My Head Exploded TWICE When I Read This Last Night, And I May Never Get It Back Together Again

Yes, I think I’ll just sit around among the pieces of my ruined head for the rest of my life. It will be safer that way.

There were almost three explosions.

The first, a near miss, is that “The Masked Singer,” easily the most moronic TV show in decades and perhaps ever, is still on the air and millions of human beings watch it. The idea of the show, an update of the late 50s panel show “Masquerade Party,” in which a group of B celebrities tried to guess the identity of other celebrities, almost always actors and actresses, who were wearing masks and costumes. So “The Masked Singer” isn’t even original. I have, luckily, learned to suppress TMS head eruptions, or had, until I learned that…

…in the taping of the first episode of that show’s new season, the garishly, ridiculously costumed (I know this without seeing the clip, because ALL of the show’s costumes are garish and ridiculous) performer turned out to be Rudy Giuliani. KABOOM! #1.

Then the second explosion was triggered when two of the “celebrity judges” walked out “in protest.” This resulted in an even greater trauma to my head.

Let me cover the second KABOOM! first.

The two indignant judges walked out, it is assumed, because they wanted to express their disapproval of Giuliani and were engaging in the most grotesque virtue-signaling imaginable. The two indignant moral exemplars were Robin Thicke and Ken Jeong.

Robin Thicke is the lesser accomplished son of minor actor and song-writer Alan Thicke, whose major achievement in my book was writing the earworm theme song for “The Facts of Life.” (“You take the good, you take the bad…”) Robin achieved wealth and fame because his father set him up (he is also a dead ringer for his dead dad) in the music business. His biggest splash came in 2013 when his self-composed single “Blurred Lines” was a big hit internationally. It glorifies rape. The song’s video, with topless models, was as misogynist as they come. Then the family of American singer Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music sued, claiming the song infringed on copyrights to Gaye’s 1977 single “Got to Give It Up”.  Thicke was found liable for copyright infringement by a federal jury, and Gaye was awarded posthumous songwriting credit with the royalties pledged to his estate.

Jeong’s claim to significance is that he’s a Korean-American comic who had a continuing role in The Hangover film series (2009–2013), a perfect example of pop culture at its most trivial. The first movie was funny if you like gross, silly buddy movies designed for guys who think getting wasted is hilarious; the next two were the same basic plot repeated twice. Oh—he’s also a licensed physician who gave up medicine to be a rare Asian comedian.

Rudy Guiliani was an outstanding prosecutor who had major victories over organized crime, and the most successful and acclaimed mayor of New York since Fiorello LaGuardia. What have Thicke and Jeong accomplished in their lives that give them the standing to insult Giuliani? People are alive today who wouldn’t be without Giuliani. Businesses thrived because of his policies as mayor; millions got jobs they would not have, and made more money to support their families. He has accomplished a lot of good in his career. The two minor celebrities walked out, I assume, as anti-Trump grandstanding, because that’s the biased, dim-witted culture they live in. Trump is a lot of things, but he has also had a far more productive live and contributed far, far more to society than Thicke and Jeong by any rational standard.

The first head explosion is 100% on Rudy, however.  My assessment of this wildly inappropriate stunt is essentially the same as I expressed almost two years ago, when Sarah Palin appeared as a contestant on the show. I wrote then,

You want to know why Americans have less and less respect and trust in our leaders’ judgement, seriousness, character and motives? One of the reasons is that the narcissists who we elevate to leadership positions too often appear to be more interested in cashing in and feeding their grotesquely swollen egos than being statesmen, role models, and people America can be proud of.

The news media was terribly biased and unfair to Sarah Palin when she ran for Vice-President in 2008, but they weren’t, I now realize, wrong. She’s a low-life and an attention whore, as well as an ethics corrupter.

Rudy is certainly a narcissist, but I won’t rate him nearly as harshly as I did Palin, who has never gotten close to Giuliani’s professional achievements. He is an attention whore, however.

He is also in the midst of serious trouble for ethics violations, and has had his license to practice suspended. I believe that the treatment of Rudy by the virulently anti-Trump New York legal community is based on politics and highly questionable on legal ethics grounds, but still, it’s no time to be frolicking in some ridiculous outfit on national TV. Lawyers are tasked with upholding the dignity of the profession.

Yeah, I think I’ll just sit a spell, playing with bits of my brain…

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Pointer and Source: The Blaze.

 

9 thoughts on “My Head Exploded TWICE When I Read This Last Night, And I May Never Get It Back Together Again

  1. “Rudy Guiliani was an outstanding prosecutor who had major victories over organized crime, and the most successful and acclaimed mayor of New York since Fiorello LaGuardia. What have Thicke and Jeong accomplished in their lives that give them the standing to insult Giuliani? People are alive today who wouldn’t be without Giuliani. Businesses thrived because of his policies as mayor; millions got jobs they would not have, and made more money to support their families. He has accomplished a lot of good in his career. The two minor celebrities walked out, I assume, as anti-Trump grandstanding, because that’s the biased, dim-witted culture they live in. Trump is a lot of things, but he has also had a far more productive live and contributed far, far more to society than Thicke and Jeong by any rational standard.”

    I disagree, and I think this is a hell of a hot take.

    What have Thicke and Jeong accomplished that give them standing to insult Guiliani? I don’t know…. They successfully converted oxygen into carbon dioxide. What more do you need?

    Guiliani was an outstanding prosecutor, and a fantastic mayor. And then sometime in the last 25 or so years, his brains liquefied and dripped out his ears in a cognitive decline only slightly less embarrassing than Biden’s. Ignore the lunacy of his Trump era antics… Case in point: This. If someone wants to be remembered for all the really good things they did, then perhaps they should gracefully fade into obscurity before they start figuratively (or literally, I suppose) shitting on the carpets.

  2. Here I go again:

    Who cares about ‘The Masked Singer,’ Alan Thicke, or Ken Jeong? They are minor blots on the landscape of pop culture and not worth my time, except insofar as they seem to have importance to some moronic Americans (that, then, is their only importance and why, I assume, you bother writing about them).

    Thank you, though, for an excellent defense of Rudy Giuliani. Why he would open himself up to criticism by a couple of IQ-80s is no mystery, I presume, publicity hounds being what they are. Still, he has a positive record in the worlds of both criminal justice and elected office, and you are right to defend him against the likes of light-weights like Thicke and Jeong.

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