Thursday, September 20, 2012

Quote of the Day

"In the future, when we are forced at laser point to point to a minute and fifteen seconds of footage to describe the state of pop culture in 2012, we should choose this. It says so much about who we are and how entertainment works."

-- Rich Juzwiak of Gawker on the unedited footage, aired last night on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, of six-year-old "Honey Boo Boo" sneezing into her hand and playing with the snot

I almost had a Will McAvoy moment during my quick hit on HuffPost Live yesterday.

I had been asked on to talk about the Kate Middleton topless pictures but it turned out that the segment I was featured in was largely devoted to talking to The Insider's Kevin Frazier about the state of celebrity journalism and who he liked at the upcoming Emmys. At two points -- not one but two -- Frazier touted the fact that Kris Jenner had personally given him a direct line to her, saying, "You know, Kev, if you ever have a question about my family, just pick up the phone and call." Again, he mentioned this twice because it was apparently just that important.

The first possible response that popped into my head upon hearing this, which I would've said had I wanted to be a complete dick, was, "Really, Kev? Kris Jenner told a celebrity news reporter that she's available at any time to promote her family? That's totally unusual -- you must have some serious clout." (The second possible response, had I really wanted to be a dick, was, "Kris Jenner gave an attractive black man her phone number. Go figure.")

Either way, this is where we are at the beginning of the 21st century in America: We're a culture ruled by the dumb-shit antics of reality TV stars. We watch them. We care what they do and what say. We have them on speed-dial. Which is why we fucking suck.


JohnF said...

At least we don't have a Royal Family.

I'm glad Rich is getting more high-profile work. He's hilarious.

Matt said...

Welcome to the Idiocracy. Please check your intellect at the door. And now! A 6 hour marathon of "Ow, MY BALLS!!".

Anonymous said...

Was it that you didn't want to be a dick, or that you didn't want to burn your access?
I mean, when dickishness is one's stock in trade and yet one chooses to eschew that core skill, it makes us unwashed folks wonder.

Both of those foregone lines have equal parts vicious sting and evil genius...and you let them slide?

Not a conclusively revealing moment, but the sort of thing that will be recalled the next time you take a massive dump on NBC.

/I still love ya

Chez said...

It will be recalled by you, no doubt. I genuinely couldn't give a crap about access to an outlet that doesn't pay me to begin with. And besides, Roy Sekoff and the rest of the staff at Huffington expect me to be an asshole. It was just one of those things I didn't feel like getting into. I figure my facial expressions probably sold my real thoughts just fine.

Riles said...

But, Kevin Frazier held Usher's baby! And stood up to that other dumb tabloid writer who insisted Usher and his wife were separating!

Kev is the truth.

Chez said...

Yeah. I really should've said something and I'm kind of kicking myself for not. That entire fucking segment was making blood come out of my ears.

Sondra said...

That picture of Honey Booboo has all the makings of another "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane" the sequel.

Anonymouse said...

I got to go off on a tangent here but I cannot understand how you, as a journalist, can "work" for the Huffington Post. It exploits journalists for free content. Even worse, it regularly steals content for non-aligned content providers. They don't even link to other sites anymore and just have underlines lazily plagiarize...which Arianna herself has a repeated history of doing. Say what you will about Fox News, they never had the balls to charge college students up to $13,000 to "win" an unpaid internship or attempted to "employ" 13 year old children.

Its a goddamn joke of an organization that pretends like its liberal when its more fucking exploitative than the worse of the Koch brothers. Hell, they have been repeatedly caught having PR firms writing front page content for PIMCO, which was used to secure bailouts for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, earning the firm a $2 billion payday.

Pop culture is just that...stupid pop culture. What terrifies me is how people can just shut their fucking brains off and happily go along with whatever some entity tells them at face value as long as they say the right thing. I like your writing a lot Chez and I think we share a lot of the same values...which makes your work with Huffington Post so confusing to me.