I’d like to return Jezebel James

March 14, 2008

I never watched Gilmore Girls. It just wasn’t my type of thing. I like my drama to have more of a sci-fi twist (Buffy, Lost) or at least allow me not to think (Law and Order, Numb3rs). But it always looked cute and funny, in a Juno-overwritten-dialogue-nobody-says-in-real-life type of way. A lot of the charm was credited to the show’s creator and head writer (for most of the series) Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also is behind the new Fox series The Return of Jezebel James.

Having just watched suffered through JJ, I have to wonder how this could come from the same person who did a beloved show like Gilmore Girls. The characters are all so shrill and deadpan that it felt like a middle school production of Death of a Salesman.

With fewer laughs.

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It’s Raining (and sadly, not men)

March 8, 2008

It’s supposed to keep raining like this on Saturday and maybe Sunday. Some of the events this weekend are still going on but some will probably be canceled. Call ahead to see what the deal is.

I’m going to hang out with Ginger Kitty and play Guitar Hero. Maybe I’ll go up to the comic shop and pick up the new Buffy comic where Buffy goes Bi.

I’d call that a spoiler, but once something hits the New York Times it’s fair game.

So, Buffy decides to have a romp with a female slayer (not Faith, but news character Satsu). The world suddenly is up in arms. What does it mean? What is the message? Is it a marketing ploy?

I’ll start with the last question first; Buffy Season 8 has been one of the top selling comic books in the country. No marketing ploy needed.

And I don’t think there’s any deeper meaning here than admiting the fact that some 20-somethings experiment with their sexuality. Experiment doesn’t have to mean playing in the bushes. For some women sexual experimentation might mean having multiple partners, trying S&M, or even giving up sex totally. You have to try a lot of differnt hats until you find the one that is right for you. For Buffy, that means seeing how girls are.

Besides, it isn’t like Buffy’s sex life was vanilla. Yes, her sex with Angel and Riley was all hearts and flowers. But she and Spike had a twisted relationship based on physical and mental torture. They were all about the hurt and comfort. Is that any less kinky than some slayer-on-slayer action?

I hope that Buffy isn’t gay though. Only because I feel like they went down that road with Willow. I was hoping that Willow was going to be bi. Partly because I shipped her and Xander and partly because I wanted to see an actual bi-sexual in pop culture. Maybe we’ll get that story with Buffy.

Still, I’d be happiest if it was Buffy and Faith. Or Cordy and Anya.

Hulk Hogan acts like an ass and cheats on his wife

March 3, 2008

Anyone who has lived in Clearwater more than two weeks has a Hulk Hogan story. Mine involves the time he threw a hissy fit because the video store I worked at didn’t have Mr. Nanny in stock. “I’m a huge local celebrity” he said, “that thing would fly off the shelves.”

OK, Thunder in Paradise.  

Anyway, you probably know that Hulk and the Misses are getting divorced. The latest twist involves a report that came up on Perezhilton.com that during the marriage, Hulk was screwing his daughter’s friend.


Now we have reports that Hulk was out on the town with a new girlfriend this weekend. I’ve heard from a few different people that spied the Hulkster at the Mixed Martial Arts competition held in the St. Pete Times forum.

And he wasn’t alone.

He came in with a bodyguard, but shortly afterwards was met by a bleach blonde bimbo who he spent the night holding hands and snuggling with.

Is this the homewrecker Perez Hilton was talking about? Someone new? Whoever she is, hopefully she realized that the American Gladiator’s host is still a married man, and is dealing with the likelihood his son is going to jail. Maybe he should be focusing on the family instead of a new gal pal?

That’s just half of the story. As if it wasn’t bad enough, Hulk Hogan acted like an asshole for the entire evening. He refused to sign autographs, the bodyguard stood up the whole time blocking the view of the ring, and when some kids held out their hands for a high-five he walked past them. He didn’t even wave when kids called his name.

 I’ve talked to a few annoyed parents who have some disappointed kids. Face it Hogan, you’re a huge local celebrity! That means that you have to deal with the fact that people are going to want to talk to you in public. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE AT A WRESTLING TYPE OF EVENTS.

You might be entitled to some anonymity if you were at the Opera or an Art Show. But when you’re presence is announced on the loudspeaker and you’re shown on the jumbotron you can assume someone might want to say “Hi.”

You could even be excused from blowing off the grown-ups. But kids? Take a second and make some child’s day.

If anyone has any pictures of the Hulk and the flavor or the month, we would LOVE to post them. Send them to me at 28intampabay@gmail.com.

Carrie Bradshaw is no Mary Richards

February 29, 2008

I’ll admit that I like Sex and the City. Like most people my age, I would watch every week to see the adventures of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte as they tried to find love in the modern world. There were even moments when I was cheering along with the show for fighting back against the societal push towards marriage and family as signs of accomplishment. I especially loves the 6th Season episode “A Woman’s Right To Shoes” when Carrie realizes that there are no gift giving occasions for single women like there are for family women (i.e. wedding showers, baby showers, wedding anniversaries).

Carrie: So then… If I don’t get married or have a baby, what? I get Bupkiss? Think about it, after graduation there is not one event that is just about you
Charlotte: We get Birthdays
Carrie: No, no, no, we all get birthdays!

But for every “you go girl” moment along the way, the series ultimately gave us what it considered a happy ending, everyone was paired off with their soulmates and living the life of the perky togethers. We were left to believe the commitment-phobic Mr. Big had suddenly ready to settle down with Carrie. That the ultimate romantic, Charlotte, had her hubby, her dog, and was about to adopt a baby. Career woman Miranda ultimately learned that real happiness is bathing your sick mother-in-law (because all women really live to serve). Even sexually aggressive Samantha had found her one twue wove.

The message was clear – it’s okay to be single, as long as it’s a temporary conditions.

I know it sounds like I’m bashing SATC, but I’m not. They are just the symptom of a larger problem of a total lack of single female role models in pop culture.

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