(Photo: Matthew C. Wright)
One of the occupational hazards of sifting through a massive number of news sources to get a sense of what’s going on in popular culture is the occasional sputtering, inchoate rage that rises up within you when you see the same idiot story in multiple locations being treated as if it is actually A) news, B) relevant to any single person’s life, or C) worth the time anyone took to write it, read it, or even give the matter a second’s worth of thought. So I just want to share something with you: It doesn’t make a damn bit of difference whoever the hell winds up playing Barack Obama on Saturday Night Live, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either complicit in a poorly designed publicity campaign for a show that hasn’t had any effect on popular discourse since Chris Farley was still snorting bacon double-cheeseburgers through his ass for the amusement of Chicago-area pub dwellers OR is lying to you because they think you lack the critical faculties to understand that this is a meaningless piece of sub-cultural jetsam that doesn’t merit the inches of both real and virtual ink it has already received. Seriously. ENOUGH.
Sorry. There’s something in the air today, right?