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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Meathead joins the Trump Schadenfreude List

Of course Meathead hates Donald Trump.

The veteran son of Carl Reiner discussed a remake of "All in the Family" with the Washington Post on October 4, 2016, and said, "We are doing it! We’re doing it every day with Donald Trump running for president! He’s Archie Bunker. They’re both from Queens. … They both have these misogynistic, racist points of view. And they spout them."

Meathead played Meathead on the show, a college student who mooched off his father-in-law for years before landing a university professorship in California, where he dumped his wife and kids later to join a commune.

Bunker on the other hand provided for his family, even working two jobs when he had a gig as a taxi driver in dangerous locations of the pre-Trump Tower days of New York City. Over time, Bunker's view of the world changed as he grew intellectually.

Meathead stayed the same.

"The actor, director and activist just happened to be in the District last month scouting locations for his movie 'Shock and Awe,'" the story noted.

In the nearly two years since Meathead's comparison of Trump to Archie Bunker, Meathead has marched and otherwise run his mouth at the president, while working on that masterpiece, "Shock and Awe."

This weekend, his movie premiered.

How is it doing?

Kyle Smith, theater critic of National Review, tweeted, "Rob Reiner’s Iraq War movie SHOCK AND AWE earned $41,000 this weekend. Not a misprint."

Readers of this blog are not shocked. Meathead fought The Donald and the Trump won.

How low is the movie's popularity? The flick averaged a box office of $410 per theater for the 100 theaters that showed it over the weekend. Those poor theaters averaged less than $140 a day in box office from this Meathead movie.

The No. 1 movie, "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," pulled in $44 million in box office receipts -- more than a thousand times as much. The average for 4 theaters showing "Hotel Transylvania 3" was more than the total "Shock and Awe" drew for its 100 theaters.

"Shock and Awe" is a legitimate movie by Castle Rock, not some artsy-fartsy fluff of niche cinema.. The drama is 90 minutes long. It stars Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, Rob Reiner, Milla Jovovich, Jessica Biel, Tommy Lee Jones, and Richard Schiff.

And it was watched by maybe 4,000 people this weekend.

Ah, the schadenfreude is strong with this one. Let us add him to the list.

1. Casey Affleck.

February 2017: "Casey Affleck Slams Trump Administration’s ‘Abhorrent’ Policies in Spirit Awards Speech."

November 2017: "Thousands Sign Petition To Keep Casey Affleck From Presenting At Oscars."

2. Michael Avenatti.

March 2018: "'The President May Be Able to Fire Mueller, but He Can’t Fire Me': Stormy Daniels’s Attorney Relishes His Role as Trump Nemesis Du Jour.

May 2018: "Avenatti Exposed: Stormy's Lawyer May Face Disbarment, Legal Action As Past Catches Up."

3. H. Brandt Ayers

2017: "Trump breaches moral line."

2018: "Anniston Star's ex-publisher spanked female employees in the 1970s, reports say."

4. Alec Baldwin.

2016: "Alec Baldwin totally nailed Trump on the 'SNL' premiere."

2017: "Alec Baldwin Admits He's 'Bullied Women,' Calls for a Change in Hollywood."

5. LaVar Ball.

November 2017: "LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son's Release From China."

December 2017: "LaVar Ball sends his sons to play in LITHUANIA after pulling them both out of school in the United States after UCLA-Trump row."

6. Mario Batali.

2017: "Mario Batali Predicts a 'Violent Revolution' Could Happen in America Over Food."

2018: "Famed chef Mario Batali’s Vegas Strip restaurants will close."

7. Michael Bennett.

2017: "Michael Bennett: Trump stooped so low with his NFL attacks."

2018: "Michael Bennett indicted for allegedly injuring elderly paraplegic at Super Bowl LI."

8. Maddie Bowman.

2017: "Olympic gold medal skier Maddie Bowman would turn down visit to the White House."

2018: "Team USA's Maddie Bowman Finishes 11th in Crushing Blow for Former Gold Medal Skier."

9. Tom Brokaw.

2015: "Legendary newsman Tom Brokaw says he would 'call in sick' if he had to cover Donald Trump every night."

2018: "Tom Brokaw Accused of Sexual Harassment By Former NBC Anchor."

