Red Faced Racist

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 4, 2019 – it’s the *we win the Superbowl again, ed….* uh, oops, no. It’s the Red Faced Racist edition of the show, number 211, with your pale faced hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This week we bring to you the unyielding Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, he the new posterboy for harmless hilarity in the Al Jolson spirit. Will he resign? Why *should* he resign? If you are a Republican who loves to see the Democrats smolder with, er, egg (or something) on their faces then you want Ralph to stay! The new face of the #Resistance! Gotta love it!

Then, Gladys Knight sang the National Anthem at the Superbowl (did I mention that the New England Patriots won the Superbowl? their third in five years? their dynasty-continuing 6th??? Well, I did now!!!)…where was I? oh, yes, Gladys Knight – she of the Foundations of Motown fame, was interviewed by Don Lemon and Don seemed to suggest that Gladys’s career was going to take a beating (cf. Chrisette Michele) because she was (in the words of Colin Kaepernick lawyer Mark Gerigos) crossing a picket line…by going to the Superbowl…and by singing the National Anthem…she’s crossing a Picket Line. She is betraying the #Resistance.

Are you kidding me?!!

We will discuss.

We share our innermost (i.e. our shower) thoughts with you. And the hidden gem this week is from the pre-addled age of Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train! Enjoy!

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  1. OccupantCDN Coolidge
    OccupantCDN
    @OccupantCDN

    Sounds like your son has learned how to handle life’s disappointments well, It makes his eventual successes all the sweeter.

    Great point about year books being unusual for colleges, maybe thats how this skeleton stayed in the closet for so long.

    I would agree with you about half time shows being mostly a disappointment. There have been some great exceptions – U2’s tribute to 9/11 and Prince to name a couple off the top of my head. I always thought the superbowl was a bit odd – it’s the only tv show where the most interesting thing about it are the ads. If you said that sorta thing to most tv producers – you’d get quite a scowl … “Loved your show, the antacid ad in the second act was hilarious.”

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  2. colleenb Member
    colleenb
    @colleenb

    Really Ozzie?! Of course you should have had Al Jolson!

    Unlike Don Lemon I am not going to set in judgment of people – whether its Gladys Knight (or the Pips) or Al Jolson. I can’t believe that Mr. Lemon got away with mansplaining to Ms. Knight – who I might add is practically an elder in the black community. I don’t watch Mr. Lemon but I would assume he had a smirk on his face while asking her these questions. I guess I’m judging him but isn’t that what I’m supposed to do since he judges everyone else all the time. She was much more patient than I ever would have been with him.

    Back to Al Jolson. I recommend everyone watch The Jazz Singer. It is a wonderful window on America in the 20’s and groups in America finding out how to become American. I am very disheartened by the lack of knowledge of history in this country and the rampant belief that no one who came before us was good enough for our current wonderful wokedness. Here I am judging again I guess.

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  3. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge
    Jeff Hawkins
    @JeffHawkins

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    I would agree with you about half time shows being mostly a disappointment. There have been some great exceptions – U2’s tribute to 9/11 and Prince to name a couple off the top of my head. I always thought the superbowl was a bit odd – it’s the only tv show where the most interesting thing about it are the ads.

    More people should counterprogram

    Like the WWE did a few years and this year and MTV did in the past. May not go over well at a party, but if you’re watching alone…

     

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  4. Michael Stopa Contributor
    Michael Stopa
    @MichaelStopa

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    I would agree with you about half time shows being mostly a disappointment. There have been some great exceptions – U2’s tribute to 9/11 and Prince to name a couple off the top of my head. I always thought the superbowl was a bit odd – it’s the only tv show where the most interesting thing about it are the ads.

    More people should counterprogram

    Like the WWE did a few years and this year and MTV did in the past. May not go over well at a party, but if you’re watching alone…

     

    Puppy Bowl!

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  5. OccupantCDN Coolidge
    OccupantCDN
    @OccupantCDN

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    I would agree with you about half time shows being mostly a disappointment. There have been some great exceptions – U2’s tribute to 9/11 and Prince to name a couple off the top of my head. I always thought the superbowl was a bit odd – it’s the only tv show where the most interesting thing about it are the ads.

    More people should counterprogram

    Like the WWE did a few years and this year and MTV did in the past. May not go over well at a party, but if you’re watching alone…

     

    If I am watching TV alone, its not the super bowl, Oscars, Emmy’s or whatever. I really wonder how well these special events would do if the other networks kept their normal schedules against them? If you’re stuck with only TV on one of these nights there is nothing else on – I often wondered why, the other networks take a dive in the ratings fights. 

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  6. Joe D. Lincoln
    Joe D.
    @JosephDornisch

    You know I like the podcast, but many of these hidden gems aren’t very hidden. Is there anyone over 20, who hasn’t at least heard crazy train?

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  7. Marythefifth Member
    Marythefifth
    @Marythefifth

    Over 20. Never heard the song.I would call it the opposite of ‘gem’.

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  8. Todd Feinburg Contributor
    Todd Feinburg
    @toddfeinburg

    Joe D. (View Comment):

    You know I like the podcast, but many of these hidden gems aren’t very hidden. Is there anyone over 20, who hasn’t at least heard crazy train?

    Joe D. (View Comment):

    You know I like the podcast, but many of these hidden gems aren’t very hidden. Is there anyone over 20, who hasn’t at least heard crazy train?

    Could you explain this to Stopa please?

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  9. Todd Feinburg Contributor
    Todd Feinburg
    @toddfeinburg

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    I would agree with you about half time shows being mostly a disappointment. There have been some great exceptions – U2’s tribute to 9/11 and Prince to name a couple off the top of my head. I always thought the superbowl was a bit odd – it’s the only tv show where the most interesting thing about it are the ads.

    More people should counterprogram

    Like the WWE did a few years and this year and MTV did in the past. May not go over well at a party, but if you’re watching alone…

     

    Even during the regular season, NFL games are usually the most watched show if the week. Superbowl likely the most viewed of the year. So what’s wrong with counterprogramming with Gunsmoke?

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  10. OccupantCDN Coolidge
    OccupantCDN
    @OccupantCDN

    Todd Feinburg (View Comment):

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    I would agree with you about half time shows being mostly a disappointment. There have been some great exceptions – U2’s tribute to 9/11 and Prince to name a couple off the top of my head. I always thought the superbowl was a bit odd – it’s the only tv show where the most interesting thing about it are the ads.

    More people should counterprogram

    Like the WWE did a few years and this year and MTV did in the past. May not go over well at a party, but if you’re watching alone…

    Even during the regular season, NFL games are usually the most watched show if the week. Superbowl likely the most viewed of the year. So what’s wrong with counterprogramming with Gunsmoke?

    I would definitely prefer Gun Smoke to football. I have fond memories of that show – which funny I can remember TV shows better than I can remember my own life. Ive seen GunSmoke when I was 5 or 6, I havent seen any of the episodes since the 70s and I can still remember scenes from the show.

    I was hoping one of these days they’d do a family orientated re-boot, but if they did, it would be about driving the mexicans and Indians off the lands, Matt Dillon would be the villain… (I wonder if Matt Dillon was named after Matt Dillon, would it be too Meta if Matt Dillon were cast to play Matt Dillon in the reboot?)

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