This is how my morning began…
1. To get this out of the way..I watched every second of every inning on last night’s longest post-season baseball game in history, as any loyal, ethical baseball fan is obligated to do. It was worth it, too, even though my team lost. The game was the sports equivalent of The Odyssey, “War and Peace,” “King Lear,” “The Ring Cycle,” “The Ring Trilogy,” “Nicholas Nickleby” or “The Seven Samurai,” a complex morality and adventure tale that had suspense, disappointment, wonder, exhilaration , humor and tragedy, heroes and villains. Such games reward all of the time and suffering a fan puts into following baseball seriously. It is worth the investment.
Ironically, this epic occurred shorty after the Wall Street Journal published a truly ignorant and idiotic opinion piece called , “Our Insane Ideas to Save Baseball/Baseball has problems. There aren’t enough hits. There are too many pitchers. The games take too long. So we bullpenned our solutions. Are you ready for Strike Four?”
It is a wonderful example of the incompetent variety of criticism I call “Wanting to change what you haven’t taken the time to understand.” I get it: the authors don’t like baseball, and barely pay attention to it., or, in the alternative, they are just seeking clicks. In any event, you can’t argue with people who say that the problem with opera is that it’s too often in a foreign language, or that the problem with hip hop is that it isn’t music, and shouldn’t, or that the problem with our democracy is that people can say things that upset other people. And you shouldn’t argue with them. They don’t respect the topic enough to be educated about it.
2. Of course, baseball games ARE too long, and the overwhelming reason is TV ads, which add about a half hour to every game, and more to post-season games. The disgusting response of Fox is to stick 10 second commercials into a split screen during the game, like between batters. Here’s a slugger walking to the plate in a tense situation, and half the screen is devoted to a quickie plug for “Ralph Breaks The Internet.” I hope fans are burning up social media attacking this greedy new form of broadcast pollution.
3. How is this possible? In a #MeToo Mad era when simply being accused of sexual assault without proof is deemed by even lawyers who should know better as sufficient justification to inflict serious and permanent consequences on the accused, Mike Tyson is the star of an animated TV show, is cast in movies, and is now shopping a TV show, based on the ex-boxer’s life as a marijuana grower and marketer, starring him and called “Rolling With the Punches.”
Mike Tyson isn’t just accused of sexual misconduct, he’s a convicted rapist. Somehow, the popular culture seems to find him cute, and the usual standards don’t apply. He must be a Democrat…
4. “Intimacy Coordinators”? It’s about time. Some conservative pundits are mocking the fact that HBO is now staffing every one of its television shows and films that have sex scenes with an “intimacy coordinator.” The euphemistic name can be mocked, but the practice shouldn’t be. Women, and sometimes men, are sexually abused on stage and on film as a result of directors who push the realism of sex scenes too far, or performers who take advantage of the opportunities such scenes present. This has been going on for as long as such scenes have been permitted by law, and if this is a #MeToo development, it is one of the good ones.
The presence of an objective monitor to prevent sexual abuse in rehearsals and performances needs to be an industry norm, to combat the industry norm of harming performers, sexually exploiting them, for the amusement and enjoyment of unscrupulous actors and directors using “art” as an excuse to get away with molestation, harassment, and assault.
5. In honor of Megyn Kelly, The Blackface Chronicles. A. Two campaign staffers for Democratic candidate for Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker were fired after one of them wore a charcoal face mask in an Instagram post, making it appear to some that he was wearing blackface. Here’s the photo:
“This photo was posted on a private Instagram account and after finding out about it this morning, both individuals were immediately suspended without pay. After further investigation, both staffers have been fired,” the campaign said in a statement, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Verdict: This is nuts. That’s a charcoal mask, and obviously so. It isn’t blackface. On the other hand, if you work for a Democrat or NBC, it’s too close to blackface for enterprising panderers and virtue-signalers to resist as an opportunity for grandstanding. Earlier this month, ten current and former campaign employees of Pritzger’s campaign filed a discrimination lawsuit alleging they had been harassed and discriminated against as a result of their skin color, so naturally the opportunity to sacrifice these two staffers was too good to and well-timed for the campaign to pass up.
B. The superintendent of the Davenport School District in Iowa told reporters in an email that Megan Luloff, a first-grade teacher at Walcott Elementary, is under investigation for going to a Halloween party this week with her face painted black for her costume as Lafawnduh, a black character in the 2004 movie “Napoleon Dynamite.”
Luloff also posted a photo to social media…
What an idiot.
Verdict: This is “The Blackface Teacher Principle,” I guess. You have every right to dress up as anyone or anything you want in your home or with your friends, but if you are an elementary school teacher, and for whatever reason allow photos of you dressed as Hitler, or Bull Connor, or a penis, or as Mammy in “Gone With The Wind,” to get on the web, you have no basis to complain if it loses you your job.