10. Chris Brown.

2016: "Chris Brown Shades Donald Trump Over His Comments About Policing Thugs."

2018: "Chris Brown Pleads Not Guilty to Nightclub Assault.'

11. Jim Carrey.

March 2018: "Jim Carrey has been trolling Trump and the GOP with paintings."

May 2018: "What has happened to Jim Carrey? Once a revered comedian with a big fan base, Carrey hasn’t made a good movie in 10 years, and the ones he’s in have been box-office bombs."

12. Hillary Clinton.

2016: "Clinton has 90 percent chance of winning."

2017: "Hillary, I love you. But please go away."

13. George Clooney.

2016: "Clooney's Vow: Trump Will Not Be President; See Trump's Response."

2017: "Clooney's 'Suburbicon' tanks, 'Saw' sequel No. 1 with $16.3M."

14. John Conyers.

2016: "Rep. John Conyers: Donald Trump Is the Next Richard Nixon."

2017: "Rep. John Conyers Jr. resigns over sexual harassment allegations."

15. David Corn.

2016: "MSNBC’s David Corn destroys Ann Coulter for defending Trump’s decision not to release tax returns."

2017: "David Corn investigated for inappropriate workplace behavior."

16. Bill Cosby.

2011: "Bill Cosby Rips Donald Trump On Today Show."

2018: "Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman."

17. Joe Crowley.

January 2018: "Crowley trashes Trump, talks upcoming races."

June 2018: "Top Democrat Crowley loses in shocker."

18. Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz.

2017: "Puerto Rico mayor weeps as she begs for help while Trump congratulates himself on 'good job' with aid."

2018: "Administration of Trump-bashing Puerto Rican mayor reportedly facing FBI corruption probe."

19. Robert De Niro.

2016: "De Niro: I’d Like to Punch Trump In the Face."

2017: De Niro film scores 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. Cost $15 million to make. Had a box office of $1.7 million.

20. Lena Dunham.

2016: "Lena Dunham: I'll move to Canada if Trump is president."

2017: "Lena Dunham Apologizes for Defending Girls Writer Accused of Rape."

21. England.

July 8, 2018: "London’s Mayor OK'd a Giant Baby Trump. Blimp to Fly Over the City."

July 11, 2018: "Donald Trump handed CROATIA shirt ahead of England match."

July 11, 2018: "World Cup: Croatia beats England 2-1 in extra time as Mario Mandzukic winner secures first-ever final."

22. Eminem.

October 2017: "Eminem unleashes on Trump: The 11 fiercest lines."

November 2017: "Eminem is SKEWERED on social media after his bizarre performance on SNL."

Bonus: "Rapper Eminem ‘extremely angry’ that Trump didn’t respond to castigating freestyle rap."

23. Peter Fonda.

June 20, 2018: "We should rip Barron Trump from his mother's arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if mother will will stand up against the giant a--hole she is married to. 90 million people in the streets on the same weekend in the country. F---"

June 22, 2018: "‘Boundaries’ Has Tepid Indie Box Office Launch After Peter Fonda Tweets."

24. Al Franken.

2016: "Al Franken Hilariously Mocks Donald Trump."

2017: "Al Franken to Resign From Senate Amid Harassment Allegations."

25. Morgan Freeman.

February 2018: "'Shame on you, Mr. President': Morgan Freeman blames Donald Trump for Florida school shooting."

May 2018: "Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment."

26. GQ.

2016: "If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You."

2017: "Layoffs Hit GQ as Condé Nast Cuts Continue."

27. Kathy Griffin.

2016: "Kathy Griffin Thinks Comedy Should Go All Out on ‘President Piece of Shit’ Donald Trump."

2017: "CNN fires Kathy Griffin."

28. Alcee Hastings.

2016: "Democratic congressman calls Donald Trump 'pile of excrement.'"

2017: "Taxpayers paid $220K to settle sexual harassment case involving Hastings."

29. Stephen Henderson.

2016: "Henderson: Vote for Trump was a consent, purposeful or not, to bigotry."

2017: "Free Press’ Stephen Henderson terminated for misconduct."

30. David Hogg.

March 4: "Florida shooting survivor David Hogg says he hung up on the White House during a call inviting him to Trump's listening session."

