Monday, February 14, 2011

Lady Gaga Egg Entrance At Grammys 2011 In Animation

The event: The Lady Gaga Egg entrance At Grammys 2011 is now in animation, and done by the same people who created the now famous animated video of Tiger Woods wooing his mistresses and of his now ex-wife Elin Nordegren chasing his Cadillac SUV with a golf club on that memorable Thanksgiving night 2009, "those crazy Taiwanese animators" (as they call themselves) Next Media Animation.

This video is totally funny and features a giant chicken to start, and ends with Lady Gaga in a chest-burster scene that's a reference to a number of Twitter jokes, and the famous chest-burster scene in Alien.  In Taiwanese, tt has English subtitles at the bottom.

Check out Next Media Animation at:

No word on what Lady Gaga thinks about this.

Charlie Sheen Interview On The Dan Patrick Show

With Charlie Sheen, The Dan Patrick Show made a big splash today, moving into territory normally claimed by and OK Magazine - they interviewed him at length.

What happened (the LA Times was wrong about it being a "surprise phone call" and where that came from, I don't know) was that "Fritzy," who's known as Todd Fritz in real life, and who normally books on air guests, was upstaged by Paul Pabst, or "Paulie," who happened to have "an old phone number" for Charlie Sheen. So he called and managed to get a hold of the star of Two And A Half Men, who was quite eager to be on the DirecTV Channel 101 sponsored and presented cable and radio show.

Once on, Charlie Sheen did not disappoint. The highlight was Sheen's statement that he tried to go back to the studio for his job as the star of Two And A Half Men on CBS, and no one was there. So he yelled and knocked but "got nothing." He says he's ready to go, even if the producers and execs may not be.

What happened, according to, was that Warner Bros. has cancelled four episodes because of Sheen's absence. The crew was not paid. That may have been the reason there was no one to answer the door when Sheen came knocking a few days ago.

Whatever the case, Sheen says he's clean. But that aside, he did a great job of talking about his roles as a baseball star in Major League and in Eight Men Out and how he coached Todd Zelle to hit a home run on Dodgers Stadium. Dan Patrick invited Sheen to be a co-host on a future show and to even bring on his own guests.

I can't wait for that one.

For the entire account and the recorded interview, click here to visit The Dan Patrick Show website.

(As a closing thought, I bought the Wall Street movie series and could not help but notice that over 20 years or so, Sheen has basically not aged.  It's freaky.)  

Chevron Ecuador: $8 Billion Award In Sham Case No Surprise

The Chevron Ecuador matter reached a new point today when the Ecuadorian court did what this space expected it to do: declare Chevron guilty of alleged environmental damage, even though Chevron has been out of the country in all ways since 1992.

This case has been a sham from the start, and a slap in America's face.

As explained in this space many times over the last three years or more, Ecuador itself has been a key party in this lawsuit. Moreover, lead lawyer Steven Donziger has admitted he expects to become a billionaire from the case. The only organization standing in his way is the Government of Ecuador itself, where its attorney general has said that it, and not Donziger, would collect 90 percent of any damage amount declared.

Meanwhile damage estimates that started at $16 billion then rose to $27 billion, then most recently $113 billion, were all based on a report that the media has sloppily reported as from a "Court appointed researcher" when it was really from a study prepared for the court by (drum roll please) Steven Donziger and his associates.

The misinformation around this case has served to throw a smoke screen around the fact that Ecuador has kicked out American oil companies and made room for foreign oil producers, all the while working to keep oil revenues (they call it nationalization) and float high-minded ideas about helping the poor of Ecuador, but doing nothing.

Meanwhile, President Rafael Correa sits as if he's really trying to alter the state of how oil's produced in Ecuador, when upon study it's obvious that the country's just interested in gaining more dollars for its wealthiest people. Indeed, the President's own brother has been fingered as being the negotiator for $700 million in oil production contracts with companies that would do business with him.

According to Reuters:

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is fighting accusations by a government watchdog that he knew about $700 million in state contracts that the panel says were improperly awarded to his brother.

