PSA in the USA

I know it's embarrassing that I was home watching SNL as it came on, but I'm old, get used to it. And, as much as I like to see a sketch go from the back of the show to the front, I still wonder if "What's Up With That?!" isn't at least a little bit racist. Or maybe it's just a critique of BET by writers who have no right to make it. EDIT: Or of other African-American media, by someone who knows them, with "BET" added for accessibility's sake. Whatever. I think it's hilarious, and for everyone who has ever made some touching, but ultimately dismissive, comment about "Shoals's brain," this week's WUWT came pretty close to capturing what it's like in there. Special guests Mike Tyson, tormented and then dancing, a mute Jack McBrayer, a fake John Stockton, the most pointless use of an African-American marching band (fake or otherwise) since Brewster McCloud, and of course, fake Lindsey Buckingham. Then afterward, the screen silently announced that Charles Barkley will host the first episode of 2010.

We can argue if you want, but please, shut up and watch it. It's really stupid. Might post further later if the book continues to piss me off so.

P.S. Relax, I am not going to see Avatar twice in three days just so I can get the 3D experience. I stand by Cinerama as the ultimate in hyper-real cinema. It just requires a little more imagination, and hits you more in the gut. Warning, drugs ahead: Call it the heavy opiate/psychedelic divide. That is my version of integrity when it comes to action movies with heavy-handed ecological messages and evil techno-industrial war monsters who any decent person would shoot through the face. Note: If the plants on Earth were transmitting data and contacting Jesus, they would be far bigger business than wood. And they would cleave the Right in two.

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At 12/20/2009 1:23 PM, Blogger Q McCall said...

I suppose when you're writing for a show that's no longer funny, cheap racial humor is the easiest way to try to pretend that you're still relevant...

Sadly, the skit makes BET looks no worse than they have since Viacom purchased them from Bob Johnson all those years ago -- all involved should be embarrassed.

At 12/20/2009 1:52 PM, Blogger Mouth said...

The name of the show is "What Up With That," but dude sometimes sings, "What's up with that?"

I enjoyed the part where Mike Tyson seriously threatens the singer--"What you're doing right here. . . and that's very tragic to your health, my friend"--on live television, but that's it.

At 12/20/2009 2:27 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

I think the "BET" part is tacked on to make it more accessible, it's a red herring... but really this is all about what would happen if Cornel West had a talk show.

At 12/20/2009 10:07 PM, Blogger Michael Pfeffer said...

This is the best sketch SNL has had in a very long time.

The second one was okay, and this one is tied with the first as the funniest.

Samburg as Stockton killed me.

Tyson dances much more in the web exclusive dress rehearsal clip on Hulu.


At 12/20/2009 11:19 PM, Blogger bloomer said...

Jason Sudeikis' dancing is the glue. Michael Lewis could write a story on it for the NYT Magazine.

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