March 27: "PARKLAND LEADER DAVID HOGG" I'm Changing the World BUT UC SCHOOLS STILL REJECTED ME."

31. Kino Jimenez.

2018: "Bartender fired after video emerges of him angrily ripping a MAGA hat and clump of hair from the head of a boy, 16, and throwing a drink at him as he ate at Whataburger."

A day later: "Kino Jimenez Arrested, Accused of Felony Theft."

32. Megyn Kelly.

2016: "GOP Debate: Donald Trump's 'Spat' With Megyn Kelly Is Sexism."

2017: "Megyn Kelly drags down 'Today' ratings."

33. Garrison Keillor.

2016: “So, he won. The nation takes a deep breath. Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will be president. We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure. We liberal elitists are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting ‘Lock her up’ — we elitists just stood and clapped. Nobody chanted ‘Stronger Together.’ It just doesn't chant.”

2017: "Minnesota Public Radio Fires Garrison Keillor Over Allegations of Improper Conduct."

34. Brian Krzanich.

2017: "Intel CEO Brian Krzanich drops out of Trump council."

2018: "Intel's Brian Krzanich is forced out as CEO after 'consensual relationship' with employee."

35. Shia LaBeouf.

January 2017: "Shia LaBeouf arrested at his anti-Trump art installation."

April 2017: "Shia LaBeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office."

36. Lady Gamecocks.

2017: "South Carolina women's basketball team declines Trump's invite to White House."

2018: "UConn routs South Carolina 94-65, heads back to Final Four."

37. Jennifer Lawrence.

2017: "Jennifer Lawrence Would Like to Throw a Martini at President Donald Trump's Face."

2018: "Box Office Poison: Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Red Sparrow’ Bottoms Out at $17 Million."

38. Ryan Lizza.

2016: "Trump Gets Ready to Be a Bad Loser."

2017: "New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over 'Improper Sexual Conduct'."

39. Louis C.K.

2016: "Louis C.K. Compares Donald Trump to Hitler: ‘He’s an Insane Bigot.’"

2017: "FX fires Louis C.K. after comic confirms sexual misconduct claims."

40. Macy's.

2015: "Macy's Drops Donald Trump's Fashion Line Over Immigrant Remarks."

2017: "Macy's Announces Store Closings for 2017."

41. Rose McGowan.

2016: "Rose McGowan Blasts Donald Trump, Murdochs, Networks in Open Letter: 'You Are Causing a Worldwide Sickness.'"

2018: "Rose McGowan Indicted for Cocaine Possession."

42. Meathead.

2016: "Rob Reiner: We are living ‘All in the Family,’ and Donald Trump is Archie Bunker."

2018: "Rob Reiner’s Iraq War movie SHOCK AND AWE earned $41,000 this weekend. Not a misprint."

43. Alyssa Milano.

March 2017: "Alyssa Milano on Trump: 'Removing him will be up to' women."

June 2017: "Anti-Trumper Alyssa Milano is broke as a joke, didn’t pay taxes and stiffed her employees."

44. Evan McMullin.

2016: "Why Evan McMullin Says Donald Trump Is More Dangerous Than ISIS."

2018: "Evan McMullin Potentially In Violation Of Campaign Finance Laws, Records Show."

45. Mac Miller.

2017: "Mac Miller: Donald Trump wants to 'make America white again.'"

2018: "Mac Miller Arrested for DUI, Hit and Run."

46. Mayor Ed Murray.

2016: Democratic "Seattle mayor decries Trump, says immigrants welcome."

2017: "Seattle Mayor Resigns After Multiple Sexual Abuse Allegations."

47. Rupert Myers.

January 2017: "British GQ writer: Could Obama ‘murder Trump and Pence’ then pardon himself?"

October 2017: "Male feminist writer fired by GQ Magazine after woman accuses him of sexual assault."

48. NFL.

September 2017: "After Trump Blasts N.F.L., Players Kneel and Lock Arms in Solidarity."

November 2017: "NFL TV Partners Set To Lose Up To $500 Million On Ratings Decline."

49. Barack Obama.

During the campaign, Trump tweeted, "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!"

Obama went on Jimmy Kimmel's show, read the tweet, and replied, "At least I'll go down as a president."

Fifteen days later, we elected Trump to erase Obama's legacy.

