1. Is this fair? Houston-based freelance photographer Bill Baptist shared a meme on his Facebook page that parodied the Biden-Harris campaign logo. It read, “Joe and the Hoe.”
Former WNBA star Sheryl Swopes saw Baptist’s post, shared it on her own timeline and demanded that the NBA to fire the photographer. So he was fired. Baptiste tried the inevitable grovel, writing,
“I deeply regret posting on my Facebook page a phrase that I saw and copied from others as a sample of some people’s reactions to Biden’s selection of Senator Harris as his choice for VP. The phrase I posted does not reflect my personal views at all. I should not have been so insensitive to post the statements by others. I sincerely apologize to all of those who have rightfully been offended and I have taken the post down from my FB page. It was a horrible mistake on my part.”
It didn’t save his job.
- Does sharing a tweet or a meme necessarily mean “I agree with this”? Can’t it mean, “Look at this”?
- What kind of person actively seeks to have people fired for words or conduct that have nothing to do with their jobs? My answer: cruel people.
- In this episode, Sheryl Swopes showed herself to be a worse human being than the photographer.
- Kamala Harris exploited a sexual relationship with power-broker Willie Brown to advance in her career. The meme could be considered legitimate satire if she were white. Is it illegitimate because she is sort of black?
2. And the Ed Wood Award goes to...The Orpheum Theater in Memphis. Ed Wood, bonkers director of such camp classics as “Plan Nine From Outer Space,” was creative, courageous, indefatigable, and passionate. He was also completely incompetent, and not smart enough to realize it. That brings us to the Orpheum, which installed a nine-hole miniature golf course on its stage to create a revenue stream during the pandemic. Continue reading