Saturday Night Live took a series of jabs at New York Gov. Paterson this weekend, as shown in the clip above and also in this clip. In the midst of mocking the governor’s former cocaine problems, infidelities and unpreparedness, they also took some rather hilarious jabs at his blindness, which his camp did not find funny. Neither did advocates for the blind.
“The governor engages in humor all the time, and he can certainly take a joke,” Paterson’s spokesman, Errol Cockfield, said. “However, this particular ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit unfortunately chose to ridicule people with physical disabilities and imply that disabled people are incapable of having jobs with serious responsibilities.”
I like how Paterson’s spokesman says he “engages in humor.” Who the hell “engages in humor”? I think Mr. Cockfield — admittedly an unfortunate name for a man repping an admitted philanderer, but that’s neither here nor there — is so used to talking about the gov “engaging in drug use” or “engaging in extramarital affairs” that the phrase just came out that way.
And the National Federation for the Blind? They’re not happy, either.
“When you have a perception problem like we have, you take these things a little more seriously,” said Chris Danielsen, spokesman for the National Federation of the Blind. “We have 70 percent unemployment – and it’s not because we can’t work. Obviously, the governor of New York is blind, and he’s doing the job. Whenever you have a portrayal that calls the basic capacity of [blind people] into question, that’s a potential problem.”
In closing, I’d like to add that the New York Post ran this story under the headline “PATERSON IN A BLIND RAGE OVER ‘SNL’ SKIT” and led the story with “Gov. Paterson didn’t see the humor in a ‘Saturday Night Live’ bit that mocked his blindness.” So, ya know, thanks for stealing all the best puns in the first column inch, guys.
December 14, 2008 at 10:25 pm by Evil Beet
It was announced this weekend at the Dubai Film Festival that production is moving forward on a fifth installment of the Terminator series, even though the fourth installment, Terminator Salvation, won’t even hit theaters until this summer.
McG will direct the fifth film, and Christian
SlaterBale is signed on as John Connor. They’re looking at a 2011 release.
December 14, 2008 at 9:54 pm by Evil Beet
Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester became engaged to actor Sebastian Stan this weekend. I’d like to tell you why this relationship is going to fail. Not because she’s only 22. Not because, even though they only met last year, the media is referring to them as “long-term.” Not because she’s on a hit show and no one really knows who he is. Not because they made their announcement on their Facebook pages. The reason this union is destined for failure is this. Though the media is highlighting his two-episode appearance on GG (which is how the two met), his most high-profile role is that of “the guy” in a Hayden Panettiere music video. Wake Up Call. Remember that song? Synopsis: Buy me drinks and take me places or I’ll sleep with other guys.
And could you ever envision yourself growing old with the guy who thought it was good judgment to be in a Hayden Panettiere video? Truly?
December 14, 2008 at 4:58 pm by Wendie
Lindsay Lohan is totally sober. Please. I hope her bed at rehab is reserved for January 3rd or so.
Lindsay drinking fruit juice at Karu & Y in Miami last night.
December 14, 2008 at 4:21 pm by Wendie
The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves claimed the number one spot this weekend with a $31M debut. Four Christmasesis still pulling in money having $13.3M in sales. I actually disowned two friends last night after their tearful confessional in which I learned that not only did they contribute $18 to this train wreck, but they loved it. It was sad too because we were really close but it’s over. There were red flags before this incident though. I have to whisper this so Beet doesn’t hear but they were also um, Dave Matthews Band groupies. I cannot support such anarchy. Twilight held at the third spot pulling in $8M which is double what Australia pulled in this weekend.
So ready for the Christmas day releases!
December 14, 2008 at 3:56 pm by Wendie
President Bush has some amazing reflexes. He was attending a press conference in Baghdad as part of a farewell visit, when a reporter hurled his shoes at Bush’s head. Throwing shoes is considered a major insult among Muslims.
Personally, I just want to know where Secret Service is. I know it’s just a shoe but you’d think whenever any inanimate object is flying at the President’s head, someone would lunge on him. Did I just watch too many episodes of West Wing?
As the chaos subsided, Bush’s first statement was “That was a size 10 shoe he threw at me, you may want to know.” Perspicacity defined.