8:40 am: Trump, Minions
Look, my problems with Donald Trump go back to the early 90’s when he and Stephen Bollenbach ushered in an era of “creative accounting” that did a lot of damage to this country. I’m the last person in the world who would defend him.
I see his candidacy for president as a complete joke. Kim Kardashian would have a better chance.
I have never watched even one minute of any of his television programs, and I have no idea what golf courses he owns or doesn’t own. With one exception: Golf Channel has for the past two years rammed Donald Trump down our throats during Doral week.
Now Golf Channel tells me the Grand Slam of Golf won’t be played at one of Trump’s courses. Am I supposed to care? It’s a silly season event I wouldn’t watch if you paid me. Why would I care what course they play it on?
You might wonder why I brought up this topic today. The answer: Because I just saw John Feinstein on Golf Channel saying something about Trump refusing to walk back “his comments about Mexicans.”
When Mexico (meaning the Mexican Government) sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you (pointing to the audience). They’re not sending you (pointing again). They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people!
Okay, you can agree or disagree with Trump’s sentiments, but you can’t — not logically, not morally — claim he was talking about anything other than illegal immigrants.
Yet John Feinstein is. And Golf Channel and the rest of the golf media are.
I can’t help but think Golf Channel is marching to corporate orders. It’s common knowledge that MSNBC very much embraces the “left wing” political philosophy. By definition, they would find Trump — a “right wing” political type — an enemy.
That’s fine for MSNBC, I suppose. It’s their raison detre. Fox News plays the other side in this WWE-style political drama bullshit. Such childish “politics” does a lot of harm to the nation, but you know what? I don’t care. It’s a lost cause, and there’s nothing I can do about it.
But, if you put a lie or illogic in front of me, I’m smart enough to notice it. I won’t scan what Trump said, point to the word Mexico, point to the word rapists, and proclaim, “He said Mexico is rapists!”
It’s wrong to make real people trying to get by in the real world rearrange their lives just because one political faction deliberately misrepresents what another political faction said. That might be part of the fun and games in the political realm, but it has no place in golf.
Minions: This topic fits perfectly with the above topic. Morning Drive ran an extended “cute” segment this morning wherein Blondie gave the Minions (cartoon characters in an upcoming movie) a tour of the studio. Or something. Rather than do a segment on, oh, I don’t know, Jordan Spieth going for the Grand Slam, Golf Channel gave us Blondie and the Three Minions.
Knowing more than a little about cross-promotion in the world of media and entertainment, I immediately pulled up a few Wiki entries, certain of what I would find:
- Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated adventure action comedy film, and a prequel/spin-off to the Despicable Me franchise. Produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures, the film was
- Universal Studios Inc. (also known as Universal Pictures), is an American film studio, owned by Comcast through its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal, and is one of Hollywood’s “Big Six” film studios.
- Golf Channel (originally “The Golf Channel” from 1995 to 2007) is an American cable and satellite television network owned by the NBC Sports Group division of NBCUniversal.
- In December 2009, Comcast announced its intent to acquire a majority stake in the media conglomerate NBC Universal from GE. The deal went through, resulting in Comcast owning 51% of the company until March 2013, when GE divested its stake; Comcast now owns 100% of NBCUniversal.
I have to laugh because Minions has nothing to do with golf whatsoever. If the movie were Minions Meet Caddyshack, okay. It would still be a blatant advertisement, but at least there would be, what is the term, plausible deniability. With this Minions segment, they might as well have said, “Now, a word from our sponsors,” before showing it.