Of Mr. Feeny

Mr. Feeny Fact

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I’ve been watching a lot of Boy Meets World (BMW) lately, a classic 90s sitcom. For those of you who have never seen this wonderful program I have two things to say:

  1. I know you don’t realize it now, but you really are missing out on something great. I would recommend watching the show. Plus, it’s the only sitcom where the college seasons are just as good as the younger years.
  2. There will be some spoilers mentioned below. Beware.
Mr. Feeny

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BMW executed the suspension of disbelief better than most. Sure there are many flaws but you simply accept them. Like the door in the main hallway of the high school that is a counselors office one episode and a bathroom the next. Or the character of Harvey, a Fonzie-esque bully, who is suddenly played by a different actor for one random episode. Did y’all know that Shawn had a sister? No? Well, that’s because she’s only mentioned once. But fans of the show either don’t care or they never noticed. Personally, I never realized the door thing until it was mentioned in an episode commentary.

Lot’s of things change throughout the show, Eric gets dumber, Shawn’s story line gets heavier, and Cory marries Topanga. But one thing remains consistent from season 1 through season 7 – Mr. Feeny.

Mr. Feeny, played by William Daniels, is the best example of the, “wise teacher who’s also a friend,” trope that I can think of. There are many shows that have tried to use that trope, Glee being the most current example, but none of them are able to capture the essence of Mr. Feeny. I think it comes down to what I mentioned earlier, you just accept him. From the first episode you understand that Mr. Feeny is going to be the voice of authority and reason throughout the show, and your okay with that. In the real world is it normal for a teacher to follow four of his students throughout their education? No, but in BMW it’s not only acceptable it’s part of the shows charm.

Daniels played his role in a way that gave his character depth, Mr. Feeny felt like a real person, like he could have my own mentor if only I were lucky enough to have him as my next door neighbor. A common problem I have with the wise teacher trope is that I get annoyed with the character, they either end up more stupid than the kids, silly, shallow, simplistic, or they fade into the background. Not Mr. Feeny, without him BMW never would have made it past season 1, he’s the heart of the show.

Mr. Feeny brings magic to the screen and never once have I doubted his importance or got annoyed by his character. Why? Because he’s genuine. He’s not trying too hard, he doesn’t go easy on the kids, he knows what they are capable of, and he is able to help them become their best selves. In short, he loves them and they him.

Here’s a bit of wise advice given by Mr. Fee-hee-heee-heeeny on the final episode of the BMW:

“I love you all, class dismissed.” – Mr. Feeny.

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Of Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian

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I am:

  • College student
  • 3.51 GPA
  • English major
  • Highly logical
  • Typically apathetic
  • Relatively intelligent
  • Fashion lover
  • Dancer
  • Blogger
  • Lazy chef

  • But I also love reality television. I understand why people hate on the genre, I understand why they bash it, and I understand why they might question my character if they find out I watch it – quite often.
    •  I really don’t care, I don’t believe in closet fandom, people like what they like. Fact. I also own The Suite Life of Zack and Cody on DVD, no shame my friend, no shame.

Here’s the deal, I do have a favorite Kardashian and that would be Khloe.

Here’s why I like Khloe, she seems the most normal. Khloe may not be as “Hollywood” pretty as her sisters but she has by far the strongest personality. She takes care of those she loves and she’s an avid activist. Unlike most of her family she does what she wants to do regardless of what their overbearing mother says – making her the most independent Kardashian. Plus, she’s spunky, funny, and opinionated. She doesn’t care what the world thinks of her. Yes she’s made mistakes (drunk driving for example) but she owns up to them. Even though the girl has a ton of money and success she doesn’t go around acting like she’s better than everyone else.

I find her highly likable especially in comparison to the rest of the more notable Kardashian’s:

  • Kim Kardashian – very materialistic and desperate, plus there’s the whole marriage scandal.
  • Kourtney Kardashian – decent business woman but she keeps sticking around with her loser baby daddy even after he punched a mirror in a drunken rage and lied to her for years on end.
  • Kris Jenner – the mother and the least sane out of them all. She gets highly emotional and irrational at the smallest detail, she’s manipulative, nosy, selfish, and she prioritizes business over her family on a regular basis. (She’s my least favorite reality TV star. Even the chicks in The Bad Girls Club are more likable).

