History Channel’s Texas Rising: Review
I’m not much for reviewing films or TV shows because I always feel so presumptuous doing it…out of my element…but since I posted so much about the History Channel’s mini-series, Texas Rising, I figured I would link to a review with which I support. It’s short and simple, well edited, and what I believe the most professional reviews should be like.
This one is from The New York Daily News. Here’s an excerpt:
Once you sort out who’s on first, “Texas Rising” gives you a mighty fine ride.
This five-night miniseries aims to rekindle the excitement of History’s “Hatfields and McCoys,” another sprawling, brawling tale from America’s wild-child past.
“Texas Rising” retraces the path by which Texas first declared itself an independent republic and then, in 1845, accepted annexation into the United States.
You can read the rest here. The only thing I can add is that Texas Rising is a pure dramatization, with plenty of action, and a romantic POV that for me was pure escapism. I get a slap in the face almost daily and I liked the entertainment this show provided me. I’m loving it, especially the performances and the all star cast.
You can check out my previous posts here for dates and times. I would imagine it will be on demand, if it already isn’t.
Jerry Seinfeld’s Gay Joke and PC Comments
I almost hate to comment on this one because I do think we often go overboard with what is and isn’t politically correct. I self-censor daily in order to avoid aggravation. But I will comment below, because I don’t agree with Seinfeld completely on this one.
In short, Seinfeld made a gay joke that tanked. It tanked BIG time. It tanked so badly they were holding back tomatoes. Instead of dropping the mic and leaving quietly, Seinfeld’s been complaining that we’re all too PC now…kind of like that way you blame auto-correct when you’re texting and something doesn’t come out right.
‘I did this line recently in front of an audience … and they thought, “What are you talking about gay?” “What do you mean gay?” And I thought, “Are you kidding me?’ Seinfeld told Seth Meyers on NBC’s Late Night this week.
‘Comedy’s where you can like feel an opinion,’ he said. ‘I can imagine a time when people say “Well that’s offensive to suggest that a gay person moves their hand in a flourishing motion and you now need to apologize.” There’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me.’
The biggest problem with this is that not everyone is familiar with old gay stereotypes and hand gestures, especially not younger gay…or straight…people. I’ve said this before with other old comedians who think “that’s so gay is funny.” Comedy, like everything else, evolves with time. What was funny in 1910 was not funny in 1950, and what was funny in 1980 is not always funny now. Jewish humor doesn’t go over much anymore, just like gay stereotypes and gay humor that once got more than an awkward chuckle. In this case I don’t think it’s a matter of being too PC. I think it’s a matter of how people feel and comprehend various types of comedy…and how it’s communicated. I also think Seinfeld should keep up with the times.
You can read the rest here. The comments are interesting.
With that said, I don’t think Seinfeld is guilty of anything other than telling a painfully bad joke that bombed. In fact, a lot of people didn’t even get the joke, that is how much it bombed. I don’t think he intended to insult anyone. If I were him I would smile, bow, and show myself out.
Matt Bomer and Channing Tatum At LA Pride Parade
I have to admit that I’m never tempted to travel to places like Florida or Los Angeles this time of year, however, it’s actually killing me that I didn’t get a chance to see what’s been going on in WeHo for LA Pride. Just the tweets alone from people I follow in WeHo have been tempting.
Channing Tatum and Matt Bomer surprised crowds at Sunday’s Los Angeles Pride Parade in West Hollywood when they danced their way down Santa Monica Boulevard on a Magic Mike XXL float.
The participation of the two heartthrobs as well as co-star Adam Rodriguez had not been advertised but once parade goers realized who was on the float, they could barely contain themselves.
The rest is here, with a photo of Bomer and Tatum.