Greetings, kids, and welcome to another news round-up! The Colbert news has actually been a little on the slow side lately, but there are a few stories floating around out there that deserve our attention. Today I’ve got a couple of items about Anonymous, more from the front in the ice cream wars, and a quick dose of culture from the art world. Here’s your zeitgeist for Sunday, March 13th.
- Raw Story responded to Stephen’s response to their original story about the Guy Fawkes mask that briefly flickered over Stephen’s face back on February 24th. Stephen denied being part of Anonymous, but Raw Story still feels like they got it right: “The segment ultimately leaves us feeling we were right — that Colbert has indeed sided with the group, even if he’s reticent to admit it. He’s certainly helped them win the public relations battle, although their actions would seem to speak for themselves in many cases. Still, this would seem to make Colbert the first ‘non-anonymous Anonymous.’”
- There was more than a little speculation on the Interwebs about whether Anonymous had managed to hack the Report, or if this was just a clever joke on the part of Team Colbert. I was convinced all along it was the latter, as was HuffPo: “You have to give it to Team Colbert: the subtle lengths they’re willing to go for a joke — and, potentially, to start a wildfire of an Internet rumor — is pretty impressive… As purveyors of some of the edgiest media satire on television, we don’t doubt for a second that this is all part of a devious Colbert Plan.”
Americone Dream vs. Late Night Snack
- It looks like the trash talk started even before Jimmy Fallon showed up at the Report on March 3rd. Popeater had this quote from Fallon at the unveiling of his new Ben & Jerry’s flavor: “‘I hope I never see that man’s ice cream next to mine… Americone Dream — oh my gosh — ice cream cones in ice cream, what a genius idea. He’s Albert Einstein,’ Fallon joked to the press during the unveiling of his new flavor at 30 Rock. ‘Late Night Snack is an untouchable flavor.’” We’ll see how long that whole “BFFs for six months” thing lasts.
- I will readily admit that I’m including a link to this E! Online article solely for the title: Jimmy Fallon Ice Cream — Does He Taste Better Than Stephen Colbert? I don’t think I can comment on that on a family-friendly blog… *cough* But having now tasted the new Late Night Snack flavor, I have to admit honestly that I prefer it just a tiny bit more than Americone Dream. The ice cream has a better vanilla flavor, but I don’t know how seriously you can take that opinion if I admit that I’m not a fan of vanilla ice cream.
Portrait 5, Stephen(s)
- ARTINFO.com has a wonderfully detailed account of Stephen’s antics at the auction of his portrait, all designed to push up the price and gain more money for Donors Choose: “Perhaps suspecting that they were too apathetically cool to bid on the work, Colbert attempted to generate some energy by flitting among the bidders, squatting behind their seats to poke them in the lumbar region, and yelling ‘higher.’” He also admitted that the portrait was “basically made at Kinkos” and offered to hang the portrait himself in the buyer’s “private cocaine closet.”
- Time.com noted the sale of Stephen’s portrait with a comparison to another art sale, Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” which currently holds the record for the most expensive painting ever sold at auction, for $106.5 million. Among the reasons Stephen and his portrait are better: Picasso is one man, while Stephen’s portrait had contributions from three famous artists; Stephen was actually present at the auction for his portrait (winner by default, since Picasso “has the very air-tight excuse of being dead”); and you don’t have to understand art to appreciate Stephen’s portrait. But the most important reason, at least as far as I’m concerned, is that the money from the sale went to a charity near and dear to Stephen, Doners Choose.