 

Khloe Kardashian No H8

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Of the Marvelous Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly

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It’s no secret that I’ll always have a huge crush on Gene Kelly. It’s a shame he’s deceased. I would happily murder the majority of celebrities just to bring him back into the world *cough* Justin Bieber, *cough* Kim Kardashian. I’ve been in love with him ever since I watched Singing in the Rain for the first time when I was a child. What can I say? I was a classy ass five-year old, I’m very proud that he was my first celebrity crush.

I always wanted to be Kathy Selden aka Debbie Reynolds

The other night I was watching An American in Paris, and this rekindled my fondness for the beautiful Gene Kelly and the musical genre as a whole. He’s graceful and yet completely masculine in his motions, it’s like he can control gravity. One can’t help but smile when he is on-screen, especially when he’s dancing. At the same time he wasn’t afraid to be a bit silly. He’s credited with creating the American Musical Genre, which unfortunately is no longer brought forth in modern-day movies. There’s a reason why those movies are classics, why they are timeless – my heart belongs to the musicals of the late 40s – early 60s and it always will. Haters be damned.

Fred Astaire was the gentleman, Gene Kelly was the boy next door. Or as Bob Fosse once said, “He looked like a guy on your bowling team, only classier.” In hindsight maybe Gene Kelly (and yes, I do always say his full name) is where I got my obsession with class from. The quote below is from Time Entertainment magazine – I couldn’t express the differences between the two men better than this if I tried:

In the two men, oppositions abound. Fred was grace, Gene was energy. Fred was poise, Gene was power. Fred was ethereal, Gene was earthy. Fred was the Continental (he danced it too); Gene was all-American. Fred was top hat, white tie and tails, Gene was a baseball cap, T-shirt and jeans. (Can you imagine Astaire in a baseball cap? Can you imagine Kelly without one?) Fred would just materialize, a slim apparition who hardly noticed the impact he made; his attitude said, in a sidelong glance and sidewise murmur, “Ooh, is someone out there?” Gene came barreling toward you, arms outstretched in — not supplication, never that — an offer his smile told you he thought you couldn’t refuse.

– Richard Coliss (article)

Is it any wonder I prefer Gene Kelly? Even if for shallow reasons alone, I doubt most will disagree that Fred Astaire was never a beautiful man. I sent out a mass text to my friends with vaginas asking who they thought the sexiest male celebrity was, here’s the bulk of the answers:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, David Beckham, Lee PaceJason Statham, Jake Gyllenhaal, Trey Songz, Jude LawZac Efron, Brad Pitt, Michael Cera

While it’s not in question that these men are attractive, the majority of them don’t have the kind of attractive that transcends decades. Most of them have that look of trying to be sexy. Some I disagree about them being the sexiest male celebrity, cute sure, attractive yes, but sexy? hmm, not really. I’ll let you judge on that for yourselves.

Gene Kelly is not sexy, he’s beyond that – he’s handsome. To call him sexy seems like an injustice, sexy implies a fleeting heart-throb, or the kind of human being that makes ones mind instantly think something along the not-so-classy lines of, “I’d tap that,” or “I wanna lick him/her,” or “I wanna fuck him/her,” or “Damn baby! You a model or something?”

Like I said, Gene Kelly is classy, he makes you fall in love with him, not just lust after him. He’s handsome. If you want proof, look at these wonderful pictures of the late, great, Gene Kelly!

Gene Kelly - Singing in the Rain

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Gene Kelly, Ballet from Broadway Melody

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Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds

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Gene Kelly Close Up

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Gene Kelly, Donald O'Conner - dancing gif

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Of Celebrities – Just Like Us!

Me Drinking Tiny Tea

THEY PRETEND TO DRINK TINY TEA – Blogger Sarah, classywithatwist, spotted taking silly photos with her family at Christmas in one of her new fancy hats. “It’s just fun,” she said, “they whole family laughs and gets into it … plus, just look how fancy I am!” On December 24.

I love tabloids as much as the average person standing in line at the grocery store, boarding an airplane, or waiting at the doctor’s office. The section that never ceases to make me sit back and ponder, why the hell do they put this in here?, is Celebrities, They’re Just Like Us! First of all, while they may also buy in bulk and perhaps are well grounded and do all sorts of charity events. I highly doubt they are truly like us. When I go to the grocery store I don’t have to worry about people seeing me drop my oranges and claim I’m an unfit human being or hopped up on drugs. Thank God! For my clumsy tendencies are world-class. If people started questioning my personality or sobriety because I tripped and someone caught it on film, I may as well be the next Lindsay Lohan. Also, they may snap photos at the park and jog with music, but they don’t have to worry as much about things like affording food and bills when they come back from their day in the sun.

