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FX’s Clipped Is Six Episodes Of Rich People Being Terrible (And Some Basketball)


RACIST DONALD STERLING will once again be in the national spotlight with FX’s dramatization of his 2013 fall from grace in its newest series, Clipped. For six episodes, we’re all going back to 2013 when the Los Angeles Clippers were still beating the Golden State Warriors, Instagram was new, and the 79-year-old owner of an NBA team’s racist thoughts was being secretly recorded by his 30-year-old mistress.

Based on ESPN’s The Sterling Affairs podcast, the FX delves into the seedy details behind the headlines from 2013 surrounding the release of tapes of former Clippers owner Sterling making disparaging and exclusionary remarks about African Americans. To summarize the situation, Sterling had a torrid and embarrassingly public affair with V. Stiviano while married to his wife of over 55 years, Shelly Sterling. On April 25, 2014, days before the Clippers faced off against the Warriors in the fourth game of their first-round playoff series, TMZ released audio of Sterling’s racist remarks recorded surreptitiously by Stiviano.

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As with most old men with enough money to turn the world into their bubble of complicity, some of his racist comments came from his ego being cut open. He took offense to Stiviano’s posting of a photo of herself with Los Angeles legend Magic Johnson to her Instagram account. He not only forbade her from bringing Johnson to his game, he also didn’t want her bringing any Black people to his games or posting pictures with them on Instagram. For the record, Stiviano is both Black and Mexican.

As The Sterling Affairs‘s stellar reporting proved, the tapes were only the surface of the Sterling’s mess. Objectifying Clippers players’ bodies in locker rooms, racist housing practices, and an almost slave-master mentality with his players were also at play. If Clipped is any good, it’ll put all of it on screen.

When is the next episode of Clipped coming out?

Six episodes of Clipped are scheduled to be released. The first three episodes are now on Hulu, and the next will hit the platform on Tuesday, June 25.

How many episodes are left in Clipped?

There are still two episodes to be released in Clipped.

Here’s the complete release schedule for Clipped:

Episodes stream on Hulu every Tuesday at 3 A.M. ET

Episode 1. “White Party” Now streaming as of June 4

Episode 2. “A Blessing And A Curse” Now streaming as of June 4

Episode 3. “Let the Games Begin” Now streaming as of June 11

Episode 4. “Winning Ugly” Now streaming as of June 18

Episode 5. “The Best Worlds” Streaming on June 25

Episode 6. “Keep Smiling” Streaming on July 2

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