This week’s listmaker: Matt Mays. Matt is a writer and director and proprietor of Mays Entertainment. He’s probably shooting documentary footage in Africa at this very moment.
By definition, Tebowing is: (vb) To get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has never been shy about his faith. Before, during, and after games, Tebow is prone to taking a knee and praying whenever the spirit moves him. Since earning the starting job for the Broncos six weeks ago, Tebow has led the team to a 5-1 record and into playoff contention. So Tebowmania is in full swing.
Forget the Icky Shuffle, Desmond Howard’s Heisman pose, or that dude from the Saints pulling a cellphone out of his sock. Those guys didn’t have websites dedicated to their signature move. Besides, being needled for praying in public must feel a lot better than catching crap for crying like a baby after losing the final game of your college career.
2. George Harrison. November 29 was the 10th anniversary of George Harrison’s passing. He was pretty good and all, but did you ever see the solo Prince laid down on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when Harrison was posthumously inducted? He walks out at about 3:29. Dang.[iframe: width=”630″ height=”457″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/qaEySEaXH80?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>]
3. Quality Television. HBO’s Eastbound and Down returns for a third and potentially final season on Feb 19. I can’t think of a single link to provide that won’t get me in trouble with everyone I know except for my brother and Ken Honeywell, so for the finest in bottom-of-the-barrel poop, dick, and drug jokes, you’ll have to tune in or look it up on your own time. I recommend not taking that time at work or in the company of a ladyfriend who might not be a fan of dumb boy stuff.
4. Pointless Lists. For what seems like the 10th year in a row, Rolling Stone Magazine has graced their readers with a list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Maybe I’m missing something but I’m pretty sure this list has been consistently available on their site for several years. But, if hearing that Jimi Hendrix was pretty good and that a buttload of blues legends invented all the coolest riffs is breaking news, this is the list for you.
5. The Indy Superbowl Shuffle. Indianapolis will host Super Bowl XLVI on February 5th, 2012. This is a big deal for a city that used to tout itself as the Amateur Sports Capitol of the World and an even bigger deal for the city leaders who seem hell bent on getting Indy on the short list of world class destinations.
Those poor bastards.
Early last week, the Indiana Convention and Visitors Association posted a video on YouTube which reenacts the famous 1986 Chicago Bears’ Superbowl Shuffle song, changing the lyrics to show off the various hotels in the downtown area. The clip stars the staff of the hotels, complete with choreography, sunglasses, and sweatbands and while well-produced from a technical point of view, is pretty damn awkward.
The description on the YouTube link said the video was produced by the ICVA to pitch the Chicago-area hospitality industry. But the video went viral. Quickly. On Facebook, the description wasn’t visible and many Indianapolis residents took major offense to what they deemed as “unfair representation of our city.” As though the ICVA was using the video to show the world what Indy is all about.
By Wednesday, it’d turned into an online shit show and the comments were merciless.
One Facebook user said, “I don’t want Indy to be a laughing stock. People around the country already see our state as a bunch of hicks and Amish people. We need to step up our art and music culture.”
Amish people? I thought Indiana was known, at the very least, for racecars and being Michael Jackson’s birth state.
Musician and Indiana native Otis Gibbs said, “It’s no secret that I’m proud to be from Indy, but this is a steaming pile of shit. How could anyone watch this and think that Indianapolis is anything other than a cultural wasteland?”
An online petition was created to pull the piece off the Internet. By Wednesday night, it was pulled.
Is the video lame? Yep. Are people completely overreacting and misunderstanding the context of this piece? Absolutely.
To be sure, this is a horrible piece of marketing that was likely never meant to be a horrible piece of marketing. The event and hospitality industry around Indianapolis loves (loved) it and the hotel employees who star in the clip had a great time being recognized as part of bringing a huge event to their city. The ICVA’s only mistake was making this a public post on YouTube.
Could they have known it would go viral and turn into the small mess that ensued? Probably not, but that’s a risk anyone takes these days.