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State of Affairs Versus The People’s Choice Awards, Part II

22 Nov

Good morning friends, and welcome back to Monday here at State of Affairs.  Today, Lu Galasso (of Inching Towards Mediocrity) and yours truly are continuing our castigation/mockery/sometimes serious take on this year’s People’s Choice Awards.  Friday we tackled the hilariously-underperforming Movie category, in which I was called out for electing Robert Downey Jr. as king of everything without having seen Iron Man 2.  To my detractors I say this: I couldn’t get my hands on that movie, so I rewatched Sherlock Holmes and my decision stands.  Too bad for you.

Anyway, on to part two: TELEVISION!  (Disclaimer: once again, my votes are going to be skewed a bit because I don’t really watch television, but given the choices in most of the categories, I’m going to assume whoever runs the PCAs doesn’t really watch television either.)

Straight pimpin'.

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Make It “Sir”: Patrick Stewart Knighted, But Does It Matter?

5 Jan

Welcome to 2010, dear readers. I think at this point I’ve slapped your collective asses enough with all my mushy words of thanks, so I’ll skip the requisite pandering and get directly to the good stuff.

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Being an Asshole: A Cost/Benefit Analysis

2 Oct
How much of an asshole should you be?
I am of the opinion that being an asshole is not only NOT a bad thing, it is, in fact, a trait that we as people desire to see in people, especially men. Guys who are a bit of an asshole seem to be more successful with women, more respected by other men and genuinely feared by children. For example, who are the big screen heroes that everyone admired? Han Solo? Asshole. Chef Gordon Ramsay? Rude douche. Every single Clint Eastwood character ever? Mean jerk. David Letterman? Cranky old man. These guys are still cool though. David Letterman, in fact, is so cool, that he can have sex with co-workers, get blackmailed about it, then ADMIT TO IT ON TV to screw the guy who is trying to get money out of him. That’s pretty badass.
But there is a very distinct threshold between being having an acceptable amount of dickishness and being a straight-up douchebag. For example, Kanye West just recently crossed that line. Up until very recently, his rampant assholishness was seen as a cute, and even endearing trait. Going up on stage unannounced and saying that someone is undeserving of an award is actually not a new occurance for Kanye, who had actually done that before. However, Mr. West’s most recent outburst made even the people who enjoyed his inane BS think to themselves “Well, maybe he’s just a stupid prick.” And that’s a pretty big deal, because there are people who can tolerate a lot of douchebaggery before making that mental leap.
In fact, Barack Obama got some props from not one, but two Huffington Post bloggers for calling Kanye West a “Jackass”. Now, that’s not very nice, but that’s sort of the point isn’t it? One Huffer said that Obama calling Kanye a jackass was “A side of Barack that the public desperately needs to see.” Which is probably one of the most clever, roundabout ways of fellating the president that I’ve seen to date, and I have witnessed some pretty incredible Obama slurpjobs. It seems that (at least some) people want to see Barack shed his straight-edge appearance, and get a bit nastier.
Being a politician and being an asshole go together like Russell Crowe and hurting people, so maybe that’s why we have a deep distrust for politicians who lack any sort of asshole-osity whatsoever. For example, Canada recently had an election in which Prime Minister Stephen Harper managed to pick up even more seats in government due to his opponent, Stephane Dion, being a giant, quivering bowl of gelatin. He seemed like the type of guy who wasn’t just picked on in elementary school, but that he was STILL being picked on, by kids in elementary school. Now there may be a large segment of the population who do not like Stephen Harper, because he is a bit of a dick all things considered, but when those same people looked at Stephane Dion, they instantly knew that he was simply too much of a wuss to lead a country. I personally came up with a number of embarassing situations in my mind, like the other G8 leaders stealing his lunch money, or them secretly planning a G7 meeting afterwards with no Stephanes allowed.
Now it seems that the Liberal party has learned it’s lesson, and has nominated a tried and true prick to represent them; Michael Ignatieff. It remains to be seen if they’ve gone to far, and picked someone who might occupy the dreaded “Kanye zone”.

Alex is on assignment today, so we’ve got Julian filling in.  Enjoy.

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How much of an asshole should you be?

I am of the opinion that being an asshole is not only NOT a bad thing, it is, in fact, a trait that we desire to see in people, especially men. Guys who are a bit of an asshole seem to be more successful with women, more respected by other men and genuinely feared by children. For example, who are the famous celebrities that everyone admires? Han Solo? Asshole. Chef Gordon Ramsay? Rude douche. Every single Clint Eastwood character ever? Mean jerks. David Letterman? Cranky old man. These guys are still cool though. David Letterman, in fact, is so cool, that he can have sex with co-workers, get blackmailed about it, then ADMIT TO IT ON TV to screw the guy who is trying to get money out of him. That’s pretty badass.

Letterman

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