“Giant birds, weird wheelchairs, and ghosting are just some of the unbelievable things that are found in the Will & Jaden Smith vehicle After Earth. Paul, June, Jason, and Paul F. Tompkins discuss future British accents, an emotionless Will Smith, and animals that do nothing but kill. They also talk about the possible references to Scientology, a future with no doors & only a sword as a weapon, and June’s interpretation of what really happened in the birthday candles flashback scene.”
Please know that Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, June Diane Raphael and I went and saw this movie together, as a family.
Please also know that information vital to making any kind of sense of the reality in which this film exists only in this article.
During last night’s streaming Who Charted? with Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack, Howard took the time to look something up on his phone or whatever and I helped stall by making love to the camera. Thanks to historian Walt Keegan for preserving these moments for future generations.- Paul
I am thrilled to be the guest all week on the Yo, Is This Racist? Podcast. Inspired by the blog of the same name, the podcast is pretty much what it sounds like it would be: people leave voicemails asking if various things could be considered racist. It might surprise you to hear that pretty much everything is clearly racist.
One note for the listener: at one point I declare that when a woman displays racist tendencies, it saddens me more than when a man does, and host Andrew Ti asks me why. And I stammer and sputter and can’t truly articulate why. Much later, it came to me: because women are so often treated like garbage for no other reason than because they are women, I guess I had come to expect more empathy from women when it comes to being discriminated against, since they definitely know how it feels.
But in thinking about it further, I have come to feel that it’s unfair of me to saddle HALF OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION with being more empathic than the other half. As ever, it comes down to this:
It’s EVERYONE’S responsibility to not be racist. “Responsibility,” you ask? “Yes,” I answer! Oh, you’re free to be racist, of course. You can be racist all you want. Be racist in a box, be racist with a fox. But if you’re going to keep your mind that closed, if you are incurious about perspectives other than the one you’ve just always had, please know that you are opting out of basic human decency.
We’re trying to have a society, here.
Thanks to Earwolf for the pictures.
A Tumblr i love has become a podcast I love and I have ended up upon it this week! - Paul
Starting this week, we’re going to try a new thing on the podcast! Every day, we’ll have a new question, but, since so many of you seem to hate listening to the podcast in chunks, we’re going to release the entire conversation, without breaks on Thursdays, which is what you’ll get if you subscribe on itunes or the rss feed. Otherwise, if you want to listen on the blog, I’ll still keep posting daily updates right here!
But feel free to listen to this shit however you like, I am NOT TRIPPING.
And all of this neglects to mention that this week, I have with me special guest Paul F. Tompkins! WHAT A TREAT!
“You love Bobcat Goldthwait for his stand-up comedy, his performance of Zed in Police Academy, and as the director of movies like Shakes the Clown and World’s Greatest Dad. Bobscratch shares tales of his red carpet antics and tells us about his brand new film God Bless America. Mr. Goldfarb isn’t the only director on the show, as Mr. Marshall (please, call him Garry) returns to the show and gives us a sneak peek on his modern adaptation of a not-so-modern television franchise. These happy days truly are yours and mine!”