50. Rosie O'Donnell.

1996: "Queen of Nice Can Rosie O'Donnell Clean Up Trash TV?"

2017: "Rosie O’Donnell Admits: ‘I Spend 90% Of My Hours Tweeting Hatred’ At Trump."

51. Playboy.

2016: "Hugh Hefner's son feels 'personal embarrassment' that Trump was on Playboy's cover."

2017: "Playboy considers closing down magazine to concentrate on nightclubs and casinos just months after death of founder Hugh Hefner."

52. Tony Podesta.

2010: "Tony Podesta, Superlobbyist."

2017: "Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe."

53. Gregg Popovich.

2017: "Gregg Popovich Issues Blistering Takedown of ‘Soulless Coward’ Donald Trump."

2018: "Spurs season ends with hard-fought, last minute loss to Warriors in Game 5."

54. Jorge Ramos.

2015: "In taking on Jorge Ramos, Donald Trump may have tussled with the wrong media star."

2016: "Amid $30.5M Revenue Losses, Ratings Drop And Elusive IPO, Univision Restructures, Slashes 250 Jobs."

2018: "Jorge Ramos Eyeing Return to Mexico."

55. Brett Ratner.

June 2017: "Brett Ratner Regrets Not Naming 'Tower Heist' After Trump."

November 2017: "Six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct."

56. Brian Ross.

2018: "Brian Ross is leaving ABC after botched Michael Flynn report."

57. Eric Schmidt.

January 2017: "Google's Eric Schmidt: Trump Administration Will Do Evil Things."

December 2017: "Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman."

58. Eric Schneiderman.

February 2018: "Will This Man Take Down Donald Trump?"

May 2018: "Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse."

May 2018: "NY Attorney General Schneiderman Resigns After Abuse Accusations."

59. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

2016: "Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I Will Not Vote for the Republican Candidate for President.’"

2017: "He won't be back: Schwarzenegger's Terminator franchise terminated."

2017: "Arnold Schwarzenegger's Legend of Conan Isn't Happening."

2017: "Donald Trump Says Arnold Schwarzenegger Fired From ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’"

60. Andy Signore.

June 2017: "I am so damn sick of bully @realDonaldTrump taking words out of context to act out his agenda of fear, corruption & bigotry. #NotMyPresident."

October 2017: "‘Honest Trailers’ Creator Andy Signore Fired for ‘Egregious and Intolerable’ Sexual Behavior."

61. John Skipper.

October 2017: "Report: ESPN’s John Skipper Attacks President Trump, Fox News, and Clay Travis, in Private Employee Meeting."

December 2017: "John Skipper's resignation caps a tumultuous year at ESPN."

62. Tavis Smiley.

2016: "Tavis Smiley: BFOTs (Black Friends of Trump) Are Normalizing Racism."

2017: "PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley For Allegedly Forcing Women and Men to Have Sex With Him to Keep Their Jobs."

63. George Soros.

2016: "George Soros Says Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are ISIS' Biggest Weapon."

2018: "George Soros Complains: ‘Everything That Could Go Wrong, Has Gone Wrong.’"

64. Kevin Spacey.

2016: "Kevin Spacey mocks Donald Trump and calls him a 'disease' at Cannes."

2017: "Actor Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Me When I Was 14."

65. Starbucks.

2017: "Starbucks' Howard Schultz told workers Trump created 'chaos' that is hurting economy."

2018: "Calls grow to boycott Starbucks after two black men arrested for not making order."

66. Alwaleed Bin Talal.

2016: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: ‘I Bailed You Out Twice.'"

2017: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal arrested in corruption crackdown."

67. George Takei.

2016: "George Takei: Trump's Muslim registry is 'prelude to internment'."

2017: "George Takei’s Facebook empire strains under sexual harassment allegations."

68. Teen Vogue.

2016: "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America."

2017: "Teen Vogue is going to cease printing."

69. Lindsey Vonn.

2017: "Lindsey Vonn says she doesn't want to represent Donald Trump at Olympics."

2018: "Lindsey Vonn Loses Super-G Medal in Last-Second Mistake."

70. Harvey Weinstein.

2016: "Harvey Weinstein says Trump 'appeals to the worst in us'."

2017: "Harvey Weinstein Is Fired After Sexual Harassment Reports."

71. The White House Correspondents' Association.

2017: "The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House."

2018: "Comedian Kathy Griffin is the Only Recognizable 'Name' at the White House Correspondents Dinner."

72. Brian Williams.

2012: "Donald Trump has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible."

2015: "Brian Williams Demoted to MSNBC Breaking News Anchor."

73. Kevin D. Williamson.

2015: "Witless Ape Rides Escalator."

2018: "Atlantic Fires Kevin Williamson After Suddenly Realizing He Believes The Things He Says.

74. YG.

2018: "‘F**k Donald Trump’ Rapper YG Charged with Felony Robbery."

16 comments:

  1. Personally, I'm not Shocked and Awed by the fact that Meathead made the list...only by how long it took for him to get on it!

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  2. Ahhhh, Milla Jovovich.

    Multi-pass.

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  3. Ha ha! For some reason I always liked The Fifth Element. I reckon because it's so camp.

    If Meathead's political view is so superior, why didn't Hillary win? And why doesn't he run? It seems he knows the Archies outnumber the Meatheads, and he's a sore Loser. - Elric

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  4. Hey Meathead you are yesterdays news and no one is buying your stuff. Moreover, Archie Bunker was All in the Family you played a 3rd level supporting actor that wasnt funny or very good.

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  5. As we all know, Archie went on to become a police chief in a small southern town where he proved he wasn't a racist. Meathead adopted vegetarianism and got fat.

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  6. I loved "The Fifth Element". Luc Besson directed it starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich. 20 years later (or so), Besson did "Valerian" starring Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevigne. I wanted to like "Valerian", but neither star (nor the supporting cast) had the charm of "The Fifth Element". Of course, Rob Reiner is an idiot.

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  7. Meathead is still a meathead.

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  8. Lunkhead Reiner enters with style. That movie, besides bombing at the box office, looks to be a massive money loser unless those high priced big named actors, actresses and xitors worked for cut rate and a piece of the action.

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  9. If the old Woody is a movie, I plan to miss it. I haven't seen any movie he has been in since he climbed the Golden Gate bridge and caused a father to miss the birth of his baby in the police action to get Harrelson down.

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  10. All in the family was a setup to mock normal American citizens. The Archie Bunker character was played by a big leftie.
    JimNorCal

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    1. Yeah, I found that out years after the series had ended, and was shocked.

      Apparently the writers & producers, and most of the actors as well, thought they were making a parody of right-wingers that everyone would find as ludicrous as they did. Of course the show was a huge hit, but for exactly the opposite reason: everyone thought Meathead was well-named, and that Archie was dead right in virtually everything!

      In The Politically Incorrect Guide to the 1960s, Johnathan Leaf says this:

      "The show most people associate with the clash between the sixties counterculture and the older generation, All in the Family, did not premier until 1971. It is hailed by liberals today as a ground-breaking sitcom that "pushed the envelope" of acceptable fare for TV. In all the praise, however, it's forgotten that what made the show so beloved was the popularity of its main character, Archie Bunker. Although the character was supposed to be an unenlightened, illogical bigot, he became a hero to millions of Americans for his stubborn rejection of the counterculture. It is Archie Bunker's chair that has become one of the most famous exhibits in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Meanwhile, Bunker's counterculture antagonist is now mostly remembered for the derisive nickname Archie gave him: Meathead."

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  11. Liberals on the whole ignore veterans’ efforts, so it seems only fair that veterans (and everybody else) should ignore liberals’ efforts.

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  12. You need to add George Clooney's recent scooter accident to the list.

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  13. Don, it's an insult to real Veterans to use that word in referring to Meathead. Yeah, I know you didn't mean he was an actual Veteran, but it still rankles.

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  14. “Veteran”, as in “military veteran”?

    I hadn't realized that we were ever, so desperate — at any time(!) — for personnel that we inducted the accurately described “meathead” (ie, ‘...dead from the neck up...’) into any branch of our military!

    Actually, let me qualify the aforesaid: I could visualize him as a “warm-body” volunteer for testing the viability of nerve agent stocks, (versus past-due date deterioration) prior to our destroying our stockpile.

    After all, w|no operating CNS he'd be ideal: just get the paddles and reboot after each test.

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