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The Muppet Show Skit Belongs in the Top Ten of SNL Skits

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Betty White: First Lady of Television Review

Hollywood is not known for being the most comforting of industries. This is especially true for women of a certain age. Betty White is one of the few actresses who has been able to not only survive, but thrive in this environment.

The 2018 documentary Betty White: First Lady of Television is the story of her career. Ms. White entered showbusiness when television was in its infancy. Since her first appearance seven decades ago, she has become an icon, a groundbreaker and a performer who has entertained multiple generations of fans. Using archival footage and interviews, the viewer is given a glimpse of the real woman behind the beloved character actress.

What I loved about this film is that it shows its subject as she is. There are some biographies that present a slick and polished image of perfection. What you see is what you get. She is a smart, salty, and extremely funny woman who at the age of 99, is as real as she ever was.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

Betty White: First Lady of Television is available for streaming on Netflix.

P.S. The 2018 episode of Saturday Night Live that she hosted is for my money, one of the best in the past few years.

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Was the Joke About Israel on SNL Satire or Anti-Semitic?

Satire is a beautiful thing. But it can also cross the line.

During the Weekend Update portion of last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, anchor Michael Che made a joke about Israel. To say that it did not go over well is an understatement.

The question I have to ask, is it satire or antisemitism?

I get that it was a joke. Weekend Update is not your serious local weeknight news. It is supposed to be funny and perhaps bordering on not exactly being 100% politically correct.

That being said, I can’t help but agree that it did have a slightly anti-Semitic undertone. My people have been persecuted and murdered because of the lies that have been told about us.

Unlike other countries (ahem, United States) on which the the rollout of the vaccine programs have been unnecessarily complicated or messy, the Israeli government got their shit together. As of February 4th, US News & World Report put out a story that all Israelis over the age of sixteen were able to get the vaccine. The important word in this headline is all. There was no mention of any specific group that was either pushed to the head of the line or denied access because of their religious or cultural background.

I’ve been a fan of SNL for more than twenty years, this program is usually the highlight of my weekend. I can usually laugh at anything. But this joke, I cannot and will never be able to laugh at.

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Regé-Jean Page Hosted SNL Last Night…That is All

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SNL’s Zillow Sketch Speaks the Truth

The American dream has always been a version of the following: owning one’s home, happily married, raising healthy and content children, and perhaps owning a pet.

But for some of us who are part of the millennial generation, the dream is just that.

The Zillow sketch that aired on Saturday Night Live over the weekend speaks of the painful truth.

The professional and social security net that our parents and grandparents knew does not exist anymore. Decades ago, it was not uncommon to get a job straight of school, stay in that job for decades, and retire comfortably in one’s fifties or sixties. With that steady income, homeownership was almost guaranteed.

For most adults under a certain age, this is a pipe dream. Due to any number of factors (which Covid has only made worse), the job market has ebbs and flows, creating highs and lows when it comes to employment numbers. The housing market is worse. According to experts, one’s rent or mortgage should be no more than 30% of their monthly bills.

I would love for that to be the case. I don’t know about other housing markets, but in New York City, some homes cost millions of dollars. The 30% rule is already out the window when the cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment is the same as a mortgage on a four-bedroom house with a large plot of land and a driveway outside of the city.

The skit was not meant (in my mind at least) to shame Zillow (or any real estate company). It simply pointed out that for many people, home ownership is being their reach and will never come to fruition.

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RIP Alex Trebek

In the range of media personalities, there are two different types of people at each end. On one end is the person who acts outrageous in public, forcing jaws to drop and questions like “did so and so really say that”?. On the other end is the person who in public is calm under pressure and feels more like a friend than someone who appears on your television screen nightly.

The late Alex Trebek was the latter. He died today from cancer. Hosting the trivia game show Jeopardy since 1984, he has become a familiar face for generations of television viewers. His easy going demeanor and unaffected manner was the reason that Jeopardy has been on the air or nearly forty years.

It also opened the door to parodies, specifically Celebrity Jeopardy on Saturday Night Live.

May his memory be a blessing. Z”L.

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At Least Last Night’s Vice Presidential Debate was Civil

In the world of Presidential elections, some might argue that the debate between the Vice Presidential nominees is not as consequential as the Presidential debates. But I disagree with that. For some voters, the choice of Vice President can be a make or break decision as to who they will support and/or vote for. It is also important because if the President cannot do his or her job, the Vice President steps into the role.

Last night, Vice Presidential nominees Mike Pence and Kamala Harris had their turn to debate the issues. If there is only one thing to say about the debate, it is that it was at least civil. There was nary a hint of the possibility of a knock down, drag out fight.

