They said what?!
From a Post article about a proposed Juneteenth VA state measure:
Del. Frank D. Hargrove Sr., a Republican from Hanover County near Richmond, said he has been deluged with at least 4,000 phone calls and e-mails at his home and office since he inflamed the House of Delegates by saying that blacks should “get over” slavery and that apologizing for slavery was no more necessary than asking Jews to apologize for “killing Christ.”
How the heck did I miss hearing about that?
And in a recent live chat with Lisa de Moraes, the TV columnist:
Washington: OK, Isaiah Washington — will this blow over or does he need to be fired?
Lisa de Moraes: It will probably blow over, but he needs to be fired. He won’t be, of course, because ABC does not want to sack one of the leads on its most important show. If one of the other actors had become angry on the set and used the “n” word in reference to him, they’d be gone before you could say “double standard.”*
I’ve never seen an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, figuring that if it were the most brilliant show on television, Everett would have strapped me into a Clockwork Orange type of mechanism and forced me to view it. As that has not happened, I suppose I don’t much care. It’s just odd to me how much the arena of celebrity has evolved. We have too much access these days. I don’t agree with what he said, but once upon a time this would have been reported as “Brief backstage scuffle doesn’t stop Grey’s from delivering results.” Now it’s like… people are surprised that someone who gets paid to portray someone else for a living doesn’t have their own opinions, thoughts and prejudices. Brangelina aside, these people are actors, not policy-makers.
Speaking of which, what do people think about the emerging field of presidential candidates? And did I miss any other sound-bite gems from the past week or so?
* I am not opening up the can of worms as to whether one group’s civil rights struggle is/was lesser than/ equal to/ greater than another’s struggle, but there are a lot of words out there that first and foremost mean, “You are less of a human being than I am.” And we can all relate to that.