Correa denied the allegation made by a four-member committee he created in 2009 to examine the business dealings of his older brother and political nemesis, Fabricio, a conservative who has threatened to run against him in 2013.

According to a report handed to state anti-corruption authorities last week by the Citizens Oversight Committee, the older sibling secured a slew of state oil exploration and public works contracts that broke anti-nepotism laws.

Fabricio has denied wrongdoing in the matter.

Correa's brother is at odds with him but remains cordial. However, he's also involved with the same Ecuadorian political movement that includes President Correa's sister, who has also been fingered as the possible recipient of millions from any damage award from a case that would go against Chevron.

All of this came out during the period of time that Ecuador Judge Juan Nunez was accused of taking bribes to rule against Chevron. He was eventually replaced by another judge.

The signs point to Correa's relations and Ecuador trying to work a big payoff from an American oil company 20 years removed while foreign companies and the State-run Petroecuador have polluted the land and waters.

A sham case and a slap in America's face.

Stay tuned.

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More Twitter Reaction to Grammys 2011 Last Night

Just got a great email on the Grammys 2011 and Twitter from Julia, part of the folks at Topsy, a very cool real-time search engine that Google has been paying attention to (from what I'm told by others). Here's her message:

Hi Zennie,

I read your article on Twitter complaints around Lady Antebellum’s tribute to Teddy Pendergrass and thought you might like to look at what the Twittersphere thinks about last night’s fashions, winners, performances, etc. In the last couple hours alone, there have been over 4,500K tweets. In the past day, there have been over 70K!

Here is a side-by-side comparison of Justin Bieber vs. Lady Gaga from the last day, with Justin overall more popular across the social web than Gaga:,justin%20bieber&period=1%20day.

Topsy (, the realtime search leader, has the largest index of Twitter content in the world. Instead of indexing pages, Topsy indexes conversations. Let me know if I can pull any more Twitter data for you on what’s happening around the Grammy’s.


Julia Stemerman

Of the vast number of tweets, this one was off the charts funny:

Lady Gaga went to the VMA's dressed as meat, now she's at the Grammy's in a egg. Two more red carpets and she could be a Denny's Grand Slam.

That one by @obviouslyben.

There's a lot more Grammys 2011 info, officially making a great time sink!

Grammys: Kanye West Hails Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber, Mick Jagger, Disses Esperanza

Even though he wasn't at the 2011 Grammys, Kanye West used his considerable Twitter reach (2,394,931 followers, as of this writing) to express his opinion on the winners, thus adding to the overall controversy. It may seem like Kanye's being "contrary" for attention, but his tweets reveal where his music business interests lay.

On Arcade Fire:

kanyewest Kanye West
10 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

To which some on Twitter asked why he was backing Arcade Fire. Now, for Kanye to do that spells one thing: business deal. Searching around brings up this: "Kanye West, Arcade Fire to Headline "MY NEW ALBUM COMING THIS SUMMER. Yep: "Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire to Headline Coachella 2011." (Thanks,

So Kanye's rooting for Arcade Fire because their success helps put money in his pocket. That should bring an interesting new twist to this outcry of why Arcade Fire won the Grammys over Lady Gaga.

On Justin Bieber:

kanyewest Kanye West
9 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

If you're wondering..Yep. West is in business with Justin Bieber, too. Check this MTV blog post: "Justin Bieber Plans Collabos With Kanye West, Drake, Chris Brown."

Missing from the MTV post is that Drake, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber are all listed artists with Def Jam Records. Chris Brown was close to signing with Def Jam until a merger forced a reduction in staff and the loss of Tina Davis, who was to sign Brown. Instead, she left and became his manager, signing him with Jive Records when Brown was 16. While Brown remains with Jive, he still collaborates with Island Def Jam Artists.

On Mick Jagger:

kanyewest Kanye West
Mick Jagger is crazy fresh!!! #OGSWAG
12 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

Kanye's right on here. Having attended several Rolling Stones concerts, it was just freaking amazing to see Mick rockin' it again. Jagger's energy was incredible; he stole the show. And if you're looking for a pick-me-up here he is again, courtesy of The Grammys and YouTube:

On Esperanza Spalding As "Best New Artist," who surprisingly beat out Drake, leading to another Twitter chorus of "who?"

kanyewest Kanye West
Damn... I can't find the words to explain how I feel about the best new artist award... Don't wanna say the wrong thing
12 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

Well, that's because Drake is signed with Def Jam Records, which also features Kanye West. So, again, as in the case of Arcade Fire, these Grammys wins are good for Kanye West's pocket book.  

