Thursday, December 15, 2005

Tookie, Snoop Dogg and Monday Night Football

Tookie Williams was executed earlier this week despite the efforts of Jesse Jackson ("Reader Doug from Upland e-mails that the crusading Rev. Jackson did not know the names of Williams' victims when asked by KFI-AM radio talk show hosts John and Ken."), Snoop Dogg and other hacks.

Tookie's execution garnered international attention, mostly in a negative manner. The Guardian Unlimited, reporting on the "controversial execution," quoted Prime Minister Tony Blair as saying, "There is a difference between Europe and America on this issue. There always has been and there will be so long as the death penalty remains in the United States of America ... When you put the USA alongside China and Iran and so on, it is just worth pointing out that the rule of law applies in the USA."

The night of the execution the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons played on Monday Night Football. To get the show started, Disney-owned ABC did a skit with former Crips gang member, pornographer and rapper Snoop Dogg trying to motivate a bunch of children on a youth football team.

Is it just me, or does it seem a bit comical in a sadistic manner? The Snoop Dogg introduction seemed to be in bad taste more so than last year's Desperate Housewives/Terell Owens farce.

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