Weekly Dose of Ridiculous: Kathie Lee, Family Guy and Honey Boo Boo
This week wasn’t too ridiculous, thanks to people still recovering from BBQ meat comas, but then the middle of the week hit and Kathie Lee Gifford stuck her foot in her mouth and some clown gave one of those ‘Toddlers & Tiaras‘ girls her own show. Oh, and Seth MacFarlane said something about Jewish people.
If you’re blissfully unfamiliar with the ‘Today’ show’s fourth hour, it consists of Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (not a ‘Star Wars’ bounty hunter, we assure you) drinking wine and acting obnoxious while they sort of talk about news-ish things. On television. For money. This sounds like a dream job. Anyway, Martin Short dropped by to talk about ‘Madagascar 3′ because he lost a game of rock-paper-scissors with David Schwimmer and Chris Rock or something.
It was actually going okay until Kathie Lee started gushing about his lovely wife… Who’s been dead for almost two years. The video is painfully awkward to watch as Short is too sweet to correct the ignorant Kathie Lee, or maybe he was just enjoying watching as she made a total ass out of herself. The lesson to be learned here is that wine is a helluva drug. Best to stick to clear liquor. Watch the video below:
Sometimes ‘Family Guy’ character Peter Griffin makes anti-semitic jokes, and the punchline is that his wife is Jewish. And this is okay because it’s something a fictional character does and it’s all in good fun, like joking about Italian people and spicy meat-a-balls or black women being sassy or women being women or whatever.
But then this happened. Apparently the people at ‘Family Guy’ thought it would be hilarious to send out this Emmy For Your Consideration ad calling Emmy voters “bloated, overprivileged Brentwood Jews.” It’s long been a joke that members of awards voting parties are typically old white dudes (have you seen the awards they give out on the Grammys? It’s true), but this takes it a little too far. There’s a reason newspapers banned this ad. It’s not so much that it’s offensive, but that it’s not particularly funny. Or accurate. To make a joke about a culture, it needs to be rooted in truth. You know who lived in Brentwood? OJ Simpson. That fool was so not an Emmy voter.
The most popular miniature beauty queen, Alana — a.k.a. “Honey Boo Boo Child,” and now we wash our hands for betraying us by typing that — is getting her very own six-part mini-series on TLC. The pageant girl and her horrid mother became insta-famous on the program ‘Toddlers & Tiaras,’ which is a show about pageant moms and how they train their daughters to be horrible human beings by instilling them with a sense of entitlement and laziness… but with tiaras!
They’re best known for introducing something called “Go-Go Juice,” a combination of Mountain Dew and Red Bull that mother June gives to her daughter to get her pepped up for the stage. It’s not new — moms on the show usually give their kids sodas and Pixy Stix (straight-up sugar) to give them an energy boost before they perform. Still, it’s appalling, these people are terrible, and now their horribleness is being reinforced with a big, fat paycheck from the people at TLC — you know, “The Learning Channel.”
If you don’t think it could possibly be that bad, watch this video of highlights of this nightmare in training below: