17 May 2006

Pop Culture Normalization of KTMB

I once had a Sociology professor who said it is impossible to be an American and not watch TV. Watching TV is the only way to ensure you are up to date with what America thinks is right and normal. I watched TV with great curiousity this weekend as two very popular TV shows, THE SOPRANOS and HOUSE, gave more than a glancing reference to KTMB. I did not see HOUSE, only the promo, but it dealt with a black woman who was somehow paranormally influenced by the floodwaters of KTMB. Since this show was on FOX I can only assume that the subject matter was dumbed down to appeal to the lowest common denominator and was incredibly inaccurate and inflamatoy at best. However, it did feature a Katrina, err, USACE failure to build a levee, Victim. Still in the mainstream pop media.

I did watch THE SOPRANOS and I have several problems with this fucking show. For five seasons now I have been a fucking sycophant lapping up each and every second of this dribble HBO has been pouring into the bowl of mindless media. For five seasons I've been drinking the cool aid thinking along with so many other premium cable service subscribing Americans that this show was edgy and hip, cerebral and real. I thought their references to realtime pop culture was nothing short of genius. Fuck them. Fuck HBO. I have suffered through 5 or 6 episodes of this CCCCRRRRRRAAAAPPPPPPPPPPPPP they have put forth this season and the lack of creativity was none more present than this past Sunday than when they referenced KTMB. First off they drag up these two horrible actors who are playing legitimate New Orleanians. One of the characters was no doubt Dennis Quaid's voice coach in "The Big Easy" and the entire scene where they refered gleefully to the gouging of New Orleanians was a total disrepect to us, but that's not my point.

My point, or rather my question, is does the mentioning of Katrina in prime time entertainment mean that America is still acutley aware of KTMB, does it mean that KTMB is and will become part of American culture or does it mean no one really gives a damn anymore and its just sort of become primetime entertainment for America??? Comments please.

TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, The Sopranos, Levee


At May 18, 2006 12:06 AM, Anonymous dangerblond said...

Al. AL! Those two guys were not meant to be legitimate New Orleanians. Those were supposed to be two sleazy redneck criminals with German-Scotch-Irish speech impediment Hollywood accents. The type of people who would start a phony company and take advantage of a terrible situation just to get FEMA money. Y'know - like the people who were supposed to tow away all these fucking cars.

At May 18, 2006 6:51 AM, Blogger Reeclm said...

I'm sorry you didn't see House. It was the better program.

A young (about 16 yr old) Katrina survivor is re-united with her dad. (Dad was white and did not even know he was a "dad". He accepted it and looked forward to being her dad. Dad also happened to be a good friend of House. That's how House became involved.) She lived through Katrina with her Mom. Her Mom was killed during or shorly after the storm.

There was no paranormal involved, just a very perplexing medical case. She was very ill, dying and hallucinating. They could not figure out why.

The long and short of it was that she took refuge in a flooded recorded studio and contracted a mold related disease.

Actually, not a bad episode. I think you would have been more satisfied with this over the Sopranos (which I don't watch anymore).

At May 20, 2006 12:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would someone please define KTMB for me before my brain explodes! I just can't figure out what the letters stand for.

At May 20, 2006 1:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several TV shows have small mentions of "Katrina": Law & Order (SVU, Criminal Intent), Bones, CSI (Miami & Las Vegas), ER, & House, even before an entire episode was based on a flood survivor. That actually was one of the better episodes of House this week. Catch it in re-runs.

At May 20, 2006 10:49 PM, Blogger Al Scramuzza said...

K - atrina
T - hat
M - iserable
B - itch

At May 22, 2006 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Al for decoding KTMB. My brain feels much better now!


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