By Arturo R. García
Seriously, it’s great to see Ted Williams reclaim a career and a life that were derailed to the point of homelessness. But this segment from The Early Show shows an unfortunate underside to some of the support he’s gotten around the Cleveland area.
“I just wanna hear you talk!” co-host Chris Wragge gushes. “Just read something!” His colleague, Erica Hill, urges Williams to do a jingle for their show. After hearing Williams’ emotional description of his upcoming reunion with his mother, and his daily “hour with God” while panhandling, Wragge’s unnerving response is to thank Williams for putting them in good spirits, and ask him to do a mock-batting announcement. With that kind of “banter,” no wonder the show’s losing in the ratings.
The air of exploitation, in fact, can be traced back to the video clip that got Williams all the attention to begin with.
By Site Lead Arturo R. García
Better get comfy now: the case of The People vs. Lebron James might go through a lull or two over the summer – wedding incidents notwithstanding – but it’ll resume in full force when the NBA season starts again this fall.
For now, almost one week after “The Decision,” everybody involved is looking for sympathy. But aside from those poor kids who were herded onto live television to watch their hometown hero drag his one-man show out longer than the Lost finale, they’re all falling short.
James, of course, has to take most of the blame for this debacle. As an alleged lifelong sports fan, he had to know what he was risking by turning his break-up with both the Cleveland Cavaliers and his native Ohio into a one-night-stand with reality television. If James had taken the usual route for this announcement – you know, a faux-solemn press conference, which would’ve still given ESPN some ratings – it’d all be over but the spin control by this point. Instead, it’s only just begun.