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We’re Soooooo Honored

Jay Louis, the ubiquitous creator of Is She Really Going Out With Him on MTV, gave an itty-bitty interview and cited Orange County as one of the douchiest places in America. We were called out along with Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Miami Beach and The 909. What an honor [smirk].

Apparently we are littered with men who have the following qualities: “way too spiky gelled hair, over-tanning, extensive body sculpting, complex facial hair, and they spend hours in the bathroom getting ready”. Ha! A trip to Huntington Beach on a hot day does seem to confirm the title he has bestowed on us as a douche-ridden cesspool of humanity. If you’ve never seen his web site, aptly titled Hot Chicks With Douchebags, you should check it out – it’s juvenile but hypnotic. Here’s an excellent example of the cultural apocalypse he’s referring to:

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[Image via Hot Chicks With Douchebags]

Good God. The shirt. The tan. The dog tags. The hair. The pout. The end of times.

KCET* (or PBS in general) Sucks!

The other day, I caught the PBS presentation of The Celluloid Closet on KCET* during their never-ending pledge drive for your cash. LA Metblogger Lulu of the Lotus-Eaters, even wrote a piece about the film recently. If you have never seen the movie, it’s a documentary about how gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people have been portrayed throughout cinematic history. It’s not the best film ever but it’s worth a look if you’ve a couple of hours to spare.

What really got me riled up, and I do mean riled up, was the odd and scattershot censoring the broadcast version of the film chose to employ. The Standards and Practices folks saw fit to remove the swear words and pixelated almost all nudity on display. Ok. Fine. I get it, you don’t want to offend people by saying “fuck” a lot or by showing bared breasts or shots of hot naked lesbians knocking one out. Although really, who doesn’t want to see that? :)

No, what really pissed me off is that only some of the graphic sex and violence was left unedited. For instance, a scene involving two women making love was blurred-out but startlingly, a scene from the 1980 Al Pacino shocker, Cruising, was left unedited for all the world to see. The scene in question features a good looking fellow face-down on the bed with his hands tied behind him while an unknown killer repeatedly (and bloodily) stabs him in the back. Even more offending, is the clip is intercut with pornographic shots of the killer anally raping his victim while he stabs him over and over and over. Ew.

In the context of the unedited film, it’s a gory and disgusting example that leads to a finer point the filmmakers wish to make: which was that in 1980, the only way to show gay men or gay sex was by brutally killing and graphically raping them. However, in the context of the edited broadcast version, it serves to prove a different point altogether: PBS (or KCET*) was guilty of the very thing The Celluloid Closet was rallying against. Apparently it’s not acceptable to see an exposed breast but it is okay to see a gay man being pornographically raped and murdered. What kind of message does that send? The same one it always has: gay people aren’t fit to even be looked at unless they are being murdered. See what happens if you have gay sex? You die!

I was so mad. If you’re gonna edit it, then edit it! Their pansy-ass attempt at ‘protecting’ us failed and only further solidified stereotypes which still linger today. I’m not sure if it was PBS or KCET* who made the decision but it doesn’t really matter, because either way, their attitude and conduct is more shocking than the films will ever be.

* Author’s Note: This post was originally titled “KOCE (or PBS in general) Sucks!” The author (hey that’s me) made a sloppy and egregious error by confusing the real PBS station in question (KCET) with another (KOCE). I don’t have a very good excuse, except that I Tivo’d the film and fast forwarded through all the membership-drive and station breaks. As such, I misread the station’s call letters and failed to take the time to verify I had the information right. It’s an embarrassing mistake to say the least and I offer my sincere apologies to KOCE for the careless way I mistakenly threw them under the bus. I also thank them for their kindness in pointing out the error and I’ll take it as a lesson learned (the hard way).

A clip from The Celluloid Closet is after the jump…

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Celebrity Profile: SpongeBob SquarePants

Orange County Celebrity Profile:

Name: SpongeBob SquarePants

Age: 10 years old

Birthplace: Dana Point

Current Residence: A pineapple under the sea

Occupation: Fry Cook

Hobbies: Jellyfishing and Karate

Relationship Status: Single

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So. Bottom line is… he’s a sponge. Who knew SpongeBob was born in OC eh? Cool. I wonder if he will do an interview here on the Metblogs. What a get! We could take him out to lunch at The Crab Cooker in Newport Beach and he can compare and contrast their menu with that of The Krusty Krab.

Unkind Swines

Remember the swine fu? It never really went away, it’s just the news coverage that dissipated. The Register reports the number of Swine Flu related deaths in Orange County has recently climbed to 13. The CDC has released a ‘priority list’ of who should get the H1N1 vaccine first (when and if it become available). It’s the usual litany of old people and young people and their caregivers – the rest of you will just have to suck it up and endure the madness. My wife and I have both had it (in July) and I have to tell you, it is miserable but it’s not life-ending. You’ll survive… unless you’re number 14 that is… in which case you won’t.

