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But, but, but … she was … naked (gasp)

November 16th, 2004

I’ve got two things to say about this whole Monday Night Football intro dustup — you know, the bit that has ABC apologizing today; the one that had a naked Nicolette Sheridan (remember her? she used to be a sex kitten type) jumping into the arms of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens (how could you forget him? he’s the guy with the most ridiculously overblown ego in a league filled with guys with ridiculously overblown egos):

First, can we please, please, please just get the fuck over ourselves already, America? Would that be possible? I mean, I know it isn’t, but I have to ask just the same … . After all, we’re talking about a little promo for a TV soap, OK? No one’s breast was seen by anyone (except maybe T.O. and the camera crew). No one got exposed to anything that’s in any way likely to scar them for life. And still we get an apology from an FCC-fearing ABC and this bit from humorless fuck (and NFL spokesman) Greg Aiello: “While ABC may have gained attention for one of its other shows, the NFL and its fans lost.” Lost what, Greg? Our innocence? Oh, poor us. Loosen up, will ya?

Second, am I the only one out here wondering if this would have raised such an outcry (people actually complained to the FCC, it seems) if Nicolette had leapt into the arms of a white fellow? I hope not. Because I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have. Like it or not, America is still a pretty racist little place and, even though I’m sure many of the complainers wouldn’t admit it themselves, the idea of a naked white woman in the arms of a black man, is still something a good number of our red state brethren aren’t about to just stand by and watch.

Of course, maybe it’s just me. Maybe the whole thing’s too damned offensive for words and us Massachusetts liberals can’t possibly understand such things. But I doubt it. Somehow, I really, really doubt it.

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