When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences banished sexual predator Harvey Weinstein to the netherworld, they did so in such a knee-jerk manner that they opened themselves up to a huge conundrum: What do do with all the other sexual predators they have celebrated over the years.
I would like to point out that everyone - even Weinstein - needs to considered innocent until proven guilty. That is how our legal system works. Sadly, in the court of public opinion, which these days seems to usurp our rule of law, a charge, innuendo or rumor can equate to "conviction" and the destruction of a career.
That said, there are some real scumbags in the entertainment industry (politics, too). Weinstein, faced with multiple charges of sexual harassment and assault, was quick to claim a mental affliction feigning some sort of victimhood and ceded to the accusations. Same goes for the unrepentant child rapist Roman Polanski. These pigs deserved everything that came to them. But what of the others who deny the accusations?
Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Ben and Casey Affleck, Brett Ratner, James Toback, they all deny the allegations. For Spacey, it cost him his acclaimed HBO series House of Cards.
But I digress. This post is about Hollywood knee-jerkism.
With Weinstein banished from the Academy, what is that entity to do with the Roman Polanski's among them? Polanski continues to win awards in the industry, including from the Academy. Will they excommunicate this pig as well?
This is the hypocrisy that is allowed to exist when there is a two-tiered justice system and a society that renders verdicts in the court of public opinion. A serial sexual predator gets banished from the academy, and a convicted child rapist gets awards from the same entity.
Redefining what it is to blame someone else for your arrogant stupidity, Kathy Griffin - lawyer in tow - had the self-centered audacity to say that the President "broke her" because he protested her stunt as "sick."
Truly, there is something sick about mocking someone - president or otherwise - by holding up a replica of his or her severed head. But the larger question here is this. How did Griffin believe that the photo stunt was funny in the first place? What was funny about it?
Griffin hides behind the absurd notion that what she was attempting was comedic, but what is comedic about holding up a replica of a severed head? What was the joke?
This is a question no one who is defending her cares to answer. They may say it was a bad joke, but they defend her by saying she is a comedian who may have gone too far. But again, can anyone - anyone - explain to me how holding a replica of a severed head has a punch line?
No, it wasn't a joke, it was a political statement meant to capture the attention of the hateful Hollywood Left. It was a "look at me! I'm relevant!" moment that Griffin manufactured to help her failing career. It backfired.
Griffin may have been amusing years and years ago, but she has turned into an angry, spent, ideological malcontent who advances hate under the guise of comedy. Bottom line: Trump didn't "break her", she ruined her own career. She ain't funny, she's pathetic.
The racist group Black Lives Matter - which has exploded beyond American soil is declaring that a Left-wing Canadian politician "appropriated black culture" because she used one of Beyoncé's song lyrics in a political ad. Using lyrics from Beyoncé's song "Irreplaceable", Niki Ashton emphasized her promise to take an "unapologetic left turn" with her political party.
"To the left, to the left," the ad posted on Twitter read. "Like Beyonce says, to the left," she added above the ad.
I guess pretty soon BLM will be protesting that people of other races listen to music created by Blacks at all. Of course, this would deliver pop music back to the mainstream after having been kidnapped and held hostage by the rap culture.
As an aside, as my friend Greg Allen used to point out, rap is just one letter away from rape and another letter away from crap. But I digress...
The BLM has moved beyond being racist. Now they have become despotic in their racism. When someone cannot quote - and even give attribution to - an artist (and in Bouncy-Bouncy's case I use the tern very loosely) without being assailed as a poacher, the group making the claim must be declared off the rails.
Imagine if the British claimed people who quoted Shakespeare were "appropriating the British culture," of if Irish people claimed anyone who celebrated St. Patrick's Day was "appropriating the Irish culture." The claims themselves - including the BLM claim - are stupid beyond stupidity.
Then, maybe Beyoncé is "appropriating the White culture" because she straightens and dyes her hair blonde...
The incredible victimization of the Left evidently knows no bounds. Via her Twitter feed, we are now privileged to learn that Barbara Streisand blames Trump for her decision to over-indulge in pancakes. Trump acts, Barbara eats.
Seriously, it doesn't get any more "victimhoodish" that this. Babrs can't keep from stuffing her pie-hole with pancakes because Donald Trump is President of the United States. Can there be anything more delinquent responsibility-wise?
Perhaps I can blame my sparse hairline on Barack Obama's eight years in office. Or maybe I can blame my need for glasses on Valerie Jarrett's illegitimate hold over government during Obama's tenure. Or perhaps I can blame anything I do that's not good for me on the fact that Rosie O'Donnell exists!
This is the infantile irresponsibility of the elitist Left. Nothing they do can ever be their fault, it always have to be blamed on someone else. It delusional, irresponsible and, quite frankly, pathetic.
So, can someone please tell me why people listen to this idiots on point of politics?
Just days after announcing that he was retiring from touring after being hospitalized for exhaustion, legendary jazz singer Al Jarreau passed away Sunday morning in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Jarreau’s unique singing style helped to make him one of jazz’s greatest vocalists. Dubbed “the voice of versatility” by the Chicago Tribune, Jarreau released 16 studio albums, a host of live albums, and several compilations.
Not everything we talk about at The Underground is about politics, at least that's what we strive for. This is a perfect example.
Jarreau's talents were numerous. He could literally use his voice to mimic instruments to such and extent that he could "trade fours" - what jazz musicians call trading four measure solos with another player - and the listener, if he/she was to close his/her eyes, wouldn't be able to tell which was Jarreau and which was the instrument.
The lyrics to his songs, whether the tune was up-beat of introspect, always allowed the listener to explore; to expound in a personal way that made experiencing his art a personal experience.
While in college, where I studied jazz music performance, among other things, I was heavily influenced by Jarreau's music, lyrics and his style. He will be missed by more than I believe he even thought possible. The real music industry has lost a giant.