NippleGate, aka Janet Jackson’s infamous Superbowl “wardrobe malfunction,” caused a huge uproar, an abundance of hand wringing, passing out on fainting couches, a surge in smelling salts and hand-fan sales, and outrage– outrage!– over such tawdritude being aired on the Tee Vee Machine.
Oh, and let’s not forget the upswing in lawyer employment. The Hill:
CBS has been involved in years of legal battles after it aired a split-second view of singer Janet Jackson’s partially exposed breast following a “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.
Which brings us to yesterday’s Superbowl win by the Baltimore Ravens. As I watched and heard Flacco’s spontaneous Moment of Sheer Ecstasy, I turned to Mr. Laffy, he turned to me, and we both cracked up and said something like, “Uh oh. They just caught him saying f**k on live television, right?” Right:
Immediately after the game ended, an exuberant Joe Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens’s quarterback, could be heard saying “f—ing awesome” to one of his teammates.
Well THAT didn’t sit well with the Parents Television Council at ALL. Harrumph! They are boiling mad! How DARE a deliriously happy Superbowl hero not think before he spoke? How DARE CBS let an impromptu expletive change the lives– forever– of thousands– no, MILLIONS– of unsuspecting children?! How DARE that momentary blur of a word make its way into our living rooms?! Time to for action! Again.
Of course, allowing our kids to watch and/or partake in the violent game of football, that’s fine and dandy. All those resulting brain injuries, they’re perfectly acceptable. Just as long as children aren’t exposed to *gasp!* a word.
But too late now. They’ve been corrupted. Clearly, kiddies everywhere will turn to lives of prostitution and icky video game-playing, of drugs and rock and roll, and worst of all, of instantly morphing into — dun-dun-dun-n!– liberals!
Yet this is hunky dory:
How did I ever miss this one? The tea baggers are not amused:
J. Taylor Wallace brought his ornamental metal “art cooker” – Sarah Palin Tea Parody – to the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Illinois, from the National Ornamental Metal Museum Cooking Extravaganza in Memphis, Tennessee
Sarah Palin statue finds a home in Chicago
Sarah Palin Sculpture To Roast A Pig At Bridgeport Arts Complex
The Atlantic Cities has some, er, interesting photos as well, plus this:
“I’ve gotten some really lovely emails, like, ‘You suck, and you’ll be the next one to burn,’” says Wallace. Here are a few choice selections from the artist’s inbox:
It is a matter of time till you are the pig, was it fun for you pig.
Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame by insulting someone. Looks more like a morph of H Clinton and R Maddow, anyway. [...]
“Amid the hate speech, I have also been called ‘gay’ in what is I presume an attempt to insult me by a particular demographic of individuals,” Wallace says.
What fine, loving, Christian, pro-life values.
The pictures show a lovely celebration. A crowd of 100 or so is seated on a well-groomed lawn in front of a trim orchestra and a grand old plantation house. A retired astronaut has been flown in to address the group. Late in the day, two hot-air balloons skim the dusky sky.
That fall day in 2007 seemed an auspicious start for a college with only five professors and 10 students. But as the year wore on, the students, professors, and staff members became convinced that it was a sign of something else entirely: an elaborate facade.
Founders College, in rural South Boston, Va., was pitched as a sort of Great Books college for devotees of Ayn Rand. And while the for-profit college was never accredited, it operated with authorization from Virginia to issue degrees.
At the time the college was approved, it had no official faculty, no facilities, and, it turned out, shaky finances. “I’m stunned that the state would register a place like that,” says Ray Weiss, the onetime enrollment director. “What did we really have going for us when they registered us?”
Wow, who coulda guessed? Via Pam.
Today, the 57-year-old minister, known for his public crusades against homosexuality, faces serious allegations.
On Tuesday, two young men who were members of Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church filed lawsuits claiming he used his position as their spiritual counselor to coerce them into sexual relationships.
The men — Anthony Flagg, 21, and Maurice Robinson, 20 — allege Long used a private spiritual ceremony to mark a “covenant” between them, with both becoming his “spiritual son.”
Flagg alleges that Long then used that relationship to take him on overnight trips where they shared a bedroom and engaged in kissing, masturbation and “oral sexual contact.”
Robinson, who claimed Long engaged in oral sex with him, said the pastor would cite Scripture to justify their relationship.
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