November 23, 2010 • 3:56 pm
I don’t know how to rectify my antipathy towards Oprah with my adoration for the woman. Her pseudo-spiritual, self-help, consumer-is-king unapologetic-ness wears on me. But she has done amazing things for the publishing industry, so she ain’t all bad.
Yesterday her favorite things schtick reached an apex. I can’t help but crack up at her audience’s reaction to the announcement that they would receive the biggest and best of Oprah’s Favorite Things.
Reminds me of Sarah Palin and Tina Fey’s impression of Palin; in my mind, I can’t separate Oprah’s real audience crying, hugging, and pentecostal zeal from the Saturday Night Live skit in which her audience member’s head explodes from excitement.
Filed under: comedy, consumerism, pop culture, television, amy poehler, audience, favorite things, maya rudolph, oprah, sarah palin, saturday night live, snl, tina fey
November 22, 2010 • 9:22 am
Jim Carrey won’t play into homophobia.
On the Late Show last Friday, Letterman asked Carrey about playing gay. Carrey is unwilling to crack jokes at the expense of gay folks, however.
Asked Dave: “And, in terms of a leading man, a heterosexual playing a homosexual, do homosexuals say ‘well, that shouldn’t have been a homosexual’ or do you worry about your image as a heterosexual leading man playing a homosexual?”
Replied Carrey: “Boy, we haven’t grown at all, have we? We haven’t grown at all…. We’re still children in the schoolyard. Honestly. No offense Dave, for god’s sakes, have you ever seen a gay man? Are there gay people in Indiana? Is it ok to be gay there, is what I’m asking. There’s not a policy against gay people there or here?”
It’s heartening to see a major Hollywood actor acting as an ally and standing up for mainstream acceptance of gays and lesbians. All before breaking into a rendition of A-ha’s classic, “Take on Me.”
Filed under: film, gay rights, homophobia, television, david letterman, gay, homophobia, jim carrey, lesbian
November 19, 2010 • 7:14 am
If you missed this scene from Community, college students Jeff and Annie pursue a shady professor in a hilarious chase scene that mocks your typical Hollywood film. The setting: a gigantic blanket fort. The conflict: professor protecting fake course. Background music: epic, orchestral, heavy on the strings and percussion. The action only gets more absurd, and hilarious, from there.
Filed under: television, action film, chase scene, community, hollywood, joel mchale, nbc