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Tuesday, October 05, 2021

For someone who’s trying to dispel (or is that dis-spell?) rumors of a witchcraft-dabbling past, Delaware Republican candidate for Senate Christine O’Donnell sure comes off as a hypnotism-inducing witch in her first campaign ad:

Leading off with “I’m not a witch”? There is a political precedent, and it’s not one that portends success:

Pundits and political reporters likened the O’Donnell ad’s opening statement to President Richard Nixon’s Watergate-era pronouncement, “I am not a crook.” Commentators are still divided over whether the spot is a rhetorical misfire — or a canny means of defusing the negative image of O’Donnell as a crank candidate with a history of loose-cannon declarations on a wide range of cultural and political issues.

Having to fend off such a ridiculous characterization already puts O’Donnell behind the electoral 8-ball. Although if she somehow pulls out a win in the general election, I’m looking forward to real-life Senate hearings into “Bewitched”-type witchcrafting activities.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/05/2021 11:11pm
Category: Advert./Mktg., Politics, TV
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It’s a well-known practice for Hollywood’s movie and TV productions to stretch their budgets by shooting in Toronto and Vancouver. Science fiction vehicles, in particular, seem to gravitate north of the border, and the location seems to have permeated the entire final product:

[Producer] Brad Wright suggests that the success of the franchise might actually have something to do with its Canadian content. “Maybe this is blowing our own horn a little bit,” he says, “but one of the reasons our show does so well overseas is because it’s not written from a completely American sensibility. Granted, it is American funded and the characters on “SG-1″ were American military people, and I’m not denying that for a second. But the voices writing the show somehow made Stargate more attractive to British, French, Italian and German viewers. For some reason, we do very well over there, and maybe that’s because it’s from a Canadian voice.”

Is our televised sci-fi consumption being informed by Canuck sensibilities? I suppose the seeds for this Great White Northification were sown back in the ’60s, when the role of James Tiberius Kirk was filled by a Montreal native

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/05/2021 10:44pm
Category: Pop Culture, TV
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