It would be George Harrison's "Hey Dude." For me, that is not just George's best song, but the best song the Beatles ever recorded. "Hey Dude, don't make your bed, take a pass, and make it later . . ."
That is just such an important song and --
It's not "Hey Dude"?
Actually, I know Paul McCartney wrote "Hey Jude." My point was to underscore how stupidity can go. Matthew Rothschild flaunted some real stupidity (C.I. calls him out in the snapshot today). He decided he was going to write about a song.
First problem? If you're going to write about a song, you need to know the song's title. Unless the point of your writing is: "I can't remember the title." I could see such a column. You remember a line or two from the song and you write about it with a "Does anyone know the name of this song? I love it and would love to purchase it as a download."
But that's not what Rothschild did. He wrote about "So This Is Christmas (War Is Over)" which, for the record, is no known song connected to a Beatle in any way.
The song is "Merry Xmas (War Is Over)." If you're writing a column about the song, you need to know the title of it. Getting it wrong? No, not acceptable.
Equally important, don't call that song "John's song." Yoko's on the recording. Also, Yoko co-wrote the song and is credited as co-writer.
C.I. was furious. I don't blame her. It pisses me off as well. But she asked if I would add a thought or two of my own. (Nonsense like this enrages her.)
It is sexist on Matthew Rothschild's part and it is xenophobic. This is all about Yoko not being White but marrying the White wonder John Lennon. This is the "Dragon Lady" and all the other stereotypes and hatred heaped on Yoko. (Disclosure, like C.I., I know Yoko.)
It's, "That 'yellow woman' took our buddy!"
It is not about love, it is not about peace. It is about hatred and anger.
Yoko Ono won John's heart. Get over it. Most of you didn't even know him, (I did.) He's dead and your dreams that you'd have a beer with him are just dreams.
He made a choice and it was to make a life with Yoko. Yoko made a choice and it was to make a life with John. They were in love. They were committed to one another up to the end. My guess (only a guess, I'm not psychic), were John alive today, he'd still be with her. No one made John happy like Yoko. When John was unhappy, nothing made him happier than grouching to Yoko. He didn't think anyone heard him the way she did when the world was weighing on him.
Yoko won his heart (and he her heart). You need to let go of your sexism and xenophobia. It's tired, it's ugly and it's not realistic.
If you're really a fan of John's who cares so much about him, I can say this: He wouldn't want you to be trashing Yoko. That was a topic he addressed regularly. How everyone wanted "Beatle John" and wanted to blame Yoko for the death of "Beatle John." He's the one who walked away. Yoko didn't pull him. Yoko didn't trick him. She gave him love and she gave him respect. He returned the same to her.
"TV: Water Cooler Set Confesses and Kills" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
V has an impact. It's foolish to pretend otherwise. Whether you personally watch it or never turn it on, it still has an impact. It is where, even today, society gathers around the campfire to pass on ideas, dreams, fears, mores and more. Which is why Terry Gross and David Bianculli's are so damaging. You can't talk about 2010 without noting the year saw the loss of the decade's funniest sitcom.
Unlike Will & Grace or Friends, The New Adventures of Old Christine is a creation of the '00s. It began and finished its run this decade. When the laugh out loud sitcom got the axe last May, Kari Lizer (creator of the show) explained what had just taken place, "As far as what happened at CBS, we've suffered from a serious lack of support from them since the beginning. I hate to say it, but I'm afraid they don't care much for the female-of-a-certain-age point of view over there. How else do you explain them squandering the talents of Julia [Louis-Dreyfus] and Wanda [Sykes]?" Kari is correct. She'd be even more correct if she'd point out that the lack of interest was also to be found in the Water Cooler Set. For example, Entertainment Weekly is nothing but critics and their TV pages post updates multiple times daily; however, Ken Tucker couldn't note the show in all of 2010 until right before it got the axe.
To his credit, he did at least note it. Putting him far ahead of his peers. But this is why it matters what Terry discusses. She's listened to and her show could have impact. She chooses to ignore that and she chooses to serve up ten critics and only one of them a woman (she covers books and, no, Terry doesn't devote an hour to year-in-books). The masculine-identified Terry Gross is a huge part of the problem. This year, she saw an omission: Bianculli left a man off the list!
Women don't just disappear, they are disappeared. For an hour, Terry and David chewed the fat over TV and never once did they mention by name a single actress in a TV series.
It matters a great deal. In the spring of 2009, NBC had to pick what shows to keep and which ones to kill -- more pruning than usual was required due to the fact that in the fall of 2009, NBC would be turning over the last hour of prime time Monday through Friday to Jay Leno's talk show. Monday nights offered three hour long shows: Chuck, Heroes and Medium. Of the three, the one netting the biggest audience was Medium. Heroes was cratering and the creator was unable to accept the feedback for why the show was failing. (It would become an outright failure the following season.) Chuck was in flux. Which show did NBC cancel?
Medium. (CBS picked it up.) NBC was clear why the gave it the axe: Yeah, it had an audience, but it didn't have a "buzz." The Water Cooler Set just didn't care about it.
Nothing would give it "buzz" with the Water Cooler Set. Not astounding production values, not amazing acting, nothing. The series could -- and did -- feature notable guest stars and even that didn't mean a thing. David Morse, Kelly Preston, Neve Campbell, Molly Ringwald, Eric Stoltz, Jeffrey Tambor, Laura San Giacomo, Thomas Jane and Rosanna Arquette were among those doing outstanding work and Anjelica Huston gave an amazing performance as Cynthia in season four and season five. But even that wasn't enough for the Water Cooler Set.
You want to know a dirty secret that the Water Cooler Set doesn't? Network execs are in a panic more than ever before. Two decades ago, you axed a show and that was that. Today? You face an outcry online. So? So, if you cut a popular show and your new shows aren't performing, you really don't need the stockholders being reminded of what got the axe to make way for the new flops. A devoted following (no matter the size of it) have extended a show's life.
So it does matter when Terry Gross and her all male posse decide that women don't matter, it does matter when the Water Cooler Set ignores and dismisses women. And they contribute to the network suits inability to drive forward since they're always studying the rear view mirror instead.
For example, four new shows have been pitched to the big three network (one of which also was pitched to Fox). All four share a horror premise. The best of the four is best termed erotic horror and reads like an interesting gamble. But women are prominent in the story and it has no teensies. ABC's The Gates had teensies and they're sappy angst ensured that the show sank. The Vampire Diaries has yet to overcome its reputation of never-ending-foreplay (leading it to be dubbed in the industry "Thursday Tease"). By contrast, True Blood (Showtime) has found an audience via an adult take on horror. Whether or not it could be another True Blood, it surely could match the best in horror turned out by Hammer Films and yet the reservations over the project, the hesitation, stems from the fact that women are front and center. That's what it's come to, the Water Cooler Set and their built-in sexism mean that a project that all three big networks agree is "interesting" and "promising" can't get a greenlight out of fear that it just won't attract the 'buzz.'
This is a really important piece by Ava and C.I. I was torn between the excerpt above or the opening which is also beautiful.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):