his daughter’s case during his lunch break when he was in uniform.

He’s being accused of wearing his uniform for personal gain or influence — as if the courthouse employees wouldn’t have recognized him if he’d been wearing a polo and baseball cap instead of his uniform.

“I’m just a dad trying to stand up for my kids,” said Yuengling, who has worked for the sheriff’s department for the 22 years since he left the Navy. “I couldn’t believe they were doing this to me.”

He told The Epoch Times he’s been demoted to jail duty and was informed by a sheriff’s captain that the insulting move came “from higher up.”

His lawyer filed a lawsuit against the county pointing out that other officers have gotten away with far more serious violations of the rule including testifying at their own divorce proceedings in uniform.

This isn’t the first time Pasco County’s school superintendent and sheriff have been caught pulling something dirty.

School Superintendent Kurt Browning is a former Secretary of State who was investigated back in 2021 for providing Sheriff Chris Nocco with students’ grades and discipline history so the sheriff could identify kids that might fall into a “life of crime.”

Nocco is apparently such a control freak he’s been slapped with lawsuits for obsessive behavior using his “Intelligence-Led Policing” program to pull crazy stunts like going after residents who forget to put their house number on their mailbox.

Nocco, Browning, and the Yuenglings are all Republicans, but other Republicans like Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) have asked DeSantis to kick Nocco out of office.

Apparently, Florida has its own swamp.

And the RINOs are more trouble than the alligators.

Culture Watch News will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

Christian actor made one movie that just challenged the Left head-on


Hollywood is utterly controlled by the Left.

But films that do not subscribe to the Left’s narrative can still punch through.

And one Christian actor made a move that just challenged the Left head-on.

Actor Kirk Cameron is an oddity in Hollywood because he’s an unabashed Christian who lives out his faith.

And his newest movie Lifemark touches on the abortion issue from a pro-life perspective.

Abortion has again become a big topic after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in the Dobbs decision, which returned the abortion question back to the states.

Lifemark shows that adoption is a choice that does not get talked about enough in the abortion debate.

The synopsis for the movie reads:

“David’s comfortable world is turned upside down when his birth mother unexpectedly reaches out to him, longing to meet the 18-year-old son she’s only held once. With the encouragement of his adoptive parents, David embarks on a journey of discovery that leads to a staggering truth from his past.”

During an interview, Cameron said, “We had no idea that the timing of the release of this film, which was delayed by COVID, would be so unbelievable with the overturning of Roe v. Wade…People talk about pro-life, pro-choice, but they forget about the adoption option.”

In fact, Democrats have ghoulishly mocked Republicans who have offered to adopt the babies of women contemplating abortion.

In the view of the Left, choosing death is a better option than choosing adoption because of the political ramifications.

That’s why Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and other Democrats have called for the closure of crisis pregnancy centers.

Meanwhile, the media has said little about dozens of these clinics being firebombed around the country.

Cameron continued, “It seems that we’re divided almost by design over everything imaginable… From politics to race to gender to vaccination status, and most recently over this issue of life and abortion…We need a way to look at this issue through the lens of love — love for the birth mom, love for the unborn baby, love for the adoptive parents who are longing to have a baby… And ‘Lifemark’ shows a compassionate, beautiful solution to a very difficult problem in our culture today.”

Over the past couple of decades, the pro-abortion movement has become so militant that it now views abortion as an unfettered good instead of a tragedy.

Cameron added, “[W]hen a woman chooses adoption she has no idea what’s going to happen. But what can happen is the answers to the prayers of that couple who couldn’t have kids. And this amazing life of this young man.”

As medical technology improves and viability becomes earlier in pregnancy, the rationale for abortion on demand up to the point of birth looks even more extreme.

Only 19% of Americans are in favor of third-trimester abortion, and that number decreases the closer a women gets to birth.

Cameron’s film is important in that it reminds people there are always better options than death.

Culture Watch News will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

NBA player called out one disastrous move Biden is considering


Joe Biden has been a failure on foreign policy.

It would be a bigger story if his domestic policy weren’t so bad.

And an NBA player called out one disastrous move Biden is considering.

Turkish-born NBA center Enes Kanter Freedom — he added the surname Freedom after becoming an American citizen — thinks Joe Biden is making a big foreign policy mistake.

Biden is considering a prisoner exchange for WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was recently sentenced to nine years in a Russian jail for possessing drug paraphernalia at the airport.

Griner is clearly being held by Russia as a political prisoner, and Vladimir Putin wants arms dealer Viktor Bout—also known as the Merchant of Death—released from prison so Griner can come home.

But Kanter Freedom does not believe that is a good deal.

He appeared on Fox News and explained, “First of all, you know, she pleaded guilty and the sentence is harsh, and of course, like everyone else, I want her to return back home because I know how the Russian jails can get tough…I’ve been following her case very closely and the one thing that I will say, we cannot be sending a merchant of death. A person who is responsible for thousands of lives by selling illegal weapons in Africa, in Asia, and we cannot trade that horrible human being for her. It’s just not a fair trade.”

Griner once kneeled in protest of the Star-Spangled Banner, but she now has a deeper appreciation for American freedom after rotting in jail for six months.

Kanter Freedom added, “I know one thing that she misses: the National Anthem, every word of the National Anthem in that Russian jail.”

He’s correct.

Griner wrote in a letter from her jail cell, “As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympics jersey, or any accomplishments , I’m terrified I might be here forever. On the 4th of July, our family normally honors the service of those who fought for our freedom, including my father who is a Vietnam War Veteran. It hurts thinking about how I usually celebrate this day because freedom means something completely different to me this year.”

In a similar vein, comedian Tim Dillon said that Griner should be the most patriotic person ever if she does get swapped for the Merchant of Death.

Dillon said, “If we bail you out, then enough. Don’t say anything other than — I want you to be Candace Owens-level patriotic if we trade a Russian arms dealer for you. That’s all. That’s all I’m asking… [J]ust be grateful. You were in a foreign country smoking hash. Nobody has to get you, but if this corpse Biden arranges to get you somehow by trading this high-value Russian guy, just be happy about it… Don’t be negative in any aspect if you’ve just been brought back from Russia.”

It’s unclear if the deal will go through.

Culture Watch News will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

Supreme Court Justice just got slapped with the ultimate insult — and the reason is beyond ridiculous


The Left’s fury against SCOTUS Justices hasn’t subsided.

One leftist group just proved the lengths they’ll go to.

Because they just slapped a Supreme Court Justice with the ultimate insult — and the reason is beyond ridiculous.

Institutes of “higher” education are becoming increasingly useless as the woke agenda takes over.

But one alumni group just came up with a stunt that really takes the cake.

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s college alumni group just slapped her with a ridiculous insult.

Justice Barrett is a conservative who leads a lifestyle that backs up her convictions.

The Supreme Court Justice who helped overturn Roe v. Wade has given birth to five children and adopted two.

Their brood includes one child adopted from Haiti who had to overcome severe physical challenges and her youngest has Down’s Syndrome — proof Barrett’s pro-life stance is no idle policy statement.

But because she sided against leftists by affirming that Roe v. Wade’s universal abortion-on-demand model is unconstitutional, a noisy and nosey group of former students from Rhodes College are demanding that Barrett be removed from the school’s “Hall of Fame.”

Incredibly, an entire group has apparently been created to take on the cause.

Now the “Rhodes College Alumni for Reproductive Rights” are throwing a fit claiming than Barrett has violated the Rhodes Honor Code through how she testified during her Senate confirmation hearings and her work as a Supreme Court Justice.

Of course, that’s nothing more than a load of garbage.

They’re trying to argue that she’s somehow violated her own claimed approach to judicial decision making because of the recent decision.

But even during her Senate confirmation hearing Barrett made it clear she didn’t consider Roe v. Wade to be a “super-precedent.”

“To define cases that are so well-settled that no political actors and no people seriously push for their overruling. And I’m answering a lot of questions about Roe, which I think indicates that Roe doesn’t fall in that category,” Barrett said at the time.

