HOT: ICP vs. FBI
In one of those “I don’t like what you do, but I’ll fight to the death for your right to do it” moments, many Juggalo-haters had at least a slight change of heart when it was announced that Insane Clown Posse is considering suing the FBI. The real FBI. The clown-makeup-wearing “Rap” duo is arguing that it’s discriminatory for the agency to target ICP fans as “gang members” simply because of the kind of music they like. We agree and support ICP wholeheartedly and ask that “Juggalos” be replaced with “Beliebers” on the FBI’s National Gang Threat Assessment taskforce watchlist. (Walk up to one and say, “Justin looks like a 12-year-old girl,” to see what I mean.)
NBC took loads of crap for its prime-time Olympic broadcasts of non-live sporting events, showcasing competitions for which everyone with a TV, radio, computer, smartphone or Olympics-fanatical BFF already knew the results. But whichever NBC exec’s 14-year-old niece edited the final cut of the network’s Olympic closing ceremonies broadcast — largely a tribute to the music of the U.K. — was the games’ biggest villain. Left in the broadcast: One Direction, Take That (not even with Robbie Williams), Jessie J (singing with anyone who’d let her), Kaiser Chiefs covering The Who and multiple Spice Girls songs. Left out: Elbow, Muse, a Kate Bush dance number, Ray Davies’ gorgeous “Waterloo Sunset” and the grand finale — a medley by one of the U.K.’s biggest and most influential acts, The (actual) Who. NBC delayed The Who bit in favor of premiering its high-larious new sitcom, Marcus Monkeypants MD (or whatever it’s called).
COLD: Amy Winehouse … for Heineken?
In a Heineken commercial recently premiered in the U.S., a slammin’ Soul/Funk band is featured jamming in a speakeasy fronted by Amy Winehouse. Or at least that’s what you’d think if you didn’t look closely enough. The beer company hired Winehouse lookalike/soundalike Clairy Browne for the spot, one of the most tasteless since a reanimated Fred Astaire showed us how easy it was to use Dirt Devil vacuum cleaners. Nowhere down the chain of command did someone say, “Maybe reminding viewers of a beloved Pop singer who died a year ago from alcohol isn’t the most tasteful way to sell our alcohol?”