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A while back I was sitting at a bar talking to a friend of mine about his sex life. First of all, yes, guys occasionally discuss that kind of thing beyond just the predictable superficiality — the lustful longings and sexual scorecard-keeping — but on this night in particular we dug really deep. He and his wife had recently had an unusual experience, namely a night out with another couple that ended with the four of them in bed together. They didn’t go so far as to swap or even share partners, but what they did do was thrilling enough to make them curious about delving into something more substantial. Given my role as the mountain to which a good number of my friends go for counsel on all forms of deviant behavior, this person asked for my thoughts on whether it would be a good idea to push forward into a full-on participation in “the lifestyle.”
My response was swift and unequivocal: No, don’t do it.
If you say, as Giuliana Rancic did, “No matter my intent, if you’re offended you’re owed an apology,” you’re never going to stop apologizing. And if you adopt this as your personal philosophy you’re going to make yourself crazy trying to carefully craft every single statement that comes out of your mouth, seeing as how you’ve ceded control to people who are more than willing to decide for you what is and isn’t appropriate to say.
Fox News Isn’t Going To Do a Damn Thing To Bill O’Reilly, Even If the Accusations Against Him Are True
There’s a good story about the hypocrisy Bill O’Reilly displayed by going after Brian Williams even though he too may have seriously exaggerated the dangers he faced covering a war. There’s a great and necessary story about the viciousness with which he’s attacking and threatening reporters who dare to write about the controversy in a way that displeases him. But understand something: In the end, all of this is for nothing. There hasn’t been a split-second during this whole thing that Fox News has considered punishing O’Reilly in any way.
You may as well accept it: There is nothing, absolutely nothing these days, that can’t be ruined by identity politics.
Why Eddie Murphy Should’ve Done the Bill Cosby Gag on SNL40 (and Why Judd Apatow Still Needs To Shut the F*ck Up)
Eddie Murphy should’ve done the Cosby bit on the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special. Why? For the simple reason that it would’ve been funny. It would’ve been a riot. It wouldn’t simply have killed, it would’ve destroyed. The audience would’ve been tearing their seats out. And in the end, that’s what matters most.
In the final days of 2013, I wrote a column for this site that sought to wrap up the year that was in terms of one of its most depressing overarching narratives. 2013, I said, was the “year of our outrage.” I’d spent the past year and beyond documenting instances in which people — both famous and painfully average — had drawn the wrath of a social media mob that seemed to revel in its ability to exact revenge for perceived slights of all kinds. It wasn’t simply that our internet culture was quick to outrage over even the tiniest misstep — the wrong joke made, the insensitive comment taken context-free, the unacceptable opinion offered — it was that so many actually enjoyed the evisceration of people whose motives and lives were never taken into consideration. Read more…
Take a look at these names and tell me if any of them stand out: Elvis Costello, Prince, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney — and Jimmy Fallon.
Conservative pundit and convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza’s latest tweet may be his masterpiece. The “Birth of Venus” of red meat tweets. Its target was, of course, D’Souza’s great not-white whale, Barack Obama — and his selfie stick.
Maybe more than any other network, NBC blurs the lines between entertainment and information, promoting and cross-promoting its people across its many platforms in an effort to heighten their star power. When you’re, say, an actor in an NBC sitcom, maybe there’s nothing particularly wrong with this. But when you’re a television news anchor, it’s a dangerous thing to do.
If you’re an Academy member and you cast a vote for a movie about Turing because you want to honor Turing, as Harvey Weinstein hopes you will, the only person you’re honoring his Harvey Weinstein and those who engineered this campaign.
“I could be drunk tomorrow or shooting dope even as you read this, but the chances of that are low as long as I make a daily decision to embrace who I really am and then be satisfied with that at the end of the day,” David Carr once wrote, issuing what could very well be the official addict mantra for how to navigate the world. It was the fact that he experienced so much darkness and insanity, both personal, in how he lived, and in the stories he chose to cover, that made him the kind of journalist he was.
You’ll probably agree that the best way to respond to what happened at U.C. Davis is not to suggest that everybody at the school except the Jews there die in a nuclear attack. Then again, you’re probably not a goddamn lunatic, which means you’re probably not Roseanne Barr.
If you want to see what a real broadcast journalist looks like — the kind they just don’t make anymore — look no further than Bob Simon.
It took all of maybe two days after arriving at my new job at KCBS in Los Angeles to experience my first car chase — and it was one hell of a nasty one. It was February of ’96 and I was training with the noon producer, a guy named Andy, and had spent the morning shadowing him, watching him meticulously build his show step-by-step. Everything was fine until about 20 minutes before air, when a single-word shout from the news-desk blew almost everything he’d done up until that second out of the water.
Brian Williams can still come back from this. If no new controversies arise and the six months Williams is off amount to 2,074 new fascinations for America to fixate on, he could get the anchor seat back that NBC claims it’s saving for him. But there’s a pretty good chance that what’s happening here is NBC will spend months floating a test balloon to see if Nightly News can survive without Brian Williams.
“I’m at my lowest point when I feel like there’s a problem I can’t solve,” Jon Stewart said in a recent interview with HuffPost Live. Well, maybe our broken political and media culture was a problem he couldn’t solve, or even alleviate through laughter. Maybe this is part of the reason he’s leaving The Daily Show.