The fact is, an honest reading of Roe v. Wade has always revealed one of the weakest Supreme Court decisions ever made.

It’s shocking that a case that never even dealt with whether it’s constitutionally acceptable to kill an unborn baby was decided in a way that allowed children to be legally killed in the womb for decades.

But logic aside, her leftist peer group is committed to punishing her for crossing them politically.

“And we believe that Justice Amy Coney Barrett is one of the biggest current threats to our fundamental rights, the stability of our nation, and our democracy,” the alumni group wrote in a letter. “Moreover, as Rhodes alumni who pledged the same fealty to truth, loyalty, and service’ as she did, we find her actions to be a clear—and perhaps history’s most destructive to date— violation of the Honor Code we all hold dear.”

When protecting the lives of untold numbers of innocent babies can be interpreted as an “honor code” violation we’re all living in a word unacceptably corrupt.

Culture Watch News will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

Dan Bongino triggered a Hollywood actor into saying something to Trump supporters that will make your blood boil


Trump Derangement Syndrome is alive and well.

Some members of the Left might have actual brainworms eating away at their gray matter.

And Dan Bongino just triggered a Hollywood actor into saying something to Trump supporters that will make your blood boil.

The Department of Justice crossed the Rubicon and raided the home of Donald Trump.

President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland refuse to apologize after the DOJ’s jack-booted thugs went to Mar-a-Lago, raiding not only the home of the former President but even rifling through Melanie Trump’s closets.

This escalation in the political arena is unprecedented.

And while members of the Right are explaining the danger of this move, leftists are predictably celebrating.

And one of the celebratory liberals was actor Michael Rapaport, who urged people to watch Fox News and laugh at Fox contributor Dan Bongino and the other hosts.

Democrats like Rapaport may be gloating, but they don’t realize how destructive this FBI raid was.

Trump broke the news and explained how this was no different than the behavior seen in banana republics.

Trump wrote on Truth Social:

“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections. Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before. They even broke into my safe! What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democratic National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.”

As for Rapaport, this is his latest attempt at staying relevant.

Not long ago, he was ranting about societal decay and the loss of law and order in New York.

Rapaport was even attacked by a leftist in the middle of a rant about cancel culture.

Rapaport doesn’t even realize that he’s contributing to the problems he complains about by cheering for a political raid on the leader of the opposition.

He was celebrated by the Left for taking crude shots at Melania Trump, but also got smacked down for critiquing pop star Ariana Grande.

One a moment of poignancy on election night 2020, he warned against demonizing people who voted for Trump, explaining, “[I]f you think the simple reason why they’re voting for Donald Trump is because they’re racist, or they support racists, or they’re okay with racism, you’re a dumb f***. Stop generalizing people…”

But apparently Rapaport is back in TDS mode with his latest rant against Trump.

Let’s see if he finds it amusing when Democrats get investigated and held to account for all of their malfeasance.

Leftists will really come unglued if Conservatives prevail in showing the establishment GOP they have two choices – fire the thugs and dismantle the Deep State when they regain power . . . or get marched out of the Republican Party a la Liz Cheney.

Culture Watch News will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

Rick Harrison just took a blow torch to Joe Biden’s lies


There’s no low that the Biden administration won’t stoop too.

But a legendary TV show boss is exposing the Democrats.

Because Rick Harrison just took a blow torch to Biden’s lies.

Joe Biden’s economic policies have put the squeeze on the American people.

Democrats are doing their best to pretend as if the economy is just fine, but people can feel the crunch in their wallet regardless of what talking heads say.

And Rick Harrison of the popular reality TV show Pawn Stars just highlighted the problems many Americans are facing, explaining that people have had to sell off items to stay above water.

Harrison appeared on Fox News and said, “Twenty percent of the adult population do not have a bank account, they don’t have normal banking. If they need a little money, this is what they have to do… Gas prices are killing people, the price of food has gone … inflation has gone nuts… And I really believe lower-income people it affects much worse than it affects upper-income people.”

Inflation is usually a hidden regressive tax.

But it’s anything but hidden right now.

