A Wild Card Documentary, Your Voice/Your Vote (Even If You’re Wrong), & The Return Of Borat

Hey everyone, I know it’s been a while since I wrote here, but hopefully I can get back to doing one post a week. Until my mind wanders and I get bored and do something else. Until then, I’d like to just post weekly about a handful of topics, and hopefully just have some fun.

So, let’s get into it shall we…

A scene from HBO’s new documentary about former WFAN radio personality, Craig Carton.

This week I sat down and watched a documentary on HBO Max called “Wild Card: Downfall Of A Radio Loudmouth”. The film chronicles the rise and fall of Craig Carton, sports radio shock-jock of WFAN’s morning sow in New York.

Before I offer my opinion of the 76-minute documentary, I feel I should be completely honest about a few things. First, I have never been a fan of Craig Carton, and that is putting it mildly. To me, his whole schtick is just being a crude, mean-spirited version of Chris “Mad Dog” Russo. He comes off as an arrogant, obnoxious bully, and his style of radio simply does not appeal to me in the slightest. Second, I know somebody who has had multiple dealings with him, and while I’m not going to go into details here, let’s just say that from what I have been told, the real Craig Carton doesn’t stray to far away from the radio persona…which may give good reason as to why his two main character references in the film are Chris Christie (yes, that Chris Christie), and Sid Rosenberg.

Now that my possible biases are out in the open, lets get back to this HBO film.

The film chronicles Carton’s road from top-rated NYC shock-jock to gambling addict to convicted felon. While some of the stories are wild, especially when it comes to just how much money he was being fronted to play blackjack, and sad, like when Carton discusses the pain he’s caused his family and his sexual abuse as a child, it’s still incredibly difficult to relate to the subject, even as he seemingly has his tail between his legs.

Ultimately, Craig Carton is a scam artist. He and his lawyers can downplay, or try to explain how he didn’t really hustle investors in a ticket resale scam all they want. A jury of his peers still found him guilty of a felony. He was still sentenced to three years in prison (of which he did one year and was released for good behavior) and ordered to pay restitution to his victims to the tune of almost 5 million bucks.

The restitution sum alone makes it incredibly difficult to believe that Carton is sincere. There have been no shortage of rumors about his return to WFAN, a radio station that has seen ratings drop with the loss of Carton and the entire Mike Francesa retirement debacle, and with that in mind, it makes this entire film feel less like a documentary and more like a pro-Carton propaganda piece for prospective employers.

Still, I do believe people deserve a second chance, and like it or not, Craig Carton is good at getting listeners to tune in to whatever platform he is on. I’m sure he will be given every chance to succeed in radio again, most likely back at WFAN, and that’s all well and good. It will be what happens with him going forward that will show if he truly has turned over a new leaf.

It’s almost Election Day, and I cannot wait. Not only because I will be voting Biden/Harris with the hopes of removing Donald Trump from the Presidency, but also because this entire process has been exhausting.

There seems to be no shortage of political opinions out there, and in these days of social media, it’s worse than it has ever been. Believe it or not, there used to be a time when we didn’t know what everyone on the planet’s personal political beliefs were, and if there ever was evidence of ignorance being bliss, that may have been it.

I’m a Democrat. I have lots of friends and loved ones who are also Democrats. I also have friends and loved ones who are Republicans. I know plenty of people who are voting for Donald Trump this election, people who I love, respect, and know are good people. While I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone can see what this country has become over the last four years and still want to give our current leader another term, I refuse to let myself be critical of their choice.

If America was a house.

I see plenty of pro-Trump posts on my various social media feeds, some of them infuriating, some of them laughable, many of them both, and do you know what I do when I see them? Nothing.

That’s right, I do nothing. A radical thought, I know, but I don’t comment, ridicule, or explain. I scroll past. Live and let live. Not to mention, how many online debates have actually changed a person’s opinion? I’m willing to bet not many.

Now I know there is a lot at stake this election, but to me, making someone feel bad about their selection is just something I am not willing to do. Even if I disagree fully with your choice, and believe me, if you are a Trump supporter, I couldn’t disagree with your choice more, I will always defend your right to make that choice. Period.

We seemed to have lost the ability to agree to disagree, and that is sad. So go ahead and post you QAnon stuff, or your doctored videos of Nancy Pelosi, or memes of Trump saving unborn babies from a grim reaper with the words “Planned Parenthood” across his chest. Vote for who you want. You won’t hear a peep from me.

Now go out and vote! Preferably for BIDEN / HARRIS!

A few weeks back, it was announced that Sacha Baron Cohen was bringing Borat back with a new film after a 14 year hiatus.

Besides being a bit shocking that the original Borat film was that long ago, the announcement of a new film was a surprise, especially in an age where social media helps leak everything.

The movie was released on Friday, October 23, and without getting into any spoilers, let me just say that it was well worth the wait.

The first film was one that brought cringe-comedy to whole new level, while simultaneously revealing the deep prejudices that laid below the surface of our nation’s society. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I always thought it was a landmark for comedic filmmaking.

Of course, those underlying prejudices have boiled to the surface in recent years for a myriad of reasons, yet not only does this new Borat film still find ways to satirically highlight hatred, it also finds a way to show that, people are still good to each other as well, even when we may not understand them.

I highly recommend watching it. Come for the laughs, and come away with a heartwarming ending.

Thats it for this week guys. If you like this, check back every week until I get bored with it. Peace.


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