Sunday, January 11, 2004
6. Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s an incredibly rare thing to see a politician dismantling useless and predatory social programs. If only Arnold had gotten into politics earlier, it would have had the added bonus of depriving us of End of Days.
5. The universal revulsion against Michael Jackson doesn’t reaffirm my faith in humanity (which was never that much to begin with) but it does help.
4. The enormous popularity of the Lord of the Rings films, with all of their implicit and explicit (“Men of the West!”) messages, which drive haters of Western culture to hilarious fits of irrational rage .
3. Mel Gibson’s upcoming film The Passion, which will have the same effect in a religious context.
2. You don’t see bald guys with ponytails much anymore.
1. Those Don Cheadle NFL playoffs commercials. Don Cheadle is the best.
SIX THINGS I HATE ABOUT THE CULTURE RIGHT NOW
6. Scientology “Celebrity Centers.”
5. The required belief that all cultures are equally advanced in their own way, in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
4. One of the more recent barriers of forbidden media language to fall, the term “goddamn.” You can hear it on radio all the time, though it usually gets bleeped on TV still. Maybe this is more of a personal thing, as it was always my father’s favorite word when drunk, and it always hits a nerve with me.
3. Generally speaking, when the term “slavery” appears anywhere in popular culture, it is to be understood that this term refers to practices that occurred in the USA prior to 1865. Nowhere else in history has slavery ever occurred.
2. Max Bialystock is alive and well.
1. Want to know exactly what’s wrong with the culture, encapsulated in one simple, four-word sentence? Madonna endorses Wesley Clark. For me, the Dennis Kucinich endorsement from the creatures of the forest was more compelling.