And while inflation hits the poor and the middle class the hardest, Democrats are acting like no one is being hit by inflation.

Rich people can afford to pay higher prices for everyday goods and services, and they tend to own assets that appreciate in value.

Meanwhile, people are paying twice as much at the pump and the checkout line, and their wages have not kept up with 40-year-high inflation.

Harrison added, “Rents in Vegas alone are up 24 percent in one year…You know, you take the gas prices, the food prices and everything like that: it’s much harder to make a living… There’s a lot of people, especially young people who work in the gig economy and things like that…I live in the poorest county in Oregon like four months a year. I help out a lot down there. And when you’re talking rural places, it’s even worse because these people have to drive so much more.”

Thus far, the Democrats’ response to 9% inflation and an economic recession is to spend even more.

Inflation is more dollars chasing fewer goods, so Biden and the Democrats are actively making the problem worse.

Harrison said as much, explaining, “We just have a government dead-set on creating more inflation and less jobs I mean, that’s the only way I can think to say it.”

There is no other way to say it when being honest.

That’s why the Biden White House has to lie so much and change the definition of words like “recession.”

Worse, they want to sic 87,000 new IRS auditors on already struggling middle class Americans.

Culture Watch News will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

One community just sent an epic message that has librarians across the nation looking over their shoulders


One of the most jarring tricks pulled by the woke mob has been turning staid libraries into ground zero in their culture war.

But one community just found a way to fight back and send an epic message.

Now librarians across the nation are looking over their shoulders.

Voters in a Michigan town put their foot down in one incredible show of solidarity recently with more than 60% of voters in Jamestown Township opting to shut off funds to their local library.

Most of the library’s $245,000 annual budget has been coming from a property tax millage which was up for its 10-year renewal recently.

The librarians not only expected taxpayers to renew their support, but they were also hoping for a sweet tax increase.

Instead, local voters came down hard on a staff that’s been stubbornly stocking LGBT-themed books with inappropriate illustrations.

“We’re all for the library. I use it,” Jamestown resident Sarah Johnson told Bridge Michigan after voting to defund the library. “We want to make a statement that we want some say in the books.”

The controversy blew up earlier this year after a parent noticed the library’s collection includes Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer: A Memoir.

The book is a nasty comic book style publication apparently geared to help push the gender confusion agenda on children.

Commonsense media claims the book includes “Explicit but not erotic illustrations of sexual activity include masturbation, oral sex, sex toys, kissing in an implied sex position, erections, and a fantasy image of a man holding another’s penis. There are no violent acts, but there are a few bloody, nightmarish pictures showing fear and trauma surrounding menstruation and getting a Pap smear.”

Parents in the small town which only had 9,630 people living there in 2020, understandably lost it when they found out about the dirty material their city’s library was harboring.

Rather than honor the wishes of concerned parents and others, the library staff doubled down insisting that they keep the book behind the front desk rather than pull it out of circulation entirely.

It didn’t take long for voters to remind them who is really in charge.

The library has until August 16 to straighten up and attempt to get its funding back on the ballot.

Meanwhile, LGBT activists all over the nation have been contributing to a Go Fund Me campaign to keep the library open.

So far, they’ve raised more than $65,000.

Culture Watch News will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

Cracker Barrel just went woke with this food item and customers are furious


It’s hard to find good homestyle food when you are out on the road traveling.

But thankfully for most of us you can find a cracker barrel near any major exit on the highway to fill that hole in our hearts.

Well, Cracker Barrel just went woke with this food item and customers are furious.

Americans all love a good vacation.

Spending time with the family in the car is always a good time.

But we have all been in that situation when things turn ugly.

Kids are screaming in the back for being trapped in the car for more than three hours.

And the wife just hit a new level of demonic anger after being “hangry” for thirty minutes.

Then that fun family trip turns into a witch hunt trying to find somewhere good to stop and eat to appease everyone.

Thankfully, Cracker Barrel seems to be at nearly every other interstate off ramp.

The food chain is known for having rocking chairs to relax, an oversized gift shop, hundreds of random pictures and household items on the wall, and good old southern homestyle food.

But with one move, Cracker Barrel has been able to piss off most of their customers.

When you go to Cracker Barrel you go there for some southern food covered in fat, sodium, and butter.

No one goes to the place for a healthy food option.

Welp, Cracker Barrel just put a food option on their menu that is for the woke customer they don’t have.

Cracker Barrel just announced that they are introducing plant based “impossible” sausage to their breakfast menu.

Cracker Barrel’s “director of menu strategies” claimed, “Our new breakfast menu innovations provide a personalized experience with delicious breakfast choices to satisfy every taste bud – whether guests are nostalgic for homestyle food, hungry for a nutritious plant-based option or have a craving for a sweet treat. At morning, noon or night, we want guests to enjoy craveable breakfast favorites at a compelling value.”

And the backlash from customers was quick and swift with most being pissed about the new fake sausage option.

Cracker Barrel might learn the hard way that when you go woke, you go broke.

What do you think?

Leonardo DiCaprio just got savaged by a world leader he tried to smear


Hollywood celebrities constantly insert themselves into American politics.

And many of them do the same in other countries.

But Leonardo DiCaprio just got savaged by one world leader he tried to smear.

Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio is known for being a staunch climate change activist despite traveling around the world on private jets.

And he recently commented on deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

While DiCaprio was applauded by environmentalist leftists, one person was none too pleased — Jair Bolsonaro.

The Brazilian President responded, “You again, Leo? This way, you will become my best electoral cable, as we say in Brazil! I could tell you, again, to give up your yacht before lecturing the world, but I know progressives: you want to change the entire world but never yourselves, so I will let you off the hook.”

Bolsonaro is facing re-election in October against leftist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the preferred candidate of international leftists like DiCaprio and fellow actor Mark Ruffalo, both of whom have openly endorsed Silva.

Bolsonaro continued, “Between us, it’s weird to see a dude who pretends to love the Planet paying more attention to Brazil than to the fires harming Europe and his own country… One may wonder if you’re obsessed with my country (or its resources) or if you just believe Brazil is the only one on Earth…But don’t worry, Leo, unlike the places you are pretending not to see by brilliantly playing the role of a blind man, Brazil is and will carry on being the nation that most preserves. You can carry on playing with your Hollywood star toys as we do our job.”

Bolsonaro has been a constant target of the Left because of his conservative beliefs.

They’ve continually smeared his administration with allegations of corruption.

And the last time Bolsonaro ran for office, he was stabbed in the street by a deranged leftist.

He continued his broadside against DiCaprio, saying, “It’s clear that everyone who attacks Brazil and its sovereignty for the sake of virtue signaling doesn’t have a clue about the matter. They don’t know, for instance, that we preserve more than 80% of our native vegetation or that we have the cleanest energy among G20 nations. It’s also clear that you don’t know that my government announced a new commitment to eradicate illegal deforestation by 2028, and not by 2030 as most countries. Or maybe you do know that, but for some reason pretend to be ignorant. I hope you [are] not getting [paid] too much for this role.”

There has been much hand-wringing from environmentalists about deforestation, but in reality, the acreage of forests has increased.

An uncomfortable truth for the climate change hysterics is that slightly warmer climates have been good for greenery.

Bolsonaro’s roast concluded with a hilarious dig at Hollywood’s climate mascot Greta Thunberg, whom he derided as “Greta Timberlake” in reference to turn-of-the-millennium boy band star Justin Timberlake of N’Sync.

“If it’s within your reach, we would love to see you stop spreading misinformation. In the recent past, you used a 2003 image to talk about the Amazon wildfires allegedly happening in 2019 and was exposed, but I have forgiven you. So please go and sin no more. By the way, what do you think about the hitting coal market in Europe? And what about Greta Timberlake, do you know what she has been up to lately and what she has to say about it?” Bolsonaro asked concluding “If I was hosting a barbecue in my house, I’m sure she would be yelling ‘How dare you?’”

Bolsonaro’s shots are certain to get under the skin of the Left.

Culture Watch News will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.