It's not easy breaking into TV. Especially if you're not white.
As Comedian George Lopez joked to USA Today, there are "more pets in prime-time TV than Latinos."
He may very well be right. According to the 2000 Census, Latinos make up 12.5 percent of the U.S. population. In the world of TV, however, they only account for 4.8 percent, according to the Screen Actors Guild.
Culture has been corroding young minds and horrifying parents ever since Mozart wrote Le Nozze di Figaro, complete with a randy count and a who's-yo-mama subplot. More recent examples might include Elvis and his hips, or Madonna and, well, herself.
It's an old, old story. But some people can't seem to stop telling it.
A case in point is news commentator/professional old coot Bill O'Reilly's interview of shock rocker Marilyn Manson for the recent O'Reilly special, "The Corruption of the American Child." Marilyn Manson is so 1999. Yawn.
Tom Green is a guilty, hazardous-to-the-health pleasure, much like Easy Cheese, WWF SmackDown!, and casseroles topped with crushed potato chips. A random white Canadian guy, Green made a TV career for himself by playing pranks on unsuspecting citizens and embarrassing himself in public. What is amazing is that he got paid to do this for several years on MTV, until the ADD generation got tired of his antics. What's more amazing is that people stuck with him that long. I laughed until I cried watching The Tom Green Show -- when he painted his long-suffering parents' house plaid, or made his hungover best friend do trapeze tricks, or pretended to fellate a cow's teat.
Tom Green is a bad person. I am worse for laughing.
President Bush showed up empty-handed in Mexico last week, having failed to fulfill last year's promise to President Vicente Fox that the United States would work toward less punitive treatment of Mexican immigrants. It wasn't for lack of trying. Despite pressuring lawmakers to permit certain illegal immigrants to remain in the United States while applying for green cards, Bush was thwarted by an unexpected Democratic foe, Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia. And though Byrd's rhetoric suggested he was concerned with security in the post-9/11 world, his actions have led to speculation about more unsavory motives.
Mali Keo fled Cambodia with her husband and four children
in 1992. Several years later, she was still haunted by searing memories of "the
killing fields," the forced-labor camps where millions of Cambodians died,
victims of Communist despot Pol Pot's quest for a perfect agrarian society.
Because of the brutal beatings she suffered at the hands of Pol Pot's Khmer
Rouge, she was still wracked with physical pain as well. Traumatized and ailing,
uneducated, unskilled, and speaking very little English, Mali Keo (a pseudonym
assigned by researchers) could barely support her children after her husband
abandoned the family.