Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Where does it not suck to be born a woman?"

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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Kudos to Stephen for having a guest on his show who is a lady, a Chinese American, and a Pulitzer Prize winner all at the same time. And, she is helping other women with her book! Hooray!


Monday, September 28, 2009

Open letter to white male TV writers

who incorporate blackface in their programming to punctuate their views on historical and contemporary racism:

Don't do it.

End of letter.

[Edited on 9/29/2009 for further explanation.]

Why? Because you aren't that much better than the people you are mocking.

1. The majority of people who appear on your shows, meaning Mad Men and The Colbert Report, are white American men. You have a few white women and some token black people. I'd be shocked to see a Latino, East Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian or Middle Eastern person make an appearance.

2. You don't have any black people in power on your writing staff or working behind the scenes in general. How do I know this? Because if there had been any black authority figures working on your show, those blackface scenes would not have happened. There would not have been a can of shoe polish within a mile of your studios.

Stop trying to convince yourselves and the people around you that you're "not racists" and that you're "the good guys." You do not have the awareness or the facility or the right to employ racist imagery for profit.


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Do it, Blackapella!

"Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!"

Was that Wyclef Jean in the back?

I loved this week's episode of Psych! More child stars from the 1990s, please! Where is the Boy Meets World episode? Goodness knows Ben Savage and Will Friedle are available. And Jaleel White needs to get more work. Get on that, Psych producers. I'm looking at you, James and Dulé.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

"Blingitude is girl's BFF, AEAE."

I don't know what that means. Oh. Do people actually say any of that?

Here is another of my favorite videos this week:

"CNN correspondent--I'm sorry. MSNBC anchor--I'm sorry. Fox News sock monkey Tucker Carlson . . . "


Friday, September 18, 2009

"You seem pretty smart. You got a sports coat."

I watched the Community pilot tonight. I would have liked it more if it wasn't centered on Joel McHale's pursuit of a woman who is both younger and better looking than he is. If I wanted to see a shamed lawyer pay his debt to society by associating with a group of poor, unfortunate souls, I'd watch The Mighty Ducks again for the 5oth time.

Yes, readers, I'm going to watch Community again next week. But who doesn't like a good Emilio Estevez reference?

And yes, that's Trudy from Mad Men. Good for her getting work. On a network show, too!


"Who are you going to go after next? Koalas? Baby Koalas?"

"I mean really!?! Rude! Really!?!"

Really, NBC? I can't embed the video? I mean really!?! Rude! Really!?!


Sunday, September 13, 2009

This part made me cry.

I remember when video premieres on MTV were events. Now we have endless Real World/Road Rules challenges and that guy with the flesh-colored beard.


Classy black guy on TV!

I first saw Hill Harper peddling The Conversation last week on The Wendy Williams Show. (Yes, that Wendy Williams Show.) Then I heard him talking about it on The Steve Harvey Morning Show the next day.

As you may know, this is the third book from Hill (or Mr. Harper to Sasha and Malia). He has worked with both Joshua Jackson and with his friend President Barack Obama. Can you say the same about yourself and your friends? I need to be friends with a President. Readers, get on that: One of you needs to be elected President so I can be friends with you. Start the campaigning today.

I like to page through Hill's other books, Letters to a Young Brother and Letters to a Young Sister, while I wak through airport bookstores. So, no, I don't actually own any of the books yet, per se. But you readers should get them, and tell me what you think!


Monday, September 07, 2009

John Cho in suits!

The Cho Show, by Katherine Wheelock, GQ via Racialicious.

When John Cho was a kid growing up in Los Angeles, seeing a face like his on TV was a cometlike occurrence. When one appeared, "we'd all crowd into the living room," Cho says. "All Asians grew up doing that." The situation has improved only somewhat in the two decades since Long Duk Dong, Cho says. "There was a while where every role I was getting offered was extremely noble—like the judge or the kindly nurse."

Lucky for us, Cho is doing some actual heavy lifting in Hollywood these days—leveling Romulans alongside Chris Pine in Star Trek ($250 million) and rolling blunts for a possible third Harold & Kumar film. His fan base of geeks and frat boys [and me!] ought to program their TiVos for Cho's latest endeavor, FlashForward, which ABC is promoting like it's the next Lost (no pressure!). Judging from the first episode, we think this one might actually deliver. [ . . . ]

That is all.


Saturday, September 05, 2009

"Chris, you're handsome and charming."

"You really should work on that."

The last time one of my friends suggested I watch a new series on ABC, I discovered the joy of Ugly Betty. This time, however, I got depressed after watching Dating in the Dark. It was sad how the couples in the house originally connected through every sense except for sight. But when they saw each other in the light, the image of the other person failed to exactly match their preconceived notions of what their ideal mate should look like. And thus, most of the brief relationships fell apart. :(


Thursday, September 03, 2009

How dare he talk to our children?

Obama speech to students draws conservative ire, by Libby Quaid and Linda Stewart Ball, AP via Yahoo! News. Emphases mine.

President Barack Obama's back-to-school address next week was supposed to be a feel-good story for an administration battered over its health care agenda. Now Republican critics are calling it an effort to foist a political agenda on children, creating yet another confrontation with the White House.

Obama plans to speak directly to students Tuesday about the need to work hard and stay in school. His address will be shown live on the White House Web site and on C-SPAN at noon EDT, a time when classrooms across the country will be able to tune in.

Schools don't have to show it. But districts across the country have been inundated with phone calls from parents and are struggling to address the controversy that broke out after Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent a letter to principals urging schools to watch.

Districts in states including Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia, Wisconsin have decided not to show the speech to students. Others are still thinking it over or are letting parents have their kids opt out.

Some conservatives, driven by radio pundits and bloggers, are urging schools and parents to boycott the address. They say Obama is using the opportunity to promote a political agenda and is overstepping the boundaries of federal involvement in schools.

"As far as I am concerned, this is not civics education — it gives the appearance of creating a cult of personality," said Oklahoma state Sen. Steve Russell. "This is something you'd expect to see in North Korea or in Saddam Hussein's Iraq."

That uppity so-and-so. He needs to know his place. Who does he think he is? The President of the United States?

Oh. Really? He is? Well, if you say so.

I would have loved if President Clinton had spoken to our class on television during the first day of school. Actually, I would have preferred Vice President Gore, because he was trying to save the environment. An address from Hillary Clinton would have been nice, too. What I'm saying is any excuse to watch TV during elementary school up through high school probably would have been appreciated by me and my classmates.