northanger (northanger) wrote,

Because the more you know, the less you get jumped

I turned on the TV the other day to find Snoop Dogg peddling Chryslers with Lee Iacocca, or "Ike Izzizzle", as he's apparently known in the 'hood. I flipped the channel and heard Sir Mix-A-Lot rapping a kid-friendly rendition of "Baby Got Back" for Target ("I like backpacks and I cannot lie..."). Who knew that he was a value shopper, much less a connoisseur of academic supplies? While I understand that Sir Mix-A-Lot's vocational options are limited ("I see on your resume that you like big butts. Can you expound on that?"), I couldn't help but wonder what the hell was going on. Could Pfizer be scurrying somewhere to dig up Young MC for an anti-depressant ad? Bust a Mood!

I changed the channel again, only to see a Lays ad with the tagline, "Get your smile on." Then a Purell commercial with kids touching dirty objects to MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This". A Sprint ad where a white suburban mom exclaims, "It's all good!" A Progressive ad for "player hater insurance". Eric B. and Rakim's "Don't Sweat the Technique" in a Reebok ad. Boost Mobile's inescapable "Where you at?"

I dropped the remote. Was the revolution in fact being televised? I called a friend and asked if we'd overcome. "I dunno," he said. "I still feel oppressed." {more}

used to work at jcpenney — probably one of the most conservative american companies. my chin remains glued to the ground after watching, several years ago, jcpenney rapping back-to-school wear. :-( )

actually, this post about actor Dennis Haysbert (can't believe it, he was on ... Laverne & Shirley?). never watched 24 before, unaware of President David Palmer until A&E reruns.

he's one of those character actors you notice; seen Haysbert in Navy SEALs, Waiting to Exhale, Love & Basketball, but it's Far From Heaven where a lot of folks, including me, really started to notice. sadly, only saw him in the Allstate ads unaware he was playing a hyperstitional first black POTUS. "carriage" (my mom's an english teacher) is the best word to describe him. it's in the timbre of his voice, it's in the fabric that he wears, it is the presence of his body & how he moves through the air.

there's nothing sexier than a black man in a tuxedo. i don't mean when he's on the red carpet out in public. it's when the jacket's off, glass of cognac at hand, sitting back in his comfortable chair. the informal embraced by the formal. very few men can truly wear a tuxedo. in the Americanosphere it is the masculine uniform of elegance, occasion & privledge. while the English dinner jacket is its etymology, the tuxedo is an entirely Americanized bit of revo-engineering.

so i'm going to watch tv tonight: The Unit premieres on CBS @ 9pm PT. Dennis Haysbert? David Mamet? Eric Haney? priceless.


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