And thanks to Ken Levine for finding this clip on YouTube, which I think says it all:
James said on May 12, 2007 at 12:46 pm
My take on Mother’s Day.
brian stouder said on May 12, 2007 at 1:21 pm
I had forgotten just how much Faye Dunaway looked like and angry Bozo the Clown in that movie. The Hollywood crowd must really hated Joan Crawford, to produce her daughter’s relentlessly hostile biopic.
Once Tom Cruise finally beams up to the mother ship (and takes the helm from L Ron his-own-self, no doubt), we should get a duesy of a biopic on him!
A digression; the girls and I went off to the park this morning – it being such a beautiful, sunny day and all (plus, mom said “take the girls and go, I have things to do”)…and we no sooner than arrive, and I’m getting a bad vibe…several kids in button down shirts and dark slacks, plus an older guy (dad? cell leader? commissar?) with a tie on, and a well dressed woman (mom? mean aunt?)
Before we stopped at the park, I had (foolishly) gotten Chloe (our almost-3 year old) a lollipop, and she made a bee-line for the tall slide. So, I take the sucker from her – assuring her that she can have it back after she gets to the bottom of the slide…which of course made her protest and complain (“cry” is too passive sounding; she never slowed in her ascent up the slide’s ladder, as she vigorously protested the sucker deal) – and one of the pod-kids with the button down shirt and dark slacks was at the top of the slide, offering Chloe a flyer. Well, I went to the top of the slide (it had a platform, and several slides attached to it) and got between this kid (he might have been 10) and my daughter. He kept expressing empathy for her plight, and offering to “help” – and I kept saying “No thank you”. The kid’s response was to ask me to “hold this” and kept trying to give me a tract!
To make a long story short – This clan drove every other kid off the playground except for one hapless boy who “dad” (or cell leader) seemed to preaching to. I started out determined NOT to be ‘driven off’ – but the 10 year old was indefatigable in his shadowing of my daughters; of course, I remained approximately 3 feet from them at every point, too – and kept telling the boy – firmly – “No, thank you”. He asked “Do you go to church? Do you accept Christ as your Savior?” .
The temptation was to answer that I’d sooner have a detailed discussion of my personal financial situation and retirement plans with a total stranger in a park, than discuss my relationship with Jesus Christ….but of course, saying ANYTHING more than “no thank you” is all that kid needed to launch into God-knows-what sort of rote ‘theological’ talking points.
Within minutes – we had been driven off, too
nancy said on May 12, 2007 at 4:01 pm
Using a 10-year-old boy to proselytize on a playground? That’s vile.
czucky Dimes said on May 12, 2007 at 5:38 pm
Well, maybe so, but real “vile” is that U-Tube clip. Does anyone around here remember their mother acting like that? I didn’t think so.
Hattie said on May 12, 2007 at 5:55 pm
That is the way my father used to act, actually, although I suppose mothers might do stuff like that. My big objection to that clip is that only Joan Crawford could do Joan Crawford. Faye Dunaway only thinks she can chew up the scenery. Crawford and Davis: we will never see their like again.
MarkH said on May 12, 2007 at 7:25 pm
Says it all? About what, exactly? Not my mother.
And, yes, Hattie. Why that movie was made is beyond me. The mold was broken after Joan and Bette.
And, Brian, as a person of faith, I, too am saddened by your playground incident. Saddened because whenever an incident like that happens, too many people think everyone of faith (particularly Christian) is like that. If it was me, when the questioning of that type didn’t stop, I would be tempted to shout back, “Have you stopped beating your little sister yet?!”.
But only tempted….and otherwise done what you did.
Linda said on May 12, 2007 at 8:44 pm
Brian–The sad thing is, nobody in Hollywood needed to necessarily “hate” her for that film to be made, just so long as she was dead and couldn’t sue or defend herself.
basset said on May 12, 2007 at 10:30 pm
James’ take on Mother’s Day didn’t do much for me, but strips 124 and 125 got another topic exactly right…
(go to the “my take” link, just replace the number at the end of the address with 124…)
4dbirds said on May 12, 2007 at 10:36 pm
No more wire hangers.
deb said on May 13, 2007 at 8:11 am
this is my favorite mother’s day video ever.
Dorothy said on May 13, 2007 at 3:49 pm
deb that was hilarious!!! I sent it out to all my siblings and a bunch of friends. I’ve watched it 4 times and laugh harder every time.
michaelj said on May 13, 2007 at 6:05 pm
Making fun of Mommy Dearest is , aside from cripple shooting, seriously lame. She also made Bonnie and Clyde and played a memorable mother, sister, mother, sister in what may be the best movie ever made.
deb said on May 13, 2007 at 6:06 pm
yep, it’s priceless — especially if you have boys. even though i know what’s coming, it never fails to make me laugh. happy mother’s day!
basset said on May 13, 2007 at 11:05 pm
Shut up, you little (expletive deleted)s, or I’ll give you something to cry about.
(I refuse to watch the Joan Crawford clip.)
Dorothy said on May 14, 2007 at 6:54 am
Ooooh michaelj, yes, Chinatown is one of my favorites.
John said on May 14, 2007 at 8:13 am
I’m crazy wild about Chinatown. It is one of my favorite movies. I watched Putney Swope yesterday morning (Netflix). I first saw it at school in the mid 70s and haven’t seen it since as it is never on TV. It was still funny but has aged quite a bit more than some the classic movies from that era.
Marcia said on May 14, 2007 at 5:38 pm
Thanks for linking that, Deb. It cracked me up. I have a neatnik son and a slob son, so I can relate.
derwood said on May 15, 2007 at 7:58 am
Playground incident: You needed a small water blaster. I’m sure that would have gotten the ten year olds attention. It works on my neighbors yappy little rat dog.
Garry said on May 16, 2007 at 6:51 pm
czucky Dimes: There were numerous people in Hollyweird that corroborated Christina Crawford’s stories about how her mother treated her & her brother.
Just because Christina was the only witness to this incident doesn’t mean it never happened!
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