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Comedian Kathy Griffin recently landed herself in hot water recently after posing for a photo with the decapitated head of President Donald Trump. The lash-back was immediate, and despite her apology, Griffin has been losing jobs, including her New Year’s Eve hosting gig with Anderson Cooper.
Kathy is far from the first comedian to take a joke too far. Here’s a typical scenario:
Below we take a look at ten other notable comedian or radio show host insults, reactions and fallouts.
The Fallout: The death of Selena was still fresh in the news, especially since it was the murder of an up-and-coming star. The most outspoken opponents of these comments were Hispanic celebrities.
The Apology: After several calls for advertiser boycotts, Stern read in Spanish: “As you know, I’m a satirical person. My remarks on Selena’s tragic death were certainly not made with the aim of causing even more anguish to her family, friends and those who loved her.”
The Recovery: Stern recovered from this just fine, and this just became another notch on his piss-people-off belt.
The Fallout: The Greaseman was fired and people who never even listened to his show sat around chastising him as if he committed the murders himself.
The Apology: He spent years apologizing, visiting people, doing volunteer work in soup kitchens, trying to make amends.
The Recovery: Though the Greaseman spent years off the air, he eventually returned to radio but never regained the steady footing and ratings that he had when he was in his heyday. He pretty much suffered worse than anyone else on this list who said anything wrong.
The Fallout: Someone recorded the incident. It went viral. People were mad because Richards said the N-word. But there really wasn’t much they could do other than criticize. However…
The Apology: Almost immediately after the incident, before most people even knew about it, Richards went on an apology tour.
The Recovery: Already nowhere near his heyday when this incident happened, there really was no recovery. However, several years after the incident, Richards appeared as himself on Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm to tastefully poke fun at himself. It was pretty, pretty funny.
The Fallout: These women got really upset (though I’m willing to bet that none of them even listened to Imus. Seriously, who listens to Imus?). Player Kia Vaughn filed a lawsuit against Imus for slander, libel and defamation of character, but dropped it after realizing she had no case. Imus was suspended, and eventually fired from CBS.
The Apology: “I want to take a moment to apologize for an insensitive and ill-conceived remark we made the other morning regarding the Rutgers women’s basketball team, which lost to Tennessee in the NCAA championship game on Tuesday. It was completely inappropriate and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry.”
The Recovery: After reaching a settlement with CBS over his contract (which allowed for him to be controversial on the air), it didn’t take long for Imus to get another job with Citadel Media.
The Fallout: The Palin family was upset, obviously. Sex jokes about minors will tend to upset the parents.
The Apology: Letterman hardly offered an apology, but did comment on the issue. First, he claimed that he was referring to 18-year-old Bristol Palin, an unwed mother. Nice try, Mr. Letterman. She wasn’t there. However, he did say this: “These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl. Am I guilty of poor taste? Yes. Did I suggest that it was okay for her 14-year-old daughter to be having promiscuous sex? No.”
The Recovery: Dave is doing just fine. We wonder, though, if he had made the same joke about Chelsea Clinton (while Bill Clinton was in office) if there wouldn’t have been a bigger outcry.
The Fallout: Relatively speaking, there wasn’t much of one, other than harsh words from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
The Apology: “I’m sorry my comments were hurtful. I’m a comedian, not a politician.” GLAAD said his apology was “empty.”
The Recovery: Hard to say. Carolla’s show is a podcast, one of the most downloaded on the web. Carolla regularly makes controversial comments. Did this really surprise anyone? Perhaps there are some folks who were extremely offended and no longer listen, but not much has changed.
The Fallout: Mexican landscapers picketed Williams’ concerts. No kidding. This made the news, some folks voiced outrage but overall, this didn’t get the attention of similar incidents.
The Apology: “My remarks were not meant to be offensive,” Williams said. “I want to apologize if my comedy act was taken out of context.” However, Williams was later quoted as standing by his comments.
The Recovery: Williams is fine.
The Fallout: Insurance carrier Aflac fired him as the voice of the Aflac duck.
The Apology: “I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan. I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families.”
The Recovery: Knowing Gottfried, he likely lost no sleep over this and is now relieved that he’s no longer the voice of the Aflac Duck.
The Fallout: The performance wasn’t recorded, but someone had posted what had happened on Facebook and it went viral.
The Apology: Morgan returned to Nashville and addressed reporters. “I want to apologize to my friends, and my family and my fans and everyone in every community who were offended with this. I didn’t know. I didn’t mean it… I don’t have a hateful bone in my body.”
The Recovery: Because he’s on a hit TV show on NBC, 30 Rock, he’s pretty much recovered.
