19 April 2011

Shameless and Primping

Adelaide’s Channel 9 news reader Kate Collins has made the news having been captured on video in what the Adelaide News calls, “a hilarious unguarded moment.”

Collins, who has been with Channel 9 in Adelaide (Australia) since 2006, was caught preening herself and fixing her hair. The footage has made its way on to AOL daily news, to YouTube and is expected to go viral. But to call it ‘hilarious’ is not on. It’s shameless. She simply is adjusting her hair.

Like Collins is the only person on TV who wants to look good and pays attention to her hair between segments. Please.

Let’s list some others who did it very publically:
1) The Fonz. “Get a black comb. The Fonz always made sure he looked good, especially when he came across his reflection. Pull the comb out from your side pocket when you come across a mirror and check your hair.”

Read more: How to Dress Like the Fonz http://www.ehow.com/how_4523653_dress-like-fonz-halloween.html#ixzz1JuzFFDZm”
2) Edd Byrnes. From his fan page on Facebook:
“Edd… American actor known for his starring role in the television series 77 Sunset Strip. He also was featured in the film version of Grease….His most famous role was as Gerald Lloyd "Kookie" Kookson, III, on the ABC television detective series ‘77 Sunset Strip.’ He played a continuously hair-combing serial killer in the pilot, Girl on the Run, but he was so popular as a result that the producers brought back the following week as a regular cast member in a different role.”
This from Time magazine, Monday, May 11, 1959
“The most famous head of hair in the nation last week belonged neither to Senator John Kennedy nor to Pianist Artur Rubinstein, but to a 25-year-old television actor named Edward Byrnes, who in three short weeks has become the hottest new property on records. The source of Byrnes's top-of-the-head fame is a peculiarly wolfish ditty called Kookie, Kookie (Warner Bros.) in which Byrnes sings scarcely a note. His contribution is a series of jive lingo replies to a marshmallow-voiced girl who implores him over and over again: "Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb!" Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,865832,00.html#ixzz1Jv1tavYf

3) Ted Baxter from the Mary Tyler Moore show. His friend Gavin McLeod wrote, “[In 1981]: I called Ted a delightful Polish ham. Look at him when he gets into his car to leave the studio. There's Teddy combing his hair in the mirror before he starts the motor. Who knows how many fans will spot him and wave on the freeway?”

People love to ridicule others. It makes good comedy, or at least fills television evening comedy time slots. But Ms Collins is merely the brunt of media boredom, hunting for anything which is hysterical, and finding the barely noticeable. Shame on them.

On the airplane today from Dallas, I asked the flight attendant if she wouldn’t mind making a general announcement wishing all the Jewish passengers on board a “Happy Passover.” She declined saying it was against airline policy. What?

I was sitting next to a lawyer, a corporate lawyer and told him of her comment. Well, he said, that’s the safe answer. We spoke about general announcements of sports scores and such, but he said, those haven’t been litigated yet. So the pilot is generally safe in making such known.

Shame. Unbelievable shame. You want to hear one? Up in Washington state, “Up here, a school changed the name of an Easter Egg hunt to a Spring Sphere hunt...ridiculous!” Thanks Stephanie for this news item. Unbelievable.

I remember Christmas concerts when I was a youth. Great music. Baroque, classical, significant. Now, all gone, traded in for Frosty and bells that jingle. What a waste. What a shame.

In fact, shameless is the key concept today.

Brian Lowry of Variety Magazine wrote this in January, “Rossum is certainly appealing, but too many of the supporting players (led by Joan Cusack as a germaphobic mom, and the Gallaghers' wacky neighbors) come across as cartoonish concoctions there to capitalize on pay-cable license rather than service the story.

The series does cast light on a world (relocated to the grimiest part of Chicago) where nothing comes easy, and kids don't have the luxury of idleness or childhood.

For the most part, there's nothing here to be ashamed of. It's just that at a time when TV drama is so flush with riches, "Shameless" plays like a poor relative.”

That’s a review in part of the new television show on Showtime. I hadn’t heard of it until today when I saw a billboard in Los Angeles with the cast and the name. And I thought of the shame in Adelaide and in the airlines and that’s so desperately missing in people’s lives.

A bit of shame is good, you know. When you do wrong, you should feel ashamed. Adam, the original one, not Sandler, was naked and not ashamed before he ate of the forbidden tree. Immediately after he ate, he was embarrassed and that’s healthy. He sought or rather was sought by the Almighty, and the shame he felt was overcome by the blood of the animals killed for Adam.

God has a way to take away our shame. And to give us healthy and sustainable life in its place. For that, I’m especially grateful. And wish that for you today and this week as well.

To all my Jewish mates, Happy Passover!

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