Not That Downey Jr.
June 28th, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Vitriolic is probably the first word that come to mind.
I was but a wee lad during Downey Jr.’s late 80s television career, and I’ve gone all these years up till now unaware of his existence. A flash in the pan of TV careers, but its effects are still felt today. I certainly was raised by a father who listens to conservative talk radio programs (Hannity, Limbaugh, etc), so I’m no stranger to over-the-top talk show hosts. Watching footage from the show, especially later during the show’s lifespan, it made me think more of Jerry Springer than anything. Just the sheer bustling energy of people yelling and the absurdity of the guests, though Jerry doesn’t yell at and insult his guests.
It’s all show business though, and I appreciate the honest depiction of created persona. It’s a little more obvious to educated audiences nowadays, with the winking satire of Stephen Colbert on four nights a week, but listening to Morton Downey Jr.’s fans gush about him being “real” and “the only one telling the truth,” maybe we’re not that much past that era. I know I lose respect for people when they claim an on air personality as genuine and the only correct viewpoint.
For chrissakes, pretty much all cable news is just shouted opinion nowadays!
Anywho, see where it all started this film. Where it all started on TV for real anyway, I couldn’t help but think about NETWORK while watching.
—informed and aware, dan