Commentary: 5 examples of $#*! Gordon Gee says

Published: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 @ 1:57 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 @ 1:57 PM

Perhaps the short-lived CBS show “$#*! My Dad Says” would still be on the air if network execs had cast retiring Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee in the starring role.

As my tenacious colleague Laura A. Bischoff has reported over the years, Gee has said (and spent) some $#*!

Legendary actor William Shatner, the guy who got the part in the CBS show, wouldn’t have stood a chance against Ohio State’s prez.

Gee could have simply channeled himself in delivering the role he was born to play and added primetime Emmy winner to his list of accolades.

The 69-year-old said Wednesday he decided to retire after taking a cruise with his family. He was in the midst of another foot-in-the-mouth controversy when the exit was announced Tuesday.

The latest controversy involves off color “jokes” about priests at the University of Notre Dame, Catholics in general and other universities.

One in particular seemed plucked from the ”$#*! My Dad Says” Twitter account:

“…the fathers are holy on Sunday and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week. You know, you just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or Friday and so. Literally, I can say that. Very true. Father Joyce was one of those people and who ran the university for many, many years.”

Justin Halpern, the son behind the $#*! My Dad Says Twitter account the TV show was based on, would have had to edit down that comment.

I could totally hear a ‘dad’ or Vice President ‘Uncle’ Joe Biden (joking) making most of the gaffes credited to Gee — I may have given the one mentioned above a ‘I-can’t-believe-you-said-that’ laugh — but not a dad who leads one of the nation’s largest universities and takes home a bajillion in taxpayer dollars annually.

Read: Arch: Gee’s truest words

5 examples of $#*! Gordon Gee Says

The Dayton Daily News has compiled a list of gaffes from Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee. Cue the uncomfortable laughter.

December 2012 At an Athletics Council meeting, Gee said Notre Dame was never invited to join the Big Ten Conference because they’re “not very good partners” and “the fathers are holy on Sunday and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week. You know, you just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or Friday and so. Literally, I can say that. Very true. Father Joyce was one of those people and who ran the university for many, many years.” Gee also implied that the SEC can’t read or write and that the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville were not academically worthy of joining the Big Ten.

January 2012 — Gee quipped that OSU’s individual colleges used to operate like PT boats shooting at one another in the ocean. “It was like the Polish army,” he said.

March 2011 — Gee brushed aside a question about whether then head football coach Jim Tressel would be fired. “Are you kidding me? Let me just be very clear. I’m just hopeful the coach doesn’t dismiss me.”

November 2010 — Gee remarked that Ohio State’s football schedule is tough. “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day. So I think until a university runs through that gantlet that there’s some reason to believe that they not be the best teams to (be) in the big ballgame.

1992 — Following a tied game against Michigan, Gee said: “This tie is one of our greatest wins ever.”

Sources: Dayton Daily News, Columbus Dispatch and The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer

Contact this columnist and blogger at arobinson@DaytonDailyNews.com or Twitter.com/DDNSmartMouth

'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:59 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:04 PM


            'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

The AMC's show "The Walking Dead" is stirring up emotions, but not for gruesome scenes or unexpected endings.  

This time, it's for T-shirts. 

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The Huffington Post reported that Primark, an international clothing retailer, stopped selling the shirt.

The Warwick Courier reported that Ian Lucraft wrote a letter to the store's CEO Paul Marchant, saying it was "fantastically offensive" and "racist."

The problem? The phrase "eeny meeny miny moe," which in the show is followed by the line, "catch a tiger by his toe." However, some historical versions of the rhyme include a racial slur instead of the word "tiger," which sparked the complaint, according to the Huffington Post. 

The phrase is said by Negan, a character played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the show. EW reported Morgan responded with a tweet, saying, "people are stupid."

BBC News reported that the retailer said it removed the product.

Primark apoligized in a statement:

The T-shirt in question is licensed merchandise for the US television series, "The Walking Dead," and the quote and image are taken directly from the show. Any offense caused by its design was wholly unintentional and Primark sincerely apologizes for this.

2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:41 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:41 PM


            2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

We know the struggle. Every year, when the Oscars get close, it goes something like this:

You: This year, I'm going to see every nominee for Best Picture.

Inner You: TBH, I'm really just in to see best dressed and who gives the most shocking speech.

