R.J. is a writer, podcast host and CEO of Hashtag Productions. He lives in Los Angeles and always eats his vegetables.

Should You Watch ‘The Young Pope’? Nope

The great Catholic writer Gilbert Keith Chesterton once said, “It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.” I wonder what Old Chesterton would think of the latest effort from HBO, The Young Pope, a show that, judging by its first few episodes, is neither funny nor a test of … Continued

Entertainment, Television

January Jones Thinks a Manny is as Good as a Father

In a sane world, any father who abandons his children (and his children’s mother) would be deported and sent to a penal colony on some snake-infested island in the South Pacific. I’m not referring to the breakdown of a marriage, subsequent divorce, and a father splitting custody with his ex-wife while staying actively engaged in … Continued


Geena Davis’ Bizarre Crusade for Gender Quotas on TV

I believe it was the late, great Audrey Hepburn who said, “Everything I learned, I learned from the movies.” After re-calibrating to factor in hyperbole, and given our cultural obsession with the movies, Ms. Hepburn’s remark isn’t too far off the mark. For better and for worse, the entertainment mediums of film and television have … Continued


The Fat-Shaming Santa Was Right

Nothing says “Christmas in modern America” quite like a good, old-fashioned fat-shaming controversy! From CNN.com: “A mom says her son was left in tears after being fat-shamed by a Santa in their town of Forest City, North Carolina.” Say what? “Ashley Mayse says she and her son, nine-year-old Anthony, were just enjoying a holiday event … Continued


Leave Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” Alone

One of the most popular, enjoyable reality shows on television these days can be found on Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. on HGTV. Fixer Upper, starring Chip and Joanna Gaines of Waco, TX, is a wholesome, hour-long program that finds people who are in the market for a new home and has them work with … Continued


Dads, Here’s What to Expect When Your Wife is Expecting

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, my lovely wife gave birth to our first child—a girl—whom we named Evelyn Inez Moeller. On the heels of a miscarriage last winter and nine eventful (albeit healthy) months of pregnancy this time around, to say that we were excited to welcome Little Evie into the world would be quite … Continued


I Wanted to Love “Loving,” But Just Couldn’t

For lovers of movies, there are few things more frustrating than realizing that the hotly-anticipated film (about which critics are raving) that you’ve been eager to see turns out to be profoundly boring and underwhelming. Unfortunately, that’s the experience I had with the new civil rights drama, Loving. Directed by the talented auteur Jeff Nichols … Continued