Thursday, February 14, 2008

Can't Bai Me Love, Or Batteries

Here's a wee round-up of some non-news stories floating around the intertubes today...

First up, today it was revealed in Us Weekly that "actress" Bai Ling, Our Lady of Eternally Hideous 'Ho Outfits, was arrested for shoplifting $16 worth of crap at LAX:
Sergeant Jim Holcomb of the Los Angeles Airport police division, tells "Bai Ling was arrested Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. for shoplifting at the Crews of [California] gift store located in terminal one at Los Angeles International Airport.
"A private persons arrest was made by a store employee after Ling allegedly took two Star magazines along with two packs of triple A batteries totaling about $16 and left the store without paying.

“LAX airport police transported Ling to Pacific Station, where she was booked for misdemeanor shoplifting and released on her promise to appear in court on March 5, 2008.
Ooooh, I bet Us Weekly hates it that she stole Star! You can't buy that kind of classy publicity! I wonder if she was broke or thrill-seeking or is a compulsive thief or just thinks she's "above" paying for the little stuff. Hard to say...unlike Winona Ryder, she doesn't have much of a career to worry about ruining, since she mainly exists so that Go Fug Yourself can make fun of her clothing--or lack thereof--and those ladies certainly won't mind a little harmless shoplifting. In fact, they'll probably be excited about it, just like I am!

Next, it seems that the world may end because Jane Fonda said the ole "c-word" on the "Today" show this morning! Heh. She was talking about--shudder--The Vagina Monologues and dropped the c-bomb:
Jane Fonda may be 70, but she's not too old to have her mouth washed out with soap.

No stranger to controversy, the actress used a vulgar word to describe a body part on Thursday morning's Today show – which later prompted a statement of apology from the program's cohost, Meredith Vieira.

Fonda and The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler were having a Valentine's Day conversation with Vieira about the 15th anniversary of Ensler's best-known work – and the 10th anniversary of "V-Day," founded by Ensler to end violence against women and girls around the world – when Fonda let the "c-word" slip.

"We were talking about The Vagina Monologues and Jane Fonda inadvertently said a word from the play that you don't say on television," Vieira said after a newsbreak on Today. "It was a slip and obviously she apologizes, and so do we. We would do nothing to offend the audience. So please accept that apology."
There is something a bit sad about having to apologize for a word that is used in a play that celebrates all the glories and wonders of the va-jay-jay...on the other hand, the "c-word" is one of my least favorite words. There is no male equivalent! Boo, hiss!

Gawker has the video here.

And finally, a sad note, as Variety reports the death of David Groh, on whom I had a short-lived but seminal childhood crush when he played Valerie Harper's husband Joe Gerard on "Rhoda," a show that will always be in my Top Ten of All Time Favorites:
Actor, director and producer, David Groh, best known as the husband of TV's "Rhoda," died of kidney cancer Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 68.

During the mid-'80s, the curly-haired Groh played the nefarious D.L. Brock on "General Hospital," and his nearly 40 year career encompassed film, television and theater roles...

On Broadway, he starred in Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" and Jon Tolin's "Twlight of the Golds."

His wedding to "Rhoda" star Valerie Harper was a highly rated TV event at the time, and when the characters divorced, viewers sent in letters of condolence thinking the divorce was real...

During the last few years, he appeared in several independent films, and was developing the film "Lower East Side Story," with his wife, actress Kristin Andersen.

He taught Method acting at the Strasberg Institute for almost 20 years, and was a lifetime member of the Actor's Studio.
What they don't mention is that Rhoda's marriage to Joe was one of the most famous ratings killers in TV history. The wedding itself was the highmark--the ratings went through the roof for that episode, something like 50 million people watched Rhoda running through the subway and all over Brooklyn in her wedding dress--but then immediately viewers hated it that they were married, so the producers made them get a hasty divorce which kind of made no sense, at least in terms of being true to the story and characters.

As much as I loved Joe, I loved Rhoda's sister Brenda, played with her usual brilliance by Julie Kavner (aka Marge Simpson) even more. On "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," Rhoda had been the chubby, sarcastic sidekick, but then Valerie Harper lost a ton of weight; on "Rhoda," it fell to Brenda to be the chubby sadsack, and I adored her for it. There was a great episode where their mother, played by the great Nancy Walker, can't get Brenda to wake up, so she whispers, "Brenda, french toast!" and Brenda springs out of bed, just like I would have done. Oh, "Rhoda," how I've missed you so! Carlton the Doorman! Gary the Denim King! Nick Lobo! Sigh....RIP David Groh, my first-ever all seems so long ago, and yet just yesterday.

Is Valentine's Day over yet?

1 comment:

LarryK4 said...

Here in Amherst, Massachusetts our HIGH SCHOOL is going to perform 'The Vagina Monologues' tomorrow night. And No, School officials are not going to issue an apology for allowing a teenager to scream the C-word in public. Yes, this is the same High School that in 1999 became the only entity in history to ban a production of 'West Side Story'. Now you know why I call my Blog "Only in Amherst!"