Today, Marc Lamont Hill wrote "The 15 Most Overrated White People" in order "to honor the true spirit of Columbus Day" by creating his own "list of overrated white people. Of course, this list is not exhaustive, as there are countless other White people who are equally underwhelming."
While I disagree with Dr. Hill on most things, he's a generally interesting and entertaining individual (this article notwithstanding).
So, to help a brother out, here is MY better list of 15 OVERRATED White People:
Keith Olbermann As unwatchable as he is unwatched.
Zack Galifianakis The person Ira Levin had in mind when he wrote the character of the husband in "Rosemary's Baby."
Charlie Chaplin He seemed to need the audience to love him in EVERY movie he made.
Bruce Springsteen I get it, I get it. Bruce is a pissed off blue-collar worker.
Gary Cooper As an actor, he was a mediocrity NOT a minimalist.
Wayne Gretzky How would Gretzky have done if he played in a world where the entire National Hockey League didn't conspire to NOT hit him? I'll answer that: not as well.
Greta Garbo To me, the mystery of Garbo was why anyone cared.
Howard Stern By doing American Idol, he's become the type of celebrity he used to mock.
Mel Brooks Mel's a funny guy. But AFI award material, really?
Conan O'Brien A little of "Team Coco" goes a LOOOOONG way.
Julia Roberts She's got that crazy laugh, zzzzz.
Lenny Bruce A true icon for free speech. But, I defy anyone to get through one of his old albums. Dustin Hoffman was funnier pretending to be Lenny Bruce.
Everyone Involved With M.A.S.H. The TV Show War is hell. Yes, we know.
Lucille Ball Okay, there's the chocolate factory scene, the "Vitameatavegamin" speech, and that's about it.
Mike Myers The "Mike" Myers who slaughters people while wearing a white William Shatner mask is just as funnny.
Press Play's VERTIGOED "mash-up" contest (which ends at 5PM ET on Friday, January 20th) challenges entrants to take part or all of Bernard Herrmann's "Scene D'Amour," from Vertigo (1958) and swap it into the soundtrack of another film WITHOUT making ANY changes to either.
It's an exercise in juxtaposition that meant to demonstrate how Herrmann's famous score can elevate a lesser work or potentially make a great scene even greater.
In my case, I "Vertigoed" the grisly few last minutes of Seconds, a 1966 John Frankenheimer film starring Rock Hudson.
Amazingly, the timing of "Scene D'Amour" wedges itself quite nicely into something that it was never intended for. Of course, the tone of the film's ending becomes somewhat different -- almost triumphant. At the risk of ruining my odds in the contest (not that I have really have a snow ball's chance - there's a lot of really great entries out there), I must admit that I prefer Seconds' original darker, a cappella ending.
CNET's Chris Matyszczyk takes Kayne West to task for poor spelling in a tweet where the rapper superciliously announces plans to create a company that "will pick up where Steve Jobs left off." Matyszczyk writes:
His precise tweet--one of many--read: "We can collectively effect the world trough (sic) design. We need to pick up where steve jobs left off." (A brief suggestion: Perhaps Kanye might reconsider naming his company "World Trough Design." Just a thought.)
Since Matyszczyk put a "(sic)" after the word "trough" but NOT after "effect," I can only assume he thinks that the latter is grammatically correct. However, the word West SHOULD have used is "affect" -- as in "We can collectively affect the world through design." "Effect" would only be correct in the sentence like: "We can collectively effect world change through design." But that's NOT what West tweeted.
A lot of pleasure and some questions, [but] the No. 1 surprised people the most,” said John Dioso, deputy managing editor for Rolling Stone and editor of the Beatles’ edition, when asked what the feedback has been on the issue so far. “People are entitled to their opinion, which is the fun part about doing these lists. But at the end of the day, it’s a very subjective list.”
Dioso said it took as many as four weeks for staff members to compile their lists of the greatest songs, which were then considered for the final issue. After weeding out certain requests, the group ranked the remaining songs based on criteria such as musical innovation and historical importance.
Today is Johnny Cash's birthday. My favorite Cash tune is "The Man Comes Around." Like a lot of his later work, I didn't warm to it right away. But after letting it settle in, I count it as among his best efforts.