Singer Jimmy Buffett reportedly serenaded Democratic Senator-elect of Alabama Doug Jones and his wife Louise, just days after Jones defeated Republican candidate Roy Moore in a shock election victory.
The couple, who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in Key West, Florida, were reportedly treated by Buffett at his Margaritaville resort with the song “Stars Fell in Alabama.”
“Dec. 12 has always been a historic day for the Jones family,” Jones said in his victory speech last Tuesday. “This is, as you know, mine and Louise’s 25th wedding anniversary. I couldn’t have done this without her. The love, the support, the encouragement.”
Buffett previously sang to raise money for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, charging people upwards of $500 to attend “A Musical Evening with Jimmy Buffett.”
Jones received overwhelming praise from progressives following his victory over Moore, who was dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, making it one of the most bitterly contested Senate races in years.
However, despite losing by a 1.5 percent margin with all the votes counted, Moore has still refused to concede the race and has demanded a recount.
“I say it’s time to move on. Alabama has spoken,” Jones told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday. “It was a close election, there is no question about that. But, you know, elections can be close sometimes. But now it’s time to heal.”
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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.