That being said, I was reminded once more why Trump and Pence have to go. Though moderator Susan Page did a better job of keeping the nominees under control, she was still interrupted multiple times by the Vice President. Who, by the way, is a hypocrite and a liar. The fly landing on his head and remaining there for several minutes was the best part of the evening.

If there was one thing I was impressed by, it was how Senator Harris kept her cool. She wore what can only be described as a patient smile, firmly stating the facts and reminding the Vice President when he cut in on her time. Her years as a prosecutor showed, she had the restraint of a parent who was waiting for their toddler to stop their tantrum.

The fact is that after nearly four years of chaos and divisiveness, we need a President and an administration who can actually lead this country. You know who and his team have failed multiple times over, that failure has a ripple effect that will go well beyond their time in office. We need Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to bring us back to a state of normalcy, a state of decency, and do what the voters actually hired them to do.

#BidenHarris2020

P.S. I can’t wait to see what Saturday Night Live will do this weekend. If the cold open was anything like last weekend, it will be the perfect antidote to political the shit show that we are going through.

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To Call Last Night’s Debate a Shit Show is an Understatement

The purpose of a Presidential debate is simple. It allows both candidates to present themselves to the public. They are asked a series of questions that allows them to talk about their views and policies. At the end of the night, the voter may or may not be swayed in a specific direction, but they have at least heard the necessary information.

Last night was supposed to be the first Presidential debate. Thought calling it a shit show is an understatement, Jake Tapper put it best.

“That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck,”

This was not a debate. It was verbal fisticuffs.

Though Biden was not perfect, I have to hand it to him. Other people might have jumped across the stage and let their fists do the talking. But he remained as calm as he could have been, given the circumstances.

His opponent on the other hand, was another story, The color of his face is either the result of spending hours in a tanning bed or putting on an entire case of bronzer. He proved once more than he has the temperament and maturity of schoolyard bully who refuses to see beyond number one.

If there was one answer that spoke volumes, it was his answer to the question about hate and white nationalist groups. The fact that he would not condemn them publicly is just another reason to vote for the Democratic ticket.

I’m not an undecided voter, anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I made up my mind a long time ago. If one of the goals of last night was to convince the undecided voter, the arrow did not even get close to the target.

I hope and pray that in November, this country comes to its senses and votes this clown (as Biden put it) out of office for good.

#BidenHarris2020

P.S. Saturday Night Live is starting their new season this weekend. They more than enough material to work with.

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Rest in Revolution, RBG

Activism is not always done standing on a soapbox with a microphone in one’s hand. It can be done working quietly behind the scenes.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday. Born and raised in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, she came of age in an era when most women quietly settled in marriage and motherhood. She could have followed the pack, but chose another life. That life led her to become only the second women to join the United States Supreme Court. Serving nearly three decades, she was a feminist and icon in every sense of the word.

I can’t think of any other Supreme Court Justice who has deified on Saturday Night Live. Kate McKinnon is perfection.

Her passing represents more than her physical death. The question comes up of who should replace her. If precedent has anything to say, whomever fills her seat will not be named until after November. But, given the current state of American politics, I would not be surprised if there was already a list of potential replacements waiting in the wings.

In the words of our mutual ancestors, may her memory be a blessing and an inspiration to fight for equality.

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Mother’s Day and Covid-19

Ask any mother and they will tell you that it is the hardest job they could have ever taken on. Add in Covid-19 and that job has taken on a new level of responsibility.

Here’s to the Moms who are doing their best under what can only be described as difficult circumstances.

Here’s to the Moms who are juggling working from home and home schooling their kids.

Here’s to the Moms who are sick with Covid and still trying to parent their children.

Here’s to the Moms who are taking care of a sick spouse, partner or loved one while still trying to be a good mother.

Here’s to the Moms who are working on the front lines and have made the tough decision to stay away from home to protect their children.

Here’s to the Moms who are working on the front lines and go through an extended process to make sure that their children remain virus free.

Here’s to the Moms whose children have become sick and/or died from Covid.

Here’s to the Moms who have become single parents due to the virus.

Here’s to the Moms who have lost their jobs and are doing what they can to give their children the best life possible.

Here’s to the future Moms whose children are still in the womb.

Here’s to the grandmothers, aunts and other mother figures who stepped up to the challenge of being the mother to children whose mother cannot be there.

Here’s to the Moms who cannot be with their families today.

Here’s to the Moms who are new mothers in the age of Covid-19.

Here’s to the Moms that are no longer with us due to Covid-19.

Here’s to the Moms who are homeless and must take care of their children under circumstances I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Here’s to the Moms who left abusive spouses or partners and doing what they need to do to protect their children.

Here’s to the Moms who are no longer with us physically, but remain in our hearts and memories forever.

Most of all, here’s to my mother, my late grandmothers and the multiple generations of mothers in my family who are no longer with us.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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