August 31, 2006, - 12:58 pm

Pop Culture Stuff of the Day

By Debbie Schlussel
Some showbiz and pop culture stuff:
* “The Dixie Chicks”–fresh from a “60 Minutes” interview spewing more left-wing whining and a British interview attacking American patriotism, questioning why we love America–didn’t score a single nomination in the Country Music Awards. That must be tough since “American Idol” newbie Carrie Underwood is up for two awards and even Bon Jovi–no country act–is nominated (for a duet).
So sad, too bad.
* Yesterday, actor Glenn Ford died at age 90. He served in World War II in the Marines. In the days of “The Dixie Chicks,” Sean Penn, and Brad Pitt, we mourn the loss of actors who served America. They are a rare breed–and dying out. Glenn Ford, RIP.

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Dixie Chicks, Actor Glenn Ford, Sports Columnist Jon Saraceno

* Last week, I highly recommended the movie, “Invincible,” about unlikely 30-year-old bartender Vince Papale’s star turn as a Philadelphia Eagle. Now, I recommend my friend, USA Today sports columnist Jon Saraceno’s column on the movie, the real-life Vince Papale, and the NFL today. Even if you don’t like football, you’ll find this a good read.
I may not agree with everything Jon writes, but I think he’s one of the best sports columnists in the biz. Plus, he used to be USA Today’s boxing writer and has a brilliant mind and great sense of humor. I always read his column.
* Playboy “model” (euphemism) and Hugh Hefner “girlfriend” (euphemism) Kendra Wilkinson is upset that Eminem spilled a bottle of water on her at a video shoot. We’re definitely NOT fans of Eminem. But, hello? This woman who repeatedly flashes the camera on “The Girls Next Door” reality show is mad that a rap star poured water on her. You’re a glorified whore. Don’t be shocked–shocked!–when a rap star treats you like one.
Live life like a wet t-shirt contestant, get treated like one. She wrote on her My Space blog page that Eminem was “lookin like hes overdosing on drungs [sic].” Well, you can’t expect her to know how to spell.
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* Regular readers of this site know that I am a connoisseur of interesting and weird soda flavors (here, here, and here).
If you live in the Midwest–and especially in Michigan–you may know what Faygo pop is. Faygo is a Detroit brand of soda in a gazillion different flavors, founded in 1907 by Russian Jewish immigrants Ben and Perry Feigenson. White rappers Violent Jay and Shaggy 2 Dope of “Insane Clown Posse” memorialized Faygo in one of their obscene raps.
Now, Faygo is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary and holding a flavor and label contest. You can design one or both. The last time they held this contest, Faygo picked Candy Apple flavor from the entries. It was awesome. But sadly, they discontinued that one. Enter the contest here.

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…”The Girls Next Door” reality show is made that a rap star poured water on her. You’re a glorified whore. Don’t be shocked–shocked!–when a rap star treats you like one.
Live life like a wet t-shirt contestant, get treated like one. She wrote on her My Space blog page that Eminem was “lookin like hes overdosing on drungs [sic].” Well, you can’t expect her to know how to spell.
-Careful, Debbie. You wouldn’t want to be called a hypocrite. It could have been a careless typo. Although I agree with the point of your post.
Long time reader,
Brandon

brbankston on August 31, 2006 at 2:36 pm

Hmmm… it seems that your comments does not recognize HTML. I meant to put bold tags around “made”, which should read, “mad”.

brbankston on August 31, 2006 at 2:37 pm

“Ditzy” Chicks,,, *yawn*

Swamp Rabbit on August 31, 2006 at 3:37 pm

Faygo – Some of the flavors are very good, and the price is right.

Burt on August 31, 2006 at 3:59 pm

Faygo Fruit Punch pop is the best.

Manatoch on August 31, 2006 at 4:27 pm

OMG! I just read Kendra’s full “story” on how she was attacked! It hurt my eyes to read it. Hello! “I” is capitalized and “cuz” is not a word! What did she think was going to happen in a rap video? They are notorious for objectifying women. So let me guess, she was wearing a paper thin t-shirt with no bra and she is suprised that Eminem would poor water on her t-shirt. Eminem is known for being rude and crude. Did she think she was invited to be in the video for her knowledge of advanced physics?
You’re right Debbie that was a very good article on “Invincible”. I am going to try to see it this weekend. Maybe the Dixie Chicks should it see it as well to see what a real American is like, one who came from humble beginnings but didn’t whine about it.

Minnie Mouse on August 31, 2006 at 5:05 pm

hey debbie have not seen or hear of faygo in 30 years do you have any sample here, in new england its coke or pepsi they ran all the local soda out of business here. as far as the insane clown posse didnt they break up,all the money there record company gave them, to what nothing they are still pissed at emimem success. they are 2 dumb wigger that put on makeup ever heard of kiss you copycats frauds

PNAMARBLE on August 31, 2006 at 7:26 pm

There is a old fashioned spicy hot Ginger Ale soda called Blenheim, out of the Carolinas somewhere, that is really different and grows on you. For the really brave it comes in a red top version. Trust me, it will get your attention, first sip.
Glenn Ford was a Marine during WWII and went to Vietnam for a month in 1967, he was the real deal. So was Lew Ayres who not only saw combat as a Medic and Chaplain’s Assistant, he was a conscientious objector. He also refused a lucrative television series because it promoted cigarettes. That was the over fifty years ago!
Out of 34 million Americans who served in WWII, only 24,000 did service as conscientious objector soldiers, one was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for carrying over one hundered wounded soldiers to safety under relentless Japanese fire by himself. Lew Ayres was the real deal, too.

code7 on August 31, 2006 at 9:28 pm

I was born and raised in Mi. (a couple of lifetimes ago) and never knew the stuff was local. Duh.
Can anyone explain the name Faygo? I presume a variation on a Hebrew or Russian word?
FAYGO IS SHORT FOR FEIGENSON, THE SURNAME OF THE RUSSIAN JEWISH IMMIGRANTS WHO FOUNDED IT.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Grateful1 on August 31, 2006 at 10:32 pm

A few decades back, there were many local beer and soda manufacturers. I enjoy a Chicago local soda when I’m there. I’ve got a friend who buys it in glass bottles by the case from a small manufacturer near Comiskey Park, sorry I can’t remember the name. If you’re from Chicago you know it. Best root beer I ever drank; however, dad mixed up every summer.

Burt on September 1, 2006 at 7:51 am

Poor Dixie Chicks — they have to get naked in order to get any attention these days.

AmericanJewess on September 1, 2006 at 9:14 am

I love faygo and still do. In California you can get in K-mart. I in my “uthes” (note ignorant side bar) loved the ICP. I am glad to find out the real story to Faygo. Thank you for that and I was in Michingan on a job in 2001. I found Mountain Dew’s Code Red. You guys have great taste in pop. It has years since I heard the word “pop”. Thanks again for taking me home.

davendee on September 1, 2006 at 9:08 pm

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