Not bad.

It also brings another perspective to the race issue and The Grammys: more and more blacks like Usher, Kanye West, and P Diddy are as much behind the assent of new white artists, like Arcade Fire, as much as they're behind new black artists like Drake.

Increasingly in the 21st Century, when money, talent, creativity, and true entrepreneurial sprit get together, race goes out the window.  As it should be. A very cool development that's worth exploring in greater depth.  

Where's the legendary Davey D when I need him?

Stay tuned.

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Grammys 2011: Arcade Fire Beats Lady Gaga And Eminem

BorowitzReport Andy Borowitz
In honor of Arcade Fire's big win, I am killing myself. #Grammys
3 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

That was the most hilarious Twitter tweet of a large number of them in the wake of the conclusion of the 53rd Grammy Awards.

They're still talking about it on Twitter: that an obscure Canadian indy rock band called Arcade Fire could beat Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster and Eminem's Recovery for Album of the Year. Many people had never heard of Arcade Fire, and while The Dan Patrick Show, or more to the point just Dan Patrick, had been promoting the band, this blogger thought it was some kind of paid sponsorship.

Arcade Fire sounds like your typical indy bar cover band. Their music is largely bland and certainly not the soulful, heartfelt music that Eminem and Rihanna created or with the massive dose of creativity of Lady Gaga.

Because The Grammys are just wrapping up on The West Coast, we still have Twitter tweets of shock and anger coming in:

ciruelas_rojas ciruelas by delirie
#EminemGotRobbed #Grammys
2 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

cturnip Christy Turnipseed
Wow #Grammys you really had us, for @arcadefire to play, accept album of the year, then close out the show #thiswasagiven #suckitmainstream
6 minutes ago

VoodooDahl Anders Dahl
Hopefully it will be awhile before we have to hear Lady Antebellum again #grammys
6 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
And Andy Borowitz of The Borowitz Report posted several classic tweets, in addition to the one used to open this blog post:

BorowitzReport Andy Borowitz
I don't see why we'd give a Grammy to a shitty Canadian band when there are so many shitty American ones. #Grammys
3 hours ago

BorowitzReport Andy Borowitz
Good night, everyone. I'm going to go out and shout "Fire" in a crowded arcade. #Grammys
3 hours ago

BorowitzReport Andy Borowitz
BREAKING: Muse Announces Plan to Start Ripping Off Arcade Fire Instead of Radiohead #Grammys
3 hours ago

On top of Arcade Fire, that Lady Antebellum could take Record Of The Year over Eminem and Rihanna was a joke to many, but my 76-year old Mom called it.  She said, in observing a constant stream of white singers placed in position to sing black songs - and in one case with Lady Antebellum screwing up a tribute to Teddy Pendergrass, who died last year at the age of 59 - that The Grammys seemed to want to show whites far more than blacks.

It was an observation I resisted with vigor, but then, after a time of watching that culminated with Mom's epic assertion that "Lady Antebellum" was going to win because they were a country white band and that's what The Grammys wanted - and they won and the Twitterverse erupted - I agreed with.

It's a sad statement on American society that race-biases have to be pushed on the public.  The U.S.A. is far less interested in "which color group wins" than in having the best one get The Grammy.  There's an overwhelming sentiment that didn't happen this year.   Moreover, some in the Grammys may have the perception that the music World is still black vs. white, but that's not so for the country at all.  It's no wonder so many people are unhappy with the Grammys in 2011.

Andy Borowitz has a good point: the Grammys look more Canadian than American. Looking back, it's not the first time The Grammys had a racist look; but can't it stop in the future?

And if you doubt that a number of people think The Grammys is racist, go to Twitter and do a search for "#grammys and racist" and see what you get.

Stay tuned.