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Cyn­thia Nixon fans who agree with the for­mer Sex and the City star that mar­i­juana should be le­gal­ized can sup­port her cam­paign for gov­er­nor of

New York by en­ter­ing a con­test to win a bong. The con­test to win a glass bong signed by Abbi Ja­cob­son and Ilana Glazer of Com­edy Cen­tral’s Broad City runs through Mon­day. The con­test web­site says it “may be a silly con­test but it’s a se­ri­ous is­sue.” Nixon is run­ning against

Gov. An­drew Cuomo for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion. Cuomo said last year he op­posed le­gal­iz­ing mar­i­juana for recre­ational pur­poses but since then he has called for a study of the is­sue. Ja­cob­son and Glazer sup­port le­gal­iza­tion. Nixon spokesman Lau­ren Hitt says about 2,000 peo­ple have en­tered. The web­site seeks dona­tions but does not re­quire them.

De­feated Alabama U.S. Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore is talk­ing about a defama­tion suit af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that he too was duped by ac­tor Sacha Baron Co­hen for his forth­com­ing tele­vi­sion se­ries. In a state­ment posted on Face­book, Moore, the for­mer chief jus­tice of the Alabama Supreme Court, says he ac­cepted an all-ex­penses trip to Wash­ing­ton in Fe­bru­ary af­ter be­ing told he’d re­ceive an award for sup­port­ing Is­rael. “I did not know Sacha Co­hen or that a Show­time TV se­ries was be­ing planned to em­bar­rass, hu­mil­i­ate, and mock not only Is­rael, but also re­li­gious con­ser­va­tives such as Sarah Palin, Joe Walsh, and Dick Cheney,” Moore wrote on Face­book. “I am in­volved in sev­eral court cases presently to de­fend my honor and char­ac­ter against vi­cious false po­lit­i­cal at­tacks by lib­er­als like Co­hen,” Moore added. “If Show­time airs a defam­a­tory at­tack on my char­ac­ter, I may very well be in­volved in an­other. As for Mr. Co­hen, whose art is trick­ery, de­cep­tion, and dis­hon­esty, Alabama does not re­spect cow­ards who ex­hibit such traits!” Nei­ther Show­time nor Baron Co­hen re­sponded to re­quests for com­ment. Who Is Amer­ica? pre­mieres Sun­day on Show­time.

Scar­lett Jo­hans­son has pulled out of the film Rub & Tug af­ter her plans to por­tray a trans­gen­der man prompted a back­lash. In a state­ment to on

Fri­day, Jo­hans­son says she’s with­draw­ing from the project “in light of re­cent eth­i­cal ques­tions raised sur­round­ing my cast­ing.” Last week, Jo­hans­son said she would star as pros­ti­tu­tion ring leader

Dante “Tex” Gill, who was born Lois

Jean Gill but iden­ti­fied as a man. When trans­gen­der ac­tors and ad­vo­cates ques­tioned the cast­ing, Jo­hans­son ini­tially re­sponded with a state­ment that crit­i­cism “can be di­rected to Jef­frey Tam­bor, Jared Leto and Felic­ity Huff­man’s reps.” All are ac­tors who won ac­claim for play­ing trans­gen­der char­ac­ters. Jo­hans­son pre­vi­ously came un­der fire for play­ing an orig­i­nally Asian char­ac­ter in the 2017 film Ghost in the Shell.




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