Happy 2009! I spent my new year's eve up in the club. Unfortunately, or fortunately - depending on how you feel about large asses, inter-racial romance, and the spawn of OJ's defense team - Kim Kardashian was there too. She was there with her sisters, Reggie Bush, and a bunch of other people.
I knew that they were going to be there and I didn't really think that much of it. Apparently, I was the only one who felt that way. The place lost their collective minds. You could not move...at least if you were anywhere near the Kardashians. I immediately fled the scene and sought higher ground. I took a picture of the Kardashian loving morons...
The other title I was gonna use for this post was: "BRUCE JENNER PARTIES LIKE ITS 1976". Because Bruce was there too, and the way these kids were hovering around and taking pictures of him, you'd think he just won the decathlon, instead of just getting his tenth face lift.
Seriously, Bruce Jenner? That's what we've come to? Jenner's in the club?
This made me think about how flawed the TV ratings system is. The big networks typically run a show once a week. The basic cable networks - Comedy Central, e!, MTV, VH1 - run a show on it's regular "premier night", and then rerun the shit out of it for the rest of the week. So you can watch "The Real World" at 10pm on Wednesday when it premieres, or you can watch it on Thursday afternoon, or Friday morning, or Saturday evening, etc.
We, the public, know this. So we do not feel it necessary to watch these basic cable shows on their premiere night, cause we know we will catch a rerun at some point. And yet the networks, and dare I say, the media, put a great emphasis on the ratings for the first night these shows air. They see "The Mentalist" getting a 14 rating and "Keeping up with the Kardashian's" getting a 2 and that's that. But everyone (who doesn't watch shows on the internet) knows they have to watch "The Mentalist" that night, while people are gonna be watching the Kardashian's all week. I don't think there's really a 14-2 spread between them. I think everyone has seen a portion of the Kardashian's at some point because it's on so much, I can't say the same about primetime network shows.
The point is, would there have been the same reaction from the people at the club if the guy from "The Mentalist" was there with Brian Boitano? I think not. And don't you dare blame Boitano for that. I will not have Boitano blamed!
On a side note, I ran into Usher earlier in the night. He was walking around with his old lady wife with a cigar in his mouth. People ask me why I didn't talk to him, and here's the explanation:
Usher would not recognize me on sight, therefore I would have to say to him, "hey Ursh, I'm the guy who wrote "In the Mix", remember?". I would have to do that. Now, had the movie been a hit I'd be glad to do it. There would be high fives and chest bumps, maybe a bottle of Crystal sent to my table, accompanied by a note: "Ir, I owe my entire acting career to you. Be sure to check me out in "7 Pounds". You da man, Ursh".
Well, things did not turn out that way. So instead, I may as well be saying "hey, I'm the guy who wrote the movie that caused you to never act in another movie ever again. My bad."
And that's why I didn't go up to him.
Finally, just for the hell of it, here's a little guy in a silver suit...