Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Aziz Ansari, Geraldo, Ashton Kutcher, Joe Paterno

Well, maybe I was wrong to attack Ashton Kutcher for his tweets defending Joe Paterno. He said he had walked through the living room, seen that Paterno had been fired, assumed it was because he was so old, and tweeted his outrage. Apparently he was completely out of touch with anything that was happening in the world. He doesn't read newspapers either in print or on line, apparently, and he doesn't even watch the news.

But yesterday I heard Aziz Ansari on NPR. Geraldo Rivera had suggested that Trayvon Martin caused his own murder by wearing a hooded sweatshirt and covering his head in the rain.

Ansari tweeted, "It's really appropriate to tweet this any day, but seriously - Fuck you Geraldo."

He indicated on NPR that he was a bit distressed when they started quoting this tweet in the press. He noted that, when controversies like this arise, reporters will quote these "tweets" as if they were well thought out pronouncements.

Should I not have taken Ashton Kutcher's tweeting seriously?

I heard somewhere that, when interviewers ask TV stars to name their favorite shows, they can never think of any. They don't watch TV.

It does say something in TV's favor. If you don't watch TV, you're like Ashton Kutcher, oblivious to what's going on in the world.

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