The Fallout: Oh, the horror! Limbaugh said something controversial! Newsflash, people — Limbaugh has been saying things like this for decades, but this time Limbaugh haters decided to make a big deal out of it, which then made some sponsors decide to flee.
The Apology: Limbaugh said, “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.” Fluke essentially didn’t accept it, nor did Limbaugh really mean it.
The Recovery: Limbaugh has been on the air for decades and is not new to controversy. If anything, this put his show back in the limelight to those who otherwise hadn’t been listening. Despite the loss of sponsors, Limbaugh didn’t go anywhere, and the sponsors eventually came back. If anything, it made Fluke famous for being the woman who publicly insisted on receiving free contraception.
Most of what I wrote this past year was about my favorite topic, the Washington Capitals.
It’s been 32 years since the release of Ghostbusters, the timeless classic starring Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray. The movie, which opened June 7, 1984, cost $30 million to make and went on to gross $291,632,124 at the box office. Even without the sequel, the film easily ingrained itself in pop culture with an instantly-recognizable logo and a catchy theme song.
Before people take to the theaters to enjoy (or mock) the latest installment in the franchise, we thought it would be fun to look back at what might have been in the original. Many fans still might not know that the original Ghostbusters film was almost very different. Some of these reasons, believe it or not, made the movie worse than it could have been, while some made it much, much better. Let’s take a look.
Bust first, play the song while you read:
Only one of the best movies ever!
Dan Aykroyd’s original idea was to have a band of “Ghostmashers” travel through time and space to battle ghosts. The director, Ivan Reitman, told him to try again.
Which would’ve been better? Ghostbusters. Duh.
To be clear, Bill Murray as Peter Venkman was a perfect casting choice. Few of us can even picture Ghostbusters without him. However, the role was originally written for someone else.
Mr. College himself, John Belushi, was supposed to be Venkman, but he died of a drug overdose in 1982, forcing Aykroyd and Ramis to re-write the script. It’s safe to say that if Belushi did get to play the role of Venkman, the movie would have still been a classic.
Which would’ve been better? This is a push. Let’s just say in an alternate world, if Belushi had lived and played that role, nothing significant would have changed, except for perhaps Bill Murray being cast in Garfield years later..
Belushi, however, was represented in the movie, as Slimer.
Rick Moranis played Louis Tully, an accountant and a neighbor of Dana Barrett. Every time he was on the screen, he stole the show, which wasn’t easy to do with guys like Murray and Aykroyd.
The role of Tully was originally written for John Candy, who was supposed to be a ‘conservative man in a business suit.’ Candy turned down the role, and Moranis played the part as a nerd.
Which would’ve been better? John Candy in Ghostbusters sounded like a great idea, but Moranis made it way better than it had originally been intended. It would have been nice, though, if Candy at least had a cameo. Maybe the hotel owner, or a guy in a polka band.
I have nothing against Ernie Hudson, but his casting as Winston Zeddemore seemed forced, and the character was relatively unessential to the film other than to make the Ghostbusters an even foursome. I wouldn’t say Hudson’s casting hurt the movie, but just imagine…
Yes, the role of Winston was written for Eddie Murphy. It likely would have been an expanded role had Murphy been involved. Instead, Murphy was busy filming another film, Beverly Hills Cop.
Which would’ve been better? Sorry, Hudson, but Murphy, a million times over, would have been better.
Slavitza Jovan played the role of Gozer. She’s a woman, channeling David Bowie as Ziggie Stardust, or something. This was the scariest part of Ghostbusters.
That’s right, Mr. Pee Wee Herman himself turned down the role of Gozer. Of course this movie would have been better if it was Pee Wee who shouted “ARE YOU A GOD?”
But that wasn’t exactly the part at the time. Gozer was supposed to be an ‘architect in a business suit.’ Reubens instead went on to do Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Pee Wee’s Playhouse.
Which would’ve been better? If Reubens played the role of Gozer the way we saw shim in the film, as Pee Wee, we would’ve died laughing.
Annie Potts played the Ghostbusters’ secretary, Janine Melnitz.
“Hello, Ghostbusters? Yes, of course they’re serious… You do?… You have?… No kidding! Just gimme the address… Oh sure, they will be totally discreet. Thank you! [hangs up]. WE GOT ONE!”
Bernhard turned down this role, which is a shame because she could’ve certainly put on a more memorable performance than Potts. Oddly enough, Bernhard was also turned down for the role of Slimer.
Which would’ve been better? Nothing against Potts, but Bernhard would have killed it.
Here are my most favorite articles or things I did this past year: