June 05, 2003

From a movie review in this week's Onion A.V. Club (emphasis added):

The Weather Underground, a compelling reflection on a radical leftist splinter group that formed in 1969 and continued its activities through the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, premiered at Sundance in late January and is now receiving a theatrical release in early summer. In the time between, the war in Iraq began and quickly concluded, a testament not only to the efficiency of the American military, but also to the swiftness with which dissent was squashed before any significant resistance could be mobilized.

So... the war would still be going on if people like me hadn't made fun of Janeane Garofalo? Cool! SNARK FOR VICTORY

In other Garofalo news, Lafftracker reports that her pilot for ABC wasn't picked up. Well, at least it'll give her and Bill Maher something to holler about the next time she's on his show. Remember how ABC cancelled Politically Incorrect in the blink of an eye after that stuff he said about 9/11? Or, well, 9 months later. But still. Free speech!!!

(By the way, wasn't the title of Garofalo's pilot Slice o' Life, not Slice of Life? That wacky little o' sounds like just the sort of thing she used to get 5 minutes out of, back when she was doing comedy.)

Posted by Jim Treacher at June 5, 2003 01:42 PM

http://www.nypress.com/16/23/film/film2.cfm A far superior review of the film

Posted by: Joe at June 5, 2003 02:10 PM

What the freak is up with the Onion being all lame nowadays?

(I'm self-censoring my cussin' so as not to offend the kids. FREE SPEECH!)

Posted by: Jackie D at June 5, 2003 02:14 PM

The Onion has always been lame.

Posted by: Kevin Parrott at June 5, 2003 03:12 PM

I'm writing a review of the movie myself - I just got off the horn with the director, as well as former Weatherguy Mark Rudd. All will be alerted when it appears.

Posted by: Dave Weigel at June 5, 2003 03:47 PM

Wow, Dave -- were you nervous about talking to a terrorist?

Posted by: Jackie D at June 5, 2003 03:54 PM

Actually, Mark Rudd is one of the few Weather Underground members who regrets what he did. He started his radical career leading the Columbia U takeover in '68 (google his name), and he told me that what drove him aboveground was the realization that - hey, I used to be an important student leader! What am I doing, hiding in safehouses and setting off bombs?

At the premiere, a woman asked him: "How could you be ashamed of bombing the Pentagon? I would be proud of that! I will defend what you did with my last breath!"

Rudd's answer: Violence made the problems worse. Did we stop the U.S. from going to war? No. We looked like dangerous fools.

He's a total pacifist now, and say of that what you will, it's a lot better than setting off bombs.

Posted by: Dave Weigel at June 5, 2003 04:53 PM

"I will defend what you did with my last breath!"

Hurry up, lady.

Posted by: JT at June 5, 2003 04:58 PM

Keep in mind, I was in the VILLAGE. After she said that, the audience applauded. But not all of them - about half of the crowd was cheering. When it died down, some dude yelled: "The only reason EVERYONE isn't clapping is because they're afraid the FASCIST POLICE might be in this room!"

I thought to myself: Oh, please. Like we care about your movie. We have Jews and poor people to kill.

Posted by: Dave Weigel at June 5, 2003 05:04 PM

Mark Rudd may regret what he did, but I was reading the Observer's piece on him yesterday, and he's still way fucked up. His "dream ticket" would be Oprah Winfrey as President on a "peace platform," Bill Moyers as VP and Michael Moore as Defense Secretary.

I'd be interested in seeing the film, but I don't think I could muster much sympathy for the guy.

Posted by: Jackie D at June 6, 2003 05:22 AM

Garofalo didn't choose the name for the pilot, doofus. She hated it in fact. That's ABC.

Posted by: paul price at June 16, 2003 06:03 PM

I don't remember saying she did. And it sure didn't keep her from agreeing to the pilot. Or speaking truth to power about how Bush is trying to ruin her career. But thanks for the info!

Posted by: JT at June 16, 2003 06:30 PM