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Well you don't have to worry this year because we've got you covered. Without further ado, here's the lowdown on every single Oscar-nominated film for Best Picture -- in easily digestible two-sentence summaries:

"Manchester By the Sea"

This is a film where the least devastating plot line is that a miserable handyman, Lee, has to go home to plan his brother's funeral and take care of his equally miserable teenage nephew. We won't spoil the rest, but we are not sure we will ever recover from the ridiculously depressing reveal of Lee's past (and yet, the whole thing is kind of beautiful).

"Arrival"

Apparently, aliens are actually interested in saving humankind -- if we learn to talk to them. A linguistics professor (Amy Adams) is called in to attempt to communicate with shadowy, ink-dispensing giant squid monsters after they land their spacecrafts on Earth -- and all it really takes is a teeny, human-sized whiteboard.  

"Hidden Figures"

A group of lady geniuses are really the human computers quietly running NASA behind the scenes and simultaneously nailing 60s fashion -- all while putting up with rampant sexism and racism with utter class. In other words, two hours and seven minutes of gloriously nerdy girl power wrapped in a powerful story about the quiet civil-rights heroines who, thankfully, are hidden no more.

"La La Land"

This is a musical -- where, natch, characters do very old-school, romantic musically things like traipsing around L.A. and breaking into random song and dance like no one is watching. But really, the true love story here is that Hollywood is deeply, unabashedly in love with itself.

"Fences"

Denzel Washington is just super, super mean to his son and goddess of a wife Viola Davis for the entire (2+ hour) movie because he's still mad at the world about the end of his baseball career. His son isn't having it, but alas, Davis' character loves him anyway and puts up with all of his nonsense, and we're cool with that, because TBH, the world just needs every second of Davis/Washington screentime it can get.

"Hacksaw Ridge"

This is the incredible true story of a soldier-turned-conscientious objector who managed to save 75 men during WWII without ever firing a single shot. Or -- that movie where Mel Gibson finally managed to get back into Hollywood's good graces after years of exile.

"Lion"

This true story is proof that Google Maps is literally everywhere and can find anyone and anything. A lost child in India who got adopted as a child by an Australian couple grows up to be the seriously good-looking Dev Patel and uses “the Google” to try to find his birth parents, thanks Google, did we mention Google? Google.

"Moonlight"

If this heart-wrenching coming-of-age film doesn't make you cry (like, a lot) then you are not a real human person. A gay man struggles through 3 different phases in his life while dealing with drugs, his sexuality and his emotionally abusive, drug-addicted mother.

"Hell or High Water"

A modern-day western Robin Hood with some pretty epic 'stashes and Jeff Bridges playing the grizzled Texas Ranger he was always meant to be. Two brothers who are about to get their home foreclosed on ingeniously rob the same banks they owe and use the spoils to pay them back.

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McDonald’s giving away high-tech limited edition straws at select locations

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 4:51 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 4:51 PM


            McDonald’s giving away high-tech limited edition straws at select locations

McDonald’s USA announced Feb. 15 that they would be giving away some super high-tech limited edition straws for customers who purchase a chocolate Shamrock Shake.

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The "probably-more-revolutionary-than-actually-needed" Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal -- or STRAW --was designed by San Francisco-bases design studio JACE and Massachusetts-based NK Labs.

According to Forbes, the high-tech straw is meant to deliver an ideal flavor ratio of 50 percent chocolate and 50 percent mint in each sip of the Shamrock Shake.

The restaurant posted a spoof video promoting the item and the new chocolate Shamrock Shake on its YouTube channel Feb. 16.

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Select locations worldwide will be giving them away starting Feb. 24, at select locations including restaurants in Georgia, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Pennsylvania in the United States. Those not near those locations can follow McDonald’s on Facebook or their local resturant on Twitter for a chance to win a straw.

The full list of locations, dates and times is located at the McDonald's website.

Beyonce no longer performing at Coachella

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 3:17 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 3:17 PM


            Beyonce no longer performing at Coachella

Beyonce performed this month at the 2017 Grammys, but she will no longer be performing at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April.

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The Associated Press reported that Parkwood Entertainment, Beyonce's entertainment and management company, and Coachella festival producer Goldenvoice said the performance was canceled because the singer, who is pregnant with twins, is "following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months."

Beyonce was set to headline shows April 15 and 22. It is unclear who will be performing in her place.

"However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival," the statement, posted to the Coachella Facebook page, said. "Thank you for your understanding."

The Thursday statement from Parkwood and Goldenvoice said more information is to come. Headliners for other days of the festival are Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar.

 

Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyoncé has made the decision...

Posted by Coachella on Thursday, February 23, 2017