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As a public service, if you think you have swine flu I highly recommend you show up at (fellow Metblogger) Dave’s place of business and begin overreacting in a most annoying and overt way. After all it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the oil, ya know? :)

Irvine Representative Speaks Out on Health Care

United States Representative John Campbell (R-Irvine) has an opinion piece in the Register about the health care debate.

And for some reason, he thinks that a comparison between owning a gun and having affordable health care is a good one.

Basically, he argues that because it isn’t stated specifically in the Constitution, the people of the United States have no right to expect affordable health care.

I’m not even going to go into the hundreds, if not thousands, of things the government does that are very much not stated in the Constitution.  Well, ok, maybe I will.  Medicare, the interstate highway system, education, and regulatory bodies such as the FDA, just to name a few of the biggies.

I would like to ask Mr. Campbell if he would also support a measure to abolish Medicare if he is so adamant about government staying out of the healthcare game. 

With a constituency that includes residents of Laguna Woods, I’m not so sure.

Sunset Gondola

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Here’s a unique way to enjoy the beauty of Huntington Harbor: Take a private tour on an authentic Venetian gondola! Fun! The Peter’s landing company offers sunset cruises for two (tres romatique) as well as the less expensive but still just as fun daytime versions.

A Midday one hour cruise for two will cost you eighty bucks and even more if you want the gondola to come and pick you up at your home on the harbor. It may be a bit pricey but it certainly is a different way to spend an afternoon.

I wonder if the the gondoliers sing too? If so, I am pretty sure they will need to lower their prices [smirk].

You can visit Sunset Gondola’s web site by going here: http://www.sunsetgondola.com/

NBC Sports stinks

I’m a huge tennis fan so I’ve been watching, when I can, end-to-end daily coverage of Wimbledon on ESPN2, until yesterday. I woke up early and saw the end of the Federer match. At 7:00 a.m. PDT, ESPN announces that they are going to stay with the match until it ends, but that NBC is picking up the coverage at 10:00 a.m. in ALL time zones. WTF?

That means the rest of the live matches will be over by the time 10:00 a.m. rolls around here and the scores posted all over the Internet. There were only eight matches yesterday, four women’s and four men’s. It happened again today, no live matches after Safina’s (which went past 7:00/10:00 a.m.) and there were only four women’s matches. The same stupid set-up is scheduled for tomorrow. God forbid they preempt the Today Show. Does anyone on the West Coast even watch it? Everyone I know either watches Good Day L.A. or KTLA.

By the way, NBC pulled this same bullshit with the 2008 Summer Olympics … tape delaying coverage for the West Coast, while airing live on the East Coast. I mean seriously, the Olympics, they only come around every four years. We couldn’t even watch Fishy Phelps win his 8th gold medal live. Is anyone else as pissed-off about this as me?

So you ask, what the hell does this have to do with Orange County? It’s where my TV is. Simple as that.

Weird Al To Be Featured Attraction At The Orange County Fair

Yes folks, it’s true. According to this OC Register article, the fair committee approved (and apparently already filmed) a 3-D movie about “Al’s brain” to be shown at this year’s OC Fair. The 10 minute film will be shown in a temporary tent that will be set up for this year, however there are plans to build an $8 million permanent building at the fairgrounds site.

OC Fair CEO Steve Beazley likened the film to Disney’s “Captian EO”. (I personally would love a full-scale Weird Al spoof of the entire Captain EO short instead of a journey “inside his brain” but….whatever). He goes on to compare the fair to Disneyland (hehe), by stating Disney opens new attractions every year to keep interest in the parks, and they want to do the same with the Fair.

Feel free to read the full article and see the pros and cons to putting this into the fairgrounds.

But I want to know, what are your thoughts? Do you agree with spending $2.5 million on this film, just for the OC Fair? Or do you think this is about as smart as building the New Year’s Eve Orange Drop thingy?

Better yet….let’s do a poll! But please feel free to comment as well!

**Special thanks to former OC Metblogger Mike for sharing this via his twitter account.

If anyone cares what I think, I say build the thing. I don’t think we’re in a position to rule out ANYTHING that could possibly end up making money for fair. Let’s just hope it at least makes $2.5 million to cover the cost of the film!

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R.I.P. Wayne Allwine

Wayne Allwine, who was as the voice of Mickey Mouse for 32 years, died Tuesday. A multi-talented Emmy award winner, he got his humble beginnings in the mail room at the Walt Disney Studios. He has been voicing Mickey (along side his wife Russi Taylor who voices Minnie) since the late 70s. To hear Wayne’s body of work all you have to do is spend an afternoon at Disneyland and you’ll soon see what life and warmth he brought to the character.

I met Wayne once; he couldn’t have been nicer. It seemed to me he genuinely loved giving a voice the world’s most famous mouse. My thoughts go out to his family and friends in this trying time.

Earthquake in LA!

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Holy Shit! That was significant. I hate being naked during these things… standing in a door frame with no pants. That’s not how I’d like to die thanks.

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