There are two semi-understandable reasons for justifying this section:

  1. An effort to humanize celebrities. Show the public that despite their fame, fortune, and good looks, they are still human beings just like me and you.
  2. A means to make the star struck individuals who devour and pine over the tabloids, who long to join the table dancing and rehab revisiting spotlight, not feel as awful about their own mundane lives.
Do we really need to prove either of these points? I would hate to think that people see a celebrity and just assume they are an image and deserve to be treated as such.

Below are a few photos from UsWeekly’s Just Like Us page, click the photos to view the UsWeekly website. Enjoy – may their humanity bring solace into your life!

Halle Berry, UsWeekly

THEY PUSH THEIR OWN CARTS – Busy mom Halle Berry stocked up on purchases from Bristol Farms in West Hollywood on May 21.

Amanda Seyfried, UsWeekly

THEY RECYCLE – How else does Amanda Seyfried (in Portland, OR, May 24) stay ecofriendly? “Carpooling!” she has said.

Tori Spelling, UsWeekly

THEY FILL UP THE TANK – Tori Spelling pumped fuel into her Cadillac Escalade in L.A. May 16.

Kristin Chenoweth, UsWeekly

THEY EAT ON THE GO – Kristin Chenoweth’s diet secret? “Don’t eat after 6!” the petite Broadway star (in NYC May 11) tells Us.

Eric Johnson and Jessica Simpson, UsWeekly

THEY RIDE A BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO – Eric Johnson and fiancee Jessica Simpson rode a tandem bike along the boardwalk in Venice, Calif. on May 1.

Naomi Watts, UsWeekly

THEIR KIDS EAT STREET SNACKS – Naomi Watts gave son Sasha, 3, a helping hand while he munched on a pretzel in NYC on May 10.

Emma Roberts, UsWeekly

THEY SHOP FOR CEREAL – Emma Roberts stocked up on the breakfast staple at a West Hollywood grocery store April 22.

Tish Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, UsWeekly

THEY GET SCREENED AT THE AIRPORT – Tish Cyrus and daughter Miley put their belongings in bins at LAX’s security checkpoint April 27.

Owen Wilson, UsWeekly

THEY TAKE FAMILY VACATIONS – Aloha! Owen Wilson and girlfriend Jade Duell touched down in Maui, HI, with their son, Ford, 3 months, April 16.

Now, don’t you feel better about yourself?

Of the Day I Meet Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

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Someday I will meet Jimmy Fallon.

I must, for he is on my favorite people list.  That list is not easy to get onto, it rarely includes more than five people at a time and consists of my best buddies (you know who you are) and Jimmy Fallon. He’s married, I’m not going to try to date the guy – he clearly loves his wife, Nancy. Though, I will admit I have had a crush on him since he was on SNL and have watched 80% of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

On the day when I meet Jimmy Fallon I will not give away how star struck I am. In fact, I will appear calm and causal; but funny and witty as hell. I cannot express how witty I will be. I’ll be so damn witty that he’ll think, this girl should work for me. Of course, he won’t mention the employment right off the bat, but after a while, perhaps while bonding over a cup of coffee, he’ll say, “You know, I think you’d be a great addition to the writers of Late Night.” An offer I will happily and humbly accept.

But before that cup of coffee I’ll be walking along the streets of New York City. Looking for a nice bar to go to for drinks after my shitty minimum wage movie theater shift that I worked after my entry-level publishing position. I’ll order an overpriced lemon drop martini and take a seat at the bar. Sure enough, Jimmy Fallon and some buddies will come walking through the door.

Considering that I’m not a very observant person, at first I won’t notice. Suddenly, Jimmy Fallon will be standing next to me at the bar, waiting to order a beer. Being that he’s the nicest guy in Hollywood (so says Jane Lynch and whole slew of other people), he’ll introduce himself. Since I’m not a creeper and I’m super awesome from the moment I say hello, he’ll invite me to have drinks with his buddies. Apparently one is single and I caught their eye.

We will laugh, drink, exchange phone numbers, and become best buddies. His wife will like me too and we’ll go on shopping dates together. And through him I’ll meet The Roots, after one of their shows, and we will quickly become party buddies.

Someday, I will meet Jimmy Fallon.