Thursday, February 28, 2008

My favorite "unacceptable racists":



(unrelated Frangela clip)

It started with this appearance on NPR: How to Revamp the Oscars: A Genius Plan.

Then came this: Listeners Fed Up with Frangela and Kvetching. Scroll to 37:20 on the clip to hear the complaints.

For those of you who can't access the audio for whatever reason--i.e., you're at work or you have computer issues--Frangela said that while watching the Oscar telecast, they were blinded by how many white people were on the screen. The next day, listeners wrote in comparing Frangela to Don Imus and calling for the two women to be fired. I don't think Frangela actually works for NPR, but no matter. Another listener wrote, "imagine if the comments were reversed, and someone said the MTV Awards were too black."

One: Which MTV Awards? The Movie Awards or the VMAs?

Two: I'm so sure the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is thrilled to be compared with the network that brought us My Super Sweet 16 and A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.

Frangela also said that the "98-year-old man" who received this year's Lifetime Achievement Award should have done so at an earlier ceremony, because his acceptance speech went on "for a lifetime." Ha ha! I didn't even see the show, but that's funny.

Finally, one woman got upset because to her, the Oscars are "American royalty" and the thought of revamping the show "depressed [her] as much as anything [she] had heard on NPR today."

Really? As much as "anything" you heard on NPR that day? Because on this very clip, right before the kvetching about Frangela, there is a story about a doctor trying to deal with seeing his patients die. This doctor has been diagnosed with cancer of the appendix himself. At one point, he holds his daughter while she weeps for him, then goes outside and cries by himself. Now me myself personally, I think that slightly more depressing than two comedians pointing out the undeniable fact that this year's (and pretty much every year's) Academy Awards ceremony is painfully slow and chock full of white people.

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3 comments:

Mommychicky said...

Totally bummed I missed Frangela yesterday, I wasn't out in the car. You know, sometimes I think that the folks who email NPR about things they don't like really need to take a better look at the state of things today...

Gabe Fonseca said...

"Frangela also said that the "98-year-old man" who received this year's Lifetime Achievement Award should have done so at an earlier ceremony, because his acceptance speech went on "for a lifetime."

See, told you old people make the show excruciatingly boring. :)

Bianca Reagan said...

mommychicky, people who email NPR have some time on their hands. This is coming from someone who has emailed Joel Stein.

It's not all old people, gabe, just the long-winded ones. And welcome!