Anna Gregoline | August 26, 2004
Choose a character in a recent movie or television show whom you find especially appealing or unappealing. Explain your choice.

Lori Lancaster | August 26, 2004
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Erik Bates | August 26, 2004
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Scott Hardie | August 27, 2004
Tough call, with the question as asked. Rather than mention how hot Lady Penelope looked in live action and risk getting myself into trouble, I think I'm going to switch to comic strips: The least appealing character in comic strips today is President Bush in "Boondocks." That has nothing to do with George W. Bush the man, instead I complain of the frequency with which he has begun to appear in a fictional comic strip that ostensibly has nothing to do with him. It wasn't all that long ago when Huey would occasionally give us a sour expression upon hearing a Bushism on the television, but that sort of strip, featuring a character just sitting there listening to a quote, began running far too often earlier this year. When Aaron McGruder got over his uneasiness at drawing celebrities, Bush began to make cameo appearances in the strip, such as the perplexing series where he tried to return Iraq to a hardware store as if it was a defective purchase. I moved "Boondocks" to my political comics page in hopes that it would blend in better with the comics that are supposed to dog the President every day, but my desire to read about Huey, Riley, Cesar and Grandpa without mention of any poltiical figure or entertainer did not dissipate. This week, "Boondocks" has again dispatched its characters and is running an entire series about how Bush lies to the media, and I just can't stand it any more. I removed it from my comics subscription this morning.

Anna Gregoline | August 27, 2004
Not an actor, a character, although I guess Chris Rock plays the same character always, so same difference.

Who is Lady Penelope?

Scott Hardie | August 27, 2004
At least you can tell Chris Rock and Chris Tucker apart, Lori; I used to be annoyed by someone else who couldn't. :-)

I don't know who you mean, Anna; I didn't mention her.

Lori Lancaster | August 27, 2004
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Anna Gregoline | August 27, 2004
I don't know how anyone could get in trouble for mentioning someone was hot, especially when most people don't know who the person you are talking about is.

Lori Lancaster | August 27, 2004
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Scott Hardie | August 28, 2004
Lori: Kelly was the one who couldn't tell them apart. I guess it's because they're both abrasive. But Rock is intelligent and uses insults as a means to an end; when he plays the sambo as in "Head of State," there's a definite sense that he's playing beneath his ability. Tucker on the other hand is a run-of-the-mill insult comic who got lucky by being cast in "Rush Hour." It made his career -- literally, since the only film he has done since then is "Rush Hour 2," to the tune of $20 million. I read not long ago that one of the holdups on a third film in the series is his demand for a $25 million paycheck, but considering he's getting a big fat zero roles otherwise, I'd encourage him to set aside his ego and settle for a measly $20 mil.

Anna: I'm talking about this character. Not very hot carved in wood, I know. But I still remember unintentionally stirring up a hornet's nest around here by mentioning that certain anonymous male users had remarked to me that certain anonymous female users were 'hot.'

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