An Open Letter to Matt Vogel

Dear Matt,

You don’t know me, but if you read Steve Whitmire’s blog at all, I often comment over there.

First of all, I wanted to wish you a happy birthday.  When it was Steve’s birthday recently, I wished him a happy birthday on his blog, and I sent good wishes into the ether for Jim Henson, and even though you’re not part of their “birthday club,” I didn’t want you to feel left out.  I hope you have a very happy and special day.

Secondly, I wanted to apologize to you; as I’m sure you understand, this whole situation with Disney letting Steve go from the Muppets is very upsetting to me.  I’ve never been very good at pigeonholing my emotions, and writing (whether it be on a blog or elsewhere) is often the “safe” medium into which I channel my negative thoughts and feelings.  Unfortunately, there are times when I’ve been lashing out at Disney and you’ve sort of gotten caught in the crossfire, as it were.  If I seem angry, I want you to know that I never meant to take it out on you

(And if you spend any time on my blog, you’ll notice that I often express myself through song lyrics or paraphrases thereof.)

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Fraggle Friday: Episode 215–“Manny’s Land of Carpets”

“‘Manny’s Land of Carpets’–I love that show.  It was really a show about television; a show about the kind of delusional system that’s projected by people’s belief in, you know, the world that seems to be inside that box in the corner of the room, and that’s the way I saw it in the beginning, anyway.  And then it just got crazier and crazier as time went on, and it’s sort of one of those one-sentence ideas that you can crack it open and start to uncrack it a little bit, and it starts to really suggest there’s an entire universe in here–Manny’s Land of Carpets.”
             –David Young, writer of “Manny’s Land of Carpets

So, here is David Young, a writer working for a TV show, writing an episode of said show about how television is a “delusional system.”  You’ve got to admire his audacity and the unapologetic relish with which he bites the hand that feeds him.

(This is the topic about which I was going to write last week but had to postpone when I was beset by a migraine.  But maybe it’s just as well, because what I’m going to write now is different than what I would have written last week.)

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Credit where credit is due

Disney CEO Bob Iger gave an excellent response to the recent gun-violence massacre in Las Vegas.  It should be acknowledged.

It doesn’t change anything in regard to my criticisms toward Disney.  One good deed is not enough to erase decades of corruption and hypocrisy.

But do I dare hope that it may be a step in the direction of redemption?

(In all honesty, every time I get close to hoping such a thing, I notice the Disney people calling their employees “cast members,” even in this extremely serious context, and the kitsch-iness of it just rubs me the wrong way.  Oh, well.)

Thoughts on October

In spite of what T.S. Eliot said, I’ve felt for years–even before the Schism–that October is really the cruelest month, because a disproportionate number of the worst things that have ever happened to me have happened during October.

I wrote some non-Muppet-related thoughts on it and put them under the Slightly Off-Topic menu.  You can read them here.

Keeping the blog tidy

“I’m the butler; I like to keep the kitchen tidy.”

                       –Wadsworth (Tim Curry) Clue (Jonathan Lynn, screenwriter)

I finally figured out how to use the “Read More” tag in my blog posts so that the longer posts appear a more manageable length on the main page of my blog.  I think that this helps the main page look more “tidy,” and perhaps a bit more professional, but I’m interested in your opinions.  

What do you think of the “Read More” tags?  Do you think they make the blog look more tidy, or would you prefer to see the lengthier posts sprawled all over the main page?

I’d appreciate whatever feedback you may have.  Thank you. 🙂

“Unacceptable Business Conduct”

When I heard that Disney’s rationale for dismissing Steve Whitmire from the Muppet Studios was “unacceptable business conduct,” I laughed–loudly and derisively, without mirth.

Paging Mr. Kettle: Phone call from the Walt Disney Company regarding your color!

Disney’s shady business dealings are the stuff of legend.  They could fill several books–and have.  What follows is not intended to be a comprehensive account of Disney’s propensity for screwing people over.  We’ve got a loooong journey ahead of us; this is just the first step.

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