If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It


That's Our Bundy

Anyone watching the U.S. Open television coverage for the past two weeks couldn’t help but notice the steady stream of ads featuring Russian tennis babe, and now the Women’s Singles Champion, Maria Sharapova. In one clever Nike commercial, a steely-faced Sharapova travels from her hotel to the tennis stadium while the people around her sing “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story. After hearing the ad a few times, something didn’t seem quite right with the song. I realized that the lyrics sung were not entirely faithful to the original. In the original lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the song goes: “I feel pretty and witty and gay.” However Nike changes the word “gay” to “bright.” I don’t believe the change doesn’t work, but Nike made it for one obvious reason. The meaning of the word “gay” has changed since 1957 when West Side Story debuted on Broadway. What once met happy and cheerful now means homosexual. So does Nike believe that if they kept the original lyric, the viewing public would believe Sharapova to be a homosexual? As H.L. Mencken once said, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”


The Emmys, Futuresex/Lovesounds and Bye-Bye Pluto


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As a dutiful student of popular culture, I took it upon myself to watch the telecast for the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Conan O’Brien. I know all award shows are just self-congratulatory love-ins for rich people to collect hardware, but, after all, I needed to see if my favorite shows would win. Sometimes you need validation from a group of strangers, who, judging from some of the nominees, may not have seen all the shows or actors they nominated. The consistent amount of awards showered on Megan Mullally lends me to believe this.