Tuesday
Oct042011

VIDEO: Hank Williams Jr. Is An Idiot

 

 

REVIEWING THE NEWS: Nearly 15 years ago, Mr. Show co-creator and current Breaking Bad star Bob Odenkirk presaged what we all now know: Hank Williams Jr. is an idiot.

By Kenny Herzog

"OMG, I am so excited to have more time for catching up with Gossip Girl now."

If Larry the Cable Guy is truly playing a "character," his inspiration might just be Hank Williams Jr. As everyone knows by now, the son of country pioneer Hank Sr. and architect behind ABC/ESPN's insipid (and now-pulled) "Are You Ready for Some Football" Monday Night Football theme song has been disgraced after likening President Obama's golf game alongside John Boehner to Hitler sharing a round with Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Today's requisite apology was, while heartfelt, equally illiterate and ill-conceived. Williams Jr. boasted that he crafted his statement without a publicist, and explained that, "The thought of the leaders of both parties jukin' and high-fivin' on a golf course, while so many families are struggling to get by, simply made me boil over and make a dumb statement, and I am very sorry if it offended anyone. I would like to thank all my supporters."

When not confusing his metaphors and ignoring the useful consult of hired publicity, Williams Jr. will now have plenty of time to focus on his one-note recording career, which was and remains accurately skewered more than a decade ago by the great comic/actor Bob Odenkirk, via he and David Cross' often-ingenious (and rarely more so) Mr. Show. Enjoy, and ponder the tremendous loss (not!) to our culture:

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Netanyahu doesn't strike us as having been the golf-enthusiast type.

HANK WILLIAMS BEING OFF ESPN RATING: 10/10

BOB ODENKIRK IS THE BEST RATING: 10/10

MORE REASONS FOR HITLER'S NAME TO BE IN THE NEWS RATING: 0/10

 

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Tuesday
Oct042011

Ann Coulter: Newest LOGO Reality Star?

 

 

REVIEWING THE NEWS: The controversy-magnet conservative pundit has taped at least one episode of LOGO's gay-themed reality series, The A-List Dallas. Has hell frozen over or is this just a little harmless, mutually beneficial good exposure amongst friends?

By Kenny Herzog


If there's one thing Ann Coulter isn't conservative about, it's a cocktail brunch! (Credit: LOGO)

 

I've always enjoyed LOGO's programming, whether it's RuPaul's Drag Race or airings of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy. The once-fledgling network is now also Viacom's most fun and cheeky property, while simultaneously helping mainstream gay-oriented television in an important and singular way.

So, naturally, you might be wondering: Kenny, dahling, what do you think of the news that Amazonian conservative hellraiser and Tea Party sweetheart Ann Coulter will be appearing in an episode of A-List Dallas, lunching it up with openly gay cast members Taylor and Jimmy (who are, incidentally, outed Republicans)? Well, I'd first remind viewers that Coulter is a shrewd individual, and recently appeared on the similarly counter-programmed Real Time With Bill Maher, where she entranced us with her husky laugh and manipulative banter. But moreover, I'd point to the fact that aforementioned A-List castmates Taylor and Jimmy aren't just conservatives themselves, but help machinate an organization known as Go Proud, which supports the views of gays on the right and just named Coulter Honorary Chair and Gay Icon. That's just good recruiting. After all, no one in the public eye, not even Coulter, would turn down an opportunity to be celebrated.  

 

 

The same can be said for Coulter's willingness to be filmed. A la her gameness to take a bullet on Real Time (it doesn't hurt that Maher is a sucker for blondes of any partisan affiliation), popping up on LOGO, regardess of how safe and moderate the circumstances, is an insidious bit of genius, peaking curiosity among the show's audience to engage her point of view on issues close to them. And, eventually, if all goes Coulter's way, toward her larger repertoire of thought. In essence, for the author/lawyer, it's a crafty bit of undercover, missionary lobbying. (Insert missionary jokes here.... That's what she said.)

As for A-List's producers using their national platform as collateral tender to lure Coulter into potentially volatile territory, it's reality TV, baby: There's no such thing as bad clip-show promo. 

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Good thing we don't read books anyway, so there's no fear of Coulter turning us.

LOGO'S PROVOCATIVE CASTING MOVE: 6/10

COULTER'S PERVASIVE ALL-MEDIA STRATEGY: Scarily Successful/10

WHEN'S THE NEXT TORCH SONG AIRING AGAIN?: 9/10

 

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