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State of the Popular Culture

Ask Miss Wendy
L-R: Michael Mazocco, Wendy R. Williams, Armistead Johnson
Photo Credit: Stephen Mosher

The Beat Goes On: Last night, David Letterman stunned his audience by announcing that he has been the victim of a blackmail scheme - another CBS employee had demanded that Letterman give him $2,000,000 or this blackmailer would tell the world that the married Letterman had had affairs with CBS staffers. Instead, according to Letterman's statement, he had gone to the Manhattan DA and the alleged extorter has been arrested. Now isn't this a tasty bit for all late show hosts and just the thing to give Letterman a needed dose of "bad-boy" in his competition with the younger Conan O'Brien? But many kudos to Letterman for handling a bad situation in the correct way - not trying to sweep it under the carpet but simply stating what happened. Unfortunately for Letterman's family this scandal won't simply ride out a news cycle or two - there will be a trial which will keep us all titillated for months to come.

God Bless Sarah Palin: I (and every other columnist, talk show host and water- cooler-standee) am simply giddy with glee. Sarah Palin has "written" a book titled Going Rogue which will be released on November 17, 2009 just in time to be enjoyed with the other turkey. Let's hope the ghost writer (read "real" writer) Lynn Vincent has left in enough Palinese (strange form of English spoken by our darling Sarah) to gas up my column and keep it running until Christmas.

Alaska must be feeling pretty small to an ex-governor who is addicted to shopping at Saks. Just how long do you think it will take for Sarah to pick up her family and decamp for California? I know LA is filled with pseudo liberals, but the great state of California has also been home to whack jobs like Amy Semple McPherson and Howard Hughes. California is also a strong hold of the NRA plus there is always the lure of conservative Republican Orange County where the spirit of "I got mine, see you get yours" reigns.


The Beat Goes On: Manson Family member and convicted murderer Susan Atkins has died in prison. And famed film director Roman Polanski, whose pregnant wife Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson family, has been arrested in Switzerland on an outstanding warrant for for raping a thirteen-year-old girl in Los Angeles and then skipping bail and fleeing to France.

This is the saga that never ends.

The terminally ill Atkins (brain cancer) was recently denied humanitarian parole so she could die in freedom. But even the most kind hearted soul might reason that a person who could stab a crying pleading pregnant woman to death should never be paroled.

As for Polanski, this is a much more complicated case. He says he did not know that the girls in his hot tub was thirteen (huh?) and the victim who is now the forty-five- year-old mother of three, wants no part of this criminal case and the ensuing questions as to just what was a thirteen year old girl doing alone with a group of adults at Jack Nichoson's house in the first place and whatever was her mother thinking? And according to the HBO documentary (Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired), the now-deceased media-hungry judge in the case, seems to have had seriously compromised objectivity.

These two cases are on opposite sides in public opinion. There is no controversy surrounding the sentencing of any of the Manson Family - simply throw them in prison, lock the door and throw away the key. The Polanski case, however, is a hot potato that seemingly no one wants to deal with - much better to just forget it every happened. But now that the "helpful" Swiss have arrested Pollanski, something will have to be done. Hopefully cool heads will reign and the case of fugitive film director Roman Polanski will finally be resolved.


The Beat Goes On: It has been a surreal week in the news:
Makenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) has revealed that she had a long-term sexual relationship with her father, John Phillips of the sixties band, The Mamas and Pappas ( Kevin Federline is hauling his oversized mid section to TV's Celebrity Fit Club, proving once again that being a stay-at-home mamma (or pappa) isn't good for anyone's girlish figure ( Renegade Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been figuratively wandering the tri-state area in search of a place to pitch his tent ( ). And out in the wilds, the coyotes are "doing the wild thing" with the wolves, resuling in a new breed - the coywolf (also I think it's time for all of us to go outside and howl at the moon.


Antonio Banderas and Justin Timberlake
Shrek the Third Movie Premiere - London
June 11, 2007
Solarpix / PR Photos

Ruminations: From time to time, I run some whacky photo from across the pond - hats that need to be watered, bizarre dead animals in glass cases at the museum. Check out this old photo of Antonio Banderas riding piggy on Justin Timberlake's back. Does having a culture that dates back to Romans (as opposed to our feeble attempts which began in 1492) made London and anyone who visits a tad bit daft? Just think about it. This is a town where Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Queen Elizabeth can all feel comfortably at home.


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