One of the hosts of the talk show The Preachers has responded to a controversy after he seemed to endorse open marriage during a segment featuring actress Mo’Nique and her husband. The couple was being interviewed by Lakewood Church associate pastor John Gray and Jamal Harrison Bryant of Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple AME Church, when they brought up their open marriage—essentially, they allow each other to sleep with other people.
In response, Bryant, who is divorced, said “I think that's amazing,” adding “A lot of people think that is novel and y'all 'church people' are going to have a heart attack. I believed in open marriage, I just forgot to tell my ex-wife about it.” He followed with it question a about how do they “find that balance” biblically.
Gray, went on to say that in his household, an open relationship would lead to a “100% divorce rate.”
The clip, and the conversation, ended up drawing criticism online from viewers, who saw Bryant’s response as sending an unclear message about open marriage.
In response (the clip starts about 2:20), Bryant address “all of [his] haters,” saying that he made “a jest, a joke about open marriages.” Addressing his own mother, who he said also questioned his statement, Bryant said, “Please know, that I still believe that marriage is between two people … While I believe in that, I'm grateful to have the opportunity to have conversations with people who don't share my beliefs, don’t share my faith, don’t share my theology. ”
Authorities say that at least 80 people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two suicide bombers detonated blasts during a peaceful protest by a Shiite minority group in Kabul, Afghanistan. ISIS, who regularly targets members of the Muslim group, has claimed responsibility for the horrific attack. According to CNN, another suicide bomber was identified by police, but was killed before he was able to set off his vest.
Nickelodeon has debuted a first look at their upcoming TV-movie based on the classic ‘90s game show Legends of the Hidden Temple, and, we’re going to be honest: We are not impressed.
Look, we get it, Nickelodeon is a children’s network, but, with such a huge built-in audience of nostalgic millennials who were raised on the show, it would seem like they’d at least make an effort to keep the tone somewhat self-aware. There are plenty of examples of movies that remain kid-friendly, family flicks, while still being smart enough to appeal to grown ups.
But, come on, Nickelodeon. Lame special effects? Corny jokes? Fall Out Boy?! You’ve failed us. At least original host Kirk Fogg is back, but still, the Green Monkeys deserve better than this. Discuss
This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, audiences got an extended look at one of the latest edition’s to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film’s trailer has a distinctly spiritual tone and tells the story of a skeptical surgeon who is able to tapped into mystical powers in his quest to save lives.
And, from the looks of it, the movie will be a real mind bender and not your typical Marvel flick.