Dissing the Franchise

For weeks I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not to say what I’m about to. There are several reasons for this. First, I didn’t want to be repetitive, and what I’m going to say is in some ways an updated version of a couple of blogs I wrote on my old personal site four years ago. Second, what I’m about to express is in some ways antithetical to the aims of this site. Finally, paroxysms of righteous indignation on Facebook and in private emails and texts aside, I’ve shown great restraint, and like my friend Ashon said to me, “I refuse to be called a hater everyday.” But whatever. It’s the Monday before the national election, and not mentioning it on a blog about pop and American culture would just seem odd. As much as I’d like to wax poetic about the cognitive dissonance of watching Black Girls Rock! on BET with a #RHOA season premiere chaser, I should say a word or two about tomorrow.

Well, here are three: I’m not voting.

VIDEO: President Obama Responds to Leaked Mitt Romney Video on Letterman

President Obama responded to the leaked Mitt Romney video for the first time on David Letterman last night.

Responding to Romney’s accusations that Obama supporters think of themselves as victims and want government handouts, Obama asserted that he represents all Americans (not just 47%), and that Amercans in general do not see themselves as victims.

From the Huffington Post:

“‘There are not a lot of people out there who think they are victims’ or simply entitled, Obama said.